KHHS News January 27

01/27/23

Spring NHS Blood Drive
March 7 & 8, 11 am - 6 pm.
This is the HS NHS' 10th year hosting! We currently hold the title of having the largest high school blood drive in Michigan. Hoping to beat our own record this year by collecting 230 pints over the two days! All are welcome. The drive will be held at Walker Ice and Fitness, with the Kenowa Hills National Honor Society as the host. Give a pint, get a pint - all donors receive a coupon for a free pint of custard at Culver's. Call 1-886-MI-BLOOD or schedule online to sign up: Tuesday or Wednesday

Kiwanis West Michigan
Kiwanis has a new club in West Michigan that primarily supports the kids at Kenowa Hills! They meet in a virtual setting once a week and host projects to lift up kids in our district. If you'd like to learn more about the Kiwanis organization or learn how you can join, visit their website or follow them on Facebook!

Senior Baby Ads
This is the last chance to purchase a Baby Ad in the 2023 yearbook! Please follow the link below if you're interested in purchasing. The deadline to purchase is Thursday, February 9! Purchase now.

Sweetheart's Swirl Spirit Week
Monday 1/30 - Comfy Day
Tuesday 1/31 - Anything but a Backpack Day
Wednesday 2/1 - Wear Pink
Thursday 2/2 - Teacher-student swap
Friday 2/3 - Black & Gold Day

Sweetheart's Swirl 2023 (9th-12th graders)
Swirl will be held on February 4 at the high school, from 7 - 10 pm. Tickets are $10 January 26-27, $12 January 30-Feb. 1, and $15 on February 2. Tickets will not be sold after February 2nd.

We wanted to get this information out so students can correct anything that would prohibit them from attending this year's Swirl. This information will be sent to students on Monday 01/09/23. If any of the following has or is occurring, students would not be able to attend:

  • Students are currently failing two (2) or more classes in the current semester.
  • Students have eleven (11) or more absences in any individual class for the current semester. *“Medical” and/or “Covid” related absences do not count towards those 11. “Excused”, “Unexcused” and “Vacation” all count towards the 11 allowable absences.
  • Students have been suspended from school during the 2022-2023 school year for drug/alcohol/tobacco-related offenses.

Prom will be held on April 21, 2023 (11th & 12th graders)

Annual Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Game
Entry is free! February 11, 2023 | Kenowa Hills High School
Local Law enforcement vs Kenowa Hills Teachers game begins at 5:00 PM, KCSO vs GRPD begins at 6:30 PM. Proceeds benefit GRPD Dispatcher Amanda Shields and KCSO Sgt. Tim Erhardt's daughter, Rhiannon, who are both battling breast cancer. There will be raffle items, a Wing Eating Contest, food by Saladino Smoke, and meet GRPD & KCSO K9s!

Voices of Youth - Journalism Program by Rapid Growth Media
Voices of Youth is a paid journalism program for youth interested in telling the news from their perspective through writing, researching, art, and social media. There is an information session on January 26 and 3 workshops to follow: February 9, February 16, and February 23 - all held at the KISD. Sign up here.

Kindergarten Orientation 2023 | Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Since Kindergarten and K-Knight Teachers host this important event, there will be no school for your Zinser Kindergartener or K-Knight student on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

KCTC Open House
Current 10th and 11th graders, discover what the Tech Center has to offer! Visit the open house on February 7 & 8, from 5 - 7 PM, or learn more online. Don't wait - programs fill quickly!

FASFA
Seniors -Still need to fill out your FAFSA? GRCC and KHHS Student Services team are holding a FAFSA workshop on February 28, 2023 from 4 - 7:30 pm during the parent/teacher conferences. Also, Seniors who have applied to college(s)and completed FAFSA, you will begin receiving financial aid award letters soon. These can be difficult to understand.

Award Letter Presentation
On March 2, 2023, GVSU will be hosting an award letter presentation at 5 pm during parent/teacher conferences. After the presentation financial aid officers from GVSU, along with the KHHS Student Services Team, will be happy to go over any award letters you bring and explain them in detail. Please join us for both of these important events!

Rotary District Life Leadership Conference
Juniors: Plans are underway for the 74th annual Rotary District 6290 Life Leadership Conference to be held at Ferris State University, June 14-17. Please watch the following YouTube video for more information. And visit: https://www.ridistrict6290.org/page/lifeleadership

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Knight Out Raffle
The Kenowa Hills Athletic Boosters is holding their annual "Knight Out Raffle” which is the boosters main fundraising event of the year. The booster program is very supportive of all of our sports and have donated money to help all of our athletes over the years. In addition to making a large donation toward the new weight room (coming soon,) they have also made individual contributions to teams for equipment, uniforms, training table, weight room bars, football headsets, bowling lane fees, golf bags, practice gear and much more.

Emma - Spring Musical - March 23 - 25, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!
Tickets are on sale now.

Spring Sports
All high school athletes will be required to have a physical on file with the athletic office dated on or after April 15, 2022 in order to participate in a high school sport at Kenowa Hills High School. Spring sports begin on March 13, 2023. Each athlete will need the following items to participate:

  1. Current sports physical (not well-child), dated April 15, 2022 or after
  2. Spectrum Health Medical Consent Form
  3. $85.00 participation fee (check, cash or payment through Efunds on www.khps.org) This fee is waived if you have played two seasons of high school sports since August 1, 2022 (the current school year) Families that apply for free or reduced lunch after July 1, 2022 and meet the requirements may have their participation fee waived for the current school year.

Once all necessary items have been submitted to the athletic office, athletes will receive a pink Permission to Practice form. The Permission to Practice form should be given to the coach on or before the first day or practice/tryouts. The MHSAA Physical form and the Spectrum Health Medical Consent forms can be found here for your convenience.

Please direct questions to Vicki Bekins, vbekins@khps.org

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

Attendance
Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions in the classroom. Please call in the office morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. The Office must release students from class.

Efunds is BACK!
We are excited to share that as of this morning, eFunds is once again available for meal service
payments! Thank you for your patience while we worked through this issue. We were very persistent and are the first school district to get back online!

A few reminders as we move back to eFunds:

  1. Low Meal Balance Payments will need to be enabled again if this is something you have used in the past
  2. Account balances will be uploaded to eFunds once per day at 4:00 AM.*** If a deposit is made using eFunds during the day, it will not reflect in eFunds until the next day***. However, those funds will be immediately available to your students, and you will see the correct balance reflected in Family Portal.
  3. You can access eFunds here. eFunds Family Portal is also still available for meal service payments if that is your preferred method and can be accessed here: Family Portal

Athletics
You can view the KH Winter Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if you are wearing Kenowa Hills Theme or black and gold. 9-12th graders must also have their current Student ID. PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paying adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Zinser Elementary News January 27

01/27/23

Introducing our K & KK Team
Mrs. Merryman is our only Zinser K-Knights (or Young Fives) teacher! She is an extremely creative and fun educator. She genuinely cares about her students and families. Mrs. Merryman has a great classroom culture and makes learning fun with her students. She is amazing at teaching routines and procedures to our youngest learners!

Mrs. Hehrer is a very thoughtful, organized teacher. She is compassionate and truly cares about her students. She is a very hard worker, always willing to help with whatever is needed and strives to be the best educator she can be. She goes the extra mile to learn about new resources to support her teaching!

Mrs. Hughes brings a fun perspective to kindergarten, having taught second grade for years. She is a great team player and her students love being in her classroom. Mrs. Hughes has a calm and easy-going demeanor, with great patience. She structures learning around fun themes and always knows how to excite students about their learning!

Mrs. Perry is our most veteran Kindergarten teacher. She teaches with excitement and forms positive bonds with her students. She is very caring and has high expectations for all students. She is great at reaching students where they are academically. She encourages her students and provides lots of opportunities for her students to differentiate their learning!

