What's Happening @ Key!Friday, September 30th, 2011
A year ago, entering my first year as Key’s Board president, I wrote to you about a prevailing sense of optimism for the future of the School. This growing feeling stems from our continuing success and validation as an institution during what has been, and continues to be, a time of economic uncertainty. While our enrollment isn’t quite yet at its historically peak levels, today we are a financially healthier, stronger and more vibrant school than we have ever been. And we owe this happy situation to the dedication of our teachers and administrators, and to the many parents, alumni and Key School friends who have made it a priority to get involved in the School. Building on the generosity of those who went before, our current supporters have been responding to ensure the high quality of the experience all our children enjoy. So my first message to you, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, is one of sincere and heartfelt thanks to all who have given of their time, talents and treasure to bring about this success.
Over the past year, the Key School Board of Trustees, along with our supporting cast of committees, turned its attention to the task of envisioning The Key School of a decade from now. We spent many weeks analyzing the past and current health of the School to determine how we compared with other schools like Key (though none truly compare to Key!) and working on prioritized goals for the School’s future. Using what Marcella calls a strategy of “windows and mirrors,” we set ourselves to the task of a careful analysis of our own operations, contrasted with an outward view of the independent school universe. This resulted in a blueprint for the future of Key that we’re calling our 2020 Vision, A Strategic Plan for the Next Decade. [Click title in online bulletin read more.]
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Visits Key
As part of the Orfeo Alliance, a partnership between The Key School and the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO), composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank spent a week at Key in September as the Orfeo Artist-in-Residence. Ms. Frank worked with all fifth grade students, discussing the elements of music and the process of composing. Sharing her personal experience as a hearing-impaired musician, she engaged the students in conversations about what it means to “feel” the music.
We eagerly await her return in November for an additional week’s “residency,” during which she will work with the fifth graders on finishing their own compositions dramatizing mythological stories written by Key’s ninth graders in their Ancient Civilizations course.
Gabriela Lena Frank is currently the Music Alive composer-in-residence with the ASO. Click here to learn more about the Orfeo Alliance.
Pre-School Parent Program—Life Skills: Scaffolding for Self-Regulation and Cognition during Centers
Tuesday, October 18
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Pre-School Kitchen/Arts Room
Lower School Faculty Pre-Conference Meetings 10/21 - No Lower School
Friday, October 21
Lower School is not in session for students
Printable Student Directory
The 2011-2012 Printable Student Directory will be available on the Parent Portal by Monday, October 3! Families may elect to print the directory by grade or Division or opt to print information for all families, Pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve.
If you need to update your information, click “Family Center” and follow the directions.
If you would like to change what information is displayed in the Printable Student Directory, click “Your Viewable Information” and follow the directions.
Student Artwork on Display at Quiet Waters Park
Generations of Art—on display from September 29 through November 13—highlights work from Key students and members of the Annapolis Senior Center. Key’s exhibition comprises student artwork created during the 2010-2011 school year. An opening reception will be held on October 2 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Garden Gallery.
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER
Tuesday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 2
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Annual Fund volunteers will be calling Key community members to talk about Key’s Annual Fund and to explain how individual gifts make a difference to the School. We are asking all members of our community to consider making an Annual Fund gift or gift pledge by December 1.
Your participation matters! Every gift and every donor counts - make your gift online today by clicking here!
Admission Open House
Sunday, November 6
1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Pre & Lower School Parent Conferences – No Pre & Lower School
Friday, November 11
Orfeo Alliance: Artist-in-Residence, Gabriela Lena Frank
Monday, November 14 – Friday, November 18
Princeton Model Congress
Thursday, November 17 –Sunday, November 20
Upper School Parent Conferences – No Upper School
Monday, November 21 – Tuesday, November 22
Thanksgiving Holiday begins at end of day
Tuesday, November 22
Alumni Turkey Bowl
Friday, November 25
Alumni Reunion Weekend
Friday, November 25 – Saturday, November 26
Monday, November 28
New on Key’s Website
Printable Student Directory – on the Parent Portal
Tenth grade Carderock Trip
Ninth grade Island Odyssey
Upper School Field Games
3rd Grade Math: Reflective Symmetry Project
iPads in Kindergarten
7th and 8th Grade Parents: Come Learn About Key’s Upper School
Tuesday, October 25
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Join Upper School faculty members, students and alumni for a panel discussion about Life in Key’s Upper School. Topics will include curriculum, student activities and college counseling. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the capstone of the Key experience that awaits your child in grades nine through twelve. We hope to see you there!
