Kenwood Newsletter-January 2023

Check each Sunday for updates at the top of this newsletter

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JANUARY 30TH-FEBRUARY 3RD

It looks like this upcoming week is going to be dreadfully cold outside. We appreciate our warm building on freezing days like these! I'm assuming we will have indoor recess for at least the first couple of days. The teachers do a wonderful job of getting the students moving by providing movement and brain breaks throughout the day.

Here are a couple of reminders for this week and upcoming weeks:

  • Sign up for parent-teacher conferences using this link or click on the button below in the newsletter.
  • The book fair will be set up in the library for families to visit during conferences. We ask that students not be left alone in the book fair and be supervised by an adult.
  • During your conference, if your child(ren) are with you, please have them sit with you so your full attention can be on the conference.
  • Thursday, February 2nd--Height and Weight Screening, Circle of Friends after school
  • Student drop off-please pull forward as much as possible when dropping off students. Some cars are pulling around vehicles which could end up in an accident. Thank you for being cautious around our building in the morning and after school.

Check out the upcoming events below in the newsletter. There's a Coin Challenge, conferences, book fair, and professional development days along with compensation days that you'll want to plan for.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is recognized as Black History Month. “Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today” (National Geographic). Each school day we will be recognizing an African American and his/her accomplishments.

February 1st-George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was a scientist and an inventor who found hundreds of uses for peanuts. He experimented with the legumes to make lotions, flour, soups, dyes, plastics, and gasoline. He was born into slavery in the 1860s. After slavery was abolished, he was able to get an education and his contributions to the field of agriculture would not be forgotten. Carver became the first Black scientist to be memorialized in a national monument.

February 2nd-Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman to serve in the United States Congress. She served 14 years in Congress, and helped open up opportunities for people like President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren. She had said she didn’t want to be remembered as the first woman or African American to do something. She wanted to be remembered as someone who "had guts."

February 3rd-Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman to obtain an international pilot’s license, soaring to new heights that Black people in the United States had never reached before. But as a Black woman in the 1920s, she faced many obstacles because of her race and gender. She said that “the air is the only place free from prejudice.”

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES SIGN UP

Click on this button to sign up for conferences.

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  1. I used to do jazz, ballet, and tap dancing.

  2. I played in a national slow pitch softball tournament in Louisiana.

  3. I was raised on a farm.

  4. I coached high school volleyball.

  5. I brought my tonsils to school for show and tell when I was in kindergarten.

Kenwood Principal, Mrs. Clevenger

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Second Step Weekly Focus-P: Pick the Best Solution

The final Problem-Solving Step is P: Pick the best solution! Once you have named the positive and negative consequence of each solution you thought of, you can pick the solution that works best. It’s easy to remember our Problem-Solving Steps because they spell the word “step,” S, T, E, P. Using the Problem-Solving Steps will help you get along better with your friends and family. This week, if you have a problem, remember to STEP it up and use the Problem-Solving Steps.

100 Days of Fun!

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February

1-Black History Month, HAL After School Activity

2-Height and weight screening

8-Parent - Teacher Conferences/Book Fair 4-9

9-Kindergarten field trip to Kearney Area Children's Museum

10-Healthy Snack Sales-1st Grade donations

13-Parent-Teacher Conferences/Book Fair 4-8:30

15-Parent-Teacher Conferences/Book Fair 4-8:30

15-17th--NO SCHOOL--Professional Development & Teacher Compensation Days for conferences

20-President's Day

20-24-Coin Challenge (PTO fundraiser)

22-HAL After School Activity

24-Science Olympiad

January Birthdays

January 2-Beckham C., Gavin P., Brooke B.

January 3-Maximus R.

January 4-Brynlee S.

January 5-Ryan K., Tahlayla J., Sawyer S.

January 8-Brayden J.

January 9-Peter M.

January 11-Dominic H.

January 13-Jayden H.

