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Aiken Elementary News, Events & Announcements
Dear Aiken Elementary Families,

I wanted to thank all of the Veteran’s that joined us for this m
orning’s 3rd Annual “Breakfast with Heroes” Veteran’s Day Assembly. Each year this program gets better and better and it is so nice to see our students celebrate and honor the Veterans in their lives. I would like to thank all the students involved and especially Mrs. Gray for coordinating this fantastic event.

Breakfast with Heroes

Next week, the Aiken PFO will be hosting our Fall Book Fair which includes three days of “Breakfast with Books” where students can shop with their families before classes on Tuesday 11/12, Wednesday 11/13, or Thursday 11/14. The book fair will also be open in the evening on Wednesday November 13th from 6:00-8:00.

The PFO will also be hosting Family Turkey Bingo on Friday, November 22nd. The doors open at 6:00 and the first game will begin at 6:30- this is always a lot of fun and we hope to see you there!

Mrs. Watenpool’s 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade PE classes will play their annual flag football “Turkey Bowl” games this month. All games will be played from 8:40-10:00- 3rd will be 11/21, 4th will be 11/25, and 5th will be 11/26- parents are welcome to watch their students play if they would like.

As the weather gets cooler, please remember to dress your student appropriately for the outdoor weather. As long as it is dry and above 32 degrees, we will be going outside for recess and students need to be wearing appropriate jackets, coats, hats, etc.

You can stay up to date with everything happening at Aiken by “liking” the Fred L. Aiken Elementary School Facebook page KOAikenElementary or following me on Twitter at @KOAikenElemMrT.

Also, check out our #AikenPBIS Website at to help your student SOAR to new heights.

Have a great weekend,
Mr. Thomas

Coming Up at Aiken Elementary

Fall Book Fair
November 12 - November 14

Studio and Stage: Industry Night
Wednesday, November 13
6 - 8 p.m.  |  Aiken Elementary School

Gold & White Day
Friday, November 15

Turkey Bingo
Friday, November 22

Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Elementary STEAM Fundraiser
Saturday, November 23  |  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
South Hills Village Barnes & Noble

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1
Dormont Elementary News, Events & Announcements
Hello there Super Awesome Dormont Families and Staffulty,

Happy Fall, y’all! I hope everyone had a successful trick-or-treating outing on the 31st, as you were dodging the rain drops and pushing through the gusts of wind. Hopefully your house is full of Reese’s peanut butter cups, Hershey bars, and Snickers. PS. If you have had your fill of Reese’s PB Cups, I know a certain principal who would be willing to take them off of your hands. 😊

It looks like fall has definitely arrived here in the 15216. Students are encouraged to wear a jacket every day, as we will be going outside for outdoor recess if the weather allows. Here are a few other little tidbits that may interest you:

Dormont Dance PartyDANCE PARTY: We had our first school-wide incentive for our Dormont students! They earned over 800 blue tickets, so we had a dance party on Friday, November 1st.  Click the image to the right for a short from our dance party. I think most of our students had a good time, though a few of them may have been “too cool” to show off their dance moves. 😊 I can’t wait to see what our next school-wide incentive is.

BARNES AND NOBLE STEAM EVENT: Mark your calendars! The Elementary STEAM Expo will be happening at the South Hills Village Barnes and Noble on Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 11a-3pm. Come out and do some awesome STEAM-related activities and check out some really awesome tech toys. A portion of the sales will go to our Elementary STEAM programs. Pssst… we may even have a few Star Wars characters moving around the store. It’s going to be awesome!

KO HIP HOP DANCE: Speaking of dance, the KO DANCE TEAM HIP HOP CLINIC is happening on Sunday November 24th, 2019 from 9am-12pm. Doors will open at 8:45am. It’s available for students from Kindergarten to Eighth grade. For more information, click here

CANNED FOOD DRIVE:  For our #kokind Days in November, on Wednesday, November 6th, we are going to kick off our second annual Canned Food Drive for the Dormont Food Bank.  If you’d like to participate, students are asked to bring in a single can of food.  The Food Drive will take place from November 6th to November 20th.  PS:  Don’t forget to wear your blue shirts on the 6th, 14th, and 20th. #bethekindkid

MORNING DROP-OFF:  Just a reminder… When you drop off your children, I ask that your child exit your car on the curbside.  This can help ensure that our adults don’t run the risk of hitting one of our little kiddos as they move around the loop.  Also, to help the “flow” of the drop-off, we ask that the children exit the car and the parent move on.
You will also see two new signs on our cement pillars that read DROP OFF AND PICK UP ONLY. NO PARKING. If there is a need to visit the school in the AM or PM, you are to park in the parking lot.  If your child is having a rough morning and needs an extra hug, feel free to park in the parking lot and walk up to the building. Your support is truly appreciated.

