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  • Family Newsletter 11/21/21

    Hello everyone-

    Oh my goodness- this year is flying by! I cannot believe it is already Thanksgiving. In this season of gratefulness, there are many at Robinson that I'd like to take a moment to thank:)

    • All of our amazing staff- they work hard each and everyday to make school fun and memorable for our students. The kids are learning and growing so much and I am so proud!
    • I am so grateful for our kids- they bring a smile to my face each and every day. Most recently, I loved a little boy rolling down his window as he pulled out of parent pick up yelling we're gonna duct tape you to the wall Dr. OH just wait!!!! LOL - kids:)
    • Thank you to our families- you are truly partners in this work. Without your support and re-enforcement of lessons, providing experiences, and supporting social growth our kids would not be making the big gains that they are.
    • I'm grateful for ASC and all the support our central office team provides to our building. Their leadership, clear direction, and ongoing support lets us know we aren't in this alone and they are always here to help.
    • Thankful for our school board. They are volunteers who spend countless hours researching, discussing, and meeting to determine how to best move our district forward. We are grateful for your diligence in putting our students first.
    • I'm so thankful for the Kirkwood community. They are always providing support, donations, and happy to help with any requests. Meacham Park is a strong partner of support and we are grateful for the opportunities for our students that they are providing.
    • Beyond grateful for PTO and REG- these two parent organizations do so much for our building. The leaders of these groups are constantly communicating, organizing, and doing work to support our students, staff, and families. Thank you to everyone who participates, leads, and supports these organizations. They are truly vital to our school community.
    • Last but not least (although he feels like it sometimes), I am so grateful for my husband, dog (Carter), and the rest of my family. They always encourage me, they try not to make me feel guilty for working at home a lot, and they believe in the work that we are doing and the impact it has.
    • This work is truly my calling and I love it so much! I am grateful to call Robinson my home away from home and the KSD community. This work fills my bucket and I love working with your children and our staff. Thank you for trusting us to send your most precious gift to us everyday. I promise we will always take good care of them, teach them well, and help them grow into kind, hard working, and confident citizens.

    I hope you each can take a moment to practice gratitude with your child this long weekend. It is so nice to reflect on all of the many blessings we have in our lives. Enjoy the extra time you get with your family this weekend and we will see you Monday!

    Please reach out at any time to share any questions, concerns, or ideas. I am here to help and support you and your family. Thanks for all you do to help keep our students and staff safe.

    Take Care-


    To read the rest of the Family Newsletter, click here.

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  • Connecting with the Counselors

    November 7, 2021

    Good Evening,

    We hope you had a great first week of November!

    Our counseling team has been busy preparing for this week's Back to the Basics of Student Behavior 2.0 or "Boot" camp. Dr. OH shared about this in her weekly newsletter today, and we have copied that information in its entirety below.

    A brief summary is this: We are working in a very responsive manner in regard to behaviors at Robinson. Most days we do not get to see children who we are scheduled to see or visits to classrooms are interrupted due to us being in this response or crisis mode. We will be working to change this by resetting or rebooting our very basic behavior expectations.

    Next week we will reteach all students at Robinson our expected behaviors-- that we are WISE and we are safe, kind, learners-- every student, everyday, everywhere. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, members of our counseling team will lead the reteaching in the gym. Each day we will have 2 grade levels in attendance-- appropriately distanced.

    Things that stand out as reoccurring problems at Robinson are things like talking back to an adult or yelling at an adult or friend, talking over and interrupting the teacher and classmates, putting hands on others, and leaving the classroom or learning space without permission. Thank you for supporting this teaching and reinforcing this learning at home. We can't do this work without all of us talking about what is expected of learners at Robinson.

    We have also had an increase in extremely negative reactions to a lost game or a missed catch in recess. Students who do not play at a "select" level in a sport do not feel welcome to even try to play. There is little or no positive team chat when someone is learning a sport during recess. Some recess games have become so competitive and include such grandstanding that we have to cancel games mid-game or ask a student to not grandstand and that causes them to leave the game.

    We appreciate your support in this work. This week ask your student what they learned from us. Ask about being a safe, kind learner-- what does it look like? What are they doing to be a safe, kind learner each day in all of our spaces.

    Last Wednesday night we had our first student book study meeting (on zoom) with students in 3rd-5th grades. We are reading Stamped (For Kids), by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. Thank you to the parent-led Robinson Equity Group (REG) for putting this opportunity together and including us. We had an amazing night full of conversations and sharing. The 15 kids attending showed such incredible insight and maturity.

    Finally, an announcement about this communication. We will no longer be writing a weekly news piece. Our Connecting with the Counselors will be a monthly update. If there is important information to share, Dr. OH has agreed to include it in her weekly family newsletter.

    If you missed last week's communication, you can access it from this link:

    Have a fantastic week and look for our December update around the 5th!

    To see the rest of this communication click here.
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District News

  • NKMS Students Sell Honey and Donate Proceeds to Kirkcare

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  • KHS Art Students Donate Projects to Raise Funds for Those in Need

    Kirkwood High School students in Mr. Jason Hoeing’s Ceramics II class donated wheel-thrown pottery bowls to the Empty Bowls Project. The Empty Bowls Project is a national movement to raise money for food related charities. The handcrafted bowls donated by the KHS students will be sold at the Festival of Lights event at Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, November 20. Proceeds will help raise funds for the local chapter of Empty Bowls which supports the St. Louis Area Food Bank. St. Louis Area Food Bank supports over 400,000 people in the bi-state region with utility payment support, food, rent, and medical bills. The St. Louis chapter would like to provide some 10 million meals to neighbors this holiday season. With every dollar raised, St. Louis Area Food Bank can provide four meals.

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  • KHS Students Selected for St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association Honor Bands

    We are thrilled to announce that the following students have been selected for the St. Louis Suburban Music Educators Association Honor Bands. This is a district level competition in which high school band students compete for selection and chair placement in the district honor concert and jazz bands. These students will rehearse with guest clinicians in November and December and perform in a concert on January 9th. Selection to these ensembles also qualifies these students to compete at the state level. They will be traveling to Columbia on December 4th to compete for selection in the Missouri All State Concert and Jazz Bands. They will have several rehearsals and a concert on January 8, 2022.

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