Family Newsletter

September 18th, 2022

Hello everyone-

We had another fun and exciting week this week! We grew by two new students, one in K and one in 4- welcome! We also had our grade level assemblies this week and our focus was on growth mindset. Click here to see what we learned!

Our PTO and family volunteers worked hard on our float and it turned out awesome! Thank you to everyone who helped build, donated candy, and walked in the parade. Special thanks to the Devlin family for letting us build and store the float at your home, and thanks to the Jarvis family for driving our float. We have such a great community! It was awesome to see everyone pitch in to help, walk, or see you on the sidelines of the parade route. Go Roadrunners!

You should have received your child's benchmark results this week and MAP results (in 4 & 5 only). If you would like to learn more about our systems of support, assessments, and school goals, please join us Thursday night or Friday morning for a presentation on this topic. I will record the presentation and link it into next week's newsletter if you are unable to attend one of the options. We look forward to seeing you!

Our kindergarten families received the news this week that we are hiring an additional kindergarten teacher. Our enrollment continues to increase and in order to ensure smaller class sizes we are adding an additional class. We are excited to continue growing our school community and I will put the new staff member's information in the newsletter once they are hired.

Our KSD Annual Plan for this year includes administrator professional development for instructional leadership. Our first two days for this training are Monday and Tuesday. Dr. A and I will both be out of the building at KHS for this training. We have Matt Gaglio as our administrative substitute. Mr. Gaglio is currently in our Kirkwood Leadership Principal Program and is a teacher at Nipher. If you get a positive phone call home from your child to celebrate a WISE Vision Ticket- please welcome him and thank him for stepping in while we are away.

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-


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We have grade level assemblies this week (8:50-9:20 am) and we are learning about Goal Setting

Monday- B Day- 5th Assembly- Admin Out

Tuesday- C Day- 2nd Assembly- Admin Out

Wednesday- D Day-

6:00 pm - Unified Night Lights at KHS

Thursday- A Day- 3rd & 4th Assembly-

4-6 KECC Job Fair- more info below

5:30-7 Food Pantry- more info below

6-7 Benchmarking Presentation- more info below

Friday- B Day- K & 1 Assembly-

8:45 Benchmarking Presentation- more info below

Fun Friday during Lunches- more info below

4-6 pm Bike Drop Off for Bike Rodeo

**Reminder no school next Monday, September 26.

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One Book One School Kick Off this Week in Classes at Robinson

Hello Robinson Families,

We are happy to announce that our school will be participating in TWO One Book One School (OBOS) events this year. We received great feedback from our families last year after our event and have decided to add on to the fun.

This year we will be doing our first read this fall with a picture book. The in school event will be held September 19th-23rd. The book will be revealed to students on the first day of the week-long event. The first book will not be purchased for each family but will be purchased for each classroom. We will have activities in the classroom each day that correspond with the book.

Our second read will be organized much like last year. The read will be a chapter book that follows a common schedule and activities will last the whole month of January. We will be purchasing one book for each family to read together, enjoy, and keep. We will also have a culminating event night to celebrate the book together at Robinson on January 26th. Please be on the lookout for more information about this event as the date gets closer.

We are looking forward to experiencing the joy of reading together with our community this year. Happy reading!


OBOS Committee

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We are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with learning and activities throughout the month. Our 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!
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Parent Information Meetings- September 22nd 6-7 pm & September 23rd 8:45-9:45 am

I would like to provide additional information to our families about our School Annual Plan, the KSD multi-tiered systems of support, and our benchmarking results and intervention process. I will put the recording in our newsletter for you to view if you are unable to join one of these options. We hope to see you there!

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.

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Fun Friday this week- Thank you Popcorn Poppers!


