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

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and it feels like before we blink we will be on our Winter Break. We have a lot going on at Aiken this month.

Our Aiken students have been SOARing all school year and we have already earned over 2,300 Eagle Eggs this year. Our goal is to have our Green Tree filled one more time before we go on break. If we can get the 3rd fill up, we will have a SOAR-prize holiday movie on the 12/20 early dismissal day.

Next week, the PFO is hosting the Annual Snowman Shop where students can do some holiday shopping for their loved ones. Students in grades 1-5 will shop on December 10th and Kindergarten students will shop December 11th. All items in the store are priced $5 and under and there will be great gifts for everyone- thanks so much to the PFO and the many volunteers it takes to make this happen for our students.

Our 4th grade students have been hard at work preparing for their annual Living Wax Museum. The museum will bring to life many historical figures and is always a huge hit thanks to the hard work of the students and their teachers- Mrs. Kusserow and Mrs. Graham. 4th Grade Families are invited to attend the museum on Friday December 13th from 1:30-2:30 in the Aiken gym.

Did you know Aiken has a new after-school club? Inspired by the original JAM Enterprises from Avonworth School District that started the #bethekindkid movement, Mrs. Colf has started our very own JAM group. Aiken’s JAM will be comprised of #KOkind 4th and 5th grade students looking to make items that can be sold while the profits are donated to charitable causes throughout our #KOmmunity. I am so excited to see what this group creates. You can follow their adventures on twitter @AikenJam - https://twitter.com/AikenJam.



As always, 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.

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Thomas


Coming Up at Aiken Elementary

Aiken Snowman Shop
Tuesday, December 10 & Wednesday, December 11

Aiken PFO Meeting
Wednesday, December 11  |  6:30 p.m.

Fourth Grade Wax Museum
Friday, December 13

Ugly Sweater Day
Wednesday, December 18

Aiken Winter Carnival
Thursday, December 19

Winter Parties & Early Dismissal
Friday, December 20

Winter Break
Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3
Dormont Elementary News, Events & Announcements
Hello there Super Awesome Dormont Families and Staffulty,

Happy Not-So-Fall, y’all! I hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey Day, filled with good eats and great times. 😊 Personally, I had a healthy balance of time with family and friends. I would want to say that I had a productive time at The Mall at Robinson on Black Friday. I lasted all of 15 minutes… and had my own Cyber Monday on a Friday instead. #CantDoThatAgain

As the fall weather has settled upon us 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:

PRINCIPAL’S 200 CLUB: Check out our latest students who earned a prize as part of our Principal’s 200 Club. These students were recognized by a member of the Dormont staffulty for exhibiting one (or more) of our five school expectations. Keep it up!



WINTER CARNIVAL
: Just a reminder that the Winter Carnival is TONIGHT from 6:30-8:30pm. I hope to see you there. #DEWC19

LOST AND FOUND: Is your child missing a coat? Perhaps a left glove? Maybe a right sock? While you are at the Winter Carnival, we will have our current Lost and Found collection for parents to see.

MITTEN TREE: Our annual Mitten Tree is up and full of mittens. If you are interested, stop by and grab a mitten. You will see a B (for boy) or G (for girl), along with a number (age). Gifts are due to the main office by December 16, 2019. Thank you for your consideration.

ELEMENTARY UGLY SWEATER DAY: Mark your calendars… Wednesday, December 18th is UGLY SWEATER DAY at Dormont, Aiken, and Myrtle Elementary Schools.

NIGHT OF CODE: Keystone Oaks School District will celebrate Computer Science Education Week on Wednesday, December 11 with a “Night of Code” event for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families. This event, which is being held in conjunction with the international Hour of Code, will give students and attendees the opportunity to learn block coding basics through a variety of interactive coding activities. 
 
The “Night of Code” will take place from 6:30 until 8 p.m. on the second floor of Keystone Oaks High School. Teachers and administrators will be on-hand to facilitate activities; devices will be provided or attendees may bring their own. Register online - http://www.kosd.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6GAGGAI&dasi=30YY

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

Mr. Werner
           


Coming Up at Dormont Elementary

Winter Carnival / Holiday Shoppe
Friday, December 6  |  6:30 p.m.

