KHS News

Friday, January 25, 2019

In this week's newsletter...

Quick Announcements:

  • There will be school on Monday, January 28th to make up for school on October 12th.
  • Dress down Friday is February 1st, 2019
  • Report Card will available on February 1st!

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • School News
  • PTSO
  • Lunch Menu
  • Counselor Corner
  • Sports at KHS
  • Classroom News
  • Community News

Upcoming Events:

  1. Science and Social Studies Academic Showcase February 7th
  2. Board Meeting February 12th at 6:30pm in the 6-8 Building.
  3. Spirit Night February 8th, 2019 A Glow Party at SkyZone.
  4. Bully Buster Assembly on Thursday, February 21st in the gym starting at 9:00.
  5. New Scholar Applications are now be accepted. Deadline is February 22, 2019
  6. Career Day is March 22nd
  7. Spring Break March 25th-29th, 2019
  8. Spring Performance May 16th: Grades K-2 @ 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 @ 6:45 pm. See Classroom News section for additional information.

School News

Enrollment for 2019-2020

2019-20 New Scholar Applications:

We are now accepting K-8th grade new scholar applications for our 2019-2020 lottery. Applications are available on our website and in our Main offices. Friday, February 22, 2019 is the deadline for all lottery applicants. The lottery will be held on Friday, March 1, 2019. All sibling applications are required to be submitted by the application deadline in order to be considered for sibling preference. Applications are available in our front offices or online at:

2019-2020 Intent to Return:

The 2019-2020 Scholar Intent to Return forms were sent to all current Kestrel K-7th grade families. Please complete the easy-to-complete online form by Friday, February 15th. The link to the form is:

School Make Up Days

Kestrel Heights School will make up our inclement weather days as stated below. The NC State Calendar law requires school districts to provide either 1,025 hours or 185 days of instruction in a school year. Due to the length of our school day, we are able to utilize our accumulated instructional time to make up days missed.

  • October 12th - make up on January 28th
  • November 13th (2 hr delay) - use banked instructional time
  • December 10th - make up on February 22nd
  • December 11th - make up on May 24th
  • December 12th - use banked instructional time
  • December 12th (2 hr delay) - use banked instructional time

Bully Buster Assembly

We will have a Bully Buster Assembly on Thursday, February 21st in the gym starting at 9:00. This assembly lasts for 30 minutes and students will be given an activity book and have a chance to earn 2 free tickets to a Durham Bulls game!

Soar Celebration!

Greetings Families!

The 2nd quarter PBIS Celebration was held on Friday, January 25. This quarter’s celebration is a PJ and movie party.

Next week, January 28-February 1 is our annual PBIS Spirit Week!

  • See the attached flyer for each day's attire.
  • Scholars who participate in the daily theme may be "out of uniform" (i.e. wear jeans with a superhero shirt, or a full outfit within theme) however, if scholars are not participating in that day's theme the expectation is that they will be in uniform.
  • We will have a K-8 PBIS pep rally on Thursday, January 24 - your scholar won't want to miss it, so make sure they are here all day!

We look forward to celebrating half a school year of SOARing behavior with our scholars this week and next! Go Hawks!

School Spelling Bee

  • Classroom Bee complete by January 30, 2019

  • School-wide Bee Kestrel Heights Gym February 6, 2019

  • District Bee Riverside HS March 9, 2019

  • Scripps Spelling Bee ESPN May 31, 2019

  • PTSO News

    Box Tops

    Get your Box Tops ready!!! The deadline to submit Box Tops is Friday, February 22. Please label your clippings with the teacher name and grade level on them. The grade level with the most collected will earn a pizza party, compliments of the KHS PTSO!

    Spirit Night

    Each year, our most successful Spirit Night is our SkyZone Glow Party Spirit Night. This year, to increase our fundraising profits, we are hosting a pre-sale for 2 hour jump passes that can be used during our Spirit Night on February 8th, or at any other time of your choosing! There is no expiration on the jump passes sold during our pre-sale - so you can purchase your passes for the February 8th Glow Party, for gifts, for long summer days, or whenever you'd like!

    Purchase your two hour jump passes for $20 each (10% off the regular price). KHS PTSO earns a portion from each pass sold (the more passes we sell, the larger our portion gets). Passes have no expiration date and can be used during our Spirit Night on February 8th, or at any date of your choosing. The pre-sale runs until February 6th.

