KHS News

Friday, March 22, 2019

In this week's newsletter...

Quick Announcements:

  • Any parent interested in guiding your scholars future-please consider joining the Kestrel Charter School Board click here for the application:

  • Spring Break is March 25th-29th, 2019

This newsletter contains the following information:

  • Lunch Menu
  • Counselor Corner
  • Sports at KHS
  • Classroom News
  • Spring Performance Information
  • Community News

Upcoming Events:

  1. Soar Celebration April 5th
  2. Springfest April 12th, rain date April 26th
  3. Report Cards go home on April 12th
  4. Good Friday is April 19th-No School
  5. Teacher Appreciation Week May 6th-May 10th
  6. May 16, 2019 - Elementary Spring Performance (Grades K-2 will perform at 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 will perform at 6:45 pm).

  7. May 22, 2019 - Middle School Dance Concert at 7:00 pm. This is required performance for all Middle School scholars.

  8. May 24th is a full day of school
  9. The 3rd grade end of year trip has been scheduled for Friday June 7th! More Details to come!

S.O.A.R. Celebration for Quarter 3

We have a few exciting updates regarding our PBIS program we would like to share with you.

For third quarter, the end of quarter reward is our DJ DANCE PARTY! This event was extremely popular with scholars last year and we are very excited to be hosting it again for our SOARing Hawks this quarter. In order to earn entry into the event, scholars will need to earn ten SOAR stickers throughout the quarter and have zero days assigned to ISS or OSS.

The dance party will be held on April 5. This means the last day to earn stickers for entry to the event will be April 3, in order to allow time to plan for the number of students who will be in attendance.


KHS-Band Scholars

The KHS Band attended the MPA (Music Performance Adjudication)
competition on Monday, March 18. Many of the scholars are beginners, who have been playing instruments less than 6 months! They were competing against other schools who wouldn't even bring 6th graders, and they scored a 2 which is "excellent". Please congratulate all the Band Scholars and Mr. McKeiver on such an amazing achievement!

Club Sign Up

Sign your Child up for Girl Power Yoga Club!

Led By: Mrs. Lerner (1st grade teacher!)

What is Girl Power Yoga Club?

We will focus on how to lift each other up, be an important member in the community and love ourselves for who we really are. We'll practice basic and challenging yoga poses. We'll meditate, play group games, and do uplifting crafts. Our activities will emphasize the importance of supporting each other, learning and sharing about ourselves, and building each other up. We'll focus on positive self-image, self-love, and kindness towards ourselves and others. And of course, being strong inside and out. Girl power!

When is Girl Power Yoga happening?

Every Tuesday 3:00-3:45 PM between the weeks of April 9th - May 14th

How much does Girl Power Yoga Club cost?

The only cost is $7 for materials due the first day of yoga club. Aside from that, the club is FREE!

How many girls will be accepted into Girl Power Yoga Club?

There is space for 12 girls (1st-4th grade only please). Spaces will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How do I sign my child up for Girl Power Yoga Club?

Please email Mrs. Lerner directly at

What does my child need to bring to Girl Power Yoga?

A yoga mat and water bottle is all that is needed!

Lunch Menu

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Counselor Corner

Pioneer Scholars

Pioneer Scholars ensures that our elementary and middle school students are building academic skills, achieving in school, and laying the foundation for future college success.

Program Description

Pioneer Scholars serves students in first through eighth grades. First through sixth grade students participate in highly-structured tutoring each and every day of the academic school year to develop and accelerate their skills. The instruction is delivered by licensed and qualified teachers and well-supported volunteers in an environment that demands high performance and commitment. To encourage developmentally appropriate extracurricular involvement and leadership activities, seventh and eighth grade students participate in this intensive academic instruction three days per week.

Students continue to sharpen their skills during the summer through an academic bridge program and other activities, including theater and basketball camps. Additional growth opportunities, such as career exploration events, technology skills instruction, a math and science mentoring program, and a College and Career Club for middle school students provide our students with even broader skills and experiences. Parent empowerment sessions are also held for families so that they are well prepared to support their students.

Eligibility & Application Process

Rising first through eighth graders residing in Durham County who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program are eligible to apply. Students are often referred to the Center through nominations from school staff, community members, and various community agencies. Families are also welcome to ‘self-nominate’ their student(s).

Students with strong academic commitment (mostly A’s and B’s in school), robust family support, and demonstrated financial need are considered strong candidates. Additionally, students must demonstrate personal character, work-ethic, and integrity as evidenced by teacher recommendations, personal statements, and an interview process.

Applications are available at Center each spring for the following school year.

