The Explorer

September 16, 2016

Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday, September 21: Parent Association Meeting 8:15am (Library)
  • Thursday September 29 and Friday September 30: Middle School Sherman Lake

Note from Brian

"News We Can Use"

One of the initiatives we will be implementing this year at KCDS is a school-wide formative assessment program.

Formative assessment (diagnostic testing to inform instruction), is a range of formal and informal assessment procedures conducted by teachers with students during the learning process in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student achievement.

In other words, we collect data on each student for the fundamentals literacy, numeracy, and content knowledge to individualize instruction for each and every student.

Over the course of the next 4 to 6 weeks, KCDS teachers will be using a common set

of formative assessment tools to gain a baseline for placement of students at their

“just right level.”

The assessments include:

Phonological Awareness Skills Test

(Sounds of the English Language - “pre-reading”)

Developmental Spelling Inventory

(Word Study and Spelling)

Developmental Reading Inventory 2

(Reading Fluency and Reading Comprehension)

Narrative Writing


Math: Numeracy and Problem Solving

These assessments will allow us to challenge each student with high expectations.

We look forward to sharing the results of these assessments with you at the first

parent-teacher conferences.



Thank You!!!

> Natalie Powell for taking the initiative to spruce up the front garden!

> Beth Meyer and Megan Yoder for kicking off the Parent Association with our first meeting this week. (Over 20 people joined us…we need more to participate!

Please join us next Wednesday).

Wonder Robotics Meetings

  • 6-8 years olds will meet on Mondays from 3:15 to 3:45pm.
  • League Team (9-12 yo) meets on Mondays from 3:45 to 4:30pm and on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:30pm.

Did you know?

Did you know... The Spanish classroom is busy learning "All About Me!" They are learning their family and friends, greetings, introductions, good byes, dates and colors! Reading books, having conversations, learning vocabulary and the letters of the week are parts of the "All About Me" theme. First, second, third and fourth graders are enjoying coloring pictures of themselves as well! We are looking forward to having a successful year and will work very hard on making learning Spanish a wonderful experience for your child. Thank you!!


Maestra De la Rosa

Celebrating Mexican Independence Day with Mrs. Melendez in 3rd/4th Grade Spanish Cultures Workshop!

Big image

Parent Association News

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the PA meeting held on Wednesday the 14th. We covered the Halloween Carnival and various events that will take place throughout this school year, including some new ones! Our next PA meeting will take place September 21, 2016 after drop-off in the Library. At this meeting we hope to cover the Carnival in greater detail. We hope to see everyone there!

Thank you again for a great turn out!

Beth Meyer

Babysitter Phone Tree

KCDS values community! We want to compile a list of babysitters to make life easier for parents. If you are interested in adding to the list, email Calli Kreutzberger ( or Beth Meyer ( with the following information:
  • Parent Name
  • Babysitter Name/Age/Contact Information
  • Ages the sitter has experience with/prefers to work with

Thank you!

Second Grade Maker Space Lab

Big image

Order Lunches Online

Go to to sign up!

  • Tuesday: Great Wall Express
  • Wednesday: Noodles & Company
  • Thursday: Subway
  • Friday: Little Caesar's

New Accounts:

Click on "Register"

School Password is: KCDS1

Returning Accounts:

Click on "Sign In"

Enter username and password

Update child's profile

The Exploratory Lab @KCDS

Interested in helping to make our NEW makerspace great? Check out our Amazon wish list! (click here)