KHMS News February 16

02/16/24

NHS Blood Drive 2024
It's that time of year again!🩸Get signed up to give at the largest blood drive in MI, held at Walker Ice and Fitness & hosted by the Kenowa Hills High School National Honor Society. Visit the links below to register:
Tues 3/5: https://donate.michigan.versit...
Weds 3/6: https://donate.michigan.versit...

DANCE!!
The Student Council is holding an after-school dance on Friday, March 8 from 2:45 - 4:30 P.M. Admission will be $2 and tickets will be sold at
lunch the first week of March. Join King Kandy, Queen Frostine, and Lord
Licorice in the world of Candyland. The dance will also include much more than dancing! There will be concessions sold in the cafeteria, a Candyland game room, giant Jenga, limbo, bingo, a photo backdrop, and other fun games and activities. In order to be eligible to go to the dance, students must be passing at least 4 of their 6 classes with a 60% or better at the time they buy a ticket during the first week of March. In addition, they may not have any behavior referrals from February 1 - March 8. That
includes lunch detentions, after-school Knight crews, in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension. We hope you will join us in Candyland!

Disney's Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.

Healthy Notes From HealthBar!
This month’s nursing education is all about physical activity. Physical activity is
extremely important for our current, future, and mental health, yet only 28% of adults and 24% of children receive the recommended amount of exercise in America. While it is recommended that kids participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day, adults only need around 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity. Finding the time in your busy schedule to exercise will make a huge impact. Regular physical activity has been shown to immediately improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety and blood pressure, and increase energy and mood. Long-term benefits include reducing the risk of developing dementia, depression, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, 8 different common cancers, and obesity. Here are some tips to increase your amount of daily physical activity and start reaping the benefits of exercise today.

  • Take a daily walk. Walk your dog, take a family walk after dinner, or walk on your lunch break. The extra steps add up! Aim for 10,000 steps a day.
  • Check out YouTube. There are tons of free workout videos online. From pilates, HITT, to yoga, you can find great videos with varying time commitments. Many of them even include a daily schedule to follow along.
  • Make a list. List the activities you enjoy and find a way to add them into your daily routine. You can also make a list of what you hope to gain from increased physical activity to keep you motivated.
  • Involve family and friends. They can help keep you motivated and accountable. Physical activity with others can be more enjoyable.
  • Try it for 3 months. It takes three months to make new routines a habit. You will likely see huge rewards by the end of 3 months and it will be easier to continue your new routine.

FinalForms: We are asking ALL parents of athletes to use FinalForms starting this upcoming 2023-2024 athletic season. Participation fees can be paid online with FinalForms, Efunds, cash or check sent to the athletic offices prior to the start of each sports season. Please register at FinalForms and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign all your forms prior to the start of the participating sport. Get Started with the Parent Playbook

IMPORTANT! For the 2023-24 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2023 or after.

OLDER NEWS

Attendance:
Our start time is 7:45am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving 10 minutes after class starts without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the class (not a tardy). Please call the absence line 616-785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

Updated Attendance Policy for 2023-2024: All absences count toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. These are some changes we want to highlight:

  1. Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  2. Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  3. Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the first week of October.
  4. An example would be on day 30 of the school year, anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.

Athletics Participation & Attendance: Athletes must be in school for the entire day in order to be eligible to compete in a scheduled practice or athletic event. In extreme situations, arrangements must be made with the Athletic Director and/or the Building Principal to acquire an excused absence. Scheduled appointments and funerals are an acceptable reason to be pre-excused. A medical/scheduled appointment note must be given to the athletic office if the appointment is during the scheduled school day.

Free and Reduced Program:
Please follow the link below to complete the Education Benefit Form online KHPS Education Benefit Form Although meals will be available at no cost this year, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form. Families that complete the form and qualify for free or reduced school meals may receive additional benefits including: Waived participation costs for athletics (excluding club sports), reduced fees for high school assessments like AP exams, waived student device (Chromebook) insurance and home internet costs through local providers*Additionally, the number of qualified families increases district funding for student support programs. It is important for all families to apply, whether it seems qualification is likely or not.

Drop-off/Pick-up Info

Zinser Elementary News February 16

02/16/24

Knight Out Fundraiser

Note from Nurse Courtney - Need to Stay Home Sick Chart
Nurse Courtney offers free Strep, Flu, & Covid tests for students. Please give her a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule a test for your child 616-453-2461 ext 4340.

See the Nursing News - January 2024 edition.

Zinser Spotlight
Mrs. Sullivan's class, along with the other fourth grade classes, partnered up with Project Linus to make blankets for children who are sick or in need. Students learned about the nationwide organization and their mission on helping infants through 18 years old. After measuring, cutting and tying, the students used teamwork and collaboration to create 18 beautiful, colorful blankets! Ms. Vicki, the regional director came to greet the students and collected the blankets to be delivered. Mrs. Sullivan's students truly enjoyed this meaningful service project!

Northwestern Little League - Spring 2024
T-Ball-Coach Pitch-Minor I-Minor II-Majors-Juniors registration is open now and closes February 29, 2024. There is an early bird discount through January 7, 2023. Multi-player discounts are available. Register now at https://leagues.bluesombrero.com/NWLittleLeague

KHHS Spring Musical Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.



OLDER NEWS

Parking Lot Notes: MAP
➔ Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot
➔ Always look to pull up in line and when possible to help with the flow of traffic.
◆ Tell your child(ren) to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the class sign and you’ve pulled past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
➔ Thank you for those turning right only! We know it’s an inconvenience, but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run ( We have a couple accidents a year with vehicles turning left)
➔ Drop off starts at 8:30; children may exit vehicles a few minutes early to get traffic flowing, and must wait by their grade sign until the 8:30 bell.
➔ We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop off and pick up, the inside lane is a pass by lane only! Please pass by with caution.

DROP OFF EXPECTATIONS:

  • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35. Kindergarten & K-Knights families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with their class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.

DISMISSAL EXPECTATIONS:

The school day ends at 3:37

  • Kindergarten & K-Knights and early pick-ups start dismissal at 3:30. Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get your child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.
  • We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again this year. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot for an early pick-up at 3:30.
  • 1st - 5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow of traffic
  • We understand that parents can get stuck in traffic or weather events happen that can extend travel time to get to school for the 3:37 dismissal. If you are going to be late please call the office ahead of time so we can make the student(s) aware. Consistent tardiness for pick-up will result in your child(ren) being bused to our Early Childhood Center for after school care. You can be billed for this.

Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:40 will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 am without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call our attendance line at 616-453-2461 opt.1 or email ziattendance@khps.org to communicate your student’s absence, early leave time, or late arrival. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

KHHS News February 16

02/16/24

Spring Athletics
ATHLETES INTERESTED IN PLAYING A SPRING SPORT: Please pick up a pink Permission to Practice Clearance Form from the Athletic Office PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF TRYOUTS/PRACTICE (MARCH 11, 2024)

NHS Blood Drive 2024
It's that time of year again!🩸Get signed up to give at the largest blood drive in MI, held at Walker Ice and Fitness & hosted by the Kenowa Hills High School National Honor Society. Visit the links below to register:
Tues 3/5: https://donate.michigan.versit...
Weds 3/6: https://donate.michigan.versit...

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/teacher conferences are coming up on March 12th and 14th. Signups will be out in the next couple weeks. All conferences will be in person and you must schedule a time to meet with a teacher.

Yearbook Ads
Show your love and pride by purchasing a personalized recognition ad in the yearbook. Act now and create a special memory that will be cherished forever and make their yearbook even more special! Just visit www.jostensadservice.com to create and purchase your ad! But hurry, time and space is limited.
Create your ad by: March 29
Please contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org) if you have any questions!

Unified Basketball
The Unified Basketball season is upon us. The schedule is listed below. We would love to fill the stands and support our Special Olympic athletes.

  • Friday, 2/23 @ South Christian 4:30pm
  • Friday, 3/1 Kenowa Tournament (daytime)

Spring Musical - Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. More details and tickets available at khps.org/musical.



OLDER NEWS

Parking/Drop Off
Just a reminder that student drop off and pick up is on the north side of the parking lot. Parking lots are labeled. Please do not drop off or pick up in the bus loop.

Athletics - High Sports are back!!
You can view the KH Fall Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Next week’s schedule is attached here. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if wearing Kenowa Hills swag, black and gold, and/or theme night! PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paid adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent, late, or needs to leave early, please call the attendance line at 616-784-2400, Prompt 1 or you can email us at hsattendance@khps.org.

Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

The Rapid Bus Route Change
The Rapid is extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area! Children who are 42" and taller can ride the Rapid without an adult. See attached flyer.

Food Service Changes
We are excited to share that KHPS will be participating in the MI School Meals Program and will be offering breakfast and lunch to all students at NO COST starting this fall. Although meals are free, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form found here. You may be entitled to additional benefits.

2023/24 Handbook Changes
We would like to remind everyone of the changes that have been made to our student handbook for the 2023-2024 school year. This information was sent out a few weeks ago. We encourage you to read over the changes specifically within our handbook. Building Handbooks

  • The attendance policy for 2023-2024 will include all absences counting toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. Below are some changes we want to highlight:
  • Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  • Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  • Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the week of Oct. 3.
  • An example would be on day 30 of the school year. Anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.
  • To read all of the changes, please read through the attendance policy located in our handbook.
  • Students will no longer be allowed to order outside food/drink during school hours. (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) Not only are food/drink deliveries during the school day a distraction to student learning, but could also pose a health risk for students who may have allergies and most importantly a safety concern by allowing added strangers into the building. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch this year. There are many options that food services provide to accommodate the diverse choices of all our students.
  • Dress code is something that will continue to be addressed and looked at as we move through the year. The bottom line is clothing choices should not distract from learning. Please remind your student that not all clothing worn outside of school hours is appropriate for during school hours. Clothing should cover all undergarments and should never promote marijuana/THC, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, vulgar language, hate, and discrimination. Wearing costumes, flags, capes, masks (unless medical), and accessories that could be used to cause physical harm or classroom distraction are also prohibited. If it is determined that your student may be violating the dress code, they will be asked to change.

KHMS News February 9

02/09/24

Knight Community Information:
Informational Parent Bond Meeting
Thursday, February 15th, 2024
6pm-7pm
In the High School LGI

DANCE!!
The Student Council is holding an after school dance on Friday, March 8 from 2:45 - 4:30 P.M. More details will be coming soon. In order to be eligible to go to the dance, students must be passing at least 4 of their 6 classes with a 60% or better at the time they buy a ticket during the first week of March. In addition, they may not have any behavior referrals from February 1 - March 8. That includes lunch detentions, after school Knight crews, in school suspension or out of school suspension. We hope students will join us for the fun event!

Knight Community Information:
Kenowa Hills Public Schools is pleased to share Annual Education Reports (AER) with parents, guardians, and members of the community. The AER is a comprehensive document highlighting educational progress made by KHPS schools during the 2022-23 school year. Federal law requires that all districts and schools in Michigan publicly report educational measures related to student assessment, accountability measures, educator qualifications, as well as NAEP and Civil Rights data. District and school reports are available for review on the Kenowa Hills Annual Education Reports website.

Disney's Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.

Healthy Notes From HealthBar!
This month’s nursing education is all about physical activity. Physical activity is
extremely important for our current, future, and mental health, yet only 28% of adults and 24% of children receive the recommended amount of exercise in America. While it is recommended that kids participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day, adults only need around 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity. Finding the time in your busy schedule to exercise will make a huge impact. Regular physical activity has been shown to immediately improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety and blood pressure, and increase energy and mood. Long-term benefits include reducing the risk of developing dementia, depression, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, 8 different common cancers, and obesity. Here are some tips to increase your amount of daily physical activity and start reaping the benefits of exercise today.

  • Take a daily walk. Walk your dog, take a family walk after dinner, or walk on your lunch break. The extra steps add up! Aim for 10,000 steps a day.
  • Check out YouTube. There are tons of free workout videos online. From pilates, HITT, to yoga, you can find great videos with varying time commitments. Many of them even include a daily schedule to follow along.
  • Make a list. List the activities you enjoy and find a way to add them into your daily routine. You can also make a list of what you hope to gain from increased physical activity to keep you motivated.
  • Involve family and friends. They can help keep you motivated and accountable. Physical activity with others can be more enjoyable.
  • Try it for 3 months. It takes three months to make new routines a habit. You will likely see huge rewards by the end of 3 months and it will be easier to continue your new routine.

FinalForms: We are asking ALL parents of athletes to use FinalForms starting this upcoming 2023-2024 athletic season. Participation fees can be paid online with FinalForms, Efunds, cash or check sent to the athletic offices prior to the start of each sports season. Please register at FinalForms and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign all your forms prior to the start of the participating sport. Get Started with the Parent Playbook

IMPORTANT! For the 2023-24 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2023 or after.

