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Message From Superintendent, Dr. Steven Herzog
Office Hours April 14 - 18
For the week of Spring Break, school offices will be closed.  The District Office will be open during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Reed Kindergarten Schedule 2014-2015

At the Board meeting Tuesday, April 7, Trustees unanimously supported Superintendent Herzog’s recommendation to keep our 2014-2015 kindergarteners daily schedule from 8:20 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.   All RUSD students will again be dismissed an hour early on Wednesdays to create extra Teacher Professional Development time. The Wednesday kindergarten schedule will remain 8:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The location and time for RUSD’s transitional kindergarten (TK) program is still not finalized. We hope to finalize TK plans by the end of April.  

Enrollment growth pressures continue to challenge our District but the longer day kindergarten program will be preserve another year. 
Parcel Tax Election May 6
As you are likely aware, Measure B for RUSD schools is on the special all-mail ballot that will be arriving to every voter registered in the District this week. Look out for your ballot in the mail this week, and if you don’t receive your ballot call the Marin County Registrar of Voters at (415) 473-6441

The last date to register to vote or to update your registration in order to be eligible to cast a vote on Measure B is April 21. If you are not sure about where you are registered to vote, you can call the Marin County Registrar of Voters at (415) 473-6448 or check online at To register to vote online, go to This election will be conducted entirely by mail, meaning that there will be no polling places open on Election Day. All ballots must be received by the Marin County Registrar of Voters by May 6 in order to be counted. Postmarks do not count, so be sure to have your ballot in the mail by May 1 to be safe.


Congratulations to our Golden Bell Recipients!


We are happy to announce the names of the three Reed Union School District teachers receiving the Golden Bell Award for 2013 - Janet Raiche at Reed School, Kristen Bradshaw from Bel Aire, and Zach Barnes from Del Mar. These three outstanding employees will be recognized at the Marin County Golden Bell Evening of Education at Dominican University in San Rafael on Thursday, May 22.


These outstanding teachers will be among those honored at the RUSD Celebration of Education on Wednesday, May 21 at 3:00 PM, to be held at St. Stephens Church Hall in Belvedere. Parents and staff members will receive more details next week regarding that event.

PTA Seeks Nominations for Phoebe Hearst Outstanding Educator Award
For more than a century, the National Parent Teacher Association has provided support, information, and resources to families focused on the health and education of children.  The PTA organization was founded in 1897 by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst in Washington D. C., and was initially called the National Congress of Mothers.  PTA was created to meet a profound challenge:  to better the lives of children.  And today, PTA continues to flourish because it has never lost sight of its goal of changing the lives of children across our nation for the better.

Each year PTAs in school districts across the country each honor one outstanding teacher with the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Outstanding Educator Award.  In RUSD the teacher receives a $500 grant, his or her name and picture on a plaque that is displayed in the Superintendent's Office, and a Touchstone Tile in their honor.  This national award recognizes professional excellence and extraordinary personal commitment by an educator.  

If there is one thing everyone knows about the Reed Union School District, it is that our schools are staffed with the best and brightest in the teaching profession.  In asking for your nominations for this award, we respectfully request that parents describe specific and substantive achievements by an individual RUSD teacher who alone stands above the rest as the one teacher who has – beyond all others – made a significant difference to improve the lives of children.  Your thoughtful and reflective letter describing that one teacher’s special achievements is key to the selection process.  Selection will not be based on the number of nominations a teacher receives but by the contributions that teacher makes to the lives of our children.

Nominations must be received by April 30, 2014.  Nomination letters may be sent either to the RUSD District Office, Attention Superintendent Dr. Steven Herzog/Phoebe Hearst Award or by email to

The recipient of the Phoebe Hearst Award will be announced at the Celebration of Education on May 21, 2014.  More information on that event will be available in the next few weeks.

Facility Needs Task Force

Over the past decade our student population has grown by more than 50% and enrollment increases are projected again for next year.  So many added students have placed extreme pressures on all district facilities.  At Tuesday evening’s Board meeting several RUSD parents offered to share their expertise to help our District develop and implement a long-term facilities improvement plan.   Staff and Trustees have had several discussions the past 18 months about classroom space challenges, and a facilities audit was completed in January.  We want to take advantage of the wealth of facility planning expertise in our community and are seeking volunteers to help us plan for the future of RUSD. If you are interested in serving on a Facilities Needs Task Force, please email Brenda Lavigne at Thank you.


Key Dates

Mon Apr 7
9 - 12 pm  Special Board Meeting
Tue Apr 8
6 - 8 pm  Board Meeting
Wed Apr 9
8:30 - 9:30 am  RD PTA Mtg.
9 - 10 am Foundation Mtg.
6:30 - 8 pm  BA Open House
Thu Apr 10
8:20 - 9:20 am DM PTA Mtg
12:15 - 12:45 pm  BA Liberia Carnival
6 - 7:30 pm  RD Open House
Apr 14 - Apr 18
Spring Recess
Thu Apr 24
6:30 - 8 pm  DM Open House
Tue Apr 29
K Music Club Spring Performance
Wed Apr 30
1st & 2nd Grds Music Club and BA Performance
Thu May 1
Foundation 1.9K for $1.9M Fun Run
3 pm Check In  4 pm Fun Run begins!!

Foundation For Reed Schools
The Foundation for Reed Schools supports Music, Art, Technology, Physical Education, Foreign Language, and Library.