Family Newsletter

1/2/22

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Hello everyone-


I can't believe it- this is the start of 2022! HAPPY NEW YEAR:)


I hope you and the kids really enjoyed this break! I know that it was nice to connect with family and friends and take a little me time! My house is so clean and I totally purged my closets to make room for some retail therapy that happened.


It is always eery to be in the building over breaks when the kids and staff aren't here. I'm looking forward to connecting with staff on Tuesday and hearing all about their break. The kids will be so excited to return and see their teachers and friends. I know I can't wait to hear all the stories they share about their time away!


Welcome back- I missed everyone and can't wait to see what 2022 brings us. Thank you for trusting me to lead us through 2021 and I promise I will continue to make decisions based on what our kids need, gather input from you before making decisions, reaching out for feedback to monitor how you feel things are going, and now the doors are literally open. Please feel free to stop in to chat with me as needed, volunteer in the building to help out in the classroom, library, or office. We can't wait to have you join us at school once again!


Please reach out at any time to share any questions, concerns, or ideas. I am here to help and support you and your family. Thanks for all you do to help keep our students and staff safe.


Take Care-

Angeline

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Monday

No School

Lost & Found open 800am-4:00pm


Tuesday

No School

Lost & Found open 800am-4:00pm

Report Cards available in Infinite Campus (info below)


Wednesday

C Day- Wacky Wednesday welcome back- wear comfy clothes (sweats, pjs, whatever is comfy for you)

Lost & Found open 4:00-6:00 pm


Thursday

D Day

Lost & Found open 4:00-6:00 pm


Friday

A Day

Wear your spirit wear

Lost & Found open 4:00-6:00 pm

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Wear comfy clothes (Sweats, PJs, whatever is comfy for you!)

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January 22nd Literacy Scavenger Hunt- All Families Welcome

Scavenger Hunt Info

Scavenger Hunt FAQ

If your family would like to participate and needs to ride along with another family or would like their child to participate with another family- please click here to submit request

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Last chance to claim your lost and found items

Please come to the side door by the cafe to check out all the lost and found items. Monday and Tuesday you may come in from 8:00am-4:00 pm to claim your items. On Wed-Fri you may come in from 4:00-6:00pm. Any items left unclaimed will be washed and donated to our families and nurse clinic. Thanks!
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A Message from the Superintendent

We are looking forward to welcoming back our students and staff. I’m writing today to provide an update on what you can expect for health and safety protocols in Kirkwood Schools when we return from the winter break. Due to updated CDC guidance, rising cases in our region and increasing pediatric hospitalizations , we will be requiring masks in all Kirkwood schools starting with the return from winter break. When you report to work after winter break, please ensure you are wearing a mask.


We know this is a change to what our teachers, staff, students and families were expecting. At the same time, we must ensure we are monitoring and responding to the most current information available to keep our students, staff and their families safe while maximizing in-person learning. Throughout the pandemic, we have remained committed to taking a deliberative, data-driven approach to our decision-making around COVID protocols.


Since the most recent Safe Return to School Plan plan was presented and approved by the KSD Board of Education on Dec. 13, the CDC released updated guidance that redefines the definition of fully vaccinated. Students or staff who were vaccinated more than six months ago and have not received a booster would need to quarantine or isolate if they are a close contact of a positive COVID case. As a booster is not yet available for 12-15 year olds, we have a significant portion of our student population that does not have access to the most effective protection from infection and serious illness. Without requiring masks in our schools, more students could be excluded from class due to exposure and we would not be honoring our commitment to maximizing in-person learning.


In addition, positive cases and hospitalizations have risen significantly in the St. Louis area. Included in this increase is a record number of pediatric cases. In St. Louis County, the number of daily new cases per 100,000 residents is at an all-time high.


The final factor that influenced this update is the limited availability of testing in our region. This makes it difficult to ensure our students and staff can be tested in a timely manner. This is a primary tool in reducing the risk of transmission in our schools. If it has the potential to be less available, we want to ensure we are using the other layers of effective mitigation methods.


