Next Week at Key (9/1-9/5/14)

Please remember there is NO SCHOOL on Labor Day, which is Monday, September 1.

Enjoy the holiday!

PTA FORMS: Yellow folders containing this year’s PTA Forms should come home in your child’s back pack tomorrow.  Please review all of the information carefully and don’t forget to join the PTA and pay your dues by check. We rely on these funds to pay for Teacher Aides and many extra activities that benefit your children. Please also consider volunteering to help out where needed.  Contact Tricia Braun (tdbraun@mindspring.com) or Ashby Mims (ashby.mims@gmail.com) to volunteer!

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted your PTA forms to the Front Office or to your child’s teacher.  If you find that your family has received a duplicate folder, please return that extra folder to Mrs. Johnson’s desk.  These packets are very useful for prospective families when they visit Key during the year.

Please return the PTA forms in your yellow folder by next FRIDAY, Sept. 5th.  If you misplaced your forms, extra copies are available on the Key School website (www.keyschooldc.org).  Specifically:  PTA Dues Forms are here.

Click here to volunteer for specific committees.

DIRECTORY FORMS. If you haven’t submitted a directory form yet, please click here or fill out the green form in the packet. We want to make sure your information in the directory is accurate.  Forms are due Friday, Sept. 5.

STILL SEEKING AN AD COORDINATOR FOR THE DIRECTORY!  For the past several years, the PTA has not had to provide funds to publish our school directory, thanks to advertisements from businesses or services in the Key community.  We are looking for a parent volunteer to step up and coordinate ads for this year’s directory!  Please contact Tricia Braun at tdbraun@mindspring.com.

DIRECTORY ADVERTISING: Don’t miss this great chance to publicize your company or services with Key School families! To purchase advertising space in Key’s Directory and Handbook contact Henk Brands at hjbrands@comcast.net.  Prices start at $25.

KEY SCHOOL CALENDAR AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: Remember to download Key’s calendar onto your phone or computer so you won’t forget important events or days off! Instructions are on the Key School website homepage and <a href=”http://keyschooldc.org/documents/Key_School_Calendar_Instructions.pdf” target=”_blank”>here</a>.

MORE FORMS!

On the first day of school your child received a small packet of papers, which  included a permission slip for our emergency evacuation drill as well as an emergency contact form.  These must be filled out and returned as soon as possible.  Also included in that packet is an attendance contract.  Please read and review this contract with your child before you sign it and return it.  All papers are to be returned to the classroom teacher.

GREEN COMMITTEE — Our very own farmers market will kick off next Wednesday, September 3rd and will be set up on the breezeway from 3PM – 4:30PM. From “farm to table”, including some from our Key School Garden will be available. Students learn responsibility and business skills through keeping track of sales, making change, assessing costs versus profits, marketing through signage, etc. Thank you for the parent and children volunteers that have signed up to help.  Interested in volunteering your 3rd, 4th or 5th grader?  Sign up sheet at front door area of the school or email us at keygreencommittee@gmail.com or ask Mrs. Johnson.

WASTE-FREE Wednesday – ONE DAY, NO WASTE.  Did you check out the flyer that went home in Tuesday’s folder?  Please support this fabulous idea as every effort, be it big or small, plays it’s part in saving our environment. Use a lunchbox or reusable snack for your kids lunch starting next Wednesday and every Wednesday throughout the school year.

Thank you Mrs. Johnson for organizing the volunteers from DCPS and the community on Beautification Day Aug 23rd to clean up the grounds and get us ready for a fabulous school year.

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: angusworthing@gmail.com, or better yet, just show up!

IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDER!

Please remember that all Key School Parents and caregivers must comply with all traffic laws at drop-off and pick-up.  Please take the time to review the School Safety Traffic Patterns and Rules, attached here and provided in your PTA Packet.  Please, for everyone’s safety, no parking in No Parking areas, in front of hydrants, in crosswalks, etc.  We have reports of several empty cars with hazards on parked in front of the school at pick-up and drop-off.  This is a No Standing /No Parking area during school operation hours.  Drivers are to remain in their vehicle IF they have good reason for parking there in the first place.  Those few cars cause huge congestion and impact safety.  Additionally it is extremely inconsiderate of our neighbors and other parents and caregivers.  Once Fillmore buses are on the roads, it will be even more critical that we all obey all traffic laws and be considerate  with our vehicles.  Let’s keep students safe during drop-off and pick-up!

The National Book Festival is on Saturday, August, 30 at the Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Some great authors are scheduled to present. There are books and authors from every genre, from picture books to graphic novels to non-fiction best-sellers.  This is a terrific event for families and a great way to encourage reading!  Find more information about the event at http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/.

Students who participated in the Palisades Public Library Summer Reading Program should return their reading logs by August 31st. Participants who reach the midpoint on their logs will receive a coupon for free Chipotle, all finishers receive a free book, and finishers ages 6-12 get a voucher for two free Nationals tickets! If  students have misplaced their reading logs, the library staff is  happy to provide them at the children’s desk.

Important! Updated AlertDC System Has Arrived – Information Update Needed!

As of August 25, 2014, the District of Columbia emergency alerting notification system, AlertDC, has transitioned to a new software platform. The new system is customizable, and allows you to pick and choose what kind of alert notifications you want to receive and how you would like to receive them.

Although you will continue to receive emergency alerts from AlertDC, we ask that you use the link below to register for an account in the new system and update your existing information in order to access the updated system features and subscriptions. If you do not update this information by September 5, 2014, you will need to register a new account that will not be associated with your existing information.

To get started just click on the link below or paste it into your browser:

https://member.everbridge.net/register/private/oTtyL0DHxIEzeVCcuz70VJJRNWYZr8iv/M5Fv4T76LC2qwSUI88LG55JRNWYZr8iv/mxDL1RqDv5s6oMHFiyNmBQsspreset3Dsspreset3D/TB8Z6esspreset2FVmEksspreset3D

Being forewarned about dangerous weather, a neighborhood evacuation, or an emergency road closure has never been easier. Register today to update your AlertDC information to gain access to all of the system’s new features.

Please send all questions and inquires directly to alert.help@dc.gov.

Also, for up to the minute updates, don’t forget to check out Key School’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Francis-Scott-Key-Elementary/380301878666528

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, September 1: Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

Thursday, September 4: First Day of Fillmore for Grades 1-5

Friday, September 5: Deadline for Directory Forms

Monday, September 8: First Day of Fillmore for Kindergarten Students

Thursday, September 4: Back to School Night, 7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 8: First Day of Fillmore for Kindergarteners

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.

Have a great long weekend!