Next Week at Key (10/12-10/16/15)

The first General PTA Meeting is next Wednesday, October 14 from 8:00-9:00 AM in the Key Cafeteria.

Hear a report from Principal Landeryou, find out what events are coming up, and give us your feedback! All parents are invited and welcome to attend, PTA members can vote. Childcare is provided in Ms. Moroney’s room: Parents can drop students off as early as 8 AM, students will be brought to the blacktop/their classrooms at 8:30 AM by teachers.

Take a look at the minutes from our last meeting.




One on One Basketball is offering Basketball and Multi-Sports Camps on student-holidays: October 9, 12 and 19 to Key School families! There will be games, drills, contests, learning, fun and exercise. Register online at


Mad Science is offering Up, Up, and Away!– October 12: Harnessing the wind and taking flight is tons of fun! Build and decorate a kite while learning about the Forces of Flight. See what happens when the sun heats the air in a 50-foot long black bag.

$63/day. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. If class is canceled due to exigent circumstances (e.g. inclement weather), we will try to reschedule, but cannot guarantee a make-up class.A full refund (less a $10 processing fee) will be given if requested in writing and received by Mad Science within 5 business days after the first class. Email




Have you noticed a Sunny Getaway DropBox at the entrance of the gym? Or seen the big raffle ticket at the front entrance of school? $50 dollars earns you a chance for a World Class Trip for 4 (airfare, lodging and penguin luggage included) to the white sandy beaches of the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island on the Gulf of Mexico. Trip includes 5 days and 4 nights of family fun. For tickets, just write a check and fill out a form at the drop box at the entrance to the gym and we’ll send your tickets home in your child’s backpack OR contact your room parent, Raffle Chairs or,  or look for PR&D sales force on the blacktop on Fridays and at other events including Harvest Festival (black aprons.). The drawing will be held at Holiday Sharing on December 18th at 2:30 pm. Only 650 tickets will be sold.  We are asking each Key family to consider purchasing one or two tickets. Proceeds support the Key School PTA. Purchase your ticket(s) today!



Don’t forget “Cash and Keys Wednesdays!”  Only 6 more weeks of our school’s Farmers Market.  Watch how kids from Key School’s Green Team weight, set up and help with sales!  Please keep supporting our wonderful Farmers Market every Wednesday from 3:00-4:30pm in the breezeway and from 4:30-6:00pm in KEHP.  Fresh produce is provided from local farmers directly to our school and all proceedings help sustain our wonderful science program.



Palisades Village House Tour on Saturday, October 17: Volunteer to raise $ for Key!

We need volunteers to sell water bottles at this upcoming wonderful community event. Proceeds go to support Key PTA! There are four stations, and all you have to do is show up and sell. Great (and easy!) way to get your kids volunteering. Please sign up HERE.



IT’S TIME FOR HARVEST FESTIVAL!  Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct 25th! Room Parents have sent each class a link to sign up for a 1/2hr shift at your assigned Harvest Fest booth. Please sign up! We need all parents to participate! This day is a favorite for kids of all ages. We cannot pull this off without your help! In addition, we need help with set up and tear down, please click on this link: to volunteer. Thank you!


-USED BOOK SALE: We need your gently used kids’ books, videos, and video games for the ever-popular used book sale at the Harvest Festival. All items can be left in the front lobby of the school. We especially need books for older kids and series books like Magic Tree House, etc.  Please check your child’s backpack for a flyer.


-NEW ADDITION TO THE BOOK SALE THIS YEAR: If you have a large number of books we can schedule a weekend pickup from your front steps, just email us your address and what day they can be picked up. Questions? Email Sara Sklaroff (sklaroff@mac. com) or Georgette Gregg ( Thank you!


