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Park Orchard Elementary School

We promise to create a positive community that knows no limits to the growth and success of our students.

Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible. Be a Learner.


Volume 25     Issue 9     Feb. 9, 2017 

Upcoming Events

February 10

MaPE Escape For Your Heart

February 13 - 17

Elementary Conferences
and PTSA Book Fair

K-6 dismiss at 12:38 P.M.

February 14

Student Leadership Meeting

8:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

February 15 - 17

No Preschool Classes

February 20 - 24

NO SCHOOL
Presidents’ Break

February 27

SLT Meeting

4:00 P.M.

PTSA Board Meeting

6:00 P.M.

March 1

LATE START DAY
K-6 start at 11:15 A.M.
No Preschool
Assembly at 3:00 P.M.

March 2

Read Across America Night

6:00 P.M.

March 10

NO SCHOOL
Teachers’ Workshop Day

 

A Message from Dr. Ann

What a week we have had! I do not think any of us could have predicted three snow days. Watch for more information about when we will be making up those days.

Next week is conference week.  Conferences are an important time for us to connect with you to discuss your child’s progress and to plan for next year. We look forward to sharing your child’s progress with you.

Our iReady and IRLA mid-year assessments are completed and your child’s individual results will be available at conferences. Our school-wide IRLA (reading) growth scores from the fall show average growth at .53 years, which is right about where we should be for this time of the year.  Park Orchard’s i-Ready (math) scores show that our average progress towards our targeted growth is 68%.  While we still have lots of work to do, we are making progress. We appreciate your efforts in making sure that you child is completing homework and reading at home for at least 20 minutes every night.

In closing, I want to share a message from our Superintendent regarding current events in the nation. Dr. Watts wants every member of the Kent School District family to know that our organization is committed to supporting every student and providing a quality experience regardless of immigration status, nation of origin, religion or any other social or legal descriptor. Be assured that KSD is focused on successful student learning, growth, and proficiency and fosters a safe, welcoming, fair and healthy learning environment. We offer a welcoming and supportive learning environment for all refugee students and families and we work with the entire community to help all newcomers adjust and be
successful.

Dr. Ann, Interim Principal — Park Orchard Elementary
Ann.Minckler@kent.k12.wa.us  •   253-373-7473

 

Track Team Registration

The Park Orchard Track program is gearing up to begin on March 6th, and we are preparing for another successful season.  The track program is available for 4th-6th grade students and includes running, jumping, throwing, and relay events. Interested students and parents should speak to Mr. Benner regarding registration. Mr. Benner will be will be available during conference week, or you may contact him at Michael.Benner@kent.k12.wa.us.

 

Mrs. Morfitt’s class earned the most 4B Bucks in January. Congratulations!

 

Health Room Hints

Guidelines for a Sick Child’s Return to School

With the cold, flu and strep season here, it is important to remember that we are all responsible for preventing the spread of diseases. We know that all children learn better when they are feeling well. Please review the Kent School District guidelines below to determine when your child should be kept home and when they are ready to return to school after an illness.

When to keep your child HOME from school:

•  Fever – 100 degrees and over

•  Fever within the last 24 hours

•  Bad colds

•  Frequent, persistent, hard coughing

•  Vomiting – students need to be able to eat and drink without difficulty or an upset stomach before returning to school

•  Loose, watery bowel movements

•  Drainage from ears or eyes

When to have your child RETURN to school:

•  Temperature normal for 24 hours without fever reducing medications

•  Feels well enough to be in school for the full day

•  No vomiting/loose stools for at least 24 hours

•  No evidence of live lice

 

This is a wet and muddy season. Recess happens even on rainy days. If possible please pack your ­children a change of clothes, the nurses office does not have enough clothes for all the ­children who need changes.

 

Transfer Window Changes

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE STUDENT TRANSFER WINDOW!

Please read all information below:

February 1-28, 2017 Kent School District will accept new transfer requests for employees (resident and non-resident), and for siblings of students who are either currently on a transfer at the requested school or are attending the requested school due to a special program such as Highly Capable/Odyssey or Special Education.

WHO CAN APPLY DURING FEBRUARY?

•  Employees (resident and non-resident) - must be requesting the school where the employee works or a school in the feeder strand.

•  Siblings of current transfer students at the requested school
**Kent School District resident students only
**Current transfer student must be attending the requested school with the sibling for the 2017-2018 school year. They cannot be changing levels in school.

