KHS News Update

June 2015

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Chorus Concert

Our chorus will be performing Tuesday, June 2nd in the East Providence auditorium at 6:00 p.m. Please Join us as our chorus students and three other chorus’ put on an amazing performance!

Thank you to Mr. Temple for coordinating this event. Our chorus does rock!


Field Day

Field Day is Friday, June 5th this year and it will take place on school property. Our fifth grade students will be helping to facilitate each station with parent/guardian volunteers. Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2 students’ activities will begin at 9:15 a.m. and end at 10:30 a.m. Grades 3 and 4 students’ activities will begin at 1:50 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Fifth grade students will participate in activities beginning at 3:00 p.m. Parents/guardians are encouraged to volunteer to help at each station.

Thank you to Mrs. Pinhancos for planning an educational and fun activities for our students!

Feinstein Charity – Relay for Life

Kent Heights' Pretty in Pink team is raising funds for, and will be participating in, Relay for Life, which will take place at Pierce Field Friday, June 5th. All are welcome to participate in this event to help raise money for cancer research.

Thank you to Mrs. Jones for coordinating this event.

Girls on the Run®

Part of the Girls on the Run program is to coordinate a community project. Our Girls on the Run girls have chosen to organize a food drive that will benefit the Hope & Faith charity, which delivers food to those in need. Thank you for supporting this charity, which ends June 8th.

Riverside Middle School Incoming 6th Graders Orientation for Parents/Guardians

Our fifth graders and their parents/guardians are invited to attend Riverside Middle School’s annual orientation and building tour on Tuesday, June 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. This will be an opportunity for incoming sixth graders and their parents/guardians to take a first-hand look at the school, ask questions, and get a feel for the school that our fifth graders will be attending in the fall.


Grade 5 Celebration

As we are proud of and celebrate all of our students’ achievements, our fifth graders celebrate another milestone in their lives, their transition to middle school. Although we will miss our fifth graders, we are proud of them and confident that they have a good foundation and important skills to achieve success in all of the grades that follow. Please join me by wishing our fifth grade students well and by thanking all of the people in their lives that have motivated, encouraged, and prepared them for the years ahead.

Safe Routes to School

When walking/biking to school, please remember to walk/bike with a responsible friend and/or family member. Please use crosswalks and when possible, walk on sidewalks. Remember, at Kent Heights we are Kind, Hardworking, and Safe!

Monthly Articles by Sarah Gossler

Thank you to Mrs. Gossler for writing articles that have been included in our newsletter each month. The articles have been informative and relevant to the needs of our school community. Should there be a topic that you would like to hear more about, please feel free to contact Mrs. Gossler.

Drop Off and Pick Up on Howland Avenue

Thank you to our students/parents/guardians/family members/friends for following the traffic pattern at drop off and pick up each day. Please continue to help ensure that our students arrive and depart safely.

Summer Activity Guide

As we prepare for the end of this school year, we will be assembling information and sending it home with Progress Reports that will support summer learning, as students continue to learn in preparation for the 2015-2016 school year. Thank you for providing our students with opportunities to learn and have fun this summer!



By Sarah Gossler, School Social Worker

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney***

“You’ll be much more successful if you follow your dreams and follow your passions.” Jay Weatherill***

Sometimes youngsters struggle in school; academically and/or socially. They may not feel good about themselves, because of their difficulties. How can we help these youngsters? Dr. Brooks and his colleague Dr. Goldstein approach this issue from a strengths based perspective. Dr. Brooks developed the metaphor of “Islands of Competence” which he indicated are “areas that have the potential to be sources of pride and accomplishment.”* He goes on to say that “we must help children and adults identify and reinforce these islands so that at some point, they become more dominant than the ocean of inadequacy.”*

The article “50 Ways to Bring Out Your Child’s Best”** by Thomas Armstrong quotes Dr. David Myers: “Today’s researchers emphasize that nearly all children-not just the celebrated 5 percent-have special talents.”** The article reports that “studies at Harvard University bear this out, suggesting that kids can display intelligence in many different ways-through words, numbers, music, pictures, athletic or ‘hand-on’ abilities, and social or emotional development.”** The article provides numerous suggestions. I will list several of them, for your consideration.

“1. Let your child discover her own interests. Pay attention to the activities she chooses. This free-time play can say a lot about where her gifts lie.

2. Expose your child to a broad spectrum of experiences. They may activate latent talents. Don’t assume that he isn’t gifted in an area because he hasn’t shown an interest.

3. Give your child permission to make mistakes. If she has to do things perfectly, she’ll never take the risks necessary to discover and develop a gift.

4. Ask questions. Help your child open up to the wonders of the world by asking intriguing questions. Why is the sky blue? Find the answers together.

5. Plan special family projects. Shared creativity can awaken and develop new talents.”**

I have left these two articles in the Parent Information area, at Kent Heights (outside the office). I encourage you to read them, as well as nurture your child’s interests, passions and strengths. If you would like assistance in brainstorming on how to facilitate “Islands of Competence”, with your child, please contact me or the school psychologist.

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June Upcoming Events


  • Spirit Day


  • Feinstein Day

June 1:

  • Chorus Concert Assembly

o Assembly for Kindergarten to Grade 2 Students: 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

o Assembly for Grades 3 to 5 Students: 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Chorus Concert Rehearsal in East Providence High School’s Auditorium from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

June 2:

  • Chorus Concert in East Providence High School’s Auditorium from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

June 5:

  • Field Day
  • Relay for Life at Pierce Field

o Kindergarten, Grade 1, and Grade 2: 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

o Grades 3 and 4: 1:50 – 3:00 p.m.

o Grade 5: 3:00 p.m. (Grade 5 students will also facilitate the various stations for kindergartners through grade 4 students).

o Kent Heights Pretty in Pink team will be walking from 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. to raise funds for cancer research.

June 10:

  • PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

June 11:

  • Grade 5 Field Trip to Battleship Cove from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • PTA Fundraiser: Orange Leaf from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

June 15:

  • Kent Heights Chorus performing at School Committee in the City Hall Chambers

June 16:

  • District ELL Awards Ceremony in Kent Heights’ Cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.
  • Riverside Middle School Incoming 6th Graders Orientation for our Fifth Graders and their Parents/Guardians from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

June 17:

  • Grade 2 Field Trip to Casey Farm from 9:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


June 18:

  • Incoming Kindergartner Parent/Guardian & Child Workshop from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in our Cafeteria/Gym

June 19:

  • Safety Patrol Field Trip to Teamworks from 9:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Grade 4 Field Trip to the State House from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

June 21:

  • Kindergarten Celebration from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Fifth Grade Celebration from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

June 22:

  • Last day of school
  • Progress Reports and Summer Activity Guide K-5 goes home
  • Have a safe, fun and restful summer!

Dates/times/events are subject to change