The Kenwood Courier
We’re eager to connect and partner with you this 2023-24 school year in support of your children’s academic, social, and emotional growth. You can expect to receive the Courier every Friday.
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Kenwood News & Events
Reminder: Kenwood Crawl Tomorrow!
The Crawl is also a PTA fundraiser, supporting the school’s arts programs. Everyone walks! Donations are optional.
If you have a donation to contribute, please return envelopes to your teacher by today or bring it to the Crawl tomorrow. Checks can be made payable to Kenwood PTA. Donate online at https://kenwoodpta.square.site.
- Kindergarten: 9:30 a.m.
- 1st grade: 9:45 a.m.
- 2nd grade: 10:00 a.m.
- 3rd grade: 10:10 a.m.
- 4th grade: 10:20 a.m.
- 5th grade: 10:30 a.m.
- The class with the highest participation at the Crawl will receive the Kenwood Walking Stick and a recess-in-the-park party.
Three students will receive a gift card to Birchbark Books from a random drawing.
Saturday, Sep 30, 2023, 09:00 AM
Kenwood Park, West Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Conferences: Wednesday, Oct. 18
Please look for conference sign-ups from your child’s classroom teacher this week.
Principal Johnson will give two 20-minute State of the School presentations in the Collaboration Room at 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Update on Bus Routes 🚌
Two additional buses have been routed at Kenwood. Parents/caregivers may see that students originally on bus 1 and 2 are now on bus 4 and 5. Students should have received updated tags in their backpacks and families may have received automated calls from the district.
Application for Educational Benefits 🍎
All families should complete the Application for Educational Benefits annually, regardless of whether you think you qualify. This helps us to secure Title 1 funding. The application determines benefits for students and families, including free bus cards and discounted internet service.
Every Meal Program 🍽️
Registration brochures for the Weekend Meal Program will be sent home next week. This program directly provides students with four to five pounds of good food to take home at the end of each week. Families may choose from five food bag options tailored to various cultural dietary preferences or situational needs.
Custodian Appreciation Day
We appreciate Lead Engineer Bernie Mceachern and Engineer Will Rodgers for all they do for our school and will recognize Custodian Appreciation Day on Monday, Oct. 2.
If you would like to donate toward an appreciation gift for Kenwood's Engineers, please email Family Liaison Keri Mabry at email@example.com.
Bike, Walk & Roll to School Day
Students who bike, walk, or roll to school on Wednesday, Oct. 4 will receive a special sticker!
A limited number of printed walking route maps/posters are available in the main office. To download the MPS walking and biking guide, click here.
Let's Roll MPS will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 11. For more information, click here.
Pumpkin Harvest Party 🎃
Remember the pumpkins at last year’s Fall Festival? Those were grown at our very own pumpkin patch!
Kenwood families are invited to help harvest pumpkins on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as a fun family get-together at the Young Walser Farm in Dennison. Bob and Julie grow food on their farm for the sole purpose of donating fresh foods to local food shelves, and generously allow Kenwood School space for our pumpkins. Bring your own picnic lunch, and enjoy some fresh air and community, harvesting, cleaning, and transporting pumpkins back to Minneapolis. Transportation is not provided.
Contact parent volunteer Greta Schmitt with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pumpkin Harvest Party
Saturday, Oct 7, 2023, 10:00 AM
36919 County 57 Boulevard, Dennison, MN, USA
American Indian Affinity Group
We will be holding meetings at Kenwood from 9:45 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. biweekly on Thursdays. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12.
For more information, please contact Amanda Turbett at email@example.com or 612-405-3773. Miigwech!
Picture Day 📸
Picture Day is Thursday, Oct. 12. If families have questions, they can reach the Lifetouch Customer Success team at 1-800-736-4753.
In addition, we are seeking volunteers to help out on Picture Day between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If interested, please contact Family Liaison Keri Mabry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Festival 🍂
The annual Fall Festival will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are seeking volunteers to help make the Fall Festival a success. If interested, please contact Family Liaison Keri Mabry at email@example.com.
Thursday, Oct 12, 2023, 04:00 PM
Kenwood Elementary School, Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Lunchroom Volunteers Needed
We are still looking for lunch volunteers. If you can commit to a weekly or every other week shift that would be ideal. If you would like to be a substitute volunteer, please fill out this form.
