November 3, 2019
Hello and welcome to your latest Next Week at Key! We hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend. Here’s what you need to know for the week ahead.
Kids’ Activities for Professional Development Days November 4 & 5
Need something for your child to do when school is closed Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5, for Professional Development? The PTO has organized some activities! Go the PD Days page (https://keyschooldc.org/dcps/professional-development-days/) on the Key School website and find information and links to register for PLAY-WELL STEM Engineering with LEGO, Art Camp, and Basketball.
Bulk Supplies & Dues Update
A big, huge THANK YOU to all the families who have sent in their PTO and Bulk Supply dues! We are so grateful! We are now at 65 percent participation!
We still have to raise $1,400 in Bulk Supply dues to pay for the supplies the teachers and students are currently using. For those of you who have not yet had a chance, please consider making your contribution today. Click here for more: https://keyschooldc.org/dcps/key-school-pto-dues/. Your support makes the difference!
Key School Winter Ornament Design Contest
The 2019 Key School ornament will be a design contest this yearl Open to Key students and all members of the Key community, the design must be a maximum of three colors, and must include “FS Key School” as well as the year, “2019.” Please design with a red background (ornament color) in mind. Design ideas are due Tuesday, November 12. Digital files can be sent to Davis.jessicaL@gmail.com. Hand-drawn submissions can be submitted to the front office. Student voting on finalists will take place during lunch on Friday, November 15. The winner will be announced in NW@K and you can get yours at the Annual Key Tree Sale on December 7 and 8! Get your tree at Key!
Key Pop-Up Shop This Thursday
On the blacktop this Thursday (before and after school), the PTO will host a pop-up shop to sell Key gear, including the new Key Beanie ($15) and the Harvest Festival punch cards. Vintage Key t-shirts will also be available for purchase.
Harvest Festival November 17
The Harvest Festival is Sunday, Nov. 17, from 12-4pm! We will have live music, face painters, a moon bounce, slide, popcorn, prizes, games, and the best haunted house you have even been through, complete with Stranger Things! If you haven’t already signed up for your class’s Harvest Fest booth, it’s not too late. Contact your class parents if you can’t find the sign-up link in your class emails. We appreciate your help to make the event a success. Thank you!
USED BOOK SALE: We need your gently used books, videos, and video games for the popular used book sale at the Harvest Festival. All items can be left in the front lobby in the large boxes provided. We especially need books for older kids and series books like Magic Tree House, as well as books for adults. Questions? Email Katie Thompson at email@example.com. Thank you!
HARVEST FESTIVAL HAUNTED HOUSE! The Haunted House is our main attraction. Construction begins Friday, Nov. 15, at 3:30pm. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please click here to sign up for set up or take down: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e094ca4ae2aa57-haunted If you have any questions please contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie at email@example.com.
CLEAN UP: This is one of the most important tasks of the whole festival! We need as many people as possible to make sure everything is clean and safe for our students to return to their beautiful new playground the next day.
Key School Pajama Drive Until November 22
Key is collecting new pajamas in all sizes, from newborn to adult on behalf of the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. They must be a complete set (top and bottom or onesie). All seasons welcome! Please drop off in the atrium at the main entrance. The last day is Friday, November 22. For more info, visit www.pajamaprogram.org.
Grounds Clean Up Sunday November 24
Grounds cleanup happens twice a year. It’s remarkable what two days a year can do to make the Key grounds beautiful for our kids and the Key School staff. The fall clean-up is scheduled for Sunday, November 24, from 9 am to 1 pm. Mark off an hour or half hour of your time, and bring your rakes, gloves, and leaf blowers (if you have them).
Palisades Citizens Association Meeting will Discuss Jelleff Field and Old Hardy Building Tuesday at 7 pm
The Palisades Citizens Association will host their monthly town hall with At-Large Council member Robert White on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Palisades Recreation Center (5200 Sherier Place, NW). Topics will include the use of the Old Hardy School building and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation’s recent contract with the Maret School concerning Jelleff field. Also on the agenda of the meeting is a resolution of opposition to the extension of the lease at the Jelleff field.
DCPS Fall Elementary Chess Championship
The DCPS Fall Elementary Chess Championship will be held Saturday, November 16, starting at 8:30 am. For more information, click here.
Little Ivies Day Camps and January Offerings
Little Ivies has day camps November 4, 5, and 11 if you haven’t already made plans. Also, starting in January, Little Ivies DC will be offering shuttle service from Key to Little Ivies DC for their aftercare program.
W3EdNet Meeting Tuesday November 12
W3EdNet, the Ward 3 Wilson High School Feeder Pattern Education Network, is a group made up of PTO Board and LSAT members as well as other interested community members. They will meet at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 12, at the Chevy Chase Public Library (5625 Connecticut Ave, NW). W3EdNet will welcome staff from DC Public Schools’ Office of Data Systems and Technology to talk about technology use in DCPS, specifically the Empowered Learners initiative and roll-out of the new devices in grades 3, 6, and 9. Please join us!
Wednesday – Veggie Tortellini w/ Cheesy Breadstick or Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Thursday – Kickn’ Black Bean & Cheese Enchilada or Chicken Quesadilla
Friday – Rainbow Veggie Chili and Tortilla Chips or Turkey Sausage Pizza Cheese Pizza
Find all the details here.
Monday, November 4 – No school, Professional Development Day
Tuesday, November 5 – No school, Professional Development Day
Friday, November 8 – Veteran’s Day Assembly
Monday, November 11 – No school, Veteran’s Day
Sunday, November 17 – Harvest Festival
Sunday, November 24 — Grounds Clean Up