Knights' Newsletter

Knox Gifted Academy - - - March 27, 2023

A Note From Mrs. Braaksma & Mr. Rogers:

Dear KGA Community,

We are excited to welcome back students tomorrow as we begin the final quarter to this amazing school year. We hope your students are well rested and ready for a positive start!

PTO Elections for 2023/2024 school year:

PTO is now accepting nominations for the 2023/2024 school year for all of Knox Gifted Academy's PTO Executive Board positions. Any parent, legal guardian, teacher, or staff member of Knox Gifted Academy is eligible to be nominated.

Nominations will be accepted via this Google Form from March 27, 2023 through April 14, 2023 (closes at 4pm). You may nominate yourself or someone else. All KGA families will receive an election ballot via Knights' Newsletter on April 17, 2023 and your participation is encouraged!

A Look Behind the Scenes at KGA:

There are many things to celebrate this school year and we'd like an opportunity to share some of the amazing things we have accomplished and a few exciting things to come. We've included some details below, but if you have questions/inquiries, or would like additional information, please don't hesitate to reach out to any time!

CUSD Gifted Parent Workshop with April Dailey:

The last of the CUSD Gifted Parent Workshops with April Dailey for this school year is this Thursday evening March 30th at 6pm in the KGA MPR. We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you for ALL you do to support Knox Gifted Academy!

Mrs. Braaksma, Principal

Mr. Rogers, Dean of Students

Last CUSD Gifted Parent Workshop for the school year is at KGA!

CUSD Gifted Parent Workshop with April Dailey

Thursday, March 30th, 6-7pm

700 West Orchid Lane

Chandler, AZ

The last of the CUSD Gifted Parent Workshops with April Dailey is this Thursday evening March 30th at 6pm in the KGA MPR. We look forward to seeing you there!

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There are too many accomplishments and celebrations to recognize everything in this newsletter, so we've highlighted just a few. A huge thank you to PTO, Art Masterpiece, Site Council, the garden club parents, hospitality crew of parents who continually spoil our staff, and the amazing teachers and staff who make sacrifices to bring learning to life. We are so grateful for each and everyone of you who support our school!

PTO Contribution Highlights

Learning with Art Masterpiece

KGA's teachers are committed to our kids!

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Exciting News for Our Future!

AASA & AzSCI State Testing

Arizona State testing (AASA and AzSCI) will be here before we know it. Please make sure that you add the following dates to your calendar:

  • 3rd Grade Testing Dates: April 3, 5, 6, and 10
  • 4th Grade Testing Dates: April 4, 11, and 12
  • 5th Grade Testing Dates: March 30, 31, April 4, 11, and 12
  • 6th Grade Testing Dates: April 3, 5, and 6

State testing is an exciting time around KGA. More information will come from your grade-level teachers, but please keep these few things in mind:

  • Avoid making appointments for your child on their scheduled testing dates.
  • Classrooms will be unavailable during all testing sessions, so once a child begins a test, they must finish it. We will not interrupt classrooms while students are testing.
  • 100% participation is required by the state, so attendance is critical. We do have a testing window that allows for make-up tests if a child is absent.
  • All students will need corded headphones, Bluetooth is not permitted.
  • A healthy breakfast and a good night of sleep are important for a child's success.

KGA Annual Arts Night is coming soon!

KGA Annual Arts Night

Thursday, April 13th, 5-7:30pm

700 West Orchid Lane

Chandler, AZ

We are excited to announce that KGA's annual Arts Night will be on Thursday, April 13th. Please save the date as we hope to see you all there!

In order to make our event a success, we will need the help of volunteers. This is a perfect opportunity for high school and junior high students to earn volunteer hours. There are also volunteer opportunities that require an adult during the event. Aside from this, we will need some help setting up in the days prior to Arts Night and taking everything down the day after. Please consider volunteering if you can, and feel free to pass on the information to any students in need of volunteer hours.

Thank you for supporting the Arts at KGA! If you have any questions, please email us at More Arts Night information to come.

Thank you,
The KGA Art Masterpiece Committee

KGA's Annual Talent Show is back!

Friday, May 5th, 2023

9:30 -11:00 a.m. (4-6) 2:00-3:30 (K-3)


  • Friday, April 14th - last day to submit audition form

  • Wednesday, April 19th - auditions during specials (team day)

  • Thursday, May 4th - dress rehearsal

    • 9:30-10:30 4th-6th

    • 2:00-3:00 K-3

  • Friday, May 5th - Talent Show

    • 9:30-10:30 4th-6th

    • 2:00-3:00 K-3


  • Acts must be limited to 2 minutes or less

  • Students may only perform in one act (either solo or combined group)

  • If using accompaniment music, email in mp3 format to (or bring on flash drive on or before your audition)

  • Students who are unprepared or who do not have their music/materials at the audition will not be invited to participate in the Talent Show.

  • No changes can be made to your act once it has been approved. For example, you can’t change the song, add more performers, etc.

Thank YOU for donating socks! The Chandler Care Center was SO grateful!

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A special thanks from Mrs. Speciale & the KGA Book Fair Committee!

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KGA's Vision & Core Values

Our Mission: To enhance the lives of every KGA student

Core Values:

  • Act with Empathy
  • See the Possibilities
  • Succeed as One KGA Team

Knox Gifted Academy

Office: (480) 812-6100

Attendance: (480) 812-6103
Health Office: (480) 812-6102
Fax: (480) 224-9391
School Hours: 9:10 AM - 3:40 PM
Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Early Dismissal: 12:10 PM