KGA/COA ThanksgivingPosted by Kristy Braaksma on 11/24/2020
Dear KGA/COA Families,
We want to wish you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving, we hope you enjoy this three-day holiday. We will be back on Monday the 30th. Here is a link for our Annual Giving Thanks Virtual Parade, we could not go without our long-standing KGA tradition. From our KGA Family to yours we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
In preparation for our Annual Student Council Toy Drive we’ve linked the flyer with more information on how you can help. This year, due to Covid, donations may also be sent directly to Knox at 700 W. Orchid Lane, Chandler 85225.
Students—Looking for a project? We are excited to announce the 8th Annual Cybersecurity Awareness “Kids Safe Online” Calendar Contest! Each year we have had students selected as winners, with one selected last year to be published in the national calendar. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spread awareness of online safety all while having a chance to have our students’ artwork published.
Please take a look at this introduction video by Mrs. Braaksma along with the contest rules and submission requirements. All entries must be post marked by December 15th to be considered for submission.
Best of luck to all of our KGA artists!
CUSD Thanksgiving Day FestivitiesPosted by Kristy Braaksma on 11/13/2020
The CUSD nutrition team has created a meal pack that will compliment Thanksgiving day festivities and they are available FREE to all children 18 and under in our community.
Here are the details:
- Event will take place on Monday, November 23 rd with pickup times from 8am-9:30am AND 4pm- 6pm to accommodate our busy families
- Pick up sites are at Chandler High School and Perry High School
- We are asking families to pre-order their meal packs so we don’t risk running out
- This program is available to any child 18 and under regardless of enrollment or need
- Recipes are included for Parmesan Roasted Carrots and Apple pie- all other ingredients are straightforward.
- Each child’s pack will include the components for 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 snacks (all reimbursable) but this could also be utilized as part of the families Thanksgiving day preparations due to the large quantities
Included in each pack:
5 juice cartons
25 meatballs and BBQ sauce (appetizer)
5 House-made dinner rolls
2.5 cups of frozen carrots
7 apples (for pie )
5 packs of goldfish crackers (snacks)
½ gallon of white milk and 2 chocolate milks
Please see the attached flyer for information on pre-orders.
PTO Virtual Build ContestPosted by Kristy Braaksma on 11/13/2020
***Happy Fall Ya'll!!!! Virtual Build Contest***
We will be holding a virtual Scarecrow building contest for our in person and COA families!! Students can create a Scarecrow out of any materials they would like, be creative and have fun! Winners will be picked by PTO (1 per grade level!).
To enter please email a picture of your child's creation to email@example.com. Please put Scarecrow Entry in the subject line and include your child's name and grade in the email. Submissions are due 11/24/2020 and winners will be announced 11/30/2020. Pictures will be posted on KGA's Facebook and website.
Also, if you'd like to order KGA Spirit Gear, the form is attached. We will be collecting orders for Spirit Gear now through December 4th.
KGA Spirit WeekPosted by Kristy Braaksma on 10/22/2020
KGA Spirit Week & AnnouncementsPosted by Kristy Braaksma on 10/22/2020
Dear KGA Families,
Knox will be holding our first Spirit Week for the school year. The students have chosen a theme for each day. We are looking forward to a fun week showing our school spirit.
Knox Spirit Week
Monday 10/26: Mythical Monday
(dress as your favorite make believe character)
Tuesday 10/27: Time Travel Tuesday
(dress for your favorite decade past or future)
Wednesday 10/28: Wake Up Wednesday
(come to school wearing your pajamas)
Thursday 10/29: Tie Dye
(wear your favorite tie dye clothes)
Friday 10/30: Friend Friday
(coordinate your clothes with friends and teachers)
One of the social distancing strategies we have been using is to dismiss our drive-up students one by one to alleviate the gathering of students in the breezeway waiting for their vehicle. So far this year, we have started the dismissal process at 3:20 to accommodate this process. We believe that at this time, the process is smooth enough for us to begin dismissing students at 3:30 to provide 10 more minutes of instructional time in the classroom.
If you are a parent drive-up, we will not be calling names for dismissal until 3:30 beginning Monday, October 26th. Please adjust your schedule accordingly, so you are not inconvenienced by waiting in line longer than necessary.
FREE Breakfast and Lunch to all attending students through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. There are no requirements or restrictions.
End of Quarter 1 Message from Mrs. Weed & Mrs. BraaksmaPosted by Kristy Braaksma on 10/2/2020
Dear KGA Families,
It has been so wonderful having the students back on campus! We have been working diligently cleaning, sanitizing and doing everything to keep our students and staff healthy. We appreciate you sending them with masks each day, and they are doing an amazing job of keeping them on diligently throughout the day. Your student may have also shared that we purchased desks for them in an effort to further distance in the classroom. One of our students even told us that they saw an old movie once where the classrooms looked like ours, now. We had to laugh out loud over that one!
