Next Week at Key (9/29-10/3/14)

Chorus is back, and tomorrow is the last day to register! Directed again by the wonderful Ann Roddy, Chorus begins the next week.  The Key School Chorus is a yearlong program for grades 1 through 5 in which children sing, largely, traditional American music and experience the excitement of group singing. The program culminates in our annual spring performance, the ever-popular Hootenanny. If you like to sing, come and join us! Look for registration forms in your kids’ backpacks or pick one up from Ms. Johnson in the school office.


Come Celebrate Forty Years of Fillmore Arts Center!  The 40 Year Anniversary Party, Saturday, September  27, 3-6PM

Location: Hardy Middle School parking lot

Come and join us for an afternoon filled with fun activities for kids, performances by alums, students, and teachers, food trucks and BDay cake!


COMMUNITY NOTICE:  The UPS Store on MacArthur Blvd (by Starbucks) will be hosting a shredding day this Saturday – Sept. 27th from 10am – 5pm. Bring in your business or personal documents and they will shred them. The first 5 lbs are free. Additional shredding service is $1/lb with 50% benefiting the PCA.  Thank you Anne Ourand (Key parent and PCA Administrator)


Mark your calendars, because WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH is Walk/Bike to School Day.  October is Walk to School Month and International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 8th.   Green Team will be at Dana Place and Eskridge Terrace to give out stickers/tattoos as a token of appreciation.  This effort is sponsored by DDOT.  In addition, the following class is being offered for parents and kids who bike to school. can have a truly green Wednesday, if you walk or bike to school, go to the farmers market (every Wednesday through Nov 19th-organic and locally grown fruit and vegetables available 3-5PM)  & pack a waste-free Wednesday lunch (one day, no waste)! For additional details email Katherine Kranenburg, Alexia Minervini or Mrs Johnson at –


WANT TO JOIN THE GREEN COMMITTEE?  ALL HANDS ON KEY – GREEN TEAM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  Keep a look out for our first meeting for new and old committee members and all those interested in keeping KEY GREEN.




HARVEST FESTIVAL: Mark your calendars for some great Fall fun! This year’s Harvest Festival will be Sunday, October 26th from 12-4pm, rain or shine. There will be great games, food, prizes and a pumpkin decorating contest. To make this event a success we need volunteers and donations:

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 Lauren Regardie at to sign up.

Used Book Sale – Need to do some Fall Cleaning?  Now is a great time to clear out your bookshelves to get ready for all those new Scholastic books that will be coming soon.  Bring your gently used kids’ books, videos, and video games to Key for the used book sale at the Harvest Festival.  Books 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. Questions?  Email Abby Horrigan:

Set-up, Clean-up and Grillers:  Volunteers are needed from 8am – 12pm for festival set up, 4 pm – 6 pm for clean-up, and from 12pm-4pm for manning the grill.  Please contact Maria Garcia at to sign up.

HARVEST FESTIVAL HAUNTED HOUSE!!!  A big thank you to Debbie and Kevin Nigri who have offered to be our leaders in building the Haunted House! As those of you who have been to Harvest Festival know, 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 25th. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Bring the kids and have them burn energy in the school playground while you build or decorate the Haunted House. If you can help, please contact Kevin at  or Debbie at

PLEASE NOTE: Our first General PTA Meeting is coming up on Wednesday, Oct. 15.  In an effort to boost attendance, we will hold this meeting at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Teachers will be available to supervise the kids while parents attend the meeting.  There will be no featured speaker, just PTA business, and we will try to wrap things up by 9 a.m.


Retail Rebate:   Feel like you are at Safeway on a daily basis?  Did you know those constant trips can benefit Key?  Sign up for the Safeway program through and Key will get a rebate on all purchases made with cash or a debit card.  Cupboards already full?  Keep an eye out for pink Box Tops for Education labels, clip them, and drop them in the collection box in the main lobby.


DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson will give her annual State of the Schools Address, Tuesday, September 30, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, at H.D. Woodson High School, 540 55th St. N.E. RSVP or watch online at:


Our Key School List Serve added over 25 new members this week and we are now more than 670 strong!  If you signed up this week, make sure to accept the invitation from Yahoo and sign in with your Yahoo ID in order to receive notices from the list serve.  If you know a Key parent who is not yet on the list serve, tell them about it and have them e-mail me, Tricia Braun, at Just type “ subscribe” in the re: line.


Also, for up to the minute updates, don’t forget to check out Key School’s Facebook Page at


Upcoming Dates:


Friday, September 12: Back-to-School Picnic, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17, New Parent Reception, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

September 23, Committee Chairs Meeting, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

September 29, Key School Chorus Begins

October 10, NO SCHOOL—Professional Development Day

October 13, NO SCHOOL—Columbus Day Holiday

October 15, General PTA Meeting, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

October 26, Harvest Festival, 12:00—4:00 p.m.

October 31, Halloween Parade 11:45 a.m.—12:10 p.m.

October 31, Early Dismissal, Records Day, 12:15 p.m.