Welcome to Marin! Please call in all absences to (510) 558-4740. No school for students on Friday, October 10 due to staff development activities.

Principal's Message

August 18, 2014

Dear Marin School Community,

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year which promises to be a "new chapter in Albany!" To our returning and new Marin families, I invite you to share in my positive anticipation of the first day of school as this awe-inspiring staff gets ready for your students. As we bring this summer to completion, I am excited to share Marin updates and focus areas for the coming school year.
  • Albany USD continues to focus on Common Core State Standards (http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards/frequently-asked-questions/) professional development and resource integration for all grades in language arts coupled with a newly adopted math program. Students in grades kindergarten through third will be using Pearson's Investigations (https://investigations.terc.edu/families/) and students in grades fourth and fifth will be introduced to the Houghton Mifflin Expressions curriculum (http://www.eduplace.com/parents/mw/). In addition, students in grades third through fifth will be taking the first "live" version of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (http://smarterbalanced.org/) online tests which replaces the STAR.
  • Marin facilities is an important focus as our site added one portable to the big yard and we welcome fifth grade teacher Melissa Pfhol to her new room 21. There were a few other moves so please refer to the class postings for correct room assignments. Our Marin design committee has been meeting all summer and includes district, site staff, parents and neighbors all moving forward on a new building once state funding is secured. Please consider attending the parent and community meetings scheduled for this fall to see preliminary sketches and contribute your suggestions as we move to the next phase of school constructions planning.
  • I want 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 student 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 our social/emotional curriculum Second Step, which will be implemented in 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 Second Step, please visit www.cfchildren.org/second-step.
  • STAY CONNECTED TO MARIN! Please refer to our website http://marin.ausdk12.org for important school news and calendar updates. Sign up for the e-tree at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MarinSchool_Etree 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:
  • Class lists posted/PTA welcome night Tuesday, August 19 7:00-9:00pm
  • Kindergarten Meet-and-Greet Monday, August 25 1-1:30pm in the classrooms
  • First day of school Tuesday August 26 (Early release grades 1-3, regular schedule for K and grades 4/5)
  • Kindergarten Back-to-School Night Wednesday, August 27 6:00-7:00pm
  • Early/Late Bird schedule for grades 1-3 Starts Tuesday, September 2
  • Back-to-School Night for grades 1-5 Thursday, September 11 7:00-8:00pm
I also invite you to attend our principal/PTA president's coffee scheduled for various times during the year and to contact me at aritchie@ausdk12.org or through the main office to share any concerns or kudos about Marin. I look forward to meeting and working with your family and your student as they create their own chapter this year.

My best regards,

Alexia Ritchie

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News and Announcements

Board of Education Work Study Session “To Develop the Process for Future Budget Priority Meetings” Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Avenue)

Board of Education Work Study Session “To Develop the Process for Future Budget Priority Meetings”  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  (Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Avenue) The Board of Education invites you to join the discussion at the Board of Education’s Work Study Session to Develop the Process for Future Budget Priority Meetings (click for info).
GREAT TURN OUT AT BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT! Thank you for coming and for being an active partner in your child’s education. The staff and I feel very supported and fortunate to work in this community of caring parents and great kids.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT: All Parents (1st – 5th grades) are invited to Marin Back-to-School Night, Thursday, September 11th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. I will welcome you at 7:00 pm. in the Big Yard next to the picnic tables to introduce staff. PTA President Kim Trutane will speak briefly about PTA. Following this brief presentation, teachers will meet you in their classrooms. I encourage you to make every effort to attend - teachers will be communicating many essential details about curriculum and their plans for the year. If you have specific questions/concerns about your child, please talk to the teacher at another time. Back to School Night is an adults-only evening. Please arrange child care in advance.
MEASURE LL: Parcel Tax Information: Preserve Funding for Albany Schools Act of 2014 (click for info)
​Routine testing of the fire alarm systems on the portables at Albany Middle School, Cornell Elementary School, and Marin Elementary School will occur today: Wednesday, 9/3 at 3:30 p.m.
Welcome Marin Families. Parents and caregivers can help support our community at Marin by practicing the three "B's" at home. These include: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. Thank you for sharing and supporting these important principles and behavior expectations with your students.
​​AUSD Staff, Parents & Community:
After Saturday’s​ ​6.0 earthquake, a careful inspection was conducted on all AUSD sites. We are pleased to report that damage did not occur at any of our sites. Please be assured that students will be safe when returning to school on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Also, please remember those in the areas affected.

Superintendent Williams
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Upcoming Events

Date: 9/26/2014, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: Multi- Use Room
Date: 10/2/2014
Date: 10/3/2014
Date: 10/8/2014
Location: All students who were absent on October 2nd & 3rd Photo Day will have their photo taken on Wednesday, October 8th.
Date: 10/10/2014
Location: School will be closed for students.

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