If you are eligible and have not received your booster, please speak with your healthcare provider about obtaining one. You can find locations administering vaccines and boosters at revivestl.com/get-your-vaccine


We will continue to review new information on a daily basis and will communicate any changes to our protocols. We appreciate your understanding as we work to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and families.


-Dave

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Robinson PTO Trivia Night- February 25

Who's ready for a little Trivia, Silent Auction and great night with fellow Robinson families? We are excited that Robinson Trivia Night is back this year! Table registration opens January 24th, so start planning! Tables are $200 each (or $25 per person). When you register, you will need the names and emails of all 8 people at your table. Contact us if you need assistance putting a table together or would like connections with grade level parents.


Need more details? Check out our Trivia 2022 FAQ page or contact us at robinsontrivia@gmail.com. This is such a fun event and a great way to connect with other Robinson families. We'd love to have you join the fun!


Interested in volunteering, donating or being party hosts? If you or the company you work for can donate a gift card, product, service, or experience; please let us know. Sponsorships are available with various perks! Wondering what the party host is about? More to come on parties in the near future.


Bon Voyage!

The Robinson PTO Needs Your Help!

Have you ever heard of parent and staff-sponsored parties? It's as simple as selecting a party idea, signing up to host and then bringing the party to life for kids, adults or families. Robinson families will sign-up or bid on the events you donate. These parties are a great way to meet people and interact with the Robinson community all while raising funds for the school. They also happen to be one of the most popular Trivia Night items and provide a fun experience for both students and adults. But we can't pull them off without you! The included form has examples of parties you can host (or you can add a new creative idea). Complete the form and send to robinsontrivia@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for hosting an event!

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Report Cards open January 4 in Infinite Campus

Report cards will be available to our K-5 parents via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, beginning January 4th. Once you are logged into Infinite Campus, click on the menu bars (top left), then Documents, then the report you want to review.


Please complete this form if you need to create an Infinite Campus parent account or recover your username/password for an existing account. For other questions or issues with Infinite Campus please contact icportal@kirkwoodschools.org.

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Thank you for the refrigerator donations

Thank you to our PTO for organizing a fridge donation for Robinson. We were able to secure two free refrigerators. One is in the cafe and we will use this one to reduce food waste of items that come in the prepackaged breakfasts and lunches for students that are uneaten. We will stock this fridge with unopened items and students may come here for a snack as needed. The second fridge will be used to support our Robinson Cares Food Pantry. Thank you to the generosity of our donors- we truly appreciate your donation!

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We are so excited to welcome visitors back for 2022!

As we communicated at the beginning of last quarter, we have been working towards welcoming back families into our school. With the next semester around the corner, we are excited to welcome parents and volunteers into our buildings.


This is possible because of the availability of vaccines for kids in grades K-5. Now that our students have the option to be vaccinated, we are able to follow processes that have been in place at the secondary level throughout the year.


Unfortunately, the one tradition we will not be able to bring back yet is allowing visitors in the cafeteria. As we continue to allow for distancing and other protocols, space will not allow for families to visit at lunch.


Please note that we ask visitors and volunteers to follow the same protocols that are in effect in the building. As such, masks will be recommended beginning Jan. 18. Additionally, any visitor to the building must sign in at the front office at the beginning of every visit to our school.


Please also make sure you are familiar with recent changes to the KSD’s volunteer requirements, especially if you would be volunteering in a capacity where you might be alone with students. Those are detailed on the HR website here: https://www.kirkwoodschools.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5293


We are so lucky to have families that want to be engaged and involved in their students’ school. We are looking forward to once again seeing you during the school day.

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Support our Robinson Care Pantry

Please consider bringing in an item the first week of school each month to provide items for our Robinson Cares Food Bank. This month especially for our Thanksgiving pantry getting plenty of donations is essential. Thank you for all your generosity and support!

Click below to view the tutoring list 21-22

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