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Excellence Newsletter - February 28, 2020

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Aiken Elementary News, Events & Announcements

Dear Aiken Elementary Families,

Wow, what a fast month, it is hard to believe that February is behind us. On Monday, Aiken will celebrate Read Across America Day which honors the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Aiken students will do a buddy reading activity with a student from another grade level. Students are encouraged to dress up like their favorite character from their favorite book (it does not have to be a Dr. Seuss book- it can be any book). The rest of the week, each homeroom will participate in a Dr. Seuss trivia contest, it should be a great week!

Each year, Mrs. Watenpool has our students participate in the Bonnie’s Plants 3rd grade cabbage program. Each 3rd grader gets their very own cabbage plant to grow. Last year, Aiken 3rd grader Alex Ruble grew a cabbage plant that was 15 pounds and 9 ounces! Today, Alex will be honored by Bonnie’s Plants as the Pennsylvania Winner for largest Cabbage plant. Alex will also receive a $1,000 scholarship from Bonnie’s plants...way to go Alex, we are #KOproud of you!


Cabbage Plant


I’d like to thank all of the PFO volunteers that made the Family Valentine’s Dance such a success! Don’t forget, this weekend is the PFO’s Night at the Races and a limited number of tickets are still available for the event.

Wednesday March 11th, the Aiken Band and Orchestra students will perform a concert here at Aiken. Students will get to hear their peers at 2:00 that day while families are welcomed to attend the evening concert at 6:00. We are so excited to celebrate the hard work of our talented students.

Friday March 13th Aiken will host it’s 10th Annual St. Baldrick’s Assembly. This year we have many shavees signed up ready to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer.

All Aiken, Dormont and Myrtle Elementary families are invited to the 4th annual March Math Madness event on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at Dormont Elementary School. March Math Madness is one hour of mathematical fun that focuses on problem solving, logic and number sense. Student/adult teams compete together and as a multi-grade level team.

Please see the attached flyer for more details and to register. Registration is due by Thursday, March 12, 2020. March Math Madness Registration Letter.pdf



As always, you can stay up to date with everything happening at Aiken by “liking” the Fred L. Aiken Elementary School Facebook page KOAikenElementary or following me on Twitter at @KOAikenElemMrT.

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Thomas
           

Coming Up at Aiken Elementary

Band/Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, March 11  |  6 p.m.

St. Baldrick's Head-Shaving Event
Friday, March 13

Dormont Elementary News, Events & Announcements

Hello there Super Awesome Dormont families and faculty,

Happy Friday to each and every one of you! It’s Mr. Werner, your friendly neighborhood principal. Within this week's e-blast, you'll find information about CAMP READ-A-LOT, THE BOOK FAIR, EXCUSES FOR ABSENCES, and LOST AND FOUND. So without any further ado, let's get to e-blasting.

CAMP READ-A-LOT: Many, many, MANY thanks to everyone who attended our second annual Camp Read-A-Lot. Check out all of the canoes! That’s how many families attended, and we received a lot of positive feedback. It was so much fun seeing all of our campers reading together. Be sure to check out my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds for pictures from the event. Speaking of books….



BOOK FAIR: Be on the lookout for information regarding our upcoming Book Fair, including our upcoming Family Night!

LOST AND FOUND: Are you missing a jacket? A left-handed glove? A Frozen backpack? Stop by our Lost and Found table. It may be there. Speaking of lost and found, someone’s special pillow was found on the sidewalk. If this is yours, let us know. 😊




MARCH MATH MADNESS: All Aiken, Dormont and Myrtle Elementary families are invited to the 4th annual March Math Madness event on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at Dormont Elementary School. March Math Madness is one hour of mathematical fun that focuses on problem solving, logic and number sense. Student/adult teams compete together and as a multi-grade level team.

Please see the attached flyer for more details and to register. Registration is due by Thursday, March 12, 2020: March Math Madness Registration Letter.pdf



EXCUSES FOR ABSENCES: Just a friendly reminder: Though we appreciate the phone calls to report your child(ren) off of school, a parent note is required within three days of their return to excuse their absence. You can either send in a written note, email their teacher AND Mrs. Wareham directly, or click here for the excuse form: School Excuse Form.pdf

MR. WERNER’S SOCIAL MEDIA: Feel free to follow me on the following platforms:
Twitter: @principalwerner
Instagram: @wernerkosd
Facebook: Facebook.com/Dormont Elementary

That's about it from our end. As always, if we can be of service, let us know. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Have a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat weekend,

Mr. Werner

           

Coming Up at Dormont Elementary
Band/Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, March 4  |  6 p.m.

Dormont Garden Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 11  |  6 p.m.

Dormont PFO Meeting
Wednesday, March 11  |  7 p.m.

Dormont Family Book Fair Night
Thursday, March 12  |  6:30 p.m.

Myrtle Elementary News, Events & Announcements

Hello Myrtle Avenue Elementary Families,

Next week is Read Across America Week and Myrtle Elementary will celebrate with a full week of themed dress up days and special activities. Please see this flyer for more information - Read Across America Week - Myrtle.pdf

March is Music in Our Schools Month! Join us next Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. for our annual Band/Orchestra Concert. We are so excited to hear our talented students, who have been working hard to learn their respective instruments this year! 

All Aiken, Dormont and Myrtle Elementary families are invited to the 4th annual March Math Madness event on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. at Dormont Elementary School. March Math Madness is one hour of mathematical fun that focuses on problem solving, logic and number sense. Student/adult teams compete together and as a multi-grade level team. 

Please see the attached flyer for more details and to register. Registration is due by Thursday, March 12, 2020.   March Math Madness Registration Letter.pdf


           

Coming Up at Myrtle Elementary

Band/Orchestra Concert
Thursday, March 5  |  6 p.m.

