Special points of interest:
• Wednesday, April 27-Administrative
Professional’s Day (Secretary’s Day)
• Thursday, April 28-”Take Your
Child to Work Day” (ages 8-18)
• Week of May 2-6
Teacher’s Appreciation Week
• May 2-May 3-Buy orchids for
Volume 2, Issue 3 March/April 2011
Mother’s Day or for Teacher’s Ap-
preciation Week (8:00-8:30 am -
Media Center OR 3:00-5:00 pm by Kenwood K-8 Center
the After School Care Office)
• Tuesday, May 17th
next PTSA Meeting
• May 5th and 6th
Buy your Science Boards for the
The Principal’s Corner
Science Fair!!! (3:05-3:30 by Media
Center) Dear Parents, that they had been proves the quality of their
• Wednesday, May 18th
working very hard to learning, and better pre-
(Elementary grades K-5)
Spring is a busy time of prepare for this test, and pares them to successfully
year at Kenwood K-8 were ready to show us face educational chal-
Inside this issue: Center, full of many ex- all what good writers lenges. As always, thank
citing activities! Our stu- they are! Rounding out you for your ongoing sup-
dents observed Black His- the month of March port and cooperation.
Principal’s Corner/Music 1
tory Month during Febru- were field day activities
ary, and were involved in that provided lots of Sincerely,
Student of the month- 2 many activities that rec- fun, and lessons in team-
November and Decem-
ber ognized the contributions work and sportsmanship! Moraima Almeida-Perez,
African Americans have Principal
Student of the month- 3 made to our history and With the administration
January and February culture. Through the ef- of the Florida Compre- ‘s
forts of our wonderful hensive Assessment Test
Media Center News/ 4 PTSA we had another and the Stanford
very successful Winter Achievement Test dur-
Festival on Saturday, Feb- ing April, we must re-
FEA/5th grade news/ 5
ruary 26. member that consistent,
prompt attendance is
Upper Academy Art and 6 Our fourth and eighth critical to a child’s suc-
Music News grade students recently cess in school. Ensuring
completed the Florida that students are on
Preventing Cyber Bully- 7 Writing Test. We know time, every time im-
Leaders of America
Elementary News: Art/ 8
Field Day/Box Top Re-
National Junior Honor 9 SAVE THE DATE
Society/Third Grade Fair
Challenge Elementary Choir and Recorder Ensemble Spring Concert
will take place on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in
the Annex Café. Admission is free. Family, friends and the
entire school community are invited to attend and support
the participating 3rd, 4th and 5th grader performers!
Kenwood Info/”Go 12
Green” Article Submitted by Mrs. Angela Cover
Kenwood Times Page 2
Dr. Lois Schumacher,
November 2010 Student of the Month-Citizenship
Kindergarten Second Grade Fourth Grade
Marcos Martinez (Diaz) Valeria Correa (Calzadilla) Kristen Ambrose (Fong)
Katherine Herrera (T. Garcia) Emily Hadjez (Mayor) Jonah Gazitua (Guthrie)
Anthony Ventura (Matamoros) Natalie Cisneros (Pascau) Rachel Ibanez (Jackson)
Andrea Paz (Rodriguez) Joseph Price (Pedrique) Kian Zarbaf (Coca)
Ashlee Delgado (Velazquez) Seth Weesner (B. Herrera) Daniel Pijeira (Model)
Alani Alonso (Noble) Lucas Caporale (Manresa) Marcelo Delvalle (Sanchez)
Antwan Stroud (Montero)
First Grade Third Grade Fifth Grade
Kristen Rembisz (Arevalo) Nicholas Dupont (Cepero) Johan Valentin (Albert)
Madeline Quigley (Cartagena) Manuel Escobar (Cereijo) Daniel Hutchins (Batista)
Jesse Valdes (N. Garcia) Brian Gutierrez (Cruz) Alex Cabana (Gordon)