Applications will be accepted for these transfers during the entire month of February.

You may obtain an application by visiting the Kent School District website at KENTSCHOOLDISTRICT.ORG. Applications will be processed and students will be approved through a lottery.

April 3-28, 2017 Kent School District will accept transfer requests for all other new transfers. This will be an online process and the information to apply will be available on the Kent School District website at KENTSCHOOLDISTRICT.ORG.

WHO CAN APPLY IN APRIL?

•  New child care waiver requests.

•  A student who has completed at least their first year of high school and wishes to remain at that school until graduation.

•  A student who wants to enroll in a unique curricular program (i.e.: ROTC or International Baccalaureate) that is available in another school in the district but not available in the student’s resident school.

•  A student whose educational, safety or health condition would be or is being severely impacted at their boundary school and the transfer would improve the identified condition.

WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT?

Students who live outside of the Kent School District may also apply for a transfer in April to our schools based on the above criteria and by going to KENTSCHOOLDISTRICT.ORG. Non-resident transfer requests are required to obtain a release from the district where they reside to be considered for placement in a Kent school. Non-resident students must apply and obtain a release every year per state law.

WHAT IF MY CHILD IS ALREADY ATTENDING A SCHOOL ON A TRANSFER?

If you are a resident of the Kent School District and your child is already attending a school on a transfer request, you do not need to complete a new application to stay in this school.

For transfer information please go to the Kent School District website at: KENTSCHOOLDISTRICT.ORG.

If you have any questions about the process please call 253-373-7235.

 

Apply to Volunteer at https://volunteer.kent.k12.wa.us.

TIP: Have a photo or scan of your ID ready to upload before beginning your application.

 

2017-18 Kindergarten registration packets are available in the Park Orchard Office.

Students must be 5-years-old by August 31, 2017. Classes are full days, 5 days a week. Registration packets are available in the Park Orchard Office. Kindergarten orientation is scheduled for May 25th.

 

2017-18 Preschool Applications

The Park Orchard preschool serves families who have the greatest need as determined by a comprehensive application process. Students must be 4-years-old by August 31, 2017.

Families must provide transportation. For more information about the program, please call 253-373-7664. Application packets are available in the Park Orchard Office.

 

We have openings in this school year’s ­afternoon preschool program for children who are 4 years old by August 31, 2016.

 

Attendance Contracts

KSD Parent Attendance Contracts have been sent home with students. If you haven’t done so already, please review the information, sign the contract and return it to the Park Orchard office at your earliest convenience.

As always, we promise to create a positive community that knows no limits to the growth and success of our students.

 

 

KSD Non-discrimination Policy Statement

The Kent School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following coordinators have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Our Title IX Coordinator is Ms. Moriah Martin, Chief Human Resources Officer. She can be reached at 253.373.7134 or by email at moriah.martin@kent.k12.wa.us. Our Section 504/ADA Coordinator is Mr. John Sander, Executive Director of Inclusive Education. He can be reached at 253.373.7610 or by email at john.sander@kent.k12.wa.us. Our Civil Rights Compliance Officer is Mr. Israel Vela, Chief Operations and Academic Supports Officer. He can be reached at 253.373.7134 or by email at israel.vela@kent.k12.wa.us.  Kent School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services, and activities. For information regarding translation services, please contact Rona Popp, Director of Categorical Services at 253-373-7708. For bilingual education information, contact Nina Williams, Director of Multilingual Education at 253-373-7269.

 

Park Orchard PTSA

Book Fair February 13-17

It’s almost book fair and volunteers are still needed!  We would love to have book fair open every morning and during conferences.  We need YOU to please visit our website at www.scholastic.com/bf/parkorchardelementaryschool and volunteer to help out. Or, you may contact Yeyre Romano at poptsabookfair@gmail.com or 253-266-3254.

Book fair will be open Monday through Friday mornings from 9:00 A.M. - 9:25 A.M.  After school, we will be open Monday and Wednesday 12:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M., and Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. as long as we have enough volunteers!  Reward your student with a great book after meeting with their teacher.  PTSA is looking forward to another successful book fair and meeting new families. Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our book fair February 13-17 and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. Remember, all purchases benefit Park Orchard.

 

PTSA needs you!

Contact Melissa Henry at poptsapresident@gmail.com.

 

Upcoming Science Fair!

