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Park Orchard Elementary School

11010 SE 232nd Street, Kent, WA 98031
253-373-7473

Kindergarten through 6th Grade:
9:00 A.M. - 3:40 P.M.  M, Tu, Th, & F
9:00 A.M. - 1:40 P.M.  Wednesday

Line up to enter class at 8:55 A.M.
Instruction begins at 9:00 A.M.

AM Preschool (morning session)
9:00 A.M. - 11:45 A.M.  M, Tu, Th, & F
9:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.  Wednesday

PM Preschool (afternoon session)
12:55 P.M. - 3:40 P.M.  M, Tu, Th, & F
11:55 A.M. - 1:40 P.M.  Wednesday

 

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.


 

Issue 1     August 31, 2017

August 31

K-6 First Day of School

September 4

NO SCHOOL
LABOR DAY

September 6

Preschool & Kindergarten
First Day of School

September 11

PTSA Board Meeting

6:00 P.M. - in the conference room

September 13

PTSA Fundraiser Assembly

September 18

Picture Day

September 25

Vision & Hearing Screening

September 28

Open House

6:00 P.M.

October 12

Monster Bash

6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. in the gym

October 13

NO SCHOOL
WORKSHOP DAY

 

A Message from Mr. O'Connor

Dear Park Orchard Parents and Guardians,

I am thrilled to welcome you to Park Orchard Elementary School and the 2017-18 school year.  I look forward to getting to know each of your families as we begin our work together, preparing all Park Orchard Pandas for middle school, high school, college and career success.  At Park Orchard, we commit to creating a school environment that is not only safe, orderly, supportive and intellectually challenging but also fun, engaging, and student-centered.  We ask that you commit to:

  1. Ensuring that your child reads 20 minutes every night.
  2. Ensuring that your child sleeps 10 hours every night.
  3. Ensuring that you volunteer (or attend) 20 hours of Park Orchard events.

We are stronger when we work together and I look forward to doing that this year to make the 2017-18 school year at Park Orchard everything that your child deserves.

Sincerely,

Patrick O’Connor
Patrick.O'Connor@kent.k12.wa.us   •   253-373-7473

 

Welcome back to school!

 

Beginning of 2017-18 School Year

Preschool & Kindergarten Family Connection Meetings: August 31, September 1, & September 5

Grades 1 - 6 First Day of School: August 31

Preschool & Kindergarten First Day of School: September 6

 

Kent School District Child Find

The Kent School District will offer free child Find screenings for children three through five years of age who may have a disability. The screening will be in the areas of language, learning, and motor development.

34 CFR 300.111(a)(1)—The State must have in effect policies and procedures to ensure that—(i)All children with disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities who are homeless or are wards of the State, and children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated.

All screenings will be at various KSD schools.

Screening dates:              September 1, 13, & 20
                                     October 4
                                     November 29
                                     December 6
                                     January 10 & 24
                                     March 14 & 28
                                     April 18 & 25
                                     May 9

For more information and to schedule a screening call Child Find at (253) 373-7513.

At least one parent must accompany the child to the Child Find screening. Screenings take approximately 1.5 hours and are conducted by certificated staff.

If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are staying to attending a screening.

Sunscreen Allowed at School

On May 4, 2017, Governor Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill 5404, which took effect immediately. This law allows students to bring sunscreen to school and self-apply it. We welcome you to take advantage of this opportunity to protect your child’s health. Please see the important directions below before sending sunscreen with your child.

  1. Parents will provide a written note identifying the brand, and how often you want your child to apply the sunscreen.
  2. Write your student’s name on the sunscreen container with a permanent marker.
  3. Students will apply the sunscreen to themselves. Staff will not be able to help.
  4. Send only rub-on sunscreen to school.
  5. Spray sunscreens can be accidentally sprayed in the eyes, mouths and noses of other students.
  6. Spray sunscreens are particularly risky for our students and staff with asthma and other respiratory conditions.

 

School Attendance

Did You Know?

It is important that students attend school all day from the first day to the last day of the school year.

Here’s How You Can Help

  • Please examine the school calendar carefully. Make special note of the first and last day of school. Make sure all planned vacations end in time for students to attend the first day of school.
  • Make sure that your child has been properly registered a week prior to the start of school if they are moving to a new school.
  • Make sure all vaccinations are up to date and if your child has a life threatening illness (like allergies, asthma or diabetes) be sure the school has medication and an up to date medical care plan on file.
  • Know the last day of school. Do not plan your summer vacation until after school is out. Be aware that if there is a need to cancel school ­because of weather these days must be made up at the end of the school year.

Be sure to establish an afterschool routine with your child. Please prearrange afterschool routine changes with your student before school starts in the morning to eliminate classroom disruptions at the end of the school day.

Volunteers in Public Schools

Park Orchard and the Kent School District welcome and appreciate all volunteers. For the safety of our students, all volunteers must register online and be approved before working with students.

New volunteers: Apply at https://volunteer.kent.k12.wa.us.
Tip: before beginning your application, please take a photo or scan of your ID to upload during the application process.

