2300 Key Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
Fax: 703-524-2236
Friday, September 04, 2015

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.

 In The News
On September 10, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. we will have an information session for parents of newly admitted students to Key school. The meeting is for parents, but child care will be provided.  

On September 3rd from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  We will have a “meet and greet the teacher” followed by a PTA pizza party for all new kindergarten and VPI families! Please bring your child.  

Both events are informative, please mark your calendars and plan to attend. 

We would like to encourage you to get on the PTA listserv.  Please send your full name, your child’s name, and your email address in an e-mail to  Hschildgekeypta@aol.com.  You will then receive information about how to joining the Key School PTA listserv and the“parent chat” listserv.  If you are on these listservs as well as SCHOOL TALK, you will then receive all of the important information about what is happening at Key School and in the county. Once you register your child you will be registered with APS School Talk automatically and will received messages about school and county events that way as well.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (703) 228-4210.                  

El 10 de septiembre 2015 de 6:00 a 7:30 p.m. tendremos una sesión informativa para los padres de los estudiantes de nuevo ingreso a la escuela Key. La reunión es para los padres, pero se proveerá cuidado de niños.

El 3 de septiembre de 4:00 a 5:00 p.m. Tendremos un "conocer y saludar al maestro", seguido de una fiesta de pizza PTA para todas las familias nuevas de Kinder y VPI!  Por favor traiga a su hijo.

Los dos eventos son informativos, por favor planee asistir y marque estas fechas en su calendario.

Para estar en la lista de correo electrónico de la Asociación de Padres y Maestros (PTA) envíe su correo electrónico  con su nombre completo, el nombre de su hijo/a  Hschildgekeypta@aol.com.  Entonces usted  recibirá información sobre cómo unirse al PTA de la Escuela Key listserv y el servidor de listas "charla padre". Si usted está en estas listas de distribución, así como en “SCHOOL TALK”, usted entonces recibirá toda la información importante acerca de lo que está sucediendo en la Escuela Key y en el condado. Una vez que registra a su hijo, usted estará registrado con APS School Talk de forma automática y recibirá mensajes sobre eventos de la escuela y del condado de esa manera también.

Si usted tiene preguntas, por favor comuníquese con nuestra oficina al (703) 228-4210.

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Information night scheduled for July 22, 2015 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED for 9/10/2015

On September 10, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. we will have an information session for parents of newly admitted students to Key school. The meeting is for parents, but child care will be provided.   

On September 3rd from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.  We will have a “meet and greet the teacher” followed by a PTA pizza party for all new kindergarten and VPI families! Please bring your child.   

Summer School for Arlington Immersion begins Monday, June 13 at Claremont Immersion School. Summer school hours are 8:15-11:45.  We are excited to see you there!
APS Reading Specialist Awarded International Literacy Scholarship Award
KD award  

 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.  

      TEAM KIDSSY 2015.16
Empowering America's Future 
Key School has accepted the challenge again for SY 15.16!  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 this October.  Let us know if YOU would like to volunteer. 
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.

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

Key Elementary School is an International Spanish Academy School with the Ministry of Education Spain
 A member of the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program