Look for a flyer that will be coming home within the next two weeks! We want to see many participants and would love for you join in the fun! Please feel free to email poptsascience@gmail.com with any ­questions.

 

Golden Garbage

Consider these easy ways to earn money for our school.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards: fredmeyer.com/communityrewards
Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Park Orchard PTSA. You will still earn your usual Rewards Points, Rebates, and Fuel Points.

Amazon Smile: smile.amazon.com
Sign in with your Amazon log-in, and choose Park Orchard PTSA as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to our PTSA.

General Mills Box Tops and Labels for Education
Each Box Top for Education or Labels for Education UPC earns 10¢.

Company Matching Contributions
Many employers match contributions to schools. Bank of America, Costco, Nintendo, Boeing, Hewlett Packard, Puget Sound Energy, BECU, and Microsoft all match contributions to schools.  Ask your employer.

 

Active Readers

The Active Readers program is underway. How does it work? Students should be reading a minimum of 20 minutes a night at home. Record that reading on AR pink slips (available in the library). Pink slips need to be signed by a guardian and then brought to the library during lunch recess on Wednesdays to be exchanged for prizes.

Want to help? We are looking for AR volunteers to help in the library on Wednesdays from 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. For more info, contact Kathy Rouse at poptsaar@gmail.com.

 

 

Park Orchard PTSA

President: Melissa Henry poptsapresident@gmail.com

Vice President: Yeyre Romano poptsavicepresident@gmail.com

Treasurer: Kristen Sherwood poptsatreasurer@gmail.com

Secretary: Christina Kaufmann poptsasecretary@gmail.com

Active Readers Prize Program: Kathy Rouse poptsaar@gmail.com

Book Fair: Yeyre Romano poptsabookfair@gmail.com

Calendar bulletin board: Christina Kaufman

Golden Garbage - Box Tops Collection: Patricia Nelson poptsagoldengarbage@gmail.com

Science: Christina Kaufmann poptsascience@gmail.com

Spirit Wear: Kristen Sherwood poptsaspiritwear@gmail.com

Teacher Liaison: Deanne Stewart poptsateacherliaison@gmail.com

Yearbook: Kristen Sherwood poptsayearbook@gmail.com

OPEN POSITIONS

• Facebook Administrator

• Fundraising

• Talent Show

• Webmaster



 

Volume 25   Issue 8   Jan. 25, 2017

Upcoming Events

January 26

Preschool Parent Meeting

6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. in the Library

January 30

SLT Meeting

4:00 P.M.

January 31

NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workshop

February 1

School Store: 2nd & 3rd Grades

9:00 A.M. - 9:25 A.M.

February 2

School Store: K, 5th & 6th Grades

9:00 A.M. - 9:25 A.M.

February 3

School Store: 1st & 4th Grades

9:00 A.M. - 9:25 A.M.

February 8

LATE START DAY

K-6 start at 11:15 A.M.
No Preschool

February 10

MaPE Escape for Your Heart

February 13 - 17

Elementary Conferences
and PTSA Book Fair

K-6 dismiss at 12:38 P.M.

February 14

Student Leadership Meeting

8:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

February 15 - 17

No Preschool Classes

 

 

A Message from Dr. Ann

It’s been a busy month at Park Orchard with all kinds of exciting events occurring!  The students really enjoyed the “Blood and Guts” program put on by the Pacific Science Center. Thank you PTSA for bringing this program to Park Orchard.  This week students have taken to Lake Wilderness Park and the Carco Theater!

As I am sure you have heard, there is a flu epidemic in our region.  Park Orchard has felt it among our students and staff. As a reminder, students must be fever, diarrhea and vomiting-free for 24 hours before they may return to school. We appreciate your support of this policy as it helps to keep these viruses from spreading.

We have had more than one incidence where adults dropping off or picking up students have moved the cone barriers we set up to keep cars out of the parking lot.  We block the parking lots in the morning and at recess for the safety of our children.  PLEASE, DO NOT MOVE THE CONES TO ENTER THE PARKING AREAS. If you need to park your car, you may enter the main lot and park in the areas that are not blocked. We MUST keep students safe!  Speaking of safety, remember that children should not be arriving at school before 8:50 in the morning.  There is no supervision prior to 9:00 and again, safety of our students is our number one priority.  As a reminder, students are also not allowed to bring footballs or basketballs to school.  Thank you for your support with these important safety issues.

