Welcome To Kenwood Elementary


TOURS — Visit our terrific school and find out Kenwood puts the Arts in Smarts!

Our Regular Kindergarten tours for 2015-16 have started. We will give tours in December, January & February. We look forward to showing you our terrific elementary school. Contact Family Liaison Chris Madden at kenwoodpta@yahoo.com to sign up for a tour. Tours must be pre-scheduled. We limit the size of our tours, to better your tour experience and to minimize the disruption in our classrooms. Also, check out our Kenwood School Information Brochure under "Tours".  

We will continue to give tours to those who are looking to immediately place your child in school for this current school year 2014-15 AND/OR for those who have just moved into the area and are looking for placement this year. To schedule a tour, you must contact Kenwood Family Liaison Chris Madden at kenwoodpta@yahoo.com or 612-668-2778. 

If you have questions about student placement or would like to see if you are in Kenwood School's attendance area call Minneapolis Public School's Student Placement office at 612-668-1840 or click on the link below to enter your address and find out about the school choices the district offers. http://schoolrequest.mpls.k12.mn.us/

We will have a Kenwood School Information Night for Prospective Kindergarten Parents on Monday, February 9th from 6-8 p.m. There will be a chance to tour the kindergarten classrooms, talk with teachers and current parents and attend a short assembly with the school principal plus an valuable informal Q&A session with current Kenwood Parents. Childcare will be available during the assembly.

The Minneapolis Public Schools School Choice Fair is on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

School Choice Cards are due on February 28th, 2015. The cards will be available to fill out online on the MPS website towards the end of January.

Shrek, The Musical

The 4th & 5th Grade School Play this year will be Shrek, The Musical (this is different than the movie). The play performances will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4th & Thursday, February 5th. Don't miss this incredible production at Kenwood School!

Family Activity Night is November 13th!

Family Activity Night will be on Thursday, November 13th. This popular community building event is one of the most well attending events of the year and includes a free pasta dinner, an all-school barn dance and a Scholastic Book Fair. The PTA provides a delicious FREE dinner in the multi-purpose room donated by the local restaurant, The Lowry — more than 700 people attend. The annual Barn Dance is a culmination of the Roots Traditional Dance residency the PTA provides to all classes at Kenwood. In this residency, the students learn about traditional dance and music from cultures around the world. The artists, teach the students using live music and bring that music to the gym where your children can teach you the dances they have learned. The Barn Dance is always lively and children enjoy dancing together to the great live band. The Scholastic Book fair raises money for the media center and everyone is fed a delicious dinner. What a great evening!

ATTACHED IS THE PDF Flyer with the evening's schedule.

Picture Retake Day is November 13th

School picture retake day is Thursday, November 13th. Students can have retakes done or take pictures if they were absent for the October Picture Day.
Remember to bring in your original packet of photos to turn back in.

Meet Kenwood's new Principal

Hello Kenwood Families! Principal Wharton-Beck is eager to meet Kenwood students and families! Join us on Monday, July 14th for a glass of lemonade and a chat! 3:30-4:30 on the school playground (rain location will be inside the school).

Beatles Sing-a-long

Last week we had our annual all-school Beatles Sing-a-long in the Kenwood gym. It was so much fun!!!! Ms. Quehl, our music teacher, organizes this with the help of the arts committee. Each grade learned a different Beatles song that they "led" during the sing-a-long. All these great songs were accompanied by an awesome Kenwood Parent/teacher band including guitars, saxaphone, bass, drums, harmonicas and keyboards. The Kenwood Staff all got up to do "Twist & Shout" which the kids loved! 4th Graders played ukeleles during "Yellow Submarine" and the fifth graders played guitars to "Hey Jude." Everyone enjoyed singing "Lucy & The Sky with Diamonds". And Kenwood 5th graders took the lead with being the MC's of the event. This popular event gets even better & better every year. It is a great example of the fun things we do at Kenwood.

