Zinser Elementary News March 27

03/27/24

Note from Nurse Courtney - Need to Stay Home Sick Chart
Nurse Courtney offers free Strep, Flu, & Covid tests for students. Please give her a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule a test for your child 616-453-2461 ext 4340.


OLDER NEWS

Parking Lot Notes: MAP
➔ Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot
➔ Always look to pull up in line and when possible to help with the flow of traffic.
◆ Tell your child(ren) to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the class sign and you’ve pulled past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
➔ Thank you for those turning right only! We know it’s an inconvenience, but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run ( We have a couple accidents a year with vehicles turning left)
➔ Drop off starts at 8:30; children may exit vehicles a few minutes early to get traffic flowing, and must wait by their grade sign until the 8:30 bell.
➔ We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop off and pick up, the inside lane is a pass by lane only! Please pass by with caution.

DROP OFF EXPECTATIONS:

  • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35. Kindergarten & K-Knights families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with their class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.

DISMISSAL EXPECTATIONS:

The school day ends at 3:37

  • Kindergarten & K-Knights and early pick-ups start dismissal at 3:30. Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get your child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.
  • We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again this year. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot for an early pick-up at 3:30.
  • 1st - 5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow of traffic
  • We understand that parents can get stuck in traffic or weather events happen that can extend travel time to get to school for the 3:37 dismissal. If you are going to be late please call the office ahead of time so we can make the student(s) aware. Consistent tardiness for pick-up will result in your child(ren) being bused to our Early Childhood Center for after school care. You can be billed for this.

Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:40 will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 am without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call our attendance line at 616-453-2461 opt.1 or email ziattendance@khps.org to communicate your student’s absence, early leave time, or late arrival. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

KHHS News March 27

03/27/24

Athletic Booster Scholarship
The 2024 Kenowa Hills Athletic Booster Scholarship form is available in the Athletic office. If you've participated in a sport at Kenowa Hills, please consider applying for this scholarship. The deadline to apply is April 15th, 2024 at 3 pm.

Testing Week Schedule & Information:

Thursday 04/11 - Junior Testing Schedule
Testing Period: 7:45-11:10
1st Period: (A Lunch 11:10-11:35) Class 11:15-12:10
Class 11:40-12:35 (B Lunch 12:10-12:35)
2nd Period: 12:40-1:35
3rd Period: 1:40-2:42

Friday 04/12 - Junior Testing Schedule
Testing Period: 7:45-11:10
4th Period: (A Lunch 11:10-11:35) Class 11:15-12:10
Class 11:40-12:35 (B Lunch 12:10-12:35)
5th Period: 12:40-1:35
6th Period: 1:40-2:42


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Parking/Drop Off
Just a reminder that student drop off and pick up is on the north side of the parking lot. Parking lots are labeled. Please do not drop off or pick up in the bus loop.

Athletics - High Sports are back!!
You can view the KH Fall Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Next week’s schedule is attached here. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if wearing Kenowa Hills swag, black and gold, and/or theme night! PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paid adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent, late, or needs to leave early, please call the attendance line at 616-784-2400, Prompt 1 or you can email us at hsattendance@khps.org.

Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

The Rapid Bus Route Change
The Rapid is extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area! Children who are 42" and taller can ride the Rapid without an adult. See attached flyer.

Food Service Changes
We are excited to share that KHPS will be participating in the MI School Meals Program and will be offering breakfast and lunch to all students at NO COST starting this fall. Although meals are free, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form found here. You may be entitled to additional benefits.

2023/24 Handbook Changes
We would like to remind everyone of the changes that have been made to our student handbook for the 2023-2024 school year. This information was sent out a few weeks ago. We encourage you to read over the changes specifically within our handbook. Building Handbooks

  • The attendance policy for 2023-2024 will include all absences counting toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. Below are some changes we want to highlight:
  • Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  • Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  • Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the week of Oct. 3.
  • An example would be on day 30 of the school year. Anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.
  • To read all of the changes, please read through the attendance policy located in our handbook.
  • Students will no longer be allowed to order outside food/drink during school hours. (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) Not only are food/drink deliveries during the school day a distraction to student learning, but could also pose a health risk for students who may have allergies and most importantly a safety concern by allowing added strangers into the building. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch this year. There are many options that food services provide to accommodate the diverse choices of all our students.
  • Dress code is something that will continue to be addressed and looked at as we move through the year. The bottom line is clothing choices should not distract from learning. Please remind your student that not all clothing worn outside of school hours is appropriate for during school hours. Clothing should cover all undergarments and should never promote marijuana/THC, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, vulgar language, hate, and discrimination. Wearing costumes, flags, capes, masks (unless medical), and accessories that could be used to cause physical harm or classroom distraction are also prohibited. If it is determined that your student may be violating the dress code, they will be asked to change.

Zinser Elementary News March 22

03/22/24

Zinser Roller Skating Party - March 26, 6:15 pm-8:15 pm
Join us on March 26 at Terry Hall Roller Rink, 3330 Fairlanes Ave. SW, Grandville, MI 49418. Parents that do not skate, do not have to pay, but a parent or guardian must stay with their child - this is not a drop-off event.

Book Fair is Coming!
We are in need of volunteers to help run the Book Fair at Zinser. Please consider taking a shift to help students shop and purchase their items. If you have any questions please email Family Council at ZinserElemFC@gmail.com Sign Up Genius

Note from Nurse Courtney - Need to Stay Home Sick Chart
Nurse Courtney offers free Strep, Flu, & Covid tests for students. Please give her a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule a test for your child 616-453-2461 ext 4340.


OLDER NEWS

Parking Lot Notes: MAP
➔ Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot
➔ Always look to pull up in line and when possible to help with the flow of traffic.
◆ Tell your child(ren) to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the class sign and you’ve pulled past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
➔ Thank you for those turning right only! We know it’s an inconvenience, but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run ( We have a couple accidents a year with vehicles turning left)
➔ Drop off starts at 8:30; children may exit vehicles a few minutes early to get traffic flowing, and must wait by their grade sign until the 8:30 bell.
➔ We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop off and pick up, the inside lane is a pass by lane only! Please pass by with caution.

DROP OFF EXPECTATIONS:

  • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35. Kindergarten & K-Knights families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with their class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.

