10/15/21: A new case has been posted to the COVID Dashboard


Central Elementary News October 15

10/15/21

Goodies Factory
This year’s Goodies Factory Fundraiser was supposed to be 100% virtual. Due to oversight from the company, your packet may have included a paper order form. While we are encouraging all orders to be done online, we have decided to accept all order forms and check payments. We are sorry for any confusion this may have caused and appreciate your understanding. Once all orders are submitted we will be setting up distribution and will communicate that with you ASAP.

All order forms must be turned in to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, October 22. No late orders will be accepted so turning them in early is recommended. Please seal your order forms and checks in a

clearly labeled envelope. Checks only please made out to KH Central Elementary PTO

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

KH Central PTO, khcentralpto@gmail.com

Central Shines – Winners of this week’s SHINES award.
Jeremiah C.
Virginia J.
Ryan R.
Brielle V.
Alanna G.
Noel Z.
Adalee P.
Tonisha D.
Deandre J.
Owen J.
Saul V-Y.
Grayson E.
Mia C.
Jack G.
Brook O.
Brooke N.
Aubriana W.
Logan D.
Giselle A.
Caitlyn C.

Central Elementary Art Exhibit - Kent District Library, Walker Branch
Artwork on display through October - Pieces by:
Remi S.
Ben G.
Ryan R.
Brook O.
Tessa V.
Caleb S.
BrandaLynn N.
Aubrey R.
Ploysai P.
Jayveon M.
Mollie R.
Carter G.
Sebastian G.
Brayden J.

We Need Your Help:
Many updates to the school were made possible with the passing of the school bond. One area that has not been touched is the teacher's lounge. We are working to give Central teachers and staff a place that they can enjoy! We hope for this update to take place over Christmas Break. Send us an email if you are interested in helping! We will need people to clean, paint, move and assemble furniture, decorate, and more!

Conference dinners are back!
Help us spoil our teachers by signing up to bring items for a taco bar as well as side dishes, desserts, drinks, and tableware. Oct. 21 and Oct. 26. Visit: bit.ly/3uOxq8X - Or go to signupgenius.com and search using our email address.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Sarah Eadeh (2nd-grade teacher) and her husband Joe welcomed their twin daughters, Abby and Ella, on October 2nd!

Knight Gear
Winter is just around the corner. Order today and get 15% OFF our Kenowa Hills Spirit Store jackets, blankets, hats, and beanies! https://apparelnow.com/kenowa-hills-spirit-store-apparel

KHHS News October 1

10/01/21

Social Media
At a time when many of our students are active on and influenced by social media, it is important that adults are aware of social media trends and "challenges" so that we can communicate clearly with students to help them avoid unwanted consequences of impulsive actions. Unfortunately, it seems that TikTok challenges continue to promote negative, and in some cases criminal behaviors. Please have a conversation with your student(s) regarding the negative impact these challenges could have on their futures and on the school community. These challenges break the school code of conduct and put others at risk. Some challenges encourage criminal behavior that would warrant the school contacting police. As always, we expect and work hard at making our school a safe place to be and learn. Our priority is to partner with families to keep our kids safe.

Fall 2021 Conferences
Conferences are fast approaching. We will continue to use the online tool for scheduling that we have used in the past known as PTCFast. Conferences will be virtual ONLY through zoom or by phone. There will be a link sent out no later than Tuesday, Oct 12th to start signing up. Once you select a time for the teacher/s you choose, a zoom link will be sent to connect via video or the teacher can call you at your selected time.

  • Conference availability is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Try the virtual link the teacher gives you prior to your scheduled time. There won’t be anyone on the other end, but to ensure its working.
  • Conferences will be held on Tuesday, Oct 19th and Thursday, Oct 21st from 4pm-7:30pm and Friday, Oct 22nd from 12:30pm-2:30pm

Students of the Week
Students of the Week is back!!! Each week, 8 students (2 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 2 juniors, 2 seniors-typically 1 female and 1 male from each grade level) will be awarded with a certificate from KHHS and from Buffalo Wild Wings on Alpine Ave for 6 Boneless Wings. Criteria for students can include academic achievement or positive behavior traits. Different departments will choose each week. Those that have been chosen will be announced on Monday mornings.

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent 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.

Athletics
Next week’s athletic events are attached. Be sure to come out and support your Kenowa Hills Knights! As a reminder, we cannot except Venmo, debit cards or credit cards for any ticket sales at home events. Cash only please. Ticket Prices: Adults are $5 & Students are $3 20/21

Yearbooks Class of 2021!!!
There are some yearbooks that still need to be picked up from the 20/21 school year. You may pick up your yearbook M-F 7:30am-3pm from the Main Office or a sibling can pick it up from the office for you.

