Zinser Elementary News November 20

11/20/20

Important Upcoming Dates:
November 20: End of 1st Trimester
November 23-27: Thanksgiving Break - No School Students
December 16-18: ½ Days of school
December 21-January 1: Holiday Break
January 4: Return to School
Important Information:

COVID Update: Please read Mr. Hopkins Friday communication today that includes a very important update. Please continue to be careful and honest with your child’s wellness each day. Thank you for staying patient and understanding with us as we sort out contact tracing to the best of our abilities after a positive test result. The daily screening tool is more important than ever given the increased number of COVID cases in our community. If your child is quarantined, we still need and expect you to complete the screener! Thank you for those consistently using this tool, and please reach out to our office with issues or concerns.

Thanksgiving Donations: Gratitude is the Zinser theme for November and there is so much to be grateful for, even in this unusual and difficult season. When words spread that we could use a dollar from students to provide Thanksgiving meals to Zinser families, the students (and their families and staff) showed an incredible amount of generosity. We received just over $550 in donations which will allow us to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to many of our own Zinser families. The donations that are left over will be used toward needs this Christmas season. We have gratitude for our students who demonstrate being a Kid Who Cares and for the outpouring of support from each of you.

Zinser Virtual Music Concert!
We will put it on Canvas as an unlisted Youtube link. This allows for safety, but you will be able to share it with Grandparents and contacts who you approve of! Only those with the link will be able to see it.
During the weeks of Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. and Dec. 7 - Dec. 11 please have your music student wear Red, Green, Santa Hats, Reindeer Antlers, Elf Hats, etc. or have an item at school to incorporate into our fun virtual music concert taping days!

Keep Your Child Home or Report to School?
Using the Kent County Health Department’s expectations, here is important information from Nurse Courtney about when to send the child to school or keep them home during COVID:

Students should stay home and be evaluated by a physician if they meet any of the criteria below: a new cough or fever OR lost of smell or taste - OR if a student has TWO of the following symptoms:

  • Chills, headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, body aches, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, or shortness of breath.
  • If the student has only one of the symptoms listed in the later list, they are okay to come to school unless other symptoms develop.
  • Siblings of a sick student can continue going to school unless a COVID test is ordered for the sick sibling.
  • If someone in the household has a pending COVID test, all members need to stay home until the test results are back.
  • If a student was in contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 days even if they remain asymptomatic or have a negative COVID test.

Call our office or Nurse Courtney with any questions of course!

SchoolStore.com: With the holidays approaching, you can shop online and help support our school! We also wanted to share that we will once again be using SchoolStore.com as a program to shop online so students can earn a prize, and help earn money for classroom supplies. Information was sent home, get that holiday shopping started and use SchoolStore.com!

Ski and Snowboard Club: We are excited to announce the return of our KH Ski and Snowboard Club! Passes can be purchased for you and your family at a discounted price (50% off regular lift ticket prices). NEW FOR THIS YEAR: ONLINE PURCHASE AVAILABLE! Punch cards are available to purchase at www.cannonsburg.com. Forms are available in the office if you prefer to pay via check or cash.

Central Elementary News November 20

11/20/20

HYBRID ANNOUNCEMENT: As you all may have been speculating based on past conversations, what is going on across the county in relation to COVID, and what you have heard/seen happen in other districts in the past days... after Thanksgiving break our district must pivot from our current K-8 instructional plan to a hybrid plan for our students. This was NOT our preferred choice, but one that Kenowa Hills is being asked to do.

THE WHY?: Please know this decision has not been made lightly. Our Superintendent has been working closely with the health department to help guide our decision-making based on our infection and quarantine data. Their recommendations also includes what is best for public safety. What we are doing IS working, but the 6 feet social distancing guidance is now required in order to maintain face- to-face instruction. What this means is we need fewer students in the classrooms at a time.

◦ The health department does not recommend remote learning five days a week for elementary students due to the childcare needs that it creates and the dangerous health impact on the community. Having students home full time will hurt the community’s ability to staff essential health care workers. Grandparents, or other high-risk people may be used as childcare, which is dangerous. In short, any level of in person instruction can literally save lives.

SCHEDULE: Our hybrid plan will start November 30 and remain in effect through Jan. 15 unless we receive an updated recommendation from the health department.

◦ M, Th - Group A (Students divided by last name - first part of alphabet)
◦ T, F - Group B (Students divided by last name - second part of alphabet)
◦ NO SCHOOL on Wednesday

Dividing students like this will lessen the possibility of excessive quarantine (due to 48 hour tracing needs)...and significantly reduce the need to contact trace.

• Selected students that require special education or EL service (high needs) will be provided the opportunity to attend each day in person instruction occurs (based on class size possibilities).

• We have flexibility to balance class sizes as needed and teachers/ administrators can make moves to balance based on siblings, gender, behavior, etc.

• K Knights will attend everyday 4 days a week (M, T, TH, F) at Alpine and Central due to their current class size.

• Student groups need to be identified and finalized. We are hoping to keep classroom sizes less than 14 (most likely close to 12). If there is a silver lining in this perhaps it is in the small groups we’ll have in class. This is an opportunity to focus on student needs even more and I am confident we will find some creative ways in which to do so. Please know, moving to a hybrid schedule was not the choice Kenowa Hills were planning for and not the choice we wanted to make, but this is where we are, and we are going to make the best of it! Thank you for

your help in that effort.

