Soaring into 2018
January 4, 2018

FROM THE NEST

Welcome Back and Happy New Year, [Family_Last] Family!

With school starting up again, events and activities kick into action as well. Below outlines the January events, meetings and activities throughout the school and District. More information is provided as you continue to read through the newsletter. 

JANUARY  

  • January 5th: Mathletes kick off 2018 with another Math Challenge (MC7). The challenge is available on the 5th and submissions are due on the 11th.

  • January 8th: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. The 3rd grade families will be hosting our next monthly teacher appreciation luncheon. If your student is in third grade, look for an email with more information coming soon!

  • January 8th-12th: After School Programs Kick-off. There are still spaces available, read below or go to 6crickets to register

  • January 10th: Positive Discipline Parent Class series begins. If you were interested in attending, there is still time to register.

  • January 11th: PTSA General Meeting (7pm, Library). All are welcome to the first PTSA meeting of 2018. Principle Garcia will be there to provide an update on the school construction and we will have a parent ed discussion about Summer Camps. Camp registration is right around the corner, so come and share your student's favorite camps!   

  • January 15th: NO SCHOOL honoring Martin Luther King Jr and his dream of equality. What is your dream for 2018?  

  • January 16th (Redmond HS), 17th (LWHS), 23rd (Eastlake HS), and 24th (Kamiakin MS): Bond & Levies Open House. Get your questions answered about the upcoming three ballot measures with an open house hosted by the District. Learn More

  • January 23rd, 25th, and 26th: Peter Kirk Conference Week. Spend 20 minutes with teachers to discuss your student(s) progress. Students will get out at 11:45am each day to allow time for conferences. 

Finally, thank you very much to all the families who contributed to the Pantry Pack Fundraiser. Our school raised $2,953.00. This will provide weekend meals to nearly 12 kids in need throughout the school year through Feed Washington and their partner Hopelink. Thank you for your generosity! 

Read on to learn more about our PTSA General Meeting, PK Dance, Volunteer Opportunities. 

 

CURRENT HAPPENINGS 

 

Come One, Come All to the PTSA General Meeting and Parent Education (January 11, 7pm, Library)

Let's come together to hear about the school construction project and share ideas for summer camps! All are welcome to attend.

The first PTSA General Meeting of 2018 will be on January 11th at 7pm. The meeting begins with a brief discussion of business including an update from Principal Garcia about the school construction project. Afterwards, we will share ideas and thoughts about your kid's best summer camp experiences. 

Did you know that many summer camps require early registration and fill up fast?! Let's get ahead of the game and come together to compare notes on the best summer camp(s) your students have attended. 

Fill out this one question survey to share the camps your student(s) loveWe will compile the list and share it during our discussion in January. 


Register for After-School Programs: Space is Still Available!

There are still spaces left in our After-School Programs! This quarter we are offering 10 enrichment programs serving a total of 157 kids. Right now we are only 85% full. Head over to 6crickets today to register for the following programs still available:

  • French Fun! K-5 graders, Tuesday, 3:20-4:20pm ($180)
  •  After-school Ceramics. 3-5 graders, Tuesday, 3:20-4:50pm ($170)
  • Spanish by Sponge! All grades, Tuesday/Thursday, 3:15-4:15pm ($400)
  • Zeno Math Club. K-2 graders, Monday, 3:15-4:15pm ($120)
  • Drama! 1-5 graders, Monday, 3:20-4:50pm ($150)

We are still looking for our after-school program parent chaperones. A parent chaperone must be a PTSA member and have completed the LWSD volunteer paperwork. The purpose of the chaperone is for our kids' safety, to get them to and from their classes and to stay with them for the duration of the class. The parent does not need to participate in the program curriculum. If we do not receive a parent volunteer we will operate a roster and each parent with enrolled students in the program will be required to chaperone at least one class. Specific class dates may be canceled without refund if we do not have a parent present. 

Did you know we offer scholarships for After-School Programs? Please see the Scholarship Request Form and contact our school counselor, Ms. Miller, for more information. 

 

GET YOUR DANCE SHOES READY!

Peter Kirk Dance Party is Coming Up! (February 2nd, 6:30-8pm)

Save the Date for the 2018 Peter Kirk Family Dance Party

  • When: Friday, February 2nd from 6:30-8pm
  • Where: Kirkland Middle School Commons
  • Cost:  $5 pre-sale after school (Wed, Thurs, and Friday) before the dance & $7 at the door
  • Optional Purchases: Punch Card for $5 to get
    • Snacks (1 Punch)
    • Glow Necklace (2 Punches)
    • Photo Booth Photo Strip (3 Punches)

We hope you can join us for a fun evening of music, dancing, glow sticks, snacks and photo booth to commemorate the night! Bring the whole family and watch your kids dance the evening away (Note: this is not a drop-off event! Kids need to be accompanied by an adult during the event). 

Do your kids feel the need to brush up on their dance moves? Don't fret, this year the PTSA has arranged for "The Dance Dude," Gaylen Suave, to teach dance lessons during PE the week leading up to the dance! Suave has performed and appeared as "The Dance Dude" for more than fifteen years all over King County, providing DJ services for school and community dances. 

The Dance Dude utilizes music and physical activity to engage students in getting exercise, mental stimulation and cool new dance moves to share with friends and family. You will not want to miss seeing your student(s) perform their choreographed dance at the Dance Party!

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 

 

Did you make a resolution to become more involved? Let's cross that off your to-do list! There are many ways to get engaged at the school for an hour, an event or for the year. Below are just a few opportunities that currently need of volunteers. Sign up today!

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  • Peter Kirk Dance Party: Are you coming to the dance? Great! Don't just stand against the wall like in Middle School...Come a bit early and help set up, sell tickets or stay till the end and help clean up. Check out the shifts at the link above. 
  • Carnival Committee: Wanted: energetic and engaged volunteer(s) to join our stellar Carnival planning team! The carnival committee is comprised of 8 roles shared by 5-6 volunteers. We are looking for a person or two to fill the role of Games and Prize Coordinator(s). We begin planning just after Mid-Winter Break, meeting once in March and April and then as needed in May. Come help us make this the best celebration of the Year! Questions? Contact Elysia Heller
  • School Play Committee: We're in need of a photographer, an accompanist, hospitality, DVD sales organizer, registration coordinator, ticket sales coordinator and several other positions! The more volunteers we have, the bigger and grander our show can be. We can work with different schedules and time constraints. The Little Mermaid can't happen without your help!  Learn more about the play. Questions? Contact April Rickard.
  • Do these events not fit in your schedule? Not a problem, there are many more ways you can help. Reach out to Wendy Alston, our PTSA Volunteer coordinator. She is amazing at fitting your talents with a need. 
 

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