Marin Elementary School

Welcome to Marin! Please call in all absences to (510) 558-4740. No school on Monday, January 19 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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MARIN MORNING AND PRINCIPAL’S COFFEE: Please join us in the big yard at 8:30 am on Wednesday, February 4th, for our next Marin Morning. Immediately following the Marin Morning, you are invited to our Principal’s Coffee in the multi-use room.
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!
KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION NIGHT: A district wide Kindergarten information night is planned for Wednesday, January 28, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the multi-use room at Ocean View Elementary School. Please, it would be very helpful if you could alert your Albany friends and neighbors. Come meet the school site principals, get information regarding before and after school programs, early bird and late bird, and the application process. This is an adult event only. No childcare is provided.

ENROLLMENT FOR 2015/2016: Priority enrollment for grades TK-5 for the school year 2015/2016 will begin on Monday, February 2, 2015, through Friday, March 27, 2015. For more information, please visit the district website at, click on enrollment.
Monday, January 19: All schools will be closed on Monday to commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. In classrooms, students will be remembering the wonderful achievements of Dr. King, his leadership in civil rights, nonviolent demonstration and acceptance of all.
Please join us for our next Marin Morning on Wednesday, January 14, 8:30 am in the big yard. Immediately following the Marin Morning, please join us in the multi-use room for our January PTA meeting (8:45 am – 9:30 am).
NEWSLETTER 12/19/2014
The Albany Schools will be closed for two weeks from December 22, 2014 through
January 2, 2015.

As 2014 draws to an end, the entire staff of Marin School wishes you and your family a time of joy and peace and a happy, healthy New Year!
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Date: 2/3/2015, 6:30 PM 7:30 PM
Location: Room 5
Date: 2/4/2015, 8:30 AM 8:45 AM
Location: Please join us in the big yard at 8:30am for our Marin Morning.
Date: 2/4/2015, 8:45 AM 9:30 AM
Location: Please join us in room 4 at 8:45 am for our Principal's Coffee.
Date: 2/9/2015
Date: 2/16/2015
Location: School is closed for Mid-Winter Break.

Principal's Message

January 5, 2015

Dear Marin community,

Welcome back to school and to our new year 2015! I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on our hard work in 2014 and to update our students and families on what’s ahead for this year.

  • Did you know that in 2014, state funding for schools was modified to include a very important process that incorporates multi-stakeholder input including parents? That process is called the LCAP, or Local Control Accountability Plan.  I am looking for two or three parents to participate in the AUSD Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP) Advisory Committee.   California's new school funding law, called the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is  a way for schools to focus on student success when determining funding priorities. The Local Control Funding Formula is a huge opportunity for parents to shape the vision for your children's education. The LCFF requires school districts to involve parents in planning and decision making as well as in developing Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs).
Please contact me if you are interested in being a member or have questions at We are especially looking for parents who can keep a broad overall view of the district and focus on the interests and needs of English Learners, Low Socio Economic Students, Minority, and Foster Youth. The first meeting is scheduled for January 13, 2015 @ 5:30pm. We will be scheduling the remaining dates with the committee. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
  • Much gratitude to the Marin School design team that has been working since late 2013 to develop the blueprints for our new school. As of now, we have no plans to demolish or move students as state funding for construction is still being pursued by our AUSD business office. It was essential to have “shovel-ready” plans available for state agencies to review, and hopefully approve, our application for funding. For their time, expertise and commitment to the project, I’d like to acknowledge the Marin parents, staff, neighbors and our Superintendent Val Williams and Chief Business Officer Allan Garde, for their continued support. Please visit the Marin PTA website at to see preliminary sketches shared at one of our meetings in 2014.
Please take a moment to view an outstanding video created by 2nd grade teacher Stephen Naiff at our Albany USD website I think it will sum up the sentiment that “Team Marin” is ready for any challenges, or changes, that this year has in store.

All my best to you and your families,

Alexia Ritchie

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