KHS News

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

In this newsletter...

Quick Announcements:

  • The offices are back to our Traditional Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • Admissions Information
  • Message from Mr. Touchette, Director of Elementary School
  • Supply List
  • Dress Code
  • Community News
  • Fall Sports Tryouts
  • New Box Tops Collection Process

Upcoming Events:

  1. August 8 Uniform Swap and Ice Cream Social 5:00-7:00 at the 6-8 Campus
  2. August 13 Board of Directors Meeting
  3. August 16 Open House (K-8)
  4. August 18 Popsicles on the Playground, rising Kindergartners 3:30-5:00 on elementary playground
  5. August 21 First Day of School

Message from Mr. Touchette, Director of Elementary School

Dear Kestrel Heights Families,


I'm proud to be recently on-boarded as your Elementary School Director at Kestrel Heights. I look forward to working closely with you as we push our scholars to SOAR to new heights of academic achievement and character development!



While I certainly look forward to meeting with you at our Open House on August 16, I want to make an opportunity for us to get to meet informally and get to know one another. Thus, I have scheduled a "Director and Parents Welcome Coffee." Please join me on Wednesday, August 7 at 1:00 pm. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.



You can RSVP for the Wednesday 8/7 meeting here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084dacaa28a5f49-director1


Best,

Andrew Touchette

Supply List

This link will take you to the school supply list located on our website. Simply select the grade in the left column to view your scholars list.

School Dress Code

This link will take you to the school dress code policy located on our website. Please read carefully and plan accordingly.

Get Ready for School

First day of School: Our first day of school for the 2019-20 school year is August 21st.


Open House: August 16th from 5:00-6:30


Parent Portal: The Powerschool Parent Portal is open and ready for you to view your scholar's schedule for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions or require assistance logging in, please contact Ms. Vargas at Vargas@kestrelheights.org for assistance.

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.

Admissions Information

Admissions: We have several seats available in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade! Please reach out to your family, friends, neighbors, etc and let them know! Easy enrollment and easy transfer! The online application is available on our website and Facebook page!
Parent Portal: The Powerschool Parent Portal is open and ready for you to view your scholar's schedule for the upcoming school year. If you have any questions or require assistance logging in, please contact Ms. Vargas at Vargas@kestrelheights.org for assistance.
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.

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: https://kestrelheights.org/forms/

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.

English: https://goo.gl/hwjBty

Spanish: https://goo.gl/vtKwTC

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

Lunch Information

If you are new to Kestrel or have never created an account for your Scholar to receive lunch from our caterers, please click the Kestrel Heights Lunch Program button below and follow the instructions on creating an account as well as adding funds to your lunch accounts. Lunch needs to pre-ordered for your scholar to receive lunch for any given day (this applies to those receiving Free & Reduced lunch as well). You can apply for Free & Reduced lunch by clicking the Kestrel Heights Lunch Program button below.
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Hawks Athletics

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Attached you will find important forms for Fall Sports Tryouts and the 2019 - 2020 school year. Tryouts for Boy's Soccer, Co-ed Cross Country and Girl's Volleyball will be held on August 14th, 15th and 16th.


All paperwork must be completed and turned in by August 12th. Please see the attached for more information and paperwork. Forms can also be found at https://kestrelhawks.bigteams.com Please email hess@kestrelheights.org with conflicts, questions and concerns. Enjoy your summer!

2019-2020 Hawks Athletic Forms

Here you will find all forms necessary for Fall Sports Tryouts for the 2019-2020 school year.

2019-2020 Athletic Packet

Forms to be completed by a physician and signed by parents prior to tryouts.

Box Tops

NO MORE CLIPPING!! Big changes are coming to Box Tops! Earning cash for our school just got easier and all you need is your smartphone. Download the Box Tops mobile app to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earning online!


If you still have clippings, continue to send them in and we will continue to submit them until all of them have been phased out!

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YMCA Afterschool Care

When your kids are safe and having fun, you’ll like YMCA After School as much as they do! We offer After School programs at Lakewood YMCA and The River Church. YMCA After School is from school dismissal until 6 p.m. Early release days are included at no extra cost.

ACTIVITIES

  • Quiet, supervised homework time
  • Creative arts
  • Indoor & outdoor games
  • Sports & specialty clinics
  • Assembly & snack time (children provide snack)


STAFF

YMCA After School youth counselors receive 30 hours of staff training annually. They are responsible, knowledgeable high school and college-aged students who enjoy working with children.


COST

2018 - 2019 Traditional and Year-Round Schools

$1,999.80/annual (Members)
$2,421.00/annual (Participants)

Choose from monthly drafts or payment in full.
Financial assistance is available.

Billing and payment information


REGISTER

Registrations are accepted at any Durham YMCA location. Participants may begin After School the Monday after registering. Friday or weekend registrations can begin 1 week from the following Monday.

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Community Information

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Triangle Ultimate

Triangle Ultimate is very excited to announce our first ever Girls Summer Camp! This camps curriculum will combine skill development and spirit of the game. Players will to learn disc skills, make new friends, build confidence and have FUN!

Please send your child with a snack, water bottle, and sunscreen!

Who:

This camp is for girls in elementary and middle school.

Date & Time:

Session I - June 24 - 28

Session II - July 8 - July 12

Session III - July 22 - July 26

Drop off is at 9 AM

Pick up is at 12 PM

Location:

Kestrel Heights Middle School.

4700 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713

Cost:

$125 per session. $25 discount if you are playing in Triangle Ultimate Youth Summer League. Sign up for YSL first!

All participants will receive a Frisbee, Shirt and 2019 USAU Youth Affiliate Membership.


Register: https://www.triangleultimate.org/e/2019-tu-girls-summer-camp



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Come Join Us

Choosing the right school is an important decision. We strive to provide a welcoming and diverse community where your children can thrive. Our lottery-based enrollment process ensures an equal opportunity for all prospective students. We are now accepting applications for our 19-20 school year!