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Jun 13

Summer Reading

Have you heard of the “summer slide”? Unfortunately, it’s not the fun kind of slide you’ll find at a water park or playground. This slide is different. It’s a slide that no parent wants their child to ride. The summer slide is a decline in reading ability and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school isn’t in session. Numerous studies show that kids who don’t read during summer vacation actually slip in reading ability by the time autumn rolls around. In order to avoid this, keep your children learning all summer long by provide opportunities throughout the summer to keep kids’ academic skills sharp. There are many ways to do this AND have fun in the process. Use this link to find some great ideas:

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May 27

Amazon Smile

We are pleased to announce the Kaechele Elementary School PTA is part of AmazonSmile!

Simply conduct your normal shopping and we earn 0.5% of your purchase total!
Follow these easy steps to get set up:

1. Go to or click on our our KES PTA unique link:
2. Log into your account
3. Select Kaechele Elementary School PTA to receive donations from eligible purchases
4. Start shopping!

*AmazonSmile will remember your previous charity selection. You have to begin each shopping trip at instead of for purchases to be eligible.

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May 20

Beat the “Summer Slide”

Summer slide isn’t a piece of playground equipment – it’s the tendency for students to lose some of the progress they’ve made during the academic year. But there are ways to keep your students’ skills sharp and have fun all summer long.

For details, resources and lots more ways to foster reading this summer, go to HCPS’ summer reading page.

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May 13

2019-2020 PTA Officers

The PTA Officers for the 2019-2020 school year have been decided! Thank you to the following parents for volunteering to serve our school in this way:

         President: Tracey Florence

         VP of Ways & Means: Punam Kapila

         Co-VP’s of Programs: Pooja Jindal & Lisa Biller

         Treasurer: Carolyn Brosnihan

         Secretary: Alicia Davis

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May 05

2019-2020 School Supplies

The school supply lists for PreK – 5th grade can be found here: 2019-20 School Supply Lists. Having these ready for the first day of school allows your child to be prepared and organized, setting them up with a great foundation for learning. Please do not send your child with a rolling backpack as those become cumbersome in the classroom. If you have any questions, please contact your teacher for clarification.

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Apr 22

We are a Common Sense School!

WAY TO GO, KES Community! Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology, has recognized our school as a Common Sense School. Kaechele Elementary has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyberbullying. The recognition acknowledges our schools commitment creating a culture of digital citizenship. To learn more about the criteria Kaechele Elementary met to become recognized as a Common Sense School, visit

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Apr 14

Test-Taking Preparation for Grades 3-5  

Our 3-5 Grade students are working hard to prepare for the online features that will be used during SOL testing this spring.  The features that were brand new a couple years ago continue to be great changes from the old features (2016 & prior) of the SOL test, but these “whistles and bells” can still be challenging.  We are practicing in class, but if you would like to take a look at these features in addition to providing extra practice for your child, please click on this link.   A login is not needed as you may click on practice and go to any subject and grade level. You can explore the many tools,background colors, technology enhanced questions and much more with your child that can provide much benefit with test taking strategies.

NWEA MAP Testing Dates and SOL Testing Dates are listed below.  Please mark your calendars so that your student will be prepared to take a test with the class on the scheduled date.  Of course, there is an opportunity for make-ups upon student return, but marking your calendars will create the expected routine necessary in order for students to show their best work.  In addition, more detailed information regarding the tests will come home in student folders as we approach the testing windows.

MAP Testing
Wednesday, April 17    Math (Grades 3-5)

SOL Testing
Tuesday, May 7           Reading Part 1 (Grades 3-5)
Wednesday, May 8      Reading Part 2 (Grades 3-5)
Wednesday, May 15    Math Part 1 (Grades 4 & 5)
Thursday, May 16        Math Part 2 (Grades 4 & 5)
Tuesday, May 21         Math Part 1 (Grade 3)
Wednesday, May 22    Math Part 2 (Grade 3)
Thursday, May 23        Science (Grade 5) & VA Studies (Grade 4)

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Feb 17

Preschool Reverse Mainstreaming Classes

Free Preschool Clipart #1Kaechele Elementary School will begin accepting applications for the 2019-20 Preschool Reverse Mainstreaming classes. This half day morning class (7:40- 10:40 AM) consists of a mix of children with and without disabilities attending a high-quality, literacy- rich preschool program together. If interested, please plan to attend an informational session on Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 PM in our school’s library. Applications will be handed out during this meeting. Please refer to the brochure for further information:

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Feb 11

Community Foundation needs your help to identify region’s outstanding teachers

Henrico, Va. Jan. 17, 2019 – Who is the special teacher in your life? The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools – and give them the means to continue growing. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.

Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive cash grants to support professional development activities.

Nominations are invited from parents, students, educators and the community at large. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students.

Nominations must be made online. A letter in support of the nomination must be written by another individual and submitted online with the nomination.

Who:The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school staff and administrators (except for the school principal), and the community at large.

When: Nominations and letters of support must be submitted by Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.

How: Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For detailed instructions, eligibility criteria and a link to the nomination portal, please visit

*A link to the Community Foundation’s nomination portal can be found at, under Hot Topics. For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of professional learning and leadership, at 804-652-3769.

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Feb 03

Random Acts of Kindness

Image result for random acts of kindnessDuring the month of February, KES will celebrate “Random Acts of Kindness,” and we are encouraging all children to think about special ways they can practice kindness towards others. Each week we will have a community service project to help make the world a better place! Information was sent home with all students this week. Below is a summary of the events:

February 4-8 Food Drive for Henrico County Blue Bus Department of Family and Community Engagement:
Please bring in one or more food items to help those students and families in Henrico County who are in need of food. Items include: cereal boxes, cereal bars, fruit cups, applesauce, oatmeal, grits, fruit rolls, peanut butter, jams/jellies, mac-n-cheese, rice, noodles, beans, instant mashed potatoes, all veggie/fruit canned items, canned meats such as tuna, ham, or chicken, chili, corn beef hash, all soups – canned or in cartons, bottle water, juices, boxed drinks.

February 11-15 Coat Drive for Caring Clothes Closet RVA:
This campaign is sponsored by our KES community service club. Please send in gently used children’s coats to help support those in need for warm winter items.

February 11-15 Children’s Hospital Foundations’ Change for Children Campaign: This campaign is sponsored by our KES SCA. 100% of the collection stay here in Richmond to support patients that are receiving services from Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. Bring in any spare change for classroom change jars.

January 22-February 21 Healthy Schools, Healthy Virginia
Thank you for considering a donation that will be shared with the American Heart Association and KES. Half of the donations will be used to purchase a set of Polar OH1 optical heart rate sensors. The other half of the donation will go to the American Heart Association. Go to and click on Find My School. Locate your school, click Become a Fundraiser and the Join a Team.

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