Next Week at Key (5/24-5/31/14)

May 24 – 31, 2014


May 24 – Pisco Sours and Empanadas

May 26 – Memorial Day Holiday (no school)

May 29 – Hootenanny – woo hoo!

May 30 – LSAT elections

May 31 – Old School Kegger


ATTENTION ALL PARENTS:  Mr. Landeryou will only post class lists after 75% of families have registered for next year. Currently we are under 50%. If you have not already done so, please register in the front office so the class lists can be posted for next year.


MEASLES EXPOSURE NOTICE:  National Capital Region health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed to a second case of measles in the National Capital Region. The exposures occurred between May 11 and May 15.  Potential exposure sites and times have been identified.  The locations are in Fairifax, Loudon and Arlington Counties, Virginia; Montgomery County, Maryland; and Washington D.C.  People who were at these locations at the time indicated, may have been exposed to the measles virus.  The Palisades Farmers Market (MacArthur Blvd & Chain Bridge Rd., Washington DC) listed as a location that was visited on Sunday, May 11, 2014.


THANKS to our slim but effective cast of volunteers at last Sunday’s e-cycle event at Key School – Marcy Oppenheimer, Joe Neale, Dirk Joldersma, Abby Horrigan, and George Beronio.  What a great way to help the environment and also build community relations!  Check out the posting from a satisfied customer and neighbor:


“I want to express my appreciation to everyone involved in today’s e-cycle event at Key School. I was able to get an enormous amount of stuff out of my house – batteries, light bulbs, outdated electronics, chemicals, etc. that have been accumulating for years.


The people on-site were smart, helpful, courteous, and efficient. It couldn’t have been easier to dispose of these items properly.


I know that the District offers monthly hazardous waste recycling, which is fantastic; but somehow I always find an excuse not to make the trip. So, all praise to the organizers of today’s event for providing this great service right here in the neighborhood – and for making it all so smooth and convenient. Thank you!”


CALL FOR PTA CHAIRS FOR 2014 – 2015:  We are looking for volunteers to fill the following fun and exciting positions. What a great way to get involved in your child’s school and serve as a role model for civic engagement. It doesn’t take too much time, and it’s a huge help for Key School.


Chairs: 4th of July, Library Volunteer Coordinator, World Family, Arts Committee, Directory Ads, Green

Holiday Secret Shop, Foreign Language (FLES)



Come and enjoy at the Cohen House a Chilean-style party with delicious Pisco Sour and traditional Chilean empanadas and appetizers.  This Saturday, May 24th (previously listed as May 27th by mistake)


ANNUAL HOOTENANNY – MAY 29th:  Hootenanny THE HOOTENANNY IS BACK!! Don’t miss the Key School Chorus’ 3rd annual spring Hootenanny on Thursday, May 29th at 6:30. Come out for a fun night of traditional old-time and bluegrass music and to support our chorus program. We will be selling pizza before the performance so grab a slice and then grab a seat!


LSAT ELECTIONS – MAY 30th– Come out next Friday morning before school and vote for LSAT representative.  The LSAT (local school advisory team) is a group of elected and appointed members that exists for every DCPS school and provides budgetary and student achievement advice to the principal. This year’s candidates at Key School are Henk Brands and Heather Schwager.  If elected, they will join existing LSAT reps, Lisa Joldersma and Phil Moeller.



Are you ready to party like you did in college? Join the Wreges, Butlers, Edwards and Langdons for a good old fashioned kegger – complete with red Solo cups, beer pong, quarters, chips & dip, jello shots, and other festive surprises! Hosts will not be liable for injuries sustained while doing keg stands. Extra large solo cups provided to those wearing fraternity or sorority gear, bad bangs, acid washed jeans and the like. WHEN? May 31, 2014 WHERE? The Wrege’s TIME? 8pm to midnight.  Limit 80 guest.  $35 per person.


BOOK FAIR BACKORDERS:  All backorders from the book fair have been delivered to the classrooms to go home.  If any families did not receive a book that they ordered, please contact Julie Hayes directly at  Also, please remember to return any and all books to the library. All books should be returned by June 6.


RETAIL PROGRAMS:  Last week to shop for the Key School prize!   Safeway and eScrip are giving away $2,500 to the school that shows the greatest increase in Safeway shopping in the month of May.  Runner up schools (9) will win a bonus of $100 and even you could win a $100 Safeway gift card.  Please make sure that you are signed up with the eScrip/Safeway program here. Forms are also posted on the bulletin board inside the front door of the school.  Return them to the Retail Rebate box with the other PTA mail boxes.  Abby Horrigan will be soliciting new members on the blacktop before and after school as well. Our school ID is: 11873281.  Search the site for FS Key Elementary. Remember – spending credit is awarded on cash/debit purchases only.




SWAP IT! - June 12th
Cocktails and shopping – what more do you need?!  Bring your clothing and accessories that simply don’t work for you anymore and exchange them for tickets – then shop til you drop – all while drinking cocktails and having fun!  Past swaps have included true gems from designer labels – dresses, coats, handbags, scarves and more.   Thursday, June 12th from 7 – 9pm at Tricia Duncan’s:  5109 Klingle Street.


END OF YEAR PICNIC – June 13th:  It’s hard to believe the school year is almost over!  Come celebrate on Friday, June 13th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. PLEASE BRING A POTLUCK DISH (organized by last name): A-Q bring main courses or side dishes; R-Z bring dessert or fruit. Remember to take home your serving items or use disposable items. School rules apply during picnic, and parents are asked to be responsible for their children the entire event to insure everyone has a great time. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to assist the Hospitality Committee Co-chairs with set-up, clean-up and pizza sales. Please contact Jennifer Frederick to volunteer.




WRITE BEGINNINGS HANDWRITING SUMMER CAMP:  Summer is far away but it’s never to soon to start thinking about fun camps for you children.  The Write Beginnings Summer camp will be held at Key School in June and July, 2014 from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.  Kids at Write Beginnings will use chalk, paint, Play-doh, shaving cream, curved pieces of wood, music and the arts, to help them master letter formations.  See the attachment for more information and to register or contact Ms. Linden at


KEY SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP:  Don’t wait to sign up for the ever popular, ever fun Key School Summer Camp (Art Links with Ms. Palm and/or Sports with Mr. Colton)!  Register online at


SUMMER READING INTENSIVE:  Don’t forget to register for Key School’s first Summer Reading Intensive run by Key School teachers Ashley Pizzo and Danielle Foster. For more information and to register visit


CHANGES TO THE CALENDAR – PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  Due to inclement weather, DC Public School students have lost 3 days of school. The current DCPS calendar has 181 school days scheduled. This means we need to recover 2 days of school to meet the 180 day minimum mandated by DC Municipal Regulations. DCPS has revised the 2013-2014 calendar to make-up these inclement weather days:


-Monday, June 2 was previously scheduled as a parent-teacher conference day. It is now a full day of instruction.

-Thursday, June 19 was previously scheduled as the last day of school. It is now a full day of instruction and/or testing.

-Friday, June 20 is now the last day of school for SY 13/14. Students will be released at 3:15 p.m.


Upcoming Dates:

June 2 – Parent “meet and greet”

June 9 – 13 – Sprit Week

June 11 – Move up Day

June 13 – Field Day and Talent Show

June 13 – End of Year Picnic

June 17 – 5th Grade Graduation

June 20 – Last Day of School – school dismissed at 3:15