~ Cherie

Winter Clothes:
Your child needs to bring a change of shoes so we don't have wet boots in our classroom. Teach your child to independently dress themselves (tying boots and zipping coats). Label ALL items with your child's name.

Due to Covid-19 precautions our Lost and Found will be very limited this year. Students will not be able to borrow hats or gloves from the Lost and Found.

Log Into Canvas:
Canvas is always available to you and a great resource even if you are not quarantined! **If you are accessing Canvas from a computer not provided by Kenowa Hills Public Schools, you MUST log out of all other Google accounts on the device before logging in with the student's Google account. Canvas site: https://khps.instructure.com** Click on the date on the calendar and you will be brought to the lesson plans, activities, and goals for the day/week.

Tech Support.
Face to Face Students: If you encounter problems with your KHPS Chromebook or iPad, you can get tech support as follows:
Elementary: report the issue to your teacher
Middle School: visit the Chromebook Office from 8:15-9:15 AM daily
High School: while in the remote learning, fill out this form for tech support.

KHHS News November 20

11/20/20

IMPORTANT DATES

Nov 23 No School for Students
Nov 24 No School for Students
Nov 25-27 No School-Thanksgiving Break
Dec 16 ½ Day for Students
Dec 17 ½ Day for Students
Dec 18 ½ Day for Students and Staff

Congratulations to the Students of the Week!

Grade 9: Brooklyn Kozminski and Sutton Tutas
Grade 10: Britney Osenga and Jaiden Acker
Grade 11: Rylee Cook and Hunter Carmoney
Grade 12: Lydia Bauer and Owen Coretti

Changing Schedule

Hopefully you are aware from the information provided by Mr. Hopkins, we will remain virtual until Jan 15th based on the current recommendations for the Kent County Health Department. As a result, we are going to make a change in our schedule starting on November 30th. Students and teachers will move to a more traditional “6 period day” with each class being about 57 minutes. Students will attend every class on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be set aside for staff meetings, individual work with students, and office hours. This plan will continue until January 15. Please stay tuned for more information.

Health Screener

Please remember to complete the health screener every school day no matter if your student will be present or not. Even if your student is quarantined, we ask that you please complete the screener daily as well. We recognize that some pandemic fatigue may be setting in at this time, but we hope everyone will continue to be diligent about completing this task regularly to ensure the health and safety of our students so that we can continue to provide the services we do for our students whether they are attending in person or learning in a virtual environment. The daily screening tool is more important than ever given the increased number of COVID cases in our community. If you are not getting the daily notifications via text or email, please contact our school office.

KHHS 2nd Semester Face-to-Face/Virtual Option

As we move closer to the 2nd Semester, you once again have the opportunity to decide whether you want to have your child attend our 100% Virtual option (Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy KHOLA) or our 100% Face-to--Face (F2F) option. Please let us know which option you would like to choose for your student NO LATER than TODAYby completing the google form. If you choose 100 % Virtual (KHOLA) or 100% Face-to-Face (F2F), you are committing to that option through the entire 2nd Semester. If you have questions or need clarification before choosing the Face-to-Face option or the Virtual Option, please contact the High School Main Office at 616-784-2400.

Senior Ad and Baby Photos Senior Parents!! Are you interested in purchasing a Senior Recognition/Baby Ad for your student in the yearbook this year? These must be submitted by January 29. If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org). Yearbooks are currently $50 dollars and will remain $50 until December 4th. Purchase at www.jostens.com. Senior Photos were due on Nov 2nd. If you have not submitted your 12th graders Senior Photo, please get that in ASAP to Ms. Hughes at ahughes@khps.org.

Athletics

Next week’s athletics events have been cancelled. Currently, all practices and tryouts are on hold until Dec 8th. We will follow up with more information as we learn more. #KnightPride

KHMS News November 20

11/20/20

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 20: End Trimester 1
Nov. 23-24: No School for Students
Nov. 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 30: Trimester 2 Begins
Dec. 16-18: ½ Days
Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter Break

Screening for Face to Face Students
All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day EVEN if they are not attending for the day. Please contact the school nurse, 785-3225 ext. 7306 if the screener instructs you to do so. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

ABSENT? Follow These Protocols:
Follow your schedule - It is EXTREMELY important that absent students are on Canvas every day that you would normally have class. *First look at the AGENDA which is on the home page, to see what you will be missing that day. Any of the work that on the agenda that can be done at home needs to be done. *If an assignment is marked as (Canvas) after it you will find it in the MODULE . *Check in with your teacher via email to turn in anything that needs to be turned in or to ask any clarifying questions.

KH Ski and Snowboard Club
Passes can be purchased for you and your family at a discounted price (50% off regular lift ticket prices). NEW FOR THIS YEAR: ONLINE PURCHASE AVAILABLE! Forms are available in the office if you prefer to pay via check or cash.

Athletic Update
The MHSAA has paused our winter 1 sport season until December 9th. The plan/hope is to resume at that time. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

KHMS News November 13

11/13/20

ABSENT? Follow These Protocols:

  • Follow your schedule - It is EXTREMELY important that absent students are on Canvas every day that you would normally have class.
  • First look at the AGENDA which is on the home page, to see what you will be missing that day. Any of the work that you see on the agenda that can be done at home needs to be done.
  • If an assignment is marked as (Canvas) after it you will find it in the MODULE.
  • Check in with your teacher via email to turn in anything that needs to be turned in or to ask any clarifying questions.

