KES Update

September 23, 2020

I am happy to report that we have made it through 11 successful, safe and HAPPY days here at KES. From the time students enter the building or the screen each morning, we see smiley eyes and hear kind chatter. Being in the classrooms, both in person and digital, brings me joy as I see our teachers engaging students in learning, despite some challenges. We are building relationships, talking about feelings, and celebrating the little victories each day. Students are actively participating in discussions, playing learning games with individual materials, and using technology too. Our students are wearing their masks, physically distancing, and sanitizing their hands throughout the day. We have ALL come a long way together, so thank you!

Dismissal/Pick-up Update

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we have adjusted our pick-up procedure at dismissal. We have been working to get students out of the building quickly and safely, while distanced. Thanks to the Kirtland Police Department for their help. The map below shows the traffic pattern we are using. Please keep in mind that students only load into cars in the student loading zone. We are asking parents to remain in their cars and progress through the line as directed. Safety is our priority! There will be a designated staff member with a safety vest on who is responsible for calling family names to the loading zone in efforts to have students ready to get into the car. Please be sure that your name card is visible.

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We are excited to celebrate the students who participated in Lexia and Dreambox learning activities over the summer. We will be sharing the names of those students over the announcements and they'll get their rewards soon. Thank you to Mrs. Bonacci for tracking the progress and to parents for supporting these learning platforms at home!

Information and Important Dates

We will be conducting our ALICE safety drills next week. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. It is important for us to practice security plans, as we want to ensure that our students and staff know what to do in case of an emergency. ALICE drills allow us all to practice the necessary steps to take in a real lockdown situation. Teachers will explain everything students need to know and what to do. They will answer questions and assure students that our goal is to keep them safe at all times. Please feel free to talk to your children about the importance of following directions during safety drills.

Monday September 28 is a Professional Development Day for KES teachers. KES Students do not have school. We would like for students to spend some time during the day logging into their Google Classroom or Clever account (for kindergarten only) and practice navigating the

different areas. We want all students to feel comfortable exploring the learning management systems and know how to find assignments and/or announcements posted by teachers in the event that remote learning has to take place.

  • 9/22 Virtual Open House - Links will be shared by teachers.
  • 9/28 No school for students - Teacher Professional Development Day