Kenwood - December Newsletter

Check each Sunday for updates at the top of this newsletter

NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 13TH

Last week was such a blessing! We had three to four days of beautiful weather before our first big snowfall on Friday. We took advantage of the warm weather and conducted two fire drills within the same day! The students are doing such a great job with being flexible with our staggered fire drills throughout the day.


This past week we completed testing in kindergarten and first grade along with some other smaller screenings in second and third grade. We utilized this information during our professional development day on Friday to discuss the needs and support for our individual students. Some of our students moved out of the Reading Improvement Act as an identified student needing additional reading support. Thank you to the parents who work with your child(ren) at home in reading and math. We clearly do not have enough time during the day to reinforce all of the necessary skills and practice that it takes to move our students to grade level and above without your support. The time we all put in now will be time saved in the future!


This week we will continue to finish up on testing. As a reminder, school will get out two hours early this Friday, December 18th. Since this is a shortened day, we have revamped our specials schedule to twenty minutes and on the "off time" students will play BINGO for a chance to win a fun holiday prize. All students will receive a holiday pencil from Mrs. Clevenger as a gift.


Another friendly reminder, the district has decided to give students an extended holiday break by not having them attend school on Monday and Tuesday, December 21st and 22nd. On behalf of the Kenwood Elementary staff, we wish you a happy holiday break! Be positive, be safe, and stay healthy!

Pajama Day on FRIDAY

We are celebrating the last day before break by wearing pajamas. If you so choose to wear pajamas, please wear something warm as we will continue to go outside for recess if the weather continues to permit us.

FEED YOUR COMMUNITY DRIVE

SUCCESS! Our Kenwood students and family have outdone themselves by exceeding the last two year's goals of 1000 cans or food items. This year we raised 1,707 canned or food items that was shared with the Salvation Army. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU! The gift of giving is something anyone can do to help provide cheer for others--no matter what age! Congratulations to Mr. Howard's 5th grade class for providing the most items and to Mrs. Birdwell's 2nd grade class for winning the drawing. Each class will get extra PE time. Thank you again to Mrs. Gillaspy and our Fuel Up to Play committee members for all of your work on this!

DISMISSAL TIMES FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18

*Please make prior arrangements to pick up your child on time on Friday.


Kindergarten and 1st grade dismiss at 1:15 PM


2nd and 3rd grade dismiss at 1:20 PM


4th and 5th grade dismiss at 1:25 PM

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Dec. 18th--last day of school before holiday break, wear your pajamas day

**There will NOT be school on December 21st and 22nd

January 6: 1st day back, 2nd Quarter Assembly

December Birthdays

December

1-Ava M.

2-Jayce G., Taylor R.

3-Allie C.

4-Connor G.

5-Avery M.

6-Atticus W., Gavin L.

7-Carley B.

8-Treldon J.

9-Maddox R.

14-Hadleigh D.

15-Madison P., Adaya B.

16-Hayden K.

18-Vivien L., Aod V.

20-Gage H., Brayden M.

21-Dawson H., Michael J.

22-Carson J., Wyatt B.

23-Kynley G., Naomee F, Dawnziah W.

26-Sparrow W.

28-Brooklyn P., Alaina L.

30-Kyle H.

31-Kyra B., Braelynn R.

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December Wall of Gratitude Winner

Ms. Butler won the drawing for our December Wall of Gratitude. Thank you to Ms. Butler for all that she does to help support our Kenwood students!

Impromptu Video of 5th graders using Boomwhackers to Play Holiday Music

NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 6TH

I have so many moments from this week to be proud of that I'd like to share with you. First of all, students in grades 2 through 5 took their time on their winter MAP tests in reading and math. I'm impressed with their positive self-talk and preparedness. Also, our Feed the Community Food Drive went phenomenally well! As of Thursday, Mrs. Gillaspy reported that our students overwhelmingly surpassed the last two year's goal of 1000 cans/food items for this drive. I can't wait to hear the grand total tomorrow at school. Thank you so much for helping our students learn the gift of giving and helping to support others. This gift of giving definitely helped our students feel pride in how they could help others.


This upcoming week, we will be testing students mostly in grades kindergarten through third grade. Please give your child a nice "pep talk" each morning next week.


The Bearcat Diner wants to send a friendly reminder that free meals do not include a milk with a cold lunch brought from home or an extra milk with a meal. Milk will be charged $.45 to their accounts so the children will need money in their accounts to be able to get them at lunch.


Reminder: No school on Friday, December 11th. Friday

December 18th--early dismissal

  • K-1 will dismiss at 1:15
  • Gr. 2-3 will dismiss at 1:20
  • Gr. 4-5 will dismiss at 1:25


WE'VE GOT THIS! LET'S KEEP OUR STUDENTS IN SCHOOL - - MASK UP!

BEARCAT DINER

The Bearcat Diner wants to send a friendly reminder that free meals do not include a milk with a cold lunch brought from home or an extra milk with a meal. Milk will be charged $.45 to their accounts so the children will need money in their accounts to be able to get them at lunch.

Feed Your Community Food Drive

We surpassed our last two year's goal of 1000 can/food items by Thursday. An update will be provided soon. We are so proud of our students and their families for helping support this cause. It helps our students feel proud that they can help out as well!
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Kenwood Selected for Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program

Dear Kenwood Elementary,


We are so excited to share that Kenwood PTO has been selected to be a part of the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag program that supports local non-profits, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment. For the month of December, each time a $2.50 red "My Heart" Reusable Bag is purchased at the Hy-Vee located at 5212 3rd Avenue, $1 will be donated to Kenwood PTO. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for our cause. Let’s get started! We can begin by spreading the news to our friends and family. Call, send emails, and post on social media. The more people who learn about the program and purchase the $2.50 red "My Heart" Reusable Bag during the month of December, the more money we will raise. To learn more about this program, please visit hy-vee.bags4mycause.com.