OLDER NEWS

Attendance:
Our start time is 7:45am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving 10 minutes after class starts without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the class (not a tardy). Please call the absence line 616-785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

Updated Attendance Policy for 2023-2024: All absences count toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. These are some changes we want to highlight:

  1. Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  2. Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  3. Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the first week of October.
  4. An example would be on day 30 of the school year, anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.

Athletics Participation & Attendance: Athletes must be in school for the entire day in order to be eligible to compete in a scheduled practice or athletic event. In extreme situations, arrangements must be made with the Athletic Director and/or the Building Principal to acquire an excused absence. Scheduled appointments and funerals are an acceptable reason to be pre-excused. A medical/scheduled appointment note must be given to the athletic office if the appointment is during the scheduled school day.

Free and Reduced Program:
Please follow the link below to complete the Education Benefit Form online KHPS Education Benefit Form Although meals will be available at no cost this year, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form. Families that complete the form and qualify for free or reduced school meals may receive additional benefits including: Waived participation costs for athletics (excluding club sports), reduced fees for high school assessments like AP exams, waived student device (Chromebook) insurance and home internet costs through local providers*Additionally, the number of qualified families increases district funding for student support programs. It is important for all families to apply, whether it seems qualification is likely or not.

Drop-off/Pick-up Info

Zinser Elementary News February 9

02/09/24

Knight Out Fundraiser

Note from Nurse Courtney - Need to Stay Home Sick Chart
Nurse Courtney offers free Strep, Flu, & Covid tests for students. Please give her a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule a test for your child 616-453-2461 ext 4340.

See the Nursing News - January 2024 edition.

Spring Music Concert - February 12, 2024
Many parents have inquired about our Christmas Program this year. We alternate between Christmas and Spring Concerts each year. This year will be our Spring Concert. The event will take place on Monday, February 12th in the Kenowa Hills High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) Times are as follows:

KKnights/Kinder: 5:40 - 6:00 - Meet in the Choir Room at 5:30
1st/2nd Grade: 6:15 - 6:35 - Meet in the Band Room Hallway at 6:05
2nd grade meets in the Band Room at 6:05
3rd Grade: 6:50 - 7:10 - Meet in the Choir Room at 6:40
4th/5th Grade: 7:25 - 7:45 - 4th grade meets in the Band Room at 7:15
5th grade meets in the Band Room Hallway at 7:15

* All 3rd & 4th graders MUST bring their recorders

Northwestern Little League - Spring 2024
T-Ball-Coach Pitch-Minor I-Minor II-Majors-Juniors registration is open now and closes February 29, 2024. There is an early bird discount through January 7, 2023. Multi-player discounts are available. Register now at https://leagues.bluesombrero.com/NWLittleLeague

KHHS Spring Musical Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.



OLDER NEWS

Parking Lot Notes: MAP
➔ Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot
➔ Always look to pull up in line and when possible to help with the flow of traffic.
◆ Tell your child(ren) to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the class sign and you’ve pulled past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
➔ Thank you for those turning right only! We know it’s an inconvenience, but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run ( We have a couple accidents a year with vehicles turning left)
➔ Drop off starts at 8:30; children may exit vehicles a few minutes early to get traffic flowing, and must wait by their grade sign until the 8:30 bell.
➔ We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop off and pick up, the inside lane is a pass by lane only! Please pass by with caution.

DROP OFF EXPECTATIONS:

  • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35. Kindergarten & K-Knights families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with their class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.

DISMISSAL EXPECTATIONS:

The school day ends at 3:37

  • Kindergarten & K-Knights and early pick-ups start dismissal at 3:30. Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get your child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.
  • We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again this year. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot for an early pick-up at 3:30.
  • 1st - 5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow of traffic
  • We understand that parents can get stuck in traffic or weather events happen that can extend travel time to get to school for the 3:37 dismissal. If you are going to be late please call the office ahead of time so we can make the student(s) aware. Consistent tardiness for pick-up will result in your child(ren) being bused to our Early Childhood Center for after school care. You can be billed for this.

Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:40 will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 am without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call our attendance line at 616-453-2461 opt.1 or email ziattendance@khps.org to communicate your student’s absence, early leave time, or late arrival. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

KHHS News February 9

02/09/24

NHS Blood Drive 2024
It's that time of year again!🩸Get signed up to give at the largest blood drive in MI, held at Walker Ice and Fitness & hosted by the Kenowa Hills High School National Honor Society. Visit the links below to register:
Tues 3/5: https://donate.michigan.versit...
Weds 3/6: https://donate.michigan.versit...

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/teacher conferences are coming up on March 12th and 14th. Signups will be out in the next couple weeks. All conferences will be in person and you must schedule a time to meet with a teacher.

Bond Information Meeting
There will be a bond information meeting with Mr. Hopkins at the High School on Thursday, 02/15/24, from 6pm – 7pm in the high school LGI room.

Yearbook Ads
Show your love and pride by purchasing a personalized recognition ad in the yearbook. Act now and create a special memory that will be cherished forever and make their yearbook even more special! Just visit www.jostensadservice.com to create and purchase your ad! But hurry, time and space is limited.
Create your ad by: March 29
Please contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org) if you have any questions!

***Congratulations to Senior, Adrianna Marsiglia, who recently broke the school record for points in a career in basketball!

Unified Basketball
The Unified Basketball season is upon us. The schedule is listed below. We would love to fill the stands and support our Special Olympic athletes.

  • Tuesday, 2/13 NorthPointe Christian @ Kenowa 4:00pm
  • Friday, 2/23 @ South Christian 4:30pm
  • Friday, 3/1 Kenowa Tournament (daytime)

Spring Musical - Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. More details and tickets available at khps.org/musical.



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Parking/Drop Off
Just a reminder that student drop off and pick up is on the north side of the parking lot. Parking lots are labeled. Please do not drop off or pick up in the bus loop.

Athletics - High Sports are back!!
You can view the KH Fall Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Next week’s schedule is attached here. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if wearing Kenowa Hills swag, black and gold, and/or theme night! PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paid adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent, late, or needs to leave early, please call the attendance line at 616-784-2400, Prompt 1 or you can email us at hsattendance@khps.org.

Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

The Rapid Bus Route Change
The Rapid is extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area! Children who are 42" and taller can ride the Rapid without an adult. See attached flyer.

