Kings Road School
February 2016 Newsletter
Elementary Music Programs
KRS reading specialist Mrs. Joanne Sims leads the reading challenge kick-off assembly for students.
KRS Science Night 2016 is coming! It will take place on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Science night provides all KRS students grades K-5 with an opportunity to participate in the fun. Science offers children experiences in exploring beyond the classroom to understand more about their world. Investigating a selected science topic in detail can open up new vistas and a new appreciation for not only this planet, but the worlds beyond! In February, staff members Mrs. Becki Sullivan and Mrs. Roxanne Rudy visited the classrooms to explain the science fair to the students.
News from Guidance - From Guidance Counselor Miss Tavaglione
This year the goal of guidance at KRS is to provide a bully-free environment for students to learn social-emotional skills and empathy for others. This month’s newsletter highlights our Peer Leader program, the arrival of our Buddy Bench, and our Peers on Patrol.
Our Peer Leaders consist of third graders from our three third grade homerooms. Our Peer Leaders are participating in service projects each month. In the month of December we collected almost 100 toys in only two short weeks to benefit Toys for Tots. In January, we collected Coats and Cans that benefited the Morristown Soup Kitchen. For every service project, students sign-up for different jobs to maintain the momentum of the donations and they read a reminder each morning on the announcements. Also, at recess our Peer Leaders are running structured activities for everyone to participate in. This has been a big hit so far and the hope is all students at KRS feel welcome.
This month, Miss Tavaglione received a grant from the Madison Education Foundation for a Buddy Bench. Our Buddy Bench will be on the playground and the idea is that students who are lonely or have difficulty finding somewhere to play can sit on the bench signaling other kids to ask them to play. The hope is that students learn empathy and new friendships are developed. We are planning an assembly to introduce the bench to students so they know how to use it. With the help of the Buddy Bench, Miss Tavaglione will continue to work hard both at recess and in the classrooms to make sure that KRS is an inclusive school environment.
Lastly, our fifth graders are our Peers on Patrol. They are assigned a location in the school where they greet visitors, open doors, and keep an eye out for any problems that may arise at arrival and dismissal. Also, our Peers on Patrol will be going into the classrooms to give short safety lessons on a number of different topics and some of our members are currently in a competition to be featured in the AAA calendar for a safety first artwork project.