Great job Kindergarten teachers, we appreciate you!

Kiwanis West Michigan
Kiwanis has a new club in West Michigan that primarily supports the kids at Kenowa Hills! They meet in a virtual setting once a week and host projects to lift up kids in our district. If you'd like to learn more about the Kiwanis organization or learn how you can join, visit their website or follow them on Facebook!

January is Mental Health Awareness Month at Kenowa Hills.
This week was our final week of Paint Kenowa Green! This week our focus was HEALTHY HABITS. Have a conversation with your child about what healthy habits they have. Consider screen time and how that impacts your child/family. Zinser has a Mental Health Team! Please do not hesitate to reach out if your family needs support. Thank you for participating in Paint Kenowa Green!

Be a Knight that Knows Nutrition
From now until the end of the school year Nurse Courtney will be handing out points when she catches students making healthy food choices at breakfast, snack, or lunch! Students can use these points to earn prizes! See the flyer below for more information or email Nurse Courtney at cellens@khps.org.

Annual Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Game
Entry is free! February 11, 2023 | Kenowa Hills High School
Local Law enforcement vs Kenowa Hills Teachers game begins at 5:00 PM, KCSO vs GRPD begins at 6:30 PM. Proceeds benefit GRPD Dispatcher Amanda Shields and KCSO Sgt. Tim Erhardt's daughter, Rhiannon, who are both battling breast cancer. There will be raffle items, a Wing Eating Contest, food by Saladino Smoke, and meet GRPD & KCSO K9s!

Marne/Pioneer Baseball Spring Sign-ups
Boys and girls ages 4-15: T-ball, Machine Pitch, Minor League, Major League, and AAA. The signup deadline is February 28. Learn more, sign up, and pay online. 3 weeks of practice begin immediately after spring break followed by the season schedule.

CTC Games - In Partnership with GVSU's E-Sports Club
Play, make friends, and learn - for neurodiverse gamers aged 10-14. The program runs 10 am - 12 pm on January 28, March 25, and April 15 at GVSU Russel H. Kirkhof Center on Campus Drive in Allendale. $15 Participant Fee, register online.

Northwestern Little League
Registration is now open for Spring 2023. Cost: $80 for T-ball, $80 for Coach Pitch, $95 for Minors I (Machine Pitch), $105 for Minors II, $105 for Majors, and $135 for Juniors. Multi-child discount is $15 off 2nd child and $25 off 3rd & 4th child. Early Bird Discount $20 off if registered by 1/6/23. Registration closes on 2/28/23. Register at NWLL.us.

Knights FC Spring Soccer
Spring soccer registration is now open. Games start April 15. U9 - U11 - U13 - U15

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Voices of Youth - Journalism Program by Rapid Growth Media
Voices of Youth is a paid journalism program for youth interested in telling the news from their perspective through writing, researching, art, and social media. There is an information session on January 26 and 3 workshops to follow: February 9, February 16, and February 23 - all held at the KISD. Sign up here.

Kenowa HIlls Ski & Snowboard Club at Cannonsburg
Enjoy discounts and punch card benefits for ages 7+ and parents. Purchase online at www.Cannonsburg.com, go to STORE, and then PASSES under PRODUCTS options and then select your punch card pass. Please enter Kenowa Hills Public Schools as your School Name and Jason Synder as your Club Sponsor. Questions can be directed to jsnyder@khps.org.

Girls on the Run 2022-23
The GOTR season begins the week of February 27 and lasts until the Celebration 5k on May 20, 2023. Sign up to be a coach! No training is necessary! Learn more at https://www.gotrwm.org/

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am. We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:45 without an excused call/absence will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call the attendance line at 616-453-2461 to communicate your students’ absence, early leave time, or late arrivals as well. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Parking Lot Notes:
Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot.

  • Always look to pull up where and when possible to help with the flow. Tell your child to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the sign and you pulled up past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
  • Thank you for those turning right only. We know it’s an inconvenience for some but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run (we've had a couple of accidents at that intersection).
  • Drop-off starts at 8:30; If you are in the lot before 8:30, you may drop your child off a few minutes early to get the traffic flowing, but the child will be standing by the grade sign until the 8:30 bell. All 1st-5th grade students can enter at the bell in the designated door.
  • We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop-off and pick-up, the inside lane is a pass-by lane only. Please pass by with caution. It is very dangerous to let students out in that lane.

Drop-Off Expectations:

  • Drop-off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35.
  • Kindergarten (including K-Knights) families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with the class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.
  • Staggered entrances will be used once again. Grade-level signs will be put outside by the designated door. After the first week, students will walk in the correct door at 8:30 or later and head directly to the classroom.

Dismissal Expectations:

  • The school day ends at 3:37 pm.
  • Kindergarten (and K-Knights) and early pick-ups start at 3:30 pm.
  • Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get the child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot early for an early pick-up at 3:30 pm. 1st-5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull-up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow.

News from our Nurse
If your student or a household member has Covid-19 please notify Nurse Courtney. You will not be contacted by the Health Department but these cases must be reported and monitored within the school. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! Please reach out to Nurse Courtney at cellens@khps.org if you have any questions

Background checks
Background checks must be completed annually by anyone volunteering at least 3 days prior to volunteering! Forms can be completed in the school office or at the administration office. A photo ID will be required.

Birthday
Individual treats or “gifts” are not encouraged again this school year. Instead, we are encouraging you to donate a book to your child’s classroom in honor of them and their birthday. You are welcome to personalize the book or we can do it for you.

You can have your child visit the office or Mr. Willick for a birthday pencil!

We do not want birthday invitations to be passed out to students during the school day. A student may pass out invitations if everyone in the class will receive one, or a parent can discreetly give some invitations to the teacher, who can place them in backpacks.

Feeding Walker Kids

Alpine Elementary News January 27

01/27/23

Note From The Principal

Dear Parents,

January has been a busy month at Alpine and it is hard to believe that February is almost here! The time between now and spring break is when we see a ton of growth occur and we are excited to see the progress students make. Students have just completed taking our district-wide MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment and we are encouraged by the data we have been able to see that shows the growth made from fall to winter.

With this message, I want to highlight the importance of reading at home. We know that reading is a skill that, for the most part, is enhanced by actually reading. This can be difficult at home after a long day of school and with other activities competing for your child’s time. In a recent Report to Parents, The Reward of Reading published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, they provided a number of suggestions to help increase reading “at home.” I’ve adapted their suggestions below.

  • Always have a book or magazine on hand. Have a book bag to take with you in the car. Include a book that is currently being read or a high-interest kids magazine for the car ride, when you are stuck in traffic, or to pass the time when waiting in line.
  • Book swap. If your child’s home reading material is getting old or they are growing out of what is available, consider a book swap with a relative or neighbor.
  • Focus on the interests of your child. When what is being read is of interest to the reader, focus and stamina increase.
  • Read to your children. Your fifth grader isn’t too old to be read to. Find a book of interest to the family and take a couple of nights a week to read it aloud to them. Maybe there is a favorite mystery series, a favorite book character, or an author you all enjoy.
  • Be a patient listener. Listening to beginning or struggling readers can try any parent’s patience. Instead of providing words or finishing sentences for your child, ask them if they want time or help.
  • Find a book that matches the child’s reading level. Although reading to your child allows you to read above their reading level, when a child is reading to you he/she should read a book that is near their current reading level. This will stretch their reading skills just enough without frustrating them (and the listener). Ask your child’s teacher for book suggestions that would fit their reading level.

Reading is a life-long skill that is important. Research has shown that the more students read, the more words they are exposed to which increases reading skills and vocabulary acquisition. It’s worth the time now as you invest in your child’s future.

