KHS News Update

April 2015

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Changes to our School Hours for the Remainder of 2014-2015

The School Committee approved the change of our school hours and calendar for the remainder of this school year to make-up the snow days. Beginning April 16, 2015, minutes will be added to the beginning and end of the school day. The new last day of school will be June 24, 2015.

The new hours are as follows:

  • Instruction begins at 8:55 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.
  • Teachers’ Pick-Up Students Outside (good weather days): 8:50 a.m.
  • Teachers’ Pick-Up Students Inside (bad weather days): 8:45 a.m.
  • Breakfast Program: 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.


Changes to our School Hours & Calendar for 2015-2016

The School Committee approved next year’s school hours and calendar as follows:

  • HOURS: Instruction will begin at 8:40 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m.
  • School Opens: September 1, 2015
  • Holidays: Labor Day/September 7, Columbus Day/October 12, Veteran’s Day/November 11, Thanksgiving Recess/November 26-27, Holiday Recess/December 23-January 1, M. L. King Day/January 18, Winter Recess/February 15 – 19, Good Friday/March 25, Spring Recess/April 18 – 22, Memorial Day/May 30.
  • Last Day of School for all Students: June 14, 2016
  • Make-Up Days: June 15, 16, and 17

PARCC Testing Continues This Month

We began PARCC testing Monday, March 16th with our third grade students taking the test on paper and the fourth graders taking the assessments online. Our fifth grade students will continue to test online on April 1, 2, and 6, 2015 from 9:15 – 12:30 p.m. (Mrs. Clark’s Class: 9:15 – 10:45 a.m., Ms. Messore’s Class: 11:00 – 12:30 p.m., and Mrs. Malmstrom’s 5th Graders: 9:15 – 12:30 p.m.)

Students who were absent during testing days, will make-up the tests that they missed during the testing window.

The March/April PARCC testing will provide our school with baseline line data on each student. End of Year PARCC testing will take place during the month of May. The schedule will be as follows:

Grade 5 Students - Online: May 4 – 8, 2015 from 9:15 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Ms. Messore’s Class: 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Mrs. Clark’s Class: 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mrs. Malmstrom’s 5th Graders: 9:15 – 12:30 p.m.

Grade 3 Students - Paper: May 11 – 15, 2015 from 10:15 – 12:30 p.m.

Grade 4 Students - Online: May 11 – 15, 2015 from 9:15 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mrs. Jones’ Class: 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Miss Ferrucci’s Class: 11 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mrs. Malmstrom’s 4th Graders: 9:15 – 12:30 p.m.

Please ensure that our students:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat breakfast
  • Arrive on time ready to do their best, so they can show what they know
  • Do not have appointments scheduled during testing days/times
  • Practice using PARCC assessment tools online at


Reading Week

Our school will be celebrating Reading Week the week of April 13th!

Culminating with a family project based on the One Book, One School book “The One and Only Ivan” which will take place on Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Each family will receive a copy of the book, “The One and Only Ivan”. The goal is for our students to read this book with a family member each evening. There will be daily trivia questions based on the book and prizes.

Volunteers are needed to read to classes during Reading Week. Please call the school at 435-7824 to sign-up to read.

Our book fair will be open during library classes the week of April 27 including the evening of Wednesday, April 29 (from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.)

Trading Post will also be open Wednesday, April 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will be the last Trading Post for this school year.

Please join us for all of our activities/events, as we celebrate reading!

Friend for Lunch

Friend for Lunch schedule for the month of April is as follows:

Grade 5: April 27 and May 1 from 12:35 - 1:15 p.m.

Please remember that you may bring a lunch for you and your child, but you may not share food with other students due to the Wellness Policy.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run® Program began at Kent Heights on March 16th. Sixteen (16) girls from grades three to five participate in this program with three coaches who are doing a fantastic job. The girls and coaches meet every Monday and Wednesday after school to develop lifelong health and fitness, build confidence through accomplishment, inspire and motivate one another in preparation for the 5k in May. Look for the girls and coaches, as they run at school and through the neighborhood, and cheer them on.

