KHHS News October 16

10/16/20

CAREER READINESS

Our virtual Talk & Tours allow students to get a brief insight into different job clusters allowing them to explore employers, talk to professionals and take a
virtual tour. Upcoming Dates:
Health Sciences: Mary Free Bed
Thursday, October 22 - 3:30 - 4:30pm

Information Technology: Atomic Object
Thursday, December 3 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

P3: Professional Pop-Up Panel Virtual!
During P3: Professional Pop UP Panel sessions, you will get a chance to meet and chat with Professionals of Color to learn about overcoming obstacles and achieving success. Sessions are 40 minutes from various career pathways for studentsto gain a better understanding of various career pathways. As Chris Webber stated “You can’t be
something until you see it”!

Full schedule available here.

BLOOD DRIVE - OCTOBER 27
The Student Council along with Walker Ice & Fitness & the City of Walker are hosting a blood drive on October 27 from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. If you are 16 or older, please consider donating. There is a permission form your parents must complete. Forms are available in the main office or outside Ms. Clement's room K225.

SENIOR PICTURES DUE NOVEMBER 2
Senior Parents, your student received a link last week to post their senior picture for the yearbook. These photos are due by November 2. Photos must be vertical, in color, and preferably a head and shoulders shot. The photo file must be in a jpeg or png format. Also, please upload the photo from your Senior Student's school account/email.
Contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org) with any questions you may have. There will be information sent out later this month about baby and senior recognition ads.

SENIOR SAT TESTING
Senior Parents, we are excited to offer your student an opportunity to take the SAT next Wednesday morning. We have ordered a test for every student in the senior class, even those who are virtual.
These tests are important for all students to be able to measure their learning, as well as for students wanting to attend post-secondary school after high school. This is a great opportunity for our students to perform on a standardized test. This test is only for Seniors. Students in grades 9-11 will be working remotely from home. Seniors only will be present at school on Wednesday 10/14/20.
Testing will begin at 7:45 AM, Wednesday October 14th. Mr. Becker, our testing coordinator, will send emails to all the students with detailed instructions with regards to what classroom they will be testing in. Breakfast will be provided for all students that morning. The testing will take 4-5 hours and students will be released to go home upon completion of the test.

CLASS OF 2021 & PARENTS
It's officially Senior Launch Week for Kenowa Hills High School Class of 2021, and we are excited to share details about your graduation order with the attached videos. There are 5 separate videos each, just a couple minutes long, highlighting the important details about placing your order. Please take a moment to watch and review as you prepare to place your graduation order. Click the video link below to get started.
https://tinyurl.com/y2myzh39

HEALTH SCREENING FOR FACE-TO-FACE STUDENTS
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who could be experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

FACE COVERINGS
All students and staff are required to wear a mask properly while riding a bus, on school property and within the school. We are providing three face coverings for each student and disposable masks, if needed. Students can wear any cloth mask as long as it is appropriate for the school setting and is not a distraction to teaching and learning; however,bandanas are not allowed as they have been found to be ineffective. All cloth masks should be hand washed or laundered after each use. Thank you for
helping your student(s) build their tolerance and comfort for wearing a mask. The district will be providing 3 masks to all students returning F2F during their 1st hour next week.

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE
If your student is going to be absent, you may call the Main Office and leave a message on the attendance line at 784-2400, Ext 2 or you may now email us at hsattendance@khps.org. The email must come from a parent’s verified email address. When you are reporting your student absent either by phone or email, please state your student’s name, reason for absence, and a call back number for verification if necessary.

IMPORTANT DATES

Oct 20 Conferences 4pm-7:30pm
Oct 22 Conferences 4pm-7:30pm
Oct 23 Half Day, Conferences 12:30pm-2:30pm
Nov 23 No School for Students
Nov 24 No School for Students
Nov 25-27 No School-Thanksgiving Break

Zinser Elementary News October 16

10/16/20

VIRTUAL PUMPKIN CONTESTS
We’re trying to have fun at Zinser through the Pandemic! We know how exciting it is to carve and decorate a pumpkin. It is truly a great family project! We wanted to continue with our annual pumpkin decorating contest and have a fun, friendly, virtual Zinser competition. If you are carving or decorating a pumpkin this year, be sure to take a photo of your masterpiece and email it to tfollett@khps.org by October 26 so that it can be entered in the pumpkin carving contest. We will number them and vote October 28-30 and honor our winning pumpkins and families on the 30th. Let’s see how creative our families can be at Zinser!

