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Wednesday November 30th, 2022

A Message From the Principal

Good evening, KMS families, 

I hope this enews finds you warm and well.  I hope your students enjoyed the snow day yesterday and took the opportunity for some mid-week rest and relaxation.  Yesterday, and the late start this morning, are good reminders that living in the Pacific Northwest does require some flexibility and adjustments due to weather.  My hope is this will serve as our only snow day this year, and we don’t have any other unscheduled days off due to weather.    

As I have been reflecting on the threat at KMS last week, the various recent news coverage regionally and nationally around violence at school, as well as many smaller issues we deal with around technology at school; I feel I need to make a plea that as parents we are aware of what our kids are doing online and on their phones.  Many of the devices and technology that kids have access to were not around when we were growing up, which is both exciting and can have implications, for our kids, that we did not have to deal with.  Our students need our support in how to use this technology as well as standards and expectations of how and when to use these devices.  I am a firm believer in students gaining independence and privacy, as they move through the middle school years, but independence and privacy should come as students understand and show they can be appropriate in the virtual environment.

As a staff we will continue to have conversations around educating students on the responsible use of technology, but much of this work needs to happen at home, where families can set the standards and expectations that are correct for your students and your family.  Please continue to engage in conversations with your students around appropriate use of technology and check in on what they are doing and their online presence, often.

I wish you a wonderful start to the month of December. 

Go Colts!!!
Bryan Stutz 
Principal

Events

  • Saturday December 3rd, 2022
    • Threads and Treads open 9am - 12pm
  • Tuesday December 6th, 2022
    • World Language Competency Test (WLC)
  • Wednesday December 7th, 2022
    • Band/Orchestra Holiday Concert @ KMS Gym 6:30pm
  • Thursday December 8th, 2022
    • Innovation Lab Information Night @ KMS 6-7pm
  • Friday December 9th, 2022
    • Music Photo's/Avid Class Photo - During Class
  • Wednesday December 14th, 2022
    • Choir Holiday Concert @ IHS Concert Hall 6:30pm
  • Monday December 19th, 2022
    • No School Winter Break
    • Closed through 1.02.23
  • Tuesday January 3rd, 2022
    • 1st day of School after Winter Break

Clubs

  • 12.2 - Debate Club
  • 12.5 - D&D Club
  • 12.5 - Drama Club (thru 1/12)
  • 12.6 - Drama Club (thru 1/12)
  • 12.6 - GSA
  • 12.8 - Art Club (thru 2/2)
  • 12.15 - BOB (Battle of the Books) Zoom

 

KMS Snap-Raise Fundraiser - Thank You!

Thank you to all those that donated to our Snapraise Fundraiser. We raised $11,660 for our ASB activities, sports, clubs, Colt Day, etc. We appreciate your support!

Photo Retakes

Photo retakes have been handed out to students. If you ordered a package, please check with your student. 

AVID Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help guide our tutorials in our 7th/8th grade AVID class on Thursdays (8:55-9:45). Great opportunity to assist the growth of students as you ask questions to help solve points of confusion in their academic classes. No AVID experience is necessary; just a desire to learn what students are learning about at Kenmore Middle School! Please contact Ms. Colkitt if interested: mcolkitt@nsd.org

Innovation Lab High School Informational Meeting

Please see the attached flyer for information on the Innovation Lab High School parent/student info nights. Click here

Season 3 Sports - Open for Registration

Runs from 1/17 - 3/17

  • 7/8th Grade Girls Basketball
  • 6th Grade Girls Basketball (Non-Cut) - Starts *1/23
  • 6/7/8 Coed Wrestling (Non-Cut)

ALL students MUST have a current NSD sports physical on file before participating...this includes try-outs for cut sports. Sports registrations in Final Forms, MUST be complete.

  • The last day to register for 7th and 8th grade girls’ basketball is 01/13/2023 at 12:00pm. Because this is a cut sport, there are no exceptions - be sure and register early!
  • The last day to register for 6th grade basketball is 01/20/2023 at 12:00pm.
  • PAYMENTS for basketball will be available starting 01/23/23 - after 7th and 8th grade teams have been selected.

ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF COMPETITION.