    If your child has an entrepreneurial spirit, they are welcome to sell as many tickets as they can to friends and family. Check out the attached SkyZone flyer for prize options! KHS PTSO will not refund any ticket sales, so only buy what you plan to personally use or sell to friends/family! To purchase your passes, visit the Google Form linked here. Then, once you have submitted the form, send in payment (Venmo, cash, or check made out to KHS PTSO - cash or check delivered to Mrs. Kennedy or Mrs. Callahan). Passes will be sent home with your student upon receipt of payment.

    Lunch Menu

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    Counselor Corner

    High School Information for 8th Graders

    On January 22, representatives from Research Triangle High School will be at Kestrel during 8th grade lunch (1:06-1:51) to share information about their high school program with students. 8th grade students and parents are welcome to come learn about RTHS and find out how to apply for next year. Please RSVP by emailing Mrs. Callahan ( so that the presenters may be prepared with enough materials.

    Parent U

    Upcoming Parent U Events: Our popular parent education series, Parent U, is ready to start back up for the 2018-2019 school year. These parent nights are focused on providing specific helpful information in topics many parents wonder about. If you would like to attend a Parent U session, YOU MUST RSVP at least one day before the event. If less than 5 parents RSVP, the event will be cancelled.

    Upcoming Parent U events include:

    Executive Functioning (February 21)

    Anxiety (April 23).


    Hello Friends! Career Day is March 22nd and we would LOVE for you to talk to our students about your amazing profession! Volunteers presenting to K-2 students will present from 8:15-10:15. Volunteers presenting to 3-8 students will present from 8:15-11:05. Feel free to call or email Mrs. Kennedy or Mrs. Callahan with questions or concerns. Thanks for volunteering!

    Volunteer Link:

    Sports at KHS

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    The basketball teams will finish up this week with 2 away games. Next Thursday, 1/31 will be the Hawks last home game as they host Durham rival Voyager. Come out and support the girls at 4:30 and the boys at 5:45. Our last games against the Vikings were intense and Competitive!

    Ultimate Frisbee is rolling at 8-3 as they head into their final week with a game at Durham Academy on Friday January 25th and a home game against Montessori Community School on 1/30. More information here;

    CAMPUS CLEAN UP - Our winter sports teams partnered with Keep Durham Beautiful for our winter community service project. Basketball, cheer and frisbee collected 10 - 15 bags of litter and recycling from different areas on campus, inside and outside of the building. Athletes were seen picking up the common areas outside, on top of the lockers, in the buses, locker rooms and much more. Great job athletes!!

    Classroom News


    Please check classroom Dojo for updates! Have a great weekend!

    1st Grade:

    First grade has worked so hard this week! We have been studying the long i sound, learning how to compare and contrast in a given text, exploring patterns in the sky in science, and discussing numbers through 120. Great job!

    2nd Grade:

    Scholars are working/ researching the countries for their culture project!

    In math we will be starting addition and subtraction!

    3rd Grade

    Please look to Dojo for regular updates.

    4th Grade

    Fourth grade is buzzing with excitement over our class spelling bee next week! Please be sure to check the fourth -grade website frequently for weekly homework assignments and other important announcements. The address to the site is

    5th Grade:

    Congratulations to Mei Brown, Frankie Gilchrist, and Cameron Harper, our top 3 spellers! Mei and Frankie will compete in the School Spelling Bee later this month, and Cameron will study hard so he can step in as alternate in the event Mei or Frankie cannot compete. We're proud of all the 5th graders for their efforts! Please check the grade level website for detailed information about upcoming dates and assignments.

    Middle School Blurb

    6th Grade:

    Do not forget to check power school and the 6th grade web page. The link is and each teacher will be updating their class page.

    7th Grade Math

    Greetings Parents,

    Would you like to receive daily updates about classwork and homework in math?

    Sign up for Ms Devlin's Remind Math Blast!