MR. WERNER’S SOCIAL MEDIA: Feel free to follow me on the following platforms:
Twitter: @principalwerner
Instagram: @wernerkosd
Facebook: Elementary

As always, thank you for all you do for our kiddos and our school. Your support is greatly appreciated. If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Werner

Coming Up at Dormont Elementary

Dormont Veterans Day Assembly
Monday, November 11

Dormont PFO & Garden Committee Meetings
Wednesday, November 13
6 p.m. - Garden Committee |  7 p.m. - PFO

Studio & Stage: Industry Night
Wednesday, November 13
6 -8 p.m.  |  Aiken Elementary

Harry Potter Day
Friday, November 15

Dormont Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast
Thursday, November 21

Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Elementary STEAM Fundraiser
Saturday, November 23  |  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
South Hills Village Barnes & Noble

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1
Myrtle Elementary News, Events & Announcements

Dear Myrtle Avenue Elementary Families, 

It's hard to believe that the first week of November - and the first quarter of the school year - have passed. The school year is flying by! Be sure to like and follow our new Myrtle Avenue Elementary Facebook page for updates, including our weekly SOAR ticket winners and monthly classroom "Perfect Attendance" awards.  

Please be sure to mark your calendars for these upcoming events: 

Coming Up at Myrtle Elementary

Elementary Studio & Stage: Industry Night

Wednesday, November 13
6 - 8 p.m.  |  Aiken Elementary

Myrtle PFO Meeting
Monday, November 18
7 p.m.  |  Large Cafeteria

Myrtle 4th Grade Wax Museum
Monday, November 25 & Tuesday, November 26

Barnes & Noble Book Fair and Elementary STEAM Fundraiser
Saturday, November 23  |  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
South Hills Village Barnes & Noble

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1

November 13: Elementary Studio & Stage Industry Night
Studio & Stage LogoThe 2019-2020 Studio & Stage series will continue on Wednesday, November 13, with "Industry Night," a night for families to explore the ways that people make a living in the arts!

All Keystone Oaks elementary families are invited to the Studio & Stage event, which will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Fred L. Aiken Elementary School.

Attendees will learn how can artists influence our everyday environment through design and how musicians can use their music to change the way people view the world. Click here for more details.
Middle School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks Middle School Families,

With the close of the first nine weeks already, we are looking forward to the holiday season. As excitement builds, it is important to remind everyone about our Schoolwide Positive Behavior and Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) program at KOMS. As our students begin to focus on time off from school and opportunities to be with family, they are not as quick to remember our three expectations at the Middle School: Respect, Responsibility, and Safety. We have posters displayed in the hallways, restrooms, and cafeteria reminding students of our expectations for their behavior. Asking your child what these are and what it means would be a great way to help reinforce expectations for behavior at the Middle School.

Part of our SWPBIS program is rewarding individual students with prizes each week and when enough tickets are earned in each grade, there is a special grade level activity. Each grade had their activity on Halloween to celebrate their continued focus on being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe!

Future of Peace Poster Contest
Peace Poster Contest
Sixth grade students designed posters for the Lions Club International "The Future of Peace" poster contest in their art classes this quarter. Elijah Hubinsky's poster was chosen as the winning poster for the Middle School and his artwork now advances to the district level competition through the Castle Shannon Lions Club. Congratulations, Elijah! 

Veteran’s Day
KOMS will be hosting our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 11. Mr. Kopper and our Honors U.S. History students will be making opening comments and introductions. The Young Marines will conduct the Table Ceremony for the students. Mrs. Reckless will direct our 8th grade chorus in the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner, and finally we will present our local heroes in a PowerPoint developed by Mrs. Torcaso. It is so important to have our students recognize the value of all of the men and women that have served this country.

Pitt VisitPitt Visit to 6th Grade Science
The University of Pittsburgh Chemistry Outreach group visited 6th grade classes on Thursday, November 7th to conduct a water purification lab. This same group work with our 8th grade students back in September. Seven graduate students worked with the students on a water purification activity. Each graduate student was able to work with a group of four to five students. The students had a good time and were very engaged in the activity. Thank you to Mrs. Manko for arranging this great experience for our students.