Food Service Changes
We are excited to share that KHPS will be participating in the MI School Meals Program and will be offering breakfast and lunch to all students at NO COST starting this fall. Although meals are free, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form found here. You may be entitled to additional benefits.

2023/24 Handbook Changes
We would like to remind everyone of the changes that have been made to our student handbook for the 2023-2024 school year. This information was sent out a few weeks ago. We encourage you to read over the changes specifically within our handbook. Building Handbooks

  • The attendance policy for 2023-2024 will include all absences counting toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. Below are some changes we want to highlight:
  • Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  • Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  • Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the week of Oct. 3.
  • An example would be on day 30 of the school year. Anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.
  • To read all of the changes, please read through the attendance policy located in our handbook.
  • Students will no longer be allowed to order outside food/drink during school hours. (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) Not only are food/drink deliveries during the school day a distraction to student learning, but could also pose a health risk for students who may have allergies and most importantly a safety concern by allowing added strangers into the building. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch this year. There are many options that food services provide to accommodate the diverse choices of all our students.
  • Dress code is something that will continue to be addressed and looked at as we move through the year. The bottom line is clothing choices should not distract from learning. Please remind your student that not all clothing worn outside of school hours is appropriate for during school hours. Clothing should cover all undergarments and should never promote marijuana/THC, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, vulgar language, hate, and discrimination. Wearing costumes, flags, capes, masks (unless medical), and accessories that could be used to cause physical harm or classroom distraction are also prohibited. If it is determined that your student may be violating the dress code, they will be asked to change.

KHHS News February 9

02/09/24

NHS Blood Drive 2024
It's that time of year again!🩸Get signed up to give at the largest blood drive in MI, held at Walker Ice and Fitness & hosted by the Kenowa Hills High School National Honor Society. Visit the links below to register:
Tues 3/5: https://donate.michigan.versit...
Weds 3/6: https://donate.michigan.versit...

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/teacher conferences are coming up on March 12th and 14th. Signups will be out in the next couple weeks. All conferences will be in person and you must schedule a time to meet with a teacher.

Bond Information Meeting
There will be a bond information meeting with Mr. Hopkins at the High School on Thursday, 02/15/24, from 6pm – 7pm in the high school LGI room.

Yearbook Ads
Show your love and pride by purchasing a personalized recognition ad in the yearbook. Act now and create a special memory that will be cherished forever and make their yearbook even more special! Just visit www.jostensadservice.com to create and purchase your ad! But hurry, time and space is limited.
Create your ad by: March 29
Please contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org) if you have any questions!

***Congratulations to Senior, Adrianna Marsiglia, who recently broke the school record for points in a career in basketball!

Unified Basketball
The Unified Basketball season is upon us. The schedule is listed below. We would love to fill the stands and support our Special Olympic athletes.

  • Tuesday, 2/13 NorthPointe Christian @ Kenowa 4:00pm
  • Friday, 2/23 @ South Christian 4:30pm
  • Friday, 3/1 Kenowa Tournament (daytime)

Spring Musical - Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. More details and tickets available at khps.org/musical.



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Parking/Drop Off
Just a reminder that student drop off and pick up is on the north side of the parking lot. Parking lots are labeled. Please do not drop off or pick up in the bus loop.

Athletics - High Sports are back!!
You can view the KH Fall Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Next week’s schedule is attached here. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if wearing Kenowa Hills swag, black and gold, and/or theme night! PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paid adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent, late, or needs to leave early, please call the attendance line at 616-784-2400, Prompt 1 or you can email us at hsattendance@khps.org.

Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

The Rapid Bus Route Change
The Rapid is extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area! Children who are 42" and taller can ride the Rapid without an adult. See attached flyer.

Food Service Changes
We are excited to share that KHPS will be participating in the MI School Meals Program and will be offering breakfast and lunch to all students at NO COST starting this fall. Although meals are free, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form found here. You may be entitled to additional benefits.

2023/24 Handbook Changes
We would like to remind everyone of the changes that have been made to our student handbook for the 2023-2024 school year. This information was sent out a few weeks ago. We encourage you to read over the changes specifically within our handbook. Building Handbooks

  • The attendance policy for 2023-2024 will include all absences counting toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. Below are some changes we want to highlight:
  • Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  • Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  • Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the week of Oct. 3.
  • An example would be on day 30 of the school year. Anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.
  • To read all of the changes, please read through the attendance policy located in our handbook.
  • Students will no longer be allowed to order outside food/drink during school hours. (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) Not only are food/drink deliveries during the school day a distraction to student learning, but could also pose a health risk for students who may have allergies and most importantly a safety concern by allowing added strangers into the building. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch this year. There are many options that food services provide to accommodate the diverse choices of all our students.
  • Dress code is something that will continue to be addressed and looked at as we move through the year. The bottom line is clothing choices should not distract from learning. Please remind your student that not all clothing worn outside of school hours is appropriate for during school hours. Clothing should cover all undergarments and should never promote marijuana/THC, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, vulgar language, hate, and discrimination. Wearing costumes, flags, capes, masks (unless medical), and accessories that could be used to cause physical harm or classroom distraction are also prohibited. If it is determined that your student may be violating the dress code, they will be asked to change.

KHMS News February 2

02/02/24

7th Grade Ice Cream Buffet
7th graders will be treated to an ice cream sundae buffet on Friday, February 9 for winning the Toys for Tots competition. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to donate an ice cream topping or supply. We are still looking for more donations and volunteers to help scoop. Thank you for your support! Sign-up genius donation link

DANCE!!
The Student Council is holding an after school dance on Friday, March 8 from 2:45 - 4:30 P.M. More details will be coming soon. In order to be eligible to go to the dance, students must be passing at least 4 of their 6 classes with a 60% or better at the time they buy a ticket during the first week of March. In addition, they may not have any behavior referrals from February 1 - March 8. That includes lunch detentions, after school Knight crews, in school suspension or out of school suspension. We hope students will join us for the fun event!

School Improvement Perception Survey
At your earliest convenience please take a moment to fill out this survey. Your feedback is very important to the district, and responses by February 9 are greatly appreciated. Parent Survey

Knight Community Information:
Kenowa Hills Public Schools is pleased to share Annual Education Reports (AER) with parents, guardians, and members of the community. The AER is a comprehensive document highlighting educational progress made by KHPS schools during the 2022-23 school year. Federal law requires that all districts and schools in Michigan publicly report educational measures related to student assessment, accountability measures, educator qualifications, as well as NAEP and Civil Rights data. District and school reports are available for review on the Kenowa Hills Annual Education Reports website.

