What's Happening @ Key!Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
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Print Your February Calendar
Download the February 2017 Calendar of School events.
A dynamic all-School calendar is accessible from Key’s homepage, under Up and Coming and through Quicklinks.
Last Thursday I visited Ms. Fritz’s Pre-School class to read them a story. Recently, they’ve been studying a unit on transportation and evidence of their exploration—decorated locomotives and airplanes—filled the walls of their classroom. After I shared that I would be reading Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, the buzz of excitement was contagious.»Read More
Congratulations to third graders Madison Hurtt, Hailey Penzell and Saylor Junge each of whom had pieces of art accepted into the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education’s Love of Land, Sky and Water Show, on display at Towson Town Center Mall from January 29 – February 12.»Read More
Key’s Middle School Robotics participated in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge in December, fielding two competition teams—Trophy Hunters and Irrawaddy—in the regional matchup. The competition comprised three segments: a Research Project around this year’s theme of Animal Allies that culminated in a presentation and Q&A before a panel of judges; a Core Values segment designed to assess cooperative spirit; and a Robot Game challenge requiring both problem-solving acumen and facility with coding.»Read More
As members of the Class of 2017 are beginning their final semester at Key, they are also starting to hear from colleges depending on their application deadlines. Some students apply “early decision” or “early action” and receive notification of admission in December and January, while students applying regular decision receive notification by early April.»Read More
When the decision was made last year to add a varsity swimming program in 2016-2017, the positive reaction was overwhelming. Over the years, Key has had numerous successful club swimmers but the challenge of finding legitimate pool space made starting a high school program impossible. Then, in the fall of 2015, the Severna Park Community Center (SPY Aquatic) indicated that they had some pool time available for the Key School. We jumped at the opportunity, and began the process of interviewing coaches and officially starting our program. A year later, our coaches, Mollie Walsh and Courtney Gaddi, have helped create a team that is enthusiastic, committed and extremely competitive. This is extraordinary in any program’s first year.»Read More
The Annual Fund supports all that goes into Key’s Academics, Athletics, Fine and Performing Arts, and Outdoor Education programs
Thanks to incredible support from more than 500 members of our community, the Annual Fund has already reached 80% of its goal for the fiscal year! Join your friends, neighbors and fellow grade parents in their support of continued excellence throughout the School by making a gift to the Annual Fund today.
Current Parent participation stands at 46%. Here’s the breakdown by division (weighted by class size):
First School: 41%
Lower School: 41%
Middle School: 49%
Upper School: 49%
Help us raise our participation rate for the year to far above 50%. Every dollar donated benefits every student! To donate today, visit www.keyschool.org/gift.
The new keyschool.org will launch during the week of February 8. Many thanks to parents who shared feedback about Key’s website in last spring’s Parent Survey; your insights helped guide Key’s planning for this new site, which will include iCal feeds, a reminder feature, and a simplified Parent Portal experience.»Read More
Nearly 200 members of the Key community glided along, side-by-side with friends at the PA’s Annual Ice Skating event at the Naval Academy’s McMullen Hockey Arena, while dozens of parents looked on and chatted with other parents.»Read More
Donate Your Used Sport Equipment
January 30 – March 19
Manse, Barn and Activity Building Collection Sites
Key School will serve as a collection site for PASS, PICK & PLAY, a gently-used sports equipment donation initiative to benefit local children in need. Conceived by Key’s own Armstrong family, this equipment drive is now enthusiastically supported by the City of Annapolis Recreation & Parks Department, Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides, and Leadership Anne Arundel. Click for details or contact Key parent Kim Elek, email@example.com.
