A Long Weekend Ahead

9/5/21

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

Hello everyone-


Our kids had a great week this week! When spending time in classrooms, it is evident that we are already doing a great job building our classroom communities. Our kids are getting good at our classroom routines, procedures, and expectations. Our teachers are getting to know our students as readers, writers, and mathematicians. Our students are making solid connections with their peers and our students who have not been in the school setting for an extended amount of time are getting used to "doing school".


We are grateful for the support of our families. You all are doing a great job getting students here on time, communicating about any important information, and even beginning to connect with one another as parents. Please continue to keep the positive two-way communication open. We are here to partner with you in supporting your child(ren).


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- Labor Day

Rosh Hashanah- click here to learn more- Monday-Wednesday


Tuesday

No School for students- Teacher Professional Development Day


Wednesday

B Day

PICTURE DAY!!! (see information below for online ordering)

International Literacy Day- please take time to read with your child today:) (see below)


Thursday

C Day

9:00 am- Learning About Literacy Power Hour (see information below)

6:00 PM Robinson Equity Group join via zoom (discussing High on the Hog episodes 1 & 2)

6:30 pm- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present to our community on mental illness and the warning signs, and how to respond. Join via Zoom

7:00. Safe Touch Parent Forum via zoom


Friday

D Day

Wear your spirit wear- Robinson or KSD- or just wear red!

7:00 pm- KHS Football at Pattonville


Saturday

Rotary Ramble School Challenge (See information below)

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Please be sure your child has a mask before leaving home

We had a significant amount of students come to school this week without masks. Please check to make sure your child has a mask before leaving the home in the morning. We appreciate your help with this.
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Adjustments to Arrival and Dismissal due to Construction

With Prop R's passage, we are getting a new ADA compliant ramp and chair lift for our front entrance. Construction will begin this weekend and will affect our arrival and dismissal procedures for about a month.


Our busses will be pulling further forward by the OLC for both drop off and pick up. Students will disembark the bus and walk with staff to our entrance near the preschool.


Walkers have a slight change. They will now stay on the front sidewalk along Couch until they get to the OLC. They will then take their same path into the building as previously and pick up their breakfast inside.


No changes to parent drop off or pick up. Parents- please be sure to stay in your car for both of these.


Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as this is a much needed building improvement to increase accessibility for all our students and families.


YAY Prop R! Thank you for voting for these improvements.

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Learning About Literacy

Hop onto one of these power hours to ask questions of our literacy team about the 21-22 elementary instruction & resources.

Thursday, Sept. 9 at 9:00 am

Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 12:00 pm

Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 6:00 pm


KirkwoodSchools.org/PowerHour

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Looking for fun and safe ways to celebrate your child's big day????

I've gotten lots of questions about birthdays and what we can and can't do. Here are a list of do's and don'ts that follow our current health and safety guidelines. Please reach out with questions. Thanks!
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Please pack a snack

Our PTO supports snack time for Robinson by providing snacks each month for the building. Teachers can get snacks for their classrooms out of this donation as needed. We are going through our donation much more quickly than last year and want to remind parents to please pack a snack each day for thier child. Please consider sending in individually peanut free snacks for your child's classroom as back up if needed. Goldfish, potato chips, nutri-gain bars, fruit snacks, rice crispy treats are some great options!
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Social, Mental, and Emotional Health- a Goal within the KSD 5 Year Strategic Plan

This week we are focusing on Growth Mindset. Please check out the books/resources to help your child build perseverance and growth mindset.


Please watch the videos below with your child to see the stories again or for the first time.

Supporting Staff Wellness- Teacher Professional Development

This Tuesday- our staff have the opportunity to further their learning in the area of social, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing.


See our selections below:

With the Return Comes Trauma- John Roh

Combatting Compassion Fatigue- Julie Geeting & Lauraa Pennington

Ready or Not, Here They Come- Tina Dietrich

NAMI- Ending the Silence, Warning Signs, and How to Respond

Strategies for De-Escalation- DeAun Blumberg

Supporting Students with Anxiety- DeAun Blumberg

Gender Affirming School: How to Support our LGBTQ+ Students- Jess Jones

Bridging Bias- Etoya White

The Resilient Brain: Our Designer Genes- Larry Brendtro

Documentary: Chasing Childhood



Thank you for helping us to support our staff wellbeing.