Disney's Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.

Healthy Notes From HealthBar!
This month’s education is mindfulness. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and body sensations in that moment. Mindfulness is something that we all should continue to work on and can benefit from, adults and children alike. Mindfulness Activities

FinalForms: We are asking ALL parents of athletes to use FinalForms starting this upcoming 2023-2024 athletic season. Participation fees can be paid online with FinalForms, Efunds, cash or check sent to the athletic offices prior to the start of each sports season. Please register at FinalForms and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign all your forms prior to the start of the participating sport. Get Started with the Parent Playbook

IMPORTANT! For the 2023-24 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2023 or after.

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Attendance:
Our start time is 7:45am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving 10 minutes after class starts without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the class (not a tardy). Please call the absence line 616-785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

Updated Attendance Policy for 2023-2024: All absences count toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. These are some changes we want to highlight:

  1. Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  2. Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  3. Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the first week of October.
  4. An example would be on day 30 of the school year, anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.

Athletics Participation & Attendance: Athletes must be in school for the entire day in order to be eligible to compete in a scheduled practice or athletic event. In extreme situations, arrangements must be made with the Athletic Director and/or the Building Principal to acquire an excused absence. Scheduled appointments and funerals are an acceptable reason to be pre-excused. A medical/scheduled appointment note must be given to the athletic office if the appointment is during the scheduled school day.

Free and Reduced Program:
Please follow the link below to complete the Education Benefit Form online KHPS Education Benefit Form Although meals will be available at no cost this year, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form. Families that complete the form and qualify for free or reduced school meals may receive additional benefits including: Waived participation costs for athletics (excluding club sports), reduced fees for high school assessments like AP exams, waived student device (Chromebook) insurance and home internet costs through local providers*Additionally, the number of qualified families increases district funding for student support programs. It is important for all families to apply, whether it seems qualification is likely or not.

Drop-off/Pick-up Info

Zinser Elementary News February 2

02/02/24

Knight Out Fundraiser

Girls on the Run
Attention 3rd - 5th grade girls!! Girls on the Run sign-ups are now open. Visit https://www.gotrwm.org/

Note from Nurse Courtney - Need to Stay Home Sick Chart
Nurse Courtney offers free Strep, Flu, & Covid tests for students. Please give her a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule a test for your child 616-453-2461 ext 4340.

See the Nursing News - January 2024 edition.

Spring Music Concert - February 12, 2024
Many parents have inquired about our Christmas Program this year. We alternate between Christmas and Spring Concerts each year. This year will be our Spring Concert. The event will take place on Monday, February 12th in the Kenowa Hills High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) Times are as follows:

KKnights/Kinder: 5:40 - 6:00 - Meet in the Choir Room at 5:30
1st/2nd Grade: 6:15 - 6:35 - Meet in the Band Room Hallway at 6:05
2nd grade meets in the Band Room at 6:05
3rd Grade: 6:50 - 7:10 - Meet in the Choir Room at 6:40
4th/5th Grade: 7:25 - 7:45 - 4th grade meets in the Band Room at 7:15
5th grade meets in the Band Room Hallway at 7:15

* All 3rd & 4th graders MUST bring their recorders

Northwestern Little League - Spring 2024
T-Ball-Coach Pitch-Minor I-Minor II-Majors-Juniors registration is open now and closes February 29, 2024. There is an early bird discount through January 7, 2023. Multi-player discounts are available. Register now at https://leagues.bluesombrero.com/NWLittleLeague

KHHS Spring Musical Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.



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Parking Lot Notes: MAP
➔ Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot
➔ Always look to pull up in line and when possible to help with the flow of traffic.
◆ Tell your child(ren) to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the class sign and you’ve pulled past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
➔ Thank you for those turning right only! We know it’s an inconvenience, but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run ( We have a couple accidents a year with vehicles turning left)
➔ Drop off starts at 8:30; children may exit vehicles a few minutes early to get traffic flowing, and must wait by their grade sign until the 8:30 bell.
➔ We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop off and pick up, the inside lane is a pass by lane only! Please pass by with caution.

DROP OFF EXPECTATIONS:

  • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35. Kindergarten & K-Knights families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with their class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.

DISMISSAL EXPECTATIONS:

The school day ends at 3:37

  • Kindergarten & K-Knights and early pick-ups start dismissal at 3:30. Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get your child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.
  • We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again this year. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot for an early pick-up at 3:30.
  • 1st - 5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow of traffic
  • We understand that parents can get stuck in traffic or weather events happen that can extend travel time to get to school for the 3:37 dismissal. If you are going to be late please call the office ahead of time so we can make the student(s) aware. Consistent tardiness for pick-up will result in your child(ren) being bused to our Early Childhood Center for after school care. You can be billed for this.

Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:40 will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 am without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call our attendance line at 616-453-2461 opt.1 or email ziattendance@khps.org to communicate your student’s absence, early leave time, or late arrival. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

Central Elementary News February 2

02/02/24

Knight Out Fundraiser

Yearbook Ordering available

Will you have a Kindergartener next year?

  • Parent Meeting March 4 @ 6:00 pm at Central Elementary
  • Screenings held at Central Elementary May 2nd
    • Call 616-453-6351 to make an appointment

KH Special Olympics Field Trip (for our SUNS/Peer to Peer program)

Mobile Dentist - is coming March 21st and March 22nd.

Forms were sent home, but here is where you can go to enroll your child online: https://www.myschooldentist.com/KHKEMI_schsrm.

Read-a-thon - is around the corner and we need help! Below is a sign up to be a part of the committee. This would entail planning the incentives and rewards and ensuring we have volunteers throughout March to hand out prizes etc.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DADAD2FA2F85-47415354-readathon

KHHS Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Auditions will be open to all KHPS students in grades 4-12. Auditions for HS students will be December 2 and auditions for 4th-8th graders will be December 16. More details found at khps.org/musical.

Important Dates

Central Elementary Winter Concerts @ KH Performing Arts Center

Central Music Concerts - February 5 & 6

Central Conciertos - días 5 y 6 de febrero

K-Knights (Young 5's), Kindergarten, 1st Grade & 2nd Grade

Monday, February 5, 2024

3rd Grade, 4th Grade & 5th Grade
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

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Important Dates

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, November 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer or visit the school during school hours (this includes reading with students, helping teachers, attending a classroom party, watching a class play production and so forth), you must complete a background check for the new school year.

