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).
The first day of school is Monday, August 25th at 7:30 a.m. Kindergartners will start two days later on Wednesday, August 27th. at 7:30 a.m.
The Kenwood School Back To School Open House & Ice Cream Social will be Thursday, August 21st from approximately 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. It will be a chance for your child to visit their classroom and teacher as well as a chance to gather as a community. Classrooms will be open from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Ice Cream will be available on the playground from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (There will be non-dairy treats available). A flyer will come home in the classroom assignment mailing in August.
Classroom assignments will be mailed the week of August 18th. Bus notification cards will be mailed mid-August.
After June 10th, the office is closed for the summer. On August 12th, the school office will be open again between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. If you have questions about Kenwood School you can e-mail Chris Madden at email@example.com. Thanks.
Registering your kindergartner for school for the 2014-15 school year. If you weren't able to attend Kenwood's Kindergarten Round Up on May 1, and received a Kenwood placement letter for your child for Kindergarten for the 2014-15 School Year, please come to Kenwood School to register your child. You can register between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the school office until June 10th.
After June 10th, the office is closed for the summer. On August 12th, the school office will be open again and you can and you can register between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
School starts for grades 1-5 on Monday, August 25th. Kindergartners start on Wednesday, August 27th. Please contact the Kenwood School Office at 612-668-2760 for any questions you may have.
THERE ARE NO TOURS OFFERED IN THE SUMMER.
We are done with Kindergarten tours for this year. Our Regular Kindergarten tours for 2015-16 will start the first week in December 2014. We look forward to showing you our terrific elementary school. Contact Family Liaison Chris Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a tour after Thanksgiving. 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".
When the 2014-15 school year starts 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 OR for those who have just moved into the area and are looking for this year. To schedule a tour, you must contact Kenwood Family Liaison Chris Madden at email@example.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/
Kenwood School's annual musical is Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Our talented 4th & 5th graders are hard at work for rehearsing for their upcoming performances.
The shows will be February 5th & 6th at 6:30 p.m. in the Kenwood School Multi-purpose Room.
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.
Family Activity Night happened on Thursday, November 7th. This popular community building event was 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 provided a delicious FREE dinner in the multi-purpose room — more than 700 people attended. 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 was hopping and parents and children enjoyed dancing together to the great live band. The Scholastic Book fair raised almost $2500 to purchase books and supplies for the Media Center. Another great event at Kenwood School.
On Wednesday, October 9th, Kenwood School celebrated International Bike/Walk to School Day. Students were encouraged to wear a helmet and bring a lock for their bikes. Students signed the mural by the flag pole on their way in and received stickers that said "I walked" or "I biked". On this beautiful fall day over 100 bikers/scooter-ers and 77 walkers participated and signed the mural. 73 bus riders signed the mural too after participating in a quick activity on the playground when they got off the bus.
Kenwood Curriculum Night will be Thursday, September 12th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Gather in the multi-purpose Room for a Principal's Update on the start of school and Kenwood's Title I Status. The Specialist Teachers (Art, Media, Music & Physical Education) will also give an overview of the year to come.
6:30 to 6:50 p.m. — Visit your child's classroom to hear about curriculum, homework policies and academic goals.
7:00 to 7:20 p.m. — Classroom presentations repeated for parents who have more than one Kenwood student.
Don't miss this informative evening. To allow sufficient space for parents in the classrooms, we DO NOT want children to attend the curriculum presentations. There is free childcare available for ages 3 & up in the Kenwood Rec Center. Reservations must be made in advance with Chris Madden, Family Liaison. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-668-2778.
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.
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 email@example.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.
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!
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.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 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..
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.
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