Gold & White Day
Friday, December 13

Ugly Sweater Day
Wednesday, December 18

Winter Parties & Early Dismissal
Friday, December 20

Winter Break
Monday, December 24 through Friday, January 3
Myrtle Elementary News, Events & Announcements
Hello Myrtle Families,

In case you missed our, our fabulous fourth graders put on an awesome Living Wax Museum before Thanksgiving, portraying nearly three dozen historical figures. Students spent weeks researching their individual, writing their speech, and planning their props and costumes. Kudos to our students and teachers for this awesome display of learning! Click this image to watch a short video of some of the speeches on the District's Facebook page. 



Before Thanksgiving break, Myrtle staff and students showed their appreciation for our school's crossing guard, bus drivers, EDS staff, and the Castle Shannon police by serving coffee and donuts before school! Thank you to our Myrtle Elementary teachers, who purchased the morning treat with their jean fund donations! 



Thanks to your generosity, Myrtle Elementary's Best Friends Club was able to donate tons of nonperishable food items and household supplies to families in need! Check out our #KOKind students and staff with some of the donated items! 




As the weather has started resembling winter lately, I would like to remind parents that 
we will have outdoor recess as often as the weather permits. Temperatures above 32 degrees will be outdoor recess days, unless there is snow on the ground. Children should be coming to school with appropriate jackets and clothing for outdoor recess.

Additionally, if your son or daughter is absent from school, please send in an excuse when they return. Whenever possible, please provide a note from a doctor or medical professional. 


 

Coming Up at Myrtle Elementary

Gold & White Day & Myrtle Elementary Spirit Day
Friday, December 13

Myrtle PFO Meeting
Monday, December 16 
7 p.m.  |  Large Cafeteria

Ugly Sweater Day
Wednesday, December 18

Winter Parties & Early Dismissal
Friday, December 20
Students will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m. 

Winter Break
Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3


Join us for Mary Poppins Jr. in January
Mark your calendar now and plan to attend Keystone Oaks as fourth and fifth grade elementary students perform "Mary Poppins Jr." in January! Performances will be held on January 9, January 10, January 16 & January 17 beginning at 7 p.m. at Dormont Elementary School. 



Middle School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks Middle School Families,

With snowflakes in the air and the holiday season upon us, the Middle School is spending time recognizing the diversity within our school with a holiday door decorating contest. Over the next few weeks the students will be decorating classroom doors for the holidays, but there is a twist! Instead of decorating from the perspective of the holidays in the United States, each classroom picked a different country to highlight. The students did research on the holidays that country celebrates and are creating decorations that fit this nation. Doors will be finished by December 13th so they can be judged and the winning homeroom in each grade level will receive a prize. This activity was developed by the group of students serving on the No Place For Hate Committee. THAK YOU to the students and the committee for being dedicated to removing hate from KOMS!

Diversity Day 2019
KOMS students spent the half day on November 27 discussing the topic of diversity. The day started with a guest speaker, Suad Yusuf, who is the Program Director for the Global Minds Initiative (you can find out more about this organization by going to their website, http://globalminds.world/). Ms. Yusuf discussed the important of recognizing the diversity within our school and the mission of the Global Minds organization. Along with the speaker, we had 12 members of the KOHS Global Minds organization in attendance who were a part of a question and answer session with the middle school students. After this excellent kickoff to the day, the students went to their homerooms where the teachers, assisted by the Global Mind high school students, discussed the topics of offensive language and the impact it has on the students that it targets. The students had group discussions, an interactive game, and talked about the effects this can have long-term. Once the lesson was completed, the students started to research the country for the holiday door decorating contest. We appreciate the efforts of the No Place For Hate committee in developing all of the activities for our first annual diversity.

Diversity Day

6th and 7th Grade Health
Mr. McCormick, KOMS PE Teacher, has been teaching the students health related topics during this nine week. One of these topics is CPR. The students are learning what they should do in an emergency situation, which included: assessing the scene, calling for help or 911, performing CPR if necessary, and getting others around to assist. As you can see from the picture, our students are doing a great job learning the skills of CPR and preparing to be ready to help if an emergency arises.



KOMS Good News
Congratulations to Jenna Scholl and Rachel Patton for placing third in the second Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Fairchild Challenge. The students did an intensive and extensive journal on data they collected for the task, “Shade Our Schools – Leaves Are Cool!” The judges even commented that our students did a great job in how they represented the data that was collected. Keep up the great work!