Please do not forget to become a member of our PFO this year. The membership form can be found using the following link:
You can also stay update to date with news form the PFO by joining their Facebook page. Follow using this link:

THANK YOU to our PFO for all they do for us at KOMS!

KOMS Athletics
Stay up to date with schedules and scores of our middle school sports teams using our website:

Coming Up at the Middle School

Veterans Day Assembly
Monday, November 11

Sixth Grade Social
Friday, November 15
7 - 9 p.m.  |  Middle School Gymnasium

Middle School PFO Meeting
Wednesday, November 20
7 p.m.  |  Middle School Library

Middle School Diversity Day
Wednesday, November 27

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1

KOMS Holiday Concert
Thursday, December 12 |  7 p.m.

Save the Date: Night of Code event slated for December 11
 2019 Night of Code
We are excited to announce our second annual Night of Code on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. 

Families are invited to participate in fun, interactive coding activities, provided by's "Hour of Code" as part of Computer Science Education Week!

Check back soon for more details and to pre-register. 
High School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks High School Families, 

Varieties Talent ShowYou have one more chance to catch our talented students perform as part of the 91st Annual Varieties Talent Show!

Join us in the Michael A. Callara Auditorium tomorrow, Saturday, November 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. for an evening of dancing, signing, acting, comedy, and more! Tickets are $5 each and are available at the door. 

2019 Flag FootballThe annual Lady Eagles Flag Football Game was held on Wednesday, October 30. More than two dozen juniors and seniors played in this year's game, which is organized by the High School Caring Team and raises money for the Highmark Caring Place. Congratulations to this year's participants and the winning team - the seniors, who won by a score of 20-6. 

Life Skills Halloween DanceLife Skills students from nearly one dozen local high school attended the annual S.T.A.R.S. Halloween Dance at Keystone Oaks on October 31. With the help of the KOHS Best Friends Club, students enjoyed a morning filled with dancing, socializing, and snacks. Many thanks to our teachers, students, and vendors who make this event possible. 

HS October Students of the MonthCongratulations to the High School's October Students of the Month! These four students exemplify the qualities that make Keystone Oaks High School great! 

9th Grade - 
Dominic Frizzi
10th Grade - Aidan Barrett
11th Grade - Harlan Smith-Hoffman
12th Grade - 
Sierra LeDonne 


KOHS AnnouncementsReminder! Club & activity announcements are always available on the High School section of the District's website. This article is updated regularly with new information, so please bookmark this page and check back often. Recent announcements include:

Coming Up at the High School

Varieties Talent Show
Saturday, November 9
7:30 p.m.  |  Michael A. Callara Auditorium

High School Fall Play
Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1

Keystone Oaks shows improvements on Future Ready Index for 2018-2019 academic year
Mortar BoardThe Pennsylvania Department of Education has released the 2019 Future Ready Index, reflecting data from the 2018-2019 academic year. Now in its second year, the Future Ready Index is an online tool that features a collection of indicators that illustrate academic proficiency, on-track progress, and college and career readiness.

The Keystone Oaks School District saw improvements in several areas on achievement and growth on English/Language Arts, Math, and Science/Biology Exams. See the District's website for complete details

Keystone Oaks education foundation seeking board members, volunteers

KOFFEE LogoAs the Keystone Oaks Foundation for Educational Excellence looks to grow and raise funds to support projects, the Board of Directors is seeking individuals interested in serving as volunteers or as Board Members. More information about KOFEE is available on the District's website

If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, please send a resume and brief letter of interest to:

 Jeff Jesensky
Keystone Oaks Foundation for Educational Excellence

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events & activities
Activities Calendar ImageBoard of School Directors Work Session Meeting
Tuesday, November 12

Dormont Garden Committee & PFO Meetings
Wednesday, November 13

Studio & Stage Industry Night
Wednesday, November 13

Sixth Grade Social
Friday, November 15

Myrtle PFO Meeting
Monday, November 17

Board of School Directors Business/Legislative Meeting
Tuesday, November 19

Middle School PFO Meeting
Wednesday, November 20

High School Fall Play
Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23

Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 27 - Early Dismissal
No School Thursday, November 28 - Monday, December 1
Save the Date for the 2020 Kennywood School Picnic
Keystone Oaks' School Picnic Day at Kennywood Park will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020! Mark your calendars now!
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