Principal's Message

November 2019

Kingsway Regional Middle School

Brian Tonelli, School Principal

Ed Dubbs, Assistant Principal, 7th Grade

Emily Virga, Assistant Principal, 7th Grade

Learning Together

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A Message from the Principal's Desk:

Greetings, Members of the Kingsway Community,


Kingsway Regional Middle School had an outstanding October! We kicked off the month with an assembly to introduce our theme of the month-respect. Guest Speaker Richard Guerry focused his presentation on the responsibility that comes with the use of social media and the need to show respect to yourself and others when utilizing this common tool. Overall, the day was instrumental in this year’s #1DragonFamily initiative and the Week of Respect. During the Week of Respect, the students dressed up each day to show their commitment to the theme.


Our clubs and activities are in full swing with anywhere from 100 to 250 students participating every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school. We look forward to a productive November where we hope to recognize many of our students at our second Renaissance Celebration as the first marking period comes to a close. On behalf of the entire middle school faculty and staff, enjoy a relaxing fall break with your family and friends.

Week of Respect - Throwback Day

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Communication

Report Cards: The end of the first marking period is November 14. You will be able to view your child’s report card in PowerSchool on November 22, 2019.


Reporting an absence in Middle School:

When reporting an absence in the middle school, please dial (856) 467-3300; next, press 2 (please leave message: your name, child’s name, grade level and reason for absence). Please keep in mind that an outbound voice message will be sent for all absent students; please disregard if you have reported your child absent. Excused absences include: sickness accompanied by a doctor’s note, death in the family, and religious holidays.


Arrival/Dismissal: Please be mindful of our students and staff when proceeding through the parking lot at arrival and dismissal. Please use caution at all times and be mindful of the various crosswalks.


KRMS Play: This year’s middle school play entitled, “Wooing Wed Widing Hood” will be performed in the West Gym on Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, November 22 at 6:30 p.m. Students must be with an adult in order to attend. Please come out and support our actors and actresses.


Renaissance Program: All Community Service and Participation forms for the Renaissance Program are due on Friday, November 15 and Monday, November 18. This is the first step in ensuring that students are eligible for the program. Please encourage your child to turn in this form.


Renaissance Celebration: Our second Renaissance Celebration will take place on December 13. The students will have a great time while being recognized for all of their efforts throughout the marking period. The students will take a field trip to Total Turf where they will enjoy basketball, volleyball, a gaming room, and so much more!


Pictures: Click here to view pictures from October 2019.


Activity Calendar: On the left hand side of the Kingsway home page, you will find a calendar indicating when each of our clubs and activities will be taking place. MathCounts, Cooking Club, Odessey of the Minds, Environmental Club, and Yoga have all met over the past few weeks. Please use the following link to check out all of our after school events: http://www.tricountyconferencenj.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=347&school_id=12


How to Help: Each stage of parenthood presents its unique challenges. Guiding our teenagers through their middle school years can be an overwhelming and daunting task. At times they struggle to stay organized, to advocate for themselves, or to know how to study for an upcoming exam. As parents, we know that there is not one single formula or a set of directions to help our children through these critical years, but we seek out any tips and advice we can find with the ultimate goal being our child’s success. Outlined below are tips you can utilize to assist your child through his/her middle school journey as well as a link to an article entitled, “10 Ways to Help Your Middle School Child Succeed”.

1. Encourage your child to advocate for himself/herself. Asking questions about a grade, posing a clarifying question, or talking to their teacher after class about a situation are all part of the maturation process and help to set our children up for future success in all that they encounter.

2. Encourage your child to reassess when he/she scores below an 83 on any secondary assessment in any class.

3. Have frequent conversations with your child about what he/she is learning in his/her classes and how he/she performed on his/her last assessment.

4. Look at the KRMS website to target clubs/activities of interest and make arrangements for your child to stay after school. Getting involved always pays off!

5. Encourage the use of our Math Working Lunch Program. This program was designed to help clarify daily mathematical concepts.

http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/school-help-middle.html#


#1DragonFamily:

In November, #1DragonFamily will be focusing on one of the 6 pillars of character, RESPONSIBILITY. Responsibility means:

· Doing what you are supposed to do,

· Planning ahead,

· Thinking before you act,

· Using self-control

· Taking accountability for your actions, attitudes, and words

· Setting a good-example

· And a lot more!

Throughout the month, students will explore what it means to be responsible. The main event for the month will be Mrs. Corcoran pushing into Health classes to share a lesson with students that focuses on the idea of being responsible (specifically, taking accountability for our actions, attitudes, and words). There will also be announcements (PA system, via homeroom reps, and during lunch) throughout the month to encourage students to reflect on the different ideas of what it means to be responsible.

Any way that you can assist in reinforcing this message will be greatly appreciated. A great tie in would be discussing goal-setting skills, being responsible for completing your own work, keeping track of what needs to be prioritized, and planning ahead.

Week of Respect - Jersey Day

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Miscellaneous

Career Day: On November 27, 2019, Kingsway Regional Middle School will be holding its annual Career Day. We have numerous community members and parents who have given up their time to make this possible. Each student will hear from a variety of presenters throughout the entire day. A huge thanks to all who have signed up to present!


Student Pick-up at 4:00: When picking your child up if he/she stays after school, please plan to arrive at 3:50 PM. If students are not picked up by the time the 4:00 bus is ready to leave, they will be put on a late bus to ensure a safe ride home.


Evacuation Drill: On October 2, we conducted an extensive evacuation drill. We practiced both stage one and stage two of the drill. The students executed the drills to perfection!


Fall Academy Newsletter: https://www.smore.com/2mj7z


Kingsway Idol: KRMS hosted the second annual Kinsway Idol. Over 280 students and parents showed up to support the event, and twenty-two contestants battled it out. Finally, standing on top of the competition was King Witherspoon . Congratulations !

Upcoming Events

· 11/2 KEF Craft Fair

· 11/4 - 8 Fall Recess School Closed

· 11/14 1st Marking Period Ends

· 11/21 Board Meeting

· 11/21 & 22 School Play 6:30 p.m.

· 11/22 Report Cards

· 11/27 Career Day/ Locker Clean Out/ Half-Day – Students & Staff

· 11/28 & 29 School Closed - Thanksgiving

Renaissance Sponsors: Thank you to the following 2019-20 Renaissance sponsors.

Premier Sponsor

Botto's Italian Line Restaurant

Creamy Acres

Landmark Home Builders

Nathaniel Boerlin Scholarship Fund/Dragon Run


Major Sponsor

Innovative Orthodontics

Ray’s Pizza

Swedesboro Diner

Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe

Spicy Affair


Contributing Sponsor

Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

Apel Psychological Services

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