Family Newsletter

September 25th, 2022

Hello everyone-


Wow, just wow! We had another great week! So much fun together making memories! We have a new kindergartner join our school community this week. We also had unified night lights and Fun Friday. The kids have had a wonderful week of learning and having fun together. Our assemblies this week focused on goal setting- you may view the presentation by clicking here. Our students will all have a reading goal that they are working for this first semester. This goal and progress will be communicated with you at Parent-Teacher Conferences in October. This Friday you should receive your child's mid-quarter progress report from your teacher.


Thank you to everyone who came in to help pop the popcorn. I learned a few lessons this week- my husband is getting us an additional popcorn machine, one just can't keep up- we need more parent volunteers, thank you to those who volunteered to help pop and thank you to those who just jumped in and started helping and stayed after your child's lunch shift to keep helping- we ran out of popcorn, so more for next time. Still, it was so much fun! The kids had a blast and enjoyed the popcorn, I'm pretty sure they didn't notice when we switched to the store bought:). DJ Dr. A kept the beats coming and the 5th graders are going to work on their requests for an even better playlist next time. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us to make the lunch fun for all.


We are welcoming our new kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Elena Fitzhenry, to our school community. She got to meet all of our kindergarteners on Friday and we are so happy to have her join our team ! With this addition, kindergarten only will begin an ABCDE specials rotation starting Tuesday.


I will be out on Friday. My husband has a high school football reunion in his hometown of Auburn, NE Friday night. Dr. Alfred will be here if you need anything on Friday.


Please reach out at any time to share any questions, concerns, or ideas. I am here to help and support you and your family. Thanks for all you do to help keep our students and staff safe.


Take Care-

Angeline

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Bike Rodeo this week during PE

Monday- NO School-

Rosh Hashana- click here to learn more

Click here to view a child's read aloud of a Rosh Hashana story

Tuesday- C Day- K is A Day

Wednesday- D Day- K is B Day

Thursday- A Day- K is C Day

Friday- B Day- K is D Day

Bike Pick Up 4-6 pm

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Welcome Mrs. Fitzhenry!

Hi Robinson Families and Staff-


I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful school community! I wanted to share some information about myself. I can't wait to meet you all and support our students.


My first professional teaching experience was a First through Third Multi-age Montessori class in the St. Louis Public Schools. I also taught First grade for five years at Bayless Elementary. I have enjoyed substitute teaching for all grade levels in the Kirkwood School District and for the Special School District, as well. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Harris-Stowe State University and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University.


I live in Kirkwood with my husband, Mike, our two kids, (Nick and Lauren), and our sweet dog and cat. We love spending time together as a family, vacationing and doing outdoor activities. Some of my favorite hobbies include gardening, hiking, scrapbooking, and sports. I love animals and nature!


Sincerely-

Mrs. Fitzhenry

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Come Join Us For an Evening of Football, Food, and Fundraising to benefit KSD Nutrition on the Weekends! KSD NOW will be hosting a Food Truck Tailgate event at the 9/30 Varsity Home Game. You can enjoy delicious food from The Fold, Honey Bee's Biscuits and More Please food trucks, buy t-shirts, and make donations that night.


We have 2 unique prize packages that you can BID ON from 9/17-9/27! Package 1 includes VIP seating in the end zone for the 9/30 KHS Football Game, and a Kirkwood spirit basket.

Package 2 is Two sideline passess for the 10/15 KHS Football game.


All donations will support the KSD NOW program and provide food to KSD students. Thank you! https://ksd.schoolauction.net/ksdnow2022


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Veteran's Day Celebration is Back!!!!!!

We look forward to inviting Veterans and families back to the Robinson gym for our annual Veterans Day Celebration!


Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade will give a musical performance, thanking and honoring our Veterans! Due to enhanced safety & security protocols, we request RSVPs from both Veterans and Adult Guests.


This year, to accommodate all of our guests, students will give two performances, on Friday, November 11th. Guests with last names A-L, 9:30am and M-Z, 2:30pm. Please plan on keeping your child at school for the entirety of the day, to perform for both performances.


Please use this link, https://forms.gle/ezZAmcPABwyHFDh8A or the QR code to indicate your interest in attending Robinson’s 2022 Veterans Day Celebration.


Please send any questions to marybeth.kesler@kirkwoodschools.org

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ELL Family Picnic

Sunday, October 2nd 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. North Glendale Elementary’s backyard 765 N. Sappington Rd. in Kirkwood. Come and enjoy North Glendale’ s outdoor spaces with your family, meet other Kirkwood multilingual families, get information about the ELL program, college info, English classes, and other services. You are welcome to bring a snack to share
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We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with learning and activities throughout the month. Our 1st & 5th graders will have a culminating event on October 14th and we look forward to welcoming their families in to experience their learning. Check in with your child to see what they are learning this month!


