Some of the Things YouNeed to Know…

Cyber-Bullying Parent Workshop: Thursday, Mar. 2 @ 6pm at Kilgour. Presented by our school partner, Child Focus (www.child-focus.org).

Kilgour’s Got Talent: applications dueFriday, Mar. 3. The entry form can be found at www.kilgourpta.org/enrichment/performing-arts. Please print out, sign, and return your audition application to the front office.

Kilgour Kids Care: In March, Student Council is teaming with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to collect Pennies for Patients. Bring in all your loose change by Friday,Mar. 24 to help make this drive a success!

Joseph Beth Bookfair, Mar. 7 - 10. Volunteers are needed! View open shifts at: www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084faea82fabf58-kilgour2.

Kindergarten Roundup on Thursday, Mar. 9. If you’ll have a Kindergartner next year, you won’t want to miss it, and be sure to spread the word to other families you know with potential new Mustangs. Take a tour of the school and meet the Kindergarten teachers!

36th Annual Spaghetti Dinner & Dance on Friday, Mar. 10. To volunteer and/or make reservations visit: https://www.kilgourpta.org/fundraising/spaghetti-dinner. Socialize over a casual spaghetti dinner in the cafeteria and dance in the gym with fellow Kilgour families and teachers! Buy your tickets now as early spots fill up fast!

Teacher Luncheon on Tuesday, Mar. 21. Please speak with your student’s Room Parent(s) to see how you can help.

Multicultural Fairon Friday, Mar. 24. Does your family have traditions, history, or culture unique among our community? Consider sharing them with our students; please contact Ms. M with any questions or ideas: michala@cps-k12.org.

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS! Kilgour PTA Scholarship application deadline is Friday, Mar. 31. More info and the application can be found at: kilgourpta.org/community/alumni-scholarship.

Carnival events coming up. More detail will be coming home soon about the Carnival t-shirt and signage art contest; please look out for volunteer sign ups which will be up and running after Spring Break.

Calendar of Activities & Events

Every Friday is FREE SALAD FRIDAY!

Kilgour PTA meetsthe first Wednesday of every month.

Entrepreneur Club meets the first Friday of every month. Newcomers welcome.

Local School Decision-Making Committee meets the fourth Monday of every month.  

Mar. 1: PTA Meeting @ 7pm

Mar. 2: Parent Session: “Cyber-bullying” @ 6pm

Mar. 2: Restaurant Night @ Buona Tierra

Mar. 3: Entry forms due for Kilgour’s Got Talent performers

Mar. 3: Entrepreneur Club meets after school

Mar. 6 - 24: Pennies for Patients collections

Mar. 7 - 10: Joseph Beth Book Fair

Mar. 9: Kindergarten Roundup

Mar. 10: End of 3rd Quarter

Mar. 10: Spaghetti Dinner & Dance between 5 - 8pm at Kilgour; RSVP

Mar. 17: Report Cards distributed

Mar. 17: Teacher Luncheon parent volunteer sign ups due

Mar. 17: Kilgour’s Got Talent auditions @ 7pm at Kilgour

Mar. 21: Teacher Luncheon

Mar. 24: Multicultural Fair

Mar. 27 -31: NO SCHOOL- Spring Break

Apr. 3: SCHOOLS REOPEN

Apr. 5: PTA Meeting @ 7pm at Kilgour

Apr. 7: Entrepreneur Club meets after school

Apr. 7: Sports Recognition

Apr. 13: Teacher Flowers

Apr. 28: Kilgour’s Got Talent!

Great Gatherings

Tickets are still available for many of these events! We invite Kilgour parents (current, former and future), administrators, teachers, and CRC staff to these special gatherings with good food and/or conversation and (always) community-building. Please note some events are for kids or for grown ups only.