Ericka Johnson (Henry) Amir Majail (Granda) Angie Cardenas (Herrera)
Ashley Soto (Gonzalez) Ryan Fogelsanger (Kraft) Juliana Dalal (Mitchell-Smith)
Zarabeth Quincoses (Sampedro) Nhi Do (Rosenthal)
Carlos Hernandez (Ward)
Edgar Hooker (Warner)
December 2010 Student of the Month-Kindness
Kindergarten Second Grade Fourth Grade
Ashley Arguello (Diaz) Amanda Lindsay (Calzadilla) Nicolas Gonzalez (Albert)
Joel Rivas (T. Garcia) Luke Cobas (Mayor) Giovanna Maser (Albert)
Nithael Paul (Matamaros) Salma Iglesias (Pascau) Melanie Tapia (Fong)
Lindsey Salinas (Noble) Nicole Ventura (Pedrique) Branden Ruiz (Guthrie)
Alina Rolland (Rodriguez) Estrella Anciani (B. Herrera) Steven Gonzalez (Jackson)
Isabella Perez (Velazquez) Isabella Roche (Manressa) Daniel Gimenez (Coca)
Denisse Ortiz (Montero) David Alfonso (Model)
Samantha Vargas (Sanchez)
First Grade Third Grade Fifth Grade
Nikolas Weir (Arevelo) Makayla Almonte (Cepero) Gabriel Garcia (Batista)
Carlos Perez-Guzman (Cartagena) Andrea Pacheco (Cereijo) Antonella Piacenti (Gordon)
Aaron Barquero (N. Garcia) Joanna Salvat (Cruz) Brandon Moncada (Herrera)
Robert Alvarez (Henry) Jaclene Dalal (Granda) Alyssa Levy (Mitchell-Smith)
Derick Fiallo (Gonzalez) Carla Pupo (Kraft) Joseph Badio (Rosenthal)
Nicole Cisneros (Sampredo) Keily McKinney (Ward)
Keren Szmuler (Warner)
Volume 2, Issue 3 Page 3
What do you have to be careful of
when it rains cats and dogs?
(answer on page 12)
January 2011 Student of the Month-Honesty
Kindergarten Second Grade Fourth Grade
Teagan Nayak (Diaz) Daniel Mayor (Calzadilla) Rodney Sanchez (Fong)
Kaitlyn Nalda (T. Garcia) Bryain Almonte (Mayor) Miauni Richman (Guthrie)
Maxwell Statia (Matamaros) Tomas Angulo (Pascau) Justin Martino (Jackson)
Annely Martinez (Rodriguez) Katherine Meza (Pedrique) Kieren Mojica (Coca)
Jorge Ruiz (Velazquez) David Delvalle (B. Herrera) Alejandra Azel (Model)
Sebastian Garrido (Manressa) Gaby Perez (Sanchez)
Aiden Castro (Arevelo) Third Grade Fifth Grade
Abigail Hernandez (Cartagena) Branlis Infante (Cepero) Manuel Rojas (Albert)
Danna Perez (N. Garcia) Angelique Thompson (Cereijo) Santiago Barbara-Olsen (Batista)
Pablo Junco (Henry) Arthur Noriega (Cruz) Ashley Valino (Gordon)
Gabriel Vargas (Gonzalez) Alyssa Calero (Granda) Alvaro Bernuy (Herrera)
Ian Valdes (Kraft) Evahnie Funderburk (Mitchell-
Emely Cuervo (Montero) Smith)
William Viso (Sampredo) Mariana Carbonari (Rosenthal)
Patricia Alvarez (Ward)
Anthony Torres (Warner)
February 2011 Student of the Month-Integrity
Kindergarten Second Grade Fourth Grade
Giovanni Estrada (Diaz) Thomas Ortega (Calzadilla) Tiffany Williams (Fong)
Julian Ancheta (T. Garcia) Michael Arevalo (Mayor) Alyssa Alonso (Guthrie)
Sofia Chavez (Matamaros) Rosamaria Maticorena (Pascau) Andrew Fornaris (Jackson)
Ricardo Perez-Queiro (Rodriguez) Andy Castaneda (Pedrique) Marianna Salvat (Coca)
Brian Shirley (Velazquez) Lia Pitti (B. Herrera) Mitra Hamzavi-Zargha (Model)
Carolina Gaston (Manressa) Nicole Wakim (Sanchez)
First Grade Third Grade Fifth Grade
Noah Lopez-Calleja (Arevelo) Astrid Escobar (Cepero) Wilfredo Albelo (Albert)
Gabriel Funcia (Cartagena) Ami Hiyoshi (Cereijo) Selena Febles (Batista)
Michael Depaz (N. Garcia) Brayam Paz-Vasquez (Cruz) Kara McKinney (Gordon)
Sofia Duran (Henry) Emily Flores (Granda) Jordan Ravelo (Herrera)
Kevin Contreras (Gonzalez) Jared Martinez (Montero) Andrew Minchola (Mitchell-Smith)
Leah Miller (Noble) Gianpaul Asper (Sampredo) Simon Castro (Rosenthal)
