Family Newsletter

8/23/20

Kickoff to the school year! Welcome Back- We Missed You!

We are counting down the days to the start of our school year!


We have our teacher Meet and Greets tomorrow and Tuesday. We will have an opportunity for your child to take a back to school picture, so make sure they are dressed in something you like.


School begins on Wednesday via zoom. We are so ready and excited to start working with the kids again! Please remember that our focus right now is building relationships, setting routines, and expectations. We have new tools to utilize as well, so please be patient as we get into the swing of how we will do things.


One of the professional development focus areas was social emotional learning. A piece of this learning for teachers was on self-care and work-life balance. I have asked all teachers to set non-working hours that they will not be available to zoom or responding to emails unless it is an emergency. Please respect these working hours for our staff as we are supporting their work-life balance.


We can't wait to see you all! As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.


Take Care-

Angeline

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Mark Your Calendars

Kindergarten Welcome Zoom

click here to watch the recording


August 24th & 25th Teacher Meet & Greet

We will have:

New Student to Robinson Swag Bags- stop by the table in front of the doors-thanks PTO

Picture Opportunities

Yearbooks from last year for sale



First Day of School

August 26th- we will not have morning announcements for the first few weeks. We are working on a plan for these, thank you for your patience.


Click Here to view the schedules

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Parent Academy

KSD Parent Academy is a one-stop-shop for parents to find instructional information, videos and virtual instruction to support student learning. Please check back to our Parent Academy website as we continue to update it with important information.
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Grab & Go Meals

The “Grab & Go” Monday-Friday breakfast and lunch program will continue while students are learning virtually during the start of the 2020-21 school year. Our Chartwells employees will continue to prepare meals, which can be picked up at any school location from 11 am to 1 pm. You do not need to sign up to be able to pick up meals; however, the district will need to know the student’s name as families pick up meals. Families who would like to pick up meals for more than one day to reduce the number of trips to the school should contact Rachel Scheffing, Rachel.Scheffing@kirkwoodschools.org, to arrange the pick-up day and number of meals.


We will also deliver meals to families that cannot pick them up. If you would like to help deliver meals, please sign up using the online form.


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Recorded Zoom Sessions

We know that not all students will be available to view all the lessons during their designated synchronous block. Therefore, many teachers may be recording and posting these lessons into our schoology account.


Prior to starting the recording the teacher will announce that she will begin recording.

If you have not signed the media release during enrollment allowing your child's image to be posted, the teacher will turn off your child's camera.

He/She will then begin the recording. Upon completion, it will be uploaded into the schoology folder for that day.

Parents & Guests in Schools

No visitors should enter our buildings. Outside meetings are allowed - masks and social distancing. School staff members need to go outside for any pickup or drop off of items.


Learning Monitoring Program at Robinson

We are phasing in all in-person learning. The first phase is the learning monitor program and athletics.


At Robinson, we have students who will be doing their online learning in small groups on campus under the supervision of a Teacher's Aide. These students will need to bring their school supplies that were purchased, as well as the school supplies that were given out by the school on their first day. Students and staff will be wearing masks and following all safety and health precautions.

Request For Internet Hotspot

If you are in need of a hotspot for your child's online learning to provide internet access, please complete a hot spot request form. After completing the request form, someone from our technology team will be back in touch to coordinate. Thank you.
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KSD Back 2 School Website

KSD developed a streamlined Back 2 School website. This website aims to provide clear and concise information as we navigate the first weeks of online learning. Check out the website for all multi-school information, including back to school lists, schedules, district calendar information, frequently asked questions, helpful resources, and more.
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Schoology Reminder

Monday, August 17, 2020, look for an email from news@kirkwoodschools.org that will provide a Schoology log-in code for parents. Please take a moment to create/sign in to the parent Schoology account. Parents need to have a parent Schoology account to receive important messages related to your child's learning. You may share this code with anyone supporting your child's learning.


If you do not receive this e-mail, it is because you have an activated Schoology account. If you can't remember your username and password, please visit the Schoology website to reset your password.


Please note: Student courses will not be viewable until Monday, August 17. Courses become active on the first day of school.


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Universal Schoology Structures

We heard you—KSD teachers developed a new universal Schoology structure for student learning. The universal structure of Schoology will ensure a streamlined process of learning for Kirkwood students (K-12). The screen capture of this structure is included.


Monday, August 17, 2020, look for an email from news@kirkwoodschools.org that will provide a Schoology log-in code for parents. Please take a moment to create/sign in to the parent Schoology account. Parents need to have a parent Schoology account to receive important messages related to your child's learning. You may share this code with anyone supporting your child's learning.

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Tech Help Chat

For returning families to KSD,



As we prepare for the 2020-21 school year, please report school supported device issues or breakages to the “Tech Help Chat” so we can ensure student devices are ready to go in August.


The chat line is available beginning Monday, August 24, Monday-Friday from the following hours based on school:


KHS: 7:30a-3:30p

Middle Schools: 8a-4p

Elementary Schools: 8a-4p

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Infinite Campus

The Kirkwood School District uses Infinite Campus for 6-12 student grades. Parents can access Infinite Campus via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.


Please complete this form if you need to create an Infinite Campus account or recover your username/password for an existing account. For other questions or issues with Infinite Campus please contact icportal@kirkwoodschools.org. Please allow 1 to 2 business days for a response as they are receiving a high volume of requests right now.

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Free & Reduced Lunch Information

For more information about the Free and Reduced Lunch program, please visit our Food Services website. If you need a hard copy for the Free/Reduced lunch application, please send an e-mail to: Shanon.Orelup@kirkwoodschools.org requesting one and include your mailing address. A hard copy will be mailed to you.



Please note that all these forms may be emailed directly back to shanon.orelup@kirkwoodschools.org, may be dropped off at our front office, or may be mailed to:


Kirkwood School District

Attn: Shanon Orelup

11289 Manchester Rd

Kirkwood MO 63122


All information and inquiries will remain confidential.


Letter to Parents

Application Instructions

Application

District FSM Policy for Meal Charges

Parent MO HealthNet Request for Info

Public Release

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KSD NOW

KSD N.O.W. - Nutrition on the Weekends

Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

Kirkwood School District offers the KSD N.O.W. program to supply an array of nutritious, non-perishable meals and snacks for children experiencing food insecurity over weekends and extended breaks, free of charge. During the 2020-21 school year, boxes will be distributed to families at their homes via delivery in a discrete and caring manner once per month.


If you wish for your child(ren) to participate in the program, please complete the online form. Only one form is needed for all the school-aged children in your family, but please include information for each child on the form. This information is kept confidential between KSD N.O.W. and your child’s school.


Once your child is signed up, they will receive boxes of food each month of the school year or until you no longer wish to participate. KSD N.O.W. operates with a first come, first served model. If your form is received after the capacity has been reached, you will be placed on a waitlist.


If you have any questions or need a paper form, please contact program coordinator Emilie Lytton at ksdnow@kirkwoodschools.org. All inquiries will remain confidential.


Thank you.


If you have unmet food needs for your family, including older children, babies, or toddlers, please contact KirkCare at 314-965-0406 or dial 2-1-1 for referrals to food banks and social services in your area.


In order to receive support through KSD N.O.W. for the 2020-21 school year, please complete the online registration at https://www.kirkwoodschools.org/KSDNOWRegistration.


ALL FAMILIES MUST COMPLETE THIS FORM TO PARTICIPATE IN KSD N.O.W. Students who currently participate will not automatically be re-enrolled.