King Connections

January 11, 2021

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Dear King Families

After a very difficult week with the events in Washington, DC, I hope that this weekend was a time for everyone to be with loved ones. This may be a confusing and an uncertain time, not just for your children, but for many adults as well. We will continue to support our students should they need a safe place to share their thoughts or fears about this topic. Please feel free to reach out if you would like additional resources that may help guide conversations that you are having at home with your children.


I am very excited to announce that after a long medical leave, Jennifer Herring returned to work this past week at King! I am also very happy to let you all know that Gail Chancey will continue to stay on at King for the rest of the school year as well. We are incredibly fortunate to have two Assistant Principals on staff, providing the King Community with consistency and stability during a very challenging time!


As we begin our second week of school in 2021, we will continue to remain remote while keeping a watchful eye out for any updates on the return-to-school plan. Here is the most recent Return to School Update from January 8th for your reference.


This week's King Connections includes:


  • Roary's PAWSitive News
  • Distribution Day- January 14th
  • Massachusetts State Dinosaur Vote
  • King's Drama Club
  • Grab and Go Food Distribution
  • January's Character Education Theme: ACCEPTANCE
  • Online Stories with FHS Unicef Club
  • PTO Meeting Link- 1/13/21
  • Link to Massachusetts Travel Updates During Covid
  • Dates to Remember


Best,

Allison


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


Please note: The district has created this "Return to Learn" page that includes timely planning updates and resources for families.

IMPORTANT REMINDER- Learning materials distribution for K, 1, 3, 4, and 5 on a NEW DAY! Thursday, January 14th

On Thursday, January 14th, we will be distributing additional important learning materials to Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. These learning bags will have some essential instructional materials that teachers will ask students to access during lessons, such as specific content graphic organizers, manipulatives, books, journals, etc., so we ask that you do your best to come by at one of the 2 windows of time to pick up the individualized bags.


Additionally, if you wish to return any library. classroom books, we will be able to collect those as well.

We will be distributing items at the rear of the building at Door 18 near the playground.


We will offer two windows of time in order to accommodate your busy schedules to the best of our ability:

8:00am-9:00am

AND

5:00pm- 6:00pm

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YOUR VOTE COUNTS FOR MASSACHUSETTS STATE DINOSAUR!

Rep. Jack Lewis, the Massachusetts Democrat who represents Ashland and part of Framingham in the state legislature, will file legislation on Jan. 15 to designate an official state dinosaur for the Commonwealth.

He needs our help to choose which dinosaur should represent the state of MA.


Your child may be doing this in class this week, so please study the two dinosaurs on this poll as a family and then submit a grown up vote by the January 14th deadline.

King's Virtual Drama Club is back!

King actors and actresses will explore the various components of theater, including warm-ups and team building exercises, character development, and performing for a virtual audience.

The Drama Club will meet every Wednesday from January 13th through February 24th from 4:00-5:00pm and is open to Grades 1-5.


Click HERE for More Information


Register HERE!

GRAB-AND-GO MEAL PICK-UP CONTINUES at KING!!

GRAB-AND-GO MEAL PICK-UP EXPANDS FROM FOUR SITES TO ALL FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS! Click HERE for More Information!

January's Character Education Theme of the Month is ACCEPTANCE

Definition: Respecting the differences of other people


“I” Statement:I will accept others for who they are.


CONVERSATION STARTERS:

What does it feel like to be accepted?

  • At home
  • In your classroom
  • In your community


Why can accepting others be hard sometimes?


What steps can I take to make sure that my words and actions respect everyone’s differences?


Some Book Titles about ACCEPTANCE: Click on the titles for the audio versions!


ONLINE STORIES with Framingham High School Unicef Club

Check out the video stories read by members of the Framingham High School Unicef Club!

PTO MEETING!!- January 13th- We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 13th, 7:00pm


Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86158520573

Meeting ID: 861 5852 0573

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

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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

January:

  • 7th - Early Release: Parent Conferences
  • 13th- PTO Meeting: 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • 14th- Early Release: Parent Conferences
  • 18th- No School: MLK Jr. Day
  • 19th- No School: Professional Development
  • 19th- School Council: 6:00pm-7:00pm


February:

  • 9th- School Council: 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • 10th- PTO Meeting: 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • 15th- No School: Presidents' Day
  • 16th-19th- February Recess

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: 1/14/21, 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 and Gail Chancey

Assistant Principals