5th Grade vs. Faculty Basketball Game
Friday, March 6  |  High School Gymnasium

PFO Meeting
Monday, March 16  |  7 p.m.

Middle School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks Middle School Families,

It's hard to believe that it is the end of February already! If you haven't already done so, please be sure to order your 2019-2020 Middle School Yearbook

Six Middle School students recently participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science regional competition at Duquesne University. While all of the students placed in their respective categories, 8th grader Emma Mathie earned first place and will compete in the statewide PJAS competition at Penn State in May. We're #KOProud of all of our students for their success in this year's competition! 



This week, a team of 7th grade students - Ian Bickel, Fiona Curran and Caroline Burns - earned the highest point total for the middle school division and won first place in the annual America Bowl competition. Hosted by Baldwin High School, the America Bowl challenges students to answer questions about American government and civics. Congratulations! 



KOMS PFO
Please do not forget to become a member of our PFO this year. The membership form can be found using the following link:
https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/827205/schools/18032
You can also stay update to date with news form the PFO by joining their Facebook page. Follow using this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/508171239624324/

THANK YOU to our PFO for all they do for us at KOMS!

KOMS Athletics
Stay up to date with schedules and scores of our middle school sports teams using our website: www.kogoldeneagles.com.

Coming Up at the Middle School

PFO Meeting
Wednesday, March 18  |  7 p.m.

High School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks High School Families, 

Thanks to all of the families who joined us last week for Curriculum/Scheduling Night. I hoped that you learned a lot about the courses that are offered at the High School, including the various electives that are available to students. Next week, students in grades 8-11 will begin the scheduling process for the 2020-2021 school year. 

This week, we were #KOProud to have our student-run business, GO Designs, represent Keystone Oaks and the Real World Scholars Program at the annual Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo & Conference (PETE&C) in downtown Pittsburgh. Mr. Sarchet, Mr. Wetzel, and eight of their students showcased their handmade products and discussed how they manage GO Designs. 



Eleven High School students recently participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science regional competition at Duquesne University. While all of the students placed in their respective categories, freshman Ben Burke, and sophomores Abriana Lyda and Theresa Sarsfield earned first place and will compete in the statewide PJAS competition at Penn State in May. We're #KOProud of all of our students for their success in this year's competition! 


 
Don't miss Keystone Oaks High School on Hometown High Q (local channel 2) tomorrow, Saturday, February 29, at 11 a.m.! Watch juniors Panari Patel, Molly Cicco, and Jordan Geller compete against students from Knoch High School and Leechbur Jr/Sr High School. Good luck! 



Congratulations to our Varsity Swimming & Diving Team on their success at this week's WPIAL Swimming Championships! The Boys 200 Free Relay team (Jacob Workmaster, Jameson Bogdan, Trent Ladner, and Nathan Cleary) broke the school record with a time of 1:35:69 and took 10th place overall! Nathan Cleary took 3rd place overall in the 50 free event and broke his own school record, swimming in a time of 22.32 seconds. 




Reminder! Club & activity announcements are always available on the High School section of the District's website. This article is updated regularly with new information, so please bookmark this page and check back often.

For day-to-day happenings at Keystone Oaks High School, don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @KOHS_Linnert and to check out the High School's new Snapchat account, Keystone Oaks News. 

Coming Up at the High School

School in Session
Monday, February 17

High School Curriculum Night - for families with students in grades 8, 9, 10 & 11
Thursday, February 20  |  6:30 p.m.  |  High School Cafeteria

Board of School Directors approves 2020-2021 Academic Year calendar
The Keystone Oaks Board of School Directors approved the 2020-2021 school year calendar at their Business/Legislative Meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

For the 2020-2021 academic year, the first day of school for students is Monday, August 24, 2020 and the final day of school is scheduled for Friday, June 4, 2021.

Please note that students will be dismissed from school early on Friday, October 9, 2020 and Friday, February 12, 2021 so that staff members can participate in professional development. The full calendar can be found as a PDF on the District's website.
March 6: Deadline for the 2020 Diversity Expression Contest
All Keystone Oaks students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in the District’s third annual Diversity Expression Contest. This year, students are asked to submit a writing or work of art that depicts the following theme -

“I like you just the way you are.” Mr. Rogers said it best: Everyone has qualities that make them unique and special. What are the characteristics that define who you are? How do you embrace and celebrate your individuality, as well as the diversity of every member of the Keystone Oaks community, to help build a welcoming, inclusive school environment?

Entries will be accepted through Friday, March 6, 2020. Please visit the District's website for contest details, rules, and to download the entry form. 



Nominate a Keystone Oaks or Dormont graduate for the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award
The Keystone Oaks School District is accepting applications for the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award through March 20, 2020. The recipients will be recognized during the annual Senior Awards Banquet on May 21.

Please click here to submit an electronic application. A paper application is available for download on the website.

 
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events & activities

Board of School Directors Work Session Meeting
Tuesday, March 10
7 p.m.  |  Board Room

No School for Students
Friday, March 27

School Make-Up Day
Tuesday, April 28



Contact information for Matthews Bus Garage
For transportation inquiries after regular office hours, please contact Matthews Bus Garage at 412-341-8288. If Matthews is unable to provide assistance, they will contact the Director of Transportation and/or the building principal.

Recent Peachjar Flyers

Peachjar flyers help keep Keystone Oaks families informed about upcoming school activities, fundraisers, and community events. For your convenience, flyers sent via Peachjar are also maintained online for one month after the flyer is sent. You can find Peachjar pages for each school on the District's website:



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