Please continue to stay informed by reading all school communications from your child’s teacher, our school and the district. As you know, Michigan weather is always changing. Please check to make sure that our district has the correct contact information on file so that you will continue to receive closure information throughout the winter. If you have questions or a specific need, please be sure to connect with your child’s teacher or our office for support.

Your partner in education,
Jason Snyder

Kiwanis West Michigan
Kiwanis has a new club in West Michigan that primarily supports the kids at Kenowa Hills! They meet in a virtual setting once a week and host projects to lift up kids in our district. If you'd like to learn more about the Kiwanis organization or learn how you can join, visit their website or follow them on Facebook!

Northwestern Little League
Registration is now open for Spring 2023. Cost: $80 for T-ball, $80 for Coach Pitch, $95 for Minors I (Machine Pitch), $105 for Minors II, $105 for Majors, and $135 for Juniors. Multi-child discount is $15 off 2nd child and $25 off 3rd & 4th child. Early Bird Discount $20 off if registered by 1/6/23. Registration closes on 2/28/23. Register at NWLL.us.

Marne/Pioneer Baseball Spring Sign-ups
Boys and girls ages 4-15: T-ball, Machine Pitch, Minor League, Major League, and AAA. The signup deadline is February 28. Learn more, sign up, and pay online. 3 weeks of practice begin immediately after spring break followed by the season schedule.

CTC Games - In Partnership with GVSU's E-Sports Club
Play, make friends, and learn - for neurodiverse gamers aged 10-14. The program runs 10 am - 12 pm on January 28, March 25, and April 15 at GVSU Russel H. Kirkhof Center on Campus Drive in Allendale. $15 Participant Fee, register online.

Kenowa HIlls Ski & Snowboard Club at Cannonsburg
Enjoy discounts and punch card benefits for ages 7+ and parents. Purchase online at www.Cannonsburg.com, go to STORE, and then PASSES under PRODUCTS options and then select your punch card pass. Please enter Kenowa Hills Public Schools as your School Name and Jason Synder as your Club Sponsor. Questions can be directed to jsnyder@khps.org.

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Girls on the Run 2022-23
The GOTR season begins the week of February 27 and lasts until the Celebration 5k on May 20, 2023. Sign up to be a coach! No training is necessary! Learn more at https://www.gotrwm.org/

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

SCHOOL DAY
Our school day for the 2022-2023 school year begins at 8:37 and ends at 3:35.

STUDENT DROP-OFF DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER
If it is raining outside or we have extremely cold weather, student drop offs will be permitted into the building starting at 8:30. All student drop offs will be asked to enter through the main office doors and proceed to their individual classroom.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you would like to volunteer or attend a classroom event, please complete a background check. Background checks can be completed by bringing in a driver's license or state ID to any Kenowa Hills Secretary and completing a background form.

Alpine Elementary Nurse
Nurse Ashley, 616-784-0884 ext. 8293 or abeene@khps.org

Social Media

  • Please be sure to like our school's Facebook page at "Kenowa Hills Alpine Elementary". Follow daily/weekly happenings and celebrations. It is also another resource for school information.

  • Also, follow and like our Music FB page for Alpine and Zinser, "A to Z Music". -Ms Majchrzak

Central Elementary News January 27

01/27/23

Kiwanis West Michigan
Kiwanis has a new club in West Michigan that primarily supports the kids at Kenowa Hills! They meet in a virtual setting once a week and host projects to lift up kids in our district. If you'd like to learn more about the Kiwanis organization or learn how you can join, visit their website or follow them on Facebook!

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Knight Out - Athletic Booster Fundraiser

Marne/Pioneer Baseball Spring Sign-ups
Boys and girls ages 4-15: T-ball, Machine Pitch, Minor League, Major League, and AAA. The signup deadline is February 28. Learn more, sign up, and pay online. 3 weeks of practice begin immediately after spring break followed by the season schedule.

CTC Games - In Partnership with GVSU's E-Sports Club
Play, make friends, and learn - for neurodiverse gamers aged 10-14. The program runs 10 am - 12 pm on January 28, March 25, and April 15 at GVSU Russel H. Kirkhof Center on Campus Drive in Allendale. $15 Participant Fee, register online.

Girls on the Run 2022-23
The GOTR season begins the week of February 27 and lasts until the Celebration 5k on May 20, 2023. Sign up to be a coach! No training is necessary! Learn more at https://www.gotrwm.org/

Kenowa HIlls Ski & Snowboard Club at Cannonsburg
Enjoy discounts and punch card benefits for ages 7+ and parents. Purchase online at www.Cannonsburg.com, go to STORE, and then PASSES under PRODUCTS options and then select your punch card pass. Please enter Kenowa Hills Public Schools as your School Name and Jason Synder as your Club Sponsor. Questions can be directed to jsnyder@khps.org.

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

Knights FC (Spring Soccer)

OLDER NEWS

Notes from the Nurse
I am excited to help service your medical needs again for students and staff this year. Here are some reminders for the year:

  • If your student needs ANY medication at school, please make sure to fill out a Medication Form ahead of time. We need to have both a Physician's signature and the parent's signature BEFORE the nurse can administer any medication. We always suggest playing it safe and sending medication ahead of time in case we need it. This includes medications such as cold/cough, pain (ex. Tylenol or Ibuprofen,) or any inhalers that may be needed if the student uses them during times of illness. We will return them at the end of the school year if there are any remaining.
  • We can provide free rapid tests for COVID, Influenza A & B, and Strep A for all students and staff. Please call the nurse's office and let me know if you think you need to utilize this service, and we will walk you through the steps. As always, please feel free to reach out to the nurse whenever you have any questions or concerns for your student. We are here to help! (616) 453-6351 ext. 6342
  • There are several illnesses on the rise recently, so it is important that we all work together on getting good rest, covering our coughs and sneezes, and hand-washing with soap and water!
  • Another great reminder is to hydrate! Make sure your student is bringing a water bottle to school every day. Hydration is so important for our entire body and the easiest access is when our students have their bottles right there in class!
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to the Nurse directly (ext. 6342).

Zinser Elementary News January 20

01/20/23

January is Mental Health Awareness Month at Kenowa Hills.
Zinser is focusing on mental health awareness by painting Kenowa Green for the month of January! This week’s focus was “What is Mental Health?” Ask your student what mental health means to them. Zinser will have a “Wear Green” day every Friday in January for Mental Health Awareness!

Be a Knight that Knows Nutrition
From now until the end of the school year Nurse Courtney will be handing out points when she catches students making healthy food choices at breakfast, snack, or lunch! Students can use these points to earn prizes! See the flyer below for more information or email Nurse Courtney at cellens@khps.org.

Annual Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Game
Entry is free! February 11, 2023 | Kenowa Hills High School
Local Law enforcement vs Kenowa Hills Teachers game begins at 5:00 PM, KCSO vs GRPD begins at 6:30 PM. Proceeds benefit GRPD Dispatcher Amanda Shields and KCSO Sgt. Tim Erhardt's daughter, Rhiannon, who are both battling breast cancer. There will be raffle items, a Wing Eating Contest, food by Saladino Smoke, and meet GRPD & KCSO K9s!

Marne/Pioneer Baseball Spring Sign-ups
Boys and girls ages 4-15: T-ball, Machine Pitch, Minor League, Major League, and AAA. The signup deadline is February 28. Learn more, sign up, and pay online. 3 weeks of practice begin immediately after spring break followed by the season schedule.

CTC Games - In Partnership with GVSU's E-Sports Club
Play, make friends, and learn - for neurodiverse gamers aged 10-14. The program runs 10 am - 12 pm on January 28, March 25, and April 15 at GVSU Russel H. Kirkhof Center on Campus Drive in Allendale. $15 Participant Fee, register online.

