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. Teacher/Parent/Caregiver conferences begin Tuesday March 8 and end on Thursday March 17. No school Friday, March 18 for Staff Development.

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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 (

NEWSLETTER 4/22/2016

3rd Grade: ENGLISH has been completed. April 25th through April 29th (MATH)
4th & 5th Grades: May 2nd through May 6th (ENGLISH) and May 9th through May 13th (MATH). For additional information, please visit the AUSD website at
Click on 2015-2016 CAASPP testing (SBAC). Thank you!
For the day-to-day routines, a few tips for parents. Students should...
■ Be at school every day. Please. Make up tests are difficult for everyone.
■ Be on time. Testing sessions are usually in the morning and often, shortly after school gets underway. Time to get settled into the
classroom before testing begins each day will help students relax.
■ Be rested and fed. Make sure that students have a good night's sleep and enough breakfast to sustain them. This is always important. Do
not, however, think that your child should load up on a big breakfast for testing, when a lighter meal is their usual routine.
■ Be encouraged to do their best and relax. The best state of mind for learning and for testing is what researchers refer to as "relaxed
alertness" - not stressed, not too casual – awake, but not alarmed or anxious.


SPRING BREAK: Next week is AUSD Spring Vacation. There will be no school during the week of April 11th, as teachers and students take a well deserved break. Have a safe and fun spring break.


INTENT TO RETURN FORM: Please complete the “Student Intent to Return” form coming home today. The “Student Intent to Return” form for grades K-4th is on pink paper and for 5th grade is on purple paper. K-2nd, please complete both sides of the form. Please complete this form and return to your child’s teacher by Friday, April 29th . Please complete one form for each child. If you have any questions regarding this very important form, please call the school
office at 558-4740. There are extra forms available in the office. Thank you!

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Date: 5/17/2016, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: multi-use room
Date: 5/17/2016, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: room 5
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: 6/8/2016, 8:30 AM 8:45 AM
Location: BIG YARD

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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