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Music is Back!  

Thanks to all the Kester Staff who helped push through some newly required paperwork for us to continue to have Kim Steury teach music!  All classes started music the week before Halloween, and it is wonderful to have Kim back.

We are monitoring the possibilities for the magnet musical.  If you or somebody you know might be interested in helping edit an online musical production for your child's grade/class, please drop me a line at

To give you an example of what we hope to create (if needed), here are the two 5th grade videos from last year's musical.  Mrs Elston's class and Mrs. Harmon's class.

Send a Note to Your Teacher!

Behind the scenes, the teachers are putting in a crazy number of hours in an attempt to provide educational rigor while dealing with the social emotional needs of our children.   

In passing, some parents have noted their appreciation to me which I have passed along to teachers.

If you have a kind word, I highly encourage you to drop your teacher a Thank You note or e-mail with a detail or two.  They take these to heart.  They are, after all, human, and can have bad days, too.  They are slogging through this, and trust me when I say that your kind words provide some wind in their sails.  

If, for whatever reason (shy, would prefer to be anonymous, etc), you can pass me your comment, and I will make sure your teacher receives it.  E-mail me at if you would like me to do this.

Mixed Bag Fundraiser Update

Thank you to everybody who has supported the Mixed Bags Fundraiser.  The last official day to participate is tomorrow (11/6).  You can still make purchases using THIS LINK.

However, if you decide later (anytime up until the end of the school year!) that you or a loved one would like to make a purchase, you can always use our code (20603) on the Boon Supply website.  KAMPA will receive funds, but your child will not receive sales awards for items purchased after tomorrow.

Van Nuys Middle School Insight

It's getting close to decision time for Middle School.  Sarah Duman is both a Kester Magnet and VNMS Magnet parent.  She would be happy to answer any questions you have (i.e. provide you with the Straight Dope).  Please feel free to e-mail her by clicking HERE.  She is very approachable and a great resource - and super nice to boot.  


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