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  • Family Newsletter 11/28/21

    Hello everyone-

    I hope you all were able to enjoy the extra long weekend with your families! I just love this time of year (my waistline not so much)! I love all the baking, visiting with friends and family, and oh yes the decorating! I love going to see all the lights around town and drinking cocoa in front of the fireplace:). Also- SHOPPING! I am pretty sure I could be a professional shopper when I retire. I love finding the perfect gift for everyone in my life.

    We have a full week ahead and it always seems that the end of second quarter just flies by! Families should all have received a mid-quarter update from your teacher to provide you information regarding your child's progress. This is a new building expectation that came from the parent communication survey from the beginning of the year, and it is also an action step in our school plan. Hopefully, you have found the newsletters and updates to be beneficial for your family. We will be sending another parent communication survey at the end of 3rd quarter to see if these additions met the needs we had, or if additional steps or different communication will help us for next year. I know the surveys can be annoying, and we do truly use the information gathered to make changes for improvement. Thank you in advance for your thoughtful feedback.

    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-

    Angeline

    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:

    https://www.smore.com/z0ya8

    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

  • KSD Teacher Selected to Teach For America Instructional Excellence Fellowship Program

    Dr. Sheriah Mason, a first-grade teacher at Keysor Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District is one of 12 teachers selected as part of the Teacher For America (TFA) Instructional Excellence Fellowship Cohort. The Instructional Excellence Fellowship is a six-month professional development program that invests in teachers with a track record of strong student learning outcomes. The program brings together a diverse pool of effective teachers across the Greater St. Louis area to foster collaboration, share innovative practices and problem-solve around one of today’s most pressing classroom challenges, engaging all learners.

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  • 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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