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STEM Music Garden Construction

Music Garden Construction

Look at these kinders prepping for tomorrow's big day!

Due to our changed date, we have shorter hands than originally planned to assist with our project.  At this point, we would like to invite any volunteers to come help us tomorrow.  Your children and family are welcomed to join us for prepping from 9-11 (adults- drilling, sawing, etc and children- primer painting), assembling from 11-12, and finishing touches from 12-1 (sealant coats).

Please email Ms. Bailey at tbailey@kcsma.net if you are able to join. :) 

 




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Sports Jersey/Falcons Friday is TOMORROW!!!

KCSMA has been sent a box full of goodies from our own ATLANTA FALCONS! So the plan for tomorrow is that students can wear the following items for this fun filled day:

Jeans with a Sports Themed Shirt, a Falcons shirt, a Red Shirt or a Black Shirt.

If your student would prefer to wear KCSMA Spirit wear or a school uniform they are welcome to.

Thank you for your continued support of KCSMA!!!




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No School 11/7/17, Election Day

Don't forget that there is No School for ALL Cobb County Schools, including KCSMA, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

See you all on Wednesday!!!

 




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Principal's Pen- November

Please be sure to copy and paste the link below to sign up to Volunteer at KCSMA! We are looking for our FBI (Fathers Being Involved) Dads and all parents and guardians. We look forward to seeing you soon!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0849a9ae2e5-kcsma17

Thank you for your continued support of KCSMA!




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Pink Out Reminder 10/31/17

KCSMA Pink Out!!!

Tuesday, October 31st 

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

KCSMA is have a PINK OUT!

Students can wear a pink shirt with jeans, uniform bottoms or a KCSMA uniform on this day.  

In addition, Knights of the Roundtable will have a small bags of PINK cotton candy available for $1.00 during their Specials classes. 

To be sensitive to all of our families we are asking that ALL GRADESnot  wear Halloween costumes.  

Thank you for your continued support!!!

 

 







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KCSMA Pink Out!!!

KCSMA Pink Out!!!

Tuesday, October 31st 

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

KCSMA is having a PINK OUT!

Students can wear a pink shirt with jeans, uniform bottoms or a KCSMA uniform on this day.  

In addition, Knights of the Roundtable will have a small bags of PINK cotton candy available for $1.00 during their Specials classes. 

To be sensitive to all of our families we are asking that ALL GRADES, not wear Halloween costumes.  If you are planning to attend the Trunk or Treat Event on Friday, October 27th, this will be your child’s opportunity to wear their costumes.  

Thank you for your continued support!!!a

 




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Red Ribbon and Collage & Career Week

Look What I Can Be If I'm Drug Free!                         

We are excited to celebrate Red Ribbon Week alongside College and Career Week next week, October 23-27.  Students will be participating in career lessons and activities as well as hearing from a wide variety of college and career professionals. In honor of this fun-filled educational event, we ask that all students: 

Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in the below themes with the staff for the week:

Monday, October 23rd - Wear a RED Uniform shirt with either navy or khaki uniforms bottoms

Wednesday. October 25th - Wear a college shirt with uniform bottoms or jeans

Friday, October 27th - Dress up as a future career choice

 

 

 




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STEM Garden Updates

Hey Parents!
 
The STEM Committee wants to start off by first stating, Thank You!  Thank you for your many donations we have already received.  Second, here is an update.  One classroom from every grade level will be participating in Phase 1 of our garden.  Phase 1 includes that class from that grade level building a piece to our music garden.  Below, you will find a list of items needed for this phase.  (Please note, every child will participate in further phases, for now, these are the "pilot" classrooms to get us started.)  We are asking for these items by Wednesday, October 18th.  Any items still in need will be purchased Friday, October 20th, using our FUN RUN donations from last year.  If your classroom is the pilot room, you will receive more information about when we will be building.
 
Here is a general idea of what each grade level is contributing to the garden:
 
  • Kindergarten- pots and pans station
  • 1st- coffee can station
  • 2nd- school songs (walkways)
  • 3rd- PVC pipe xylophone station
  • 4th- bucket station
  • 5th- medal xylophone station
 
Get excited!!!!!  These will be ready to be on display by October 30th! πŸ˜Š  
 
Here are the items we are requesting by October 18th.  Parents, if you, friends, or family work as a contractor, builder, caterer, or gutting the house for Fall cleaning, please ask if scraps or items are willing to be donated to us.
  • pallets
  • pots and pans
  • pvc pipe
  • spray paint (variety of colors)
  • hooks
  • hubcaps
  • flat rocks (we will be collecting outside, but need a few more)
  • paint
  • mulch
  • thick paint brushes
  • gloves
  • face masks
Thank you all again!  Please email tbailey@kcsma.net if you have any questions.
-STEM Committee

 







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Student Recognition Celebration

KCSMA is excited to celebrate our students during our first quarterly awards celebration of the year. Each student will be receiving an award and parents are invited to join us in the gym for this special event. Please see below for each grade level's award celebration day and time:

 

5th Grade- Tuesday, October 10th at 8:20

Kindergarten- Tuesday, October 10th at 11:05

3rd Grade- Wednesday, October 11th at 9:15

2nd Grade- Wednesday, October 11th at 12:45

4th Grade- Friday, October 13th at 10:10

1st Grade- Friday, October 13th at 1:35

 

If you are planning to attend, please be sure to arrive 5-10 minutes early to get signed in and to the gym on time as we will begin promptly for each grade level.

We look forward to seeing you!




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Community Outreach

Happy Wednesday Parents!!! 

We are happy to announce a huge Community Outreach Project that your students learned about this morning in Morning Meeting.  We discussed with the students that our community does a wonderful job helping us, so this is our chance to help our community!   

We are joining forces with the Ronald McDonald Organization and are asking everyone to collect their can tabs.  For every gallon full of can tabs, it helps a child and their family with treatment or living expenses during their stay.  We have the opportunity to truly make an impact for these families during these hard times.   

Come March, we will send out a date for April to go deliver these to the Ronald McDonald House in Atlanta.  They have asked to wait until closer to April to set our date.  To be clear, this will be all volunteer.  Whoever wants to go, will get to go and help deliver these.  Gallon jugs will be placed in the hallway entering the school with grade levels on them.  Please have your student drop them off in the mornings.  We will keep a chart of how many each grade level fills up.  The winning grade will receive an ice cream social!   

Help us give back to our community!

For more information, please follow the link below.  If you have any questions, please email tbailey@kscma.net 

https://armhc.org/pop-tab-program/




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Girl Scout Parent Meeting

Interested in Learning more about Girl Scout Troops?

Join us for an informational meeting to learn about joining and volunteering. 

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Kennesaw Charter – Cafeteria

 







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Fall Picture Day

 

Everyone SMILE!!!!

It is Fall picture time!!!

Pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 21

Order forms came home this past week. 

Please return order forms and money to your student’s teacher by Thursday morning. 

All Students are to be in KCSMA Uniforms for these pictures.

 




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STEM Garden

Good Morning KCSMA Family and Friends!!! 

            We wish you all well!!  We would like to take a few minutes to give you an update on our Fun Run Success!  Thanks to your ambition and drive to raise donations for our school, we are able to use $1600 for STEM materials, curriculum, and projects.  To say we are excited, is an understatement!  Some of you may not know this, but we started a project at the end of the 2017 school year that required your students to design a Sensory STEM Garden.  Your children did an amazing job!  Attached, you will find some pictures of their designs.  They were to use their imagination to design a garden with recycled materials located in various locations around the school.  Now that we know what they want, our next step is to purchase materials.  Below is a list of priority items we would like to purchase.  There is also a list of items you can start collecting that can be bought in at any time.  We are looking to implement our designs as soon as we can.  Of course, we are not able to implement everything right away, but your children are just as pumped as we are and we want to get going as soon as possible.  If you have access or would like to donate something from our priority list, we would appreciate it greatly.  The more donations we get for these items, the more the fundraiser earnings will get to go to curriculum and materials in the classroom.  Please email any questions regarding this project to tbailey@kcsma.net.  Thank you again for working so hard to help make our school a better learning environment for your children!

With thanks,

The STEM Committee 

Priority Items:

  • 4 x 4 block wood pieces
  • tape (masking, painters, scotch, duct)
  • hot glue guns and glue refill (teachers will be the only one using these)
  • pvc pipes
  • toy cars, trucks, and other transportation items
  • paint
  • old tires (no wires poking out)
  • string/yarn/tent cable
  • cable ties

Donations to Collect at Home:

  • snack containers (Poptarts, cereal bars, muffins, etc)
  • cereal boxes
  • shoe boxes
  • milk gallons
  • pots and pans
  • soup cans
  • plastic bottle tops
  • shampoo and conditioner containers
  • paper towel rolls
  • brown paper bags

*This list is not limited to any other materials your children feel can be used for designing our garden.  Remember, we have many areas we are working with, so we will need lots of materials to implement all of the creative ideas your children came up with.

 




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KCSMA Reminders

KCSMA Reminders and Important Information

9/22                         NUT Pass Day ($1.00)

9/22                         Early Release for KCSMA (Carpool 11:45-12:30)

9/25- 9/29                Fall Break- No School

10/2                         Students Return from Break







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ITBS Testing Updates

Due to inclement weather and school closings earlier this week, the ITBS testing schedule will be amended per Cobb County's instructions. Testing will take place for 3rd and 5th graders on Thursday, 9/14 through Tuesday, 9/19. 

Please remember that there are NO VISITORS allowed in the building on testing days for ALL GRADES. This includes lunch with students, birthdays and volunteering.

Thank you for your understanding.

 




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School Closed Due to Hurricane Weather

Good afternoon KCSMA Families,

We have just received word from Cobb County Schools that all Cobb County Schools including Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy will be CLOSED on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12 ahead of Hurricane Irma and its impact on Georgia.  Please stay safe.  Stay tuned to your local news stations and please check our website and Facebook page for updates.

KCSMA Administration




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Helpful Information

KCSMA Parents:

KCSMA Administration will be keeping a close watch on the potential incoming weather in the Metro Atlanta area over the next few days.  Please stay tuned to your local news stations for more information. 

If Cobb County School closes then Kennesaw Charter will be closed as well. Thank you and have a wonderful and safe afternoon!

