Teacher of the Year

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


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


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



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:

Thank you for your continued support.


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 😉  Thank you for your support.



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.



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



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!


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!



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.


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.


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.

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.



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.


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.


2017-18 Lottery Drawing Complete


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


Last Day for Book Fair is Friday!!!

Scholastic Book Fair

Last Day for student shopping is Friday!


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:



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.


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!!! 


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!


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



Prospective Family Open House & Thursday Tours



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


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.


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.


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.


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,



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


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


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


Winter Musical 2016


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 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 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 for information concerning music related activities. 

Thank you! 

Kayla Otim (Sullivan)

Music Teacher

Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy



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.


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. 


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!


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!


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



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.)


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. 


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


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.  


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.



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.

Thank you for your understanding.


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.  


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. 


Scholastic Book Fair

☆☆☆Calling all volunteers!☆☆☆

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:


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.


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


Meet & Greet Dates

Kindergarten Meet & Greet

Wednesday, July 27


Please bring your Kindergartener and School Supplies to meet your new teacher!


1st-5th Grade Meet & Greet

Friday, July 29

A-L ~ 9:00-11:00am

M-Z ~  3:00-5:00pm

Please bring your student and School Supplies to meet your new teacher!


Summer Office Hours

Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy

Summer Business Hours

May 25, 26, 27         9:00-1:00

May 30- June 3         CLOSED

June 6-9                    9:00-1:00

June 13-16                9:00-1:00

June 20-23                9:00-1:00

June 27-30                9:00-1:00

July 4-7                     CLOSED

July 11-14                 9:00-1:00

July 18-21                 9:00-1:00

July 25-28                 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


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 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


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




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!


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.


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!


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.




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)


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


Fun Run Schedule

Fun Run Class Schedule

























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.


  • 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
  • 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


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




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:


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.



KCSMA Summer Camp


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



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:

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, and register today. 

Wishing you well,

Mrs. Frey


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!


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! 


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. 


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 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


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!


Friday fun at KCSMA

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



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.


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!


Principal’s Coffee with guest speaker

Guest speaker will be LaKeesha Dickerson. Mrs. Dickerson is a KCSMA parent of children with food allergies. She will be sharing information about food allergies and providing insight regarding the impact these allergies have on children. This is such an important safety issue as the number of children with food allergies grows every year. Please plan to join us on October 20th in the Research and Development Center.

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