Kenwood Newsletter-October 2021

Check each Sunday for updates at the top of this newsletter

OCTOBER 25TH-29TH

This week is Red Ribbon Week. This is the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention awareness program. This program honors Enrique "Kiki" Camarena who was a Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent helping to expose a major drug trafficking operation. His classmates in his hometown formed a club, Camarena Clubs in his home town of Calexico, California. Club members wore red ribbons and pledged to lead drug free lives. While we do not share this information with our students, we do want to honor him and continue on with his legacy. We celebrate Red Ribbon Week each year to promote healthy lifestyles and being drug free! Please read under the Upcoming Events to see how each day we will celebrate along with our guidance counselor promoting healthy and positive lifestyles during her lessons.


Also this week on WEDNESDAY is FUNDRAISER PICK UP! This was the quickest turn around we've ever had! Please make plans to pick up your items on Wednesday from 3:00-6:00 PM in the cafeteria.


Report cards came home on Friday. Please review these with your child(ren), make goals and action plans, sign and return by next Friday, October 29th. Your support in your child's education makes a HUGE difference!

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Second Step Weekly Focus: Identifying Feelings

We’re all learning to identify our own and others’ feelings. We can focus our attention on someone’s face or body and on the situation for clues about how the person is feeling. Sometimes people’s voices and the words they say also give us clues. If someone is yelling, it might be that this person is angry. Ifa person is using a very quiet voice, it might be that the person is scared or worried. This week, listen to people’s voices for clues to figure out how they might be feeling.
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OCTOBER

1st--Jaxon C., Turner H.

3rd-Leo R., Drake D., Ellena B.

4th-Jack H.

9th-Oliver E.

10th-Jessa W.

11th-Mason P., Jace J.

12th-Mitchell J., Mark J., Megan J.

13th-Samira G.

14th-Logan D., Emarie K., Ireland Y., Gracelynn Y.

15th-Lyla S.

18th-Gavin R., Ryiker O.

20th-Humberto C., Lila K.,

21st-Alex C., Story W., Brody B.

22nd-Harrison B.

23rd-Aiden D

24th-Will B., Katherine H.

27th-Raiden G., Lailah B.

29th-Miles R., Avery R., Camryn M.

30th-Olie K., Jarvis L.

31st-Alyssa J.

KPS highly recommends masking in all of their buildings.
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RED RIBBON WEEK

Monday, October 25th-TOO BRIGHT FOR DRUGS

  • Kindergarten-wear green
  • 1st grade-wear purple
  • 2nd grade-wear yellow
  • 3rd grade-wear orange
  • 4th grade-wear blue
  • 5th grade-wear pink

Tuesday, October 26th-TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS-wear sports attire, pay .50 to wear a hat for the FRIENDS program

Wednesday, October 27th-WE'VE GOT SPIRIT-wear school apparel

Thursday, October 28th-Spread Kindness-students will write a kind note to another peer, bring food for local food pantry

Friday, October 29th-LET'S BE DRUG FREE-wear RED


**WEDNESDAY--FUNDRAISER PICK UP DAY--3:00-6:00 PM Please arrange to pick up your items on this day. Items will be in the cafeteria.

Kindergarten Art Pictures--THEY ARE THE CUTEST!

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SNACK SALES

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OCTOBER 18TH-22ND

The first quarter ended on Thursday, October 14th. Report cards will come home this Friday, October 22nd. Please take time to review your child's progress so far this school year. Show them that you are interested and care about their learning. Talk to your child about how they feel they are doing in each subject area and their work habits. EMPOWER your child to come up with his/her own goals. If you think he/she needs to work on something else, you might try these sentence starters:

· Are you sure that’s the most important thing for you to work on at this time?

· Will that goal help you improve in ________________?

· What’s the hardest part of (math, reading, writing)? Maybe we should work on that.

Then come up with a plan on how you can help them attain their goals. We know that we can't just set a goal but that there's work that goes into meeting that goal. Maybe they need to study basic math facts daily to help build fluency. The possibilities are endless. Our students love to meet their reading AR goals (grades 1-5) and feel so proud of themselves when they do. This can work in other areas as well! Please return signed sheets by this coming Friday, October 29th.

Thank you to all who helped support our students in the Walk/Bike to School Day. Mrs. Gillaspy and the Fuel Up to Play Committee along with some Kearney High School athletes worked with our students to make sure they made it to school safely even though it was the coldest day of the year so far! The kids love meeting our high school helpers!

This Thursday is Fall Picture Retakes so if you missed out on our first day of pictures or want to retake them, this Thursday is the day.

Snack Sales is this Friday. The PTO is asking 4th graders to donate to this healthy snack event. Send a quarter or two (depending on the amount of donations) as the students love to go "shopping" for a snack at school. Thank you in advance for your donations!

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Second Step Weekly Focus: Empathy

Getting along with others helps make our school a happier place. To get along with others, we need to have empathy for each other. Empathy is feeling or understanding what someone else is feeling. This week, be a feelings detective! Try to notice how your classmates are feeling throughout the week. Watch their faces and bodies for clues!
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October

1st--Jaxon C., Turner H.