I am so excited to take this time to introduce our new PTO Board who has already shown us a great deal of support! Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Mariah Scott - President, Jenny Yuan - Secretary, Emily Machonga, Matthew- Shropshire and Beatrice Seyffert - Vice Presidents, and Jessica Rawlings and Ben Shunk - Treasurers. We thank them so much for taking on this important role in our school community. They are already hard at work with a community Cardboard Challenge, an upcoming Family Take-Out Night at Papa John’s on October 15th, and lunch for the staff during their In-Service Day on October 12th.
Just a reminder that beginning this Monday, October 5th is the start of our Fall Intersession with students returning Tuesday, October 13th. Our teachers and staff will be back on Monday, October 12th for Teacher Inservice Day. If you have any questions, our office will open again Monday, October 12th. The district office will be open during break.
We want to thank you again for sharing your amazing students with us. Please stay safe and enjoy your Fall Break!
Mrs. Weed, Principal
Mrs. Braaksma, Dean of Students
KGA Message from Mrs. Weed & Mrs. BraaksmaPosted by Kristy Braaksma on 9/21/2020
Dear KGA Parents,
It would be an understatement to say how excited we were to see the 3rd - 6th grade students this morning. We hope your child came home excited about returning to in-person instruction.
With in-school instruction comes responsibilities we have not had in the past. We are practicing all our safety protocols; hygiene/sanitization, facial coverings, social distancing, and cohorting. We also need to count on our families to keep our students and staff healthy. We request that you keep your child home if they have any of the following symptoms:
· Fever of 100.4 or higher
· Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
· Muscle or body aches
· New loss of taste or smell
· Sore throat
· Congestion or runny nose
· Nausea or vomiting
· Any other symptom of illness, whether or not you believe it is related to COVID-19
Our health office will be treating students that have covid symptoms, other health needs will be attended by the teacher or by the front office staff. We will not be mixing routine care with students that appear sick. We ask that you not medicate a student in order for them to come to school. Please err on the side of caution for the safety of all. Our teachers will gladly support students who are absent from school.
At the beginning of the year, there is a lot of information that needs to be gathered to ensure your child’s safety and well-being. Thank you for filling out all the required forms. There is an additional form being sent home with your student this week, the COVID Parent Acknowledgement and Disclosure Form. We would appreciate you returning the form to your student’s teacher.
Also, if your child rides the bus, he/she should have come home with a bus pass attached to their backpack based on the information we received from you. The first few days of school are always the most hectic with pickup and drop off, so thank you for displaying the window placards when using drive-up and keeping the traffic flowing.
As always, thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us! We had an amazing first day, and we’re looking forward to a great year for our students and faculty at KGA.
Lynn Weed, Principal
Kristy Braaksma, Dean of Students
Letter from Mr. Frank NarducciPosted by Kristy Braaksma on 9/11/2020
September 11, 2020
C.U.S.D. Elementary Families,
As Dr. Camille Casteel shared in her video communication, we are excited to welcome your children as they return to any of our 31 elementary schools across Chandler Unified School District in the coming weeks. Our staff is prepared to provide a safe, nurturing environment for in-person learning.
As we return, we will work collaboratively to maximize everyone’s health and safety. We need your support. Here are a few ways that you can help us support safe in-person learning:
Check your child’s temperature before leaving for school. If your child has Aa temperature of 100.4 or higher, we ask you to keep them home and contact your health care provider.
Check for Covid-19 like symptoms before sending your child to school. If your child is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, we ask you to keep them home and contact your health care provider
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Any other symptom of illness, whether or not you feel it is related to Covid-19
We ask that if your student becomes ill during the day to please prioritize the pickup of your child. Please update your contact information in Infinite Campus if it has changed.
Ensure your child has a face covering before leaving school and review how to properly wear it. Face coverings are mandated by the County and our school
district. It is our goal to open our schools to in-person learning and to be able to
remain open throughout the year. Please send your child with a face covering, and remind your child not to share their face covering. If a student arrives without a face covering for any reason we will provide a disposable face mask so your child may participate with in-person learning.
All elementary schools have mitigation plans in place, and staff will take care in assisting our students with mitigation procedures.
Please know we are here to support your family, along with our students and staff in a positive manner as we return to in-person instruction and learning. We are prioritizing everyone’s safety and health as we come back to school, and we anticipate and appreciate your support.
Yours in Education,
Franklin R. Narducci
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education