The district has posted the Park Orchard principal position.  A new principal will be hired for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents’ voice is important in the selection process for this leadership position. Interviews will take place early in March.  If you would like to serve on the interview committee, please contact Allison Deno at 253-373-7230.

Dr. Ann, Interim Principal — Park Orchard Elementary
Ann.Minckler@kent.k12.wa.us  •   253-373-7473

Free ESL Classes

Rodrigo Barron is teaching free ESL classes at Neely O’Brien Elenentary, Kent Elementary, and Mill Creek Middle School. All classes are taught using a bilingual method; using Spanish to learn English. Anyone who has children in the Kent School District is welcome. For more information, please contact Rodrigo at (206) 330-4688.

CLASES DE INGLES

Neely O’Brien
lunes y jueves
9:00 - 11:00 de la manana

Kent Elementary
martes y viernes
9:00-11:00 de la manana

Mill Creek Middle School
Lunes y miercoles
6:00 – 8:00 de la tarde

Todas las clases son gratis
Todos los que tienen hijos en el distrito escolar de Kent son bienvenidos.

ENSEÑADAS EN MODO BILINGUE USANDO EL ESPAÑOL PARA APRENDER  EL INGLES.

Informacion favor de llamar Maestro Rodrigo Barron — 206-330-4688

2017-18 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration has begun. Students must be 5-years-old by ­August 31, 2017. Classes are full days, 5 days a week. Registration packets are available in the Park Orchard Office. Kindergarten orientation is scheduled for May 25th.

Recycling and Garbage Program

Park Orchard is starting a new recycling program starting Monday, February 27th! Students will learn what and how to recycle. Recycling cans will be labeled with what can be recycled and 3D posters will explain what is considered to be garbage. The breakfast room will be receiving new recycling containers as we begin a milk recycle program in partnership with King County Green Schools!

Panda Litter Patrol: Do your part in making sure that our campus is clean and beautiful, both inside and outside. Recycle what you can and place your trash in trash bins. Be on the lookout for any trash you may see and dispose of it properly in the containers around the school. You may even earn a Panda Paw.

Mr. Matt (Head Custodian at Park Orchard)

School Attendance

Did You Know?

Kids should stay home when they are truly sick, however many kids miss school when they aren’t truly sick. A stomachache or headache is sometimes a sign of anxiety and is not a reason to stay home.

Here’s How You Can Help

•  If there is no fever and no other signs of a true sickness (throwing up, diarrhea) then send your child to school.

•  If your child is feeling ill in the morning but feels better later (and doesn’t have the symptoms above) then bring them to school for the rest of the day.  A partial day of school is better than no school at all.

•  If aches are being caused by anxiety toward school please contact your child’s teacher, counselor or principal to ask what they can do to help assist your child to feel more comfortable at school.

Traffic Safety Around Our School

For the safety of all of our students, please be sure to follow all traffic laws when on the roadways near our school. Vehicle speeds must be 20 mph or less when children are present. People are not to exit vehicles while the vehicle is on the road and in the flow of traffic. Vehicles must yield to any and all pedestrians. Vehicles must not make U-turns or park on the wrong side of the street. Vehicles are not to be parked in fire lanes, no parking areas, or within 20 feet of any crosswalk. Please use crosswalks to cross the street and wait for crossing guards to indicate that it is safe to cross. Remember that your children watch and learn from you.

The west parking lot near our ASC wing is not open to vehicles. This area is for staff parking and school buses only. Do not let your children out in the ASC lot. Please be aware of the signage on the street stating “no standing or stopping between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. on school days.” Do not enter either the entrance or exit of the ASC lot.

Thank you for keeping the safety of our community a top priority.

2017-18 Preschool Applications

The Park Orchard preschool serves families who have the greatest need as determined by a comprehensive application process designed to determine need and eligibility. The family must live within the Park Orchard Elementary boundaries. Classes are 5 days a week - 1/2 day sessions (A.M. or P.M.). Students must be 4-years-old by August 31, 2017. Families must provide transportation. For more information about the program, please call 253-373-7664. Registration packets are available in the Park Orchard Office.

Next Student Store:

PO Library — 9:00 A.M. - 9:25 A.M.

