Principal's Message

September 2018

Kingsway Regional Middle School

Brian Tonelli, School Principal

Emily Virga, Assistant Principal, 7th Grade

Ed Dubbs, Assistant Principal, 8th Grade

A Message from the Principal's Desk:

Greetings members of the Kingsway community! In addition to the district’s newsletter entitled Inside Kingsway, both the middle school and high school will be sending out a “Message from the Principal”. In the Monthly Message from the Principal, you will receive pertinent upcoming information that will keep you well-informed. We look forward to working with you and your child this year at Kingsway Regional Middle School, and we hope to see you at Back To School Night on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Communication

Monthly Message / School Messenger: Each month you will receive a link to the monthly “Message from the Principal” via email through our School Messenger system. Please make sure that your information in School Messenger is up-to-date. Log-in on your PowerSchool account to access School Messenger. The email addresses and telephone numbers stored in this system will provide us with the contact information that we use to send emails and text messages.


District Website: This is a great source for information. On the district website, you can find helpful links to our middle school website and links to each teacher’s website as well. Additionally, a description of our clubs and activities can be found there as well as our daily announcements.


Voicemail/Teacher Websites/Email: All voicemail and email contact information is available on our website---www.krsd.org.


Parent Conferences: Please contact the guidance office to set-up parent conferences. Conferences occur with your child’s entire team and can be scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.


Parent Communication Protocol: In order for your concerns and questions to be handled in an effective and efficient manner, we encourage parents to first contact the classroom teacher prior to contacting administration and guidance in regards to student concerns. Please view our communication protocol which is outlined in the online student handbook on page 6.


Parent Volunteers: We will be looking for parent volunteers to be a part of our Renaissance Celebrations, our dances, and our PAC (Parent, Achievement, and Community) committee. More detailed information is forthcoming. We hope you are able to participate!


Random Testing for Alcohol and Drug Use: According to adopted District Policy 5536 regarding random drug testing, in order to attend KRMS after school clubs and wellness activities, parents must provide consent to participate in our random testing for alcohol and other drug use program. Please read the online consent form and initial the paperwork checklist that will be provided to your child on the first day of school in homeroom. Your initials will confirm your consent.


Renaissance Parent Night: Our Renaissance Parent Night will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.


After School Clubs/Wellness Activities: Kingsway offers over 30 clubs and wellness activities after school that encompass a variety of student interests. Please feel free to visit the middle school website under the Clubs/Activities tab for a full list. Please note, according to District Policy 5536, in order to attend KRMS after school clubs and wellness activities, parents must provide consent to participate in our random testing for alcohol and other drug use program.


Career Day: We are looking for parent volunteers for Career Day on November 21, 2018. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Vance in the guidance office at ext: 3043, fill out the flyer in the main office, or sign up on the guidance page of the website: www.krsd.org/CareerDay18-19

Transportation

Busing: When possible, we would like to encourage you to please have your child ride the bus to and from school. This will help with the overall congestion and traffic on our campus, Kings Highway, and 322.


Student Drop Off Time: The doors to the middle school open each morning at 7:08 a.m. Please use the access road in front of the school when dropping off. The drop-off zone is indicated by two orange cones. When stopped between the orange cones no matter how far you are from the front doors, please let your child out of the car so we do not cause a traffic back-up on our campus. If everyone abides by the guidelines, the drop off line will move quickly in a safe and orderly manner.


Dismissal/Student Pick-Up: If you plan to pick up your child at the 2:27 p.m. dismissal time, please use the parking lot in front of the middle school. Traffic is not permitted to use the main access road while buses are loading (2:27 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.).

Parking Lot Concern: When picking your child up at dismissal time (2:27 p.m.), please pull as far forward in the parking lot as possible. This will ensure the buses have plenty of room to line up for afternoon dismissal.


3:55 Activity Bus: The activity bus runs Tuesday through Thursday. No afterschool activities will take place on Mondays and Fridays. Please keep in mind that this bus may not drop your child off at the normal bus stop.