3rd-Leo R., Drake D., Ellena B.

4th-Jack H.

9th-Oliver E.

10th-Jessa W.

11th-Mason P., Jace J.

12th-Mitchell J., Mark J., Megan J.

13th-Samira G.

14th-Logan D., Emarie K., Ireland Y., Gracelynn Y.

15th-Lyla S.

18th-Gavin R., Ryiker O.

20th-Humberto C., Lila K.,

21st-Alex C., Story W., Brody B.

22nd-Harrison B.

23rd-Aiden D

24th-Will B., Katherine H.

27th-Raiden G., Lailah B.

29th-Miles R., Avery R., Camryn M.

30th-Olie K., Jarvis L.

31st-Alyssa J.

Kenwood Student Directory 2021-2022

Use this for invitations, playdates, etc...We do not pass out invitations at school because it causes hard feelings.

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KPS highly recommends masking in all KPS buildings.
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Monday, October 18th-Principal's AR Quarterly Incentive

Thursday, October 21st-Fall picture retakes

Friday, October 22nd-PTO Healthy Snack Sales-4th grade donations

RED RIBBON WEEK

Monday, October 25th-TOO BRIGHT FOR DRUGS

  • Kindergarten-wear green
  • 1st grade-wear purple
  • 2nd grade-wear yellow
  • 3rd grade-wear orange
  • 4th grade-wear blue
  • 5th grade-wear pink

Tuesday, October 26th-TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS-wear sports attire, pay .50 to wear a hat for the FRIENDS program

Wednesday, October 27th-WE'VE GOT SPIRIT-wear school apparel

Thursday, October 28th-Spread Kindness-students will write a kind note to another peer, bring food for local food pantry

Friday, October 29th-LET'S BE DRUG FREE-wear RED

October 11th-15th

We have a PTO meeting this Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the art room. Please read these bylaws prior to October 12th meeting and bring any questions or concerns to the meeting for discussion. Thank you! We hope to see you there.

October 13th we will be having our annual Walk and Bike to School Day. High school athletes and our Kenwood Fuel Up to Play 60 team members will be greeting students near the 11th Ave and 8th Street crosswalks to give walkers and bikers a sticker that will be their ticket into a prize drawing. Students can also be dropped off at the Centennial Park/Pool Parking lot after 7:20. Student-athletes will be there to walk groups of Kenwood students to school. The last group will leave the park at 7:40.

This Thursday marks the end of the first quarter. It's been one of the quickest quarters of the year. Students will not have school this Friday, October 15th. Teachers will be attending professional development training and completing report cards. Report cards will come home next Friday, October 22nd. We ask that you discuss the report card with your child, set some goals for next quarter and routines on how you can achieve those goals. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher. Contact information is on the bottom of this newsletter.

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Second Step Focus: Being Assertive

Learning means doing something new every day. Sometimes when we're doing something new, we get stuck and don't know what to do. If we get stuck, we can use a skill for learning-being assertive-to ask for help. Being assertive means asking for what you need or want in a calm, firm, respectful way. Face the person you are talking to, and keep your head up and shoulders back. When you can't figure out what to do in class, remember to be assertive and ask for help.
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WALK AND/OR BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY

October 13th we will be having our annual Walk and Bike to School Day. High school athletes and our Kenwood Fuel Up to Play 60 team members will be greeting students near the 11th Ave and 8th Street crosswalks to give walkers and bikers a sticker that will be their ticket into a prize drawing. Students can also be dropped off at the Centennial Park/Pool Parking lot after 7:20. Student-athletes will be there to walk groups of Kenwood students to school. The last group will leave the park at 7:40.
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OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

1st--Jaxon C., Turner H.

3rd-Leo R., Drake D., Ellena B.

4th-Jack H.

9th-Oliver E.

10th-Jessa W.

11th-Mason P., Jace J.

12th-Mitchell J., Mark J., Megan J.

13th-Samira G.

14th-Logan D., Emarie K., Ireland Y., Gracelynn Y.

15th-Lyla S.

18th-Gavin R., Ryiker O.

20th-Humberto C., Lila K.,

21st-Alex C., Story W., Brody B.

22nd-Harrison B.

23rd-Aiden D

24th-Will B., Katherine H.

27th-Raiden G., Lailah B.

29th-Miles R., Avery R., Camryn M.

30th-Olie K., Jarvis L.

31st-Alyssa J.

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Tuesday, October 12th-Kenwood PTO Meeting at 7 PM

Wednesday, October 13th-Walk and/or Bike to School Day

Thursday, October 14th-1st Quarter ends, Run Club ends

Friday, October 15th-No school for students, Professional Development/Grading for teachers

Monday, October 18th-Principal's AR Quarterly Incentive

Thursday, October 21st-Fall picture retakes

Friday, October 22nd-PTO Healthy Snack Sales-4th grade donations

HYVEE FIT WEEK PICTURES-3RD GRADE MRS. MUNDORF

October 4th-8th

Entering October and within two weeks, we will have completed the first quarter already. These days fly by so fast as the hours are filled with many lessons-academic, behavioral, and social/emotional. Our students have come a very long way since we began but we have more great learning opportunities ahead.


