9/27/21: New cases have been posted to the COVID Dashboard


Zinser Elementary News September 10

09/13/21

Welcome Back!
Thank you to everyone that stopped by for a bag of popcorn at open house! It was great to have so many parents ready to make this a great year for the kids! Our very first Family Council Meeting will take place September 14 at 6:30pm We will meet in the teacher’s lounge and childcare is provided Please feel free to reach out with any questions! We hope to see you there!
Erika Holleran - Facilitator holleran.erika167320@gmail.com
Karly Kozminski - Treasurer karlykoz82@yahoo.com

Community Knight
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!! We are in need of 3-4 parents to help run our station at Community Knight. The event runs from 5-7PM on September 17. Email Erika or Karly if interested.

Fall Fundraiser
Please be on the lookout for our fundraiser packets that will be Sent home September 13! All order forms will be due back October 4. 10 orders or more earns your child a seat on the party bus!!

Central Elementary News September 10

09/10/21

Important Dates
September 10 - TGI Friday Fundraiser 5:00 - 9:00 pm
September 11 - TGI Friday Fundraiser 5:00 - 9:00 pm
September 13 - NWEA testing begins
September 14 - PTO meeting @ 6:30 pm on Google Meet
September 17 - Community Knight (@ KHHS Baseball Field)
September 24 - No School (Staff Development)
September 28 - Picture Day
October 1 - Goodies Factory Fundraiser Begins
October 11 - No School (Staff Development)
October 22 - Half Day (Staff Development)

Geskus Picture Day
Geskus Photography will be at Central Elementary on Tuesday, September 28. (Picture make-up day is October 18.) No money is needed at this time. Photos will be available for viewing and ordering online within 7 business days after picture day and that information will be provided on picture day. Remember: Bring your Smiles!

KHHS News September 10

09/10/21

IMPORTANT Back to School Date
Sept 17 Community Knight – details below
Sept 24 No School Oct 1 Picture Retake Day
Oct 6 Count Day
Oct 8 Homecoming Game
Oct 9 Homecoming Dance (details at a later date)
Oct 31 Senior Pictures due for Yearbook

Attendance
If your student is going to be absent 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.

SANP Class of 2022
There will be a parent meeting for the Senior All Night Party on Tuesday, Sept 14th at 6pm in the High School Media Center.

Community Knight Out
Who can join: Anyone (games and activities for youth) When: Friday, September 17th from 5:00-6:30 Where: Kenowa Hills Varsity baseball field

Yearbooks – Important Information
20-21 yearbooks were delivered last week to students at the High School. Students that are no longer attending or have graduated, siblings may pick up your yearbook in the Main Office or you may stop by the Main Office Mon-Fri, 7:45am2:45pm.

Senior Pictures
Below is the link to submit your senior photos! Please read the instructions & submit these before October 31. If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org). https://forms.gle/uA1B7H1op88jgA8bA

Baby Ads/Yearbook Purchases
Are you interested in purchasing a Senior Recognition/Baby Ad for your student in the yearbook this year? If so, please follow the link below to purchase. If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org). All yearbooks are currently $45 dollars until October 8. You may use the same link below to purchase your yearbook. Remember, yearbooks are an awesome way to hold onto those special memories from high school! https://www.jostens.com/apps/s...

Pine Rest SAP

Please click the link below to access this month's Pine Rest SAP newsletter, including information about National Suicide Prevention Month. If you need support immediately, please call the SAP HOTLINE number below, state that you're calling from the Kenowa Hills SAP Program, and someone will assist you. https://mailchi.mp/529a7d384f21/concussions-mental-health-tips-coaching-guide-more?e=a338a5283c

KHMS News September 10

09/10/21

Reminder
Our start time is 7:45am, we need your help getting students here on time! Doors open at 7:35 and school ends at 2:42! Please call the attendance line (616) 785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. This email is another way to communicate your students' absence, early leave time, or late arrivals as well!

