Beginning kindergarten, a milestone in the lives of children and
their parents, signals the onset of academic and social
expectations in a more formal setting. At Killington Elementary
School (KES), we have steps in place to make the transition a
positive and affirmative experience for each child. Our
kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Knipes, begins by asking preschoolers to
visit her classroom.
Those children who do not attend the Preschool at Killington may
participate in registration activities to meet Mrs. Knipes and tour
the school. Kindergarten registration is scheduled for Wednesday,
April 24th. Please contact the school, at 422-3366, to make an
appointment. Bring your child's original birth certificate and
immunization records. We look forward to hearing about your child's
unique characteristics and inviting parents to become a part of the
What would we do without you?
Our children benefit enormously from your generous gifts of
time, energy, and creativity. You help us sustain our programs and
you enrich the learning environment. You give children support when
support is needed. Please join us to celebrate all that you do
for us. A special volunteer luncheon will take place on Wednesday,
April 10, immediately following the 11 a.m. KES Talent Show.
FUN FAMILY MATH NIGHT
We promise you will have fun at Family Math Night. Many of us grow
up with trepidation whenever faced with tricky math problems. We
promise you that your feelings will soon change! Come with your
family and join us on Tuesday, April 30 for Family Math Night with
'funtastic' presenter, Tom Schersten, and enjoy free pizza,
compliments of the KEEPERS.
Thank you to our Spring Fling Breakfast workers, food donators, the
KEEPERS (the KES Parent Group) and all those who joined us for a
fun-filled community gathering. Many families attended and
expressed appreciation for this community event, which doubled as a
fundraiser, raising close to $400 for the school. We truly
appreciate all of the preparation and the work done behind the
scenes to make this event a success!
SCHOOL CALENDAR 2013-14
A school calendar will help you when planning family vacations next
year. School absences, due to family vacations, cause students to
fall behind unnecessarily and experience stress and anxiety upon
the return to school. Planning family vacations during the school's
scheduled vacation weeks will help your child experience greater
success in school. Please coordinate family vacations with
regularly scheduled school breaks.
STUDENT COUNCIL MATH-A-THON
By Maggie Rice
Thirty-two students participated in the student council sponsored
Math-A-Thon this year, collecting $1,333 for St. Jude's Hospital.
Students worked hard on their math books and want to thank the
sponsors who donated money for children who have diseases and need
The Math-A-Thon booklets teach kids math in a fun and friendly
way. While children are learning, they are helping children in
need. Congratulations KES!
On Friday, April 12, the Student Council is asking each class at
KES to dress in an assigned color. Do your best to dress head
to toe as follows:
Kindergarten & Grade 1: Purple
Grade 2: Brown
Grade 3: Orange
Grade 4: Red
Grade 5: Green
Grade 6: Blue
HEALTH ROOM NEWS
By Jamie Sudol, school nurse
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a time to
increase awareness about the safety of our nation's children and
take time to love, respect, and communicate with our own children.
Child abuse has always existed, but increased coverage by the
media, and new legislation has brought the issue to the forefront
of the public's attention.
What can you do to help reduce the incidence of child abuse in
this country? First and foremost, establish a trusting relationship
with your children and engage in open, honest discussion about
healthy sexuality and relationships. If children know the facts,
and learn how to trust their instincts, they are less likely to
fall into the traps of abusers.
Have a conversation about adults your child feels he can trust.
Discuss the meaning of "private" and "secrets." Explain that adults
should not ask children to keep secrets. Always be aware of with
whom your child is spending time. If your child is away from home,
is he under the supervision of adults you know and trust? These are
some basic strategies for helping keep children safe.
Please refer to the "STEP UP" child abuse prevention booklet
that was sent home earlier this year for more detailed
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is another great time to do
something special with your child that lets you reconnect and lets
them know how much you love them. This can be as simple as taking
some extra time to snuggle up and read together. Make some popcorn
and have a family movie night or take out the Monopoly board and
have a nice long game together. Spending quality time with your
child is the best way to let them know they're special. Let's take
this month to celebrate our children!
Snowshoe photos by Jessie Boudreault