Cougar Connection

May 2015 - Kitley Elementary


Dear Kitley Families,

With warmer weather FINALLY here, we can open the windows, work outside, and enjoy recess. It is hard to believe that MAY is here and we are down to just a few weeks left of our school year. Thank you to all of our volunteers this past year for your extra efforts. I would also like to thank our PTC. They have been phenomenal this year by putting in the extra hours for our kids. The Kitley PTC is looking forward to next year with goals to increase the amount of members, meeting attendance, and launch our next theme. Our mission is to grow our PTC membership and add to our volunteer list. We NEED and APPRECIATE our parents!!

We have several exciting events planned for the end of the school year. We will be administering Part 2 of ISTEP+ for grades 3-5 from May 4-May 11. Staff Appreciation week is May 11-May 15. The 5th grade JAM will take place after school on May 15 until 5:30pm. We are still looking for some 5th grade parents to help out with this fun event!

Our end of the year kindergarten program schedule is as follows:

* 5/11 2:45 Bengs, VanVleet, Rabourn

* 5/12 2:45 Fiddler, Miss G.

* 5/14 2:45 Huxley, Mrs. Gildea

The Folk Dance Club and Culture Club is working hard to prepare for Kitley’s 2nd Annual International Fair, which will be held on May 21st at 6:30pm. Please join us for food, music, and other cultural activities.

We will also be celebrating Field Days on May 21 (grades K-2) and May 22 (grades 3-5) with the rain date being May 26. Lastly, we will be celebrating our Teacher of the Year, Susan Blosser at the Teacher of the Year ceremony on May 13th. Congrats! Mrs. Stevenson!

The last day of school will be on May 27th. Please join us for our VIP Volunteer Breakfast on May 22 @ 8:00am IF you have volunteered this year! We appreciate YOU and want to treat YOU!! Kitley’s Awards Day Ceremony will then be held in the gym. We will begin at 9:30am and are excited to celebrate our students on this day. We hope to see you then!

Finally, I want to invite everyone to accept my invitation to the REMIND link included in this newsletter. It is another way for us to communicate information, news, and events with our Kitley family. Have a wonderful weekend!

Always learning,

Mrs. Schoene


We have ordered extra yearbooks, and still have several for sale! If you would still like to purchase a yearbook, please send in $17 with your student. Checks can be made out to Kitley Elementary.

Mrs. Schoene would like you to join Kitley Principal on Remind!

What is Remind and Why is it Safe?

Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students and parents. Subscribe by text, email, or using the Remind app, available through iTunes or Android. All personal information is kept private. Teachers will NEVER see your phone number, nor will you see theirs. To sign up, please visit

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From the Media Center

Please remind your child to return books to the library. Check out has ended for the year, and we are trying to prepare for inventory. If a book is lost, please check with the library for the replacement cost. Thank you for your support!


Everyday Mathematics at Home:

Use Questions to Help

Although it’s tempting to give children answers when they’re confused, they learn more if you help them discover the answers for themselves. Try doing this with questions such as these:

* Have you seen problems like this before? Is there an example anywhere that might help?

* What is the problem asking you to do or to find?

* What’s one idea you have for finding an answer?

* Can you draw a picture of the problem? Can you use objects (like coins, beans, and so forth) to show the problem?

Writing at Home:

It’s all in the details

Commenting in general on your child’s writing is good. Offering a specific compliment is even better. “My favorite part of your story was when you said…” Be sure to tell him/her what part you liked best, but also why you liked is so much. Specific compliments from readers and listeners give the writer an idea of what worked in the writing and what to do again the next time he writes.

Kitley's 2nd Annual International Fair

Kitley Elementary International Fair

Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:30pm-8pm

* Are you interested in learning about other cultures?

* Do you want to have an evening filled with learning and fun?


Grab your passport and join us in exploring the different cultures represented by our Kitley families. Each country represented will have a table in the cafeteria displaying art, clothing, food, pictures, instruments or music from that heritage. The Kitley Folk Dance club will be sharing dances from around the world throughout the evening. We hope you can join us for this free event filled with learning and fun!

* Do you celebrate special customs?

* Are you from another country?

* Can you speak another language?

* Would you like to teach others about your culture?

We would like to learn more about your country and culture. If you are interested in displaying a booth at the International Fair please contact Mandy Scherger, ENL teacher at or 317-803-5978.

Field Day is Coming!!


THURSDAY, MAY 21 (K-2ND OUTSIDE) 12:30-3:00 ** 3rd-5th will have indoor activities throughout the day

FRIDAY, MAY 22 (3RD-5TH OUTSIDE) 12:30-3:00 ** K-2nd will have indoor activities throughout the day

RAIN DATE: TUESDAY MAY 26 WITH K-2nd at (9:30 - 12:00) and 3rd-5th at (12:30 - 3:00) (IF NEEDED)

Remember to wear tennis shoes and your Field Day T-shirt. If you did not order a t-shirt, try to wear your grade level's shirt color:







We will be seeking lots of parent volunteers to run our field day stations again this year so mark your calendars now to be a part of these exciting days!

More information regarding this will be coming home soon.

Thanks for your support!

