Join Us for a Virtual Family Fun Night of Coding!

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Dear Keene Mill Families,

The Keene Mill PTA would like to invite you to a virtual Family Fun Night of Coding on Friday, December 4th, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. This is in conjunction with the Hour of Code during Computer Science Week (December 7-13). 

We will have an introductory video, and then families will have time to try out different coding games on the Hour of Code website.  Families can enjoy coding games like Dance Party, Arcade, and many more fun activities that teach you how to code! 

The link to access the event has been sent to families via eNotify email and text message.

Each student should plan to use his/her student computer to access the Hour of Code website (hourofcode.com) during this event.

We hope to see you there!

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Get your child's free KMES spirit wear TODAY between 4 and 6 PM!

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FREE KMES Spirit Wear for all Students

The generous KMES PTA purchased a 2020-2021 Kanga t-shirt for every student!  The t-shirts and class pictures from last school year will be available for pickup today, Monday, November 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  Please write your child’s name, grade, and shirt size in large, clear print on a piece of paper to hold up as you come to the K&R.  Volunteers will bring your child’s t-shirt and picture to your car.  Kindergarten students will also receive workbooks from their teachers.   

6310 Bardu Avenue, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-644-4700
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Dear Keene Mill Families,

As we reflect on all that we are thankful for during this Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to take a moment to share my gratitude for our wonderful school and community. I am grateful to be the principal of Keene Mill Elementary School and to have an opportunity to lead the best staff, students, and families, especially over these past eight months.


Keene Mill's mission could never be achieved without the commitment of our outstanding staff. The caring and compassion demonstrated by our stellar instructional staff, our amazing custodial staff, and our enthusiastic office staff is second to none, and I appreciate their dedication on a daily basis. Our teachers' passion, creativity, and willingness to take risks as they continue to create meaningful and engaging virtual learning experiences for our students is absolutely inspiring. I am thankful each day for the opportunity to learn from them.


I am also thankful for our students. They log in to school every day and put forth their best efforts. Each day they embrace the challenge and are open to new ideas, new concepts, and new experiences. I am so proud of their resilience day in and day out.

 

Finally, I am thankful for our committed and enthusiastic families at KMES. We have struggled through difficult moments together and celebrated many successes. I appreciate your support and commitment to your child’s learning. This valuable partnership is the foundation of the success of our students.

 

Whatever your Thanksgiving holiday looks like this year, I hope you take a moment to give thanks for the people, experiences, and blessings in your lives.

 

I wish you all a safe, happy, and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.


Warm regards,

Renee Miller

Principal

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Keene Mill News & Notes

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Mark Your Calendar
  • November 20, 23, & 24 –Grade 1 & 2 Teacher Workdays (Students work Asynchronously)
  • November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday for Students/Staff
  • December 1 - Last day to submit AAP Level IV Referral

  • December 4 - PTA Virtual Family Fun Night
  • December 9 - Chipotle PTA Spirit Night, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break - Student/Staff Holidays

  • January 4 - Classes Resume

Asynchronous Days for Grades 1 & 2

November 20, 23, and 24 will be asynchronous work days for all first and second grade students as their teachers prepare for some students to return to school for in-person instruction.  

Mondays Are School Days!

Please have your child sign in to school/begin school work by 11:00 a.m. each Monday.  This will help us record attendance as required by the state of Virginia. It will also save the office staff from making many phone calls to verify attendance.

FREE KMES Spirit Wear for all Students

The generous KMES PTA purchased a 2020-2021 Kanga t-shirt for every student!  The t-shirts and class pictures from last school year will be available for pickup on Monday, November 30 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.  Please write your child’s name, grade, and shirt size in large, clear print on a piece of paper to hold up as you come to the K&R.  Volunteers will bring your child’s t-shirt and picture to your car.  Kindergarten students will also receive workbooks from their teachers.   

Volunteers Needed to Help Distribute Spirit Wear

Please sign-up here and plan to meet Mrs. Colter at Kiss and Ride at 3:45 PM on Monday, November 30th. Remember to wear your mask and maintain a six- foot distance from others.

KMES Employment Opportunity

KMES will be hiring three 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. We also ask that you email assistant principal Tim Paper at TSPaper@fcps.edu to let us know that you have applied! Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  

Referrals for Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV Screening Due December 1

Tuesday, December 1st is the close of the window (September 8th-December 1st) for parents to submit a referral form for their student to be screened for full-time Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level IV. The parent referral form, submitted to the school, is one pathway to have a student screened for AAP Level IV. To submit a referral, please email the referral to Patricia Fawcett.  Parents should not wait for an announcement of the second grade screening pool if they want to make sure their student is screened for AAP Level IV in the coming cycle. Parents of students in grades 2-7 will need to submit the referral form no later than December 1st. 

Referrals will not be accepted after December 1. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Fawcett.

(More Information about AAP Level IV and Screening Process)

Providing REINFORCEMENT to Children

Reinforcement is a technique used to reinforce when a child is displaying appropriate behavior. Using positive reinforcement increases the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated in the future. Reinforcement can also be an effective way to encourage and motivate your child to be responsible, do their chores, get along with their siblings, or complete their assignments without arguing. 

