KHS News

Friday, May 3, 2019

In this week's newsletter...

Quick Announcements:

  • Teacher Appreciation Week May 6th-May 10th

  • Star Wars Day-Monday, May 6th

  • Scoops Night May 8th- PTSO Fundraiser

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • School News
  • Lunch Menu
  • Staff Spotlight-Ms. Mack
  • Sports at KHS-Kate
  • Classroom News
  • Spring Performance Information
  • And so much more!!!

Upcoming Events:

  1. Book Fair, May 12-22, BOGO!!!
  2. May 16, 2019 - Elementary Spring Performance (Grades K-2 will perform at 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 will perform at 6:45 pm).

  3. May 22, 2019 - Middle School Dance Concert at 7:00 pm. This is required performance for all Middle School scholars.

  4. May 24th is a full day of school
  5. The 3rd grade end of year trip has been scheduled for Friday June 7th! More Details to come!
  6. 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on June 11th.
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S.O.A.R. Celebration for Quarter 4

Spring has sprung as Kestrel Scholars continues to SOAR into 4th quarter! To cap off the 2018-2019 school year the 4th quarter PBIS celebration will be a "Popsicle and Play" theme party that will be held on Tuesday, May 28th at 2pm.

Scholars who receive 14 SOAR tickets, and do NOT receive ISS or OSS will be invited to attend this celebration!

Parents, help your scholar SOAR by staying up to date on their progress through Powerschool. If you are unsure of how to check their SOAR tickets in Powerschool please contact your scholar's homeroom teacher for more information.

School Concert Information- "I Want My 80's MTV!"

The countdown to "showtime" has officially begun!!!!

We are 3 weeks away, from what may truly to be one of the best performances EVER!

May 16, 2019 - Elementary Spring Performance (Grades K-2 will perform at 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 will perform at 6:45 pm). This is a required performance for all scholars.

May 22, 2019 - Middle School Dance Concert at 7:00 pm. This is required performance for all Middle School scholars.

This is a mandatory performance.

The following information contains specifics regarding the performance attire for the Elementary's Spring Showcase: "I Want My 80's MTV!"

There is no color scheme, and the following pictures are ideas/inspiration for you to create your scholar's 80's attire! Have fun and be creative, but please mindful of the school's dress code (ex. - If a short, ruffled dress/skirt is worn, you MUST wear leggings underneath, etc....).

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me: OR Mr. McKeiver:

Here's some additional information:

1.Attendance is mandatory and counts as a grade for all K-5 students (in Dance, Music and Spanish).

Parents need to notify Ms. Harrison by May 3rd, if their scholar has a conflict. Conflicts must be in writing. If the conflict is excused by Ms. Goff, ONLY then will make-up work be assigned.

2.Students are to wear 80's themed attire (see pictures above)

3.Students in Dance team are in both shows.

4. Show Times are 5:30 pm for Grades K-2 (need to arrive no later than 5:15 pm) and 6:45 pm for Grades 3-5 (need to arrive no later than 6:30 pm). The Middle School's Gym doors will open at 5:00 pm.

As always, thank you for your support of "The Specials" at Kestrel; We truly appreciate each and everyone of you!

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NC Education Concert-Recorder Club, 4th & 5th Grade

To All fourth, fifth grade parents and scholars, and recorder club!

This is just a reminder that the 4th, 5th grade scholars and recorder club will be going the North Carolina Symphony Education Concert on May 7th, 2019. Please make sure that you have signed and returned the permission form and paid the field trip fee of $10.00 online.

Direction for paying online:

  1. Go to the Kestrel school website.
  2. click on parents page
  3. go to make payment.
  4. then click on North Carolina Educational Concert.

Please email Mr. McKeiver with any questions


"One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world."

-- Malala Yousafzai


My name is Ms. Nakai McCleary-Mack. I love teaching at Kestrel. I am originally from South Carolina. I have called Durham home for many years. I have one daughter.

Teaching is a second career for me. I worked for Quest Diagnostics for the past 13 years as a phlebotomist, phlebotomy supervisor and trainer. In Church Ministry teaching children’s church. I received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. I student taught at Kestrel and knew that was where I wanted to stay.

My Educational Philosophy

I am leading my students in an environment where they can grow academically, emotionally, and socially. I am fully committed to helping my students reach their full potential, inside the classroom and in the real world. I feel like respect is a two-way street. I want my students to know that we can make mistakes, but we must learn from them and try our best to avoid making again. It makes us stronger individuals. I believe all children need an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites the sharing of ideas.


Lunch Menu

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Sports at KHS

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In the words of Coach Dale...

"As a coach I am proud to share the accomplishments of my team, and while I am proud of my entire team. I would like to highlight one, Kate McGarrah! To see this young lady open up and become apart of the Kestrel Track and Field Team has been amazing! Kate has achieved her personal best in shot put and discus, thus making me very proud to be her coach.

Kate record reflects a personal record of 23 feet 7 inches in discus and 10 feet 10 inches in shot put.

