KES Update

September 8, 2022

We are officially 15 days into the school year! Students and staff are off to a strong start. Throughout this month, we have MAP and other testing to gather baseline data. Our PBIS activities are in process. Students have been reviewing the HORNET traits and are talking about ways we show HORNET behavior during school, on the bus, and at home. We have some fun activities planned in the weeks to come including an all school Morning Meeting, a popcorn lunch treat (thank you PTA), a drive-through parade to celebrate our local first responders, and the KES Walk-a-thon! Beginning in October, the first Friday of each month will be pizza day in the cafeteria. Look for that to be on the lunch menu!

Important Dates

  • 9/6-9/22 - MAP testing in grades 2-5
  • 9/13 - PTA Meeting
  • 9/23 - No School KES students - Teacher PD Day
  • 9/30 Walk-a-thon
  • 9/26 - Board of Education Meeting
  • 10/26 &10/27 - 3rd Gr. State Testing (ELA)

2022 KES Walk-a-thon

Save the date for the KES Walk-a-Thon. Friday September 30, 2022 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Join students, faculty, staff, family and friends for this fun and healthy event as we walk the high school track before the KHS home football game. Thank you to our PTA for helping plan and organize this fun event for our Hornets! Our goal is to raise money to purchase wellness-related resources to our school for student use. We will be using the RallyUp website for donations as we did last year. More information to come!

Information and Reminders

  • Lake MetroParks Educational Programs catalog
  • Please click on the links in the PDF shared below to help earn funds for our school simply by shopping at a variety of stores.
  • AHERA information here

Literacy Specialists Introduction!

Hello! We would like to introduce ourselves as the literacy specialists at Kirtland Elementary School. We are Gail Ribelli and Julie Bonacci, and collectively have 38 years of experience as educators! We recently completed a universal academic screener, Aimsweb Plus, with students K-3. Using this data, we will be providing targeted early literacy and reading assistance in either a push-in or pull-out model in areas such as phonics, fluency, word recognition, decoding, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and comprehension. In contrast to years past, we will not be sending home permission slips, as these services will be fluid and flexible throughout the year according to students’ needs. It is a gift to be able to work with your children towards our unified goal of enabling all students to be readers! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions! Our contact information is gail.ribelli@kirtlandschools.org, and julie.bonacci@kirtlandschools.org.

Kirtland Police Department

Thank you to Chief McCallister and all of the other police officers from KPD who are scheduled to come in and read to our Hornets! We are thankful for this partnership.


The Kirtland Police Association requests your attendance on September 24th , 2022 from 11:00 till 5:00, in recognition of safety Forces day. Safety Forces Day is a great time to meet with your police officers, fireman, as well as county assets utilized for public safety and services. It’s a way to show our appreciation to the community, build upon our commitment and showcase some of our Kirtland talent.

Event Schedule: (flexible)

12:00 - Kirtland B&G Scouts will march with the flag / national anthem-by Kirtland students

13:00 - Kirtland Drum Corps.

13:15 - Canine dog demo.

13:45 - Kirtland Drum Corps.

14:00 - Guest speakers.

15:00 – Canine dog demo.

15:30 – (TBD) UH-MED helicopter will fly in.

16:00 – Raffle draw.

Dunk-Tank will be in operation throughout the day; Dunking school & city officials.

The association will be offering free hotdogs with beverages and Kirtland Kiwanis will be in attendance with their lemonade trailer.

A gift auction will be ongoing all day, with baskets from local business, outside business, sporting leagues, golf & much much more. Children can enjoy an inflatable bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, balloons, activities sponsored by the Kirtland Library and much more.

Hope to see you soon!!!

KES Latchkey Update

We are pleased to provide an update regarding the Latchkey Program at KES. We will continue to provide latchkey services, however, we do need to make one minor adjustment to the morning times.

Beginning on Monday September 19, 2022, the latchkey morning hours will be 7:00-8:30 am and the afternoon hours will continue to be 3:30-6:00p.m.

We appreciate your patience as we have been working to resolve this situation!