KHS News

Friday, October 12, 2018

In this week's newsletter...

Quick Announcements:

  1. Fall Break is Coming! October 29th-November 2! No School
  2. November 6th- Election Day, Go Vote! (Normal School Hours)
  3. Kestrel Heights scholars will make up the inclement weather dates of October 11th and 12th on the following dates: December 7 and January 28.
  4. Now accepting applications for the 19-20 school year!
  5. Pre-order lunch Account Setup Instructions , How To Pre-Order Instructions , Lunch Payment/Ordering Portal
  6. Lifetouch has advised that there are hundreds of schools that have to have picture day rescheduled. They will advise us of the rescheduled date as soon as possible.

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • PTSO News
  • Lunch Menu
  • Counselor Corner
  • Sports at KHS (Winter Sport Tryouts)
  • Clubs
  • Classroom News

Upcoming Events:

  1. Fall Break, October 29th-November 2nd
  2. Report Card Day-Friday, November 9th
  3. Observance of Veterans Day-No School, Monday, November 12th
  4. Parent U Event Bullying Thursday, November 15 at 5pm

  5. Thanksgiving Break-No School November 21st-23rd
  6. Wheels Spirit Night, Friday, November 30th from 6-9
  7. The Winter Showcase will be on Dec. 20, 2018 (See Classroom News for more information)

PBIS Celebration

PBIS celebration next Friday, October 26th. All scholars must have 5 SOAR tickets and no ISS or OSS to attend.

Please contact your scholars teacher via email with questions about whether they can attend.

PTSO Upcoming Events

Wheels Spirit Night

Friday, Nov. 30th, 6-9pm

715 North Hoover Road

Durham, NC

Come out and skate with KHS! The price is $7.

We are determined to do this!

Send In your Box Tops

Help Kestrel Heights School earn products and cash by sending in your Boxtops found on many products that you use every day. General Mills, Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Ziploc®, Hefty®, Kleenex® and Scott® products offer boxtops on hundreds of products. Your clipped Boxtops can be put into the red PTSO mailboxes that are located in the front offices at both campuses. The deadline for this Quarter is Friday, October 26, 2018.

***Reminder Pre-Order Lunch ***

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Parent U

Upcoming Parent U Events: Our popular parent education series, Parent U, is ready to start back up for the 2018-2019 school year. These parent nights are focused on providing specific helpful information in topics many parents wonder about. If you would like to attend a Parent U session, YOU MUST RSVP at least one day before the event. If less than 5 parents RSVP, the event will be cancelled.

Upcoming Parent U events include:

Bullying (November 15)

High School Transition (December 5)

Executive Functioning (February 21)

Anxiety (April 23).


Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 5 from 6-8pm. We will be having a required parent night in the 6-8 gym focusing on high school information. At this meeting we will explain the high school transfer process, review graduation requirements and typical freshman course loads, and share as much information as we can about high school options. We will also let you know what your next steps will be for getting your child registered for high school. This is extremely important information and therefore it is extremely important that you and your student plan to attend, even if you have been through this process before with an older sibling!

Counselor Wish List

Parents, did you know that your KHS Counseling Department has a wish list of most-needed items and books to support our scholars? This quarter, our focus is on developing a GROWTH MINDSET - a research-based approach to helping all of our students succeed. There are several additional resources on this topic we would love to have to use with our staff and students. Please check out the wish list - you can purchase items directly and have them shipped to us at school, easy peasy! Thank you for your support!

Link to wish list:

Sports at KHS

Winter Tryout Information

Boy's Basketball

Oct.23-25 3:15 - 5:00

Kestrel Heights School Gym- 4700 S.Alston Ave

Ronnie Hess

Girl’s Basketball

Oct. 23-25 5:00 - 6:30

Kestrel Heights School Gym- 4700 S.Alston Ave

Dale Edmonds

Co-ed Cheerleading

Oct. 22-24 3:15-5:00

Kestrel Heights School Gym-4700 S.Alston Ave

Nikki Filippone

Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee

Oct. 23-25 3:15-4:45

Kestrel Heights Field- 4700 S. Alston Ave.

Stacy Kennedy

Ultimate Frisbee Tune-Up Clinic

MS Ultimate Frisbee Tune-Up Clinic this Saturday from 12-2. Hosted by Jordan High School's Ultimate Frisbee team (2018 State Champs). We now have 4 former Kestrel players on that team.

Basketball Fundraiser Sale

In case you missed out on the last sale, here is the link to the new sale for basketball. I think that you will really like this gear. It is just like the last one, just go online place your order and be done, just that easy. This sale goes until November 12, so that I can have the stuff back to you by Christmas.

Contact Coach Dale if you have questions


Victor E. Bell, Jr. Scholarship Program

Parents of 7th graders, please see this link for information about the Victor E. Bell Scholarship. If you think your child qualifies, please contact Mrs. Callahan to apply.

Community News

Kramden Tech Scholars

Do you know, a scholar in grades 3-12 who needs a home computer? Kramden Tech Scholars is a core program to assist scholars in grades 3-12 without a working home computer. To date, Kramden has served scholars in more than 70 North Carolina counties and has relied on principals, teachers, guidance counselors, and school social workers to identify and nominate deserving scholars. Once they qualify the scholar, he/she will become a Kramden Tech Scholar, and receive a computer along with ongoing technical support from the Kramden team. If you are interested in nominating a scholar check out their website (listed below). They also have materials available in spanish if needed.