DISMISSAL EXPECTATIONS:

The school day ends at 3:37

  • Kindergarten & K-Knights and early pick-ups start dismissal at 3:30. Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get your child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.
  • We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again this year. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot for an early pick-up at 3:30.
  • 1st - 5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow of traffic
  • We understand that parents can get stuck in traffic or weather events happen that can extend travel time to get to school for the 3:37 dismissal. If you are going to be late please call the office ahead of time so we can make the student(s) aware. Consistent tardiness for pick-up will result in your child(ren) being bused to our Early Childhood Center for after school care. You can be billed for this.

Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:40 will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 am without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call our attendance line at 616-453-2461 opt.1 or email ziattendance@khps.org to communicate your student’s absence, early leave time, or late arrival. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

Central Elementary News March 15

03/15/24

Bond Proposal Information

Campus Safety Reminders

Chick-fil-A fundraiser

Will you have a Kindergartener next year?

  • Screenings held at Central Elementary May 2nd
    • Call 616-453-6351 to make an appointment

Mobile Dentist - is coming March 21st and March 22nd.

Forms were sent home, but here is where you can go to enroll your child online: https://www.myschooldentist.com/KHKEMI_schsrm.

Read-a-thon - is around the corner and we need help! Below is a sign up to be a part of the committee. This would entail planning the incentives and rewards and ensuring we have volunteers throughout March to hand out prizes etc.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DADAD2FA2F85-47415354-readathon

KHHS Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. More details found at khps.org/musical.

Important Dates

Spring Conferences
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

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Important Dates

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, November 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer or visit the school during school hours (this includes reading with students, helping teachers, attending a classroom party, watching a class play production and so forth), you must complete a background check for the new school year.

Background checks must be completed in person at any KH front office. Please bring a state-issued photo ID.

  • You must request to volunteer through your child’s teacher - he or she will add your name to an approved volunteer list in the main office.
  • All volunteers must enter through the main office and must sign in.
  • You will receive a volunteer pass that must be worn and visible at all times while in the building.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

Letter from the Nurse
Hello, my name is Michelle and I am the Registered Nurse at Central Elementary. For those of you that do not know me, this will be my second year at Central and I am so excited to be back for another great school year! With the first day of school rapidly approaching, I wanted to send out a reminder that all medications kept at the school, prescription and non- prescription, will need a medication consent form filled out and signed by both a guardian and a physician. Attached you will find the Medication Consent form. This needs to be dated no earlier than July 1 and must be completed before administration of any medications at school.

If your child has allergies, asthma, diabetes, or seizures, an Emergency Action Plan is also required. You can receive these forms from your child's physician. If you would like a blank generic form, please contact me. Please note, these also require a physician signature. If your child has other chronic conditions that could require care at school or that I should be aware of, please let me know.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,
Michelle Sikkema, BSN, RN
Central Elementary - Kenowa Hills Public Schools
616.453.6351 ext. 6342
msikkema@khps.org

Transportation Reminder
If your student will get picked up or dropped off at a location that is not your home you’ll need to email an alternate transportation form to transportation@khps.org. Alternate bus changes take about 2 weeks to update.
The transportation department can also be reached at (616) 453-4757 or see more info at khps.org/transportation.

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Breakfast and Lunch
All students in Michigan will once again have the option of free breakfast and lunch at school! An Education Benefit application will take the place of the free & reduced meal benefit application. We will send it out via email as soon as it is shared with us. We ask that every family take a few moments to complete this application when it arrives. A snack bar will still be offered at Central. Money can be added to an account for purchasing these items using our new system, Titan. More information, and menus can be found here.

Strive for Less than Five
A reminder that attendance is important! At KHPS we strive for less than five absences for every student. Make every day count by being on time, setting appointments for before or after school when possible, and planning vacations when school is out. Read the flyer from the Kent ISD for details on this initiative (Eng and Sp).

Hand2Hand at Central
We would like to offer your student the opportunity to participate in a program at Central Elementary called “Hand2Hand”. This program helps provide a student with food for the weekends and is intended for families who currently may be experiencing a financial burden. The first backpack is set to be delivered on September 22nd. Learn more about this program, or how you can participate here.

Ride the Rapid Bus Changes
The Rapid has extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area. See the attached flyer for details.

Drop-off & Pick-up Reminders
We show Respect, We all stay Safe, Central SHINES! Earliest drop-off time is 8:30 am and school begins at 8:35 am. School ends at 3:37 pm. Please see the attached flyer for our Procedures Map and more information.

Zinser Elementary News March 15

03/15/24

Zinser Spotlight
Thank you, thank you, thank you! To all our wonderful volunteers that helped make this year’s carnival a huge success! We could not have done it without you! If you are interested on being on the carnival planning team please email Zinser Family Council at zinserelefc@gmail.com

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences Sign Up

Zinser Roller Skating Party - March 26, 6:15 pm-8:15 pm
Join us on March 26 at Terry Hall Roller Rink, 3330 Fairlanes Ave. SW, Grandville, MI 49418. Parents that do not skate, do not have to pay, but a parent or guardian must stay with their child - this is not a drop-off event.

Book Fair is Coming!
We are in need of volunteers to help run the Book Fair at Zinser. Please consider taking a shift to help students shop and purchase their items. If you have any questions please email Family Council at ZinserElemFC@gmail.com Sign Up Genius

Note from Nurse Courtney - Need to Stay Home Sick Chart
Nurse Courtney offers free Strep, Flu, & Covid tests for students. Please give her a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule a test for your child 616-453-2461 ext 4340.

KHHS Spring Musical Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.



OLDER NEWS

Parking Lot Notes: MAP
➔ Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot
➔ Always look to pull up in line and when possible to help with the flow of traffic.
◆ Tell your child(ren) to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the class sign and you’ve pulled past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
➔ Thank you for those turning right only! We know it’s an inconvenience, but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run ( We have a couple accidents a year with vehicles turning left)
➔ Drop off starts at 8:30; children may exit vehicles a few minutes early to get traffic flowing, and must wait by their grade sign until the 8:30 bell.
➔ We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop off and pick up, the inside lane is a pass by lane only! Please pass by with caution.