Spring sports schedules for Middle and Upper Schools will be available on Key’s new website next week. Mark your calendars for the start of the spring seasons:»Read More
Lacrosse Coaches Needed
Key is seeking a Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach, a Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach, and a Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Assistant Coach for the spring season. If you are qualified and interested in learning more about these positions or know someone who might be, please contact Athletic Director, Brian Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital Educators (CapEd), a group that has been conducting SAT and ACT test prep in the Baltimore and DC areas since 1997, is coming to Key School this spring to offer ACT and SAT prep courses open to both students from Key and the greater community.»Read More
Please adhere to the posted speed limits in Hillsmere at all times and always drive attentively—there are many young children waiting for busses in the morning. The speed limit in is 25 mph on the side streets and 30 mph on Hillsmere Drive.»Read More
Annapolis Book Festival
The Parents’ Association’s premier free community event is only two months away! Bring your whole family, your friends and neighbors to Key on Saturday, April 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy riveting discussions with nationally renowned authors including former director of CIA and NSA General Michael V. Hayden, recording artist and tech entrepreneur Thomas Dolby, and president of Save the Children Action Network Mark Shriver…click here to see who else is coming! There will be a host of engaging activities for young and old alike, including the return of ComicKey, musicians, storytellers, and much more.
The 15th Annual Annapolis Book Festival could not take place without the more than 150 volunteers who plan and volunteer on the day of the Festival. Please join other Key parents to make this year’s Festival a success by donating a few hours of your time. Click here to sign up. Our next planning meeting is March 1 at 8:30 a.m. in the Barn Commons.
Help Sponsor the Annapolis Book Festival
If you know of a business that would like to support this free, community event which attracts over 3,000 people and is covered live by C-SPAN, contact Parent Programs and Special Events Director Trish Gallant, email@example.com.
Corporate sponsorships are available at the following levels: Pulitzer $5,000; Nobel $2,500; Newbery $1,000; and Caldecott $500. Individuals also can support the Annapolis Book Festival by becoming a Friend of the Festival with a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more.
Donate Your Used Books
Annapolis Book Festival volunteers will be accepting used books on Friday, February 10 at the PODS next to Katharine Hall from 8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Please place books in boxes.
Next drop-off dates will be March 10 and March 24.
June 19 – August 11»Read More
Feeling the winter blues? It’s time to turn your thoughts to warmer weather. Summer at KEY registration opens February 1!
Re-enrollment Contracts Due February 3
For families that received re-enrollment contracts during the week of January 16, this is a friendly reminder that they are due back to the Office of Admission by Friday, February 3.
If you have extenuating circumstances preventing you from returning your child(ren)’s contract(s) or if you have already made alternative plans for next school year, please contact Tom Rossini, Director of Enrollment & Outreach (firstname.lastname@example.org or 443-321-7810) before the end of day on Friday, February 3 so the Office of Admission can plan accordingly.
POSTPONED: PA FAMILY BINGO
Saturday, February 4
This weekend’s Bingo event is postponed due to lack of registrations. Thank you to those who registered and stay tuned for a new date in the spring.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT/PARENT CONFERENCES
Wednesday, February 8
No School for Middle School students. The February conference, led by the student, provides an opportunity for you, your child and his or her homeroom teacher to meet. February 10 is the snow contingency date.
Key's Outdoor Education Department is excited to offer the following 2017 Summer Adventures. An information session providing details about each of the trips will take place on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Barn Commons.»Read More
Don't miss these upcoming programs: Pre-Kindergarten Midyear Celebration of Learning; 4th Grade Fly-Up for 3rd Grade Parents; Family Engineering Night (Grades 3 & 4); 8th Grade Fly-up for 7th Grade Parents; Outdoor Summer Adventures 2017 Information Meeting; College Night for Juniors and Parents»Read More
Candlemaker’s Petition & Fable of Bees»Read More
Monday, February 13
Thursday, February 16»Read More
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Ford K. Brown Library
Key’s Middle School will be hosting its 3rd Annual African American Read-In (AARI) on Thursday, February 16 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the FKB Library. AARI is a National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) sponsored event during the month of February when schools, libraries, bookstores, communities, and professional organizations nationwide are urged to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.
FIRST & LOWER SCHOOL PARENT CONFERENCES
Friday, February 17
No School for First School and Lower School students.
Break begins at the end of the school day on Friday, February 17. Administrative Offices will be open on February 21 - 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on February 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. School resumes Monday, February 27.
View March events through the up-to-date online calendar by selecting "March 2017" from the dropdown box. Use the "Customize" checkboxes to select the events you wish to display and click "Update."»Read More