There are many ways to reinforce the behavior you want to encourage.  You can positively reinforce a child’s behavior by:

  • Clapping and cheering
  • Giving a high five
  • Giving a hug or pat on the back
  • Giving a thumbs-up
  • Offering a special activity, like playing a game or reading a book together
  • Offering verbal praise
  • Giving extra privileges
  • Giving tangible rewards

Aim to offer reinforcement right away once the good behavior starts and continue to provide consistent reinforcement throughout. This will give your child a sense of success and encourage them to continue to demonstrate the appropriate behaviors. 

Remember behavior goes where reinforcement flows! 

Positivity Project

The Positivity Project 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 continue learning about gratitude. When we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, students will be learning about kindness.

Grab-and-Go Meal Distribution Locations

FCPS buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. More information can be found here.

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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Attendance: 703-644-4747 | Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr

Come to KMES before 4 p.m. to get your free spirit wear!

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FREE KMES Spirit Wear for all Students!

The generous KMES PTA purchased a 2020-2021 Kanga t-shirt for every student!  The t-shirts and class pictures from last school year will be available for pickup today, Monday, November 16, until 4:00 PM.  The drive through will be at the Kiss & Ride loop in a style similar to previous supply pickups.  Please write your child’s name, grade, and shirt size in large, clear print on a piece of paper to hold up as you come to the K&R.  Staff members will bring your child’s t-shirt and picture to your car.  Kindergarten students will also receive workbooks from their teachers.   We are looking forward to seeing all students in their spirit wear every Friday this school year!

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Attendance: 703-644-4747 | Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr

Keene Mill News & Notes

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Mark Your Calendar
  • November 16 - Deadline for Nominations for Employee Awards
  • November 16 - Free PTA Spirit Wear Drive Through, 1:00-4:00 PM 
  • November 17- Panera PTA Spirit Night, 4:00-8:00 PM
  • November 19 -Virtual Military Family Night, 7:00 PM (Link will be sent through eNotify)
  • November 20, 23 & 24 –Grade 1 & 2 Teacher Workdays (Students work Asynchronously)
  • November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 9 - Chipotle PTA Spirit Night, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break - Student/Staff Holidays

  • January 4 - Classes Resume

Asynchronous Days for Grades 1 & 2

November 20, 23, and 24 will be asynchronous work days for all first and second grade students as their teachers prepare for some students to return to school for in-person instruction.  

FREE KMES Spirit Wear for all Students!

The generous KMES PTA purchased a 2020-2021 Kanga t-shirt for every student!  The t-shirts and class pictures from last school year will be available for pickup on Monday, November 16 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  The drive through will be at the Kiss & Ride loop in a style similar to previous supply pickups.  Please write your child’s name, grade, and shirt size in large, clear print on a piece of paper to hold up as you come to the K&R.  Staff members will bring your child’s t-shirt and picture to your car.  Kindergarten students will also receive workbooks from their teachers.   We are looking forward to seeing all students in their spirit wear every Friday this school year!

KMES Employment Opportunity

KMES will be hiring three 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. We also ask that you email assistant principal Tim Paper at TSPaper@fcps.edu to let us know that you have applied! Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  

Positivity Project

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 gratitude. Gratitude means that you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. Gratitude is the quality of feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world, and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness.

Grab-and-Go Meal Distribution Locations

FCPS buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. More information can be found here.

New to FCPS K-3rd Grade Student Speech and Language Screenings

Students newly enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools in kindergarten through 3rd grade must be screened in the areas of speech, voice, and language to determine if a referral for an evaluation for special education and related services is indicated. Screenings will be coordinated at each school by our speech-language pathologist, Bridget Sweeney. Screenings may take place in-person or virtually. 

Screenings for new to FCPS students in kindergarten through 2nd grade who are currently enrolled will be initiated the week of December 1, 2020.  Screenings for new to FCPS students in 3rd grade who currently enrolled will be initiated the week of January 4, 2021.  Students who enroll after their grade level returns to in-person instruction will be screened within 60 business days of enrollment. 

Register Now for December Parent Webinars Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

“Dry mouth, sweaty palms, a pounding heart. Everyone feels anxious once in a while. But for approximately one in eight teenagers, anxiety is more than just a temporary worry or fear — it can stress them out too much to even come to school. And that can leave parents desperate.” Kavitha Cardoza

Join Dr. Erin D. Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for an important session helping children cope with anxiety.

Webinar Highlights:

  • How to identify an anxious child
  • How to change anxious thinking
  • The science and biological roots of anxiety in children
  • How computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options 

Friday, December 11, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

 

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series
  • 9/24/20: Setting the Stage for Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations
  • 10/22/20: Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control
  • 11/19/20: Challenging Behaviors: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond
  • 12/17/20: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
    • Overview on the reasons why behaviors may occur
    • Overview about reinforcing positive behavior
    • General tips for encouraging replacement behaviors
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21:Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Thursday December 17, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Register for All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication

 

PANERA PTA SPIRIT NIGHT

Please come support Keene Mill PTA at Panera (6230 W Rolling Rd West Springfield, VA 22152) on Tuesday, November 17th from 4:00 -8:00 PM.  You can order online for pickup.  Please use the code: PRFUND at checkout.  For dine in orders, bring or show this flyer to ensure KMES PTA will earn 20%.

Save the Date for Spirit Nights
  • January 13- Noodles & Co. PTA Spirit Night, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

  • February 17- McDonald's PTA Spirit Night, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

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). 

