Bike Rodeo Was a Success!!!!

10/3/21

Hello everyone-


We had such a fun week here at school. Thank you so much to our teachers, Mrs. Morgan, Mr. Wilds, Officer Olsen, Officer Stemler, and Kirkwood Police Department for a great bike rodeo week! It was my first time getting to see this event in action and I couldn't resist bringing my bike and joining in the fun too! We had so many kids (nearly 100) graduate to taking their training wheels off, and many other kiddos were showing off their advanced cycling skills. This is a coordinated effort that takes a lot of time and preparation, thank you to our Robinson Staff who made this event such a sweet success!


Students began receiving supplemental and intensive academic support from teachers and interventionists this week. It is great to see our students able to receive the targeted, specialized support from our staff. We will maintain these supports for at least 6-9 weeks when we check our progress monitoring data to determine our next steps.


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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Monday

C Day


Tuesday

D Day


Wednesday

A Day

Wacky Wednesday- Wear Cardinals Gear!!!

6:00 pm- KEES Speaker Series-

Racism - How it Manifests in Schools and What We Can Do To Address It


Thursday

B Day


Friday

C Day

Wear your spirit wear- Robinson or KSD- or just wear red!

Author's Visit in the library- see info below


Saturday

8:00-12:00 Honeysuckle Hack-A-Thon at Robinson (see info below)

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Wear Cardinals Gear on Wednesday!

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Join us for KEES event Wednesday at 6:00 pm

Click the link to join the conversation

kirkwoodschools.org/kees

Topic: Racism: How it manifests in schools and what we can do to address it

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Curriculum, Instruction, and Programs- a Goal within the KSD 5 Year Strategic Plan

This month our focus is going to be on our academics and curriculum. As part of our comprehensive literacy plan we are focused on building our phonics and word study instruction. The district has adopted a new resource to support this work, The Sonday System.


The Sonday System is a comprehensive line of materials designed to help educators provide multisensory reading instruction to students from pre-K through 8th grade reading levels. The Kirkwood School District will begin using Sonday resources with all K-5 students in August 2021, specifically in support of phonics and word study skills.


As noted on Sonday's website, the correct pronunciation of sounds is critical to those helping students at home. We encourage you to visit their website to listen to the pronunciation guides for alphabet sounds and blends.

Sonday System lessons are grounded in Orton-Gillingham methodology and reflect 40+ years of research in the science of reading. Sonday Sytem resources are also endorsed by the International Dyslexia Association. The K-5 scope and sequence for lessons can be viewed below.


Watch the videos below to see the phonics skills your child is working on within the Sonday program. Our Lit Coach, Mrs. Whitt, helps us to prepare for the week ahead by highlighting our focus skills for each grade level.

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Ghostly Greetings Robinson Families!

The PTO is excited to host Tricks and Treats, a safe outdoor party for our kids and families directly following the Robinson Halloween Parade to Aberdeen Heights on Friday, October 29th! More details about the event and opportunities to sign-up will be in next Sunday's newsletter.


Students should bring a costume in a bag with their name on it. Here are some guidelines:


  1. NO Scary masks- this scares the younger kiddos
  2. NO face paint- kids will not have time to do this
  3. Kids must be able to put their costumes on independently
  4. Do NOT wear your costume to school
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Does your family not celebrate Halloween?

We know that not all families celebrate Halloween and may not want their child dressing up and doing all of the Halloween things. We have many opportunities for these students to still participate in our school wide event on the 29th without having them dress up and do the PTO activities. We have needs for a DJ, photographers, candy bag distributor, kindergarten helper, set up assistant, and greeter. Please email Angeline if you would like your child to not dress up and she will get with the child to see what they would like to do to still be a part of the festivities.

Thank you Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Bartz for a great September in the Library!

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Quarter 2 Elementary Visitor Guidelines

As we communicated before the start of school, at the elementary level, visitors are permitted in the main office during school hours. This will continue to be the practice as we move forward into the second quarter of the semester.


We understand that many of our families are eager to engage more directly during the school day. As always, our goal is to ensure our school environment is as safe as possible for our students and staff. While the vaccine is widely available for many students on the secondary level, that is not yet the case for our students.


On a District level, KSD is monitoring the level of community transmission for St. Louis County as displayed in the CDC Data Tracker. The level of community transmission continues to be “high”. We will monitor local metrics as well as updated CDC guidance moving forward. Additionally, you can view the District’s COVID Dashboard with information specific to our Kirkwood Schools at kirkwoodschools.org/coviddashboard


We are so lucky to have so many families that want to be engaged and involved in their students’ school. You are still an important part of our school community! You are welcome to become cleared as a volunteer to join us on field trips or get involved with our school PTO. Additionally, we will continue to look for opportunities to hold events outdoors to allow visitors to attend.


If you are interested in the process to become a volunteer, read more here.

We will continue to work towards welcoming back our families and community to our events, and will continue to communicate with you on updates.

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Updated Volunteer Requirements

In order to ensure we are complying with recent changes to state law, the Kirkwood School District has an updated volunteer screening process. While not all grade levels are permitting volunteers in the buildings during school hours, we are sharing this information with all parents to be proactive about the process.


Due to statutory requirements, all volunteers that might be alone with students, even those that have previously been cleared/approved, must complete the new fingerprinting requirement in order to volunteer going forward.


Any volunteer that has the potential to work alone with students must do the following:

  1. Complete a volunteer application.

  2. Authorize the District to conduct a background check through the Family Care Safety Registry. There is a $15.25 fee to register with the Family Care Safety Registry.

  3. Register to have your fingerprints taken. There is a $41.75 fee to run the fingerprint-based check and the processing time is generally 7-10 business days.


In order to give volunteers time to comply with these requirements, the District will allow volunteers to help with previously scheduled field trips that occur before Nov. 1.

If the cost of the background check is a burden for your family at this time, please contact the school where you plan to volunteer to see if assistance can be provided.


Additional information and an application is available here.

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Robinson PTO Outdoor and Sustainability Committee

Honeysuckle Hack-a-thon

Saturday, October 9, 2021

8 am - Noon


Come help clear the Robinson woods of invasive honeysuckle plants so that our students can better enjoy the spaces and so that our woods can be more bio-diverse! Bring tools for hacking if you have them and gloves! As always, kids are welcomed and encouraged to join us!

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Unified Night Lights

We had a great turn out of Robinson students, families, and staff for the Unified Night Lights event this week. It was so great to see everyone together and having fun. Thank you to everyone for your help, support, and attendance!

Repeated Information Below

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Author's Visit on October 8

Please print the form above or visit the website to purchase the titles. Thanks!

https://thenovelneighbor.com/schoolvisits/amy-Imberlake

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Book Fair Coming in October

The Robinson PTO Scholastic Book Fair is BACK! We are SO excited to be able to hold the book fair in our own library again. We invite you to come and help us make this year's book fair our most successful one yet! We need volunteers to help us set up the bookfair, run the cash registers during open hours, and then pack up the book fair. We have times available in the morning, during the day, and after school -- we hope you can find something that works for you! Thank you so much for your support, we couldn't do this without you!


2021 Robinson PTO Fall Bookfair

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Glory Run- October

The Glory Run is back! Please join friends and community members by participating in the 2nd Annual Glory Run/Walk Virtual Marathon. The Glory Run takes place throughout the month of October. Participants register online, track their miles, and share their experiences and photos to raise funds for a scholarship for a Kirkwood BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) student as part of KSDF's Named Award Scholarship program. To register, visit kirkwoodschools.org/GloryRun.
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