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Understanding Gender Identity and Supporting Transgender Youth - virtual community event

Understanding Gender Identity and Supporting Transgender Youth - virtual community event

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/244849259727 On February 2nd, we invite you to join The Marin School and The Spahr Center for a virtual presentation on gender identity, and to learn how you can support the transgender youth in your life. Part 1: LGBTQ+ 101 A breakdown of terminology, pronouns, language best practices, myths and facts about gender identity, plus time to answer audience questions. Part 2: Panel Discussion and Q+A with: Fel Agrelius, Director of LGBTQ+ Programs at The Spahr Center Alex Marshall, student at Evergreen College, LGBTQ activist, and former TMS student Andrea Coughlan, parent group facilitator, educator, and Alex’s mom. The panel will be moderated by Janna Barkin, Parent Group Advisor at the The Spahr Center, author, educator, and mom of a transgender son. The panelists will share personal stories, answer questions, and talk about why it is especially important to support transgender youth and how each of us can do that right now.

Check out TMS Student  photography in FastForward Magazine

Check out TMS Student photography in FastForward Magazine

www.fastforwardweb.com Check out pages:16, 20, 22, 26-27 & 29 to view current and graduated TMS student's photography in FastForward magazine! Click here, then scroll down to view the photography contest issue.

Financial aid for returning families: deadline is February 12, 2022

Financial aid for returning families: deadline is February 12, 2022

The re-enrollment process for the coming school year will begin soon!
Are you prepared?


The deadline for returning families to submit a Financial Aid application and supporting documentation is Saturday, February 12th, 2022. The financial aid application deadline for returning families is Saturday, February 12th. In order to submit the required supporting documents by this deadline, please be sure to file your 2021 income tax statements as soon as possible.

That being said, we understand that for some families, not all tax documents will be in-hand by the February deadline. We will accept an informed estimate or draft of the 2021 tax return if necessary. Please be sure to clearly indicate “Draft” or “Estimate.” Your 2020 1040 must be submitted to be considered. If waiting on K-1 requires you to file an extension, please upload a draft tax return clearly titled or marked “Draft” or “Estimate.” Some important reminders:
Unless there has been a change to your family's income, you can expect that your award will remain relatively similar to the previous year's award. Returning students are prioritized over new students in our Financial Aid budget. This is why we request complete your application by the February 12th deadline. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Sierra Antonio, Director of Admissions + Marketing: santonio@themarinschool.org How to complete the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) Visit the SSS Family Portal at www.solutionsbysss.com/parents/. Create your Family Portal account with your email address and a password. If you applied for financial aid last year, log into the Family Portal as a Returning Family using the same email address and password. You can log out of the portal at any time and return later to finish it. Next steps: After you pay for and submit your PFS, you have access to the Family Portal’s “My Documents” tab to upload required documents as part of your application process. For more info, visit www.themarinschool.org/tuition-and-financial-aid

11th Grade Family College Night: 11/16 6pm

11th Grade Family College Night: 11/16 6pm

Dear 11th grade Students and Parents, Thank you very much for your patience while I healed and helped the seniors get in their Early Applications. We had 14 of the 21 seniors complete an application for the November 1st deadlines which means many will hear results in December. Next year you will also be going through this process and I want to give you all a preview of the timeline, supports and opportunities you will have at TMS during your College Process. I will be hosting an 11th grade family college night on Tuesday Nov. 16th. at 6pm. This will be a virtual event and you all will receive packets with further information before the event. Please Save the Date: 11th Grade Family College Night Tuesday Nov. 16th at 6pm Best Regards, Brad Jackson