Below are the lunch times and days we need volunteers:
- Kindergarten: 11:55-12:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
- 1st Grade: 12:55-1:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
- 2nd & 5th Grade: 12:25-12:55 p.m. on Wednesday
- 3rd Grade: 11:30-12:00 p.m. on Thursday
- 4th Grade: 1:25-1:55 p.m., any day (especially Thursday)
Room Rep Needed
If you have a student in Ms. DeMery’s class, please consider volunteering as a Room Rep!
Room Reps assist teachers when needed with coordinating volunteers, caregiver communication about school community events, organizing holiday/end-of-year gifts for teachers, and serving as a liaison between PTA, teachers, and caregivers. Please email KenwoodSchoolPTA@gmail.com if you would like to support Ms. DeMery's classroom as a Room Rep.
Meet Our Kenwood Staff 👋
Madeline Kronmiller (4th Grade Teacher)
I am Madeline Kronmiller (she/her), students know me as Ms. Kronmiller. This is my first-year teaching at Kenwood, and I am thrilled to be a part of this school community.
I am passionate about reading, spending time outside, and growing/cooking tasty food.
I am from Saint Paul, Minnesota and attended Saint Paul public schools K-12. I did some time traveling after high school, spending time in South Africa, Central America, and on the west coast of the United States. In 2011 I moved to Colorado to finish my undergraduate degree. I spent 8 years in the mountains working as a farmer/gardener and learning about the outdoors. I moved back to Minnesota in 2019 to be closer to my family and attend graduate school. My undergraduate degree in environmental science is from Naropa University (Boulder, CO). My master's degree in teaching is from Augsburg University (Minneapolis, MN).
I am thrilled to continue to get to know our Kenwood community and to learn and grow together!
School Lunch Menu
Monday, Oct. 2
Beef Nacho Grande
Meatless Options: Vegetable Crumble Nacho Grande; Bagel Yogurt Pack
- Served with Potato Wedge, Seasoned Pinto Beans
Tuesday, Oct. 3
Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
Meatless Option: Veggie Philly Sandwich
Roasted Turkey & Cheddar on Flatbread
- Served with Potato Wedge
Wednesday, Oct. 4
Breaded Chicken Patty
Meatless Option: Black Bean Burger
Smoked Turkey & Cheddar on Pullman
- Served with Baked Beans
Thursday, Oct. 5
French Herb Chicken Drumstick
Meatless Option: BBQ Soy Nuggets
Chicken Salad on Flatbread
- Served with Wheatberry Salad, Wild Rice Pilaf, Corn on the Cob, Apple Crisp
Friday, Oct. 6
Meatless Option: Cheese Pizza
Roasted Turkey & Cheddar Sandwich
Call for Photos & Suggestions 📣
Kenwood wants to hear from students and families! Have ideas or suggestions for features that you'd like to see in the Courier? Email Family Liaison Keri Mabry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families are also invited to share images for possible inclusion in the yearbook and/or newsletter by clicking the button below.
Community News & Events
Somali Parent Advisory Council (SPAC) Today
SPAC will meet this evening, Friday, Sep. 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Contact Ahmed Keynan at Ahmed.Keynan@mpls.k12.mn.us for more information and meeting details.
Honoring Our Youth Community Powwow Tomorrow
Join us for a back-to-school powwow at North High School's Football Field from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.
- 1 p.m. One grand entry
- 3 p.m. Honoring for students
- 5 p.m. Meal
Honoring Our Youth Powwow
Saturday, Sep 30, 2023, 01:00 PM
1801 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Hennepin County Library Free Homework Help 📝
Latino Parent Advisory Council (LPAC)
LPAC will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Contact Fanny Newton at Fanny.Newton@mpls.k12.mn.us or 612-806-7286 for more information and meeting details.
Cowles Dance Center Field Trips
Enjoy world-class dance performances designed for K-12 audiences in a historic theater! During Student Matinees, students are encouraged to be active participants. They are invited to question dance, engage their curiosity, envision themselves as dancers and art-makers, and move their bodies either from their seats or on the stage. Tickets are $5 per person. Learn more here.
Latino Heritage Month (Sep. 15-Oct. 15)
- Pantoum for a Golden Cage: This art exhibit by Mexican artist Hedgiee and Argentinian artist Constanza Carballothis will be on display until Friday, Oct. 13, at the Davis Center Art Gallery (1250 W. Broadway Ave).
- Literacy Event: Please share with us about who you are and what makes you proud of your identity! Submit video, audio, writing, poetry, music, art, and more by Wednesday, Oct. 4. Find ideas and templates here.
- MPS Latino Heritage Month Celebration: Join us for food, music, games, a soccer clinic, and more on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.