NWEA Testing
Our first round of NWEA testing will begin Monday, September 13, 2021 and the schedule is as follows:

  • Math NWEA Testing window - Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 17, 2021.
  • ELA NWEA Testing window - Monday, September 20 through Monday, September 27, 2021.
  • There is no school on Friday, September 24,2021.

**Parent Canvas Codes and email will be sent out on September 15th

Mental Health News
Some important information and resources on Mental Health awareness: https://mailchi.mp/227ed007b0e7/teen-mental-health-meaningful-mealtimes-seminars-more?e=abee45f4c3

Central Elementary News September 3

09/03/21

Important Dates
September 3 - No School (Labor Day Weekend)
September 6 - No School (Labor Day)
September 10 - TGI Friday Fundraiser 5:00 - 9:00 pm
September 11 - TGI Friday Fundraiser 5:00 - 9:00 pm
September 13 - NWEA testing begins
September 14 - PTO meeting @ 6:30 pm on Google Meet
September 17 - Community Knight (Near KHHS Football stadium)
September 24 - No School (Staff Development)
October 1 - Goodies Factory Fundraiser Begins
October 11 - No School (Staff Development)

KHHS News September 3

09/03/21

IMPORTANT DATES
Sept 3 No School
Sept 6 No School
Sept 24 No School
Oct 1 Picture Retake Day
Oct 8 Homecoming (details at a later date)

Yearbooks – Important Information
20-21 yearbooks were delivered this week to students at the High School. Students that are no longer attending or have graduated, siblings may pick up your yearbook in the Main Office or you may stop by the Main Office Mon-Fri, 7am3:30pm.

SANP Class of 2022
There will be a parent meeting for the Senior All Night Party on Tuesday, Sept 14th at 6pm in the High School Media Center.

Important Reminders

  • If you are driving to school, you must have your vehicle registered. There are green parking registration forms that need to be completed and turned into the Main Office with $20. Students are to park in the Student Parking lot on the west side of the building or by the tennis courts off Hendershot.
  • Parents, if you are dropping students off or picking up from school, please use the North Lot off of Hendershot. The South Lot is staff parking and the Bus Loop. Please do not park or leave vehicles unattended in the bus lanes.
  • Doors open at 7:20 AM and school ended at 2:42PM
  • Parents, if you have not yet completed your Updating Returning Student Registration in your PowerSchool Parent Portal, please complete ASAP, as school has started and communications are being sent out.
  • If your student is going to be absent 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.

Community Knight Out
Who can join: Anyone (games and activities for youth) When: Friday, September 17th from 5:00-6:30 Where: Kenowa Hills Varsity baseball field Please see Kenowa Hills Public Schools Facebook page with more details.

KHHS Fall Play
The High School Fall Play will be Night of January 16th. Performances will be November 11-13 at 7:00pm. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 8 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in the PAC. Students who would like to audition should sign-up and pick-up an Audition Packet outside the Choir Room. Additional information has been emailed to students.

Senior Pictures
Below is the link to submit your senior photos! Please read the instructions & submit these before October 31. If you have any questions, reach out to Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org). https://forms.gle/uA1B7H1op88jgA8bA

KHMS News September 3

09/03/21

Upcoming Dates
September 17: Community Knight
September 24: No School

Our start time is 7:45am!
We need your help getting students here on time! Please call the absence line or email, msattendance@khps.org. This email is another way to communicate your students' absence, early leave time, or late arrivals as well!

Community Knight Out
Friday, September 17, 2021 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm! The biggest fall event in your community is back & bolder than ever! This enjoyable event takes place before our home football game against Cedar Springs.

Zinser Elementary News September 3

09/03/21

COVID & Mask Information:
As a reminder, currently all K-6 students need to be masked throughout the school day through a Kent County health department order. Students can have mask breaks distanced from others, and will not need to wear them on the playground. We will have cleaning expectations in the classroom during the day as well. We are starting the year eating in the lunchroom, in assigned seats mirroring the classroom seating chart. Even without the health screener this year, we are asking you to continue to monitor your child and keep them home with symptoms. With a positive case, we, with Nurse Courtney will be back with us to help answer COVID related questions, including how and when students may need to be quarantined. You can call the office at 453-2461 for further questions.