Senior Pictures
Below is the link to submit your senior photos! Please read the instructions & submit these before October 31. If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org). https://forms.gle/uA1B7H1op88jgA8bA

Baby Ads/Yearbook Purchases
Are you interested in purchasing a Senior Recognition/Baby Ad for your student in the yearbook this year? If so, please follow the link below to purchase. If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org). All yearbooks are currently $45 dollars until October 8. You may use the same link below to purchase your yearbook. Remember, yearbooks are an awesome way to hold onto those special memories from high school!
https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/customer/1064 277/Kenowa-Hills-High-School/

Senior Shirts
Seniors, look for a SANP table during lunches on Monday, Oct 4th. The students can drop off their t-shirt orders in an envelope with student’s name, shirt size and check (made out to - KH SANP 2022) or cash and put it in the SANP drop box in student services. Shirts are $15. Orders due by next Friday, October 8. If you aren't receiving emails from SANP committee, please send an email with your email address to schulte.janemom24@gmail.com.

KHHS Fall Play
Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand November 11, 12, and 13 at 7:00pm Tickets are $8.00 and may be purchased at www.khps.org/pac.

Night of January 16th is a drama set in a courtroom during a murder trial where members of the audience are the jury. The court hears the case of Karen Andre, a former secretary to businessman Bjorn Faulkner, of whose murder she is accused. The play does not directly portray the events leading to Faulkner's death; instead the jury must rely on character testimony to decide whether Andre is guilty. The play's ending depends on the verdict voted on by the audience.

Homecoming
The Student Council is pleased to announce that we will celebrate the Wonderful World of Disney this year for Homecoming. The dance will be held on Oct. 9th from 8pm - 10 pm. You can get your tickets during all lunches until Thurs, Oct 7th for $10. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests this year but hope that KH students will be ready to celebrate school spirit and being together.

Spirit Week 2021
Monday – Oct. 4: Halloween
Tuesday – Oct. 5: Dress to Impress (formal, confidence-boosting)
Wednesday – Oct. 6: Color Day (Powder Puff)
Seniors-Aqua/Teal
Juniors-Pink
Sophomores-White
Freshman-Purple
Powder Puff practice starts at 6:15pm on the football field. Game is at 7pm. Bonfire and donuts to follow.
Thursday – Oct. 7: Disney Day
Seniors-Tangled
Juniors-Princess & the Frog
Sophomores-Beauty & the Beast
Freshman-Up
Friday – Oct. 8: Black & Gold Day
The Pep Assembly will begin around 1:45pm (set time to be determined.) The assembly will be held at the football field. Please wear your warmer black and gold apparel that day depending on the weather. Alternate plans will be announced in the event of rain. Parents of the Homecoming Court are allowed to attend the assembly.

KHMS News October 1

10/01/21

Congratulations to the Students of the Week!!
6th Grade: Karla Rodriguez-Caballer
7th Grade: Clare Mecedo-Velazquez
8th Grade: Avril Bacallao-Gonzalez

SCHEDULE CHANGE!!
October 8th is now a BLACK BLOCK day, 1,2,4!

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 6: Count Day
Oct. 8: Homecoming
Oct. 11: No school

Homecoming Week is Upon Us! Help us show Knight Pride by taking part in these festivities!
Monday- Plaid/Flannel
Tuesday- Pajama Day
Wednesday- College Day
Thursday- Tie Dye
Friday- Black & Gold

Reminder
A friendly reminder, if you could please call ahead to excuse your child for an appointment that is during school hours. We like to refrain from interrupting class as much as possible. The middle school start time is 7:45am, we need your help getting students here on time! Doors open at 7:30 and school ends at 2:42! Please call the attendance line (616) 785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. This email is another way to communicate your students' absence, early leave time, or late arrivals as well!

DROP OFF ADJUSTMENTS!
We are starting a 2 LANE SYSTEM! Students who wait in the car till doors open, please stay to the Right. Students who drop and go, please stay to the Left. WAIT=RIGHT LANE DROP & GO’s=LEFT LANE

Families of Students on Quarantine
When students have to quarantine, our goal is that students stay engaged and stay caught up in their academic work (homework assignments). Below is what will take place if your student(s) has to quarantine.
Students on Quarantine:

  • Parent/Guardian and student will receive an email from the middle school office. Recipients include student/parent and teachers.
  • Students email their teachers and log into Canvas for homework assignments.
  • Students email their teachers if you have any questions about homework assignments.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) please check in with your student daily on what assignments were completed throughout the day. If you have any questions about academic assignments, please contact your student’s teachers.

