Kenmore Elementary Paw Prints - April, 2024

Kenmore Elementary Paw Prints - April, 2024


  • Principal's Message
  • Important Dates
  • 1st Grade Barnyard Moosical!
  • SBA Testing
  • 2024-2025 Family Input Form
  • Kindergarten Enrollment
  • 5th Grade Pictures
  • Thank You!
  • Early Childhood Education


Dear KE Families,

Happy April wishes to you! It’s a meaty newsletter with loads of information about the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), our upcoming school year and events, enjoy with your favorite latte.

Upcoming SBA

Next month, our students in grades 3-5 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA). The month will begin with 5th graders taking the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)(May 7 & 8). This assessment is taken in grades 5, 8 and 11. Following the WCAS, we will be administering the SBA in reading and math (May 14-22). The links below will provide more information along with a sample test.

At-a-glance SBA Testing Schedule:

May 7th & 8th - 5th grade Science (Make-up May 9th)
May 14th, 15th & 16th - ELA (Make-up May 17th)
May 21st, 22nd - Math (Make up May 23rd)
May 28th, 29th, 30th - Additional Make-up days, if needed

Please prepare your Cubs by having a good night's rest and a light breakfast. Let them know that this does not determine whether they move to the next grade but helps us (teachers and staff) know if we are on the right trajectory as a school. Remind them to take it seriously and do their very best. Patience and stamina is key!

Staff and teachers supporting these assessments have been trained to adhere to strict protocols. We ask you to partner with us in reminding your 3rd-5th graders to keep their electronic devices at home or stored away in their backpacks.

Planning for the 2024-25 school year has begun. There will be changes in staffing and adjustments made through August. Specific behavioral or educational concerns that address your child's needs will certainly be considered in balancing classes. If you would like to share about your child, please fill out this Family Input Form by April 26th. Please note that this form is optional and is for unique information we may not know about your child. We do not have information on teacher placements at this time nor will requests be entertained.

As you will read in the list of important dates below we are looking forward to welcoming you to our Bingo Night later this month. Prior to that we will be hosting our second Multilingual Event for parents on April 24th at 9:15am. Be sure to look for the announcements. For more information, check out the KEPTA website here.

For all celebrating Easter (3/31), Eid-al-Fitr(4/8), and Passover (4/22-30)...may you find the joys in celebrating with your friends and loved ones.

Geetha George-Shapiro


Mon, April 1 - Wed, April 3 - 5th Grade @ Camp Cedar Springs
Mon, April 1 - 4th Grade Intramurals, Gym, 3:40-4:30pm
Tues, April 2 - Drum Group, Music Room, 8:30-9:00am
Tues, April 2 - Emergency Drill
Tues, April 2 - 4th Grade Intramurals, Gym, 3:40-4:30pm
Tues, April 2 - KE Choir, Music Room, 3:45-4:30pm
Tues, April 2 - PTA General Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm
Wed, April 3 - Early Release @ 2:10pm
Thurs, April 4 - Popcorn Thursday
Fri, April 5 - Nature Vision Visits 2nd Grade
SPRING BREAK (No School): Monday, April 8th - Friday, April 12th
Tues, April 16 - Drum Group, Music Room, 8:30-9:00am
Wed, April 17 - Early Release @ 2:10pm
Fri, April 19 - Gyil Group, Music Room, 8:30-9:00am
Tues, April 23 - Drum Group, Music Room, 8:30-9:00am
Tues, April 23 - 1st Grade Barnyard Moosical, Gym, 6:00-6:30pm
Wed, April 24 - Fri, April 26 - KE PTA Book Party
Wed, April 24 - Early Release @ 2:10pm
Thurs, April 25 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Edmonds Beach
Thurs, April 25 - Head Start Literacy Event, Activity Room, TBA
Fri, April 26 - KE Spirit Day
Fri, April 26 - Gyil Group, Music Room, 8:30-9:00pm
Fri, April 26 - PTA Family Bingo Night, Gym, 6:00-8:00pm
Tues, April 30 - Drum Group, Music Room, 8:30-9:00pm
Tues, April 30 - Incoming Kindergarten Tour, 2:15-3:00pm
Tues, April 30 - Track & Field Meet, Kenmore Elementary, 5pm

Looking for other student and staff celebrations?

Our Northshore community has so much to celebrate, and the most recent edition of our district’s Connections newsletter included student and staff awards, scholarships, recognitions and other celebrations. You can review the Connections message on our website. You can also find posts celebrating our schools, students, and staff on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Watch for next Monday’s Connections newsletter for new highlights.


Come and see our awesome First Graders perform the Barnyard Moosical! The concert is Tuesday, April 23 at 6pm in the Kenmore Elementary gym. It will be like no other group of barnyard animals that you have seen!!


Here is the testing schedule for this year's Smarter Balance Assessments. Please avoid absences or scheduled appointment during these times. As always, students should stay home if they are sick.

SBA Testing Schedule:

May 7th & 8th - 5th grade Science (Make-up May 9th)
May 14th, 15th & 16th - ELA (Make-up May 17th)
May 21st, 22nd - Math (Make up May 23rd)
May 28th, 29th, 30th - Additional Make-up days, if needed


This form is for parents who would like to provide input regarding classroom placement for the next school year. Our staff carefully considers placement options based on our understanding of your child's needs. Parents and guardians may have additional insights that help us ensure a productive year. Completion of this form is optional. Those of you wishing to share input should complete this online form by Friday, April 26th.

Click here to complete the 2024-2025 Family Input Form: Family Input Form


Kindergarten Registration for the 2024-2025 school year has opened. To enroll please visit the following website:

Please save the date and plan to attend one of our Kindergarten Tours list below!

Kindergarten Tours (for incoming kindergarten families who will start in the fall of 2024).

Tuesday, April 30th @ 2:15-3:00 pm
Wednesday, May 1st @ 10:00-10:45 am

*Please help us by sharing this information with neighbors and community members who may have a kindergartener starting next year. Thank you!



A huge shoutout to these wonderful parents who helped us out on Class Picture Day: Tiffany Masen-Smith, Patty Foster and Amy Bornemeier. Thank you for making the day run smoothly by keeping us on schedule and making sure our students smiled brightly.

Your help was so appreciated!


Preschool Open House & Enrollment Fair