Wed., Feb. 1:  2nd & 3rd Grades

Thur., Feb. 2:  K, 5th & 6th Grades

Fri., Feb. 3:  3rd & 4th Grades

Apply to Volunteer at https://volunteer.kent.k12.wa.us

TIP: Have a photo or scan of your ID ready to upload before beginning your application.

Students need to wear clothing appropriate for cold wet weather. Each student spends 45 minutes outside at recess each day.

We have openings in our afternoon preschool program for children who are 4 years old by August 31, 2016.

Attendance Contracts

KSD Parent Attendance Contracts have been sent home with students. If you haven’t done so already, please review the information, sign the contract and return it to the Park Orchard office at your earliest convenience.

As always, we promise to create a positive community that knows no limits to the growth and success of our students.

KSD Non-discrimination Policy Statement

The Kent School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following coordinators have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Our Title IX Coordinator is Ms. Moriah Martin, Chief Human Resources Officer. She can be reached at 253.373.7134 or by email at moriah.martin@kent.k12.wa.us. Our Section 504/ADA Coordinator is Mr. John Sander, Executive Director of Inclusive Education. He can be reached at 253.373.7610 or by email at john.sander@kent.k12.wa.us. Our Civil Rights Compliance Officer is Mr. Israel Vela, Chief Operations and Academic Supports Officer. He can be reached at 253.373.7134 or by email at israel.vela@kent.k12.wa.us.  Kent School District will also take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services, and activities. For information regarding translation services, please contact Rona Popp, Director of Categorical Services at 253-373-7708. For bilingual education information, contact Nina Williams, Director of Multilingual Education at 253-373-7269.

 

Spring Book Fair

For the Love of Reading, Park Orchard will be hosting a reading oasis during conference week.  As long as we have volunteers, the book fair will be open every morning and afternoon with special evening hours during evening conferences.  Reward your student with a great book after meeting with their teacher!  PTSA is looking forward to another successful book fair and meeting new families. Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our book fair February 13-17, and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. Remember, all purchases benefit our school. See you at the book fair!  Check out the website and volunteer to help out!

Go to www.scholastic.com/bf/parkorchardelementaryschool. Volunteers are always needed to make book fair a success, sign up today.

Golden Garbage

Consider these easy ways to earn money for our school.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards: fredmeyer.com/communityrewards
Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Park Orchard PTSA. You will still earn your usual Rewards Points, Rebates, and Fuel Points.

Amazon Smile: smile.amazon.com
Sign in with your Amazon log-in, and choose Park Orchard PTSA as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to our PTSA.

General Mills Box Tops and Labels for Education
Each Box Top for Education or Labels for Education UPC earns 10¢.

Company Matching Contributions
Many employers match contributions to schools. Bank of America, Costco, Nintendo, Boeing, Hewlett Packard, Puget Sound Energy, BECU, and Microsoft all match contributions to schools.  Ask your employer.

Please consider donating outgrown or unused items. Park Orchard needs child size mittens and gloves for students to borrow at recess. Sweatpants and sweatshirts are also needed for students who need a change of clothes.

Active Readers

The Active Readers program is underway. How does it work? Students should be reading a minimum of 20 minutes a night at home. Record that reading on AR pink slips (available in the library). Pink slips need to be signed by a guardian and then brought to the library during lunch recess on Wednesdays to be exchanged for prizes.

Want to help? We are looking for AR volunteers to help in the library on Wednesdays from 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. For more info, contact Kathy Rouse at poptsaar@gmail.com.

Park Orchard PTSA

President: Melissa Henry poptsapresident@gmail.com

Vice President: Yeyre Romano poptsavicepresident@gmail.com

Treasurer: Kristen Sherwood poptsatreasurer@gmail.com

Secretary: Christina Kaufmann poptsasecretary@gmail.com

Active Readers Prize Program: Kathy Rouse poptsaar@gmail.com

Book Fair: Yeyre Romano poptsabookfair@gmail.com

Calendar bulletin board: Christina Kaufman

Golden Garbage - Box Tops Collection: Patricia Nelson poptsagoldengarbage@gmail.com

Science: Christina Kaufmann poptsascience@gmail.com

Spirit Wear: Kristen Sherwood poptsaspiritwear@gmail.com

Teacher Liaison: Deanne Stewart poptsateacherliaison@gmail.com

Yearbook: Kristen Sherwood poptsayearbook@gmail.com

OPEN POSITIONS

• Facebook Administrator

• Fundraising

• Talent Show

• Webmaster




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