Athletics
Attention 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Girls Swimmers!
Sign ups are available for girls interested in swimming with Grandville Middle School. Practice begins on October 18th (at Grandville.) To register your child go to: https://grandville-mi.finalfor... (Make sure you electronically fill out, electronically sign and submit every form in Final Forms) Payment needs to be made on Final Forms as well ($45) unless your child is on Free & Reduced lunch. Please turn your sports physical into Amanda Thayer at Kenowa Hills Middle School - this must be signed by a doctor and the actual physical date has to be April 15, 2021 or after. Sports Physical Form *Parents are responsible for transporting their athletes to practices, car-pooling has been helpful in the past. Depending on our roster number we will transport girls by van on meet days. We had a record number last season and hope the interest stays on the right track this year!

Winter 1 sports are starting up late October! All athletes must have a sports physical on file before the first day of tryouts/practice!! There is a participation fee of $70.00 unless your child is on free & reduced lunch.
Winter 1 Sports:

  • Boys 7th/8th grade basketball,
  • Girls 6th, 7th & 8th competitive cheer
  • 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls swimming with Grandville

Attention 6th Grade Athletes! Please visit the KH website to be up to date on all our sport offerings! The youth programs develop our future Knights ultimately providing strength to our Varsity Programs!

Update
As the bus driver shortage continues to be an issue throughout the area please be aware of last minute changes and cancellations. Transportation tries to give as much warning as possible on routes, but some circumstances are out of their control. We appreciate your patience and understanding with the inconveniences.

Zinser Elementary News October 1

10/01/21

Spirit Week
Monday – Wear your class color:
K=Red
1, ASD=Green
2=Orange
3=Blue
4=Yellow
5=Purple
Western Tuesday – Zinser goes country. Wear western attire.
Formal Wednesday – Looking Good! Dress to impress for picture day.
Team Day Thursday – Wear your favorite team or athletic gear.
Black & Gold Friday – GO KNIGHTS! School Spirit Day, wear your black and gold.

Too Sick for School?
Students should stay home and be evaluated by a physician if they meet any of the criteria below: a new cough or fever OR lost of smell or taste - OR if a student has TWO of the following symptoms: Chills, headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, body aches, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, or shortness or breath. Please Contact Nurse Courtney Ellens with any questions at 616-453-2461 ext 4340.

School Happenings
Meet our new School Psychologist! I am pleased to introduce myself to you all. My name is Conor Dahlquist and this is my first year working for Kenowa Hills Public Schools. This is my 6th school year working as a school psychologist. My role as the School Psychologist is to work with the academic and behavioral intervention teams, evaluate and assess special education services, and I have also joined the Mental Health Team at Zinser!

October Celebrations
Down Syndrome Awareness Month raises public awareness about the condition, and advocacy for acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

LGBT History Month started in 1994 to recognize lesbian. gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended the Spanish dictatorship.

October 10 | World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to discuss mental health issues, eradicating mental health stigmas and highlights how much more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

October 11 | For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, National Coming Out Day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1979 National March on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.

October 11 | Indigenous Peoples Day honors the cultures and histories of the Native American people. The day is centered around reflecting on their tribal roots and the tragic stories that hurt but strengthened their communities.

October 20 | International Pronoun Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

October 31 | Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain. Over the centuries, Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for kids and adults.

Forming Futbal teams now for the upcoming Winter Session at MSA Sports Spot.
Here is a link to the league which begins in November.
https://michigansportsacademie... registration deadline is Oct 20, 2021 . If interested, please text Jeff Merritt (Westside Futsal) at 616.889.4993.

Attention Kenowa Hills Kids ages 2-18! - Join our Dance Family today!
Academy of Dance Arts Is now enrolling for the season! Call, visit, or email to sign up. Try a class for free!

Ballet
Hip Hop
Jazz
Lyrical
Tap
Musical
Theater
Contemporary
Acro

684 Six Mile Rd NW, Comstock Park MI. 49321
616-785-0650
academyofdancearts684@gmail.com
www.danceacademygr.com

2021 Boys and Girls Youth League Basketball
November 6 – December 18 | K-6th Grade
Register & pay at PlaytheKBA.com

Winter League Teams
Kindergarten Boys & Girls Combined: practice and play on Saturdays
1st & 2nd Girls | 1st & 2nd Boys: practice and play on Saturdays
3rd & 4th Girls | 3rd & 4th Boys: practice during the week, play on Saturdays
5th & 6th Girls: practice during the week, play on Saturdays
5th & 6th Boys: practice during the week, play area schools in local league mid-January - March

League Skill Evaluation
Sunday, October 10th at KHHS
Boys & Girls | 3rd - 6th Grades
1:00-2:30 pm for 3rd/4th | 2:30-4:00 pm for 5th/6th
All players signed up for the KBA league are encouraged to attend so that teams can be divided evenly. Skill Evaluation is free for players who register for the league.

