Marin Elementary School

Welcome to Marin! Please call in all absences to (510) 558-4740. No school on Monday, May 25th for Memorial Day. Last day of school is Friday June 12.

Headlines & Announcements

MARIN NEWSLETTER 5/15/2015

RESPECT MY SPIRIT DAYS: These days are designed to respect differences, to encourage positive peer interactions and to have fun! This is not a contest, please do not purchase anything extraordinary or costumes for this event.
Monday: Career Day. Come dressed as what you want to be when you grow up!
Tuesday: College Day. Wear the colors of the college that you root for!
Wednesday: Crazy Hair Day. Do something new to your hair!
Thursday: Marin Colors Day. Wear Marin colors, shirts, sweatshirts & more. Go Marin!
Friday: Pajama Day. No need to get dressed, stay in your PJ’s all day.

MARIN NEWSLETTER 5/8/2015

MARIN MORNING, PRINCIPAL’S COFFEE & ELAC: Wednesday, May 13th, at 8:30am in the big yard, please join us for our next Marin Morning. Immediately after the Marin Morning, please join us in the multi-use room from 8:45 to 10:00am for our last Principal’s Coffee and ELAC meeting for this school year. This is a great opportunity to meet with other parents, share your ideas and ask Principal Ritchie any questions you have. We hope to see you there. All are welcome. There is no childcare provided.

MARIN NEWSLETTER 5/1/2015

ALBANY FAMILIES MUST RE-VERIFY THEIR ADDRESS ANNUALLY: Albany residents are required to re-verify their Albany address beginning April 7, 2015 - June 26, 2015. Parents are encouraged to submit the required documents according to the alpha group schedule by last name. If you’re submitting your documents in person, please bring your documents to the District Office at 1051 Monroe Street on Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Students with inter-district permits must contact your district of residence to renew your permit for 2015-16 school year. Documents can be submitted by email, fax or in-person.
EMAIL
1. Print the Declaration of Residency Form 2. Scan documents and send file to residency@ausdk12.org
FAX (510) 559-6560
IN-PERSON
1. Print the Declaration of Residency Form from the district website, under Enrollment, or your school website.
2. Make an appointment to bring documents to the District Office 1051 Monroe St. Check the ausd website, under enrollment, to make an appointment.
A-H……..April 7 – May 1 I-P……….May 4 - May 29 Q-Z…….June 1 - June 26

MARIN NEWSLETTER 4/24/2015

FAMILY MATH & SCIENCE DAY - TOMORROW - SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 10-2:30: This Saturday, April 25th, Marin will be hosting its annual Family Math & Science Day with two sessions to choose from: 10AM - 12 NOON or 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM. Come rain or shine. The theme for this year's event is "Ready for the Challenge?" At each of our stations listed below, we have created challenges for families with kindergarteners as well as fifth graders. Our challenge to you is to find what stimulates your family's love for all things math and science. Here is a quick snapshot of the activities that have been planned:
Robotics & Scratch: Participate in Marin’s first Hour of Code event & learn to program robotic balls to do nifty tricks.
Mini-Maker Room: Create string artwork, make straw arrows, fold origami & construct objects to float in wind tunnels.
Solar Oven: Bake cookies & make corn pop in a solar parabolic oven using solely rays from the sun. If it rains, we will have a sonar candy making experiment instead.
Math Games: Expand your gaming skills and learn to use math through games.
Rockets: Launch your own bottle rocket & see Middle School Olympiads in action launch theirs.
Flying Carpets, Parabolas & Mylar Mirrors: Build mylar mirrors & make light sculptures using flying carpets.
Videos: Come see the compilation of award-winning films made by Marin’s very own.
RSVP: If you have not yet RSVP’d, we still encourage you to come. We're going to have a blast!

MARIN'S SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

Important Parent Survey
Please take 5 minutes to fill out this brief online survey about your transportation habits to and from school before the May 17th deadline. Parent feedback is necessary for potential future funding for Marin’s Safe Routes to School Program. Thank you for your participation.

Thank you

MARIN NEWSLETTER 4/10/2015

SPRING BREAK: April 13-17th is AUSD Spring Vacation Week. There will be no school during the week of April 13th as teachers and students take a well deserved break. Have a safe and fun spring break. Friday before spring break, April 10th, is a regular schedule day.

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Events

RESPECT MY SPIRIT DAY - PAJAMA DAY
Date: 5/22/2015
Location: No need to get dressed, stay in your PJ's all day!
MEMORIAL DAY
Date: 5/25/2015
Location: School closed for Memorial Day.
5TH GRADE SPRING CHOIR CONCERT
Date: 5/28/2015, 6 PM 7 PM
WALK AND ROLL TO SCHOOL
Date: 6/3/2015
BBQ HOT DOG AND CRAZY HAT DAY
Date: 6/10/2015

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 aritchie@ausdk12.org. 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 http://www.marinschoolpta.org/ 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 www.ausdk12.org. 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

Principal
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