• Picture Day 2021

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 2/17/2021

    Knox picture Day is Friday, March 5th. If your child is absent, there will be a make-up day on Tuesday, March 9th.  Students will remain in their cohorts and adherence to mitigation procedure's will be followed.  Please see the flyer from our photographer, School Pics.    

     

    If you have any questions, please call the front office at (480) 812-6100.

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  • 2020-2021 Yearbook Pre-Orders

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 2/2/2021

    Dear Parents,

     

    It’s that time of year again! Our 2020-2021 KGA Yearbooks are now being pre-sold. Your child will bring an order form home in their backpack, but we’ve included an electronic copy of the Yearbook Pre-Order Form as well. It is highly recommended that you pre-order your yearbook to guarantee a copy is reserved for your child. All Pre-Orders will be due by Friday, March 12th. Please call the front office if you have any questions.

     

    Mrs. Kristy Braaksma

    Dean of Students

    Knox Gifted Academy

     

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  • Conference Schedule & Parent Survey

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 2/1/2021

    Dear KGA Families,

     

    Early dismissal for Conferences will be at 12:00 pm on both Wednesday, February 10th and Thursday, February 11th.  Lunch will be available for students if needed.  The buses will run the same routes as usual just at the early release time of 12:00.

     

    If you have not seen the conference sign-up for your student, please contact the teacher.  We look forward to seeing you virtually at your child's conference.  

     

    The district school survey has been made available from February 1st through February 26th.   Pease complete the parent survey by using this link.  The information you provide helps us evaluate our school, ensuring every family is served with excellence and care. Your participation is confidential.  

     

     

    Have a wonderful afternoon!

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  • PTO General Meeting

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/28/2021

    Please join us for the February PTO General Meeting!!

     

    Topic: KGA PTO Meeting

    Time: Feb 2, 2021 04:30 PM Arizona

     

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://worldhope.zoom.us/j/98387436937?pwd=ajFVNUlpcGhWbkl4eGZRd3lISC9Odz09

     

    Meeting ID: 983 8743 6937

    Passcode: 784740

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  • Kindness Week (Feb 8-12)

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/25/2021

    Amazing KGA Families - 

     

    Student Council will be hosting Kindness Week February 8th-12th! Please see the Kindness Week Daily Events flyer for the details. Think of this as spirit week for kindness!

     

    Also, Student Council will be selling Kindness Grams for $1.00 each. An order form will be sent home with your child, but we also wanted to share an electronic copy of the  Kindness Grams Order Form so that you may print additional copies. All orders are due no later than Wednesday, February 10th and grams will be delivered to classrooms Friday, February 12th.

     

    We are looking forward to spreading kindness and joy!

    -KGA's Student Council Officers

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  • Intent to Return

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/22/2021

    Dear KGA Families

     

    This is a reminder to fill-out the Intent to Return Form if you have not already done so.    

     

    In order for us to begin projecting class sizes next school year, 2021-2022 and to plan for the needs of our students, PLEASE complete the online Student Intent to Return Form by 4:00 p.m. February 12, 2021. The Student Intent to Return Form MUST be completed for EVERY student in kindergarten through 5th grade.

     

    If you have any questions, please contact Karissa Albina at (480) 812-6100.

     

    Have a safe weekend.

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  • KGA Letter from Mrs. Weed

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/15/2021

    Dear KGA Families,

     

    We are looking forward to welcoming back our students on Tuesday for in class instruction.  The safety of our students and staff is our utmost priority.   We continue to practice our mitigation strategies:  Students are required to wear tight-fitting masks, wash their hands frequently (we have hand sanitization stations placed throughout the campus) as well as staying in their classroom cohorts, including lunch, recess and specials.  Clear social distancing requirements are posted and reinforced in each classroom, and restrooms have signage as to social distance markers, number of students allowed, and proper handwashing techniques. Restroom breaks are monitored by the teacher to ensure social distance requirements are being met.  Water bottles are required to be labeled with student’s name, and refilling will be done at the refilling station.  All horizontal surfaces are cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day.  High traffic areas maintain regular sanitization and disinfecting schedules.  Restrooms and Health Office are disinfected at a minimum of two times daily.  Our campus has sprayers to apply appropriate sanitization to indoor and outdoor equipment on a regular basis.  Sharing of supplies is restricted and any shared equipment is disinfected after use. 

