KES Parent Newsletter

Month of November

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Administration Corner

Dear Families,

We are happy to welcome some of our E-Learners back to campus and to continue "educating with excellence" our KES Cougars. In order to stay safe on campus, it is important to continue to follow all COVID safety protocols. Please continue to be diligent in wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing. Also, please keep you children home if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or if any family members have been exposed. Thank you for your support during Quarter 1 and we look forward to continuing the safety protocols during Quarter 2. We appreciate your flexibility and willingness to work with us during the Q2 transitions. Please read this newsletter in its entirety for all of the important updates for the month of November.

We are thankful for all the support and hard work our staff and parents have shown each other during this unprecedented year. We are looking forward to the 2nd Quarter and seeing out students grow academically, socially, and emotionally.

Happy November!

Kind Regards,

Mr. Anthony & Mrs. Williams

KES Administration

Office Corner

Ms. Browning

Principal's Secretary

Ms. Leslie

Terminal Operator

Counselor Corner- Guidance and Mental Health

Mr. Pollock

Guidance Counselor

What can you do to help your student during the COVID pandemic?

Steps to Help Provide Stability and Support to Children

  • Maintain a normal routine
  • Talk, listen, and encourage expression
  • Give honest and accurate information
  • Teach simple steps to stay healthy
  • Be alert for any change in behavior.
  • Reassure children about their safety and well-being

Information from CDC Your Health Children’s Wellbeing

Nurses Corner-Health & Wellness Updates

Make Handwashing a Family Activity (www.cdc)

Give frequent reminders At first, your child will need regular reminders of how and when to wash hands. It is especially important to remind children to wash their hands after using the bathroom, before eating, after touching pets, after playing outside, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing their nose.

The steps are: get your hands wet, put on soap, rub soapy hand for 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday Song) making lots of bubbles getting between fingers and fingertips, scrub just below your wrist, rinse off and wash away all the bubbles, dry your hands and then turn off the water, at school you will dry with a paper towel and turn off the faucet with the same paper towel.

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Important Dates and Reminders For November

Upcoming important dates:

  • Wednesday November 11th is Veterens Day there is No School for Students and Staff.
  • Thursday November 12th Schools Closed Due to Hurricane Eta
  • Friday November 13th Report cards will be distributed.
  • Monday November 16th Student of the Month.
  • Tuesday November 17th is Picture Day for eLearners. You will need to come to campus and have your picture taken. Please contact the school for further information.
  • Wednesday November 18th PTA Meeting at 3:30pm.
  • Wednesday November 18th SAC Meeting at 5PM.
  • Thursday November 19th Thanksgiving Feast for the students.
  • Thursday November 19th ESE Parent Advisory Meeting. Registration information is below in the LEA Facilitator Corner.
  • Friday November 20th PBIS Reward Day (Jersey Day).
  • Monday November 23rd through Friday November 27th is the week of Thanksgiving Break. There is No School for Students and Staff.
  • Monday November 30th Students and Staff Return from Break.
  • Monday November 30th Interims are ditributed.

Grade Level Information for the month of November


Dear Families,

Young children are in nearly constant motion. Moving makes children feel capable and confident, releases tension, and builds strong bodies and minds. Children’s love of movement will make a study of exercise very exciting. We will try many types of exercise, watch other people exercise, explore the places that people exercise, and discover what equipment they use. As we study exercise, we will learn concepts and skills in physical development, language and literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology. We will also develop thinking skills as we observe, investigate, ask questions, solve problems, make predictions, and test our ideas.

What You Can Do at Home: Talk with your child about exercise and do a few exercises with your child each day. Point out when you notice people in your community exercising. Help your child keep a daily exercise chart. Create a list with your child of your family’s favorite exercises. As you read books with your child, notice and talk about the character’s physical movements. At the end of our study, we will hold a special event to show you what we have learned. Thank you for playing an important role in our learning.


Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading:

• Alphabet Recognition

• Letter Sounds

• Sight Word Practice

• Comprehension Skills

• Practice with Word Families


• Counting, Modeling and Writing Numbers 6-10

• Identifying Greater or Less

• Beginning Adding 0-5

Science/Social Studies:

Identifying properties of matter (solids) such as color, shape, texture, temperature and weight.


• Practice writing with Sight Words

• Using Capital Letters at the beginning of sentences

• Practicing Finger Spaces • Adding appropriate punctuation

• Making simple words with familiar letters

First Grade:

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: Our learning target for November is to use collaborative conversations to ask and answer questions about key details in a text Some questions you can ask your child: What happened first, next, and last in the story? Who are the characters? What is the setting? Students will also read nonfiction text and learn how to find the main topic and key details in the text.