Congratulations to KOMS 8th Grade student Bhawana Baniya. Her art work was chosen for the Girls Scouts of South Western PA holiday greeting card for this year. Pictured below is the winning art work with Bhawana’s explanation: 




“When I think of winter, I think of girls and boys playing outside as the white snowflakes fall as if they were dancing. Winter adventures mean spending time outside playing and having fun. Throwing snowballs, making snowmen, sledding, ice skating, and so much more. I wanted to create that vision of kids playing as a blanket of snow covers the ground as the sun goes down.”


KOMS Book Fair
Ms. Helper, KOMS Liberian, will be hosting our winter book fair next week, December 9-13. Students will be able to buy books during their ELA classes. Parents will have an opportunity to purchase books and other times (some great stocking stuffers) on Thursday evening from 6:00-9:00, which is the same night as our Holiday Music Concert.

KOMS PFO
Please do not forget to become a member of our PFO this year. The membership form can be found using the following link:
https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/827205/schools/18032
You can also stay update to date with news form the PFO by joining their Facebook page. Follow using this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/508171239624324/

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: www.kogoldeneagles.com.

Coming Up at the Middle School

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

Holiday Activities & Early Dismissal
Friday, December 20

Winter Break
December 23 - January 3

Register now for the 2nd annual Night of Code
 
Keystone Oaks School District will celebrate Computer Science Education Week on Wednesday, December 11 with a “Night of Code” event for students in kindergarten through eighth grade and their families. This event, which is being held in conjunction with the international Hour of Code, will give students and attendees the opportunity to learn block coding basics through a variety of interactive coding activities.

The “Night of Code” will take place from 6:30 until 8 p.m. on the second floor of Keystone Oaks High School. Teachers and administrators will be on-hand to facilitate activities; devices will be provided or attendees may bring their own.

Registration is limited to the first 100 students. Please reserve your spot by registering online today.

High School News, Events & Announcements

Keystone Oaks High School Families, 

For day-to-day happenings at Keystone Oaks High School, don't forget to follow me on Twitter at @KOHS_Linnert and to check out the High School's new Snapchat account, Keystone Oaks News. 

Keystone Oaks High School senior Mikaela Vogel has been selected to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's 2020 Student of the Year Campaign. Beginning on February 13, Mikaela will organize a number of fundraisers over a seven week period to benefit the Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Keep an eye out for announcements and Peachjar flyers letting you know how you can support Mikaela's efforts! 


              
Congratulations to our November Students of the Month! These four students exemplify the qualities that make Keystone Oaks High School great! 

9th Grade - Isabel Schwartz
10th Grade - Sumina Pradham
11th Grade - Sam Groesch
12th Grade - Ian Spottiswood

November Students of the Month 

Reminder!
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

High School Holiday Concert
Tuesday, December 10  |  7 p.m.

Early Dismissal
Friday, December 20

Winter Break
Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3

Golden Oaks Designs featured at 15th annual Handmade Arcade
Keystone Oaks High School's student-run business, Golden Oaks Designs, has been selected as one of nine local EdCorps programs to participate in a "Pop Up Makers Mart" as part of the 15th annual Handmade Arcade on Saturday, December 7 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. 

The "Pop Up Makers Mart" is a new addition to this popular event and will give shoppers the opportunity to support student-run businesses while purchasing unique, handmade products. Keystone Oaks' students will be selling pen sets made from acrylic, wood, and other materials. 

Click here for more details


Celebrate the holiday season with two upcoming student performances
Join our talented middle and high school student musicians and vocalists for their annual holiday performances. 

Contact information for Matthews Bus Garage
For transportation inquiries after regular office hours, please contact Matthews Bus Garage at 412-341-8288. If Matthews is unable to provide assistance, they will contact the Director of Transportation and/or the building principal.

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events & activities

Board of School Directors Business/Legislative Meeting
Tuesday, December 10  |  7 p.m.  |  Board Room

Winter Break
Early Dismissal - Friday, December 20. Students will be dismissed at the following times:

  • Keystone Oaks Middle & High School - 10:55 a.m.
  • Dormont Elementary - 11:25 a.m.
  • Aiken Elementary - 11:35 a.m.
  • Myrtle Elementary - 11:50 a.m.

No School - Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3.
Classes resume Monday, January 6, 2020. 



Recent Peachjar Flyers

Peachjar flyers help keep Keystone Oaks families informed about upcoming school activities, fundraisers, and community events. For your convenience, flyers sent via Peachjar are also maintained online for one month after the flyer is sent. You can find Peachjar pages for each school on the District's website:




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