Key School Newsletter

January 2021 Issue

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a nice holiday and a restful winter break. To a brighter and better 2021!

Updates from Nurse G

Nurse G needs the following information. Please contact her either by Dojo message, email at, or text message at 215-266-8989.

1) Reporting COVID-19 Cases

Any student or household member who tests positive for COVID-19 must let Nurse G know.

2) Physicals

Grades K, 3, and 6 MUST have a new physical with updated immunizations and a dental visit.

For students in between these grades who have recently updated their records, please forward this information to Nurse G as well.


Guest Speaker for 2nd Discusses Native American History

Second grade welcomed Ms. Maija Jones McLaughlin into their classroom for a lecture and discussion on Native Americans and buffalos. They just read The Buffalo are Back by Jean Craighead George for shared reading. McLaughlin is a Native American who is a librarian in upstate New York. Her father is from Onondaga tribe and her mother is from Oneida tribe. Second grade was happy to have her and learned so much!

Ms. Washington Distributes Materials for Community Club

Ms. Washington dropped off gardening supplies for students that will be in the Community Club. They are excited to begin in January!

Fitness Fun with Ms. B

Ms. B is making sure our students are staying fit and having fun in physical education! Grades 2-6 participated in drawing their own Snowman and exercising to 1 of 6 choices. They also played Minecraft and This or That New Year's Eve Choice. Grade K/1 participated in live video games as they exercised to music and improved their fitness.

Holiday Festivities

While this year was different, we still tried to get in the holiday spirit! Principal Cheung hosted 2 movie watch parties and sing-alongs. K-3 watched the Elf Pets Movies and 4-6 watched Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey. Key held a winter gift giveaway, distributing handmade hats and scarves and Pokémon sets. SEAMAAC held a holiday toy and meal event in our schoolyard on Christmas Eve. Thank you to all that participated; we hope you enjoyed!


Free Library's Adult Tutoring Program

Are you an adult looking to improve your reading, writing, math, computer, and/or English language skills? The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Languages and Learning Center has a virtual adult tutoring program that might be right for you. Click HERE to fill out an interest form.

Sunrise of Philadelphia Family Art Program

Sunrise of Philadelphia presents OUR STORIES, a yearly literacy and arts initiative led in partnership with Philadelphia's Fleisher Art Memorial. Conducted through several virtual sessions led by Fleisher's resident Teaching Artists, Our Stories is a chance for families to explore literacy together by creating dynamic artwork based on guided readings. Click HERE to sign up.

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Friday Arab Arts Afterschool Program by Al-Bustan

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is offering a virtual After-School Arab Arts Program featuring visual art, drumming, and singing lessons. On Fridays (1-4pm) from January 29 to May 28, teaching artists will hold 50-minute lessons on Zoom. The program is free to SDP students and is meant for 3rd-8th grade.

Click HERE to register. If you have multiple children interested in this program, please fill out one survey per child. Please complete this registration by January 22.

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