Returning volunteers: You must update your profile for the 2017-18 school year. Please follow the steps below:

Log in to the VIPS website at https://volunteer.kent.k12.wa.us ­using the user name and password you created when you completed your original application, and:

  1. Agree to the volunteer expectations and complete disclosure questions
  2. Agree to a new background check
  3. Update any contact information
  4. Submit

Returning volunteers do not need to create a new profile or upload a driver’s license or other documentation-unless their license or other documentation has changed since last year.

 

Morning Schedule:

No students on campus before 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 8:45 a.m.

K-6 line up by 8:58 a.m.

Entry bell rings at 9:00 a.m.

 

Kent Parks & Recreation provides a free after school program at Park Orchard on Tuesdays that offers
a variety of high energy activities that get your child up & active & having fun.  To register call Kent Parks & Recreation at 253-856-5030. Hurry spots are limited!

Free Preschool for ­eligible Title 1 ­Families for 2017/18 School Year

  • Family must reside in the Park Orchard Elementary Service Area.
  • Student must be 4 years old by August 31, 2017.
  • Classes are 5 days a week — morning or afternoon sessions
  • Transportation will not be provided for preschool students.
  • Contact the Park Orchard office for more information: 253-373-7473

 

September 18th is Picture Day!

Medications at School

Students are not allowed to have medications at school. Cough drops, chapstick, lotions etc. are considered medication, and can not be kept in backpacks.

If your child needs a medication at school, a doctor will need to fill out a Medication Authorization Form, and the medicine will be kept and dispensed in the health room. More information and authorization forms can be found at: http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=355

 

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

Tinyurl.com/parkorchardptsa

 

SAY CHEESE … IT'S PICTURE DAY!

2017-18 Fall picture day will be on SEPTEMBER 18.  Students will receive order forms prior to picture day.  Please complete the order form and send it to school with your student on September 18th. 

We'll see you there!

 

Fundraiser: Sept. 13 - October 2

PTSA thanks Park Orchard students and their families for their support bringing needed funds into our school.

Brothers and sisters can combine their orders to earn the top sellers event.  All students selling 15 or more items receive the prizes shown on the prize sheet PLUS get a pizza lunch and limo ride.  Brothers and sisters can combine their sales on one order form and will receive prizes, lunch, and limo ride by selling just 20 items or more. With your help, PTSA can raise the money needed to benefit every student for assemblies, technology, field trips and much more.

Send any questions, concerns or suggestions to Melissa at poptsapresident@gmail.com.

 

PTSA NEEDS YOUR HELP!!!

Everything PTSA does is to benefit our students. 

The more helpers we have, the more it benefits students.

Want to find out what PTSA does for your child?  Join PTSA leadership 6pm, September 11 in library.

Like us on Facebook: Park Orchard PTSA

 

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.

 

AR Program

AR (active reader) will be returning again this year. Our goal is to encourage students to read, and to get books into the their hands that they can keep.

Your student will be bringing home a pink sheet to record their reading progress. When all boxes are checked, sign it and send it to school with your student on Wednesdays. They will bring it to room 2 to collect their prize during lunch recess.

Feel free to stop by and see what all the excitement is about.

For questions or more information call Kathy Rouse at 253-630-3317, or stop by room 2 during lunch time recess on a Wednesday .

 

Save These Dates

Monster Bash:
October 12 at 6:30 P.M.

First PTSA members meeting:

October 16 at 6 P.M. in the library. 

 

Park Orchard PTSA

President: Melissa Henry poptsapresident@gmail.com

Treasurer: Kristen Sherwood poptsatreasurer@gmail.com

Secretary: Christina Kaufmann poptsasecretary@gmail.com

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

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

Teacher Liaison: Charlotte Balza charlotte.balza@kent.k12.wa.us

Teacher Liaison: Stacie Barney stacie.barney@kent.k12.wa.us

Open Positions:

  • Vice President
    • Fundraiser
    • Membership
    • Staff Appreciation

Volume 25   Issue 14   June 7, 2017

Upcoming Events

June 8

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grade Music Concert

6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. in the gym

June 12

Summer Storytelling Celebration

6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. in the gym

June 13

Student Leadership Team

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

3rd Grade Field Trip to Woodland Park Zoo

June 15

Parent University Workshop

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

5th & 6th Grade Band/ Orchestra Concert

7:00 P.M. - 7:45 P.M. in the gym

June 19

PTSA General Membership Meeting

4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. in the library

PTSA Board Meeting

6:00 P.M.

June 23

Preschool Celebrations

During regular classtimes

June 26

Field Day

June 27

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL DISMISSAL AT 12:38 P.M.

 

A Message from Dr. Ann

We are nearing the end of the year and everyone is anxious for summer vacation to start! However, we are not done yet.  There is still lots of learning happening in our classrooms, so it is still important that students arrive at school on time and ready to learn!  Remember, because of our snow day, the last day of school is June 27th this year.

As we close out the school year, we still have several exciting events!  The music department is preparing for Spring programs with the kindergarten, first and second grade concert on June 8th, and the Band and Orchestra will perform on June 15th.  June 12th will be a Storytelling night, when storytellers from our community will come together and share stories from different cultures.  Field Day will take place on June 26th this year.

Since this is the last newsletter of the year, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as your principal this year. It has been my pleasure to get to know many of you, and to work with the wonderful students and staff at this school. I will be sad to leave, but am excited about the future of the school, and all of the opportunities that lie ahead.