DROP OFF EXPECTATIONS:

  • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35. Kindergarten & K-Knights families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with their class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.

DISMISSAL EXPECTATIONS:

The school day ends at 3:37

  • Kindergarten & K-Knights and early pick-ups start dismissal at 3:30. Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get your child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.
  • We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again this year. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot for an early pick-up at 3:30.
  • 1st - 5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow of traffic
  • We understand that parents can get stuck in traffic or weather events happen that can extend travel time to get to school for the 3:37 dismissal. If you are going to be late please call the office ahead of time so we can make the student(s) aware. Consistent tardiness for pick-up will result in your child(ren) being bused to our Early Childhood Center for after school care. You can be billed for this.

Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:40 will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 am without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call our attendance line at 616-453-2461 opt.1 or email ziattendance@khps.org to communicate your student’s absence, early leave time, or late arrival. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

KHHS News March 15

03/15/24

Athletic Booster Scholarship
The 2024 Kenowa Hills Athletic Booster Scholarship form is available in the Athletic office. If you've participated in a sport at Kenowa Hills, please consider applying for this scholarship. The deadline to apply is April 15th, 2024 at 3 pm.

Spring Athletics
ATHLETES INTERESTED IN PLAYING A SPRING SPORT: Please pick up a pink Permission to Practice Clearance Form from the Athletic Office PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF TRYOUTS/PRACTICE (MARCH 11, 2024)

Yearbook Ads
Show your love and pride by purchasing a personalized recognition ad in the yearbook. Act now and create a special memory that will be cherished forever and make their yearbook even more special! Just visit www.jostensadservice.com to create and purchase your ad! But hurry, time and space is limited. Create your ad by: March 29. Please contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org) if you have any questions!

Spring Musical - Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. More details and tickets available at khps.org/musical.



OLDER NEWS

Parking/Drop Off
Just a reminder that student drop off and pick up is on the north side of the parking lot. Parking lots are labeled. Please do not drop off or pick up in the bus loop.

Athletics - High Sports are back!!
You can view the KH Fall Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Next week’s schedule is attached here. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if wearing Kenowa Hills swag, black and gold, and/or theme night! PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paid adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent, late, or needs to leave early, please call the attendance line at 616-784-2400, Prompt 1 or you can email us at hsattendance@khps.org.

Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

The Rapid Bus Route Change
The Rapid is extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area! Children who are 42" and taller can ride the Rapid without an adult. See attached flyer.

Food Service Changes
We are excited to share that KHPS will be participating in the MI School Meals Program and will be offering breakfast and lunch to all students at NO COST starting this fall. Although meals are free, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form found here. You may be entitled to additional benefits.

2023/24 Handbook Changes
We would like to remind everyone of the changes that have been made to our student handbook for the 2023-2024 school year. This information was sent out a few weeks ago. We encourage you to read over the changes specifically within our handbook. Building Handbooks

  • The attendance policy for 2023-2024 will include all absences counting toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. Below are some changes we want to highlight:
  • Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  • Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  • Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the week of Oct. 3.
  • An example would be on day 30 of the school year. Anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.
  • To read all of the changes, please read through the attendance policy located in our handbook.
  • Students will no longer be allowed to order outside food/drink during school hours. (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) Not only are food/drink deliveries during the school day a distraction to student learning, but could also pose a health risk for students who may have allergies and most importantly a safety concern by allowing added strangers into the building. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch this year. There are many options that food services provide to accommodate the diverse choices of all our students.
  • Dress code is something that will continue to be addressed and looked at as we move through the year. The bottom line is clothing choices should not distract from learning. Please remind your student that not all clothing worn outside of school hours is appropriate for during school hours. Clothing should cover all undergarments and should never promote marijuana/THC, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, vulgar language, hate, and discrimination. Wearing costumes, flags, capes, masks (unless medical), and accessories that could be used to cause physical harm or classroom distraction are also prohibited. If it is determined that your student may be violating the dress code, they will be asked to change.

KHMS News March 8

03/08/24

March is National Reading Month!
Did you know March is National Reading Month? The Student Council has a few fun events to celebrate reading.

First, we will be holding a reading contest. You will be able to fill out a form for each chapter book you read in March and enter into a raffle. The box and forms are located in the front lobby. Two people will win $25 gift cards to Barnes and Noble.

Also, Mrs. Haines will read mystery book passages over the intercom every Monday and Wednesday starting March 4th during Connect class. Your class will have a chance to guess the title and the author to win candy.

Lastly there will be a Sketch Your Favorite Book Cover contest! There is paper in the front lobby for your artistic creation. When you are finished, please turn your book cover into Mrs. Haines. We will hang up the book covers in the cafeteria as they are turned in. Book covers will be judged and three students will win prizes. Make sure to check out a good book and spend some time reading!

8th Grade Parent Meeting (for Incoming Freshman)
Monday, March 11, at 6:00 pm in the KHHS PAC. The information will cover graduation requirements and scheduling, Freshman Orientation, Freshman Academy, Athletics, and Clubs. For questions, please contact the Kenowa Hills High School Student Services Office at (616) 784-3604.

Additional Info:

  • During the week of March 4 - KHHS Student Services will visit 8th-grade
    social studies classes to present an overview, answer questions, and hand
    out scheduling forms for students to take home.
  • During the week of March 19 - KHHS Student Services will visit 8thgrade
    social studies classes to assist students with 9th-grade course
    selection, requests, and questions.
  • STEM applications are due March 13

Kenowa Hills Middle School Prayer Group
Days and times may be adjusted in the future but for this first meeting please have a ride planned to pick you up at 3:45 pm. Please sign up if you plan to attend at GroupSIgnUpSheet

Disney's Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.