League Registration
Register and pay by October 16 at PlaytheKBA.com
5th & 6th Boys should register by November 26
$60 per player
We need coaches! Please sign up to be a coach when you register your child. Coaches’ players play for free and coaches will receive a KBA shirt.

Knight Out Fun Night
Saturday, October 2 at KKHS
$20 per player - $10 for additional siblings
Register and pay at PlaytheKBA.com
6:00-8:30 for skills, pizza, and games!

Central Elementary News October 1

10/01/21

This week’s SHINES award winners:
Alarie S.
Anna P.
Eastlyn C.
Nathan G.
Zachary W.
BrandaLynn N.
Alex B.
Malcolm W.
Gabriella P.
Alexis W.
Aerabella W-W.
Run’Naja W.
Delaney W.
Blake L.
Taeya V.
Jayveon M-H.
Melody X.
Audrina C.
Brady B.
Andrew D.
Shevelle B.

PowderPuff
Kenowa Hills High School, Football Stadium
Wednesday, October 6 @ 7:00 pm
$5 entry, (no passes)

October Celebrations
Down Syndrome Awareness Month raises public awareness about the condition, and advocacy for acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

LGBT History Month started in 1994 to recognize lesbian. gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended the Spanish dictatorship.

October 10 | World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to discuss mental health issues, eradicating mental health stigmas and highlights how much more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

October 11 | For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, National Coming Out Day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1979 National March on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.

October 11 | Indigenous Peoples Day honors the cultures and histories of the Native American people. The day is centered around reflecting on their tribal roots and the tragic stories that hurt but strengthened their communities.

October 20 | International Pronoun Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

October 31 | Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain. Over the centuries, Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for kids and adults.

Forming Futbal teams now for the upcoming Winter Session at MSA Sports Spot.
Here is a link to the league which begins in November.
https://michigansportsacademie... registration deadline is Oct 20, 2021 . If interested, please text Jeff Merritt (Westside Futsal) at 616.889.4993.

Attention Kenowa Hills Kids ages 2-18! - Join our Dance Family today!
Academy of Dance Arts Is now enrolling for the season! Call, visit, or email to sign up. Try a class for free!

Ballet
Hip Hop
Jazz
Lyrical
Tap
Musical
Theater
Contemporary
Acro

684 Six Mile Rd NW, Comstock Park MI. 49321
616-785-0650
academyofdancearts684@gmail.com
www.danceacademygr.com

2021 Boys and Girls Youth League Basketball
November 6 – December 18 | K-6th Grade
Register & pay at PlaytheKBA.com

Winter League Teams
Kindergarten Boys & Girls Combined: practice and play on Saturdays
1st & 2nd Girls | 1st & 2nd Boys: practice and play on Saturdays
3rd & 4th Girls | 3rd & 4th Boys: practice during the week, play on Saturdays
5th & 6th Girls: practice during the week, play on Saturdays
5th & 6th Boys: practice during the week, play area schools in local league mid-January - March

League Skill Evaluation
Sunday, October 10th at KHHS
Boys & Girls | 3rd - 6th Grades
1:00-2:30 pm for 3rd/4th | 2:30-4:00 pm for 5th/6th
All players signed up for the KBA league are encouraged to attend so that teams can be divided evenly.
Skill Evaluation is free for players who register for the league.

League Registration
Register and pay by October 16 at PlaytheKBA.com
5th & 6th Boys should register by November 26
$60 per player
We need coaches! Please sign up to be a coach when you register your child. Coaches’ players play for free and coaches will receive a KBA shirt.

Knight Out Fun Night
Saturday, October 2 at KKHS
$20 per player - $10 for additional siblings
Register and pay at PlaytheKBA.com
6:00-8:30 for skills, pizza, and games!

Zinser Elementary News September 10

09/13/21

Welcome Back!
Thank you to everyone that stopped by for a bag of popcorn at open house! It was great to have so many parents ready to make this a great year for the kids! Our very first Family Council Meeting will take place September 14 at 6:30pm We will meet in the teacher’s lounge and childcare is provided Please feel free to reach out with any questions! We hope to see you there!
Erika Holleran - Facilitator holleran.erika167320@gmail.com
Karly Kozminski - Treasurer karlykoz82@yahoo.com

Community Knight
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! We are in need of 3-4 parents to help run our station at Community Knight. The event runs from 5-7PM on September 17. Email Erika or Karly if interested.

Fall Fundraiser
Please be on the lookout for our fundraiser packets that will be Sent home September 13! All order forms will be due back October 4. 10 orders or more earns your child a seat on the party bus!!

