Family Newsletter September 23rd9/23/2022
September 23, 2022 - Kelly Family Newsletter
Together, we will - Together, we grow and thrive - Вместе мы растём и развиваемся.
We had a wonderful turnout for our first in-person Back-to-School Night since before the COVID pandemic. It was so nice to see so many families, current students, future students and past students! Thank you to everyone for your patience as we served dinner. Special shout-out to our community partners who provided lots of valuable information and fun giveaways: SUN, P3 and Latino Network; PTA; Champions; Growing Gardens; and Learning Ally with the Shadow Project.
Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15
We would like to recognize Noell Mayoral, one of our amazing front office support staff. Here, he shares his experience growing up Latino:
Growing up with immigrant parents, education played a large part in my childhood. Education gave me access to opportunities that my family wouldn't have been able to provide me. These opportunities allowed me to meet other people and find my own community, something that can be difficult when seperated from much of my extended family. Learning about Hispanic history and culture also helped me maintain a connection with my extended family.
September 15-October 15:Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month
Thursday, September 29: PTA Meeting, 3:30pm, Kelly Elementary Library
Monday, October 3: Fall SUN Session Begins
Friday, October 14: Professional Development Day; No School for Students
*Picture Day has been moved to October 24 so staff and students celebrating Yom Kippur are not excluded*
Students should wait outside of the East gate, outside of the gate by the Head Start building or at the end of the walking path from SE 87th to the school (closest to the futsal court). Our first bell is at 8:35 and that’s when students will be allowed on campus to enter the building. Families, please say “goodbye” to your child at the gate. Families are not allowed inside the school during arrival.
Dismissal is at 3pm. Kindergarten through 2nd grade students are dismissed under the covered area. Third through fifth grade students dismiss out of the parking lot doors. The older students often meet up with families and siblings at a designated location. After 3:07pm, any remaining student is brought to the front of the school outside of the main entrance. The office closes at 3:30pm so all students MUST be picked up no later than 3:30. If you have an emergency and are going to be late, please call our office to notify them.
Please see this link for additional traffic safety reminders. Student safety is our #1 priority. Students should not cross the street except at designated crosswalks.
Remind - we use this app to communicate school-wide, classroom and individual messages to families. Please visit this webpage for more information on how to sign up.
Follow our school Facebook page as well at https://www.facebook.com/PPS.KellyElementarySchool
The first PTA meeting of the year is next week Thursday, September 29 at 3:30 PM in the Kelly library. We will be presenting the budget and our 2022-23 meeting & events schedule. We will also be talking about a couple of new fundraisers such as Bottle Drop and t-shirt sale. We hope to see you there!
I am also looking for volunteers to help serve at the PTA Clothing Center on Monday, September 26th from 9:30-1:30pm. We will assist with sorting donations and helping children recieve clothing. If you are available and interested in helping, please let me know. We can arrange a carpool if needed.
SUN Afterschool Program
The Fall SUN Session begins October 3 and ends November 17. Cristina and Karley will reach out to families who completed registration forms. Contact Ms. Cristina (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Karley (email@example.com) for more information.
Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm. Please do not line up until 12pm. There is also a food pantry at Lane Middle School on Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm.
Champions Before and After School Care
We have before and after school childcare available at our school through Champions! Please check out their website for more information and the application.
NEW! Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department
Ask questions and receive information related to TAG identification, services, processes, etc.
We will meet on Zoom, 6:00-7:00 PM. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 28, 6:00-7:00 PM via Zoom link. We look forward to seeing you!