February 28, 2019

March is upon us and spring is on the horizon! This is a time of year where work in classrooms increases in complexity, and learning abounds. It’s also a time of year when we begin to intentionally plan for the next school year.

To that end, last week our current sixth and seventh graders attended enrichment presentations led by our seventh and eighth grade enrichment teachers. Thanks to the creative interests and abilities of our teachers, and to the incredible financial support from Kentfield Invests in Kids (kik) and our Parcel Tax, we are able to provide our students with a diverse selection of enrichment offerings, sure to pique interests and develop skills in a variety of non-academic pursuits. During these presentations students learned about enrichments that all Falcons take, like seventh grade Life Skills and Service Innovation, and eighth grade Expressions. They also learned about courses students can elect to take that explore topics like art, drama, wood shop, coding, journalism, TED Talks, Film, Business, and more!

Current fifth graders will learn about their sixth grade enrichment rotations in May. Current seventh graders were also invited to apply to be eighth grade WEB Leaders next year. WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) Leaders must exhibit positive leadership qualities and attributes of a role model in order to be selected and trained for this important student leadership role. Please check in with your child about what he or she signed up to take next year! Please note, we work hard to align student schedules with their areas of interest, and while all students may not be assigned their first choice, all students will be assigned to one of their top selections.

As you may be aware, Val Fox is taking a personal leave from Kent for the remainder of the school year. After a thorough search for available and experienced physical education teachers in Marin County, our P.E. department ultimately decided to add Ms. Fox’s classes to their current teaching schedules – teaching classes during what were previously prep periods. Please know that if your child had Ms. Fox as their P.E. teacher, they now have a different Kent P.E. teacher who will teach the class for the remainder of the school year. I sincerely appreciate the team mindset of our P.E. department and their commitment of safe, supported, and healthy physical education experiences for our students.

I hope to see you at Kent soon!

Grant Althouse, Principal