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* Join Us at McDonald’s on Wednesday

The PTA’s first restaurant night of the year is here.  Join us on Wednesday, September 13th, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Encino McDonald’s located at 15700 Ventura Boulevard, Encino (Ventura and Haskell).  Take the night off from cooking and make dinner plans with friends as our community comes together with some help from Encino McDonald’s. which will donate 20% of all purchases during this time period back to the PTA to help us pay for field trip buses. Don’t have time to come in and sit down for dinner?  That’s okay too as drive-thru purchases are included.  Thank you Encino McDonald’s.  We hope to see you there.

* Magnet Workshop on Thursday

Interested in the Magnet Program?  Have questions about how to apply or what the criteria for verification of gifted/high ability students is?  Join Kester’s Magnet Coordinator, Nancy Jacobs, on Thursday, September 14th at 8:15 a.m. in the Auditorium as she takes you through LAUSD’s magnet process, including the different magnet programs, how the application process works, new rules and regulations for all students applying to magnet programs and what a gifted magnet is.  Light refreshments will be served.

* Donate to the Annual Support Drive

The PTA’s Annual Support and Membership Drive is in full swing and we need your support.  This year, more than ever, we need to reach our fundraising goals to keep the amazing enrichment we have for all Kester kids.  Did you know that the PTA pays for Kester’s new full-time computer lab teacher, PE for all students, field trip buses for all students, full-time nurse’s aide, science lab TA, additional aides for Kester as well as other projects and activities.  We cannot continue to fund all of these items without your support.  This year, the suggested amount is just $360 per family that can be paid over six months.  Please help us reach our goal of 100% family participation and $100,000.  Follow the link on this page to donate online.

* Fill Out Those Meal Applications

Kester is asking all of its families to take the time to fill out a meal application.  Meal applications should be filled out for each Kester student, regardless of whether you want to accept the school-provided meal or not, as Kester’s ability to receive Title I funds to pay for key staff positions is directly tied into the whether it has the minimum percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced meals. It is crucial that everyone fill out a meal application to ensure that we continue to receive critical Title I funding. Last year, Kester’s percentage of qualifying students was 52%, resulting in the school receiving $220,000 in important federal funds.  These funds are critical to Kester’s continued success.  To complete the application online, simply click here.

* 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. This program brings in thousands of dollars each year for PTA enrichment programs—the more families sign up, the better we do! Family and friends are also welcome to sign up to support Kester! Flyers will go home in Backpack Thursday this week with instructions on how to register online or over the phone, or you can download a copy to get started now by clicking here. Instructions on how to sign up online can also be found at: https://www.ralphs.com/topic/community-contribution-2. IMPORTANT FOR RETURNING KESTER FAMILIES: The Community Contributions program resets annually on September 1st, so you must re-register to continue supporting Kester. Thank you!