This year we are grateful to have the opportunity to experience field trips. Our fourth graders traveled to UNK for the Health & Fitness Day. Although the day was shortened due to the weather, we continue to be thankful to them as they changed their plans to accommodate many fourth graders. Our kindergartners also got to attend a performance at the Merryman Performing Arts Center at Central Elementary School. They enjoyed listening to Jim Salestrom's performance.


This week we are sponsoring Hyvee Fit Week. Our PE teacher, Mrs. Gillaspy, and our Fuel Up to Play Committee have made posters throughout the school to dedicate each day to incorporate teaching the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and what that means. These are the themes and dress code: Mindful Monday-wear hats, Try-It Tuesday-crazy socks or hair, Wellness Wednesday-dress like a health professional, Team Pride Thursday-wear your favorite team or Kenwood gear, Fitness Friday-dress to exercise. You can also find this information stated below.


Fire Safety Week is this week. Smokey the Bear will visit the kindergarteners and the classroom teachers will share "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety" video presented by our very own Kearney Volunteer Fire Department.


This week teachers will be completing SAEBRS surveys on each individual student. This is our Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener. The purpose is to assess for student risk in social, emotional, and behavioral problems. School success is predicated not just upon academic achievement, but also within multiple interrelated behavioral domains.


Every year we send out a Trusted Adult Survey to students in grades 2 through 5. The survey asks each student to identify at least one adult in the building that they feel is a good go-to person for them should they ever be faced with a problem or need someone to talk to. We want to make sure that everyone has a connection in our school. This is completed twice a year, once in the fall and the other in late winter.


Two Rivers will be providing flu shots at Kenwood this Friday. See the below information if you are interested as paperwork will need to be provided ahead of time.

Kenwood Student Directory 2021-2022

Here's the list of student names and information that parents felt comfortable sharing in case you want to call friends for playdates or parties.

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Skill for Learning-Positive Self-Talk

This is another great week for learning at our school. An important skill for learning is using self-talk. Self-talk means talking to ourselves in a quiet voice or in our heads. Self-talk can help us stay on task and focus attention. Think about what you might use if you were trying to remember directions your teacher gave you, Remember to use self-talk today when you need to stay focused and on task!
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HYVEE FIT WEEK

Monday, October 4th--Hat Day-Put your thinking cap on for Mindful Monday

Tuesday, October 5th-Try It Tuesday-give crazy hair or crazy socks a whirl!

Wednesday, October 6th-Health Hero Day- Dress like a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, personal trainer or any other health professional!

Thursday, October 7th-Team Pride- Wear your favorite sports team or school attire to show your

team pride!

Friday, October 8th-Active wear and sneakers- wear something comfortable and be ready to move!

Walk and Bike to School Day-Oct. 13th

October 13th we will be having our annual Walk and Bike to School Day. High school athletes and our Kenwood Fuel Up to Play 60 team members will be greeting students near the 11th Ave and 8th Street crosswalks to give walkers and bikers a sticker that will be their ticket into a prize drawing. Students can also be dropped off at the Centennial Park/Pool Parking lot after 7:20. Student-athletes will be there to walk groups of Kenwood students to school. The last group will leave the park at 7:40.
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OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

1st--Jaxon C., Turner H.

3rd-Leo R., Drake D., Ellena B.

4th-Jack H.

9th-Oliver E.

10th-Jessa W.

11th-Mason P., Jace J.

12th-Mitchell J., Mark J., Megan J.

13th-Samira G.

14th-Logan D., Emarie K., Ireland Y., Gracelynn Y.

15th-Lyla S.

18th-Gavin R.

20th-Humberto C., Lila K.,

21st-Alex C., Story W., Brody B.

22nd-Harrison B.

23rd-Aiden D

24th-Will B., Katherine H.

27th-Raiden G., Lailah B.

29th-Miles R., Avery R., Camryn M.

30th-Olie K., Jarvis L.

31st-Alyssa J.

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Tuesday, October 5th-Smokey Bear presentation for Kindergarten

Friday, October 8th--Flu Shots--noon

Tuesday, October 12th-Kenwood PTO Meeting at 7 PM

Thursday, October 14th-1st Quarter ends

Friday, October 15th-No school for students, Professional Development/Grading for teachers

SUPER READING BUDDY PICTURES

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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.

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. This is my 17th 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


Principal Intern: (here until October 15th)

Tamisha Osgood: tamosgood@kearneycats.com


Secretary:

Saralyn Feddersen - sarfeddersen@kearneycats.com


Social Worker:

Logann Collin-logharris@kearneycats.com At Kenwood on Wednesdays & Thursdays and alternating Fridays


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-Sara Gomez--sargomez@kearneycats.com

About Us

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