Hannah Delcueto (Ward)
Marissa Berio-Lebeau (Warner)
Kenwood Times Page 4
The Sunshine State Young Readers Award Program
Every year the Flor- Every student (3rd-5th grades) a chance to showcase their knowledge
ida Association for Media in who read three or more titles by of these titles and have a fun time
Education together with the April 8th was eligible to vote for competing and sharing their love of
“Alone we Florida Department of Educa- their favorite in an election taking reading. The winning team will travel
can do so tion sponsor the Sunshine place at our school. The Miami on a fieldtrip to Key Biscayne K-8
State Young Reader’s Award. Dade Elections Department set up Center on May 26th to compete
little; Media Specialist throughout a voting booth and held the official against other schools.
the state read thousands of election on April 8th in our library. To read more about the SSYRA Pro-
together we books in order to nominate 15 These votes are tabulated and sent gram and to see a list of titles visit:
can do so of the best titles published in to Tallahassee to be counted with http://myssyra.org/about/about.html
the last couple of years. The all the other votes from schools
much.” books represent different across the state. The author of We congratulate all our students who
genres and cultures and are all the book with the most votes re- have read the Sunshine State titles
written for students in 3rd ceives the Sunshine State Young because you are all winners!
Helen Keller through 5th grade(s). Some of Readers Award for 2011 and our
these books have won literary students had a say in which book is
awards in other states or may selected!
even be a Newbery honor Students who read three or more
book. The idea is to expose titles have also created teams
our young readers to different which will compete in our first
writing styles, various authors ever, Battle of the Books. This oral
and diverse genres that they competition will take place on May submitted by Mrs. Dania Ortega,
may not normally read. 6th in our library. Students will get Library Media Specialist
Kenwood K-8 Center Library Needs Your Used Books!
We are pleased to host, Special Evening hours on you may select a prize. Every
once again, our annual Used Wednesday, May 18th dur- week the highest donors will be
Book Sale. This is a great ing the Science Fair. featured in the morning announce-
way to find books for sum- Prices: $1.00-$3.00 ments. All students who donate
mer reading and required Used Books 20 items or more will receive a $2
class novels for next year. $2.00-$5.00 certificate to spend during the fair.
There will be hundreds of “Like New” Books, Place all items in a bag or box
hardcover and softcover DVD’s and Videos with your child’s name, teacher’s
books as well as DVDs and $ .25 name and number of items do-
videos at rock bottom nated. Bring all donated materials WE WANT YOUR BOOKS!
Little Golden Books,
prices. to the Media Center at anytime.
Pencils, Bookmarks and
Thank you and see you there!
Dates: May 16th-20th
Time: 8:10 – 3:20 Win A Prize submitted by
Mrs. Dania B. Ortega,
Location: Library Media Donate 10 or more gently used Library Media Specialist
Center books, DVD’s or Videos, and
News from 4th Grade Catalysts
Who are you going to count sharing their positive we stand out for righteous
on to tame the Bully? points of view, and know- beliefs, rigorous dreams
Catalysts took part in the ing they can count on and radiant Sunshine.
