Kenwood - January Newsletter

Check each Sunday for updates at the top of this newsletter


Little changes coming....

I don't know if you all saw this but Kearney Public Schools dial is on the yellow! We haven't been on the yellow for awhile now so I'm super excited for this. We've all deserved a pat on the back when it comes to us getting to this point. Teachers and staff have kept their classrooms, bathrooms, tables, chairs, etc...clean. They've reminded students to wash their hands and have squirted more hand sanitizer in these six months than they can even count. Not to mention all of the temperatures that they've taken which is at least twice a day for every student. Students have been exceptional when it comes to washing their hands and doing what is necessary to keep us in school. Parents, I applaud you for doing your due diligence. It's not easy making siblings stay home when someone in the family is getting tested for COVID. Even though we are hopeful that the tests are negative, we still do what's best and keep home all others until the results come in. Thank you so much for all of your work and efforts as well! KUDOS TO ALL OF US!

Some of our regulations will be lifted due to us going into this yellow phase. The district has reviewed the blueprints. Here are some upcoming changes:

  • Temperatures taken once a day, in the morning
  • PTO can meet in person after March 1st while continuing to follow district safety protocols
  • Kindergarten and 1st grade MAY eat breakfast in the cafeteria. More information on that below.
  • Outside counselors may also start meeting with our students in our buildings.
  • Parent-teacher conferences will be held remotely via zoom. Parents can schedule an in-person meeting on an as needed basis.

Like we said, these are exciting changes and we're ready to continue learning in a safe environment.


Now that some of our restrictions have been lifted, we'd like to have kindergartners begin eating in the cafeteria WHICH will make some big changes on your end to make it happen. Here's the scoop, if you want your child to eat breakfast they must be to school at 7:45 AM. Why you ask? Students eating breakfast need to be finished by 8:00 AM as school starts at 8:05 AM. They will be told to clean their plates a little before 8 and will walk back to their classrooms. If students arrive past 7:45 AM, they do not have enough time to walk down to the cafeteria, eat, and be ready to learn by 8:05 AM. Now that kindergartners will be in the cafeteria, there are timelines that they need to adjust to.

Our plan is this:

  • For Monday and Tuesday, parents practice getting their child to school by 7:45 AM. They will still eat in the classroom. I've encouraged teachers to talk to parents about breakfast eaters that arrive late. We don't ever want to not provide breakfast for those that need it. Please work with us on this!
  • Then on Wednesday, students will begin eating breakfast in the cafeteria. They will still enter through their normal doors, place their belongings on their desks, and then head down to the cafeteria for breakfast.
  • Students will continue to be spread out at the cafeteria tables.
  • We will communicate with students' teachers on their timeliness to the cafeteria. Teachers will contact you if changes need to be made.

Thank you all for your flexibility and understanding. We are excited to get back to a little bit of normalcy, no matter how little!

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January Birthdays


2-Beckham C., Oliver V.

3--Cooper B., Jacob R., Peyton O.

5-Ryan K., Tahlayla J., Sawyer S.

6-Jersi W.

8-Hadley G.

10-Avery L.

11-Maven K., Dominic H.

12-Lucas R.

13-Jayden H.

16-Leo B., Beckham J.

17-Lauren L., Griffin E., Kaylee U.

18-Ah Marius C.

19-Coen W., Xzavier H., Joshua R., Annabelle S.

21-Maria R., Arianna A.

23-Alonzo C., Logan E., Parker F.

25-Kaitlynn G.

26-Natilie L.

27-Haylee G., Danica M.

28-Tannym K.

30-Miranda B., Maxsen P.

31-Madison R., Aleighna M.

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February is Black History Month

February 9, 11, and 15th--Parent-Teacher Conferences (via zoom)

February 17--No school, Professional Development Day

February 18-19-No school, conference compensation days

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It was a wonderful week back at school. The students settled back into their routine and are continuing to learn and grow. This past Friday marked a special day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. This federal holiday is on the third Monday in the month of January and celebrates the civil rights leader's life and legacy.

January 15th: Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the poor and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind major civil rights events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

School picture information

Even though this picture below states it is fall picture day, it's actually winter and it's not retake day. Our retake day is February 25th. Use the code below as it will be good until about 48 hours after picture day. If parents do not order prior, they will receive a proof with their individual student online order code.
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January 18th--No school for students--Professional Development Day, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday


January 21-School Picture Day

February 9, 11, and 15th--Parent-Teacher Conferences (via zoom)

February 17--No school, Professional Development Day

February 18-19-No school, conference compensation days

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We had a great three days back after break. It was great to see the students again and we are ready to get our "Learning On!" We continue to be fortunate to have in person learning and now have our chromebooks so we won't have to share with other classes. Some students have already used their chromebooks to take their AR STAR assessment to begin the third quarter. Others, mostly in the upper grades, have used google classroom as a means of getting information from their teachers and responding back. We can't wait to help our students learn more about their use. I do want to inform you all that getting these chromebooks does NOT mean that we are going to remote learning. I want to help put your mind at ease at least at this time. Honestly, I thought we'd be in remote learning earlier on during the first quarter so I'm glad to have been wrong!

Your child received their report cards from the second quarter. Please take time to review this with your child, set some goals, and the actions that it will take to reach those goals. It's never too young to teach your child about goal setting. Our students love to share with all when they've reached them. It's a great feeling when you've accomplished what you've set out for. Please sign and return the report card form by this Friday.

