Kittredge Konnection – December 6, 2022

This Week’s News

Another Season Begins

Way to go, Coyotes! We’re so proud of our varsity boys for completing their first game of the season. We love seeing Kittredge kids come together as a team. Keep up the good work!

The next basketball game is next Wednesday, December 14, against KIPP Bayview. It will be at Shipwreck, and starts at 5:15.

Kittredge Has Gone to the Dogs…..

…..and cats, and bears, and bats! That’s right – tomorrow’s Spirit Day is Animal Day!

From adorable puppies to fantastical dragons, animals are sure to be found at school tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7.  Come in your flyest costume – we promise you won’t be owl by yourself!

Tomorrow is Election Day

We hope our students have their speeches ready, because tomorrow is the big day! Student council elections are tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7. 

Student candidates will give their speeches at the afternoon assembly, and then the student body will cast their votes for the second and final time this school year.

Conferences – This Thursday and Friday

By now, you should have scheduled a conference with your child’s teacher for Thursday, December 8 or Friday, December 9. 

Both Thursday and Friday will be noon dismissal days, and conferences will run from 12:30pm to 5pm. Students should still bring a snack to school for morning recess. There will be no homework and no study hall on Thursday or Friday.

Parents may drop off their child to Extendo for 30 minutes during their conference at no cost. Extendo is also available for drop-in from 12pm-6pm for a $40 fee. If your child does not normally attend Extended Day, please make sure they know that they will not be picked up at their regular time.

Next Week’s News

Let’s Get Cozy, Kittredge

Our comfiest Spirit Day is just around the corner! Pajama Day is next Friday, December 16. Bring on the sweatpants, onesies, and fuzzy robes. Your cutest bunny slippers are welcome, but please bring a pair of appropriate shoes for P.E.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We can hardly believe it, but Winter Break begins next Friday! 

Friday, December 16 will be a minimum day with a noon dismissal. Extendo is available for drop-in from 12pm-6pm for a $40 fee. If your child does not normally attend Extended Day, please make sure they know that they will not be picked up at their regular time. You can sign up for Extended Day using this Google form.

Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3. Families must submit a negative covid test to this Google form by 6pm on Monday, January 2.

Looking Ahead

Friday Chess Club Starting Jan 6th, 2023 — Register Now!

Hello Kittredge community! My name is Jeremy, and I’m a passionate chess player and coach who is excited to share a love of this beautiful game with Kittredge’s students.

Starting Friday, Jan 6th, Chess Club will be held each Friday from 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM in the 7th grade classroom. Students can go directly from their classroom to Chess Club.

Chess Club will be open to students in grades 1-8, regardless of previous experience with chess. Beginners will learn the basics of gameplay, starting with instructive mini-games and building up to playing full games. Intermediate and advanced students will learn how to play thoughtfully, calculate tactics, and most of all, they’ll play plenty of games!

Each lesson will be split between a short 15-30 minutes of interactive instruction and 30-45 minutes of gameplay. While there is plenty to learn, our primary focus will be on creating a fun, welcoming, and supportive environment to enjoy chess and build community.

Chess Club will be conducted in six-week sessions. Session 1 will focus on teaching the basics of gameplay and improving understanding of the three phases of the game: the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. All materials will be provided. The final week will be a Pizza & Chess Party. 

Each six-week session will cost $150 per student. Please bring a check made out to Jeremy Mann on January 6. Fill out this form to register your student. 

Email jeremyalexmann@gmail.com for any clarifying questions. 

KPA Korner

Holiday Happening –  Thursday, December 15 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm

All families are invited to attend Kittredge School’s annual Holiday Happening!  Holiday Happening is a beloved Kittredge tradition put on by the KPA in collaboration with the school to celebrate the holidays together before everyone heads off for Winter Break.  There will be fun games, crafts, a photo booth, and plenty of holiday cheer!  Be sure to stay for the traditional Kittredge holiday sing-along at 8pm!  This year it will be held both indoors at school as well as outdoors in the courtyard. 

Volunteers needed! THIS IS A VOLUNTEER-RUN EVENT & we can’t host the Happening without your help! We could use help with supervising the crafts and games, setting up, or cleaning up at the end of the evening.  No tasks during the event itself take more than 30 minutes of your time, so you can help out and still enjoy the party!  Please sign up at the link below to volunteer: THANK YOU!!!  

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1f9og1ZpezLcZqJREdoHSSRwkQO-uL-uvWliJ2m43q6Q/edit?usp=sharing

Please RSVP by 12/9.  Check your inbox, including your spam, for the Paperless Post invitation sent out on 11/28.  Or you can RSVP at this link:

https://www.paperlesspost.com/go/PPevRJluz0bNqkhNzla8d

While RSVPs are not required, it would help immensely with our planning.  

We’re also in need of the following items if anyone can lend or donate them for the event:

1) large hot water dispensers

2) general holiday decor – garlands, tinsel, ribbons, etc.

3) large square lights 

Questions? Please contact Riva Gokhale @rivar924@gmail.com

There is no study hall on Thursday, December 15, and Extended Day closes at 5pm, as we will be setting up for the Holiday Happening.  We recommend that children be picked up early enough to get ready at home for the Holiday Happening, which begins at 6:30pm.

‘Tis the Season

Please reference your inbox for a previous email containing information about the teacher appreciation drive ending this Friday, December 9th.

Important Dates

Wednesday, December 7 – Animal Day, Student Council Election

Thursday, December 8-Friday December 9 – Conferences, Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, December 14 – Boys Basketball vs. KIPP Bayview at 5:15

Thursday, December 15 – Holiday Happening from 6:30-8

Friday, December 16 – Pajama Day, Noon Dismissal

December 17-January 2 – Winter Break, School Closed

Monday, January 2 – Covid Tests are due

Tuesday, January 3 Classes Resume – Welcome Back!