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Volunteer Recognition
  • Thank you Open House volunteers!

    Thank you to the following parents who volunteered during our Open House on October 26!
    Erin Bihr
    Dawn Brandt
    Kate Metzger
    Tricia Moyer
    Sarah Pitlyk
    Karen Upwood

    — November 2, 2017
  • Thank you to our Grandparents Day volunteers!

    Thank you to the following volunteers who helped to make Grandparents Day a big success:
    Lyndsay Roy (chairperson)
    Cindy Heindenry
    Karen Ruggeri
    Cindy Ulmenstine-Fitzgerald
    Rana Awi
    Denise Brooks
    Sarah Pitlyk
    David Custis
    Sri Chinta
    Erin Bihr
    Susan Pelizzaro
    Kris Krammerer
    Chris Deaton
    Tricia Moyer
    Molly Koebbe
    Dawn Brandt
    Janelle Johnson
    Alicia Jessmon
    Thi Miller
    Kate Metzger
    Darcy Reed
    Amy Neely
    Michael Roy
    Jenifer Garcia
    KCJA custodial staff
    — September 25, 2017
  • Thank you, Girls on the Run Volunteers

    A big thanks goes out to our Girls on the Run Coaches and Volunteers: Trisha Moyer, Tina Meyer, Cindy Heidenry, Emma Mueller, Amy Breuer, Amanda Miller, Dave Custis, Chuck Harper, Jesse Davidson, Stephanie Gottron, and Jessia Schenk!

    — May 11, 2017
  • Thank you to our Let Me Run Volunteers

    Thank you to our Let Me Run coaches, David Custis and Cari Wohlrabe, and to volunteers Peter Egan and Patty Estrada for volunteering their time and energy to guide our boys in grades 3-5 through a 5k training program and weekly lessons.

    — May 11, 2017
  • Thank you, Yearbook Committee

    Thank you to Myra Belgeri, Jyl Brady, Kori Zide, Cindy Heidenry, Spring Galey, and Jessica Shatto for their efforts to produce the yearbook. These women manage all aspects of the yearbook, from ad sales to layout and design. Many thanks for your hard work!

    — March 6, 2017
  • Thank you, Myra Belgeri and Jessica Shatto, for managing our Box Tops for Education fundraiser

    The PTO is grateful to Myra Belgeri and Jessica Shatto for leading our label fundraising programs. Myra managed the program for several years, and she has passed the torch to Jessica Shatto. Since our enrollment in the Box Tops for Education program, we have earned over $13,500. Recently, we used Box Tops funds to partner with Dr. LeFlore in purchasing Lego WeDo robotics kits for our students. Keep an eye on the bulletin board by the school office to see which classrooms are winning the Box Tops and Tyson Project A+ competitions, and keep clipping those labels (carefully).

    — February 3, 2017
  • Thank you to our Movie Night volunteers

    Thank you to the adults who volunteered to make Movie Night a success, bats and all:
    Tony Barbata
    Lina Galinurova
    Amelia Garcia
    Ivan Garcia
    Jenifer Garcia
    Johnny Garcia
    Laura Leyes-Woods
    Chunzi Peng
    Michael Roy
    Laura Scally

    — January 24, 2017
  • We are grateful for our new outdoor learning garden

    We are grateful to Ms. Nelson and Ms. Spitznagel, and to Margaret Grant and the UMSL Extension for their efforts to secure a grant for a new outdoor learning garden. Thank you also to the community, family, and student volunteers who helped to plant the garden on November 19 near the kindergarten classrooms.

    — December 12, 2016
  • Actors from the Metro Theater Company perform "The New Kid" at Kennard CJA on December 1, 2016.

    Thank you, Diversity Committee and Diversity Night volunteers!

    Thank you to our school Diversity Committee for organizing last week’s Diversity Night. The evening was the result of a great deal of work by the committee members: Reena Hajat Carroll, Andrea Barbara, LaTonya Barnes, Blythe Burkhardt, Nicole Colbert Botchway, Maggi Carfield, and Kara Graziano O’Leary. Thank you also to the parents who helped before, during, and after the event.


    — December 8, 2016
  • Thank you, Ms. Silver-Betts for bringing musical programs to Kennard

    Our musical teacher, Annette Silver-Betts has coordinated several recent musical performances for our students. Jazz St. Louis and Opera Theater St. Louis brought programs to our school, and Ms. Silver-Betts arranged field trips for students to see performances at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Thank you also to Jazz St. Louis, Opera Theater St. Louis, and Kaye Harrelson, SLPS Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist, for providing these outstanding programs for our students.

    Last year Ms. Silver-Betts was named the SLPS Elementary Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and was featured in this video that celebrates her work.

    Jazz St. Louis

    As a part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz for Young People: The Resilient Cities Tour, Jazz St. Louis will provide three performances for 4th and 5th graders at Kennard during the 2016-2017 school year:
    “Jazz and Democracy”
    “Jazz and the Great Migration”
    “Jazz and the Civil Rights Era”

    Each performance comes with a curriculum guide and preparatory lessons. The same musicians will visit Kennard for each of the three performances. The group will be made up of local musicians led by a musician sent from Jazz at Lincoln Center. The 1st concert is scheduled for November 14, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. Special thanks to Andy Ament, Education Manager, Jazz St. Louis; Kaye Harrelson, SLPS Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist; and Annette Silver-Betts, Music Teacher.

    Opera Theater St. Louis

    Opera Theater St. Louis performed Pirates of Penzance-Opera on the Go for students in grades 2-5 on October 26 in Kennard’s gym. This interactive performance was tailored for young people with sound sensitivities. Students participated in fun and engaging workshops on Movement and Stage Make-Up, both with audience participation. The event ended with an abbreviated performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera “The Pirates of Penzance.”


    — November 8, 2016