Central Elementary News September 10

09/10/21

Important Dates
September 10 - TGI Friday Fundraiser 5:00 - 9:00 pm
September 11 - TGI Friday Fundraiser 5:00 - 9:00 pm
September 13 - NWEA testing begins
September 14 - PTO meeting @ 6:30 pm on Google Meet
September 17 - Community Knight (@ KHHS Baseball Field)
September 24 - No School (Staff Development)
September 28 - Picture Day
October 1 - Goodies Factory Fundraiser Begins
October 11 - No School (Staff Development)
October 22 - Half Day (Staff Development)

Geskus Picture Day
Geskus Photography will be at Central Elementary on Tuesday, September 28. (Picture make-up day is October 18.) No money is needed at this time. Photos will be available for viewing and ordering online within 7 business days after picture day and that information will be provided on picture day. Remember: Bring your Smiles!

KHHS News September 10

09/10/21

IMPORTANT Back to School Date
Sept 17 Community Knight – details below
Sept 24 No School Oct 1 Picture Retake Day
Oct 6 Count Day
Oct 8 Homecoming Game
Oct 9 Homecoming Dance (details at a later date)
Oct 31 Senior Pictures due for Yearbook

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent 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.

SANP Class of 2022
There will be a parent meeting for the Senior All Night Party on Tuesday, Sept 14th at 6pm in the High School Media Center.

Community Knight Out
Who can join: Anyone (games and activities for youth) When: Friday, September 17th from 5:00-6:30 Where: Kenowa Hills Varsity baseball field

Yearbooks – Important Information
20-21 yearbooks were delivered last week to students at the High School. Students that are no longer attending or have graduated, siblings may pick up your yearbook in the Main Office or you may stop by the Main Office Mon-Fri, 7:45am2:45pm.

Senior Pictures
Below is the link to submit your senior photos! Please read the instructions & submit these before October 31. If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org). https://forms.gle/uA1B7H1op88jgA8bA

Baby Ads/Yearbook Purchases
Are you interested in purchasing a Senior Recognition/Baby Ad for your student in the yearbook this year? If so, please follow the link below to purchase. If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org). All yearbooks are currently $45 dollars until October 8. You may use the same link below to purchase your yearbook. Remember, yearbooks are an awesome way to hold onto those special memories from high school! https://www.jostens.com/apps/s...

Pine Rest SAP

Please click the link below to access this month's Pine Rest SAP newsletter, including information about National Suicide Prevention Month. If you need support immediately, please call the SAP HOTLINE number below, state that you're calling from the Kenowa Hills SAP Program, and someone will assist you. https://mailchi.mp/529a7d384f21/concussions-mental-health-tips-coaching-guide-more?e=a338a5283c

KHMS News September 10

09/10/21

Reminder
Our start time is 7:45am, we need your help getting students here on time! Doors open at 7:35 and school ends at 2:42! Please call the attendance line (616) 785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. This email is another way to communicate your students' absence, early leave time, or late arrivals as well!

NWEA Testing
Our first round of NWEA testing will begin Monday, September 13, 2021 and the schedule is as follows:

  • Math NWEA Testing window - Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 17, 2021.
  • ELA NWEA Testing window - Monday, September 20 through Monday, September 27, 2021.
  • There is no school on Friday, September 24,2021.

**Parent Canvas Codes and email will be sent out on September 15th

Mental Health News
Some important information and resources on Mental Health awareness: https://mailchi.mp/227ed007b0e7/teen-mental-health-meaningful-mealtimes-seminars-more?e=abee45f4c3

KHMS News September 3

09/03/21

Upcoming Dates
September 17: Community Knight
September 24: No School

Our start time is 7:45am!
We need your help getting students here on time! Please call the absence line or email, msattendance@khps.org. This email is another way to communicate your students' absence, early leave time, or late arrivals as well!

Community Knight Out
Friday, September 17, 2021 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm! The biggest fall event in your community is back & bolder than ever! This enjoyable event takes place before our home football game against Cedar Springs.

Zinser Elementary News September 3

09/03/21

COVID & Mask Information:
As a reminder, currently all K-6 students need to be masked throughout the school day through a Kent County health department order. Students can have mask breaks distanced from others, and will not need to wear them on the playground. We will have cleaning expectations in the classroom during the day as well. We are starting the year eating in the lunchroom, in assigned seats mirroring the classroom seating chart. Even without the health screener this year, we are asking you to continue to monitor your child and keep them home with symptoms. With a positive case, we, with Nurse Courtney will be back with us to help answer COVID related questions, including how and when students may need to be quarantined. You can call the office at 453-2461 for further questions.