Screening for Face to Face Students

All students attending in person must be screened prior to school each day EVEN if they are not attending for the day. The tool is designed to quickly and accurately identify anybody who should not enter our buildings either because they are experiencing symptoms, or have been in contact with a known case of COVID-19. Please contact the school nurse, 785-3225 xt. 7306 if the screener instructs you to do so. Thank you for your cooperation and support in completing this daily requirement.

KHMS needs all of your help and cooperation in dropping off and picking students up. We cannot have students dropped off or picked up on Hendershot. It is a huge safety issue, any stopping, parking and U-turns are not permitted. Please communicate this to anyone who is helping with carpooling your students to school, i.e. grandparents, siblings, neighbor etc.

KH Ski and Snowboard Club

We are excited to announce the return of our KH ski and snowboard club! Passes can be purchased for you and your family at a discounted price (50% off regular lift ticket prices). NEW FOR THIS YEAR: ONLINE PURCHASE AVAILABLE! Punch cards are available to purchase at www.cannonsburg.com. Forms are available in the office if you prefer to pay via check or cash.

Alpine Elementary News November 13

11/13/20

Upcoming Dates for Alpine Events:

November 17th - Fundraiser Pickup - outside.
November 19 & 20 - Hearing and Vision Screening
November 20 - End of 1stTrimester
November 23 & 24 – NO School (Staff PD)
November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Break
December 4- Report Cards Sent Home
December 7 & 8 – Mobile Dentists

A Word from the Principal:

Dear Parents,

We are one week away from Thanksgiving break and I am sure many of you like me are looking forward to some time to relax, enjoy some good food and watch a little football! This time of year always provides everyone with time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. I am so grateful that we have been able to offer in person instruction during the pandemic for this long and we have many students thriving in our virtual environment. In addition, I cannot be more thankful for the wonderful staff here at Alpine who have demonstrated caring and perseverance and have gone above and beyond to meet the needs of our students. Last, I appreciate all our parents continued flexibility, support and grace as we navigate these interesting times and approach new challenges each week. We will not be sending out a school newsletter next week with no school the following. I wish everyone (an early) wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Your partner in education, Jason Snyder

Students of the Day
Selected this week for showing their Alpine BEST. Please join us in congratulating:
Victor Rayburn, 1st Grade
Destiny Hurt, 2nd Grade
Skigh Draw, 4th Grade

School Fundraiser Sale Update:
Our school fundraiser has ended and we are proud to announce that we raised almost $3,000.00 for our school! These funds will be used to support classroom instruction and student needs that arise. Thank you to all those who participated. Products will be delivered 11/17. More information will be coming out shortly for those who selected curbside pick up. If you have any questions you may contact our PTO via email at khpsalpinepto@gmail.com,
www.SupportMyFundraiser.org. COVID Testing Notes:
We are only able to continue testing students within our buildings. If a family member would like to be tested they can be done at our school but for a fee of $165. Please follow these procedures regarding returning to school after receiving a covid test. If your student receives a positive OR negative covid-19 test, we need a copy of that doctor's note prior to your child returning to school.

Please send a copy of that note to our office via the following options:
Screenshot the doctor's note: fax or email it to us.
Email to: hblase@khps.org or mherpolsheimer@khps.org
Fax: (616) 784-1228

Please follow these procedures regarding returning to school after receiving a covid test. If your student receives a positive OR negative covid-19 test, we need a copy of that doctor's note prior to your child returning to school.

Expectations for Remote Learning when Quarantined:
If your child has to be quarantined, please know your child’s teacher will be connecting with them to provide learning expectations while home. Students will be provided reading, writing and math assignments each day with opportunities to engage with their teacher and/or class virtually at various points during their time at home. Teachers with the assistance of our office staff will gather various materials that parents may pick up as well to support learning at home (including an ipad or chromebook device).

Screener When In Quarantine:
If your child is quarantined you only need to complete the screener if they are experiencing symptoms.

VIRTUAL MUSIC CONCERT

Ms. Majchrzak has sent home virtual concert information. Classroom teachers will be sharing information pertaining to this as well. Please be sure to check your child’s backpack or connect with your child’s teacher for the details.

Meal Kits for Thanksgiving

  • Meal Kits are pre ordered.
  • A Pre-Order form will be sent to all Families on Monday November 15th.
  • Pre-order forms will be due on Friday November 20th at 12:00 PM. Meal Kit Pick up will be on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24th from 12:00-1:30 PM at the field house entrance of the high school.
  • Meal kits include 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, a variety of fruits and vegetables, and milk.

Food and Nutrition Services is excited to share that our Meal Kit Pick Up program will be available to ALL students during Thanksgiving Break! Whether your student is enrolled in Face to Face Learning or Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy, they are eligible for our meal kits during Thanksgiving break. If you are not familiar with our Meal Kit pick up program, please review the information below. Look for our email this Monday with the link to place your pre-order for Meal Kit pick up on Tuesday November 24th. Please submit your order by 12:00 PM on Friday November 20th to ensure you will receive your meal kits. Due to the large volume of weekly orders, we may not be able to accommodate late requests.

Zinser Elementary News November 13

11/13/20

Important Information:

COVID Update: Families, please know that not only are we monitoring positive cases and potential spread as a district, we are also watching it very closely at Zinser Elementary. After a busy week last week and keeping a close eye on our numbers, things did slow down this week which is great news, with very limited additional quarantining. Also, there continues to be no concrete evidence of it spreading at school.