Updated 2021-22 Calendar

Updated 2021-22 Calendar

Get to know TMS! Virtual info Session + Open House

Get to know TMS! Virtual info Session + Open House

Two ways to experience The Marin School! Virtual Info Session, Saturday, November 6, 10:00-11:00 am Learn more about The Marin School's curriculum, program, and community values from TMS faculty and staff, and hear current students share what it's like to be part of the TMS family. RSVP to the Admissions Office: admissions@themarinschool.org or register with Ravenna! Open House + Small Group Workshops: Wednesday, December 1st, 6:00-8:00 pm Join us for an Open House where prospective students have the opportunity to attend two 30-minute workshops led by TMS faculty and staff. ​ ​ In addition to learning more about TMS's curriculum, community, and teaching philosophy, you'll have the opportunity to experience a hands-on workshop led by our faculty. ​ When you register, you'll have the opportunity to review our "course offerings" for the day and rank your top three choices. RSVP to the Admissions Office: admissions@themarinschool.org or register with Ravenna! Important Note about health and safety protocols for in-person events Currently, all visitors and event attendees are required to show proof of vaccination and remain masked for in-person school-sponsored events. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility in advance as we work to maintain the health and safety of our community and to continue to welcome visitors to our campus.

Please keep in mind that as the season progresses, we may need to make changes to our protocol and event formats. Thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility!

New Marin County Public Health Guidance for Schools

New Marin County Public Health Guidance for Schools

Dear TMS community, I hope this note finds you well as we head into the weekend. I am writing to share news about some changes to COVID-19 safety guidelines on campus. As you may have heard, Marin County Public Health is updating their recommended guidance for all Marin County schools based on trends in transmission rates, vaccination rates, prevalence of variants, and impacts on the hospital system. If you would like to view the updated guidance document in its entirety, it is linked here. There are two immediate ways that this guidance affects how we will run school as of Monday, October 11th: First, wearing a mask **outdoors** will now be **optional.** Please note that masks are still required indoors, and that faculty, staff, and students will still be allowed to wear a mask outdoors if they choose to do so. Obviously, students or employees themselves may be vulnerable, or they may have a family member who is vulnerable. In those cases we fully support wearing a mask outdoors on campus, and I would recommend that if a student or employee is particularly concerned about this change, they wear a KN95 or similar mask to give them ample protection. Our community will be committed to respecting the choice to wear a mask outdoors. Please note: all visitors to campus who are not students or employees will still be required to wear a mask at all times, including outdoors. Second, we will no longer have designated outdoor eating areas for different grade levels. We will return to the model we had at the beginning of the 2021/22 school year, when students could eat anywhere outside. Students will still be required to eat outdoors, unless there is bad weather or the student has a relevant accommodation. There are other changes we will make in the near future that are specific to life at TMS, but the two changes above are reflected in the new Marin County general guidance for all schools, so I wanted to get this information out as soon as possible. As noted above, these changes will go into effect this coming Monday, October 11th. I know that for some, the change in guidance around masks in particular will be a welcome relief. For others, this change around masking will undoubtedly be a source of continued anxiety about COVID-19. I want to emphasize that I trust Marin County Public Health’s scientific approach, and believe that the county would not make this change without ample evidence in support. TMS also has very high vaccination rates among its employees (100%) and among its students (96%); those are some of the highest rates that I have seen posted on Marin County school websites. TMS’ high vaccination rate greatly increases my confidence in adopting this change. For the health and safety of our entire community, please continue to follow all recommended guidance, including wearing masks indoors and staying home when sick so we can continue to make progress. Stay tuned for more updates as we incorporate these changes and make other alterations to our on-campus rules. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. We’re in this together, Ben

Vaccination Update 10/15/21

Vaccination Update 10/15/21

100% of TMS faculty & staff and 97% of our students are currently vaccinated as of Friday, October 15th.

Join us for an open House or virtual info session!

Join us for an open House or virtual info session!

