Next Week at Key (5/1-5/5/17)

NW@K – Just a few add-ons from last week’s double-dose! New stuff and updates in red. (And then I think you are in the clear from NW@K’s until Thursday!)


This Week At-A-Glance

Tuesday: Produce Available and Teacher Appreciation Day; Palisades Community Meeting with Dep. Mayor for Education Jennifer Niles

Wednesday: Last Day to Drop things for N Street project


First, thanks for everyone helping to beautify the grounds today – Mark Hagen and Katherine Kranenburg, you rock!


Toiletries and Undergarments Needed for a Community Project – we need shampoos, soaps and undergarments for women and children for the N Street Village The program empowers homeless and low income women/children. SUCH a worthy organization! The box will be in the vestibule. Thank you! Collection ends May 3.


May 2, Palisades Community Association is welcoming Deputy Mayor for Education, Jennifer Niles. Meeting place is Palisades Community Center at 7:30pm. An issue you might ask about would be: When will and how will they address the over-crowding at Key Elementary School? Of course you have other issues and questions I am sure! Full-time nurses are our school might be another . . . so MANY things to discuss!


Key School is holding a Spring Garden Market after school on Tuesday, May 2nd from 3:15-4:30pm. Early birds can snap up some produce for Teacher Appreciation Day!


Tuesday, May 2nd is Teacher Appreciation Day! I believe many of the room parents are working on their individual teachers/aides but in case you wanted to do something . . . this Tuesday is the day.


National Bike and Walk to School Day is May 10th!
On May 10th, Key School will participate in the city-wide Walk, Bike, and Scoot to school effort.  Please join us in traveling to and from school via human powered locomotion. Volunteers are needed to help corral bikes and count participants.  Please contact Andrew Martin at if you are able to participate.


Book Fair Volunteers Needed; May 8 through 11, sign-up genius below:


  • Wednesday, May 3 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 9 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 10 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 11 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Parents of prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade students are encouraged to shop with them during their class visit. If you plan to shop with your child, perhaps you can stay an hour or two before or after and help out with the Fair.  The schedule is included below.

Time Tuesday, 5/9 Wednesday, 5/10 Thursday 5/11
9:00-9:25 Lerner Scholem Bleicher
9:35-10:00 Linden Lupardi Lemere
10:05-10:30 Palm Bunnell
10:45-11:10 O’Toole Harvey/Salamon
11:35-12:00 Convery/Kulas Houston
1:05-1:30 Ward Janusz
1:45-2:10 Conant/Miller Moroney
2:20-2:45 Bodamer Gilden & Mann


If you would like to lend a hand and can spare a couple of hours, please visit Sign Up Genius at   or contact Alexia Minervini at or text 202 215-3846


The Key Spring E-Cycle is Saturday, May 20, 9am to 1pm, Key School parking lot

Safely dispose of electronics, non-alkaline batteries, and more — click on the attachment to see the list of accepted materials.  Please note that there is a modest fee for destroying hard drives and disposing of a few additional items–proceeds go to Key!  And please bear in mind that we cannot accept paint or hazardous materials.  Questions?  Contact Caroline Wolverton,


Attached is the list of what you can and cannot bring to e-cycle (this was left off at last writing).



Calendar for May and June

Teacher Appreciation Day       May 2

Book Fair                                     May 9

PTA Meeting                              May 10, 8am

Half Day                                      May 18

No School                                   May 19

Memorial Day                            May 29

Houtenanny                               June 1

World Family Day                     June 2

Spirit Week                                June 5

End of Year Picnic                     June 9

Field Day and Talent Show      June 9

5th Grade Graduation               June 13

Last Day of School                     June 14

School Return                            August 21 – yes, you read that right. 9 ½ weeks of summer break.


Link to next year’s DCPS calendar:


The Nursing or “health professional,” Issue is BACK!!

The Committee on Education just gave an opening for the Department of Health to replace the Registered Nurse with unlicensed professionals. The Committee added the following language to cater to the Mayor — who has not been on our side on this issue.

“If the Department of Health determines that a public or public charter school does not require the services of a registered nurse for 40 hours each week, then a …health professional ….may be used to supplement the work of a registered nurse to meet the 40-hour-per-week minimum, provided that a registered nurses shall provide services for no less than 20 hours per week at a school”

In the bill, a “health professional” includes unlicensed professionals who does not have the knowledge base or professional training to handle the chronic conditions of the children in the District school system.

The bill has been referred to the Committee of Health.

Please contact the members of the Committee of Health and ask them to pass a bill out of the committee that would require 40-hour nursing coverage.

Councilmember Vincent C.

Councilmember Brianne K.

Councilmember Mary M. Cheh –

Councilmember Brandon T.

Councilmember David Grosso –


In addition, the budget hearing for the Department of Health is on May 5th at 11 am.  Please sign up to testify by contacting Osa Imadojemu ( or by calling 202-727-7774