10/27/21: new cases have been posted to the COVID Dashboard


Zinser Elementary News October 22

10/22/21

THIS WEEK’S SHOWCASE
As part of our bond, phase one of Zinser’s new playground is complete and our students are loving it! We are excited for phase two...coming soon!

School News and Happenings
Kindergarten enjoyed this fall weather with a Post Family Farms study trip! They enjoyed donuts, a hay ride, pumpkins, and more. When they returned to school they did a pumpkin investigation; how many cubes high are the pumpkins, do they sink or float? Fall fun was had by all!

Last chance to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences - On October 26

Please consider donating to our Family Council - They will be providing dinner to our wonderful staff on Oct 26th: https://www.signupgenius.com/g...

Kenowa Hills Elementary Student Fun Night Sponsored by the class of 2022 Senior All Night Party
Wednesday October 27th
6:00 - 8:00pm
Altitude Trampoline Park

Central Elementary News October 22

10/22/21

Reminders & News
October 22 & 26 - Parent & Teacher Conferences (online or phone)
October 22 - Half Day (Conferences)
November 22 - 26 No School (Staff Development & Thanksgiving)
December 15, 16, 17 - Half Days
December 20 - 31 - No School (Winter Holidays)
January 17 - No School
Stay tuned for Spring Concert information after the New Year.

Kenowa Hills Elementary Student Fun Night
Sponsored by the class of 2022 Senior All Night Party
Wednesday October 27th
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Altitude Trampoline Park located at 3495 Alpine Ave NW Walker, MI 49544
Bring this flyer and your child will receive $5.00 off the Jump fee.
That’s 2 hours of Jump time for only $15.00!
**You will need jump socks, feel free to bring some you may already have or they can be purchased at Altitude for only $3.00.

KHMS News October 22

10/22/21

Upcoming Dates
November 19: end of Trimester 1
November 22-26: No School-Thanksgiving Break

Griff’s Reading Goals
This year our students are able to participate in the Griff’s Reading Goals program. Each student will have the opportunity to earn various prizes if they reach Griff’s Reading Goals on the ticket they were provided. Currently 6th/7th grade students have a Griff’s Reading Goals bookmark and our 8th graders will receive them next week. Here is a link to the details of the program and to see what the reading bookmark looks like - Griff's Reading Bookmark: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KGj4UWC_qG2wU2wNP6EJhXjbLGUvOeof/view

Academic Notes
As the end of the 1st trimester quickly approaches, please keep in mind that your student(s) should have some type of homework each night. Teachers use this independent practice as evidence that your child is ready to test over learning standards. It also helps students decide if they need help in class and should that be the case class is the perfect time to do so. Students also have time each week during their Connect class to complete homework or practices. Please take time to ask your student(s) if they are completing all required homework, so that they and their teachers can see their understanding. Thank you for your support,
Jim Smith, Principal

Student Council Announcements:
October 29 Halloween Spirit Day - Color by grade day:
6th: orange & black
7th: red & black
8th: purple & black

Toys for Tots
Student Council is running a collection for area kids in need. We are partnering with WZZM 13 news. Collection running November 1 - December 9
New, unwrapped toys for babies through teens Drop offs:
6th - Gilbert
7th - Haines
8th - Trotter
Prize for the grade level that collects the most toys
*Must collect a minimum of 150 toys as a grade to be eligible for the prize.

Boys Basketball Information
8th grade: next Monday and Tuesday, Oct 25 & 26 @ 4:30- 6:30
7th grade: Next Thursday and Friday, Oct. 28 & 29 after school 3:00-4:30 Information for 7th Graders: 7th grade 2021 boys basketball: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1U3re9cYKV4NMNQFGdu-igB31tKaXewzcI3JPGJyfzk4/edit

Pink slips will be available to pick up before school or during your lunch time. The pink slip will be given to you to give to the coaches that verifies you have a physical on file. There is a participation fee of $70.00 unless your child is on free & reduced lunch.

Sport Physical Form: https://kenowahillsathletics.com/library/files/kenowahillshighschool_bigteams_17608/files/Pre-Participation%20Physical%20May%202017.pdf

Winter 1 Sports:
Boys 7th/8th grade basketball
Girls 7th & 8th competitive cheer

KHHS News October 22

10/22/21

IMPORTANT Dates
Oct 26 PSAT Testing for 9th – 11th only
Oct 26 Blood Drive-Hosted by Student Council Enter through the Field House
Oct 28 SAT for 12th graders who signed up **More specific testing details will be sent out next week**
Oct 31 Senior Pictures due for Yearbook
Nov 22-23 No School for Students
Nov 24-26 No School Students and Staff

AP Exams
AP Students don't forget your AP order and payment is due in Student Services by October 29th, which is a week from Friday!

