Welcome To Kenwood Elementary
 

 

Kenwood Kindergarten Round Up

Kenwood Kindergarten Round up is happening on Thursday, May 1 from 8:15 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. If you received a Kenwood placement letter for your child for Kindergarten for the 2014-15 School Year, please come to Kenwood School and bring your future kindergarten student. There will be coffee, juice & treats, a short performance by current Kindergartners and a chance for future students to visit a Kindergarten classroom while their parents fill out the paperwork needed to register for school. If you have any questions or cannot attend — please contact the Kenwood School Office at 612-668-2760.

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The Kenwood Carnival is on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Save the Date! The annual Kenwood Carnival is on Saturday, May 17th, 2014. The whole community is welcome. Don't miss out on all the fun!

4th and 5th Grade Plant Sale (click here for an order form)

Thank you for your participation in the Kenwood 4th & 5th Grade Plant Sale. The deadline for orders has passed. Plants will be available for pick up on Friday, May 16th on the Kenwood Playground from noon to 5:00 p.m. There will also be more plants available that day for purchase.

Participation in the 4th & 5th grade plant sale will support and help lower the price of the 5th grade Eagle Bluff field trip for every student, as well as to provide scholarships so that ALL 5th graders will be able to attend Eagle Bluff. 

2014 5th Grade Celebration Information

The 5th Grade celebration happened on Thursday, June 5th. The ceremony will be in the Kenwood gym at 8:00 a.m. followed by a reception outside of the gym. Congratulations 5th Graders!

The Kenwood School fifth graders will also be having an afterschool party — TBD.

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

We are done with Kindergarten tours for this year. Our Regular Kindergarten tours for 2014-15 will start the first week in December 2014. 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 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".  

We will continue to give tours to those who are looking to immediately place your child in school for this current school year 2013-14 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 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/

Kenwood Auction (click here for the catalog)

The Kenwood Masquerage was a huge success this year. We exceeded our goal by $16,500 to raise money to support Kenwood Arts and Academics residencies, resources and other school enhancements.  The event was held on Saturday, March 8th at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church. There was a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle drawing. We had two live rock bands play including The One Hit Wonders band which included several Kenwood parents. We had almost 300 guest attend this incredible event.

Thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors, donors and guests. We could not have done it without all of you! Thank you to our auction committee whose dedication is amazing. We are so lucky to have such a supportive school community!

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

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. 

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.

Family Activity Night was November 7th!

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.

Bike/Walk To School Day is Wednesday, October 9th

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 is Thursday, September 12th

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 kenwoodpta@yahoo.com or 612-668-2778.

Back To School Information & School Supply Lists

The first day of school is Monday, August 26th at 7:30 a.m. Kindergartners will start two days later on Wednesday, August 28th. at 7:30 a.m.

The Kenwood School BBQ  has changed to an ice cream social this year! The Kenwood School Back To School Open House & Ice Cream Social will be Thursday, August 22nd 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 19th. Bus notification cards will be mailed mid-August.

The school office opens on August 14th. If you have questions about Kenwood School you can e-mail Chris Madden at kenwoodpta@yahoo.com. Thanks.

Here are the School Supply Lists by grade. The lists for the CLASS program will be posted mid-July.

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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.

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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

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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.