Northwestern Little League
Registration is now open for Spring 2023. Cost: $80 for T-ball, $80 for Coach Pitch, $95 for Minors I (Machine Pitch), $105 for Minors II, $105 for Majors, and $135 for Juniors. Multi-child discount is $15 off 2nd child and $25 off 3rd & 4th child. Early Bird Discount $20 off if registered by 1/6/23. Registration closes on 2/28/23. Register at NWLL.us.

Knights FC Spring Soccer
Spring soccer registration is now open. Games start April 15. U9 - U11 - U13 - U15

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Voices of Youth - Journalism Program by Rapid Growth Media
Voices of Youth is a paid journalism program for youth interested in telling the news from their perspective through writing, researching, art, and social media. There is an information session on January 26 and 3 workshops to follow: February 9, February 16, and February 23 - all held at the KISD. Sign up here.

Kenowa HIlls Ski & Snowboard Club at Cannonsburg
Enjoy discounts and punch card benefits for ages 7+ and parents. Purchase online at www.Cannonsburg.com, go to STORE, and then PASSES under PRODUCTS options and then select your punch card pass. Please enter Kenowa Hills Public Schools as your School Name and Jason Synder as your Club Sponsor. Questions can be directed to jsnyder@khps.org.

Girls on the Run 2022-23
The GOTR season begins the week of February 27 and lasts until the Celebration 5k on May 20, 2023. Sign up to be a coach! No training is necessary! Learn more at https://www.gotrwm.org/

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am. We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:45 without an excused call/absence will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call the attendance line at 616-453-2461 to communicate your students’ absence, early leave time, or late arrivals as well. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Parking Lot Notes:
Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot.

  • Always look to pull up where and when possible to help with the flow. Tell your child to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the sign and you pulled up past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
  • Thank you for those turning right only. We know it’s an inconvenience for some but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run (we've had a couple of accidents at that intersection).
  • Drop-off starts at 8:30; If you are in the lot before 8:30, you may drop your child off a few minutes early to get the traffic flowing, but the child will be standing by the grade sign until the 8:30 bell. All 1st-5th grade students can enter at the bell in the designated door.
  • We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop-off and pick-up, the inside lane is a pass-by lane only. Please pass by with caution. It is very dangerous to let students out in that lane.

Drop-Off Expectations:

  • Drop-off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35.
  • Kindergarten (including K-Knights) families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with the class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.
  • Staggered entrances will be used once again. Grade-level signs will be put outside by the designated door. After the first week, students will walk in the correct door at 8:30 or later and head directly to the classroom.

Dismissal Expectations:

  • The school day ends at 3:37 pm.
  • Kindergarten (and K-Knights) and early pick-ups start at 3:30 pm.
  • Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get the child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot early for an early pick-up at 3:30 pm. 1st-5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull-up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow.

News from our Nurse
If your student or a household member has Covid-19 please notify Nurse Courtney. You will not be contacted by the Health Department but these cases must be reported and monitored within the school. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! Please reach out to Nurse Courtney at cellens@khps.org if you have any questions

Background checks
Background checks must be completed annually by anyone volunteering at least 3 days prior to volunteering! Forms can be completed in the school office or at the administration office. A photo ID will be required.

Birthday
Individual treats or “gifts” are not encouraged again this school year. Instead, we are encouraging you to donate a book to your child’s classroom in honor of them and their birthday. You are welcome to personalize the book or we can do it for you.

You can have your child visit the office or Mr. Willick for a birthday pencil!

We do not want birthday invitations to be passed out to students during the school day. A student may pass out invitations if everyone in the class will receive one, or a parent can discreetly give some invitations to the teacher, who can place them in backpacks.

Feeding Walker Kids

KHHS News January 20

01/20/23

Semester 1 Grades
Grades will be stored on Tuesday, January 17th. Final Semester 1 grades will be available on Friday, January 20th in PowerSchool. Once PowerSchool is updated, an email will be sent out informing parents and students that grades are available. You will be able to view grades in PowerSchool through your parent portal. If you would like a paper copy of the report card sent, please contact us in the Main Office.

Senior Baby Ads
This is the last chance to purchase a Baby Ad in the 2023 yearbook! Please follow the link below if you're interested in purchasing. The deadline to
purchase is Thursday, February 9! Purchase now.

Voices of Youth - Journalism Program by Rapid Growth Media
Voices of Youth is a paid journalism program for youth interested in telling the news from their perspective through writing, researching, art, and social media. There is an information session on January 26 and 3 workshops to follow: February 9, February 16, and February 23 - all held at the KISD. Sign up here.

Sweetheart's Swirl Spirit Week
Monday 1/30 - Comfy Day
Tuesday 1/31 - Anything but a Backpack Day
Wednesday 2/1 - Wear Pink
Thursday 2/2 - Teacher-student swap
Friday 2/3 - Black & Gold Day

Sweetheart's Swirl 2023 (9th-12th graders)
Swirl will be held on February 4 at the high school, from 7 - 10 pm. Tickets are $10 January 26-27, $12 January 30-Feb. 1, and $15 on February 2. Tickets will not be sold after February 2nd.

We wanted to get this information out so students can correct anything that would prohibit them from attending this year's Swirl. This information will be sent to students on Monday 01/09/23. If any of the following has or is occurring, students would not be able to attend:

  • Students are currently failing two (2) or more classes in the current semester.
  • Students have eleven (11) or more absences in any individual class for the current semester. *“Medical” and/or “Covid” related absences do not count towards those 11. “Excused”, “Unexcused” and “Vacation” all count towards the 11 allowable absences.
  • Students have been suspended from school during the 2022-2023 school year for drug/alcohol/tobacco-related offenses.

Prom will be held on April 21, 2023 (11th & 12th graders)

We would like to congratulate the 22/23 Sweetheart Swirl Courts

Freshmen Swirl Court

Frank Arnold
John Abraham Babu
Aiden Blumberg
Derek Chapin
Katelyn Fischer
Owen Karas
Andrew Lake
Raegan Momber
Collin Ratajczak
Kat Tudor
Kiah Vos
Brody Willick

Sophomore Swirl Court
Lachlin Acker
Juliusz Andino
Ava Bowers
Sarah Buckwalter
Hannah Bush
Tyler Cook
Cambree Gingrich
Delaney Hendricks
Destinee Lakey
Drake O'Dell
Cody Palmer
Ella Thayer
Thomas Wiercinski

Junior Swirl Court
Lauren Dent
Ava Fussman
Heath Haik
Deondre Jackson
Jack Jeffreys
Nathan Johnson
Erin Ledkins
Allie Lenartz
Josie Longcore
Lola Martineau
Sydney Phelps
Braxtyn Streeter
Logan TenBrink
Sutton Tutas

Senior Swirl Court
Anna Barber
Tuck Bickford
Federico Candus
Nolan Droski
Ella Eitniear
Peyton Mull
Theodore Nicolette
Griffin Ouellette
Shelby Porter
Madison Storey
Nolan Thayer
Page Yancey
Elise Zahrt

Annual Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Game
Entry is free! February 11, 2023 | Kenowa Hills High School
Local Law enforcement vs Kenowa Hills Teachers game begins at 5:00 PM, KCSO vs GRPD begins at 6:30 PM. Proceeds benefit GRPD Dispatcher Amanda Shields and KCSO Sgt. Tim Erhardt's daughter, Rhiannon, who are both battling breast cancer. There will be raffle items, a Wing Eating Contest, food by Saladino Smoke, and meet GRPD & KCSO K9s!

