Jul 01

Attention all Amazon shoppers!

Click on this Amazon image!

Help us earn money for KGA when you shop at Amazon! We can get up to 15% in referral fees! When shopping at Amazon, click on the Amazon image above (turn off your Ad-block if no image appears) before checkout (so Amazon will know KGA “sent” you), and KGA will earn a referral fee.  You can either start at this page and shop, or visit this page just before checkout.  Please bookmark this page!

If you do not see the banner ad, disable your ad blocker on this page.

Aug 22

Fry’s Community Rewards

FrysThe Fry’s Community Rewards program donates 1% of purchases to schools.   From April to June 2014, $860 was raised from 73 registered cards. Two hundred registered KGA families might mean $10,000 for the school!  All it takes is less than 10 minutes to link KGA to your Fry’s VIP Card!

If you participated last year, you must designate Knox again for this school year! (September 1, 2014-August 31, 2015)

To enroll:

  1. Sign up for the Fry’s V.I.P. card, if you don’t already have one (you get the store discounts).
  2. Register your VIP card at www.FrysFood.com
  3. Go to the “Community” tab in the top navigation bar and select “Community Rewards
  4. Search for “Knox” or school number 81212, and enroll in the program with “Knox Elementary PTO” as your school beneficiary.

Aug 11

Enjoy Floridino’s Family Fun Day!


Please join us for our first Family Fun Night of the year!

When:  Thursday, August 28 from 11am-9pm

Where: Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta on the SW corner of Alma School and Galveston (590 N Alma School Rd)

Tell them you’re from KGA when you pay and KGA PTO will receive 20% back from your purchase. It’s Parent-Teacher conference day so head over for lunch or dinner before or after your conference. Hope to see you there for some pizza muffins!

Aug 11

Win $50 sports equipment for your class with Box Tops!

BoxTopsCollect Box Tops and Labels for Education to win $50 worth of super fun, sporting equipment for your class to enjoy at recess!

What:  Earn money for KGA

Win:   $50 in playground equipment for your child’s class (one K-3 class and one 4-6 grade class will win)

How:   Send in unexpired Box Tops and Labels for Education in a baggie with your child’s name and teacher’s name on the bag.

When:  Now through September 12, 2014

Also keep in mind the Box Tops bonus opportunity that can earn 50 eBox Tops!

Remember, this is an EASY way to earn money for KGA!  Thank you for your participation!  For a list of participating products or information about other EASY ways to earn money for KGA, go to www.kgapto.com  and click on “fundraising.”

Jul 29

Fresh & Easy Shop for Schools

SFS_HeaderLandingPage2 Use your Fresh & Easy Friends card to earn money for KGA!

Up to 5% of your purchases will be given back to KGA!  Just sign up for the program and shop as your normally do!





1. Pick-up a Friends card from your local Fresh & Easy.
2. Create an account at freshandeasy.com/friends and link it with your Friends card!
3. Sign up at eScrip.com/FreshAndEasy:

  • Create your account.
  • Search for and select KGA as your recipient school.
  • Enter your 18-digit primary Friends card.

4. Once registration is complete, your Supporter ID or Username will be displayed, and you will receive a Welcome Email from eScrip with the password you created.

Jul 29

Box Tops Bonus!

BoxTopsBox Tops is currently offering a 50 eBoxtops bonus!

Purchase 10 participating items in one transaction by August 31, then send in your receipt (email, upload, or by mail), and you’ll receive a certificate for 50 eBoxtops that you can turn in with your other boxtops.

Jul 21

New KGA Spirit Gear

PTO is selling T-shirts with new KGA logo and other KGA spirit gear, including bling (iron-on rhinestones), pencils, and car decals! Your child will be bringing home an order form the first week of school. You can also download the order form yourself. Please return to your child’s teacher or the front office in an envelope marked “PTO”.



Gold bling
Bling Gold

Purple bling
Bling Purple


Below are instructions to iron on the Bling at home or a Heat Press, if available. Solid shirts in school colors (purple, teal, gold) are recommended!

