2300 Key Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Welcome to Francis Scott Key Elementary School

Key School is named after Francis Scott Key (1790-1843), author of our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” Key School or Escuela Key was one of the pioneers in two-way immersion programs. The immersion program was established at Key School in 1986 with a first grade class, and one grade was added each year as the initial cohort advanced. Kindergarten was added in 1991.
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APS Reading Specialist Awarded International Literacy Scholarship Award

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 Kathy Davin, reading specialist at Key Elementary, earned the Virginia State Reading International Literacy Scholarship for her work in Guatemala. Beginning in 2011, the Greater Washington Reading Council (GWRC) began to cosponsor a literacy project in the rural highlands of Guatemala.  Davin served as the project leader. The council provides partial funding for the purchase of materials for guided reading instruction and recruitment of members to join a group of educators every July for a week of on-site teacher training in best practices for literacy instruction.  The focus is on first language literacy and vocabulary development in the second language. The US teachers spend the mornings observing and coaching in the classrooms and the afternoons conducting workshops and helping local teachers plan instruction.  Fluency in Spanish is desirable but not required. Davin will share the groups’ experiences and insights at the VSRA Conference in 2016.  

Social Studies and Science Day Open House 
Thursday, March 26 
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Empowering America's Future 
 Key School has accepted the challenge!  We are empowering kids to make a difference in the community and their own lives.  Working with parents, teachers, police officers, firefighters and members of the community, our kids will make that difference by focusing on the positive assets of youth to serve their community.  We will meet our three challenges and celebrate at our festival on March 20.  Let us know if YOU would like to volunteer. 
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Pre-K Montessori to move out of Key for SY 15.16
Key's two classes of Pre-K Montessori (3-5 year olds) will be moving to Jamestown for SY 2015/16.  For more information please contact Arlington Public Schools Office of Early Childhood at (703) 228-8632.
The Pre-K Registration Night will be held Thursday, February 12 from 6:30-8:30 PM at Kenmore Middle School, 200 South Carlin Springs Rd.  22204.
Kindergarten Information Sessions
The first Kindergarten Information Meeting for prospective parents will be held at Washington-Lee High School on Monday, February 2 at 7 PM.  The alternate (snow) date is February 4.
Key will host its first Kindergarten Information Session on February 3 at 9:15 AM.  Other dates include: 
February 3  9:15 AM 
March 3       9:15 AM  en español 
March 10     9:15 AM
March 25     6 PM 
April 9          12:45 PM 
All meetings will be held in the Key School Library. 

American Education Week Ends With Wimpy Kid Day!

“We have a treat for you!” promised NEA Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss to the students of Francis Scott Key Elementary in Arlington, Va., on Friday morning, the last day of American Education Week.

 “Is it candy?” whispered one boy.

         Read more on the NEA website:  http://www.nea.org/grants/61192.htm
APS Encourages Parents and School Staff to Participate in 'SPEAK UP' Survey
APS encourages all parents and school staff to participate in the 2014 Speak Up Survey. The results will be used to update APS and schools on student access to computers and the internet at home; develop baseline measures for the personalized learning device initiative; and gather stakeholder feedback on virtual learning, digital textbooks and parent resources.  To take the survey, please click on the icon below. 
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Key Elementary School is an International Spanish Academy School with the Ministry of Education Spain
 A member of the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program