Cougar Connection

April 2015 - Kitley Elementary


Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope that the Kitley family enjoyed some time together and I am thankful for the sunny days that we had. We are down to just seven short weeks of school, but they are going to be very busy with events, instruction, and assessments.

We have many things to celebrate as we continue to strive to be the best we can be. Our IREAD results came in this week. 95.8% of our third grade students passed for the first round!!! These are the best scores we have seen since Kitley Elementary opened in 2011. More information will be coming home soon regarding your child’s score. Please watch for this VERY IMPORTANT information. The parent reports will be sent home within the next two weeks.

Congratulations to Amanda Stevenson, one of Kitley's music teachers. She is Kitley Elementary’s 2015 Teacher of the Year! I personally want to thank Mandy for all of the work she does to make our music events successful. She also makes a positive impact for our staff as she always has a positive attitude and a smile on her face.

I want to thank our PTC for all of their hard work in assisting the music department with purchasing new risers for our music events. Our old risers were not big enough for our students and needed to retire. We are very excited to have our new risers ready for our 3rd grade program that will be held on Thursday, April 23rd @ 6:30pm.

The second round of ISTEP+ will begin on April 23rd. All students in grades 3-5 will take the multiple choice portion online this year. We will be testing until May 5th. ATTENDANCE is crucial!! Thank you for not scheduling any appointments during school hours during this time.

Once again, thank you to all of our VIP volunteers and parents who help us daily. We could not succeed without YOU!!!! Look ahead at our events calendar. We have many exciting events scheduled to wrap up another successful year at Kitley.

Always learning,

Mrs. Schoene

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5th Grade Music Field Trip

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 all 5th grade students will be traveling downtown to the Hilbert Circle Theatre to experience the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Young People’s Discovery Concert. This is a concert put on by the ISO specifically for students. The theme this year is “The Orchestra: Working and Playing Together.” The cost for this field trip is $6 for students. Permission slips are due by Friday, March 6th. If you need an additional copy of the permission slip, you can find one on the related arts website or contact your child’s music teacher.

3rd Grade Music Program - "Broadway Beat"

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 6:30pm

Where: Kitley Cougar Den Café

Student Arrival Time: Students should arrive between 6:00-6:15 and report to the LGI room

Attire: Students should wear jeans, tennis shoes and a brightly colored t-shirt, any color is fine! (If you don’t have a plain t-shirt take a shirt and turn it inside out.)

The program will be videotaped and you can receive a copy by making a $5 donation to the Kitley Music Program. You can fill out the order form attached to the bottom of this paper and return to your child’s music teacher at any time. We will try to have all orders filled by May 8th.

We are excited to present our program to you. The 3rd grade students have been working very hard and are ready for their time in the spotlight! If you have any questions, please contact us.

Mrs. Stevenson 803-5967

Mr. Fellerman 803-5939

DVD order Form

3rd Grade Program

“Broadway Beat”

_________ # of copies _______ total amount included

($5 donation per DVD)

Payment options:

______ Check (made out to Kitley Elementary) ___ cash

Student Name: _____________________________________________

Homeroom Teacher: _______________________________________

All proceeds will go to benefit future programs! Thank you for your support!

Kitley's 2nd Annual International Fair

Kitley Elementary International Fair

Thursday, May 21, 2015 6:30pm-8pm

* Are you interested in learning about other cultures?

* Do you want to have an evening filled with learning and fun?


Grab your passport and join us in exploring the different cultures represented by our Kitley families. Each country represented will have a table in the cafeteria displaying art, clothing, food, pictures, instruments or music from that heritage. The Kitley Folk Dance club will be sharing dances from around the world throughout the evening. We hope you can join us for this free event filled with learning and fun!

* Do you celebrate special customs?

* Are you from another country?

* Can you speak another language?

* Would you like to teach others about your culture?

We would like to learn more about your country and culture. If you are interested in displaying a booth at the International Fair please contact Mandy Scherger, ENL teacher at or 317-803-5978.

Field Day is Coming!!


THURSDAY, MAY 21 (K-2ND OUTSIDE) 12:30-3:00 ** 3rd-5th will have indoor activities throughout the day

FRIDAY, MAY 22 (3RD-5TH OUTSIDE) 12:30-3:00 ** K-2nd will have indoor activities throughout the day

RAIN DATE: TUESDAY MAY 26 WITH K-2nd at (9:30 - 12:00) and 3rd-5th at (12:30 - 3:00) (IF NEEDED)

Field Day t-shirts will be offered again this year. Only $10. Sale will run April 10th-April 24th. Colors are assigned by grade level. This year's theme is

"Commit to Be Fit" with an Army camouflage design. Profit from sale will be used to purchase bounce houses, popsicles, water, popcorn, and field day equipment.

