CHRIST THE KING SCHOOL NEWS NOTES
March 16, 2016
FINAL FOUR CASH RAFFLE SELLER DRAWING THURSDAY! LAST DAY FOR KIDS RAFFLE!
Last Day for Kid's Raffle Thursday! $1 chances for this AWESOME CKS monkey, a Fuji Instax Mini 8, and a class party with Coach Matthew Mitchell!
Once again, thank you for your help and support!
BID & BUY BBF AUCTION ITEMS TODAY!
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL...
It is a week of excitement! Preparing for Big Blue Fling promotes lots of enthusiasm. More than anything, the comradery from so many people is amazing. We all greatly appreciate your support and dedication to make the Fling a great success! The students are eager about their raffles, and we are so grateful to all the families who have participated by selling at least three raffle tickets. Of course, a cash raffle is a great prize!
I would like to thank our Grandparents Loyalty Circle for their continued commitment to our school. This week we have received donations totaling over $13,000 from 91 grandparents! This is amazing! We thank you so much for your generosity! These proceeds will go to the Success program. Back in May, I wrote a letter in News Notes about the new organization of our Success program. Success includes many support services that we offer our students. They include Learning Strategies, Reading Lab, Raising the Bar, the facilitation of outside support organizations, such as tutoring, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy. It also encompasses our Minds In Motion program and ACE, our gifted program.
I have had a few questions recently about ACE. It stands for Academic Curricular Enrichment, and the program started about six years ago. The focus of the program is to provide enrichment to students who are at or above the 96th percentile in reading and/or math. There are three ways in which enrichment can be provided to gifted students. The first and most recommended is through differentiated instruction. This is when a teacher uses a variety of methods to teach diverse learners. This is the best strategy for students because it is least disruptive to the students’ learning environment, and it allows students to stay on topic with their peers. It is also less noticeable to others and allows teachers to address all students where they are academically.
The other two ways to provide enrichment are through collaboration and pull-outs. Collaboration is when someone comes into the room to offer additional support through instructional strategies, such as centers or small groups. This happens from time to time when support staff or even parents come in to classrooms to assist. Confidentiality is important when this strategy is used. We don’t want students to be overly conscious of their groupings for this can hinder the learning process. Pull-outs are what most parents think of when they hear of gifted programs; however, it is the least effective and least recommended. When pulled, students can lose consistency in their classwork and pulling students can have negative effects on the classroom environment. Therefore, pull outs are less frequently used.
Our ACE program has organized several strategies throughout the school to help teachers provide enrichment for gifted students. The first thing is the support and encouragement of differentiation through teacher professional development. Differentiation provides the greatest amount of support to gifted students. As part of our professional development plan this year, our teachers meet monthly in professional learning teams (PLTs). Their focus is differentiation through technology. Technology is a very effective way of providing differentiation. It’s not just handing students an iPad, but using technology can promote higher level thinking skills and provide resources for techniques like flipping the classroom. (That will have to be another News Notes letter.) This allows for more individualized instruction for all students.
Another development of the ACE program was to provide more math groups in grades 4-8. This addresses the needs of students and provides enrichment through instruction of smaller math groups. For the past several years, we have divided these grade levels into three groups rather than just two. Middle grades are grouped homogeneously, which means students are grouped by ability. These strategies allow teachers to address more specific needs of the students in each group. Middle school students who are identified as gifted in reading meet for a trimester and are provided with enrichment activities to foster higher level thinking.
There are a few other pieces of information that I would like for you to know about gifted education. One is that we do not identify prior to third grade. It is not recommended to identify gifted students in math or reading until this age level. Also, many parents confuse high achieving students as being gifted. There are some really great articles to help define the two terms for they are quite different. For additional information, KAGE (Kentucky Association for Gifted Education) is an excellent resource for parents of gifted students. Know that students can be gifted in one area and be average or even deficient in other areas. Also, know that everyone is gifted in some way. It may not be math or reading, but we all are gifted in some aspect of life. I encourage you as a parent to allow your child to explore their interests so they will find the gift God has for them.
Paula Smith, Ed.S
Christ the King School Principal
TOP OF THE MORNIN' TO YOU!
GRANDPARENTS DAY - "THE WILD THINGS" WAY!
PRINCIPAL'S LIST & HONOR ROLL
RICE BOWLS FOR CKS WILL BE COLLECTED AT THURSDAY'S ALL-SCHOOL MASS
FIRST COMMUNION HELP
NEED A SITTER FOR FLING? FRIDAY NIGHT CATECHESIS!
SPRING BREAK CAMP
Newton’s Attic will hold a Spring Break program during the week of March 28th while Fayette and surrounding counties are out of session.
Full-week classes are offered for students ages 6 to 17 with half day and full day options. Half day mornings run 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and half-day afternoons run 1:30 to 5:00 PM. Two half day classes can be combined for a full day. Da Vinci Kids does not repeat projects so can be taken half day or full day. There is no charge for early drop starting at 8:30 AM or late pickup until 5:30 PM. Earlier drop off and later pickup can be arranged by request for $5 per half hour per child.
Age restrictions are listed in class descriptions. Please call Dawn at 859-492-8511 to discuss exceptions and to register outside the age restriction.
A flyer and registration information is available at http://ctkschool.net/cks/parents/webnotes under Special Opportunities.
SPRING BREAK BASKETBALL CAMP
Sts. Peter & Paul School Athletic Director Kevin Ellery is offering a two-day basketball camp over Spring Break. This camp is open all children ages 7-12. A flyer and registration information is available at http://ctkschool.net/cks/parents/webnotes under Special Opportunities.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2016
This year, elections for new parish council members will be on Sunday, April 10, 2016.
We will be electing the following to a three-year term:
(1) Adult male (over 35)
(2) Adult females (over 35)
(1) Young Adult female (under 35)
To qualify, one must be a member of CTK for a minimum of 2 years. If you are interested in being nominated for election, please contact Paul Heissenbuttel firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to accept nominees is March 11, 2016.
SAVE THE DATES
3/17 - Last Day to turn in Kid's Raffle
3/18 - BIG BLUE FLING
3/25 - No School/Good Friday
3/28-4/1 - Spring Break
4/15 - Grandparents' Day
4/24 - First Communion