Background checks must be completed in person at any KH front office. Please bring a state-issued photo ID.

  • You must request to volunteer through your child’s teacher - he or she will add your name to an approved volunteer list in the main office.
  • All volunteers must enter through the main office and must sign in.
  • You will receive a volunteer pass that must be worn and visible at all times while in the building.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

Letter from the Nurse
Hello, my name is Michelle and I am the Registered Nurse at Central Elementary. For those of you that do not know me, this will be my second year at Central and I am so excited to be back for another great school year! With the first day of school rapidly approaching, I wanted to send out a reminder that all medications kept at the school, prescription and non- prescription, will need a medication consent form filled out and signed by both a guardian and a physician. Attached you will find the Medication Consent form. This needs to be dated no earlier than July 1 and must be completed before administration of any medications at school.

If your child has allergies, asthma, diabetes, or seizures, an Emergency Action Plan is also required. You can receive these forms from your child's physician. If you would like a blank generic form, please contact me. Please note, these also require a physician signature. If your child has other chronic conditions that could require care at school or that I should be aware of, please let me know.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,
Michelle Sikkema, BSN, RN
Central Elementary - Kenowa Hills Public Schools
616.453.6351 ext. 6342
msikkema@khps.org

Transportation Reminder
If your student will get picked up or dropped off at a location that is not your home you’ll need to email an alternate transportation form to transportation@khps.org. Alternate bus changes take about 2 weeks to update.
The transportation department can also be reached at (616) 453-4757 or see more info at khps.org/transportation.

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Breakfast and Lunch
All students in Michigan will once again have the option of free breakfast and lunch at school! An Education Benefit application will take the place of the free & reduced meal benefit application. We will send it out via email as soon as it is shared with us. We ask that every family take a few moments to complete this application when it arrives. A snack bar will still be offered at Central. Money can be added to an account for purchasing these items using our new system, Titan. More information, and menus can be found here.

Strive for Less than Five
A reminder that attendance is important! At KHPS we strive for less than five absences for every student. Make every day count by being on time, setting appointments for before or after school when possible, and planning vacations when school is out. Read the flyer from the Kent ISD for details on this initiative (Eng and Sp).

Hand2Hand at Central
We would like to offer your student the opportunity to participate in a program at Central Elementary called “Hand2Hand”. This program helps provide a student with food for the weekends and is intended for families who currently may be experiencing a financial burden. The first backpack is set to be delivered on September 22nd. Learn more about this program, or how you can participate here.

Ride the Rapid Bus Changes
The Rapid has extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area. See the attached flyer for details.

Drop-off & Pick-up Reminders
We show Respect, We all stay Safe, Central SHINES! Earliest drop-off time is 8:30 am and school begins at 8:35 am. School ends at 3:37 pm. Please see the attached flyer for our Procedures Map and more information.

KHHS News February 2

02/02/24

2023-24 KHPS School Improvement Perception Surveys DUE February 9
Parents, if you could take a moment and complete the school improvement perception survey, we would appreciate it.
Survey English - link
Survey Spanish - link

Yearbook Ads
Show your love and pride by purchasing a personalized recognition ad in the yearbook. Act now and create a special memory that will be cherished forever and make their yearbook even more special! Just visit www.jostensadservice.com to create and purchase your ad! But hurry, time and space is limited.
Create your ad by: March 29
Please contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org) if you have any questions!

Unified Basketball
The Unified Basketball season is upon us. The schedule is listed below. We would love to fill the stands and support our Special Olympic athletes.

  • Tuesday, 2/13 NorthPointe Christian @ Kenowa 4:00pm
  • Friday, 2/23 @ South Christian 4:30pm
  • Friday, 3/1 Kenowa Tournament (daytime)

Spring Musical - Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. More details and tickets available at khps.org/musical.



OLDER NEWS

Parking/Drop Off
Just a reminder that student drop off and pick up is on the north side of the parking lot. Parking lots are labeled. Please do not drop off or pick up in the bus loop.

Athletics - High Sports are back!!
You can view the KH Fall Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Next week’s schedule is attached here. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if wearing Kenowa Hills swag, black and gold, and/or theme night! PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paid adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent, late, or needs to leave early, please call the attendance line at 616-784-2400, Prompt 1 or you can email us at hsattendance@khps.org.

Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

The Rapid Bus Route Change
The Rapid is extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area! Children who are 42" and taller can ride the Rapid without an adult. See attached flyer.

Food Service Changes
We are excited to share that KHPS will be participating in the MI School Meals Program and will be offering breakfast and lunch to all students at NO COST starting this fall. Although meals are free, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form found here. You may be entitled to additional benefits.

2023/24 Handbook Changes
We would like to remind everyone of the changes that have been made to our student handbook for the 2023-2024 school year. This information was sent out a few weeks ago. We encourage you to read over the changes specifically within our handbook. Building Handbooks

  • The attendance policy for 2023-2024 will include all absences counting toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. Below are some changes we want to highlight:
  • Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  • Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  • Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the week of Oct. 3.
  • An example would be on day 30 of the school year. Anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.
  • To read all of the changes, please read through the attendance policy located in our handbook.
  • Students will no longer be allowed to order outside food/drink during school hours. (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) Not only are food/drink deliveries during the school day a distraction to student learning, but could also pose a health risk for students who may have allergies and most importantly a safety concern by allowing added strangers into the building. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch this year. There are many options that food services provide to accommodate the diverse choices of all our students.
  • Dress code is something that will continue to be addressed and looked at as we move through the year. The bottom line is clothing choices should not distract from learning. Please remind your student that not all clothing worn outside of school hours is appropriate for during school hours. Clothing should cover all undergarments and should never promote marijuana/THC, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, vulgar language, hate, and discrimination. Wearing costumes, flags, capes, masks (unless medical), and accessories that could be used to cause physical harm or classroom distraction are also prohibited. If it is determined that your student may be violating the dress code, they will be asked to change.

Central Elementary News December 22

12/22/23

Knight Out Fundraiser

KH Basketball @ The GR Gold Game

Yearbook Ordering available

Altitudes Fundraiser
Thursday, January 4th at Altitude Trampoline Park & More, at 3495 Alpine Ave NW. from 2 -5 pm. 25% will be donated to KH Central PTO. Present this flyer or mention that you are with Central Elementary at check-in. Jump with friends and support your school! 60 minutes for $15.99, 90 minutes for $19.99, and 120 minutes for $21.99. Waiver and grip socks are required for all jumpers!