January 15-Dalton T.

January 16-Leo B.

January 17-Lauren L., Kaylee U., Griffin E.

January 18-Brennan O.

January 19-Annabelle S.

January 20-Sadie C.

January 21-Aislee S.

January 23-Logan E., Parker F., Kaitlynn G.

January 25-Kaitlynn G.

January 27-Charles K., Danica M.

January 30-Maxsen P.

January 31-Aleighna M.

July Birthdays--Celebrate 1/2 Birthdays

July 3-Ben K.

July 5-Gage T., Isaac A., Elaine A., Michael B.

July 6-Brinn K., Aspen J.

July 8-Kollins E., Cathena L.

July 9-Hank T., Wesley D.

July 10-Amarie O., Breyden B.

July 11-Ellyson S.

July 12-Serenity H., Ja'Miyah R.

July 13-Adam S., Kami B.

July 14-Aliyana C.

July 15-Kyler S.

July 16-Autumn H., Jameson C., Brysen A.

July 17-Zander N.

July 19-Kayla K., Silas H.

July 20-Wesley G., Dontavious W.

July 21-Mason S., Kendyl G., Madison S.

July 22-Braylon C.

July 23-Harper H., Grady H.

July 26-Gavon Paine

July 27-Logan S.

July 30-Jaxtin W.

July 31-Ariah L., David C.

JANUARY 23RD-27TH

Having two snow days in a row last week really threw me off. For our first graders, this was the first snow days that they've ever had while in our school system. I asked a lot of them if they spent time out in the snow and heard several great stories about sledding, four wheeling, and making snowmen and forts. Those are what snow days are all about!

We will gear back up for a full five day week this week. We don't have many events except for we did move the Healthy Snack Sales to this Friday, January 27th. We ask that 2nd graders donate healthy snack items and make sure your child brings a quarter or quarters to purchase a snack. Also, our kindergarten, first, second, and third graders will be attending the Magic School Bus at the Merryman Performing Arts Center on Friday afternoon. This is the first time that we will be taking over 250 students together outside of our building so most of our staff will be helping with this outing.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up. Click on this link Kenwood Parent-Teacher Conferences or contact SaraLyn Feddersen at 308-698-8200 to sign up for conferences.

That's it for this week. Have a wonderful Sunday!

CONGRATULATIONS TO 5TH GRADER, BRAYDEN HOCK!

Brayden Hock will represent Kenwood at the Buffalo County Spelling Bee in Amherst on February 7th. He competed with fourteen of his fifth grade classmates and came out on top! Best of luck to you, Brayden!

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Top 15 Contestants in our first ever Kenwood Spelling Bee!

We are all so very proud of these fifth graders for taking a risk and competing in the spelling bee in front of all of your peers and teachers. "You can do hard things!"

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Mrs. Bartee's class

Trevor Stott

Conner Pesek

Elly Schleusener

Aleighna McDaniel

Londyn Johnson


Mr. Howard's class

Holly Kelliher

Leo Mason

Harper Krantz

Parker Szafrajda

Liam Kelliher


Mrs. Luedke's Class

Jaelynn Schultz

Peter (Tonda) Morris

Brayden Hock

Blake Holliday

Breckyn Klingelhoefer

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Second Step Weekly Focus-E Explore the Consequences

The “E” in our Second Step Problem-Solving Steps stands for “explore the consequences.” A consequence is something that might happen if we chose to do one of our solutions. A consequence can be positive or negative. Exploring consequences helps us pick the best solution for our problem! This week, remember to ask yourself “If I did this solution, then what might happen?”
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  1. I love roller coasters.