FinalForms: We are asking ALL parents of athletes to use FinalForms starting this upcoming 2023-2024 athletic season. Participation fees can be paid online with FinalForms, Efunds, cash or check sent to the athletic offices prior to the start of each sports season. Please register at FinalForms and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign all your forms prior to the start of the participating sport. Get Started with the Parent Playbook

ATHLETES INTERESTED IN PLAYING A SCHOOL SPRING SPORT:
KHMS 2024 Spring Sports Info Letter

7/8th grade girls softball, 7/8th grade boys lacrosse, 6th-8th grade co-ed tennis, 6th -8th grade co-ed track & field
**Please pick up a pink Permission to Practice Clearance Form from the Athletic Office PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF TRYOUTS/PRACTICE! Permission to Practice Clearance Forms will be issued if you have met the following requirements:

  1. A FinalForms online account created by parent and student (see the above links for letter and Instruction Sheet)
  2. A current MHSAA physical form dated April 15, 2023 or after uploaded to the student's FinalForms account
  3. $70.00 Participation Fee - paid by cash or check in Athletic Office or online through FinalForms or E-Funds

IMPORTANT! For the 2023-24 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2023 or after.

6th and 7th Graders!! Spring Football Clinic, Sign-up Today!!
https://football.kenowahillsyouthsports.org/youth-spring-football-clinic.cfm

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Attendance:
Our start time is 7:45am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving 10 minutes after class starts without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the class (not a tardy). Please call the absence line 616-785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

Updated Attendance Policy for 2023-2024: All absences count toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. These are some changes we want to highlight:

  1. Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  2. Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  3. Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the first week of October.
  4. An example would be on day 30 of the school year, anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.

Athletics Participation & Attendance: Athletes must be in school for the entire day in order to be eligible to compete in a scheduled practice or athletic event. In extreme situations, arrangements must be made with the Athletic Director and/or the Building Principal to acquire an excused absence. Scheduled appointments and funerals are an acceptable reason to be pre-excused. A medical/scheduled appointment note must be given to the athletic office if the appointment is during the scheduled school day.

Free and Reduced Program:
Please follow the link below to complete the Education Benefit Form online KHPS Education Benefit Form Although meals will be available at no cost this year, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form. Families that complete the form and qualify for free or reduced school meals may receive additional benefits including: Waived participation costs for athletics (excluding club sports), reduced fees for high school assessments like AP exams, waived student device (Chromebook) insurance and home internet costs through local providers*Additionally, the number of qualified families increases district funding for student support programs. It is important for all families to apply, whether it seems qualification is likely or not.

Drop-off/Pick-up Info

KHHS News March 8

03/08/24

Athletic Booster Scholarship
The 2024 Kenowa Hills Athletic Booster Scholarship form is available in the Athletic office. If you've participated in a sport at Kenowa Hills, please consider applying for this scholarship. The deadline to apply is April 15th, 2024 at 3 pm.

8th Grade Parent Meeting (for Incoming Freshman)
Monday, March 11, at 6:00 pm in the KHHS PAC. The information will cover graduation requirements and scheduling, Freshman Orientation, Freshman Academy, Athletics, and Clubs. For questions, please contact the Kenowa Hills High School Student Services Office at (616) 784-3604.

Additional Info:

  • During the week of March 4 - KHHS Student Services will visit 8th-grade
    social studies classes to present an overview, answer questions, and hand
    out scheduling forms for students to take home.
  • During the week of March 19 - KHHS Student Services will visit 8thgrade
    social studies classes to assist students with 9th-grade course
    selection, requests, and questions.
  • STEM applications are due March 13

Spring Athletics
ATHLETES INTERESTED IN PLAYING A SPRING SPORT: Please pick up a pink Permission to Practice Clearance Form from the Athletic Office PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF TRYOUTS/PRACTICE (MARCH 11, 2024)

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/teacher conferences are coming up on March 12th and 14th. All conferences will be in person and you must schedule a time to meet with a teacher.

Yearbook Ads
Show your love and pride by purchasing a personalized recognition ad in the yearbook. Act now and create a special memory that will be cherished forever and make their yearbook even more special! Just visit www.jostensadservice.com to create and purchase your ad! But hurry, time and space is limited. Create your ad by: March 29. Please contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org) if you have any questions!

Senior All Night Party
We have heard that quite a few families missed or were not aware of the upcoming due date for their student to attend the Senior All Night party. We are hoping that MAJORITY of the senior class can attend so we are extending the deadline to MARCH 15th. That is a HARD deadline as we need to finalize our fundraising and planning and have our numbers turned into the venue. THANK YOU to those of you who have your senior signed up we are so excited! The cost is $125 per senior and will cover the cost of the venue, dinner, entertainment, snacks/drinks, and prize bags for every student.

Payment can be sent in 3 ways:

  • VENMO: @khsanpparents Please note your senior’s name in messages
  • CHECKS: payable to “Kenowa Hills Senior All Night Party”
  • CASH: If paying by cash or check, please place payment in a SEALED envelope that is clearly labeled with your senior’s name and place in the “SANP Drop box” in the student services.

Spring Musical - Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. More details and tickets available at khps.org/musical.



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Parking/Drop Off
Just a reminder that student drop off and pick up is on the north side of the parking lot. Parking lots are labeled. Please do not drop off or pick up in the bus loop.

Athletics - High Sports are back!!
You can view the KH Fall Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Next week’s schedule is attached here. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if wearing Kenowa Hills swag, black and gold, and/or theme night! PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paid adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent, late, or needs to leave early, please call the attendance line at 616-784-2400, Prompt 1 or you can email us at hsattendance@khps.org.

Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

The Rapid Bus Route Change
The Rapid is extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area! Children who are 42" and taller can ride the Rapid without an adult. See attached flyer.

Food Service Changes
We are excited to share that KHPS will be participating in the MI School Meals Program and will be offering breakfast and lunch to all students at NO COST starting this fall. Although meals are free, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form found here. You may be entitled to additional benefits.

2023/24 Handbook Changes
We would like to remind everyone of the changes that have been made to our student handbook for the 2023-2024 school year. This information was sent out a few weeks ago. We encourage you to read over the changes specifically within our handbook. Building Handbooks

  • The attendance policy for 2023-2024 will include all absences counting toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. Below are some changes we want to highlight:
  • Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  • Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  • Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the week of Oct. 3.
  • An example would be on day 30 of the school year. Anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.
  • To read all of the changes, please read through the attendance policy located in our handbook.
  • Students will no longer be allowed to order outside food/drink during school hours. (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.) Not only are food/drink deliveries during the school day a distraction to student learning, but could also pose a health risk for students who may have allergies and most importantly a safety concern by allowing added strangers into the building. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch this year. There are many options that food services provide to accommodate the diverse choices of all our students.
  • Dress code is something that will continue to be addressed and looked at as we move through the year. The bottom line is clothing choices should not distract from learning. Please remind your student that not all clothing worn outside of school hours is appropriate for during school hours. Clothing should cover all undergarments and should never promote marijuana/THC, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, vulgar language, hate, and discrimination. Wearing costumes, flags, capes, masks (unless medical), and accessories that could be used to cause physical harm or classroom distraction are also prohibited. If it is determined that your student may be violating the dress code, they will be asked to change.

