News & Events

Patriots Day Flag Ceremony

In honor of Patriots Day, Kahoa students assembled on the walking track on Tuesday, Sept. 11th to say the Pledge of Allegiance together. Kahoa Cub Scouts presented the colors. Great job to all.

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* UPDATE* School Supply Donation List- 2020-21

Dear Kahoa Families,

Traditionally, one of the rituals families participate in as they prepare for the new school year is to purchase school supplies. In accordance with the Nebraska Constitution and state and federal law, Lincoln Public Schools provides a free, public education to all students. This generally means the district provides the supplies needed for instruction at no cost to students. This includes textbooks, pencils, erasers, crayons, glue, scissors, paper, notebooks, tissues, etc. For this reason, please do not send school supplies for your child’s individual use at school.

You are NOT required to purchase any of these items, but you may wish to purchase and donate some items to your child’s classroom. We ask that you do not put your child’s name on any items. All items purchased will be graciously accepted as a donation to the school and will be shared by all students within the classroom. 

Kindergarten:

  • Glue sticks
  • One inch 3 ring binder
  • 2 spiral notebooks (wide ruled)
  • Washable markers
  • Black skinny/fine point Expo Brand dry erase markers (we go through a lot of these)
  • Facial Tissues
  • #2 Pencils (sharpened if possible)
  • Crayons (twistable or regular)
  • Small blunt tip scissors

First Grade:

  • Pencil Box
  • Small Scissors
  • Small boxes of crayons and markers
  • Box of Tissues
  • #2 Pencils with erasers
  • Pink block erasers
  • Black Expo brand dry erase markers, fine tip
  • Box of band-aids
  • Glue Sticks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Clorox Wipes (ONLY Clorox & Seventh Generation brands have been approved by the CDC)
  • Ziplock bags (quart/gallon)

Things NOT to bring to First Grade:

  • Large notebooks
  • Trapper Keepers
  • Small pencil sharpeners
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Colored Pencils (unless Twistables)
  • Toys

Second Grade:

  • Crayola 8 ct. Classic Markers
  • Crayola 24 ct. Crayons
  • Folders (2)
  • Wide Ruled Notebook
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pencil Top Erasers
  • Child-sized Scissors
  • Expo Dry Erasers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Kleenex
  • Ziploc Bags-Any Size
  • Band-aids
  • Pencils
  • Post-It-Notes
  • Personal size pencil box  (No name please)
  • Individual plastic crayon box (.99 Walmart or Michaels)
  • Travel Toothbrush Case (will be used for individual pencil storage)

Things NOT to bring to Second Grade:

  • Trapper Keepers
  • Small pencil sharpeners
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Gel Pens
  • Toys

Third Grade:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Clorox Wipes (ONLY Clorox & Seventh Generation brands have been approved by the CDC)
  • Kleenex
  • Markers (8ct)
  • Crayons(24 ct)
  • Colored Pencils (12 ct)
  • Low odor dry erase markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • 70-sheet wide-ruled spiral notebooks
  • Looseleaf wide-ruled notebook paper
  • Pencils with erasers
  • Pink erasers

Fourth Grade:

  • #2 Pencils (preferably Ticonderoga) & Colored Pencils (Box of 12)
  • Mechanical Pencils (preferably Bic)
  • Skinny Black Dry Erase Markers (preferably Expo or Office Depot)
  • Crayons (Box of 24)
  • Markers (Classic box of 8)
  • Tissues
  • Ziploc bags (various sizes)
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Erasers
  • Red Checking Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Packs of lined paper
  • Wide-ruled single subject notebooks
  • Band-aids
  • Clorox Wipes (ONLY Clorox & Seventh Generation brands have been approved by the CDC)
  • Hand Sanitizer (Purel or Germ-X)

Things NOT to bring to Fourth Grade:

  •  Pencil boxes/pouches
  • Trapper Keepers
  • extra notebooks/folders

Fifth Grade:

Please do not label any of the following items with names. Teachers will help the children label.

  • Kleenex
  • Crayola Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Black Dry Erase markers
  • Clorox Wipes (ONLY Clorox & Seventh Generation brands have been approved by the CDC)
  •  1″ Binders ( will be using 3 per student)
  • Three spiral notebooks
  • Two-pocket folders (preferably plastic & will be using 5 per student) Example
  • Ziploc Bags (any size)
  • Post-It Sticky Notes (3 x 3 is preferred in any color)
  • Pencils (Preferably Ticonderoga Brand)
  • Pencil top erasers
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Band-aids
  • Wide ruled notebook paper

Senior Walk Memories

2019: Year three of our Senior Walk included a luncheon for graduating seniors and retired Kahoa staff, with the walk moved to the lunch hour.

