4 OCTOBER 27, 2008
ISSUE NUMBER 4
F R O M Y O U R P TA P R E S I D E N T S
Our Newsletter for Families
Kenwood Elementary and Performing Arts Magnet
2013 Penn Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Nov. 7th and 8th.
The PTA will
What a great turnout we had for our Artware Fundraiser: As you receive 20% of all
first PTA meeting of the year! It was know, we’ve been conducting this purchases by Ken-
exciting to see so many interested and brand-new fundraiser as a replace- wood families on
committed parents. Here’s a recap for ment for the Giftwrap Sale. We just those days, so plan to
those who couldn’t join us that night: wanted you to know that the deadline for do some of your holiday
a representative from Target (parent your orders has been extended to Thursday shopping early and support
Stephanie Ellstrom) presented a “Take October 30th. one of Kenwood’s wonderful neighborhood
Charge of Education” check to Kenwood businesses at the same time! Check the ad
Speaking of giftwrap, we’ve gotten some below for details about this fun event.
for $1,707; Principal Craig gave an update
inquiries from parents who are running out of
on the start of school and on Kenwood’s Don’t forget to mark your calendars for
wrapping paper. We’re happy to report that
Title I program; the 100 Year commemo- the All-School Barn Dance on Friday,
high-quality Innisbrook papers are available
rative art project was unveiled; guest November 14th from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St.
by ordering on-line from the company. And
speakers provided information about Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, 3450 Irving
best of all, PTA will still earn 50% on every
Area C meetings and the “Greening Our Avenue South. This will be the culminating
purchase! It’s simple: all you have to do is go
Schools” initiative; PTA membership event for the Roots Dance Residency,
to www.innisbrook.com and enter Kenwood’s
forms were made available; and much, which all Kenwood kids have been partici-
school ID number: 102246. Innisbrook ships
much more. Please plan to join us for our pating in during the past month. The Barn
via UPS to the purchaser’s home address
next meeting on Tuesday, November 11th. Dance is also a celebration of Kenwood’s
within 48 hours of receiving an order. It’s easy
Anwatin’s Principal and other staff mem- 100 years. We want everyone to be able to
for people all over the country to take advan-
bers, as well as parents of current Anwa- come. Watch for flyers with more informa-
tage of this, so be sure to spread the word to
tin kids, will be there to answer questions tion about transportation, food, etc. So
family members and friends.
and tell about the great things happening grab your partner and mosey on down for
at our pathway Middle School. For more Kenwood Days at Birchbark Bookstore some root beer, friendship, and dancing!
information, see the ad below. are coming up on Friday and Saturday,
Kenwood Directory: Many of you rely on
this wonderful communication tool, as we
do too! We wanted you to know that parent
Stephanie Svee is hard at work updating
all the data. This is a huge undertaking
that requires a lot of proofreading and
fine-tuning, so we truly appreciate Steph
for taking on the job!
Lastly, if you would like to join the PTA and
didn’t get a form at the October meeting,
please contact Amanda Vallone at 695-2831.
Membership cost is $5.75 per year.
Hope to see you at all the great
Birchbark, our wonderful neighborhood bookstore, will host Kenwood
Days on Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th. On those
two days, the store will donate 20% of all purchases to our PTA --- all you have Nicole Valentine & Wendy Wolf
to do is say that you are a “Kenwood School Family” when you check out. The
20% applies to everything in the store: books, jewelry, art, gifts and more!
New this year: Birchbark is partnering with Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency Please join us for
and their “Reading Begins at Home” Program, which provides free books to Anwatin Middle
young mothers and their infants. Birchbark will offer a range of board books
that can be purchased for this worthy cause – all are under $10, and the 20% School
donation to Kenwood will apply to these purchases. Information Night!
To add to the fun, there’ll be: Readings, Music & Tuesday, November 11th
“Bookworm Snacks” at the Deli next door 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Check the flyer going home on November 4th for a schedule of activities on Multipurpose Room
Kenwood Days. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us --- and invite family mem-
bers, friends and neighbors to come along and get some holiday shopping out of the Presentation and Q & A
way while supporting a great cause and a great independent bookstore! Just remind with Anwatin’s Principal,
your friends to say they’re “Kenwood School Families.” Pre-IB Coordinator and
Please note: The 20% donation does not apply to books ordered during Kenwood
Days, only to those that have been pre-ordered. If you have particular titles in mind, Parent perspective from current and
please pre-order them by calling Birchbark at 374-4023 by tomorrow, Tuesday, former Kenwood School parents
October 28th. If you pre-order, please do plan to pick your books up on November To reserve childcare, contact Amanda Vallone
7th or 8h --- we don’t want to put a financial strain on our good friends at the store. at 695-2831 or email@example.com.
For transportation, call Sue Payne at 668-2778.
After you’ve read the Courier, complete the info below and return the slip to school with your child. Every
other week, three slips will be chosen at random for a small prize, and the winners’ names will be published in
this space. If you have more than one student at Kenwood, be sure to include all their names. And please feel
free to use the comment space below to ask questions or share your thoughts and ideas about Kenwood. Last
issue’s winners were: Sofie E./Rm. 112, Kaden L./Rm. 145, Makenna L./Rm. 243 and Veronika N./Rm. 150.
