Central Elementary News
December 15

Central Elementary News December 15


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

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

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.

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


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

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,
Michelle Sikkema, BSN, RN
Central Elementary - Kenowa Hills Public Schools
616.453.6351 ext. 6342

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.


Nothing is more precious than your children. Find out how we work to ensure students feel safe, valued, and that they belong.

Safety and Security Commitment to Anti-Bullying Creating Inclusive Environments Safety Drills

Life is busy. At Kenowa Hills, we partner with families to make life easier.


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.


At the home of the Knights, athletic programs are a vital part of building character, drive, commitment, and teamwork for our student athletes.


The arts build pride and community at Kenowa Hills. From our Marching Knights to musical performances at our Performing Arts Center, we believe the student experience really is a work of art.

Join us in our effort to STRIVE FOR LESS THAN FIVE
Absences Every School Year