Kids Care Family News

Kids Care Elementary - Week of March 07-11

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Principal's Perspective

Hello KCE Families,

We are rapidly approaching the end of our 3rd quarter and your scholars have been successful in making amazing progress, inside and outside of the classroom. That said, we still have work to do as we continue our journey of creating life-long learners. You will be receiving your scholar's report card in the coming days. Once received, please review it, discuss it with your child and have them explain the progress they've made. Also, if you have any questions or need more context concerning the report card details, please set up a meeting with their teacher to discuss them further.

This Thursday, March 10th, from 5:30 - 6:30 please join us our KCE Signing Day! If you have ever watched high school seniors make the college choices at a "signing" ceremony with the words "Next year, I will be continuing my education at..." , this is what Kids Care Elementary is sponsoring. In addition to having activities and games for everyone, we will provide the opportunity for each of our star scholars to make the decision to "continue their education next year with KCE!

Finally, next week, March 14 - 18, KCE will be on Spring Break! Our scholars and teachers have worked hard and earned this time away. This is our time to enjoy a much needed break from the routine, to spend time with family and friends as well as a time to refresh and reinvigorate ourselves for the stretch run.

As always, I am extremely grateful to partner with you to impact your scholar and shape tomorrow's generation and I thank you for this privilege.

Yours in Education,

Howard Lipkin


Kids Care Elementary


The Mayor of Columbus recently signed an ordinance to rescind the city's mask mandate. This decision remains in alignment with updated CDC guidance which states school children no longer need to wear masks. Therefore, starting on Thursday, March 10, 2022, masks will be optional for scholars and staff at Kids Care Elementary. We will continue to follow several other mitigation strategies currently in place, but will allow our families to choose what they feel is best regarding mask wear.

Below is information to help families access 2021 tax credits and stimulus payments. Please share this information with your families. A Spanish version will be available on Feb. 3, 2022.

Helping Families Access 2021 Tax Credits and Stimulus Payments

Many families continue to struggle financially due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit are among the largest Internal Revenue Service (IRS) public benefits for low-income households. The Office of Child Care (OCC) wants to ensure that families are informed about all available tax credits.

Use the resources below to help families understand the tax credits and special rules around the third Economic Impact Payments (stimulus checks) issued in March 2021. Learn about eligibility requirements and ways to access these benefits. Review information to help families find free tax preparation services for which they may be eligible.

American Rescue Plan Act’s Impact on 2021 Taxes

The American Rescue Plan Act for 2021 allows taxpayers to use their earned income from tax year 2019 or 2020, if it was higher than their 2021 income, to determine the amount of benefits they will receive from the EITC and the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit in the 2021 tax year. This special rule will help families who experienced lower wages this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic get a larger refund that is consistent with their earnings from prior filing years.

Earned Income Tax Credit

EITC is a benefit for workers with a low to moderate income. To qualify, an individual must meet specific requirements and must file a tax return. If a family owes taxes, EITC can reduce the amount they owe. In other instances, EITC may provide a refund. Individuals must file a tax return and claim the tax credit to receive it.

January 28th Is EITC Awareness Day!

Join a national effort to increase awareness about refundable credits. Find marketing and communication materials you can use to spread the word so that families don’t miss out on eligible benefits.

Maximum Qualifying Income by Filing Status and Number of Qualifying Children Claimed (2021 Tax Year)

Filing Status

Qualifying Children Claimed



Three or More

Single, Head of Household, or Surviving Spouse




Married Filing Jointly




The maximum amount of credit an individual can receive for tax year 2021 is:

  • $6,728 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,980 with two qualifying children
  • $3,618 with one qualifying child.

Child Tax Credit and Credit for Other Dependents

The refundable Child Tax Credit may reduce a family’s taxes by as much as $3,600 for each qualifying child. Families can receive the entire tax credit for each qualifying child as the Additional Child Tax Credit even if they aren’t required to file a tax return or they don’t owe any tax. A refundable tax credit may give a family a refund even if they don’t owe any tax. Many families received half of their Child Tax Credits via monthly payments from July through December 2021. Families who did not get the monthly payments can claim them on their tax return. All families can get the remaining half of the Child Tax Credit that they are owed by filing their 2021 taxes.

Families with dependents who don’t qualify for the Child Tax Credit may be able to claim the Credit for Other Dependents. The maximum credit amount is $500 for each dependent who meets certain conditions.

Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Checks)

Let families know that the stimulus money received in 2021 is not considered taxable income. Families can learn more about stimulus payments and ways to reconcile their 2021 tax return on the IRS website. Families can also visit the IRS website to learn more about Economic Impact Payments or to track their payments.

Recovery Rebate Credit

The Recovery Rebate Credit is a tax credit authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the COVID-19-related Tax Relief Act. Individuals are eligible if they did not receive the full amount of the third stimulus payment in March 2021. An individual’s 2021 income tax is used to determine the amount of the Recovery Rebate Credit. If eligible, this credit can increase a tax refund or decrease the amount of tax owed. Visit the IRS website to learn more about eligibility requirements.