6310 Bardu Avenue, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-644-4700
Attendance: 703-644-4747 | Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr

Keene Mill News & Notes

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Mark Your Calendar
  • November 16 - Deadline for Nominations for Employee Awards
  • November 17 - Free PTA Spirit Wear Drive Through, 1:00-4:00 PM 
  • November 17- Panera PTA Spirit Night, 4:00-8:00 PM
  • November 19 -Virtual Military Family Night, 7:00 PM (Link will be sent through eNotify)
  • November 20, 23 & 24 –Grade 1 & 2 Teacher Workdays (Students work Asynchronously)
  • November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 9 - Chipotle PTA Spirit Night, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
  • December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break - Student/Staff Holidays

  • January 4 - Classes Resume

Asynchronous Days for Grades 1 & 2

November 20, 23, and 24 will be asynchronous work days for all first and second grade students as their teachers prepare for some students to return to school for in-person instruction.  

FREE KMES Spirit Wear for all Students!

The generous KMES PTA purchased a 2020-2021 Kanga t-shirt for every student!  The t-shirts and class pictures from last school year will be available for pickup on Monday, November 16 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  The drive through will be at the Kiss & Ride loop in a style similar to previous supply pickups.  Please write your child’s name, grade, and shirt size in large, clear print on a piece of paper to hold up as you come to the K&R.  Staff members will bring your child’s t-shirt and picture to your car.  Kindergarten students will also receive workbooks from their teachers.   We are looking forward to seeing all students in their spirit wear every Friday this school year!

KMES Employment Opportunity

KMES will be hiring three 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. We also ask that you email assistant principal Tim Paper at TSPaper@fcps.edu to let us know that you have applied! Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.  

Positivity Project

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 gratitude. Gratitude means that you are aware of and thankful for good things that happen. Gratitude is the quality of feeling and expressing thankfulness and appreciation. It is an affirmation that there is goodness in other people and the world, and that we have received that goodness. People with the strength of gratitude have a readiness to show appreciation for kindness and also to return kindness.

Grab-and-Go Meal Distribution Locations

FCPS buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes. More information can be found here.

New to FCPS K-3rd Grade Student Speech and Language Screenings

Students newly enrolled in Fairfax County Public Schools in kindergarten through 3rd grade must be screened in the areas of speech, voice, and language to determine if a referral for an evaluation for special education and related services is indicated. Screenings will be coordinated at each school by our speech-language pathologist, Bridget Sweeney. Screenings may take place in-person or virtually. 

Screenings for new to FCPS students in kindergarten through 2nd grade who are currently enrolled will be initiated the week of December 1, 2020.  Screenings for new to FCPS students in 3rd grade who currently enrolled will be initiated the week of January 4, 2021.  Students who enroll after their grade level returns to in-person instruction will be screened within 60 business days of enrollment. 

Register Now for December Parent Webinars Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

“Dry mouth, sweaty palms, a pounding heart. Everyone feels anxious once in a while. But for approximately one in eight teenagers, anxiety is more than just a temporary worry or fear — it can stress them out too much to even come to school. And that can leave parents desperate.” Kavitha Cardoza

Join Dr. Erin D. Berman, a Clinical Psychologist at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland for an important session helping children cope with anxiety.

Webinar Highlights:

  • How to identify an anxious child
  • How to change anxious thinking
  • The science and biological roots of anxiety in children
  • How computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety
  • Current treatment options 

Friday, December 11, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Register for Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids

 

Encouraging Positive Behaviors at Home Series
  • 9/24/20: Setting the Stage for Behavior: Routines, Procedures, & Expectations
  • 10/22/20: Challenging Behaviors: Prevention Strategies and Teaching Self-Control
  • 11/19/20: Challenging Behaviors: ABCs of Behavior & How to Respond
  • 12/17/20: All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication
    • Overview on the reasons why behaviors may occur
    • Overview about reinforcing positive behavior
    • General tips for encouraging replacement behaviors
  • 01/21/21: Strategies for Increasing Replacement Behaviors
  • 02/18/21:Teaching your Children to Follow Directions
  • 03/18/21: Effectively Communicating with Your Child
  • 04/22/21: Minimizing Prompts and Maximizing Your Child’s Independence

Thursday December 17, 2020, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Register for All Behavior Happens for a Reason: Behavior as Communication

 

PANERA PTA SPIRIT NIGHT

Please come support Keene Mill PTA at Panera (6230 W Rolling Rd West Springfield, VA 22152) on Tuesday, November 17th from 4:00 -8:00 PM.  You can order online for pickup.  Please use the code: PRFUND at checkout.  For dine in orders, bring or show this flyer to ensure KMES PTA will earn 20%.

Save the Date for Spirit Nights
  • January 13- Noodles & Co. PTA Spirit Night, 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

  • February 17- McDonald's PTA Spirit Night, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

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). 

6310 Bardu Avenue, Springfield, VA 22152 | Main Office: 703-644-4700
Attendance: 703-644-4747 | Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr

Keene Mill News & Notes

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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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ITIcSfTHDldufTdNR2iPDvbbSkJiXsi0ljep-nOwVLM/edit  

 

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.

 

Outstanding Teacher 

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

 

Outstanding Principal

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 egcolter@fcps.edu  

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.

Positivity Project

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:

MackinVia e-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 amcleveland@fcps.edu 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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KMES Military Family Night Postponed!

