Kingsley ES Principal Newsletter
January 9, 2022
"Individually Unique, Together Complete"
Welcome Back KES Staff, Students, and Families!
Now, I can officially say welcome back to everyone! I hope all of our KES families are doing well.
Our staff is exited and ready to welcome the students back. We are committed to making every effort to ensure the safety, academic success, and emotional well-being of our students. As we move into 2022, I want to thank our KES staff, students, and parents for starting the year off virtually. Thank you all for everything you’ve done to support our students and our KES community.
We are returning face-to-face Monday, January 10, 2022.
Due to the current level of exposures/cases, please be patient as there may be possible bus delays and staff coverage for absences. Everyone is doing their best to keep our students and staff safe, in the meantime keeping schools open.
Parents are crucial partners in this effort as we need your continued support more than ever. In response to the recent surge in COVID-19, Omicron variant, KES will adhere to the following mitigation strategies already in place:
- A friendly reminder all staff and students must wear a mask daily. Students and staff are required to wear a properly fitted mask at all times except when eating or while outside. If a student forgets his/her mask, one will be provided.
- All health protocols and mitigation strategies will continue to be observed.
- Classrooms are set up in the safest manner possible to minimize contact.
- Desks will be sanitized daily and in between any group change. Our custodial staff will clean and sanitize high touch surfaces throughout the day.
- Sharing of classroom items and supplies will be limited and/or restricted. Students are encouraged to label all personal supplies.
- Kingsley will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch according to the DCSD guidelines.
- Students are encouraged to bring a personal water bottle each day as water fountain use will be restricted. We have refill water stations for student use.
- As always, if your child is feeling sick, please keep him/her home.
- We will continuously provide updates via School Messenger, Class Dojo, the Principal Newsletter, and our school website.
- Our after school program will resume as scheduled Monday. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Pamela Jones (KES After School Director).
Thank you again to our amazing teachers and staff who continue to go above and beyond for our students, as they are the true frontline heroes ensuring that high quality teaching and learning remain a top priority. I am beyond excited to fill the KES halls and classrooms with the sound of little feet, laughter and learning this week and in the weeks to come! We missed you!
Happy New Year!
What's Happening This Week - Week of January 9th
Here's our Week-at-a-Glance:
1/10 - Students return Face-to-Face
1/10 - DCSD Board Meeting
1/12 - KES Lockdown Drill
1/14 - Report Cards Sent Home (also available in Infinite Campus)
1/17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School
1/18 - KES Fire Drill
1/18 - Kingsley's School-Wide Extended Learning Time Begins
School Choice Open Enrollment Window
The School Choice Open Enrollment window for the 2022 - 2023 lottery will open on Friday, January 7, 2022. On-time applications must be submitted by Friday, February 4, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. The online application website is www.yourchoicedekalb.org. Detailed information about programs and eligibility can be found on the School Choice website at www.dekalbschoolsga.org/school-choice. Application status will be on the parent's dashboard. Lottery results will be emailed to all applicants on March 25, 2022.
New Year, New Semester....Kingsley Elementary School Uniform
January 2022 Dates to Remember
Counselor Corner - Dr. Hamilton
** Character Word for January is.............
Things to Know from Your Kingsley PTO
SPIRIT WEAR STORE IS OPEN
The Kingsley Spirit Wear Store is open for pre-orders and with new shirt designs available this year! Guarantee your size (both child and adult available) by pre-ordering your shirts HERE. Remember, every Friday, Comets are invited to wear their best KES spirit wear!
ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK NOW
Don’t forget to order your 2021-2022 Kingsley Elementary Yearbook before prices increase. Order your yearbook HERE for $40. Recognition ad sales coming soon!
ROOM PARENTS NEEDED
This unique volunteer opportunity is a great way to be involved, get to know your students’ teachers, and support Kingsley. Time commitments are flexible, and the duties can be performed primarily from home. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested!
Check out previous Principal Newsletters.