Knight Out 2.0
New Format - New Location - More Fun!
February 24, 2024
Eastern Ave. Hall | 506 Eastern Ave NE | Grand Rapids
Doors at 6:30 pm

A Knight of live music, auction items, fundraising, and games! Tickets are $45 Early Bird now through January 15, then $50 after Jan. 15. Tickets include appetizers and there will be a cash bar. To purchase tickets Venmo: @KenowaHills-AthleticBoosters and comment one name per ticket.

Questions: visit KenowaHillsAthleticBoosters.com or contact Bob Mull at khathleticboosters@gmail.com.

Baton Twirling
Come join the fun and learn how to twirl a baton! Baton twirling is making a comeback as the latest and greatest sensation! Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Dates: Every Tuesday February 7th thru May 30th

Times: Ages 4-7, 6:15-7:00 pm | Ages 8-18, 7:00-7:45 pm

Registration: On February 7th, at the first class.
(In the event class is canceled the first week because of bad weather, the class will begin the following week. Check www.athleticsensations.com or call 616-460-1747 for cancellation information.)

Location:
Coit Creative Arts Gymnasium, 617 Coit Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503

Cost: $9/week to be paid at each class. $10 registration fee to be paid at first class. Batons are available for purchase at class for $35. Payment plans for batons available: $20 the first week, then $5 each week until paid off.

Popcorn Day
Next Popcorn Day is January 12 - bring your quarters!

Northwestern Little League - Spring 2024
T-Ball-Coach Pitch-Minor I-Minor II-Majors-Juniors registration is open now and closes February 29, 2024. There is an early bird discount through January 7, 2023. Multi-player discounts are available. Register now at https://leagues.bluesombrero.com/NWLittleLeague

Girls on the Run
Attention 3rd - 5th grade girls!! Girls on the Run sign-ups are now open. Visit https://www.gotrwm.org/

KHHS Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Auditions will be open to all KHPS students in grades 4-12. Auditions for HS students will be December 2 and auditions for 4th-8th graders will be December 16. More details found at khps.org/musical.

Kenowa Hills Junior Kickers Winter Session
Juniors is a youth soccer program run by licensed PASS coaches. This program is intended to be a fun and friendly way for your children to try out soccer and begin to develop their skills. For grades K-5, this program runs January 9th - February 24th. See the flyer or register to play here.

Important Dates

Central Elementary Winter Concerts @ KH Performing Arts Center

Central Music Concerts - February 5 & 6

Central Conciertos - días 5 y 6 de febrero

K-Knights (Young 5's), Kindergarten, 1st Grade & 2nd Grade

Monday, February 5, 2024

3rd Grade, 4th Grade & 5th Grade
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, November 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

OLDER NEWS

Important Dates

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, November 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer or visit the school during school hours (this includes reading with students, helping teachers, attending a classroom party, watching a class play production and so forth), you must complete a background check for the new school year.

Background checks must be completed in person at any KH front office. Please bring a state-issued photo ID.

  • You must request to volunteer through your child’s teacher - he or she will add your name to an approved volunteer list in the main office.
  • All volunteers must enter through the main office and must sign in.
  • You will receive a volunteer pass that must be worn and visible at all times while in the building.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

Letter from the Nurse
Hello, my name is Michelle and I am the Registered Nurse at Central Elementary. For those of you that do not know me, this will be my second year at Central and I am so excited to be back for another great school year! With the first day of school rapidly approaching, I wanted to send out a reminder that all medications kept at the school, prescription and non- prescription, will need a medication consent form filled out and signed by both a guardian and a physician. Attached you will find the Medication Consent form. This needs to be dated no earlier than July 1 and must be completed before administration of any medications at school.

If your child has allergies, asthma, diabetes, or seizures, an Emergency Action Plan is also required. You can receive these forms from your child's physician. If you would like a blank generic form, please contact me. Please note, these also require a physician signature. If your child has other chronic conditions that could require care at school or that I should be aware of, please let me know.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,
Michelle Sikkema, BSN, RN
Central Elementary - Kenowa Hills Public Schools
616.453.6351 ext. 6342
msikkema@khps.org

Transportation Reminder
If your student will get picked up or dropped off at a location that is not your home you’ll need to email an alternate transportation form to transportation@khps.org. Alternate bus changes take about 2 weeks to update.
The transportation department can also be reached at (616) 453-4757 or see more info at khps.org/transportation.

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Breakfast and Lunch
All students in Michigan will once again have the option of free breakfast and lunch at school! An Education Benefit application will take the place of the free & reduced meal benefit application. We will send it out via email as soon as it is shared with us. We ask that every family take a few moments to complete this application when it arrives. A snack bar will still be offered at Central. Money can be added to an account for purchasing these items using our new system, Titan. More information, and menus can be found here.

Strive for Less than Five
A reminder that attendance is important! At KHPS we strive for less than five absences for every student. Make every day count by being on time, setting appointments for before or after school when possible, and planning vacations when school is out. Read the flyer from the Kent ISD for details on this initiative (Eng and Sp).

Hand2Hand at Central
We would like to offer your student the opportunity to participate in a program at Central Elementary called “Hand2Hand”. This program helps provide a student with food for the weekends and is intended for families who currently may be experiencing a financial burden. The first backpack is set to be delivered on September 22nd. Learn more about this program, or how you can participate here.

Ride the Rapid Bus Changes
The Rapid has extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area. See the attached flyer for details.

Drop-off & Pick-up Reminders
We show Respect, We all stay Safe, Central SHINES! Earliest drop-off time is 8:30 am and school begins at 8:35 am. School ends at 3:37 pm. Please see the attached flyer for our Procedures Map and more information.

Central Elementary News December 15

12/15/23

Knight Out Fundraiser

KH Basketball @ The GR Gold Game

Yearbook Ordering available

Penguin Patch Santa's Holiday Shop @ School

Volunteer to help at the holiday shop

Popcorn Day
Next Popcorn Day is January 12 - bring your quarters!

Northwestern Little League - Spring 2024
T-Ball-Coach Pitch-Minor I-Minor II-Majors-Juniors registration is open now and closes February 29, 2024. There is an early bird discount through January 7, 2023. Multi-player discounts are available. Register now at https://leagues.bluesombrero.com/NWLittleLeague

Orchard Hill Church Lighted Christmas Path
A free event, Friday-Sunday December 15-17, 2023 from 6-9 pm. Enjoy a stroll through a beautiful woodland path of Christmas lights while sipping hot chocolate, eating cookies and listening to carolers! See more at OrchardHill.org/Lighted-Christmas-Path.