Please join us for our first PTO meeting for the new year. It begins at 7 PM. Here is the link: PTO Meeting. We'd love to have your input and it's a great way to meet others even if not in person. Also, if you want to order Kenwood spirit wear, it must be done by midnight tonight. Here is the link: Kenwood spirit wear 2. This is the last one for the year.


These are the dates that the grade levels will travel to the Merryman Performing Arts Center to rehearse and then record the music program. These recordings will be shared with you hopefully within two weeks of recording. They will be sent out to you at a later date. *More information will be coming as to the attire that we'd like them to wear on their specified days.

March 4--Grades 2 & 3 will rehearse and record in the afternoon

March 8-Grades Kindergarten & 1will rehearse and record in the afternoon

March 8-Grades 4 & 5 will rehearse and record in the morning

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January 11th-PTO Meeting at 7 PM via Zoom--Use this link: PTO Meeting

January 18th--No school for students--Professional Development Day, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the Civil Rights leader's life and legacy.

January 21-School Picture Day

February 9, 11, and 15th--Parent-Teacher Conferences (possibly via zoom again)

February 17--No school, Professional Development Day

February 18-19-No school, conference compensation days


I had a lot of fun eating with our Principal Goal earners from the second quarter. So much fun that I didn't get pictures of them all! Here are some that I did take. Good luck on meeting your goals this next quarter!

KENWOOD TEACHERS--"Rolling" in the new year and making it "Popping" great!

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So long, 2020! While we all are widely aware of the challenges that 2020 gave us, there is always something that we can cherish and celebrate. We, together, worked through unchartered territories over and over again and were successful. I'm so proud that together we persevered through this storm. We did what was right for our students, families, and staff.

March--During the closure of schools throughout the state, our teachers continued to reach out to students and families to help them stay connected. We did not focus on new academic learning but on sustaining what we'd already learned and built upon that. With the help from parents and at times, siblings, our students were able to make some sense of routine. For this, we thank you all!

August-Opening up to in-person learning--best decision ever! Our district and staff implemented many new protocols to help families, student and staff feel safe and protected. These changes have become a piece of our normal routines. We all questioned how students would do wearing masks all day long AND THEY ROCKED IT! Our young ones are so resilient and should be praised as great role models for others. I'm so very proud of them, our teachers, paraprofessionals, secretary, nurse, health aide, custodians, and diner ladies for all doing their due diligence in making sure we all remain safe and in school.

December--first semester completed. Wow! I was concerned earlier on that we'd have to shut down again and go to remote learning way back in September. WE MADE IT TO DECEMBER! It's still hard to believe but with few positive staff members and students along with lots of quarantining, we completed a full semester. I tell the staff that this experience is like "Whack-a-Mole", a game where an animal (mole) pokes it's head out of several holes and your job is to hit it before it goes back down. Our teachers dealt patiently with student attendance--one day they are there, the next they are gone for 10-14 days and by the time they come back, another student is gone. They worked tirelessly to keep these students caught up with their missed instruction and work. All of this while providing academic instruction and taking care of students' mental health and wellness.

Our teachers are our true heroes. I've never been so grateful to work with such amazing people! Here's to 2021 and celebrating new challenges that we know that we can overcome!



All of us have patiently awaiting for our chromebooks. It was determined before school started that we'd be going 1-to-1 but nobody knew that it would take this long for them to come in. Just one more thing that we can thank COVID for:) Anyway, your child will be assigned and checked out their own chromebook. These will not come home. More information will be shared once we get back into school. Our teachers and students have again gone OVER THE TOP with sharing these devices as classrooms were limited to a very small amount of chromebooks in their classrooms. Now, every student will have their own and this will make more efficient and effective use of time. We can't wait to get started!

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6th--3rd Quarter Assembly, AR Principal Goal Lunch

7th--AR Principal Goal Lunch

8th--Report cards sent home, AR Principal Goal Lunch

11th-PTO Meeting at 7 PM via Zoom--Use this link: PTO Meeting

18th--No school for students--Professional Development Day


Unfortunately, we will not be having our regular music program at the Merryman Performing Arts Center BUT we will be recording our programs for you to view. Our recording dates performing at the Merryman are on March 4th and 8th. As soon as the recordings are downloaded and ready, I'll share them as soon as I can. More information will be coming out about what your child should wear that day and what times and days they will be performing.
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Traditionally on the last day of school before break, we plan some fun holiday stations. This year we had to adapt these so we could maintain our safety protocols. With a shortened day, the students got the chance to play BINGO with their class. If they won, they got to come to the office to "Spin the Wheel". They could win candy canes, Kenwood window clings, Sonic ice cream cones, Sonic corn dogs, choose an item from the treasure chest, or a slushy (our student's favorite choice). I've included some pictures of the day's winners below. In addition to Bingo, a holiday sing a long was shared and we all wore our pajamas! It was a really fun day!


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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




Saralyn Feddersen -

Social Worker:



Counselor-Mary Fruhling-





First Grade:




Second Grade:




Third Grade:




Fourth Grade:

Megan Buerer -

Rachelle Chamberlain -

Lynn Lebsack -

Fifth Grade:


Broc Howard -

Janice Knispel -


PE-Hope Gillaspy -

Art-Rivkah Raffaeli -

Music-Jake Consbruck -

Media/Library-Mary Roesler-

Counselor-Mary Fruhling-

Title Reading-Janice Polk -

Title Reading-Lisa Martenson -

Special Education/TLC-Amanda McConnell -

Special Education-Katie Butler -

Special Education-Brooke Modlin -

*Jayce Magnani (substitute for Mrs.Modlinl)

Speech/Language-Trish Abels -

School Psychologist-Ashley Carrier -

Permanent Substitute



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