Fund-a-Need Grants for this school year, separate from the KIK Annual Commitment, help support school community initiatives such as digital platforms, library enhancements, and unique tools to supplement student learning. KIK is the funding arm of the 2020-21 Fund-a-Need program and has partnered with the Kentfield Schools PTA (KSPTA) to administer the grant award process to realize special projects and make supplies available to our school community. KIK appreciates the Fund-a-Need Donors who generously gave last spring for this school year’s grants. See list of donors at right column.
Parents and members of the community can submit a proposal for a grant with school administration sponsorship. Grants will continue to be funded throughout the school year. The next deadline is January 10, 2021. The following have been funded for the 2020-21 school year:
|Second Round: Fund-a-Need Grants|
|Dance with Mr. S||Kindergarten||Science Kits
|Storytelling with Mr. S||1st grade||Art Supplies
|ESGI Assessment Tool
||1st grade||Author Visits- Torrey Maldonado
||5th – 8th grade|
|Science/ Art Projects||1st grade||Classroom Novel Sets for Book Groups
||5th – 8th grade|
|Rulers||3rd grade||Distance Learning Science Kits
||Individual Science Kits
|Eureka Math Digital Assessment Tool||K- 4th grade|
|More to come! Round 3 Due Date TBD!
|First Round: Fund-a-Need Grants|
|Styluses for Bacich iPads – 1st grade||1st grade||Home of The Brave Class Novel Set||5th grade|
|Social Emotional Learning With Superflex||2nd grade||Cuneiform Clay Tablets||6th grade|
|Zearn Notes||3rd – 4th grade||Flangoo||7th – 8th grade|
|Flocabulary Licenses||3rd – 4th grade||Whiteboard Kits||5th – 8th grade|
|Diversity/Racism/Ethnicity/Social Justice Books||K – 4th grade||Classroom Library Resources: Conversations About Race||5th – 8th grade|
|Dice/Dice Containers||5th grade|
FALL 2020 UPDATE: BACICH PLAYGROUND FUND-A-NEED
At the KIK Spring Auction back in 2019, our community raised nearly $100K to help with the construction of a new Bacich Playground through a “Fund-a-Need.” These designated dollars must be used for the specific program for which the Fund-a-Need was intended and cannot be redirected. The current playground is 20 years old while the average lifespan of a play structure is 10-15 years!
While our district has been moving forward with a number of capital projects paid for by bond money, our community has been patiently waiting on construction for the new playground. While waiting, there was some discussion about re-purposing the donated funds. However, considering
1. the age of our current playground
2. that the field and the playground are the focal points in our community, and
3. that construction/playground costs will only go up, the district and KIK decided that playground rehaul is one of our priorities for our community and children as students return full time to school following the pandemic.
A little more info: KIK needed to work with our district to come up with the remainder of the cost of construction. To secure extra funds, the District and Board of Trustees went through an exploratory design and programming period which determined that the entire cost of the playground overhaul requires:
1. grading and infrastructure work (about $150K), and
2: the playground equipment itself ($100K).
We have the $100K secured thanks to our donors! The remainder of the money will come from bond money set aside for capital improvements.
Why didn’t this happen earlier? Our district and trustees have set aside the playground issue for a time while dealing with a number of fiscal priorities and unprecedented emergency issues. Now that the remainder of the monies have been secured and plans are being finalized, KSD and KIK can now move forward with finite plans for the new playground. Thank you all for your patience and dedication to our Greenbrae/Kentfield community and schools!
Tune into our Board of Trustees Meetings and/or Archives for playground updates. KIK would like to again thank our Fund-a-Need donors that gave generously to build an updated and safe playground structure for our community.
|2020-2021 BACICH PLAYGROUND PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE|
|OCT 2020||Civil engineering/topography assessment|
|NOV 2020||Propose design of structure to Stakeholders|
|DEC 2020||Approve play structure design|
|JAN/FEB 2021||Submit order of play structure to begin manufacturing and delivery; map out grading ramping, etc.|
|MAR/APR 2021||Manufacturing completed|
|JUNE 2021||Break ground to begin installation; beginning to end construction estimated at 4 weeks|
|AUGUST 2021||Ribbon Cutting Celebration|
Every year, our community raises money through the Fund-a-Need program at the Spring Auction to deliver a specific need to our school district. In years past, our Fund-a-Need program has raised money for the following:
|Technology||2010||Bacich & Kent|
|Technology||2011||Bacich & Kent|
|Chromebooks/ipads/Apple mini/Seagate server||2013||Bacich & Kent|
|Maker Space printers, lasers, soldering station and more
||2015||Bacich & Kent|
|iPads||2017||Bacich & Kent|
|“Back 50” – outdoor blacktop play space||2018||Kent|
|KIK/ KSPTA Grant Program||2020||Bacich & Kent|