Math: In Math, the learning target is to add and subtract to solve word problems. We are learning about finding a missing whole number in addition and subtraction equations. Students will use pictures and manipulatives to add and subtract. Please practice basic fact fluency of addition and subtraction daily.

Science: In Science we will be learning about the stars. Students will be discussing what we can see in the night sky.

Social Studies: In Social Studies, we will discuss Veteran’s Day and the First Thanksgiving. Students will read and discuss why we celebrate Veteran’s Day. We will also learn about Native Americans and the Pilgrims on the First Thanksgiving.

Writing: Students will use key detail graphic organizers to help comprehend the text. They will practice using sentence frames to retell key details in the text. Students will also use Main Topic organizers. They will identify the main topic and the key details to support the main topic.

Second Grade:

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: We have been studying non-fiction text and understanding key details and main topic.We are reading stories about how animals play a part in the world around us. We will be exploring animal offspring and what we love about animals. Our comprehension skills are asking and answering questions about key details.

Math: Students will be learning how to add and subtract up to 100 using regrouping strategies. We will also learn how to solve one and two-step word problems with two-digit numbers.

Science/Social Studies: We have been learning about changes in matter.

Writing: We are writing animal research papers. Students will be reading informational books and researching on the computer.

Third Grade:

Student of the Month:

Mrs. Lima Jones- Leland Peterson

Mrs. Ali- Addison Wesling

Mrs. Hardy- Brielle Hunsaker

Mrs. Morrison- Milton Willis

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: Nonfiction text are being used to determine and author's point of view about a topic and how to determine one's own point of view from that of the author or narrator.

Writing: Students are learning how to take the skills they have learned from our point of view standard and determine their own opinion about a topic. They will be drafting their own opinion essay.

Math: Students continue to practice multiplication skills while learning about the inverse operation of division. Students are applying some of the same strategies for multiplication to solve division such as; arrays, and equal groups. Another 3rd grade skill is to solve word problems involving one or more of these operations and understand how to represent and compute what is written in the problem.

Science/Social Studies: Students are starting a Unit on heat and light energy. They will observe, discuss, and investigate the transfer of energy. They will also learn about ways heat is produced, measured, or changed. Real life application: have students practice reading a thermometer and checking the weather for predicted temperatures. Make observations about temperature differences certain times of the day or in various locations such as shade or direct sunlight.

Fourth Grade:

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: In the month of November we will be spending several weeks on comparing and contrasting different points of view. Then we will dive deeper into our texts and begin explaining how authors use reasons and evidence to support points in a specific text. We continue to work on using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words. Accelerated reading is a very important part of your student’s life here at school. Please continue to encourage them to read 30 minutes every night.

Math: In Math students will be continuing with multiplication and begin learning division strategies. They will also work on solving multistep word problems. Parents, multiplication and division are heavily used throughout 4th grade, so please help your child study their multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction math facts every night.

Science: During the month of November students will be exploring adaptations, behaviors and traits. Talk to your students about what traits they have inherited versus the behaviors they have learned.

Social Studies: In Social Studies we will begin learning about our wonderful state. We delve into the history as well as the present of what makes up Florida

Writing:In Writing, we just finished taking the 2nd District Writing Assessment. We will continue to improve our multi-paragraph writing skills as the month progresses.

Fifth Grade:

Student of the Month:

Ms. Canaan-Yandiel Ruiz

Mr. Clifford-Ethan Beckett

Ms. Matthews-Aalyah Lopez

Ms. Zapata- Jackson Fisher

Ms. Zapata- Nohel Perez-Turro

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: Compare and Contrast two or more Characters, Settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact)

Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas, fit together to provide the overall strucure of a particular story, drama, or poem.

Explain the realationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Writing Genre: Informative/Explanatory

Writing Process: Plan, Draft, Revise, Edit

Math: Fractions

Adding and Subtracting fractions with unlike denominators and line plots.

Science: Compare and contrast the basic properties of matter.

Social Studies: The Age of Exploration (Spanish, French, and Dutch)

Upcoming Event:

Fifth grade T-Shirt order forms will be sent home this month. All forms and money are due December 2nd. T-Shirts will be distributed before Winter Break.

Exceptional Student Education:

Below is the information for an upcoming meeting:

ESE Parent Advisory Meeting

Thursday, November 19, 2020

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Register for this meeting at:

To enter the giveaway drawing, complete the Scavenger Hunt at:

Reading Coach Corner

Building Reading Stamina

Having stamina for something means being able to stick with something for periods of time. This stamina, or endurance, builds strength. Stamina can apply to lots of different areas, such as exercise or painting. It can also apply to reading.