Free Tax Services

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. Families can usually find VITA sites in community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many VITA sites are closed or have switched to virtual tax return preparation for an undetermined period. To locate an open site near you, use the VITA Locator Tool or call (888) 227-7669 (toll-free).

The IRS Free File offers many online resources and tax help. Find tax forms, instructions and publications, online payment options, and more. Individuals can even prepare and file their Federal income tax online for free.

Related Resources

Explore related resources on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center website to learn more.

Upcoming EITC Events

Join us for the next Chatathon in the Chatathon Live Series.

Stay Informed

Please share this message with colleagues who may be interested in this topic. Did someone forward you this announcement? You can subscribe to receive OCC announcements via this OCC webpage.

We Want To Hear From You!

Send your questions and comments to the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement via email at or phone at (855) 208-0909 (toll-free).

A Note about Calamity Days

aff about school closures due to inclement weather or transportation issues as soon as humanly possible so that you can make the necessary adjustments. We will always do our best to minimize disruptions for scholars, families, and staff.

To help support this effort, we need you to ensure that your campus has the most updated contact information (i.e., phone number, email address, emergency contact). We actively send notifications through Class Dojo, Kickboard, our weekly SMORE newsletters, Bright Arrow messages, our website, and Facebook. Families are encouraged to check the website and follow the school’s Facebook page for school news and updates.

Thank you for giving us grace as we work through this challenge, and know that we are not alone as our neighboring districts are facing very similar circumstances. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these very difficult times.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Principal Lipkin - or call the Kids Care Elementary campus at 614- 498-0220.

Please continue to stay safe, and reach out to us if we can support you in any way. Our doors are always open to you. Please reach out if you need us.

All the Best,

CaLeathiea Cornelius M.Ed, Regional Director

Phalen Leadership Academies


Thank you for being a part of the school this past year! The time has come to let us know if you are planning on joining us next year as well. We appreciate you taking the time and completing the questions contained in the link below to indicate your intention to return your scholar to Kids Care Elementary for the 2022-2023 School Year.

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Academic Achievement

The mid year formative assessment (NWEA MAP) is complete and teachers are providing families with their child's reading and math growth which includes areas to highlight as a strength and areas that your child needs more support.

Our teachers and team in grades 3, 4, and 5 are working hard to prepare scholars academically and building their confidence for the Ohio State Tests coming in Spring. Families can help us by ensuring your children are at school every day and on-time, as well as encouraging them to give their best effort, focus, and have a positive outlook.

Project Based Learning Corner

Ms. Brandon's Second Grade Researchers

Ms. Brandon's class is researching several animals using books, computers, discussion and visits to the woods. They are discovering what their group's animal eats, their size, how they care for their young, if they are mammals or reptiles and a keen interest right now is where they go for the winter. This week they measured how high a bat house needs to be posted and determined the correct direction it should face. They are writing a letter to the maintenance team for assistance in installing it near the garden. So much learning takes place in PBL!

Upcoming Important Dates

Thursday, March 10- Family Night

Monday, March 14-Friday, March 18- Spring Break, No School

Thursday, April 14- Family Night

Friday, April 15, Monday April 18- Holiday Break-No School

Thursday, April 28- Parent Teacher Conferences- No School

Ms. Sikorski's class took advantage of the warm weather and investigated capacity and volume outside with water to see what containers held more or less!

Thank you to all of the families who attended our virtual Family Nights!

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KCE Cares! Scholars, families and staff shared how they show love to others including helping animals, donating food, and sharing Pokémon cards on these beautifully decorated hearts!

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Families, please remember that school uniforms are REQUIRED for all KCE scholars.


Black, white, or maroon polos with collars; short/long-sleeved


Khakis or Navy; Skirts/skorts must be knee-length


Any color; close-toed and rubber bottoms

Scholar shirts do NOT need to have the KCE embroidered logo. However, families that are interested in purchasing shirts with the logo can order them from the school.

  • Please check your scholar's book-bags for order forms. The form can also be found by in this newsletter.
  • Orders typically take 8-12 days and will be delivered to the school.
  • Families will be notified once they are delivered.

1. COVID Guidelines: All scholars and staff must wear masks in the building except for breakfast and lunch. Please make sure your child has their own mask.

Visitors will not be allowed in the building during school hours. This is for the health and safety of all scholars and staff. This includes parents/guardians. If you have a specific need we will meet you at Door #9 to best serve you.

Please send your scholar with a refillable water bottle to school since our water fountains are shut-down due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

2. Transportation: Thank you for your patience as transportation continues to work to route all scholars. As much as we would like to help you with every need, the best way for you to get the information you need is to call 614-365-5074. Please communicate to us anything you learn so we can best support you and other families.

3. Cell Phones - Scholar's cell phones must be put away during school hours. KCE's cell phone policy will be sent home with scholars.

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Kids Care Elementary is a tuition-free public charter school that features a professional, caring staff that is passionate about inspiring students to love learning. We provide a top-notch curriculum that develops critical thinking, and builds a solid foundation for academic success. Every child who joins the Kids Care Elementary (KCE) family will become a part of a community of learners, working together with the highest expectations of educational achievement.