  1. Check label of shirt for iron safety before applying this product.
  2. Pre-heat iron to HIGH or Polyester Setting (Temperature may vary from iron to iron) and make sure steam function is OFF.
  3. Place garment on hard, firm, and heat resistant surface (such as an ironing board or countertop) that is low enough to apply weight to the iron.
  4. Smooth out wrinkles and iron shirt area where bling will be applied.
  5. Carefully peel and remove the white plastic backing and discard.
  6. Place the Bling, adhesive side down, on the desired part of the shirt.
  7. Apply moderate to heavy pressure on a section of the Bling with the heated iron for approximately 15 seconds. DO NOT MOVE THE IRON. Perform in sections, if necessary.
  8. Let cool completely and peel back the clear carrier sheet slowly. If any stones are being lifted by the carrier sheet, STOP. Place the carrier sheet back down and repeat step 7.

Jul 14

Understanding Communications at KGA

You have a lot of ways you can get information about what’s happening at KGA. From teachers, to the administration, to PTO it can easily feel like information overload. While some of the content of the various communication methods overlap, each has a specific purpose and priority level. Please refer to the table below for more information.


Method Type How to join/receive Purpose Importance
Knightline School newsletter Sent to email address on file. If you are not receiving it, check you spam folder (and mark sender/domain as “not spam”) Update on events, happenings, school procedures Very High. Make sure the office has your best email address
KGA Website School website Visit cusd80.com/knox School information. Teacher/grade webpages have homework and curriculum content High
Remind Reminder/ message service To receive message via text, text “@knoxg” to 623-552-2153
To receive emails, send email to knoxg@mail.remind101.com
Instant alerts and reminders Highly recommended
KGA PTO Calendar Google calendar Visit http://kgapto.com/calendar-2/ to view and for instructions to add to your Google, Apple or Outlook calendar Comprehensive calendar updated with all school-wide events, meetings, and first-day-of-week reminders for 6 day calendar . You can add to your google, apple, or outlook calendars and have easy viewing access for upcoming events Highly recommended
KGA PTO Website PTO website Visit kgapto.com Resource for parents regarding volunteering, fundraising, events, and other school news High
KGA PTO email list Email list Fill out PTO form or send email to kgapto@gmail.com to request addition Generally used for event notification, call for volunteers, and notices for special fundraising events Optional,but recommended
KGA Facebook page Facebook page Search for “knox gifted academy” and like the page Upcoming events and  pictures from events Optional, but recommended
KGA Parents Facebook group FB Discussion group Search for “Knox Gifted Academy Parents” and send a message to the administrator with a request to be added along with the name of your child and teacher Discussion group for parents of KGA students Optional,but recommended
CATS Parents Facebook group FB Discussion group Search for “C.A.T.S. Parents Chandler AZ” and request membership Discussion group for parents of CATS students throughout the district Optional.
Infinite Campus Website http://www.cusd80.com/studentportal
instructions: http://goo.gl/2ecwAO
Grade reporting and other class-based information Highly recommended
Schoolwires Notification service Create subscription on cusd80.com Schoolwires sends notices of changes to select websites, e.g. when teachers add homework content to their class pages. Optional.

Jul 13

Check out PTO!

The Knox Gifted Academy Parent-Teacher Organization will be hosting its first general meeting on Thursday, July 24 in KGA’s Media Center from 3:50-4:50. Childcare is provided for parents attending the meeting. Find out what PTO has planned for the year and find your way to help out.

Whether or not you can attend, please fill out PTO’s parent information form. This provides us information about families at KGA and allows you to express interest in PTO events and activities.

And to stay abreast of all events, meetings, and important dates, please bookmark or subscribe to our comprehensive school calendar.