Please continue to be careful and honest with your child’s wellness each day. Thank you for staying patient and understanding with us as we sort out contact tracing to the best of our abilities after a positive test result. A big thank you to Nurse Courtney for her many hours of work doing the best she can to figure out these challenging situations.

The daily screening tool is more important than ever given the increased number of COVID cases in our community. If your child is quarantined, we still need and expect you to complete the screener! On Wednesday, 67% of students and staff completed the electronic screening tool. We were hitting 85% completion each day for the first several weeks of using the tool. Thank you for those consistently using this tool, and please reach out to our office with issues or concerns.

Wednesday was Veteran’s Day!

Since we aren’t able to have our annual Veteran’s Day field trip to the American Legion Post 1111, the post invited us and our students to learn with them virtually this year about The American Flag! They created a 10-minute clip to teach students about Flag Etiquette. Students learned what each part of the flag means, how to display the flag, trivia about the flag and its history, and how to fold the flag. The students loved the video! They were especially interested in the meaning of the three colors and what each of the folds of the flag meant. We also had a True Success (Character Building program) lesson on "Gratitude for Veterans" on Wednesday, which tied in nicely. They each made a "Gratitude" sign for a veteran that we will be sending to the local Veteran's Home. We are Kids Who Care!

Zinser Virtual Music Concert!

You probably already know that we are planning a Virtual Music Concert this year! We are making music in various, new creative ways! You will want to check it out for sure!

We will put it on Canvas as an unlisted YouTube link. This allows for safety, but you will be able to share it with Grandparents and contacts who you approve of! Only those with the link will be able to see it.

During the weeks of Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. and Dec. 7 - Dec. 11 please have your music student wear Red, Green, Santa Hats, Reindeer Antlers, Elf Hats, etc. or have items at school to incorporate into our fun virtual music concert taping days!

If you have any questions please let me know! Thank you for helping our kids celebrate their Winter Concert Covid Style!
Health and Happiness to you!!!
Ms. My. Alpine and Zinser
Miss. Smith GVSU Teacher Assistant

Keep Your Child Home or Report to School?

Using the Kent County Health Department’s expectations, here is important information from Nurse Courtney about when to send the child to school or keep them home during COVID:

  • Students should stay home and be evaluated by a physician if they meet any of the criteria below: a new cough or fever OR lost of smell or taste - OR if a student has TWO of the following symptoms:
  • Chills, headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, body aches, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, or shortness of breath.
  • If the student has only one of the symptoms listed in the later list, they are okay to come to school unless other symptoms develop.
  • Siblings of a sick student can continue going to school unless a COVID test is ordered for the sick sibling.
  • If someone in the household has a pending COVID test, all members need to stay home until the test results are back.
  • If a student was in contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 days even if they remain asymptomatic or have a negative COVID test.
  • Call our office or Nurse Courtney with any questions of course!

SchoolStore.com:

With the holidays approaching, you can shop online and help support our school! We also wanted to share that we will once again be using SchoolStore.com as a program to shop online so students can earn a prize, and help earn money for classroom supplies. Information was sent home, get that holiday shopping started and use SchoolStore.com!

We are excited to announce the return of our KH Ski and Snowboard Club!

Passes can be purchased for you and your family at a discounted price (50% off regular lift ticket prices).
NEW FOR THIS YEAR: ONLINE PURCHASE AVAILABLE! Punch cards are available to purchase at www.cannonsburg.com.
Forms are available in the office if you prefer to pay via check or cash.

Central Elementary News November 13

11/13/20

Please Use EXTREME CAUTION in our Pick up/Drop off Loop

  • Never back up in the loop.
  • Do not change lanes unless absolutely necessary.
  • Use your lane change signal (blinker) if you must change lanes.
  • Do not exceed 5 MPH in the loop.
  • Be aware.
  • Look again.
  • Slow down.

News from our Food & Nutrition Services
A FREE Meal kit pick up program is available to ALL students during Thanksgiving Break!

Meal Kit’s are pre-ordered
1. A Pre-Order form will be sent to all Families on Monday November 15th
2. Pre Orders will be due on Friday November 20th at 12:00 PM
3. Meal Kit Pick up will be on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24th from 12:00-1:30 PM at high school field house entrance.
4. Meal kits include 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, a variety of fruits and vegetables, and milk.
As a reminder, we are still collecting Meal Benefit Applications. These applications are still very important as they qualify our district for funding in programs as well as additional educational supports for your child. If you have not done so already, please fill out the application for your students at: https://lunchapp.com/

We look forward to seeing you at the Thanksgiving week Meal Pick Up!

Shanna Williams, Director of Food and Nutrition Services

Donations

If you are thinking of making a holiday donation to the school, we can always use

- Unused underwear (in all sizes) we’re completely out of boy’s at the moment
- Unused black or grey sweatpants & leggings (in all sizes)
- Disinfecting Wipes

T-shirt order extended until November 20th
If you cannot pay for a shirt at this time, please turn in the form with your student’s size info. PTO will provide shirts for any students who turn in the forms.

