Principal’s message Dec. 5, 2019

The past two months provided weather-related challenges for our school community.  We began with the power shut off and the closure of school, then experienced a second shut off and smoky air that required us to close school at noon.  Both events caused us to examine our communication systems as well as our safety plans. Part of our site safety plan includes our emergency container filled with food, water, first aid items and sufficient supplies to allow us to care for your children in the event of an earthquake or other disaster.  The District recently purchased a new (to us) container which has been installed on the upper playground near the library.  We hope that this will prove to be a more secure location than the old one which was vandalized last year.  Our next task will be to move all the items currently stored in the old container on the lower playground into the new one.  Stay tuned for more opportunities to help with this task.

We are now knee-deep in the somewhat frantic time of the year when many of us are attempting to multi-task even more than usual.  We’re shopping, cooking, baking, entertaining, planning, and making lengthy lists.  Our days are often an endless series of errands squeezed between obligations to family and work.  This is certainly my reality, and I’d guess it’s true for many of the rest of you as well.

This frenetic pace often manifests itself in the school parking lot, and on neighboring streets, especially at pick-up.  Impatient drivers are a significant cause for concern at the end of the day.  We see parents waving their children across lanes of traffic so they can jump into a waiting car, drivers cutting around cars, or going the wrong way around the traffic circle in front of the school in order to snag a parking space. In addition, I have been asked by some elderly residents in our community to remind parents to obey the parking restrictions on the north side of our campus at pick up time and to respect the private road east of the intersection of Highland and Arlmont.  Thanks for your cooperation!

Please don’t forget our Holiday Toy Drive that benefits students at Coronado School in Richmond.  Red containers are located in the front hallway into which you can place new, or gently used, unwrapped toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals, and books.  The last day to donate will be Friday, December 13.  For more than twenty years, the Kensington School community has brightened the holidays for many needy families.  Let’s do our part to continue this generous tradition!