annual poster and essay teachers and counselors
contest from The Youth to come to their rescue. Dr. Sanda Model,
Dr. Model’s “Books Crime Watch of Miami- Share our Florida Spirit; 4th grade Synergy
With Wings” Dade County. You can come by to see our latest
winners! count on Catalysts’ to take innovative Florida Flags of
Congratulations! the Bully out of Bullying by tomorrow. As Floridians
Volume 2, Issue 3 Page 5
Future Educators of America
So far this year, our club Congratulations on
has dedicated over 500 your hard work and
service hours to our dedication to our
teachers and our school.
school wide commu- Coming up next…
nity! I want to thank all F.E.A.’s “Teacher for a
our wonderful volun- Day” activity is
teers that helped our Wednesday, May 11th.
school in preparing, Listen to the morning
promoting, and volun- announcements for
teering at the P.T.S.A. more details on our
Winter Festival. Thank final F.E.A. meeting.
you also to our wonder-
ful parents that worked submitted by
Ms. Teresa Cereijo,
at the game booths. 3rd grade FEA Chairperson
Wow!! Kenwood K-8 is a
wonderful place to be. “When one door closes
another door opens;
but we so often look so
Mrs. Rosenthal’s “Books With Wings” long and so regretfully
upon the closed door,
Kyra Fogelsanger wrote a Kyra was chosen out of
that we do not see the
book entitled “Fairy Dust.” 200 entrants at Dade ones which open for
She was honored at Royal Reading Council’s (DRC) us.”
Palm Elementary on Satur- annual event called “Books Alexander Graham
day, March 5, 2011!!! Her With Wings” I am so Bell
whole family was there to proud of her!
help her celebrate.
Kyra was presented with a
certificate, pin and auto-
graph booklet while meet- Susan Rosenthal,
ing other young authors. 5th grade Teacher
Do you know: component of the meal, i.e., fruit, health problems?
• Breakfast is FREE to all students vegetable, milk, juice or one of the • Every day we serve an average of 300
every day? Only about 30% of our daily entrées to compliment the breakfasts and 800 lunches to our stu-
students take advantage of this items brought from home? dents?
daily? • We offer fresh produce and vegeta- • We appreciate your continued trust in
• Breakfast is the most important bles from our local farmers? allowing us the privilege of serving your
meal of the day? • Kenwood’s café can provide bag children?
• There are students who are ap- lunches for field trips?
proved for free and reduced lunch • The National School Lunch Act of
meals that do not take 1946 was signed by President Thank you!
advantage of this benefit? Harry S. Truman in response to
• Your child does not have to pur- claims that many American men Linda Boccio, cafeteria manager; & Staff
chase an entire meal, they can pass had been rejected for WWII mili-
on the line to purchase any tary service because of diet-related
Kenwood Times Page 6
Solo and Ensemble Festival & Band News
On Friday, February 25th, Kareem Werin- Trumpet received straight superior- Ken-
“Kenwood’s Own Concert Gilbert Manresa– Trumpet wood was one of the six!!!
Band” students participated Juliana Mena- Flute
in the Solo and Ensemble Nicole Herrera- Flute Congratulations!!
Festival at Glades Middle Pedro Zerpa- Tuba
School. This festival encour- Marlon Calvo– Snare Drum submitted by Jezabel Joa,
Director of Bands, Upper Academy
ages students to play solos, Brandon Hernandez-
duets and trios as they per- Baritone
form. For a Florida Band Kim Samaan– French Horn
Master Association judge Gustavo Colon- Clarinet
who will rate their perform- Samantha Ambros– Clarinet
ances. This year all Kenwood Eric Armas– Trombone
students participating got
“Superior” on their perform- On Friday, April 1st, students
ances. Congratulations to the from “Kenwood's Own Con-
following students for their cert Band” had their Music
hard work, preparation, and Performance Assessment at
Be who you are performances: Ronald Reagan Senior High
and say what you Patricia Otero- Flute School. Students obtained
feel, Daniel Andrade- Straight Superiors, the
because those who Bass Clarinet highest possible score. The
mind don't Noah Cruz-Bustillo- competition involved per-
Trumpet formance and sight reading.