Registration Information for Kenwood School

If you have received a Kenwood School placement letter but have not registered your child, you can come to Kenwood School during school hours (8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) to register your child for school. The last day of school is June 4th but the School Office will be open through June 7th.The school office will be closed from June 7th until August 12th. If you cannot make it to school to register before June 7th you WILL NOT lose your place at the school. Your placement will be held through the first week of the 2013-14 school year. Schools tours will stop for this school year (2012-13) on May 31. School tours for Kindergarten (2014-15) will begin at the end of November 2013.

If you are interested in Kenwood School but have not been placed at Kenwood through the the Minneapolis School District Student Placement Office, you need to contact the Minneapolis Student Placement Office at 612-668-1840. Placements are not done at the school level but at the district level. This district office is open all summer.

The Kenwood School Garden

Family Volunteers are needed to help with the Kenwood School Garden this summer. If your family would like to take a shift of watering, weeding and harvesting, please contact Kenwood parents Angie Erdrich at angie_sandeep@yahoo.com. Usually two families per week are needed to help out. Watering is welcome twice per day during the super hot weather. Donations are also needed for the garden: vegetables and herb seedling, decorative fencing, bags of organic soil or compost and items for climbing plants like shepard's poles would be great. Thank you for supporting our Kenwood Garden.

The 4th & 5th Grade Plant Sale

Fourth & 5th Graders at Kenwood School sold plants as a part of a PAY-IT-FORWARD campaign to raise funds for next year's trip to Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.  The extra plants were sold every day last week on the Kenwood School Playground and the few leftovers were donated to the Kenwood School Garden. Thank you for your support! 

Annual Kenwood School Play

The Kenwood School Play this year was  "Fairy Tale — Bits & Bytes". 4th & 5th grade Kenwood students worked hard and put on a terrific show. The performances on March 26 & 27th were outstanding. The Kenwood plays are a very special part of the school. Thank you to Scott Kohanek for directing this production. Bob Elhai & Ken Brahmstedt for helping with the music and Heidi Nizolek for her hard work on the costumes.

Kenwood All day Kindergarten Campaign

We did it! We raised enough money to keep Full Day Kindergarten for the coming school year (2013-14)!  Thank you to our amazing Kenwood Community for valuing the importance of Full Day K. Since 2004, Kenwood families have chosen to keep our school strong by guaranteeing a full day of learning for all new kindergartners. These donations come not only from families with incoming kindergartners but from a pay-it -forward campaign for current Kenwood families. We are now collecting on our pledges. You can donate directly to Achieve Minneapolis at Achieve/Mpls.org, and indicate Kenwood FullDayK as your school.  http://www.achievempls.org/donate-now/school-funds

Volunteering At Kenwood is even easier than ever!

We are so lucky to be a part of a school community where over 350 parents volunteer every year — in a school of 461 students! Participating in school events such as Family Activity Night and the Kenwood Carnival has become much easier this year, thanks to the new on-line software program we are using called Jooners.com. When you receive an e-mail about a volunteer opportunity from volunteer4kenwood@gmail.com, you will be able to click on a link to a volunteer sign-up sheet via Jooners. There you can select a volunteer committment and receive a reminder e-mail two days before the event. If you haven't seen one of these e-mails yet, please contact Andrea Bubula at volunteer4kenwood@gmail.com to add your e-mail to our volunteer list. As, always, thank you for everything you do for our thriving Kenwood School community!

We have started an exciting new After School Science Program with the Science Museum of Minnesota!

We have launched a new after school science program with the Science Museum of Minnesota. The topic for this year is Tsunamis, Earthquakes & Volcanos. The students have really enjoyed their sessions. It has been a great experience this year..

School Budget Q & A

Kenwood PTA held an informational Q & A session with School Board Director Josh Reimnitz to discuss the 2013-14 School Budget. The meeting was held on Thursday, March 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Thanks to Director Josh Reimnitz and all the parents who attended and contributed to the important discussion.