2018:  Year two of our Senior Walk celebrating our Kahoa graduates who are days away from their high school graduation. We love celebrating our Kahoa alumni!  New this year, is the addition of a tunnel walk for our 5th graders as we celebrate their time at Kahoa and wish them well in their new adventures!

2017:  Kahoa alumni and students of the Class of 2017, were invited back to take part in the first ever Senior Walk celebrating their graduation from high school. Current Kahoa students lined the new walking track as graduating senior alumni were announced and made their way around the track. Congratulations graduates, you are wonderful role models for our students!

Walking Track Construction Underway!

Check out the progress on Kahoa’s new Walking Track.  Construction has begun and should be completed by the beginning of next week!!  We want to thank the Kahoa PTO, LPS Foundation and the Bair Playground Grant and all those who have donated to Kahoa school including through the boxtops program.  We welcome all those in the Kahoa community to come enjoy the walking track.

20-21 Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures: Hello Kahoa Families,

Arrival:  Our day begins at 9:00 am, with the first bell ringing at 8:50 after which the doors open and students enter the school building. The final or late bell will ring at 9:00 am.  We ask that student NOT ARRIVE prior to 8:50 if at all possible as adult supervision will not occur until 8:45.   Students coming for breakfast should come to the front doors no earlier than 8:25. Breakfast begins at 8:30. If your student is late to school please have them enter through the front door and stop in the office before continuing to their classroom.

Dismissal: Our school day ends at 3:38. Students will be dismissed from the same door that they entered at the beginning of the day. Please be sure to complete and return the Before/After School Plan form for your student(s) that will be available at Open House or upon registering your student at Kahoa.

Staff meets in Professional Learning Communities or PLCs on the last Tuesday of each month and students are dismissed from school at 2:18. Students who are still waiting for their families after dismissal will be brought back to the school office. Families should come into the office and sign out their student from the office in these instances.

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Arrival and Dismissal Doors by Grade Level:

Kindergarten – by/from individual classroom doors.

Grade One – Door #1 by the front main office

Grade Two – Door #17 on the south side of the building off of Leighton Ave

Grade Three- (Non-portables) Door #10 on the east side of the playground,

Grade Three (Portables)- outside the portable doors.

Grade Four-Door #10 on the east side of the playground

Fifth Grade (Petitt & Fisher) – Door #9 on the northeast corner (playground side)

Fifth Grade (Mickle & Ehrenfried) -Door # 8 and on the northwest corner (backstop/walking track steps)

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures:

At Kahoa School we believe that all students should have a safe learning environment. This includes following a few safety procedures during arrival and dismissal:

1). During the arrival (8:30-9:00 a.m.) and dismissal (3:00-3:45 p.m.) times of the school day, we ask that parents/guardians not park and leave their cars unattended in the drop-off/pick up lane in front of the school building. It is important to keep the traffic flow moving by adults staying with their vehicles and students only entering/exiting on the passenger side.

2). Please do not double park when dropping off or picking up students in the front drop off lane or any sidewalk cutout areas around the school.

3). Please exit the drop-off /pick up lane by taking a right onto North 76th Street.

4). When approaching the school on Leighton Ave. from the west, please do not cross lanes to pull into the cutout area on the southeast side of the building OR allow your student to exit your vehicle on Leighton Ave. and cross in the middle of the street.

5). The cut-out area on the southeast side of the building is reserved for daycare provider vans and LPS school buses ONLY.

6). Third through fifth-grade families are encouraged to use the long cut out area on Willard Ave to drop off and pick up their students. Students can make their way to and from their designated door by crossing the playground entrance points on Willard Ave.

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*** Arrival & Dismissal updates for the 2020-21 School Year (July 22 parent email) 

This year we will be spreading out students at arrival and many grade levels will be entering at different doors than they did last year.  Kindergarten students will enter and exit their individual classroom doors. 

  • Kindergarten families, you will receive further information on these procedures through email and at the Open House/Orientation time on Aug. 10th and 11th. 
  • First Grade students will enter through the front entrance (Door #1)
  • Second Grade students will enter through the door on the south side of the building in front of Leighton Ave (Door #17)
  • Third Grade students in portables will enter through portable doors and line up by light pole. 
  • Third Grade students in the building will enter through the playground doors (Door #10)
  • Fourth Grade students will also enter through the playground doors (Door #10)
  • Fifth Grade students will enter through  Door #9, (Petitt & Fisher), on the northeast corner (playground side) OR (Mickle & Ehrenfried), Door # 8,  on the northwest corner (backstop/walking track steps).

