Marin Elementary School

Welcome to Marin! Please call in all absences to (510) 558-4740. No school for winter break December 22-January 2. School resumes on Monday, January 5, 2015. Happy Holidays!

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Emergency Communication Process

Emergency Communication Process Please ask the school secretary to assist you if:
1) You did not receive an automated phone call or email about the recent school closure on December 11, 2014; 2) You do not currently receive any automated phone calls or emails from the district or school; and/or 3) You do not know how to access the AUSD website or the AUSD Facebook page. (click for additional info)
AUSD is establishing an Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)-Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee comprised of parents, students, staff, and community members (click for info)
LCFF-LCAP COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED!!! (Spanish, Korean & Chinese translations available) [click here]
AUSD is establishing an Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)-Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Advisory Committee comprised of parents, students, staff, and community members (click for info)
ATTENDANCE LINE - (510) 558-4787
If your child is going to be absent or late, please call and leave a message on our attendance line at (510) 558-4787. Thank you!
Respect my Spirit Days, December 8-10.
Monday 12/8 Animal Spirit Day-Come dressed as your favorite animal and embrace your inner animal spirit.
Tuesday 12/9 Hero/Shero Day-Dress as your favorite hero or be your own hero/shero!
Wednesday 12/10 Marin School Colors Day-Come dressed in your favorite blue and white because we are all on the same team. ……..Go Dolphins!
CONFERENCES: Two more days (Monday & Tuesday) of conferences. Early release days.

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, December 1st, we will be on our regular schedule.
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Date: 12/19/2014
Location: The day before Winter Break will be a REGULAR SCHEDULE day.
Date: 12/22/2014
Location: School is closed for Winter Break.
Date: 12/23/2014
Location: School is closed for Winter Break.
Date: 12/24/2014
Location: School is closed for Winter Break.
Date: 12/25/2014
Location: School is closed for Winter Break.

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 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 and students in grades fourth and fifth will be introduced to the Houghton Mifflin Expressions curriculum In addition, students in grades third through fifth will be taking the first "live" version of the Smarter Balanced Assessment 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

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:

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 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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