Yesterday we had our monthly Sharing Assembly and celebrated Character Day! It was awesome to see so many students and staff participate in what has been a highly anticipated annual event. I know you join me in thanking the PARP Committee Members for developing this year’s theme, “March Madness: Books Always Win!” and planning the activities which took place throughout the month, including Starry Story Night. The PTO also contributed to PARP by purchasing a copy of Dream Big by Deloris Jordan for each of our classrooms. We hope you enjoyed reading the book on the evening it was sent home with your child. After listening to the 5th graders read book reviews each morning on ‘Good Morning, KES’ our students voted for their favorite Sweet Sixteen book. I just announced to the school that this year’s winning book is… The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak. From my office, we heard cheers from throughout the school building. Yeah!
We told the students yesterday that we have not collected as many books this year as we have in the past for the Community Center. It is not too late to send in a book- we will be collecting until April 6th.
While on the topic of reading, we ask that over Spring Break you encourage your children to continue reading. Our K-5 students have worked very hard this year to develop their endurance for reading independently. It would be wonderful if the students returned from vacation with having maintained (or even improved!) reading stamina. During vacation, we recommend that K-2 students read independently for 20-30 minutes daily, and students in grades 3-5 read for 50-60 minutes daily. Students are encouraged to read old favorites, articles from (online) magazines, RAZ Kids, or a new book from the library.
On another note, upon returning from Spring Break, parents of students in grades K-4 will receive a Connect Ed. message regarding the online Class Placement Parent Input Form. Please read the letter carefully and adhere to the guidelines. This is the opportunity for parents to participate in the class placement process, so if there is information about your child you feel is relevant, please take the time to complete and submit the form by Monday, April 30. I will review the information, and rest assured that sensitive information is held confidential. If there is a need for clarification or additional information, I will follow up with you directly.
Looking even further ahead into the spring, if you are interested in learning more about KLSD’s 2018-2019 budget, Michael Jumper, Assistant Superintendent of Business will be presenting at upcoming PTO/PTO meetings. You are welcome to join any one of the meetings at your convenience. The schedule is as follows:
Monday May 7: IMES 9:30 am and MPES 7:00 pm
Tuesday May 8: JJHS 7:00 pm
Wednesday May 9: JJMS 9:30 am and KES 7:00 pm
If you have not already completed the COMPACT Committee Survey, we would greatly appreciate if you would take a few minutes to do so over Spring Break. Here is the link to the short Survey Monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SQBR5JP
We hope you enjoy the week with your family, and look forward to seeing the children back at school on Monday, April 9 to hear the tales of their holiday celebrations, vacations and ‘stay-cations’.
Take good care,
Cristy Harris, Principal and Kweon Stambaugh, Assistant Principal