Kindergarten Orientation 2023 | Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Since Kindergarten and K-Knight Teachers host this important event, there will be no school for your Zinser Kindergartener or K-Knight student on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

KCTC Open House
Current 10th and 11th graders, discover what the Tech Center has to offer! Visit the open house on February 7 & 8, from 5 - 7 PM, or learn more online. Don't wait - programs fill quickly!

FASFA
Seniors -Still need to fill out your FAFSA? GRCC and KHHS Student Services team are holding a FAFSA workshop on February 28, 2023 from 4 - 7:30 pm during the parent/teacher conferences. Also, Seniors who have applied to college(s)and completed FAFSA, you will begin receiving financial aid award letters soon. These can be difficult to understand.

Award Letter Presentation
On March 2, 2023, GVSU will be hosting an award letter presentation at 5 pm during parent/teacher conferences. After the presentation financial aid officers from GVSU, along with the KHHS Student Services Team, will be happy to go over any award letters you bring and explain them in detail. Please join us for both of these important events!

Rotary District Life Leadership Conference
Juniors: Plans are underway for the 74th annual Rotary District 6290 Life Leadership Conference to be held at Ferris State University, June 14-17. Please watch the following YouTube video for more information. And visit: https://www.ridistrict6290.org/page/lifeleadership

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Knight Out Raffle
The Kenowa Hills Athletic Boosters is holding their annual "Knight Out Raffle” which is the boosters main fundraising event of the year. The booster program is very supportive of all of our sports and have donated money to help all of our athletes over the years. In addition to making a large donation toward the new weight room (coming soon,) they have also made individual contributions to teams for equipment, uniforms, training table, weight room bars, football headsets, bowling lane fees, golf bags, practice gear and much more.

Emma - Spring Musical - March 23 - 25, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!
Tickets are on sale now.

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

Attendance
Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions in the classroom. Please call in the office morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. The Office must release students from class.

Efunds is BACK!
We are excited to share that as of this morning, eFunds is once again available for meal service
payments! Thank you for your patience while we worked through this issue. We were very persistent and are the first school district to get back online!

A few reminders as we move back to eFunds:

  1. Low Meal Balance Payments will need to be enabled again if this is something you have used in the past
  2. Account balances will be uploaded to eFunds once per day at 4:00 AM.*** If a deposit is made using eFunds during the day, it will not reflect in eFunds until the next day***. However, those funds will be immediately available to your students, and you will see the correct balance reflected in Family Portal.
  3. You can access eFunds here. eFunds Family Portal is also still available for meal service payments if that is your preferred method and can be accessed here: Family Portal

Athletics
You can view the KH Winter Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if you are wearing Kenowa Hills Theme or black and gold. 9-12th graders must also have their current Student ID. PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paying adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Alpine Elementary News January 13

01/13/23

Note From The Principal

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and that the first two weeks of the new year have been filled with good health and happiness. Our first couple weeks back together as a school family have gone quite well. We have reconnected with one another, reminded students of our building procedures, welcomed a few new students and are back to our learning routines. The time between now and our next break is busy with students working to master new concepts and continuing to build upon their skills.

I want to remind all our parents that each student is expected to read at least 20 minutes a night at home (parents reading to their child also counts). Reading is key to success for all students and will help them be successful no matter the content area. If you have questions on how to best assist your child with their reading, please do not hesitate to contact your
child’s teacher or one of our school’s interventionists. Our staff is devoted to working as a team with all our parents.

As you know, Michigan weather is always changing. Please check to make sure that our district has the correct contact information on file so that you will continue to receive closure information throughout the winter. Please continue to stay informed by reading our building newsletter and all communication you receive from your child’s teacher as well. If you have questions or a specific need, please be sure to connect with your child’s teacher or our office for support.


Your partner in education,
Jason Snyder

PTO News
The next PTO meeting is Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 pm.

Northwestern Little League
Registration is now open for Spring 2023. Cost: $80 for T-ball, $80 for Coach Pitch, $95 for Minors I (Machine Pitch), $105 for Minors II, $105 for Majors, and $135 for Juniors. Multi-child discount is $15 off 2nd child and $25 off 3rd & 4th child. Early Bird Discount $20 off if registered by 1/6/23. Registration closes on 2/28/23. Register at NWLL.us.

Marne/Pioneer Baseball Spring Sign-ups
Boys and girls ages 4-15: T-ball, Machine Pitch, Minor League, Major League, and AAA. The signup deadline is February 28. Learn more, sign up, and pay online. 3 weeks of practice begin immediately after spring break followed by the season schedule.

CTC Games - In Partnership with GVSU's E-Sports Club
Play, make friends, and learn - for neurodiverse gamers aged 10-14. The program runs 10 am - 12 pm on January 28, March 25, and April 15 at GVSU Russel H. Kirkhof Center on Campus Drive in Allendale. $15 Participant Fee, register online.

Kenowa HIlls Ski & Snowboard Club at Cannonsburg
Enjoy discounts and punch card benefits for ages 7+ and parents. Purchase online at www.Cannonsburg.com, go to STORE, and then PASSES under PRODUCTS options and then select your punch card pass. Please enter Kenowa Hills Public Schools as your School Name and Jason Synder as your Club Sponsor. Questions can be directed to jsnyder@khps.org.

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Girls on the Run 2022-23
The GOTR season begins the week of February 27 and lasts until the Celebration 5k on May 20, 2023. Sign up to be a coach! No training is necessary! Learn more at https://www.gotrwm.org/

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

SCHOOL DAY
Our school day for the 2022-2023 school year begins at 8:37 and ends at 3:35.

STUDENT DROP-OFF DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER
If it is raining outside or we have extremely cold weather, student drop offs will be permitted into the building starting at 8:30. All student drop offs will be asked to enter through the main office doors and proceed to their individual classroom.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you would like to volunteer or attend a classroom event, please complete a background check. Background checks can be completed by bringing in a driver's license or state ID to any Kenowa Hills Secretary and completing a background form.

Alpine Elementary Nurse
Nurse Ashley, 616-784-0884 ext. 8293 or abeene@khps.org

Social Media

  • Please be sure to like our school's Facebook page at "Kenowa Hills Alpine Elementary". Follow daily/weekly happenings and celebrations. It is also another resource for school information.

  • Also, follow and like our Music FB page for Alpine and Zinser, "A to Z Music". -Ms Majchrzak

Central Elementary News January 13

01/13/23

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Knight Out - Athletic Booster Fundraiser

Marne/Pioneer Baseball Spring Sign-ups
Boys and girls ages 4-15: T-ball, Machine Pitch, Minor League, Major League, and AAA. The signup deadline is February 28. Learn more, sign up, and pay online. 3 weeks of practice begin immediately after spring break followed by the season schedule.

CTC Games - In Partnership with GVSU's E-Sports Club
Play, make friends, and learn - for neurodiverse gamers aged 10-14. The program runs 10 am - 12 pm on January 28, March 25, and April 15 at GVSU Russel H. Kirkhof Center on Campus Drive in Allendale. $15 Participant Fee, register online.

Girls on the Run 2022-23
The GOTR season begins the week of February 27 and lasts until the Celebration 5k on May 20, 2023. Sign up to be a coach! No training is necessary! Learn more at https://www.gotrwm.org/

Kenowa HIlls Ski & Snowboard Club at Cannonsburg
Enjoy discounts and punch card benefits for ages 7+ and parents. Purchase online at www.Cannonsburg.com, go to STORE, and then PASSES under PRODUCTS options and then select your punch card pass. Please enter Kenowa Hills Public Schools as your School Name and Jason Synder as your Club Sponsor. Questions can be directed to jsnyder@khps.org.

