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We were excited to see our teachers who came for the drive by to receive a goodie bag and treat! Pictured: Ms. Miller greeting Ms. Terry and and her puppy BB.
A message from Principal, Amy Miller:
Dear Kilmer Families,
It was a joy to visit several classes this week. It was exciting to see students engaging in learning about biomes and ecosystems in Science, plot and perspective in English, and learning about Growth Mindset and engaging in discussion about the top ten inventions in Engineering.
We are looking forward to our Schoology Parent Meeting on Monday, November 16 at 7:00 PM. During this meeting we will share helpful tips about navigating Schoology and how to support your student. We will send the BBCU link for this meeting on Monday morning.
We are excited about the Crosstown Cup. A friendly competition between Thoreau Middle School and Kilmer Middle School. The goal for each school is to complete the most exercise in a month. Please see below for more information and enter your daily exercise into this form.
1st Quarter Grading Report Cards
The gradebook module in SIS ParentVue and SIS StudentVue is now open. First quarter report cards can now be viewed in SIS Student Vue and Parent VUE. In addition, Kilmer Middle School will be mailing a paper copy of your student’s 1st quarter report card. If you have opted to “Go Paperless” in ParentVue, you will receive only online report cards beginning 2nd quarter. This will not impact any other mailings from FCPS other than the report cards for secondary students.
To take advantage of the paperless options, parents and/or guardians will need to log into ParentVUE, then go to “My Account” and select "Go Paperless" All parents who live with the student and share the same address must have a SIS ParentVUE account and must select the paperless option to prevent mailing of the printed report cards. The “Go Paperless” option will apply to all their associated students, no matter what school level. PDF report cards will be visible in ParentVUE and StudentVUE. Any student whose parents/guardians did not select to “Go Paperless” will receive a printed copy in the mail.
Kilmer Middle School will be mailing a paper copy of your student’s 1st quarter report card towards the end of next week.
Schoology Parent Information Session
We will be holding a parent information session specifically on how to navigate Schoology on Monday, November 16 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. We will send the link out the morning of November 16 via enotify.
Family Life Education (FLE): Virtual Parent Preview Of The FLE Curriculum
Tuesday, November 17th from 7:00-8:00. Link will be sent Tuesday morning.
The KMS Health & Physical Education teachers will be available on Tuesday, November 17th from 7:00-8:00 in the BBCU link to review and answer any questions about the FCPS FLE Health Units, which include Emotional and Social Health and Human Growth and Development.
The School Board has approved a revision to regulation 3204 to allow FLE opt-out forms to be distributed electronically for the school year 2020-2021. Parents/guardians wishing to opt their child out of instruction may complete and return the opt-out form or scan or email a copy of the completed form to Sarah Groh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If you do not have access to the actual opt-out form, please send an email.
Click on the link to read an overview of the materials at your leisure.
To view grade-specific lessons, log in to FCPS 24-7 Parent View: Click on E-Cart: Click on Family life Curriculum. You will be able to view the content in more detail.
We look forward to joining us in the BBCU Parents Link on Tuesday, November 17th, from 7:00-8:00 for our first Virtual Parent Preview Night of the FCPS FLE curriculum.
Any questions, please email Ann Mackenzie at email@example.com.
FLE Gatehouse Letter to Parents
Kilmer’s NJHS Candidate Notifications Emailed on November 10
Congratulations to our new NJHS candidates!
On November 10, Kilmer NJHS Candidate Notifications were emailed to candidates’ school email accounts [@fcpsschools.net]. We look forward to starting our year of Service Learning together, with the NJHS emphasis on Scholarship, Citizenship, Leadership, Service, and Character.
Candidates are members of the NJHS Schoology Course. The NJHS Committee will communicate with candidates in Schoology and their school email accounts.
The first NJHS Schoology assignment is due on December 1. The first all-candidate meeting is in the Schoology BBCU link on December 10 at 2:30 pm. More information will be available soon in the NJHS Schoology Course.
NJHS is ready to Make a Difference!
Fine Arts Department News
Even though we're virtual, we've still got talent!! Kilmer's Got Talent, our annual talent show will be live streamed on November 13th at 7:30pm, accessed by a link sent to you when you purchase your tickets through a donation. Come see our talented students sing, dance, and play instruments as they compete for the title of Kilmer’s Most Talented! Sean Kenny and Nikisha Kozik will be back again with their hilarious jokes and unbearable puns as this year’s hosts!
Tickets can be purchased in any dollar amount of your choosing. This is considered a donation to the Drama department for future events. Tickets are available at kmsdrama.org!
