Kingston Intermediate School

December 2014

Calendar of Events

  • 6th Breakfast with Santa at KES Cafeteria 8:30 – 11:30 am
  • 8th Report Cards go home
  • 8th School Council Meeting 3:00 pm
  • 8th School Committee Meeting 7:00 pm
  • 8th Holiday Chorus Concert–Dress rehearsal for students @ 1:15 & Performance @ 6 pm
  • 11th Joy of Music Instrument Concert 7:00 pm
  • 17th Class Lunch Meetings
  • 23rd Full day with regular dismissal 2:38 pm
  • 24th – Jan. 2nd Holiday Vacation

News and Notes

We're extremely excited to announce that our new assistant principal, Mr. Thomas Tracey started with us on Monday, November 17. We're so glad to have him on board with us here at KIS and we know that KES is ecstatic as well. If you run into Mr. Tracey in the office or in the halls, feel free to welcome him to our school. He'll quickly see how great of a home he's found here in the Kingston schools!

During the month of December, the kids will be working with the basketballs. As with previous “games” units, grades 3 and 4 will focus on individual skills and partner activities. Grades 5 and 6 will begin each lesson with individual skills and will progress to small group and team situations.

When introducing basketball, I like to speak of how Dr. Naismith created the game based on a childhood activity he and his friends would play “Duck on a Rock”. As a youth, Naismith would throw stones at ducks sitting on rocks. At first it was unclear as to how being mean to ducks could lead to a sport. The more I thought about it however, it became clear that in the late 1800’s there are no sports in which a player is throwing a ball at an object. In this case, it was a soccer ball at a peach basket.

Recommended seasonal books from Mrs. Marino, Miss Cofer, and Mrs. Meade:

Mouse's First Christmas - Lauren Thompson

Gingerbread Friends - Jan Brett

Ringle and Dingle - William E. Young

The Magic Dreidels - Eric A. Kimmel

The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

The Gingerbread Boy - Paul Galdone