Marin Elementary School

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News and Announcements


Dear Marin Families,
I'm sending a brief message to inform you of our actions regarding the changing air quality. The Albany Elementary School Principals have been checking reputable air quality sites throughout each day, to determine the quality of the air outside for our students and staff on campus. We have been talking frequently and making plans together for how to support our schools. We have been making decisions at each recess to either keep students inside, allow students to be outdoors, or provide for optional indoor options as needed.
For example, today and yesterday we ate and played indoors and had PE inside. This plan is flexible, as determined by the changing minute by minute air quality conditions.
We continue to send our positive thoughts for clear air and safety for all those affected by these terrible fires.
Melisa Pfohl, Principal
Marin Elementary

STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY: Tomorrow, Friday, October 13, is staff development day. There will be no school for students. School is closed.
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CHALK-IT-UP TOMORROW: Marin school’s Chalk-It-Up fundraiser takes place tomorrow, Saturday, October 7th, from 10 am to 3 pm. This event raises important funds for classroom fine art materials. Come decorate the halls with your chalk art and enjoy our community – it’s a fun day and a great way to support Marin School! If you did not purchase squares in advance, you can come and pay on Saturday.

Please see the attached CAASPP letter from Marie Williams, AUSD Director III- Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
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INTERNATIONAL WALK & ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY: Wednesday, October 4th, is the International Walk & Roll to School Day. This is a great opportunity to create community and celebrate our health, the environment, and our school spirit.
MARIN MORNING: Please join us in the big yard at 8:30 am on Wednesday, October 4th, for our next Marin Morning.
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PICTURE DAYS: “SMILE”-Thursday, September 28th and Friday, September 29th,
HotShots Portraits’ photographers will be here to take pictures of every student for school records. If your child is absent on picture day, the photographer will be back on Wednesday, October 4th , for Absent Photo Day. You will be receiving three proofs and you will be able to order portraits from HotShots directly online, not through the school office.
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BOOK FAIR: Books Inc. is coming to Marin! Mark your calendars for the dates of September 18-23. We are looking for volunteers to set up, cashier and keep the fair looking neat! The volunteer sign up binder is in the school office. Look for book fair details and information in your student’s folder, about this great event!
We are fortunate to have 2 author visits during Book Fair. On Wednesday, (9/20) at 2:15 pm, Dev Petty will read her newest book, “There's Nothing to Do!” and on Friday evening, (9/22) at 7:30 pm, graphic novelist, Alexis Fajardo, will talk about his series, Kid Beowolf. Please join us.
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BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT: All Parents (1st – 5th grades) are invited to Marin Back-to-School Night, Thursday, September 14th, 7:00-8:00 pm. I will welcome you at 7:00 pm in the Big Yard, next to the picnic tables, to introduce staff. PTA Co-Presidents Abby Wentworth and Jeanne Cajina will speak briefly about PTA. Following this brief presentation, teachers will meet you in their classrooms. I encourage you to make every effort to attend - teachers will be communicating many essential details about curriculum and their plans for the year. If you have specific questions/concerns about your child, please talk to the teacher at another time. Back to School Night is an adults-only evening. Please arrange child care in advance.
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LABOR DAY! Monday, September 4th, is Labor Day. School will be closed.
SPLIT READING: Tuesday, September 5th, we begin our split reading (early bird/late bird)schedule for grades 1, 2 and 3. This allows for an 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. School is still in session. No child or parent should be on the yard. 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.
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