KCSMA Administration




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KCSMA Bookworms

KCSMA is excited to announce a brand new reading club for students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade, along with their parents/caretakers.  The focus of this club is to help foster a love of reading in our younger students and engage parents in this endeavor.  For more information, please visit:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0849a9ae2e5-kcsma16




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Principal's Pen- Carpool

September 7, 2017                                                                                                                                                                          Carpool

Greetings KCSMA families,

Thank you all for your cooperation with the changes that were made for morning and afternoon carpool. Even though our enrollment is down, we are still pushing anywhere between 400 and 500 cars through the property each morning and afternoon. Our reduction in students resulted in a reduction in staff; specifically support staff members that are available to monitor arrival and dismissal.  Your child’s safe arrival and dismissal is our top priority. Please note the following tips that can help make everyone’s experience a positive one when dropping off and picking up children:

  • Students can be dropped off at our Before School Program as early as 6am for $4 per day.
  • It seems the bulk of traffic occurs between 7:30 and 7:50 each morning, increasing in volume each minute. Whether we drop off at the back or the front, there will be a back up of cars if everyone is trying to drop off at the last minute.
  • Please have your child sitting at the right side of the car so they can exit on the sidewalk and not the street.
  • If you have to attend to last minute details (uniform/ hair check, back pack check, etc.), please park in the lot and take care of those tasks. The line is delayed when students aren’t ready go get out when the door is opened for them.
  • We have students that come from all areas of Cobb County attending our school. We also have staff that comes from all over the metro Atlanta area and some travel from outside the metro. When unforeseen traffic issues delay staff, we have to pull staff from the carpool line to monitor homeroom classes.
  • Some of our babies were getting caught in the hallway traffic when we were dismissing to the front and back. The result is a backed up car line while we find the child to send them to the appropriate pick up spot. Now, all traffic flows to the front.
  • Again, all students can’t be picked up at the same time (2:45). We have cars that are in line for dismissal as early as 1:30, which starts the back up to Cobb Parkway.
  • A few fender benders were reported when parents were trying to merge from the front and back pickup as well as merging onto busy Cobb Parkway. Having one flow of traffic helps to avoid these mishaps.
  • Many parents drop off their children on the way to work. If you can, please try to drop off your child between 7am and 7:30am when there are considerably fewer cars.

I would like to give the new route a few more days to work before going back to the old way of using two lines.  I will communicate the change on Tuesday, September 12 if we need to go back to the original carpool process. Since we do not have any bus service, carpool will never be ideal for every family. Please support our efforts in making sure everyone gets on and off campus as quickly as possible. This can only work with your cooperation. 

With children in mind, 

Dr. James McNealey

Principal




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Reminders- No Visitors During Testing

Good Afternoon Knights!

A few reminders for the upcoming weeks:

September 6th-8th: CoGAT Testing, 1st and 3rd Grades

September 11th-15th:  ITBS Testing, 3rd and 5th Grades

September 25-29: Fall Break **NO SCHOOL**

 

On testing days please be sure to send your student with a water bottle and a healthy snack.

Please remember that there are NO VISITORS allowed in the building on testing days for ALL GRADES. This includes lunch with students, birthdays and volunteering.

Thank you for your understanding.




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Early Release 8/30

Don’t forget that Wednesday, August 30th is Early Release for KCSMA students. 

Carpool will begin at 11:40 am and end at 12:30 pm. ASP will begin immediately after Carpool. All students must be either be picked up from Carpool or assigned to ASP. If you wish to utilize ASP for your student you will be charged the normal daily rate of $9 per student.




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Clinic Donations

KCSMA School Clinic

KCSMA Parents,

As the school year is under way, we are in need of donations for the clinic.  If you would like to drop off any of the following donations to the front office, it would be greatly appreciated.

Reuseable Cold Packs

Sandwich Size Ziplock Bags

Spray Peroxide

Cough Drops (cherry flavored)

3oz. Dixie Cups

Latex Free Medium Size Gloves

Burn Cream

Hydrocortisone Cream

Benedryl Cream

Non-Stick Adhesive Pads (2X2) and (4X4)

Triple Antibiotic Cream

 

Thank you!

Nurse Jones

 




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OPEN HOUSE 8/29/17

KCSMA OPEN HOUSE

We look forward to seeing you at our Open House on Tuesday, August 29th.  During the classroom visit, teachers will provide a brief presentation to review goals for the year, explain procedures and expectations, and ask for classroom volunteers.

 

5:30 - Parent Meeting with Dr. McNealey

6:00-7:00 - Curriculum Information in Classrooms

6:30-7:00 - Music Program Information Session Band/Chorus Room

6:30-7:00 - Knights of the Round Table Information Session Cooking Lab




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NUT Pass 8/25/17

$1 N.U.T. Pass this Friday, August 25th.  Students can pay $1 and not wear their uniform on this Friday.  NUT Pass money is to be turned into your child’s homeroom teacher. 

KCSMA has a NUT Pass once a month and the proceeds from the money raised rotates between:      

Book Fair (All for Books), PTO activities, STEM activities and school events.

NUT Pass Guidelines:

Shorts and skirts must be appropriate length, fingertip length

No tank tops, spaghetti straps or sleeveless shirts

Shirts should be school appropriate

All Students must wear close toed shoes, no flip flops or boots

If a student is in NUT pass clothing and has not paid the $1, parents will be called to bring their student a school uniform.

**** If your student does not want to participate in the NUT pass they can wear either school uniform or spirit wear and jean/uniform bottoms










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Solar Eclipse Events

Eclipse Events

Dear KCSMA Parents,

The first solar eclipse in over 38 years is scheduled to occur on Monday, August 21 around 2:36pm. In prior communication, I shared that our school day will be altered 30 minutes for this event. The letter summarizes our schedule and plans for that day.

  • BSP (Before School Program) will begin at 6:30am instead of 6:00am and end at 7:25am.
  • Morning car pool will start at 7:30am and end at 8:18am. Students are tardy at 8:20am.
  • If you would like to check your child out and watch the eclipse on our property, you we will have early check out between 1:50 and 2:15.
  • Afternoon car pool will start at 3:15pm and end at 4:00pm.

Because of the high risk of viewing a solar eclipse without the appropriate eye protection, we will not be taking students out of the building. Students will participate in eclipse-focused activities throughout the day all over the building. We will view the actual eclipse online. The current weather forecast does is not favorable for viewing the eclipse outside, but please continue to monitor the weather on your favorite news station.

If weather permits, we do have 150 pair of approved eclipse glasses for sale – one for $3, two for $5 – cash only.

 

Dr. James McNealey

Principal




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Spirit Wear Orders Due 8/18/17

KCSMA Spirit Wear

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If you missed the order forms at Meet & Greet and would like to order a Spirit Shirt or KCSMA Hoodie please see the attached order form. 

Orders will be accepted through Friday, August 18. 

The Order Form can be found at www.kennesawcharter.com

Payments can be CASH (exact change), check or credit card payment in the front office.

Please return order forms to the front office.

 







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Back to School Bash

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Back to School Bash, please sign up here: Back to School Bash Help




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Wild West Book Fair

We need volunteers to work at the KCSMA Scholastic Book Fair.  To make the most of the book fair experience for the students, we need many volunteers to assist the students with their wish lists and help with shopping. 

Please sign up for as many slots as you want.  :)   There are time slots during the day, other slots for set up, packing, during Family Movie night, during Open House, and extended shopping after school on Fridays.  

YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER WILL RECEIVE A $5 SHOPPING CREDIT FOR EVERY SHIFT YOU WORK.  If you have more than one child, please designate which teacher you would like to receive the credit.  If you work 2 or more shifts at this book fair, you will receive a 20% discount at this fair.  

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0849a9ae2e5-kcsma14

 




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ASP Clubs Starting 8/14 & 8/21

ASP CLUBS STARTING THE WEEK OF AUGUST 14TH AND AUGUST 21!

 

SEWING AND DESIGN CLASS (Grades 2-5)

Starts Tuesday Aug 15th -Dec 12th 4:15-5:15

$273

Register online www.imaginethatfun.com or at school

 

ZUMBA FOR KIDS

Starts Wednesday Aug 16th 4:00-5:00

8 weeks session

$100 + 1 time $15 reg. fee

 

  1. ENGINEERING CLUB 4:00-5:00 (GRADES K-2)

Starts Monday Aug 21st- Dec 11th 4:00-5:00

13 week session

$234 per student

Register at www.engineeringforkids.com/metroatlanta

 

 APRENTICE ENGINEERING CLUB: 4:00-5:00 (GRADES 3-5)

Starts Wednesday Aug 23rd - Dec 13th 4:00-5:00

13 week session

$234 per student

Register at www.engineeringfor kids.com/metroatlanta 

 

BRUSHES:   Hands on Painting Class (Grades 2-5)

 Starts Thursday Aug 17th - Sept 28th 3:00-5:00

$160 per session.  Two payment plan available

Checks payable to Christina Isaacs

 

COOKING CLASS (Grades K-5)

 Starts Monday Jan 21st- Dec 11th 4:00-5:00

$245 per session.  Two payment plan available

Checks payable to Excellence in Etiquette

 

ROBOTICS CLUB: 4:15-5:45 (Grades 4-5)

 Starts Aug 25th- Oct 13th 4:15-5:45

$200 per session if registered by 8/14 $240 by Aug 25th. 

Register at Imaginethatfun.com or at school

 

AFTER ARTIST: DRAWING, SKETCHING, AND INTRO TO SCULPTING

Starts Week of Aug 16th classes on Tues, Wed, and Thurs 3:30-4:30

CHOICE TO TAKE 3, 12, OR 21 CLASSES.

SEE FLIER FOR DETAILS.

Price varies on the amount of sessions you choose ranging from $60-$280 per student

Checks payable to Donna Binns

DonnaBinns250@gmail.com for questions.

 

SOCCER ACADEMY CLUB (Grades 2-5)

 Starts Tues Aug 15th-Nov 14th 2:30-3:30

$175 per session. Includes dri-fit training top and magnet. 

Register online  www.CobbSoccerAcademy.com

 

 

NFL DREAM FOOTBALL AND MENTORING PROGRAM (Grades K-5)

Starts Wed Aug 16th 4:30-6:30

$300 per session 2hr classes

Payment plans available

Check payable to Battle of the Trenches 

 

CHOI KWANG DO MARTIAL ARTS (Grades K-5)

 Starts Thurs Aug 17th 5:00-6:00

$75 for first session or month $55 per month afterwards (free uniform)

Check payable to Mason Jackson 

 

CLAY CREATIONS CLASS (Grades K-5)

 Starts Friday Aug 15th- Oct 27th 4:00-4:45

$150 per session (includes firing and glazing fee) Payment Plan available. 