COLUMBUS DAY 10/10 - No School
Key Community Mourns Loss of Beloved Former Headmaster Rod Beach
Key has lost an iconic member of our community. Rod Beach, beloved headmaster from 1976-1989, died last weekend. All who knew Rod will remember him for his keen intellect, his dedication to education, his unwavering devotion to generations of Key students, and, of course, his opening day readings of Dr. Seuss stories – with The Sneetches as one of his favorites. Rod left his mark on Key, and the School is a far better place for his years here.
A memorial service, planned by the Beach family, will take place at Key School on Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m. Click here to read a letter from Marcella, sent to former Key parents and alumni.
DOUGHNUTS FOR DADS AND MOMS, TOO!
Friday, October 14
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Conversation will focus on Board of Trustee Priorities for 2011-2012, including a review of the goals set in Key's 2020 Vision.
Board of Trustees President Wes Jones, Board member Niels Holch, and Head of School Marcella Yedid invite all parents to join them for Doughnuts for Dads…and Moms, too!, a program designed to provide an opportunity for community-building and discussion. While topics will be announced for each gathering, discussions are expected to be open-ended. We guarantee strong coffee, delicious doughnuts, good company, and interesting conversation.
We hope you will join us for this year’s first Doughnuts for Dads and Moms, too! on Friday, October 14 as we discuss the Board's priorities for 2011-2012 and talk about Key's 2020 Vision.
Parent Portal Tip #1: Know Your Username and Password
Increasingly during this school year, you will have reason to access your Parent Portal page. Please be sure you know your username and password.
1. Your username is firstname.lastname (all lowercase, no spaces).
2. Passwords have been sent to all parents. If you have not already done so, please take a few moments to change your assigned password to something that is meaningful and easy for you to remember.
3. Directions for changing your password can be found by clicking the “Family Center” link on your Parent Portal page.
If you do not remember your password, please contact the Communication Office as follows:
Last names beginning with A-M, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last names beginning with N-Z, email email@example.com
A Great Back-to-School Coffee
A heartfelt thank you to Key parent Jessie Sunshine for again coordinating this year’s Back-to-School Coffee. Many parents stopped by to celebrate the first day of school and catch up with friends, both old and new. Of course, this annual event could not happen without the support of the Parents’ Association, its president Trish Gallant, and Key’s canteen proprietor Angie Goudounis.
Duvall Creek Dredging Project in Hillsmere
Anne Arundel County, working with the Hillsmere Shores Improvement Association (HSIA), will begin dredging Kitty Duvall Creek in mid-October. Dredging will take place Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., and the duration of the project is expected to be three months. The dredging material will be transported to a county facility by covered trucks and estimations are that a truck will be departing the neighborhood, via Hillsmere Drive, every 12 minutes.
Key’s Director of Finance and Operations Ken Piel has been in communication with HSIA and the county’s project manager with regard to the impact this ongoing project could have on traffic flow around the School. The dredging company believes it will be able to minimize the number of trucks entering and departing Hillsmere during our drop-off and pick-up times. The company has been very receptive to our concerns, so we are optimistic that we will be able to minimize the inconvenience for our families, faculty and staff.
ANNUAL FUND LAUNCH
Monday, October 3
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Peterson Home
Join Head of School Marcella Yedid, trustees and Annual Fund volunteers to hear more about the Annual Fund and learn how you can play an important role in Key’s fundraising efforts as an Annual Fund volunteer. Volunteers are at the heart of all successful fundraising efforts and the School would greatly appreciate your support. Please RSVP to Danielle DeVeau Crawford, 410-263-9231, ext. 1221/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Print Your October Calendar Now!
Click here to download a PDF of the October 2011 calendar of School events. The dynamic calendar is accessible from Key's homepage and is updated regularly. This calendar can be customized by using the navigation bar on the left-hand side of the screen.
