Kenwood - November Newsletter

Check each Sunday for updates at the top of this newsletter

NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22ND

I am so grateful that we've made it to Thanksgiving for "in person" learning. This Tuesday we will have been in school with students for 67 days. I can remember being excited about making it to 10 days! This is all in part due to the diligence of our teachers and staff keeping on top of our new procedures of taking temperatures twice a day, washing hands upon entry to school, from recess, after specials, and using the restroom. They also remind students to keep their nose and mouth covered with their masks. Cleaning procedures after students have sat at tables and have used individual items are also in place. I also want to thank the parents who are doing the right thing even if it's difficult. When parents or siblings are getting tested for COVID, other siblings in the household should stay home until a negative test or alternative diagnosis is found. Parents are getting us their letters from the doctors before students can return. We definitely appreciate this. We want our students to remain in school. It is what is best for our students and for their working families.


Having said that, I'm concerned about our Thanksgiving break. While traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun, it can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Please read over these tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer and so that we remain in school. With all of us working together, we can do this!

Everyone Can Make Thanksgiving Safer


Stay safe, stay healthy. Enjoy your break.

Pig Races--PTO Fundraiser

For those of you who are unaware of the Pig Races, this has been an annual event for quite some time. The Pig Race is available for students who sold 20 or more items for our PTO fundraiser. Students will get a battery operated pig to keep but more importantly, to race other pigs for the opportunity to win $100. This will take place Tuesday morning after announcements. The classroom teachers have the list of students who will be participating. We will recognize the winner in our newsletter next week.

Kenwood Spirit Wear--closes Monday, November 30th at 11:59 PM

Click here if you'd like to order Kenwood attire. These work great for Christmas gifts. In addition to t shirts and sweatshirts, you can order window clings, masks, sports bags, sweat pants, and sling backs. This picture is just one image available. Click here to see more:

Kenwood Spirit Wear link.

NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY THIS WEEK

Kenwood Selected for Hy-Vee Reusable Bag Program

Dear Kenwood Elementary,


We are so excited to share that Kenwood PTO has been selected to be a part of the Hy-Vee Reusable Bag program that supports local non-profits, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment. For the month of December, each time a $2.50 red "My Heart" Reusable Bag is purchased at the Hy-Vee located at 5212 3rd Avenue, $1 will be donated to Kenwood PTO. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for our cause. Let’s get started! We can begin by spreading the news to our friends and family. Call, send emails, and post on social media. The more people who learn about the program and purchase the $2.50 red "My Heart" Reusable Bag during the month of December, the more money we will raise. To learn more about this program, please visit hy-vee.bags4mycause.com.


Best, Kenwood PTO fundraising Committee

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Feed Your Community Food Drive

Fuel Up to Play 60 is planning a Feed Your Community Food Drive November 30-December 4th. Donations will go to the Salvation Army to assist in supplying Christmas dinner packages and to the Jubilee Center’s food pantry. Classes will get one entry per item donated to be put into a drawing for two EXTRA PE times to be had the week before our December holiday break.

November 22-30

20-Harlow W.

29-Alec A.


November 15-21

17-Calvin R.

18-Aaliyah S.

20-Bentley K.


November 8-14

8-Manuel M.

9-Easton W.

10-Brayden H., Mathias Z.

11-Aniyah Q.

12-Haines L.


November 1-7

2-Sofie C.

3-Lilianna L.

4-Jackson B.

5-Abby S., Vicky S.

7-London H., Amari J.

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Nov. 24th--PIG RACES-after announcements at 8:00

Nov. 25th-27th--No school, Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 30th-Dec. 4th--Feed Your Community Food Drive

Dec. 11th-No school, professional development day

Dec. 21st and Dec. 22nd-No school, teacher work day *Not previously scheduled, please plan accordingly

Cougars of the Week for November 15-21

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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 15TH

I hope the students enjoyed their three day break. The teachers continued to learn by meeting with other teachers across the district to discuss specific content areas--ELA (English/Language Arts), Math, Science, Social Studies. These teachers meet and discuss curriculum, new learning, and making sure that we are meeting the standards. The teachers bring this content knowledge back to their grade level teams and share it with their grade level colleagues. Together, we are a team and continue to learn from one another.