Have a fun-filled, and safe summer!

Ann.Minckler@kent.k12.wa.us   •   253-373-7473

 

June School Store

Park Orchard Library

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

Tuesday, June 20th: 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

Wednesday, June 21st: Kindergarten, 5th and 6th Grade

Thursday, June 22nd: 1st Grade and 4th Grade

 

If you know your child will not be returning to Park Orchard for the 2017-2018 school year, please notify the office as soon as possible.

 

Field Day is Coming Our Way!

Panda Parents and Volunteers … We’re in Need of Your Help! 

Monday, June 26th is our designated day for Field Day this year (rain or shine), and we’d love to know if you’d be willing to help out with our event.  During Field Day, we need help with running stations as students move through each of them. The primary grades will be in the morning, and the intermediate grades will be in the afternoon.  It’s a day full of fun, smiles, and great team spirit!  

Please let me know if you’d like to help, and the time that works best for you (morning, afternoon, or both) by emailing me here at school at michael.benner@kent.k12.wa.us or calling me at (253) 373-3343 with your information and availability.  Please let me know by Friday, June 16th if you are interested in helping out.  Following June 16th, I’ll be in contact with all of the volunteers to share more specific instructions.  

When you call or email me, just let me know the following:

•   Your name

•   Your child’s name & grade

•   When you would like to help: (AM), (PM), or (All Day)

•   Your phone number and/or email address so I can get in touch with you 

Hope for sunshine and great weather for our Panda Field Day! We’re excited and can’t wait for it to be here!

Thank you in advance for your support, 

Michael Benner • (253)373-3343 • Michael.benner@kent.k12.wa.us

 

Sunscreen Allowed at School

On May 4, 2017, Governor Inslee signed Substitute Senate Bill 5404, which took effect immediately. This law allows students to bring sunscreen to school and self-apply it. We welcome you to take advantage of this opportunity to protect your child’s health. Please see the important directions below before sending sunscreen with your child.

1. Parents will provide a written note identifying the brand, and how often you want your child to apply the sunscreen.

2. Write your student’s name on the sunscreen container with a permanent marker.

3. Students will apply the sunscreen to themselves. Staff will not be able to help.

4. Send only rub-on sunscreen to school.

a. Spray sunscreens can be accidentally sprayed in the eyes, mouths and noses of other students.

b. Spray sunscreens are particularly risky for our students and staff with asthma and other respiratory conditions.

 

Beginning of 2017-18 School Year

Preschool & Kindergarten Family Connection Meetings: August 31, September 1, & September 5

Grades 1 - 6 First Day of School: August 31

Preschool & Kindergarten First Day of School: September 6

 

School Attendance

Did You Know?

Chronic absences may lead to significant learning gaps for your child. Take an assessment of how many days your child missed this year. Three times late to school or leaving early is equal to an absence.

If your child has had 18 or more absences this year, they are in the Danger Zone.

If your child has had 9 – 17 absences this year, they are in the Warning Zone.

If your child has had 0 – 8 absences this year, they are in the Satisfactory Zone.

Here’s How You Can Help

If your child is in the warning zone, there is a good chance your child has fallen behind academically. Contact your child’s teacher to see if there are any summer activities that would help your child make up some of this learning. Develop a plan with the school to help your child attend regularly next year.

If your child is in the warning zone, he/she may have had their learning impacted. Pay special attention next year to make sure your child is keeping up with the work.

If your child is in the satisfactory zone, great job! Celebrate having good attendance. Make a goal with your child to have even better attendance next school year.

 

Summer Reading

The King County Library's Summer Program is under way!
This year's theme is: "Building a Better World"

Starting June 1, 2017 libraries around the county will provide high ­quality shows and workshops around this theme!

Children will be able to participate in a beginning Ukulele class, concerts in the park, building a robot with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics kits, and much, much more.

Starting June 1, 2017 you can either pick up a free Summer Reading log at your local library or you can download one.

All programs are free to attend, but some require registration.

Go online to https://kcls.org/ on June 1, 2017 for more information.

 

Volunteers in Public Schools

New volunteers may apply at https://volunteer.kent.k12.wa.us after August 15 for the 2017-18 school year.

Returning volunteers will need to update their profiles for the 2017-18 school year.

After August 15, 2017, each current volunteer will need to log in with their user name and password (that was created by them when they completed their application to volunteer) and:

1. Agree to the volunteer expectations and complete disclosure questions

2. Agree to a new background check

3. Update any contact information

4. Submit

Returning volunteers do not need to create a new profile or upload a driver’s license or other documentation-unless their license or other documentation has changed since last year.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Kentridge Girls Basketball Camps

Come join the Kentridge Girls Basket­ball team as they host summer hoop camps:.

 •  Elementary camp for girls entering grades 3-6

•   Middle school camp for girls entering grades 7-8

June 28-30, 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Kentridge High School Gym
$ 55 (group and family discounts available)

For additional information or for a brochure, contact Coach Bob Sandall at 253-373-4407, go to www.kentridgegirlsbasketball.com or email Robert.sandall@kent.k12.wa.us.

