Marin Elementary School

Welcome to Marin! Please call (510) 558-4740 for the office and  (510) 558-4787 for all absences. No school Monday September 7 for Labor Day.

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Strings classes for Albany elementary students

Parents with interested students, please come to the library after school this coming Thursday September 3 at Cornell School for information and orientation. For information, website tour and enrollment form, contact instructor Dennie Mehocich,


SPLIT READING: Monday, August 31st, we begin our split reading (early bird/late bird) schedule for grades 1, 2 and 3. This allows for one hour of small group reading instruction at the beginning and end of each day. Language Arts instruction takes place during that time, giving a smaller setting for reading, writing and discussion. Classroom teachers make the schedule assignments based on what they consider to be the best instructional setting for your child. All of the childcare programs in the area are aware of our staggered schedule,
but please remind your caregiver and advise them of your child’s early or late schedule. As educators, we are committed to the benefits of this instructional program. We know that families have scheduling difficulties too.
We ask your support for this program: Early Schedule: 8:30-1:55 Late Schedule: 9:40-3:05.
Wednesday schedule: 1st - 3rd graders follow an early release schedule, 8:30-1:45,
4th-5th graders follow an early release schedule, 8:30-1:40. Kindergarten schedule does not change.
Reminder: Students who begin school at 8:30 am should not be on campus prior to 8:10 am. We ask that children who start classes at 9:40 am arrive during the recess period (9:30-9:40) and that children dismissed at 1:55 pm go directly home or to daycare. We do not have staff available to supervise the yard beyond those times and the playground is being used by PE. Thanks for your cooperation.

Project Yellow Balloon in honor of Caleb Sears

The Cardenas family has organized a benefit in honor of Caleb Sears. It is an evening of arts and entertainment that includes a silent auction at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco on Oct 3rd. 100% of the profits will go to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. The hospital staff will be attending the event and will speak about how this benefit will serve the children at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. This is the link to the Project Yellow Balloon website. Thank you for supporting this very important event.


Welcome Back Party!

Join your friends for a Welcome Back celebration on Sunday, August 23, 6:00-8:00 pm on the Big Yard at Marin! Bring your picnic blanket and relax while the kids run around with their school pals. It will be a fiesta! Tavo's Tacos will be serving delicious tacos, quesadillas & fixings. Buy a plate or bring your own picnic dinner. Adult plates will be $10, children's plates $7.

Class lists can no longer be posted by the school, but parents can exchange this information freely with others. We will build our own class lists! Find out your child(ren)'s class placements on Aeries starting August 22, then add your student(s)'s name our homemade class list boards if you wish. These will be taken down at the end of the party & that's one more reason not to miss this fun get-together. Having trouble with Aeries? No worries--there will be a bank of open computers and staff will help you through every step. Get confirmed & see your kid's class placement.

Dance with your kids to some child-friendly rockin' tunes. Plus, say hello to friends you haven't seen all summer, join the PTA, check your Marin Directory entry, and get psyched for the beginning of school!


JOIN THE MARIN SCHOOL E-TREE: The E-Tree is an electronic mailing list for Marin Elementary School, moderated by the Marin School PTA. Sign up to be sure to receive important school, district, and PTA announcements. To join, please send a blank email to:

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Date: 9/7/2015
Date: 9/10/2015, 7 PM 8 PM
Location: You are invited to Back to School Night for 1st-5th grade families on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Please meet the principal in the big yard at 7:00 pm. This evening is for adults only. No child care is provided. Please make childcare arrangements in advance.
Date: 9/18/2015
Location: Marin School multi-use room and big yard
Date: 10/12/2015
Date: 10/19/2015
Location: Marin School PTA will be hosting an Book Fair in the Marin Library.

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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