Fall Testing
On Tuesday, October 26th, our 9th thru 11th grade students will be taking the fall PSAT/NMSQT test. The 9th grade students will be taking the PSAT 9. 10th grade and 11th grade students will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT. We are unable to call into classrooms if a student needs to leave early, so please plan accordingly. Testing that day will conclude between approximately 12:30 - 1pm. We will be releasing all 9th thru 11th grade students once the entire class is finished with testing. There will be sack lunches available, if needed. If you are unable to pick up your student after the test completion, we will have a place for them to study until 2:42, or until they can secure transportation home. Busses will transport home, as normal, at our regular dismissal time. We ask that all students bring two, sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator.

KHHS Fall Play
Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand November 11, 12, and 13 at 7:00pm Tickets are $8.00 and may be purchased at www.khps.org/pac. Night of January 16th is a drama set in a courtroom during a murder trial where members of the audience are the jury. The court hears the case of Karen Andre, a former secretary to businessman Bjorn Faulkner, of whose murder she is accused. The play does not directly portray the events leading to Faulkner's death; instead the jury must rely on character testimony to decide whether Andre is guilty. The play's ending depends on the verdict voted on by the audience.

Blood Drive
Thank you for being a donor with Versiti and for your ongoing dedication to saving lives. We are reaching out with an urgent request. Blood supplies have dropped to concerning levels, and we are seeking your help. Unfortunately, with some blood types, Versiti has less than a one-day inventory on hand – far less than the three-day inventory that is needed. With more people getting vaccinated and getting out of their homes, attention has shifted away from blood donation. Yet meanwhile, with more activities picking up outside the home, hospitals are requiring more blood to treat patients. The convergence of the two is creating a challenging situation – a shortage of much-needed blood. Blood donors are urgently needed to help ensure life-saving blood is available for those who need it. As you likely know, each donor has the power to save three lives. To that end, we are kindly and urgently asking for your help.
Please make an appointment today to donate. Each donation is vitally important!
Additionally, please consider asking your family, friends, and colleagues to donate blood. Thank you for all you are doing to help save lives!

10/26/21 (07:30 am - 02:00 pm)
3825 Hendershot Avenue NW
Kenowa Hills High School - Wrestling/Aerobics Room
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
PARKING: OFF OF FOUR MILE RD IN STUDENT PARKING LOT. USE FIELD HOUSE ENTRANCE!

https://donate.michigan.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/132816

KHHS Students of the Week:

Madison Carter
James Danevicz
Ainsley Sutherland
Jacob Jonker
Renata Malpica
Tyler Bristol
Talia Reich
Ben Whlford

Alpine Elementary News October 15

10/18/21

Conference Note: Please be sure to schedule a conference with your students’ teacher. https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Alpine_Elementary

Important Dates:
10/20/21 PTO MEETING @ 7
10/21/21 CONFERENCES (4:00-7:30) The Goodies Factory Fundraiser Due
10/22/21 1/2 DAY (DISMISS @ 12:05) CONFERENCES (12:30-2:30)
10/26/21 CONFERENECS (4:00-7:00)
10/29/21 CLASSROOM HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS

Birthdays
Alaina
Bella
Miklo
Oliver
Haleigh
Celene
J'Shaun
Josiah
Axcel
Daryelis
Marilyn
Arianna
Amir
Kayson
Wesley
Joshua
Lauren
Emilia
Nora
Khloe
Isabella
Emma-Lynne
Lucio
Varae
Michael
Jayden
Christopher

FALL FUNDRAISER : ENDS OCTOBER 21st
Please continue to sell to support our school! The top seller from every classroom gets to throw a pie in Mr. Snyder’s face! There’s still one week left in our fundraiser… you could be the one! As a reminder, money raised from the fundraiser supports bussing for study/field trips, classroom supplies, PTO events, classroom subscriptions and many other things that support student learning and the overall school experience for our students. The teacher from the top selling classroom in each grade gets a chance to throw a pie in Mr. Snyder’s classroom as well.

