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June 7, 2018
Dear KES Families,
Good afternoon! At yesterday’s General PTO Meeting, I delivered a “State of the School” report. It was an opportunity to reflect upon the current school year and share information about the next. The following is a recap for those of you who were not present.
Class Sections 2018-19
The projected class sections by grade level for next year at KES: (subject to change)
Class sizes are favorable on all grade levels.
The renovation of the “A” side of the basement, which was flooded over the Labor Day Weekend 2017, will be ready for opening day of school, September 2018. This will relieve some congestion we felt this year in having to use Art Room B, the Multi-Purpose Room, and Room 202 for art and music/instrumental classes and lessons. Next year, we will once again have these rooms available for the likes of special programs, voting, book fairs, Kindergarten Screening, and indoor recess. In addition, we will be able switch back to our original “Parent Pick Up” area located outside of Art Room A, and therefore avoid the crossing of the parents and students during dismissal. We thank you for your patience and cooperation!
Curriculum and Instruction
We will continue with our current curriculum and programs: enVisionmath 2.0 program, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project School, Social Studies inquiries, STC Science Units of Study, Health, and grade level STREAM projects. One new area of focus will be the development and revitalization of classroom libraries. Students will have new books in their classrooms, matched to their levels and interest, to look forward to reading next year!
Assistant Principal, Kweon Stambaugh, successfully transitioned our monthly Sharing Assemblies to a student led format as part of our focus on developing student leadership. In addition, this year’s 5th Grade Student Leaders visited classrooms providing their peers with important and relevant information as well as highlighting specific events and activities, including our programs related to diversity (Differences Day and A World of Difference Day) and Teacher Appreciation. Our overall theme for the year was “kindness” and you may remember that we began in September with a school-wide activity called “The Wrinkled Heart” and T-H-I-N-K, which we plan to use again next year due to its positive impact and effectiveness. The Character Ed Committee will discuss and design a yearlong program focused on a theme for next year, which we look forward to unveiling in September 2018!
We can hardly believe it is June 7 already, and we still have so many exciting activities to look forward to before school ends on June 22nd.
We also have the Strings Concert next week, and of course, FIELD DAY (flier being back-pack mailed early next week).
I took the opportunity at the recent PTO General Meeting to express my appreciation for all the wonderful enhancements made for our students’ overall experience due to the generous support provided by way of fund-raising, programs, and volunteers. It has been an absolute pleasure collaborating with Mary Gaza and Jessica Ingles as the PTO Co-Presidents, along with all of the members of the PTO Executive Board in providing for our students, and their families. I look forward to continued collaboration and positive relations with Samantha Holman and Eileen Sullivan as the newly appointed PTO Co-Presidents as well as the executive officers.
If you are at KES over the next two weeks, please stop by the “Lost and Found” in the hallway outside of the cafeteria, as we will be sending the leftover items to the Community Center at the end of June. While you are at KES, please come by to say “good-bye” to us too! If we do not get the chance to see you, then we take this as our opportunity to wish you all a wonderful summer vacation. Be safe and stay cool.
Friendly Remember: School dismisses at 12:15 pm on June 18, 19, 20 and 21. School dismisses at 10:45 am on June 22. No lunch served at school during these early dismissal days.
Thank you for another terrific year at KES!
Cristy Harris, Principal and Kweon Stambaugh, Assistant Principal
Ps. Summer Reading Letter, List and Activity Form will be forthcoming!