Another part of our day was spent discussing the risk dial as it has turned to the orange phase. What does that mean for us at Kenwood? It means that we continue all of our yellow phase procedures, limit students in the hallways, and ensure students working outside of the classroom in small groups wash or sanitize their hands before and after going to groups. At recess, grade levels have equipment that is colored--for instance, one grade level uses all yellow items such as balls and jump ropes while another grade level uses red. These items are sanitized after each use. We will continue to take temperatures right away in the morning and before lunch. Students are eating breakfast in their classrooms but continue to eat lunch in the cafeteria. At Kenwood, we have spread students out in the lunchroom. Students sit at tables with their class and are assigned seats. This is just a "snippit" of what our teachers and staff do at Kenwood to continue to keep our students and staff safe and to continue "in person" learning. We all know that it's best for our students to be in school.


In the afternoon, the teachers had the choice of professional development training. We had two sessions that included learning more about FastBridge reports, MAP reports, and Google Classroom. Teachers are alert that there's a possibility that we could go into remote learning at anytime. As Dr. Edwards letter stated, this could be determined by the Governor or Twin Rivers Health Department so we need to be ready in a moments notice. Teachers will be placing their zoom meeting links on Clever along with their google classrooms. As you may be aware, we do not have our chromebooks that were slated to be here at the end of September. This has now been pushed to the end of November, beginning of December. When the district receives the chromebooks, they will need time to prepare them for our students then the teachers will practice with the students on how to access Clever and the google classrooms along with other programs. Mrs. Roesler, our librarian, has been working with students on this as well. We are doing our very best to get them prepared for this worst case scenario. Just so you know, we are planning on having school and I do not know of any plans as of yet to go remote. When we do, we want to learn from our last shutdown and improve our time with students. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me.


Some changes that are taking place that you need to be aware of are the two days prior to our holiday break. December 21st and 22nd are now considered "no school days" for our students. So Friday, December 18th will be our last day with students before break. The teachers will continue to work on these days. If you can, please use those days for any doctor or dentist visits and family time.

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We celebrated Veteran's Day on Wednesday, November 11th. It looked a bit different due to Covid but we were so excited that three veterans were able to zoom with our classrooms. The students listened to their experiences and answered questions such as:


  • What made you want to serve and how long did you serve?
  • What is something that you would want others to know if they were thinking about joining the service?
  • What is your proudest accomplishment during your time in the service?
  • What are some places that you've visited?
  • What were some of your jobs/duties?


We would like to thank Brison Kuhn, Keith Waechter, and Adam Coble for taking time to share your experiences with all of us at Kenwood. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SACRIFICES THAT YOU'VE MADE SO WE HAVE OUR FREEDOM!


In the pictures below:

1. Grace Means, 4th grader in Mrs. Lebsack's class, poses by her grandfather, Keith Waechter, as he shares his experience in the service.

2. Brison Kuhn carries his daughters, Brynnan (5th grader) and Kayla (3rd grader), in this picture. He also joined us for our Veteran's Day celebration via zoom.

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Please check out our honorary newsletter for our heroes. Click on this link. We Will Never Forget. We will be sharing a couple of pictures each day with our students during announcements to honor our special Kenwood relative veterans. Thank you to all who shared your photos with us!

COUGARS OF THE WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 8-14

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November 15-21

17-Calvin R.

18-Aaliyah S.

20-Bentley K.


November 8-14

8-Manuel M.

9-Easton W.

10-Brayden H., Mathias Z.

11-Aniyah Q.

12-Haines L.


November 1-7

2-Sofie C.

3-Lilianna L.

4-Jackson B.

5-Abby S., Vicky S.

7-London H., Amari J.

