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Kittredge Konnection – September 15, 2015

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

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 all successful people.

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

During September our teachers are including specific activities and assignments designed to help our students cultivate the good habit of thinking back and recalling lessons learned and how these lessons can be applicable to their future learning!

Student Council Elections This Thursday

We have many fine candidates running for spots on our student council. Though only a few of these fine candidates will receive enough votes to serve, we are proud of them all, and think that they are all winners!

School wide speeches will be held at 10:45 on Thursday. Classroom speeches will be held in the classroom at the teachers’ discretion. The election will be held on Friday.

The candidates are:

4/5th grades class rep: Marcella, Nathaniel, Haile and Daisy

6th grade class rep: Mia, Cate and Pablo

7th grade class rep: Ethan and Chalom

Secretary: Simona and Andrew

President: Sam, Jared and Michael

Minimum Day… This Thursday, September 17

This Thursday, September 17, students will be dismissed at Noon so that teachers can prepare for Back to School Night. There will be no Study Hall that day. Extended Day is available for those who have a contract and for drop-ins on minimum days. Please complete the Survey Monkey on-line form for dismissal information and Extended Day Registration. It takes less than one minute!

Back to School Night, This Thursday September 17

All parents are invited into their child’s classroom to learn about the curriculum and goals for the upcoming year. The doors will open at 6:10 so that teachers can start their presentations promptly at 6:30. A general overview of the year as well as classroom policies and expectations will be discussed. There will be no individual conferences at this time.

This evening is for adults only and we will not be able to provide childcare. Please remember that parking can be difficult, so plan appropriately. Walking, biking and carpooling are recommended. See you there!

Running Gags are Off and Running – First Meet is Friday

Our cross-country runners, the Running Gags, are competing in their first meet on Friday at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park. They are practicing after school twice a week and are ready for the first race! Go Gags!

There’s Still Room to Join These After School Activities

Yogadance with Sarah

Our 2nd and 3rd grade teacher Ms. Baker (aka Sarah), is offering a yogadance class after school for students in 1st to 5th grades. This combination of yoga and dance will be offered from 3:15 to 4:15 on Mondays. Sarah is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher in addition to having her Bachelor’s in Dance as well as her credential and Masters in Teaching. A fun time is guaranteed for all!  Click the link that follows for a registration form: Yoga Fall

Science with Ms. Rose

Our middle school science teacher Ms. Rose, is continuing to offer a hands-on science course to students in first through 6th grade. This popular after-school program will be held on Tuesdays for 1st to 3rd grades and on Wednesdays for 4th to 6th grades. Please return the registration form to enroll your child. Click the link that follows for a registration form: Sci Fall

Academic Chess Begins Again on Friday, October 2

Chessmaster Jesse will once again offer his popular class on Friday after school. The session will begin on October 2 and continue for 9 weeks. Enrollment forms are in the office, or you can register online at

High School Visit Days for 8th Graders

October 14 and 20 are “no school” days for our 8th grade students. These days are designed to allow 8th graders to visit high schools and work on their application essays without missing class time.

Sibling Applications are Due November 16th

If you would like to have a sibling be considered for our 2016 early decision, we will have our TADS on-line application available for you in October. Please return the parent and teacher forms by November 16th. Early decisions will be sent December 15.

KPA Korner


A message from Debbie Veatch, KPA President

Thanks to all who attended the first KPA meeting. Throughout the year, you will have many opportunities to participate in whatever fashion suits your situation. At present, we could use a volunteer from each of the 7th and 8th grades to serve as class parents. This is not a big time commitment and would give you the opportunity to communicate with parents in your child’s class. Please contact Debbie Veatch at or 415-752-1676 if you are interested or have questions. Please mark your calendar for the next KPA meeting on Tuesday, October 13, from 6-7 p.m.

Some Words from Kristen Kadner… (our apologies)

An All Hands, Mandatory Adult-Only Party Evite is coming soon from Kristen Kadner, Your semi-Social Chair. Please Save the Date, Saturday night, October 17th. I can only write in caps and I have to hurry because Trudy has walked away from her desk so please mark your calendar and dig up the Spandex.

There’s a Lot Going On in the Next Two Weeks!

Tuesday, September 15: SSAT prep class; English; 3:15 to 4:15

Tuesday, September 15: Running Gags Practice

Tuesday, September 15: 1st to 3rd grade Science Club; 3:15 to 4:30

Wednesday, September 16: 4th to 6th grade Science Club; 3:15 to 4:30

Thursday, September 17: Habits of Mind Assembly and Student Council Speeches

Thursday, September 17: Noon Dismissal

Thursday, September 17: Back to School Night 6:30 to 7:15

Friday, September 18: Bagel and Cream Cheese Lunch (if ordered)

Friday, September 18: First Cross Country Meet; 4:30 at the Polo Fields

Monday, September 21: YogaDance with Sarah 3:15 to 4:15

Tuesday, September 22: Running Gags Practice

Tuesday, September 22: SSAT prep class; English; 3:15 to 4:15

Tuesday, September 22: 1st to 3rd grade Science Club; 3:15 to 4:30

Wednesday, September 23: 4th to 6th grade Science Club; 3:15 to 4:30

Thursday, September 24: Running Gags Practice

Thursday, September 24: SSAT Prep Class Math; 3:15 to 4:15

Friday, September 25: Chicken Strip Lunch (if ordered)

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