A benefit in honor of Caleb Sears OCT 3rd. It is an evening of arts and entertainment that includes a silent auction at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco on Oct 3rd. 100% of the profits will go to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. The hospital staff will be attending the event and will speak about how this benefit will serve the children at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. This is the link to the Project Yellow Balloon website.


MARIN SCHOOL E-TREE – The e-tree is an email group for Marin Elementary, moderated by the PTA. It is extremely important as it is the primary method of communication between the school and families. Sign up now to start receiving important school, district, and PTA announcements. Go to the group webpage at and follow the instructions to join, or simply send a blank email message to:


Ask A Teacher!

The Marin Elementary Ask A Teacher! Panel convened on May 12, 2015 and answered 19 questions about education at Marin.

We would like to thank the Panelists for their time and thoughtfulness.

Stephen Naiff — 2nd grade teacher, Liz Reimuller — 3rd grade teacher, Casey Daniel — 4th grade teacher

Melisa Pfohl — 5th grade teacher, Sara Haller — Resource Specialist and Intervention Specialist

Here are the questions and answers.  AskATeacher–TheAnswers


The New Marin School

Last night WLC Architects unveiled plans for the new Marin School building at the Facilities Community Meeting. The two-story building hugs Santa Fe Street, with a large multi-purpose room and covered lunch area forming the short arm of an “L” along Marin Avenue. There will be a large new entrance at the corner of Santa Fe and Marin. In addition, all the existing entrances will be maintained. By building up to two stories, the plans enable Marin to have 4 classrooms for every grade level and 2 dedicated Tupelo rooms, while increasing yard space by about 50%.

Marin neighbors came to the meeting, and overall seemed pleased with the placement, appearance, and elevation of the building.

Teachers, parents, and staff have worked many hours with WLC to ensure that the building includes the most important features required for a good learning environment. Space and funding are key limitations. The core committee is Natalie Brice, Jeanne Cajina, Judith Carey, Casey Daniel, David Janinis, Janet Nichols, Sam Prowell, Maria Riggio, Alexia Ritchie, Juanita Rynerson, Holly White, and Corrie Winnacker. There are plans to posting the drawings to a website, Marin will provide a link when that is available.

Allan Garde, chief financial official for our district also spoke. We will be asking the state for the money to build, first through a seismic retrofitting fund and then for hardship funds. Submission to the state agency is planned for December 2014, with the state’s decisions announced mid- to year-end of 2015. This means that the early possible action, if funding is achieved, would be to start demolition in the summer of 2016.

Marin-Santa Fe Corner

Marin-Santa Fr Corner


Bid's Eye View

Bird’s Eye View


20141124 Landscape Site Plan

Landscaping Site Plan



Schoolcare Board of Directors Thank Marin School Families

Schoolcare offers thank you to Marin School for generously donating this year’s Auction raffle proceeds to its organization.

What is SchoolCARE?
SchoolCARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, committed to providing long-term funding to ensure that the high standards of education in Albany are maintained, despite state budget cuts. Since 2001, when it was established by a group of concerned parents and community members, SchoolCARE has provided more than $3.2 million to equitably support all of Albany’s K-12 schools.