Martin Hiriart- Trumpet Out of 30 schools, only six
and those who
Mr.Lacayo’s Art News!
Congratulations to the following
Upper Academy art students.
Chantelle Bass Gr. 8 &
Catherine Gamero Gr. 7
Natalia Diaz Gr. 7
Shannon Gable Gr. 8
Anju Wilson Gr.6
They will be exhibiting their work
They will be exhibiting their work during during the
the “25th Annual Impressions in
2011 Black History Month Watercolor Exhibition”
“African Americans and the Keep up your outstanding work!
Civil War” Exhibition Gabriel Contreras’
Mr.Lacayo’s Art News #2!
submitted by Eduardo Lacayo, Catherine Gamero Gr. 7 Isabel De la Huerta Gr. 8
Art Teacher, Upper Academy
Robert Piacenti Gr. 7 Gabriel Contreras* Gr. 8
Congratulations to the following Upper Celeste Tamer Gr. 8 *honorable mention recipient
Academy art students.
They will be exhibiting their work during the They will be exhibiting their work during the
Jasmin Hodge Gr. 8 “Small Works II Exhibition” “Begging, Borrowing, and Stealing
Amanda Valino Gr. 8 @
Maisel Aguero Gr. 8 1501 Biscayne Boulevard Moore Building
Miami, FL 4040 NE 2nd Avenue
They will be exhibiting their work during Opening and awards reception TBA Miami, FL 33137
Exhibition” Keep up your outstanding work!
Volume 2, Issue 3 Page 7
Keep your children safe
and happy on the
PREVENTING CYBER-BULLYING internet!
(from The Miami Herald, article entitled- “More tips on preventing cyber-bullying”
written by Carmen Gonzalez Caldwell, Sunday, January 30, 2011)
“Many of you e-mailed me regarding last week’s article on cyber-bullying as to what you can do as parents. You can start
by talking to kids about the issue and teaching them the rules below, intended to help prevent cyber-bullying from happen-
ing to them or someone they know.
Here’s what kids need to know:
Never give out personal information online, whether in instant message profiles, chat rooms, blogs or personal websites.
Never tell anyone but your parents your password-not even friends.
If someone sends a mean or threatening message, don’t respond. Save it or print it out and show it to your parents.
Never open e-mails from someone you don’t know or from someone you know is a bully.
Don’t put anything online that you wouldn’t want your classmates to see, even in e-mail.
Don’t send messages when you’re angry. Before clicking “send,” ask yourself how you would feel if you received the mes-
Help kids who are bullied online by not joining in, and show bullying messages to an adult.
Here’s what parents can do:
Keep your home computer in a busy area of your house.
Set up e-mail and chat accounts with your children. Make sure that you know their screen names and passwords and
that they don’t include any personal information in their online profiles.
Regularly go over their instant messenger “buddy list” with them. Ask who each person is and how they know them.
Discuss cyber-bullying with your children and ask if they have ever experienced it or seen it happen to someone.
Tell your children that you won’t blame them if they are cyber-bullied. Emphasize that they won’t take away their
computer privileges-this is the main reason kids don’t tell adults when they are cyber-bulllied.”
Carmen mentions at the end of her article that you contact her office or email her for brochures on cyber-bullying or Internet
safety. Her email address is: Carmen@citizenscrimewatch.com or call her at 305.470.1670
Future Business Leaders of
I would like to take this op- ond place in Spreadsheet Ap-
portunity to congratulate plications. All the FBLA stu-
Kenwood K-8 Center’s dents that participated did an
FBLA Chapter and the club excellent job representing Ken-
sponsor Mr. Gomez for an wood!! Go cougars!!!
