Celebrate Pi Day, 3.14
By Amy Simonds, KES Educator
March 14 (3-14) is Pi Day. Pi, which is 3.14, is the relationship
between a circle's diameter and its circumference. Sixth
graders celebrate Pi Day by finding the circumference, diameter,
and volume of exercise balls, comparing the circumferences of youth
basketballs with adult basketballs, and so on. You can celebrate Pi
Day with your child in many ways:
Find objects that are circular and measure their diameters (the
distance across the circle). Share a pie (fruit-filled or
pizza-pie) and discuss its diameter, radius (the distance from the
center of a circle to the outside), and circumference (the distance
around the outside of a circle). Read Sir Cumference and the
First Round Table, and the other books in this series. They
are on display in our KES Library!
Meet the Middle School
Spanish, French, Band, Chorus, YOH Theatre, Math Team,
Exploratories, Horticulture, Union Arena, and Advanced High School
Course Offerings, these are some of the experiences offered to
students as they move on to Woodstock Union Middle School. On
Friday, March 1, students and their parents met with Woodstock
Union Middle School representatives to learn about the breadth of
offerings at middle school. 7th grader, Kyle Weirether, joined WUMS
Interim Principal Garon Smail, and guidance counselor, Vali Stuntz,
to share specific details about course selections, extra curricular
activities, and personal experiences.
Building Math Skills with Games
By Amy Simonds, KES Educator
A great way to reinforce math skills and build fluency is to play
math-related games at home. War is a card game that can be played
with two or more people, and is fun for kids of all ages. You deal
an equal amount of cards to each player, face down. On each turn,
each player turns over his top card. The player with the highest
card collects all cards. If the cards are equal in value, you have
a "war." You play three cards face down and the fourth card face
up. The high card takes all the cards in that round. You finish the
game by counting who has the most cards, or you can play until one
person has all the cards.
Yahtzee is another game that helps students build addition and
multiplication skills, and is appropriate for ages 8 and up.
You can purchase the game, but you really only need five dice and a
sheet of paper to keep score. The object of the game is to obtain
the highest score from rolling five dice. IIf you are interested in
the directions, or need materials for these games, please see Mrs.
Learning to Type
By E. Vaughn, Librarian/Ed. Media Specialist
Children today write extensively in all of their classwork, even
in math class! Sometimes their responses are written by hand; other
times they must use the computer. In the year 2015, the new
testing program for children in 3rd grades and up will require all
students to write their responses via the keyboard,
online. KES recently purchased Type to Learn 4 for all of our
students to use at school. Practice at home would help your child
gain more experience with this necessary 21st Century
The following programs are available online. Most youngsters
find the practice both fun and rewarding.
Dance Mat typing has animated characters and fun instructional
voices. This is for younger students, ages 4 -8.
These bare bones lessons for older students come with lots of
information and important tips www.typing-lessons.org/
Many of the online lessons use games to teach the keyboard. For
even more suggestions to give your child a head start on
Help your child gain proficiency at typing skills with these
typing programs that you can use in the home. A proficient typist
will experience greater ease and comfort when putting thoughts down
on paper and assignments and assessments will go more
Health Room News
By Jamie Sudol, School Nurse
Many parents minimize the impact that television viewing has on
their children. In our busy lives, television can be a
convenient "baby sitter." It entertains our children so that we are
free to cook dinner, finish up work, or get errands done. In the
meantime, our children are exposed to advertisements for unhealthy
foods, violence, and often foul language. Watching television is a
sedentary activity. Compound this with snacks that often accompany
viewing and you have an instant recipe for an overweight child.
Inadequate sleep due to brain stimulation from television at
bedtime leads to day time fatigue, decreased attention span in
school, and weight gain.
Research shows how detrimental excessive viewing can be on our
child's health, academic achievement, and lifestyle. In one recent
study, two thirds of the children surveyed had televisions in their
How can we minimize our child's viewing time and still keep them
busy? First, if your child has a television in her bedroom, move it
out! Bedrooms are for relaxing and sleeping. Replace the TV with a
bookshelf and visit your local library to fill it with rotating
books. The bedroom is a perfect place for your child to read
quietly. Even if they can't read yet, they can have a "book look"
through illustrated books. Encourage your child to go out to play.
Teach them some old fashioned games they can play in the front yard
or driveway like hopscotch, hula hooping, and tag. If your child
must be inside, encourage imagination games, puzzles, and board
games. Card games are a great way to keep children entertained and
learn math skills at the same time. There are card games for all
abilities and a deck of cards is relatively inexpensive. Give your
children household duties like vacuuming and cleaning their room.
This keeps them busy and moving. If your child is addicted to TV
video games, look for interactive games that make your child move.
Exercise in front of the TV is better than no exercise at all.
Let's think outside of the box and get rid of the "box."
Spring Fling Breakfast & Great Egg Hunt
Please join the KEEPERS on Saturday, March 23 from 9 - 10:30 a.m.
for our annual Spring Fling Breakfast fundraiser. Pancakes, bacon,
sausage and eggs are on tap. $6/adult $4/kids. Afterwards enjoy
entertainment and the egg hunt provided by the Killington Rec
We will need volunteers for serving, cooking and selling tickets
at the door. Also there will be a sign up list for breakfast items
we are looking for to be donated to make this event a
You are invited!
The KES community is invited to attend a fundraising event for the
5th graders' upcoming overnight trip to Boston. Ms. Naugle's fifth
grade class is hosting and serving a sit-down dinner at the Swiss
Farm Inn in Pittsfield on Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m. The dinner menu
will include soup of the day, garden salad, choice of entrée, and
finally your choice of dessert. The cost is $20 per adult and $10
per child. Please contact Ms. Naugle if you are interested in
making a reservation. This annual event sells out quickly! First
come, first serve!
Volunteer of the Year
Congratulations to Kim Gaines, Killington Parks & Recreation
Department's Volunteer of the Year!
All of us at KES offer warm congratulations to Kim for this
well-deserved recognition and thank her for her generous gift of
time for our students both during recreation department activities
and school-based activities.