Marin Elementary School

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Welcome to Marin! Please call (510) 558-4740 for the office and  (510) 558-4787 for all absences. Last day of school is a minimum day on Friday, June 10, 2016.

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YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The teachers at Marin are hosting a get-together to honor all of you, who do so much, to make our school a special place. Please join us Wednesday, May 25th, in the big yard in front of the Multi-Use Room, beginning at 8:10 a.m. for breakfast. We hope you can make it! Thank you for all you do!

OPEN HOUSE AND SCIENCE INVESTIGATION: On Thursday, May 26th, we will hold our annual Open House from 7 to 8 pm. Our Science Investigations Fair will be held in the multi-purpose room from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Ms. Wong, our Science Specialist, is working with our 4th and 5th graders to prepare for this exciting evening. Participation is optional for K-3rd grade students. K-3rd Science Fair Packets are available in the office. During science fair and classroom visits, please ensure that your students are well supervised and they follow all general school rules. This event will end promptly at 8:00 pm for classroom visits and 8:30 pm for science fair.


PTA AND SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL NEEDS YOU! If you value the programs that the PTA runs at Marin--from the Kindergarten play dates to the 5th Grade Graduation Picnic at Roberts Park and so, so very much in between, please become a PTA officer! At our final PTA meeting of the year, May 17, 6:30-8:00 pm, in the Multiuse Room, officers will be elected. Offices are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Secretary. Come to the meeting and please consider stepping forward, because your child's experience at Marin depends on the PTA. Do you know what the Marin School Site Council does? Site Council will meet as part of the PTA meeting, to finalize and vote on the Single Plan for Marin. This document sets the course for the coming school year and governs on-site educational interventions. Our School Site Council is a group of staff and parents who meet monthly, to give input on programs at Marin. Serving on Site Council is a great way to become involved in our school. We need five parent members for this coming year, each to serve a two-year term, beginning in August 2016. Nominations are now open. Box in office.Be a part of your child's education.
Childcare available – please sign up in the office. Thank you!


YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Please mark your calendar.....The teachers at Marin are hosting a get-together to honor all of you who doso much to make our school a special place. Please join us Wednesday, May 25th, in the big yard in front of theMulti-Use Room beginning at 8:10 a.m. for breakfast. We hope you can make it! Thank you for all you do!


FAMILY STEAM DAY TOMORROW - APRIL 30TH: RSVP for Marin's Family Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM) Day on Saturday, April 30th, for either the 10am-noon or 12:30 - 2:30pm time slots. It's a fun-filled annual event that engages adults and children alike, in astonishing math and science activities. Here’s a snapshot of some of the day's activities:
• STEAM Scavenger Hunt: Get yourselves ready as we organize our very first STEAM-related treasure hunt.
• Robotics: Learn to program robotic balls to do "tricks".
• Coding: Learn to code while playing games on ipads and computers.
• Family Math Room: Expand your gaming skills and learn to use math through gaming.
• Mini-Maker Room: Learn to build with origami & more
• Rockets: Launch rockets & be prepared for candy rain!
RSVP now for this free event at:


Albany Unified School District is dedicated to academic achievement and success for all students. Regular school attendance is an integral part of that success. California law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill, or for bereavement of an immediate family member. All other absences are unexcused. School districts are required to report students as truant when they have 3 or more unexcused absences and/or over 30minute tardies, in a school year. Many parents may be unaware that taking a vacation or going out of town for a "family emergency" during school, is an unexcused absence and thus subject their child (or children) to laws related to truancy. Therefore we have implemented the following policy for students who leave for vacation or family emergencies, during the last 30 days of school. Students who are absent 10 or more consecutive days of school and not returning before the last day of school, will be dis-enrolled to avoid being reported as truant. Students must re-enroll at the District Office upon returning to Albany; however, there is no guarantee that you will receive the same school assignment. Returning students will be treated as new applicants and will be assigned to an elementary school based on space availability. Middle school and high school students will not be guaranteed to receive the courses previously selected for 2016-17. Courses, including elective, will be assigned on a space-available basis. Parents must also verify their Albany address at the time of re-enrollment. Students with inter-district permits, will be in violation of the Inter-district Attendance Agreement and risk losing their permit to attend school in Albany. We are confident that by working together, we can ensure excellent attendance for each and every one of our students. Thank you very much for
your cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact your school principal. Linda Williams, Student ServicesCoordinator—AUSD (

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Date: 5/25/2016, 8:10 AM 8:30 AM
Location: Big Yard, Outside of the MUR
Date: 5/25/2016, 7 PM 8 PM
Location: AMS GYM
Date: 5/26/2016, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: On Thursday, May 26, we will hold our annual Open House from 7 to 8 pm. Our Science Investigations Fair will be held in the multi-purpose room from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Date: 5/30/2016
Date: 6/1/2016

Principal's Message

August 25, 2015

To the Marin School Community,

Welcome back to school! It is my sincere hope that this break allowed you time to spend with family and friends. As we bring this summer to completion, I am delighted to share Marin updates and focus areas for the upcoming year.

Our teachers are making incredible progress fully implementing the Common Core State Standards in both math and language arts. This year, we will be piloting two writing programs and will then adopt a TK-5th grade curriculum to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of writing skills and applications. For more information on the writing curriculum programs, please see Units of Study and Being a Writer

Science, Grades 5, 8, and Grade 11                                                                   
The State of California will be providing summary reports to school districts and AUSD will be mailing individual student reports to families towards the end of summer. Albany USD will also provide information that will help parents understand the new reports and how to support student success beyond the SBAC score.

It is important to maintain positive attendance strategies that support student engagement with their classroom learning and connections to the school and greater community. It is vitally important to have your students attend school regularly and on time. Please consider planning family vacations and appointments that will still allow your student maximum attendance at school. Positive attendance combined with the social/emotional curriculum “Second Step” which is implemented at all grade levels and common areas at Marin, will be a powerful resource for your student to achieve both academically and socially. For more information on our Second Step curriculum, please visit

New faces to welcome to Marin or to a different grade include teachers Stephany Joffe and Maritza Hiltscher to 1st, Amy Evoy to 2nd, Corrie Winnacker to 3rd with Chris Engemann, Charles Medved to 3rd, and Erin Bouayad to choir.

STAY CONNECTED TO MARIN! Please refer to our website for important school news and calendar updates. Sign up for the e-tree at to start receiving important school, district and PTA announcements. Our hard working PTA, School Site Council and our English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) needs your support so please consider joining and helping out this year with your time and expertise. There are a couple of important dates coming right up:

First day of school Tuesday August 25 (Early release grades 1-3, regular schedule for K and grades 4/5) Kindergarten Back to School Night is Thursday August 27 @ 6:00-7:00pm. Meet and Greet will be on August 24 from 1-1:30 in each kindergarten classroom. Early/Late Bird schedule for grades 1-3  Starts Monday, August 31Back to School Night for grades 1-5 Thursday, September 10 @ 7:00-8:00pm. I invite you to our Principal/PTA President’s coffees scheduled for various times during the year, our monthly Marin Mornings at 8:30, and to contact me at or through the main office to share any concerns or kudos regarding Marin. I look forward to sharing the upcoming school year with your family and wish to thank you all for supporting our mission to serve these amazing students in Albany.

My best regards,

Alexia Ritchie


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