King Connections

March 8, 2021

Important Information

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Dear King Families

Tomorrow, 3/8, we will be welcoming back approximately 84 Phase IV A Cohort students who will be joining the current Phase I and III students for a total of 132 students.


As with this past week's return of Cohort B, with the arrival of even more students, you will see some changes in your child's schedule beginning on Wednesday. As before, the first day or two back for each group will require an hour in the morning to welcome students in the building and to familiarize them with the classroom set up and basic procedures. As a result, the first hour will be asynchronous for students at home. Teachers may also need additional asynchronous periods of time during the first days to teach classroom expectations and protocols as they pertain to safety in particular. You can expect to hear from your child's teacher regarding those changes.


All students who are returning to in-person learning will receive headphones and a bag to transport their chromebooks to and from school each day. Please be sure to remind your child to use the bag to and from school to ensure the safe transit of the device. The headphones should remain at school on their desks.


Change in Learning Mode Requests: Please complete and submit the form linked below if you would like to change your child's remote learning mode to a return to in-person. For A or B cohort students to be placed on a wait list for the April 5 return date, the form must be submitted by March 18th. Please use the form linked below instead of emailing the school directly. This is the only way that we are able to capture and time stamp those requests. Thank you so much for your help with this.



This week's King Connections includes:


  • MyMedBot
  • iReady Diagnostic Update
  • King Family Request to Change Learning Mode Form
  • Pooled Testing
  • District Return to School Update- March 5th
  • March is Women's History Month
  • Return to School Hybrid Schedule
  • Revised COVID Protocols and Processes as of 2/22/21
  • March's Character Theme: Confidence
  • PTO Updates
  • Mass.Gov Travel Updates


Best,

Allison


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

IMPORTANT! MyMedBot-Attestation App

FPS is requiring ALL families of in-person students to follow the daily wellness checks completed daily using "My Medbot" prior to sending students to school each day. Details about this are outlined HERE.


An email was sent from the district earlier last week with directions and your students invitation code. If you need help locating this or have any questions, please reach out to the Framingham Public School's COVID Call Center by email COVID@framingham.k12.ma.us or by calling 508-782-6633.


COVID Call Center Hours are Monday through Friday: 6am to 6pm. Staff members speak English, Spanish and Portuguese and are happy to help.


Should you forget to complete the form each day, you will receive a reminder email or phone call from the school.


The Office of Technology recorded some videos to help with the MyMedBot installation and usage. We hope this helps you with some technical questions.


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Installing MyMedBot

Using MyMedbot


Portuguese

Installing MyMedbot

Using MyMedBot


Spanish

Installing MyMedbot

Using MyMedbot

iReady Diagnostic Update

The second of two iReady diagnostics has begun! Fourth and Fifth graders began last week.


Diagnostic 2: February 22nd - March 26th


Students who are remote will take the diagnostic virtually. If they are in school, students will take it in their classrooms. Taking into consideration the bandwidth that is needed when taking the diagnostic, the District has created the calendar below which outlines which grade levels are assigned to administer the assessment on their assigned days.


While it will be tempting to help your child on the diagnostic, it is very important that you refrain from assisting them. The results give teachers important information that they are then able to use to provide your child with the most appropriate instruction. Some of the questions in the diagnostic will seem easy to students and some will be quite hard. That is done purposefully in order to learn the "just right" level of each individual student.


Please take a moment to click on the links below; The iReady Diagnostic Schedule, The iReady Family Guide and Teachers Need Your Help This Fall Video. They are available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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King Family Request to Change Learning Mode Form

Please complete and submit this form if you would like to change your child's remote learning mode to a return to in-person. For A or B cohort students to be placed on a wait list for the April 5 return date, the form must be submitted by March 18th.

Pooled Testing

The District recently sent families a communication containing the following overview/FAQ documents about Pooled Testing which will be on Tuesday, March 9th, for King students who have submitted a signed consent form.



Consent forms and cover letters were emailed by the district and paper copies sent home with students who are already in-person. Those families were asked to return the completed forms, even if they do not wish their child to participate in pooled testing, to the school with their students who are currently attending. Here are the links for your reference.


March is Women's History Month: Inspire your child with the story of this Scientist who is making history!

Dr. Sendova-Frank's new study shows that pretending to be immobile — sometimes for an hour or more — can help larvae outlast hungry predators. Researchers found that “playing possum” increased the survival rate of antlions by about 20 percent. The research sheds new light on a widespread behavior whose effectiveness has been mysterious to researchers.

Please emphasize to your children the importance of the computer model simulation that Dr. Sendova-Franks used. We have been working to improve and increase instruction on the important science practice of modeling at all grade levels this year!

REVISED COVID PROTOCOLS AND PROCESSES AS OF 2/22/21

For the most updated COVID Protocols and Processes that go into effect this week, please be sure to check this link.

March's Character Education Theme of the Month is CONFIDENCE

Confidence

Definition: Feeling sure of yourself and your abilities


“I” Statement:I believe in who I am and what I can achieve.


Conversation Starters:

  1. When you think of confidence, what people or what kind of people come to mind?
  2. What is a skill or activity that you think you do well?
  3. What advice would you give a friend who wasn't feeling confident?
  4. How do you think failure can positively impact your confidence?


Some Book Titles about CONFIDENCE:

  • The Dot: Peter H. Reynolds (Spanish)
  • I'm Gonna Like Me: Jamie Lee Curtis(Spanish)
  • Ish: Peter H. Reynolds
  • Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon: Patty Lovell
  • Jabari Jumps: Gaia Cornwall
  • After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty got Back up Again: Dan Santat
  • Fifteen Feet of Time: Philipp Winterberg (Portuguese)

PTO UPDATES

Drama Club

Drama Club Session 2 Coming Soon!

After the success of session 1, Ms. Mulvey is generously offering another session for students in grades 1-5. The session will start on Tuesday, March 23rd. Registration will open soon, so stay tuned for more information!

Family Yoga!


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, March 13th 4:00pm – 4:50pm
  • Sunday, March 28th 10:00am – 10:50am
  • Saturday, April 10th 10:00am – 10:50am

Visit https://kingelementarypto.membershiptoolkit.com/2021yoga to find all the details and registration link through Zoom. Please make sure to review all of the information prior to registering.

More Updates from PTO

  • No meeting this month (March).


  • IRS 1023-EZ has been filed and still waiting to hear from them. Normally it can take up to 90 days for a response but they are currently behind.


  • PTO E-board positions opening up at the end of this year will be, Co-President, Recording Secretary, VP of Community Relations, and filling the open Treasurer position for 1-year. Voting happens in May at the PTO meeting. For information on each position, see the by-laws listed on the PTO website (KingPTO.com)

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 http://www.kingpto.com today and join the school directory!


Any questions emails ptokingelementary@gmail.com

Mass.gov Travel Updates during Covid-19

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

March:

  • 8th- Cohort A returns to school
  • 11th- Early Release-Professional Development
  • 12th- No School: FTA PD Day
  • 16th- Virtual King Q&A for Potential Incoming Kindergarten Familes-10:30am and 6:30pm
  • 18th- Learning Bag Distribution

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.

Transportation

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

Principal


Jennifer Herring

Assistant Principal


Gail Chancey

Interim Assistant Principal