King Connections

March 1, 2021

Important Information

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Dear King Families

It was wonderful to be able to welcome more students into the building last week. While our numbers were not high, having students in our classrooms felt great. Everything went very smoothly and we are ready for the next group to join us on Wednesday!


Phase IV Return: On Wednesday, 3/3, we will be welcoming back approximately 80 Phase IV B Cohort students who will be joining the current Phase I and III students for a total of 123 students. Phase IV A Cohort returns on on 3/8. (See the link to the hybrid schedule below.)


As with this past week's return of Phase III students, with the arrival of even more students, you will see some changes in your child's schedule beginning on Wednesday. As before, the first day or two back for each group will require an hour in the morning to welcome students in the building and to familiarize them with the classroom set up and basic procedures. As a result, the first hour will be asynchronous for students at home. Teachers may also need additional asynchronous periods of time during the first days to teach classroom expectations and protocols as they pertain to safety in particular. You can expect to hear from your child's teacher regarding those changes.


All students who are returning to in-person learning will receive headphones and a bag to transport their chromebooks to and from school each day. Please be sure to remind your child to use the bag to and from school to ensure the safe transit of the device. The headphones should remain at school on their desks.


Change in Learning Mode Requests: Please complete and submit this form if you would like to change your child's remote learning mode to a return to in-person. For A or B cohort students to be placed on a wait list for the April 5 return date, the form must be submitted by March 18th. Please use the form linked below instead of emailing the school directly. This is the only way that we are able to capture and time stamp those requests. Thank you so much for your help with this.


I am including the link to last week's King Connections for access to previously shared information.


This week's King Connections includes:


  • King Family Request to Change Learning Mode Form
  • Pooled Testing
  • District Return to School Update- February 26th
  • MyMedBot
  • Return to School Hybrid Schedule
  • March is Women's History Month
  • Return to Learn for Families Presentation PTO 2-10
  • King Return to Learn Q&A
  • Revised COVID Protocols and Processes as of 2/22/21
  • MCAS
  • March's Character Theme: Confidence
  • FPS Back to Schools
  • PTO Website
  • Mass.Gov Travel Updates


Best,

Allison


Please be sure to utilize the district tech website if you are having any tech issues.

King Family Request to Change Learning Mode Form

Please complete and submit this form if you would like to change your child's remote learning mode to a return to in-person. For A or B cohort students to be placed on a wait list for the April 5 return date, the form must be submitted by March 18th.

Pooled Testing

Last week, the District sent families a communication containing the following overview/FAQ documents about Pooled Testing which will begin on Tuesday, March 2nd for King students who have submitted a signed consent form.



Consent forms and cover letters were emailed by the district and paper copies sent home with students who are already in-person. Those families were asked to return the completed forms, even if they do not wish their child to participate in pooled testing, to the school with their students who are currently attending. All families with students who will be returning to in-person learning (A and B Cohorts) will be asked to send in completed forms as well. Here are the links for your reference.



IMPORTANT! MyMedBot-Attestation App

FPS is asking ALL families of in-person students to follow the daily wellness checks completed daily using "My Medbot" prior to sending students to school each day. Details about this are outlined HERE.


An email was sent from the district earlier last week with directions and your students invitation code. If you need help locating this or have any questions, please reach out to the Framingham Public School's COVID Call Center by email COVID@framingham.k12.ma.us or by calling 508-782-6633.


COVID Call Center Hours are Monday through Friday: 6am to 6pm. Staff members speak English, Spanish and Portuguese and are happy to help.


Should you forget to complete the form each day, you may receive a reminder email or phone call from the school.


The Office of Technology recorded some videos to help with the MyMedBot installation and usage. We hope this helps you with some technical questions.


English

Installing MyMedBot

Using MyMedbot


Portuguese

Installing MyMedbot

Using MyMedBot


Spanish

Installing MyMedbot

Using MyMedbot

March is Women's History Month!

Women in Science

Many women over the past century have worked hard to gain equal recognition

for their work in the male-dominated scientific world. They have had the courage to challenge those who told them that they could not do science because they were not clever enough ... or because they were not men. We hope the stories and words of wisdom contained in these pages will inspire our students to take on the exciting challenges that science and engineering have to offer.

Return to Learn for Families Presentation PTO 2-10

This slide show was presented at the last PTO Meeting and contains information and links about King's Return to School Plan. See the link below for a Q&A document.

REVISED COVID PROTOCOLS AND PROCESSES AS OF 2/22/21

For the most updated COVID Protocols and Processes that go into effect this week, please be sure to check this link.

MCAS

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has notified us that MCAS for grades 3-5 will be occurring this spring. The sessions will be shortened from previous years to only one for each area; Reading, Math, and for 5th grade, Science. The testing window will be between April 6 and May 19. As we learn more about expectations and procedures for all students, whether in-person or remote, I will be sure to communicate that information to our families.

March's Character Education Theme of the Month is CONFIDENCE

Confidence

Definition: Feeling sure of yourself and your abilities


“I” Statement:I believe in who I am and what I can achieve.


Conversation Starters:

  1. When you think of confidence, what people or what kind of people come to mind?
  2. What is a skill or activity that you think you do well?
  3. What advice would you give a friend who wasn't feeling confident?
  4. How do you think failure can positively impact your confidence?


Some Book Titles about CONFIDENCE:

  • The Dot: Peter H. Reynolds (Spanish)
  • I'm Gonna Like Me: Jamie Lee Curtis(Spanish)
  • Ish: Peter H. Reynolds
  • Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon: Patty Lovell
  • Jabari Jumps: Gaia Cornwall
  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty got Back up Again: Dan Santat
  • Fifteen Feet of Time: Philipp Winterberg (Portuguese)

ParentTeacherOrganization Join our WebSite

Do you want to be able to connect with other parents in your child's classroom? Are you interested in volunteering at a PTO event? Do you want to buy tickets or register for PTO Events? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then visit http://www.kingpto.com today and join the school directory!


Any questions emails ptokingelementary@gmail.com

Mass.gov Travel Updates during Covid-19

Here is a link that may be helpful to keep up with which states are allowable for travel at a given time.

Dates to Remember

March:

  • 3rd- Cohort B returns to school
  • 8th- Cohort A returns to school
  • 11th- Early Release-Professional Development
  • 12th- No School: FTA PD Day
  • 16th- Virtual King Q&A for Potential Incoming Kindergarten Familes-10:30am and 6:30pm
  • 18th- Learning Bag Distribution

King School Hours

School Hours 9:05am - 3:20pm


Early Release Days

  • Students who are learning remotely are dismissed at 12:00pm. Students who are learning in-person are dismissed at 12:55pm. Lunch IS served.
  • Early Release Thursdays: 3/11/21, 4/29/21, 5/6/21, 5/13/21, 5/20/21, 5/27/21


Half Days
  • Students are dismissed at 12:00pm.
  • Lunch IS NOT served.
  • Half Days: 11/25 and the last day of school.

Transportation

The online transportation request form for the 2020 - 2021 school year is now open.


If you need illustrated instructions on how to complete your Transportation Request in English, please visit THIS LINK. Here are the Portuguese and Spanish versions as well.

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King Elementary School


Allison Benabdallah

Principal


Jennifer Herring

Assistant Principal


Gail Chancey

Interim Assistant Principal