Register online at http://www.inspireyoungartistsattreehousestudios.com/

 

BALLET AND JAZZ (Grades K-5)

 Starts Wed Aug 16th- Nov 1st 

$207 plus $5 reg. fee per session

Ballet 4:00-4:45 then Jazz 4:45-5:15

Check payable to Spirit of Dance

 

TUMBLING  AND HIP HOP CLASS (Grades K-5)

 Starts Friday Aug 25th-Nov 10th 4:00-5:15

$207 plus $15 reg. fee per session 

Hip Hop 4:00-4:45 then Tumble 4:45-5:15

Check payable to Spirit of Dance

 

KIDZ KEYS PIANO CLASS (Grades K-2)

 Starts Thurs Aug 14th 4:00-4:50

$220 per session 12 weeks Payment plan available

See flier for more details

Check payable to Fine Arts Matter

 

KIDZ GUITAR CLASS (Grades K-2)

 Starts Wed Aug 16th 4:00-4:50

$220 per session 12 weeks Payment plan available

See flier for more details

Check payable to Fine Arts Matter

 

 

BASKETBALL PROGRAM COACH FOR KIDS (Grades K-5) Monday and Fridays

 Starts Monday Aug 14th and Friday Aug 18th 2:30-4:30

1 session $150 2 sessions @300 or 3 sessions $450

See flier for more details.

For more info contact Ken woods 678-265-0531 coachkenwoods@yahoo.com

 

CRAZY 8'S MATH CLUB (Grades K, 1-2 ONLY)

 Starts Thurs Aug 17th 4:00-5:00

8 weeks KIDS APPLY MATH SKILLS AND CONCEPTS THROUGH FUN INTERACTIVE GAMES.

$100 per session

Check payable to Leslie Healy

 

YOGA CLASS (Grades K-5)

 Starts Tues Aug 15th 4:00-4:45

$125 per session + 25 supply fee Yoga mats, blocks, and other supplies included

10 weeks 

Check payable to Lisa Weaver 

Fliers can be found at the ASP Desk. Please contact Ms. Settle at KSETTLE@KCSMA.NET for any questions you may have regarding any of the clubs listed above. 

In order to participate in any ASP club, a child must be registered for ASP ($35.00). Registration fees should be made payable to KCSMA and must be separate from club payments. See individual fliers for all club payment inquiries. Spots are first come first serve. Students are registered by payments only and in the order they are received!!!

 




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Now Hiring School Nurse

KCSMA family - We are looking for a school nurse for this school year.  If you are an RN/LPN and would like more information, please email Chelsey Kinsinger at ckinsinger@kcsma.net.




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Parent Survey

Parents,

We invite you to take the survey below adn give KCSMA your feedback.  Please copy and paste the link.

We look forward to hearing form you!

KCSMA Administration

 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=hgXqvF7j-keokqDSTIpsSzv328YoFUpFrSKMglUb4WJUNkNQM1dKRUdCWDhYSzZRVFhTVE9WTVRPSi4u




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School Supply List Updates

School Supply List Updates-

$56 fee, per child, grades 1st-5th

This fee is for GO Math Practice Books and Specials fee.

Cash or checks payable to "KCSMA"










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Principal's Pen- July 2017

July 2017

Greetings KCSMA families,

I hope that you are all enjoying this hot July weather! I am excited to join your family as the Principal of Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy. I will submit to you a monthly memo that will keep you informed of the many activities that will occur this school year. To get us started, here are a few reminders: 

  • School starts bright and early at 7:50AM on Monday, July 31. Every effort should be made to have students inside the building before this time. With the families of over 800 students dropping them off, this will not be possible if you try to arrive after 7:40AM. Excessive tardies will be addressed on an individual basis. Look for an attendance protocol during Meet and Greet. We will continue with our Before School Program beginning at 6AM and carpool drop-off at 7AM.  Pick up starts promptly at 2:45. We will attempt to relieve traffic jams by requesting that specific car tags arrive at designated times. This information will also be available at Meet and Greet.
  • On Thursday, July 27, we invite you out to our Meet and Greet from 3:30 – 5:30 for our 3rd – 5th graders and 5:30 – 7:30 for our Kindergarten – 2nd The Kindergarten teachers will host an informational meeting for new parents from 5:00 – 5:30 in their classrooms. Please bring your checkbooks and other forms of payment for school lunch, Before and After School Programs and Clubs.
  • KCSMA will continue to be a uniform school. The expectation for students enrolled is that everyone is in uniform everyday. More information can be found on our website in the PARENT section.
  • Student supply lists are on the school website. As we continue to move forward toward STEM accreditation, please look for information about general household items that can be used in projects and experiments.
  • Calling all fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles and all other father figures! KCSMA will participate in the Million Father March on the first day of school. This program, initiated by the Black Star Project out of Chicago, IL promotes the engagement of fathers and father figures in the education of their children. We invite you to come walk your child to class, meet their teacher and sign up for volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Watch our website and Facebook page for the official flyer.
  • Mark your calendar for August 21. We will adjust our school day back by 30 minutes in order to witness the first total solar eclipse in 38 years at 2:36PM. Morning carpool will begin at 7:30 and afternoon carpool will begin at 3:15. Please visit our website for detailed information. 

See you soon ….

Dr. James McNealey

Principal







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Meet & Greet

KCSMA Meet & Greet:

Thursday, July 27th

3rd-5th Grades: 3:30-5:30

Kindergarten- 2nd Grades: 5:30-7:30

Kindergarten classes will have a parent information meeting in their classrooms from 5:00-5:30.

Please bring your student and School Supplies to meet your new teacher!  You will find out who your student’s teacher is upon arrival to Meet & Greet.

 




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5th Grade Supply List

5th Grade Supply List 2017-2018

Please Remember NO ROLLING BACKPACKS 

  • 12 pencils- please resupply as needed (students keep their own)
  • 6 spiral bound notebooks or 2 - 3 subject notebooks (replace as needed)
  • Personal pencil sharpener (individual, hand held) or mechanical pencils
  • 12 count colored pencils (kids keep)
  • 8 count markers (optional) (kids keep)
  • 1 box crayons (any brand/size) (kids keep)
  • 1 pair scissors (kids keep)
  • 2 packs loose leaf notebook paper (kids keep)
  • 1 box tissues (collected)
  • 4 or more, low odor EXPO markers (colorful)(collected)
  • 4 reams of copy paper (collected)
  • 1 roll paper towels (collected)
  • 100 count index cards
  • 6 glue sticks
  • 1 large, 3 inch binder with pockets and dividers
  • 1 box letter size envelopes
  • 1 box red pens
  • 2 Music/Art folders

 

BOYS ONLY: 

(1) Gallon Size Ziplock Bags

(2) Clorox Wipes Canisters
(1) Box of regular Size Band-Aids

GIRLS ONLY:

(1) Sandwich Size Ziplock Bags

(1) Box of Manila Folders

(2) Clorox Wipes Canisters




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4th Grade School Supply List

4th Grade Supply List 2017-2018 

Please Remember NO ROLLING BACKPACKS 

Homeroom Supplies (donated to homeroom teacher for use by all students):

  • 2 large boxes 2-ply Kleenex (pop up kind)
  • 1 large roll of Paper Towels
  • 2 500 page reams of copy paper 20/lb/84 brightness
  • 6 glue sticks

 Personal Supplies (brought to and from school each day):

            Needed daily starting from Day 1:

  • Backpack that fits into a 15x15 cubby/locker (no wheels; lunch bag and coat must also fit into the same cubby/locker)
  • Unbreakable water bottle with your name on it.
  • Uniform or spirit-wear sweater/sweatshirt with your name in/on it (non-logo'd sweaters/sweatshirts are not allowed in classrooms or hallways, per uniform policy) 

The following must be assembled and ready to use on Day 1(and replaced when necessary):

  • One 2” Heavy Duty 3-Ring Binder with plastic tabs
  • Plenty of notebook paper
  • Also in the binder, one three ring vinyl/cloth pencil pouch
  • Pencils (NO Mechanical pencils allowed), pens, and eraser
  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils – optional, your choice of any/all/none

Personal Supplies to be replenished from home daily: 

Paper

4 sharpened pencils (NO MECHANICAL PENCILS!)

1 red pen

1 blue pen

eraser

 

Please note: Other supplies may be required! Please be diligent with checking the blog for more updates!




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3rd Grade School Supply List

3rd Grade Supply List 2017-2018

Please Remember NO ROLLING BACKPACKS 

PLEASE DO NOT LABEL ITEMS WITH YOUR STUDENTS NAME! 

(3) Large boxes 2-ply Kleenex (pop up kind)

(2) Large rolls of paper towels

(3) Containers of disinfectant wipes

(2) Packs of handwriting paper (½ inch by ¼ inch ruling)

(2) Packs of Wide Rule notebook paper

(4) 500 reams of copy paper 20/lb 84 brightness

(1) 1 inch 3 ring binder with pockets - WHITE

(3) Plastic folders

(2) Expo markers (4 pack)

(6) Glue sticks

(1) Pack classic markers

(2) Pairs of scissors

(2) 24 ct. Crayola crayons

(4) Spiral SINGLE SUBJECT notebooks - wide rule

(5) Composition notebooks (1 will be for Music class)

(6) Packs Ticonderoga #2 pencils

(2) Packs cap erasers

(1) Black Sharpie

(1) Pack 3 in. x 5 in. index cards 

 

BOYS ONLY:

(1) CARD STOCK PAPER- white

(1) ZIPLOCK Sandwich sized BAGS

(1) Box of jumbo paper clips and one box of standard staples

GIRLS ONLY:

(1) Ziplock Box- Gallon Size

(1) Large hand Sanitizer

(1) Pack Multi-Colored Construction Paper

 

WISH LIST ITEM

  • Pack chart paper (27 in. x 30 1/4th in.) sometimes is called flipchart, anchor chart, or easel pad.

 




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2nd Grade Supply List

2nd Grade Supply List 2017-2018

Please Remember NO ROLLING BACKPACKS 

PLEASE DO NOT LABEL ITEMS WITH YOUR STUDENTS NAME

(1) 1 ½ inch binder (white with pockets), No oversize, cloth or zippers

(5) Wide-Ruled Composition Books (Black and White)

(1) Red Pocket Folder with 3 Brads (plastic folder)

(1) Yellow Pocket Folder with 3 Brads (plastic folder)

(1) Green Pocket Folder with 3 Brads (plastic folder)

(1) Blue Pocket Folder with 3 Brads (plastic folder)

(2) 24 count Crayola Crayons

(1) Pack of solid or lined Index Cards

(2) 12 count Crayola Long Colored Pencils

(2) Packets Wide-Ruled Notebook Paper

(2) 8 or 10 count Crayola Washable Markers

(4) Packages of 12 count #2 Pencils (NO “FAT” pencils, please) (Total of 48 pencils)

(5) Packages of 8 ½ X 11, 500 pg. 20 lbs. Copy Paper

(1) Pack of construction paper

(4) Glue Sticks and 4 Glue Bottles

(10) Large Pink Pencil Erasers

(1) Kid Safe Scissors

(1) Roll of Scotch Tape

(1) Box of Paper Clips (large)

(4) Facial Tissue Boxes (large)

(2) Clorox Wipes (70 ct.)