Atomic Learning: A New Online Resource
Key’s Library and Technology Department announces the addition of Atomic Learning as a new subscription resource for students, parents and faculty. Atomic Learning includes nearly 50,000 basic tutorials on the use of common software. It will be used at school to support both students as they create online projects using Web 2.0 applications and faculty as they continue to incorporate the use of SMART Boards and iPads in the classroom. Parents can find this new resource, and many others, on the Libraries & Technology page of Key’s website, under Subscription Databases. (Log in with username: key, password: database).
Lower School Parent Program: Homework: Philosophy, Research and Practice
Wednesday, October 12
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Lower School Science Room
FACULTY ART EXHIBIT
October 14 - November 11
Arts Building Gallery, during school hours
CALLING ALL RUNNERS! 5K/10K Run & Family Fun Run
Sunday, October 23
Registration - 8:00 a.m.
Races - 9:00 a.m.
This annual event will be here before you know it, so register soon! Visit www.active.com for additional information and to register online. Online registration closes Friday, October 21 at 9:00 a.m.
The 5K/10K race begins at Key School and winds through Hillsmere Shores. Blue Point Race Management will again partner with Key School and provide state-of-the-art chip timing for easy results posting. T-shirts are guaranteed to all who register by Friday, October 7 and will be available on race day while supplies last.
Don’t forget our special sponsorship opportunity – “Snooze-In”: Cheer on the runners from the comfort of your own bed! Pay a discounted registration fee, sleep in late on race day, and receive a race t-shirt for your support.
Key needs many volunteers to help with registration, course monitoring, publicity, and sponsorships! If you can spare a few hours, please contact event chair Rise Lancoon, 5K10K@keyschool.org, to volunteer.
Questions? Email 5K10K@keyschool.org or visit the 5K/10K Run page on Key’s website.
Lower School Program for Second Grade Parents—Science: Introducing the Scientific Method
Wednesday, October 26
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Second Grade Classrooms
Key Launches Kindergarten iPad Program
Key’s Kindergarteners are busily engaged with new interactive iPad applications that are reinforcing reading and math skills, while tapping into the students’ natural interest in, and facility with, technology. In September, Key technology integrator Nina Glime began introducing the students to the classroom iPads by providing them with opportunities to play with the available tools in several of the programs. Not surprisingly, the students displayed an extremely short learning curve and were eagerly working within minutes of picking up the devices—their creations were amazing! The students are now using a series of developmentally appropriate apps designed to support the work they are undertaking in the classroom. Click here for photos of Key Kindergarteners at work with their iPads.
Congratulations Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists!
Seniors Jenny David and Willy Griffin are semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Jenny and Willy placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition.
September Punctuated by Curricular and Outdoor Education Trips
Key’s Upper School students were out and about in September on trips that not only supported curricular goals, but also provided opportunities for community-building. Seniors spent time camping and whitewater rafting in Pennsylvania on their annual Leadership trip, where they collaborated on goal-setting for this year. Juniors, in conjunction with their American Civilization course, visited the Capitol Visitors Center and the National Archives in Washington, D.C., travelled to St. Mary’s City, and toured Historic Annapolis. Tenth graders went camping, rock climbing and hiking at Carderock, part of the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Maryland. And ninth graders were on the annual Island Odyssey trip to Smith Island, Fox Island and Port Isobel in the southern Chesapeake Bay, in conjunction with their Ancient Civilizations course.
Spread the Word – Key’s Open House is Sunday, November 6
If you have friends who you think may have an interest in learning about Key, please encourage them to come to Key’s Open House, better yet, bring them! Current parent testimonials are Key School’s best endorsement, so please help us spread the word. If you would like us to reach out to a particular family ahead of time, please contact Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management Jessie Dunleavy, email@example.com. Open House announcements will be sent to all prospective families in October.
Upper School Back-to-School Night
Thursday, October 6
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Middle School Parent Conferences 10/20-21 - No Middle School
Thursday, October 20 and Friday, October 21
Middle School is not in session for students.
