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September 15, 2017
Good afternoon, KES Families.
We had another terrific week at KES!!! The children have settled in nicely to their new routines and schedule. The classrooms are lively with community building and engaging learning activities. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of joining the 5th graders at Madden Outdoor Adventure Center (sponsored by the PTO) where they engaged in challenging physical and mental team building activities. It was fascinating to observe the students over the course of the day as they developed the ability to communicate, devise and implement a plan, problem-solve, be a leader, be a follower, and truly work as a team. Before our eyes, the children shifted from an “I” perspective to a “we/us” frame of mind!
There were many moments of great pride. The teachers and I watched as one student quickly reached for the hand of another in order to create the necessary balance for the team to successfully “make it to the other side.” We were moved to tears when a group encouraged one of its members to complete an activity and overcome a real fear. We were astonished at the stamina, perseverance and determination of one team to go back for every last member in order to successfully complete the task. It's this kind of character and strength that we want to celebrate at KES. The Character Education Committee has already set forth into motion many new ways of highlighting the 5th graders as models and leaders throughout the year for our K-4 students. Stay tuned!
We conducted a lock down drill this afternoon, which went according to plan. I congratulated the students for doing a terrific job of practicing how to keep themselves and others safe in the case we ever needed to lock down in a real emergency situation.
A few important reminders:
Early Pick-ups: Children being picked up early from school will be dismissed from the Main Office. Please note that students may not be picked up from the Main Office between 3:15 p.m. and 3:40 p.m.
Change of plans: Dismissal plans should be arranged in advance of the start of the school day. Please write a note, review the note with your child, and send the note to school with your child. If you need to call the school with a change in dismissal plans, please do so before 2:00 p.m. and follow up with an email. Calls that come in after 2:00 p.m. may not be accepted.
Dog are not permitted on the property
Next week, school is only in session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. For those celebrating Rosh Hashanah, I wish your family a very happy New Year.
9:15 AM Principal’s Coffee/9:30 AM PTO General Meeting
6:30-7:00 PM ENL with Ms. DiMarco and Mr. Stambaugh in the Library
6:30-7:00 PM 2nd Grade Collaborative with Ms. Gill in Room 105
7:00-8:30 PM K-2 Curriculum Night in gymnasium/classrooms
6:30-7:00 PM 3rd/4th Grade Collaborative with Mr. Lewis in Room 203
6:30-7:00 PM 5th Grade Collaborative with Mrs. Hirsch in Room 208
7:00-8:30 PM 3-5 Curriculum Night in gymnasium/classrooms
We hope to see many of you at tonight’s PTO Welcome Back Picnic!!! George Cook, KES’ Head Custodian, is the DJ in the house!!!
Take good care,
Cristy Harris, Principal