Adult supervision will not begin until 8:45. It is very important that students DO NOT arrive at school before that time unless they are going into the building for breakfast.  We also ask that you communicate this message to child care providers. The first bell will ring at 8:50 at which time students can begin to enter the building. Students that arrive between 8:50 and 9:00 will walk immediately into the building through the door indicated above and walk directly to their classroom. The second bell will ring at 9:00, at which time the school day officially begins and doors will lock. If your student arrives after 9:00 they should enter through the main entrance (Door #1).

All students and adults are to be wearing face coverings when on school grounds and adhering to social distancing guidelines and only students may enter the building. 

On the first day of school, teachers will be outside to greet their students and provide face coverings to those who do not have them. All students will be provided with 2 face coverings (labeled with name and classroom number and in a baggie) once everyone is in the building.  Each day an adult will greet students at the door and ensure students have their face coverings, or provide a disposable mask should they forget to bring one. 

Students will not stop at lockers or coat hooks when entering the building to eliminate a large grouping of students in a small space. Once all students have arrived, and backpacks have been unpacked, classrooms will go to their coat hooks/lockers one classroom at a time. 

At dismissal, classrooms will again go to the locker and coat hook areas one classroom at a time and exit the building with their teacher/classroom. Students are to keep their face coverings on until they have left school grounds. I want to ask that parents please help us reinforce this with your students.  At dismissal, understandably, it will be a natural reaction for students to want to take off their face coverings once they leave the building. However, this is a time of day where students and adults, while outside, could still be in closer contact with one another than would be optimal given our social distancing guidance.  Your assistance with getting this message across is greatly appreciated. 

I am also asking those who will have a middle school student picking up your Kahoa student, to have a conversation with your middle school students about putting their face coverings back on when reaching our school grounds. I love seeing and catching up with our Kahoa graduates at dismissal. I also realize that we are all working with new routines that are not yet automatic, and putting their face coverings back on once at Kahoa will be a new routine for them also. 

Breakfast will again be provided this year and students will be let into the building through Door #1 and escorted to the Multipurpose Room at 8:30.   Students will need to have face coverings on until they have received their breakfast and are seated. At breakfast and at lunch, we will only seat 6 students at each table (staggered seating) versus the 12 students that typically are seated at each table. Once students have finished their breakfast they will put their face coverings back on. 

Our typical drop off and pick up procedures through the front lane of the school will remain the same. Again, we ask that you do not exit your car if you are using the drop-off/pick up lane. The classroom teachers of our K-1st graders will be outside to help them find your car.  When the vehicle in front of you exits the lane, please move forward so that others may enter the lane. We suggest that 3rd-5th grade families make use of the cut out on Willard Ave. before and after school.  A map and further details can be found on the Kahoa website home page towards the bottom of the page under the “Important Information” heading. 

Open House Information

Hello Kahoa Families,

The beginning of the 2016-17 school year is upon us. The Kahoa staff is at work preparing to welcome students and families tomorrow for our Open House/ Safe Walk to School Night. Doors open at 6:00pm and the evening will conclude at 7:00 pm.  This year there will be a staff member at each door to greet families as you arrive. We encourage you to enter through the door your student(s) will use when they come to school each day. This will help them get acquainted with their new routine. Below is a list of grade levels and entry doors:

Kindergarten – by the front main office (door #2);

Grade One – by the front main office (door #1);

Grade Two – on the south side of the building off of Leighton Ave  (door #17);

Grade Three – on the east side of the playground (door # 10);

Grade Four – on the northwest side of the building (door # 7);

Fifth Grade – on the northeast corner of the new addition (door # 9).

Be sure to stop by the Multipurpose Room for information regarding the Kahoa PTO, the Walking Track project and other clubs and activities available to students outside of the school day. Finally, for Kindergarten families, the PTO would like to invite you to the Woo Hoo Breakfast. You are welcome to join us for a light breakfast provided by the PTO immediately upon school arrival at 9:00 am on Monday, August 15th in the Multipurpose room. This is a brief opportunity to celebrate new beginnings and answer questions you may have as the school year gets started.

Looking forward to another wonderful school year. Hope to see you tomorrow evening.

Sincerely,

Terri Nelson

Principal-Kahoa Elementary

Great Job Mr. Mickle’s 4th Graders!

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We have started a school-wide acknowledgment program at Kahoa Elementary which serves to recognize the great work of our kids and further the positive climate of our school.  “Paw”-sitively Great Behavior Notes are written to students when staff find them going above and beyond our school expectations. We have typically given these notes to individual students but today we recognize our first class with a “Paw”-sitively Great Behavior Note.  Mr. Mickle’s 4th grade class attended Heritage School today. They did such a wonderful job on the bus that the bus driver took the time to come into the office to let us know how much he appreciated their behavior.  Thank you Mr. Mickle’s students for positively representing Kahoa Elementary while out in the community and making the bus trip enjoyable for your driver. Way to go!