Next Meeting
Our next Virtual PTO Meeting is on Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30 pm. The meeting link will be posted to Facebook the day of the event (on event page). Come join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KHCentralPTO

Consider using Amazon Smile when shopping online this season.
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Box Tops for Education:
Referral Code: UO8L422O
or Search Zip Code 49534 for Central Elementary at 4252 3 Mile Rd

KHHS News November 13

11/13/20

Important Dates
Nov 23 No School for Students
Nov 24 No School for Students
Nov 25-27 No School-Thanksgiving Break
Dec 16 ½ Day for Students
Dec 17 ½ Day for Students
Dec 18 ½ Day for Students and Staff

Health Screener
Please remember to complete the health screener every school day no matter if your student will be present or not. Even if your student is quarantined, we ask that you please complete the screener daily as well. We recognize that some pandemic fatigue may be setting in at this time, but we hope everyone will continue to be diligent about completing this task regularly to ensure the health and safety of our students so that we can continue to provide the services we do for our students whether they are attending in person or learning in a virtual environment. The daily screening tool is more important than ever given the increased number of COVID cases in our community. If you are not getting the daily notifications via text or email, please contact our school office.

Congratulations to the Students of the Week!
Grade 9
Emily Musser and Sam Chapman
Grade 10
Madison Storey and Scout Sevigny
Grade 11
Treasa Bell and Justin Stulpe
Grade 12
Ellie Haggerty and Josh Lake

KHHS 2nd Semester Face-to-Face/Virtual Option
As we move closer to the 2nd Semester, you once again have the opportunity to decide whether you want to have your child attend our 100% Virtual option (Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy KHOLA) or our 100% Face-to--Face (F2F) option. Please let us know which option you would like to choose for your student NO LATER than November 20, 2020. If you choose 100 % Virtual (KHOLA) or 100% Face-to-Face (F2F), you are committing to that option through the entire 2nd Semester. If you have questions or need clarification before choosing the Face-to-Face option or the Virtual Option, please contact the High School Main Office at 616-784-2400.

Senior Ad and Baby Photos
Senior Parents!! Are you interested in purchasing a Senior Recognition/Baby Ad for your student in the yearbook this year? These must be submitted by January 29. If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org).

Yearbooks
Yearbooks are currently $50 dollars and will remain $50 until December 4th. You may purchase at www.jostens.com. Remember, yearbooks are an awesome way to hold onto those special memories from high school! Senior Photos were due on Nov 2nd. If you have not submitted your 12th graders Senior Photo, please get that in ASAP to Ms. Hughes at ahughes@khps.org.

FAFSA info

Seniors, as you complete your final year of high school and prepare for your postsecondary options, information from the Department of Treasury has been provided and should be considered to maximize your opportunities for State of Michigan aid programs. Please see the attached letter in today’s email for more info!

KHHS News November 6th

11/06/20

IMPORTANT DATES

Nov 23 No School for Students
Nov 24 No School for Student
Nov 25-27 No School-Thanksgiving Break
Dec 16 ½ Day for Students
Dec 17 ½ Day for Students
Dec 18 ½ Day for Students and Staff

Health Screener

Please continue to complete the screener even if your student is not coming to school. This helps us determine the names of the students AND staff that did NOT complete it AND are here at school. THANK YOU! We so appreciate your continued support during these unique circumstances.

KHHS 2nd Semester Face-to-Face/Virtual Option

As we move closer to the 2nd Semester, you once again have the opportunity to decide whether you want to have your child attend our 100% Virtual option (Kenowa Hills Online Learning Academy KHOLA) or our 100% Face-to--Face (F2F) option. Please let us know which option you would like to choose for your student NO LATER than November 20, 2020, by completing the google form emailed home. If you choose 100% Virtual (KHOLA) or 100% Face-to-Face (F2F), you are committing to that option through the entire 2nd Semester. If you have questions or need clarification before choosing the Face-to-Face option or the Virtual Option, please contact the High School Main Office at 616-784-2400.

ALL students must have this form completed for them. As a reminder, this form must be completed no later than Friday, Nov 20th.

Senior Ad and Baby Photos

Senior Parents,

Are you interested in purchasing a Senior Recognition/Baby Ad for your student in the yearbook this year? If so, please follow the link below to purchase. These must be submitted by January 29. If you have any questions, you may contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org).

Homework Hub
This past week we began the "Homework Hub". The last 15 minutes of our 1st block and the beginning of our 2nd block each day has given some time for teachers to check in with students for that class. This has given the students and teachers some built in time to get some extra help or to redo assignments or to get caught up from an
absence. Again, this will happen in every class, every day in hopes that more students will be on
pace and learning at the level of understanding. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Be Nice Blast
The Be Nice Blast talks about the importance of giving up unhealthy coping mechanisms and encourages you to challenge yourself to give up something for 21 days. Take the challenge!

Face Covering required at all MHSAA Events
Face coverings are required at all times when in attendance at any middle or high school event per the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). This applies to both home and away games. Refusal to wear a face covering can lead to dismissal from the
game/facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

WINTER SPORTS REQUIREMENTS

2020-2021
The MHSAA has waived the pre-participation physical requirements for students who received a valid physical for sports during the 2019-20 school year (one completed on or after APRIL 15, 2019) for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Students and their parents/guardians will be required to complete the two-page MHSAA ANNUAL SPORTS HEALTH
QUESTIONNAIRE found on the MHSSA website, attached to this newsletter and in the Athletic Office at the High School. Athletes will still be required to get a pink Permission to Practice slip from the athletic office to give to their coaches in order to participate in a school sponsored sport. The other requirements will still be in place
in order to obtain a pink slip:

  • the participation fee of $85.00 (waived for those whose annual family income determines they meet the guidelines to receive free or reduced lunch. This is not the same as the free lunch provided to all students through the end of the year)
  • the Spectrum Health Medical Consent to Treat form filled out completely and on file in our office (if your child did a fall sport in 2020, we have this form for the current school year)

If an athlete did not have a physical on file this year with our office, athletes will be required to get a physical in order to participate during the 2020-2021 school year. The physical form must be on file with our office. Physicals/Pink Slips are required prior to the first day of practice and/or tryouts for a winter sport, 2021.

