Next Week at Key (2/8-2/12/15)

*There is no school next Friday, February 12 or Monday, February 15. Please see notices below for fun all-day activities for your kids!*



Thanks to everyone who came to shovel snow on Sunday. The kids were able to go outside and that makes a big difference!



Due to the blizzard and the three missed school days in the last few weeks, DCPS has announced the following adjustments to the school calendar (as previously communicated) to make up the time:

  • May 23 (formerly parent conference day) is now a full day of school for students
  • June 16 (formerly half day, last day of school) is now a full day of school for students
  • June 17th is now a half day of school with dismissal at 12:15pm. This is the last day of school



Hardy Feeder Family Pizza Party is rescheduled for this Saturday 2/6:
For 3-5th grade students and their family
5-7pm at the Hardy gym
Pizza, drinks, DJ, moonbounce, all FREE!
Come meet Hardy Principal and teachers and other feeder school families



TIME TO APRÈS S’KEY:  Spring auction is coming up, so make sure you don’t miss out on the fun! Please take a few minutes to think about what you can do to support our biggest fundraiser. We need YOUR help NOW to raise critical funds for the first-rate programs at Key. Our children deserve the best education!


– TICKETS – Don’t delay! You know you want to be there! Buy tickets now and sponsor your child’s favorite teacher or staff member to attend: https://www. tickets?type=1254


– SPONSORSHIPS – FROM GREEN CIRCLE TO OLYMPIANS CLUB:  Own a business, know someone who does or contract with one? We are looking for sponsors who want to showcase their support of Key on the auction website and in the catalog.

Sign up for sponsorships until February 15https://www.501auctions. com/keyschool/tickets?type= 1254


– DONATIONS: Please take the time (5 minutes?) to think of one item you can get donated…could you ask your favorite shop, service provider, or restaurant?  Want to donate your weekend house, your au pair’s babysitting time or a pizza classroom party? Deadline for donations is February 15, so make the ask now! keyschool/itemdonor



Seeking donations to transform school into a ski lodge. Can we borrow your skis (only for the day of the auction), Xmas lights, wine barrels, chalkboard, a selfie stick, easel, camping chairs and table decorations – LED tea lights, glass vases, pine cones etc.?

Our decorations team still needs help for set up, break down and for crafting decorations and materials for construction, especially wood.

Please contact Kevin at  or Debbie at



Mad Science Day Camps: February 12 & 22 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
$63 per day   Register online at

Milky Way 2/12

What is the Milky Way, and how do we know what’s up there? Children will explore the celestial sphere, learn about celestial navigation and build their own refracting telescope, sundial, and planisphere, while discovering the wonders of the Milky Way.

Wright Stuff 2/22
Children will explore the fundamentals of aerodynamics in this hands-on program about how things fly. From the basic principles of flight to building airplanes and testing them in wind tunnels, to hovercraft and balloon helicopter building, children will understand what makes things fly and how different types of aircraft move. Campers will take home a rubber band powered airplane, various paper airplane designs, balloon helicopters, boomerangs, and mini flying disc.



Multi Sports Camp with One on One Basketball: Feb. 12 & 22
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 sports 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.

Date: Friday, February 12h
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: Key Elementary Gym
Grades: K – 5th Boys & Girls
Cost: $50 (Checks payable to Key School PTA)

Space is limited * Please bring your own lunch *



Key School Open House is tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 5th

Perspective parents from our neighborhood are welcome to join us at 9 AM for information session and tours.



Dear fellow Key School parents of twins:

For their science project, our fourth grade twins, Raaghav and Dev, have asked: “Do twins have the same types of fingerprints?” They are looking for volunteers, fraternal or identical twins, who would be willing to allow them to collect their fingerprints in order to test their question. We are willing to come over to your house to collect the fingerprints, if that is more convenient. Or we could send you instructions and perhaps you could scan and email them to me if that works better – or I could collect them from you as well. Either way, we would love to hear from you. Please ping me at Volunteers do not have to be kids but can be adults as well.


The deadline for them to conduct this experiment is Feb. 11, so it would be great if we could get this done by Feb. 9 so that they can prepare their science binders accordingly. Much appreciated.


Also since this is merely for their science project, rest assured that we will destroy all copies of the fingerprints that we collect once the project is done, and will not share them with anyone else. We have a consent form that states this.

Thank you.

Christopher Vaz and Anjna Kirpalani



Tomorrow is the last day to donate old towels & blankets to Washington Animal Rescue League! Or donate an item from WARL’s Wish List: support-us/donate/other-ways- to-give/wish-list/. Items can be dropped off at the school’s main entrance. If you cannot bring these items to school, email/text Maria for a pick up at or 202 -531-1871.





Key school alumna Claire Wigglesworth and her mom, Laura, co-lead this camp on days off from school.  Last year at this Valentines Day themed camp, kids made handprint valentine cards, lollipop flowers; had a salmon, veggie, and chocolate fondu party; and built an igloo and fort in the woods.  Camp includes cooking, baking, outdoor recreation, arts & crafts, quiet time and movie and popcorn.  Camp held at the Wigglesworth’s home: 5302 MacArthur Boulevard (near Arizona).  $65/child.  8:30 AM-5:30 PM.  Cancelations by Feb. 8 at noon.  Waitlist maintained.  For more information or to register, e-mail Laura Wigglesworth: lretzler@yahoo. com.

Raise DC TAG (Tuition Assistance Grant) is trying to raise or remove the cap on the DC TAG program.
If you support the RAISE DC TAG mission please write/email  your council member and tell them to support Jack Evans’ resolution introduced last summer…. “to expand the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant program to fund the entire difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition for DC students at four-year public colleges and universities throughout the US, Guam and Puerto Rico.” Raise DC TAG would like to see this bill go before the DC City Council this spring and get its full support. This will show Congress how important DC TAG is to all DC residents.




February 5: Open House

February 12: Professional Development Day- NO SCHOOL

February 15: President’s Day- NO SCHOOL

February 22: Parent Teacher Conferences- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

February 26: Science Fair


April 8: Records Day- 12:15 DISMISSAL