 

Storytelling Event

Who: All Park Orchard students and their families

What: Summer Storytelling Celebration

Where: Park Orchard Elementary Gym

When: Monday June 12, 2017 6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Why: Join us to hear stories from great storytellers, learn story­telling tips, and get a story to take home!

 

KW Summer Youth Camps

Kentwood Volleyball Camp
July 28-30 — 9:00 A.M. -3:00 P.M.
Boys and Girls, Grades 4-9 (incoming)
Cost: $100
Registration at:  https://www.kent.k12.wa.us/KW

Kentwood Cage Camp - Basketball

July 10-13 — 9:00 A.M. -2:30 P.M.
Boys and Girls, Grades 3-9 (incoming)
Cost:  $90 if before June 30;
$100 July 1-9; $110 July 10
Registration at:  https://sites.google.com/site/kentwoodhsbasketball/

Kentwood Track Camp
July 10-13 — 9:00 A.M. -12:00 P.M.
Boys and Girls Grades K-6
Cost:  $75
Registration:  www.covingtonwa.gov/recreation

KW Dazzlers/D-Unit Junior Dance Camp
“Beauty and the Beast”
July 13-15 — 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Boys and Girls, Grades K - 8
Cost:  $100 if registered before June 30, $125 after
Teaching Hip Hop and Jazz.
Performance at football game with KW Dance team
Includes t-shirt
Registration on Kentwood website:  https://www.kent.k12.wa.us/KW

 

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

Tinyurl.com/parkorchardptsa

 

Thank You for Book Fair Success

PTSA would like to thank Park Orchard families for coming out and making our last Scholastic book fair of the year a success. Thank you to all of our awesome volunteers, we couldn’t have done it without you! We were so happy to help students, parents families and teachers stock up for summer reading with BOGO.  We are already planning book fairs for our 2017-2018 season and we need your help!  We are looking for a new Book Fair Chairperson. If you have the desire to contribute to Park ­Orchard’s joy of reading and help continue the tradition of Book Fair please email: poptsapresident@gmail.com or contact the PTSA.  We wish you all a very pleasant and fun summer and look forward to seeing all Park Orchard students and families at next year’s Book Fairs!

 

PTSA Membership Meeting
Monday, June 19th after school in library. 
All members please come!

 

PTSA needs your help for 2017-18 year!

For more info please contact Melissa Henry @ poptsapresident@gmail.com

 

It's Yearbook Time!

Yearbooks that have been pre-ordered will be available for pick up on Wednesday June 21st through Friday June 23rd during Lunch Recess times at school.

Yearbooks will also be available for sale while supplies last during Lunch Recess times as well, and after school until 4:30 P.M. on Thursday June 22nd. The cost of a yearbook is $15 cash or check made payable to Park ­Orchard PTSA.

 

Box-Tops and Labels Winners

Congratulations to the following classroom winners for contributing the most box-tops and labels.

3rd Place        Mrs. Duffy’s class and the ASC classrooms tied with 255 points and have each won an ice cream sandwich party.

2nd Place       Mrs. Balza’s class had 415 points and won a root beer float party.

1st Place         Ms. Summer’s class had 420 points and won a pizza lunch party.

Thank you for all the box-tops and labels that you have been clipping. Have a great summer and keep on clipping.

Golden Garbage Lady — Patricia (Nana) Nelson

 

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

 

 

 

Volume 25   Issue 13 May 10, 2017

 

 Upcoming Events

May 11

Parent University Workshop Resource Night

5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

May 12

3rd Grade Field Trip to Seattle Aquarium

May 13

Junior Olympics at KMHS

1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. - French Field

May 18

Multi-cultural Night

6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

May 19

Girls on the Run 5K

9:30 A.M. at Renton Memorial Stadium

May 23

Student Leadership Team

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

May 24

Kindergarten to Seattle Aquarium

May 25

Kindergarten Orientation

6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

VisFest 2017

6:00 P.M. at Kent Meridian HS

May 26

1st Grade to Seattle Aquarium

May 29

NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY

May 30 - June 2

4th-6th Grade Library Books Due

 

A Message from Dr. Ann

It finally feels like spring has arrived! As the weather gets warmer, we need to remember the expectations around dress at Park Orchard. Shirts need to be three fingers wide at the top of the shoulder. Backs should not be exposed. Shorts and skirts are fingertip length. We do not allow flip-flops or open-toed sandals since this is a safety issue on the playground and in PE. Thank you for keeping these guidelines in mind as you send your children off to school on these warm days. May is testing month at Park Orchard. For the last week, students have been working hard on their i-Ready tests. Next week the students in grades 3-6 will begin their Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA). These are the standardized tests that are used to show student achievement growth over the year. Please be sure that your child gets plenty of sleep

and is at school ready to take the tests on testing days. As you know, a new principal has been appointed to Park Orchard. Mr. O’Connor will begin July 1st. It has been my pleasure to serve as your interim principal. I know that Mr. O’Connor is anxious to meet you and begin his work at this great school. I hope that you will welcome him as he transitions into his new role. I will continue to be here through the end of the school year, and Mr. O’Connor will be meeting with me between now to learn about his new school.