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Nov. 25th-27th--No school, Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 11th-No school, professional development day

Dec. 21st and Dec. 22nd-No school, teacher work day *Not previously scheduled, please plan accordingly

NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 8TH

We have been fortunate to have this beautiful, record breaking weather. It's been good for all of us! I've been reminding students to wear warmer clothing next week as it's going to get bitterly cold. Please label coats and boots in case they get mixed up.


Tomorrow, Monday, November 9th, we will have a PTO Meeting. Please join us via zoom using this link: PTO Meeting We hope you can join us.


We are putting together a special newsletter in honor of our veterans that are related to our Kenwood students and staff. Tomorrow will be the last day for us to receive names, service, and photos of those so please get them in as soon as possible. You can email them to sarfeddersen@kearneycats.com.


Wednesday is Veteran's Day. Veterans Day is a U.S. legal holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. We celebrate it on November 11th each year. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice, or temporary peace was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Veterans’ Day became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. Today we honor all of the veterans, both those who have served and those who are currently serving, in our nation. We will be hosting some veterans via zoom on Wednesday morning. They will share their experiences with our students. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn more about their experiences and be aware of their sacrifices as well as their families. Please make sure to ask them about it when they get home.


All of this information can be seen on our November Newsletter. Click here to view it. This will also be on our Kenwood website and Facebook page.

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Nov. 13th--No School for students, professional development day for teachers

Nov. 25th-27th--No school, Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 11th-No school, professional development day

News for the week of November 2nd-6th

Phew! We just celebrated two special events two weeks in a row. Our dress up days for Red Ribbon Week this past week was really fun. Pictures from this week can be seen later in this newsletter. We are ready to start November with one extra hour of rest (hopefully you all turned your clocks back!). To reiterate what our superintendent, Dr. Edwards, sent in his email, we must stay vigilant with our Covid procedures. We are so fortunate to be in school and want it to continue. Please continue to share with your child to wear a mask, wash their hands, and watch their distance even over the weekends when we are ready for a break.


Kenwood will be holding their own election day on Tuesday this week in grades 3 through 5. The students have learned about the presidential candidates through their Time for Kids magazines. On Tuesday they will each get the chance to vote on a ballot and get a sticker for voting. The results will be posted during announcements on Wednesday to compare to the actual election. This is a great time to teach our students about democracy and tolerance.


If you ordered from PTO, please fill out this form to let us know your intentions for picking up the items. Fundraiser PIck Up Monday, November 2nd We are planning on items being picked up tomorrow, Monday, November 2nd. Thank you all so much for your support for our students!


The KHS clubs joined together for a Starve Out Hunger event. Thank you to all who gave canned foot items for the Jubilee Center. If my memory serves me correctly they had over 3500 pounds of canned food items collected around Kearney at several schools. This makes me so proud to live in this giving and caring community!

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November 8-14

8-Manuel M.

9-Easton W.

10-Brayden H., Mathias Z.

11-Aniyah Q.

12-Haines L.


November 1-7

2-Sofie C.

3-Lilianna L.

4-Jackson B.

5-Abby S., Vicky S.

7-London H., Amari J.

COUGARS OF THE WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 1ST

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Phew! We just celebrated two special events two weeks in a row. Our dress up days for Red Ribbon Week this past week was really fun. Pictures from this week can be seen later in this newsletter. We are ready to start November with one extra hour of rest (hopefully you all turned your clocks back!). To reiterate what our superintendent, Dr. Edwards, sent in his email, we must stay vigilant with our Covid procedures. We are so fortunate to be in school and want it to continue. Please continue to share with your child to wear a mask, wash their hands, and watch their distance even over the weekends when we are ready for a break.


Kenwood will be holding their own election day on Tuesday this week in grades 3 through 5. The students have learned about the presidential candidates through their Time for Kids magazines. On Tuesday they will each get the chance to vote on a ballot and get a sticker for voting. The results will be posted during announcements on Wednesday to compare to the actual election. This is a great time to teach our students about democracy and tolerance.


If you ordered from PTO, please fill out this form to let us know your intentions for picking up the items. Fundraiser PIck Up Monday, November 2nd We are planning on items being picked up tomorrow, Monday, November 2nd. Thank you all so much for your support for our students!