Classroom News


Kindergarten's Character Parade is next week! Wednesday, October 24th at 8:15! Please remember to send your child dressed like the character from their book. The scholar must also have the book with them on the day of the parade. Please remember to practice sight words nightly. We look forward to seeing you next week!

1st Grade:

We have first grade's traditional PUMPKIN WEEK coming up next week Monday the 22nd through Friday the 26th! We will be doing fun and educational activities all week including counting pumpkin seeds, learning about the pumpkin life cycle, doing pumpkin experiments, and much more! In order to make this exciting week happen we need YOUR help! If your schedule allows, please volunteer so you can support our classroom and be part of these fun activities!

We also traditionally eat pumpkin/fall-themed snacks the afternoon-eve of Fall Break (Friday, the 26th) so we are also asking for food donations so we can continue this tradition. If you plan on donating an item please include a list of ingredients (if it is not prepackaged), as we do have students with food allergies.

2nd Grade:

2nd grade is excited to be going on their first field trip to Page Farms. Looking forward to learning about farming and agriculture in N.C.

3rd Grade

4th Grade

With the weather interrupting our progress last week, Social Studies Project to Tuesday the 23rd of October to allow scholars time to finish up.

5th Grade:

The 5th grade is excited to be talking more about Growth Mindset next week in our Paideia seminar. Why is having a Growth Mindset important? From the website, Mindset Works, "Students tackle challenges because they understand that learning takes a lot of effort. They don't give up when things get difficult, because they have strategies to persevere. They take risks, participate in class, and understand that mistakes are normal when people try hard things."

Please continue checking the 5th grade website ( for specifics on concepts covered and assignment/testing dates, especially as the first quarter is wrapping up next week.

Middle School Blurb

6th Grade:

Sixth grade has their class website up and running! The link is and each teacher will be updating their class page.

7th Grade:

In 7th Grade news...we are reading the novel The Giver.

8th Grade:

It's been another productive week in 8th grade, ELA students have been learning about primary and secondary sources as they focus on how to do good and through research. In ELA the week was highlighted by a trip outside as classes simulated Magellan's journey around the world. In Math, students practiced working on a graph by translating, rotating, and reflecting images. Science was highlighted by a project that was focused on the periodic table and finding everyday items that contain elements. Next week the book fair is in town and students will be adventuring to the book fair with their ELA class.

English Language Learners (ELL) Program/Programa de Aprendices del Idioma Inglés (ELL)

English Language Learners (ELL) Program - Ms. Rivera

Having fun making words with word family chunks.

AIG News

*Students are working on Geometric calculations of Circumference to precisely measure movement and turning radius for the robots. Programming is becoming more complex with specific motor rotations and assigning different power levels to motors.

*AIG Testing is in process for students in grades 4-8. Testing will continue into next week with make-ups finishing before our fall break. Scores should be reported hopefully by the 2nd or 3rd week of the 2nd quarter.

Art News:

Kindergarten: Kindergarten classes finished their Rainbow fish. They worked very hard to draw, paint, cut and glue the fish and ocean background.

First Grade: First graders finished their monsters.They used oil pastels to draw and add details to their monsters and then used paint to finish their monsters.

Second Grade: Second graders are finishing their Saguaro Cactus pictures. It has been a very involved project with many steps and the second graders have worked hard to showcase their skills.

Third Grade: Third graders either finished their Blue Dogs or experienced their first Free Choice art day.

Fourth Grade: Fourth grade had a Free Choice art day or finished their watercolor chameleons. Some really cool textures were made using salt.

Fifth Grade: The fifth grader's surreal hot air balloon pictures are coming together! Their hot air balloons are drawn, they have painted their sky and they are cutting out images from magazines that will be added to their surreal landscape.

Middle School: Middle schoolers are working on warm/cool treescapes. They are learning how to use watercolor in a precise and careful way!

Middle school sketches are due Oct. 23, 2018. As always, I won't accept late work!

If you are on Instagram, please follow artmohn. I feature student work and what we are working on in the art room!

I am still asking for milk crates to hold sketchbooks for each elementary class. They don't have to be anything fancy or new, the ones you had in your dorm room would work just fine!

From the Spanish Corner:

4-8 Great job with the Hispanic Heritage research. Exelente trabajo!

Dance and Music News

The Elementary Dance scholars have started learning their winter showcase choreography, and they can see that the "choreographic process" can be challenging. It takes A LOT of patience, listening skills, and focusing on details. Although it can be demanding, it's amazing to see how everything comes together. After watching the winter performance this week, we've had wonderful discussions and introduced "the art of positive critiquing," so that we can improve and make this one of the best performances at Kestrel!

The Winter Showcase will be on Dec. 20, 2018 and the Spring Showcase will be on May 16, 2019. There will be 2 performances: Grades K-2 will be at 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 will be at 6:45 pm (both performances will be held in the Middle School Gym). This is a REQUIRED performance, in which all students are expected to participate.

The Elementary Dance and Music Departments will be sending out more detailed information closer to the event.

Come Join Us

We continue to welcome applications for enrollment until our 20th day of the 2018-19 school year. We have several seats available in select grades! We hope you will consider Kestrel Heights School as your school of choice for the upcoming school year!