Important Building Information:

School Day Times:
8:30: First bell for students to enter the building
8:35: School Day officially begins
11:00-1:00: Lunches/Recess
3:30: Kindergarten and Early Dismissal
3:37: Dismissal Bell for 1st-5th grades

Half Days: Dismissal is at 12:05 pm

Lunch Menus:
KHPS is providing FREE breakfasts and lunches through the school year once again! Menus are sent electronically and are available at www.khps.org and on the mobile app. If you need a printed copy, please contact the school office. We appreciate your support of the Food Service Program. - KHPS Food Services Department. Our menus are now available online. Check them out here! https://khps.nutrislice.com/

E-Funds
Payment for breakfast and lunch can be made electronically through E-Funds. Checking account payments can be made with no processing fee. Debit/Credit card payments do have a small handling fee. You can access E-Funds through the following link: https://eps.mvpbanking.com/cgi... or go to the district webpage (www.khps.org) and click on $ E-Funds in lower left hand corner of the web page. You will need your child's student ID number. You may obtain the number from the school office or the food service office at 784-0175.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
Free and reduced lunch applications can be submitted at any time through the school year. Please go to www.lunchapp.com to complete an application.

PICK UP & DROP OFF

Parking Lot Notes:

  • Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot.
  • Always look to pull up where and when possible to help with the flow. Tell your child to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the sign and you pulled up 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 for some but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run (we've had a couple accidents at that intersection).
  • Drop off starts at 8:30; If you are in the lot before 8:30, you may drop your child off a few minutes early to get the traffic flowing, but the child will be standing by the grade sign until the 8:30 bell. All 1st-5th grade students can enter at the bell in the designated door.
  • 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. It is very dangerous to let students out in that lane.

Drop Off Expectations:

  • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35.
  • Kindergarten (including K-Knights) families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with the class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.
  • Staggered entrances will be used once again. Grade level signs will be put outside by the designated door. After the first week, students will walk in the correct door at 8:30 or later and head directly to the classroom.
  • We will be flexible with tardies again, and do not expect to track them until after 8:50 am.
  • Breakfast will be picked up by the child when entering the building (or shortly after) and eaten in the classroom.

Dismissal Expectations:

  • The school day ends at 3:37.
  • Kindergarten (and K-Knights) and early pick-ups start at 3:30. Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get the child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up. We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot early for an early pick-up at 3:30.
  • There will be multiple exits used to social distance exiting (same exits as we will use in the morning).
  • No parents will be allowed to come inside the building to pick up students.
  • 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.

Birthday Procedure: Here is the procedure for treats in the building.

  1. Individual treats or “gifts” are not encouraged again this school year. Instead, we are encouraging you to donate a book to your child’s classroom in honor of them and their birthday. You are welcome to personalize the book or we can do it for you.
  2. You can have your child visit the office or Mr. Willick for a birthday pencil!
  3. We do not want birthday invitations to be passed out to students during the school day. A student may pass out invitations if everyone in the class will receive one, or a parent can discreetly give some invitations to the teacher, who can place them in backpacks.

Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase School
Last spring Zinser was honored as a National Showcase School through Capturing Kids’ Hearts! This program helps us strive for a positive culture and climate built around positive relationships with students.

Zinser Vision, Mission, & Motto:

  • Vision: Zinser Elementary is a high functioning learning community that is driven by a positive and student centered school culture.
  • Mission: to build responsible citizens.
  • Motto/Code of Cooperation: Kids Who CARE: Choosing an Attitude of Respect and Empathy

Kenowa Hills Vision: to be the most innovative and student centered district in the state

Kenowa Hills Mission: to cultivate and graduate globally competitive citizens

Thank you for being a part of the Zinser and Kenowa Hills community. We’re excited for another school year! Please always remember I’m only a phone call or email away if you have any questions or concerns!