March Gatherings

Mar. 3: Game Night & Waffles w/ Ms. Bucher, 4:00 pm @ Kilgour

Mar. 4: Second Grade It’s Mardi Gras, 7:30 pm @ the Shea/McCracken home

Mar. 10: Movie & Popcorn w/ Mr. Cheney, 3:45 pm @ Kilgour, Room 1013

Mar. 10: Kindergarten I Wanna Be a Pirate, 3:45 pm @ Kilgour

Mar. 11: Third Grade BBQ, Brews, and Basketball, 6:30 pm @ Pearl’s

Mar. 15: Seed Starting w/ Ms. Frank & Ms. Clyburn, 4:00 pm @ Kilgour

Mar. 17: Grades K-2 Nerf Battle, 4:30 pm @ Ault Park

Mar. 18: Grade 5 Great Gathering, 7:00 pm @ the Latto home

April Gatherings:

Apr. 4: Book Club & Exchange, 7:00 pm @ the Backscheider home

Apr. 20: Ladies Spa Night #2, 7:00 pm @ Ambience Spa & Nails

Apr. 21: Grade 4 Bike Riding Fling, 5:00 pm @ Otto Armleder Memorial Park

Apr. 22: Bourbon Bash, 7:30 pm @ Chateau Ward

Apr. 29: Kilgour Wine Tasting Party!, 6:00 pm @ the home of Nicole and Jeff

Visit www.eventbrite.com/o/kilgour-elementary-pta-great-gatherings-4563588055 to buy tickets or get more info. Ticket proceeds raise $$ for our school.Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with any questions.

News & Upcoming Events

Parent Workshop: Cyber-Bullying

As if our children didn’t have enough to deal with in the physical environment growing up; today, every parent needs to know what their child may encounter online. Please join us at 6:00 - 7:00 pm on Thursday, Mar. 2 when our school partner Child Focus, Inc. will present parents with information and tools they can use to help safeguard their families in the virtual environment.

If students and their families have concerns about brain health, access to school based services is available through Child Focus at www.child-focus.org. For other types of brain health services, please visit Mindpeace at www.mindpeacecincinnati.com for resources in our community.

Kilgour Kids Care about... The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society- Pennies for Patients by Ms. Frank

Starting on March 6th, Kilgour is participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Pennies for Patients program, a service-learning program that gives students the unique experience of working together to help raise awareness and funds in honor of thousands of children and adults fighting against blood cancers. We are asking that everyone (students, faculty, parents, alumni, etc) at Kilgour join in this effort of raising awareness and collecting funds to benefit the mission of LLS: to find cures for blood cancers and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.  WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer, and every 9 minutes someone loses their battle. Thanks to the support of people like you, doctors are getting closer to finding a cure every day! In the 1960's the 5-year survival rate for children under the age of 20 with ALL (the most common form of leukemia) went from a mere 3% to nearly 90% today! Your support is critical to help us find a cure and I hope you will join us in the fight against blood cancer. 

Thank you so much for supporting LLS and Kilgour's participation in the Pennies program! Together, we can reach our goal of at least $1,000. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher. Your child's teacher may have set up an online giving page for their classroom total tally, so please check with them on that. However, if you wish to donate online to our school's online giving page, then just let your child's teacher know how much you donated and follow this link: http://events.lls.org/pages/soh/KilgourElementarySchool-2017

Kilgour's Got Talent! entry deadline THIS Friday, March 3

Kilgour's Got Talent is back for a second year and is sure to be a success with your support. The top 20 acts across all grade levels will be chosen to perform by a panel of 5 - 6 judges. All chosen performers are required to attend a mandatory dress rehearsal Thursday, April 27th in the Kilgour Gym. We look forward to making this an exciting night for students and families!

Application Deadline: Friday March 3, 3pm; find the entry form below and please print out, sign, and return to the front office and don't forget to sign up for an audition slot!

https://www.kilgourpta.org/images/PTADocuments/2017/KGT-2017_-Official-Audition-Rules---Form---Media-Consent-Form.pdf

Audition Night: Friday March 17, 4-8pm; sign up for audition time slots at

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4fa8af22a5fc1-kilgours1

Date of Talent Show: Friday April 28, 7-9pm in Kilgour Gym.

KGT t-shirts, featuring the work of the KGT t-shirt art contest, are now available for order.