If you need assistance with sport fees/ASB card fees, please contact your counselor or Ms. Bragg (rbragg@nsd.org)

World Language Competency Test

Here is the pertinent information regarding the upcoming testing opportunity:

  • Tuesday, December 6th, from 8:00am to 2:35pm. Check-in for the test can begin 15 minutes beforehand.  
  • At the Kenmore Middle School Library 
  • The test is open to grades 7th and 8th
  • The test registration has closed

All of this information can be found on the WL testing website: World Language Competency Test website.  Please refer to the attached KMS FAQ document for more details.  It's also easy to find the WLCT website from the district main page.  Click In Our Schools / Assessment / World Language Competency Test or use the shortcut URL www.nsd.org/wlct

Thank you for supporting this opportunity for students!

Volunteer Opportunities!

Hello Kenmore Colt Parents!  Looking for a way to help out at school and make students happy?  We are looking for some parent volunteers to help supervise the basketball court area on the north side of the gym during lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11:15am - 12:45pm. We could also use some volunteers Tuesday mornings from 7:30am – 8:00am.

Get a friend and come out together and volunteer.  You do need to fill out volunteer paperwork and we will train you on the important points of supervising our middle school students.  Our students and staff will be very appreciative as you help them have some more space to burn some energy at lunch.  Email Ms. Hernandez at jhernandez@nsd.org.  

Popcorn Friday!   To make this successful, we need parent volunteers.  Here is the link to the sign-up genius.  The kids love popcorn Friday!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0E49A9A823A1F94-popcorn

Attendance

Going on vacation?

  • Please alert the KMS attendance office (KMSattendance@nsd.org). A pre-arranged absence contract form, available in the Attendance Office, is required for absences of 3 or more school days. This form serves as an agreement between the student and their teachers.
  • Vacations should be planned to coincide with the school calendar, during legal holidays and school breaks, when possible. If it is truly unavoidable that your student must miss 3 or more school days, notify the attendance office as soon as possible, preferably at least one week in advance. Upon notification, we will provide your student with a pre-arranged absence contract form which your student will take to each of their teachers to review and record their comments, class assignments, and/or labs that will be missed, and arrange due dates and how your student is to make up their work.

If the number of days your child is missing causes them to be absent for 10% or more of the school year, it falls under chronic absenteeism and your family will receive an attendance letter. Chronic absences can have a negative impact on your child’s success in school. We encourage you to make sure your child is attending school on a regular basis outside of pre-arranged absences as long as they are well enough to be present.

Remember - the first bell rings at 7:55am and students can be on campus as early as 7:30am. 

To excuse a late arrival or full day absence, you may either:

  • Call the attendance hotline (425) 408-6410
  • Email: KMSattendance@nsd.org
  • Send your student into the office with a signed, dated note.
  • Escort your student into the office.

COVID-19 Update

PLEASE CONTACT NURSE M. MAYER AT 425-408-6406 OR MMAYER@NSD.ORG IF YOU HAVE A STUDENT THAT IS COVID POSTITIVE.

The Department of Health (DOH) requires schools to inform families and students of COVID-19 cases and potential outbreaks. Last week/This week, there were a total of 3 confirmed cases at our school. The accuracy of our data depends on self-reporting. Thank you for continuing to let the school know if your child tests positive for COVID-19. To view additional information, including school and district trends visit the District’s COVID-19 data dashboard. The dashboard is updated weekly on Monday evenings.

If your child is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home and test for COVID-19. Families can order free COVID-19 tests from the state. Together, we can keep our schools healthy and safe.

Library - It's Time to Sign Up for Battle of the Books!

As mentioned earlier this year, we have a club/team/competition group called Battle of the Books. The time has come to form teams and get organized for this year’s competition! The time commitment for this club is minimal…we will have occasional Nutrition Break or zoom meetings, but I decided this year that we would not meet on campus after school. So many students are involved in sports and other clubs, I did not want to make them feel like they had to choose one or the other

Any student who is interested in joining BoB should sign up. If they change their mind, it is fine to drop out later in the year (if they aren’t enjoying the books we are reading, for example). Students can form their own teams (of up to 5 total students) OR sign up as an individual that will be placed on a team at a later date. The important thing is to sign up if interested! The sign up is linked here, but there will also be sign up information in the daily announcements next week.

We will have an informational meeting during Nutrition Break the week before Winter Break, keep an eye on the bulletin for a time and place. In the meantime, start reading the books! They are listed below and found on a display shelf in the library, right in front of the circulation desk.

Here is the link, one more time:  Battle of the Books Sign Up Link

Happy Reading!

Ms. H (Herbison) she/her
hherbison@nsd.org

KMS PTSA

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