KHMS News March 1

03/01/24

March is National Reading Month!
Did you know March is National Reading Month? The Student Council has a few fun events to celebrate reading.

First, we will be holding a reading contest. You will be able to fill out a form for each chapter
book you read in March and enter into a raffle. The box and forms are located in the front lobby. Two people will win $25 gift cards to Barnes and Noble.

Also, Mrs. Haines will read mystery book passages over the intercom every Monday and
Wednesday starting March 4th during Connect class. Your class will have a chance to guess the title and the author to win candy.

Lastly there will be a Sketch Your Favorite Book Cover contest! There is paper in the front lobby for your artistic creation. When you are finished, please turn your book cover into Mrs. Haines. We will hang up the book covers in the cafeteria as they are turned in. Book covers will be judged and three students will win prizes. Make sure to check out a good book and spend some time reading!

8th Grade Parent Meeting (for Incoming Freshman)
Monday, March 11, at 6:00 pm in the KHHS PAC. The information will cover graduation requirements and scheduling, Freshman Orientation, Freshman Academy, Athletics, and Clubs. For questions, please contact the Kenowa Hills High School Student Services Office at (616) 784-3604.

Additional Info:

  • During the week of March 4 - KHHS Student Services will visit 8th-grade
    social studies classes to present an overview, answer questions, and hand
    out scheduling forms for students to take home.
  • During the week of March 19 - KHHS Student Services will visit 8thgrade
    social studies classes to assist students with 9th-grade course
    selection, requests, and questions.
  • STEM applications are due March 13

Kenowa Hills Middle School Prayer Group
Days and times may be adjusted in the future but for this first meeting please have a ride planned to pick you up at 3:45 pm. Please sign up if you plan to attend at GroupSIgnUpSheet

NHS Blood Drive 2024
It's that time of year again!🩸Get signed up to give at the largest blood drive in MI, held at Walker Ice and Fitness & hosted by the Kenowa Hills High School National Honor Society. Visit the links below to register:
Tues 3/5: https://donate.michigan.versit...
Weds 3/6: https://donate.michigan.versit...

DANCE!!
The Student Council is holding an after-school dance on Friday, March 8 from 2:45 - 4:30 P.M. Admission will be $2 and tickets will be sold at lunch the first week of March. Join King Kandy, Queen Frostine, and Lord Licorice in the world of Candyland. The dance will also include much more than dancing! There will be concessions sold in the cafeteria, a Candyland game room, giant Jenga, limbo, bingo, a photo backdrop, and other fun games and activities. In order to be eligible to go to the dance, students must be passing at least 4 of their 6 classes with a 60% or better at the time they buy a ticket during the first week of March. In addition, they may not have any behavior referrals from February 1 - March 8. That includes lunch detentions, after-school Knight crews, in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension. We hope you will join us in Candyland!

Disney's Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.

FinalForms: We are asking ALL parents of athletes to use FinalForms starting this upcoming 2023-2024 athletic season. Participation fees can be paid online with FinalForms, Efunds, cash or check sent to the athletic offices prior to the start of each sports season. Please register at FinalForms and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign all your forms prior to the start of the participating sport. Get Started with the Parent Playbook

ATHLETES INTERESTED IN PLAYING A SCHOOL SPRING SPORT:
KHMS 2024 Spring Sports Info Letter

7/8th grade girls softball, 7/8th grade boys lacrosse, 6th-8th grade co-ed tennis, 6th -8th grade co-ed track & field
**Please pick up a pink Permission to Practice Clearance Form from the Athletic Office PRIOR TO THE FIRST DAY OF TRYOUTS/PRACTICE! Permission to Practice Clearance Forms will be issued if you have met the following requirements:

  1. A FinalForms online account created by parent and student (see the above links for letter and Instruction Sheet)
  2. A current MHSAA physical form dated April 15, 2023 or after uploaded to the student's FinalForms account
  3. $70.00 Participation Fee - paid by cash or check in Athletic Office or online through FinalForms or E-Funds

FinalForms: We are asking ALL parents of athletes to use FinalForms starting this upcoming 2023-2024 athletic season. Participation fees can be paid online with FinalForms, Efunds, cash or check sent to the athletic offices prior to the start of each sports season. Please register at FinalForms and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign all your forms prior to the start of the participating sport. Get Started with the Parent Playbook IMPORTANT!!!! For the 2023-24 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2023 or after.

IMPORTANT! For the 2023-24 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2023 or after.

6th and 7th Graders!! Spring Football Clinic, Sign-up Today!!
https://football.kenowahillsyouthsports.org/youth-spring-football-clinic.cfm

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Attendance:
Our start time is 7:45am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving 10 minutes after class starts without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the class (not a tardy). Please call the absence line 616-785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

Updated Attendance Policy for 2023-2024: All absences count toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. These are some changes we want to highlight:

  1. Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  2. Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  3. Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the first week of October.
  4. An example would be on day 30 of the school year, anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.

Athletics Participation & Attendance: Athletes must be in school for the entire day in order to be eligible to compete in a scheduled practice or athletic event. In extreme situations, arrangements must be made with the Athletic Director and/or the Building Principal to acquire an excused absence. Scheduled appointments and funerals are an acceptable reason to be pre-excused. A medical/scheduled appointment note must be given to the athletic office if the appointment is during the scheduled school day.

Free and Reduced Program:
Please follow the link below to complete the Education Benefit Form online KHPS Education Benefit Form Although meals will be available at no cost this year, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form. Families that complete the form and qualify for free or reduced school meals may receive additional benefits including: Waived participation costs for athletics (excluding club sports), reduced fees for high school assessments like AP exams, waived student device (Chromebook) insurance and home internet costs through local providers*Additionally, the number of qualified families increases district funding for student support programs. It is important for all families to apply, whether it seems qualification is likely or not.