Joseph Beth Book Fair next week presented by Mr. O

Mr. O is bringing the Joseph Beth Book Fair back to Kilgour, Mar. 7 through Mar. 10. The students love the books, but books don’t sell themselves! Please check your schedules and see if you can help him. Volunteers will be needed on the register and to help students during the following times:

Tuesday, Mar. 7: 10 - 11:35 am & 12 - 3:45 pm

Wednesday, Mar. 8: 10 - 11:35 am & 12 - 3:45 pm

Thursday, Mar. 9: 12:45 - 3:45 pm

Friday, Mar. 10: 10 - 11:35 am & 12 - 3:45 pm; also, open during the PTA Spaghetti Dinner that evening.

Finally, help tearing down and boxing up the Book Fair after the Spaghetti Dinner would also be appreciated.

Click here to see what volunteer shifts are left for you: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084faea82fabf58-kilgour2and contact Mr. O any time with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">oflynnj@cps-k12.org.

Kindergarten Roundup

School tours, meet & greet the Kindergarten teachers, register your new Mustang for school, all on Thursday, Mar. 9. To complete registration, you should bring: your child’s birth certificate (with seal); shot records; social security card of your child; 2 proofs of address (eg. utility bill (not over 30 days), lease agreement/mortgage statement, tax return); and latest report card/progress report for students in Grades 1-6.

If you are unable to attend on Mar. 9, call or stop by our school’s main office between 8:00 am - 2:30 pm to pick up an enrollment packet to complete and return to Kilgour.

Questions? Please contact our school’s main office at 363-3000. More info can be found at: http://www.cps-k12.org/enroll.

Spaghetti Dinner & Dance

Please join us for Kilgour’s 36th Annual Family Spaghetti Dinner Friday, Mar. 10, 5:00–8:00 pm. Dinner, music in the gym, Book Fair in the Library, spiritwear galore. Socialize with other Kilgour families!

Be sure to look for your invitation coming home in your student’s folder. You can also make your reservations or volunteer to help at https://www.kilgourpta.org/fundraising/spaghetti-dinner. If you have any questions please email Tiffany Kessler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

See you there!

Raffle Packets Coming Soon!

The 2017 Kilgour Raffle will kick off the week before Spring Break! Look for your child's raffle packet to come home that week. Some important information: Each child will receive 30 tickets to start, but more will be available in the front office, for those who want to do a lot of selling over break! 

Please note: The first Raffle Collection day will be AFTER we come back from spring break. The collection days are as follows: April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 9, and 11th. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN YOUR COLLECTION ENVELOPES ON ANY OTHER DAYS. The raffle committee will be at school counting on those days, and those days only. 

Look for more information in the packets, and if you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Teacher Luncheon

Every year the PTA organizes and caters a Faculty/Staff Luncheon for our fantastic faculty/staff. This year it is scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 21. Room parents in every classroom will ask for parent volunteers to attend the children while they have lunch and recess. This allows the Kilgour faculty and staff a full hour to eat lunch together! If you would also like to help with set-up and/or clean up, please let your Room Parent(s) know.

Multicultural Fair

On Friday, March 24, 2017 Kilgour will be conducting their annual Multicultural Fair! Parents, students, staff and our local community will join together to teach the students in grades K-6 about different cultures around the world. This is an all-day event that will take place during school hours, 10:00am - 3:30pm. At last count we have 17 family tables representing 15 different countries. In order to make this event a success we will need as many volunteers from our Kilgour families as are available to participate!  

A green flyer came home in your child’s folder; please return it to her mailbox or Room 1041 to RSVP your family’s participation. If you have any questions (or lost your flyer!) please contact Amira Michalowski (Ms. M) at michala@cps-k12.org.

Kilgour PTA Scholarship

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS! If you know a current senior (who graduated 6th Grade from Kilgour and attended at least 3 school years at Kilgour) please let them know that they are eligible to apply for the $1,000 Kilgour PTA Scholarship! The deadline for the application is March 30. Information and application available at http://kilgourpta.org/community/alumni-scholarship.

Outdoor Classroom by JR Verkamp

A group of parents and students helped in the fall to refresh and revitalize the educational space in Kilgour Woods. The group put up railings on the bridges, sanded and stained the bleachers and stage, cleaned and raked trails, hauled brush, built a new picnic table and did some general tidying. A big thanks to all who helped.

