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WHAT’S HAPPENING AT KESTER

 

* Walk to School Day is October 5th

On Wednesday, October 5th, Kester Elementary is participating in the LA Walk to School Day. This year the KesterPOPS are organizing groups from the various area neighborhoods. We hope that you and your family will be participating to help make Walk to School Day fun and successful. If you want information on how to join Walk to School, please e-mail  Jesse Smith at Kesterpops@gmail.com.

* Fall Beautification Day is October 8th

October 8th is Fall Beautification Day! It’s an opportunity for the parents and students of Kester Elementary to gather and help spruce up the campus and assist teachers with classroom requests. The event is open to all family members including children.  Many of the projects are parent/child friendly and we encourage children to engage in the projects and take ownership of their school. If you have questions about Fall Beautification Day, please e-mail  Jesse Smith at Kesterpops@gmail.com.

* Kester Needs Your Meal Applications

Did you receive a meal application from LAUSD? It is very important that all families return the meal application (even if you think you won’t qualify or don’t intend to purchase school lunch!), as this is how our school is evaluated for Title I funding. If you prefer to apply online, click this link for the online meal application. Paper applications were mailed to families of returning students over the summer and will be sent home to families of kinder students in their folders. If you already filled out an application through the mail or online, DO NOT fill out the application again. (Duplicate applications will slow down the process). Receiving these applications is extremely important because it directly affects the amount of Title I funding that Kester receives. This year, Kester received $90,000 less than the previous school year because the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced meals fell below 50%.  This year, if we do not reach 50% of qualifying families, Kester will not receive any Title I funds.  The information provided on the form is 100% confidential and will not be shared.  Please, please fill out the meal application.  It is extremely important that Kester continue to receive Title I funds.

* Donate Your Car for Trunk or Treat

On Saturday, October 29th, the PTA will host Kester’s Second Annual Trunk or Treat, followed by Fall Movie Night.  Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success with over 400 students participating in our event.  This year, the PTA is hoping to have 20 cars, decorated in the most creative themes.  Admission to Trunk or Treat is free.  We simply ask that every child bring at least one canned or boxed food item (no frozen foods or items that require refrigeration) for our Thanksgiving Food Drive.  If you want to learn more or want to donate your car and decorate it, please email Nikki Fong at nfong855@gmail.com.

* Annual Support and Membership Drive Continues

The PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year is underway and has been extended one final time to September 26th.  We are currently at 60% participation and need your support.  This year, we want 100% of our families to participate.  We had record participation last year, with just over 65% of families participating, raising over %70,000 to help fund PTA enrichment programs such as P.E., dance and music, mathemagics and help us provide Kester students with field trip buses, a full-time nurse’s aide, Lexia software license and a science lab T.A. These enrichment activities and positions can only continue with your support. Please take the time to review the Annual Support and Membership Drive letter and make a donation that will directly impact your child’s education at Kester.  You can also donate online by clicking on the link on this page.

* Sign Up For Ralph’s Rewards Today

Want a free and easy way to support Kester? If you shop at Ralphs and have a Ralphs Rewards Card, your grocery purchases can support Kester at no cost to you! Register your Ralphs Rewards card to support the Kester PTA through the Community Contributions program, and a percentage of every purchase you make at Ralphs goes to benefit our students. Our participation brought in over $8,000 last year for PTA enrichment programs—the more families sign up, the better we do! Flyers went home in Backpack Thursday on September 1 with instructions on how to register online or over the phone. Instructions on how to sign up online can also be found at: https://www.ralphs.com/topic/community-contribution-2If you can’t find your flyer, pick up another copy in the main office or download a copy by clicking here. Returning Kester families: The Community Contributions program resets annually, so you must re-register to continue supporting Kester. Thank you!

* After School Treats Available Now

Support the PTA while getting something tasty to eat.  After school treats are available for sale, beginning on Tuesday with Kona Ice.  The PTA will also be offering pizza on Wednesday and ice cream on Friday, after school outside the auditorium.  Thank you for your support.