As a new parent in the community, we know you have many questions. We've been in your shoes! In an effort to make things easier, we have created a 'go-to' resource with information that will help those first few months at the school easier. We encourage you to refer back to this page to address questions that may come up as you get ready for the start of the new school year. Should you have additional questions, please reach out via email at

Curriculum Night - 9/25 7:00pm to 9:00pm 

Backpack Awareness Day - 9/26 

Some of the questions we receive most often have to do with membership (e.g. are ASB and PTSA the same thing?). Below is information about the two, and answers to the most common questions. Both memberships directly benefit students. Through your PTSA membership, you support programs linked to academics and curriculum-relevant materials. ASB membership supports athletics, student transportation to sporting events at another school, as well as initiatives that benefit the school's music department.

                                Why become a member?                             Why become a member?
                               - Access to exclusive content                        - Student-led organization which promotes  
                                  (including school directory).                        leadership and engagement in school.

                               - Your $25 family or $15 individual               - Membership fee is $25 and we encourage 
                                 fees enable us to earn additional                   students to sign up prior to first day of 
                                 funds that support school programs               school at the school office.      

                                - A platform to communicate and vote         - Replacement cards are available to
                                  on important issues that impact                   students for $5 at the main office.
                                  education and safety legislation.                                 

                                   Where do I sign up?                               Where do I sign up?
                                    Click here
 or visit My School                    Starting the last week of August,
                                   Anywhere to access our online                  cards will be available for sale
                                   Membership store.                                   at the school office.

                                    If I am a member at another                 What are some of the benefits
                                    school does that Membership                of ASB membership? Where do fees
                                    count at KiMS?                                        go?

                                   Each school's PTA has it's own budget        ASB represents the interests and goals of 
                                   and runs different programs to enrich        the entire KiMS Student Body. The role of 
                                   the students experience in that school       ASB is to give back, work to raise school 
                                   so PTA encourages at least one family       spirit, and raise student involvement in 
                                   member per child, per school.                   community service projects.

The easiest way to stay on top of news, information, activities, and opportunities for your child is to follow the various communications available through the school and the District. Here is a list for consideration:

               PANTHERGRAM       DISTRICT NEWSLETTER         SOCIAL MEDIA               PEACHJAR

School Newsletter        Connections News             KiMS FACEBOOK           Community Flyers  


As a PTSA member you gain access to our digital directory as soon as you join. For your convenience, Kirkland Middle offers both a digital and hard copy directory. Powered by My School Anywhere, the directory information is carried year-over-year, and can be updated directly from your phone or computer. You should have received an email on June 20th with information about how to access the parent portal and directory. Should you have any questions, contact Karem Planas at

There are several online resources for learning about important dates and events, as well as accessing the school calendar. Our favorite, since it is the most accurate, is the District TANDEM Calendar. Lake Washington Schools' Tandem Online Calendar is able to share school-specific events and activities in an online format. Tandem calendars can be filtered and customized to show only the events that are relevant for your family. You can even create an account, subscribe to the calendar, and receive notifications when events are added, changed or cancelled. 


For your convenience, here are some key dates to save in your calendar. We are looking for parent volunteers on these dates so please email if you would like to sign up to help out.

Sept 10 - Fall Sports Begin
Sept 11
 - Laptop Roll Out 
Sept 25 - Curriculum Night, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Sept 26 - Backpack Awareness Day (volunteer opportunity
*Photo order forms are mailed over the summer and payment is turned into the photographer directly

 The start of the school year brings along with it a great influx of information and many forms to fill out. To make things easier, we have collected digital versions of many of the forms. The school will be open the last week of August and will be accepting many of these then.





Below, is a collection of the most common questions we receive as a PTSA. For a more comprehensive list, refer to the school website's FAQ page. You will find it offers great information and will help address questions you may not know you have.

Q: What computers will the students get?

A: In early 2018, the district conducted a review of its technology with the support of members of the community. Current laptops will be phased out over multiple years. This coming academic year, 7th and 8th grade students will get back the same laptop they had for the 2017-18 school year. Incoming 6th grade students will receive a new student laptop: a Hewlett Packard x360 G2 with an M3 processor.

Q: When does school start and end?

A: For the 2018-19 school year, morning start time will be 8:35am. Pick up on Wednesday will be 1:35pm, while pick up the rest of the weekdays is 3:05pm. Click here for more information.

Q: Does the school offer tutoring?

A: The PTSA funds Catch Up Cafe and PowerHour Tutoring. PowerHour takes place from 3:05 to 4:05pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. A teacher is available to support students with questions and class material they want to review. Catch Up Cafe is open during lunch every day except Wednesday. It is supervised by a teacher and offers students an opportunity to get a head start of homework for the day.

Q: Can students use their phones while in school?

A: Students are only allowed to use their cell phone before and after school and during their lunch. Students are NOT allowed to use cell phones during class time, so please avoid calling or texting them during this time. KiMS provides a phone for students to use should a call home be necessary. 

Q: How can I find bus information?

A: Bus transportation is provided for students living more than two miles from school, or whose routes require them to walk on dangerous roadways. Postcards will be mailed in August from the Transportation Department detailing the bus stop and time. You may also find this information by clicking here.