outstanding performance at
submitted by Carlos Gomez,
District 26 Competition. Upper Academy
Three of Kenwood’s finest
students placed in the top
three in their respective
events; Jackie Ojeda placed Joke #2 Congratulations to
in second place in Desktop Why did the journalist go Kenwood K-8 Center’s
Publishing, Stephanie Gon- to the ice cream parlor? FBLA Chapter
zalez placed in third place in (answer on page 8)
Desktop Publishing, and
Augusto Incer placed in sec-
Kenwood Times Page 8
Ginger O’Neil came to Mrs. Goldhagen received
Kenwood K-8 Center in an Honorable Mention for
conjunction with the Co- her color photograph above,
conut Grove Visiting “Carrousel de la Cite,”-at
Artist Program and gave Iramis Mayorquin, 2nd the Miami-Dade County Art
presentations to Ms. Gold- grade, has her art project in Teacher’s Showcase. The
hagen’s Art classes on The Fair. opening was at the Dave and
Tuesday, February 22, Sana Abid and Juliette Mary Alper JCC Futernick
2011. Ms. O’Neil is a Csataneda, 5th grade stu- Family Art Gallery on
Ms. Goldhagen with Fiber Artist and creates dents, had their art projects March 27, 2011. This exhi-
Ginger O’Neill, beautiful fabric quilts. All in the Small Works II Ex- bition is sponsored by the
Visiting Coconut Grove of the art classes had a hibit. The exhibition was Dade Art Educators Associa-
Artist hands-on art lesson and took hosted by the Miami Inter- tion, Inc.
the projects home. national University of Art
and Design. Submitted by
Ms. Alice Goldhagen,
Elementary Art Teacher
Congratulations to these
“Carrousel de la Cite”
BOX TOP Report submitted by Giovanni Masi,, Box Tops Coordinator
I would like to thank the students, parents and faculty for all their hard work, collecting Box Tops
this school year.
Our current running total collected for 2010-2011 year is now $2,700.50.
Answer to joke #2 This current school year period we have raised $1882.50 which puts us on pace to BREAK last
She wanted to get Parents, Box Tops official site has many offer and promotions available to raise money for Ken-
the scoop! wood and lots of saving for you! Also now earn eBox Tops for our school by shopping online.
Please visit www.boxtops4education.com for more details.
Physical Education: Field Day at Kenwood K-8 Center
The elementary students at Kenwood participated in field day during the week of March 7th-11th.
The students competed in events such as jump rope, basketball, water/egg toss, over-under, baton
relay, and tug-o-war against the other classes in their grade level. The coaches are very pleased
with the enthusiasm and sportsmanship that was shown during this exciting week of events and
are looking forward to the next field day!
2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade
1st – Manresa 1st – Cepero/Montero 1st – Fong 1st – Ward
2nd – Herrera 2nd – Granda 2nd – Model 2nd – Herrera
3rd – Calzadilla 3rd – Cereijo 3rd – Sanchez 3rd – Mitchell-Smith
Submitted by Coach Funcia and Coach Thompson, Elementary PE Coaches
Volume 2, Issue 3 Page 9
National Junior Honor Society
Kenwood K-8 NJHS are Officers: Cassie Cortes
students that have dem- President: Natalia Diaz
onstrated high aca- Celeste Tamers Carly Duncan
demic achievement in Vice Presidents: Celina Fern
our middle school Martin Hiriart Daniel Fernandez
grades (6th, 7th, and 8th Jackie Ojeda David Fernandez
Secretary/Historian: Olivia Finol
grade). This year, our
Melissa Andrade Catherine Gamero
members have read to
Members: Francesca Gedeon
our first graders during
literacy week, volun- Ryan Granda, Isabel de
teered at the Kenwood la Huerta, Amanda
Winter festival, and con- Capo, Danielle Bu-
tinue to volunteer service kacheski, Michel Wakim,
hours at various commu- Gilbert Manresa, Alexan-
Christian Molina CONGRATULATIONS!!!
nity programs. Through dra Anderson, Kim
these services, they have Samaan, Patricia Otero,
also demonstrated their Roberto Martinez, Gabri-
leadership and exem- ella Hainlin, Ana Guerra
plary character. We are 2010-2011 Inductees:
very proud of all our Alejandro Arrabal-Uria
members for their many Stephanie Azan
accomplishments. Dana Campa
3rd Grade Dade County “The Fair” Winners!!!
We are very proud of all our Kenwood third graders that entered their scrapbook projects
in this year’s Dade County Youth Fair.