Drop-off/Pick-up Info

Central Elementary News March 1

03/01/24


Yearbook Ordering available

Will you have a Kindergartener next year?

  • Screenings held at Central Elementary May 2nd
    • Call 616-453-6351 to make an appointment

Mobile Dentist - is coming March 21st and March 22nd.

Forms were sent home, but here is where you can go to enroll your child online: https://www.myschooldentist.com/KHKEMI_schsrm.

Read-a-thon - is around the corner and we need help! Below is a sign up to be a part of the committee. This would entail planning the incentives and rewards and ensuring we have volunteers throughout March to hand out prizes etc.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DADAD2FA2F85-47415354-readathon

KHHS Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. More details found at khps.org/musical.

Important Dates

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

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Important Dates

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, November 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer or visit the school during school hours (this includes reading with students, helping teachers, attending a classroom party, watching a class play production and so forth), you must complete a background check for the new school year.

Background checks must be completed in person at any KH front office. Please bring a state-issued photo ID.

  • You must request to volunteer through your child’s teacher - he or she will add your name to an approved volunteer list in the main office.
  • All volunteers must enter through the main office and must sign in.
  • You will receive a volunteer pass that must be worn and visible at all times while in the building.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

Letter from the Nurse
Hello, my name is Michelle and I am the Registered Nurse at Central Elementary. For those of you that do not know me, this will be my second year at Central and I am so excited to be back for another great school year! With the first day of school rapidly approaching, I wanted to send out a reminder that all medications kept at the school, prescription and non- prescription, will need a medication consent form filled out and signed by both a guardian and a physician. Attached you will find the Medication Consent form. This needs to be dated no earlier than July 1 and must be completed before administration of any medications at school.

If your child has allergies, asthma, diabetes, or seizures, an Emergency Action Plan is also required. You can receive these forms from your child's physician. If you would like a blank generic form, please contact me. Please note, these also require a physician signature. If your child has other chronic conditions that could require care at school or that I should be aware of, please let me know.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,
Michelle Sikkema, BSN, RN
Central Elementary - Kenowa Hills Public Schools
616.453.6351 ext. 6342
msikkema@khps.org

Transportation Reminder
If your student will get picked up or dropped off at a location that is not your home you’ll need to email an alternate transportation form to transportation@khps.org. Alternate bus changes take about 2 weeks to update.
The transportation department can also be reached at (616) 453-4757 or see more info at khps.org/transportation.

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Breakfast and Lunch
All students in Michigan will once again have the option of free breakfast and lunch at school! An Education Benefit application will take the place of the free & reduced meal benefit application. We will send it out via email as soon as it is shared with us. We ask that every family take a few moments to complete this application when it arrives. A snack bar will still be offered at Central. Money can be added to an account for purchasing these items using our new system, Titan. More information, and menus can be found here.

Strive for Less than Five
A reminder that attendance is important! At KHPS we strive for less than five absences for every student. Make every day count by being on time, setting appointments for before or after school when possible, and planning vacations when school is out. Read the flyer from the Kent ISD for details on this initiative (Eng and Sp).

Hand2Hand at Central
We would like to offer your student the opportunity to participate in a program at Central Elementary called “Hand2Hand”. This program helps provide a student with food for the weekends and is intended for families who currently may be experiencing a financial burden. The first backpack is set to be delivered on September 22nd. Learn more about this program, or how you can participate here.

Ride the Rapid Bus Changes
The Rapid has extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area. See the attached flyer for details.

Drop-off & Pick-up Reminders
We show Respect, We all stay Safe, Central SHINES! Earliest drop-off time is 8:30 am and school begins at 8:35 am. School ends at 3:37 pm. Please see the attached flyer for our Procedures Map and more information.

Alpine Elementary News February 23

02/23/24

5th Grade Parent Meeting (for Incoming 6th Grade Students)
Join us in the new Large Group Instruction room at the Middle School for an informative meeting that will cover the scheduling process, 6th-grade course offerings, 6th-grade orientation, and extracurricular offerings.

This is for families of students at Alpine, Zinser, and Central Elementary schools. Please choose ONE meeting time to attend: Monday (2/26) or Wednesday (2/28) this week at 6 pm, at the Middle School. If you cannot attend or have questions, please contact the Kenowa Hills Middle School Office at (616) 785-3225.

Note from the Principal

Dear Parents,

I continue to be amazed by just how quickly the year seems to pass. Teachers have been celebrating the student growth they have seen and it has been amazing to see students excited about the progress they’ve made and overcoming various challenges. Mid-winter break is now behind us and conferences are right around the corner. We even had a couple of small tastes of spring with the warmer temperatures that have occurred this past week! I love seeing our students excited to be outside and it is healthy for them to enjoy the sunshine after our gray and cloudy winter days. Listed below are some tips for navigating the long winter season with your family and helping to maintain mental health:

  • Take a sunny stroll (when possible): Sunlight-drenched strolls give you a boost of Vitamin D which your body craves.
  • Shed some light: Be sure to open the shades and blinds as dark gloom inside and out dampens your ability to regulate moods.
  • Move more/try a new sport: Finding ways to get regular exercise is key to maintaining overall health. Having something fun to look forward to helps elevate your mood.
  • Pump up your produce: Eating too many unhealthy foods can have unhealthy consequences physically and mentally.
  • Lend a helping hand: Volunteering is a well-documented mood improver.
  • Our students are continuing to be pushed in their classrooms to learn and grow in many ways and we are excited to share student progress at conferences in March.

Attending conferences is the most important way you can be involved in your child’s education and a great way to build a positive relationship with your child’s teacher. Please watch for further communication from our school to sign up for a conference time. If you are struggling to schedule a conference, please call our school office and we are happy to assist you. If your schedule does not allow you to connect at times we have available, I know our teachers will work hard to find a time that works. All conferences will be offered to parents IN PERSON, however, if you prefer a VIRTUAL conference, please communicate that directly to your child’s teacher and the teacher will work to coordinate that. We recognize that continuous communication between home and school may be occurring and we value the time parents spend to work as an educational team with us. Conferences can be optional for parents if both the parent and teacher agree there is not a need to meet for various reasons. However, relationships are important to us and if you would like to still connect or have concerns that you would like addressed at a conference, please know we would love to meet with our families.