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Dear KMES Military families,

We will have to reschedule our program on the Military Interstate Compact for another evening.  Our speaker has an emergency, as she is stranded on I-95 with a flat tire, waiting for assistance, and she cannot make the presentation tonight.  She sends her most sincere apologies.  We will let you know as soon as we reschedule.  Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. 

Sincerely,

Renee Miller

Principal

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KMES Office Open Virtually on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd

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School Office Open Virtually Tuesday, Nov. 3rd

The Keene Mill school office will be open virtually on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd. The main phone line, 703-644-4700, will be monitored throughout the day for messages. Front office staff can be reached via their email addresses below:  

Registrar Chris Franco can be reached at CJFranco@fcps.edu

Office Assistant Janis Ours can be reached at jkours@fcps.edu

Office Assistant Amelia Couillard can be reached at ancouillard@fcps.edu

Administrative Assistant Debbie Geiger can be reached at djegiger@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal Ellen Colter can be reached at EGColter@fcps.edu

Assistant Principal Tim Paper can be reached at TSPaper@fcps.edu

Principal Renee Miller can be reached at rcmiller@fcps.edu

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Keene Mill News & Notes

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Mark Your Calendar
  • November 2-3 - Student Holidays
  • November 5 -Military Family Night, 7:00 PM
  • 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

The first pumpkin in the KMES patch!

Military Family Night on November 5 at 7 p.m.

Come learn about the Military Interstate Compact and students’ rights regarding credits to to help ease the transition to a new school district.  For more information, see this flyer. The speaker will be Jamie Albers, Virginia School Liaison, from Ft. Belvoir.  The event is sponsored by the West Springfield Pyramid.

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.

Positivity Project

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 Perspective.  Perspective means that you appreciate when people see things in different ways. You have the ability to understand the world from multiple points of view. Perspective is also referred to as wisdom and is distinct from intelligence. People with this strength are sought out for advice because they see the big picture and can make sense of the world’s complexity.

The 2nd grade teachers "showed their character" today during the drive through and represented The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin!

Is Your Child's Teacher Doing an Amazing Job?

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Keene Mill teachers and staff members. 

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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October 26-Parent Information Meetings for In-Person Return to School                               (Meeting links will be sent via eNotify) 

  • Kindergarten Meeting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Grades 1 and 2 Meeting at 6:45 p.m.
  • Grades 3-6 Meetingat 7:30 p.m.

October 27- Ledo Pizza PTA Spirit Night 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

October 30-End of First Quarter/School Dismisses 2-Hours Early

                (K-2 dismiss at 1:15 p.m. and grades 3-6 dismiss at 1:45 p.m.)

October 30-Show your Character Car Parade at KMES Kiss & Ride, 2:15 p.m.

November 2-3 - Student Holidays

November 5 -Military Family Night, 7:00 PM

November 11 - Veteran's Day

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

 

Red Ribbon Week Spirit Days for October 26-30

Theme: Be Happy, Be Brave, Be Drug Free

  • Monday, October 26: Wear Crazy Hats Day: “Put a Cap on Drugs and Bullying”
  • Tuesday, October 27: Wear Sports or Team Jersey Day: “Team up against Drugs and Bullying”
  • Wednesday, October 28: Wear Crazy Hair Day: “Hair’s to a Drug and Bully Free Life”
  • Thursday, October 29: Keene Mill Spirit Wear Day: “Show School Spirit by Being Drug and Bully Free”
  • Friday, October 30: Dress like your Favorite Book Character: “Show Your Character: Be Drug and Bully Free”
KMES Pumpkin Patch

KMES will be hosting a pumpkin patch for our families this year. If you would like to participate, please decorate your pumpkin based on one of your family's favorite books! Place your pumpkin in the wooded area across from the front of the school building on Monday, October 26th. The pumpkins will be on display in front of the school all week, and you can drive or walk by on Bardu Ave. to see all the pumpkins in our pumpkin patch. Come pick up your family’s pumpkin by Monday, November 2nd.

Show Your Character Car Parade

On Friday, October 30th, at 2:15 pm KMES families will have the option to decorate their cars and/or dress up as characters from a favorite book! Please make sure you bring the book with you so people can see who you are dressed up to be. Then come to school and drive through the Kiss and Ride line to wave to fellow students and teachers from your car. (No walking, please!) We hope to see you there! 

Military Family Night on November 5 at 7 p.m.

Come learn about the Military Interstate Compact and students’ rights regarding credits to to help ease the transition to a new school district.  For more information, see this flyer. The speaker will be Jamie Albers, Virginia School Liaison, from Ft. Belvoir.  The event is sponsored by the West Springfield Pyramid.

Positivity Project

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 Creativity. Creativity means you come up with new and original ideas to think about and do things. Creative people can look at the world in original ways. They are open to new experiences, and they have an imaginative and independent thought process. They generate lots of different ideas and can pursue them with energy and enthusiasm.

Required Forms to Complete Now

Health Information

Emergency Care Form

Digital Resource Permission

Identification of Military Connected Students

Students Rights and Responsibility (SR&R) 

Is Your Child's Teacher Doing an Amazing Job?

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Keene Mill teachers and staff members. 

Eating Disorders: Look Fors & How to Help

November 10th at 7 p.m. 

Guest speaker, Ashley Steelman, MA, LCSW, Clinical Director at Clementine Twin Lakes

The event is sponsored by the West Springfield Pyramid .

For more information, see the flyer.