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

Notes from the Nurse
I am excited to help service your medical needs again for students and staff this year. Here are some reminders for the year:

  • If your student needs ANY medication at school, please make sure to fill out a Medication Form ahead of time. We need to have both a Physician's signature and the parent's signature BEFORE the nurse can administer any medication. We always suggest playing it safe and sending medication ahead of time in case we need it. This includes medications such as cold/cough, pain (ex. Tylenol or Ibuprofen,) or any inhalers that may be needed if the student uses them during times of illness. We will return them at the end of the school year if there are any remaining.
  • We can provide free rapid tests for COVID, Influenza A & B, and Strep A for all students and staff. Please call the nurse's office and let me know if you think you need to utilize this service, and we will walk you through the steps. As always, please feel free to reach out to the nurse whenever you have any questions or concerns for your student. We are here to help! (616) 453-6351 ext. 6342
  • There are several illnesses on the rise recently, so it is important that we all work together on getting good rest, covering our coughs and sneezes, and hand-washing with soap and water!
  • Another great reminder is to hydrate! Make sure your student is bringing a water bottle to school every day. Hydration is so important for our entire body and the easiest access is when our students have their bottles right there in class!
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to the Nurse directly (ext. 6342).

KHHS News January 13

01/13/23

Semester 1 Grades
Grades will be stored on Tuesday, January 17th. Final Semester 1 grades will be available on Friday, January 20th in PowerSchool. Once PowerSchool is updated, an email will be sent out informing parents and students that grades are available. You will be able to view grades in PowerSchool through your parent portal. If you would like a paper copy of the report card sent, please contact us in the Main Office.

Sweetheart's Swirl Spirit Week
Monday 1/30 - Comfy Day
Tuesday 1/31 - Anything but a Backpack Day
Wednesday 2/1 - Wear Pink
Thursday 2/2 - Teacher-student swap
Friday 2/3 - Black & Gold Day

Sweetheart's Swirl 2023 (9th-12th graders)
Swirl will be held on February 4 at the high school, from 7 - 10 pm. Tickets are $10 January 26-27, $12 January 30-Feb. 1, and $15 on February 2. Tickets will not be sold after February 2nd.

We wanted to get this information out so students can correct anything that would prohibit them from attending this year's Swirl. This information will be sent to students on Monday 01/09/23. If any of the following has or is occurring, students would not be able to attend:

  • Students are currently failing two (2) or more classes in the current semester.
  • Students have eleven (11) or more absences in any individual class for the current semester. *“Medical” and/or “Covid” related absences do not count towards those 11. “Excused”, “Unexcused” and “Vacation” all count towards the 11 allowable absences.
  • Students have been suspended from school during the 2022-2023 school year for drug/alcohol/tobacco-related offenses.

Prom will be held on April 21, 2023 (11th & 12th graders)

Annual Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Game
Entry is free! February 11, 2023 | Kenowa Hills High School
Local Law enforcement vs Kenowa Hills Teachers game begins at 5:00 PM, KCSO vs GRPD begins at 6:30 PM. Proceeds benefit GRPD Dispatcher Amanda Shields and KCSO Sgt. Tim Erhardt's daughter, Rhiannon, who are both battling breast cancer. There will be raffle items, a Wing Eating Contest, food by Saladino Smoke, and meet GRPD & KCSO K9s!

Kindergarten Orientation 2023 | Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Since Kindergarten and K-Knight Teachers host this important event, there will be no school for your Zinser Kindergartener or K-Knight student on Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

KCTC Open House
Current 10th and 11th graders, discover what the Tech Center has to offer! Visit the open house on February 7 & 8, from 5 - 7 PM, or learn more online. Don't wait - programs fill quickly!

FASFA
Seniors -Still need to fill out your FAFSA? GRCC and KHHS Student Services team are holding a FAFSA workshop on February 28, 2023 from 4 - 7:30 pm during the parent/teacher conferences. Also, Seniors who have applied to college(s)and completed FAFSA, you will begin receiving financial aid award letters soon. These can be difficult to understand.

Award Letter Presentation
On March 2, 2023, GVSU will be hosting an award letter presentation at 5 pm during parent/teacher conferences. After the presentation financial aid officers from GVSU, along with the KHHS Student Services Team, will be happy to go over any award letters you bring and explain them in detail. Please join us for both of these important events!

Rotary District Life Leadership Conference
Juniors: Plans are underway for the 74th annual Rotary District 6290 Life Leadership Conference to be held at Ferris State University, June 14-17. Please watch the following YouTube video for more information. And visit: https://www.ridistrict6290.org/page/lifeleadership

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Knight Out Raffle
The Kenowa Hills Athletic Boosters is holding their annual "Knight Out Raffle” which is the boosters main fundraising event of the year. The booster program is very supportive of all of our sports and have donated money to help all of our athletes over the years. In addition to making a large donation toward the new weight room (coming soon,) they have also made individual contributions to teams for equipment, uniforms, training table, weight room bars, football headsets, bowling lane fees, golf bags, practice gear and much more.

Emma - Spring Musical - March 23 - 25, 2023 at 7:00 PM
Emma, a senior at Highbury Prep, is certain she knows what’s best for her classmates’ love lives, and is determined to find the perfect boyfriend for shy sophomore Harriet by the end of the school year. But will Emma’s relentless matchmaking get in the way of finding her own happiness? Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, this sparkling new musical features the hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. Girl power has never sounded so good!
Tickets are on sale now.

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

Attendance
Please call ahead if your student/s need to leave early. We need to limit interruptions in the classroom. Please call in the office morning and leave a message if needed, so a pass can be written. The Office must release students from class.

Efunds is BACK!
We are excited to share that as of this morning, eFunds is once again available for meal service
payments! Thank you for your patience while we worked through this issue. We were very persistent and are the first school district to get back online!

A few reminders as we move back to eFunds:

  1. Low Meal Balance Payments will need to be enabled again if this is something you have used in the past
  2. Account balances will be uploaded to eFunds once per day at 4:00 AM.*** If a deposit is made using eFunds during the day, it will not reflect in eFunds until the next day***. However, those funds will be immediately available to your students, and you will see the correct balance reflected in Family Portal.
  3. You can access eFunds here. eFunds Family Portal is also still available for meal service payments if that is your preferred method and can be accessed here: Family Portal

Athletics
You can view the KH Winter Athletic Schedules at kenowahillsathletics.com. Ticket prices are listed below for all home events. Cash and check only. We are not able to accept Venmo or Credit/Debit.

  • Adults $5
  • Students $3

KH students get into home athletic events for free if you are wearing Kenowa Hills Theme or black and gold. 9-12th graders must also have their current Student ID. PreK-8th grade students must be accompanied by a paying adult who accepts responsibility for supervising their child(ren) during the contest.

Zinser Elementary News January 13

01/13/23

January is Mental Health Awareness Month at Kenowa Hills.
Zinser is focusing on mental health awareness by painting Kenowa Green for the month of January! This week’s focus was “What is Mental Health?” Ask your student what mental health means to them. Zinser will have a “Wear Green” day every Friday in January for Mental Health Awareness!

Be a Knight that Knows Nutrition
From now until the end of the school year Nurse Courtney will be handing out points when she catches students making healthy food choices at breakfast, snack, or lunch! Students can use these points to earn prizes! See the flyer below for more information or email Nurse Courtney at cellens@khps.org.

Annual Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball Game
Entry is free! February 11, 2023 | Kenowa Hills High School
Local Law enforcement vs Kenowa Hills Teachers game begins at 5:00 PM, KCSO vs GRPD begins at 6:30 PM. Proceeds benefit GRPD Dispatcher Amanda Shields and KCSO Sgt. Tim Erhardt's daughter, Rhiannon, who are both battling breast cancer. There will be raffle items, a Wing Eating Contest, food by Saladino Smoke, and meet GRPD & KCSO K9s!