Dr. Ann, Interim Principal — Park Orchard Elementary

Ann.Minckler@kent.k12.wa.us • 253-373-7473

 

May School Store Hours

Park Orchard Library

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

Tuesday, May 23: Kindergarten, 5th and 6th Grades

Wednesday, May 24: 1st & 4th Grades

Thursday, May 25th: 2nd & 3rd Grades

 

From the Nurse:

All students entering 6th grade for the 2017-2018 school year are required to have a Tdap immunization prior to the first day of school in the fall. If your current 5th grader has already received this vaccine, please provide a copy of the immunization to the nurse.

Kent School District 2017-2018 Sports Physical Examination Policies Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) requires that:

• Prior to the first practice for participation in interscholastic athletics a student shall undergo a thorough medical examination and be approved for interscholastic athletic competition by a medical authority licensed to perform a physical examination. WIAA regulations state that those licensed to perform physical examinations include a Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), Physician’s Assistant (PR), and Naturopathic Physician.

Kent School District requires that:

• A current physical examination is completed prior to participation at the middle school level (grades 7-8) and must be dated AFTER JUNE 1ST OF THE 6TH GRADE YEAR. No exceptions!

• A current physical examination is completed prior to participation at the senior high level (grades 9-12) and must be dated AFTER JUNE 1ST OF THE 8TH GRADE YEAR. No exceptions!

• Physicals may be valid for 24 months from the date of the examination if all guidelines are met.

• Physical expiration dates must extend beyond the respective WIAA season ending date.

• Expiration dates occurring within a sport season shall require a new examination prior to that season.

2017-2018 Registration/Physical forms will be available at the Elementary, Middle School, High School, KSD Athletics and Activities webpage, and District Athletic Department main offices ON OR AFTER JUNE 1, 2017.

Please contact Nurse Angie with any questions.

Park Orchard Elem (M, W, Th) 253-373-3305

 

Multicultural Night

Multicultural Night is coming up. Please join us for food, games, music, and dance performances. All are welcome to attend and celebrate all of the cultures here at Park Orchard. We encourage you to wear traditional clothing from your culture or country. Please join us on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. -7:30 P.M.

 

Religious Observances

Please let us know if your child will be absent from school due to a religious observance. Religious observances are recorded as excused absences.

 

School Attendance

Did You Know?

Many children go through a period of time when they don’t want to go to school. Parents are the most important influence in helping their child to attend regularly.

Here’s How You Can Help

When your child says they don’t want to go to school here are some things you can say to them:

  • As a child school is your most important job.
  • Going to school will help you be successful in life.
  • School is harder if you are absent because you miss out on learning skills.
  • If there is someone making you feel bad at school let me know and I can help you figure out what to do.

Send the message to them that school is important. Schedule appointments outside the school day, make sure you are aware of the school calendar so you can get them to school every day on time, and attend school events with your child.

 

Warm Weather Dress Code

  • Shirts and tops must cover the shoulders, chest, back, and stomach. Inappropriate tops include tank tops, spaghetti straps, bare midriff, and see through styles. Shoulder straps must be 3 fingers width wide.
  • Dresses, skirts, and shorts must reach at least fingertip length with arms extended down at the sides regardless of layering underneath.
  • Shoes must be appropriate for physical education and recess. No open-toed shoes or flip-flops. Sneakers are best.

Free Annual Health Fair

Molina Healthcare of Washington is sponsoring a Free Annual Community Health Fair. The event will be held on June 1, 2017 at Navos Mental Health & Wellness Center, 136th St. & Ambaum Blvd SW in Burien. Enjoy free snacks, giveaways, raffles, and kids activities.

Schedule:

Exhibitor Booths: 12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

FREE Dental Van: 12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

FREE Breast Cancer Screening*: 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Family Friendly Kids Activities: 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

*All women 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the last year are eligible. The exam will take approximately 15-30 minutes. Cost is fully covered for women with Medicaid/Medicare. Cost is $185 for those with no insurance. Call 206-257-6600 to schedule a mammogram appointment.

For more information about the event, please call 206-257-6898.

 

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.

 

If you know your child will not be returning to Park Orchard for the 2017-2018 school year, please notify the office as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

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

Tinyurl.com/parkorchardptsa

 

Science Night Was Such A Big Hit!

Thank you to staff and everyone who volunteered, who helped with the planning, set up, exhibits, recruiting people, and even cleaning up! We had many different community groups come out and be a part of our wonderful Science/S.T.E.M. Night. It was fun to see them and our own PO Panda students be a part of our Science/S.T.E.M. night. We also want to give a big thank you to all the families and students who came out and were a part of our big night. It would not have been as successful without you there. All of the students who participated with a Science Project did such an amazing job! We can’t wait to see you all next year! Science Coordinator

Christina Kaufmann

 

Our membership meeting to vote on 2017-18 budget and officers will be on June 19th after school at 4pm in library. All PTSA members please come!

 

 

 

 

Buy One Get One Free Book Fair Coming Soon!

Feria Del Libro Dos Por El Precio De Uno!

We are pleased to be hosting the BOGO Book Fair this month! Save the dates Tuesday May 30th through Friday June 2nd. With the help of volunteers Book Fair will be open before and after school. We are looking forward to another successful book fair and seeing our Park Orchard families. Reading unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come and stock up for Summer reading; be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. Check out the website go to: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/NMvI6tZ0r. Volunteers always needed to make book fair a success sign up today!