Important Building Information:

School Day Times:
8:30: First bell for students to enter the building
8:35: School Day officially begins
11:00-1:00: Lunches/Recess
3:30: Kindergarten and Early Dismissal
3:37: Dismissal Bell for 1st-5th grades

Half Days: Dismissal is at 12:05 pm

Lunch Menus:
KHPS is providing FREE breakfasts and lunches through the school year once again! Menus are sent electronically and are available at www.khps.org and on the mobile app. If you need a printed copy, please contact the school office. We appreciate your support of the Food Service Program. - KHPS Food Services Department. Our menus are now available online. Check them out here! https://khps.nutrislice.com/

E-Funds
Payment for breakfast and lunch can be made electronically through E-Funds. Checking account payments can be made with no processing fee. Debit/Credit card payments do have a small handling fee. You can access E-Funds through the following link: https://eps.mvpbanking.com/cgi... or go to the district webpage (www.khps.org) and click on $ E-Funds in lower left hand corner of the web page. You will need your child's student ID number. You may obtain the number from the school office or the food service office at 784-0175.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
Free and reduced lunch applications can be submitted at any time through the school year. Please go to www.lunchapp.com to complete an application.

PICK UP & DROP OFF

Parking Lot Notes:

  • Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot.
  • Always look to pull up where and when possible to help with the flow. Tell your child to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the sign and you pulled up 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 for some but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run (we've had a couple accidents at that intersection).
  • Drop off starts at 8:30; If you are in the lot before 8:30, you may drop your child off a few minutes early to get the traffic flowing, but the child will be standing by the grade sign until the 8:30 bell. All 1st-5th grade students can enter at the bell in the designated door.
  • Please only use the right lane for drop off and pick-up, the inside lane is a pass by lane only. Please pass by with caution. It is very dangerous to let students out in that lane.

Drop Off Expectations:

  • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35.
  • Kindergarten (including K-Knights) families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with the class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.
  • Staggered entrances will be used once again. Grade level signs will be put outside by the designated door. After the first week, students will walk in the correct door at 8:30 or later and head directly to the classroom.
  • We will be flexible with tardies again, and do not expect to track them until after 8:50 am.
  • Breakfast will be picked up by the child when entering the building (or shortly after) and eaten in the classroom.

Dismissal Expectations:

  • The school day ends at 3:37.
  • Kindergarten (and K-Knights) and early pick-ups start at 3:30. Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get the child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up. We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot early for an early pick-up at 3:30.
  • There will be multiple exits used to social distance exiting (same exits as we will use in the morning).
  • No parents will be allowed to come inside the building to pick up students.
  • 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.

Birthday Procedure: Here is the procedure for treats in the building.

  1. Individual treats or “gifts” are not encouraged again this school year. Instead, we are encouraging you to donate a book to your child’s classroom in honor of them and their birthday. You are welcome to personalize the book or we can do it for you.
  2. You can have your child visit the office or Mr. Willick for a birthday pencil!
  3. We do not want birthday invitations to be passed out to students during the school day. A student may pass out invitations if everyone in the class will receive one, or a parent can discreetly give some invitations to the teacher, who can place them in backpacks.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase School
Last spring Zinser was honored as a National Showcase School through Capturing Kids’ Hearts! This program helps us strive for a positive culture and climate built around positive relationships with students.

Zinser Vision, Mission, & Motto:

  • Vision: Zinser Elementary is a high functioning learning community that is driven by a positive and student centered school culture.
  • Mission: to build responsible citizens.
  • Motto/Code of Cooperation: Kids Who CARE: Choosing an Attitude of Respect and Empathy

Kenowa Hills Vision: to be the most innovative and student centered district in the state

Kenowa Hills Mission: to cultivate and graduate globally competitive citizens

Thank you for being a part of the Zinser and Kenowa Hills community. We’re excited for another school year! Please always remember I’m only a phone call or email away if you have any questions or concerns!

Mr. Ross Willick
rwillick@khps.org
(616) 453-2461

KHHS News August 27

08/27/21

IMPORTANT Back to School Dates
Sept 3 No School
Sept 6 No School
Oct 1 Picture Retake Day
Oct 8 Homecoming (details at a later date)

Yearbooks
Important Information 20-21 yearbooks were delivered this week. Please allow time for our yearbook staff to organize and distribute to all students. We will be able to begin delivery the week of Sept 6th, possibly earlier, for those students currently attending. Students that are no longer attending or have graduated, we can deliver to siblings and we will send something out for dates and times to pick them up.

SANP Class of 2022
There will be a parent meeting for the Senior All Night Party on Tuesday, Sept 14th at 6pm in the High School Media Center.

