The Knightly News

Volume 1, Edition 1


As summer winds down, we are getting closer and closer to the beginning of the school year! The excitement is overflowing at Kings Town Elementary! This newsletter is a little lengthy, but I encourage you to review all of it as we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. They say knowledge is power, so...prepare to gain a lot of power! Ha! Ha! Happy Sunday!

Yours in Education,

Jocelyn Young, Principal

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Let's Meet the Teacher!

By this time, all KTES students (in person and virtual) should have received their teacher assignment. Please know that placing students is never an easy job and it is not always going to happen the way parents or children want it to. However, we encourage you to remain positive, especially around your children and neighbors. If your child didn't end up in the same class as his/her friends, this is a GREAT opportunity to encourage them to make new friends and to teach the value of resiliency.

This year, our teachers are really going to focus on the importance of Social and Emotional learning and adjustment of the students. In addition, there will be an increased focus on establishing a classroom community that is inclusive and family oriented. These students will be spending a lot of time with each other and it is of the utmost importance that they feel that they are a part of a greater community filled with people that support them as well as their academic, social and emotional success.

You should soon receive additional correspondence from your child's teacher regarding the virtual Meet the Teacher event. If you have NOT heard from the teacher by Tuesday afternoon, please feel free to send them an email. Our staff directory can be found on our school webpage.

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Presenting...The KTES Virtual Tour

Although not the way we planned to introduce our beautiful new school home to our community, we have worked really hard to put together an introductory video for you to get a glimpse of our new school. The video is a bit lengthy but it provides you a look at what the inside of the building looks like and where your children will spend their days. I respectfully ask that for safety reasons, this tour NOT be shared on social media or on any HOA sites. Please remember that the security of our students and staff could be compromised by sharing the layout and design of our school with the general public. Thank you and Enjoy!

In Person Student Essential Item Pick Up!

Thursday, August 27th: 9am-12pm and 2-4pm

Parents will be able to drop off medication for Nurse Higgins and Nurse Jones from 9-12 and again from 2-4 on Thursday, August 27th.

In addition, during this time, parents will be able to:

  • Pick up car rider tags

  • Pick up book bag tags indicating A or B day for students in grades K-5th

  • If you bring your book bag, we will have staff able to attach the student tag to their bag

  • Pick up transportation specific tags for Kindergarten students

  • Talk to staff about important paperwork (i.e, Free/Reduced Lunch, etc.)

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KTES Bus Rider? Information can be found by clicking the box below!

KTES Bus Route Information

Is your student a bus rider? Click here for route information!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye...All Bikers or Walkers!

If your child is going to be a walker or a bike rider, please click the link below and complete the Google Form. This information will be used to produce walker and bike rider tags to be distributed during the first week of school.

Car Rider Information

Please note that there is not a guarantee that there will be an adult to help your child out of the car and parents can not exit the car to help children because it is a safety concern. Please begin practicing car entrance and exit with your child. Doing this will definitely save time and help our staff as we deal with what we anticipate to be a very long car rider line. Thank you in advance for your help!

As a Reminder...Changes to the KTES Visitor Policy

Outside guests and visitors are not allowed at Kings Town Elementary for the 20-21 school year. Visitors will be limited to the front office. Due to DHEC regulations, we will only allow a certain number of guests in the office at a time. It is possible you may be asked to wait outside until there is more space available. All visitors will be required to wear a mask to gain entry to the KTES Front Office. Below are the major changes in regards to visitors for the 20-21 school year.

  • Outside guests are not allowed to enter KTES for the 20-21 school year.
  • Parents and guests will no longer be able to visit students at lunch or visit students in the classroom.
  • All before/after school activities are cancelled.
  • We will be unable to allow parent classroom and grade level volunteers.
  • All field trips will be virtual. No chaperones are needed.

  • Parent conferences with teachers and teams will take place virtually. All conferences should be scheduled with a classroom teacher or case manager.

  • Food from local restaurants is not allowed at KTES for students.

Celebration Baskets

Classroom Celebration Baskets

For safety, no outside food or drink will be allowed for celebrations. FMSD Food service has celebration baskets for parents to order for special occasions. These baskets provide treats for students in a classroom. Click on the button below to order a celebration basket for your child's class.

Not sure when your child comes to school? A/B schedule have you confused? Click the button below!

Virtual Students and Families

I sent out an email last week as did Mrs. McNeil, principal of the FMSD virtual academy with details about the FMVA. The graphic below should serve as a reminder about your first week of school. Please remember that if your child's virtual teacher is based at a school other than KTES, you will go to THAT school for material pick up.
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KTES Student/Parent Handbook

The KTES Student Handbook houses a multitude of information about the daily operations of our school. Please take time to review the handbook prior to the start of the school year.

A Note from our Counselors..

Whether your child is returning to school in person or virtually, we've provided a few tips to help with a successful transition for the 2020 2021 school year. Please access the files below for more information.

More information headed your way...later this week!