(4) Paper Towels

(1) Large Hand Sanitizer Bottle (1liter)

(1) Large pack of Post-It Notes

(3) Packet of Dry Erase Markers 4 CT (4 black, 4 color, 4 thin tipped)

(1) Box of Latex Free Band-Aids

(1) Package of Clear Paper Protectors (25 ct.)

 

BOYS ONLY: 

(1) Pack of 8 ½ X 11 Card Stock Copy Paper

(1) Ziploc Sandwich bags

(1) Gallon Ziploc Bags (20 ct.)

(1) Box of Staples

 

GIRLS ONLY:

(1) Pack Colored Copy Paper 8 ½ X 11

(1) Ziploc Quart Bags

(2) Roll of Painters Tape




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First Grade Supply List

1st Grade Supply List 2017 – 2018 

Please Remember NO ROLLING BACKPACKS 

PLEASE DO NOT LABEL ITEMS WITH YOUR STUDENTS NAME!

 

(1) Pack VERTICAL story paper with picture (Smart Start from SchoolBox or online at Walmart.com) 

(2) Mead primary journals (not composition journals)

(3) Reams of copy paper – 500 pages

(3) Packs (24 count) yellow pre-sharpened pencils #2 

(4) Boxes of Crayola crayons – 24 count 

(1) Box of Crayola (fat) markers – 10 count 

(12) Glue sticks 

(1) Pair of scissors 

(6) Large white or pink erasers- NO CAP ERASERS

(3) Paper towel rolls 

(3) Boxes of tissue 

(3) Canisters of disinfecting wipes 

(1) Bottle of Lysol disinfectant spray 

(2) White binders – 1 inch 

(1) Plastic pencil/crayon box 

 

BOYS ONLY:

(1) Box of sandwich size Ziplock bags 
(1) Roll of painters tape

(1)Pack of fat Expo dry erase markers  

GIRLS ONLY:

(1) Box of gallon size Ziplock bags
(1) Roll of scotch tape

(1)Pack of skinny Expo dry erase markers  

 




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Kindergarten Supply List

Kindergarten Supply List 2017-2018

Please Remember NO ROLLING BACKPACKS 

** Please only label your child's name on the items with stars.

 (Pencil box, pencil pouch, folders, and primary writing journals.)

(1) 12 count #2 Pencils (pre-sharpened)

(2) 24 count Regular Crayola Crayons

(1) 8 count Regular Crayola Crayons

(1) 8 count Washable Fine Tip Crayola Markers

(1) 10 count Washable Crayola Classic Markers

(12) Glue Sticks (any count, just 12 total)

(1) Elmer’s Liquid Glue

(2) Pink Pearl Erasers

(1) Fiskars Scissors, Blunt End

(2) 4 pack of Black Expo Blunt Tip Dry Erase Markers

(2) Primary Writing Journal Mead 200 pages

(Story paper, lined on bottom, blank at top for drawing) **

(3) Plastic and durable, two pocket folder with prongs. (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue) **

(4) Reams of Copy Paper 8 ½ x 11- 500 Pages

(1) Heavy Construction Paper 9 x 12- Assorted Colors 100 Pages (loose paper, no tablets)

(1) Heavy Construction Paper 12 x 18- Assorted Colors 100 Pages (loose paper, no tablets)

(1) Plastic pencil box **

(1) Durable (clear/see through) Pencil Pouch with zipper and 3 hole punched **

(1) Packet of transparent tape

(2) Rolls paper towels

(1) Box of tissue

(3) Containers of Clorox Wipes

Math Practice Workbook and Specials Fee - $18 cash or check made payable to “KCSMA”

BOYS ONLY:

Handwriting Paper - Kindergarten (500 pk.) found ONLY at School Box

Liquid Hand Soap 

(1) Container of any color washable paint

GIRLS ONLY:

Ziploc Sandwich sized freezer bags

Hand Sanitizer

(1) Crayola water color paint set

Band Aids

6 pack of play dough

* Each teacher may have an individual class list with additional supplies that are needed for the year. Some items will be used during quarterly STEM projects and will help prevent us from asking for donations each quarter.

Thank you in advance,

KCSMA Kindergarten Team




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Custodial/ Janitorial Services Needed

Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy is seeking proposals for Custodial/Janitorial Services for the FY 2017-18 school year.  Please reply via email no later than 6:00 PM on Friday June 23, 2017 to Dave Peeples, Board Chair, (dpeeples@kcsma.net) and copy Dr. James McNealey, Principal, (jmcnealey@kcsma.net) for specifics.




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New Principal Announcement

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer break! We are excited to announce Dr. James McNealey as our new principal! He joins us with a wealth of experience in education and leadership - please view his attached bio.

We will have a Welcome Celebration in the near future - stay tuned for more details.




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Lost & Found

KCSMA Parents,

As the school year comes to an end, our Lost and Found has grown as bountiful as the flowers!!!  Please be sure to come check Lost and Found in the next couple of days during Field Day to see if your students missing items might be there. 

On Wednesday, May 17 ALL items in Lost and Found will be donated. 




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Summer Business Hours

Summer Business Hours

Following CCSD Policy, KCSMA Offices are CLOSED on Fridays

May 25 & 26             9:00-1:00

May 29- June 3        CLOSED

June 5-8                  9:00-1:00

June 12-15              9:00-1:00

June 19-22              9:00-1:00

June 26-29              9:00-1:00

July 3-7                   CLOSED

July 10-13               9:00-1:00

July 17-20               9:00-1:00

July 24-27               9:00-1:00

If you are coming in to pick up your child’s report card and/or clear up your child’s current balance, please bring exact change. Thank you and have a fun and safe summer!!

KCSMA Administration and Staff










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Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year Mrs. Berlinda Bell!










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Principal's Monthly Scroll

Dear Parents and Families,

I hope your weekend was restful and pollen free. 

Thank you for your support on Comcast Cares Day.  You will notice some positive changes on campus as you drive through carpool.  Thanks to all the employees of Comcast, KCSMA staff and awesome families for spending your Saturday helping spread mulch, pine straw, erecting basketball goals, building picnic tables, planting flowers and more. 

The first week of testing went very well.  Teachers ensured that your student received extra movement time once testing was over.  While walking through the building I was extremely impressed with the number of students who were focusing, using their testing strategies, and practicing their relaxation breathing/stretching.  KCSMA students were ready for this test, and most students gave it their personal best.  I expect this week to be nothing short of successful as well.

Congratulations to the KCSMA Hydroponic Garden Club partially sponsored by Cobb County Master Gardeners.  We placed 3rd overall in the International Competition for Educational Gardening.

Field Day will soon be here.  The date is Thursday, May 11th for K-2nd and Friday, May 12th for 3rd-5th.       .  Field Day is one of the best days of the year for our students.  Coach Ensor works hard to ensure the students have a great time.  Please remind your student that those who receive office referrals from this point on, will not be eligible to attend Field Day.  Outstanding balances for lunch or for BASP must be taken care before Field Day as well, in order for your student to participate.

We are going to be busy every day until the last day of school.  Re-tests are actually scheduled in the county for the last two half days of school.  I will keep you updated on this as the county might receive a waiver for re-testing.  If not, we will be re-testing on those last 2 days.                                                                                                             

Other important dates include:

Monday, May 22nd - Regular school Hours

Tuesday, May 23rd - Half Day, Carpool Starts at 11:40

Wednesday, May 24th – Last Day of School, Report Cards Sent Home with Students,

Carpool Starts at 11:40

 

Thank you for your passion for charter schools and your support for KCSMA. 

Wishing you well,

Mrs. Frey







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Outstanding Balances

Parents and Families,

This week you may receive statements from School Nutrition, Before/Afterschool Program, or the Media Center regarding outstanding balances.

All balances must be paid in full by May 5th.

Students with outstanding balances will not be allowed to participate in non-instructional events and activities such as Field Day and Graduation. 

Report grades will be sent home on May 24th (last day of school). 

If outstanding balances remain on any school or BASP account, you may pay during summer office hours and pick up the report card at that time.

Mrs. Frey




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GA STEM Day

GA STEM DAY - May 5, 2017

The 5th annual Georgia STEM Day will take place on May 5, 2017, and we plan to be a part of it! STEM skills are vital for students who want to be successful in our 21st century workforce, and being part of Georgia STEM Day is just one more way to get students excited about a future STEM career. 

We have two school-wide activities planned. We will have a 21st century skill activity that focuses on creating a collaborative painting and an engineering activity that focuses on the physics of water slides!

We are collecting bulk materials for this whole-school effort and could use help from our KCSMA family.  If you can donate any of the items, please go ahead and send them in now so we can take inventory and adjust our activities if needed.   Send them in with your child marked as STEM DAY.  Here is the sign-up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094cafa82da64-gastem

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STEM NUT Pass on Friday

It's last minute but we need your help!
 
We would like to send several teachers to visit STEM workshops at local schools in May and you can help support this effort by participating in a last minute NUT pass this Friday.  We are hoping to raise about $500 to cover the needed costs for this efffort.  Have your student pay $1 to be out of uniform and wear their favorite STEM inspired shirt.  It can be STAR WARS, Minecraft, or anything you can relate to science, math, engineering or technology.  It is ok to be creative with the connection, so have fun with it and make sure your child can tell us how it relates if we catch them in the hall… it might be worth a prize πŸ˜‰  Thank you for your support.

 




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No Visitors During Testing

Good Morning Knights!

A few reminders for the upcoming weeks:

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade – Milestones Testing

Wednesday, April 19-Friday, April 26

 

On testing days please be sure to send your student with a water bottle and a healthy snack.

 

Please remember that there are NO VISITORS allowed in the building on testing days for ALL GRADES. This includes lunch with students, birthday celebrations and volunteering.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Please use the URL below to participate in the School Parent Survey by Friday, April 21st

http://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/20056/10234




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COMCAST Cares

Sign Up to volunteer for Comcast Cares Day
 
We are excited to announce that KCSMA has been chosen to partner with Comcast for their annual Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8 am to 1pm. This is a great opportunity for our school and community to join forces with Comcast employees to make a difference on our campus. This is a community event, and we would like to see our parents, students and other groups from the community participate.
 
Our goal is to have 250 adults working with us. We encourage you to invite work colleagues, church groups, scout groups, and other community groups.
 