PARENT COMPACTS
Parent Compacts are agreements between the school and home. They help us form an important partnership that is critical for each child. These need to be signed and returned right away by all parents since we are now a Title 1 school. Because conferences are virtual, we have sent a hard copy home prior to conferences so that we can answer any questions regarding the compact during the conference. Thank you for reading and signing, and returning to your child’s teacher!

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
Fall conferences are quickly approaching and we wanted to communicate to parents that we will continue using the online tool for scheduling conferences that we have in the past known as PTCFast. Due to our current reality and wanting to avoid any potential health concerns, we are going to be offering ONLY a VIRTUAL conference option (video or phone). Sign up for your time slot using this link: www.ptcfast.com/schools/zinser_elementary

ZINSER PARENT RESOURCE GUIDE
One of our social work interns, Andrea updated this awesome resource for families! There are over 50 pages of information to help your family!

MENTAL HEALTH SCREENER
To better meet the social and emotional needs of your child during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, Kenowa Hills will offer mental health assessments throughout the school year. These assessments will allow our mental health team to support students in the best possible manner. For students in grades K Knights - 3, parents will fill out the assessment from home. Students in grades 4 and 5 will fill out a self-assessment at school. All results will go to your school’s mental health team.
Copies of the K-3 parent assessment and the grades 4 & 5 self-assessment are linked below for you to review. They are PDFs and will not be filled out at this time. The assessment will be released at a later date.
If you would like to opt out, please complete the opt-out form, linked below prior to September 29.
ASSESSMENT PREVIEW (These are just examples of the assessment that will be administered at a later date)

ASSESSMENT OPT-OUT (Must be completed by September 29, 2020)

RECESS & LUNCH SCHEDULE

All students are able to receive a free breakfast and/or lunch now! Cold Lunches will be in each classroom, with hot lunch students eating in the cafeteria. We are looking at 20 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for a recess before or after lunch.
We will be separating outdoor recess in zones with the hope that students will be outside without masks (unless they prefer one). Classes have scheduled one other recess in the morning or afternoon for each class, but again limiting numbers outside so they can be without masks.

PARKING LOT NOTES

  • Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot. The buses have few students riding. We had a very high percentage of pick-ups today!
  • We turned most of the signs around so parents won’t want to stop at the sign and keep moving forward. Always look to pull up where and when possible to help with the flow. Tell your child to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the sign, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
  • Thank you for those turning right only. We know it’s an inconvenience for some but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run (we've had a couple accidents at that intersection).
  • Drop off starts at 8:30; If you are in the lot before 8:30, you may drop your child off a few minutes early to get the traffic flowing, but the child will be standing by the grade sign until the 8:30 bell. Starting Monday all 1st-5th grade students can enter at the bell in the designated door.
  • Please only use the right lane for drop off and pick-up, the inside lane is a pass by lane only. It is very dangerous to let students out in that lane.

IMPORTANT DATES
October 22nd: Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30
October 23rd: ½ Day of School - Parent Teacher Conferences 12:30-2:30
October 26th: Due date for the virtual Pumpkin Patch contest
October 27th: Parent Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30
October 28-30: Voting takes place for the virtual Pumpkin Patch contest
November 11: Veteran’s Day
November 13: Picture Retakes
November 16-17: Hearing and Vision Screening
November 20: End of 3rd Trimester
November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break - No School Students

Alpine Elementary News October 16

10/16/20


TITLE 1/GRANT FUNDED PARENT MEETING

We are holding our Title I/grant funded parent meeting virtually this year due to our current pandemic and gathering restrictions. We hope the information provided proves valuable. If there are any questions following, please feel free to reach out to our school’s office to ask! You can reach our office at 616-784-0884 or connect with the building principal, Jason Snyder, via email at jsnyder@khps.org. Please like the video or comment in the Facebook or YouTube comment section that you viewed it so that we can account for parents watching it. Thank you for your assistance with helping us to meet this state and federal requirement.
Link to Title I Parent Meeting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x0A5GOItbY&t=17s

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Conferences are scheduled for:
Thursday, October 22 (4:00-7:30)
Friday, October 23 (12:30-2:30)
Tuesday, October 27 (4:00-7:30)

Reserve your time slot here: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Alpine_Elementary

ILLNESS-RELATED ABSENCES DURING PHASE 4

Please be sure to contact the office or our school nurse if your child is not feeling well so that we can be available to support you. We recognize that parents may be taking extra precaution by not sending their child to school if they exhibit various illness related symptoms. It is important that we record absence reasons to account for student attendance accurately and to follow up as needed.

SCREENING FOR FACE-TO-FACE STUDENTS

All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30am on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30 a.m.

Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

FOODSERVICE FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS

Please remember that families who would like to take advantage of our free breakfast/lunch program, they may pick up food at our HS using the field house
entrance between 11-12. Please be sure to complete the survey recently distributed to those attending KHOLA.

VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS

Due to the current Executive Order as well as the safety/health of our students, visitors and volunteers may not enter the school at this time. For health purposes, we want to reduce the number of people in and out of the school building each day.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL HEALTH SCREENER

As we continue and expand our efforts to address students' social and emotional needs, this fall the district will begin the use of a mental health/social/emotional screener. This activity is a strongly recommended component of the Governor's Return to School Roadmap. The collected information will help our building teams develop targeted social/emotional lessons as needed. Student-level responses will only be shared with staff and administrators who have an educational interest. The social/emotional health screener is compliant with HIPAA and FERPA, and will include instructions for students to speak to confidentiality and mandated reporting guidelines.

BIRTHDAY TREATS

For health reasons, we will not be permitting birthday treats or other items to be distributed to students at this time. Teachers will do their best to recognize students on their special day.

LUNCH & RECESS

Students will eat in their classroom if having cold lunch and hot lunch will be taken in the cafeteria.

FREE & REDUCED MEAL BENEFITS

Families must reapply every year for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits. Meal benefits from last year will expire on October 6, 2020. Families impacted by the pandemic are
encouraged to apply as you may be eligible for benefits. Please fill out your application as soon as possible to ensure your students benefits are ready for the upcoming school year. The online application can be found here:. https://lunchapp.com/ Paper applications are also available at each school site.

FACE COVERINGS

Masks are required to be worn throughout the school day. Our teachers will be working to instruct outside when possible in designated areas and will be finding ways to give children mask breaks with social distancing in place.

UPCOMING DATES

October 23 - 1/2 Day for Students
October 22, 23, 27 - Conferences
October 27 - Geskus Picture Retakes
October 30 - Halloween Celebration
November 20 - End of First Trimester
November 23 & 24 - No School
November 26 & 27 - Thanksgiving Break

Central Elementary News October 16

10/16/20

PARKING & PICK-UP
Now that we have had some time to hopefully settle into a routine, I have a few reminders. If you are in the loop, please stay in your car and do not get out. We understand if you need to run around to securely fasten a car seat belt, but other than that, please do not leave your car. You are also welcome to park in the middle lot if you need more time to do that, but please do NOT use that middle lot to drop-off. That is way too dangerous. In the mornings, try to drop-off using the right lane and try to use the left lane for pulling away (I know that there are a lot of cars so this might be difficult). In the afternoons, we use both lanes. While turning right onto 3 mile, feel free to use both of the lanes to turn right, but please make sure to pull into traffic in the correct lane.

HEARING & VISION SCREENINGS NOVEMBER 2-6
• K-Knight (Young 5’s) will have their hearing and vision screened.
• Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th graders will have their hearing screened.
• 1st, 3rd and 5th graders will have their vision screened.

HALLOWEEN PARTY INFORMATION
1. Students are welcome to wear simple costumes or Halloween colors. Due to social distancing and separating classrooms, students won't be able to use the bathrooms to change into their costumes at school. They are welcome to wear their costumes on the bus in the morning and during the school day, so parents need to make sure that what their child wears is comfortable! Students will not be able to wear Halloween masks at school this year. As always, no “weapons”, gory costumes, or makeup.
2. No food donations may be sent to school due to COVID restrictions.
3. Classroom parties will be planned for a specific time per individual classrooms (cannot share students or activities across grade levels). Party activities planned will be considerate of best cleaning practices (disinfected item needs if stations involved or we need to have individual materials). No bobbing for apples or Twister. :) Think simple, spooky, educational activities. Sorry, no volunteers or visitors this year.
4. The parade is cancelled.

HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR FACE-TO-FACE
Continue to be diligent with your daily health screenings in the mornings and making sure your child has a clean mask every day. This is what we are all agreeing to in order to keep everyone safe.

All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30a on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30a. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement. Please contact the school if you have problems with the screening at 453-6351.

QUESTIONS & CONCERNS
Please contact me if you ever have questions or concerns. My cell phone is 616-401-7829. We both want your child to have the best year possible. Texts, calls, or Facebook messenger is the best way to contact me. Feel free to email as well - I try to be in the classrooms as MUCH as possible, so email responses can be delayed up to 24 hours.

