• Welcome Back 2022-23 School Year!

    Dear Kelly Families,

    Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! We are excited to welcome all of our students and staff back to the building.  Last year we transitioned back to in person learning after a year of virtual learning through a pandemic. We focused on school readiness skills such as social emotional learning, behavioral expectations, routines and procedures, and foundational reading skills in addition to our core academic standards in reading, math and science. This year, we are going to continue our focus on core academic standards and work to improve our student achievement in both reading and math. Based on data, we have identified the following three priority goals for our school:

    1. By June of 2023, we will  increase our percentage of favorable responses for “Feel a Sense of Belonging”  from 56% to 66% for all students and from 34% to 66% for Asian students, from 46% to 66% or Hispanic / Latino / Latinx students, and from 44% to 66%  for transgender students, as measured  by the Panorama Successful Schools Student Survey.  

    2. By May of 2023, accelerate growth for our Black and Latinx students, moving from 29% of our Black 3rd grade Black students and 33% of our Latinx students meeting reading growth targets to 100% of those groups (2021-22 Board target is 60%) meeting or exceeding growth expectations as measured by MAP. 

    3. By May of 2023, accelerate growth for our Latinx, Native American and Pacific Islander students, moving from 13% of our Latinx students, 0% of our Native American students and 0% of our Pacific Islander students meeting math growth targets to 100% of those groups (2021-22 Board target is 60%) meeting or exceeding growth expectations, as measured by MAP.

     

    Last Spring and over the summer, our school campus experienced some positive updates! GBD Architects along with SignsNow designed and installed beautiful directional signs in both English and Russian. These signs communicate to students, staff and visitors where to find common locations within the building. GBD Architects also spent Friday, August 5 redesigning and cleaning up our courtyard space for students to use as a sensory exploration area. We are grateful to have GBD Architects as one of our community partners - BIG shout-out to all of their hard work! Additionally, our PTA painted paw prints by the main office entrance as well as by our arrival and dismissal gate. 

     

    We are excited to host our annual Community Care Day on Saturday, August 27, 9am-12pm to clean up specific areas around our school campus. Tools, water and snacks will be provided to all volunteers and we will have a Kona Ice truck here at noon for all volunteers to enjoy a cold treat.. Please sign up here (https://forms.gle/vYND8YorsuFm7NTp7)  to help us plan for this event. 

     

    We look forward to working with you to make our school a warm and caring place for everyone and to make this a great year for your student(s) to grow and thrive!

     

    Warmly,

    Sarah Fish, Ms. Fish        and            Karina Kidd, Ms. Kidd

    Principal                     Assistant Principal

     

    Teacher Assignment

    _____________________'s teacher for the 2022-2023 school year is __________________. 

     

    First Day of School

    1st-5th Grade: Tuesday, August 30

    Kindergarten: Tuesday, September 6 (see info below about Ramp Up)

     

    Family Communication

    We primarily use the Remind app to communicate to families throughout the year. Please make sure to sign up for this important communication tool. This app also translates into many of the languages that are present within our school. Visit this website for more information: https://www.pps.net/Page/15513

    We post our Family Newsletter every Friday afternoon during the school year to our school’s website (www.pps.net/kelly). Our website is a wonderful resource to find up-to-date and important information. 

    Teachers will also utilize the Remind app to send individual, class and school-wide messages to families. Please make sure you are signed up with Remind. You can visit this webpage, https://www.pps.net/Page/15513, for more information.  

     

    Arrival - Be Here and Ready to Learn Together at 8:35 am

    8:35 am:  All students will enter through the East gate, which is located on SE 91st Avenue between Kelly Elementary and Kelly Head Start. The gate will open at 8:35am. Students and families need to line up outside of the gate until the bell rings. Please do not enter the gate to play under the covered area or on the playground. Families must say “goodbye” to students at the gate.

    8:45 am:  The tardy bell rings and the gate closes. Students who arrive after 8:45 am will need to enter through the main office entrance and check in with our office staff. 

     

    We are asking families to say their goodbyes at the gate so that students can join their teacher and classmates and get started with their instructional day. If you need to contact your student’s teacher, please use the Remind app to reach out. 

     

    Dismissal

    3:00 pm: The dismissal bell rings. Bus riders and students enrolled in SUN or Champions will head to their locations. Teachers will walk car riders and walkers outside to meet up with families. Families must meet students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade under the covered area. Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades will meet their families at a designated location as arranged by the family. Families, please do not double park, park in the middle of the street or block a neighbor’s driveway. 

    Students who are not picked up by 3:07pm will be returned to the main office and office staff will work to call families. Please be on time and if an emergency arises and you are unable to pick up on time, please call the school ahead of time. Our office closes at 3:30pm and all students must be picked up by then.

     

    Ramp Up Schedule - Kindergarten Only 

    Date

    Activities*

    Tuesday, August 30

    1:1 Family Conversations (home visits, video chats, phone calls, playground chats, etc):

    • What are your hopes and dreams for your child this year?

    • What do you most want me to know and understand about your child?

    • What questions can I answer that will help your family feel ready for Kindergarten?

    Wednesday, August 31

    1:1 Family Conversations (home visits, video chats, phone calls, playground chats, etc):

    • See guiding questions above.

    Thursday, September 1

    ½ Class Full-Day “Warm-Up”

    • Introduce and teach basic school routines

    • Begin community-building

    Friday, September 2

    ½ Class Full-Day “Warm-Up”

    • Introduce and teach basic school routines

    • Begin community-building

    Tuesday, September 6

    First Full Day of Kindergarten for All Students -- wear On My Way to K t-shirts!!



     

    Kelly Breakfast and Lunch Program

    Breakfast and lunch are free to all students this year - you do not need to complete a meal application. All students will have the opportunity to grab a breakfast when they enter the gate and will take it class. 

     

    School Supplies

    Your student will receive school supplies on the first day of school from their classroom teacher. Schoolhouse Supplies has again partnered with Kelly Elementary to provide these to all of our students. Also, all students will receive a free school T-shirt this year. Please make sure to send your student with a backpack the first day of school.

     

    Back to School Packets

    Back to School Packets will come home the first week of school. Please review the Student Verification Form that will come home. Make all changes and sign this form and return it to the office as soon as possible so we can make sure we have accurate information for your student. We want to be able to contact you quickly if something happens at school, so if you’ve moved or changed your address, phone number, or email, please let us know. Also included is our Kelly Student and Family Handbook. 

     

    Back to School Night 

    Back to School Night will take place on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 5pm. We will have dinner together, and then families will  have time to meet teachers, attend presentations, tour the building, and connect with each other and our school partners. 

     

    Champions Before and After School Care

    We are excited to have Champions before and after school care back at Kelly Elementary this year. Matt Crossman  is our Site Director and her email is matthew.crossman@discoverchampions.com.  For more information, please check out their website, www.discoverchampions.com

     

    Volunteers

    We love volunteers at Kelly Elementary! Procedures for volunteering will be shared in the Back to School Packets. 

     

    Again, we are all looking forward to a wonderful school year!  Enjoy the last few days of summer break, and we will see you soon!