Mr. Ross Willick
rwillick@khps.org
(616) 453-2461

Central Elementary News August 27

08/27/21

Join Us As Fridays Gives Back By Partnering With Kenowa Hills Central Elementary SCHOOL To Help Provide Any Items The School May Need Throughout The Year.

September 10th & September 11thFrom 5:00pm-9:00pm!
Location: TGI Fridays (3179 Alpine Ave NW Walker, MI 49544)

Mention Kenowa Hills Central Elementary School and we will give back 20% of the profits made from anyone who comes in and dines at TGI Fridays on Alpine or places a to-go order with us. We are excited to give back to the community and can’t wait to see everyone come out and have a good time at TGI Fridays on Alpine for a good cause.

How it works if you’re interested in placing a To-Go Order: Order To Go, Pick Up, or Delivery from TGI Fridays at www.fridays.com/menu during the event between 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. When placing a to-go or pick-up order, please make sure to add Kenowa Hills at the end of your name.

Thank you!

Join us and TGI Fridays to Give Back and Impact our Community!

KHHS News August 27

08/27/21

IMPORTANT Back to School Dates
Sept 3 No School
Sept 6 No School
Oct 1 Picture Retake Day
Oct 8 Homecoming (details at a later date)

Yearbooks
Important Information 20-21 yearbooks were delivered this week. Please allow time for our yearbook staff to organize and distribute to all students. We will be able to begin delivery the week of Sept 6th, possibly earlier, for those students currently attending. Students that are no longer attending or have graduated, we can deliver to siblings and we will send something out for dates and times to pick them up.

SANP Class of 2022
There will be a parent meeting for the Senior All Night Party on Tuesday, Sept 14th at 6pm in the High School Media Center.

Athletics
Next week’s athletic events are attached. Be sure to come out and support your Kenowa Hills Knights! #KnightsForever

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN, TIME FOR FALL CONCESSION STANDS SIGN-UPS
We are all excited for our upcoming 2021-2022 school year, and are asking for help with our KH concession stands. The below sign up link is for coaches, parents and our community to fill in these slots: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4AAAA9 2DABF85-2021

As in previous years, each winter and spring HS athletic team has been assigned a date, to cover as a team (found in parenthesis in the link). Volunteering is a great way to support our KNIGHTS, and to meet fellow members of the KH community!

Important Reminders

  • $20 Chromebook Insurance is due, no later than Sept 3rd . You may drop off cash or check to the Main Office or pay online through efunds. Khps.org
  • If you are driving to school, you must have your vehicle registered. There are green parking registration forms that need to be completed and turned into the Main Office with $20. Students are to park in the Student Parking lot on the west side of the building or by the tennis courts off Hendershot.
  • Parents, if you are dropping students off or picking up from school, please use the North Lot off of Hendershot. The South Lot is staff parking and the Bus Loop. Please do not park or leave vehicles unattended in the bus lanes. Doors open at 7:20 AM and school ends at 2:42PM
  • Parents, if you have not yet completed your Updating Returning Student Registration in your PowerSchool Parent Portal, please complete ASAP, as school has started and communications are being sent out.
  • If your student is going to be absent 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.

LIMA and Shame Less & Love More
LIMA and Shame Less & Love More chose Kenowa Hills to donate the proceeds for their giveback campaign. As you all know, mental health programming is so important at every level. As a district, we have been working diligently with the community to ensure all our students have access to care. We cannot achieve this without our community partners. The proceeds from this campaign will be donated to Kenowa Hills Mental Health Programming. https://www.limaunitedbylove.com/shop

KHMS News August 27

08/27/21

Upcoming Dates
Sept 3 – No school
Sept 6 – Labor Day, no school
Sept 17 – Community Knight
Sept 24 – No school

KHMS Has An Attendance Email
Please use this email as another way to communicate your students' absence, early leave time or late arrivals! msattendance@khps.org.

