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Excellence Newsletter - November 8, 2019

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Aiken Elementary News, Events & Announcements
Dear Aiken Elementary Families,

I wanted to thank everyone that made this year’s fall Book Fair such a success! It was so nice to see our students enjoy so many great books! Together our school raised over $1,000 through the All For Books Coin Challenge! I would also like to thank those that donated to the Caring Place as part of yesterday’s Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Our Aiken students are modeling the #bethekindkid mantra each and every day by how they treat others.

Tonight, Friday, November 22, the PFO will be hosting Family Turkey Bingo. The doors open at 6:00 and the first game will begin at 6:30- this is always a lot of fun and we hope to see you there!

Yesterday, Mrs. Watenpool’s 3rd grade PE classes played their annual flag football “Turkey Bowl” game. Next week 4th grade will play on Monday and 5th Grade on Tuesday. Both games will be played from 8:40-10:00 and parents are welcome to watch their students play if they would like.

I am excited to be a guest reader at tomorrow’s elementary STEAM Expo. The event will take place at the South Hills Village Barnes and Noble on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 11a-3pm. Come out and do some awesome STEAM-related activities and check out some really awesome tech toys. A portion of the sales will go to our Elementary STEAM programs.

The PFO will be hosting the annual Snowman Shop for students to do some holiday shopping right here at Aiken. The shop will be open in the gym on December 10th and 11th and you can volunteer to help on the PFO website.

Last Friday our students celebrated their second SOAR-prize of the year as each homeroom requested their favorite “brain break” song to dance to and I had a chance to play them over the loud speaker throughout the day. It was a great reward that our students really enjoyed. We just surpassed 2,000 Eagle Eggs for this school year and our goal is to fill the Green Tree a third time before the winter break- if we do, students will get to enjoy a holiday movie on December 20th- last year our goal was 2,000 Eggs before break- we are definitely SOARing to new heights this year!




Don’t forget, Wednesday is a half day and students will be dismissed at 11:35. School will be closed on Thursday, Friday, and Monday. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We will see everyone on Tuesday December 3rd.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Mr. Thomas
 

Coming Up at Aiken Elementary

Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Elementary STEAM Fundraiser
Saturday, November 23  |  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
South Hills Village Barnes & Noble

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
Aiken students will be dismissed at 11:35 a.m. 

No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1

Gold & White Day
Friday, December 6
Dormont Elementary News, Events & Announcements
Hello there Super Awesome Dormont Families and Staffulty,
Happy Fall, y’all! It’s almost time for turkey, stuffing, and football! I am sooo excited. 😊
As the fall weather has settled upon us in the 15216, students are encouraged to wear a jacket every day, as we will be going outside for outdoor recess if the weather allows. Here are a few other little tidbits that may interest you:

BARNES AND NOBLE STEAM EVENT
Join us at the South Hills Village Barnes and Noble tomorrow, Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 11a-3pm. Come out and do some awesome STEAM-related activities and check out some really awesome tech toys. A portion of the sales will go to our Elementary STEAM programs. Pssst… we may even have a few Star Wars characters moving around the store. It’s going to be awesome!

KINDERGARTEN THANKSGIVING FEAST
Our kindergarten students welcomed their families, friends and special guests to our school yesterday for the annual Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast. While enjoying a special meal prepared by our Food Service Department, our youngest students had the opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for those who are important to them. Thank you to our awesome kindergarten teachers - Mrs. Pfeufer, Mrs. Seltzer, and Mrs. Wagner - for organizing this event every year. 



CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Many, many thanks to the Dormont families and staffulty for sending in canned goods. We are going to help so many people. Check out how much we collected:




WINTER CARNIVAL
The Winter Carnival will be happening on December 6th from 630-830p. Interested in having a table as a vendor? Click here for more information - Dormont Winter Carnival.pdf

In case you missed it, Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Wagner and fourth grade teacher Mr. Sartore teamed up to create this awesome "Be the I in Kind" sign for World Kindness Day on November 20. We're so fortunate to have so many kind kiddos, staff members, and families at Dormont Elementary! 




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

As always, thank you for all you do for our kiddos and our school. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Have a wonderful Turkey Day! #GobbleGobble

Mr. Werner
           


Coming Up at Dormont Elementary

Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Elementary STEAM Fundraiser
Saturday, November 23  |  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
South Hills Village Barnes & Noble

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
Dormont Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:25 a.m. 

