Klem South Penguin Press

October Edition

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Fall is here!

Hello Klem South Families,

September flew by in the blink of an eye. We are so proud of our penguins, as they have truly embraced our CARE attributes and are settling in for an amazing school year. As a reminder- CARE stands for:





During the month of October, we will focus on showing CARE in the cafeteria. We welcome your partnership in speaking to your child(ren) about manners in our eating space. In particular, please consider the following talking points:

- Cleaning up after eating

- Using an inside voice

- Using manners with the monitors and peers

- Respecting peers during lunchtime talking

Thank you for your help. It is always good for children to hear common messages at home and at school.

If you drop your child off in the morning, please remember that an adult must accompany students in the lobby before the bell rings for the day.

Enjoy this crisp weather (after the next few days) and never hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance to you.

Take care,

Martha End and Dr. Stephen MacAdam

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Important Dates

Friday, October 12 (6-7PM): Family Literacy Night

Wednesday, October 17: School Picture Day

Thursday, October 18: 1/2 Day for Students for Conferences- Dismissal begins at 11:15 AM

Friday, October 19: 1/2 Day for Students for Conferences- Dismissal begins at 11:15 AM

Friday, October 26: Costume Parade (9:30AM to 10:00AM) & 1/2 Day for Students for Conferences- Dismissal begins at 11:15 AM

*More information will be sent home regarding the Costume Parade.


This is a reminder that Halloween costumes must be child appropriate and may not be scary, violent, or include masks/weapons. Classroom teachers will also communicate additional information concerning classroom Halloween celebrations. A flyer will go home with details regarding this year's Costume Parade.
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The 4th graders had an awesome time during the Fun Run in September. Everyone persevered and had a great day! We are looking forward to our October field trip to Helmer Nature Center. The 4th graders have been close reading poetry in ELA, regrouping in math, and learning all about New York State in social studies! We are looking forward to a fun filled October!
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The fifth graders attended the Monroe County Conservation Days at Ellison Park. The kids learned about migration, recycling, using a GPS, animal adaptations, and keeping our watershed of Lake Ontario clean. The fifth graders are going to do great things for our Earth!
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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8

Board of Education Appoints New Member

Your board of education is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Rigillo as its newest member. Ms. Rigillo will serve the remainder of the term that will end on May 14 (WCSD’s annual budget vote and board election) and replaces Mike Gustin who recently resigned from the board. Ms. Rigillo has lived in the WCSD community for 43 years and taught in our district from 1990-2013 at DeWitt Road Elementary School and Willink MIddle School prior to her retirement. We welcome her to the board!

District Web Pages Offer Information on School Start Time Changes and Capital Improvement Project

Webster CSD is in the midst of sharing information about two important initiatives. BEGINNING IN FALL 2019, start times for elementary, middle and high schools will change. New start times will be approximately 8:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. for middle and high schools and 7:45 a.m. - 2:10 p.m. for elementary schools, plus or minus five minutes. The decision to move forward with this change is supported by extensive scientific research and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the New York State School Boards Association.

The district has made this announcement now to help all families prepare for the change coming up next fall. We will be using the newly launched Start Time Initiative web page to communicate important information relative to this change. We encourage you to visit http://www.websterschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=1579 for more information, FAQs, and a place to share your feedback or ask additional questions you may have. Your board will also offer a check-in on the transition to new start times during its regular meeting on October 4 at 6:30 p.m., Spry MS auditorium.

In addition, the district is sharing information on the proposed $69.5 million capital improvement project that will be up for a district-wide vote on Tuesday, December 11. Included in this proposal are state-of-the-art media centers at all elementary schools, Willink Middle School, and Webster Schroeder High School. There are also proposed renovations to the technology education wing at Webster Thomas High School, improvements to playing fields at both high schools, and the purchase of the Town of Webster’s field at Basket Road. WCSD’s transportation center will also see improvements and expansion as part of this proposed project.

Please visit http://www.websterschools.org/districtpage.cfm?pageid=1582 for more information regarding the proposed capital improvement project. Be sure to check the website throughout the fall as it will continually be updated with additional details about the project.


The board is pleased to sponsor the 47th Annual Senior Citizens’ Day upcoming on Thursday, October 18. Invitations to senior citizens who live in the district were mailed on October 4 and the excitement is building for this community-wide event that features entertainment by our talented student musicians, a wonderful Thanksgiving-style meal, and the ever-popular door prizes donated by area merchants and service organizations. Anyone interested in donating door prizes for this One Webster event, please email Jenifer_Calus@webstercsd.org.


You can stay informed on your board’s activities by visiting http://www.websterschools.org/board. The board’s web page features agendas, minutes, and even the latest meetings, which run live (and taped) on WETV, Spectrum Cable Channel 1301. Public attendance at meetings and workshops is encouraged and welcomed.

Be sure to join us for these upcoming board meetings and district-wide events:

  • Thursday, October 4 - BOE Regular Meeting: Start Time Check In (6:30 p.m., Spry Middle School auditorium, 2nd floor)

  • Friday, October 5 - Superintendent’s Conference Day. no school K-12

  • Saturday, October 6 - Webster Marching Band hosts 33rd Annual Autumn Fanfare field show and competition, Webster Schroeder High School stadium, Gates open at 5:30 p.m., performances begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 18 - Senior Citizens’ Day

  • Thursday, October 18 - BOE Workshop: Safety, Security, Joint Town/Village Meeting (Time typically 6:30 p.m. – please refer to WCSD website, websterschools.org, Conference Room B, District Offices, 3rd floor of Spry Middle School)

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Getting Ready for Parent-Teacher Conferences

You know your child best! As we prepare for upcoming conferences, we would like to share the following resource. Please feel free to reach out to our mental health team if you would like support or have questions.

Social Worker: Tricia Denhoff

Psychologists: Elizabeth McCusker and Katie Newby


Digital Citizenship

Want to know more about how to help your child navigate the Internet? Click here!

Some sights around Klem South!

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