Drop Off
We will be utilizing our side lot as the new (and hopefully improved) drop off and pick up line. You may have noticed the orange cones at orientation. We will have volunteers and staff directing traffic for the first few weeks. Take a look at our debut video on procedure! Drop off & Pick up Procedure

Mental Health
Some important information and resources on Mental Health awareness can be found here.

Community Knight Out
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm! The biggest fall event in your community is back & bolder than ever! This enjoyable event takes place before our home football game against Cedar Springs High School.

TIME FOR FALL CONCESSION STANDS SIGN-UPS
We are all excited for our upcoming 2021-2022 school year, and are asking for help with our KH concession stands. A sign up genius has been created, and has already been shared via social media on Instagram and Facebook with our KH community. Sign up.

Volunteering is a great way to support our KNIGHTS, and to meet fellow members of the KH community! Thank you for your continued support of the Kenowa Hills Athletic Boosters! GO KNIGHTS!!

KHMS News August 20

08/20/21

Coming Up…
OPEN HOUSE - Monday, August 23 from 5:30pm - 6:30pm
August 24 - Gold Block 3,5,6
August 25 - Black Block 1,2,4
August 26 - Gold Block 3,5,6
August 27 - No School

Drop Off
We will be utilizing our side lot as the new (and hopefully improved) drop off and pick up line. You may have noticed the orange cones at orientation. We will have volunteers and staff directing traffic for the first few weeks. Take a look at our debut video on procedure! Drop Off Procedure

Bus Transportation
Bus routes will be published on the Kenowa Hills website on Friday August 20th.If your student will be using a bus stop other than from or to you home address, please complete an Alternate Transportation form, which can be found on the transportation tab on the Kenowa Hills website.

Mask Requirements/Recommendations

  • All individuals riding a bus must wear a mask at all times while being transported to and from school per federal order. Masks will be available for students who need one.
  • All students in grades KKnights-6th grade will be required to wear a mask while indoors except while eating lunch. Masks will be available for students who need one.
  • Students who have a medical condition that impedes their ability to wear a mask will be exempted from doing so with a waiver from a medical doctor.
  • Students in 7th-12th grade and all staff are highly encouraged to wear a mask while indoors; regardless of vaccination status.
  • Please remind your students to respect those who will have masks on during our school day.

Athletics
Pink Slips will be available for pick up Monday at Open House (5:30pm-6:30pm) and Tuesday through Thursday, 7:35am-3:00pm in the main office - see Mrs. Thayer. This is ONLY for girls volleyball and cross country athletes.
IMPORTANT!!!! For the 2021-22 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, 2021 or after. MHSAA Physical Form.

Community Happenings
Kenowa Hills High School is hosting Gus Macker September 25-26!!
Team Fee $160/On-site
Parking $5 Daily/RVs $10 Daily
Deadlines: Mail-In Sept 3/Online Sept 6
Click here for more info: Gus Macker Info & Sign-up

Community Knight Out
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm! The biggest fall event in your community is back, bolder than ever! This enjoyable event takes place before our home football game against Union High School.

Message from our School Nurse
My name is Samantha and I will be returning to the Middle School for the 2021-2022 school year as your nurse. As the school year is quickly approaching I wanted to reach out about medications at school. If your child takes daily medication, as needed medication, or has emergency medications that will be kept at school, please contact me to ensure all required paperwork is completed for the first day of school. Please note that all medication paperwork, including that for over the counter medication, DOES require a doctor's signature. If your child does not take any medication but has medical conditions you would like me to be aware of please reach out as well.

I hope this serves as a smooth transition back into school. As always do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. My office hours for the school year will be M-F from 7:30a.m.- 1:50p.m.