Kate I am proud to be your coach and appreciate all the hard work you put into making yourself apart of the team and going out and showing everyone what can happen when you work hard and put your mind to it. Congratulations on a good year and for setting records for yourself to better next year."


Classroom News


Kindergarten has been working hard on building their reading skills! We are looking forward to beginning our Author Studies which will begin in May! Each week we will be reading stories by a particular author and completing a craft and corresponds with one of their stories! Please remember to have your child read to your nightly. This will help with building their reading fluency! Have a great weekend!

1st Grade

First grade has had an eventful week HATCHING CHICKS! We welcomed 6 newborn chicks into the world on Tuesday 4/29. There names are: Polly, Brownie, Charmie, Drake, Sunflower, and Fortnite

See some pictures below :)

2nd Grade:

2nd grade is about to begin the Science unit on Genetics and DNA. Field trip to the Museum of Life and Science is Friday May 10th

3rd Grade

News from Mrs. Ross

Please remember to pay for the End of the Year Zoo trip.

The cost is $60.00 for the bus and t-shirt.

Scholars are now focusing on Math and Reading for end of year testing.

Please support studying with Math practice at night and Reading for 20 minutes

4th Grade

The 4th grade team regrets to inform you that the field trip to the Carolina Ocean Studies has been canceled due to low participation. We required at least 50 students and we only received payments for half that number. A FULL REFUND will be given to all parents that have made payments. The form required for issuing refunds has been submitted to Human Resources and it will most likely not be processed until the end of this week. After the refund form has been processed, all refunds should be issued within 7-10 business days on the cards that you made the original payment on. If you do not receive your refund by May 10th 2019, please contact Breonna Buckholz at and she will be happy to assist you. At this time, a replacement field trip that is less expensive and closer is being discussed , but nothing has been set in stone. We will keep you updated on any additional changes. Please contact any of the 4th grade teachers if you have any questions.

5th Grade:

We’re looking forward to a fabulous 4th quarter and celebrating the hard work of all 5th grade scholars on our end of year field trip to Carowinds on June 7. If you haven’t yet responded to your child’s homeroom teacher regarding interest in the trip, please be sure to do so ASAP.

Our 5th grade promotion ceremony will be on June 11 @ 9:00 at The River Church.

As always, please check the 5th grade website for the most up-to-date information.

For more information and important dates, please see the grade level website.

Middle School Blurb

6th Grade

Please be sure to check our 6th grade website for class updates! Our EOY Field Trip Info will be coming soon!

7th Grade

No news is good news. Have a good weekend!


Lots of news in 8th grade this week!

Mr. Hensler will be taking National History Day finalists to the state competition this week with aspirations for advancement to Nationals. Also, put these important dates on your calendar, May 17th from 7-10pm is our official 8th grade Semi-formal dance and year end celebration taking place at KHS, make sure not to miss further announcements on details yet to come! Also, we look forward to promoting our 8th grade scholars this June 7th tentatively at 11 am. Please reach out to any member of our team with questions. Meeting every Wednesday until the end of the year, your scholar can participate on the Year End Committee to help plan and create all the details for Semi-formal and Promotion, all are welcome! As always, make sure your scholar is taking time each night to prepare for final exams! A little each night goes a long way!

From the Spanish Corner

Hola Familias!!!

K-5: Ya casi nos vemos en el Show de Primavera con el tema de Chayanne, Fiesta en America. Espectacular!

8th grade - Spanish 1: Please, make sure your child finishes the Study Guide and reviews the Vocabulary Package. We are getting ready for "Bachillerato".

Please, email me with any questions:


Mrs. Foushee

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AIG News

This week in AIG....

Today 1st grade Enrichment students are working on making colorful sentences using color! Descriptive words and details are added to simple sentences to paint a vivid picture in the reader's mind. All great storytellers use colorful words and language!

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Grades K-2 are working on improving their muscular endurance with everyones favorite ride - scooters!

Grades 3-5 are reviewing different kinds of throws (underhand, overhand, overhead) and catching - playing "Ocean Rescue".

Grades 6-8 have begun learning about the fundamentals and game strategies of baseball by playing wiffle ball!

Doctor’s Notes

If your scholar needs to be excused from physical activities, please provide a doctor’s note.

Gym Shoes

Your scholar will need gym shoes (sneakers, tennis shoes) to participate in activities. They must have a flat bottom (no heel) and the foot must be fully covered. Sandals, Crocs, clogs, dress shoes, boots and any heeled shoes are not appropriate for class.

Art News

As often as I can, I will highlight a student who has gone above and beyond in their work and/or their behavior. I'll call it, "Tell Me Something Good".

Tell Me Something Good...

In my sixth grade class, EVERY SINGLE student has turned in their first project on time. Way to go and keep it up!

Ms. Mohn,


To all Recorder and Choir club parents and Scholars

Recorder and Choir have now started up for the spring summers

Choir is on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15pm to 4:00pm and recorder club is Wednesday afternoons 3:15pm to 4:00pm

Mr. McKeiver

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