KMES Library Curbside Pick-Up

We are excited to share that the Keene Mill library is now open for returns and curbside pickup of books for 5th and 6th grade students every Monday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Students will need to log in to the library catalog to put books on hold (click HERE for directions). When the books are ready, students and their parents/guardians will receive a notification via e-mail, and they will sign up for a pickup time through Sign Up Genius.  

Please see this FAQ PAGE for more information or contact Mrs. Cleveland at amcleveland@fcps.edu

Ledo Pizza PTA Spirit Night

Please come support KMES PTA at Ledo Pizza on Tuesday, October 27, from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM.  The address is 8324 Old Keene Mill Rd West Springfield, VA 22152.  Please bring the attached flyer for dine-in.  Mention “Keene Mill Spirit Night” for take-out orders.  We will receive 20% of all orders!

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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October 23 - Virtual PTA Costume Bingo, 6:30 PM

October 27- Ledo Pizza PTA Spirit Night 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

October 30-End of First Quarter/School Dismisses 2-Hours Early

October 30-Show your Character Car Parade, 2:15 p.m.

November 2-3 - Student Holidays

November 5 -Military Family Night, 7:00 PM

November 11 - Veteran's Day

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

 

  KMES Named 2020 Virginia Purple Star School!

We are excited to announce that Keene Mill ES has been recognized with the 2020 Virginia Purple Star Designation, which is awarded to military-friendly schools that have demonstrated a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. KMES will receive a special Purple Star recognition to display onsite. Many thanks to our counselor, Melanie Lessard, for leading our Purple-Hearted Kangas in this effort. Congratulations to the entire KMES community on this well-deserved recognition. 

KMES Pumpkin Patch

KMES will be hosting a pumpkin patch for our families this year. If you would like to participate, please decorate your pumpkin based on one of your family's favorite books! Place your pumpkin in the wooded area across from the front of the school building on Monday, October 26th. The pumpkins will be on display in front of the school that week, and you can drive or walk by on Bardu Ave. to see all the pumpkins in our pumpkin patch. Come pick up your family’s pumpkin by Monday, November 2nd.

Show Your Character Car Parade

On Friday, October 30th, at 2:15 pm KMES families will have the option to decorate their cars and/or dress up as characters from a favorite book! Please make sure you bring the book with you so people can see who you are dressed up to be. Then come to school and drive through the Kiss and Ride line to wave to fellow students and teachers from your car. (No walking, please!) We hope to see you there! 

Positivity Project

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 Forgiveness.  Forgiveness is the ability to move past being injured and to allow yourself to reconcile with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness can often be seen as a selfless act, but it also carries many benefits for those who practice it. Those who demonstrate forgiveness have the ability to move forward after someone has hurt them. Forgiveness is often rooted in the idea that all people are valuable and worthy of a second chance. 

Required Forms to Complete Now

Health Information

Emergency Care Form

Digital Resource Permission

Identification of Military Connected Students

Students Rights and Responsibility (SR&R) 

Is Your Child's Teacher Doing an Amazing Job?

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Keene Mill teachers and staff members. 

KMES Library Curbside Pick-Up

We are excited to share that the Keene Mill library is now open for returns and curbside pickup of books for 5th and 6th grade students every Monday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Students will need to log in to the library catalog to put books on hold (click HERE for directions). When the books are ready, students and their parents/guardians will receive a notification via e-mail, and they will sign up for a pickup time through Sign Up Genius.  

Please see this FAQ PAGE for more information or contact Mrs. Cleveland at amcleveland@fcps.edu

Elementary Progress Reports - Go Paperless

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all elementary school parents to allow parents to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of School Year 2020-21. Choosing this option will not impact any mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for elementary school students and report cards for secondary students.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians must log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless".  All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports.

The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian has already selected “Go Paperless” for their secondary student, the option will now apply to any elementary school siblings as well.

If you do not have a ParentVue Account, please contact our registrar, Chris Franco, at CJFranco@fcps.edu

VKRP Information for Kindergarten Parents

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP) provides actionable information that will assist teachers, leaders, and parents/guardians in supporting student success in school and to better understand school readiness skills across the state of Virginia. This fall your student will participate in the Child Behavior Rating Scale (CBRS) component of the Virginia Kindergarten readiness program. The CBRS rating scale is used for both self-regulation and social skills and is completed after 3-4 weeks of observation. More information about the assessment can be found on the FCPS Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program Parent Notification webpage. For questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Ledo Pizza PTA Spirit Night

Please come support KMES PTA at Ledo Pizza on Tuesday, October 27, from 5:00 PM-9:00 PM.  The address is 8324 Old Keene Mill Rd West Springfield, VA 22152.  Please bring the attached flyer for dine-in.  Mention “Keene Mill Spirit Night” for take-out orders.  We will receive 20% of all orders!

PTA Virtual Costume Bingo on October 23!

Dress up as your favorite character and join us for our annual PTA Costume Bingo at 6:30 p.m.  This year is will be virtual, and it will be free to participate and to earn prizes! Information about how to participate will be shared via eNotify.