  • Arrive 15 minutes before your child's lunch shift.
  • Buzz in the front door.
  • Have your ID ready- we will put it through our Raptor system to print you a badge with your picture on it.
  • Once your badge is ready and on, step out into the vestibule to wait for a staff member to escort the group to the cafeteria.
  • Siblings are not allowed at Fun Friday- family members who are adults are welcome (parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc)
  • You may bring a nut free lunch for your child- please do not bring food for others
  • You are welcome to wear something fun and festive for the event.
  • Your child is welcome to bring an item in the back pack to quickly put on for lunch on Fun Fridays (the items will go in the lunch tote so they don't go out to recess with the kids, examples- hats, fun glasses, cape, etc)
  • We will have fun dress up items for families to choose from to put on.
  • Classroom teachers and other teachers are welcome to join in the fun in the cafe and dress up.
  • When you get to the cafe you may sit with your child or stand near them if seating is limited (I'm not sure how many families will attend since it is our first one).
  • We will eat quietly the first five minutes, once everyone is settled we will turn the music on.
  • When the lunch shift is over, you will need to exit out the front doors again.
  • Lunch times:
  • K: 11:15-11:35,
  • 1: 11:40-12:00,
  • 2: 12:05-12:25,
  • 3: 1:20-1:40,
  • 4: 12:55-1:15,
  • 5: 12:30-12:50

If you would be willing to pop popcorn - please click here to sign up for a Fun Friday day and time slot. We will be popping popcorn in the morning b/c you can't pop fast enough in between the lunch shifts for everyone. Fun Fridays are posted on the building calendar.

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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


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


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

Jennifer Morgan & Brad Wilds 213-6100 ext. 4471

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"Our Fall session of ROC (Robinson Outdoor Club) is now full. Please be on the lookout in January for our sign up for the Spring ROC session!"


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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:

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 and complete the online form.

Once completed, you’ll receive an email from advising you of next steps which will include:

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


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 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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Food Pantry Thursday 5:30-7:00 enter through the PreSchool Door

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What to wear???

I've not said much of anything regarding what to wear in my time at Robinson. However, for our students, it's important that they are able to run and play without showing anything that they shouldn't. If wearing a skirt, please wear shorts underneath it. If wearing a crop top, please wear a tank top underneath it. If it's PE day, please bring tennis shoes if you have flip flops, dress shoes, or other shoes that aren't great for gym. Many rooms have temperatures that vary throughout the day, so it may be beneficial to have your child bring a jacket or hoodie to keep in their cubbie in case they get cold. Thanks for your help in making sure our kiddos are wearing clothes that keep them safe and covered during play and exercise.
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Repeated Information Below

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Update on Playground Procedures

We’d like to thank all of our families for their cooperation with our updated playground procedures. We know it has been an adjustment for many and appreciate the understanding of these changes to prioritize student safety for kids in our care.

As we’ve discussed previously, we are continually reviewing our processes. In the first several weeks of school, we have been evaluating our after school routines and attendance patterns. Accordingly, starting on Monday, Sept. 12, we will be able to permit playground usage for our families starting at the conclusion of school until 4:15 p.m. Usage between 4:15-5:30 p.m. will be for Adventure Club students to ensure effective supervision and safety for the students in our care. Playgrounds will be available for public use after 5:30 p.m. This will be in effect on days when school is in session and after school programming is in session.

Thank you again to our families for their flexibility and patience as we fine tune our processes and keep our students' safety top of mind.

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KSD launched a new tool to make it easier for you to communicate with the district. We’re introducing Let’s Talk, an online customer service solution that provides a convenient way for you to start a conversation with our district.

Let’s Talk is a tool to ensure you receive a timely, accurate response — every time. You can expect a response from us within two business days.

Have a question about Prop R? Concerns about safety? Know a teacher or staff member who should be thanked? Visit the Let's Talk section on the KSD website and select a topic to start a conversation.

If you have an issue or concern specific to our school, please reach out to us directly or our child’s teacher. Let’s Talk is a great tool for district questions and concerns. Thank you!

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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