Cougar Connection

January 2021

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Bring on 2021 and all of the amazing accomplishments our Keith Cougars will experience! Our staff is ready to take their learning to the next level. Let's do this Cougars!!

Change to Learning Option

If you would like to make a change to the learning option for your child(ren) in grades PK-5 for the 3rd grading period – from CFISD Connect to On-Campus or from On-Campus to CFISD Connect - the selection window will be open between Monday, Jan. 11 and Sunday, Jan. 17. This change will be effective beginning Feb. 1 for elementary school students. You will receive a follow-up letter on Monday, Jan. 11 with instructions on how to make the change. If your child is continuing with the same learning option for the 3rd grading period, then no action is required.

Paw Pledge-a-thon SLIME time!!

Mrs. Tolls, Mrs. LaCoke and Mrs. Tryon are good sports!

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Counselor's Corner

We would like to recognize the thoughtful and generous gift donations from our staff and PTO to support several Angel Tree families this holiday season. We would also like to thank a few Keith families along with Better Homes and Gardens Gary Green Realty of Fairfield for helping to make Christmas brighter this year with their generous gift card donations.


We continue to focus on mindfulness practices to help our students and staff improve their well-being. This month we practiced mindful seeing and mindful listening during advisory time. For character development, we highlighted the importance of generosity. Students are learning that generosity can bring joy through giving things away or putting others before yourself.


In December guidance we learned about active listening. Students learned the difference between hearing and listening and that active listening is a choice. We practiced specific skills to help students become more active listeners.


As we close out 2020, we feel so thankful and blessed to be a part of our amazing Keith community. See you in 2021!

Love,

Mrs. Sudtelgte and Mrs. Carroll

Remote Learning Day Details-January 15, 2021

Our Connect students (who will remain at home) will:

  • Learn through pre-recorded lessons and posted assignments
  • Not have check-ins by their teachers or participate in live instruction.
  • Have attendance taken by showing evidence of completing assignments and/or logging into Schoology.


Our on-campus learning students (who will be learning from home on these days) will:

  • Receive paper packets and assignments to be completed and turned in.
  • Not need devices in order to complete assignments.
  • Have attendance taken by showing evidence of completing assignments.


Families may request on-campus learning at school on these designated remote days from home. Students attending in-person on Friday, January 15th, will:


  • Be supervised by a non-teaching staff member (they will not be in class with their teacher)
  • Work independently to complete the assignments
  • Have the option of riding the bus to/from school and eat breakfast/lunch in the cafeteria.
  • Have attendance taken.


****We will send another online survey in January to get an accurate count of students who will be on campus that day.

Kids Heart Challenge

Hi Keith Parents –

We are preparing for our official Kids Heart Challenge launch right after Winter Break, starting on January 4th in PE – if you are learning from home, be sure to log in! As part of the Kids Heart Challenge Mission experience students will have daily and weekly missions that will teach them about HOW and WHY they need to take care of their hearts. Once they complete their missions, they will be official Heart Hero Recruits.

You can get started by scanning the QR code below to download the FREE Kids Heart Challenge app or by registering on our Keith Elementary KHC Website!


BONUS: Any student who registers by the kickoff

will be entered into a drawing for an AWESOME PRIZE!


We are proud to help the American Heart Association (AHA) as they are supporting our community in many ways during this pandemic. In a normal year, heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but now people who have had a stroke or live with heart disease make up more than 40% of those hospitalized for COVID-19.

The AHA has already funded $2.5 Million in fast-response grants to study COVID-19’s effects on heart disease patients and launched a COVID-19 Data Registry within the Get with the Guidelines registry that is used by hundreds of hospitals nation-wide. This has made it possible to learn from COVID patients quickly and improve treatments more rapidly. The more that is discovered, the more research is needed!


Learn about the AHA’s full COVID-19 response here


We understand that not every family may be able to donate, but all students will enjoy (and learn from) the weekly missions and have an opportunity to share about heart disease in your family and community. If you’re able to help raise funds, the American Heart Association will put those to work right here in our area.


Thank you for your support!

Notes from the Registrar

When a student is absent, a signed parent/guardian note or physician's note must be

submitted to the campus attendance office within 3 days of the student's return to school. The parent/guardian note is to include the student's full name, date of absence, reason for absence, and signature of parent/legal guardian.


Acceptable excuse notes by email must include student's full name, date of absence, reason for absence, along with an attached copy of the guardian's ID or an attachment of a doctor's note, court letter, or handwritten note signed and dated by the guardian. Email address catherine.slusher@cfisd.net.


If a note is not provided, the absence will be counted as unexcused.

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Credit By Exam Information

Students in grades K-5 will have four opportunities during the school year to use “credit-by-exam” to accelerate to another grade level. Students will only have one opportunity to test for each grade level considered.


To apply to take the test to skip kindergarten, a student must be 5 by September 1, and registered in a CFISD school. To apply to take the test to skip grade 1, a student must be 6 by September 1, and enrolled in a CFISD school.


Students who earn scores of 80% or better on each component of the credit-by-exam will qualify to advance one grade. Only one grade level may be “skipped” each year. No retests will be given.


If you are interested in getting more information about credit-by-exam, please contact Nicole.Carroll@cfisd.net