We will be working on upgrading and enhancing the school’s landscape and outdoor areas. 
 
Please joins us at the school on Saturday, April 22nd from 8am-1pm. Please sign up online and forward this link to friends and family!
 
 
We look forward to seeing you all here!




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4th Annual Coach's Fun Run

Parents! This year’s main fundraiser is the 4th Annual Coach’s Fun Run! It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on Friday, March 10. Then families will have time to get pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on March 24th.  With our big goal to raise funds to support high quality, hands on STEM educational experiences, technology, and our growing campus, we asked the Fun Run experts at Boosterthon to power our Fun Run and make it more profitable, easier, and fun. 

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, BACKYARD BOX OFFICE! It’s a movie theme all about making a difference by getting into character. Our students will learn from five REAL kid difference-makers. From inventors, to world-class speakers, to business owners, to world-record holders, these five kids will inspire our students to practice the five “Character Acts” and make a difference in our community 

Donations will go toward STEM and to the entire 9-day experience. So please help our school by reaching out to sponsors. Also, all families are invited to come out and cheer on your student at the Fun Run on March 24th!  More details to come. Thank you for your support!

 




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Early Release 3/31

KCSMA Parents:

Friday, March 31st the Staff will be participating in a Professional Development Class therefore it will be an Early Release for the students. 

Carpool will begin at 11:40 am and end at 12:30 pm.  If your student rides on a Day Care Bus, please be sure to notify the day care.

ASP will begin immediately after Carpool. All students must be either be picked up from Carpool or assigned to ASP. If you wish to utilize ASP for your student you will be charged the normal daily rate of $9 per student.




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DR. Seuss' Birthday- Crazy Sock and Hair Day!!!

In Honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America

on Thursday, 3/2/2017,

KCSMA will be having CRAZY SOCK and HAIR DAY!!!

All Students must be in KCSMA Uniform,

So put on your CRAZY SOCKS and your best Cindy Lou Who Hair!!!

The class in each grade level that has the most participation

will be put in a drawing per grade level and a class prize awarded.




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New Student Registration

New Enrolling Families for 2017-18 School Year

 

What’s Next?

New Student Registration Dates:

March 8th @ 10:30-Noon

March 15th @ 10:30-Noon

March 22th @ 10:30-Noon

March 29th @ 10:30-Noon

What to bring:

Original Birth Certificate

Original Social Security Card

Georgia Form 3300 (Ear, Eye, Dental)

Georgia Form 3232 (Immunization)

Two Proofs of Cobb County Residence

Custody Documentation (if applicable)

Any information on any special services your child may receive (Speech, Gifted, EIP, IEP, etc.)

 

Registration Forms can be found by copying and pasting the link below into a new window browser and then printed. 

http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/adminrules/J/Form_JBC-5.docx

In order to expedite the registration process, bring copies of all required documents in addition to the originals.  We must see the original birth certificate and social security care and it will be returned to you after verification. 

Kindergarten Screening will be May 1st through May 3rd.  Time Slots will be announced on the website.

The Kindergarten Screening is for ALL NEW Kindergarteners.  It will take about 10 minutes and will be used to help us better understand your student’s strength and challenges going into Kindergarten.

 




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NO SCHOOL 2/20-2/24

Please remember that there is:

NO SCHOOL the Week of February 20th -24th.

We hope that you have a safe and fun-filled week and

we will see you back at school on

Monday, February 27th.




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Early Release 2/17

Don’t forget that Friday, February 17th is Early Release for KCSMA students. 

Carpool will begin at 11:40 am and end at 12:30 pm. ASP will begin immediately after Carpool. All students must be either be picked up from Carpool or assigned to ASP. If you wish to utilize ASP for your student you will be charged the normal daily rate of $9 per student.







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2017-18 Lottery Drawing Complete

Parents:

If you applied for the 2017-18 Lottery, you will be notified by Friday, February 17 via email as to your students’ status.  You are welcome to come by the front office from 7:00-3:00, Monday thru Friday to see where your student placed as well.  If you have any questions please email enrollment@kcsma.net




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Last Day for Book Fair is Friday!!!

Scholastic Book Fair

Last Day for student shopping is Friday!

2/10/2017 

The Book Fair will be open:

Before tonight's Town Hall Meeting, the fair will be open from 5:00-6:00pm

Friday, 2/10/2017 9:00-6:30pm

Saturday, 2/11/2017 10:00am-12:00pm, during lottery event 

You may also shop online through February 19th.  There are no shipping charges, and the books are delivered to your child at school at the end of the online fair.  Out of town relatives can shop for your child, too!

Shop here:  http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/default.aspx?f=3661495

 







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NUT Pass 1/27/17

Friday is a N.U.T. Pass to raise money for All for Books with the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair.  ALL money raised will be used to buy books for KCSMA.  If you’re a football fanatic, wear your favorite team’s jersey!  Not into sports?  Do your own thing (within dress code). * 

Pay $1 on Friday, and you don’t have to wear your uniform.  The class with the largest amount of sports jerseys/shirts (ANY team) will win a teacher certificate for $25 to spend at the upcoming book fair!  If you don't have team jerseys, wear the Falcons' colors.    Let’s go, Team KCSMA!  

*You can still participate in the N.U.T. pass even if you do not want to wear team apparel.  Just pay $1, and you don't have to wear the school uniform.




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National School Choice Week

KCSMA would like to extend thanks and gratitude to Dana Williams with the Association of American Educators for supporting KCSMA during National School Choice Week.  We love our yellow scarves and appreciated the yummy lunch!!! 




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GAA Parent Night Out

Parent Night-Out Event

Saturday, February 4th 7:00 -10:00 PM 

Join us on Saturday, February 4th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta

(across the street at 2995 Cobb Parkway NW). 

This will be a night your student will not want to miss - Our own KCSMA Teachers are teaming up with GAA instructors for a fun-filled night of games!  Children ages 5 - 12 may attend.   

This event includes 2 slices of cheese pizza, drink, games and of course lots of fun. Space is limited for Parents Night Out. Cost: $25 first child, $15 each additional child. Prepaid reservations must be turned in by Tuesday, January 31st!




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ASP Pick-Up Location Change

KCSMA Parents, 

As of Tuesday January 17th, 2017, ASP pickup will be stationed at the side entrance of the school near the gym. Please only use the designated parking areas - Parking on the street or in the fire lane will delay the release of your child as you will be asked to move your vehicle in case of deliveries or emergency vehicles. 

Lost and Found will also be located only at the gym entrance. Please check for your child's belongings as all items will be donated on the last school day of each month. 

Thank you

Mrs. Frey

 




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Prospective Family Open House & Thursday Tours

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Principal's Monthly Scroll- January 2017

Dear Parents and Families,

We welcomed lots of sleepy-eyed children back to school last Thursday morning.  The focus last week was strictly on letting your student know how much we missed them over the break, and allowing them to renew friendships, reconnect with their school family.  KCSMA students also met new friends, as several students transitioned over the holidays, starting their first day of school with us.

I’d like to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful cards, photos and gifts I received prior to and during the holiday break.  The support and kindness from KCSMA parents continues to be something not common at most schools, and it is certainly something for which the staff and I are thankful.

Student Intent to Return forms will be coming home today.  The number of students allowed into Lottery depends on current parent responses to the Intent to Return form.  It is so very important that we know by February if:

1) your student will definitely be returning to KCSMA in the fall  

2) if a sibling who has not yet attended KCSMA will be coming to KCSMA in the fall  

3) if you know you will not be returning, or if you are considering other schools. 

Parent responses to Intent Forms guide our budgeting plans and inform KCSMA personnel needs for the upcoming year, so please answer as accurately as you can, and return the forms as quickly as possible. 

Please try to attend BINGO Night tomorrow, January 12th, sponsored by PTO.  We had a blast last time we played. The cafeteria was packed, and we hope for another great turn-out.  Prior to Bingo, grades 3, 4, and 5 invite all parents to visit their students’ class for a look into helping your child be their personal best at school.  There will be information and examples of new academic expectations, the way understanding is assessed, and why teachers often do what they do.  This informational session begins at 5:30 on January 12th and is only for grades 3,4,5.  There will be a similar event in February for grades K-2.

As we renew our commitment to using Conscious Discipline as a schoolwide emotional learning program, I’d like to share with you a brief but descriptive article about Conscious Discipline and how it impacts schools.  Please see the attached from The Little School Development Group, and know that the leadership of KCSMA is dedicated to the full implementation of Conscious Discipline in every aspect of the school, including parent workshops. 

Lastly, I would like to thank you all for your support and cooperation last Friday, as well as Monday and Tuesday with the inclement weather.  We were happy that everyone was able to get home safe and sound! I hope that the children were able to play in the snow and have some fun!

Hope to see you all tomorrow night!

Mrs. Frey




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School Closed Due to Ice, 1/10/17

Due to the continued presence of a significant amount of ice on the roads in the northern third of the county, the Cobb County School District will be closed tomorrow, January 10, 2017.




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School Closed due to Ice, 1/9/17

Due to concerns regarding continued icing both on roads and at schools, and after consulting with the Cobb DOT and local law enforcement, Cobb Schools will be completely closed tomorrow out of an abundance of caution.

Students AND staff should NOT report.  Schools will be closed completely.




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Important Weather Information

Important Weather Information

KCSMA Parents: The Cobb County School District is monitoring the local forecast with the National Weather Service and will provide an update on any weather-related plans by the end of the day on Thursday, January 5, 2017. 

Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy will follow the decisions made by Cobb County Schools.  Please stay tuned to local news stations and KCSMA website as well as our Facebook page and email blasts.  As always, KCSMA takes our students, staff and family’s safety and well-beings into account when making these decisions.




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Inclement Weather- Early Release

KCSMA Parents,

Due to the predicted inclement weather, KCSMA will be following Cobb County Schools and CLOSING for the day and starting afternoon carpool at 11:45 on Friday, January 6.  If you line up for carpool prior to 11:15, you will be asked by a staff member to leave the property and return at 11:15.  The driveway needs to be clear for pick-ups prior to 11:15.  The last check out for the day will be 11:15. Carpool will start at 11:45 and end at 12:30.

There will be NO ASP on Friday, January 6 per Cobb County Schools. 

Please make transportation and pick-up arrangements for all students.  KCSMA will officially closed for the day at 12:30.  All Staff will be sent home immediately following the conclusion of carpool.

If your child rides a day care bus, please be sure to get in touch with the day care about pick up times.

Thank you,

KCSMA




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Winter Break

KCSMA Families,

Please remember that the last day of school before the Winter Break is Wednesday, December 21st.  It is a full day of school.  Additionally, in order for a student to be count present for the day they must be in school until 11:30 and the last early check out for the day is ends promptly at 2:15, no exceptions.

