Klem South Penguin Press

September 2018 Edition

Welcome Back!

Dear Klem South Families,

Welcome back to the 2018-2019 school year! We are already off and running and we look forward to making this the best school year yet. When students arrived on Tuesday, the staff at KS was eagerly waiting to greet them. We are so happy to have our students back at school and filling the halls with laughter and excitement.

As we welcome back so many returning families, we are also extremely pleased to extend a warm welcome to the students and families who are new to the Webster or KS community. We know that you will love it here!

This summer, the building went through some major transitions. Not only did we receive new bathrooms, the KS family also welcomed in a new principal. Martha End has assumed the role of principal at Klem South Elementary school, taking over the position previously held by Erin Land. Martha and Erin worked together during the last week of August and will continue to partner with one another during this transition process.

This first newsletter has a lot of information in it. It is our hope to send this electronic communication to you monthly. We feel that our partnership with families will directly benefit our students. We are so appreciative of your support and communication. Never hesitate to reach out. If you need printed copies of any of the documents, please contact the main office and we will be happy to print them for you.

Thank you for sharing your precious children with us. We promise to treat them as our own and we look forward to seeing you at school throughout the year.


The Klem South Team

Stay Connected with Us!

Klem South has Twitter and Facebook accounts! Please follow us on Twitter at @KlemSouth or Facebook at Klem South Elementary School. We share important updates and celebrate the all of the awesome learning that happens each day here at KS! Please note that these accounts are used to share updates and are not intended to be a form of two-way communication. If you have a specific question or concern, please email or call the school directly.

The KS Penguin Press will be sent each month by email. To ensure that you receive the newsletter, please make sure you have a working email address on file with the district.

Dates to Mark on the Calendar!

- Saturday, September 8th: Kindergarten Playground Social (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

- Monday, September 17th: Activity Period beings

- Wednesday, September 26th: PTSA Meeting in the KS Library (6:30 PM)

- Friday, September 28th: 4th Grade Fun Run

- Tuesday, October 2nd: 5th Grade Roller Skating (3:30 PM-4:45 PM)

- Friday, October 5th: Superintendent's Conference Day (No School for students)

- Monday, October 8th: Columbus Day (School is closed)

- Friday, October 12th: PTSA Literacy Night (6:00 PM-7:00 PM)

- Thursday, October 26th: Halloween Costume Parade (9:30 AM) and it is a HALF Day for Parent Teacher Conferences. Dismissal will be at 11:30 AM.

Student Pick Up Procedure

If you are planning to pick up your child from school, please send in a note for your child to give to their teacher. In the note, you should include the student’s first and last name, as well as the time and reason that you plan to pick them up and the name of the person that will be signing them out.

In the event that you need to call for a pick-up, please call the office at: (585) 872-1320 as soon as possible to allow enough time for us to notify the staff involved. If you are directed to our voicemail, please hang up and call back to ensure that we receive the instructions.

For early pickups, go to the office and a staff member will call the student for you.

If you are picking up your child at dismissal time of 3:20 PM (giving you a 10 minute head start before the buses depart), please arrive 5-10 minutes prior. Our lobby doors will be opened at 3:10 PM and our building aide will check you in. Please have your ID available.

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Bus Pass Procedure

If your child needs a bus pass to allow them to take a different bus home, please send a note to school with the following information:

- Date

- Student’s first and last name

- Bus number

- Address that they will be going to

- If they are going to another student’s home, the name of that student

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News from the Nurse's Office

Please disregard the letter that was sent home with your child last week. The letter was written for peanut allergies ONLY and unfortunately there are several other foods that children are allergic to that need to be addressed. A new letter will be coming home with your child as soon as possible. I appreciate your help in keeping our students safe at Klem South school.

Thank you.

Tracy Cole RN

New from the Library

Welcome back! I hope our Klem South students found time to read some great books over the wonderfully warm summer!!

Each class will visit the library every six school days for a library lesson and book exchange. During their visit, they will learn skills to help them better use library materials and further develop a love of reading and literature. They will also have experience using many of the technologies available to them at Klem South. The goal is for all students to work toward becoming independent users of libraries and all of the resources they have to offer.

While your children have library books at home, please help them remember to:

¨ Find a safe place to keep your book while at home (high and dry!)

¨ Keep library books dry

¨ Have clean hands when reading library books

¨ Turn the pages from the upper right hand corner

¨ Report books to the library that are damaged

¨ Return books to the library on time

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Books damaged by leaky water bottles

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Book damaged by dogs or younger siblings

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News from PE

Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 should always be prepared to go outside for PE through the end of October (weather dependent). Please have your child(ren) dress for the weather and have extra shoes and socks in case the grass is damp. There will be 2 field trips coming up: 4th grade has a Fun Run on September 28th at North Ponds Park (rain date of October 4th). The 5th graders will be Orienteering on October 12th at Webster Park (rain date of October 19th). More information will be coming to families about these events.
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News from the PTSA

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. We have added some new faces to our building committee team. Join us at our Welcome back meeting on September 26th to meet our new members!