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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October 9 - Interim Progress Reports Will Be Emailed Home 

October 12 - Indigenous Peoples Day/No School

October 15 - AAP Referral Information Meeting, 6 PM

October 23 - Virtual PTA Costume Bingo, 6:30 PM

November 2-3 - Student Holidays

November 5 -Military Family Night, 7:00 PM

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday/ No School 

Interim Reports for All Students

Classroom teachers will be emailing interims to parents/guardians on Friday, October 8, by 4:30 p.m.  Please remember that these are informal reports from teachers to share current student progress and any areas of concern midway through the quarter and before the official report card is generated. If your child receives 3's, this means your child is performing exactly where he/she needs to be.  It is extremely rare for a child to receive 4's on an interim report, as all standards for the quarter have not yet been taught. 

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) 

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below.  This form must be filled out once for each student in your family.  We will also be putting the survey on the Keene Mill website for families to complete. Please complete the form at this link: https://forms.gle/tWZo7683Gnt9ya3i7

AAP Referral Information Meeting

Another virtual parent information meeting will be held to review the continuum of AAP services and to explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services. The link to access the meeting will be sent to parents and guardians through eNotify on the day of the meeting. If you have questions please contact our Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Patricia Fawcett at pafawcett@fcps.edu.

Level IV Referral Deadline:  December 1, 2020 - for those seeking placement in the 2021-2022 school year

Positivity Project

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 Being Present and Giving Others My AttentionThis element of the Other People Matter Mindset (OPM2) means that when I’m with other people, I’m present and give them my full attention.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

If you submitted an application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals last school year for your child(ren), please remember to submit a new application EACH school year. The current eligibility status will expire on October 20, 2020.

 

Apply for free and reduced-price meals by visiting www.MySchoolApps.com. Eligibility may also provide your child(ren) other important benefits. Be sure your child(ren) are approved for the 20-21 school year. 

 

The online application is available in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, Tagalog, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. Paper applications are available to complete and submit in English upon request at FCPS food distribution sites. 

Parent Tip: Creating and Using Schedules

During distance learning children may get distracted, overwhelmed, or have difficulty staying focused on the tasks. Using a schedule with children can help:

  • Establish routines and expectations
  • Break the day or even an activity into manageable parts
  • Provide support with transitioning from one activity to another
  • Minimize resistance to less-preferred activities
  • Foster self-confidence and responsibility
  • Support independence

Parents, guardians, and caregivers can use the schedule template at this link with the child.  Keep the schedule simple and concise, display in the learning area that is accessible by the child. Children can also cross off or place a check when an item/ task is completed. Most importantly involve the child in the planning and reviewing of the schedule.

KMES Music Club

Does your child want extra time each week to make music and play games? He/she can join Music Club with Ms. Boyars and Mrs. Zargarpur! 

Music Club will meet from 12:20-12:50 PM on the following days:

  • Monday = K-2
  • Thursday = 5-6
  • Friday = 3-4

Please click on this Google form to sign up for your child's grade level. There are no requirements to join, just come when you can. We hope to see you there!

 

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.  

PTA Membership is easy, low cost, and open to anyone. The number one reason to join the Parent Teacher Association is to benefit your child. In doing so, you also help your school, but there are more PTA advantages. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school, and the PTA provides opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, build relationships, and discuss issues that are important to you.  As a PTA member, you will also have access to a digital school directory that will provide contact information for students in your child's class.

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). 

Upcoming Events

Virtual Costume Bingo, October 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. More information to come!

Military Night, November 5, 2020 at 7 p.m. For more information, contact kmesmilitaryfamilies@gmail.com.

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October 2 - All Forms Due Today! (See below)

October 6 - AAP Information Meeting, 6 p.m. 

October 8 - Level IV Referral Deadline for students new to FCPS since 1/1/20

October 9 - Interim Progress Reports Go Home 

October 12 - Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

October 15 - AAP Information Meeting, 6 p.m.

November 2-3 - Student Holidays

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday/ No School 

Last Chance to Take our Back to School Survey

So far, the responses we have received have been overwhelmingly positive. However, we want to hear from every family. Please let us know your thoughts about Back to School Night and the first few weeks of school by taking the brief survey at this link.  Your opinion matters to us!

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) 

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below.  This form must be filled out once for each student in your family.  We will also be putting the survey on the Keene Mill website for families to complete. Please complete the form at this link: https://forms.gle/tWZo7683Gnt9ya3i7

 

Important Forms to Complete by October 2

REQUIRED FORMS TO COMPLETE NOW

Health Information

Emergency Care Form

Digital Resource Permission

Identification of Military Connected Students

Students Rights and Responsibility (SR&R) 

OPTIONAL FORMS

FLE Opt-Out

Survey of Homeless Students  

FCPS Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms 

Free/Reduced Lunch Application

AAP Information Meetings

Two virtual parent information meetings will be held to review the continuum of AAP services and to explain and answer questions about the screening processes for part-time school-based and full-time Level IV services. Both meetings will cover the same information. The first meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, and the second meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15. The link to access the meeting will be sent to parents and guardians through eNotify on the day of the meeting. If you have questions please contact the Advanced Academic Resource Teacher, Patricia Fawcett at pafawcett@fcps.edu.

Level IV Referral Deadlines:
  • October 8, 2020 - for those new to FCPS since January 1, 2020 and seeking placement in the second semester
  • December 1, 2020 - for those seeking placement in the 2021-2022 school year
Positivity Project

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 Open Mindedness. This way of thinking includes considering new ideas and trying new things.  Examining things from all sides and not jumping to conclusions. Having an open mind allows different ideas into your way of thinking.  