There will be additional information forthcoming regarding practices, workouts and participation in a winter high school sport. Bowling, Wrestling, Cheer, Gymnastics, Girls Basketball all currently have sign ups in the Athletic Office.
Please contact Vicki Bekins, vbekins@khps.org or 616-784-2115 with questions.

Launch U
Launch Your Future Now!

Launch U gives high school students the chance to earn a FREE associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College! A flyer was attached in the email home. If you have any questions, please contact Student Services.

FAFSA Info
Seniors, as you complete your final year of high school and prepare for your postsecondary options, information from the Department of Treasury has been provided and should be considered to maximize your opportunities for State of Michigan aid programs. Please see the attached letter in today’s email for more info!

AP TESTING-Important Info
Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, for the current school year of 2020-21 College Board is waiving the cost of unused AP Tests to High Schools around the country. What this means to Kenowa Hills AP Students and Families is there will not be a deposit required at this time to reserve a test for Spring 2021! A single payment in Spring 2021 will be
collected. Please see the information that was emailed home.

Zinser Elementary News November 6

11/06/20

Celebration Week!

We celebrated our student successes this week! Congratulations to 4th grader Cade Read who is our Zinser Elementary school-wide Student of the Month! Congratulations to all of our “Students of the month’s” from each classroom.

COVID Update: Families, we know the challenges that exist with positive COVID tests and quarantining. This week was a very busy week for us at Zinser. The good news is there continues to be no evidence of it spreading at school. Please continue to be careful and honest with your child’s wellness each day. Thank you for staying patient and understanding with us as we sort out contact tracing to the best of our abilities after a positive test result. A big thank you to Nurse Courtney for all her many hours of work doing the best she can to figure out these challenging situations.

Keep Your Child Home or Report to School? Using the Kent County Health Department’s expectations, here is important information from Nurse Courtney about when to send the child to school or keep them home during COVID:

  • Students should stay home and be evaluated by a physician if they meet any of the criteria below: a new cough or fever OR lost of smell or taste - OR if a student has TWO of the following symptom
  • Chills, headache, extreme tiredness, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, body aches, nausea/vomiting or diarrhea, or shortness of breath.
  • If the student has only one of the symptoms listed in the later list, they are okay to come to school unless other symptoms develop.
  • Siblings of a sick student can continue going to school unless a COVID test is ordered for the sick sibling.
  • If someone in the household has a pending COVID test, all members need to stay home until the test results are back.
  • If a student was in contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 days even if they remain asymptomatic or have a negative COVID test.
  • Call our office or Nurse Courtney with any questions of course!

Mental Wellness: This November our True Success theme is Gratitude. At Zinser we will be focusing on caring for self and caring for others. We will provide activities that promote conversation and understanding of mental wellness.

As part of caring for others, we are asking all Zinser students to bring in $1 or more so that we can purchase items for 10-15 Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need. We are asking that any donations be turned in to the student's teacher by Friday, November 13.

-Zinser's Mental Health Team

Alpine Elementary News November 6

11/06/20

ATTENTION VIRTUAL STUDENTS:

DEADLINE TO SWITCH FROM VIRTUAL TO FACE-TO-FACE, 11/6/2020

As we move closer to the 2nd Trimester, you once again have the opportunity to decide whether you want to have your child continue to attend our 100% Online Learning Academy for 2nd Trimester, or whether you want to change your child to face-to-face learning. If you choose to stay in the Online Learning Academy, then your child will be enrolled in our KH Online Learning Academy until the end of Trimester 2, February 12. Please contact your child's teacher regarding your choice and they'll forward you a form to be completed. This form is due by 11/6/20.

If you have any questions or need any clarification before choosing Face-to-face or the KH Online Learning Academy, please contact your building administrator or Cindy Ruscett, Director of K-5 Online Learning Academy at (616) 784-2511 Ext. 2252.

Upcoming Dates for Alpine Events
November 17th: Fundraiser Pickup - outside.
November 19 & 20- Hearing and Vision Screening
November 20 - End of 1st Trimester
November 23 & 24 - NO School (Staff Professional Development and Records)
November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Break
December 4- Report Cards Sent Home

School Fundraiser Update

Our school fundraiser has ended and we are proud to announce that we raised almost $3,000.00 for our school! These funds will be used to support classroom instruction and student needs that arise. Thank you to all those
who participated. Products will be delivered 11/17. More information will be coming out shortly for those who selected curbside pick up. If you have any questions you may contact our PTO via email at hpsalpinepto@gmail.com.

KHMS News November 6

11/06/20

Upcoming Dates

Nov. 20: End Trimester 1
Nov. 23-24: No School for Students
Nov. 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 16-18: ½ Days
Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter Break

Attendance Communication

KHMS has an attendance email!! Please use this email as another way to communicate your student’s absence, early leave time or late arrivals! msattendance@khps.org

ABSENT? Follow These Protocols:

  • Follow your schedule - It is EXTREMELY important that absent students are on Canvas every day that you would normally have class.
  • First look at the AGENDA which is on the home page, to see what you will be missing that day. Any of the work that you see on the agenda that can be done at home needs to be done.
  • If an assignment is marked as (Canvas) after it you will find it in the MODULE.
  • Check in with your teacher via email to turn in anything that needs to be turned in or to ask any clarifying questions.