We will be seeking lots of parent volunteers to run our field day stations again this year so mark your calendars now to be a part of these exciting days!

More information regarding this will be coming home soon.

Thanks for your support!

Donna Chatham and Devin Anderson


Everyday Mathematics at Home:

Look for geometric shapes around the house, in the supermarket, on buildings, and on street signs. Help your child use geometric names for the shapes, such as triangle, square, rhombus, hexagon, and so forth. Use household items (toothpicks and marshmallows, straws and twist-ties) to construct and name shapes. Encourage your child to try combining shapes to make other shapes.

Writing at Home:

Stopping a writing in midstream, and then starting up again another day can be difficult. Turning the creative juices on and off is hard. Here is an old writer’s trick to help your child: before putting the writing aside for the day, have him/her stop in the middle of a sentence. The next day, as your child is rereading, he/she will complete the sentence and more easily move into another.


  • Go to
  • The Infinite Campus icon on the right of the screen
  • Click on the "Infinite Campus Click here to jog in!" on center of the screen
  • Click on the Input your username and password
  • Select student from top of screen
  • Click on menu on left of screen for information you are looking for (ie. Grades, attendance, messages)

If you do not have a username for Infinite Campus, please email

You must be the parent/ legal guardian of a student to have access to that child's information on Infinite Campus.


Congratulations to our newest board members! Crystal Hahn-president, Stacy DesJean-Vice President, Jennifer Tornatta-Treasurer, and Erin Lehmbeck-Secretary. We still have positions open! Positions still needed: 2 V.P.'s, 3 Event Coordinators, Spirit Wear Chairperson and Market Day Chairperson. If you are interested please email

Due to a lack of volunteers, the Boys Night Out had to be cancelled.

Kitley's Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 11-15th. Don't forget to let our teachers and staff know just how much we appreciate them!

Notice of Immunization Requirements for 6th Graders (03/15)

Parents of current 5th graders:

Students need additional immunizations when they enter 6th grade. The IN State Dept. of Health’s required shots are Tdap and MCV4 for all 6th grade students. The requirement is based on grade level, not age; students who is 10 years old and up may receive the shots.

Please contact your student’s doctor as soon as possible to schedule an appointment before school begins in July 2015. Doctor’ offices may have limited appointments if you wait to call. The exclusion date for students without the shots is September 22, 2015. Written proof of appointment must be on file for the student to continue to attend beyond Sept. 22. Please send your elementary school nurse a copy of the updated shots if your student has already received the required shots. Send the middle school nurse the records if appointments are over the summer.

If you have questions you may call Peg Stanish RN, Supervisor of Health Services, at 862-2411 or Heather Anderson RN, Jenny Kiger RN, or Sandie Hickey LPN at Kitley at 803—5977. Thank you so much.

In addition to your private providers, the Marion Co. Health Dept. has many appointment times and walk-in clinics. Call (317)221-5700 for more information. The Jane Pauley Community Health Center at Hawthorne Elementary School (8301 E. Rawles Ave.) provides immunizations at affordable prices and accepts major insurance plans. Appointments are necessary—call (317)532-3999 for more details.

More information may be found at:

Earth Day Celebration at Franklin Township Elementary Schools

Star Express is excited to be celebrating Earth Day with a “No Cook” menu. On Wednesday, April 22nd lunch at many Franklin Township Elementary Schools will be prepared with little to no energy. Ovens and warmers will not be used in the preparation and service of the meal. The menu served will be:


Danimals Yogurt

Giant Goldfish Grahams

100% Fruit Juice


Choose 1 Entrée

Ham & Cheese on Goldfish Bread

Tuna Salad on Whole Wheat Bread

Advance Pierre Whole Wheat PBJamwich Combo

Chicken Caesar Salad Combo

Very Veggie Salad Combo

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait Combo

Choose 2 Different Sides

Craven Craisins Broccoli Salad

Whole Fruit 100% Juice Cup

Fresh Veggies with Dip

Assorted Fruit Selection including FRESH fruit

Milk is included with lunch along with a special Earth Day Sticker for students purchasing a school lunch.

Please feel free to join your student for lunch and help us celebrate Earth Day!

** Visit for more information. Earth day is on April 22, 2015.

Please contact the Star Express Registered Dietitians with any comments and/or questions.


We’d love to hear from you!

Betsey Flores, RD – Child Nutrition Supervisor

Alison Powers, RD – Assistant Child Nutrition Supervisor



Ever wonder what is going on in your child’s related arts classrooms? Now you can visit our new website! Visit to find information on schedules, upcoming events and more!


Click on the link to see the new menu for the second semester! There is also a FREE app for iPhone and Androids called School Lunch by Nutrislice. Star Express has worked hard to get the new site up and running. They have updated the menus!

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