- Update The Annual School forms in PowerSchool!
It’s that time of the year again when we need you to update all your information in PowerSchool. If you forgot how to get to the Annual forms, please follow these directions. If you don’t have a PowerSchool account, please create one following these directions. New parents will receive a letter with their student’s access account. It needs to be completed by August 21st!
- Upcoming Events
Due Now – Everyone is asked to complete the lunch application whether or not your child qualifies for a free or reduced price lunch. Every application completed generates funding for our district.
Friday, September 18 – KEF enrichment classes start
Monday, September 21 – KASEP virtual classes start, Chess classes start
Thursday, September 24 – Dads’ Club General meeting 7PM
- KEF Enrichment Classes
KEF enrichment classes start September 18th!!! All classes and KEF schedules can be found on the new KEF Website. Monday thru Thursdays, students will have the opportunity to talk with Ms. Winoka and Ms. Debbie during drop-in hours during assigned times. Music, Art, and Science classes will be held on Fridays. All classes and drop-in times will be accessed thru the KEF Website. In addition, the website includes many other enrichment activities such as computer coding, virtual Running Club, read-alongs, and fun math activities which will be continually updated! Be sure to check it out!
- Special President’s Message
As an Association of Parents and Teachers dedicated to supporting and enhancing the Hilltop School community and beyond, we recognize that there are enormous challenges for all of us as we begin this academic year. Our community institutions and how we treat each other both in and outside of “formal” school are more important than ever. People are experiencing these difficulties in different ways but frustration and anxiety are high for everyone.
Your KES PTA Board has been working over the summer to reorganize for operating with 50% smaller budget and no in-person events for the foreseeable. Our goals are to promote positive community experiences, good two-way communications, and hopefully ease some of the gaps and uncertainties that challenge our families and children’s educations this year.
Our plan is to organize ourselves via six Action Groups, convened by Board volunteers but to which ANY Kensington community member can contribute, and believe me we can use the help:
- Community: Hospitality, welcoming newcomers, teacher appreciation and support
- Communications: Calendar, marketing, Facebook, website, E-Tree, Thrs packet, FAQ
- Coordination: Principal, KEF & DC liaison, inter-group coordination, financial management, safety and emergency prep, legislation, and advocacy
- Enrichment: Parent Education events, Virtual Assemblies for kids, Virtual Meet-ups, library support, outdoor classroom
- Fundraising: Spirit Wear, quilt auction, other initiatives as possible
- Social Equity & Responsibility: liaison with AAPAC, parent support efforts, service projects.
We will post specific contact people for each of these areas once volunteer leads are confirmed (maybe you??)
Everyone is invited to our first general virtual meeting of this year, on Thursday August, 27th, starting 7:00p. Zoom invitation to follow. At that meeting, we can roll up our sleeves to find creative ways to support our kids, families, and teachers. Please join us!
On a personal note, I did my doctorate in Public Policy at Cal and we had a slogan sign in the computer lounge: “If you see something that needs doing, congratulations, you’re elected.” We (re)learned some lessons from our recent Zoom experience. Thanks to those of you who volunteered to help with tech so our next event go more smoothly–we’ll take advantage of that!! Good luck for you and loved ones with the launch of this exceptional school year. May we all find some ways, big and small, to make it exceptionally wonderful, too.
KES PTA President ’20-’21
- First General Meeting: Thursday, September 24th 8pm
Welcome back Parents! The Dads’ Club would like to invite everyone to the first General Meeting of the year. We will introduce the Dads’ Club, what we do, and what we have planned this year. Zoom details will be sent out via the Thursday packet. We look forward to seeing everyone.
The Dads’ Club
- About Site Council
The School Site Council (SSC) is composed of the school principal and 8-10 parents, teachers and other staff selected by their peers, representing all segments of the school community for the common goal of supporting student success. The SSC does this by developing and monitoring the implementation of the school’s plan known as the Single Plan for Student Achievement. The SSC also determines how certain funds received by the school for this purpose should be spent.
The SSC members are the principal; teacher representatives; other staff representatives; parents/other community representatives, and student representatives at the secondary level with each group selected by their peers.