Health Screener
Please continue to complete the screener even if your student is not coming to school. This helps us determine the names of the students AND staff that did NOT complete it AND are here at school. Thank you!

IMPORTANT!
F2F or KHOLA for Trimester 2? Please fill out the form emailed home by NOVEMBER 13th!

Student Drop Off & Pick Up
KHMS needs all of your help and cooperation in dropping off and picking students up. We cannot have students dropped off or picked up on Hendershot. It is a huge safety issue, any stopping, parking and U-turns are not permitted. Please communicate this to anyone who is helping with carpooling your students to school, i.e. grandparents, siblings, neighbor etc.

Knight Sport Action
Girls Swimming
Tuesday, Nov. 10th @ Hamilton
Thursday, Nov. 12th @ Grandville

Boys Basketball
Monday, Nov. 9th - 8th Home, 7th @ Spring Lake
Wednesday, Nov.11th - 8th @ Fruitport, 7th @ Home
4:00 Tip off!

Important Athletic Event Information

  • 2 Spectators per student athlete
  • Fill out the Google Form for contact tracing before every home event.
  • Please wear a mask at all times and social distancing as much as possible before and during event.
  • We will be clearing the gym between the A and B games. Please wait in hall or cafeteria if you arrive early. We will have designated entrance and exit for spectators to use
  • KHMS will not be charging admission but other schools may choose to do so.
  • No concession will be available.

Face Covering Required at all MHSAA Events
Face coverings are required at all times when in attendance at any middle or high school event per the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). This applies to both home and away games. Refusal to wear a face covering can lead to dismissal from the game/facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Central Elementary News November 6

11/06/20

At Central, (and I believe the other elementary schools as well), we have had zero student-to-student, staff-to-staff, or staff-to-student cases. What we are doing is working, but we still need your help to continue on this trend. Here’s what I’m asking you to do:

  1. If you are sick or experiencing symptoms, please stay home. We can always have the nurse call you to assess your child to see if he/she can come in late, or if she/he should stay home. Although attendance matters and is important, in these types of scenarios, it won’t be held against you.
  2. Stay home until you are 24 hours symptom free, without medication.
  3. If you suspect that you have been exposed to someone that is COVID positive, please stay home and call the school nurse for further directions.
  4. Be careful of HOW you spend time with your loved ones. Socially distance and wear masks whenever possible. Try to remain in your family cohort as much as possible.
  5. Continue to do the daily screener. It is working!
  6. A big area of improvement is mask wearing on the bus. I have now been asked by multiple bus drivers to talk to the students on the bus who are NOT wearing masks. The students are doing a great job in school. Please chat with your child about wearing a mask on the bus as well. Many of them like to slip their mask off or under their nose. If we have to contact trace, we do consider if a child has a mask on/off, so please go over this at home with your child. I would hate to have to quarantine a bus kiddo when I don’t have to simply because he/she was in close proximity without a mask.

Thank you for understanding all of what goes on. We had a busy week! I HAVE FELT SO SUPPORTED by our families. I really appreciate that, and I hope you all know how much that means to me. These are trying times, for sure, but we are TRULY getting through them as a team.

A huge thank you also goes out to Central's PTO. They have been really busy this past month with the virtual book fair, conference meals, box tops, hanging pretty classroom signs, and getting Central Elementary T-shirts for students. We couldn't do any of these wonderful things without the PTO and YOUR support of the PTO through fundraising and volunteering to help out. THANK YOU! The next Virtual PTO meeting will be November 10th at 6:30pm.

This week, some students had a “Kidz Have Rights” presentation about Safe Touches and Unsafe Touches and Safe Adults we can talk to. Please review the worksheets that will come home with your child over the next few weeks as a family. As unpleasant as it is to think of, this is good information to be aware of and arm our kids with in case they are ever in a situation where it is needed.

Looking forward:

November Parent Calendar https://drive.google.com/file/d/1d0IaK1MYbhvjHFEj7Z2LGTTmQauviIdz/view?usp=sharing

December Parent Calendar https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MjWT2Ej4golN77ITywr8XC9pr8llkEZn/view?usp=sharing

Yours in Education,

Dr. Cherie Horner, Principal
Go Knights! Central SHINES!!

KHHS News October 30

10/30/20

IMPORTANT DATES

Nov 1 Daylight Savings Time
Nov 23 No School for Students
Nov 24 No School for Students
Nov 25-27 No School-Thanksgiving Break

Health Screener

Please continue to complete the screener even if your student is not coming to school. This helps us determine the names of the students AND staff that did NOT complete it AND are here at school. THANK YOU! We so appreciate your continued support during these unique circumstances.

Senior Photo
Senior Parents, senior photos are due by November 2. Photos must be vertical, in color, and preferably a head and shoulder shot. The photo file must be in a jpeg or png format.

Contact Ms. Hughes (ahughes@khps.org) with any questions you may have.
There will be information sent out later this month about baby and senior recognition ads.

Homework Hub
Starting on Monday, November 2nd, the High School will be restructuring the blocks to have 15 minutes for the "Homework Hub". The last 15 minutes of our 1st block and the beginning of our 2nd block each day will have some time for teachers to check in with students for that class.

