King Connections

February 8, 2021

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Dear King Families

As I write this newsletter, we are in the middle of a snowy Super Bowl Sunday. I hope everyone was able to enjoy the game and not too inconvenienced by the weather!

I am including the link to last week's King Connections as it included some important information about procedures and protocols for the return of in-person learning for students in the near future.

This week's King Connections includes:

  • District Return to School Update- February 5th
  • King Celebrates Black History Month
  • Anti-Racism Resources for Parents/Guardians
  • State Dinosaur Results
  • Vacation STEAM Activities
  • Special PTO Meeting
  • Sweet Pea Yoga
  • February's Character Theme: Compassion
  • PTO Website
  • FPS Back to School
  • Daily Wellness Checks at Home
  • Learning Bag Distribution
  • Grab N' Go Meals
  • Mass.Gov Travel Updates



Please be sure to utilize the district tech website if you are having any tech issues.

Black History Month

Below is a link to a slideshow of influential African Americans that includes their names, pictures, and contributions. We hope that you will take some time to share this slideshow with your children this week and encourage them to learn about each individual. During our first virtual grade level community meetings after the break, we will be calling on students from each class to share something they learned. Participants will have an opportunity to earn a reward for their class.

Some Anti-Racism Resources for Parents/Guardians

A Kids Book About Racism by Jelani Memory

The Votes Are In for the State Dinosaur!

And the winner is…...

Podokesaurus holyokensis

Thanks to everyone who voted! The first dinosaur described by a female geoscientist has been proposed as our official state dinosaur. Now we need to ask our representatives to co sponsor bill numbers HD1392 & SD698 to make our dream come true. This is a great way to teach our kids about the legislative process and how laws get made!

Click here to find your representative and sample letters you can send!

Vacation STEAM Activities

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Keep your eyes open this week for the FPS STEAM Vacation Opportunities Newsletter from our STEAM Coach, PJ Feynman. One highlight? The Backyard Bird Count Feb 12-15. Scientists from Cornell University call citizen scientists to help them collect data on birds every winter. You can do it in as little as 15 minutes! Watch this video to learn more. You can participate on your own, or join PJ and King Elementary School Vice Principal Jennifer Herring for a guided bird counting Zoom call.

What? Guided Bird Count Zoom Call

When? Monday, Feb 15 at 10:00 AM

How? Fill out this registration form

Special PTO Meeting- Allison will be presenting a slideshow about the Return to School.

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 7-8pm

This is an online event.

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Sweet Pea Yoga is BACK!

Join us for a Valentine’s session!! The King PTO is excited to announce a collaboration with Sweet Pea Yoga to offer virtual sessions of family yoga to the King community!

Here are the dates:

  • Saturday, February 13th 4:00pm – 4:50pm
  • Sunday, February 28th 10:00am – 10:50am (wear your pajamas!!)
  • Saturday, March 13th 4:00pm – 4:50pm
  • Sunday, March 28th 10:00am – 10:50am
  • Saturday, April 10th 10:00am – 10:50am

Visit to find all the details and registration link through Zoom. Please make sure to review all of the information prior to registering.

February's Character Education Theme of the Month is COMPASSION

Definition: Showing concern or empathy for others.

“I” Statement: I will be considerate of others and think about how they feel.


  • Why is showing compassion for others important?
  • What does it feel like when someone shows compassion and empathy to you?

Some Book Titles about COMPASSION:

  • Loser: Jerry Spinelli
  • A Chair for My Mother: Vera Williams
  • The Invisible Boy: Trudy Ludwig
  • Amazing Grace: Mary Hoffman
  • The Hundred Dresses : Eleanor Estes
  • The Giving Tree: Shel Silverstein
  • Wings: Christopher Myers
  • The Little Bird in the Cage: Camila Hurst

ParentTeacherOrganization Join our WebSite

Do you want to be able to connect with other parents in your child's classroom? Are you interested in volunteering at a PTO event? Do you want to buy tickets or register for PTO Events? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then visit today and join the school directory!

Any questions emails

Daily Wellness Checks at Home

KING's Next Learning Materials Distribution will be on Thursday, February 25th- Two Windows for Pick Up: 8:00AM-9:00AM and 5:00PM-6:00PM



Here is a link that may be helpful to keep up with which states are allowable for travel at a given time.

Dates to Remember


  • 9th- School Council: 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • 10th- PTO Meeting: 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • 15th- No School: Presidents' Day
  • 16th-19th- February Recess

King School Hours

School Hours 9:05am - 3:20pm

Early Release Days

  • Students who are learning remotely are dismissed at 12:00pm. Students who are learning in-person are dismissed at 12:55pm. Lunch IS served.
  • Early Release Thursdays: 3/11/21, 4/29/21, 5/6/21, 5/13/21, 5/20/21, 5/27/21

Half Days
  • Students are dismissed at 12:00pm.
  • Lunch IS NOT served.
  • Half Days: 11/25 and the last day of school.


The online transportation request form for the 2020 - 2021 school year is now open.

If you need illustrated instructions on how to complete your Transportation Request in English, please visit THIS LINK. Here are the Portuguese and Spanish versions as well.

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King Elementary School

Allison Benabdallah


Jennifer Herring

Assistant Principal

Gail Chancey

Interim Assistant Principal