  2. I played the drums and trumpet in middle school.

  3. My favorite food is mashed potatoes with Cheetos.

  4. I was voted class clown my senior year in high school.

  5. I’ve been to London, Paris, Rome and the top of the Eiffel Tower.

Mrs. Modlin, Special Education Teacher

  1. I am terrified of heights.

  2. When I was little I swam so much that my hair turned green from the chlorine!

  3. When I was 8 my neighbor accidentally slammed my finger in a door. My finger cut off and I had to have it attached.

  4. My husband and I met when we were 13 years old.

  5. I was born in Nebraska but raised in Minnesota.

Mrs. Fiala, Kindergarten teacher

February

1-Black History Month

2-Height and weight screening

8-Parent - Teacher Conferences 4-9

9-Kindergarten field trip to Kearney Area Children's Museum (tentative)

10-Healthy Snack Sales-1st Grade donations

13-Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8:30

15-Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8:30

15-17th--NO SCHOOL--Professional Development & Teacher Compensation Days for conferences

20-President's Day

24-Science Olympiad

JANUARY 16TH-20TH

Kearney Public Schools is bringing back the Spelling Bee! Congratulations to our top 15 students from 5th grade! They will move onto the building level spelling bee on Monday. The winner of this will travel and compete in Amherst at the local spelling bee for a chance to move on to the state level.

This week we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday. See below for more information on this holiday. We also will have Healthy Snack Sales on Friday and PTO is asking that 2nd grade students donate those snacks. Please remember to send a quarter or quarters with your child on this day so we don't have any tears. If you haven't visited the Kearney Public Library to see our students amazing art talent, you still have time. The last day for the art show is on Monday, January 23rd.

One friendly reminder at pick up/dismissal time is to please NOT park in the crosswalks. It's dangerous for people to walk through or around vehicles.

Congratulations to our Top 15 Spellers in 5th Grade! Good luck on Monday!

Mrs. Bartee's class

Trevor Stott

Conner Pesek

Elly Schleusener

Aleighna McDaniel

Londyn Johnson


Mr. Howard's class

Holly Kelliher

Leo Mason

Harper Krantz

Parker Szafrajda

Liam Kelliher


Mrs. Luedke's Class

Jaelynn Schultz

Peter (Tonda) Morris

Brayden Hock

Blake Holliday

Breckyn Klingelhoefer

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Second Step Weekly Focus-T Think of Solutions

Remembering the word “step,” S-T-E-P, will help you remember the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps. Last week we were focusing on the S step, S: Say the Problem. This week we’ll focus on the T step, T: Think of Solutions. Solutions help you solve the problem. They’re ideas about what you could do. Your solutions must always be safe and respectful. This week, if you have a problem, remember to say the problem and then think of solutions!

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY

MLK Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the poor and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind major civil rights events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.


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January

27-Magic School Bus at Merryman for grades K-3


February

1-Black History Month

2-Height and weight screening

8-Parent - Teacher Conferences 4-9

9-Kindergarten field trip to Kearney Area Children's Museum (tentative)

10-Healthy Snack Sales-1st Grade donations

13-Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8:30

15-Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8:30

15-17th--NO SCHOOL--Professional Development & Teacher Compensation Days for conferences

20-President's Day

24-Science Olympiad

January 9th-13th

We are ready to get back to a successful second half of the school year. As everyone can tell, time is flying fast.

This week at Kenwood:

  • Tuesday, January 10th-PTO Meeting at 7 PM in the art room-everyone is invited to attend
  • Wednesday, January 1th-5th grade Spelling Bee test
  • January 5th-23rd KPS Elementary School Winter Art Show at the Kearney Public Library during normal library hours-enjoy some amazing talents from our local students
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  1. I was born on the first day of summer.

