Kenwood Newsletter-August 2021

Check each Sunday for updates at the top of this newsletter

August 22nd

Good evening, Kenwood Parents! This is Mrs. Clevenger with this week's update.

We finished our first complete week! Our students have really jumped right back into routine and have the schedule down pat. They are doing a wonderful job! We are reviewing some important rules during announcements each week. This week we reviewed these:

  • No cell phones are allowed at school unless given permission for medical purposes. If you use one to communicate after school it shall remain in your backpack with the volume off. Cell phones being used in our building or on school grounds will be confiscated.
  • No toys are allowed at school unless it’s a special day recognized by your teacher. If so, then toys should remain in your backpack until you get to your classroom.
  • No water bottles or cups shall be on the desk while using computers. Place them on the floor if you are using your chromebook.


This week begins FastBridge and NWEA/MAP testing. We use this data along with prior testing and teacher input to determine students who need reading support services and extra intervention. This is our schedule for this week's testing in Reading:

  • Monday-FastBridge eReading (one on one) Kindergarten & 1st Grade
  • Tuesday
    • NWEA/MAP-Grades 3rd, 4th, & 5th
    • CBM Reading-2nd Grade (one on one)
  • Wednesday
    • NWEA/MAP-1st & 2nd Grade
    • CBM Reading-3rd Grade (one on one)
    • CBM Reading-4th & 5th Grade (students below 40%ile on NWEA/MAP only)

COLOR DAYS are here! We help our kindergartners learn and reinforce their colors by wearing a specific color for the next two weeks. The teachers will share class pictures and these can be seen on our weekly Smores newsletter beginning next week. Here are this week's colors:

  • Monday-Yellow
  • Tuesday-Pink
  • Wednesday-Green
  • Thursday-Orange
  • Friday-Red


Honor Choir Auditions are tomorrow, August 23rd right after school from 3:30 - 4:15. Mr. Consbruck has informed students about this option. Students will come in one at a time and sing "My Country Tis of Thee". Mr. Consbruck will try and have students who are being picked up by parents go first so that parents don't have to wait. Students will be able to be picked up any time from 3:45 to 4:00. Results of honor choir auditions will be announced sometime in October. Any questions? Contact Mr. Consbruck jacconsbruck@kearneycats.com


RUN CLUB starts tomorrow morning for those who have their permission slips handed in. It is on the east side of our building and will only begin when all adult volunteers are available. It starts at 7:15 and ends at 7:35 AM. Students can still get permission slips from their teachers.


Safety is our number 1 priority! We have already practiced our "Secure" system by locking down our doors during Monday's incident. We go on as business as usual. Our teachers and staff did amazing as they remained calm and continued as normal. We practice our safety drills throughout the year. With that being said, we have already completed two fire drills. This Friday we will complete many drills such as lockdown, tornado, fire, and evacuation. During evacuation, we will walk to the Peterson Senior Activity Center. Please make sure your child is at our building so they can practice along with their peers and the rest of our school. *This is also "RED" day so it looks like great TEAMWORK!

Our Second Step focus of the week, Being Safe, ties right into our district's Mission Monday of being polite in the hallways by voices off, hands at your side, and eyes forward. One rule we have at our school is “Be Safe”. Safe actions keep everyone’s bodies from being hurt. When we act in safe ways, we keep our hands to ourselves and don’t use them to touch others in hurtful ways. When we use safe words, we make sure nobody’s feelings are hurt. Safe words are kind and respectful. This week, think about how you can act and speak in safe ways in the classroom, hallway, lunchroom, and out at recess.


That's all for announcements. Have a wonderful evening!

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Theme: Setting the Stage Focus Skill: Being Safe

Our Second Step focus of the week, Being Safe, ties right into our district's Mission Monday of being polite in the hallways by voices off, hands at your side, and eyes forward. One rule we have at our school is “Be Safe”. Safe actions keep everyone’s bodies from being hurt. When we act in safe ways, we keep our hands to ourselves and don’t use them to touch others in hurtful ways. When we use safe words, we make sure nobody’s feelings are hurt. Safe words are kind and respectful. This week, think about how you can act and speak in safe ways in the classroom, hallway, lunchroom, and out at recess.
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AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

August

3rd-Cassie J.

5th--Parker S.

7th-Liliann C., Layni B.

9th-Brody B., Autumn A.

10th-Sylus R.

11th-Paislee L.

12th-Aiden P.

13th-Dean P., Zoey H., Francis D.

15th-Vida M.

16th-Marcelino D.

18th-Kaden B.

19th-Brooklyn B., Rosalie W., Korbin M.

20th-Ryan M.

21st-Leah S., Sam M.

24th-Breckyn K.

25th-Jaime A.

27th-Caiden S.

30th-Jaxson E., Stormey D., Luke M.

31st-Ralson M.