Thank you

KCSMA Administration




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Lost & Found

KCSMA Parents:

As the weather gets colder and colder, our Lost and Found is getting bigger and bigger.  We have a large amount of items including logo and non-logo clothing, lunch boxes, winter coats, water bottles and various other accessories. 

Any items that are not claimed by 3pm on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 will be donated. 

Thank you




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Tornado Warning

KCSMA Parents:

At 1:50 the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Cobb County until 2:15.  Please know that your child’s safety is our number one priority.  All students are currently in their duck and cover locations and doing a wonderful job!  When we have more information we will let you know. 

Thank you

KCSMA Administration




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Winter Musical 2016

Greetings! 

Our 2016 Winter Musical is right around the corner! The KCSMA Chorus will be presenting a multicultural musical titled, "Paint the Town December", which explores holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and Las Posadas. This will take place on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:30 pm over at NorthStar Church. If your child already signed up to participate, they will need to arrive no later than 6 pm and wear a solid colored shirt (no words or pictures) and blue jeans. If they are in chorus, they will wear their chorus shirt and blue jeans.

Unfortunately, it is too late to sign up to participate, but we are still selling tickets if you would like to come watch! There will be an art show, free beverages, and of course, a spectacular performance. Tickets are $2 a piece, and all proceeds will go to developing KCSMA's fine arts department. For more information on how to purchase tickets, please e-mail Mrs. Otim at ksullivan@kcsma.net or send money (clearly labeled for musical tickets/Mrs. Otim) with your child to school.

If your child would like to participate in our art show, contact Ms. Franz at afranz@kcsma.net for more information. 

If your child is interested in joining chorus, a new session will begin in January. More information on that will be available after Winter Break. 

When in doubt, you can always look at our school's music blog at kcsmamusic.edublogs.org for information concerning music related activities. 

Thank you! 

Kayla Otim (Sullivan)

Music Teacher

Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy

kcsmamusic.edublogs.org

www.donorschoose.org/kayla.otim

 




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No School- Thanksgiving Break

Please remember that there is NO SCHOOL the week of November 21st-25th.  We hope that you have a safe and fun-filled week and we will see you back at school on Monday, November 28th.




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NUT Pass

$1 N.U.T Pass this Friday,November 18th.  Students may pay $1 and not wear their uniform on Friday.  Shorts and skirts must be appropriate length, and they have to wear close toed shoes. 

We have a N.U.T. Pass once a month, and the proceeds from money raised rotates between Book Fair (All for Books), PTO activities, and School events. 







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No School- Election Day

There is No School on Tuesday, November 8th for Election Day… See you all on Wednesday!

Wednesday is the Deadline for Spirit Wear Order Forms!




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Fall Forever Dance

Fall Forever Dance
Come one…come all! Wear your costumes (reminder – NO Scary costumes and No weapons please) and dance the night away at our Fall Forever Dance. Festivities will take place Friday, November 4th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. As a reminder, a parent/guardian must stay with child(ren) at the dance. The pre-sale price is just $6 per person (includes admission, 2 slices of pizza and a drink) to attend! PRESALE ENDS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28!!!
 
Price at the door will be $3 entry, $2 pizza slices, $1 drinks, $1 bags of cotton candy, $.50 bake sale items. 
 
NEW THIS YEAR We will be hosting a 50/50 Raffle. This dance fundraiser provides attendees the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets during the dance. One lucky winner will go home with half of the net proceeds and the other half of the net proceeds will be used for Landscaping and Playground Projects. Don't miss this chance to win big!
Tickets will be sold at the following rates: 1 for $2, 3 for $5, 10 for $10.
Fall Dance RSVP forms were already sent home with your students. Or, print one – the form is attached!!!
We need a few more volunteers - Please click on the links below to help donate bake sale items and your time to the dance.  We can’t do it without the help from our volunteers!! 
 
Hope to see you all there!




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Principal's Monthly Scroll- October

Dear Parents and Families,

Happy Fall! 

This unseasonably warm weather has resulted in increased numbers of sick students.  Please remind your child about hand-washing and other practices to decrease the spread of germs around school.   

Thank you for completing the parent portion of the Georgia Parent Survey.  Participation is part of the overall CCRPI score for KCSMA so your input on the state survey is quite important.  We appreciate your time in completing questions designed to help me improve the level of service families receive when attending KCSMA.  

In the next few weeks, teachers will be reaching out to ask for help from parents and family members as we implement focused remediation at all grade levels.  This remediation will provide one-on-one assistance to students who need an extra hand with organization, studying and preparing for tests, who will benefit from additional reading time with an adult, practicing spelling, phonics, math facts, etc.  If you have 20-30 minutes once or twice a week to help our Knights, we hope to hear from you.  Thanks in advance for helping students in such an important and meaningful way.  

Congrats to our Chick-fil-A Teacher of the month, Stephanie Quakenbush, and our Assistant Teacher of the month, Ebony Scurry.  Both received a gift basket and a hug from the cow last week.  Students’ of the month received coupons for a free Chick-fil-A meal.  Classroom teachers announced Students of the Month via blogs/classroom communication sites.

Don’t forget to order your KCSMA Spirit Wear! We have some great new designs… Deadline to turn in your order form is Wednesday, November 9th.  Order forms are available in the Front Office. 

The next Principal’s Coffee Talk will be help Wednesday, November 9th at 8:15am in the Dining Room.  The topic that Mrs. Frey will be covering is the State of the School Report.  We look forward to you all joining us for this!

And lastly, we are excited to see everyone on Friday night, November 4 from 6:30-8:30 for our Fall Forever Dance!!!! Wear your costumes (reminder – NO Scary costumes and No weapons please) and dance the night away.  As a reminder, a parent/guardian must stay with child(ren) at the dance.  Price at the door will be $3 entry, $2 pizza slices, $1 drinks, $1 bags of cotton candy, $.50 bake sale items.  

NEW THIS YEAR!  We will be hosting a 50/50 Raffle. This dance fundraiser provides attendees the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets during the dance. One lucky winner will go home with half of the net proceeds and the other half of the net proceeds will be used for Landscaping and Playground Projects. Don’t miss this chance to win big!

Tickets will be sold at the following rates: 1 for $2, 3 for $5, 10 for $10.

Hope to see you all there!

Mrs. Frey

 




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Fall Pictures and Retakes

If you ordered Fall Pictures, they will be coming home with your student tomorrow, Wednesday, October 26.  Please see the previous email form KCSMA as to Retakes.

Fall Picture Retakes

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Retake Day is For:

  • Returns- Students who already bought a picture but were not happy with the quality. You MUST RETURN the ENTIRE package in Retake Day.  Please be sure to fill out the back of the picture envelope with your student’s information.  The picture will be reprinted in the same background as was originally ordered.

 

  • Absent Students- Students who were absent on the first picture day and need a picture to go in the yearbook.

 

  • New Purchases- Students who want to but a package of the Retake Day Order envelopes are available in the front office.  (To order a package of the 1st Picture Day Picture, please call our office at 770-428-3717.)




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NUT Pass

$1 N.U.T Pass this Friday, October 21st.  Students may pay $1 and not wear their uniform on Friday.  Shorts and skirts must be appropriate length, and they have to wear close toed shoes. 

We have a N.U.T. Pass once a month, and the proceeds from money raised rotates between Book Fair (All for Books), PTO activities, and School events. 




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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week

Drug/Alcohol Awareness & Healthy Habits

October 17th-21st

Monday- “Team up Against Drugs”- Wear a sports team shirt/jersey

                   (with uniform pants)        

Tuesday- “Be Healthy, Be Drug Free”- Bring a healthy red snack

Wednesday- “Red Ribbon Week”- Wear a red uniform shirt

 Thursday- “Be Healthy, Be Drug Free”- Bring a healthy red snack

 Friday- “Drugs are Nuts”- $1 Nut pass day




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Conference Week/ Early Release

Parent Teacher Conference/Early Release Week is Monday, October 17th through Friday, October 21st

****Please note that all students must be in class until 11:30 in order to be counted present for the day.  The last check out for the day is 11:15.  If you check your student out prior to 11:15 they will be counted absent for the day.

Carpool will begin EACH DAY at 11:40 am and end at 12:30 pm. ASP will begin immediately after Carpool. All students must either be picked up from Carpool or assigned to ASP. Students will not be allowed to be in the building unsupervised during conferences. If you wish to utilize ASP for your student during your conference, you will be charged the normal daily rate of $8 per student. 

Please be sure to look in Lost & Found next week.  There are many coats, sweatshirts and lunch boxes.  Any items that are remaining on Friday, October 21st will be donated.  




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Early Release

Don’t forget that Friday, September 23 is Early Release for KCSMA students. 

Carpool will begin for all students, K-5, at 11:40 am and end at 12:30 pm. ASP will begin immediately after Carpool. All students must be either be picked up from Carpool or assigned to ASP. If you wish to utilize ASP for your student, you will be charged the normal daily rate of $8 per student.

 




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Upcoming Testing & Fall Break

Good Morning Knights!

A few reminders for the upcoming weeks:

September 13th-15th: CoGAT Testing, 1st and 3rd Grades

September 16th-21st:  ITBS Testing, 3rd and 5th Grades

September 26-30: Fall Break **NO SCHOOL**

 

On testing days please be sure to send your student with a water bottle and a healthy snack.

Please remember that there are NO VISITORS allowed in the building on testing days for ALL GRADES.

This includes lunch with students and volunteering.

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Fall STEM Challenge

ANNOUNCING the KCSMA FALL STEM CHALLENGE

This is a home based challenge open to all students.  Projects should be brought to the R&D Center on Wednesday, September 21. Projects will be on display at the Science & Engineering Night on September 22.  

 

Paper Container Design Challenge:

The new IKEA catalog had a great article about their efforts to find new ways to reuse paper to create marketable products.  The teams have been researching different grades of paper and paper pulp and are finding innovative ways to turn paper into storage containers, toys, decorations, and furniture.   Your challenge is to design a marketable item for IKEA using paper, preferably paper found in the recycle bin. 

Your entry must include:

  • a diagram of your design, including measurements for the item in production
  • a prototype of the design
  • marketing for your product, such as a catalog page or advertisement describing its features
  • your name and teacher’s name on all pieces of your entry

2 winners will be selected for this design challenge.   One will be selected by a KCSMA partner in education and the other will be selected by families that attend the Science & Engineering Night on Thursday, September 22.  




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NUT Pass, August 26th

$1 N.U.T Pass this Friday, August 26th.  Students may pay $1 and not wear their uniform on Friday.  Shorts and skirts must be appropriate length, and they have to wear close toed shoes. 

