Next Week at Key (11/17-11/21/14)

Next Week at Key (November 17–21, 2014)

It’s that time of the year again!  The 32nd annual Key School Tree Sale will be Saturday/Sunday, December 6-7. This is a terrific holiday event that brings together a large portion of the Palisades community.  For two days, the Key parking lot (Hurst Terrace) is transformed into a display of trees, wreaths, ‘kissing balls’, pine roping, and holiday cheer.  It is a terrific way to support Key School and get into the holiday spirit.
 We need volunteers!  Tree sales / handlers, and cashiers. If you are available for any time over the weekend of December 6-7, please email Ned Parrott ( and he’ll contact you to work out a time slot.  

Remember to Get Your Tree At Key!

ATTENTION ALL KEY SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYERS: Tryouts for the Key School Basketball Teams continue on November 17, 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Key School Gym. Tryouts are open to all 4th and 5th graders, and 3rd graders who have permission from Mr. Colton.

VOLUNTEER TO KEEP KEY BEAUTIFUL! Grounds Committee’s Fall Clean Up Day is Sunday, Nov 16th at 9 a.m.  The forecast calls for dry weather on Sunday. Kids, parents, friends of Key School are all welcome. Basic necessities such as leaf bags and coffee will be provided.  It would be helpful if people can bring rakes and leaf blowers. We will provide basic supplies and coffee/pastries.


Did you know that Hardy now offers honors English, math, and science? Hardy also now offers Spanish, Italian, and Chinese with teacher-led spring break trips to Costa Rica, Italy, and China. In the one year since Principal Pride came to the school the number of in-bounds feeder school participation has nearly doubled for incoming 6th graders.

There will be a tour and open house for Hardy feeder school families next Monday, Nov. 17. at 9:30 a.m. at Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th St NW.  See the attached flyer to learn just some of what is new with Hardy!

Also, join us Thursday, November 20th at 8 p.m. for a night with other Key parents to meet neighborhood Hardy parents with kids currently enrolled in 6th, 7th and 8th grade at the school. We will be gathering at the home of Carmel Greer and family (parents to Luca Bonfigli – 4th grade) 5401 Hawthorne Place N.W. Please RSVP to

The World Family Potluck will be next Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m. at the home of Co-chair Omo Oratokhai and her husband Sonny, 5050 Garfield St. N.W. Bring your typical dish, drink, or dessert to share.

Tomorrow is the last day to get rid of all of that extra Halloween candy: We will be collecting wrapped candy to be donated to two local Washington DC non-profit organizations that fight to end homelessness. Miriam’s Kitchen will use the chocolate and caramel items to make desserts. DC Central Kitchen will in part use the candy to support their program to train adults for culinary careers. Collection boxes will be near Officer Suggs’ desk until Friday, November 14th.  Questions? Contact PTA Community Service Co-Chairs Amy Conroy: or Laura Amodei:


THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY:  There will be no school on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29.  Parents with children in After Care (KEHP) should take note that there is no aftercare on Wednesday, November 27th. Parents should pick up their children at 3:15 on that day.

THANKSGIVING DAY ALL-AGES SOCCER GAME:  It’s a Palisades tradition: all-ages soccer on Thanksgiving morning on the Palisades field. Kickoff is at 9:00 a.m. sharp and we play for one hour. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome, however only goals scored by children will be counted! For details contact Nick Keenan (

Mark your calendars: Smart But Scattered Parent Night: Thursday, December 4th from 6:30-8:30pm. Come join us in the Key School Cafeteria for a night to learn from Peg Dawson, author of Smart, But Scattered, about teaching your children those important executive skills, such as organization, time management, attention, and planning. Childcare will be provided by the Key School PTA.

REMINDER: THERE IS NO SCHOOL, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, as it is a Professional Development Day.  One-on-One Basketball will be offering a Holiday Basketball Camp from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on that date.  If you would like to register, please see the attached flyer or contact them at

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Upcoming Dates:

November 16, Grounds Clean Up, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

November 17, Hardy Feeder School Tour and Open House, 9:30 a.m.

November 20, Hardy Focus Group Meet the Parents Night, 8 p.m.

November 21, World Family Potluck, 7 p.m.

November 27-28, Thanksgiving Holiday, NO SCHOOL

December 4, Smart But Scattered presentation, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

December 5, Professional Development Day, NO SCHOOL

December 6-7, Christmas Tree Sale

December 10-12, Holiday Secret Shop

December 19, Holiday Sharing Program, 1:30 p.m.