FCPS Cares

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Keene Mill teachers and staff members. 

Elementary Progress Reports - Go Paperless

The “Go Paperless” option is now available to all elementary school parents to allow parents to only receive online progress reports starting the first quarter of School Year 2020-21. Choosing this option will not impact any mailings from FCPS other than the progress reports for elementary school students and report cards for secondary students.

To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians must log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless".  All parents and/or guardians who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed progress reports.

The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all associated students, no matter what school level. If the associated parent and/or guardian has already selected “Go Paperless” for their secondary student, the option will now apply to any elementary school siblings as well.

If you do not have a ParentVue Account, please contact our Registrar, Chris Franco, at CJFranco@fcps.edu

KMES PTA General Membership Meeting

Thanks to all parents/guardians who attended our PTA meeting on Monday.  In case you weren't able to join us, you can view a recording of the meeting at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByIfVCBZSuk

You can still join the PTA and have immediate access to the online student directory.  Membership forms and information are available at this link:  http://Keenemillpta.ptboard.com

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September 27-28 - Yom Kippur 

September 28- PTA Virtual Meeting, 6 p.m. Link will be sent via eNotify

October 2 - All Forms Due (See below)

October 12 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

Back to School Survey

Please let us know your thoughts about Back to School Night and the first three weeks of school by taking the brief survey at this link.  Your opinion matters to us!

Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) 

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below.  This form must be filled out once for each student in your family.  We will also be putting the survey on the Keene Mill website for families to complete. Please complete the form at this link: https://forms.gle/tWZo7683Gnt9ya3i7

 

Important Forms to Complete by October 2

REQUIRED FORMS TO COMPLETE NOW

Health Information

Emergency Care Form

Digital Resource Permission

Identification of Military Connected Students

Students Rights and Responsibility (SR&R) 

OPTIONAL FORMS

FLE Opt-Out

Survey of Homeless Students  

FCPS Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms 

Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Assessments

At the beginning of the year, all students take a variety of assessments across content areas. The purpose of these assessments is to determine students’ areas of strength and growth. This data will help drive the teachers’ instruction and enable differentiation to best support your child this school year. These assessments will not be graded. These assessments should be completed independently by the student. Below are a few suggestions on ways to encourage your student, rather than help, while they take assessments in the virtual environment.

  • Remind your student that the assessment is not graded and will be used by their teacher to help them learn this school year.
  • It is okay if they do not know the answer to a question as it will tell the teacher that they need help to learn that concept.
  • Say, "I noticed you are working hard on this question. Keep it up!"
  • Remind them to go back and read the question carefully.
  • Tell them to try their best, take their time, and take breaks when needed.
  • Advise them not to spend too much time on any one question.
     

Avoid:

  • Providing the answer
  • Giving the definition of a word
  • Sounding out a word with a student
  • Counting with a student
  • Process of elimination with the student
  • Pointing to a specific part of the question

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's learning. We look forward to a great school year!

Food Distribution by FCPS Buses

Bus Routes Distributing Food for Keene Mill ES Students:  

7:40 AM     7:50 AM       Blarney Stone Dr & Alexis La   8:05 AM 8:15 AM    Burling Woods Dr & Springfield Terrace Apartments   8:25 AM  8:35 AM    Rolling Valley ES   8:45 AM  8:55 AM   West Springfield ES  

 

 

7:40 AM     7:50 AM      Keene Mill ES                                                                              8:00 AM  8:10 AM   Cardinal Forest ES   8:20 AM  8:30 AM   West Springfield HS 8:00 AM      8:10 AM       Lake Braddock SS                                                                    

 

Updates from the Tech Team

FCPS Laptop Best Practice

Restart on FCPS network!

    1. Go to the nearest FCPS school parking lot
    2. Restart the computer (make sure it is picking up the Fairfax network)
    3. Login to the computer
  • This will allow the computer to pull any FCPS Windows updates or policy changes.
  • Due this once every two weeks if you are able.

FCPS Website/Account Troubleshooting Tips

Please check the link here if you are having trouble logging in to certain FCPS websites.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is acknowledged annually from September 15-October 15. The celebration honors the rich history, culture, and many contributions of Hispanic Americans.  For more information please visit this Smithsonian Learning Lab. https://learninglab.si.edu/search?st=hispanic+heritage&item_type=collections&st_op=and

Positivity Project

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 teamwork.

KMES PTA General Membership Meeting

The KMES PTA will hold its first general membership meeting virtually on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Come meet your KMES PTA Board Members and hear about the plans for virtual PTA Events. In addition, PTA members will have an opportunity to vote on the proposed 2020-2021 KMES PTA Budget. NOTE: Parents must be a member of the KMES PTA to vote. To become a PTA member, visit the KMES PTA Membership page at Keenemillpta.ptboard.com

KMES PTA Audit & 2020-2021 Proposed Budget

The KMES PTA Audit for the 2019-2020 school year and the proposed 2020-2021 KMES PTA Budget are both available on the KMES PTA website at http://Keenemillpta.ptboard.com.  PTA members will have an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed budget at the September 28, 2020 PTA General Membership Meeting.

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

The Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) School Board adopted a universal screener assessment for use with all elementary school students in kindergarten through grade 6. The universal screener assessment includes a reading test and a mathematics test. Students in kindergarten will receive screening for reading only. Students in grades 1-6 will receive screening for both mathematics and reading. 