 

There are only three weeks left to turn in Golden Garbage box tops and labels

Thank you. Golden Garbage Lady Patricia Nelson (Nana)

 

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 12   April 5, 2017

Upcoming Events

April 5

Science Fair Help Night - 5:00 P.M.

April 6

Parent University Workshop - 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

April 7

6th Graders Return from Camp

April 10 - April 14

NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK

April 17

SLT Meeting - 4:00 P.M.

PTSA Board Meeting - 6:00 P.M.

April 18

Math Night - 5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

April 19

LATE START DAY
K-6 START AT 11:15 A.M.
No Preschool

New Monarch Night - 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

April 20

Family Picture Night - 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

April 21

Kindergarten Field Trip to Woodland Park Zoo

April 25

Student Leadership Team - 8:30 A.M.

Earth Day MaPE Escape

April 26

Science Fair

 

A Message from Dr. Ann

For a few days this week, it actually felt like we might have a spring!  Regardless of the weather, next week is Spring Break!  I hope that you have plans to enjoy time with your children while they are home. Some fun learning activities you might do with your children this next week include:              

•  Plant a garden – sharing the planning process and talking about what is needed to help the plants grow incorporate math and science experiences

•  Bake or cook together – reading a recipe reinforces following directions, and preparing the food requires working with fractions, measuring both solids and liquids

•  Play games together – particularly board games which offer learning opportunities in many ways

•  Read together and encourage your children to read for at least 20 minutes every day while they are away from school.

Enjoy your time together!

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

 

April School Store

Park Orchard Library

Shopping  hours: 9:00 A.M. – 9:25 A.M.

Tuesday, April 25th: 2nd & 3rd Grades

Thursday, April 27th: Kindergarten, 5th & 6th Grades

Friday, April 28th: 1st & 4th Grades

 

Park Orchard Math Night

Hello Park Orchard families! On Tuesday April 18th from 5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M., you are invited to our 3rd annual Math Bingo event! This event is completely free, and there will be snacks, prizes, and a lot of fun for everyone.  So don’t miss it — doors open right at 5:00 P.M.  Hope to see you Tuesday!

 

Smile Mobile April 24 - May 5

The SmileMobile, a fully equipped mobile dental clinic, we be at Kent Elementary School April 24 - May 5th. Kent Elementary is located at 24700 64th Ave. S. in Kent. The SmileMobile is open to all children (birth through high school) and pregnant women. SmileMobile accepts Medicaid (Apple Health) and provides a sliding fee scale. SmileMobile is operated by Washington Dental Service Foundation in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital. Call 1-888-286-9105 to schedule an appointment for a dental exam.

This event is NOT sponsored by the Kent School District and the district assumes no responsibility for the conduct of, or safety of, the event.

 

Testing Preparation

Next month, students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) state test. This test summarizes what the student has learned in reading, writing, and mathematics in all grades up to this year. It is very important that students have the following each day of testing:

•  Get 8-10 hours of sleep each night

•  Eat a nutritious breakfast either at home or at school. School breakfast starts at 9:00am.

•  Be on time for school (9:25am)

•  Bring a bottle of water

•  Give their best effort each day

•  Be present for testing each day. Please schedule any appointments outside of your child’s week of testing.

Testing Dates for Each Grade

3rd Grade: May 22-26, 2017        Math and English Language Arts

4th Grade: May 15-19, 2017        Math and English Language Arts

5th Grade: May 22-26, 2017        Fifth Grade students will take the SBA
                                                        Math, English Language Arts, and
                                                        MSP Science Tests during this week

6th Grade: May 15-19, 2017        Math and English Language Arts

 

KSD Transfer Window is Open

Kent School District is accepting transfer requests through April 28th. This is an online process and the information to apply is available on the Kent School District website at KENTSCHOOLDISTRICT.ORG.

 

New Monarch Night

Current 6th graders and their families are invited to New Monarch Night at Meridian Middle School. The event will be held April 19th from 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. in the main gym. The evening consists of a presentation by school leaders, a tour of the school, and an overview of the 7th Grade curriculum and academic expectations. If you have questions, please call 253-373-7383.

 

MathFest is Coming to Kent

MathFest will be held at the Kent Commons Community Center on Saturday, April 29, from 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. The center is located at 525 4th Avenue N. in Kent.

Participants will experience math by PLAYING GAMES WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS! There will be more than 20 games to play, Prizes, and a free t-shirt to the 1st 400 people who attend.

Register at http://zenomath.org/mathfest - the 1st 400 families to register get entered into a raffle for more prizes.

Interested volunteers contact volunteer@zenomath.org.

Event sponsored by Perfect Copy & Print, Pacific Continental, Microsoft, and Boeing.

 

Early Literacy Parties in Spanish

Series of eight free different workshops in Spanish for families to learn about Early Literacy and school readiness. Families with children newborn to age 5 welcome. Childcare is not available. Registration not required, but space is limited. For more information: 425-369-3443.