Reading month is right around the corner! Your child will be receiving a reading month calendar shortly. If you do not receive a reading month calendar, please be sure to reach out to your child’s teacher. There are a variety of daily events that will hopefully excite students to read this month and foster a love for reading long term. Please continue to stay informed by reading our building newsletter and all communication you receive from your child’s teacher as well. If you have questions or a specific need, please be sure to connect with your child’s teacher or our office for support.

Your partner in education,
Jason Snyder


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SCHOOL DAY
Our school day for the 2022-2023 school year begins at 8:37 and ends at 3:35.

STUDENT DROP-OFF DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER
If it is raining outside or we have extremely cold weather, student drop offs will be permitted into the building starting at 8:30. All student drop offs will be asked to enter through the main office doors and proceed to their individual classroom.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you would like to volunteer or attend a classroom event, please complete a background check. Background checks can be completed by bringing in a driver's license or state ID to any Kenowa Hills Secretary and completing a background form.

Alpine Elementary Nurse
Nurse Ashley, 616-784-0884 ext. 8293 or abeene@khps.org

Social Media

  • Please be sure to like our school's Facebook page at "Kenowa Hills Alpine Elementary". Follow daily/weekly happenings and celebrations. It is also another resource for school information.

  • Also, follow and like our Music FB page for Alpine and Zinser, "A to Z Music". -Ms Majchrzak

KHMS News February 23

02/23/24

8th Grade Parent Meeting (for Incoming Freshman)
Monday, March 11, at 6:00 pm in the KHHS PAC. The information will cover graduation requirements and scheduling, Freshman Orientation, Freshman Academy, Athletics, and Clubs. For questions, please contact the Kenowa Hills High School Student Services Office at (616) 784-3604.

Additional Info:

  • During the week of March 4 - KHHS Student Services will visit 8th-grade
    social studies classes to present an overview, answer questions, and hand
    out scheduling forms for students to take home.
  • During the week of March 19 - KHHS Student Services will visit 8thgrade
    social studies classes to assist students with 9th-grade course
    selection, requests, and questions.
  • STEM applications are due March 13

NHS Blood Drive 2024
It's that time of year again!🩸Get signed up to give at the largest blood drive in MI, held at Walker Ice and Fitness & hosted by the Kenowa Hills High School National Honor Society. Visit the links below to register:
Tues 3/5: https://donate.michigan.versit...
Weds 3/6: https://donate.michigan.versit...

DANCE!!
The Student Council is holding an after-school dance on Friday, March 8 from 2:45 - 4:30 P.M. Admission will be $2 and tickets will be sold at
lunch the first week of March. Join King Kandy, Queen Frostine, and Lord
Licorice in the world of Candyland. The dance will also include much more than dancing! There will be concessions sold in the cafeteria, a Candyland game room, giant Jenga, limbo, bingo, a photo backdrop, and other fun games and activities. In order to be eligible to go to the dance, students must be passing at least 4 of their 6 classes with a 60% or better at the time they buy a ticket during the first week of March. In addition, they may not have any behavior referrals from February 1 - March 8. That includes lunch detentions, after-school Knight crews, in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension. We hope you will join us in Candyland!

Disney's Frozen Jr.
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets will be $12 for all performances with one exception. There will be a special Family Matinee performance on March 23 at 2:00 pm. Children, young and old, are welcome at all 4 performances. However, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 may be purchased for the special price of $8.00 for the Family Matinee performance only. Children under 3 who will be sitting on an adult’s lap are free and do not require tickets (limit one per adult) for the Family Matinee only. Purchase tickets at khps.org/musical.

Healthy Notes From HealthBar!
This month’s nursing education is all about physical activity. Physical activity is
extremely important for our current, future, and mental health, yet only 28% of adults and 24% of children receive the recommended amount of exercise in America. While it is recommended that kids participate in 60 minutes of physical activity each day, adults only need around 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity. Finding the time in your busy schedule to exercise will make a huge impact. Regular physical activity has been shown to immediately improve sleep quality, reduce anxiety and blood pressure, and increase energy and mood. Long-term benefits include reducing the risk of developing dementia, depression, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, 8 different common cancers, and obesity. Here are some tips to increase your amount of daily physical activity and start reaping the benefits of exercise today.

  • Take a daily walk. Walk your dog, take a family walk after dinner, or walk on your lunch break. The extra steps add up! Aim for 10,000 steps a day.
  • Check out YouTube. There are tons of free workout videos online. From pilates, HITT, to yoga, you can find great videos with varying time commitments. Many of them even include a daily schedule to follow along.
  • Make a list. List the activities you enjoy and find a way to add them into your daily routine. You can also make a list of what you hope to gain from increased physical activity to keep you motivated.
  • Involve family and friends. They can help keep you motivated and accountable. Physical activity with others can be more enjoyable.
  • Try it for 3 months. It takes three months to make new routines a habit. You will likely see huge rewards by the end of 3 months and it will be easier to continue your new routine.

FinalForms: We are asking ALL parents of athletes to use FinalForms starting this upcoming 2023-2024 athletic season. Participation fees can be paid online with FinalForms, Efunds, cash or check sent to the athletic offices prior to the start of each sports season. Please register at FinalForms and follow the prompts to create your account, create your students, and sign all your forms prior to the start of the participating sport. Get Started with the Parent Playbook

IMPORTANT! For the 2023-24 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2023 or after.

OLDER NEWS

Attendance:
Our start time is 7:45am! We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving 10 minutes after class starts without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the class (not a tardy). Please call the absence line 616-785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. Students may not leave class without permission from the office.

Updated Attendance Policy for 2023-2024: All absences count toward attendance numbers, the only exception will be hospital stays. These are some changes we want to highlight:

  1. Vacations during the school day will count toward a student's total absences.
  2. Once students exceed 10% of their absences, they will be flagged by the Kent Intermediate School District.
  3. Students attend approximately 180 days of school each year (10% is approximately 18 days per year. We will begin checking this mark the first week of October.
  4. An example would be on day 30 of the school year, anyone over 3 days will become flagged in the system. Parents will then be notified by the KISD, and a meeting will be held to put an attendance plan in place for the student.