PTSA calendars and memberships are for sale. You can purchase a calendar at the school for $5. New this year, Klem South PTSA will receive all funds from memberships and calendars purchased at Klem South. You may purchase a calendar at one of our upcoming events or send in $5 cash or check made payable to Klem South PTSA in an envelope and one will be sent home. Calendars are a great way to keep track of school and PTSA events. Memberships are $10 and can be purchased online at websterptsa.org or upcoming events. Purchase of a membership is not a commitment to volunteer, though we sure do appreciate any time to can give.

Did you know that our Klem South PTSA does so many GREAT things for our kids and our school? Plans are already in the works for some fun filled activities for this year. The VIP dance, literacy night, math night and the MaryAnn Gangi fun night, just to name a few. The PTSA also sponsors awards and medals for 4th graders, yearbooks for 5th graders, and field day for the entire school! We can’t do it alone and we need volunteers now more than ever.

Our greatest need at this time is volunteers for Treasurer, fundraising, and the VIP Dance. Please consider donating your time to one of these valuable roles. There are people to help you transition into the new position.

Upcoming Events:

Kindergarten Playground Social – September 8, 11:00am – 12:00pm

PTSA Meeting – September 26th 6:30 – we hope to see you there!

To volunteer: email ksptsa@websterptsa.org

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News from the Board of Education

Tammy Gurowski, President


  • DeWitt Road ES Liaison/Spry MS/Willink MS/Webster Schroeder HS/Webster Thomas HS Liaison

Linda Dioguardi, Vice President


  • Plank Road South ES Liaison

Sue Casey


  • Schlegel Road ES Liaison

Dave Metzger


  • Plank Road North ES Liaison/Spry MS/Willink MS/Webster Schroeder HS/Webster Thomas HS Liaison

Jan Strege


  • Klem Road North ES Liaison

Mike Suffoletto


  • Klem Road South ES/Spry MS/Willink MS/Webster Schroeder HS/Webster Thomas HS Liaison

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@superwebstercsd (Superintendent Carmen Gumina)

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Welcome Back, One Webster!

On behalf of the entire Webster Central School District Board of Education, welcome back to school! Tuesday, September 4 began what is sure to be an exciting school year for our One Webster community! We also welcome back Tammy Gurowski as our new president and Linda Dioguardi as our new vice president. Many thanks to Mike Gustin, board member since June 2013, who recently resigned due to personal and professional commitments. Your board will explore options to fill the remainder of Mr. Gustin’s term which runs through June 2019.

During his annual opening Superintendent’s Conference, Superintendent Gumina identified a new way of looking at the foundational “3 Rs” associated with education. Traditionally, we have thought of the 3 Rs as Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic. Mr. Gumina shared a message with the entire One Webster faculty and staff about our district’s perspective on building on those foundational 3 Rs for this school year through our Relationships, Resilience, and Reflection. Those three Rs are the fulfilling byproducts of what our district accomplishes together, guided by our vision, “Compassionately Connected, Joyfully Engaged, Always Learning”. (Of course, we will still be engaged in plenty of reading, writing, and arithmetic, too!)

We can’t wait to visit with so many of you at each of your school families throughout the year. If you ever have any questions, comments, or suggestions for your board of education, be sure to reach out to your school’s 2018-19 liaison (Liaisons are noted above in the BOE directory. State Road ES will be covered by current members on a rotating basis).

Webster CSD Announces School Start Time Change for FALL 2019

During our August 14 meeting, your board of education approved the district’s proposal to change start times for our elementary and secondary students (to approximately 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. for secondary schools and 7:45 a.m.-2:10 p.m. for elementary schools with all times plus or minus five minutes), effective ONE YEAR FROM NOW, in fall 2019. This timeline allows us to spend the next 12 months communicating the details of this positive change for our One Webster community. For more information, please CLICK HERE. In addition, we will have a new website to share in the coming weeks with even more information and frequently asked questions about this important change for WCSD.

Capital Improvement Project Announced

Also during our August 14 meeting, a newly proposed capital improvement project was discussed that will be up for a vote by our Webster CSD community later this year. The proposed $69.5 million capital project will focus on improvements that will make a difference to our entire One Webster community, and further strengthen our continued partnership with the Town of Webster. Included in this proposal are state-of-the-art media centers at all elementary schools, Willink Middle School, and Webster Schroeder High School. There are also proposed renovations to the technology education wing at Webster Thomas High School, improvements to playing fields at both high schools, and the purchase of the Town of Webster’s field at Basket Road. WCSD’s transportation center will also see improvements and expansion as part of this proposed project. We will continue to update you on this project throughout fall 2018.

2018-19 Tax Rates Approved

WCSD’s Board of Education approved the 2018-19 tax rates as presented by Assistant Superintendent for Business Brian Freeman during the August 14 regular board meeting. The approved, final tax rates for WCSD are located in the table below.

Additionally, the equalization ratio, as determined by New York State, changed for the Towns of Webster (86.5% to 81.5%), Penfield (100% to 95%), and Walworth (100% to 98%). These changes impacted the rates for all four towns located in the district.

Be sure to read this monthly column from your board of education shared in school newsletters throughout the year. We look forward to serving our students, families, faculty, and staff once again this year!

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