Kittredge Konnection – August 31, 2021

Today’s News

The Kittredge Konnection is Back!

The Kittredge Konnection is a weekly newsletter put together by the school staff to keep the Kittredge community informed and connected. 

The Konnection will be posted on our website each Tuesday and you will also receive an emailed link. Don’t miss out on anything… read the Konnection each Tuesday.


This Week’s News 

TeacherEase and Daily Covid Screening 

Thank you to everyone for the extra time you spend each morning to submit your child’s covid screening. Once you are set up correctly, this should only take a minute and will help keep our community healthy. If you don’t get a green check to pass the screening, please call the school for followup questions to see if your child can attend.

Students will not be admitted into the school without this screening completed. Please walk up with your child if you have not submitted the form.

Thank you again!


Keep Track of the Latest School Covid Information

We know there’s a lot of details. And we know that practices and protocols continue to change and evolve. To help with this, the wonderful and talented Mr. Young, updated our school website with a “COVID Information” tab. 

You can now reference all the letters that have been emailed easily and in one place. Check it out at: www.kittredge.org when you need details with our requirements for a safe school year.


Next Week’s News

No Classes Next Monday – Labor Day Holiday

As written in our calendar, there will be no school on Monday, September 6. 

We wish everyone a happy and healthy long weekend. Please remember Covid safety during this break. Meeting friends outdoors is safer than meeting indoors, wearing a mask is safer than not wearing a mask, and unvaccinated air travelers will require a 7 day self quarantine as well as a covid test 3 to 4 days after returning. 


Minimum Day Dismissal – Thursday, September 9

Also written in our calendar, please note that school is being dismissed at Noon on Thursday, September 9 so teachers can prepare for Back to School Night.

We will send a form to confirm whether your child will be dismissed to Extended Day at Noon or will be dismissed to go home at Noon. Extended Day will be available for drop-in registration if needed.


Back to School Night, Next Wednesday and Thursday September 8 and 9

This year, because we are virtual, we have the opportunity to stagger the classroom presentations. This allows parents with more than one child at Kittredge, to be able to attend each child’s teacher presentation.

Back to School Night information will focus on curriculum and expectations and is not for individual conferencing. It will be a chance to hear your child’s teacher’s goals and plans for the year.

A Zoom link and details will be sent from your child’s teacher. The schedule for classroom presentations is: 

Wednesday:

5:15 to 6:00 – Amanda Horrocks with 2nd and 3rd grade parents

6:00 to 6:45 – Katie Bradley and Amy Forrest with 4th and 5th grade parents

6:45 to 7:39 – Kevin Smith with 6th grade parents

Thursday:

5:30 to 6:15 – Graziella Villahermosa with kindergarten and first grade parents

6:30 to 7:00 – Mara Leonard with 7th grade parents 

6:30 to 7:00 – Terry Young with 8th grade parents

7:00 to 7:30 – Mara Leonard with 8th grade parents

7:00 to 7:30 – Terry Young with 7th grade parents


Fall Picnic – Saturday, September 11 at Mt. Lake Park

Everyone is invited to join the fun next Saturday from 10am until 1pm. We will be between 8th and 10th Avenue at the shelter. There is an entrance to the park on Lake Street at 9th Avenue.

Due to Covid restrictions, we are asking each family to bring their own lunch and a blanket or chairs to use.

We will provide individual juice boxes, chip bags and cookies for dessert so we can all still have that Kittredge Community experience.

Hope to see you there!

General School Policies

Please Help Kittredge Be A Good Neighbor!

Over the years, Kittredge School’s neighbors have been wonderfully supportive about having us in their midst. Every year we ask for your help to keep it this way. We ask that when you drop off and pick up your child, please do not double-park and leave your car unattended, block our neighbors’ driveways or the intersection of 25th and Lake. Thank you, Kittredge and our neighbors will both appreciate it!

Below is a letter explaining our complete pick up and drop off procedures. Please take a minute to read it completely. We appreciate your help with this.


Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures

As any of our students will tell you, Kittredge is a safe place.  Our greatest concern is for the safety of our students and our community.  With this in mind, we believe that it is always preferable that parents find a legal parking spot to drop off or pick up their children.  Obviously the fewer people that use our loading zone the less frenetic and safer our pick up and drop off times become.  (It’s also a win for parents and children because they often enjoy the experience of walking together to the front of the school for drop-off or for meeting in front after dismissal).  However we also know it is not always possible for parents to park and meet, so to this end, we have pick up and drop off policies for our loading zone.  Please read them and follow them entirely.  

– The first rule is for all parents to drive safely.  It is important that all observe all traffic laws (do not speed, make illegal U-turns, double park or park on any corner) and always be on the look-out for children.

– It is important that cars do not stay in our loading zone for any time more than is necessary. Students must get in and out of cars quickly and safely and exit directly to the sidewalk when dropped off and enter from the sidewalk when picked up.  Backpacks, jackets and lunches should be ready and close by so that students can enter/exit quickly (not in the trunk) and organization of materials should be taken care of before pulling in.  Car and booster seats must be properly installed before entering the loading zone.  If a parent needs to leave the driver seat for any reason, the loading zone should not be used and the parent should find and use a legal parking spot. 

– At pickup, if the child is not at the loading zone, the parent must carefully drive around the block until their child arrives or, even better, find a legal parking spot to come meet their child on foot.  Parents should not park and wait for the arrival of their child, for this will block the pick up area for others and create a possible hazard.

– Please follow these rules and remember to be patient and careful.  We are all counting on everybody working together for the safety of our children and the good of the neighborhood.   

If you have any questions about these procedures, please feel free to call the school or catch Ms. Pon-Barry on the corner during drop off.  (But remember to park legally before you do!)


Looking Ahead

Habit of Mind for September: Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations 

“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations is an important habit and skill to acquire. Simply put, this habit reminds us to use what we already know to do something new. It is a common skill found in successful people. 

Philosopher John Dewey once said, “We do not learn from our experiences; we learn by reflecting on our experiences.”


Planning A Trip?

If you are looking ahead at the Kittredge calendar (found on kittredge.org) and planning a trip for the holidays or a long weekend, please take into account our current Covid guidelines. We hate for your kids to miss out on the fun of the classroom experience.  Unvaccinated travelers currently incur a 7 day quarantine and need negative covid test results after air travel and before returning to school. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your extra effort to keep our community safe.  Thank you!