Fiestas de alfabetización temprana en español

Series de ocho talleres diferentes y gratuitos en español para que las familias aprendan sobre Alfabetización temprana y preparación para la escuela. Familias con niños 0-5 bienvenidos. No ofrecemos guardería. No necesita registrarse pero el cupo es limitado. Para más información: 425-369-3443.

Fiesta 1: The importance of bilingualism • La importancia del bilingüismo

Fiesta 2: Talking • Hablar

Fiesta 3: Playing • Jugar

Fiesta 4: Singing • Cantar

Fiesta 5: Letters and Sounds • Letras y sonidos

Fiesta 6: Reading • Leer

Fiesta 7: Writing • Escribir

Fiesta 8: The school system in the US • El sitema escolar en los EEUU

Renton Highlands Library
2801 NE 10th Street
Renton, WA 98056
Tuesdays • Martes 6:30–8pm
April • Abril 4, 11, 18, 25
May • Mayo 2, 9, 16, 23

Kent Library
212 2nd Avenue N
 Kent, WA 98032
Thursdays • Jueves 1pm–2:30pm 
 June • Junio 29,  July • Julio 6, 13, 20, 27
August • Agosto 3, 17, 24 (No class Aug. 10) 

 

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
tinyurl.com/parkorchardptsa

 
Family Picture Night Thursday April 20th 6:30 P.M. - 8 P.M.

Gather your family and head on over to Park Orchard Elementary for a family picture night.  Pictures make the best gifts, and there will be several options to choose from.  Order forms will be distributed prior to the event.  We’ll see you and the family for pictures on April 20th!

Kristen Sherwood

 

S.T.E.M. Night!

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math… We are getting closer and closer to April 26th, which of course, is going to be our night of science! With our Panda’s science projects, we will have a few different exhibits that will be joining our night. We can not wait to see everyone there with their families! Please, if you have any questions, just email me at poptsascience@gmail.com.

See  you then! From 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.!

Thank you!

Christina Kaufmann
Science Coordinator

 

PTSA needs you!

Contact Melissa Henry at poptsapresident@gmail.com.

 

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 11      March 22, 2017

Upcoming Events

March 23

Kinders to College: Northwest University

Track Practice at Park Orchard

March 27

Girls on the Run: 3:45 P.M. - 5:20 P.M.

March 28

Student Leadership Team: 8:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M.

Track Meet: 4:15 P.M. at Wilson Playfields

March 29

Coffee and Conversation: 9:00 A.M. in the library

Girls on the Run: 3:45 P.M. - 5:20 P.M.

5th/6th Grade Concert: 6:00 P.M. in the gym

March 30

Track Practice at Park Orchard

Preschool Parent Meeting: 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

April 3

Girls on the Run: 3:45 P.M. - 5:20 P.M.

April 4

6th Graders Leave for Camp: 8:00 A.M.

Track Meet: 4:15  P.M. at Wilson Playfields

 

A Message from Dr. Ann

Spring is finally here, and with it all kinds of exciting things are happening at Park Orchard!  Kindergarteners are headed to college, 6th graders are headed to the outdoor education experience, our musicians are preparing for their spring concerts and spring break is just around the corner!

The final push in on to prepare out students in grades 3-6 for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) which will begin soon after we return from Spring Break.  Please read further into the newsletter for some tips on how to make sure your child is well rested and ready to do their best on testing days!

I am happy to say that we have seen great growth in our IRLA reading scores!  We are working very hard with math as well!  Please remember that your child should be reading every night for at least 20 minutes.   You can also look for opportunities around your home for students to practice their math skills too! When we make learning real at home, it helps our students understand how to apply what they learn at school, to the real world.

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

 

April School Store: Park Orchard Library

Shopping  hours: 9:00 A.M. – 9:25 A.M.

Tuesday, April 25th: 2nd & 3rd Grades

Thursday, April 27th: Kindergarten, 5th & 6th Grades

Friday, April 28th: 1st & 4th Grades

 

Vehicle Safety for Children

Washington State Child Car Seat Guidelines 

•  Children under 13 years old should ride in the back seat whenever it is practical to do so.

•  Children under 8 years old, or under 4’9” tall MUST ride in a child restraint  such as a child car seat, booster seat, or other restraint that is federally approved for use in a car. The restraint system MUST be used correctly according to the car seat AND vehicle manufacturer’s instructions. Shoulder belts MUST be used with booster seats at all times!

•  Children 8-years of age or at least 4’9” who wear a car seat belt MUST use it correctly (never under the arm or behind the back) or continue to use a booster seat.

NOTE: Doctors and safety experts recommend that children ride in a booster seat until lap and shoulder belts fit correctly — usually when they are at least 4’9” tall, or around 8 years old.

Keep Children Home When Sick

 

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

To receive make-up schoolwork you may call the office at 253-373-7473 or email your student’s teacher. Teachers’ email addresses can be found on our online staff directory: https://wa01001454.schoolwires.net/Page/1986.

 

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: Tinyurl.com/parkorchardptsa

 

Science Night

Hello families!! There was a flyer that was sent out about participating in our upcoming Science Night on April 26th. If you are still interested in participating with a project, then please fill out the form or email me at poptsascience@gmail.com. We are expecting some fun events to be there as well! Thank you all so much!

