News at KHS

Friday, August 31, 2018

This Week at KHS

Quick Reminders:

  1. All scholars must be picked up by 3:30 pm each school day. If scholars are being checked out early, they need to be check out before 2:30 pm. Students will not be called after 2:30pm.
  2. Please do not block the Fedex driveways during drop off and pick up.
  3. Pre-order lunch Account Setup Instructions , How To Pre-Order Instructions , Lunch Payment/Ordering Portal
  4. No School on Monday, September 3rd-Labor Day
  5. School clothing (uniform approved) coming soon! Check here next week!

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • S.O.A.R. (Supporting Our Active Recruitment)
  • Lunch Menu
  • Classroom News
  • Club Information
  • Counselor Corner
  • Sports at KHS
  • PTSO News
  • Substitute Teachers Needed
  • Community News

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, September 11th KHS Board Meeting

Meeting will be held in the Band Room in the K-5 Building


Friday, September 14th Kestrel Spirit Night at Wheel Fun Park

6pm to 9pm

S.O.A.R. (Supporting Our Active Recruitment)

We are thankful that you have chosen to be a part of our Kestrel Family! We would like to introduce you to our KHCS Referral Program!

With our newly implemented school-wide curriculum and textbooks, PBIS behavioral program, streamlined school times, and our small teacher:student ratio in classrooms, our students are engaged and excited to be at Kestrel! As we continue to build on programs put in place this year, we would also like to continue to grow our student population.

We hope you will assist our Kestrel Heights S.O.A.R. (Supporting Our Active Recruitment) team by:

Talking with your family, friends, church, youth or sports groups, or posting in neighborhood blogs and social media about the exciting things happening at Kestrel Heights Charter School! Refer them to our website at where they can find more information about KHCS, schedule a tour, and complete the new student application.

A bonus for you! Each time you refer a family to our school, and their student enrolls, you will be entered to WIN one of our $100.00 AMAZON gift cards that will be awarded at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year! (The referral survey will be sent to all newly enrolled families in September.)

Thank you!

Lunch Menu

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Classroom News!


Kindergarten is excited to announce that our first full week has been a success! We have been working on fine motor skills, letter recognition, counting, number recognition and color recognition. We have been settling into our routines and learning procedures! Specials have also started this week and our scholars have been enjoying all of the wonderful things they are learning in Spanish, Art, P.E, Dance and Music! Please make sure to check your child's backpack on Friday to see any work they have completed and any important information that will be sent home. Kindergarten homework will begin on September 4th. You will receive more information regarding this by your child's classroom teacher. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and we look forward to seeing our young scholars back here bright and early Tuesday morning!

First Grade

First Grade got busy digging in to our HMH curriculum this week! We worked on the short A sound in literacy and learned some brand new sight words! In math we worked on addition strategies.

Second Grade

Second grade is excited to begin diving into the curriculum. Our scholars can't wait to start learning about Communities and Resources, Place Value and all types of grammatical rules. We also started homework this week so please check your scholar's binder for work to be done.

Third Grade

Next week in third grade we will be kicking off curriculum in all subjects, it's been a rolling start in order to make sure all procedures were firmly in place but we are excited to start digging in to the teaching of our fantastic scholars! We will also begin testing for mClass, iReady, and the exciting BOG (beginning of grade benchmark). Please continue to send your child to school well-rested and well-fed so that they can be as successful as possible.

On Friday, September 7th we will have our first monthly birthday celebration. Please remember that this is for the last hour of our day. If your child has had a birthday over the summer, in August, or will have one in September please feel free to send in a treat for the class. Be mindful of nut allergies!! If you would like to coordinate with other birthday parents please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

It's going to be another fantastic week in third grade!!

Fourth Grade

This week fourth grade is diving into our curriculum. Please check the website for updates and homework. If your child loses their homework you can find and print it from the grade level website.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Fifth Grade

5th graders are beginning to study and memorize their 50 states and capitals. We not only use flashcards to study but also a song for our kids who love to sing. Check out the link below!

Sixth Grade

The scholars are doing a great job understanding the ins and outs both in the classroom and outside the classroom.

Social Studies: This week we have been learning about how history is studied as well as moving into review of geography.

Have a great weekend!

6th Grade Team

Seventh Grade

Great first week for our 7th Grade Scholars! Enjoy the Labor day weekend!

Eighth Grade

This week in social studies scholars have been working to uncover more about the first humans who migrated to North America. In ELA, scholars have been busy focusing on writing and for those interested in attending the Washington D.C. trip there will be an informational meeting after school at 6 PM on September the 5th. In Science, scholars have been preparing for the year by learning about the scientific method and lab safety. Math 8 have been studying transformational geometry and in math one, scholars have been solving equations and inequalities.

