Klem South Family Update

September 2019

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Dear Klem South Families,

On behalf of all of us at Klem South, we are honored to welcome you back to the 2019-2020 school year. As one season fades into the next, we embrace the joy that accompanies the start of a brand new year!

We are looking forward to making this year a memorable experience for your child(ren) and your family! At Klem South, we embrace positive partnerships with parents to foster a strong sense of community for our children. Webster is all about family and we hope that you will consider us an extension of your family.

If we can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out. Thank you for all that you do and have an amazing school year!


The Klem South Team

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, September 19- Activity Period Begins

Saturday, September 21- Klem South PTSA Welcome Back Run (10:00-12:00)

Wednesday, September 25- Klem South PTSA Meeting in the library (6-7)

Friday, September 27- 4th Grade Fun Run

Thursday, October 10- 5th Grade Orienteering

Friday, October 11- Superintendent's Conference Day- No School for students

Wednesday, October 16- School Picture Day

Friday, October 18- Half Day for students/Conferences

Thursday, October 24- Half Day for Students/Conferences

Friday, October 25- Half Day for Students/Conferences

Webster Central School District Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)!

The commemoration first began in the United States in 1968, and Webster is excited to honor and recognize the many meaningful contributions to our community and our nation that are made every day by Americans whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America!

Meet Maggie!

Maggie, an 11 year old Miniature GoldenDoodle, spends two days a week at Klem South. Her career as a registered therapy dog began in June 2012. Maggie provides comfort and friendship to many of the students and staff at Klem South. She also enjoys listening to students read. While she spends her days with Ms. Allocco’s class, she available to any student or staff member in need!

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News from 5th Grade!

On September 19th the 5th graders will attend the Monroe County Conservation Days. Students will learn about conservation, recycling, animal adaptations, watersheds, unique plants, and more.

News from PE Class!

On Friday, September 27th, all 4th graders will head to North Ponds Park for our Annual Webster Fun Run. This is a district wide event in which all 4th graders will participate in a 1 mile run sponsored by Fleet Feet.

News from the Art Room!

If you are looking for a fun way to start your afternoons, I am looking for volunteers in the Klem South Art room. The kindergarten artists could use help from 11:45-12:30 and the First Grade artists from 1:20-2:05. If you know a week in advance that you are available for either of these time slots send me an email marybeth_vasalos@webstercsd.org. You can come in once, weekly, bi-weekly, anything that works for your schedule. Seeing the kids create is really special and together we can give the little artists even more fun experiences.

Are you a memory hoarder like me? I’ve saved ALL of my kids art projects and even though the clutter drives me nuts, I can’t bring myself to get rid of their precious creations. Artkive is a company that I have turned to help me hold on to the memories, but let go of the clutter. They turn the artwork into a nice neat book. Artkive is offering a discount for our school because we have so many talented young artists. Enjoy!!

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Click here for Attendance Tips for Parents

Attendance in school matters. We appreciate all that you do to ensure your child is in school!

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Klem South PTSA Welcome Back Run

Friday, Sep. 20th, 10pm to Saturday, Sep. 21st, 12pm

1025 Klem Road

Webster, NY

The Klem South PTSA is excited to bring a NEW fundraiser to our Klem South families this fall! The “Welcome Back Run” will be held on Saturday, September 21st at 10:00am. Students will have an opportunity to raise pledges prior to the event. On the 21st, we welcome all families to join us for the run/walk behind Klem South school. This has the potential to be an incredible fundraiser! Our goal is to raise money for our PTSA sponsored events that will benefit all of our students at Klem South. More details to follow! We hope you can make the event!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Follow us on Twitter @KlemSouth

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Join our amazing Webster PTSA! We need you!

Click here to join the PTSA online

Our PTSA provides so many enriching experiences for our children. Your membership and support is valued and appreciated! The Klem South PTSA is always looking for volunteers to help run our special activities.

Contact the PTSA by emailing us at- KSPTSA@websterptsa.org

PTA Myths

Myth #1: Only moms and teachers need to join the PTA.

Truth: Anyone who cares about children belongs in the PTA, parents, family members, staff, and community members are welcome!

Myth #2: Joining the PTA means I have to volunteer.

Truth: While we do encourage you to volunteer, it is not required.

Myth #3: PTA Membership never expires. I only have to join once.

Truth: Each new school year begins a new PTA membership year. Your PTA membership will be good for the current school year!

Myth #4: I don't have time to join the PTA.

Truth: We understand how busy families are! By becoming a paid PTA member, you help the PTA continue to provide support to our kids, staff, and school throughout the school year.

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From the Board of Education, September 2019

Tammy Gurowski, President


  • State Road ES Liaison/Spry MS/Willink MS/Webster Schroeder HS/Webster Thomas HS Liaison

Linda Dioguardi, Vice President


  • Plank Road South ES Liaison

Sue Casey


  • Plank Road North ES Liaison/Schlegel Road ES Liaison

Maria Rigillo


  • DeWitt Road ES Liaison

Jan Strege


  • Klem Road North ES Liaison

Mike Suffoletto


  • Klem Road South ES/Spry MS/Willink MS/Webster Schroeder HS/Webster Thomas HS Liaison

Follow us on Twitter: @WCSDProud

@superwebstercsd (Superintendent Carmen Gumina)

“LIKE” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WebsterCentralSchools

Visit our website: www.websterschools.org

New Year, New Start Times

Welcome to the start of another school year together! Beginning this year, Webster CSD students at all 11 schools will experience new start and end times. New hours for all middle and high schools are 8:45 a.m.–3:15 p.m. and 7:50 a.m.–2:20 p.m. for elementary schools (Plank North and Klem North will be 7:40 a.m.–2:10 p.m.). Webster CSD spent the last year communicating the details of this positive change for the One Webster community. In addition, WonderCare, Webster CSD’s new before and after school program, will open its doors this fall as a way to help ease the transition to new start times for WCSD families as the district shifts to an earlier start time for elementary school and a later start time for secondary schools. Please visit www.websterschools.org/wondercare for more information.

2019-20 Tax Rates Approved

WCSD’s Board of Education approved the 2019-20 tax rates as presented by Assistant Superintendent for Business Brian Freeman during the August 15 regular board meeting. The approved, final tax rates for WCSD are listed below.

Additionally, the equalization ratio, as determined by New York State, changed for the Towns of Webster (81.5% to 77%), Penfield (95% to 90%), and Walworth (98% to 92%). These changes impacted the rates for all four towns located in the district.

Be sure to read this monthly column from your board of education shared in school newsletters throughout the year. We look forward to serving nearly 8,400 students, families, faculty, and staff once again this year!

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