Student name(s) and room number(s)____________________________________________________________________
From Co-Chairs Matt Allen &
We had a wonderful turnout of students,
teachers and families at this year’s Crawl.
Nearly half our students participated and,
all in all, there were about 400 people
braving the drizzle and walking for our
school that day! Together, we raised a
record amount: $10,600, bringing our
12-year total to $93,939. (We’ll break that
$100,000 mark next year!!)
Thanks to all the parents and staff
who supported this effort and worked on
Crawl morning — this is an event that
relies on help from lots of people. Spe-
cial thanks go to Alexis Broome for put-
ting together the Scavenger Hunt; to Tom
Madden for emceeing; to the Kenwood
Green Team for organizing the wildly-
successful Acorn Collection; to Cecilia
Michel for setting up the safety patrol Kenwood School Band in front of the school, May 1930
from Anwatin; and to our terrific neigh-
bors at Isles Bun & Coffee, Lund’s,
Caribou Coffee and Kowalski's for donat- Kenwood Centennial Corner
ing delicious and energizing snacks!
We know you’ve heard about our Centennial Year, and the fact that Kenwood stu-
Now to the prizes...
dents arrived in our beautiful building for the first time in 1908. But did you know
# The top 3 fundraisers were 3rd grader
Claire V.N. ($245), 2nd grader Sabrina that Kenwood School actually began 19 years earlier, in 1889, in a small frame
H. ($242) and kindergartner Nathan H. house on Kenwood Parkway, with ten pupils in four grades? At the time, our school
($240). Each earned a $25 Target gift property was a still pasture where cows and horses grazed. In 1894, that frame
structure was moved to 2007 Sheridan Avenue, where today it is the home of a
# The award for most contributions
went to kindergartner Tywan G. who Kenwood alum family! Another old school building was then moved to this site on
got 38 people to donate to the Crawl! Penn Avenue. Classes were held in four rooms (two grades per room), each with a
He won a $20 Birchbark Bookstore gift fireplace. In 1908, that building was torn down to make way for the solid brick
building we recognize as Kenwood today.
# Mrs. Ferrell’s 2nd graders enjoyed an
ice cream party for bringing in the Our Centennial Celebration has included rolling out new T-Shirt designs featuring
most money ($1128.50).
our 100 Year logo and the Big Birthday Cake, with “candles” representing dona-
# Ms. Sullivan’s kindergartners celebrat-
ed with a pizza party for having the tions to our wonderful teachers to pay for classroom supplies. If you took a candle
highest percentage of students walk- and haven’t yet turned in the item or gift card, please send it to the office during
ing in the Crawl (82%). school hours, in care of Ann Do. The Birthday Cake is still in the office, in case
After 3 years at the helm of the Crawl, you’d like to select a candle! Please check the Centennial Corner in future
Kristi is ready to turn in her Co-Chair cap
and get involved in other school projects. Couriers to learn about our history and plans for the year. We look forward to
We are looking for someone who’d like to celebrating this milestone year together!
help plan and run this fun and rewarding
event — please consider jumping on
board and working with Matt as a Co-
Chair of the 2009 Crawl! If you’re inter-
ested, or want more information, contact:
Matt 374-4787 firstname.lastname@example.org
C A L E N D A R
Picture Retake Day will be on Thursday, November 6th. Your
child will be bringing school pix home soon. If you don’t like Sunday, November 2
the picture, or if your student is new to Kenwood or was absent Daylight Savings time Ends
for the first go-round, this is the opportunity to get a picture Set Clocks Back One Hour
taken or retaken. (If your child is getting a second photo,
Monday, November 3
he/she must return the original packet. NO SCHOOL – Record Keeping Day
Tuesday, November 4
Election Day – VOTE!
A Note From Our
Art Teacher Thursday, November 6
I wanted to let all you Kenwood families Picture Retake Day
know that I got married on September
Friday, November 7 &
12th. I added my husband’s name to mine,
Saturday, November 8
so now I am Margaret Zimmerman-
Kenwood Days at Birchbark Bookstore
Swenson. I’ve asked the children to try to It is District policy
learn it, but I do realize that it’s long! If
the students accidentally call me Miss
that students may not Tuesday, November 11
PTA Meeting: Anwatin Info Night
Zimmerman or Mrs. Swenson, that’s fine. wear Halloween 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Multipurpose Room
While I was gone for our wedding and costumes
honeymoon, Kenwood parent Julie Young Thursday, November 13
Walser was my substitute. I would like to to school. Site Council Meeting
take this opportunity to thank her pub- 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Media Center
licly. She led the students in creating
pieces for the ArtWare fundraiser. She Friday, November 14
School Spirit Day
taught them how to make very colorful
drawings filled with details that had spe- Requesting Changes to Wear Your Kenwood T-Shirt!
cial meaning for them. The students loved After-School Plans Deadline for Yearbook Cover Contest
working with her. I would also like to If your student will be going home with
express appreciation to the two families another child after school, you must send a All-School Kenwood Barn Dance
who gave gift cards to the Art program as note giving the following information:
100th Birthday Wish donations. One was Thursday, November 20
for Jo-Ann Fabrics and the other for Blick Share-In Performances
Art Materials. I was very grateful to be 2. Your child’s first & last names and class- 8:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. – Gym
able to buy art supplies with them, and I room number (or teacher’s name)
used coupons along with the gift cards to 3. The first & last names and address of the Wednesday, November 26 through
stretch the money further. Thanks to student he/she will be visiting Friday, November 28
NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday
these anonymous donors for their gen- 4. The telephone number where you can be
erosity and support of our Art classes. reached during the day.