-HAUNTED HOUSE: The Haunted House is our main attraction and a huge hit with our current students and alumni students who love to return to the school for this event. Construction is Saturday, Oct 24thfrom 10 AM to 4 PM. WE NEED YOUR HELP! (Bring the kids and have them burn energy in the school playground while you build or decorate.) Please sign up here to help. Seeking donations to make it creepy: Adult witch costume and/or adult fortune teller costume. If you have any questions please contact Kevin at  or Debbie at


-BAKE SALE: Calling all bakers! We need a wide variety of Halloween treats and we’d like to have a selection of healthy, all natural desserts too.  Please contact Katie Thompson at to sign up.


-GRILLERS: People are needed to cook our delicious hot dogs and burgers.  We need at least 3 people on the grill at all times.  Please sign up here to work your cooking magic:


CLEAN UP: This is one of the most important tasks of the whole festival! We need AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE to take down, pick up, and make sure everything is clean and safe for our students to return to their beautiful new playground the next day. Please sign up for a slot at


Harvest Fest is a wonderful day that celebrates our amazing community!  Thank you for YOUR help in making it successful.



Many families use our Volunteer-Run Drop-Off Service each morning. Here are a few reminders we ask you to keep in mind:

– No Parent Volunteers = No safe Drop-Off. It’s that simple. Sign up HERE to volunteer

– Do not ‘swim upstream’ (against the traffic pattern, it is illegal during this time)

– Do not drive down Eskridge in the right direction and park on the left side of street facing the wrong direction

– Do not drive down Eskridge in the right direction then do a U turn to park on the left side of the street

– Do not get out of your car! If your kid can’t get out of the car without assistance and a Drop Off volunteer is not present, park your car in a legal spot and walk to school!

– Be nice to volunteers, they are trying to keep YOUR kids safe!



W3EdNet (Ward 3-Wilson Feeder Education Network) will have its next meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Palisades Library. Please join us to discuss upcoming issues for our public schools and hear from and provide direct feedback to a DCPS Representative about the DCPS Food Service Contract for SY 2016-2017. All are  welcome!



Thanks to Dr. Anjula Agrawal and Ali Kinnahan for providing Key families with the Flu Clinic again this year. We are lucky to have this convenience offered to the Key community.



ROBOTICS CLASSES start Next Tuesday (10/13) 3:30-4:30 PM

Engineering Scholars 2 (Grades K-1 levels, NO pre-requisites) Robotics Basics, working with tools engineers use, understanding a particular actuator that they will then apply in building a robot to understand the concepts.

Inventing Robots 101A (2-5 grades)if your child has already taken this class, please do not sign up again.  The next level will be offered this Spring to students who have completed pre-requisites.  For more information and to register: http://www. keyschooldc/



Thursday Night Dinners:

Thursday Night Dinners are a PRIZE sold to the highest bidder at the Key Auction. Please help support this ongoing effort by signing up to deliver a meal to the winning family any Thursday during the school year. Just sign-up to prepare your favorite dish or order from a local restaurant. Most volunteers bring a main course and a side or salad. Some also add dessert and/or wine. It’s entirely up to you! It’s is an easy and fun way for your family to support Key, contact Maria Garcia at






The Parents Council of Washington will be hosting former teacher and New York Times best selling author, Jessica Lahey, to talk about her new book The Gift of Failure: How to Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, at the Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Wednesday, November 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This event is free an open to the public, and all parents, teachers, and staff are encouraged to attend! For more information, click here.



Interested in pick up basketball? 
A group affectionately dubbed “Old Men’s Basketball” plays 7 to 9pm in the Key gym on Tuesdays during the school year. This is a low-pressure yet spirited game and players are currently needed. Email Angus for more information: angusworthing@, or better yet, just show up!



The YSL Hapmudo Studio on the corner of Foxhall and Reservoir Rd. is offering a  one-day camp on Oct. 9 and Oct. 12, 9AM-4PM (after care also available) for $45 per child. Activities include: calisthenics, exercise, reading, play etc. No martial arts experience required. Great for boys and girls. Contact for more info and to register