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Picture Day- September 8- Online orders only- no paper forms- we are going green

Robinson Elementary

Picture Day is: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Wagner Portrait Group will be photographing students for portrait packages & school records.

NEW! ONLY ONLINE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

(Please do not bring checks, cash, or order forms to school as they will no longer be accepted.)


https://bit.ly/3jWPed0

www.WagnerPortraitGroup.com

Online Pre-Order Password: 9A8P9S2

Can’t order online or have other questions? We are happy to help! 314-567-5900 or 1-800-444-7986

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Robinson Equity Group - Thursday at 6:00 via zoom

We hope that you can join us to discuss Episodes 1 & 2 from the Netflix original show- High on the Hog.

We will be meeting on zoom for our discussion and hope to see you there! Enjoy the show!


Topic: High on the Hog Zoom REG Meeting #1
Time: Sep 9, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://kirkwoodschools.zoom.us/j/99676773941?pwd=Vks2d01sRHhLamJJVzg1eXdXVENkQT09

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PTO Meeting- September 14th at 6:30 in the cafe or via zoom

We hope you can join us for our meeting on Thursday the 14th in the cafe. You may also join us virtually via zoom.

Robinson PTO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Robinson PTO Monthly Meeting

Time: Sep 14, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://kirkwoodschools.zoom.us/j/98362997115?pwd=ZkNtMWZmL0hqbHRNZXl5Y1IwZ1lCZz09

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September 9th at 6:30pm

NAMI St. Louis (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families in the St. Louis region. For over 40 years, NAMI St. Louis has worked to promote the development of community mental health programs and services, change public attitudes about mental illnesses, improve access to services and increase opportunities for recovery. On the evening of Thursday, Sept. 9 at 6:30pm, NAMI - The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will present to our community on mental illness and the warning signs, and how to respond. Please join us via Zoom: https://kirkwoodschools.zoom.us/s/92809558072.
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Read Aloud with your child

We are celebrating International Literacy Day on Wednesday! We will be sure to have lots of fun read alouds here at school. We'd like to invite you to join your child's class via zoom to read aloud to them. Please work with the classroom teacher on scheduling and what book you will be sharing. You can also read at home with your child- please let us know if you need/want to borrow a special book from the school. Thanks for helping us to celebrate and support literacy in our young readers!
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Parents of 3-5 grade student

KSD is offering an opportunity to families who wish to enroll in a self-funded insurance that will cover the cost of accidental damage or theft of a district-provided device.


We are asking all families to purchase insurance by September 24, 2021. Self-funded insurance needs to be purchased for 3rd-12th grade students who take home a device. If you have multiple children, please be sure to have one transaction for each student you want to purchase insurance.


Make sure to select EACH child is selected in the drop-down menu. This will ensure all student devices are properly insured.


Families with a 3rd-8th grade student (iPads):

The iPad Self-Funded Insurance Program Grades 3rd-8th The Kirkwood School District offers an opportunity to families who wish to enroll in a self-funded insurance pool that will cover the cost of accidental damage or theft of a district provided device.

Terms and Conditions


You will be responsible for protecting your assigned iPad from loss or damage. If an accident or theft should occur, the Kirkwood School District will waive your responsibility for the financial loss, subject to a deductible for multiple occurrences, as outlined below. In exchange for this damage waiver, Kirkwood requires payment into a self-funded insurance program. The iPad waiver fee for 2021-2022 is $20 ($10 for students receiving free or reduced lunch), with a coverage period of August 1, 2021 - August 22, 2022.


To purchase:

1. Visit myschoolbucks.com to make this payment. (if you do not have a MySchoolBucks account, please read instructions below)

2. Once logged in to myschoolbucks, click on the “store” icon

3. You will be directed to electronically pay the $20.

The external link for this is: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZI60YASE904BE0_ZZ5RR06E7T1OOJQ

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Make Payments in My School Bucks

Don’t have a myschoolbucks account?

Kirkwood School District’s online payment system used for lunch meals, laptop insurance fees, activity fees, holds, etc. We highly recommend creating an account!

PARENT/GUARDIAN LOGIN: MySchoolBucks

NEW USERS:

Go to MySchoolBucks to create an account for free.
Select: MISSOURI as Your State
Select: KIRKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT R-7 as Your District

Complete your account information and then click on the "Create Account" button.


