KBCS PTA e-NEWSLETTER 
         MARCH 2017   
 
STUDENT OF THE MONTH: VALUES MATTER
Student of the Month ceremony will be Thursday, March 22nd! 
   
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Thank you to our SOM sponsors!
 
NEW! Teachers will be wearing buttons for each month's value!
 
KBCS PTA 3rd GENERAL MEETING
Please join KBCS PTA for the 3rd General Meeting to participate in important topics such as school safety and the election of this year's Nominating Committee. Mrs. Tarafa will lead the discussion about school safety.  WITS representative, Allyce Perrit- Gentil, will also be at meeting to discuss WITS at KBCS next year. 
See you there! 
 
WITS FAMILY FITNESS FUN NIGHT!
Log on to register for Family Fitness Fun Night #2, brought to you by the WITS team. Families enjoy 4 fitness activites followed by a FREE, healthy and delicious dinner! Space is limited. Meet in ms cafeteria. 
 
KBCS PTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Each year the KBCS PTA membership elects a Nominating Committee whose job is to find qualified candidates for the Board Officer positions of KBCS PTA. The KBCS PTA Bylaws state that the nominating comittee must be comprised of three or five members, always being an uneven number. The election of the committee must take place during a PTA General Meeting at least one month before the election of the officers .
The Nominating Committee will be elected at our 3rd General Meeting for this school year on Thursday, March 8th at 8:45 a.m. in the Media Center.
If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee or would like more information please email kbcspta@yahoo.com and write "Nominating Committee in the subject line. A PTA board officer will contact you with further details. The deadline to submit your name as a Nominating Committee candidate is March 7th.
 
World Down Syndrome Day 
March 21st
CALL TO ACTION:
WEAR BOLD, COLORED MISMATCHED SOCKS
ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21st
 

Show your support for "advocating for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome"
  
Learn more at : https://worlddownsyndromeday.org/
  
Why March 21?
The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.  
  
"People with Down syndrome can and do bring so much to the community, wherever they live around the world, when given the opportunity". 
*NO DONATION NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE*
 
SPRING PARTY INFO 
 
It's time to celebrate!  
KBCS'S annual spring party fundraiser is a highlight of the school year, a time for parents and teachers to gather in a beautiful, relaxed environment enjoying the company of friends, neighbors, and colleagues building school spirit while raising funds for our school.  
Aside from dinner and dancing there will be many amazing  auction items presented at the event.
 
Thank you in advance for supporting this fantastic evening!
 
 
PTA VOLUNTEER BADGES
Part of increased security at school is a photo identification requirement.  If you still need a Volunteer badge, please follow the steps below.  
KBCS PTA VOLUNTEER BADGES
Follow the 3 step proccess to get your badge:

1) Complete the online application process on the Parent Portal at dadeschools.net & receive online approval;
 
2) See Mercy in the middle school office to show your ID to complete the approval process (this puts your name on the list for badge to be created);
 
3) Email your picture to kbcspta@yahoo.com. 
 
New badges will be available for pick up from Mercy on Friday's. 
 
Email Volunteer Liason Pilar Castillo with any questions at kbcspta@yahoo.com
 
"FIELD DAY" = SPIRIT WEEK
COMING MARCH 19-22! 
Field Day is a special time at KBK8. Each day during this spirit raising week specific grades go to the Village Green for a day of team game activities. The day starts with an opening ceremony march around the field with classes proudly raising their banners for all to see before breaking out into the games activities.
 
FIELD DAY SCHEDULE
Monday, 3/19 - 2nd & 3rd grades
Tuesday, 3/20 - 4th & 5th grades
Wednesday, 3/21 - PK, K & 1st grades
Thursday, 3/22 - 6th, 7th and 8th grades
 
Each class wears its own color tshirt. Parents bring lunch to the Village Green and participate in parent races. All orders (online and/or by form) and prepaid size forms are due by Wednesday, February 7th. All proceeds from Field Day tshirt sales go directly back to our amazing PE department.
 
Parents are encouraged to participate in this fun day! Check with your room mom to coordinate class needs such as food, drinks, snacks and more.  

Field Day T-shirts will be delivered to homerooms.

 
 
WITS
 
     

 WITS LABS - BRAISED CARROTS! 

Chef Laura has been teaching WITS LABS.
 
Students are loving the braised carrots while learning about nutrition!
    
  

Did you know you can find lots of WITS recipes on our website?
Visit kbcspta.org!
http://www.wellnessintheschools.org/
 
TO WITS OR NOT TO WITS?
DECIDING WITS 2018-19 at KBK-8
WITS (Wellness in the Schools) had its MDCPS debut at KBK-8 and Charles Drew K-8  over the past two years, funded by a collaboration between the  Key Biscayne Community Foundation and KBCS PTA. As we now begin planning for next school year, KBCS PTA will have to decide if we would like to continue funding the program. Over the past two years, as WITS began its presence in MDCPS, the program has developed from the original goal of providing menu changes in the cafeteria, as WITS provides in the the New York Public Schools, to a multi tiered, interactive, school based nutrition program with chef lead WITS LABS (seasonal cooking classes), WITS BITS (short nutrition lessons), Cafe Days (visits by local chefs to sample their creations in cafeterias), WITS tastings (healthy tastings offered to students), Family Fitness Fun Nights and now growing produce in our gardens. 
Options for WITS at KBCS at this point are to continue with a full time chef implementing all of the WITS elements at about $20 per student, lowering to a part time chef implementing about half of the elements or choosing elements a la carte and paying for them separately. 

KBCS PTA will solicit the input of KBK-8 parents as we make the decision for WITS at KBK8. WITS representative, Allyce Perrit-Gentil, will be at the PTA General Meeting on Thursday, March 8th to discuss next year.   
 
 
 
Any MARCH birthdays out there?? 
Support Ms. Plaza's Birthday Book Club!
Help our library stay well stocked for our avid readers! 
 
 Here is how BIRTHDAY BOOK CLUB works:

Donate a book from Ms. Plaza's wishlist to the media center and let your child be the star! Participating students get to wear their own birthday clothes on their birthday and are featured on the school's morning announcements to present their book!
 
Check out the Amazon wish list by clicking here:

 
 
Remember! 
All volunteers entering school property must wear their badge.
Volunteers must sign in at the office. Every time!
 
 
IMPORTANT DATES
 
Thursday, March 8
PTA General Meeting
Media Center 
8:45 am

Thursday, March 15
Career Day 

WITS FAMILY FITNESS FUN NIGHT
6:00-8:00pm

Friday, March 16
PTA No Uniform Day
$1 donation

March 19-22
Field Day Week

Wednesday, March 21
World Sown Syndrome Day
Wear Crazy Socks! 

Friday, March 23 
Teacher Planning Day

March 26-30
Spring Break!!
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KBCS PTA 
EXECUTIVE 
OFFICERS 
2017-18 
 
President 
Terry Oliva 
 
1st Vice-President 
Wendy McKenzie 
 
2nd Vice-President 
Patricia Agostini 
 
3rd Vice-President 
Helena D'Amato 
 
Corresponding Secretary 
  Lili Warner 
 
Recording Secretary 
Kate Asturias 
 
Treasurer 
Betsy Londono

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KBK8 CENTER
150 W. McIntyre St. 
Key Biscayne, Fl.
33149
 
Principal
Ms. Silvia P. Tarafa
 
Asst. Principal
 Mr. Luis Bonachea
 
Asst. Principal
Ms. Sharlesque Hill
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