The KHS clubs joined together for a Starve Out Hunger event. Thank you to all who gave canned foot items for the Jubilee Center. If my memory serves me correctly they had over 3500 pounds of canned food items collected around Kearney at several schools. This makes me so proud to live in this giving and caring community!

Cougars of the Week for Oct. 26-30th

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Veteran's Day Pictures

Just a quick reminder that we are putting together a special newsletter honoring our Veterans. Please send a picture, name, relation, and branch of military to Mrs. Feddersen at sarfeddersen@kearneycats.com. These are due by Monday, November 9th.

We will be having a couple of veterans zoom in with us on Veterans Day to discuss their experiences. We are excited to learn from them!

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November 9th--PTO Meeting at 7 PM via zoom--please join us!

November 13th-No School for students, teacher professional development day

November 25th-27th--Thanksgiving Break

RED RIBBON WEEK PICTURES

REMINDER TO WASH THOSE MASKS!

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Kenwood School Song

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Mrs. Clevenger

Hello! My name is Jill Clevenger and I have the best job of being a principal at Kenwood Elementary. For sixteen years I've worked at Kenwood with the most wonderful students, parents, and staff that there is. You will love and enjoy your time at Kenwood Elementary. I can't wait to meet our newest cubs to our Cougar family!

Kenwood Staff Contacts

Principal:

Jill Clevenger-jilclevenger@kearneycats.com


Secretary:

Saralyn Feddersen - sarfeddersen@kearneycats.com


Social Worker:

Traci Hastings-trahastings@kearneycats.com


Counselor:

Counselor-Mary Fruhling- marfruhling@kearneycats.com


Kindergarten:

Kate Roehrich-katroehrich@kearneycats.com

Tori Fiala-torfiala@kearneycats.com

Sue Liveringhouse-sueliveringhouse@kearneycats.com


First Grade:

Jessika Lehmann-jeslehmann@kearneycats.com

Megan Szafrajda-megszafrajda@kearneycats.com

Barb Thompson-barthompson@kearneycats.com


Second Grade:

Allison Birdwell-allbirdwell@kearneycats.com

Tami Buss-tambuss@kearneycats.com

Holly Gilbreath-holgilbreath@kearneycats.com


Third Grade:

Melinda Hogeland-melhogeland@kearneycats.com

Beckie Luedke-becluedke@kearneycats.com

Kat Mundorf-katmundorf@kearneycats.com


Fourth Grade:

Megan Buerer - megbuerer@kearneycats.com

Rachelle Chamberlain - racchamberlain@kearneycats.com

Lynn Lebsack - lynlebsack@kearneycats.com


Fifth Grade:

Jane Bartee-janbartee@kearneycats.com

Broc Howard - brohoward@kearneycats.com

Janice Knispel - janknispel@kearneycats.com


Specials:

PE-Hope Gillaspy - hopgillaspy@kearneycats.com

Art-Rivkah Raffaeli - rivraffaeli@kearneycats.com

Music-Jake Consbruck - jacconsbruck@kearneycats.com

Media/Library-Mary Roesler- marroesler@kearneycats.com

Counselor-Mary Fruhling- marfruhling@kearneycats.com

Title Reading-Janice Polk - janpolk@kearneycats.com

Title Reading-Lisa Martenson - lismartenson@kearneycats.com

Special Education/TLC-Amanda McConnell - amamcconnell@kearneycats.com

Special Education-Katie Butler - katbutler@kearneycats.com

Special Education-Brooke Modlin - bromodlin@kearneycats.com

*Jayce Magnani (substitute for Mrs.Modlinl)-jaymagnani@kearneycats.com

Speech/Language-Trish Abels - triabels@kearneycats.com

School Psychologist-Ashley Carrier - ashcarrier@kearneycats.com


Permanent Substitute

Alexis Thiel-alethiel@kearneycats.com


Nurse-Sara Gomez--sargomez@kearneycats.com

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