Welcome to Marin Elementary School. Have a safe, respectful and responsible summer. First day of school for students is Tuesday, August 26, 2014.


Principal's Message

June 13, 2014

 

Dear Marin Community,

It is with such pride that I write to close out my first year at Marin. We have come together as a learning team, to support all students in their journey through this school year.  I am confident that the steps we have taken with our adoption of the Common Core Standards, of the social-emotional curriculum Second Step and moving forward with the facilities planning work for a new school, will advance us together as school and community partners to serve our students. The exceptional focus on learning from our gifted teaching and support staff and the standout contributions from our families have truly made this one of the most fulfilling years for many stakeholders and for that, I share my sincere gratitude.

The teachers here at Marin worked diligently and sincerely towards full understanding and implementation of the newly adopted Common Core State Standards this year. Included in our professional development were strategies for guiding your students through the pilot year of our new standardized testing program Smarter Balance. In turn, your students did a fantastic job working on those new standards and goals for student learning in math and language arts. One of the important foundations for these new standards is the understanding that social-emotional skills and practices such as those found in Second Step, truly support academic achievement and postsecondary resiliency. Thank you, families, for reinforcing the Marin cornerstones to be safe, respectful and responsible over the summer vacation and when your student returns to school. And speaking of school, our facilities planning committee which includes Marin staff, district and community representation will continue to meet and move forward with the planning of a new school building. This is only the first phase. Funding for this important project is not currently available but when it is, AUSD will be in position to advocate for, and promote the means, to take our blueprints to the next tier of school construction.

As we look to next year and beyond, I must take this time to recognize and show appreciation for some of our beloved Marin staff who have served us with grace and compassion but are moving on to their next chapter in life. Diane Meltzer will be retiring after 23 years of service at Marin. Her guidance for the teachers she mentored and the hundreds of students she taught is the legacy she is gifting us and we wish her many happy chapters to come. Thank you, as well, to our 5th grade teacher Melissa Bailey, special education para Daniel Picetti and our psychologist Anna Bach-y-Rita for delivering outstanding educational and personal sustenance to our students this year. To the students and families not returning to Marin, it has been a pleasure and honor to work with you at our school.

A math teacher once joked, "The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle." Kudos to the students, teachers, staff and families who tried with so much sincerity and focus to make this one of the best school years ever at Marin. I almost wish the first day of 2014-2015 was not weeks away but since it is, take this time to reconnect, reinforce, READ, and remember to take care of each other. To our 5th grade, take your next steps with pride and to all others, see you on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 for our first day of school.

Best regards,


Alexia Ritchie, Principal



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News and Announcements

MARIN SCHOOL OFFICE CLOSED 6/23/2014-8/8/2014
The Marin School Office will be closed June 23rd - August 8th for the summer. The office will open on Monday, August 11th. If you have questions, regarding enrollment or a change of plans for the 2014/2015 school year, please contact Linda Williams
at 510-558-3762.

First day of school for 2014/2015 is Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Have a safe and wonderful summer!
Notice Regarding Summer Work on Albany Middle School & MacGregor High School (San Gabriel Site)
Albany Unified School District wants to keep you informed of our facilities planning with regards to both Albany Middle School and MacGregor High School (San Gabriel Site) [click for info].
VACATION/ FAMILY LEAVE BEFORE THE END OF SCHOOL YEAR
Albany Unified School District is dedicated to academic achievement and success for all students. Regular school attendance is an integral part of that success. Please see the attached letter from the Albany Unified School District regarding vacation/family leave before the end of the school year.
Speak Up Be Safe Parent Notice (English, Spanish, Korean, & 2 Chinese Translations)
The Albany Unified School District is Considering the Adoption of a Child Abuse Prevention Curriculum Called Speak Up Be Safe (click here for info)

District is hosting a parent review meeting on Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Ocean View School, (revised location: Library), 1000 Jackson Street.


El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Albany está considerando la adopción de un programa de prevención del abuso infantil llamado “Speak Up Be Safe”
(“Di lo que piensas, Permanece Seguro”) (click for info)

Click for Korean and Chinese translations.
Marin can help support SchoolCARE!
Help is needed! Baylor is in need of a marrow donor.
Last week we received word that one of AUSD's students recently had a relapse of Leukemia. The family is asking for our help to spread the word about his need for a bone marrow match. Click here to read the message that is going out to the AUSD community. Please help spread the word. Thank you!
Press Release - Albany Board of Education Appoints Valerie Williams Superintendent (click for info)

Press Release - Albany Board of Education Appoints Valerie Williams Superintendent (click for info) A "New Superintendent Section" with additional information on meet & greets, Val's bio, etc., is located on the left hand side of the home page on the AUSD website.
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Upcoming Events

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2014/2015
Date: 8/26/2014
Location: First day of school for the new school year 2014/2015
MARIN PTA MEETING
Date: 9/10/2014, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: Please join us in the multi-use room at 6:30 pm for our Marin PTA Meeting.
MARIN PTA MEETING
Date: 10/8/2014, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: Please join us in the multi-use room at 6:30 pm for our Marin PTA Meeting.


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