There are still a few dollars left in the budget which we will allocate towards a new trash can and potentially some program material to go along with the “Classroom Kit” that currently offers bags for each student to carry clipboards, seats, and other essentials for being outside. A big thanks to Ms. Clyburn and Ms. Frankenstein for embracing the idea and getting outside. From what we have heard, the kids really enjoyed the space in the fall.

The next step is to reach out to all of the classroom parents to find a volunteer who will work with teachers on how to get kids outside. Eventually we will have something formal but for now we hope to just inform our teachers about the new resource at hand. Many do not know we even have a woods! If anyone would like to volunteer to help coordinate classrooms, we could really use your help. As spring is nearly here, we have to keep pushing to get outside. 

Lastly, we continue to experience trash and graffiti in the woods. It is not the end of the world and we don't need to freak out. However, if you cut through the woods on a regular basis, please take a quick moment to walk down the trail to see if there is any trash to be removed. If you don't want to help pick it up, please email JR Verkamp and he will come to do it. So everyone knows, we are NOT going to put up a fence and we are not going to put up cameras. High school kids will likely be back but hopefully they can put their trash in the cans and not spray paint….

Like always, anyone who wants to help or has ideas, please let reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We would love your help.

A few Words from the PTA Wellness Committee

1. Free Salad Bar Fridays will continue through the end of the school year! We hope to continue to see increased participation and perhaps this would be something the PTA would choose to fund next year. Each week, we see an average of 100 non-lunch buyers use the salad bar. New posters designed by a Kilgour mom coming this week!

2. The art installations for the cafeteria are in progress and will be displayed as soon as completed. The mural has been approved by Administration and will be a "Farm to Kilgour" theme. Artwork by Ms Clyburn, and I have to say the sketch is amazing. We first need to project and trace the art, then we can schedule volunteersShifts to paint will be evenings and weekends. Kids will be welcome and encouraged to help paint! We’re hoping to have it completed by end of March.

3. First Annual Kilgour Strong Health Fair presented by Mr Bell will be held April 19, with a special Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course experience April 20-21. There will be costs associated with the fair, but we are still waiting for approval from Administration on our experts. A letter petitioning Kilgour parent health experts to host activity tables will be out soon. The fair will be set up similar to COSI, where the students will have 40 minutes to rotate through hands-on learning experiences according to their interests.  

Health Fair focus areas, as established by Mr Bell:

Nutriton

Movement

Mindfulness/Stress Reduction

Preventive Care

Drug Awareness

  1.   As to Kilgour’s new tower garden initiative, seeds are planted and a harvest party is planned for those two classrooms. Ms. Egan was able to acquire another Tower Garden through the Donors Choose website. Our next step is to find more teachers interested in using and maintaining gardens before any new investments are made.

Mobile Classroom Garden by Ms. Egan (adapted from DonorsChoose.org)

Our students need the opportunity to learn where their food comes from and why healthy food will help them become healthy children. The students in my classroom are energetic and excited to learn new things every day. It is such a good feeling to see the sense of wonder and genuine interest on my students' faces when I am introducing new topics.

Kilgour is a large public school, serving many different backgrounds, religious beliefs, economic standards, and family dynamics. But we all enter through the same classroom door and are part of a great team. The students love sharing what they have learned and what they know with each other as well as family members.

Having a Tower Garden in our classroom will provide us with endless teaching opportunities throughout the year. We will be able to learn about the life cycles of plants, eat real food, test recipes, and learn responsibility. In the end, the children will eat what they grow. They will have ownership and pride over the Tower Garden. It will be a constant talking point and make a positive impact on our students, their families, and our school community.

We are excited to help children learn how to eat healthier, how to be more environmentally aware, and how these things can benefit not only our school, but we have a chance to help impact thoughts and views within our families and community.


View Ms. Egan’s full Donors Choose page at: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/terrific-tower-of-healthy-food/2414066/

Camp Invention

Camp Invention is coming back to Kilgour June 5-9! It is offered to current Kindergarteners through 5th graders. Every year the theme and curriculum changes, so please check out campinvention.org/inspire/camp-invention-k-6th/2017-program for more information.

