October 26, 2020
Dear King Families!
Another beautiful fall weekend in the books! I had shared with the staff earlier that my husband and I thought it would be fun to go apple picking this weekend, but unfortunately, all of the farms we visited were already picked over! It's a shame, because it's the one time a year that I'm actually inspired to bake! Instead we drove through country roads in the hope of seeing some beautiful foliage and I'm happy to say we were not disappointed so the day was salvaged. I hope everyone was able to make the most out of this colorful weekend!
As communicated in last week's email, I am thrilled that Gail Chancey is able to join us at King and provide the support we need in Jennifer Herring's absence. She has already jumped right in and has taken on some tasks at King as she winds up some of her responsibilities at Woodrow Wilson. She will be joining us full time as of November 2nd. This week, Gail will be popping into classrooms and will have an opportunity to get to know as many of our students as possible in the coming weeks.
This week's King Connections includes:
* Important iReady Information
* King Halloween Scavenger Hunt
* STEAM Update from Ms. Feynman
* October's Character Education Theme: RESPECT
* Workshop Survey from King Social Workers
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.
This year has been comprised of many changes! The iReady diagnostic has also encountered many changes to support our current educational model. We have shifted to TWO diagnostic windows this year instead of three:
Diagnostic 1: October 19th - November 13th
Diagnostic 2: February 22nd - March 19th
Since we are in a remote setting, we will deliver the 1st diagnostic virtually! Taking into consideration the bandwidth that is needed when taking the diagnostic, the District has created the calendar below which outlines which grade levels are assigned to administer the assessment on their assigned days.
While it will be tempting to help your child on the diagnostic, it is very important that you refrain from assisting them. The results give teachers important information that they are then able to use to provide your child with the most appropriate instruction. Some of the questions in the diagnostic will seem easy to students and some will be quite hard. That is done purposefully in order to learn the "just right" level of each individual student.
Please take a moment to click on the links below; The iReady Family Guide and Teachers Need Your Help This Fall Video. They are available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
STEAM Update from Ms. Feynman
Thanks to everyone who participated in STEAM Week activities! Check out the STEAM Post it! Mosaic Challenge for full results!
Here are a few highlights from King Classrooms.
Ms Malkin’s Class - STEAM Challenge slide show
Ms Gabovitch’s Class - STEAM Challenge slide show
Meanwhile, in Grade 3, our Jr. Meteorologists, are creating their own scientific instruments to measure the weather. Here are some examples from Ms. Murphy's Class - Windsocks!
Stay tuned for more exciting STEAM projects soon!
Open Food Distribution
Beginning on November 2nd, all schools will be Open Food Distribution sites for the city from 10:00AM-1:00PM each day, including King. Families will be asked to park in the spaces at the side of the building near the cafeteria (Door 24) and Food Service staff will go out to greet them at their cars. More information will be forthcoming.
CHECKOUT THE PTO SPONSORED KING ELEMENTARY HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT- CLICK BELOW
October’s Character Education Theme of the Month is RESPECT
Definition:Treating yourself and others with courtesy and consideration.
“I” Statement: I will treat others the way I want to be treated
Why is it important to show respect at school and outside of school?
What does respect look like and sound like in your culture?
What are ways you can demonstrate respect for others? Yourself?
What should you do when you feel someone else is not being respectful?
Read-Alouds about Respect
PLEASE CONSIDER COMPLETING THE BRIEF SURVEY BELOW FROM OUR SUPPORT STAFF TEAM!
Please complete this form if you plan to withdraw your child from Framingham Public Schools. Click Here
King School Hours
School Hours 9:05am - 3:20pm
Early Release Days
- Students are dismissed at 12:55pm.
- Lunch IS served.
- Early Release Thursdays: 9/18/20, 12/3/20, 12/10/20, 12/17/20, 1/7/21, 1/14/21, 3/11/21, 4/29/21, 5/6/21, 5/13/21, 5/20/21, 5/27/21
- Students are dismissed at 12:20pm.
- Lunch IS NOT served.
- Half Days: 11/25 and the last day of school.