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January 28, 2015

Measles in the Bay Area

Recently, you may have read or heard about RUSD in the news concerning measles and immunizations. I want to provide you with additional information concerning these critical issues. As you know, measles is currently active in the Bay Area. As of today, there are no reported cases in Marin County. We are pleased by the high rate of measles immunization among RUSD students (96.6% -- which is in fact higher than the percentage reported in recent news reports) and continue to encourage parents to immunize their children. However, California law recognizes the rights of parents of public school children to refuse vaccinations for their children by completing a "Personal Belief Waiver." By monitoring which children are unvaccinated against measles, the District is able to contact those families if notified by the Marin County Public Health Officer, Dr. Matt Willis, of a measles outbreak in Marin.


California law protects the rights of parents to refuse to vaccinate their children and, in doing so, prohibits schools from excluding these children from school unless there is an active outbreak. If a measles outbreak were to arise, the District would comply with the orders of Dr. Willis and all children who are not fully immunized against measles would be ordered to stay out of school. Importantly, the decision regarding whether non-immunized children may attend RUSD, in the face of an outbreak, is one made by the County Health Officer, not RUSD Administration or Trustees.


Personal Belief Waivers have been an option for parents in California for many years. Parents are required to sign a statement of their personal belief against vaccinations. Importantly, the law regarding Personal Belief Waivers recently changed. As of the start of the 2015-2016 school year, parents seeking such a waiver must obtain the signature of a medical doctor, stating that the parents have been advised of the risk of not vaccinating their child.


At RUSD, safety of our students is of paramount concern. We encourage parents to take steps to ensure the safety of their children, and all children in our District.


Please see this message, sent today, from Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer  




Registration Information 2015-2016

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten (TK)


When and how can I register my child for Kindergarten or TK?

Registration of new students in kindergarten and TK will be held on  March 3, 4, and 5, 2015.  Login details will be posted in the next few weeks, but we are able to tell you now that much of the registration process (including submitting copies of documents and completing forms) can be completed online, prior to the time parents come to Reed to finalize their student's registration. This new online system, Registration Gateway, will also allow parents to schedule an appointment, with morning, afternoon and evening times available.  Returning parents will also use Registration Gateway for updating student registration information and immunization records, replacing InfoSnap, which has been used for the past several years.


Early registration (on March 3, 4, 5) of students for kindergarten or TK will help the district determine how many teachers to hire for the fall. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to register during this window.


Kindergarten 2015-16
Kindergarten students at Reed School for 2015-16 will attend school for the full day, with the same daily schedule as first and second graders.


What will the kindergarten schedule be in 2015-16?

As stated above, kindergarten students will attend school full days again in 2015-16. The precise start and end times will be finalized before the end of this school year.


Who can enroll in Kindergarten?

            Children born between December 3, 2009 and September 1, 2010 (fifth                    .           birthday falls on or before September 1, 2015) are only eligible for kindergarten 

in 2015-16.


Transitional Kindergarten 2015-16

We are in the planning stages for the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) class at Reed School for 2015-16 and anticipate it will again be a half-day program in the afternoon.


What will the TK schedule be in 2015-16?

The schedule for the 2015-16 school year has not yet finalized yet, but likely will be similar, depending on how many students enroll. During the 2014-2015 school year the TK class has met at Reed School from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM (with early dismissal at 1:30 PM on Wednesdays).


Who can enroll in TK?

            Children whose date of birth is between September 2 and December 2, 2010 only   

           are eligible to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) for 2015-16. 



Camp Galileo is Coming to Reed!

From the Foundation for Reed Schools 
Help us reach 100% participation! Every donation counts! Make your Annual Giving Donation by 2/1 to be recognized in The Ark. Support The Foundation and help us reach our $1.9 million goal!
Currently 26% of RUSD families have donated. Donations to the Annual Giving Campaign received by February 1st will be acknowledged in our February "Thank You" Ad in The Ark newspaper. Credit cards are accepted and monthly payment plans are available. 
 today! Thank you to the families who have donated already!
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2015-2016 Nominating Committee Ballot Vote
Thank you to the following individuals for volunteering to help us select our next District PTA board! Before they begin their work, the general PTA body (anyone who is current with their PTA dues) needs to vote to confirm them. 5 of these ladies will be selected for the committee and 1 will be an alternate.  Please go to your school's office to fill out the official ballot. You may vote for 5 of the 6 candidates (1 ballot per family). Voting begins tomorrow and ends on Monday, February 9th. Thank you for your input in this important process.
1. Lara DellaRocca
2. Sherrill Lybrook
3. Stephanie Plexico
4. Juliette Rodenbeck
5. Tanja Ross
6. Nichole Rowles
Parent Speaker Series Presented by the District PTA:

Back by popular demand, Todd Sarner, family therapist and director of Transformative Parenting speaks about -
"Why Children Say No, Transforming Resistance and Defiance"- on 
Monday, February 9th, from 8:30-10am at the Kent Middle School LibraryAt any age, children are naturally inclined to resist and oppose when feeling pressured or controlled.  Although the reaction is quite normal and even healthy, its manifestations and impact can be very frustrating and can make life difficult for parents and teachers. In this morning talk, Todd Sarner, MA MFT licensed marriage and family therapist, will present strategies on how to handle this misunderstood and troublesome reaction.  This is a free presentation, but space is limited.  Register online at:

Key Dates

Fri Jan 30
8:15 - 9:15 am  DM Parent Ed / Math
Tue Feb 3
9 am - 3 pm   BA 4th Grade Bike Safety
Thu Feb 5
DM 8th Grade Redwood Registration
Tue Feb 10
9 am - 3 pm   BA 4th Grade Bike Safety
6 pm Board Meeting
Wed Feb 11
8:30 - 9:30 am  RD PTA Meeting Rm 10
Thu Feb 13
BA Science Fair
8:15 - 9:15 am  DM PTA Meeting

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