Club Information

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From the Spanish Corner!

Queridas familias, I am so happy to be back at KHS and teach your child my native tongue, while having fun. Our first week was very positive, active, and full of joy. Your child needs to bring a notebook and a pencil to the Spanish class. I am looking forward to a fantastic school year! Please feel free to contact me or send me a note with your child. Gracias!

English Language Learners (ELL) Program - Ms. Rivera

English Language Learners (ELL) Program - Ms. Rivera

During the next few weeks, ELL scholars will be bring home a form to accept or waive ELL services. Please make sure that you mark your selection, sign and return the form to me as soon as possible. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (919) 484-1300 ext. 307. Thank you!

Programa de Aprendices del Idioma Inglés (ELL) - Sra. Rivera

Durante las próximas semanas, los estudiantes de ELL llevarán a casa un formulario para Aceptar o Renunciar a los servicios de ELL. Por favor, asegúrese de marcar su selección, firmar y devolverme el formulario lo antes posible. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo al (919) 484-1300 ext. 307. ¡Muchas gracias!

This week in AIG.....

*Mr. Love is working on screening and identifying students who qualify for Kestrel's AIG program. Please use the Kestrel Heights AIG Parent Handbook as a resource if you are interested in the current procedures and guidelines.

Send any questions to:


Welcome Back Kestrel Families!

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and you're ready to "SOAR" with us this year!

The Elementary Dance classes have had a FANTASTIC start to the year. We've been reviewing how to "SOAR" inside (and outside) the classroom. We've been focusing on Safety, keeping hands and feet to Ourselves, saying positive things and having a good Attitude (in all dance class activities), and being Respectful to each other. We've been reviewing our dance technique / vocabulary and have been exploring how to "SOAR" on the dance floor!

Counselor Corner

Welcome back, Kestrel families! Your school counselors, Mrs. Callahan and Mrs. Kennedy, are excited for a great year ahead! Please see below for some important counseling updates.

Who is my counselor? Mrs. Kennedy is our counselor for "even" numbered grades - Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th. Mrs. Callahan is our counselor for "odd" numbered grades - 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th. 8th grade is shared between the two counselors due to the workload involved in helping our scholars transition to high school. Of course, scholars are welcome to speak with the counselor they feel most comfortable with.

504 plans: If you are new to KHCS this year and your child had a 504 accommodations plan at their previous school, please contact your child's counselor to ensure we have received their plan. Plans do not always arrive from previous schools along with the rest of the student records and we want to ensure we have your child's accommodations set up in a timely manner. If you are a returning family, your child's plan has been distributed to their teachers as of today (Friday, August 24) and we will contact you about annual review meetings at the end of first quarter. If you have concerns prior to that point, please contact your child's counselor.

Schedule changes: Please refer to the parent email regarding schedule changes. All schedule change requests must come to the counselors on the form and scholars should follow their plans as written until they receive a printed copy of a new schedule.

Uniforms and School Supplies: If your scholar is in need of uniforms or school supplies, please let us know as we do have some items available as needed.

Spirit Days

Hello Kestrel families!
This year we will have PBIS Spirit Days throughout the year. Each grade level has been assigned a "grade level spirit color". On PBIS Spirit Days, we would like to see students from each grade level sporting their PBIS spirit color! Grade levels and/or classrooms with the most participation may be able to win a prize! Students have two options for wearing their spirit colors - they can wear a uniform shirt of that color, or wear their specially designed PBIS Spirit Shirt! The proceeds from the PBIS Spirit Shirts will benefit the PBIS program in purchasing stickers, items for rewards, and funding our quarterly PBIS celebrations!

PBIS Spirit shirts may also be worn with uniform pants on any Friday of the school year.

Grade level spirit colors are:
Kindergarten - white

1st grade - red

2nd grade - black

3rd grade - white

4th grade - red

5th grade - black

6th grade - white

7th grade - red

8th grade - black

Grade level cohorts will keep the same spirit color until they leave us for high school, so students can wear the same spirit shirt year after year until they outgrow it!

To order your shirt, please visit the following link. Parents are encouraged to order shirts as well! The PBIS program will earn a significant amount from each shirt sold, funding which goes directly back to your students through the PBIS program. Ordering closes on September 17 and shirts will be delivered approximately 2 weeks later:

Sport at KHS

Volleyball-Kestrel Gear Fundraiser

Hey Guys,

This is a Volleyball Fundraiser! You can purchase Kestrel Gear you can use this link the sale goes until September 7th if you use the link you can order and pay online.