CONFERENCES
If you have yet to schedule a conference, please use the link below to do so ASAP. If you need assistance with scheduling, please contact our school office. https://www.ptcfast.com/school...
These will be held VIRTUALLY or via phone this year.

NEWA/MSTEP PARENT REPORTS
Testing results from our fall MAP assessments and last year’s MSTEP assessments will be received shortly. Please keep in mind that these results are one data point (of many) our staff use to tailor instruction to your child. Please be prepared at conferences if you have any questions.

HALLOWEEN
School Halloween festivities will take place on Friday, October 29 and although we are planning to celebrate with our students, we still are not back to pre-COVID party protocols and volunteer possibilities. Unfortunately, we will not be having parent volunteers to help with classroom parties, however, teachers will communicate how parents can get involved through providing donations if they would like. Classrooms will be celebrating in their classrooms only. There will not be an all-school parade.

We ask that costumes fit within the below parameters:

  • costumes must be student/user friendly (no adult assistance needed).
  • costumes that can simply be worn over clothes are recommended.
  • no blood or anything that could be considered gory.
  • no real/toy weapons of any kind.
  • costumes must be modest and cover midriffs.
  • appropriately sized so that students can sit at their desks.

FEEDING WALKER KIDS
Feeding Walk Kids is a FREE weekend lunch program offered during the school year. Please contact your child's teacher or the main office for an application.

SPIRIT WEAR
If you would like to purchase Kenowa Gear, you may visit www.khps.org and scroll down under the parent resource tab to the spirit store. You may also find the link here, https://apparelnow.com/kenowa-hills-spirit-store-apparel

Central Elementary News October 15

10/15/21

Goodies Factory
This year’s Goodies Factory Fundraiser was supposed to be 100% virtual. Due to oversight from the company, your packet may have included a paper order form. While we are encouraging all orders to be done online, we have decided to accept all order forms and check payments. We are sorry for any confusion this may have caused and appreciate your understanding. Once all orders are submitted we will be setting up distribution and will communicate that with you ASAP.

All order forms must be turned in to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, October 22. No late orders will be accepted so turning them in early is recommended. Please seal your order forms and checks in a

clearly labeled envelope. Checks only please made out to KH Central Elementary PTO

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

KH Central PTO, khcentralpto@gmail.com

Central Shines – Winners of this week’s SHINES award.
Jeremiah C.
Virginia J.
Ryan R.
Brielle V.
Alanna G.
Noel Z.
Adalee P.
Tonisha D.
Deandre J.
Owen J.
Saul V-Y.
Grayson E.
Mia C.
Jack G.
Brook O.
Brooke N.
Aubriana W.
Logan D.
Giselle A.
Caitlyn C.

Central Elementary Art Exhibit - Kent District Library, Walker Branch
Artwork on display through October - Pieces by:
Remi S.
Ben G.
Ryan R.
Brook O.
Tessa V.
Caleb S.
BrandaLynn N.
Aubrey R.
Ploysai P.
Jayveon M.
Mollie R.
Carter G.
Sebastian G.
Brayden J.

We Need Your Help:
Many updates to the school were made possible with the passing of the school bond. One area that has not been touched is the teacher's lounge. We are working to give Central teachers and staff a place that they can enjoy! We hope for this update to take place over Christmas Break. Send us an email if you are interested in helping! We will need people to clean, paint, move and assemble furniture, decorate, and more!

Conference dinners are back!
Help us spoil our teachers by signing up to bring items for a taco bar as well as side dishes, desserts, drinks, and tableware. Oct. 21 and Oct. 26. Visit: bit.ly/3uOxq8X - Or go to signupgenius.com and search using our email address.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Sarah Eadeh (2nd-grade teacher) and her husband Joe welcomed their twin daughters, Abby and Ella, on October 2nd!