Girls on the Run
Attention 3rd - 5th grade girls!! Girls on the Run sign-ups are now open. Visit https://www.gotrwm.org/

KHHS Frozen Jr. Auditions & Show Info
High School Spring Musical Auditions - Disney's Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Auditions will be open to all KHPS students in grades 4-12. Auditions for HS students will be December 2 and auditions for 4th-8th graders will be December 16. More details found at khps.org/musical.

Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only.

Kenowa Hills Ski and Snowboard Club
AVAILABLE OPTIONS:

Ages 11+ AND Parents
Option 1: 10 Punches/Pre-Paid Lift TIckets = $195.00
Option 2: 6 Punches/Pre-Paid Lift Tickets =$160.00

7-10 year old students
Option 1: 10 Punches/Pre-Paid Lift Tickets = $155.00
Option 2: 6 Punches/Pre-paid Lift Tickets) = $120.00
(REMINDER: KIDS 6 & UNDER SKI FREE)

Passes are non-refundable, non-replaceable and non-transferable and expire at the
end of the current season. Cannonsburg Ski & Ride Area cannot be responsible for
unused punches.

HOW TO PURCHASE ONLINE:
1. Go to our website link: https://cannonsburg.com/store/
2. Click on the C-flake icon for the type of punch pass you want to purchase.
3. Fill out the necessary information, INCLUDING the KH sponsor and school name:
SPONSOR = Jason Snyder, SCHOOL = Kenowa Hills Public Schools

November Note from the Nurse

Kenowa Hills Junior Kickers Winter Session
Juniors is a youth soccer program run by licensed PASS coaches. This program is intended to be a fun and friendly way for your children to try out soccer and begin to develop their skills. For grades K-5, this program runs January 9th - February 24th. See the flyer or register to play here.

Tai Chi Class
Thursdays beginning October 19 - from 6 - 7 pm in the Central Elementary Cafeteria. $40 per month. Try a class for $10, then pay the remaining $30 if you like it. Email vankuikm@hotmail.com with questions and to register! Ages 14 and up. Interested individuals under 18 need to have a parent/guardian sign a release form. Learn more.

Dance Academy for ELE & MS
Professional dance instruction for all ages 2+ and skill level. Ballet, Pointe, ABT, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and more! Register today at www.danceacademygr.com. For more information, visit www.danceacademygr.com or call 616-785-0650, or email academyofdancearts684@gmail.com. See flyer attached.

Kids Life Bible Club
You are invited to the bible club after-school program for grades K-5th held in the Central Stem Room after school until 4:30 pm. Start date is September 18. Enjoy snacks with your new friends and listen to bible stories. See the flyer attached for more information and a permission slip to participate.

Important Dates

Central Elementary Winter Concerts @ KH Performing Arts Center

Central Music Concerts - February 5 & 6

Central Conciertos - días 5 y 6 de febrero

K-Knights (Young 5's), Kindergarten, 1st Grade & 2nd Grade

Monday, February 5, 2024

3rd Grade, 4th Grade & 5th Grade
Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, November 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

OLDER NEWS

Important Dates

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, November 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer or visit the school during school hours (this includes reading with students, helping teachers, attending a classroom party, watching a class play production and so forth), you must complete a background check for the new school year.

Background checks must be completed in person at any KH front office. Please bring a state-issued photo ID.

  • You must request to volunteer through your child’s teacher - he or she will add your name to an approved volunteer list in the main office.
  • All volunteers must enter through the main office and must sign in.
  • You will receive a volunteer pass that must be worn and visible at all times while in the building.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

Letter from the Nurse
Hello, my name is Michelle and I am the Registered Nurse at Central Elementary. For those of you that do not know me, this will be my second year at Central and I am so excited to be back for another great school year! With the first day of school rapidly approaching, I wanted to send out a reminder that all medications kept at the school, prescription and non- prescription, will need a medication consent form filled out and signed by both a guardian and a physician. Attached you will find the Medication Consent form. This needs to be dated no earlier than July 1 and must be completed before administration of any medications at school.

If your child has allergies, asthma, diabetes, or seizures, an Emergency Action Plan is also required. You can receive these forms from your child's physician. If you would like a blank generic form, please contact me. Please note, these also require a physician signature. If your child has other chronic conditions that could require care at school or that I should be aware of, please let me know.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,
Michelle Sikkema, BSN, RN
Central Elementary - Kenowa Hills Public Schools
616.453.6351 ext. 6342
msikkema@khps.org

Transportation Reminder
If your student will get picked up or dropped off at a location that is not your home you’ll need to email an alternate transportation form to transportation@khps.org. Alternate bus changes take about 2 weeks to update.
The transportation department can also be reached at (616) 453-4757 or see more info at khps.org/transportation.

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Breakfast and Lunch
All students in Michigan will once again have the option of free breakfast and lunch at school! An Education Benefit application will take the place of the free & reduced meal benefit application. We will send it out via email as soon as it is shared with us. We ask that every family take a few moments to complete this application when it arrives. A snack bar will still be offered at Central. Money can be added to an account for purchasing these items using our new system, Titan. More information, and menus can be found here.

Strive for Less than Five
A reminder that attendance is important! At KHPS we strive for less than five absences for every student. Make every day count by being on time, setting appointments for before or after school when possible, and planning vacations when school is out. Read the flyer from the Kent ISD for details on this initiative (Eng and Sp).

Hand2Hand at Central
We would like to offer your student the opportunity to participate in a program at Central Elementary called “Hand2Hand”. This program helps provide a student with food for the weekends and is intended for families who currently may be experiencing a financial burden. The first backpack is set to be delivered on September 22nd. Learn more about this program, or how you can participate here.

Ride the Rapid Bus Changes
The Rapid has extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area. See the attached flyer for details.

Drop-off & Pick-up Reminders
We show Respect, We all stay Safe, Central SHINES! Earliest drop-off time is 8:30 am and school begins at 8:35 am. School ends at 3:37 pm. Please see the attached flyer for our Procedures Map and more information.

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Our Personal Mastery educational experience has redefined education and has gained attention around the state and nation. Personal Mastery provides your child with personalized attention from teachers. Instead of teaching to a broad group of students without an understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses, Personal Mastery allows teachers to interact with students individually or in small groups to help them better address their weaknesses. In this way, we strive to help your child reach their full potential.

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