This months's N.U.T Pass proceeds will be used for the All for Books Program.  We buy books from the book fair to be used for our students. 

We have a N.U.T. Pass once a month, and the proceeds from money raised rotates between Book Fair (All for Books), PTO activities, and School events. 




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Scholastic Book Fair

β˜†β˜†β˜†Calling all volunteers!β˜†β˜†β˜†

We have our first Scholastic Book Fair August 25-September 2, 2016.  Our students get so excited for our book fairs, and it takes many volunteers to provide the best experience for them.  The younger students need a lot of help filling out their wishlists and shopping.  It is one of the best volunteer opportunities because you get to meet a lot of other KCSMA parents, and the kids’ excitement makes it all worth it.

For every shift you work, your child’s teacher will receive a $5 gift card to the book fair to help fill their classroom library.  If you work a 4 or more hours at this fair, you will receive 20% off of your book fair purchases for this book fair.

Sign up here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=60b0849a9ae2e5-kcsma8&useFullSite=true




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Chick-fil-A Biscuits

Parents and friends of KCSMA,

This Wednesday, August 17, is a great chance to get yourself a hearty breakfast.

We will be serving Chick-fil-A chicken breakfast sandwiches on a first come first served basis starting during AM carpool in the dining room. We have a limit this week of 200 biscuits to sell for $2.50 each cash only.  All parents are welcome to come in and enjoy breakfast with your student.

There will be juice (capri-sun) available for $0.50 as well.

Starting in September, will be sending home Pre-Order Forms for Chick-fil-A Biscuit days.  This will be a cash or check only program and all biscuits will be Pre-Order ONLY.




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Afternoon Carpool

Good Morning KCSMA Parents!

It was a great morning and we are so happy to see both new and returning families.  We have a couple of quick things that we would like to share and remind you of for carpool.

  • Kindergarten carpool will be begin at 1:20. This carpool is only for Kindergarten families.  IF you are a Kindergarten parent for this carpool you can come on the property at 1:15.  Only Kindergarten carpool families should be on the campus before 2.15.
  • “Traditional Carpool” begins at 2:45. Parents for “Traditional Carpool” cannot come on the property prior to 2:15. If you arrive prior to 2:15 you will be directed off the property by a staff member.   This includes not being able to line up and/or park in the parking lot.
  • Every car MUST have a PINK carpool tag hanging from the rear view mirror. If your tag is not hanging from the rearview mirror you will not be able to get your child.
  • If you are a Kindergarten or First Grade Parent with Older Siblings you MUST be in the LEFT Lane at all times upon entering the property
  • If you are a 2nd-5th Grade Parent you MUST be in the RIGHT Lane at all times upon entering the property
  • By following these rules, it will expedite and make your carpool experience a bit smoother.
  • Please have patience and understanding over the next couple of weeks as students learn their carpool numbers and we work out all the kinks.

KCSMA Administration




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Principal's Monthly Scroll

Dear Parents and Families,

The last few weeks of school go by so quickly I’m hoping this newsletter will help with your end of year planning.  Please check the KennesawCharter.com often, and be sure to click on PTO as well. 

Congratulations to Colleen Allen, KCSMA 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year!  She will receive $500.00 from our wonderful Partner in Education, Uniform Source.  This year we also began the tradition of voting for a Classified Employee of the Year.  Congratulations to Amanda Green, who will receive $250.00 from our Partner in Education, Kid to Kid. 

PTO hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast this past week.  There were goodies bags, coffee and lots of great breakfast foods.  I would like to join PTO in thanking all of you who spend your time helping the students and staff throughout the year. 

We are working diligently to get student class lists completed by end of May.  This year will be a bit different, as you can expect to receive an email from your child’s teacher during the month of June.  This will be a welcome note with some class and grade level information for you, along with some upcoming dates.  Supply lists will be provided as well.  Please let us know if your email address has changed to ensure you receive these summer communications.

Big days coming up:                                                                                                                             

May 2, 3, 4 - Kindergarten Screening (8:15-10:15)

May 12 - Mr. Miller’s class goes to Jumping World on.  Bring shorts/leggings.  Can’t jump in jeans.  Be on the lookout for details from Mr. Miller please.  We might need a few parents to help with transportation.

May 17 - School is “cancelled” Day!!!  We will still have school, however students do not wear uniforms and we will be doing activities unlike a regular school day.

May 19 - Field Day Grades K-2                                     

May 20 - Field Day Grades 3-5

May 23 - 5th Grade Graduation

May 24 - Last day of School (Full day)

July 27 - Kindergarten Meet and Greet from 4:00-6:00pm 

July 28 - Meet and Greet Grades 1st-5th

(9-11am Last Names A-M/4-6pm Last Names N-Z)          

Finally, staff and students say a sad goodbye to Mr. Traster who is moving on to other exciting opportunities in leadership.  He leaves a legacy of passion for education, integrity, humor, and compassion for kids that will forever keep him dear in our hearts.  We wish him and his family only the very best.  He is loved and will be missed.  Please see Mr. Traster’s letter to you below.

Have a wonderful summer –   Mrs. Frey

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Dear Parents and Students,

     I have been very blessed to have been a part of Kennesaw Charter for the last 7 years.  This school has provided me an opportunity to work with some of the best teachers and staff members I will ever know.  These teachers dedicate themselves to the school and students so much more than anyone realizes.  I am proud of what we have done and what will be done moving forward to make this a special place.  I also cannot thank the parents enough for everything they do for the school and staff.  Without your support and trust, we would not be able to achieve the level of success that we have and will continue with moving forward.  In addition, I am so proud of the students and what they accomplish while they are here and after they leave.  Some of my proudest moments are seeing students I have taught, or worked with as an administrator, return and talk about how successful they are in many arenas in life.   As I have said before, my goal has been (and always will be) to enable the students to be successful now and have the tools to be leaders long after they leave.

     With that said, it is with mixed emotions that I write this.  I will always look back on my time at Kennesaw Charter with admiration and appreciation, but I wanted to let all parents and students know that this will be my final year at KCSMA.  My family and I have decided it is time for me to seek other opportunities and gain experiences beyond these walls.  I am very excited about what the future holds for Kennesaw Charter.  Mrs. Frey and Ms. Hicks have some amazing things planned for the years to come.  This is now, and always will be, a special place for me.

Thank you for everything,

Jason Traster

 

 




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Principal's Coffee Talk

Current and New KCSMA Parents,

Please join us for Principal’s Coffee Talk on Wednesday, April 27 at 8:15 in the Dining Room.  This month’s discussion will include: “What is STEM Education?” and a Van de Graff demonstration with Mr. Donnelly. 

We look forward to seeing you then!




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2015-16 Yearbooks

Yearbooks are going to press this Friday and should arrive by mid-May!  There's still time to pre-order yours now!  Quantities will be limited, so don't miss out on all the fun memories of the 2015-2016 year!  Order forms are available in the Front Office.




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Kindergarten Screening

Kindergarten Screening

All INCOMING Kindergarten Students are REQUIRED to complete an assessment for classroom placement purposes. Please make every effort to attend your assigned date and time.

Monday, May 2nd 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Last Names: A - J

Tuesday, May 3rd 8:30 -10:30 a.m.

Last Names: K - R

Wednesday, May 4th 8:30 -10:30 a.m.

Last Names: S - Z

This will be a very low-key time for your child to interact with current KCSMA Kindergarten teachers. There is no preparation required, and the only thing you will need to bring is your student. See You Then!




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STEM Challenge/ Nature Art Show

4th Quarter STEM Challenge – Habitat Construction

This quarter we are asking students to choose a plant or animal and design something that would help the organism be more successful in its habitat.  Students should include an information card about the organism explaining how it would benefit from the design.  Students can submit a scaled-down model or a working prototype of their design.  Students should include their name, teacher, and grade level on their design and information card.

All Designs should be submitted Thursday, May 12, and will be displayed for voting at the Nature Night on Friday, May 13.

 

 

NATURE NIGHT ART SHOW

Students, Parents, Teachers, and ALL members of the KCSMA family are invited to share their nature inspired art pieces at our Nature Night on Friday, May 13.  Submissions can include paintings, drawings, photographs, or any other pieces that would be considered art.  Submissions should be turned into Mrs. Green or Ms. Franz (ART Teacher)

by Wednesday, May 12. 

Art pieces will be returned after the event. 

Please include the following information on the back of the art submission:

Name / Grade & Teacher (or indicate Parent or Teacher)




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Outstanding Balances

Parents and Families,

This week you may receive statements from School Nutrition, Before/Afterschool Program, or the Media Center regarding outstanding balances.

All balances must be paid in full by May 15th.

Students with outstanding balances will not be allowed to participate in non-instructional events and activities such as Field Day and Graduation. 

Report grades will be sent home on May 24th (last day of school). 

If outstanding balances remain on any school or BASP account, you may pay during summer office hours and pick up the report card at that time.

 Ms. Frey




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Fun Run Class Schedule

8:30-8:50~Davis/Selzer

8:50-9:10~Gomez/Monnier

9:10-9:30~deMontfort/Beckwith

 

9:30-9:50~McMasters/Agresta

9:50-10:10~Harris/Page

10:10-10:30~Abraham/Lowery

 

10:30-10:50~Franz/Sanderfer

10:50-11:10~Mattingly/Berbenick

11:10-11:30~Baglivo/Miller

 

11:30-11:50~Quakenbush/Pollard

11:50-12:10~Kosarick/Toomey

12:10-12:30~York/Talone

 

12:30-12:50~Allen/Cauthen/Darby

12:50-1:10~Walls/Hardeman/Bailey

1:10-1:30~Haklik/Townsend/Hood

 

1:30-1:50~Marshall/Meek/Brewer

1:50-2:10~Asher/Hill

2:10-2:30~Nichols/Borgerding




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Fun Run Details and Information

2016 Coach's Fun Run

The healthiest way to raise money at KCSMA

KCSMA is raising money for a new playground. In the past this event has done a great job of helping us turn Goals into an accomplished reality and we are hoping to do the same this year.

Important: Our school goal is to raise $30,000

A fun run is easy and healthy. Remember, small pledges add up.

Details

  • The fun run will be held during the school day Friday, March 18, 2016. Schedules will be placed in mailboxes soon.
  • On the day of the fun run all students are encouraged to wear appropriate workout clothes and bring water to hydrate.
  • We invite parents and guardians to come cheer on their students. Vendors will be here selling yummy treats and offering support! PARENTS CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE!
  • All students who turn in a pledge will receive a small token of appreciation.
  • Donations can be made online at https://edbacker.com/c/kcsma-fun-run
  • ALL students will participate in the race regardless of the amount of money they raised.
  • Pledge forms are due the day of the event. 
  • Students should turn Forms and money into you that morning and then should be placed in your large class envelope. 

