Family Newsletter

11/7/21

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Hello everyone-


If you're like me it's been so nice to see kids doing more traditional school activities recently. We had our Halloween Parade, the police truck visited (pic above), and this week we have our Veteran's Day celebrations.


Don't forget that on Tuesday, students will wear their patriotic colors. This is also picture retake day so be cognizant when you're choosing. We have purchased patriotic masks for all students to wear this day as well at Thursday.


On Thursday, we have our Veteran's Day Parking Lot Parade. We have 24 veterans registered to drive through. Students will line our drive way around the building and we will play the recording of students' performance over the speaker system outside. We invite families to join us and stand on Couch to celebrate our Veteran's. Students have also made cards for our veterans and we have some to take to Aberdeen.


We are so grateful for the service of our Veterans and those who are currently serving. We look forward to honoring and celebrating their contribution to society. Thank you veterans!


Please reach out at any time to share any questions, concerns, or ideas. I am here to help and support you and your family. Thanks for all you do to help keep our students and staff safe.


Take Care-

Angeline

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Monday

B Day

6:00 Prop R Power Hour- join by clicking KirkwoodSchools.org/PowerHour


Tuesday

C Day

Picture Re-take Day

Recording Veteran's Day Performance during Specials- wear patriotic gear

6:30 pm PTO Meeting in the cafe- click here join via zoom


Wednesday

D Day

Kindergarten Walking Field Trip to Fire Station

6:00 pm KEES Presentation- Critical Race Theory- join by clicking kirkwoodschools.org/kees


Thursday

A Day

2:00 pm Veteran's Day Parking Lot Parade


Friday

B Day

Wear your spirit wear every Friday:)


Saturday

8-12 PTO Outdoor Committee Grounds Clean Up

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Please complete the family survey- we've had a low response rate

We are currently surveying our families in order to gain insight into your perception of our school and district effectiveness. Thank you for your participation!


You may complete the survey online using a computer, tablet, or smartphone.


To fill out the survey, visit: kirkwoodschools.org/survey

Our code is: 2904277122


If you have students in more than one building, please fill out a survey for each building. Please complete by Monday, November 10.


Additional information about Panorama Education

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Picture Re-Take Day on Tuesday!

Robinson Elementary

Absentee/Retake Day Picture Day is:

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Wagner Portrait Group will be at school to photograph any students who were absent on the initial picture day or any student that needs his/her picture retaken.

If you are having a picture taken as a RETAKE, please make sure your student returns their package in its entirety, including the package insert sheet, to the photographer on retake day.
(Feel free to attach a note to describe what you’d like us to do differently.)

FOR ABSENTEE STUDENTS-


https://bit.ly/3jWPed0

www.WagnerPortraitGroup.com

Online Pre-Order Password: 9A8P9S2

Can’t order online or have other questions? We are happy to help! 314-567-5900 or 1-800-444-7986

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Veteran's Day Information

Students need to dress patriotic on November 9th since this is the day we will be recording our performance. We will send the video of the performance to all families via email on Thursday, shared on FB, and shared in my newsletter next Sunday.


Our Veteran's Day Parking Lot Parade will be on Thursday, November 11, at 2pm. If your family has a Veteran you would like to invite to our Veterans Drive Around Parade, please fill out this form. All families are invited to stand and cheer on Couch or drive through the parking lot at 2:00 as well.

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Back To Basics with Student Behavior

Our counselors are going to be working with our students and staff to reset our behavior expectations. We have noticed in first quarter that there was an increase in unexpected behaviors across settings. Students were missing practicing these behaviors last year because they did not eat in the cafe or play whole grade level outdoors. We are also providing staff with professional development on responding and preventing student unexpected behaviors and resetting our expectations.


One action step we are taking is to do recess within sections with our class to practice expectations with increased supervision so that we can provide students the feedback they need to meet our recess expectations. On Fridays students will practice the expectations as a grade level and again receive feedback. Once students are able to apply their learning and follow expectations on Fridays they will be able to resume playing with anyone in any section of the playground on any day.


We recognize that unstructured play is very important to students' social and emotional development and that getting choice to play with anyone in the grade and on any space is important for students. Thank you for supporting this teaching and reinforcing this learning at home so that we can continue recess in a less structured way.


Our essential expectations for recess are:

We are safe. Students need to be safe in both their physical and verbal interactions with one another. We cannot use harmful, shaming, or inappropriate language during our play with others. We need to be physically safe and follow KHFOOTY (keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself). Students are also safe when they stay in their supervised area where a staff member can see them.

We are kind. Students should welcome others to join in play, use kind words and act kindly towards peers and adults. We should do our best to include everyone who wants to participate in any game or activity we have available at Robinson. This also includes displaying good sportsmanship, accepting wins or losses gracefully, and not using mean/hurtful words, or talking negatively towards the other team or individuals on the opposing team.

We are learners. Students are responsible for learning and implementing all recess expectations, as well as applying problem solving strategies & communicating appropriately with peers and staff when a situation arises. Students are also expected to respond appropriately when given feedback, relearning an expectation, and participating in restorative conversations with peers and staff. Students are expected to put forth effort with fixing harm caused or done to others. All staff members supervising recess duty have been trained and provided with lessons or strategies to teach students how to navigate social situations and apply their social skills in a safe & kind manner.

