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The weekly newsletter for Keene Adventist Elementary School

OUR MISSION: Pursuing the joy of salvation, knowledge, leadership and community.

September 17, 2021

New Raise Craze Challenge: #KAESkindness

We're trying to document our fundraiser and we need your help. We want to see the Acts of Kindness you are completing. Take a picture of your AOK, write a small description and have an adult post it on social media using the hashtag #kaeskindness. Once we see your post, we'll award you with an extra brag tag to add to your collection.

A Successful Grandparents Day

What a fantastic day! It was so great to see all of our grandparents out. Thank you to all who participated. And thank you to home and school putting everything together. Grandparents enjoyed a wonderful program before heading to their grandchild's room. Then they were able to take advantage of some photo ops on their way to the cafeteria for some yummy haystacks. It was a good day. Grandparents, you are appreciated. We hope you feel loved.

Determined Cycling Tour Scheduled to Reach Keene, TX Next Week

They have already experienced torrential rains, heavy wind and many flats. They just keep on pedaling. We can't wait to see them ride in. The Determined cyclists will be arriving at noon at CTA on Sept. 23, 2021. KAES middle school students will go over to CTA to celebrate with the riders as they arrive. If you would like to support these Texas Conference cyclists, please visit http://texasadventist.org and show your support.
Fun Handwashing Guide! (Prospera)
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Bright Hand Bright Future

There is no better time to focus on the basics of handwashing than right now. On Sept. 23 that is exactly what we will do and in the most fun way possible. KAES is partnering with Prospera Panama to prevent sickness. Prospera Panama is a not for profit organization that collects soap and repurposes it for families in rural Panama. Our elementary students will write on banners, play in bubbles, meet Prosperas soap mascot and learn important handwashing skills. Students will get wet on this day and will most likely still be wet at pick up.

Check out the Leaderboard for our Kindness Fundraiser

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There is still time to join the Craze! Sign Up Today!

This has been one awesome week of "FUN"-raising! In the elementary building our 1st grade classroom is holding on tight to their top dollar trophy and 4th to their top AOK trophy. In the middle school 8th grade has been able to hold on to the top AOK trophy and 6th is carrying top dollar trophy. But anything can happen. Keep logging those AOKs and be sure to send out your emails.

Students have had fun collecting their kindness brag tags and some have purposed themselves to collect all 10 of our memory verse "On the Spot" brag tags. For those of you who are looking for a new challenge, keep reading.

A Fundraiser We Can Be Proud Of!

Raise Craze is an online platform enabling students to set up secure, custom websites where they request donations via email. During the fundraiser, students pay it forward by completing Acts of Kindness for others.

Here’s How It Works

REGISTER We’ll provide a link for you to register and create your child’s website.

ACTS OF KINDNESS Students select at least 3 ways to pay it forward.

ENTER EMAILS Students enter email addresses of friends and family.
Raise Craze will take it from there sending all emails, reminders, and thank you’s.

Students can spend time serving instead of selling! Have fun spreading kindness!

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Prayer Please

Please pray for Lois Mikesell. Lois quarantined herself a little less than two weeks ago when she knew she had been exposed to Covid-19. Unfortunately, she did get the virus and is currently in the hospital receiving oxygen. She has had two better days but still needs our support. Prayers make a difference so please take a moment and pray for Lois today.

Friday T-Shirts

If you still need a Friday shirt, please let the office know what size you need so that we can get one for your child. Parent shirts and extra shirts will be available for $12.
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I love seeing kindness spread by our students. Found out that after the game last night our Lady Eagles Volleyball saw one of the referees heading to his car and the whole team stopped to share their appreciation. At the end of the whole event they took this picture. Sharing kindness is sharing Jesus. It was also reported that as he left he was heard saying “this made my day”. Now that's a win.

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Don't Forget about our Shoe Drive: August 9 - October 8, 2021

We are still in the hunt for used shoes. We're collecting gently worn, used and new shoes to raise money for playground equipment for the Middle School. Not only do you help us, but the shoes also get a second life with those in need. It's a double donation!
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Science Students build self watering garden boxes.

I have always dreamed of having gardens for our students to tend and learn from. This year our 8th graders worked in pairs to build a self watering garden box out of a simple tote. It is a simple yet perfect design and one that should do well with our hot temperatures in Texas. After building, each team then had to decide what winter plants they wanted to grow. It will be exciting as we see how each one does.

Lunch Menu: September 20-24

Lunch order is to be placed with the homeroom teacher each day. $4.25 small $5.00 large

Monday - Lasagna, garlic bread, salad bowl and juice

Tuesday - Papusa, Spanish rice, refried beans and juice

Wednesday - Pizza, salad and juice

Thursday - Asian noodles, veggie meat, broccoli, salad and juice

Grandparents Day - Hot doge, potato wedges, carrot sticks, cookies and juice

Important Dates To Remember


Sept. 23 - Hand Washing Event (Elem. Classrooms)

Sept. 23 - Determined Cycling Tour 2022 @ CTA (5th - 8th grades)


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