Marne/Pioneer Baseball Spring Sign-ups
Boys and girls ages 4-15: T-ball, Machine Pitch, Minor League, Major League, and AAA. The signup deadline is February 28. Learn more, sign up, and pay online. 3 weeks of practice begin immediately after spring break followed by the season schedule.

CTC Games - In Partnership with GVSU's E-Sports Club
Play, make friends, and learn - for neurodiverse gamers aged 10-14. The program runs 10 am - 12 pm on January 28, March 25, and April 15 at GVSU Russel H. Kirkhof Center on Campus Drive in Allendale. $15 Participant Fee, register online.

Northwestern Little League
Registration is now open for Spring 2023. Cost: $80 for T-ball, $80 for Coach Pitch, $95 for Minors I (Machine Pitch), $105 for Minors II, $105 for Majors, and $135 for Juniors. Multi-child discount is $15 off 2nd child and $25 off 3rd & 4th child. Early Bird Discount $20 off if registered by 1/6/23. Registration closes on 2/28/23. Register at NWLL.us.

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Kenowa HIlls Ski & Snowboard Club at Cannonsburg
Enjoy discounts and punch card benefits for ages 7+ and parents. Purchase online at www.Cannonsburg.com, go to STORE, and then PASSES under PRODUCTS options and then select your punch card pass. Please enter Kenowa Hills Public Schools as your School Name and Jason Synder as your Club Sponsor. Questions can be directed to jsnyder@khps.org.

Girls on the Run 2022-23
The GOTR season begins the week of February 27 and lasts until the Celebration 5k on May 20, 2023. Sign up to be a coach! No training is necessary! Learn more at https://www.gotrwm.org/

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

Attendance/Drop Off - Pick Up
Our start time is 8:35 am. We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving after 8:45 without an excused call/absence will be marked tardy. Any students arriving after 9:05 without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the morning session. Please call the attendance line at 616-453-2461 to communicate your students’ absence, early leave time, or late arrivals as well. STRIVE FOR FIVE!!!

Parking Lot Notes:
Please consider utilizing our bus transportation option to avoid the busy parent pick-up lot.

  • Always look to pull up where and when possible to help with the flow. Tell your child to look for the correct car and be ready. If your child is late to the sign and you pulled up past it, you can circle around the lot and keep your car moving.
  • Thank you for those turning right only. We know it’s an inconvenience for some but we believe it will help speed up the line and be safer in the long run (we've had a couple of accidents at that intersection).
  • Drop-off starts at 8:30; If you are in the lot before 8:30, you may drop your child off a few minutes early to get the traffic flowing, but the child will be standing by the grade sign until the 8:30 bell. All 1st-5th grade students can enter at the bell in the designated door.
  • We do have two lanes in the parking lot. Please only use the right lane for drop-off and pick-up, the inside lane is a pass-by lane only. Please pass by with caution. It is very dangerous to let students out in that lane.

Drop-Off Expectations:

  • Drop-off starts at 8:30 with the day officially starting at 8:35.
  • Kindergarten (including K-Knights) families please park and walk to the flagpole to have your child line up with the class at the 8:30 bell. The teacher will come out and greet the students and enter the building together.
  • Staggered entrances will be used once again. Grade-level signs will be put outside by the designated door. After the first week, students will walk in the correct door at 8:30 or later and head directly to the classroom.

Dismissal Expectations:

  • The school day ends at 3:37 pm.
  • Kindergarten (and K-Knights) and early pick-ups start at 3:30 pm.
  • Kindergarten parents please park and walk to meet the class and get the child by the flagpole for a more intimate and safe pick-up.We will designate consistent early pick-up families once again. Please contact our office if you can consistently be in the parking lot early for an early pick-up at 3:30 pm. 1st-5th grade families will use the car line in the parent parking lot for pick-up. Your child will stand at the correct grade level sign and enter the car when it’s at the sign or close to the nearest pull-up spot. You may need to pull up past the grade sign to help with the flow.

News from our Nurse
If your student or a household member has Covid-19 please notify Nurse Courtney. You will not be contacted by the Health Department but these cases must be reported and monitored within the school. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! Please reach out to Nurse Courtney at cellens@khps.org if you have any questions

Background checks
Background checks must be completed annually by anyone volunteering at least 3 days prior to volunteering! Forms can be completed in the school office or at the administration office. A photo ID will be required.

Birthday
Individual treats or “gifts” are not encouraged again this school year. Instead, we are encouraging you to donate a book to your child’s classroom in honor of them and their birthday. You are welcome to personalize the book or we can do it for you.

You can have your child visit the office or Mr. Willick for a birthday pencil!

We do not want birthday invitations to be passed out to students during the school day. A student may pass out invitations if everyone in the class will receive one, or a parent can discreetly give some invitations to the teacher, who can place them in backpacks.

Feeding Walker Kids

Central Elementary News January 6

01/06/23

Our KH Athletic Boosters Need Your Help!
Click here to sign up for Winter Sports Concessions. It’s fun, it’s easy, and most importantly, you can play a role in helping our Boosters support student-athletes.

Girls on the Run 2022-23
The GOTR season begins the week of February 27 and lasts until the Celebration 5k on May 20, 2023. Sign up to be a coach! No training is necessary! Learn more at https://www.gotrwm.org/

Kenowa HIlls Ski & Snowboard Club at Cannonsburg
Enjoy discounts and punch card benefits for ages 7+ and parents. Purchase online at www.Cannonsburg.com, go to STORE, and then PASSES under PRODUCTS options and then select your punch card pass. Please enter Kenowa Hills Public Schools as your School Name and Jason Synder as your Club Sponsor. Questions can be directed to jsnyder@khps.org.

Additional Flyers and Information:

KH Youth Lacrosse - Register by February 28

Northwestern Little League - Register by February 28

Baton Twirling Classes - Begins February 7

Girl Scouts - January 12

Kids & Family Expo - January 28

OLDER NEWS

Notes from the Nurse
I am excited to help service your medical needs again for students and staff this year. Here are some reminders for the year:

  • If your student needs ANY medication at school, please make sure to fill out a Medication Form ahead of time. We need to have both a Physician's signature and the parent's signature BEFORE the nurse can administer any medication. We always suggest playing it safe and sending medication ahead of time in case we need it. This includes medications such as cold/cough, pain (ex. Tylenol or Ibuprofen,) or any inhalers that may be needed if the student uses them during times of illness. We will return them at the end of the school year if there are any remaining.
  • We can provide free rapid tests for COVID, Influenza A & B, and Strep A for all students and staff. Please call the nurse's office and let me know if you think you need to utilize this service, and we will walk you through the steps. As always, please feel free to reach out to the nurse whenever you have any questions or concerns for your student. We are here to help! (616) 453-6351 ext. 6342
  • There are several illnesses on the rise recently, so it is important that we all work together on getting good rest, covering our coughs and sneezes, and hand-washing with soap and water!
  • Another great reminder is to hydrate! Make sure your student is bringing a water bottle to school every day. Hydration is so important for our entire body and the easiest access is when our students have their bottles right there in class!
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to the Nurse directly (ext. 6342).

Alpine Elementary News December 16

12/16/22

Note From The Principal

Dear Parents,

The holiday break is almost here! I love this time of year as it reminds us all of the importance of showing care and appreciation for others, demonstrating forgiveness and being generous. It is that time of the year when the closeness of friendship shines in our students` faces. I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and I hope the break with your children provides many new memories, moments of joy and opportunities to celebrate as a family. I wish everyone safe travels for those visiting family near and far and look forward to hearing about the good times had by our students upon their return.