Knight Gear
Winter is just around the corner. Order today and get 15% OFF our Kenowa Hills Spirit Store jackets, blankets, hats, and beanies! https://apparelnow.com/kenowa-hills-spirit-store-apparel

KHHS News October 15

10/15/21

Fall 2021 Conferences
Fall High School conferences are coming up next week (**please note that I have included 8th grade parents for those that have students taking high school courses**). All conferences are going to be held VIRTUALLY on Tuesday, Oct 19th, from 4pm-7:30pm, Thursday, Oct 21st, from 4pm7:30pm, and Friday, Oct 22nd, from 12:30pm2:30pm. We are going to be using the PTCFast Scheduler to make signups as convenient as possible. This is the same signup system we used last year. Please enter the following web address into your browser window or click on the link: https://ptcfast.com/schools/Ke... h_School. Once you go to the website, you will see the entire list of teachers. Please log onto you Powerschool Parent Portal to see your student's schedule and a list of their teachers if needed. Click on the teacher you would like to see and it will ask you to register with the PTC scheduler. Once registered, go to your email and open your registration email. There you will be able to click on the link to schedule a time to meet with the teacher. A confirmation email will be sent stating the date, time, and provide you a zoom link. Click on your zoom link at your scheduled conference time! If you do not have internet access, please send the teacher a phone number to contact you at your scheduled time.

AP Exams
AP coursework prepares students for the rigor of post-secondary expectations, and also offers the opportunity to earn college credit through AP Examinations offered each May. For this school year, AP Examinations will take place May 2nd13th, 2022. Please see attached for more details.

Kenowa Hills Athletic Requirements: WINTER 2022
All high school athletes will be required to have a physical on file with the athletic office dated on or after April 15, 2021 in order to participate in a high school sport at Kenowa Hills High School. Each athlete will need the following items to participate:
1. Current sports physical (not well-child), dated April 15, 2021 or after
2. Spectrum Health Medical Consent Form
3. $85.00 participation fee (check, cash or payment through Efunds on www.khps.org)

Families that apply for free or reduced lunch after July 1, 2021 and meet the requirements may have their participation fee waived for the current school year. Once all necessary items have been submitted to the athletic office, athletes will receive a pink Permission to Practice form. The Permission to Practice form should be given to the coach on or before the first day or practice/tryouts. Winter sports begin on November 1, 2021 for Gymnastics and Hockey, with other sports to follow. Please direct questions to Vicki Bekins, vbekins@khps.org

KHHS Fall Play
Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand November 11, 12, and 13 at 7:00pm Tickets are $8.00 and may be purchased at www.khps.org/pac. Night of January 16th is a drama set in a courtroom during a murder trial where members of the audience are the jury. The court hears the case of Karen Andre, a former secretary to businessman Bjorn Faulkner, of whose murder she is accused. The play does not directly portray the events leading to Faulkner's death; instead the jury must rely on character testimony to decide whether Andre is guilty. The play's ending depends on the verdict voted on by the audience.

Pickup
Reminder there is no parking on Hendershot during dismissal. Please pick up your student in the north lot off Hendershot or the Student Entrance near the Field House.

Kenowa Hills Students of the Week:

10/05/2021
Jaden Zolnierek
Jax Hulst
Grace Majewski
Nick Lapinski
Deziree Weiss
Dylan Donihue
Keygan Powers
Ashia Maternowski

10/12/21
Lachlin Acker
Sarah Buckwalter
Lincoln Fox
Kamiel Daigneault
Taylor Vereecken
Benjamin Wohlford
Evan Breuker
Chloe Lhamon

KHMS News October 15

10/15/21

Congratulations to the Students of the Week!!
6th Grade: Colin Raak
7th Grade: Kaydyn Kozlowski
8th Grade: Emily Haan

Upcoming Dates

Oct 19, 21, 22: Virtual Conferences
Oct 22: ½ Day, 11:14am Dismissal
Nov. 19: End of Tri-1

Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences are Here!
You should receive an email with information on signing up. Remember you should only be meeting with your students “core teachers.” There is no reason to sign up for their Connect teacher. Please give yourself enough time in between meetings so we are able to stay on time for other conferences. We ask that you do not schedule them back to back. Conference Link: https://ptcfast.com/schools/khms

Like in the past, we have a sign up for parents/guardians to donate items for our teachers during conferences. Please consider signing up to contribute.

Families of Students on Quarantine
When students have to quarantine, our goal is that students stay engaged and stay caught up in their academic work (homework assignments). Below is what will take place if your student(s) has to quarantine. Students on Quarantine:

Parent/Guardian and student will receive an email from the middle school office. Recipients include student/parent and teachers.

Students email their teachers and log into Canvas for homework assignments.

Students email their teachers if you have any questions about homework assignments. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) please check in with your student daily on what assignments were completed throughout the day. If you have any questions about academic assignments, please contact your student’s teachers.