Jul 13

Meet the teacher!

meet_teacherThursday July 17, 2014


5:30pm – 7:00pm



KGA students and  families are invited to campus this Thursday to meet their teachers.  This event will be an informal (open house) where you and your child will meet their teachers, see their new classrooms, and find out about the many ways you can be involved at school. As a reminder, a separate night (Tuesday, August 5) is scheduled for Curriculum Night

Throughout the evening, various school clubs and PTO representatives will be in the Multipurpose Room providing information about their groups. The PTO will also be selling shirts with the new KGA logo for $15, along with car decals, bling, and KGA pencils. We’ll also have otter pops for students. Please stop by and say hello!


Other tabled clubs and groups include: KGA Front Office, Band, Orchestra, Robotics, Running Club, Odyssey of the Mind, Art Masterpiece, Yo-yo club, Minecraftedu, Chess club, Community Ed, Kids Express, Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts

Jul 02

Drop off & Pick up Info

CarSchool Times: 9:10am – 3:40pm

Children may arrive on campus from 8.45am each day to be supervised by their class teacher.

Children enrolled in Kids Express can attend from 6.30am at the program start.

The MAIN ENTRANCE this year will be the WEST PARKING LOT’s EAST GATE near the Library. The entrance on Orchid Lane will remain locked.

NO PARKING is allowed on the school side of W. Orchid Lane especially near parking lot entry/exit.

If you are in a line of cars along Orchid Lane, DO NOT BLOCK THE BUS CUTOUT 

 Drop-Off Procedures:  (Drive Up,  Walk Up, Buses and  Kid’s Express)

Drive Up:  Turn into West Parking Lot and pull forward to the North Gate.  Teachers will be on duty from 8:45 am – 9:10 am to assist students getting out of the cars.  Please stay in your car and have students get out on the right (passenger) side of the car ONLY.  Students will walk through the Main Entrance or through the north gate to their classrooms. In the first few weeks of school, there may be a line along Orchid. PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK THE BUS CUTOUT ON ORCHID LANE – THIS IS FOR BUS LOADING AND UNLOADING ONLY – THERE IS NO STUDENT DROP OFF ON ORCHID LANE.

Walk Up:  Park your car and use the sidewalks on the west and north perimeters of the parking lot to escort your students.  The North Parking Lot Gate will be open for students to walk onto campus.  Parents are allowed to come onto campus with their students the first week, but the school requests you say good-bye to them at the gate beginning next week. As a reminder, there is NO STUDENT DROP OFF ON ORCHID LANE

Buses:   KGA has depot bussing from all CUSD Elementary sites.  The buses will arrive on campus between 8:45 am – and 9:10 am.  Teachers will be on duty to assist students getting off the buses to their classrooms.

Kid’s Express: You will need to park and use the Main Gate (West Parking Lot) AND SIGN IN AND OUT IN THE Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). Kid’s Express staff will dismiss students at 9:00 am to go directly to their classrooms.


Pick-Up Procedures:  (Drive Up, Walk Up, Buses and Kid’s Express)

At least for the first few weeks, all students will be in the shade, breezeway, or Media Center when waiting for dismissal. 

Drive Up:  Beginning at 3:40, K-3rd grade students (along with any siblings) will be in the Media Center and 4th - 6th grade students will line up in the breezeway.  Please pull your car up to the Main Gate as far as possible.  Teachers will be looking for the placards in your windows and calling for the students to come to the car – entering only on the passenger side. There will be a line of cars throughout the year along Orchid Lane. Please do not block the BUS CUTOUT ON ORCHID LANE – THERE IS NO STUDENT PICK-UP ON ORCHID LANE.

Walk Up:  Park your car and use the sidewalks along the west and north perimeter of the parking lot.  The North and park gates will be open so that you can enter the NW grassy area and meet your students underneath the big shade trees.  PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE INTERIOR OF THE CAMPUS – WE ARE TRYING TO GET ALL THE STUDENTS OUT TO THEIR PICK UP AREAS.

Buses:  Students will line-up by bus color in the shade near the B Building.

Kid’s Express:  You will need to park and use the Main Gate (West Parking Lot) AND SIGN IN AND OUT IN THE Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). 

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