No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1

Wonderful Wednesday
Wednesday, December 4

Gold & White Day
Friday, December 6

Winter Carnival / Holiday Shoppe
Friday, December 6
6:30 p.m.
Myrtle Elementary News, Events & Announcements
Hello Myrtle Families,

I can't believe Thanksgiving is less than one week away! A couple of reminders:

The Myrtle Best Friends Club is collecting nonperishable food items and other supplies for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank through Wednesday, November 27. Items can be brought to school and placed in the collection boxes outside of each homeroom. Click here to view the flyer for more details

Our Eagles Nest is just about filled for the second time this school year. On Tuesday November 26, the students are permitted to wear their pajamas to school and will be rewarded with a movie. K-2 students will have their movie in the morning, and 3-5 will be in the afternoon.

Our PFO Holiday Shop is December 5th and 6th
(Thursday and Friday the week we return from break). 3rd grade through 5th grade will shop on Thursday and Kindergarten through 2nd grade will shop on Friday.

As the weather has started resembling winter lately, I would like to remind parents that we will have outdoor recess as often as the weather permits. Temperatures above 32 degrees will be outdoor recess days, unless there is snow on the ground. Children should be coming to school with appropriate jackets and clothing for outdoor recess.

And, in case you missed it, fourth and fifth grade students commemorated World Diabetes Day on November 14 by wearing blue and participating in a presentation about Type 1 Diabetes, led by the parent of a fellow student. 



I hope that this Thanksgiving brings rest, relaxation, and time well spent with loved ones. We will see everyone when school resumes on Tuesday December 3! 

Mr. Scott Mizikar
Principal, Myrtle Avenue Elementary

 

Coming Up at Myrtle Elementary

Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Elementary STEAM Fundraiser
Saturday, November 23  |  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
South Hills Village Barnes & Noble

Myrtle 4th Grade Wax Museum
Monday, November 25 & Tuesday, November 26

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
Myrtle Elementary students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m. 

No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1

Myrtle Holiday Shop
Thursday, December 5 - Grades 3-5
Friday, December 6 - Grades K-2

Gold & White Day
Friday, December 6


Middle School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks Middle School Families,

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL OF OUR KEYSTONE OAKS MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES! 

Knock Out Vaping
This week, 6th grade students "Knocked Out Vaping" by learning about and sharing information on the dangers of vaping. School Police Officer John Bruner visited with Mr. McCormick's 6th & 7th grade health classes. Our 6th grade students made posters, which are displayed throughout the school, and also shared vaping facts and statistics on the morning announcements. 



Future of Peace Poster Contest
Sixth grader Elijah Hubinksy's "The Future of Peace" poster was selected as district level winning poster through the Castle Shannon Lions Club's poster contest. His artwork will now advance to the state level, where he will complete against winners from 17 Pennsylvania school districts. 



KOMS School Counselors
The School Counseling Department at Keystone Oaks Middle School runs several small groups throughout the school year. These groups:

  • Use education-based techniques to assist students in gaining information and developing skills they will need in challenging situations.
  • Consist of 5-10 students
  • Take place over a 6-8-week period
  • Meet one time per week during the school day
  • Typically occur during the students’ elective periods so they will not miss any academic classes, but that cannot always be guaranteed.

 Type of groups offered for the 2019-2020 school year: 

  • Dove Self-Esteem Group (explores the impact of society and social media on appearance ideals, and gives strategies to boost students' confidence)
  • Character Playbook (decision making, resolving conflict, communication skills, interacting with others, making connections)
  • Family Dynamics (Coping with separated/divorced parents, military deployment of close family or incarceration of close family members)
  • Taking Control of ME (Managing Emotions such as sadness, anger, frustration, fear) 
  • Stress Less (Overcoming anxiety at home, school, and everywhere else)
  • Loss (understanding, expressing and healing after the loss of a loved one)
  • Study Smarter Not Harder (Improve organization, time management, study skills, test taking skills, and test anxiety)
  • Lunch Bunch 6th Grade (an opportunity for 6th graders to get to know peers in a structured setting)

 If you are interested in having your child participate in any of the small groups, please click this link to sign up

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

Middle School Diversity Day
Wednesday, November 27

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
Middle School Students will be dismissed at 10:55 a.m. 

No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1

Gold & White Day
Friday, December 6

7th & 8th Grade Holiday Dance
Saturday, December 7  |  7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

KOMS Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 12 |  7 p.m.

Holiday Activities & Early Dismissal
Friday, December 20

Winter Break
December 23 - January 3

Register now for the 2nd annual Night of Code
 
Keystone Oaks School District will celebrate Computer Science Education Week on Wednesday, December 11 with a “Night of Code” event for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families. This event, which is being held in conjunction with the international Hour of Code, will give students and attendees the opportunity to learn block coding basics through a variety of interactive coding activities.

