- 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
Due Now – 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 to complete and submit the annual school forms.
Friday, September 20 – Garden Party Early Bird ticket sales end
Thursday, September 26 – Dads’ Club Social
Thursday, October 3 – Math Festival and Math Family Night
Wednesday, October 16 – Multy-Cultural Night-6PM-MPR-Potluck dinner
Tuesday, October 22 – Garden Party online auction opens
Wednesday, October 30 – Garden Party online auction closes at 9PM
Saturday, November 2 – Garden Party at the Richmond Country Club
- 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.
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 “Not 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:
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 8:30pm.
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 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.