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KSD Talks Podcast

We’ve launched a podcast! KSD Talks is the official podcast of the Kirkwood School District. We’ll go in depth on topics important to our schools, students and families.


You can listen now to our first episode, which discusses back-to-school information and our health and safety protocols. Visit kirkwoodschools.org/ksdtalks.

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Safe Touch and Child Abuse Prevention Program Parent Forum will be held this Thursday night from 7-7:45 via zoom.

Each year the Kirkwood School District partners with the Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP) to provide presentations to all students and teach child safety, abuse recognition and abuse prevention. All children, ages three to nineteen, are taught in a safe and non-threatening manner designed to entertain and inform.


The programs are presented using a sensitive, developmentally-appropriate approach. Students receive certificates, coloring books or activity books to take home. The interactive multimedia presentations last from 20 to 45 minutes (depending on age/grade level) and offer opportunities to learn and practice safety skills which aid in safeguarding all children from potentially dangerous situations.


We will host CAPP at Robinson on September 23rd and 24th. Robinson students will view the presentation as a class via zoom with their classroom teacher and one of our counseling team members. If you prefer, you may print and sign an opt out form provided by CAPP and found here: https://jfsstl.org/get-help/our-services/child-abuse-prevention-program/opt-out-forms/

Repeated Information Below

School Lunch Information

Meal Service:

As shared last week, during the 2021-22 school year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending its funding for school meals through June 30, 2022, which means all Kirkwood students will continue to be eligible for free, healthy meals through the end of next school year. Meals (breakfast and lunch) are available at no cost to all students in Kirkwood School District. Students will be charged for a la carte items and snacks.

To review the daily menus, please visit our Food Services website.


Free and Reduced Lunch: ​​


Even though breakfast and lunch are being provided free of charge for all students, the National Free and Reduced Lunch program provides more than just meals for students who qualify.


Did you know that school districts receive money each year for every form that is filled out by an eligible family? This educational funding helps us provide meals, lower the cost of activities and reduce fees for students who qualify. Filling out a form also could result in additional financial assistance for your family.


In KSD, those benefits include:

  • 50% reduction in student technology fees

  • 50% reduction in middle school and high school annual activity fee

  • 50% reduction in bus pass fee

  • KHS students qualify for testing and college application fee waivers


To complete the Free and Reduced-Price meal form, please download an application and return it by any of the following methods:


If you need a hard copy for the Free/Reduced lunch application, please send an e-mail to: Shanon.Orelup@kirkwoodschools.org requesting one and include your mailing address. A hard copy will be mailed to you.

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Please direct questions to:

Cheri Nienhaus: dewdrop519@yahoo.com or April Curtis: kidscando@yahoo.com


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Join us for the School Challenge

What Is The School Challenge?

The School Challenge is an arm of our Kirkwood Greentree Rotary Ramble specifically designed for elementary and middle school kids. Each Kirkwood-area middle and elementary school competes to register the most runners (who run at a reduced price). The middle and elementary schools with the most runners registered will receive $500. We present the $500 checks at the Kirkwood Rotary Club luncheon where we honor the teachers of the year.


Elementary Schoolers

Elementary school aged children in grades K-5 run in the Fun Run starting at 8:30 am, and pay only $10 pre-registered. The route is just under a mile. Each student receives a t-shirt, and if they complete the course, they will also receive a medal.

Parents may run the course with their child for free, but many parents choose to cheer from the sidewalk along Geyer Road and meet their child at the finish line.


Registation

Please use the one of the hyperlinks below of your choice to pre-registration. Pre-registration closes on Friday, September 10, 5pm, 2021.


Packet pick-up

If you pre-registered you may pick-up your race packet, bib & t-shirt beginning at 2pm on Thursday, September 9th at 2pm and again on Friday, September 10th from 9am to 3pm at:

Kirkwood Dental Station

200 S. Kirkwood Road, Ste 90

Kirkwood, MO 63122


More Information About The Races

If your child is an elementary schooler, please read the Fun Run information page.

To register and pay fees please click this link; https://register.chronotrack.com/r/61520

Thanks to all of the wonderful Rotary Ramble Sponsors

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