25 First Place winners each received a ribbon and $4.00
37 Second Place winners each received a ribbon and $3.00
8 Third Place Winners each received a ribbon an $2.00
Congratulations to all our third grade winners!!
The Fairchild Challenge 2010-2011
The following students were Research Poster:Lake Ecosys- Poster 2:
recognized in The Fairchild tems Sophia Maineri
Challenge this year. Karoline Hernandez
Creative writing- Francesca Gedeon
Environmental Fables Annabelle Ferrer
Estefani Blades Special Merit for “Most
Stephanie Gonzalez Creative and Effective Bro-
Elizabeth Quinonez-Special chure”
merit awarded for “Best Veronica Fernandez
Message of Sustainability Catherine Gamero
and Ocean Awareness” Michael Hiriat
Submitted by Victoria Benvenuti
and Sandi Acosta
Kenwood Times Page 10
Kenwood Cheerleaders-True Champions in 2011
Once again our Varsity Cougar Cheerleaders brought home the awards!
They won first place in their division at the Florida Cheer and Dance
Beach Battle Competition on March 5th in Ft. Lauderdale at Holiday Park.
They also won 2nd place in their overall performance.
The Beach Battle was the first competition from this year’s Mini Cougar
Cheerleaders. Though competing was new to them, they did not let that
stop them from winning first place in their division. They won 3rd place
for their overall performance.
Our teams have come a long way over the years and winning competi-
tions has become the norm. We are proud of the many accomplishments
the cheerleaders have made this year!
Way to GO COUGARS!!! “Old age is like
submitted by Ms. Vonda Kemp and Ms. Mabel Granda
everything else. To
make a success of it,
you've got to start
Mrs. Ward’s 5th Grade Math Masterminds
Joining Isabella Martin, Rafael Sampaio Carlos Hernandez and Christian Tinoco-
and Anthony Torres on the list of “Hard
Graham are new to the division list of 100%
Multipliers” are Austin Escobar, Carlos
Hernandez, Willmarie Guerrero, Bianka
Rodriguez and Samantha Rodriguez. Congratulations on a job well done!!!
Christian Tinoco-Graham is new to the submitted by Mrs. Debby Ward,
multiplication list of 100% timed tests. 5 th Grade Mathematics Teacher
Kenwood Times Page 11
PTSA News Corner
Dear Kenwood Community:
Any expression of gratitude involves looking at those around us who have made our children’s lives
better. Whether the person is an administrator, a teacher, a counselor, a parent, a paraprofes-
sional, an office staff member, a media specialist, a security guard, a custodial staff member, a cross walk assis-
tant or a volunteer, our children are all dependent upon those around them everyday. As I enter my final months
of my presidency, I am grateful to so many for making the last few years at Kenwood wonderful for our children.
Any PTSA success is dependent upon member participation and support for our many programs. That success is
also dependent upon hard-working committee and board members creating programs and energy that our mem-
bers want and volunteers to implement them. I want to thank all of the Kenwood PTSA volunteers and support-
ers. We could not have done it without you!
Let’s Show Our Teachers We Care
Do you want to help our teachers? You can make it possible for them to end this school year on a high note. Make
a tax-deductible donation to Kenwood today and help our teachers pay for additional educational materials. You
can make sure that great things will continue to happen here at Kenwood.
PTSA General Meeting
Come to our final PTSA General Meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in the Annex Cafeteria, at 6:30 p.m.
Our PTSA General Meetings are not only for updating our members, they provide an opportunity to invite guest
speakers who can provide valuable resources to parents and family members. Guest Albert Zbik, Psy. D spoke at
our last General Meeting on “Developing Self Esteem in your Children.” A Florida licensed clinical psychologist
and neuropsychologist, and former Administrative Director of the Rehabilitation Center at Baptist Hospital, he dis-
cussed how healthy self-esteem helps children face challenges, navigate conflict and combat anxiety.
Earlier this year we also had guest speaker Richard Toister, Ph. D. He shared a wealth of knowledge with our
Kenwood community about the treatment of anxiety and stress related disorders.