Donna Chatham and Devin Anderson

Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run will be finishing a fantastic first season with the Fast Flash 5k. We would love to have the support of Kitley students and families during our celebration run. Join us for a great morning of fun, fitness, and friendship!! Plus, the school with the most students participating will win bragging rights and get to house the traveling Fast Flash trophy. Go Cougars!


  • Go to
  • The Infinite Campus icon on the right of the screen
  • Click on the "Infinite Campus Click here to jog in!" on center of the screen
  • Click on the Input your username and password
  • Select student from top of screen
  • Click on menu on left of screen for information you are looking for (ie. Grades, attendance, messages)

If you do not have a username for Infinite Campus, please email

You must be the parent/ legal guardian of a student to have access to that child's information on Infinite Campus.

Summer Servings

Come Join Us for Lunch This Summer!

The Star Express Child Nutrition Program of Franklin Township Community School Corporation is excited to offer the USDA federally funded Summer Servings Program again this year! We will have 5 locations in which to provide a meal, at no cost, to all children up to the age of 18. All meals must be consumed on site and are limited to one per child. Students do not have to have previously been on the School Meals Program to participate, nor do they need to apply. This program is not limited to Franklin Township students and all children are welcome. Lunch will be available Monday through Friday from

Thursday, June 4, 2015 to Friday, July 17, 2015 at all locations.

(All sites will be closed Thursday, July 2nd and Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.)

Below are the locations and serving times for this year’s Summer Servings Program:

1. Arlington Elementary School – 11:00-12:00pm

2. Echo Ridge Luxury Apartments – 11:15-11:45am (Rain location: Echo Ridge Clubhouse)

3. Hickory Knoll Mobile Home Park – 11:00-11:30am (Rain location: Hickory Knoll Office/Clubhouse)

4. Stratford Place Apartments – 11:00-11:30am (Rain location: Stratford Place Clubhouse)

5. Wildwood Farms – 11:15-11:45am (Rain location: Arlington Elementary)

Star Express is pleased to have this opportunity to continue to support the children of Franklin Township Schools.

For additional information, please contact Betsey Flores, Child Nutrition Supervisor or

Alison Powers, Assistant Child Nutrition Supervisor at 862-2411.


Congratulations to our newest board members! Crystal Hahn-president, Stacy DesJean-Vice President, Jennifer Tornatta-Treasurer, and Erin Lehmbeck-Secretary. We still have positions open! Positions still needed: 2 V.P.'s, 3 Event Coordinators, Spirit Wear Chairperson and Market Day Chairperson. If you are interested please email

Kitley's Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up

May 11-15th. Don't forget to let our teachers and staff know just how much we appreciate them!

A Message from the Clinic

As the school year draws to a close, please be aware that if your student has medication in the clinics, a parent must transport it home. Medication will not be released from the clinic unless a parent takes it home. Empty prescription bottles will be sent home with the student. Students with doctor’s orders to carry emergency medication will be allowed to carry the items home, as FT procedure allows.

If your student has any type of over-the-counter medication that is not used frequently, please come into the school to pick it up before the last day.

If your child must take a prescription medication at school, please arrange to pick up the prescription by end of the day on Wed. May 27. Any medication remaining after the end of the school day will be destroyed unless you have called the nurse in advance. The nurse is not in attendance over the summer. Thank you for your cooperation and support of student safety.

Thank you,

Heather Anderson RN

School Nurse

Kitley Elementary

Notice of Immunization Requirements for 6th Graders

Parents of current 5th graders:

Students need additional immunizations when they enter 6th grade. The IN State Dept. of Health’s required shots are Tdap and MCV4 for all 6th grade students. The requirement is based on grade level, not age; students who is 10 years old and up may receive the shots.

Please contact your student’s doctor as soon as possible to schedule an appointment before school begins in July 2015. Doctor’ offices may have limited appointments if you wait to call. The exclusion date for students without the shots is September 22, 2015. Written proof of appointment must be on file for the student to continue to attend beyond Sept. 22. Please send your elementary school nurse a copy of the updated shots if your student has already received the required shots. Send the middle school nurse the records if appointments are over the summer.

If you have questions you may call Peg Stanish RN, Supervisor of Health Services, at 862-2411 or Heather Anderson RN, Jenny Kiger RN, or Sandie Hickey LPN at Kitley at 803—5977. Thank you so much.

In addition to your private providers, the Marion Co. Health Dept. has many appointment times and walk-in clinics. Call (317)221-5700 for more information. The Jane Pauley Community Health Center at Hawthorne Elementary School (8301 E. Rawles Ave.) provides immunizations at affordable prices and accepts major insurance plans. Appointments are necessary—call (317)532-3999 for more details.

More information may be found at:

Indianapolis Children’s Choir Choral Fest

The camp that is more than just singing. June 15-10, 2015 and July 20-24, 2015

For students entering grades 3-8

*There are also programs available for students entering grades 1-3 as well as a program for students with special needs. For more information visit their website at or call 317-940-9640



Ever wonder what is going on in your child’s related arts classrooms? Now you can visit our new website! Visit to find information on schedules, upcoming events and more!


Click on the link to see the new menu for the second semester! There is also a FREE app for iPhone and Androids called School Lunch by Nutrislice. Star Express has worked hard to get the new site up and running. They have updated the menus!

Reminders and General Information

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