Kent School District September 28, 2018
New in the Blue
We welcomed thousands of new students, hundreds of new staff members, and opened the doors to a new school this September.

Two of our teachers were surprised with awards for their dedication and passion in their classrooms, students learned about telling their own unique stories, and we raised awareness about the importance of students being in school every day.
HIGHLIGHTING OUR AMAZING STUDENTS
Students Volunteer and Help Raise More than $50,000 for Schools
With the help of student volunteers, the Kent Schools Foundation raised more than $50,000 at their inaugural Shine On Charity Auction on September 15.

A big thank you to our community for your generous support!  Proceeds from the event will go towards furthering educational programs for our students, such as STEM, band, and orchestra, and providing additional support to students in need.

Learn more about the Kent Schools Foundation mission and how to get involved at www.kentschoolsfoundation.org .
CELEBRATING OUR PREMIER TEAM
We Appreciate Our Payroll Team
Thank you Felecia, Mueyla, Katie, and Vicki for your important work during National Payroll Week and all year long!
Symetra Heroes In the Classroom
Tiffany Evenstad from Sunrise
Ms. Evenstad was surprised with the award for playing an inspirational role in her students' lives.
Michelle Schram from Kent
RECOGNIZING OUR COMMUNITY
All Members of Team KSD Support Our Students Every Day
Your are invited to our first Administration Center Open House on Tuesday, October 9, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Telling Our Stories Art, Social Justice & Superheroes
Daniel Elementary students, parents, and staff learned about the power of sharing our stories from Vishvajit Singh , aka Sikh Captain America.
Parents, Community, and Leaders Collaborate on Strategic Plan
Our Strategic Plan Steering Committee presented  twenty-one priority initiatives to the KSD Board of Directors and Superintendent Dr. Watts as areas of focus for the 2018-19 school year.
Thank You for Celebrating Attendance Awareness Month
September is over, but it's important students are in school every day, all year long. Help support your student's learning by making sure they're ready for school and in class every day on time.
COMING IN OCTOBER
National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month
Watch for news and videos from KSD all month on how to make our schools more kind, accepting, and inclusive places for all of our students.
DiscoverU College and Career Exploration Week October 8-12
Wear college or military gear on Thursday, October 11 to encourage students of all ages to plan for their futures.
SHARING VALUABLE INFORMATION
Digital Flyer Delivery Starts October 1
Kent School District is excited to launch a new electronic flyer communication tool called “Peachjar.” This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, posting school flyers in this electronic backpack removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers. 

Kent School District is committed to educational excellence and ensuring that families stay informed about important activities and events that enhance their child’s life. To improve parent and community engagement, Kent School District is now using Peachjar to send digital flyers directly to our families.
By using this new system, Kent School District expects to eliminate the need to print roughly 3,528,000 sheets of paper per year– nearly 424 trees. Additionally, the school district no longer incurs the administrative burden and costs associated with paper flyer distribution.

Digital flyers will be sent directly to parents who see them as visually engaging images right on their smartphone or computer screen. Additionally, all flyers will be posted to each school’s website. No action is required on your part. You will receive a welcome email from our service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view school digital flyers.

To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “school@peachjar.com” to your email contacts. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.”

This system is used exclusively for distribution of district-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents and families are well informed about school and district programs, activities, events and enrichment opportunities.

Apply for Free and Reduced Lunch
Help students focus on their learning by making sure they don’t have to worry about lunch. The application process is simple and confidential, and needs to be done each year.
Keeping Students Safe is Our First Priority
Watch our Safety Services Supervisor Tim Kovich offer tips to help keep everyone safe when traveling to and from school.
Upcoming Events

October: National Bullying Prevention Month
October 3: Early Release Wednesday – All schools dismissed 2 hours early
October 8: Indigenous Peoples Day
October 9: Administration Center Open House from 6-7:30 p.m.
October 10: Early Release Wednesday – All schools dismissed 2 hours early
October 10: School Board Meeting
October 8-12: DiscoverU College and Career Exploration Week
October 12: No School- Teacher Workshop Day
October 15-19: National School Lunch Week
October 17: Early Release Wednesday – All schools dismissed 2 hours early
October 21-27: America's Safe Schools Week
October 22-26: National School Bus Safety Week
October 22-26: Elementary Conferences
October 24: Not an Early Release Day
October 24: School Board Meeting
October 24: Unity Day Wear orange for bullying prevention and awareness
October 31: Early Release Wednesday – All schools dismissed 2 hours early
Get Involved!
With 27,000 students, 3,500 teachers and staff, and 4,500 volunteers doing great things across 42 schools, there are thousands of stories to share. We want to hear about the incredible people, events, and things happening in your corner of KSD! Please share your news with us by emailing communications@kent.k12.wa.us