The Winter Festival was a huge success. I hope everyone was able to attend and experience it firsthand. The Win-
ter Festival Committee did an outstanding job! I’d like to send out a special thanks to the amazing volunteers who
donated their time. A special thank you to Premier American Bank, N.A. for their generous donation of funds to-
wards the Festival rides. The PTSA raised close to $5,000.00 from ticket sales, the silent auction, the basket
sales and the sale of baked goods and other treats. Thank you to the room parents for their efforts in organizing
the beautiful baskets for the PTSA to display and sell at our Winter Festival. Thanks again to everyone who par-
ticipated. We could not have done it without you. The Winter Festival along with our other year round fundraisers
(Jaxco, Entertainment Book, BoxTops, Crest, T-Shirts, Halloween Sales & Orchid Sales) are certainly something
we should be proud of as a PTSA.
On behalf of the 2010/2011 Kenwood PTSA Board and Executive Committee Members, a heartfelt thank you to
the entire Kenwood Family for making Kenwood a better place for our children.
We look forward to continuing the mission of the Kenwood PTSA in the years to come. Please make every effort
to become part of the PTSA and give your time to your child(s) school. Show your child that they are your top pri-
ority by making a commitment to attend future PTSA meetings and get involved.
Kenwood K-8 Center PTSA President
Kenwood Times Page 12
Kenwood K-8 Center
9300 S.W. 79 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33156-7431
Kenwood K-8 Center
Kenwood K-8 Center’s Mission
Home of the
Cougars Kenwood’s mission is to foster each
student’s academic, social and
emotional potential in the pursuit
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of life long learning and effective
http://kenwood.dadeschools.net/index.htm citizenship. Growth and excellence
in reading, writing, and math com-
We have a very informative website!
Answer to Joke #1 petencies are emphasized across the
...that you don’t step curriculum.
in a poodle.
Give clothes and
other items to
someone in need-
Go Green By Giving to Charity
you will make them
These ideas come to you Reading Material - What about your Take a day and gather together
very happy AND you
from: http:// books? Donate children’s books and everything that you don’t want or
will teach good les-
others to your local library or church. need into one area like the garage.
sons to your family! www.apples4theteacher.com/ Give another person the gift of reading You’ll need to go through it and find
GO GREEN!!! holidays/earth-day/articles/go- a good book instead of throwing them out what's useless and what can be
green-give-to-charity.html away or storing them in boxes. You saved. If it’s broken or truthfully use-
The call today is to save the planet. get to clean out your garage and free less, you can get rid of it. Just make
You see the term “go green” every- up space. sure if it can be recycled that you do
where. Helping the environment Furniture, Computers & More - You so.
helps us all since we all inhabit can donate virtually anything. There You just might find that what you
planet Earth. If you need an idea are groups that will accept furniture (in perceive as junk or past its time,
about how to help, give to charity. good condition), computers and some might be easily put to good use by
There’ll come a day when some of equipment. They, in turn, fix up these someone else. Bag it up for delivery
your favorite clothes won’t fit. It’s items and give or sell them to others or collection by various agencies.
just a fact of life. Instead of turning for a much lower price that they can You can find the names of local
your closet into a war zone by afford. Instead of adding to the gar- charities and branch offices for na-
keeping all those clothes, give bage pile in the landfills, make better tional charities in the telephone di-
them to someone who could use use of items in your home that you no rectory. Make contact with them to
them. longer need or want. They can find a learn their specific policies and pro-
Clothes - Local charities always good home with a new owner. cedures for donating. Then, save
need clothes in good condition. You can do this as a family project. the environment by giving to charity.
They sell them to people who need It’s easy to become a packrat when Giving to charity teaches many
them or provide them to shelters. you have a home. You could be the valuable lessons to every member
By donating your clothes, you are type of person who never throws any- of the family. You feel good when
helping to clothe a fellow human thing away. That’s good in many ways you can give back to your commu-
being. Before you send anything, but your family is probably tired of nity and help another person. Chari-
make sure it is freshly laundered navigating their way around piles of ties help you to do that by facilitating
and completely intact. books, papers and clothes. the process.