I would also like to take a moment to once again thank our staff, students and parents for their continued support. I feel fortunate to have such a wonderful school community to serve. The new-year will bring new learning experiences, new challenges and new fun. I look forward to what lies ahead for us as in 2023! Please continue to stay informed by reading our building newsletter and all communication you receive from your child’s teacher. If you have questions or a specific need, please be sure to connect with your child’s teacher or our office for support.
Your partner in education,
Jason Snyder

Northwestern Little League
Registration is now open for Spring 2023. Cost: $80 for T-ball, $80 for Coach Pitch, $95 for Minors I (Machine Pitch), $105 for Minors II, $105 for Majors, and $135 for Juniors. Multi-child discount is $15 off 2nd child and $25 off 3rd & 4th child. Early Bird Discount $20 off if registered by 1/6/23. Registration closes on 2/28/23. Register at NWLL.us.

Kenowa Hill K-5 Dance Clinic
Saturday, January 7 from 2-4:30 pm in the KHHS Main Gym. Students will perform at the Varsity Boys Basketball game on Tuesday, January 10! Registration is $30 and students receive a free t-shirt. Register here by January 2.

Kenowa HIlls Ski & Snowboard Club at Cannonsburg
Enjoy discounts and punch card benefits for ages 7+ and parents. Purchase online at www.Cannonsburg.com, go to STORE, and then PASSES under PRODUCTS options and then select your punch card pass. Please enter Kenowa Hills Public Schools as your School Name and Jason Synder as your Club Sponsor. Questions can be directed to jsnyder@khps.org.

OLDER NEWS

SCHOOL DAY
Our school day for the 2022-2023 school year begins at 8:37 and ends at 3:35.

STUDENT DROP-OFF DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER
If it is raining outside or we have extremely cold weather, student drop offs will be permitted into the building starting at 8:30. All student drop offs will be asked to enter through the main office doors and proceed to their individual classroom.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you would like to volunteer or attend a classroom event, please complete a background check. Background checks can be completed by bringing in a driver's license or state ID to any Kenowa Hills Secretary and completing a background form.

Alpine Elementary Nurse
Nurse Ashley, 616-784-0884 ext. 8293 or abeene@khps.org

Social Media

  • Please be sure to like our school's Facebook page at "Kenowa Hills Alpine Elementary". Follow daily/weekly happenings and celebrations. It is also another resource for school information.

  • Also, follow and like our Music FB page for Alpine and Zinser, "A to Z Music". -Ms Majchrzak

KHMS News September 9

09/09/22

Attendance/Drop Off-Pick Up:
Our start time is 7:45am!
We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving 10 minutes after class starts without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the class (not a tardy.) Please call the absence line 616-785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. Strive for Five!

Attendance Letter

Lunch Funds
Efunds will no longer be of use to fund lunches. Please use the following link to submit money for your student's breakfast/lunch account. Family Portal

NWEA Testing

We are the state-mandated NWEA testing coming up in mid-September. It is imperative that your students are present and on time on these testing days! More information to follow, keep a lookout.

NWEA Testing Parent Letter
Math: Week of September 12th
ELA: Week of September 16th

Miscellaneous Information:
Fall 2022 Map
Due to the construction, certain areas and hallways will not be available for students to access.
Regular Daily Schedule
We are back to 6 periods with Connect class as our daily schedule!
Meal Benefit Application

Meal benefit applications must be submitted each year to qualify.

Athletics:
For the 2022-23 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2022, or after.

Community Knight Out Friday, September 16, 2022 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm! The biggest fall event in your community is back & bolder than ever! This enjoyable event takes place before our home football game against GR Catholic Central.

Everyone is welcome! Community Knight Out is a free event that features games, inflatable courses, prizes, food, & much more! The first 500 kids receive a free giveaway item and an ice cream treat from Bumblebee Ice Cream. The Atheltic Boosters are offering a $4 meal deal which includes a hot dog, chips, & a drink. You can also purchase football game tickets at the box office: $3 for children. $5 for adults. *Students in KH Gear get in FREE (KK-8th grade free with paid adult).

Life Skills with Mrs. White
Students in Mrs. White’s life skills are learning how to make a healthy breakfast on a budget to start their morning. They researched reasons why breakfast is an important meal of the day. Some of the reasons were an increase in energy, improved academic performance, as well as making wiser eating choices throughout the day.

Boy Scouts Flier

New Staff this Year - Introductions Continued:

Mr. Russell- Math
Central Michigan University- Mr. Russell has had an interesting stint with the Orlando Magic before joining our team! He worked with players and coaches on tracking sleep, testosterone, and brain wave activity. Their resources helped them manage the stress of the season to keep their brains and bodies as healthy as possible.
Mr. Lancaster- ELA

GVSU- Mr. Lancaster will be a great addition to our amazing ELA department. He will be spending his time here and at the high school.
Mr. Ganzevoort
- Social Studies
GVSU- Mr. G is no stranger to our building and we are so excited to have him full time this year!

KHMS News September 1

09/01/22

Attendance/Drop Off-Pick Up:
Our start time is 7:45am!
We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving 10 minutes after class starts without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the class (not a tardy.) Please call the absence line 616-785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. Strive for Five!

Attendance Letter

Canvas
On Wednesday, September 7th parents will receive a pairing code for Canvas. You have 7 days to activate that code. If that date is missed you will have to email your student's Connect teachers.

NWEA Testing

We are the state-mandated NWEA testing coming up in mid-September. It is imperative that your students are present and on time on these testing days! More information to follow, keep a lookout.

NWEA Testing Parent Letter
Math: Week of September 6th
ELA: Week of September 16th

Miscellaneous Information:
Fall 2022 Map
Due to the construction, certain areas and hallways will not be available for students to access.
Regular Daily Schedule
We are back to 6 periods with Connect class as our daily schedule!
Meal Benefit Application

Meal benefit applications must be submitted each year to qualify.

Athletics:
For the 2022-23 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2022 or after.

Community Happenings:
Kenowa Hills High School is hosting Gus Macker September 10-11!! Team Fee $160 Parking $5 Daily/RVs $10 Daily Deadlines: Mail-In Aug. 19/Online Aug. 22 Click here for more info: Gus Macker Grand Rapids

Community Knight Out Friday, September 16, 2022 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm! The biggest fall event in your community is back & bolder than ever! This enjoyable event takes place before our home football game against GR Catholic Central.

KHMS News August 25

08/25/22

Attendance/Drop Off-Pick Up:
Our start time is 7:45am!
We need your help getting students here on time! Any students arriving 10 minutes after class starts without an excused call/absence will be marked unexcused for the class (not a tardy.) Please call the absence line 616-785-3225 or email, msattendance@khps.org. Strive for Five!

Miscellaneous Information:
Fall 2022 Map
Due to the construction, certain areas and hallways will not be available for students to access.
Regular Daily Schedule
We are back to 6 periods with Connect class as our daily schedule!
Meal Benefit Application

Meal benefit applications must be submitted each year to qualify.

Athletics:

Co-ed Cross Country, 6th/7th/8th Grades
There is still time to join this great program! Contact information: Ryan Levitt rlevitt@khps.org. Cross Country Apparel Store.

For the 2022-23 school year, a sports physical will need to be on file for your student to participate in school sports!! The physical must have a date of April 15, 2022 or after.

Community Happenings:
Kenowa Hills High School is hosting Gus Macker September 10-11!! Team Fee $160 Parking $5 Daily/RVs $10 Daily Deadlines: Mail-In Aug. 19/Online Aug. 22 Click here for more info: Gus Macker Grand Rapids

Community Knight Out Friday, September 16, 2022 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm! The biggest fall event in your community is back & bolder than ever! This enjoyable event takes place before our home football game against GR Catholic Central.

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