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August 23rd-Yellow Day, Fall Testing Begins-more detailed information was shared in your email and up above, RUN CLUB BEGINS for those who have permission slips in

August 24th-Pink Day

August 25th-Green Day

August 26th-Orange Day

August 27th--RED DAY--SAFETY DRILLS DAY--walk to Peterson Senior Activity Center


August 30th-PURPLE

August 31st-BLACK/WHITE

September 1st-BROWN

September 2nd-GRAY

September 3rd-WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COLOR

Need to get a hold of a teacher, see the information at the bottom of this newsletter. We are here to help you!

August 16th

We had two wonderful days here at Kenwood. Your children did a great job of remembering past procedures. Thank you for preparing them for school.

For those who are new to us, I send out a message every Sunday around 7 pm for upcoming events. If you don't want to listen to me on the phone, you can check out your email. It's the same information.

Our doors open at 7:35 AM. First through fifth grade students not eating breakfast will sit in the gym. Third, fourth and fifth grade will be dismissed to their classrooms at 7:50 AM. First and second grade will be dismissed at 8:00 AM. Kindergartners will wait in the media center and will be dismissed shortly before 8:00 AM.

A reminder, kindergarten students start full days on Monday. This means pick up will be more congested so please be patient. We are asking kindergarten parents to stay in their vehicles beginning Monday. Parents who pick up 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade "youngest or only" students, please pick up on the designated streets. The driveways are for kindergarten and first grade "youngest and only" students. Students always go to the youngest siblings pick up spot if they are getting picked up. After our first two days with a couple of issues, it has gotten better.

COLOR DAYS are here! We help our kindergartners learn and reinforce their colors by wearing a specific color for about two weeks. It is a fun school-wide event. Starting next Friday will be our first COLOR DAY. We will all wear BLUE on this day. Please join us in supporting our students if you have the specific color to wear.

If you'd like to purchase student accident insurance, you can click on this link or go to our Kenwood website if interested: Voluntary Accident Insurance

Thank you so much for trusting your children with us. We are determined to do everything we can to keep our students in school.

Mrs. Tamisha Osgood

Hello, my name is Tamisha Osgood and I have been teaching for 15 years. I am currently the PE teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Hastings, Nebraska. My husband Zac I have three children Zara (12), Shawn (9) and Zoey (2). I graduated from Hastings College in 2006 and got my Masters from UNK in 2011. Fun fact about me is that I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario Canada (Go Raptors!). I love track and field, basketball and shoes. I’m excited to be a part of the ASCEND Academy as your admin intern and to be at Kenwood Elementary.
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Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum

Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning that promotes school success, school connectedness and a safe and respectful school climate. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step's holisitic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth of our children. This is accomplished by directly teaching students the skills that strengthen their ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions, and solve problems.

Each week we will focus school-wide on one lesson. Each theme will be posted in this newsletter. Please help us support our students' learning by reinforcing these same skills at home and during your travels.

Theme: Setting the Stage--WELCOMING

Here at Kenwood, we want everyone to feel welcome and that they belong. We know we’re welcome when people smile at us and greet us with friendly words. We know we belong when we’re included and invited to play at recess. We know we belong when we notice the ways we’re all the same and accept the ways we’re different. This week, take time to greet others with a smile and invite them to play.

HOW TO CONTACT A TEACHER---SEE THE BOTTOM OF THIS NEWSLETTER

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August 16th-District Writing Assessment window open until August 31st

August 20th-Blue Day, Fire Drill at 9:30

August 23rd-Yellow Day, Fall Testing Begins-more detailed information will be shared later

August 24th-Pink Day

August 25th-Green Day

August 26th-Orange Day

August 27th--RED DAY--SAFETY DRILLS DAY--walk to Peterson Senior Activity Center


August 30th-PURPLE

August 31st-BLACK/WHITE

September 1st-BROWN

September 2nd-GRAY

September 3rd-WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COLOR

OPEN HOUSE PICTURES

August 8th

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SECOND STEP WEEKLY THEME: BE SAFE

One rule we have at our school is “Be Safe”. . Safe actions keep everyone’s bodies from being hurt. When we act in safe ways, we keep our hands to ourselves and don’t use them to touch others in hurtful ways. When we use safe words, we make sure nobody’s feelings are hurt. Safe words are kind and respectful. This week, think about how you can act and speak in safe ways in the classroom, hallway, and lunchroom and out at recess.
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Upcoming Events

August 10th-Open House-see details above

August 12th-1st Day of School, Kindergarten dismisses at 11:30 AM

August 13th-Kindergarten dismisses at 11:30 AM, Fire Drill at 2:30 (classes will practice prior to this)

August 16th-District Writing Assessment window open until August 31st

August 20th-Blue Day, Fire Drill at 9:30

August 23rd-Yellow Day, Fall Testing Begins-more detailed information will be shared later

August 24th-Pink Day

August 25th-Green Day

August 26th-Orange Day

August 27th--RED DAY--SAFETY DRILLS DAY--walk to Peterson Senior Activity Center


August 30th-PURPLE

August 31st-BLACK/WHITE

September 1st-BROWN

September 2nd-GRAY

September 3rd-WEAR YOUR FAVORITE COLOR

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


Secretary:

Saralyn Feddersen - sarfeddersen@kearneycats.com


Social Worker:

Logann Harris--starts the week of August 30th--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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