In closing, I would like to ask Kenwood
5. The bus number your child will be taking
families to send in the fronts of greeting
cards that you don’t plan to save. I have
to the friend’s house (if you know it) Ready,
6. Your signature Set,
begun collecting them to have on hand as
possible collage materials. If you can All changes to afterschool plans must be
donate used greeting card covers, please received in the office by 9:00 a.m. If you
have your child put them in my mailbox in are sending a note to school with your child,
the main office. Thank you in advance for please remind him/her to drop it off in the
your help! office first-thing in the morning.
The cover design contest
2007-2008 Kenwood Yearbook Cover Contest
Draw what you think makes Kenwood School “Smarts+Arts” Due by November 9th
for the 2008-2009
in the yearbook box in the school office
All submissions MUST include: Optional words to include are:
• Drawing on white 8 1/2 x 11 vertical piece of paper • Kenwood School
Our first Bike/Walk To School Day was a great success —
(no lined paper.) • 99th Edition
• Black marker/pen drawing • 2007-2008
• Student’s name in pencil on the back of the drawing • Smarts+Arts
is going on now.
in addition to the submission form.
• No staples (use paper clips if necessary.) Think big, it reproduces better.
39 students walked and 49 rode their bikes to school on October 14th! Questions? Contact Courtney Cushing Kiernat, 612-827-1307 or email@example.com
Congratulations to the Green Team (made up of parents Matt Allen and Heidi Submissions are due
2007-2008 Kenwood Yearbook Cover Contest
Niziolek and teachers Al Caspers, Scott Kohanek and Georgette Micheletti) for by Friday, November 14th,
All submissions must be in the yearbook box in the school office by November 9th
so pull out those markers
organizing this fun and healthy event in a very short span of time. They’re Phone Number:
already looking forward to another Bike/Walk Day in the spring. and start drawing!
BE SURE TO VOTE NEXT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH.
And be sure to take your school-aged children to the polls with you
to cast their own Kids Voting ballots!
Easy Money country can join the program by
designating Kenwood School,
Here are some painless ways to send extra
Minneapolis MN, 55405. Since
money Kenwood’s way. Please note that
1998, we’ve raised over $21,000
we are not endorsing or “pushing” particu-
from Target. The check we
lar businesses and products. But if you
received at the PTA Meeting ear-
already shop at these stores or have these
lier this month was $1707 — let’s
items on your grocery list, we simply ask
earn even more this year!
that you take advantage of the bonuses
offered to schools by these companies. General Mills “Box Top$ for
The money raised goes directly to the Education” program: Box Top$ logos,
main office to help pay for supplies, worth 10 cents apiece, are found on hun-
postage, etc. — and it really does add up! dreds of products from General Mills, Betty
Kemps Foods donates 5 cents for every
Crocker, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Hamburger
Target’s “Take Charge of Education” milk bottle cap and proof-of-purchase
Helper, Yoplait, Ziplock and more. Last
Program: This is free money!! Target from their dairy products. Last year,
school year, this program brought in $371.
donates 1% of all in-store and target.com Kenwood took in $140 from this program.
You can send your box tops to school in care
purchases charged on your Target VISA or Send the caps and proofs-of-purchase to
of Sue Payne.
Target REDcard. If you use the VISA card Sue Payne. And please, please, PLEASE
at other businesses, 1/2 of 1% is donated. “Groceries for Good Causes” at rinse the caps well before turning
VISA and REDcard applications are avail- Kowalski’s Market, 2440 Hennepin Ave: them in!
able from Guest Services in all Target At the front of the store are bins for 15 Printer cartridge recycling: Send these
stores. It’s easy to name Kenwood as your neighborhood non-profits, including Ken- items to the office (wrapped in plastic,
“School of Choice” — just call 1-800-316- wood School. By dropping your receipt in please!) We’ll earn a bit of money — and
6142 or log on to target.com/tcoe. Family the Kenwood slot, you help us earn several more importantly — we’ll get these recy-
members and friends anywhere in the hundred dollars per year. clables out of the waste stream!
Still time to get your kid’s art on mugs, cards, t-shirts and more!
New Artware Fundraiser deadline: Thursday, October 30th.
KENWOOD COURIER • ISSUE NUMBER 4 • OCTOBER 27, 2008
The next issue of the Courier will be published in two weeks, on Monday, November 10th. Deadline for story submission is Tuesday, November 4th by 3 pm.