Next Week at Key (2/9-2/13/15)



The PTA is sponsoring two different childcare opportunities:


One-on-One Basketball Camp

**Note this camp is for Friday, February 13 only** Have fun on your day off playing, exercising and competing with your friends from Key School!  Don’t stay home and be bored…skilled and experienced basketball instructors will conduct a one day camp at Key School.  Participants will be divided by age and ability to ensure a good time. For more information call 202-244-2255. Games***Contests***Learning***Drills***Exercise***Fun Date: Friday, January 13th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the Key Elementary School Gym, Grades: K – 5th Boys & Girls.  The cost is $50 (Checks payable to Key School PTA). Space is limited * Please bring your own lunch.  A flyer is attached.



Calling all agents, calling all agents!  Learn what it takes to be successful in the spy world. The Mad Science Spy Academy is in session!  A flyer is attached.


February 13: Sleuths on the Scene – Our scientist spies will learn the art of the inflatable fingerprint as they discover perplexing partial and leftover latent prints.

February 16: Spy Academy- We will utilize spy gear such as metal detectors, spy ears, and motion sensors to hone our skills.


Enroll online at


ATTENTION, CAMPERS!  LAST CALL TO PLACE ADS IN THE CAMP KEY SPRING AUCTION PROGRAM BY SPONSORING THE EVENT.  Look out for copies of donation forms as well as a sample letter to send to grandparents and loved ones so they can be included in the ‘Hall of Fame’ now displayed at school and online.  We have had a great response to this effort so far and would love for all students to be able to spot their grandparents’ or friends’ names on the “wall.”  For more details – AND TO BUY YOUR TICKETS! – visit


ALSO IN AUCTION NEWS: If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to send the letter to grandparents and friends of Key that was sent out this week, a copy is attached for your convenience.  Donations have already started rolling in the support the PTA and its work to support Key in being the best possible school for our children and the community.


ON FEBRUARY 7, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Stoddert Elementary School will host the 1st ANNUAL HARDY FEEDER SCHOOLS FAMILY MIXER

Come join fellow Feeder School Parents and students from Grades 2-5 for a night of Pizza and Dancing to Music from DJ Ricky! Engage Hardy Principal Patricia Pride in a casual atmosphere! Win a Fabulous Door Prize! PLEASE RSVP to by February 5th and include the number of Adults and Children attending (as well as your school name) for our pizza count.


RETAIL REBATE: Do you have Motts apple juice, Ziploc bags, Old El Paso taco shells, or Progresso soup in your cupboards?  Look closely at the packaging and you’ll see a friendly pink Box Tops for Education label.  Clip them all and drop them in the box on the wall in the Key School lobby to help raise funds to support programs for your kids.  Get the kids involved in a Box Top scavenger hunt on the next snow day!  Our next deposit date is March 2nd so please bring them in this month.  Thanks!


From the Green Committee:


Think about brown bag lunch.

  • The average brown-bag lunch from home generates 65 pounds of garbage per child per school year.
  • Lunch waste is 1/3 plastic, 1/3 paper, and 1/3 food.
  • Waste-free lunches cost almost 40% less to make than lunches filled with pre-packaged foods.

Thank you for helping keep Key School greener.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Green Committee is hosting a meeting at Katherine Kranenburg’s house on Wednesday March 4th from 7:30-9.  Enjoy adult beverages and learn more about volunteering for Spring activities:  improved garden beds, earth day, bike to school, e-cycle and more.  Have a green thumb or not?  All hands can help Green committee keep Key growing.


JUST ADDED TO SCHOOL CALENDAR: Got clutter?  We have the solution! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25 when Key School will hold an EARTH-SHATTERING EARTH DAY MEGA YARD SALE as part of our school-wide Earth Day events.  Let’s all reduce, reuse & recycle!  Stay tuned for details, but start dreaming about how good it will feel to finally move some of your unwanted stuff out of the house. You might also find some new treasures at the sale.  Make room!  “The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.” ― Marie Kondō


News from Filmore Director, Maggie Meenehan:


Greetings all,


The last week of January is upon us!   This week, we have instituted a few new changes for assigning new classes for students.  The process went very smoothly.  Students are excited about their new classes and eager to develop new skills and knowledge.


Our morning students change performing arts classes and  generally stay with their Visual Arts teacher throughout the year.  This year we have introduced Digital Arts for second graders and these students are rotated back to a traditional visual arts mid year.  Second graders also are introduced to the Recorders in music classes where they are learning to read music.


Our older students are encouraged to take one visual and one performing art each semester –  which is more in-line with DCPS requirements.


Next week we are sending the 5th grades of Ross, Hyde, and Key Elementary schools to see Alvin Ailey at the Kennedy Center Opera House through the Arts for Every Student program.  The Ailey Company is a world class dance company and will be a treat for students to experience.


All report cards will be distributed to schools before Feb. 4th.  Hyde/Addison and Stoddert have already received their completed report cards.


I hope that the banners that we created for each school are flying high.  All of the students in each banner are students from that particular school.


As always please feel free to reach out to me with thoughts, ideas and questions.


Live, breathe, feel the Arts!


Margaret T. Meenehan


Fillmore Arts Center, DCPS

1819 35th St.

Washington, DC 20007






BASIS Charter School is holding an info session in Ward  3 next week (and at other locations in DC in coming weeks), a flyer is attached.  Here’s the info on where and when:


February 10th, 2015 5:30PM to 6:30PM

Info Session @ The Cleveland Park Library

3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008


February 11th, 2015 6:00PM to 7:00PM

Info Session @ Northwest Community Church

4100 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011


February 12th, 2015 5:30PM to 7:00PM

Info Session @ The Northeast Public Library

330 7th Street NE, Washington, DC 20002


February 18th, 2015 6:00PM to 8:00PM

BASIS DC Open House

410 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Upcoming Dates:

February 11, Take sample PARCC test day, for parents, 8:15 a.m.

February 13, NO SCHOOL—Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 13, One-on-One Basketball & Mad Science: Sleuths on the Scene available

February 16, NO SCHOOL—Presidents’ Day

February 16, Mad Science: Spy Academy available

February 23, NO SCHOOL—Professional Development Day

February 23, One-on-One Basketball & Mad Science: Discover Detection available

February 26, Information session on PARCC testing at Key, 8:15 a.m.