VISITORS & VOLUNTEERS
Due to the current Executive Order as well as the safety/health of our students, visitors and volunteers may not enter the school at this time. For health purposes, we want to reduce the number of people in and out of the school building each day.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL HEALTH SCREENER
As we continue and expand our efforts to address students' social and emotional needs, this fall the district will begin the use of a mental health/social/emotional screener. This activity is a strongly recommended component of the Governor's Return to School Roadmap. The collected information will help our building teams develop targeted social/emotional lessons as needed. Student-level responses will only be shared with staff and administrators who have an educational interest. The social/emotional health screener is compliant with HIPAA and FERPA, and will include instructions for students to speak to confidentiality and mandated reporting guidelines.

BIRTHDAY TREATS
For health reasons, we will not be permitting birthday treats or other items to be distributed to students at this time. Teachers will do their best to recognize students on their special day.

LUNCH & RECESS
Students will eat in their classroom if having cold lunch and hot lunch will be taken in the cafeteria. If social distancing permits, we may move more students to the cafeteria. The first week of school, everyone will eat in the room at this time.

FAQs
Will insurance be offered on devices? YES. If you are interested contact chorner@khps.org.

IMPORTANT DATES
10/22: Conferences 4:00-7:30pm
10/23: ½ Day for Students, Conferences 12:30-2:30pm
10/27: Conferences 4:00-7:30pm
11/2-6: Hearing and vision screenings
11/23-27: No school
12/4: Report cards sent home in Friday folders

KHMS News October 16

10/09/20

KHMS PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST
The Student Council is hosting a pumpkin carving contest. Show off your carving skills for the chance to win a $25 gift card of your choice! To Enter:

  1. Carve a pumpkin- it can be funny or scary
  2. Email two (2) pictures of your pumpkin- one picture that includes your face and one picture that is just of your pumpkin. Emails can be sent to Mrs. Trotter at strotter@khps.org
  3. In your email include:
    Your First and Last Name
    Your Grade
    A Name for Your Pumpkin
  4. All photos must be submitted by Oct 28 at 9pm
    Student Council members will be picking the best entry before Halloween! Good Luck!

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching. Due to COVID-19 and in the interest of putting safety first, all conferences will take place virtually via Zoom or a telephone call. We will be using the PTC scheduler again this year with 5 minute time block options. Once you sign up for a conference, the Zoom link will be a part of the email confirmation/reminder. If you would prefer a phone conference STILL sign up for the slot using PTC scheduler and then email that teacher with your phone number. They will then call you at your designated time.

2020 Fall Conference Dates:
Tuesday, October 20th 4:00-7:30pm
Thursday, October 22nd 4:00-7:30pm
Friday, October 23rd 12:30-2:30pm
Here is the sign up link: https://ptcfast.com/schools/khms
Please contact the office if you have any questions.

STUDENT SAFETY FIRST! NO PARKING ON HENDERSHOT!
KHMS needs all of your help and cooperation in dropping off and picking students up. We cannot have students dropped off or picked up on Hendershot. It is a huge safety issue, any stopping, parking and U-turns are not permitted. Please communicate this to anyone who is helping with carpooling your students to school, ie grandparents, siblings, neighbor etc.

NEW PARENT PICK UP TIME: 2:20
With the stagger release times, we are trying to keep the bus/car traffic under control. We are asking parents to pick up students at 2:20. Reminder we can not have students dropped off/picked up on Hendershot or vehicles doing U-turns. KH has been in contact with the sheriff's department and Kent County Road Commission to help with traffic control.

VIRTUAL TUTORING AVAILABLE
Beginning October 5, Grand Valley State University is offering free 1:1 virtual tutoring/homework support to all K-12 students in Michigan throughout the school year. The program is open to the public on October 5, early slots are available for our students and available to book on our website right now. Ideally, students will sign up for one
session and then if recurring sessions are needed, they will work with their tutor to arrange it.

Tutors, comprised of GVSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni, will be available Monday through Friday from 11a to 9p and Saturday from 12p-5p. Every tutor has passed a background check and all sessions take place through Zoom which is monitored full time. Content areas include English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and
Spanish. Additional subjects may be added throughout the year.Parents are required to fill out a FERPA/Parent Consent Form (located on the website, http://www.gvsu.edu/k12connect) for each child prior to the first tutoring session.

SCREENING FOR FACE-TO-FACE STUDENTS
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day. Parents/Guardians will receive either a text message or email at 5:30a on each school day as a reminder to complete the very simple screener when your child awakes. The electronic screening tool can be completed until 8:30am. Unfortunately, we are unable to change the time of the screening period at this point; however, we are hopeful that we will be able to customize this in the near future. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school once the office opens if the screener instructs you to do so. It is imperative parents complete the screener for each of their students every school day prior to coming to school. The daily electronic screener does not need to be completed if your child is not coming to school that day. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.


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