2016 Coach's Fun Run Pledge Rewards 

On-line pledges will be combined with in-school pledges to create a total pledge amount for each student.

Individual Rewards

All students who turn in a pledge form will receive a small token of appreciation on the day of the Fun Run

Event T-shirts are awarded to those students who raised $40.00 or more. T-shirts available to parents through self-sponsorship for $40.00/shirt.

Classroom Rewards

All classrooms are encouraged to work as a team to reach their classroom goal

The class that raises the most money will get One hour of Jump Time at Jumping World with the Coaches during a school day!

Grade level with the most money raised gets to Duct Tape a staff member to the wall on a special day

School-Wide Reward

When the whole school bands together and works as a team everyone WINS!

When the whole school meets its goal of $30,000, we will have a very big surprise for all students. Details are coming, be prepared for a lot of fun and laughter, you won't want to miss it. 

Teacher Rewards

The top teacher of each Grade level will get a $25.00 gift card to a place of their choosing. 

The top teacher of the school will receive a $50.00 gift card or Scholastic Dollars to use as they please




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Coach's Fun Run 2016

It’s time for the 3rd Annual COACH’S FUN RUN !!!

Last year the school raised a little over $21,000 for technology needs school-wide. This year the goal is $30,000 for playground improvements and climbing equipment for the playground. All students who participate receive a Fun Run bracelet. Every student who raises $40.00 receives a custom made FUN RUN t-shirt that can be worn on Fridays.

The classroom that raises the most money will go to Jumping World with Coach Ensor during the school day. If the school reaches its goal of $30,000, we’ve told the students Mrs. Frey will “cancel” school for a day.                                                                                                  

(While we will call it cancelled, students still come to school and there will be stations set up around the school - activities, lunch, routine changes have been planned so the day will seem unlike a regular school day.  The “cancelled” day will be scheduled after Georgia Milestones testing.)                                          

Additionally, the student who raises the most money will become Principal for the day school is “cancelled”.

To see a picture of the playground equipment and to donate online please go to https://edbacker.com/c/kcsma-fun-run.

 

 




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Spring Clean Up Day

Join us for our Spring Grounds Clean-up on Saturday, March 5 @ 9.30am.

If you can attend or would like to make a donation, please sign-up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094cafa82da64-spring




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Math Mania Design Challenge

MATH MANIA Design Challenge

Calling ALL students! KCSMA needs your help.

Our students need learning tools they can use to master all the math standards.  We think the best inventors for a learning tool are the kids who will use them (that’s YOU).  We are looking for tools that can be used by teachers or students in the classroom or even in the outdoor learning garden.   Get inspired, use your imagination, and design something that will help others master the math skills you have been learning all year.  Draw from your own experience and think about what would be a useful tool for a student like you or for a teacher to use in a demonstration.

Tools are due on March 15 and will be judged by families attending the MATH MANIA night that evening.  You need to include a written description explaining how the tool is used and be sure to include your name and teacher's name.

 




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KCSMA Summer Camp

K.C.S.M.A

Summer Camp

June 6th- July 1st

We are proud to announce that our summer camp, now bigger and better, will be returning this summer! Please join us for four fun filled weeks of ocean themed activities that are sure to be full of adventure.  Our theme this year is Knights Shipwrecked!  All of our activities will include the deep blue sea. Your child will complete numerous crafts, games, cooking activities, and learn new skills all while learning about and exploring the ocean.

Summer Camp is designed for all incoming and current KCSMA students, along with their siblings. Children must be between the ages of 4 and 12 by the first day of camp. All campers must be potty-trained. Space is limited and is first come first serve. In order to reserve a spot, a registration form along with half the amount due for the first week must be paid.

Registration begins Today

Registration forms are located at the ASP desk.

Contact Ms. Richardson at krichardson@kcsma.net

 







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Principal's Monthly Scroll

Happy New Year

Dear Parents and Families,

I am so happy to welcome you and your children back to school.  We are off to a cold but productive start to the new semester.  It’s almost time for the Lottery.  This year we are planning a Saturday event with refreshments and fun activities for all prospective lottery winners.                                                                                                                                                            

You will soon receive an Intent to Return to KCSMA form.  This form is important as we use it to determine how many students we can allow to enroll at our school through the lottery process in February. It also helps me plan how many classrooms/teachers we will need at every grade level for the coming year.  Please return your student’s Intent to Return form as soon possible.

If you are a believer in the Farmer’s Almanac there might soon be some icy, wintery weather in our future.  Please stay tuned to our website, Facebook, and local news channels for the most current school safety information.

Each year schools in Georgia receive a Climate Star Rating.  KCSMA historically scores extremely high, as the surveys reflect participation, support, and collaboration among parents, teachers and students.  Please take a moment to go to Georgia Parent Survey to complete the survey:

http://apps.gadoe.org/schoolclimate/parents.ns/Survey.xsp

The Georgia Department of Education uses this information as part of the calculation for school success in charter and traditional public schools.  Your input is important to us.  If you do not have access to the Internet, I am happy to make a device available for you to use while on campus.

We hope you can attend the Governing Board meeting on January 21 when I will present the annual State of the School Report.  The meeting starts at 6:30 and will be in the Research and Development Center (Media Center).

If you have friends or relatives interested in attending KCSMA next year, please encourage them to go to our beautiful new website, www.kennesawcharter.com and register today. 

Wishing you well,

Mrs. Frey




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Candy Grams

Good Morning K-N-I-G-H-T-S Family!

To spread the Holiday Cheer and to raise money for a Cheerleading Competition at Six Flags the Knights Cheerleaders will be selling Candy Grams next week during morning carpool and all lunches.

Candy Grams will cost $1.00 and your student can purchase one for a friend, classmate or favorite teacher.  Additionally parents can purchase for their students! 

All Candy Grams will be distributed on Friday, December 18th. We ask that Candy Grams go home before they are opened so that students can share and show you what they received! 

Thank you in advance for supporting the KCSMA Cheerleaders and we hope you have a Happy Holiday Season!




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Lost In Space

Bring the family out for a fun filled nights ofspace discovery. Activities will be ongoing from 5:30pm-7:00p. Activities will include: STARLAB planetarium show, sidewalk telescopes, engineering in space family challenge, a constellation exhibit and lots more!

***This event allows flevibility in movement to different activities as there isno set schedule/ Families may arrives at anytimes during the event. Please be advised that statins require 10-15 minutes and will close at 7pm.

 

STARLAB is currently full! For any further information please contact Amanda Green! 




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School Board Meeting

The regulary scheduled, monthly meeting of Georgia Charter Schools, Inc. Board will be held in the Research and Development Center of KCSMA at 6:30pm on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

Parents and teachers are welcomed and encouraged to attend. At the conclusion of the meetings, the Board conducts "public comment" to hear from parents, teachers, and community members; who are invited to share their opinions, ideas, and concerns. Public comment sign up sheet is open from 5:30pm- 6:30pm in the Research and Development Center. Please visit the school board website for more information. 




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Principal's Monthly Scroll

Dear Parents and Families,

October was a wonderful month here at KCSMA. The County Fair was a huge success! With your help, we raised $3,300 including the Quarter Wars change. Thank you to everyone who helped us plan, who volunteered, and to those who attended. Thanks to you, we are well on our way to making some much needed improvements to our playground areas and adding a new climbing apparatus to the big playground. The target goal for the playground improvements is $27,000. Including the amount we raised in last year's Fun Run, we expect to meet this goal before April 2016!

Here's some news we've been waiting a long time to be able to announce.
On Friday, October 30th KCSMA launched a brand new website. The website address is still kennesawcharter.com. However, the new look now fully represents our school, our incredible students, and our exceptional staff. The new site better reflects the excellent teaching and learning that goes on at KCSMA every day. I think you will be very pleased!

The testing updates are not what I had hoped they would be.
Traditionally, I present a State of the School report to the KCSMA Governing Board and to all parents in November. This report includes test results and comparisons with the county and state. It also includes information on the school's progress towards organizational goals and other goals for the upcoming year(s). The State of the School report will probably be given in Spring 2016 due to the delayed data. Meanwhile, if there are specific questions you'd like Mr. Traster or I to address during Board meetings or at the Parent Principal's Coffee, please send an email and we will certainly focus on your topic.

There will be a change in the school calendar for this January. Please note that January 27, 2016 will be an early release day. Students will be released at 11:45. The staff requires an additional afternoon/evening of professional learning related to STEM certification. The After School Program will still operate from the end of carpool until 6:30 pm.

Parents of third, fourth and fifth graders, please open the attachment about Science Fair on December 8th. It's never too soon to start planning!
Finally, Fall Break for this month is November 23-27. Please check the KCSMA PTO website often for exciting upcoming events.

Wishing you well,
Mrs. Frey




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Do You Social Media? We Do!!!

Get quick answers to your questions, look up teacher or staff members information, view photos of school activities and more by following us on social media. And ALWAYS use #KCSMA or #KCSMAKnights when posting about the school. Twitter: KCSMA_Knights and KCSMAPTO Facebook: Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy and Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy - PTO This is also a great way to get information out to you quickly and be able to share fun videos and pictures of our school life! Thanks so much for being a part of KCSMA!




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Friday fun at KCSMA

Friday fun at KCSMA...Morning meeting and a costume parade!!!




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Recognition

We hope everyone had fun at Bingo last night! During the PTO meeting, we elected Dety Ngassa as our new Co-President and Denise Babin as our new Co-Secretary. We now have a full board of officers. Welcome, Dety and Denise! The PTO got a sneak peek into a morning meeting at the school, today, as parents do not usually attend. The kids and teachers were so full of school spirit! We were impressed with how quiet and respectful the students were during the presentations. They sang, they danced, they shared compliment cards, and Mr. Monnier received a very special award. Superior Plumbing and The Marietta Daily Journal award an iPad Air to one teacher a week in Cobb County based on nominations by students and parents. Our very own fifth grade teacher Mr. Monnier was this week’s recipient. Congratulations, Mr. Monnier. Thank you @PlumbSuperior for giving Mr. Monnier an iPad! It was great to see him recognized.




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STEM night was awesome!

Thank you to our crazy scientist, Mr. Donnelly, for your cool vacuum chamber demos! STEM night was a blast, and the kids (and parents) really enjoyed it. Thank you to Mrs. Green, Mr. Donnelly and Ms. Abraham for planning these nights for us. We appreciate all the teachers and staff who put in such a long day to stay and help with all of the STEM stations. You rock!




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