    Text: @4dev7

    To: 81010

    *Honors, please email Ms. Devlin to get signed up*

    if you have any questions or have trouble signing up please email Ms Devlin:

    8th Grade:

    It's been another great week of learning as our 8th graders move in on the half-way point of our new year. Time is winding down on our National History Day projects which will be due for all 8th graders on the 5th. We are looking forward to displaying all of our student's hard work during the upcoming academic showcase scheduled to take place February 7th on the MS campus. Parents, please keep your eye open for information coming home this Friday about our next field trip. This next field trip will have and emphasis on history and Black History Month. We will be headed into Raleigh to see "Freedom Train" a live play and musical based on the amazing life and story of Harriet Tubman. This will be followed by a visit to the North Carolina National History Museum. Thanks for all you do to support our team and your scholar!

    English Language Learners (ELL) Program/Programa de Aprendices del Idioma Inglés (ELL)

    English Language Learners (ELL) Program - Ms. Rivera

    From the Spanish Corner

    Bienvenidos y feliz 2019!

    This quarter, we have been talking about what you and others like, describing people and things, while we're jumping on an adventure to our beautiful Puerto Rico. Great Projects everybody! (3-8 scholars), the food, the posters, the pictures, and the cards you've made, were amazing!

    Our Spanish class is in need of a few items: Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer and Kleenex. Please send these items in with your scholar at anytime.

    Please, email me with any questions:


    Mrs. Foushee

    AIG News

    The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $3,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant to Kestrel Heights Charter School in Durham for creation of a Robotics Program. Kestrel Heights is one of 545 schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant this spring for improvement projects.

    This project will allow Kestrel's AIG program to purchase Lego Robotics kits that are necessary to participate in the First Lego League (FLL). FLL is a nationwide initiative to bring robotics into schools with a curriculum that focuses on STEM concepts while promoting positive interactions among participants. This grant from Lowe's will take the project from the planning stages to implementation. Competition size robotics tables will be constructed with materials from Lowe's, as well as purchasing as many Lego Robotics kits possible. The project is scheduled to be completed in June 2019.

    “The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program delivers on Lowe’s commitment to improve the educational environment for students across the country,” said Maureen Ausura, chairwoman of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation. “We're honored to work with Kestrel Heights to support the needs of our local students, teachers and families.”

    Mr. Love

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    Spot light on 4th Grade AIG...

    "Fourth grade AIG students are programming and testing their robotics skills using sensors to detect and avoid obstacles."


    All grades K-8 are finishing up their basketball units as we wrap up Q2. We are playing mini-games that are designed to focus on developing fundamentals.

    Doctor’s Notes

    If your scholar needs to be excused from physical activities, please provide a doctor’s note.

    Gym Shoes

    Your scholar will need gym shoes (sneakers, tennis shoes) to participate in activities. They must have a flat bottom (no heel) and the foot must be fully covered. Sandals, Crocs, clogs, dress shoes, boots and any heeled shoes are not appropriate for class.

    Art News

    As often as I can, I will highlight a student who has gone above and beyond in their work and/or their behavior. I'll call it, "Tell Me Something Good".

    Tell Me Something Good...

    Two fifth graders, Mei and Isaiah, asked if they could organize things in the art room. They started by organizing all of the sketchbooks so scholars can find them more easily. Thank you, Mei and Isaiah!

    Ms. Mohn,


    Hello Dance Families!

    The Elementary dance scholars are finishing a lesson on learning to communicate through movement. We've found that it's challenging to NOT use words to talk.....just our bodies through motion. The scholars created a "short-story" with a partner and then created dances to tell the story to the class. Wonderful fun!

    The Middle School dancers created and performed their choreographic "in-class" projects

    (solos, duets, trios and/or small groups). There were then given the opportunity to "teach" their choreography to the class. We truly have "Gifted & Talented" scholars here, at Kestrel Heights!!!!!

    Bravo, dancers!

    Community News

    Give Kids a Smile Day - UNC-CH School of Dentistry

    When: Friday, February 1, 2019 from 9:00-4:00

    Where: 385 S. Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

    This event is FREE for children under 18 years of age. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who will remain with the child during the event. Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (252) 410-1706 to make an appointment. No fees will be charged for this visit.

    Services Include: Dental Exams; Cleanings; Extractions; Fillings; Crowns; X-Rays; Sealants Fluoride

    Call (919) 726-8057 to make an appointment for care. Appointments are offered first come, first served.

