Imagine Kissimmee Charter Academy
March Parent Newsletter
Ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority for the Imagine Kissimmee Charter Academy. We will be in regular communication with the school district and monitor information from the Florida Department of Health about the coronavirus. Parents and students are asked to take some common-sense precautions that apply to many infectious diseases, like the flu. The most important are having students stay home from school if they are sick, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and washing your hands frequently with soap and water. For additional information, visit the Florida Department of Health’s website at http://www.floridahealth.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/. We will follow recommendations from county and state health officials. We will remain diligent in following the latest information available on this important health issue and will communicate new information as we receive it from officials.
Imagine Schools, Region Director
How reading 20 minutes a day impacts your child
Starting in kindergarten, if a student reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for 851 hours by 6th grade and on standardized tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers.
This is compelling data on the benefits of encouraging your child to read.
Time To Be Kind Week
Tech Safety with Bark
Are Smart Speakers Safe for Kids?
"Alexa, play ‘Bad Guy’ by Billie Eilish.”
“OK Google, tell me a knock-knock joke!”
If your family has a smart speaker, these are probably popular refrains heard around your house. Kids and adults alike have made these voice-activated speakers commonplace — some families even have multiple speakers placed throughout their homes.
The Alexas and Google Homes of the world have become de facto family members, and they probably bring your kids a lot of joy in the form of music, audiobooks, jokes, fun facts, and more. But are you aware of all the potential risks that come with having your kids interact with smart speakers on a daily basis? In this post, we explain some of the features that parents might not know about — you might be surprised by what these unassuming devices can do!
Instant Access Can Mean Explicit Access
Turning on music with just a quick verbal command is a key feature of smart speakers, and it’s probably one of the most common ways they’re used in your house. The music itself usually comes from popular streaming platforms like Amazon Music, Google Music, or Spotify, which means that kids have pretty much every song in the world at their fingertips.
This can be great for exploring the back catalog of classic artists, but it also means that kids may have access to songs that are well above their maturity level. It’s not just songs, either. Standup comedy, spoken word, lectures, and podcasts can be accessed just as easily. Fortunately, many speakers — including Amazon Echos and Google Homes — have explicit content filters that parents can enable to help protect their kids from unwanted exposure.
by Haley Zapal
March Dates to Remember
Monday, March 2nd - Dr Suess Day
Tuesday, March 3rd - Title 1 Parent Meeting 5:00PM*
Tuesday, March 3rd - PTO Meeting 6:00PM*
Friday, March 6th - Spirit Day & Smelly Pencil Sales
Friday, March 6th - School Dances
- K & 1st - 1:10PM - 2:10PM
- 2nd & 3rd - 2:15PM - 3:15PM
- 4th & 5th - 6:00PM - 7:30PM
- 6th - 8th - 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Wednesday, March 11th - Spring Pictures
Thursday, March 12th - Cici's Night*
Thursday, March 12th - K-5th Field Day
Thursday, March 12th - Spirit Day
Friday, March 13th - Teacher Work Day/Conference Day
Monday, March 16th - Friday, March 20th - Spring Break
Tuesday, March 24th - PTO Chick-fil-a Night
Thursday, March 26th - SAC Meeting 5:00PM*
Thursday, March 26th - SAB Meeting 6:00PM*
Friday, March 27th - Spirit Day & Smelly Pencil Sales