Thank you,
Samantha, RN

Zinser Elementary News August 20

08/20/21

COVID & Mask Information: As I’m sure you saw, all K-6 students need to be masked throughout the school day. Kent County has now ordered this on top of Kenowa Hills recent expectations. We were hoping this wasn’t going to be needed, but we’re here and will do all we can to ensure safety for our students and to have the building open. Students can have mask breaks distanced from others, and will not need to wear them on the playground. We will have cleaning expectations in the classroom during the day as well. We are starting the year eating in the lunchroom, in assigned seats mirroring the classroom seating chart. Even without the health screener this year, we are asking you to continue to monitor your child and keep them home with symptoms. With a positive case, we, with Nurse Courtney will be back with us to help answer COVID related questions, including how and when students may need to be quarantined. You can call the office at 453-2461 for further questions.

Important Building Information:

School Day Times:
8:30First bell for students to enter the building
8:35School Day officially begins
11:00-1:00Lunches/Recess
3:28Kindergarten Dismissal
3:35Dismissal Bell for 1st-5th grades
Half Days: Dismissal is at 12:05 pm

Lunch Menus:KHPS is providing FREE breakfasts and lunches through the school year once again! Menus are sent electronically and are available at www.khps.org and on the mobile app. If you need a printed copy, please contact the school office. We appreciate your support of the Food Service Program. - KHPS Food Services Department. Our menus are now available online. Check them out here!

https://khps.nutrislice.com/

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications: Free and reduced lunch applications can be submitted at any time through the school year. Please go to www.lunchapp.com to complete an application.

PICK UP & DROP OFF

Parking Lot Notes:

Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot.

  • Always look to pull up where and when possible to help with the flow. Tell your child to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the sign and you pulled up 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 for some but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run (we've had a couple accidents at that intersection).
  • Drop off starts at 8:30; If you are in the lot before 8:30, you may drop your child off a few minutes early to get the traffic flowing, but the child will be standing by the grade sign until the 8:30 bell. All 1st-5th grade students can enter at the bell in the designated door.
  • 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. It is very dangerous to let students out in that lane.

Drop Off Expectations:

  • Drop off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35.
  • Kindergarten (including K-Knights) families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with the class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.
  • Staggered entrances will be used once again. Grade level signs will be put outside by the designated door. After the first week, students will walk in the correct door at 8:30 or later and head directly to the classroom.
  • We will be flexible with tardies again, and do not expect to track them until after 8:50 am.
  • Breakfast will be picked up by the child when entering the building (or shortly after) and eaten in the classroom.

Dismissal Expectations:

  • The school day ends at 3:35.
  • Kindergarten (and K-Knights) and early pick-ups start at 3:28. Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get the child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up. We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot early for an early pick-up at 3:28.
  • There will be multiple exits used to social distance exiting (same exits as we will use in the morning).
  • No parents will be allowed to come inside the building to pick up students.
  • 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.

Specials Classes: We are proud of the special classes that we offer at Kenowa Hills, which are taught once a week with a teacher focused on these subjects. Specials include:

  • Physical Education
  • Art Education
  • Music Education
  • Spanish Education
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Library (with teacher)

Birthday Procedure: Here is the procedure for treats in the building.

1. Individual treats or “gifts” are not encouraged again this school year. Instead, we are encouraging you to donate a book to your child’s classroom in honor of them and their birthday. You are welcome to personalize the book or we can do it for you.

2. You can have your child visit the office or Mr. Willick for a birthday pencil!

3. We do not want birthday invitations to be passed out to students during the school day. A student may pass out invitations if everyone in the class will receive one, or a parent can discreetly give some invitations to the teacher, who can place them in backpacks.

Last spring Zinser was honored as a National Showcase School through Capturing Kids’ Hearts! This program helps us strive for a positive culture and climate built around positive relationships with students.

Zinser Vision, Mission, & Motto:

Vision: Zinser Elementary is a high functioning learning community that is driven by a positive and student centered school culture.

Mission: to build responsible citizens.

Motto/Code of Cooperation: Kids Who CARE: Choosing an Attitude of Respect and Empathy

Kenowa Hills Vision: to be the most innovative and student centered district in the state

Kenowa Hills Mission: to cultivate and graduate globally competitive citizens

Thank you for being a part of the Zinser and Kenowa Hills community. We’re excited for another school year! Please always remember I’m only a phone call or email away if you have any questions or concerns!

