Next Week at Key (3/24-3/28/15)


The Key School Science Department and Green Committee are installing new garden beds Saturday, March 21st promptly at 10am. We primarily need parent help in the construction, but feel free to bring the kids. Once we have the beds installed, the kids will get to enjoy the gardens during Earth Week.


Please sign up at – When you sign up if you have any of the materials below, please list next to your name and bring on March 21st.

Foods and drinks provided.

Materials needed:

  • Measuring tapes and triangles
  •  4 large clamps
  • Power drills and pilot bits to pre-drill pilot holes and put in screws (cedar is brittle, especially in the cold)
  • Extension cords for power tools
  • Large Level
  • Shovels (spades)
  • Forks to mix soil
  • Hard rakes to smooth
  • Wheel barrows to move compost from truck to site




ROBOTICS CLASSES ARE COMING TO KEY! Classes will be held April 21-June9, Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Registration open at 8 AM on March 30.

Inventing Robots 101, Grades 2-6


Children will explore robotic movement through hands-on exercises.  Working with robotic fish, intelligent puzzle solving robots, motors, key components to a competition robot and completing military robot scenarios will give your young inventor a strong understanding of movement in robotics like no Lego class can.  Get your child prepared to be the next robot inventor.


Engineering Scholars 1, Grades K-1


Learn about robotics from those that builds robots! This is the perfect way to introduce you child to the growing field of robotics. Through interaction with robots, kids will learn about what makes one robot different from another, how different terrain can affect robots and how well they move. Hands-on activities will breakdown different parts that make robots move in a simple way that will allow everyone to understand and learn how these different parts work. These activities also build on the confidence and imagination of every child as an individual and as a group with their classmates.


Coming up soon!  Saturday, April 25th KEY SCHOOL’S first ever MEGA YARD SALE:  Spring officially begins tomorrow and what better way to jump start the season & celebrate Earth Day then by de-cluttering your home and recycling GENTLY USED and/or QUALITY items you no longer need or use?  The air is still crisp so before it warms up and you escape outside, get busy inside to benefit your school and wider community.  Set aside your BEST STUFF and plan to drop it off at Key April 20-23 – right after spring break! Tax donation forms provided.   All donated items will be for sale at Key’s EARTH DAY MEGA YARD SALE on Saturday, April 25 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Any unsold items will be further donated.   Sponsored by Public Relations and Development, Green and Community Service Committees “Letting go isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of a new life.” ~Unknown


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP FACILITATE THE SAFETY AND FLOW OF OUR MORNING DROP-OFF LINE. Would you be willing to come a little early one morning to help kids out of their cars and keep the traffic moving on Dana Place?  We need AT LEAST one parent each morning, two would be even better, so grab a coffee and sign up with a friend or make a new one! Here is the link to sign up to volunteer: Key School Drop-off Duty Volunteer. Once is enough if everyone signs up for a slot. Time slots are only 25 minutes. Spread some morning cheer ; ) You’ll be glad you did! Questions or comments? Please email Maria Garcia at or Ashby Mims at THANK YOU!


LOST AND FOUND: It’s that time of the year, when kids shed layers and leave them behind! Please stop by the Lost and Found, which is absolutely overflowing with jackets, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, water bottles, food containers, shoes and boots. Also, please remember to label your children’s belongings clearly so that we can return them to you when they are left behind.




April 3: Early Dismissal – Consider Camp Wigglesworth, 12:15-5:30


Run by Key alumni, Molly & Claire Wigglesworth, and their mom, Laura.  Laura will pick up Key kids after school and walk to their nearby home where kids will make lunch.  Afternoon activities include baking, outdoor field day activities, arts and crafts, and movie and popcorn.  $30 for kids 7+; $35 for kids 4-7.  For more information see:  or write to or call Laura:; 202.286.2179


PCA Easter Egg Hunt

The Palisades Citizens Association invites you to the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Potluck Breakfast on Saturday, April 4th at the Palisades Rec Center!

10:00 – Bag decorating

10:30 – Easter Egg Hunt

11:00 – Games on the lawn

Please bring a breakfast item to share (fruit, muffins, etc.); coffee and drinks provided. Free for PCA members; $10/family donation for non members (see to join). Email Maria at for questions. Call 202-531-1871 the morning of the event if the weather is questionable. See you there!

Please note: the playground will be closed the morning of the egg hunt.



Don’t forget to sign up for Academic Summer Programs at Key with Partners in Learning! Visit their website for more details:


Recruits sought for Study at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Are concerned about your weight and worry that your child is gaining too much weight?

Consider participating in a research study with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD

WHAT: To test how effective parent-child programs are in the prevention of excess weight gain in children

WHO: Children aged 8-13 years who are overweight or obese AND who have overweight or obese parents, both of whom report binge eating or out of control eating

WHERE: NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD

Individuals who qualify to participate in this study will be compensated for their time. Please call for more information: 1-800-411-1222 TTY: 1-866-411-1010

Reference study: 06-CH-0039


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Upcoming Dates:

March 21, Installation of new Garden Beds

April 3, Early Dismissal, 12:15 p.m., Records Day

April 6, No School, Easter Monday

April 13-17, Spring Break

April 22, Earth Day

April 25, Key’s Earth-Shattering Earth-Day Mega Yard Sale

April 26 Grounds Clean Up


Enjoy your weekend!