Two ways to experience The Marin School! Virtual Info Session, Thursday, October 7th, 6:30-7:30 pm Learn more about The Marin School's curriculum, program, and community values from TMS faculty and staff, and hear current students share what it's like to be part of the TMS family. RSVP to the Admissions Office: admissions@themarinschool.org or register with Ravenna! Open House + Small Group Workshops: Sunday, October 17, 3:00-5:00 pm Join us for an Open House where prospective students have the opportunity to attend two 30-minute workshops led by TMS faculty and staff. ​ ​ In addition to learning more about TMS's curriculum, community, and teaching philosophy, you'll have the opportunity to experience a hands-on workshop led by our faculty. ​ When you register, you'll have the opportunity to review our "course offerings" for the day and rank your top three choices. RSVP to the Admissions Office: admissions@themarinschool.org or register with Ravenna! Important Note about health and safety protocols for in-person events Currently, all visitors and event attendees are required to show proof of vaccination and remain masked for in-person school-sponsored events. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility in advance as we work to maintain the health and safety of our community and to continue to welcome visitors to our campus.

Please keep in mind that as the season progresses, we may need to make changes to our protocol and event formats. Thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility!

CAIS accreditation news!

CAIS accreditation news!

Dear TMS family, After all the complex communications surrounding the start of the school year—from class schedules to registration to mask requirements and vaccinations—I thought I’d take a minute to share some plain old good news. The Marin School has been accredited by WASC (the Western Association of Schools and Colleges) for many years. Without that accreditation, we couldn’t operate and graduate students to 4-year universities. TMS is also a member of CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools), which provides its own training and accreditation to private institutions across the state. In preparation for our latest accreditation cycle, TMS was invited to seek combined WASC/CAIS accreditation—which sets a much higher standard for independent school practices and performance. After more than a year of reflection, research, and writing, the school submitted (then, with the pandemic, updated and re-submitted) a Self-Study report and hosted a visiting team of educators and assessors this April. Well, the results are in, and TMS has earned a 7-year WASC/CAIS accreditation—the longest period of time allotted before a school must reapply for renewal. We also dropped our CAIS “provisional” status along the way. (As a point of reference, only two provisional schools seeking CAIS accreditation this year were elevated to full member status.) This is a major achievement, made possible only by the hard work and excellence of our entire faculty, staff, board, and administration. On behalf of the TMS board of trustees, I hope you’ll join us in extending a huge thank you to Ben for his leadership, and to our previous Head of School, Barbara J. Brown, who spent much of her last year at TMS focused on our accreditation effort. But mostly, thanks to the continuing commitment of our faculty and staff, whose work every day has built TMS into an institution worthy of this recognition. Sincerely, Amy Jonak Chair of the Board of Trustees The Marin School

Sign up for TMS Lunch Service today!

Sign up for TMS Lunch Service today!

We are very excited to begin lunch service with Epicurean group next week. Below are instructions to create your account and begin placing orders. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: You can enroll with this program at any time, but if you would like to order lunch for next week, you must create your account and order online by the end of day Saturday, 8/28, at 12 am. **Students will need their student ID# in order to sign up, which TMS provided in a separate email.** MyMealOrder.com for school meals Welcome to your new dining experience with Epicurean Group! We know that tasty and nutritious food can help boost concentration and morale, which is crucial for well-being! ​ Our meals are packaged and labeled according to HACCP standards, in compostable packaging. We are working closely with our Campus Communities to determine your favorites! Please give us your feedback via email at Jim@epicurean-group.com. Our primary concern is the health and well-being of the students, campus community, and employees. Epicurean Group and Marin School have partnered with MyMealOrder.com to bring you a simple, seamless online ordering experience for lunch this school year. mymealorder.com Instructions Go to mymealorder.com and select “Login in here” Select “create a free account” Select “California” and “Marin School” as your district from the dropdown menus in the first account creation page Fill in the rest of your information (for the parent, not the student), and continue on to the third part of account creation Add your student(s) to your account using their student ID number**(see separate email from TMS) and their last name Check out the menu, and select items on the days of the week you would like to purchase food for Once your cart is loaded up, select the cart button on the top right to begin the checkout process Pay using Credit, Debit or ACH to check out. We appreciate you using this online system as a way for us to provide fantastic, nourishing food to your community. Thank you, The Marin School

Picture Day is September 2

Picture Day is September 2

The Marin School Picture Day is scheduled for Thursday, September 2nd! Stay tuned for details for your grade level!