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Kittredge Konnection - November 7, 2023


6th grade had a wonderful time last week on their field trip to the Mission Cultural Center


This Week's News


Thank you to our Open House volunteers!


We would like to thank Kittredge parent Sarah, as well as 8th graders Kate and George, and alumni Jacob and Ari, for volunteering during our Open House last Thursday, November 2. We are so lucky to have you all representing us and appreciate you showing prospective families a window into your Kittredge experience.



We're so proud of our Kittredge Coyotes!


What an amazing season it's been! Both our cross country and volleyball teams have worked so hard and done Kittredge proud.


Winning last night's volleyball quarterfinals game, our Coyotes advance to the semifinals tonight at Burkes, starting at 5:45. If we win tonight, we will compete in the finals, also at Burkes on Friday, November 10, at 5:30.


This Thursday is our cross country final race! Athletes running will be released early from school at 2:30. The walkthrough at Hellman Hollow begins at 3:00, and the first race begins at 3:30.


Hot Lunch this Week


This Friday's hot lunch will be caesar salad, a clementine, carrots, and a juice box.


Please place your order using the link below:



Digital Check-up


For our families with older children, we are sharing ideas for a digital check-up. Kids are finding friends, information, and much more online these days. These tips can be helpful as you and your child are navigating this digital world together. Please see the attached guide in the Konnection email.


Superhero Day


On Wednesday, November 8 (tomorrow!) we invite all our students and staff to dress up as their favorite super hero. Superheroes are creative. They can change t shirts, safety pins and construction paper into an incredible costume! Come in costume, invent a new one, or get creative with what a superhero means to you!


Our Diwali celebration has been moved to next Monday, November 13.


Picture Day


This Friday, November 10, is Picture Day.


Please be sure that your child is in attendance and dressed as they'd like for their picture! No form is required. If you need any picture day tips, you can check out the MugsyClicks website here.


'Tis the Season for Cold and Flu


Whether we like it or not, it's that time of year where colds, coughs, and even COVID-19 are making their rounds. Now is the perfect time to remind your children about the protective measures they can take against illness. Proper handwashing, staying up-to-date on vaccinations, and wearing face masks all greatly reduce risk of illness. However you choose to protect yourself this season, we ask that you respect the choices of those in your community. The most important thing is that we all look out for one another.


Next Week's News



Diwali


Happy Diwali! Anna, Riva, and Jessica will treat Kittredge kids and teachers to a Diwali celebration on Nov 13.


Dandiya stick dancing will be part of the celebration this year. Here is a short video, made by Momo (2nd grade), to help you learn the moves:



We have moved our celebration of Diwali to Monday, November 13.


Diwali, or Deepavali, is known as the “Festival of Lights” and is a Hindu holiday widely celebrated in India, in South Asia, and across the Hindu Diaspora. The word ‘Diwali’ derives from Sanskrit and means “a row of lights.” Festivities include the illumination of lights, candles, firecrackers, and diyas or deepas (clay lamps) to symbolize the victory of good over evil, inner light over spiritual darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. Diwali is a time for gathering with loved ones, celebrating life, and committing to making the right decisions in life.


Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, people of Indian heritage and non-Indian heritage. Despite each faith having its own historical legends and celebratory events, the holiday represents the same symbolic victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil.


For further information, please check out these National Geographic links:




**Please wear your brightest colors on Monday, November 13th! We will celebrate with a dance, rangoli chalk drawing, and finish up with yummy food and drinks.


Culture Day


One of our favorite days is back! Next Friday, November 17, Kittredge will celebrate Culture Day with a school-wide potluck.


Culture Day is an opportunity to explore a new culture or their own through dress, food, celebration, and more. Students are encouraged to wear traditional dress or the colors of a country's flag. Each student will be given an index card to write the name of the country they are representing, illustrate it with the country's flag, list the name of the dish and include any allergen information .


Potluck dishes are intended to be appetizer-sized, serve as many as 5, and students must bring home dishes/serving trays with them at the dismissal on the 17th. Please make sure your serving dish and utensil has your last name labeled. If you have questions, please reach out to us in the office. It should be a fun event!


Sibling Applications Due


Sibling applications to Kittredge are due Wednesday, November 15. Parents should ensure that they have filled out their applications by this date.


Have questions about the sibling application process? Don’t hesitate to reach out to the office. We’re here to help!


Thanksgiving Break


Friday, November 17 will be a minimum day with noon dismissal, and the entire following week, November 18-26, we will be on break. Classes resume on Monday, November 27.


We will offer Extended Day care on Monday and Tuesday during regular school hours, and a half day on Wednesday. We need a minimum of five families to offer Extended Day. If you are interested, please reach out to the office at jamieatkittredge@gmail.com no later than this Friday, November 10.


Two Weeks at a Glance

  • November 6 - Cross-country practice 3:15-4

  • November 8 - Superhero Day

  • November 9 - Cross-country FINALS

  • November 10 - Picture Day

  • November 13 - Diwali celebration

  • November 15 - 7th and 8th Yosemite Meeting at 6:30

  • November 17 - Culture Day and Potluck

  • November 17 - Minimum Day, Thanksgiving Break


KPA Korner


See's Candies Yumraiser


From now until December 2, your holidays purchases of See's Candies helps support the KPA! Place your order through the online storefront and the sweet treats will be delivered to your door!


Count-Me-Ins


There are still a few CMI spots available! Donut hike, anyone?! These family-hosted events are fun ways to build community AND fundraise for the KPA.


Holiday Happening Help Needed!


The next big big KPA hosted event is the Holiday Happening on Wednesday, December 20th, from 6:30pm-8pm. This is an absolute kid-favorite, as they zoom up and down and all around the 3 floors of our school and courtyard, enjoying festive games, crafts, food, and treats all winter holiday inspired!


The next KPA meeting on November 14th at 7pm will begin our planning of this event.


If planning is not for you, but you would like to help monitor a game or craft, or help with clean-up or set-up at the event itself, please sign-up for a time-slot.

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