7th Grade and 8th Grade Boys Basketball Players!
Sign ups are out on the sports table. Information on tryouts will be out soon so make sure to get your name on the list!

Winter 1 sports are starting up late October! All athletes must have a sports physical on file before the first day of tryouts/practice!! There is a participation fee of $70.00 unless your child is on free & reduced lunch.

Sports Physical Form: https://kenowahillsathletics.com/library/files/kenowahillshighschool_bigteams_17608/files/Pre-Participation%20Physical%20May%202017.pdf

Winter 1 Sports:
Boys 7th/8th grade basketball,
Girls 6th, 7th & 8th competitive cheer
6th, 7th & 8th grade girls swimming with Grandville

Attention 6th Grade Athletes!
Please visit the KH website to be up to date on all our sport offerings! The youth programs develop our future Knights ultimately providing strength to our Varsity Programs! Youth Sports: https://www.khps.org/youth-sports

Youth Sport Information Futsal teams are now forming for the upcoming Winter Session at MSA Sports Spot. Registration deadline is Oct. 20, 2021. If interested please contact Jeff Merritt, Kenowa Hills High School Varsity Soccer Coach (Westside Futsal) #616-889-4993. Futsal Information: https://michigansportsacademies.com/mfa/events/leagues/futsal-leagues/

As the bus driver shortage continues to be an issue throughout the area please be aware of last minute changes and cancellations. Transportation tries to give as much warning as possible on routes, but some circumstances are out of their control. We appreciate your patience and understanding with the inconveniences.

Zinser Elementary News October 15

10/15/21

Please consider donating to our Family Council - They will be providing dinner to our wonderful staff on Oct 21st & 26th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aafad29a64-parentteacher

YOUTH SPORTS at Kenowa Hills

Fall Youth Sports celebrations to share? Email youthsports@khps.org to share stories and photos that can be posted on Facebook!

K-6 Knights Basketball Academy Boys and Girls Youth Basketball Flyer: https://www.khps.org/storage/docs/2021-KBA-Community-Knight-Flyer-3.pdf

Boys U7-U12 Knights FC, Winter Futsal Flyer: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lInxXtCfmyKUIEo5Dz5VtPIRpmaBnfi1ose6vsAk-Hs/edit

Kenowa Hills Youth Sports Webpage: www.khps.org/youth-sports

Visit Our Facebook Page (Search and Like Kenowa Hills Youth Sports): https://www.facebook.com/KenowaHillsYouthSports

KHHS News October 1

10/01/21

Social Media
At a time when many of our students are active on and influenced by social media, it is important that adults are aware of social media trends and "challenges" so that we can communicate clearly with students to help them avoid unwanted consequences of impulsive actions. Unfortunately, it seems that TikTok challenges continue to promote negative, and in some cases criminal behaviors. Please have a conversation with your student(s) regarding the negative impact these challenges could have on their futures and on the school community. These challenges break the school code of conduct and put others at risk. Some challenges encourage criminal behavior that would warrant the school contacting police. As always, we expect and work hard at making our school a safe place to be and learn. Our priority is to partner with families to keep our kids safe.

Fall 2021 Conferences
Conferences are fast approaching. We will continue to use the online tool for scheduling that we have used in the past known as PTCFast. Conferences will be virtual ONLY through zoom or by phone. There will be a link sent out no later than Tuesday, Oct 12th to start signing up. Once you select a time for the teacher/s you choose, a zoom link will be sent to connect via video or the teacher can call you at your selected time.

  • Conference availability is on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Try the virtual link the teacher gives you prior to your scheduled time. There won’t be anyone on the other end, but to ensure its working.
  • Conferences will be held on Tuesday, Oct 19th and Thursday, Oct 21st from 4pm-7:30pm and Friday, Oct 22nd from 12:30pm-2:30pm

Students of the Week
Students of the Week is back!!! Each week, 8 students (2 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 2 juniors, 2 seniors-typically 1 female and 1 male from each grade level) will be awarded with a certificate from KHHS and from Buffalo Wild Wings on Alpine Ave for 6 Boneless Wings. Criteria for students can include academic achievement or positive behavior traits. Different departments will choose each week. Those that have been chosen will be announced on Monday mornings.

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.
Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions into the classroom. Please call in the morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written.

