• Uptown Jungle Reminder

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 2/11/2020

    Dear KGA Families,

    Don’t forget!!! KGA Family Fun Days at Uptown Jungle on Wednesday, February 12th AND Thursday, February 13th!  

    Please show the  FLYER at the register and KGA will receive a portion of the proceeds.   

    Where:  Uptown Jungle Chandler
    Address:  2061 N Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225
    When:  12:30 pm -8:00 pm (come anytime and play for 90 minutes)
    Admission:  $13:00 per person for 90 minutes (plus tax and grip socks if needed)
     ***Guest will need to pay full admission - no Groupons, promotions or discounts on the day of the event. Waiver:  Please complete the waiver for all participants

    See you there!


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  • KGA Family Fun Days at Uptown Jungle

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 2/7/2020

    Dear KGA Families,

    Please join us next week on Wednesday February 12th or Thursday February
    13th for KGA Family Fun Days at Uptown Jungle Chandler!  Please see the
    attached FLYER for all the details!  

     See you there!


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  • Depression and Anxiety Management for Teens

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 2/7/2020

    Depression and Anxiety Management for Teens
    Tuesday, February 18th
    6-7:30 PM
    Perry High School C115
    Please see below for some more information.  In addition, attached is the flyer!
    SAVE THE DATE- On Tuesday February 18th we have Shannon Morrill, MA, NCC-LPC from Aurora Behavioral Health Systems coming to Perry to provide education and resources surrounding depression and anxiety among teens. Learn the warning signs, hear the theories for why there has been a rise in depression and anxiety among our youth and get suggestions on how to help your teen. She will take time to answer questions at the end. You won't want to miss this informative presentation! (see attached flyer for details)
    "A national survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that  8.2% of young people ages 12-17 were depressed in 2011. By 2014, the rate had jumped to 11.4% -- almost a 40% increase in 3 years." Since then depression rates among youth continue to rise. It is a serious problem that is becoming widespread.
    According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, "Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between 13 and 18 years old. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse. Anxiety disorders also often co-occur with other disorders such as depression, eating disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)."
    We look forward to seeing you! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have!

    Shea Dodson
    District Social Worker
    Chandler Unified School District
    (480) 224-3737

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  • Yearbook Pre-Orders

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 2/5/2020

    Dear Parents,

    Our 2019-2020 yearbook pre-orders are well underway! Thank you to those families who have already submitted your pre-order. Please find an order form for your convenience. This year we will accept pre-order forms with a payment until March 6th. After March 6th, pre-orders will NOT be accepted. To guarantee a copy for your child(ren), it is highly recommended that you pre-order prior to March 6th, 2020.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Braaksma at braaksma.kristy@cusd80.com.

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  • CEF Tickets for Sale

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/29/2020

    Please see the attached flyer of our very own Mrs. Coplan. If possible, please consider purchasing CEF tickets in honor of a staff member. Your student's classroom just might win an ice cream party!

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  • Chandler Innovation Fair

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/28/2020

    Please go to this link for information about the Chandler Innovation Fair.

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  • Yearbook Pre-Order Sales

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/23/2020


    ***All PRE-Orders due by March 6th***

    Pre-Orders received on/before March 6th are $20 per yearbook.

    Pre-Orders will NOT be accepted after March 6th.

    Tuesday, May 19th yearbooks will be sold for $25 (cash/check only) beginning at 8am until sold out. 


    **It is highly recommended that you pre-order a yearbook to be guaranteed a copy.**


    Please see the Yearbook Pre-Order form for all of the details. 

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  • Science Fair Judges Needed

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/23/2020

    Dear KGA Parents,

    It’s that time of the year when science inquiry is taking center stage across all CUSD classrooms. At KGA our 5th and 6th Grade scientists have been working on their research projects and are ready to receive feedback on them. The KGA CIF Team is asking for parents to help judge our 5th and 6th grade science fair projects. If you are new to this process, here is a brief introduction to the event. Every year around the end of January, the KGA 5th and 6th grade students present their science fair inquiry projects to the KGA community for judging. This process allows students to then advance to the district fair known as CIF (Chandler Innovation Fair) to be held on February 22nd, 2020 at Hamilton High School. CIF offers 5 different avenues to encourage student participation. They include Problem Based Learning (PBL), Science Fair (HISEF), Invention Convention, Robotics Showcase, and Computer  Science.  CIF (Formerly known as The Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair) is a CUSD sponsored event where the top 6 KGA 5th and 6th grade projects will compete with other 5th and 6th graders from all over the district. The 1st place winners from each of the HISEF categories will then compete at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair which will be held on March 26th and 27th, 2020.

    We are offering digital judging where you will receive a couple of projects and rubrics to aid with the judging. You will also be provided with a link that will automatically help us compile the data.  If you are interested in helping our students with this process please complete this Google Form . Thank you for supporting our students here at KGA.


    Please see the Innovation Fair Flyer and the Parent Letter for Judging for more information. 


    The KGA Chandler Innovation Fair Team

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  • Annual Survey for Parents

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/13/2020

    Dear KGA Familes,

    Please take the time to complete the yearly survey.  

    As the Knox Gifted Academy Site Council continues our five-year strategic plan for the KGA community, we are seeking your candid opinions on our  Annual Parent Survey. Your participation is confidential, unless you choose to include your name.

    If you would like, submit separate surveys for each child you currently have at KGA in order to help us capture different grade level experiences. The information you provide helps us evaluate our school, ensuring every family is served with excellence and care.  

    This survey link will be open from December 3, 2019 to January 31,2020.  

    Thank you,  

    KGA Site Council

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  • Chandler Sports

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 1/10/2020

    The next Chandler Sports League starts next week. Here is the quick link for sign ups.  

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