Athletics Participation & Attendance: Athletes must be in school for the entire day in order to be eligible to compete in a scheduled practice or athletic event. In extreme situations, arrangements must be made with the Athletic Director and/or the Building Principal to acquire an excused absence. Scheduled appointments and funerals are an acceptable reason to be pre-excused. A medical/scheduled appointment note must be given to the athletic office if the appointment is during the scheduled school day.

Free and Reduced Program:
Please follow the link below to complete the Education Benefit Form online KHPS Education Benefit Form Although meals will be available at no cost this year, we encourage all families to complete the Education Benefit Form. Families that complete the form and qualify for free or reduced school meals may receive additional benefits including: Waived participation costs for athletics (excluding club sports), reduced fees for high school assessments like AP exams, waived student device (Chromebook) insurance and home internet costs through local providers*Additionally, the number of qualified families increases district funding for student support programs. It is important for all families to apply, whether it seems qualification is likely or not.

Drop-off/Pick-up Info

Central Elementary News February 20

02/20/24


Yearbook Ordering available

Will you have a Kindergartener next year?

  • Parent Meeting March 4 @ 6:00 pm at Central Elementary
  • Screenings held at Central Elementary May 2nd
    • Call 616-453-6351 to make an appointment

KH Special Olympics Field Trip (for our SUNS/Peer to Peer program)

Mobile Dentist - is coming March 21st and March 22nd.

Forms were sent home, but here is where you can go to enroll your child online: https://www.myschooldentist.com/KHKEMI_schsrm.

Read-a-thon - is around the corner and we need help! Below is a sign up to be a part of the committee. This would entail planning the incentives and rewards and ensuring we have volunteers throughout March to hand out prizes etc.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094DADAD2FA2F85-47415354-readathon

KHHS Frozen Jr. Show Info
The KHHS Fine Arts Department will present Disney’s Frozen Jr. on March 21-23 at 7:00 pm with a special Family Matinee on March 23 at 2:00 pm. More details found at khps.org/musical.

Important Dates

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

OLDER NEWS

Important Dates

Spring Conferences
Thursday, March 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, March 12 4:00 - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 15 12:30 - 2:30 pm

PTO Meetings
Wednesday, November 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, December 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, January 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 7th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, March 6th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 10th @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6:00 pm

Field Day
Monday, June 3rd

Volunteers
If you would like to volunteer or visit the school during school hours (this includes reading with students, helping teachers, attending a classroom party, watching a class play production and so forth), you must complete a background check for the new school year.

Background checks must be completed in person at any KH front office. Please bring a state-issued photo ID.

  • You must request to volunteer through your child’s teacher - he or she will add your name to an approved volunteer list in the main office.
  • All volunteers must enter through the main office and must sign in.
  • You will receive a volunteer pass that must be worn and visible at all times while in the building.

Mindful Minute with Pine Rest SAP
Back-to-school anxiety is tough... for the parent and the child! Are you nervous about your Kindergartner's first day or your college student being away from home for the first time? Pine Rest has a wealth of resources to assist you and your student during this transitional time. See below for age-relevant articles to battle those back-to-school blues.
Tips to Help Your Child Transition to Kindergarten

Tips to Ease Your Child's Back-to-School Anxiety

What to do When Your Child Avoids School: Tips for Parents

5 Tips for Sending your Child off to College

Letter from the Nurse
Hello, my name is Michelle and I am the Registered Nurse at Central Elementary. For those of you that do not know me, this will be my second year at Central and I am so excited to be back for another great school year! With the first day of school rapidly approaching, I wanted to send out a reminder that all medications kept at the school, prescription and non- prescription, will need a medication consent form filled out and signed by both a guardian and a physician. Attached you will find the Medication Consent form. This needs to be dated no earlier than July 1 and must be completed before administration of any medications at school.

If your child has allergies, asthma, diabetes, or seizures, an Emergency Action Plan is also required. You can receive these forms from your child's physician. If you would like a blank generic form, please contact me. Please note, these also require a physician signature. If your child has other chronic conditions that could require care at school or that I should be aware of, please let me know.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your time,
Sincerely,
Michelle Sikkema, BSN, RN
Central Elementary - Kenowa Hills Public Schools
616.453.6351 ext. 6342
msikkema@khps.org

Transportation Reminder
If your student will get picked up or dropped off at a location that is not your home you’ll need to email an alternate transportation form to transportation@khps.org. Alternate bus changes take about 2 weeks to update.
The transportation department can also be reached at (616) 453-4757 or see more info at khps.org/transportation.

Bus Tracking - Ride 360
Kenowa Hills is proud to announce the launch of My Ride 360 and in-vehicle GPS geolocation to provide parents and students with real-time access to the bus stop locations, routes, pick-up times, and more. Register your account, add your students, and access tracking and bus information here.

Breakfast and Lunch
All students in Michigan will once again have the option of free breakfast and lunch at school! An Education Benefit application will take the place of the free & reduced meal benefit application. We will send it out via email as soon as it is shared with us. We ask that every family take a few moments to complete this application when it arrives. A snack bar will still be offered at Central. Money can be added to an account for purchasing these items using our new system, Titan. More information, and menus can be found here.

Strive for Less than Five
A reminder that attendance is important! At KHPS we strive for less than five absences for every student. Make every day count by being on time, setting appointments for before or after school when possible, and planning vacations when school is out. Read the flyer from the Kent ISD for details on this initiative (Eng and Sp).

Hand2Hand at Central
We would like to offer your student the opportunity to participate in a program at Central Elementary called “Hand2Hand”. This program helps provide a student with food for the weekends and is intended for families who currently may be experiencing a financial burden. The first backpack is set to be delivered on September 22nd. Learn more about this program, or how you can participate here.

Ride the Rapid Bus Changes
The Rapid has extended one of its bus routes to better serve businesses and families in our area. See the attached flyer for details.

Drop-off & Pick-up Reminders
We show Respect, We all stay Safe, Central SHINES! Earliest drop-off time is 8:30 am and school begins at 8:35 am. School ends at 3:37 pm. Please see the attached flyer for our Procedures Map and more information.

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