Athletics
Next week’s athletic events are attached. Be sure to come out and support your Kenowa Hills Knights! As a reminder, we cannot except Venmo, debit cards or credit cards for any ticket sales at home events. Cash only please. Ticket Prices: Adults are $5 & Students are $3 20/21

Yearbooks Class of 2021!!!
There are some yearbooks that still need to be picked up from the 20/21 school year. You may pick up your yearbook M-F 7:30am-3pm from the Main Office or a sibling can pick it up from the office for you.

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/store/customer/1064 277/Kenowa-Hills-High-School/

Senior Shirts
Seniors, look for a SANP table during lunches on Monday, Oct 4th. The students can drop off their t-shirt orders in an envelope with student’s name, shirt size and check (made out to - KH SANP 2022) or cash and put it in the SANP drop box in student services. Shirts are $15. Orders due by next Friday, October 8. If you aren't receiving emails from SANP committee, please send an email with your email address to schulte.janemom24@gmail.com.

KHHS Fall Play
Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand November 11, 12, and 13 at 7:00pm Tickets are $8.00 and may be purchased at www.khps.org/pac.

Night of January 16th is a drama set in a courtroom during a murder trial where members of the audience are the jury. The court hears the case of Karen Andre, a former secretary to businessman Bjorn Faulkner, of whose murder she is accused. The play does not directly portray the events leading to Faulkner's death; instead the jury must rely on character testimony to decide whether Andre is guilty. The play's ending depends on the verdict voted on by the audience.

Homecoming
The Student Council is pleased to announce that we will celebrate the Wonderful World of Disney this year for Homecoming. The dance will be held on Oct. 9th from 8pm - 10 pm. You can get your tickets during all lunches until Thurs, Oct 7th for $10. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guests this year but hope that KH students will be ready to celebrate school spirit and being together.

Spirit Week 2021
Monday – Oct. 4: Halloween
Tuesday – Oct. 5: Dress to Impress (formal, confidence-boosting)
Wednesday – Oct. 6: Color Day (Powder Puff)
Seniors-Aqua/Teal
Juniors-Pink
Sophomores-White
Freshman-Purple
Powder Puff practice starts at 6:15pm on the football field. Game is at 7pm. Bonfire and donuts to follow.
Thursday – Oct. 7: Disney Day
Seniors-Tangled
Juniors-Princess & the Frog
Sophomores-Beauty & the Beast
Freshman-Up
Friday – Oct. 8: Black & Gold Day
The Pep Assembly will begin around 1:45pm (set time to be determined.) The assembly will be held at the football field. Please wear your warmer black and gold apparel that day depending on the weather. Alternate plans will be announced in the event of rain. Parents of the Homecoming Court are allowed to attend the assembly.

KHMS News October 1

10/01/21

Congratulations to the Students of the Week!!
6th Grade: Karla Rodriguez-Caballer
7th Grade: Clare Mecedo-Velazquez
8th Grade: Avril Bacallao-Gonzalez

SCHEDULE CHANGE!!
October 8th is now a BLACK BLOCK day, 1,2,4!

Upcoming Dates
Oct. 6: Count Day
Oct. 8: Homecoming
Oct. 11: No school

Homecoming Week is Upon Us! Help us show Knight Pride by taking part in these festivities!
Monday- Plaid/Flannel
Tuesday- Pajama Day
Wednesday- College Day
Thursday- Tie Dye
Friday- Black & Gold

Reminder
A friendly reminder, if you could please call ahead to excuse your child for an appointment that is during school hours. We like to refrain from interrupting class as much as possible. The middle school start time is 7:45am, we need your help getting students here on time! Doors open at 7:30 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!

DROP OFF ADJUSTMENTS!
We are starting a 2 LANE SYSTEM! Students who wait in the car till doors open, please stay to the Right. Students who drop and go, please stay to the Left. WAIT=RIGHT LANE DROP & GO’s=LEFT LANE

Families of Students on Quarantine
When students have to quarantine, our goal is that students stay engaged and stay caught up in their academic work (homework assignments). Below is what will take place if your student(s) has to quarantine.
Students on Quarantine:

  • Parent/Guardian and student will receive an email from the middle school office. Recipients include student/parent and teachers.
  • Students email their teachers and log into Canvas for homework assignments.
  • Students email their teachers if you have any questions about homework assignments.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) please check in with your student daily on what assignments were completed throughout the day. If you have any questions about academic assignments, please contact your student’s teachers.