Mr. Ross Willick

rwillick@khps.org

(616) 453-2461

Alpine Elementary News June 4

06/04/21

● Staff covered for one another and worked hard to connect with their students in whatever way they could whether in person or virtually. All of their efforts were on behalf of your children so their learning could continue.
● Our preliminary end of year data shows much student growth! Our students made great strides forward academically, behaviorally and socially as we navigated interruptions and frustrations with all things COVID. Our students also grew as we navigated the array of learning expectations, emotions and frustrations we lived during this pandemic school year.
● Our school was recognized for our continued character education efforts by True Success.
● Our upper elementary students were able to attend a field trip as we closed out the school year this past week.
● We were able to offer Girls on the Run and held our very own 5K race.

I know the loss many people experienced is real, however, please don’t let COVID be the defining memory of the school year. We have much to celebrate. We can celebrate reconnecting with friends, being together in one way or another as a school community, the grit we developed in the face of adversity and most importantly the growth our students have shown. Most importantly, let’s celebrate the fun stories from the school day that were shared by your child and all the good that did occur.

As we begin summer break next week, I hope each one of you takes some time to relax, have fun, and celebrate the year by doing some of your favorite things as a family. I am truly excited to return in the fall. I look forward to a fresh start in many ways and continuing to partner with our school community to continue to make Alpine Elementary the wonderful place it is. Thank you for all your support! Have a great summer!

Your partner in education,

Jason Snyder

Berlin Raceway Fundraiser: Volunteers Needed!! Our PTO is requesting volunteers for a low key and easy opportunity to raise funds for our school to help us address needs as we close out this school and plan for the start of next. They are looking for volunteers to help run concessions and assist with the 50/50 raffle. The dates our PTO will be needing volunteers will be on August 28. Please sign up if available and interested using the link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/g... Open House: 2021/2022 We anticipate our open house for Kindergarten and grades 1st through 5th being scheduled the week of August 16. Please tentatively keep the evenings of the 17th, 18th, and 19th open. More information will be shared through our district communications.

Kenowa Hills Nutrition Services needs your help!: We are currently planning our Summer Meal Kit Distribution and would like to know if your family is interested in weekly meal kits. Meals are available at NO CHARGE to ALL children ages 0-18. Meal Kits will contain 7 days of breakfast, 7 days of lunch, and a gallon of milk. At this time we are planning to distribute meals on Thursday's from 12:30-1:30 PM at Central Elementary. Distribution will begin on Thursday June 17th and end on Wednesday August 11th. ***Please note, children attending any summer programming at Central Elementary will be receiving meals at the school and will not qualify for the weekly meal kits. Those students should not be included in this survey. We will have more information regarding those plans soon***

Please fill out this short survey and let us know your plans!! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eC860F3vNx_mj_VmBKc_l_wR-hw5XmJ6HNKuuYrIiF0/viewform?edit_requested=true

This is not a pre-order form, we are just looking for some information to help us plan. Fill out the survey here: KHPS - Summer Food Service Survey Thank you for your time, your help is greatly appreciated! FOOD MENUS Online!

Class List 2021/2022: Due to the various changes that typically occur over summer to staffing, enrolled students, etc. we will plan to share class lists or who your child’s teacher will be in the fall in August. We hope to communicate this in advance of our open house prior to August 16.

Alpine Elementary News May 21

05/21/21

Sobie Meat/Krispy Kreme Fundraiser: We are going to run the Sobie Meat fundraiser for 1 week starting on May 28 in conjunction with a Krispy Kreme fundraiser the same week. This will allow us to give families more time to plan ahead as well as some different options. Forms for the Sobie Meat can be kept and used later this month. Our school will send additional information/reminders as the date draws near.

Mask and Student Hygiene: As a reminder, students are still expected to wear a mask while at school inside. Masks can be down when outside. It is also important for students to understand the need to keep their hands clean by washing thoroughly and using hand sanitizer.