Christina Kaufmann

 

Yearbook Pre-Sale Orders Due by March 31st!

The PTSA is currently taking yearbook pre-sale orders until March 31.  The cost is $15, and payable by cash (EXACT CHANGE) or by check.  If paying by check, please make the check out to POPTSA. Please email poptsayearbook@gmail.com with any questions.

 

PTSA needs you!

Contact Melissa Henry at poptsapresident@gmail.com.

 

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 new or gently used items. Park Orchard still needs child size sweatpants and sweatshirts 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

 

 


 

Volume 25   Issue 11   March 22, 2017

Upcoming Events

March 23

Kinders to College

Northwest University

Track Practice at PO

March 27

Girls on the Run

3:45 P.M. - 5:20 P.M.

March 28

Student Leadership Team

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

Track Meet

4:15 P.M. at Wilson Playfields

March 29

Coffee and Conversation

9:00 A.M. in the library

Girls on the Run

3:45 P.M. - 5:20 P.M.

5th/6th Grade Concert

6:00 P.M. in the gym

March 30

Track Practice at PO

Preschool Parent Meeting

6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

April 3

Girls on the Run

3:45 P.M. - 5:20 P.M.

April 4

6th Graders Leave for Camp

8:00 A.M.

Track Meet

4:15  P.M. at Wilson Playfields

A Message from Dr. Ann

Spring is finally here, and with it all kinds of exciting things are happening at Park Orchard!  Kindergarteners are headed to college, 6th graders are headed to the outdoor education experience, our musicians are preparing for their spring concerts and spring break is just around the corner!

The final push in on to prepare out students in grades 3-6 for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) which will begin soon after we return from Spring Break.  Please read further into the newsletter for some tips on how to make sure your child is well rested and ready to do their best on testing days!

I am happy to say that we have seen great growth in our IRLA reading scores!  We are working very hard with math as well!  Please remember that your child should be reading every night for at least 20 minutes.   You can also look for opportunities around your home for students to practice their math skills too! When we make learning real at home, it helps our students understand how to apply what they learn at school, to the real world.

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

 

April School Store

Park Orchard Library

Shopping  hours: 9:00 A.M. – 9:25 A.M.

Tuesday, April 25th: 2nd & 3rd Grades

Thursday, April 27th: Kindergarten, 5th & 6th Grades

Friday, April 28th: 1st & 4th Grades

 

Vehicle Safety for Children

Washington State Child Car Seat Guidelines 

•  Children under 13 years old should ride in the back seat whenever it is practical to do so.

•  Children under 8 years old, or under 4’9” tall MUST ride in a child restraint  such as a child car seat, booster seat, or other restraint that is federally approved for use in a car. The restraint system MUST be used correctly according to the car seat AND vehicle manufacturer’s instructions. Shoulder belts MUST be used with booster seats at all times!

•  Children 8-years of age or at least 4’9” who wear a car seat belt MUST use it correctly (never under the arm or behind the back) or continue to use a booster seat.

NOTE: Doctors and safety experts recommend that children ride in a booster seat until lap and shoulder belts fit correctly — usually when they are at least 4’9” tall, or around 8 years old.

Keep Children Home When Sick

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

To receive make-up schoolwork you may call the office at 253-373-7473 or email your student’s teacher. Teachers’ email addresses can be found on our online staff directory: https://wa01001454.schoolwires.net/Page/1986.

 

Vehicle Safety for Children

Washington State Child Car Seat Guidelines 

•  Children under 13 years old should ride in the back seat whenever it is practical to do so.

•  Children under 8 years old, or under 4’9” tall MUST ride in a child restraint  such as a child car seat, booster seat, or other restraint that is federally approved for use in a car. The restraint system MUST be used correctly according to the car seat AND vehicle manufacturer’s instructions. Shoulder belts MUST be used with booster seats at all times!

•  Children 8-years of age or at least 4’9” who wear a car seat belt MUST use it correctly (never under the arm or behind the back) or continue to use a booster seat.

NOTE: Doctors and safety experts recommend that children ride in a booster seat until lap and shoulder belts fit correctly — usually when they are at least 4’9” tall, or around 8 years old.

Keep Children Home When Sick

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

To receive make-up schoolwork you may call the office at 253-373-7473 or email your student’s teacher. Teachers’ email addresses can be found on our online staff directory: https://wa01001454.schoolwires.net/Page/1986.

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

Tinyurl.com/parkorchardptsa

 

Science Night

Hello families!! There was a flyer that was sent out about participating in our upcoming Science Night on April 26th. If you are still interested in participating with a project, then please fill out the form or email me at poptsascience@gmail.com. We are expecting some fun events to be there as well! Thank you all so much!

Christina Kaufmann

Yearbook Pre-Sale Orders
Due by March 31st!

The PTSA is currently taking yearbook pre-sale orders until March 31.  The cost is $15, and payable by cash (EXACT CHANGE) or by check.  If paying by check, please make the check out to POPTSA. Please email poptsayearbook@gmail.com with any questions.

PTSA needs you!

Contact Melissa Henry at poptsapresident@gmail.com.

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 new or gently used items. Park Orchard still needs child size
sweatpants and sweatshirts 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

 

 


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

 

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