For more information visit:

Contact Mrs. Gordon to see if you meet qualifications

Sports at KHS

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Hawks baseball and track and field teams start the season off next week with a home game and a home meet! Details;

Classroom News


Please make sure you read nightly. Spring break is here! Enjoy it!

1st Grade:

First grade news:

Please make sure you keep reading over break! See you April 1st

2nd Grade:

2nd Grade completed the unit on money and time. We are really enjoying learning about the life cycles of various animals, and plants.

Enjoy Spring Break!!!!

3rd Grade:

Please click this link to join REMIND

This will not replace newsletter notifications, it will only serve to send important notifications that have been going out through email.

There is no work for break!!!!! Enjoy the time with family and friends.

4th Grade


  • First Payments due March 22nd- Please visit the Kestrel website for online payments
  • Have a great spring break!

5th Grade:

We’re wrapping up the 3rd quarter and looking forward to the last quarter of the school year! Stay tuned to the 5th grade website for more information regarding pacing and new concepts, and also a culminating States project and EOG prep.

For more information and important dates, please see the grade level website.

Middle School Blurb

Have a Great Spring Break!!!!!

From the Spanish Corner

Bienvenida la Primavera!

To my Spanish 1 Parents: This quarter, we have been talking about adverbs of frequency, conjugations, "Hay", personal pronouns review, parts of the house, parts of the sentence, build your own sentences, and more. Please, make sure your child reviews and practice the vocabulary package.

5th and 4th students, please research about the Spanish Speaking Countries.

Enjoy your Spring Break!

Our Spanish class is in need of a few items: Lysol spray, Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer. Please send these items in with your scholar at anytime.

Please, email me with any questions:


Mrs. Foushee

AIG News

This week in AIG....

This week in AIG classes 5th grades students are working on the "Stay Away from the Edge" challenge. The goal is to program their robot to sense an edge of a table, stop, and turn around to go another direction. The concept simulates the need for NASA's Mars rovers to be able to navigate around a cliff or edge of terrain safely.


Lower elementary students have been playing "Pick up Your Yard" an activity that develops accuracy and different types of throws; over hand, under hand, over head and rolling.

Grades 3-5 have been working on evading, fleeing, dodging, lateral movement and fine motor skills by playing "Planet Invasion", a very fun invasion game that involves the use of flag belts.

Middle School students have been playing "Matball" - a kickball variation that allows for more involvement from all participants.

Doctor’s Notes

If your scholar needs to be excused from physical activities, please provide a doctor’s note.

Gym Shoes

Your scholar will need gym shoes (sneakers, tennis shoes) to participate in activities. They must have a flat bottom (no heel) and the foot must be fully covered. Sandals, Crocs, clogs, dress shoes, boots and any heeled shoes are not appropriate for class.

Art News

As often as I can, I will highlight a student who has gone above and beyond in their work and/or their behavior. I'll call it, "Tell Me Something Good".

Tell Me Something Good...

In my sixth grade class, EVERY SINGLE student has turned in their first project on time. Way to go and keep it up!

Ms. Mohn,


Hello Dance Families!

May 16, 2019 - Elementary Spring Performance (Grades K-2 will perform at 5:30 pm and Grades 3-5 will perform at 6:45 pm). This is a required performance for all scholars.

May 22, 2019 - Middle School Dance Concert at 7:00 pm. This is required performance for all Middle School scholars.

**More specific details to come, as we get closer to the performances**

Lastly, the Dance Department is in need of a few classroom supplies: Facial tissues, disinfectant wipes and paper towels.

Thank you for your support of the Arts Program at Kestrel!!!!


To all Recorder and Choir club parents and Scholars

Recorder and Choir have now started up for the spring summers

Choir is on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15pm to 4:00pm and recorder club is Wednesday afternoons 3:15pm to 4:00pm

Mr. McKeiver

Community News

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Kramden Tech Scholars

Do you know, a scholar in grades 3-12 who needs a home computer? Kramden Tech Scholars is a core program to assist scholars in grades 3-12 without a working home computer. To date, Kramden has served scholars in more than 70 North Carolina counties and has relied on principals, teachers, guidance counselors, and school social workers to identify and nominate deserving scholars. Once they qualify the scholar, he/she will become a Kramden Tech Scholar, and receive a computer along with ongoing technical support from the Kramden team. If you are interested in nominating a scholar check out their website (listed below). They also have materials available in spanish if needed.

Come Join Us

Choosing the right school is an important decision. We strive to provide a welcoming and diverse community where your children can thrive. Our lottery-based enrollment process ensures an equal opportunity for all prospective students. We are now accepting applications for our 19-20 school year!