Teachers often think about a student’s reading stamina.Reading stamina is a child’s ability to focus and read independently for long-ish periods of time without being distracted or without distracting others. Reading stamina is something that parents can help students develop. Here’s how:

1. Vary the way the reading is done. Parents can think about this in terms of having their child “read to himself, read to someone, and listen to reading.” Some combination of the three should make up the reading time, especially for new or struggling readers.

2. Choose “just right” books. If your child is at a stage of being able to read alone, help him choose books that he is able to read independently. This means he should be able to decode almost every word in the book correctly. In this situation, avoid using books that are too difficult to read alone. If your child will be reading with you, choose books that are lively and engaging.

3. Set reasonable goals. Most toddlers and preschoolers find it difficult to sit for long periods of time, even with the most engaging book! When starting out, limit book time to just a few minutes and work up from there. For elementary aged readers, consider starting with 10-15 minutes of reading time, and work up from there. Add a few minutes to your reading time every week or so.

4. Celebrate progress. Without getting too caught up on the number of minutes spent reading, celebrate the time that is spent reading. Share your favorite parts of books read, plan the next visit to the library, and share progress with other family members.

Spending longer periods of time reading means fewer interruptions and more time reading what you love. As your child moves into higher grades,having reading stamina will help your child navigate the longer texts and assignments. Using these tips can help develop more stamina in your reader.

Math Coach Corner

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Reading Interventionist Corner

Resources for parents, teachers, and other tutors to use assisting in their child or student in learning are easy to find, free, and can be online or printed out. The first thing is motivation, encouragement and the students believe you believe they can learn to read.

Buying flash cards to help with sight words and having students write the words in a sentences. Word cards are not good alone and have to be used within context. So many times sight words are memorized and once reading, the students don’t notice the word in a sentence so creating sentences with word cards help influence reading proficiency.

Online resources are:

Sheppard Software with a focus on grammar and vocabulary in context. I have used this with extension exercises, as well:

K5 Learning with focus for comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, and spelling:

Fun Brain has a list of reading books for middle range elementary for online reading of books instead of having to have them checked out: Great games for student learning are on: , however students are required to write down answers so they have practice working. As a follow up in the next center at the teacher table, students will have a discussion and write for creating sentences with the words and what do the words mean.

We can on and on, however, the process of following up and writing, talking, rereading and writing helps reading achievement in students.

Alpha Teacher Corner

Gifted children, especially the verbally gifted ones, are often compared to lawyers: they argue as if they are in court. The case they are usually arguing is their own. They argue about rules, about punishment, discipline, bedtime, dinner. Basically, they'll argue about nearly anything they don't like or they want to avoid. Although a gifted child can make excellent arguments, it's important for parents to make sure they remain in charge. No matter how bright a child is, he or she is still a child, and children, even the gifted ones, need guidance. They need rules and they need consequences when they break those rules. Gifted children should never be excused from bad behavior because they make a good case for having broken a rule. If children can talk their way out of the consequences for bad behavior, they, not their parents, end up being in control.

ESOL Corner

To practice at home have your student go on ABCYA activities.

They can also go on Tumble books ( which is located on Classlink) and read along with the story. For limited Language students and students begining to read (PreK-3) they can go on star fall.

LEA Facilitator Corner- Penny Cooper


Thank you for entrusting your children to us at Kathleen Elementary. In this section, we will share ideas and resources with you each month. If you have questions, please reach out."

Below is the information for an upcoming meeting:

ESE Parent Advisory Meeting

Thursday, November 19, 2020

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Register for this meeting at:

To enter the giveaway drawing, complete the Scavenger Hunt at:

Shool Advisory Council (SAC) Corner

Upcoming SAC Meeting:

November 18th at 5:00 pm

December 16th at 5:00 pm

Currently the SAC committee has spent money on radios and ASL (American Sign Language). We voted for funds to go towards headsets for the new iPads the school received. Seth Miller, Kathleen Baptist Minister, has been donating school supplies to teachers, bringing food as a treat on Fridays as well as doing two drive thru food distribution for families of KES. Fuel Church donated community boxes for families and they made a donation of backpacks and non perishable food to the school. P.E. also had a Dance-a-thon to raise money for new equipment for P.E.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Corner

Upcoming Meeting:

November 18th at 3:30 pm

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Kathleen Elementary
3515 Sherertz Road, Lakeland, FL 33810

Phone: 863-853-6030

School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.