Feinstein Charity – Jump Rope for Heart

We will have an assembly on April 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. to publicly acknowledge our students and staff for outstanding effort and achievement during the Jump Rope for Heart Campaign.


PTA Silent Auction

Thank you to all of the volunteers for putting in countless hours and to all who supported this year's PTA silent auction. It was a great success because of you!

Drop Off and Pick Up on Howland Avenue

Thank you to our students/parents/guardians/family members/friends for following the traffic pattern at drop off and pick up each day. Please continue to help ensure that our students arrive and depart safely.

Help Wanted in our Library

We still need help in our library shelving books, before, during, or after the school day. If you are interested in volunteering and/or would like more information, please contact our School Librarian, Mrs. Brooks at


Prepared by Sarah Gossler LICSW School Social Worker

Many articles stress the importance of parent child communication. However, there can be a flip side to this. Youngsters sometimes come to school upset, preoccupied and unable to concentrate. They may have heard things at home, which they are having difficulty understanding and making sense of. Adult conversations, which are overheard by children, may be misinterpreted or misperceived. Youngsters may have witnessed parental arguments or family conflict. They may hear their parents make statements, in anger or frustration, that they may not mean, but the child may not be aware of this. They only know what they have heard. Children may also see, on television or on the computer, information or content which is above their developmental level.

Words are powerful, even if not directed towards your child, children hear things. Please consider the impact of your words and monitor your adult conversations. Consider being careful about phone conversations and adult conversations, within your child’s earshot. Say what you mean and mean what you say. If a comment is directed towards a family member, in anger, admitting one is wrong and apologizing goes a long way in teaching children that people (even parents) make mistakes and helps them learn the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions.

Parenting is hard work. It is hoped that positive parent child communication can be balanced with the awareness of when there may be too much information being conveyed, for a child’s developmental level and coping abilities.

For more information on this topic, please visit: (click on the parenting tab or expert articles) (go to the site, click on the parenting tab, click on talking with kids)


April: Upcoming Events


  • Spirit Day


  • Feinstein Day

April 1:

  • Grade 5 PARCC Testing
  • Mrs. Clark’s Class: 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Ms. Messore’s Class: 11;00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mrs. Malmstrom’s Class: 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Girls on the Run from 3:25 – 4:55 p.m.

April 2:

  • Grade 5 PARCC Testing
  • Mrs. Clark’s Class: 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Ms. Messore’s Class: 11;00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mrs. Malmstrom’s Class: 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.

April 3:


April 6:

  • Grade 5 PARCC Testing
  • Mrs. Clark’s Class: 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
  • Ms. Messore’s Class: 11;00 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Mrs. Malmstrom’s Class: 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Girls on the Run from 3:25 – 4:55 p.m.

April 8:

  • Girls on the Run from 3:25 – 4:55 p.m.

  • PTA Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

April 10:

  • Grades Close

  • SCRIP Orders Due

  • Jump Rope for Heart Assembly at 2:00 p.m.

April 13:

  • Reading Week

  • Girls on the Run from 3:25 – 4:55 p.m.

April 14:

  • Reading Week

April 15:

  • Reading Week

  • Girls on the Run from 3:25 – 4:55 p.m.

April 16:

  • Reading Week

April 17:

  • Reading Week

April 20 - 24:

  • Vacation Week

April 27:

  • Book Fair open all week
  • Friend for Lunch - Grade 5:
  • Lunch from 12:35 - 1:00 p.m. and recess from 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

April 29:

  • Principal for a Day

  • Dental Screenings beginning at 9:15 a.m.

  • Girls on the Run from 3:25 – 4:55 p.m.

  • Reading Week Project Night from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Book Fair from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Trading Post from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.