The purpose of this assessment is to identify students who may have gaps in foundational literacy and mathematics skills. Based on universal screener results, some students may require an additional assessment to further diagnose the specific learning areas that may need support. The universal screener reading test, together with any necessary follow-up diagnostic assessments, also fulfills state testing expectations for primary students. 

The universal screener and any necessary follow-up assessments will be given at the beginning of the school year. Depending on grade level and previous screener performance, students may receive screening again in the winter and/or in the spring. Schools set the specific dates for testing.

Tuesday, September 22         Reading for grades 1-6

Tuesday, September 29         Math for grades 1-6

Tuesday, October 6                Reading for kindergarten

Additional information, including a short video, about the universal screener in FCPS can be found at this webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/node/33718. If you have further questions about this assessment, please contact your child's teacher or Ellen Colter, assistant principal, as egcolter@fcps.edu.

Sincerely,

Renee Miller

Principal

 

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Mark Your Calendar

September 28- PTA Virtual Meeting, 6 p.m.

October 12 – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday

  Virtual Back to School Nights Next Week!

Please join your child's teacher for this very important evening! Teacher presentations will include a curriculum overview, a review of attendance, schedules, procedures, and routines, and an explanation of grading and assessments. There will also be time for questions and answers.

Monday, September 21

  • 6:00 p.m., Kindergarten
  • 6:45 p.m., Grade 1
  • 7:30 p.m., Grade 2

Tuesday, September 22

  • 6:00 p.m., Grade 3
  • 7:00 p.m., Grade 4

Wednesday, September 23

  • 6:00 p.m., Grade 5
  • 7:00 p.m., Grade 6
Student Rights and Responsibilities (SR&R) 

Parents and guardians, please review the Student Rights and Responsibilities and related resources at www.fcps.edu/srr.  After reviewing the information, fill out the SR&R Parent Acknowledgement Form using the link below.  This form must be filled out once for each student in your family.  We will also be putting the survey on the Keene Mill website for families to fill it out there, too. Please complete the form at this link: https://forms.gle/tWZo7683Gnt9ya3i7

 

Curriculum Standards for Families

FCPS has published the Essential Standards for families. This, paired with the weekly emails teachers are sending home, can help inform you of the concepts teachers will be working on with your child this school year.

Important Forms to Complete

REQUIRED FORMS TO COMPLETE NOW

Health Information

Emergency Care Form

Digital Resource Permission

Identification of Military Connected Students

Students Rights and Responsibility (SR&R) 

OPTIONAL FORMS

FLE Opt-Out

Survey of Homeless Students  

FCPS Annual Notice of Survey, Records, Curriculum, Privacy, and Related Rights and Opt-Out Forms 

Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Food Distribution

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are delivering grab and go meals along some bus routes.  School buses will stop at designated intersections to deliver these meals. 

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

The service will be available Monday - Friday only.  New for this fall:  meals for Saturdays and Sundays will be distributed at all sites and on all bus routes each Friday.

 

Bus Routes Serving Keene Mill ES:  

7:40 AM     7:50 AM       Blarney Stone Dr & Alexis La   8:05 AM 8:15 AM    Burling Woods Dr & Springfield Terrace Apartments   8:25 AM  8:35 AM    Rolling Valley ES   8:45 AM  8:55 AM   West Springfield ES  

 

 

7:40 AM     7:50 AM      Keene Mill ES                                                                              8:00 AM  8:10 AM   Cardinal Forest ES   8:20 AM  8:30 AM   West Springfield HS 8:00 AM     8:10 AM       Lake Braddock SS                                                                   

 

FCPS Cares Program

The FCPS Cares Program is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize FCPS employees for going above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can acknowledge our Keene Mill staff members. 

School Board to Discuss Health and Operational Metrics for Return to In-Person Instruction on Tuesday, September 22

At the TuesdaySeptember 22, School Board work session, Superintendent Brabrand will provide updated information on health and operational metrics to guide the decision-making process to resume in-person instruction. Information will also be provided on an updated plan to begin to offer in-person instruction by phasing in students in small cohorts when these metrics are met.

The work session can be viewed on FCPS Cable TV Channel 99 or on the FCPS website

Positivity Project

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. Every 1-2 weeks, students learn about a new character strength.

It is easier than ever for Keene Mill families to access P2 resources this year! The site P2 For Families is available for connecting P2 to your home.  Many of the slides are password protected and the password is P2 (case-sensitive).

  Please 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.  

As a PTA member, you will also have access to a free digital school directory that will provide contact information for students in your child's class.

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). 

KMES PTA General Membership Meeting

The KMES PTA will hold its first general membership meeting virtually on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Come meet your KMES PTA Board Members and hear about the plans for virtual PTA Events. In addition, PTA members will have an opportunity to vote on the proposed 2020-2021 KMES PTA Budget. NOTE: Parents must be a member of the KMES PTA to vote. To become a PTA member, visit the KMES PTA Membership page at Keenemillpta.ptboard.com

KMES PTA Audit & 2020-2021 Proposed Budget

The KMES PTA Audit for the 2019-2020 school year and the proposed 2020-2021 KMES PTA Budget are both available on the KMES PTA website at http://Keenemillpta.ptboard.com.  PTA members will have an opportunity to ask questions about the proposed budget at the September 28, 2020 PTA General Membership Meeting.

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Attendance: 703-644-4747 | Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Flickr

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