Our local Hispanic Heritage Festival is taking place this coming weekend near Soulard Market: https://www.hispanicfestivalstl.com/. Check out this article that explains the term “Hispanic” in more detail and distinguishes it from other terms: https://courageousconversation.com/the-difference-between-hispanic-and-latino/.

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Benchmark Presentation Information

Thank you to those who were able to join us Thursday night or Friday morning. Here is a link to the presentation and here is a link to the video from Friday morning's presentation. Please reach out with any questions.


From the KSD E-Spotlight

As shared in last week's KSD eSpotlight, individual benchmarking letters are in the process of being sent home to families. Please reference our Screening/Benchmark Assessment Frequently Asked Questions page on our website specific to our benchmark screening assessments and results.

Repeated Information Below

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September 22-23, 2022

Robinson learners K-5 will watch a short video about bicycle safety and road rules during

health class.


September 23, is Bike drop-off day. Please bring your child’s bike for drop-off in the back

parking lot from 4:00-6:00 PM. The bikes will be labeled with your child’s name and will be

locked in the gym for the week of the rodeo.


Bike pick-up will be on Friday September 30th from after pick-up until 6:00 in the back

parking lot. We cannot collect bikes or return them during drop-off or dismissal time. If

your child does not have a helmet, bike, or does not know how to ride one, helmets, help, and

a bike and/or helmet will be provided.


September 27-30, 2022 is our Bike Rodeo. We will be conducting a bicycle safety obstacle

course during your child(ren) Physical Education scheduled time on our blacktop. Kirkwood

Officers TJ Stemmler & Steve Olsen and other fellow officers will be on hand to help students

fixed bikes, fit helmets properly, and help our Robinson learners to ride with patience and

humor. Please have your child bring their helmet to school on the days they have PE. Please

put your child’s name on their helmet. Please have your child dressed appropriately for this

activity. Tennis shoes are a must for participation.


We would love to have a few parents each day to help support students this week. You

may be asked to help a student learn to ride a bike, fix a flat tire or adjust a chain if

needed.


Please check in at the office each morning. You will your driver’s license with to check

in with our Raptor visitor management systems. Please see the link below to sign up to

help; https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C44AFAC2EA2FF2-bike

If you have any questions please e-mail or contact us.

Jennifer Morgan & Brad Wilds 213-6100 ext. 4471

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Use this link to sign up for chess club at Robinson

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KSD Fall Family Survey

The Kirkwood School District values your feedback! We are currently surveying our families in order to gain insight into your perception of our school and district effectiveness. To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and foster a climate of belonging, we want to know what you think.


You may complete the survey online using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. In order to ensure the results can be helpful to each building, you will need to click on the building your child attends. If you have students in more than one building, please fill out a survey for each building.


To fill out the survey, visit: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/kirkwood/fall2022family

Robinson Elementary Family Code: 5097776426


To administer these surveys, we have partnered with Panorama Education. Panorama safeguards your privacy, keeping your responses confidential. The survey will be a valuable source of information for us as we work to make our schools and District as good as they can be.


Thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses!


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KSD Volunteer Process

KSD has streamlined the required application process to volunteer at our schools. As a reminder, this is in compliance with Missouri law and KSD policy.


KSD families can now apply to volunteer for school activities such as field trips by an online application form. This new digitized system will improve turnaround time to get those who want to volunteer in our schools processed sooner.


First, please visit kirkwoodschools.org/KSDVolunteer and complete the online form.

Once completed, you’ll receive an email from human.resources@kirkwoodschools.org advising you of next steps which will include:

  1. Directions on completing the fingerprinting (Missouri Automated Criminal HIstory System MACHS)

and

2. Family Care Safety Registry through the Department of Health and Senior Services (background check).


Once you complete both steps (fingerprinting and background check), please inform our HR team at human.resources@kirkwoodschools.org so that they can be ready to finalize and process your application to volunteer.


Thank you for your partnership as we work to streamline processes and keep our schools safe for our students. Should you need assistance in completing this form, please reach out to our Human Resources team at 314-213-6103.

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The federal program allowing all children free breakfast and lunch has ended

For the past two years, funding provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture made it possible for the Kirkwood School District to provide breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students. This funding has expired, which means that free meals will no longer be available to all KSD students (effective May 26th, 2022).


Families who qualify for free or reduced-price meals must fill out an application for the 2022-23 school year in order to receive free or reduced price meals. Even if you have filled out a form in the past, you will need to reapply for the 2022-23 school year.


Filling out a form could result in additional financial assistance for your family. In KSD, those benefits include:

  • 50% reduction in student technology fees

  • 50% reduction in middle school and high school annual activity fee

  • 50% reduction in bus pass fee

  • KHS students qualify for testing and college application fee waivers

If you are not sure if your family qualifies for free and reduced-price meals, you can see FAQs provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education here.

Please click here to view the meal prices and ala carte prices for 22-23

Please click here to view the Robinson breakfast & lunch menus for 22-23

Please click here for information and application for the Free & Reduced Meal Program for 22-23