Please be mindful of the uniform policy when ordering. For example you can order a hoodie but you can not wear it to school.

Email if you have any questions!

How can I find a Sports Schedule?

Bookmark it, share it, make it your home page, whatever you need to do!

Schedules will be posted as they become available and they will be updated regularly. Parents of scholar athletes can sign up for notifications about schedule changes.

Rosters, photos, announcements and game results can all be seen on the Hawks athletic website!

Meet our KHS Volleyball Team!

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Cross Country

Cross Country is going well! If you are still interested in joining the team please contact Ms. Thom at Next week is the last week to join the team!

Go Hawks!


Help us raise money for our school the EASY way!

Please link two of your most most common shopping cards to our school!

  1. Our school code for Harris Teeter is 2705. Currently we only have 34 families linked to Kestrel!
  2. LInk KHS on Amazon at ( Select Kestrel Heights School Parent Teacher Student Organization. Don't forget to put use the smile link before you buy.

Thanks everyone and go Hawks!

Earn your school $, enroll in Cart to Class!

As a homegrown company, Lowes Foods is committed to giving our youngsters every opportunity to succeed. With Cart to Class, Lowes Foods will give up to a quarter of a million dollars to local schools this year. To participate, just enroll up to 3 local schools on your Fresh Rewards card, and start earning for your school today.

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Help Kestrel Heights School earn products and cash by sending in your Boxtops found on many products that you use every day. General Mills, Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Ziploc®, Hefty®, Kleenex® and Scott® products offer boxtops on hundreds of products. Your clipped Boxtops can be put into the red PTSO mailboxes that are located in the front offices at both campuses. The deadline for this Quarter is Friday, October 12, 2018.

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Wheels Spirit Night

Friday, Sep. 14th, 6-9pm

715 North Hoover Road

Durham, NC


Our first Kestrel Spirit Night will be at Wheels Fun Park on Friday, September 14th from 6:00-9:00. Tickets are $7.00 per person and includes the skate rental. Parents are not charged if they don't skate. What an easy and fun way to raise money for Kestel! Go Hawks!

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Substitute Teachers

Substitute teaching can be an ideal way to supplement your income while setting your own schedule. It will also give you the opportunity to improve your classroom skills as you try out different schools, grade levels and instructional methods. And after proving your abilities as a substitute, you may even be offered a full-time job. Here are some other benefits to substitute teaching:

  • Earn money while working toward a teaching certificate.
  • Substitute teaching can help you decide whether to pursue further education, and in which subject area. Trying out different opportunities can help you identify your strengths and decide on a professional focus.
  • You can network with other teachers and administrators, who can provide valuable advice and professional connections.
  • If you’re retired from full-time teaching or another career, substitute teaching allows you to keep busy, stay involved in a profession, and continue earning some income.
  • Unlike many permanent teachers, you’re not required to be certified in a specific subject area.
  • Substitute teaching provides you with practical experience that you wouldn’t otherwise have. You can learn and experiment with different types of teaching styles and classroom environments.

If you are interested, please submit your resume and letter of interest to:

ATTN: Mrs. Breonna Buckholz, Business/HR

Community News

Need a Book Bag or School Supplies?

Lowes Grove Baptist Church donated some school supplies to our scholars! They are packed for scholars in grade 4th-8th.

Please email Ms. Gordon if you need one!

Enrichment Opportunity with Uptown Glamor

What We Offer

  • Glamorous fashion design and sewing classes combined with character education.
  • Students learn to design and sew clothing and accessories, strengthening their math skills while gaining savvy business skills
  • Every session ends with a fashion show for students to showcase their clothes!
  • Our 21st Century Curriculum is written by a licensed school counselor and implements fashion design, sewing, mathematics, and character development.

Now Enrolling Students

  • Classes are offered after school on Thursdays from 3:30-5:15 on Kestrel's campus.
  • Classes begin September 20th.

Seating is limited! To register, fill out the attached waiver form and return them to KHCS. The 11 class course is $27. per class. Payments can be made in 3 easy installments at or by mailing by payments to Uptown Glamor, P.O. Box 72542 Durham NC 27722-2542. All initial payments and waiver forms must be received by Monday, September 10th.

For more information contact us at

CEO, Bobby Laws (919) 935-8111

Kestrel Heights School

KHCS is a public K-8 charter school in Durham committed to providing students with a quality education in a nurturing environment. We believe that all children can succeed. We provide a diverse and welcoming environment where academics are emphasized, creativity is celebrated, and children are encouraged to excel.