This will give the students and teachers some built in time to get some extra help or to redo an assignment or to get caught up from an absence. Again, this will happen in every class, every day in hopes that more students will be on
pace and learning at the level of understanding. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Face Covering required at all MHSAA Events
Face coverings are required at all times when in attendance at any middle or high school event per the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). This applies to both home and away games. Refusal to wear a face covering can lead to dismissal from the game/facility. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Zinser Elementary News October 30

10/30/20

Zinser’s Courtyard

Check out this newly published article from School News Network about our reconstructed courtyard. A big shout out to Dan Clark from Clark's Landscaping, Superintendent Hopkins for his leadership and involvement with the outdoor learning space, the Comstock Park rotary club for volunteering several hours, and to many of our staff and families for helping improve this outdoor area, in particular to Rylee Beauvais and our Family Council for their financial support and efforts!

https://www.schoolnewsnetwork.org/2020/10/28/learning-from-a-place-full-of-living-things

Mental Wellness

This November our True Success theme is Gratitude. At Zinser we will be focusing on caring for self and caring for others. We will provide activities that promote conversation and understanding of mental wellness.

As part of caring for others, we are asking all Zinser students to bring in $1 or more so that we can purchase items for 10-15 Thanksgiving food baskets for families in need. We are asking that any donations be turned in to the student's teacher by Friday, November 13.

SchoolStore.com

With the holidays approaching, you can shop online and help support our school! We also wanted to share that we will once again be using SchoolStore.com as a program to shop online so students can earn a prize, and help earn money for classroom supplies. Information was sent home, get that holiday shopping started and use SchoolStore.com!

Learning Choice for 2nd Trimester

Please click the link below to complete the form to choose your child's learning choice for Trimester 2:

Learning Choice for Trimester 2 - Online or Face-to-Face

Alpine Elementary News October 30

10/30/20

ATTENTION VIRTUAL STUDENTS:

DEADLINE TO SWITCH FROM VIRTUAL TO FACE-TO-FACE, 11/6/2020

As we move closer to the 2nd Trimester, you once again have the opportunity to decide whether you want to have your child continue to attend our 100% Online Learning Academy for 2nd Trimester, or whether you want to change your child to face-to-face learning. If you choose to stay in the Online Learning Academy, then your child will be enrolled in our KH Online Learning Academy until the end of Trimester 2, February 12. Please contact your child's teacher regarding your choice and they'll forward you a form to be completed. This form is due by 11/6/20.

If you have any questions or need any clarification before choosing Face-to-face or the KH Online Learning Academy, please contact your building administrator or Cindy Ruscett, Director of K-5 Online Learning Academy at (616) 784-2511 Ext. 2252.

Alpine Elementary

Products Delivered 11/17We have extended our sale to November 3 for those of you who still want to get some last minute orders in. Make sure to share your Seller ID with your family and friends. We are still offering direct ship (fee applies) or ship to school (no fee). All orders are placed online. Do not send orders and money to school with your student(s). Below is the link to share. Thank you to everyone who has participated and placed orders to help raise funds for our school! If you have any questions you may contact our PTO via email at khpsalpinepto@gmail.com.
LINK: www.SupportMyFundraiser.org.

Alpine Art

We will be displaying all student artwork on Artsonia this year. By adding it to Artsonia we can make a slideshow to share in class so the whole school can see all the art, or we can even add it to Facebook! Parents and family will also be able to log on and see all the art that students are working on. To be able to display the artwork on Artsonia we will need parents to log on and give permission for your child's artwork to be shown to others. You should have gotten a permission slip already. If you did not get an email, or a permission slip please send your email to Mrs. McVey at cmcvey@khps.org, with your child's name, grade and teacher's name and she/he will get the information sent to you.

If your child is one of our remote learners - Mrs. McVEY is still working on getting your child set up, and you should be getting an email within a week or two. If you have any other questions about Artsonia or the Alpine art program, you may email me at cmcvey@khps.org.

KHMS News October 30

10/30/20

Attendance Communication

KHMS has an attendance email! Please use this email as another way to communicate your student’s absence, early leave time or late arrivals! msattendance@khps.org

ABSENT? Follow These Protocols:

  • Follow your schedule - It is EXTREMELY important that absent students are on Canvas every day that you would normally have class.
  • First look at the AGENDA which is on the home page, to see what you will be missing that day. Any of the work that you see on the agenda that can be done at home needs to be done.
  • If an assignment is marked as (Canvas) after it you will find it in the MODULE.
  • Check in with your teacher via email to turn in anything that needs to be turned in or to ask any clarifying questions.

Happy Halloween!
We had some amazing pumpkins carved for the contest! Congrats to the first-place winner: Yarley GonzalezMarquez “Day of the Dead.”

Upcoming Dates
Nov. 20: End Trimester 1
Nov. 23-24: No School for Students
Nov. 25-27: No School, Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 16-18: ½ Day
Dec. 21-Jan. 1: Winter Break

KH Ski and Snowboard Club
We are excited to announce the return of our KH ski and snowboard club! Passes can be purchased for you and your family at a discounted price (50% off regular lift ticket prices). NEW FOR THIS YEAR: ONLINE PURCHASE AVAILABLE! Punch cards are available to purchase at www.cannonsburg.com.

Student Drop Off & Pick Up
KHMS needs all of your help and cooperation in dropping off and picking students up. We cannot have students dropped off or picked up on Hendershot. It is a huge safety issue, any stopping, parking and U-turns are not permitted. Please communicate this to anyone who is helping with carpooling your students to school, ie grandparents, siblings, neighbor etc.

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