Keizer Elementary Newsletter

November 2021


Dear Keizer families,

As we move in to the month of November, we want to extend our gratitude to you for the grace you have given us and the tremendous effort being made to provide all the support and involvement our students need. Your hard work never goes unnoticed!

At Keizer, we are building students of character, and one of the things we want to emphasize during this season is the act of giving back. The Keizer Fire Department will be dropping off two barrels this month for non-perishable food item donations. This includes items like canned food, cereal, packaged pasta and granola bars, to name a few. We would like you to encourage your students to make a donation, if possible, to give back to our community and show that we care.

We thank you in advance and hope you all are staying safe and warm as more cold weather approaches!


Keizer Staff


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  • November 8: Picture Retake Day
  • November 11: No school - Veteran's Day
  • November 12: No School
  • November 24-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • November 1-30: In-District Student Transfer Application window
  • December 3: No School - Grading Day
  • December 20-31: No School - Winter Break


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Join us in celebrating American Indian Alaskan Native Month in November at the American Indian Alaskan Native Celebration 2021.



Monday, November 8 will be our picture retake day. Your student can retake pictures if he or she meets the following criteria:

  • Did not take school pictures on September 30th
  • Would like retakes (unwanted pictures need to be turned in to the school)
  • Did not purchase pictures on September 30th but would like to
  • All EDGE students

Pictures will be taken from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in the gym.


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Students who want to attend a school other than their assigned school may apply for an in-district transfer (IDT) between November 1–30, 2021. This includes elementary, middle, high school and students who would like to transfer to the EDGE online program.

If your student already has an approved IDT, you do not need to fill out the application.

There is no guarantee a transfer request will be approved. Students attending school on an IDT are not eligible for bus transportation. IDT applications received after November 30, 2021, will not be considered.

In-district transfer request forms can be picked up at your student’s assigned school. They will also be posted on the Student Transfers page on November 1. The webpage will also include instructions on how to turn in the forms via email, snail mail.

It is preferred that families fill out the forms and drop them off at their assigned schools.


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We are excited to introduce ParentSquare, a new two-way communication platform that will streamline and improve communication with families and staff. It has the functions of both Remind and SchoolMessenger and will eventually replace both platforms. It also includes appointment scheduling options, which may be very helpful for conference sign ups.

It is very important that parents keep their contact information current.

Be sure to let your school office know if you have a new address, email or phone number.

The parent or guardian marked as the primary contact in the student information system will receive automated communication.

Messages will also be sent to the student’s home phone number contained in the database, if different from the primary contact phone number.


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With nearly 41,000 students in our schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff is, without question, our highest priority. Open communication and transparency play critical roles in safety and we want to ensure you have accurate and timely information on how COVID-19 is impacting our schools.

Covid-19 Data Dashboard

We have officially launched our COVID-19 data dashboard for the 2021-22 school year. Please know that this dashboard is still ongoing further development and may continue to have minor tweaks and improvements over the coming weeks.

You can learn more about our COVID-19 investigation and communication process, on our new online dashboard webpage.

Remember, COVID-19 impacts us all daily. It is critical that we follow all recommended health and safety protocols such as vaccination, wearing a face covering, hand-washing and maintaining physical distance both while in school, and out in the community.

Thank you for all of your ongoing support as we continue to improve our processes and work together to keep our students, staff, families and community safe.


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The first resolution of its kind was developed through collaboration with district staff, leadership, community feedback and engagement.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Salem-Keizer Public Schools Board of Directors voted 4-2 to approve a resolution recognizing the board and district’s commitment to equity and anti-racism. One board director was absent. It is the first time a resolution of its kind was introduced in SKPS.


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In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Because we raised the bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress through our state tests.


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Thanks to the USDA’s Seamless Summer Option, we will be able to feed all students breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.
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