Rides Home at 3:55 p.m.: If you are giving your child a ride home from an after school activity, please plan to be here prior to 3:55 p.m. Students who do not have a ride when the activity bus is departing will be instructed to get on the late bus. This rule is strictly enforced for the safety of your child.


Bus Assignment: Students often times want to ride the bus home with their friends. This is prohibited due to space on our buses. Only in extreme emergencies will permission be granted. Social conveniences will not be acknowledged as such. If an emergency arises, please have both students provide a note signed by each of the parents, and the request will be reviewed by an administrator.

Miscellaneous

Picture Day: Picture day will be held on Monday, September 10. All picture packages can be purchased using the following link: https://www.krsd.org/domain/247


Electronic Devices: Students are not permitted to carry their electronic devices during the school day. Cell phones, iPads, iPods… should be turned off and locked in your child's locker. Please help us enforce this rule. Students may utilize their device in class as a learning device with teacher approval.


Dress Code: The detailed middle school dress code is located in the online handbook on page 15 . Please review this with your child after the first day of school. Your child will be asked to change if the outfit does not adhere to the dress code, and he or she will be subject to the discipline code. Please help us enforce this rule.


Online Payment System: My School Bucks, an online payment system, is available to view cafeteria purchases and schedule automatic payments to your child’s meal account. There is a link to this system on the Kingsway website under the Parent tab on the right hand side of web page. More food service information is also available on the District’s food service page under Departments.


Dance: Our first dance will be held on Friday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be sold in advance for five dollars. All proceeds will be utilized to offset the cost of the 7th grade field trip.


Dragon Run: Registration for the 12th annual Dragon Run is open. Link is below.

http://www.runtheday.com/race/2018dragonrun


Forms: Please make sure you have completed and turned in all of the forms that were required. These forms provide us the necessary information to make sure your child is safe. All forms from the summer mailing are available on the homepage of the website.


Universal Screener: A universal screener (The Behavioral and Emotional Screening System or BESS) will be utilized in the fall and spring to proactively capture the social, emotional and behavioral needs of our students. The 5-10 minute web-based questionnaire will be completed in students’ Physical Education classes in September. The results will tell us “where we are” as a district and help to inform the development of appropriately tailored interventions and supports.


Field Trips: For financial planning purposes, please keep in mind that 7th & 8th grade students will be taking field trips to Camp Ockanickon and aboard The Spirit of Philadelphia. These trips will cost approximately $45.00 and $55.00 per child respectively.


Extended School Day: Our Extended School Day program is new this year at KRMS. Per our Code of Conduct, students may be assigned an “Extended School Day” as a consequence to their action rather than a day of “Restricted Study/In-School Suspension” (past consequences). Extended School Day/ESD will run from 2:30 to 5:30 on Thursday each week. Transportation home will solely be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. During ESD, students will complete an on-line character education module that directly relates to the infraction he/she was involved in and get the opportunity to complete homework or missing classwork. The intention behind ESD was to limit the amount of class time a student would miss due to a disciplinary infraction, provide a character education piece to the process, and serve as a consequence to the student’s action. We will monitor this program’s effectiveness throughout this school year.

Upcoming Events

9/5 First Day of School
9/10 Picture Day
9/12 Back to School Night @ 6:30 p.m.

9/19 In-service - No School for Students

9/20 Parent Renaissance Night @ 6:30 p.m.
9/29 Dragon Run (Register on-line)

10/5 School Dance 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Renaissance Sponsors: Thank you to the following 2018-19 Renaissance sponsors.

Premier Sponsor

Bottos

Tree Awareness

Nathaniel Boerlin Scholarship Fund

Major Sponsor

Ray’s Pizza

Swedesboro Diner

Sweetsboro Pastry Shoppe

In the Village

Spicy Affair

KD National Force Security


Contributing Sponsor

Fort Nassau Graphics

Swedesboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Dealer

Marriott Philadelphia Downtown

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