Welcome to Marin Elementary School! Class lists will be posted on Tuesday August 19 at 7:00pm.  First day of school for students is Tuesday, August 26.

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

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
Early: 8:30-1:00
Late: 9:30-2:00

1st – 3rd

4th & 5th
Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 8:30-3:05
Wednesday 8:30-1:40

1ST-3RD Early / Late Bird Schedule Begins on Tuesday, September 2nd.
Please check out the beginning of school important up-coming events.
First day of school is Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
Aeries Parent Portal and Back to School Information
Aeries Parent Portal opens August 11, 2014!
Update - emergency contacts, medical conditions, authorizations/prohibitions and student data confirmation.
See important information - Student Medical Insurance, Food and Nutrition Services, AUSD Polices and Annual Notice to Parents
2014-2015 AUSD Calendar (click for info)
Notice Regarding Summer Work on Albany Middle School & MacGregor High School (San Gabriel Site)
Albany Unified School District wants to keep you informed of our facilities planning with regards to both Albany Middle School and MacGregor High School (San Gabriel Site) [click for info].
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Upcoming Events

Date: 9/2/2014
Location: The Early Bird / Late Bird schedule for 1st – 3rd grade will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd. 1st-3rd Early/Late Bird Schedule: 8:30 am - 1:55 pm - Early Bird Schedule 9:40 am - 3:05 pm - Late Bird Schedule Wednesday Schedule (1st – 3rd Grade) 8:30 am - 1:45 pm (All Students)
Date: 9/4/2014, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: Please join us in the multi-use room at 6:30 pm for our Marin PTA Meeting.
Date: 9/10/2014, 8:30 AM 8:45 AM
Location: Please join us in the big yard at 8:30 am for our Marin Morning.
Date: 9/10/2014, 8:45 AM 9:30 AM
Location: Please join us in the multi-use room at 8:45 am for our first Principal's Coffee.
Date: 9/11/2014, 7 PM 8 PM
Location: 1st-5th grade families are invited to Back to School Night on Thursday, September 11, 2014. 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.

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