Marin Elementary School

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Welcome to Marin! Please call (510) 558-4740 for the office and  (510) 558-4787 for all absences. Teacher/Parent/Caregiver conferences begin Tuesday November 10 and end on Tuesday November 24. No school Wednesday November 11 for Veteran's Day. Thanksgiving holiday is Wednesday, November 25-Friday November 27.

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HEALTHY FOODS REMINDER: We love celebrating birthdays, holidays (Valentine’s Day is coming soon),and special events at Marin School. The staff at Marin work hard to create a warm and nurturing atmosphere. It is important to remember that we offer healthy treats at school. For an event, please bring healthy treats and please do not send your child to school with candy. Thank you!


OPEN ENROLLMENT – SCHOOL TRANSFER: School Transfer Forms are now available in the school office. Please use this form to request a transfer to another elementary school in Albany. Return the completed form to the school office by Friday, March 25, 2016. If space becomes available at the requested school, a lottery will be held to select students for transfer. Requests received after the deadline will be added to the waiting list, but will have a lower priority than requests received on time. You will be contacted if your request is granted. Once contacted you must respond within 24 hours to accept the transfer. School transfers are not granted after the first two (2) weeks of school.
You may contact Linda Williams (510) 558-3762 if you have any questions.


A district wide Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten information night is planned for Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at 6:30 pm in the multi-purpose 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.


Monday, January 18: All schools will be closed this day 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, non-violent demonstration and acceptance of all.


WELCOME BACK: It may be cool outside, but in Marin classrooms we are busy and warm, settling into the new year. It is good to have all your children back with us. Happy New Year!


WINTER BREAK REMINDER: Albany Schools will be closed for two weeks beginning Monday,December 21, 2015. Friday, December 18, our last day of school, we will be on a regular schedule. We return to schoolon Monday, January 4, 2016. Happy Holidays!


WINTER BREAK REMINDER: Albany Schools will be closed for two weeks beginning Monday,December 21, 2015. Friday, December 18, our last day of school, we will be on a regular schedule. We return to school on Monday, January 4, 2016. Happy Holidays!

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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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