  2. My left arm is almost 2 inches shorter than my right arm.

  3. I zip-lined over the Grand Canyon.

  4. One of my biggest fears is my food touching on a plate. Gross!

  5. I once swam with a sea turtle and held an octopus in my hand while snorkeling in Hawaii.

4th Grade Teacher, Megan Buerer

  1. I’ve lived in Kearney over half of my life but didn’t grow up here.

  2. On summer days you might find me at the lake.

  3. I used to be a substitute at Kenwood before teaching here.

  4. I grew up in the same town as Mrs. Lebsack.

  5. My son plays football at UNK.

3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Hogeland

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January

5-School begins

10-PTO meeting at 7 PM in the art room

16-Martin Luther King Jr. Day

20-Healthy Snack Sales-2nd grade donations

27-Magic School Bus at Merryman for grades K-3


February

1-Black History Month

2-Height and weight screening

8-Parent - Teacher Conferences 4-9

9-Kindergarten field trip to Kearney Area Children's Museum (tentative)

10-Healthy Snack Sales-1st Grade donations

13-Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8:30

15-Parent-Teacher Conferences 4-8:30

15-17th--NO SCHOOL--Professional Development & Teacher Compensation Days for conferences

20-President's Day

24-Science Olympiad

Second Step Weekly Focus-S Say the Problem

We all have problems that can be hard to solve. Using the Second Step Problem-Solving Steps can help us solve our problems! The first step is S: Say the problem. When you have a problem, it’s very important to say what the problem is respectfully and without blame. Knowing exactly what the problem is will help you find the best solution! This week, remember to use your words and say the problem respectfully.
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LUNCH

Parents are invited to lunch BUT we ask that you contact the school ahead of time so we can inform the Bearcat Diner of your order or other changes in schedules. Lunch times are also found on the Kenwood website. The month of May will be off limits as there are too many schedule conflicts to organize and work around so if you plan on coming, please do so before then. If you choose to bring fast food or other restaurant types of food, we will have you eat in the office or conference room area as it causes hard feelings for those who don't have those options.

Need to get a hold of a teacher, see the information at the bottom of this newsletter. We are here to help you!

PACING GUIDE

Parents, here are the pacing guides for each grade level in the core subject areas in case you are interested in knowing when particular skills will be taught.

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SCHOOL-WIDE ART MURAL

This turned out amazing! Thank you to Mrs. Raffaeli, Kenwood art teacher, for working with all Kenwood students on this "TEAM" art mural. Each hand has specific details of each individual student of our school. Our theme this year is just that "Together Everyone Achieves More" and this demonstrates that when we do work together, it can make a beautiful piece of art! I absolutely love this and how awesome it turned out! Come see it by our art room!
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LET'S STAY CONNECTED

We have numerous ways of staying connected and even more now--Remind App, school website, facebook, emails, texts--you name it. If you are ever having a difficult time getting a hold of someone, use the contact information below or contact the school. We want to make sure we stay in communication with everyone's needs.

Mrs. Clevenger

Hello! My name is Jill Clevenger and I have the best job of being a principal at Kenwood Elementary. This is my 18th year working 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 and see our Cougar family again!

Kenwood Staff Contacts

Principal:

Jill Clevenger-jilclevenger@kearneycats.com


Secretary:

Saralyn Feddersen - sarfeddersen@kearneycats.com


Social Worker:

Logann Collin-logcollin@kearneycats.com


Counselor:

Counselor-Mary Fruhling- marfruhling@kearneycats.com


Kindergarten:

Ashlee Bauer-ashbauer@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:

Rachelle Chamberlain - racchamberlain@kearneycats.com

Melinda Hogeland-melhogeland@kearneycats.com

Kat Mundorf-katmundorf@kearneycats.com


Fourth Grade:

Theison Anderson-theanderson@kearneycats.com

Megan Buerer - megbuerer@kearneycats.com

Lynn Lebsack - lynlebsack@kearneycats.com


Fifth Grade:

Jane Bartee-janbartee@kearneycats.com

Broc Howard - brohoward@kearneycats.com

Beckie Luedke-becluedke@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

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

School Psychologist-Ashley Carrier - ashcarrier@kearneycats.com


Nurse-Megan Braden-megbraden@kearneycats.com

Health Room Assistant-Linda Harris-linharris@kearneycats.com

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