Athletics
Next week’s athletic events are attached. Be sure to come out and support your Kenowa Hills Knights! #KnightsForever

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN, TIME FOR FALL CONCESSION STANDS SIGN-UPS
We are all excited for our upcoming 2021-2022 school year, and are asking for help with our KH concession stands. The below sign up link is for coaches, parents and our community to fill in these slots: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4AAAA9 2DABF85-2021

As in previous years, each winter and spring HS athletic team has been assigned a date, to cover as a team (found in parenthesis in the link). Volunteering is a great way to support our KNIGHTS, and to meet fellow members of the KH community!

Important Reminders

  • $20 Chromebook Insurance is due, no later than Sept 3rd . You may drop off cash or check to the Main Office or pay online through efunds. Khps.org
  • If you are driving to school, you must have your vehicle registered. There are green parking registration forms that need to be completed and turned into the Main Office with $20. Students are to park in the Student Parking lot on the west side of the building or by the tennis courts off Hendershot.
  • Parents, if you are dropping students off or picking up from school, please use the North Lot off of Hendershot. The South Lot is staff parking and the Bus Loop. Please do not park or leave vehicles unattended in the bus lanes. Doors open at 7:20 AM and school ends at 2:42PM
  • Parents, if you have not yet completed your Updating Returning Student Registration in your PowerSchool Parent Portal, please complete ASAP, as school has started and communications are being sent out.
  • If your student is going to be absent 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.

LIMA and Shame Less & Love More
LIMA and Shame Less & Love More chose Kenowa Hills to donate the proceeds for their giveback campaign. As you all know, mental health programming is so important at every level. As a district, we have been working diligently with the community to ensure all our students have access to care. We cannot achieve this without our community partners. The proceeds from this campaign will be donated to Kenowa Hills Mental Health Programming. https://www.limaunitedbylove.com/shop

Alpine Elementary News June 4

06/04/21

● Staff covered for one another and worked hard to connect with their students in whatever way they could whether in person or virtually. All of their efforts were on behalf of your children so their learning could continue.
● Our preliminary end of year data shows much student growth! Our students made great strides forward academically, behaviorally and socially as we navigated interruptions and frustrations with all things COVID. Our students also grew as we navigated the array of learning expectations, emotions and frustrations we lived during this pandemic school year.
● Our school was recognized for our continued character education efforts by True Success.
● Our upper elementary students were able to attend a field trip as we closed out the school year this past week.
● We were able to offer Girls on the Run and held our very own 5K race.

I know the loss many people experienced is real, however, please don’t let COVID be the defining memory of the school year. We have much to celebrate. We can celebrate reconnecting with friends, being together in one way or another as a school community, the grit we developed in the face of adversity and most importantly the growth our students have shown. Most importantly, let’s celebrate the fun stories from the school day that were shared by your child and all the good that did occur.

As we begin summer break next week, I hope each one of you takes some time to relax, have fun, and celebrate the year by doing some of your favorite things as a family. I am truly excited to return in the fall. I look forward to a fresh start in many ways and continuing to partner with our school community to continue to make Alpine Elementary the wonderful place it is. Thank you for all your support! Have a great summer!

Your partner in education,

Jason Snyder

Berlin Raceway Fundraiser: Volunteers Needed!! Our PTO is requesting volunteers for a low key and easy opportunity to raise funds for our school to help us address needs as we close out this school and plan for the start of next. They are looking for volunteers to help run concessions and assist with the 50/50 raffle. The dates our PTO will be needing volunteers will be on August 28. Please sign up if available and interested using the link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/g... Open House: 2021/2022 We anticipate our open house for Kindergarten and grades 1st through 5th being scheduled the week of August 16. Please tentatively keep the evenings of the 17th, 18th, and 19th open. More information will be shared through our district communications.

Kenowa Hills Nutrition Services needs your help!: We are currently planning our Summer Meal Kit Distribution and would like to know if your family is interested in weekly meal kits. Meals are available at NO CHARGE to ALL children ages 0-18. Meal Kits will contain 7 days of breakfast, 7 days of lunch, and a gallon of milk. At this time we are planning to distribute meals on Thursday's from 12:30-1:30 PM at Central Elementary. Distribution will begin on Thursday June 17th and end on Wednesday August 11th. ***Please note, children attending any summer programming at Central Elementary will be receiving meals at the school and will not qualify for the weekly meal kits. Those students should not be included in this survey. We will have more information regarding those plans soon***

Please fill out this short survey and let us know your plans!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eC860F3vNx_mj_VmBKc_l_wR-hw5XmJ6HNKuuYrIiF0/viewform?edit_requested=true

This is not a pre-order form, we are just looking for some information to help us plan. Fill out the survey here: KHPS - Summer Food Service Survey Thank you for your time, your help is greatly appreciated! FOOD MENUS Online!