The “Night of Code” will take place from 6:30 until 8 p.m. on the second floor of Keystone Oaks High School. Teachers and administrators will be on-hand to facilitate activities; devices will be provided or attendees may bring their own.

Registration is limited to the first 100 students. Please reserve your spot by registering online today.

High School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks High School Families, 

As we approach Thanksgiving Break, our students continue to excel in a variety of ways. Please take a few minutes to read about some of their recent achievements. 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. 

Ten high school students were recently recognized as "Future Influencers" by The Challenge Program, Inc. (TCP) for achievements in attendance, STEM, community service, academic improvement and academic excellence during the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you to The Challenge Program and Bridgeville-based Carpenter Powder Products, which provides each winning student with $200 check, for sponsoring this program. 

Challenge Program


Throughout October, our Middle & High School Student Senate clubs and the High School Medical Careers Club teamed up to sell t-shirts, bandanas, cookies, and more as part of their "Pink Out" fundraisers to benefit St. Clair Hospital's Breast Care Center. Together they raised $1,200! We're #KOProud of their efforts! 

KO Pink Out

Congratulations to these 16 KOHS students who were named to the First Quarter Directors List at Parkway West Career & Technology Center! We are #KOProud of their hard work. 



Popcorn Challenge! 
The Popcorn Pep Club Challenge was a collaborative effort between Mrs. Brill's Culinary Arts classes and Mr. Wetzel's 6th grade STEM classes. The Culinary Arts students were challenged to come up with a recipe for popcorn using any ingredients they wanted. Mr. Wetzel instructed his 6th graders to design and construct packaging to hold the popcorn that must have had a lid, some sort of closure, and a logo, but was made out of only one piece of paper and some tape.

The two groups worked together to collaborate on a theme for their popcorn recipe and the packaging. At the end of the first week, the high school students did a test run of their recipe to share and critique with the 6th graders, who presented their prototypes to the older students. Students were given the chance to adjust their recipes and redesign the packaging if necessary. After another week of cooking and constructing, the students plated their popcorn for a team of judges from both schools. Judges were asked to pick the best popcorn, best packaging, and their overall favorite.

The overall winners in both classes also won Best Popcorn and Best Packaging. The winner in 1st period was "Party Popcorn," popcorn coated in melted white chocolate with rainbow nonpareils. The package designed was a flat pouch with a flap closure. The 2nd period winner was "Chicago Style Popcorn," which included half the popcorn being tossed in nacho cheese powder and the other half coated in caramel that the students made from scratch. The package was a square box with a separate lid.







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. Recent announcements include:


Coming Up at the High School

High School Fall Play
Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23
7:30 p.m. |  Michael A. Callara Auditorium
Tickets are $5 each at the door

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
High school students will be dismissed at 10:55 a.m. 

No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1

Gold & White Day
Friday, December 6

High School Holiday Concert
Tuesday, December 10  |  7 p.m.

Golden Oaks Designs featured at 15th annual Handmade Arcade
Keystone Oaks High School's student-run business, Golden Oaks Designs, has been selected as one of nine local EdCorps programs to participate in a "Pop Up Makers Mart" as part of the 15th annual Handmade Arcade on Saturday, December 7 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

The "Pop Up Makers Mart" is a new addition to this popular event and will give shoppers the opportunity to support student-run businesses while purchasing unique, handmade products. Keystone Oaks' students will be selling pen sets made from acrylic, wood, and other materials. 

Click here for more details


#GivingTuesday: Support the Keystone Oaks Foundation for Educational Excellence on Tuesday, December 3
This Giving Tuesday, the Keystone Oaks Foundation for Educational Excellence is raising funds to support excellence and innovation in the Keystone Oaks School District. The Foundation's goal is to raise $2,500 before the end of 2019. By meeting this goal, KOFEE will be able to start funding programs and projects that will benefit Keystone Oaks students.

How can you help? There are several ways that you can help support the Keystone Oaks Foundation for Education Excellence, including by making an online donation. Click here to learn more. 



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.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events & activities

High School Fall Play
Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23
7:30 p.m. |  Michael A. Callara Auditorium
Tickets are $5 each at the door

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
Students will be dismissed at the following times:

  • Middle & High School - 10:55 a.m.
  • Dormont Elementary - 11:25 a.m.
  • Aiken Elementary - 11:35 a.m.
  • Myrtle Elementary - 11:50 a.m. 

No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1

Board of School Directors Reorganization / Work Session Meeting
Tuesday, December 3  |  7 p.m.  |  Board Room

Gold & White Day
Friday, December 6

Board of School Directors Business/Legislative Meeting
Tuesday, December 10  |  7 p.m.  |  Board Room



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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