    Showcase of School at Riverside High School

    Showcase of Schools will take place at Riverside High School on Monday, January 28th. Come out and learn more about our school and what we have to offer our students! There are three tour times available: 9:30am, 11:00am, and 6:00pm. The evening session will also include our Curriculum Night. Teachers from all departments will be present and available to discuss specific course offerings and opportunities within each discipline. Please use the link below to sign up for a session.

    Sign Up Sheet - RHS Showcase of Schools 2019

    Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Portia T. Jacobs

    School Counselor for Last Names Co – F

    Riverside High School

    (919) 560-3965 x65341

    Kaleidoscope Charter High School

    Kaleidoscope Charter High School

    In Spring 2018 Kaleidoscope Charter High School (KCHS) received its final approval from the North Carolina State Board of Education to open August 2019. This will be the first innovative public charter high school with a "student-centered" pedagogy in Morrisville.

    Designed to be the type of school that every student wants to attend, Kaleidoscope Charter High School will prepare all students for success through its innovative, student-centered approach.

    Student-centered environments address the what, why, and how of learning and place students at the center of their own learning.

    In student-centered environments, students choose the focus of their content based on personal interest.

    Why: When students see the relevance of the content to their own lives, they are more engaged, more motivated, and more successful.

    How: So that each student can show his or her unique gifts, student-centered environments offer a number of different ways that students can express their understanding.

    At Kaleidoscope, we know that students connect with learning in different ways

    and that those who have agency over their learning are more motivated,

    more highly engaged, and have more successful outcomes.

    - Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education

    Therefore, learning at Kaleidoscope is more personalized and individually paced to the developmental needs, learning style, interests, and abilities of our students. In this way, students are empowered to take ownership of their learning, to be responsible for their own growth and progress, and to explore the power of their own potential.

    Learning by direct-instruction will be enhanced with the arts, technology and "student-focused" learning techniques including but not limited to the inquiry, problem and project-based learning, hands-on experimentation and practical life skills, Student Portfolios, End-of-Semester Intersession intensive courses (such as robotics, nanotechnology, farm-to-table culinary and nutrition intensive courses etc.) and much more.

    In addition to essential core-curriculum studies in math, art, foreign language, science, technology, language arts, and social studies, students at Kaleidoscope will be able to access many different types of learning opportunities including site-based internships, work-based learning, dual-credit courses, mini-courses, and online learning platforms.

    As our Board of Directors and Advisory Board are narrowing down anawesome school property to lease, we welcome you to be part of our community. We'll be hiring our Director, Faculty, and Staff and will keep you updated on our website

    Lottery applications for rising 9th and 10th grade students will be available on our website January 2019.

    We invite you to learn more about Kaleidoscope, LIKE US on FACEBOOK

    and become part of our 21st-century innovative public education community!

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    ATTENTION PARENTS: Do you have a child in your life coping with grief?

    Duke Hospice Bereavement Services has amazing youth programs to support grieving youth and families in our community. Ms. Callahan and Mrs. Kennedy have both been involved in their programming and highly recommend their services. See the attached flyer for upcoming events.

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    Transforming Families

    Transforming Families NC is a peer-led resource and support group. We meet the first Sunday of each month, from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the LGBTQ Center of Durham, 114 Hunt Street. All caretakers of transgender, gender creative, gender non-conforming, and questioning youth are welcome. If childcare is needed please confirm ahead of time.

    We welcome your email at

    Invite you to join our Facebook Group-Transforming Families NC and Allies

    Follow us on Twitter: transformingfamilies@tff_nc

    Call the Center 919-827-1436

    Kramden Tech Scholars

    Do you know, a scholar in grades 3-12 who needs a home computer? Kramden Tech Scholars is a core program to assist scholars in grades 3-12 without a working home computer. To date, Kramden has served scholars in more than 70 North Carolina counties and has relied on principals, teachers, guidance counselors, and school social workers to identify and nominate deserving scholars. Once they qualify the scholar, he/she will become a Kramden Tech Scholar, and receive a computer along with ongoing technical support from the Kramden team. If you are interested in nominating a scholar check out their website (listed below). They also have materials available in spanish if needed.

    Come Join Us

    Choosing the right school is an important decision. We strive to provide a welcoming and diverse community where your children can thrive. Our lottery-based enrollment process ensures an equal opportunity for all prospective students. We are now accepting applications for our 19-20 school year!