It is $225 per child, but there is an early bird registration discount by Feb. 15, the code is DISCOVER25. To register, please visithttp://inventnow-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/moreinfo.aspx?event=17633.

Kilgour In the News

Kilgour School hosts parent workshops on perfectionism and bullyinghttp://local.cincinnati.com/share/story/244489

”Principal Angela Cook-Frazier explained these sessions are part of a district-wide initiative for the Growth Mind Set. An example of the initiative in action at Kilgour is Mindful Music Moments. At the beginning and end of every school day, music is played throughout the school providing time for relaxation and unification during the busy day.

Parent Erin Kelley attended the perfectionism session and plans to come to the Feb. 23 bullying program as well. “I’m here to get advice from experts,” said Kelley. “I've seen bullying, and I want to be prepared before it happens."

From Kate Gibson on Cincinnati.com.

From custodian to teacher, Cincinnati man shares secret to achieving your dreamshttp://www.wlwt.com/article/from-custodian-to-teacher-cincinnati-man-shares-secret-to-achieving-your-dreams/8729894

“The power of positive thinking: A Cincinnati man says that’s the key to achieving your dreams.

And he should know. Rickie Bell is a man of humble beginnings. He credits perseverance and work ethic to being where he is today, working his way from a custodian to a respected educator.”

From Mike Dardis at WLWT.com.

Kilgour’s new Outdoor Classroom well used

     http://local.cincinnati.com/share/story/244903

“The mild winter weather is a perfect backdrop for students and teachers using the new Outdoor Classroom at Kilgour Elementary School in Mt. Lookout. 

A green space directly behind the school gymnasium is now an outdoor classroom thanks to Kilgour families and neighbors. Kilgour PTA donated funds to build the classroom with all natural resources from the woods.”

From Jenell Walton on Cincinnati.com.

Did You Know?

Engagement Challenge

The homeroom with the highest number of parents and teachers in attendance (minimum of 15%) at all Kilgour PTA meetings will receive a pizza party forthe STUDENTS of that room in May.

Kilgour Kids Care

Kilgour Kids Care is an effort where all students will participate in a school-wide program to give back to our community. Throughout the year, each grade level will organize an activity to benefit a local nonprofit organization. They will help create awareness and lead their Kilgour classmates in this school-wide outreach effort. The classes, Student Council and PTA work cooperatively to give students a personal connection to giving and sharing.

Kilgour PTA Outreach

Kilgour PTA Outreach is the charitable arm of our PTA, with opportunities to support needs identified within our Kilgour community as well as some wider-community outreach efforts. We are so excited to have the Kilgour Kids Care program as a partner in our outreach efforts! Contact Veronica Tollefson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions regarding PTA Outreach or Kilgour Kids Care.

Kilgour Sports Boosters

If you have questions about Kilgour School sports participation, policies, schedules, or simply want to contact someone, you can go to kilgoursports.org for just about anything Mustangs related-- spiritwear too!

Thank You!

Thank you to our Wellness Committee for FREE SALAD FRIDAYS, helping our students try and enjoy fresh salad healthy options with their lunches for the REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. Wowsers!

Thank you to Mr. Bell, who brightens our students’ mornings and is a phenomenal example of perseverance and optimism.

Thank you to the staff and students of Kilgour Kids Care who created and helped deliver the awesome Valentines gifts to the seniors at the Deupree House.

Thank you to Mindpeace and Child Focus, Inc. for helping Kilgour be at the forefront of student well-being as one of the few schools in our region with a Mindful Music Moments program and ongoing Parent Workshops on parenting and child health. 

We Want You!

Are you interested in a PTA leadership role? Do you have experience or talent you’d like to share? Do you have ideas about the future or feedback about the past? Or just some free time to help out around the school?

http://kilgourpta.org/about-pta/129-why-join-pta

As we start planning for 2017-18 school year we want to hear from and include you. PleaseemailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and let us know what you're interested in. We would love to have you as part of our team and include you in PTA planning going forward.

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