Cougar Connection

December 2014 - Kitley Elementary


December 3, 2014

Dear Kitley Families,

As the holiday season has approached and weather has changed, I have found myself thinking about what I am most thankful for. Without question, I am most thankful for my religion and my family. Obviously, my first thoughts of family went to my loving wife and child and the rest of my actual family. Nevertheless, my thoughts eventually turned to another family I have, The Kitley Family.

The Kitley Family is comprised of every individual that works with our students here at Kitley. I am unbelievably astonished by the level of devotion that The Kitley Family shows to our children and community that they serve. Not a single day goes by that I am not inspired by at least one person of The Kitley Family for going above and beyond in their job. The Kitley Family is an amazing family and I could not be more proud to be a part of it! There are truly not words to describe these amazing individuals that come together daily with a mission of educating our youth at Kitley. Many times these individuals go unrecognized and I believe that is a travesty.

I want to personally thank each individual that is a part of The Kitley Family. I want each and every member of the family to know that your work does not go unrecognized. There are literally hundreds of students that are positively impacted daily by each one of you. The truth is, students may not realize this until much later in their lives. Nevertheless, the work you are doing now is changing lives and helping our youth grow to be tomorrow leaders. I take pride in this work and I know all of you do too!

Finally, I want to say thank you from the depths of my heart for accepting me into this wonderful Kitley Family. I am taken back every day by the appreciation I receive from all of you and worry that I do not reciprocate that appreciation. Please know I recognize and appreciate all of the work that you do and know that the students and community we serve are better because of each one of you!

Parents and community members, I ask that you take some time out of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to thank a member of The Kitley Family. Please take time to call and leave a message on their voicemail or email them directly because you have seen the impact they have on a child’s life. I know that I personally could not be prouder or more thankful of this wonderful family I have been so blessed to be a part of!

Please have a safe and happy holiday season! As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Schoene or myself at any point at (317) 803-5900. I am excited about the wonderful start to our school year and expect many more wonderful things to take place this year!


Mr. Devon Phillips


Upcoming Performances:

This is a busy time of year for our 5th grade students. We have some very special performance opportunities coming up. Please read this information carefully and call with any questions.

Mrs. Stevenson and Mr. Fellerman

Amanda Stevenson 803-5967

Nathan Fellerman 803-5939

Kitley 5th Grade Winter Program:

Thursday, Dec. 11th – 9:30 am for school and 6:30 pm for families

For the evening performance students will wear “holiday dress clothes.” Students should arrive at school at 6:10 and report to the LGI room.

FCHS Sounds of the Season Concert:

Saturday, Dec. 13th 7:00pm – Students will need to arrive at 6:00pm

*students will be allowed to be dropped off and picked up for this event. If you are not staying for the performance students will be ready to be picked up at 9:15pm.

Once again we have been invited to perform with the Franklin Central High School Music department in their Sounds of the Season Concert. We will be performing at the Saturday, Dec. 13th concert at 7pm. At this concert we will sing two songs on our own (selections from our Winter Program) and then perform the finale with all of the FCHS Music Department students. This is an incredible opportunity for our students to perform with the FCHS students and in their facility. Because this is a FCHS event there is a charge for this concert. Tickets will only be on sale Dec. 1st- Dec. 5th. You can order tickets by returning the attached order form any day that week (or before) or by visiting the box office at FCHS during the hours listed on the form. This concert is expected to sell-out, so please do not plan to buy tickets at the door. If you opt not to attend the concert, students will be allowed to be dropped off and picked up for this event.


The Indianapolis Marion County Police Department sponsored a "Healthy Reasons to Say No to Drugs" contest. Students had to create posters depicting reasons they say no to Drugs. The winning work will be framed and on display at the Ruth Lily Center.

Makayla Nathan, a 4th grader at Kitley, won 1st place in the contest!! Ava Wilson won 3rd place also! Congratulations Cougars! Great Job!


Everyday Mathematics

In this busy time of year with lots of car rides, take the time to practice math when you are on the go. Try doubling, tripling, or quadrupling small numbers. Practice counting by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and 5’s sometimes starting at numbers other than zero. Think of two 2-digit numbers and have your child estimate the sum or difference. Have your child create and tell you a number story that goes with a given number sentence, such as 4+2=6.

Bedtime Writings:

To foster regular communication with your child, consider holding written conversations in addition to verbal ones. Designate a notebook that is used to write letters to one another at bedtime. You can describe your daily events, share wonderings or curiosities, and respond to one another’s thoughts and feelings.


As winter has already arrived, this is a good time to review the 2-hour delay procedures. Watch your local news and look for Franklin Township Community School Corporation to see if the District is on a 2 hour delay, or follow FTCSC on twitter.

If there is a 2 hour delay, Kitley will begin school at 10:50. Dismissal will be at the normal time.


Want to be a substitute teacher?

Click on this link to see more information about becoming a substitute teacher for FTCSC!


Click on this link to see information about registering a child for kindergarten next school year!

Reminders and General Information

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