Online conference scheduling through your Parent Portal page will begin next week. If you have forgotten your Parent Portal password, please contact the Communication Office, as follows:
Last names beginning with A-M - firstname.lastname@example.org
Last names beginning with N-Z - email@example.com
Gazebo Giving Day
It's Gazebo Giving Day!
Friday, October 28
7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Meet Annual Fund volunteers, grab a hot cup of java and a doughnut, and make a gift to the Annual Fund at the Smith House Gazebo before or after the Halloween Parade.
PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, October 5
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
This month’s meeting will feature student editors of the Upper School newspaper Spark and faculty advisor, Nick Olson.
HALLOWEEN AT KEY is 10/28
There’s nothing else like it! Key’s traditional celebration of Halloween--including the Pre-K through grade twelve student parade (a sight to see!) and the eighth grade Halloween Fair for students in Pre-K through grade six--will take place on Friday, October 28.
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European Union Ambassador to Speak at Key
As part of the Annapolis Forum Speaker Series, sponsored by What’s Up Annapolis? magazine, European Union Ambassador João Vale de Almeida will speak about the EU's evolving external policy and the future of EU-US relations on October 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Katharine Hall. The event is free and open to the public but tickets must be reserved in advance through The Annapolis Forum. Click to reserve your seats.
KEY SCHOOL RENAISSANCE CONSORT
Don’t miss the Key Consort at the Maryland Renaissance Festival on Sunday, October 16. Upper School students, dressed in authentic costumes, will perform period music and dances at regular intervals throughout the day. Updated information about performance times will be posted on the website as it is made available to the School.
HEAD OF SCHOOL PICNIC AND GREENHOUSE DEDICATION
Friday, October 14
Smith House Yard
It’s time once again for the annual Head of School Picnic, hosted by the Parents’ Association. Bring your picnic blanket and your favorite family dish to share, and join the whole Key community for an evening of food, fun and games.
Fun for the students will begin at 3:15 p.m. with music in the Amphitheater by John Starr and members of the Upper School Jazz Band. Watch the juniors take on the seniors at the annual Zag Bowl from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on the Manse Field. The Head of School Picnic begins at 5:30 p.m. and the Greenhouse Dedication, in honor of former Lower School Division Head Mary Jane Milner, will begin at 6:15 p.m. We are pleased that Mrs. Milner will be joining us for this celebration. Key’s Bookstore will be open on this evening as well.
The Parents’ Association will provide barbeque and bottled water. Please bring the following to share, based on your last name:
H-P (salad or side dish)
R-Z (main dish)
Professional Development Day 10/31 –
No School for Students
Professional Development Day – AIMS Fall Conference
Monday, October 31
School is not in session for students.
Key Cookbook to Debut at Head of School Picnic
Key Cooks is a collection of favorite recipes gathered from students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of the School. This community cookbook will be available for purchase at this year’s Head of School Picnic for $10. While a limited number will initially be printed, orders can be placed at the picnic, in the Bookstore or by emailing Margie Ross, firstname.lastname@example.org, in the Communication Office. All proceeds earned from the sale of Key Cooks will support Chums, a partnership among Key School, Somers Park Primary School in Malvern, England, and Chumbageni Primary School in Tanga, Tanzania.
Click here for a sneak peek of Key Cooks.
We thank the dedicated committee of volunteers who oversaw this two-year project: Kindergarten teacher Cathy Clark, Pre-School assistant Debbie Foster, Debbie and Mike Leahy (parents of Conor ‘08), Celeste Rixey (mother of Celine ’06, Patty ’06 and Jack ‘10), Lower and Middle School computer teacher Lydia Crooks, Upper School activities coordinator and Outdoor Education teacher Lee Schreitz ’70, Middle School French teacher Lucia Vong, and Visual Art Department Head Andy Katz.
Pre-School Faculty Pre-Conference meetings 10/21 - No Pre-School
Friday, October 21
Pre-School is not in session for students.
Please No Parking at Hillsmere Beach
Hillsmere Beach is a private community beach for residents of Hillsmere Shores. When at the Beach Fields cheering on our Obezags, please do not park in the Hillsmere Beach lot; ample parking is available along the fields. Thank you.