- A sneak peek at what’s in store for the 2019-20 school year
- We will be introducing our new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum – Teachers College Units of Study in Reading, Writing, and Phonics.
- A brand new logo will debut for the Kensington Education Foundation (KEF).
- Get out your spirit wear, or plan to dress your kids in our school colors (blue and gold) – Fridays will be “spirit days”.
- There will be a new K-3 music teacher.
Please don’t forget to claim your children’s “lost and found” items before you leave for the summer. The corridor outside the MPR is filled with clothing, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc.
I hope you have a great summer Don’t forget to read every day, and fill out your “Kensington Never Stops Reading” record sheet. I’ll look forward to seeing you in August.
- Upcoming Events
Thursday, Aug 1 – Parent access to Powerschool will be available. The district is requiring all families to have a PowerSchool account, so every year you can update your information and more importantly sign all required annual forms. The district is no longer printing the handbooks, it is all online and accessible through your powerschool portal. Please take the time during the summer and complete the annual forms.
Friday, August 16 – Class lists posted on MPR doors after 4PM
Monday, August 19 – First day of school, Parent welcome after drop-off – minimum day
Saturday, August 24 – School Clean-up
Thursday, August 29 – First PTA meeting of the year
- About the KEF
What is the Kensington Education Foundation?
The Kensington Education Foundation (KEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 1983, with a mission of delivering academic enrichment programs to Hilltop students. The organization supports educational programs that supplement and extend the academic offerings funded by our school district. The KEF also provides financial resources to help Hilltop School mitigate the impact of changes to academic funding at the state and district level.
- Welcome back to school!
The PTA warmly welcomes all new and returning families back to school. We have good things in store for the 2019-2020 school year. See below for upcoming events and dates.
Important!!! We are now using an online membership platform for our three parent group memberships (PTA, Dads’ Club and KEF). Totem is an online membership tool newly adopted by the National PTA. You will be directed to it during your Jumpstart process after updating all your emergency information. You can also access it here directly. https://jointotem.com/
August 16th – Reveal Day! Classroom assignments will be posted at 4pm on the patio side of the MPR. Come reconnect with school friends and families. We will have our new spirit wear available for sale as well as representatives from the PTA to answer questions, help you sign up to join our three parent groups, Dad’s Club, KEF and the PTA. Volunteer sign-ups for enrichment classes and other classroom volunteers will be posted as well.
August 24th – Dads’ Club and PTA Clean-Up Work party. Volunteers will be at the school beginning at 9am through the late afternoon. Join us for any time frame that works for you. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Come help spruce up the grounds for the fall!
August 29th – PTA & Dads’ Club General Meeting and BBQâ€¨Our first meeting of the year for PTA and Dads’ Club. Bring your kids, enjoy hot dogs, salad and ice cream on the MPR patio. This will be our second annual joint BBQ. Please come reconnect with the community and learn more about these parent-run organizations. BBQ starts at 6pm. Mrs. Sanders will do a Q&A session for our PTA meeting portion of the night beginning at 7pm. Babysitting will be provided beginning at 7pm.
September 26th – Save the Date! We are in the process of confirming the first of a three part speaker series hosted by the PTA. We will join with the Madera community to hear from Becki Cohn-Vargas, an educator, author and previous director of â€œNot in Our Town”, a bullying prevention project of The Working Group. She will present “A Community Conversation about Diversity and Race: Creating Safe Spaces in our School and Community”. The location will be at Kensington School MPR. PTA business at 6:30pm and our speaker at 7pm. Babysitting will be provided. Please RSVP.
- Welcome Back to School!
The Dads’ Club would like to welcome everyone back, and invite you to the following upcoming events:
August 24th – Dads’ Club & PTA Clean Up Work Party
Join fellow parents in cleaning up the school grounds and getting it in shape for our kids. We will work from 9am until the work is finished (usually late afternoon). Join us for any time frame that works for you. Breakfast and lunch provided.
August 29th – PTA & Dads’ Club General Meeting and BBQ
Our first meeting of the year for PTA and Dads’ Club. Bring your kids, enjoy hot dogs on the MPR patio, reconnect with the community, and learn more about these parent-run organizations. Meeting starts at 6pm.
September 26th – Dads’ Club Social Night
Please join the Dads’ Club for a social gathering and a beer! We will hang out, talk, and discuss some of the upcoming school events and how the Dads’ Club will take part. The gathering will be at the Kensington Circus Pub on 389 Colusa Ave. at 8pm.
October 24th – Dads’ Club General Meeting
Please join the Dads’ Club for General Meeting where we will discuss the Garden Party, and participation in other upcoming events. Meeting will be held in the MPR at 7pm.
October 25th – PTA & Dads’ Club Family Movie Night
Put on your PJs, bring a sleeping bag, and head to the MPR to watch a family-friendly movie with everyone. Popcorn, pizza, and drinks will be sold by the PTA.
November 1st & 2nd- Volunteer for the Garden Party
Parents needed to help set up the Garden Party prior to the event, and break it down after the event.
November 21st – Dads’ Club Social Night & Garden Party Thank You
In order to thank everyone who helped set up/break down the Garden Party, the Dads’ Club invites you to enjoy a night out to enjoy and mingle with fellow parents. Time and Location TBD.
- 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 schoolâ€™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.