PTA Reflections Program
Congratulations to Sophia Tzvetanov whose poem and song titled "Share a Song" have won both the Literature and Music Middle School divisions of the 2020 Kilmer Reflections art contest. We are very proud to have her poem and song represent Kilmer Middle School in the Fairfax County level Reflections contest. Thank you to all of the students who also submitted entries.
What’s on the Shelf: News from the Kilmer Library
Starting this month, we will begin offering THIRD THURSDAYS for Cougars @ the Curb, our curbside book checkout service. What does this mean? We are expanding curbside pick-up once each month to evening hours with the goal towards making this service more accessible to students and families. On the Third Thursday of each month -- this month that’s Thursday, November 19 -- we’ll be open from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
We also continue to be open each and every Monday from 1:00pm-3:30pm. Watch our promo video to learn more about Cougars @ the Curb! And find all of the details on our flyer.
Upcoming Cougars @ the Curb hours:
- Monday, November 16, 1:00pm-3:30pm
- Thursday, November 19, 5:00pm-7:00pm
Questions? Please reach out to Gretchen Hazlin, librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greetings from Afterschool
Activities continue rolling out and more students are joining each day. Please check for updates, club descriptions and meeting details under the Afterschool Group in Schoology. Individual club enrollment requests, descriptions and the Afterschool Activities Calendar are located under Resources, if an enrollment request link is not listed then that club does not require one. Next Week At A Glance:
Kilmer will not host/sponsor a school Science Olympiad Team(s) this year. MY SO (My Science Olympiad) is a new program that complements Science Olympiad’s traditional tournament contests and is available to all middle school students who love STEM and want to stay engaged – at home or at school. We realize students may be eager to begin SO STEM sessions/lessons and to make families aware of the MY SO platform opportunities. This is open to students whether or not they are a part of a school team. This is not a requirement, students in no way have to participate in MY SO.
NO Afterschool 11/23-11/27 (HaHaHoliday practice will take place)
The Afterschool Program is for all students, and we are looking forward to a program that offers meaningful experiences. As a reminder all students must have a completed Kilmer Middle Afterschool General Registration Form on file to participate.
The code to access this group is 2W54-ZSDS-BKJMV but all students have been enrolled already. Should you have any difficulties with it please contact Kimberly Kardelis, After School Program Specialist at email@example.com.
Kilmer Cougars, we are getting psyched about the Crosstown Cup! So far, we've had 47 responses from 20 students and staff logging their exercise!! But just imagine what we could do if EVERYONE participated!!
The Crosstown Cup is taking the place of Crosstown Hoops this year! Instead of a single basketball game, it's a year-long competition! Students and staff are logging their miles and the monthly exercises (November is Squatsvember). We will be comparing our numbers with Thoreau at the end of each month.
The more often you log your exercise, the more likely your name will be pulled to win a raffle prize at the end of the month. And hey -- we want to bring the Crosstown Cup to the Kilmer office at the end of November! So get out there -- walk, run, crawl -- and do some squats!! Let's claim the Crosstown Cup!!!
Enter your daily exercise into this form.
The Kilmer Pantry is being replenished to provide non-perishable food items to our families in need. We plan to begin food distribution in mid-December.
We are collecting items through a drive thru donation every Monday from 3:00 – 5:00 pm, beginning next Monday, November 16th.
In addition families are invited to donate non-perishable food items by direct shipping from Amazon, Target, Walmart, or wherever you shop (send to the attention of Debra David at Kilmer). We will have an Amazon WishList starting next week.
Donation requests include: Pasta sauce, canned tomatoes, pasta, rice, beans, cereal, oatmeal, cooking oil, peanut butter, crackers, microwave popcorn, granola bars, canned fruit/applesauce, canned tuna, canned veggies, instant macaroni and cheese.
We are grateful for the support of our Kilmer Community and are hopeful to see you at one of our Monday drive thru donation times.
If you want your family to receive food, please contact your child’s counselor.
New employment opportunity in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS)!
FCPS schools and centers will be hiring classroom monitors to provide in-person classroom assistance for students when a staff member remains virtual. If you would like more information about the position, please review the job description and qualifications online and apply if interested. Please feel free to share information about this opportunity with anyone else you think may be interested.
FCPS is seeking individuals to serve as substitute teachers!
Are you or somebody you know interested in substitute teaching with FCPS? Apply here or attend one of our Friday information sessions to learn more! To sign up for a session visit our substitute information page here. Say Yes 2 FCPS!
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