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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 19

End of the Year Celebration

THURSDAY, JUNE 6th is KES’s End of the Year Celebration Event. It will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. There will be bounce houses, face painting, pizza, photo booth, DJ, and more. We will also have a book fair in the library from 4:00 – 7:30 pm. Kick off your summer reading with some great new books to enjoy! We hope to see you all there as we celebrate the end of another fabulous year at Kaechele!

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May 13

Ice Cream Spirit Night

Thursday, May 30th @ 3-9 PM

Gelati Celesti Ice Cream – Short Pump Location ONLY (11805 Broad Street)

Bring your family and meet your friends for the final spirit night event of the school year!  Please do not forget to mention to the cashier at check out that you are supporting the KES spirit night.

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May 13

2019-2020 PTA Officers

The nominations slate for 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 next year.


         President: Tracey Florence

         VP of Ways & Means: Punam Kapila

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

         Treasurer: Carolyn Brosnihan

         Secretary: Alicia Davis

Official elections will take place at the General Membership meeting held at the school on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Thanks to everyone who has come out and supported the PTA efforts this year!

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May 05

2019-2020 School Supplies

Image result for school suppliesThe KES PTA offers an easy way for you to purchase all of your supplies in one place- and a portion of the cost benefits the PTA. The supply kits will be delivered to your child’s classroom by Open house at the end of summer. So why not save time and help out the PTA.

Order Online:

Ordering is available online only from May 13th-June 14th!

Be sure to order the kit that correlates with the grade your child will be in next year:
2019-20 (headphones sold separately)

Please contact Beth Vallei at with any additional questions.

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May 05

Mornings in May

During the month of May (Wed, May 1st through Thursday, May 30th), KES students, families and staff will have the opportunity to participate in Health and Wellness activities from 7:00- 7:20 AM in our school‘s gym. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, participants will get their hearts pumping and their blood flowing with a brisk walk/run. On Wednesdays, a KES grandparent will provide an introduction to beginners Power Yoga, which will focus on the power of breath and movement to help minds stay focused on the power within. All students and families are invited to participate in one activity on one day or participate in all days. If interested, at 7:00 AM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, report to the KES gym to meet Mrs. Shaia. At 7:20 AM all students will be dismissed to their classes to begin the school day.

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Apr 22

“Earth Week” at Kaechele

Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd.   Although we will not be at school on Monday, KES will use Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as an opportunity as global citizens to  “make a difference.” Our Earth Day theme, “ It takes one small step to make a change,” will help our students, families and staff become more aware of how their actions impact the world around them, and it will help empower us to take responsibility for our future.   Listed below are a the events scheduled for this week:
*All students, families and staff will be encouraged this week to take a specific step to reduce, reuse or recycle and/or NOT to use any plastics at home or at school.
*On Tuesday, Wed, and Thurs.,  KES cafeteria will only be using biodegradable straws and forks, and students who bring their lunch will be encouraged to bring silverware from home.   
*During the morning announcements, Mrs. Patterson and/or other guests will share facts about our planet and ways to help support our school’s mission in “making a difference.”
*In classrooms this week, students will have opportunities to participate in conversations, lessons and STEM activities related to saving our planet.   
*Our school will work at reducing the amount of paper we use in our building, and, if at all possible,  declare a “paperless” day in classrooms one of the days during the week.
*A special homework assignment for KES families will be shared by Mrs. Patterson via the School Messenger message system on Tuesday evening.  The homework assignment will be due to teachers on Friday, April 25th.   If the assignment is turned in, then it will be scored as a 100% grade in Social Studies or Science ( teacher will determine which subject).
*On Friday, as a culminating event, our school will celebrate Field Day and the opportunity to be in our environment.   
At KES we are already committed to “respecting our environment” and have many recyclable projects in our building-  Teracycle, Crayola ColorCycle- so this is not new thinking or action on our part. However, this week will give us an opportunity to really showcase our concern and join together to make a difference.

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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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