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Kittredge Konnection – May 10, 2016

Thank You KPA!

The faculty and staff want to take this opportunity to thank the Kittredge Parents’ Association for their tremendous financial and emotional backing throughout the year. The positive spirit and fun time at the Dinner and Auction last Saturday night showed just how much support we receive from the entire school community.

The KPA support of special events, (first day coffee, Holiday Happening, Talent Show, and graduation), the purchasing of technology, sports equipment and other supplies, as well as the funding of classroom field trips has made Kittredge School a better place for teachers to teach and students to learn.

We want to thank each and every parent, friend and relative for attending and making the party so much fun. The KPA leadership and the Auction/Dinner volunteers outdid themselves this year. Please give them all a hand!

This Week’s Highlights

Final KPA Meeting – Tonight!

It’s been a great year and this will be the final wrap up before summer. The success of the Spring Dinner will be celebrated and everyone is invited to attend. Ideas for using KPA funds for the final month and for next year will be welcome.

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E.R.B. Testing Is This Week for 3rd to 8th Graders; No Study Hall

Please make sure your child is well rested, has a healthy breakfast and is at school on time for these standardized tests. Homework will be lighter than usual.

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Screen-Free Week: Monday, May 9 to Sunday, May15

We hope that many of our students and families are turning off their screens this week. For entertainment, participants are able to read, daydream, explore, enjoy nature, and spend time with family and friends. This annual celebration gives children, families, schools and communities a chance to turn off screens and turn on life.

Screens can still be used for school assignments. The idea of this week is to find and enjoy other means of entertainment and socializing for seven days.

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Tomorrow our 7th and 8th graders will head over to AT&T Park to eat, and oh yeah, cheer on the Giants! They will leave the Park when the game ends or at 3:45 and will return to Kittredge by 5pm.

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Final Parent Book Club Meeting – this Thursday, May 12

The third trimester’s PBC (parent book club) will meet on Thursday, May 12th, from 6:oo pm to 7:30 pm. We are reading “Last Child in the Woods-Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv.

We encourage every parent to join this community-building event and we thank Ms. Dharmer for choosing such interesting books and leading such insightful discussions.

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No School this Friday, May 13th; Teacher Development Day

This Friday is a scheduled workday for teachers so there will be no classes in session. Extended Day will be open during the hours of 8:00am to 6:00pm and available for per diem drop in students ($40/day). There will be no charge for those with an Extended Day contract.

Thank you for completing our on-line form! The link is: if you still need to complete it.

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Next Week’s Highlights

Screen Free Week Ice Cream Celebration Next Tuesday, May 17

We hope to celebrate next Tuesday with lots of students and lots of ice cream. A parent confirmation of their child’s completion of 7 screen free days will be sent home on Thursday so you can return it on Monday.

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Sports Day – Next Wednesday

Our last Spirit Day for the school year will be held next Wednesday, May 18th. Sports Day is a chance come to Kittredge dressed in your favorite team’s colors or your favorite sports attire.

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Kindergarten Family Welcome – Next Thursday!

Newly accepted Kindergarteners and their families have been invited to meet their Kittredge classmates and teachers next Thursday, May 19. We look forward to meeting our newest families and sharing some time together.

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8th Grade Camping Trip is Next Week

Next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday our eighth graders will celebrate and bond with a camping trip in the beautiful redwoods. They will spend two nights at Samuel Taylor Park in Marin County. Let’s hope this wonderful weather continues!

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More May Highlights

Study Hall Ends Thursday, May 26!

Thursday, May 26th will be the end of study hall and therefore the end of most daily homework assignments. There may, however, still be some work that students will be asked to complete at home. Extended Day drop in is available for any student who needs after school care.

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End of Year Picnic and Beach Clean Up – Friday, May 27

The annual Kittredge end of the year picnic will be on Friday, May 27 at Baker Beach. Parents and families are invited to join us, so mark your calendars. The school will furnish paper products, condiments, ice and charcoal. Each class member will be asked to bring something from the following:

  1. K/1: chips – 2 bags each

  2. 2/3: drinks – three 2-liter bottles each (no caffeine; water is recommended)

  3. 4/5: hot dogs & buns – 1 or 2 packs each

  4. 6: cookies – 1 or 2 bags each

  5. 7 & 8: salads or side dish – enough for 10

At 10:30 (while the picnic is being set up) the school will be leading an organized clean up of the beach area. The picnic will begin when the clean up is finished. Parents are welcome to come, help and eat.

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Memorial Day Holiday – May 30

There will be no classes or Extended Day on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

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Our Final Habit for this Year is: Thinking Flexibly

“If you never change your mind, why have one?” ~Edward deBono

Successful people are flexible thinkers. They can change their minds as they get new information. They can consider different points of view and understand how others are feeling.

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May and June Calendar

May 9: Start of ERBs and Screen Free Week

May 10: Last KPA Meeting

May 11: 7th and 8th graders to AT&T Park to cheer on the Giants

May 12: Parent Book Club

May 13: No Classes; Staff Development/Work Day

May 18: Sports Day; 8th grade goes camping

May 19: New Kindergarten Family Welcome

May 20: Pizza Lunch if ordered

May 26: Last day of Study Hall

May 27: Whole School Picnic and Beach Clean Up

May 30: No School – Memorial Day

June 2: Yearbook Signing

June 3: Field Day

June 6: K/1 graduation and 2/3 graduation

June 7: 8th grade graduation

June 8 and 9: Minimum Days; End of the Year

August 31: First Day for the 2016-2017 School Year!

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Last But Definitely Not Least…

Discount Available for Summer Art Camps at Chris Babcock’s Art Studio

The Chris Babcock Art Studio is just a couple blocks from Kittredge and will offer a variety of summer art camps. There is a 10% discount given to Kittredge students by using the discount code: summerart2016

Here is the link to read about and register for Chris Babcock summer art camps:

This year, Chris generously donated her time, materials and expertise to work with every Kittredge student on his or her auction art piece and we can’t thank her enough.

Last Science Club Session Begins Next Week

Please check out the flyer for information about the last science club of the year. As always, Ms. Rose will educate and entertain your children with the joys of science. Click here for the registration form: Science Club Registration

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