JW Killam Principal's Corner

Ms. Leveque's Weekly Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Leveque

At this time of thanks and appreciation, I am reminded of an article from Responsive Classroom, an educators resources on social-emotional development, that recognizes that teachers specialize in everything! The article from September 20, 2017 states this about teachers, "you’re a master of flexibility, an expert gear-switcher, and you know and teach every student at your school." This couldn't be more true for our Killam staff. Each and every day, they work to form strong relationships, make personal connections, wear the hat of knowledge-expert and knowledge-finder, promote exploration of creativity and ideas, take on the role of nurse, Mom, Dad, family support, and psychologist, and most importantly, supporter of childhood. We are fortunate to have this community of teachers educating our students. Please join me in thanking them for their incredible dedication, commitment, and attention to the Killam students!


We would also like to thank all the parents who were able to support our Hour of Code week at Killam. Mrs. Adamo did an outstanding job making it a success and we couldn't have been so productive without our parents. This was our fifth year running and it gets better and better each year. If your child is interested in coding more from home, please visit https://code.org/learn. This link is also on the bottom of the school website under the "student" tab.


And finally, as it is a time for giving and sending joy to our community, the Killam students created cards for 6-year old Carlos Rolon who is awaiting a heart transplant at Children's Hospital. His wish has been to receive holiday cards for his hospital room. His story is a powerful one for elementary students and we were more than happy to support him as a child-to-child connection and through our core value focus. If you have not heard Carlos' story, hear about it here.


On a personal note, I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season and December break.


Best,

Ms. Leveque

Important Killam Dates

Monday, December 16th: Killam TRRFCC Time. Wear class colors or school spirit wear!

Friday, December 20th: Full day of school


Monday, December 23rd - Wednesday, January 1st: December Break


Thursday, January 2nd: Return to school

No Principal's Newsletter until January 5th

As we approach the December break, this will be my last newsletter of 2019.


Just a friendly reminder that there is a full day of school on Friday, December 20th. December break is from December 23rd-January 1st. The school office will be open, except on Wednesday, December 25th and Wednesday, January 1st. Please call the office before coming in to learn of the open hours. We look forward to seeing the students return on Thursday, January 2nd. Happy New Year!

Killam Lost and Found

We have an abundance of coats, hats, mittens, sweatshirts, water bottles...you name it, we have it! We will be displaying the objects this upcoming week for students to identify during lunch. You are also welcome to stop in and take a look. We will be donating remaining items with our Coats for Kids donation.
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Accessing Report Cards

This is a friendly reminder that as guardians, you can access your child's released report cards at any time! Login to your PlusPortal account and choose the eLocker tab on the top of the page. This will bring you to all official report cards that can be downloaded as a PDF and printed or saved from the luxury of your home.

PTO Corner

Festival of Trees was a huge success. A special thanks to Nicole Crosby for organizing the donation collection. Our tree of board games will provide incredible game nights for a family!

New in 2019 - Pay PTO dues with Venmo at @KillamPTO!

Please be sure to include your child/family’s name in the notes when you submit your Venmo payment so we can credit the dues to the appropriate family.

2020-2021 Incoming Kindergarten Information

It was a great turnout for the Parent Information session. If you were unable to attend, the presentation can be found on the Killam website at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/killam/. The presentation is under the "Parent" tab on the bottom of the homepage.

SEPAC

The SEPAC meets throughout the school year in the RMHS Library Media Center at 7:00 p.m. Please plan to attend on the following dates, or click here for additional information:


  • Tuesday, January 14th
  • Tuesday, February 11th
  • Tuesday, March 10th
  • Tuesday, April 14th
  • Tuesday, May 12th
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About These Services

The Town of Reading contracts with William James College to offer a special service for our residents. The William James INTERFACE Referral Service maintains a mental health and wellness referral help line Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 888-244-6843 (toll free). This is a free, confidential referral service for individuals across the lifespan living in Reading. Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers from our extensive database. Each referral meets the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller. Click here to learn more!