Next Week at Key (3/3-3/7/14)

Next Week at Key (March 3, 2014 – March 7, 2014)


Friday, February 28:  GET SMART Friday

Friday, March 7:  Science Fair

Friday, March 7:  Last day to donate shoes


GET SMART AND PURCHASE A RAFFLE TICKET TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 28:  We collected and sold approximately 50 raffle tickets at our first Get Smart Friday, which takes us HALFWAY to our goal of selling 500 tickets!!  So Get Smart and buy your raffle ticket soon. We will be at the entrance to the school tomorrow February 28, at pick up and drop off.  Go Penguins. To reserve, purchase or arrange for pick up of your raffle tickets, feel free to contact or

DC BUDGET MEETING:  Join Chancellor Kaya Henderson on Tuesday, March 4 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the McKinley Technology Education Campus (151 T Street, NW) as she shares details about DCPS’ priorities as reflected in our budget for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. The focus includes improving middle schools, investing in struggling schools, improving student satisfaction, and more– all part of DCPS’s plan to work with families, community members, and partners to build a high-quality, vibrant school district that provides all of our students with a world-class education.

KEY SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR:  We are looking forward to celebrating science all week – March 3 through 7.  Science Fair projects are due March 4. Students in 3rd through 5th grade are required to participate but all are encouraged!  On Friday morning the 3rd through 5th graders will be judged by an outside panel of judges.  Everyone should plan on coming to Family Science Night 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to celebrate the amazing projects of our students as well as enjoying interactive hands-on science activities throughout the evening.  We will have pizza slices for $1.50 and juice boxes for $0.50.


  1. All science Fair projects should be directly to your child’s classroom and should not be brought to the science lab.
  2. Please remember that during the night of the Fair, children should remain inside the building – they can only be outside if accompanied by an adult.

DONATE YOUR SHOES FOR A GOOD CAUSE:  We are collecting used adult and children’s shoes!  With the help of Key parent Marilyn Nowalk, the shoes will be delivered to families in the village of St. Etienne, Haiti.  In this mountainous rural town, shoes are required to attend school, and it becomes a real barrier for families who can scrimp together money for either tuition or shoes, but not both.  Children and adult shoes are welcome – but please no open toe sandals or snow boots, and only very low heels on women’s shoes.  Collection boxes will be near the front entrance of the school through March 7th.  Questions?  Contact PTA Community Service Co-Chairs Laura Amodei: or Marcy Oppenheimer:


SPRING AUCTION:  Three weeks to go until the party of the year.  The Key School Auction is March 15th at Georgetown University: Here are some dates you should take note of:

  1. Last call for advertising or donations is tomorrow, February 28.  Do you want your logo on the big screen?  This is your big chance – contact Kim Christo at for more information.
  2. The On-Line Silent Auction goes live March 1 at 7:00 a.m. and closes on March 10 at midnight.  www.501auctions/keyauction.
  3. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on March 15.  Tickets are $85.00 now – they go up to $100.00 at the door so DON’T DELAY!  Buy your tickets online and while you’re at it – and don’t forget to sponsor a teacher while you are at it!
  4. Super Silent Bidding begins on March 15th at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. that night.  www.501auctions/key auction


This year’s fund an item is a much-needed mobile computer lab that will give students greater access to critical software programs and much more.  Come to the auction to find out more!  Or go online and donate now!  www.501auctions/keyauction.

ATTENTION ALL CHESS PLAYERS:  The 3rd Annual Chess Challenge in DC Citywide Chess Tournament will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00p.m., at  Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC 20016.  This tournament is open to all DC elementary through middle school students.  There will be trophies for the top 5 finishers, and all competitors will receive a t-shirt, lunch, wristband, prizes and raffle tickets.  The tournament is only open to 200 participants, so register early!  You can find more information at

PICK UP BASKETBALL:  Key Parents: interested in pick up basketball? A group affectionately dubbed “Old Men’s Basketball” plays 8 to 10pm 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 Worthing for more information:, or better yet, just show up!

LOST AND FOUND:  The lost and found box is filling up!  Please come by and see if your child(ren)’s coat, hat, scarf, gloves, sweatshirt, etc. are in the box and take it home! Also – if you take your item home, please leave the hanger inside the box.  These hangers are kindly provided by a Key School parent and we don’t have an unlimited supply!  Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of March.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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:

-Tuesday, June 2 is no longer a Parent/Teacher Conference Day. Students are expected to report to school on time for 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 12:15 p.m.


Upcoming Dates:

March 15 – Key School Auction (

March 28 – Records Day – School dismissed at 12:15

April 14 – 21 – Spring Break – no school

April 25 – International Pot Luck

April 26 – Grounds Clean Up

May 2 – Professional Development Day – no school (both One-on-One basketball and Mad Science will be offered this day)

May 6 – Teacher Appreciation Day

May 6 – 8 – Book Fair

May 9 – World Family Day

May 14 – General PTA Meeting / Elections

May 26 – Memorial Day Holiday – no school

June 9 – 13 – Sprit Week

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 12:15