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Mark Your Calendar
- November 11 -Veteran's Day/2-Hour Early Release
- November 17- Panera PTA Spirit Night 4:00 PM-8:00 PM
- November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
- December 9- Chipotle PTA Spirit Night 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Kindergarten Asynchronous Days
November 9, 12, and 13 will be asynchronous work days for all kindergarten students as the kindergarten teachers prepare for some students to return to school for in-person instruction. Please look for further information from your child's kindergarten teacher on Monday.
Outstanding Employee Awards!
To submit a nomination for a Keene Mill ES Outstanding Employee in one of the categories below, please complete the nomination through this Google form link:
You may nominate one employee at our school or multiple employees. However, one individual may only nominate one employee per category.
All that is required for a preliminary nomination is a paragraph or two about how this employee demonstrates exceptional work in the criteria for that category. You will be responsible for completing the nominator statement for the official packet if your nominee is selected as the school winner. The google form link has more information regarding the criteria for each of these awards and the eligibility requirements are below.
Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category
Outstanding New Teacher
Eligibility: Has up to three years of experience as a teacher (in any school/school district); librarians are included in this category
Eligibility: Has at least three years of experience as a building principal (in any school/school district)
Outstanding Professional Employee
Eligibility: At least one year experience in current position as a Schedule-B employee or other non-instructional employee in a school that supports school leadership
Common positions in this category: School-Based Technology Specialist, Technology Support Specialist, Instructional Coach, Psychologist, Social Worker, School Counselor
Outstanding Operational Employee
Eligibility: At least one year of experience in current position as Schedule-A or Classroom Instructional Support Scale employee
Common positions in this category: Administrative and Office Staff, Custodial Staff, Food Service Staff, IA, PHA, PHTA, All Parent Liaisons
The deadline to submit a nomination is Monday, November 16 by 5:00 PM.
If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Colter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Teacher Planning Days
Principals have been asked to ensure that classroom teachers and special education teachers have planning time on designated planning Mondays. Each grade level team will contact families to share whether their morning meetings will continue or not. (These are not required by FCPS.) If special education teachers are providing services on Mondays, we have been asked to collaborate with them to identify a time(s) that the services could be provided Tuesday – Friday.
Note: Related service providers and other non-classroom based, special education staff may continue with the provision of service on Mondays.
Veteran's Day Celebration
In lieu of our traditional Veteran's Day assembly, we are honoring our service members virtually this year! Each class will be treated to a virtual assembly during their morning meeting on November 11.
New Employment Opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!
FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual. If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.
This year, Keene Mill will continue implementing the Positivity Project (P2). P2 is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build strong relationships and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all.
Next week, students will be learning about bravery. Bravery means that you act with mental, moral, or physical strength even when you know things are difficult or scary. Bravery refers to voluntary action in the face of a dangerous circumstance. This strength involves judgment; the brave person must have an understanding of the risks and consequences involved in acting.
KMES Library News
We are pleased to announce that 4th through 6th graders are able to order up to two books for curbside pick-up from our own library!
Here is how it works:
Students put books on hold through the library catalog Destiny Discover. Here are the DIRECTIONS.
On Monday, Mrs. Cleveland will pull the books for students, send them and their parents an e-mail stating that the books are ready for pick-up and giving them a link to a SignUp Genius.
They sign up for a time slot to come and pick up their books at the K&R loop the same Monday or the following Monday between 2:00 and 4:00.
Here is the FAQ document
At this time, students have several options for books:
Ebsco e-books (these are multiuser! Not the easiest thing in the world but I can show you how to search and how to assign in Google Classroom)
Public Library print books (no library card required for FCPS students)
KMES Library print books (Curbside pick-up)
Contact Annalisa Cleveland at email@example.com if you have questions.
Join the KMES PTA!
The PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
To become a PTA member, visit the KMES PTA Membership page at Keenemillpta.ptboard.com. The cost of membership is $15.76 for a family and $10.61 for an individual (includes online processing fee).
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