Best, Kenwood PTO fundraising Committee

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Upcoming Events:

Dec. 6-18--Winter testing

Dec. 11th-No school, professional development day

Dec. 18th--last day of school before holiday break, wear your pajamas day

**There will NOT be school on December 21st and 22nd

NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 29th

I hope everyone enjoyed their five day break and are ready to get back into the routine before we have our longer holiday break. I also hope everyone stayed safe and healthy so we can continue our in person learning.


This week we will begin winter testing to determine student learning. Being at school has been the biggest blessing and our students have been fortunate to continue their learning even under these trying and different circumstances. They continue to amaze me. Testing begins Wednesday and Thursday with grades 2 through 5 MAP Reading and Math tests. Please cheer your child on to just do their very best. Testing can be overwhelming for some students. To help them with anxiety and stress, have them practice positive self-talk. The more they hear this, the better they will feel.


  • "I can do this."
  • "I'll do my best."
  • "I am smart, confident, and capable."
  • "I am doing great."


This week our Fuel Up to Play 60 is planning a Feed Your Community Food Drive. Donations will go to the Salvation Army to assist in supplying Christmas dinner packages and to the Jubilee Center’s food pantry. Classes will get one entry per item donated to be put into a drawing for two EXTRA PE times to be had the week before our December holiday break. Students can bring food items to their classrooms. Thank you in advance for helping our students learn the importance of helping others.

CONGRATULATIONS! Pig Race Winner of $100--Londyn Johnson, Mrs. Luedke's 3rd grade

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Kenwood Spirit Wear--closes Monday, November 30th at 11:59 PM

Click here if you'd like to order Kenwood attire. These work great for Christmas gifts. In addition to t shirts and sweatshirts, you can order window clings, masks, sports bags, sweat pants, and sling backs. This picture is just one image available. Click here to see more:

Kenwood Spirit Wear link.

Feed Your Community Food Drive

Fuel Up to Play 60 is planning a Feed Your Community Food Drive November 30-December 4th. Donations will go to the Salvation Army to assist in supplying Christmas dinner packages and to the Jubilee Center’s food pantry. Classes will get one entry per item donated to be put into a drawing for two EXTRA PE times to be had the week before our December holiday break.
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Nov. 30th-Dec. 4th--Feed Your Community Food Drive

Dec. 11th-No school, professional development day

Dec. 21st and Dec. 22nd-No school, teacher work day *Not previously scheduled, please plan accordingly

REMINDER TO WASH THOSE MASKS!

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Kenwood School Song

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Mrs. Clevenger

Hello! My name is Jill Clevenger and I have the best job of being a principal at Kenwood Elementary. For sixteen years I've worked at Kenwood with the most wonderful students, parents, and staff that there is. You will love and enjoy your time at Kenwood Elementary. I can't wait to meet our newest cubs to our Cougar family!

Kenwood Staff Contacts

Principal:

Jill Clevenger-jilclevenger@kearneycats.com


Secretary:

Saralyn Feddersen - sarfeddersen@kearneycats.com


Social Worker:

Traci Hastings-trahastings@kearneycats.com


Counselor:

Counselor-Mary Fruhling- marfruhling@kearneycats.com


Kindergarten:

Kate Roehrich-katroehrich@kearneycats.com

Tori Fiala-torfiala@kearneycats.com

Sue Liveringhouse-sueliveringhouse@kearneycats.com


First Grade:

Jessika Lehmann-jeslehmann@kearneycats.com

Megan Szafrajda-megszafrajda@kearneycats.com

Barb Thompson-barthompson@kearneycats.com


Second Grade:

Allison Birdwell-allbirdwell@kearneycats.com

Tami Buss-tambuss@kearneycats.com

Holly Gilbreath-holgilbreath@kearneycats.com


Third Grade:

Melinda Hogeland-melhogeland@kearneycats.com

Beckie Luedke-becluedke@kearneycats.com

Kat Mundorf-katmundorf@kearneycats.com


Fourth Grade:

Megan Buerer - megbuerer@kearneycats.com

Rachelle Chamberlain - racchamberlain@kearneycats.com

Lynn Lebsack - lynlebsack@kearneycats.com


Fifth Grade:

Jane Bartee-janbartee@kearneycats.com

Broc Howard - brohoward@kearneycats.com

Janice Knispel - janknispel@kearneycats.com


Specials:

PE-Hope Gillaspy - hopgillaspy@kearneycats.com

Art-Rivkah Raffaeli - rivraffaeli@kearneycats.com

Music-Jake Consbruck - jacconsbruck@kearneycats.com

Media/Library-Mary Roesler- marroesler@kearneycats.com

Counselor-Mary Fruhling- marfruhling@kearneycats.com

Title Reading-Janice Polk - janpolk@kearneycats.com

Title Reading-Lisa Martenson - lismartenson@kearneycats.com

Special Education/TLC-Amanda McConnell - amamcconnell@kearneycats.com

Special Education-Katie Butler - katbutler@kearneycats.com

Special Education-Brooke Modlin - bromodlin@kearneycats.com

*Jayce Magnani (substitute for Mrs.Modlinl)-jaymagnani@kearneycats.com

Speech/Language-Trish Abels - triabels@kearneycats.com

School Psychologist-Ashley Carrier - ashcarrier@kearneycats.com


Permanent Substitute

Alexis Thiel-alethiel@kearneycats.com


Nurse-Sara Gomez--sargomez@kearneycats.com

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