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Masks, Water bottles, and Snacks

We are going through masks, snacks, and water bottles like crazy here at Robinson. We have gone through more masks this year than we did the entire year last year. As I shared last week we are also going through a large amount of snacks this year. We have gone through all the water bottles that were previously donated as well as an additional 350 bottles that we purchased out of building funds. We cannot continue to afford to purchase these for the building, so we are giving students paper/plastic cups that we hope they will be able to reuse in the classroom. Please be sure that students have a mask, snack, and water bottle before leaving the house in the morning. Donations are always welcome. Thanks so much!
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Be the Change- Fall Fundraiser

Students can bring in change for their classrooms, as well as checks and cash. Families can also donate electronically via MySchoolBucks. Directions for MySchoolBucks at the bottom of the newsletter. Thanks for supporting us!
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Robinson PTO Outdoor and Sustainability Committee


Honeysuckle Hack-a-thon Part 2

Saturday, October 9, 2021

8:30 am - Noon


Come help clear the Robinson woods of invasive honeysuckle plants so that our students can better enjoy the spaces and so that our woods can be more bio-diverse! Bring tools for hacking if you have them and gloves! As always, kids are welcomed and encouraged to join us! If we have a big crowd, folks can also work on any clean-up needed in the garden areas.

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Winter Spirit Wear Sale & Fundraiser

Proceeds from our spirit wear sale will go toward a staff spirit wear holiday gift. We have new student and adult shirts with our new vision statement and George- we'd love to start spreading the word on our vision.


For the new Vision Shirts:

This item will have the multicolored George Roadrunner on the font and the Robinson quote on the back. After November 29th only left over inventory will be available to order. Order soon if you love George!


Shop through November 29th and orders will be ready for pick up or shipping after December 10th.


Click here to view all of our spirit wear options!

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KSD Vaccine Update

We appreciate the interest in this event. At this time all of our vaccination clinic appointment slots are full. We are working on securing additional clinic dates and will provide that information as soon as it's available.


You may also be able to make appointments at local pharmacies, including Walgreens and CVS.


The St. Louis County health department also recently announced that vaccination events are being scheduled. The following is additional information from St. Louis County: The first vaccinations for children aged 5-11 are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at John C. Murphy Health Center, 6121 North Hanley Road in Berkeley. Vaccinations will only be offered until supply runs out. If supply allows, vaccinations of children in this age group will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Department of Public Health's three permanent clinics starting next week. Those clinics are the John C. Murphy Health Center; the North Central Community Health Center at 4000 Jennings Station Rd.; and the South County Health Center at 4580 S Lindbergh Blvd. Residents who are interested may make an appointment for their eligible children to be vaccinated can do by visiting ReviveSTL.com

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Turkey Day Tickets and Other Information

We are excited to share that Turkey Week events, including the Thanksgiving Day football game and Chili Bowl, are back! Planning is underway. As plans are finalized, we will update our kirkwoodschools.org/TurkeyWeek website with updated information. This includes fundraising efforts by our KHS Class of 2022 for Turkey Day Raffle & Auction for Game Day Party Tent. The KHS Class of 2024 is also selling Turkey Day tshirts.


All this information is on the Turkey Week website.


Who: Kirkwood HS vs. Webster Groves HS

What: Annual Turkey Day Football Game

Where: Kirkwood High School – Lyons Stadium

When: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 25th, 2021

Why: Because tradition is awesome!

To note: All pre-sale ticket sales stay in Kirkwood. So, the more we sell in advance, the more we get to keep!

Cost: $7 in advance (one price for everyone); $10 at the gate [kids 6 and under get in free]

Cash or check made payable to "KHS" will be accepted. We do not accept credit.

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click below for registration information

Repeated Information Below

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Support our Robinson Care Pantry

Please consider bringing in an item the first week of school each month to provide items for our Robinson Cares Food Bank. This month especially for our Thanksgiving pantry getting plenty of donations is essential. Thank you for all your generosity and support!
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KEES- November 10- A Conversation about Critical Race Theory (CRT) – What is it anyway?

Many may have heard the term “CRT,” but don’t have a concept of what it is or

what it means. To provide information on this theory and clarify how the concept

is discussed in higher education, the panel will include Professor Kenya

Brumfield-Young, a part of the Criminology/Criminal Justice program at St. Louis

University’s School of Social Work. In this journey to connectedness through

conversation, there will also be discussion of how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

work in K-12 education differs from “CRT”.


Join us on the 10th at 6:00 pm via kirkwoodschools.org/kees

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Chili Bowl Volunteers Needed

One of Kirkwood's most beloved traditions is back on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 24, and we need many hands to make Chili Bowl 2021 a success. This is a districtwide event run by the Kirkwood School District Foundation and we need volunteers from all Kirkwood schools. Help out, meet new people and have fun!


Shift 1 (4:45-6:15 pm)

Shift 2 (6:00 - 7:30 pm)

Shift 3 Cleanup (7:15 pm)


Please note: Since this is a fundraiser, volunteers who want to eat at the event must purchase a ticket. All Chili Bowl tickets will be purchased online for a specific time of entry. After ticket sales are announced, please choose your entry time so that it doesn't conflict with your volunteer shift. Thank you!


Catey McKean, Kerri Williamson and Caroline Young

2021 Chili Bowl Volunteer Chairs

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEER SHIFTS

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Click below to view the tutoring list 21-22

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