Class List 2021/2022: Due to the various changes that typically occur over summer to staffing, enrolled students, etc. we will plan to share class lists or who your child’s teacher will be in the fall in August. We hope to communicate this in advance of our open house prior to August 16.

Alpine Elementary News May 21

05/21/21

Sobie Meat/Krispy Kreme Fundraiser: We are going to run the Sobie Meat fundraiser for 1 week starting on May 28 in conjunction with a Krispy Kreme fundraiser the same week. This will allow us to give families more time to plan ahead as well as some different options. Forms for the Sobie Meat can be kept and used later this month. Our school will send additional information/reminders as the date draws near.

Mask and Student Hygiene: As a reminder, students are still expected to wear a mask while at school inside. Masks can be down when outside. It is also important for students to understand the need to keep their hands clean by washing thoroughly and using hand sanitizer.

Upcoming Dates:
May 24: Board of Ed Meeting, 6pm
May 28: Half Day, 12:05 Dismissal
May 31: No School
June 1: Field Day
June 2: 3rd Grade Field Trip
June 4: 4th & 5th Grade Field Trips
June 7: Half Day
June 8: Half Day
June 9: Half Day

Berlin Raceway Fundraiser:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Our PTO is requesting volunteers for a low key and easy opportunity to raise funds for our school to help us address needs as we close out this school and plan for the start of next. They are looking for volunteers to help run concessions and assist with the 50/50 raffle. The date our PTO will be needing volunteers will be on August 28. Please sign up if available and interested using the link below.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49A8A72AA7F58-berlin
Each night the PTO will draw one name from the volunteers for a $40.00 Amazon Gift Card.*** Due to beer and alcohol being sold in the concessions, all volunteers for this area must be 18 or older. Volunteers for 50/50 sales may have a teenager accompany them if they are 14 or older. There will be a waiver that needs to be signed by each adult (and teenagers with adult consent).

Kenowa Hills Nutrition Services needs your help!:
We are currently planning our Summer Meal Kit Distribution and would like to know if your family is interested in weekly meal kits. Meals are available at NO CHARGE to ALL children ages 0-18. Meal Kits will contain 7 days of breakfast, 7 days of lunch, and a gallon of milk. At this time we are planning to distribute meals on Thursday's from 12:30-1:30 PM at Central Elementary. Distribution will begin on Thursday June 17th and end on Wednesday August 11th. ***Please note, children attending any summer programming at Central Elementary will be receiving meals at the school and will not qualify for the weekly meal kits. Those students should not be included in this survey. We will have more information regarding those plans soon*** Please fill out this short survey and let us know your plans!! This is not a pre-order form, we are just looking for some information to help us plan. Fill out the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eC860F3vNx_mj_VmBKc_l_wR-hw5XmJ6HNKuuYrIiF0/closedform

Thank you for your time, your help is greatly appreciated!

YOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS: https://www.khps.org/camps

Alpine Elementary News May 7

05/07/21

Upcoming Dates for Alpine Events
May 11 - End of the Year PTO Meeting @ 6:00.
May 24 - Board of Ed. Meeting @ 6:00.
May 28 - ½ Day
May 31 - NO School
June 1 - Field Day
June 7 - ½ Day
June 8 - ½ Day
June 9 - ½ Day *LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Students of the day were selected this week for showing their Alpine BEST. Please join us in congratulating:
Katelynn Hall, Kindergarten
Michelle Robertson, Kindergarten
Lauren Nowak, 3rd Grade
Ryder Kelley, 3rd Grade

Berlin Raceway Fundraiser: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Our PTO is requesting volunteers for a low key and easy opportunity to raise funds for our school to help us address needs as we close out this school and plan for the start of next. They are looking for volunteers to help run concessions and assist with the 50/50 raffle. The dates our PTO will be needing volunteers will be on May 22 & August 28. Please sign up if available.

Sobie Meat Fundraiser Postponed
Due to conflicts with other district fundraisers and wanting to provide parents with more of a choice, we are going to postpone our Sobie Meat Fundraiser until May 28. We are going to run the Sobie Meat fundraiser for 1 week starting on May 28 in conjunction with a Krispy Kreme fundraiser the same week.This will allow us to give families more time to plan ahead as well as some different options. Forms for the Sobie Meat can be kept and used later this month. Our school will send additional information/reminders as the date draws near.

Open House 2021-22
Please know that we are unable to share a date for a fall open house as of now. Please stay tuned for updates as the year comes to a close.

TRUE SUCCESS THEME FOR MAY: INTEGRITY
#1 - Doing what is RIGHT, even if it’s difficult. (5/3-5/7)
#2 - Being truthful requires integrity. (5/10-5/14)
#3 - Speaking positively about others. (5/17-5/21)
#4 - Integrity demonstrates TrueSuccess (5/24-5/28)

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