 

Kahoa Butterfly Garden

With well over 20 Volunteers guided by Kahoa School Principal Teresa Nelson, Project Leader Shannon Wulf and Michelle Hansen-Daberkow (Kahoa Art Teacher) along with the neighborhood we were able to make short work of this project in slightly over 2 & 1/2 hours before the heat of the day.  Thanks to all who helped.

Rod & Ellen Turner

Information Station

Transportation/school driving routes 

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1). During the arrival (8:30-9:00 a.m.) and dismissal (3:00-3:45) times of the school day we ask that parents/guardians not park and leave their cars unattended in the drop off/pick up lane in front of the school building. It is important to keep the traffic flow moving by adults staying with their vehicles and students only entering/exiting on the passenger side.

2). The cut out lane on Leighton Avenue is reserved for LPS buses and childcare vans only.

3). We encourage parents of 3rd-5th grade students to use the cutout lane on Willard Ave. for drop off and pick up. Students can then walk up to their school entrance through the playground entrances on Willard Ave.

4). Please do not double park when dropping off or picking up students in the front drop off lane or any sidewalk cutout areas around the school.

5). Please exit the drop off /pick up lane by taking a right onto North 76th Street.

6). When approaching the school on Leighton Ave. from the west please do not allow your student to exit your vehicle on Leighton Ave. and cross in the middle of the street.

Immunizations/physical requirements

Parents need to provide a student immunization record in order to enroll in school. The requirements and approved waiver form are listed on the Health Services website, which has lots of other health-related information.  Still have a question? Call our Health Services team at 402-436-1000.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications / Lunch Money / Menus

Free and reduced applications are not renewable, so you must fill it out again. Start here – http://www.lps.org/post/index.cfm?collection=29. You can find a lot of information about menus, paying online, and nutrition information for meals. Also, you can get daily meal announcements on Twitter at @LPSMenus and Facebook.

 

Free & Reduced Meal Application Eligibility Status Now Available by E-mail!

As part of Lincoln Public Schools endeavor to make information easily accessible to families we are pleased to inform you that your students free & reduced eligibility notification letter will be provided to you on-line.  We believe that this will be a more effective and useful process for all our families, as well as serve as a wise use of school district resources.

 You will receive an e-mail from “School Lunch Status” with the subject line: “Eligibility Status Is Available!” In the e-mail you will be provided a link to your family’s eligibility notification. You can view or print your students’ eligibility letter anytime throughout the school year. E-mail notifications will be sent in lieu of U.S. postal mail when you provide an e-mail address on your free & reduced meals application or if you have a valid e-mail address on file at your student’s school. Please allow up to 2-3 business days after submitting your online application or up to ten business days after submitting a paper application to receive your eligibility notification. Applications submitted without an e-mail address will be sent via U.S. mail.

The on-line application can be accessed by clicking on the “Free & Reduced Meal Application” link under Popular Pages on the LPS Home page: http://www.lps.org

Paper applications can be picked up at your child’s school or at the District Office (5905 O Street).  Please call the Nutrition Services Office at 402-436-1746 if you have questions regarding the Free and Reduced Meals program.

Volunteer sign-up

We appreciate all the support from our Kahoa families. This is a friendly reminder that for the safety of our students and volunteers, you must first fill out an application before volunteering in an LPS school. Parents are asked to complete this process every 3 years. The application can be accessed at the link below or through the LPS Home Page (left hand side of page).

Application to Volunteer

ParentVue/StudentVue

Elementary students and parents/guardians can get secure access to report card grades, assignments, and attendance information through Synergy ParentVUE and StudentVUE. ParentVUE is not intended to replace direct communication between students/parents/teachers or other school staff members.

You can learn a lot more here – http://home.lps.org/training/parentvue-lps-parent-portal-for-student-information/ – but you can get this information via web or mobile apps. An activation key is required to login to Synergy ParentVUE and StudentVUE.  If you are a new student to Lincoln Public Schools you can get your activation key from the school office.

Breakfast

Did you know that we offer a school breakfast?

Students will have the choice of selecting either a cold breakfast (e.g. cereal) or hot breakfast (e.g. mini pancakes). In addition to the entrée students will receive 100% fruit juice, low fat milk and are given the option of choosing a half cup serving of fruit.

Breakfast at school is affordable, too. A full breakfast costs less than convenience store items. If you qualify for free and reduced price meals, you also qualify for the breakfast program, with no additional paperwork. You’ll find that breakfast only costs $1.30 for full paid elementary students or $.30 for reduced priced students. http://www.lps.org/post/detail.cfm?id=86

Students coming for breakfast should not arrive prior to 8:25 and can line up outside the main entrance. Doors for breakfast will be opened at 8:30.