Marin Elementary School

Welcome to Marin! Please call (510) 558-4740 for the office and  (510) 558-4787 for all absences. Teacher/Parent/Caregiver conferences begin Tuesday November 10 and end on Tuesday November 24. No school Wednesday November 11 for Veteran's Day. Thanksgiving holiday is Wednesday, November 25-Friday November 27.

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THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS: There will be no school next Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Staff and I wish you and your family a happy and peaceful holiday weekend. When school resumes on Monday, November 30th, we will be on our regular schedule.


Fall Conferences will begin on Tuesday, November 10, through Tuesday, November 24. These will be early release days (Wednesday schedule) 8:30-1:45 for 1st-3rd and 8:30-1:40 for 4th and 5th. No schedule change for Kindergarten.

Wednesday, November 11, Veteran's Day - SCHOOL CLOSED


REFUGEE BENEFIT WALK-A-THON TOMORROW: Halloween Walk-a-Thon, Saturday, October 31, 1:45 - 3 p.m. Starting point: Marin School. A group of Marin parents are organizing an awesome Halloween walk-a-thon to help raise vitally needed funds for several organizations responding to the international refugee crisis. This is a chance for our community to come together to teach our kids about this situation and the importance of helping others, while also making it fun. Sign-up and sponsor forms are available in the office. We are collecting donations for three main organizations -- International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and Kids in Need of Defense. You can donate directly online to the International Rescue Committee. Simply visit "" and enter "marin school" under "search for a campaign." If you'd like to volunteer or have questions, please contact Rebecca Long at


TOMORROW, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH: Chalk It Up, Meet the Author, Scarecrow Making, and Book Fair.

ABSENT PICTURE DAY IS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28TH: If your child was absent on Thursday, October 22nd, or Friday, October 23rd, they can have their picture taken on absent picture day on Wednesday, October 28th.


BOOK FAIR OPENS MONDAY: Marin’s Book Fair opens Monday, Oct. 19th, and runs through the 24th. The fair will be open during lunch recesses, after school until 6pm on T/Th & until 4pm on M/W/F, as well as Saturday 10-3 (during Chalk It Up!). This beloved event is our annual PTA fundraiser to fund new library books and materials.

*We are in need of more volunteers*, please contact to sign up. We need a few more helpers on Sunday morning the 18th for set-up, there are also some spots open throughout the week during lunch &/or after school.

MEET THE AUTHOR! Join us as we welcome author, Dev Petty, on Saturday, October 24th, at 1:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Dev is the author of the very popular children’s book, I Don’t Want To Be a Frog. Autographed copies of her book will be available for purchase. Please join us!

CHALK IT UP: Our school's Chalk It Up fundraiser takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday,
October 24th, and raises important funds for classroom fine arts materials. Come decorate the halls with your chalk art and browse the book fair - it's a fun day and a great way to support Marin School! Order forms went home last Friday. Extra forms are available in the office.


STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY: Monday, October 12, is staff development day. There will be no school for students. School is closed.
Enjoy a wonderful three day weekend!

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Date: 11/25/2015
Date: 11/26/2015
Date: 11/27/2015
Date: 12/10/2015, 7 PM 7:30 PM
Location: 5th choir performance in multi-use room. Please join us!
Date: 12/15/2015, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: room 5

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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