Week of January 2nd - https://www.smore.com/vbx1n
Week of December 12th - https://www.smore.com/5abpxs
Week of December 5th - https://www.smore.com/f73da
Week of November 30th - https://www.smore.com/myuwb
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Week of October 31st - https://www.smore.com/9bgry
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HAVE YOU DOWNLOADED AND REVIEWED THE 2021-2022 STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK?
A comprehensive student/parent handbook was developed over the summer that outlines our school policies and procedures.
***Please download the handbook using the attachment below or click on the QR code below and save it to refer to throughout the school year.
If your child needs to have medication administered at school, please download the form below and have your physician to complete it.
You may drop off the medication and the documents for the medication on the first day back to school. A staff member will meet you at the front entrance of the school to collect the documents and medication or you may place the form and medication in a Ziploc bag clearly labeled with your child's first/last name and grade. You may send it by the student with the necessary document. Inform the teacher and Nurse Thomas (email address below) that these items are in your child's backpacks and we will be sure Nurse Thomas receives them.
Please feel free to reach out to Nurse Thomas by email or you may call the school 678.874.8902 if you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org .
We Have The BEST PTO! Have You Joined? Register with the PTO Website/Membership Toolkit.
Want to make sure you are up to date on all school news? Register with the PTO today!
1. Register with the PTO website/Membership Toolkit (this will ensure you receive PTO/Kingsley Newsletters).
(If you are a returning Kingsley family, update your information as necessary!)
2. Pay your School Dues of $40 per student to help with supplies, teacher stipends for materials, etc.
3. Donate to the Kingsley Annual Fund. Annual Fund donations help for major projects such as the recent playground renovation and the remodeling of the teacher's lounge.
Remember registering with the PTO website/Membership Toolkit ensures you’ll receive the PTO/Kingsley newsletter--- you need this newsletter--- it has LOTS of information about our school and other fun activities for your students!
Here’s the website: https://kingsleypto.membershiptoolkit.com/
Edulog Parent Portal Smartphone App
DeKalb County School District announced today the launch of the Edulog Parent Portal smartphone app. The app is designed to give parents and guardians information about their child’s school bus ride.
The app allows parents and guardians to follow their child’s bus on a real-time map and stay up-to-date with notifications when that bus nears the bus stop, the school, or a custom alert zone. Parents and guardians only receive access by registering with data unique to their child.
How to Get Up and Running:
1 – Review the “Getting Started” video
2 – Download the app, sign up, and check your email to authenticate
3 – Enter your student’s student number
4 – See your student’s bus stop time and location
5 – Locate your school bus and receive alerts
Visit here for more information! https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/parents/edulog-parent-portal/
SCHOOL MEALS - Lunch Update
Breakfast and lunch are served each day of school. All meals are FREE through the 2021-2022 school year. Please review the School Cafe flyer below.
Students will be eating lunch in the cafeteria this year. ALL students will have access to free meals for the 2021/2022 school year. However, we ask that families who qualify for free and reduced lunch complete a lunch form so Kingsley can receive the funding associated with the program. The cafeteria is hoping to start selling a la carte items so please set up a School Cafe account for your child at schoolcafe.com if you would like your child to have the option to purchase additional a la cart items different from the provided school lunch.
Breakfast and lunch menus can always be found on this website: https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/school-nutrition/menus/
Please contact our Cafeteria Manager, Mrs. Cataline Moreno-Ortega, if you have questions: email@example.com
2021-2022 SCHOOL CALENDAR
The school calendar is set by the Dekalb County School District. Please click the link below to view the 2021-2022 school calendar.
PARENT PORTAL DIRECTIONS - INFINITE CAMPUS
It's our goal to have every parent access the parent Infinite Campus portal. You can review MAP results, GA Milestones, register for school each fall, view grades & attendance, in addition to update phone numbers and email addresses. Please email Regina Alicea at firstname.lastname@example.org for your activation key.
Click on the following link below for more details for parent usage instruction for Infinite Campus. https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/infinite-campus/