Upcoming Dates:
May 24: Board of Ed Meeting, 6pm
May 28: Half Day, 12:05 Dismissal
May 31: No School
June 1: Field Day
June 2: 3rd Grade Field Trip
June 4: 4th & 5th Grade Field Trips
June 7: Half Day
June 8: Half Day
June 9: Half Day

Berlin Raceway Fundraiser:
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Our PTO is requesting volunteers for a low key and easy opportunity to raise funds for our school to help us address needs as we close out this school and plan for the start of next. They are looking for volunteers to help run concessions and assist with the 50/50 raffle. The date our PTO will be needing volunteers will be on August 28. Please sign up if available and interested using the link below.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C49A8A72AA7F58-berlin
Each night the PTO will draw one name from the volunteers for a $40.00 Amazon Gift Card.*** Due to beer and alcohol being sold in the concessions, all volunteers for this area must be 18 or older. Volunteers for 50/50 sales may have a teenager accompany them if they are 14 or older. There will be a waiver that needs to be signed by each adult (and teenagers with adult consent).

Kenowa Hills Nutrition Services needs your help!:
We are currently planning our Summer Meal Kit Distribution and would like to know if your family is interested in weekly meal kits. Meals are available at NO CHARGE to ALL children ages 0-18. Meal Kits will contain 7 days of breakfast, 7 days of lunch, and a gallon of milk. At this time we are planning to distribute meals on Thursday's from 12:30-1:30 PM at Central Elementary. Distribution will begin on Thursday June 17th and end on Wednesday August 11th. ***Please note, children attending any summer programming at Central Elementary will be receiving meals at the school and will not qualify for the weekly meal kits. Those students should not be included in this survey. We will have more information regarding those plans soon*** Please fill out this short survey and let us know your plans!! This is not a pre-order form, we are just looking for some information to help us plan. Fill out the survey here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eC860F3vNx_mj_VmBKc_l_wR-hw5XmJ6HNKuuYrIiF0/closedform

Thank you for your time, your help is greatly appreciated!

YOUTH SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS: https://www.khps.org/camps

Alpine Elementary News May 7

05/07/21

Upcoming Dates for Alpine Events
May 11 - End of the Year PTO Meeting @ 6:00.
May 24 - Board of Ed. Meeting @ 6:00.
May 28 - ½ Day
May 31 - NO School
June 1 - Field Day
June 7 - ½ Day
June 8 - ½ Day
June 9 - ½ Day *LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Students of the day were selected this week for showing their Alpine BEST. Please join us in congratulating:
Katelynn Hall, Kindergarten
Michelle Robertson, Kindergarten
Lauren Nowak, 3rd Grade
Ryder Kelley, 3rd Grade

Berlin Raceway Fundraiser: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Our PTO is requesting volunteers for a low key and easy opportunity to raise funds for our school to help us address needs as we close out this school and plan for the start of next. They are looking for volunteers to help run concessions and assist with the 50/50 raffle. The dates our PTO will be needing volunteers will be on May 22 & August 28. Please sign up if available.

Sobie Meat Fundraiser Postponed
Due to conflicts with other district fundraisers and wanting to provide parents with more of a choice, we are going to postpone our Sobie Meat Fundraiser until May 28. We are going to run the Sobie Meat fundraiser for 1 week starting on May 28 in conjunction with a Krispy Kreme fundraiser the same week.This will allow us to give families more time to plan ahead as well as some different options. Forms for the Sobie Meat can be kept and used later this month. Our school will send additional information/reminders as the date draws near.

Open House 2021-22
Please know that we are unable to share a date for a fall open house as of now. Please stay tuned for updates as the year comes to a close.

TRUE SUCCESS THEME FOR MAY: INTEGRITY
#1 - Doing what is RIGHT, even if it’s difficult. (5/3-5/7)
#2 - Being truthful requires integrity. (5/10-5/14)
#3 - Speaking positively about others. (5/17-5/21)
#4 - Integrity demonstrates TrueSuccess (5/24-5/28)

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