Kenmore Elementary Paw Prints
Happy November Kenmore Cub Families,
Thank you to all who attended our In-Person Curriculum night last month. We appreciate the feedback from our surveys and will be making adjustments as we plan for next year's Curriculum night. Overwhelmingly, families appreciated having the information ahead of time and enjoyed the opportunity to see student work and not feel rushed or taxed with multiple Curriculum Night events. Thank you for your feedback as we continue to plan and improve this delivery.
This past month our School District Leadership Team (SDLT) noted that we have not consistently been reciting The Pledge of Allegiance in our classes since the pandemic. State law requires that public schools recite The Pledge of Allegiance. Therefore, your child’s teacher will be explaining the meaning/importance of The Pledge of Allegiance to your class in the weeks ahead. We know this may bring up a plethora of thoughts and feelings. We encourage you to speak to your child about this and please know that your child may respectfully decline to participate in reciting the pledge. That is their right and freedom of living in this wonderful country.
It has been a fantastic first two months of school. I’ve enjoyed visiting classrooms, watching budding readers, scientists and math wizards. At recess, we have a growing number of students who play chess and others who are enjoying leadership roles. It is a pleasure to watch our cubs grow and enjoy every part of their school day.
We look forward to seeing you at KEPTA Bingo Night this week!
Nov. 1 - Cross Country Finals @ LW/KMS, 5:00pm
Nov. 2 - Early Release @ 2:10pm
Nov. 4 - PTA Family Bingo Night, 6:30-8:00pm
Nov. 7 - After School STEM Academy, Room 24, 3:45-5:00pm
Nov. 8 - Emergency Drill
Nov. 8 - KE Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm
Nov. 8 - PTA General Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm
Nov. 9 - Early Release @ 2:10pm
Nov. 10 - Popcorn Thursday
Nov. 10 - Veteran's Day Assembly
Nov. 11 - NO SCHOOL ~ VETERAN'S DAY
Nov. 14 - Progress Reports Sent Home
Nov. 15 - Picture Retake/Make-up Day
Nov. 15 - 2nd Grade Field Trip - Pasados Animal Sanctuary
Nov. 15 - KE Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm
Nov. 15 - After School STEM Academy, Room 24, 3:45-5:00pm
Nov. 16 - Early Release @ 2:10pm
Nov. 17 - Nov. 23 - Elementary Conference Days - 12:20pm Dismissal
Nov. 16 - Nov. 23 - Scholastic Book Fair
Nov. 24 - NO SCHOOL ~ THANKSGIVING DAY
Nov. 25 - NO SCHOOL ~ NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE DAY
Nov. 29 - KE Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm
Observances & Celebrations
Addendum to last month's newsletter: We missed acknowledging and celebrating.
September 26-October 4—Navaratri - a 9-day festival- Vijaya Dasami/Dassehra
October 4-5—Yom Kippur
October 10—Indigenous People’s Day
November 1—Dia De Muertos
November 11—Veterans Day
November 24 —Thanksgiving
Kenmore Elementary will have 12:20 early dismissal November 17th – November 23rd for teacher conferences. Please schedule accordingly! Thank you!
Mark your calendars!
The 2022 Kenmore Scholastic Book Fair is Wednesday, November 16th through
Wednesday, November 23rd.
Hours: 2:10-4:30 pm (Nov. 16)
8:50-9:10 am (Nov. 17-23)
12:20-4:30 pm (Nov. 17-22)
You may also:
Shop the Book Fair Online 24 hours a day between
November 16th – November 29th
Visit - https://go.nsd.org/kebf
Volunteers are needed for this event.
If you would like to help, please sign up at
Mrs. Tiffany Masen-Smith, thank you for gathering our students for hearing and vision testing, not once but on two separate occasions this year!
Picture Day was a success and the the day ran so smoothly! Huge thanks go out to our volunteers Tiffany Masen-Smith, Sarah Linville, Sha Lin, and Natasha Farmer. Your help was so appreciated.
HEAD START PRESCHOOL
Our Early Childhood Education Programs in Northshore School Disrtict are currently recruiting for the Head Start, ECEAP and Ready Start Preschool Programs.
NSD Families that have children ages 3-4 years old can contact Stephanie Gonwa at 425-408-4829, or Emily Birchman at 425-408-4862 to receive program information and help with applications.
Accelerated Models and Highly Capable
The Accelerated Models and Programs Department is beginning our 2022-23 eligibility process for highly capable designations to begin in the 2023-24 school year.
All students in grades K, 1, and 5 will take the NNAT3 screener in their classroom with their teacher. Grades 1 and 5 will complete the NNAT3 by October 15 and Kindergarten students will have until winter break. Students new to Northshore will also take the screener sometime after October 17.
Students in grades 2,3,4,6, and 7 will have the option to take the screener if they are referred for highly capable services. If you are interested in referring a student, please click this link: https://www.nsd.org/schools/programs-services/highly-capable-services/eligibility/referral
For additional information about our eligibility process, please visit the highly capable services page on the nsd.org website.
Accelerated Models and Programs Department
Health and Safety Resources from Student Services Department
Student safety is our highest priority. We believe that by providing families with information and preventative measures, together we can keep young people healthy and safe. We recognize that these conversations are challenging and hope your family finds the provided resources helpful.
The District has highlighted the importance of addressing student access to guns in the home. It is important that parents and guardians have conversations with their students to remind them that schools are safe places, where it is not appropriate to have weapons, toys that look like real weapons or talk about them with others. Learn more and download helpful resources about firearm safety including a secure storage fact sheet, talking to your children about guns, and facts and resources on child firearm suicide, at BeSMARTforKids.org/resources.
Families in Northshore and around the country are being warned of an emerging trend of colorful fentanyl. Named “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people. Brightly-colored fentanyl is being found in multiple forms, including pills, powder, and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk. While we are not aware of rainbow fentanyl in any of our school communities, we are aware of its presence in the region and want to make sure our families know about this issue. We encourage parents and guardians to have meaningful conversations with your students about the dangers of fentanyl. This King County resource provides guidance on how to talk with your students about fentanyl.
SafeSchools Alerts allow students, staff, parents/guardians, and community members to anonymously report concerns to the District. Students, families, and staff are encouraged that if they see something, they should say something by either connecting directly with a trusted adult at the school or district or submitting concerns by:
Text: 855.521.2665, or
SafeSchools Alerts are not monitored 24/7, so in emergency situations, please call 9-1-1.