Athletics
Attention 6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Girls Swimmers!
Sign ups are available for girls interested in swimming with Grandville Middle School. Practice begins on October 18th (at Grandville.) To register your child go to: https://grandville-mi.finalfor... (Make sure you electronically fill out, electronically sign and submit every form in Final Forms) Payment needs to be made on Final Forms as well ($45) unless your child is on Free & Reduced lunch. Please turn your sports physical into Amanda Thayer at Kenowa Hills Middle School - this must be signed by a doctor and the actual physical date has to be April 15, 2021 or after. Sports Physical Form *Parents are responsible for transporting their athletes to practices, car-pooling has been helpful in the past. Depending on our roster number we will transport girls by van on meet days. We had a record number last season and hope the interest stays on the right track this year!

Winter 1 sports are starting up late October! All athletes must have a sports physical on file before the first day of tryouts/practice!! There is a participation fee of $70.00 unless your child is on free & reduced lunch.
Winter 1 Sports:

  • Boys 7th/8th grade basketball,
  • Girls 6th, 7th & 8th competitive cheer
  • 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls swimming with Grandville

Attention 6th Grade Athletes! Please visit the KH website to be up to date on all our sport offerings! The youth programs develop our future Knights ultimately providing strength to our Varsity Programs!

Update
As the bus driver shortage continues to be an issue throughout the area please be aware of last minute changes and cancellations. Transportation tries to give as much warning as possible on routes, but some circumstances are out of their control. We appreciate your patience and understanding with the inconveniences.

Zinser Elementary News October 1

10/01/21

Spirit Week
Monday – Wear your class color:
K=Red
1, ASD=Green
2=Orange
3=Blue
4=Yellow
5=Purple
Western Tuesday – Zinser goes country. Wear western attire.
Formal Wednesday – Looking Good! Dress to impress for picture day.
Team Day Thursday – Wear your favorite team or athletic gear.
Black & Gold Friday – GO KNIGHTS! School Spirit Day, wear your black and gold.

Too Sick for School?
Students should stay home and be evaluated by a physician if they meet any of the criteria below: a new cough or fever OR lost of smell or taste - OR if a student has TWO of the following symptoms: Chills, headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, body aches, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, or shortness or breath. Please Contact Nurse Courtney Ellens with any questions at 616-453-2461 ext 4340.

School Happenings
Meet our new School Psychologist! I am pleased to introduce myself to you all. My name is Conor Dahlquist and this is my first year working for Kenowa Hills Public Schools. This is my 6th school year working as a school psychologist. My role as the School Psychologist is to work with the academic and behavioral intervention teams, evaluate and assess special education services, and I have also joined the Mental Health Team at Zinser!

October Celebrations
Down Syndrome Awareness Month raises public awareness about the condition, and advocacy for acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

LGBT History Month started in 1994 to recognize lesbian. gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended the Spanish dictatorship.

October 10 | World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to discuss mental health issues, eradicating mental health stigmas and highlights how much more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

October 11 | For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, National Coming Out Day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1979 National March on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.

October 11 | Indigenous Peoples Day honors the cultures and histories of the Native American people. The day is centered around reflecting on their tribal roots and the tragic stories that hurt but strengthened their communities.

October 20 | International Pronoun Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

October 31 | Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain. Over the centuries, Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for kids and adults.

Forming Futbal teams now for the upcoming Winter Session at MSA Sports Spot.
Here is a link to the league which begins in November.
https://michigansportsacademie... registration deadline is Oct 20, 2021 . If interested, please text Jeff Merritt (Westside Futsal) at 616.889.4993.

Attention Kenowa Hills Kids ages 2-18! - Join our Dance Family today!
Academy of Dance Arts Is now enrolling for the season! Call, visit, or email to sign up. Try a class for free!

Ballet
Hip Hop
Jazz
Lyrical
Tap
Musical
Theater
Contemporary
Acro

684 Six Mile Rd NW, Comstock Park MI. 49321
616-785-0650
academyofdancearts684@gmail.com
www.danceacademygr.com

2021 Boys and Girls Youth League Basketball
November 6 – December 18 | K-6th Grade
Register & pay at PlaytheKBA.com

Winter League Teams
Kindergarten Boys & Girls Combined: practice and play on Saturdays
1st & 2nd Girls | 1st & 2nd Boys: practice and play on Saturdays
3rd & 4th Girls | 3rd & 4th Boys: practice during the week, play on Saturdays
5th & 6th Girls: practice during the week, play on Saturdays
5th & 6th Boys: practice during the week, play area schools in local league mid-January - March

League Skill Evaluation
Sunday, October 10th at KHHS
Boys & Girls | 3rd - 6th Grades
1:00-2:30 pm for 3rd/4th | 2:30-4:00 pm for 5th/6th
All players signed up for the KBA league are encouraged to attend so that teams can be divided evenly. Skill Evaluation is free for players who register for the league.

