Summer at KHS

August 13, 2018


Greeting Parents,

Office hours at KHS are Monday thru Friday 8:00 am until 3:30 pm. Please contact Suzanne Vargas at The Admissions Office is located on the 6-8 Campus at 4700 S. Alston Ave. Durham NC 27713

If you need assistance please come to the Main Office on the K-5 Campus or call us at 919-484-1300 ext 300 for the Middle School ext 200

In this issue of the newsletter you will find the following:

Supply List

Open House

After School with the YMCA


Community Events

Happy Reading!

Upcoming Events

KHS Open House

Thursday, Aug. 16th, 5-7:30pm

4900 Prospectus Drive

Durham, NC

Get Ready For School!

First day of school: Our first day of school for the 2018-19 school year is Wednesday, August 22nd. Please make every effort to have your child present on our first day of school.

School hours: Our school hours are: 7:50 am -3:00 pm

Students may be dropped off no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start of school. Students must be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal.

Open House:

Our Kestrel Open House will be held on August 16th 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Supply Lists - The supply lists for the upcoming school year are located on our website at:

State Health Assessment Forms: State law requires that every child entering public schools in N.C. receive a health assessment. If your child has enrolled in KHCS Kindergarten or your child is transferring from a private, home school or out of state, the State Health Assessment is required prior to the first day of attendance on August 22nd. Please send all completed forms to Ms. Vargas in the Admissions office.

7th grade Immunizations: Children who start 7th grade on or after July 1, 2015 will be required to have vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect them from serious diseases. Students entering 7th grade will be required to have one dose each of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and meningococcal vaccines if they have not previously received these vaccines. Your child will have to provide proof of vaccination by the first day of school.

Carpool World: The Kestrel carpool database available for our parents interested in carpooling with other KHS parents: We will monitor the site to ensure only current KHS parents are registered; however, all carpool arrangements and safety concerns are the responsibility of the parent.

FERPA: In accordance with the NC State Guidelines, we are providing you with information for The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The FERPA Information is located on our website:

Required Health Information: Per the NC Health Department and the Department of Public Instruction, all public schools are required to annually inform of the following information and vaccines available:

For parents of students all grades: Meningococcal Meningitis, and Influenza

For parents of students in grades 5th - 8th: HPV

For parents of students in grades 7th - 8th - Preventable Risks of Preterm Delivery

The Vaccine and Information Statement forms are located through the links below and are also available on our website.



Diabetes: If your child is diabetic, please contact Ms. Vargas for information on setting up an individual diabetic care plan for your child.

Uniform Policy: Our uniform policy remains unchanged for the 2018-19 school year. Please visit our website at for detailed information.

Powerschool Parent Portal: The Parent Portal is currently closed for Summer maintenance. The portal will be available once again for our Kestrel parents and students the 1st week of school. For new Kestrel parents and returning parents who would like to set up an account, please contact Ms. Vargas for initial account information.

Referral Program

We are thankful that you have chosen to be a part of our Kestrel Family! We would like to introduce you to our KHCS Referral Program!

With our newly implemented school-wide curriculum and textbooks, PBIS behavioral program, streamlined school times, and our small teacher:student ratio in classrooms, our students are engaged and excited to be at Kestrel! As we continue to build on programs put in place this year, we would also like to continue to grow our student population.

We hope you will assist our Kestrel Heights S.O.A.R. (Supporting Our Active Recruitment) team by:

Talking with your family, friends, church, youth or sports groups, or posting in neighborhood blogs and social media about the exciting things happening at Kestrel Heights Charter School! Refer them to our website at where they can find more information about KHCS, schedule a tour, and complete the new student application.

A bonus for you! Each time you refer a family to our school, and their student enrolls, you will be entered to WIN one of our $100.00 AMAZON gift cards that will be awarded at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year! (The referral survey will be sent to all newly enrolled families in September.)

Thank you!

Suzanne Vargas

Admissions/LEA Data Coordinator

Kestrel Heights School

Fall Tryout Information

Boy's Soccer

August 14, 15 & 16

8:00 am- 10:00 am

Herndon Park, 511 Scott King Rd, Durham NC 27713

Douane Tucker

Co-ed Cross Country

August 20, 21 & 22

3:00- 5:00

Kestrel Heights School, 4700 South Alston Avenue, Durham NC 27713

Holly Thom

Girl's Volleyball

August 14, 15 & 16


Kestrel Heights Gym, 4700 South Alston Ave, Durham NC 27713

Dale Edmonds

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Community Events

Family Saturday Series at The Carolina Theatre


For More InFormation Click Here!

Imhotep Academy

August 1, 2018 | 5:00 am

Fall Registration Goes Live On Campbrain

This fall students will undertake an exploration of astronomy and aerospace science. Students will engage with the concepts of propulsion, rocketry, experimental and simulated design. We’ll also be taking an astronomy-themed field trip that’s going to be out of this world! Please join us as we present, Imhotep Academy Astronomy: Hidden Figures.

Register now to secure your spot at this fall’s session.

Saturdays, October 6 – November 3, 2018 | 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Science House, NC State Centennial Campus
909 Capability Dr, Raleigh, NC

What is Imhotep Academy?

Imhotep Academy is a year-round enrichment program for middle school students that introduces them to the world of STEM careers, with a particular emphasis on reaching out to traditionally underserved students in the STEM disciplines. Tuition for the program is $225 and families that register early will receive a $50 discount for each student. Learn more about Imhotep Academy.

Register Now »

Academics, Community, & Enrichment

When our students take end-of-grade tests, they consistently perform better than their peers in Durham County and across the state. We are proud of our exceptional test scores and believe this demonstrates the successful efforts of our students and faculty.

Kestrel Heights incorporates the Paideia philosophy of teaching, an approach that facilitates the development of strong communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills.