Knights' Newsletter

Knox Gifted Academy - - - February 22, 2023

A Note From Mrs. Braaksma & Mr. Rogers:

Thank you for your continued support during parent-teacher conferences. We hope that you enjoyed meeting with your child's teacher and hearing about their progress at KGA.

As we continue to refine our five-year strategic plan, we are seeking your candid opinions through a second short parent survey. Thank you for taking a few minutes to offer your feedback to KGA's Site Council and staff. Your feedback is truly appreciated. We will accept responses until March 10, 2023.

Mrs. Braaksma and Mr. Rogers have also been meeting with student focus groups to seek student feedback. Their voices are important to us and our students are more than eager to share their thoughts about how KGA can be an even better place for children. If you're interested in their thoughts, just click here.

Please join us this Saturday beginning at 10am at the Chandler Innovation Fair in downtown Chandler. It's a busy event, full of wonderful hands-on experiences for families. Every CUSD school will be represented, so come find us at the Knox Gifted Academy booth. See you there!

Lastly, Arizona State testing (AASA and AzSCI) will be here before we know it. Please make sure that you add the following dates to your calendar:

  • 3rd Grade Testing Dates: April 3, 5, 6, and 10
  • 4th Grade Testing Dates: April 4, 11, and 12
  • 5th Grade Testing Dates: March 30, 31, April 4, 11, and 12
  • 6th Grade Testing Dates: April 3, 5, and 6

State testing is an exciting time around KGA. More information will come from your grade-level teachers, but please keep these few things in mind:

  • Avoid making appointments for your child on their scheduled testing dates.
  • Classrooms will be unavailable during all testing sessions, so once a child begins a test, they must finish it. We will not interrupt classrooms while students are testing.
  • 100% participation is required from the state, so attendance is critical. We do have a testing window that allows for make-up tests if a child is absent.
  • All students will need corded headphones, Bluetooth is not permitted.
  • A healthy breakfast and a good night of sleep are important for a child's success.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out any time. Thank you for ALL you do to support Knox Gifted Academy!

Mrs. Braaksma, Principal

Mr. Rogers, Dean of Students

Chandler Innovation Fair - Click for more details!

This Saturday, February 25 from 10:00-3:00pm

KGA Arizona State Testing Schedule for AASA and AzSCI

Thursday, March 30th, 9:30am to Wednesday, April 12th, 3:45pm

700 West Orchid Lane

Chandler, AZ

  • 3rd Grade Testing Dates: April 3, 5, 6, and 10
  • 4th Grade Testing Dates: April 4, 11, and 12
  • 5th Grade Testing Dates: March 30, 31, April 4, 11, and 12
  • 6th Grade Testing Dates: April 3, 5, and 6

News from our Amazing Art Masterpiece

To our incredible KGA families,

KGA’s 2022-23 Arts Night will be on April 13th from 5:00 – 7:30. This is a fun event during which we admire art made by all students in the Art Masterpiece program. We also typically invite local artists to share their work, and we have interactive craft stations for the students to create small art projects. The KGA bands and orchestras also perform.

We were blown away by the creativity displayed by KGA’s families at the recent Celebration of Cultures Night. This got us thinking, would KGA families be interested in sharing their artistic talents at Arts Night??

Families could share art of all kinds:

  • Fine art
  • Crafting hobbies
  • Kids arts and crafts
  • Musical performances, including singing or instruments
  • Maker projects
  • Poetry reading
  • Other artistic talents

We’d love to include a range of artistic talents in a casual setting. You do not need to be a professional artist to share your work. Professional artists, hobbyists, crafters, students, parents, and artistic friends or family are all welcome. Perhaps you aren’t artistic, but you have a fun arts and crafts project you’d like to share with students?

For physical art or crafts, we’re looking for members of the KGA community to share their art at a booth. Similar to the Celebration of Cultures Night, we’d like volunteers to prepare and provide supplies and commit to setting up, running, and cleaning up their own booths. You could have the flexibility to decide what you’d like to share, but your booth could possibly include samples of your art and/or an interactive project for students attending Art Night to complete. For example, painters could bring examples of completed paintings and set up a watercolor painting station for the students.

For performers (music, poetry, etc), we would provide a schedule with an allotted time for your performance.

Interested? Please complete this Google Form.

Questions? Feel free to email Amy at

Thank you so much for your support! We look forward to seeing you on April 13th for Arts Night!

The KGA Art Masterpiece Team

Order your KGA Yearbook Today!

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Read Across America Week is coming February 27 - March 3

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You're invited to Movie Night Friday, March 3rd!

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Spring Book Fair is coming soon: March 6th-10th

Spring Book Fair is the week of March 6-10! The Library (room B-4) will be open during lunch Monday, March 6 through Thursday, March 9 and from 9:00-1:30 pm on Friday, March 10 to accommodate families during Lunch on the Lawn.

We are working with Literati, a different book fair company this spring in the hopes of having even more great reading options for our students. We encourage you to purchase digital gift cards in advance to allow for cash-free, worry-free purchases at the Fair, but we also accept cash, credit cards, and checks made out to KGA PTO. If you are not able to make it to the Fair, you can shop online. Please visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with gift cards and online shopping. Thank you for your support and happy reading!

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You're Invited to Lunch on the Lawn Friday, March 10th!

More information to come, but please plan to join us for KGA's annual Lunch on the Lawn. Our lunch schedule will be revised for Friday, March 10th to accommodate space for families.

Bring lunch, a comfortable lawn chair or blanket, and meet you child(ren) in the grassy courtyard to have lunch as one big KGA family.

Grade Level Lunch Time

Kindergarten 11:00 - 11:40am

1st Grade 11:20 - 12:00pm

2nd Grade 11:40 - 12:20pm

3rd Grade 12:00 - 12:40pm

4th Grade 12:20 - 1:00pm

5th Grade 12:40 - 1:20pm

6th Grade 1:00 - 1:40pm

Breakfast with a Chef February 28th at 8:30am for only $2.00!

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KGA's Vision & Core Values

Our Mission: To enhance the lives of every KGA student

Core Values:

  • Act with Empathy
  • See the Possibilities
  • Succeed as One KGA Team

Knox Gifted Academy

Office: (480) 812-6100

Attendance: (480) 812-6103
Health Office: (480) 812-6102
Fax: (480) 224-9391
School Hours: 9:10 AM - 3:40 PM
Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Early Dismissal: 12:10 PM