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Nov 12

Skate Night

Image result for skate night clipartDo you have on your calendar the PTA Spirit Night at the Ashland Skateland on Monday, December 3rd starting at 5:30 PM?  If not, then please consider making this event a priority for your family. All KES families, teachers and staff will have a great time socializing while we “roll” around the skating rink. Hope to see you there!

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Nov 04

KES Book Nook

We are so excited to announce the grand opening of our KES Book Nook! Books in our Book Nook  are free and meant to be read, enjoyed, and shared! Book Nooks grow lifelong readers by providing books to the community and for the community when the library may not be available! We stock our Book Nook with donated books that can be taken for enjoyment and then shared with someone else. You can take a book or leave a book! As you can see our nook is located in the front of our school by the preschool playground. Read, coyotes, read!

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Oct 28

Author Visit

On Friday, November 2nd, Richard and Kathy Verlander (parents to the professional baseball player Justin Verlander) will be visiting KES to talk to students about their newest book The Shelter Gang and Their Secret Adventure. In your child’s Tuesday folder, you should have received a flyer with information about their visit which includes an order form for an autographed copy of their book. If interested, students should return checks payable to Verlanderbook in the envelope attached to the flyer. Please return these envelopes to your child’s teacher by Thursday, November 1st if you would like to order a book for your child.

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Oct 28

Honoring Our Veterans

Kaechele will be participating in two more experiences to honor and support our veterans. First, we will create a visual representation in our school’s hallway to honor men and women who have served our country in the past or who are currently serving but may not be able to attend our assembly. If interested in sending information for our visual representation, then complete the attached form and send to school. If you would like to honor more than one veteran, then please go to our KES website to print off additional forms using this link: Veterans Day brick. We will collect and display pictures until Friday, Nov. 16th. Second, our KES community will partner with Blue Star Families to collect items to be sent to our deployed troops and Liberation Veteran Services. If you would like to donate, then please send in items between Wednesday, October 31 and Friday, November 9th. Items to be collected are follows:

Personal Items (travel size)
Shampoo, conditioner
Hand/body lotion
Dental floss
“Wisps” (dental cleaners)
Gold Bond foot powder
Hand sanitizer

Powdered drink mixes like Gatorade, coffee, Kool-Aid, and Crystal Light
Healthy individual snack packs – nuts, dried fruit, beef jerky, fruit snacks, trail mix
Power bars and granola bars
Instant oatmeal
Pop tarts, crackers, cookies
Tuna/chicken in foil packages

Reading material
Crossword puzzle books

Leftover Halloween candy may also be collected and will be donated to a local veteran’s organization. Collection boxes will be located in the main hallway outside of the library.

We look forward to meeting and honoring our veterans during our assembly. We hope you will plan to join us.

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Oct 28

Fall Festival News

Our Fall Festival will not be rescheduled for the fall. Therefore, all events and activities like the Teacher/Staff cake walk, bounce houses, etc. will be postponed and become part of the End of the Year Celebration on Thursday, June 6th.  More details will be shared at a later date, but all KES families should “save the date.”

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Oct 13

Your Opinion Matters

Our school’s mission is to partner with families in supporting all students. Mrs. Shaia, KES’s school Counselor, would like ideas and suggestions for parent workshops, trainings, etc. Please review the survey link below. We will use this information when making decisions for this school year. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.

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Oct 13

Safety Matters

The Kaechele Safety Committee wants to hear from you.  If you have a safety concern and/or suggestion about how to make our school safer, then please use the link below.   If you want us to contact you, then please make sure to leave your information, and we will follow up with you as needed. These responses will be checked monthly by the school’s safety committee. If this concern is something that needs to be addressed immediately, then please call the school.  For quick reference, this link will also be posted on our school’s main website under “Site Links.” Parent Safety Concerns Survey

Safety Drills  Please be aware that we have many safety drills in the course of the year. In some cases, we involve the fire department and other emergency personnel.  Their vehicles and equipment could be parked in the parking lot. We even try to challenge ourselves to simulate a “real” incident even though we do our best to make our students aware and comfortable with these drills.  Please do not be alarmed if you see what might look like an emergency or hear students discussing procedures. We will certainly communicate with the community in the event of a real occurrence. Next week, we will be practicing our procedures in the event of an earthquake and tornado.

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Oct 07

Short Pump Mile

Thank you to all the Kaechele students and parents that came out to the Short Pump Mile on September 30th. We had so many students participating in this event that we won 3rd place for participation and received $400 dollars that will go towards PE and recess equipment for our school. Mr. Runk was so proud to see so many students running and representing our school. We even had a few students receive plaques for placing in the top 10 for their division. On Tuesday, October 9th , Mr. Runk is asking for all students that participated in the race to wear their Short Pump Mile shirt to school that day. We would love to get a picture with all the participants from our school. Click on the link to see some pictures from the event!

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Oct 07

Mr. Kaechele Day

Mr. Kaechele Day was a HUGE success! We had a wave of blue showcased throughout our building, lots of meatball subs eaten at lunch and golf played during recess. This day helped all our students learn more about who David A. Kaechele was and what contributions he made in our school community. Mr. Kaechele’s daughters and (Karen and Kathy) and John Vithoulkas, HCPS county manager, shared their experienced about Mr. Kaechele with our fifth graders. Later in the day, his daughters visited with the younger classes to read a book, share some memories, and answer student questions about the school’s namesake. What a great way for all of our students to make a connection with this influential man!

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Oct 01

Know an amazing principal? Nominate him or her for a 2018-19 REB leadership award

Henrico, Va. Oct. 1, 2018 – The REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership provide a tangible, public way to recognize an outstanding principal at a Henrico County school. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Eligible are principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond. Nominees should have served in their current positions for at least three years.

To find out more and download a nomination form, go to Educational-Leadership.

Who: The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school personnel and administrators and the community at large. Nominations should take the form of a completed nomination form, downloaded from the foundation’s website, a one- to two-page typeset letter describing the nominee’s distinguished educational leadership. It can be accompanied by up to three one-page letters of support. Principals may not nominate themselves.

When: Nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered, and must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 8. Emailed or faxed nominations are not accepted.

Where: Please mail nominations to:

REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership

The Community Foundation

Attn: Stacey Keeley, Donor Engagement Officer

Boulders View Drive, Suite 110

Richmond, Va. 23225

For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of HCPS’ Department of Professional Learning and Leadership, at 804-652-3840. More information is also available at

Award recipients will be announced in March 2019.

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