League Registration
Register and pay by October 16 at PlaytheKBA.com
5th & 6th Boys should register by November 26
$60 per player
We need coaches! Please sign up to be a coach when you register your child. Coaches’ players play for free and coaches will receive a KBA shirt.

Knight Out Fun Night
Saturday, October 2 at KKHS
$20 per player - $10 for additional siblings
Register and pay at PlaytheKBA.com
6:00-8:30 for skills, pizza, and games!

Central Elementary News October 1

10/01/21

This week’s SHINES award winners:
Alarie S.
Anna P.
Eastlyn C.
Nathan G.
Zachary W.
BrandaLynn N.
Alex B.
Malcolm W.
Gabriella P.
Alexis W.
Aerabella W-W.
Run’Naja W.
Delaney W.
Blake L.
Taeya V.
Jayveon M-H.
Melody X.
Audrina C.
Brady B.
Andrew D.
Shevelle B.

PowderPuff
Kenowa Hills High School, Football Stadium
Wednesday, October 6 @ 7:00 pm
$5 entry, (no passes)

October Celebrations
Down Syndrome Awareness Month raises public awareness about the condition, and advocacy for acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

LGBT History Month started in 1994 to recognize lesbian. gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended the Spanish dictatorship.

October 10 | World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to discuss mental health issues, eradicating mental health stigmas and highlights how much more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

October 11 | For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, National Coming Out Day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1979 National March on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.

October 11 | Indigenous Peoples Day honors the cultures and histories of the Native American people. The day is centered around reflecting on their tribal roots and the tragic stories that hurt but strengthened their communities.

October 20 | International Pronoun Day seeks to make asking, sharing, and respecting personal pronouns commonplace. Together, we can transform society to celebrate people’s multiple, intersecting identities.

October 31 | Halloween evolved from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain. Over the centuries, Halloween transitioned from a pagan ritual to a day of parties, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for kids and adults.

Forming Futbal teams now for the upcoming Winter Session at MSA Sports Spot.
Here is a link to the league which begins in November.
https://michigansportsacademie... registration deadline is Oct 20, 2021 . If interested, please text Jeff Merritt (Westside Futsal) at 616.889.4993.

Attention Kenowa Hills Kids ages 2-18! - Join our Dance Family today!
Academy of Dance Arts Is now enrolling for the season! Call, visit, or email to sign up. Try a class for free!

Ballet
Hip Hop
Jazz
Lyrical
Tap
Musical
Theater
Contemporary
Acro

684 Six Mile Rd NW, Comstock Park MI. 49321
616-785-0650
academyofdancearts684@gmail.com
www.danceacademygr.com

2021 Boys and Girls Youth League Basketball
November 6 – December 18 | K-6th Grade
Register & pay at PlaytheKBA.com

Winter League Teams
Kindergarten Boys & Girls Combined: practice and play on Saturdays
1st & 2nd Girls | 1st & 2nd Boys: practice and play on Saturdays
3rd & 4th Girls | 3rd & 4th Boys: practice during the week, play on Saturdays
5th & 6th Girls: practice during the week, play on Saturdays
5th & 6th Boys: practice during the week, play area schools in local league mid-January - March

League Skill Evaluation
Sunday, October 10th at KHHS
Boys & Girls | 3rd - 6th Grades
1:00-2:30 pm for 3rd/4th | 2:30-4:00 pm for 5th/6th
All players signed up for the KBA league are encouraged to attend so that teams can be divided evenly.
Skill Evaluation is free for players who register for the league.

League Registration
Register and pay by October 16 at PlaytheKBA.com
5th & 6th Boys should register by November 26
$60 per player
We need coaches! Please sign up to be a coach when you register your child. Coaches’ players play for free and coaches will receive a KBA shirt.

Knight Out Fun Night
Saturday, October 2 at KKHS
$20 per player - $10 for additional siblings
Register and pay at PlaytheKBA.com
6:00-8:30 for skills, pizza, and games!

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

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

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