Welcome to the homepage for Kester Avenue/Kester Magnet, a California Distinguished School! This web site is run by the Kester PTA, which is proud to support our school. If you have questions for the school administration, please visit this page for contact information.

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Congratulations! Kester has been named a 2014 California Distinguished School!

WELCOME BACK!!

We hope everyone had a great first week of school and that everyone is looking forward to the school year and PTA activities. We have a number of fun events planned for this year, and we look forward to seeing everyone.

PLEASE TURN IN THOSE 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.

ANNUAL SUPPORT AND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE BEGINS THIS WEEK!!

The PTA’s biggest fundraiser of the year begins this week with our Annual Support and Membership Drive. This year, we want 100% of our families to participate.  We had record participation last year, with just over 65% of families participating, raising well over $65,000 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. Our Annual Support and Membership Drive letter will go home this week on Wednesday.  Please take the time to review the 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.

AFTER SCHOOL TREATS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

Support the PTA while getting something tasty to eat.  After school treats are available for sale this week, 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.

JOIN US FOR OUR FIRST PTA MEETING OF THE YEAR

Save the date for our first PTA meeting of the year, on Tuesday, August 30th at 8:15 a.m. in the Library and 6:00 p.m. in the Staff Lounge, located inside the Auditorium.  If you are new to Kester, this is your opportunity to find out what Kester Avenue PTA is all about and how we work with Kester administration and teachers to improve the educational experience for all of Kester’s students, in both the home school and magnet school.  Learn about how you can get involved and find out where your donations are going.  We hope to see you there.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT IS SEPTEMBER 1st

Save the date for Back to School Night on September 1st, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Join us for teacher introductions in the quad at 5:30 p.m. before you head to your child’s classroom.  Remember that this is a parent only event.  This year, the PTA has partnered with KMA Black Belt Champions, located at 5524 Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Oaks (corner of Burbank and Van Nuys) to hold a Kester Super Fun Night.  Parents can drop off their child at 5:00 p.m. with pick up no later than 8:00 p.m. for a fee of $30.  Siblings receive a $5 discount (per sibling).  KMA Black Belt Champions will donate 100% of this fee to the PTA- a win-win for all.  To RSVP for Kester Super Fun Night, click on this link.