JW Killam Principal's Corner

Ms. Leveque's Weekly Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Leveque

We have had a fantastic start to the year! It was a welcomed sound to hear the students laughter and many questions as I passed through the classrooms and hallways. The year began with the multiple opportunities to get to know one another, discuss summer vacation, re-establish the rules and expectations, and discover each other's hopes for the year, all in the spirit of creating a community of learners. We have a TRRFCC year ahead! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Wednesday's Curriculum Night Event. Information from the evening is up on our school website. Below are a few procedural notes worth mentioning again.

1. Emergency Contact Forms are ONLINE:

The RPS Pupil Information Card is located within your PlusPortal account. To review and update the form, login and locate the Forms Tab. As guardians fill these out, they update in both our PlusPortals and our Admin. Plus databases. This will be our database for the year. These are our emergency cards and how you will receive notices all year. Please fill these forms out and keep them up-to-date throughout the year. Paper emergency contact forms will NOT be going home.

2. In another effort to stay GREEN...

Special Education meeting invitations and consent forms will be emailed through a secure server. Shana Goldwyn, Killam's Team Chair, will email you alerting you that information is coming home through the secure email. You can expect an email from Mrs. Goldwyn by September 13th indicating your child's special education liaison for the 2019-2020 school year. If you would prefer a paper invitation, please let Ms. Goldwyn know at shana.goldwyn@reading.k12.ma.us.


Ms. Leveque

Important Killam Dates

Friday, September 13th: PTO sponsored Killam Family Picnic, 5-7pm on the Killam field

Thursday, September 19th: PTO Presentation -- Speaker: Theresa Wiggins, Mindfulness in Schools, 7-8 pm in the Killam Cafeteria

CORI Forms

In order to volunteer for school activities (for example: chaperoning field trips, volunteering in school events like Halloween Bash or Field Day, volunteering in the library, classroom helper) you must have a current CORI (Criminal Offender Record Check) on file. CORIs are valid for three years and cannot travel between districts or locations. (For instance, if you have been CORI'd for your work it cannot transfer to Killam, you have to do a new CORI at Killam). They can travel between schools in the Reading Public Schools; if you have submitted a CORI form at Parker and are approved we can honor that at Killam. If you are new to the Reading Public Schools or had your last CORI completed three years ago, please come by the office and complete a CORI. You must have a valid government issued ID with you. The office is open for CORI checks from 7:30 to 3:30 each day.

Attendance Matters!

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PTO Corner

The PTO is sponsoring two exciting events in the next few weeks. Join us on Friday, September 13th for the PTO sponsored Killam Family Picnic from 5-7pm on the Killam field. Grab dinner and bring your whole family to the Killam back field, meeting and mingling with our Killam families!

Join us on Thursday, September 19th for our first PTO meeting with guest presenter Theresa Wiggins. She will be discussing Mindfulness in Schools from 7-8 pm in the Killam Cafeteria.

Annual Reading Street Faire -- THIS WEEKEND!

The 11th Annual RFSF is this Sunday, September 8th from 12-5pm. It is hosted by Reading Rotary, is an annual community event bringing together local restaurants, retail businesses and community groups for a fun-filled, family-friendly day. The Faire route will feature numerous vendors and community group booths to visit. This is always a fantastic day to celebrate our community and to meet and mingle with friends and neighbors.

The Faire also features: Children’s Area, Kids’ Zone, performances on three stages, a Car Show, NFL Tailgate, Cornhole Tournament, 5K Road Race (at 8:30 am at Washington Park), pie eating contest, dunk tank, food, fun and much more. To participate in the 5K or the Cornhole, please register on the RFSF website.

Volunteers are needed! Please sign up to volunteer on the RFSF website.

For registration links and additional information, please visit www.fallstreetfaire.com. Or if you have questions, you may contact info.readingfallstreetfaire@gmail.com or readingmarotary@gmail.com.

RMHS Marching Band Mattress Fundraiser

Come get a better night's sleep AND support the RMHS BPO Mattress Fundraiser! We will have great name brands including Simmons Beautyrest, Intellibed, Therapedic, Wellsville, and the popular Number Beds priced up to 50% off retail in the Coolidge Middle School (Massachusetts) Cafeteria. We also sell adjustable bases, luxury sheets, premium pillows, frames, and mattress protectors... and now offering Massage Chairs too! Many FINANCING options available, including no credit check same as cash.

Starting Prices: T ($199) F ($289) Q ($299) K ($499)

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About These Services

The Town of Reading contracts with William James College to offer a special service for our residents. The William James INTERFACE Referral Service maintains a mental health and wellness referral help line Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for individuals across the lifespan living in Reading. Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers from our extensive database. Each referral meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller. Click here to learn more!