Next Week at Key (12/22-12/26/14)

HOLIDAY SHARING PROGRAM IS HERE!  Come watch your child and his/her classmates sing and dance in our annual holiday performance Friday, Dec. 19 at 1:45 p.m. in the Key School cafeteria.  (Note that this is 15 minutes later than the time originally poste dint eh Key School Calendar.) Unless your child’s teacher notifies you of other plans, you are welcome to collect your child immediately after the performance or you can pick him/her up on the blacktop as usual. THERE WILL BE NO AFTERCARE ON FRIDAY, DEC. 19.


If you still don’t have a wreath for the holidays, feel free to pick up whatever is available in the Key School front lobby from the tree sale at no cost.  Thanks and enjoy!


WINTER BREAK:  School is out from December 22nd, 2014 to January 4th, 2015.  Enjoy Your Holidays!  Be safe, have fun.


Save the Date and get ready for Science Fair!
Interactive “mobile labs” come to Key for an engaging and hands-on evening for all ages. This first-time event will be held in the Key School gym/cafeteria from 6pm-8pm on Thursday January 22. What a great way to come and roll up your sleeves and get involved in Science! Be on the look out for more information coming after winter break.


Key’s Spring Auction, our biggest fundraiser of the year, will be in March but you can become a sponsor today (before the end of the year and write it off!)  Personal and professional sponsorships of all sizes are available – buy an ad in the catalogue to thank your teacher, salute your student, promote your business and more!   Have something great you can donate to the auction?  Do that too!


Please also share this information with friends, colleagues and other potential sponsors and donors.  Stay tuned for more details on the auction in the new year.


To all who donated, thank you for making the Key School Diaper Drive a success!

RETAIL REBATE: Don’t forget to use the Key School link if you do any holiday shopping at Simply use the link on the Key School website. Then bookmark the link and use it every time you shop on Amazon. Key gets a percentage of whatever you spend, at no additional cost to you.  This is a great way to help our school raise money!

Also, if you have a Target Redcard, don’t forget to link it to our school.  Again, Key School gets a percentage of whatever you spend at no additional cost to you!



Hapmudo Martial Arts Studio Camp December 22-24 & December 29 & 30th

Yong Sung Lee is holding several day camps in December when Key is out! 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. $50/per day or $225 for 5 days (discounted rate of $200 for all 5 days if registered by Dec. 19). The studio is conveniently located at 4380 MacArthur Blvd., NW at the corner of Foxhall and Macarthur Blvd.

The camp runs 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. To reserve a spot email Deborah Ranly at or call the studio 202-337-8888. Kids should bring a snack and a lunch. No previous martial arts experience required. It’s a day of fun and games with plenty of exercise and some martial arts-related games, too. Boys and girls welcome.

The Handwork Studio Camp, a kids’ needle arts and machine sewing studio, is excited to be at Georgetown Day School (4200 Davenport Street, NW, Washington, DC 20016) this winter break. Join us as we create all kinds of great handmade crafts from stuffed creatures to warm fleece mittens, every day brings a new creative adventure. Available December 22nd, 23rd, 26th, 29th, 30th, and January 2nd, half day 9:00-1:00 ($75) for kids ages 5-12. For more information go to our website or visit us on Facebook. You can register online or call Miss Mary for any questions or assistance (610) 660-9600.

We hope we can be service to your families at the Francis Scott Key Elementary School.

Happy Holidays,

Laura Kelly

The Handwork Studio, LLC.

A kids’ needle arts and fashion community!

Be Creative * Be Unique * Be Social * Be Yourself!


Donations to Washington Animal Rescue League: Clean out your closets over the holiday break and donate your old towels, blankets and pillow cases to the animals at WARL! If you have other pet supplies you would like to donate please see WARL’s  Wish List for a list of needed items. Go to, click on Support Us then Wish List. We will have several boxes at the school’s entrance the whole month of January to leave your donation or drop off at 2339 King Pl or email Maria at  for a pick up. Thank you for your help!


DC One Card update

Students who ride Metro buses to school are eligible to ride FREE with a registered DC One Card.   Up until this point, students have been able to show their card to the bus operator. Beginning in January, students must TAP a registered DC One Card in order to take advantage of this program. Registration takes a few days to process, so students should register their cards now in order to use them for bus travel after the winter break. To complete the registration process from home, visit


The PCA wants to hear from you! The PCA Trails Committee has created a survey to gather input from the Palisades Community, Foxhall Village and the immediate DC vicinity with regards to the future of the area that is commonly referred to as “the Glen Echo Trolley trail.” The survey concludes Jan 15th 2015, and can be found   online at

Stay updated, follow us on  Facebook or on Twitter @fskeyschoolpta


Upcoming Dates:

December 12, Holiday Secret Shop

December 15, Fillmore Winter Concert, 7 PM

December 19, Holiday Sharing Program, 1:45p.m.

December 22 – January 2, Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

January 5, School Resumes

January 6, ASEP classes begin

January 19, Martin Luther King Holiday, NO SCHOOL

January 22, Science Mobile Lab Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

January 23, Records Day, School Dismissed at 12:15 p.m.

January 28, General PTA Meeting, 6:30 p.m.


Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! See you in 2015!