     

    Here’s how you can help.  Please do not send your student to school if they have tested positive to COVID-19 or have symptoms.  Symptoms include, fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, congestion or runny nose, headache, muscle or body aches, nausea, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.  Please contact our health assistant Tracey Webb at (480) 812-6102 if you have any questions.  We appreciate all your efforts in keeping our campus healthy.  Feel free to call the front office with any questions.

     

    Thank You

    Lynn Weed, Principal

    Kristy Braaksma, Dean of Students

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  • Intent to Return

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/11/2021

    Dear KGA Families

    In order for us to begin projecting class sizes next school year, 2021-2022 and to plan for the needs of our students, PLEASE complete the online Student Intent to Return Form by 4:00 p.m. February 12, 2021. The Student Intent to Return Form MUST be completed for EVERY student in kindergarten through 5th grade.

     

    Thank you for completing the Student Intent to Return Form for the 2021-2022 school year.

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  • PTO End of the Year Report

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 12/17/2020

    Hello KGA Families!

     

    Although this semester has been different and challenging, we hope this letter finds you and your family well and ready to have a relaxing and fun holiday break. As PTO we would like to give you an update on what we have been doing this semester. It has been a challenge for us to try and make our teachers feel loved and appreciated and our students and families feel engaged when so many of our normal activities have been simply impossible due to COVID restrictions. This semester we have engaged our students with our Cardboard Challenge, Scarecrow Challenge, a Papa John's Pizza Night, and through the CEF Fundraiser to support the district along with the associated class parties. We have deeply missed our Boohoo Breakfast, Family Breakfast, Lunch on the Lawn, Bookfair and Fall Festival. We hope Spring Semester will bring us more opportunities to be together. 

     

    We have spent a significant amount of our time supporting our teachers. Like our students this has been a challenging and difficult semester for our teachers. We have taken many opportunities to boost spirits and morale including lunches, a coffee truck, treats including ice cream and Crumbl Cookie, a hot cocoa bar, and decorating the breakroom for Thanksgiving and the holidays. We know that by pouring our love and support into our teachers it helps fill their tanks so they can love on and support our students. Plus, our teachers are just AMAZING!

     

    School improvements have included a new wheelchair for our health office (our old one was from the 80's, very bulky and VERY heavy), various classroom supplies including a budget for PPE for each classroom, and the water bottle filling station. We are working with Mrs. Weed and Mrs. Braaksma to continue providing support for school upgrades and needs for this unique time. 

     

    With 2020 coming to a close we would like to address a question many of our families have asked about tax donations for the year. Due to COVID and the hardships it has brought upon many families nationwide we did not feel right doing a Check-a-thon or other fundraiser this semester. Knox parents have always been incredibly generous and because of that we have had enough funds to provide the school with the things they have needed thus far without additional fundraising. However, we do know that many families use Check-a-thon as an outlet for their charitable giving on their taxes. If your family falls into this category and you are looking for a place to donate to for tax purposes for your 2020 taxes PTO is happy to accept donations. Donations can be sent in with your student in January (checks made out to KGA PTO) or via Paypal at kgapto@gmail.com.  Please include your email address and phone number in the memo section of the check or the notes area on Paypal if you would like an email receipt. (A donation to Knox PTO may be tax deductible but does NOT qualify for the ARIZONA STATE PUBLIC SCHOOL TAX CREDIT.  Please consult with your tax professional for tax advice.) This is for our families who are asking about donations to Knox for their own tax purposes. Please understand we are NOT doing an official fundraiser or asking for funds at this time.

     

    Also, INTEL FAMILIES, please remember Intel will donate money to our school for the time you have spent at home this year teaching your child. This could be a HUGE funding source for Knox and allow us to do some really cool campus improvement things, plus it doesn't cost our families anything! Please take a minute and check out https://kgapto.com/covid-19-matching-grant/ to see how. Thank you to all of you for taking the time to check out this wonderful opportunity. 

     

    We as Knox PTO would like to take this opportunity to tell our families how much we appreciate each and every one of you. Your support of our school is what makes the incredible things at Knox happen. As always, please know we are here for you and your student, and please feel free to reach out to us anytime. We wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season and look forward to seeing you all back in 2021!

     

    KGA PTO Board

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  • Spirit Week

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 12/10/2020

    Dear Parents,

    KGA is finishing out the school year with our Student Council sponsored Spirit Week! Please see the  Spirit Week Flyer for more information. 

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