Kingsley ES Principal Newsletter
2020-2021 "We Are All In This Together"
November 15, 2020
THANKSGIVING BREAK NOVEMBER 23-27
Week 14 of Virtual Learning and Teaching
I am thankful for all the support and hard work that staff, students, and parents have shown each other. As we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful, I want to take this opportunity to thank our students who come to school (although virtually for now) ready to learn. They give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here. I am thankful for the support of the parents in creating an outstanding partnership for our students. I am very thankful for all my staff who really care about student achievement and have the best interests of our students in their heart. I am also thankful for all our community partners who enthusiastically contribute so much to our school.
In these most difficult and challenging times, we see dedicated and tireless individuals going above and beyond to make sure that great things happen in our school. They do make a difference, and the children, in their own individual ways, benefit from those efforts.
Wishing all of you and your families a happy, healthy, and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday!
Virtual Family Empowerment Conference
Let's Celebrate! You are invited to attend a Virtual Parent and Family Empowerment Conference and participate in “Educating Minds! Empowering Families! Engaging Virtually!
Informational Sessions on November 16 – 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, and November 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM via virtual platforms. This Family Engagement Month Celebration District Signature Week Event will provide parents and families virtual engaging sessions, digital resources, interpretation rooms, vendors, and prizes.
To pre-register and receive the link to join your conference selected sessions, complete and submit the registration form at http://bit.ly/dcsdfamilyconference. Virtual Parent and Family Empowerment Conference. November 16th through November 21st. Celebrating DCSD Families! See you there.
It's Kingsley Virtual Book Fair Time!
Center for Puppetry Arts Show - Friday, 11/20
Kingsley has been chosen to pilot a new Center for Puppetry Arts live virtual puppet show "The Velveteen Rabbit." The show is geared towards children K-3rd. Our students will be treated to the show on Friday at 10:00 AM for kindergarten through 1st grade and 11:30 AM for 2nd -3rd grades. Our K-3rd grade students will watch the show during (a slightly altered) STEAM+More schedule.
If your child needs a school-issued Chromebook or the one you currently have does not work properly, please contact your child's teacher, Ms. Rocky, or Mrs. Yazmin Acevedo.
Who do I contact to obtain a hotspot due to internet connectivity issues?
To obtain a hotspot, please send an email to Dr. Harris-Thompson or Mrs. Yazmin Acevedo and a request will be made with the district IT department. Once the request is approved and the hotspot is delivered to the school, someone will contact you for pickup.
Who do I contact for password resets or trouble accessing virtual learning platforms? If your child needs their password reset or can not access a learning platform, please contact the school front office 678- 404-2138 or 678-827-2360 any weekday 8 AM - 4 PM and someone can assist you.
Why are we administering assessments during virtual learning and what is the purpose of them?
Assessments are given to determine your child's current level of progress, strengths, and weaknesses. In the virtual learning environment two school-wide assessments are given and additional classroom assessments are given by teachers. School-wide assessments include: the ISIP assessment - given monthly through Istation and the MAP assessment - given three times a year. It does take longer to assess students in the virtual learning environment because of the need to test in smaller groups.
Assessment data is used by teachers to determine how students are progressing through the learning, how we can differentiate instruction, match students to leveled texts, and adjust small groups to best meet the needs of students. Best teaching practices occur when we follow a progress monitoring cycle. In progress monitoring, we assess students to determine where they currently are academically. Afterwards, we analyze the student learning results from the assessment given. Next, we collaboratively plan for instruction, gather instructional resources, and determine the best teaching strategies/action steps to implement. The plan is implemented through whole and small group instruction. This cycle occurs every 4-6 weeks to ensure we continue to teach at high levels and adjust our implementation of improvement strategies. If we did not assess, we would only be able to base our instructional decisions on observations and student work. Using multiple data points (ISIP, MAP, teacher observations, and student work), allows us to make the BEST decisions for each and every child.
We have completed all MAP testing and teachers will now prepare for data talk meetings. Teachers will analyze their current plan with the new data and will continue to execute and refine it to increase student achievement.
My student lost instructional time during MAP testing. How can we prevent this during the Winter MAP administration that begins in January?
Currently, we are looking at adjusting our testing practices and procedures for the Winter MAP assessment. We are getting feedback from teachers, students, and parents. Using this feedback, we will work to produce the best schedule that allows for a conducive testing environment, while also maximizing instruction.
When will parents receive assessment results from the ISIP and MAP assessments?
ISIP assessment data is available in the Istation platform. Please contact your child's teacher on how to access. MAP assessment score reports are released once the district has verified all test scores. However, teachers may begin having academic conversations during conferences to discuss scores and what we are doing to support your child.
How can I order spirit wear or sign up to volunteer?
Please visit our PTO Membership toolkit website to purchase spirit wear and sign up to be a parent volunteer: https://kingsleypto.membershiptoolkit.com/
Region 1 Parent Town Hall Meeting
Region 1 Superintendent, Mrs. Melanie Pearch, will host a Parent Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, December 2 at 5pm. All parents and stakeholders in Region 1 are invited to attend this virtual meeting. A link to join the meeting will be shared with all parents once received.
Thanks for Participating in Our Week Long Events! ❤️
My Color is Black
Black for me is for strength and power.
My Color is a Mix of Colors
I chose this t-shirt because it's a mix of all colors.
My Color is Black
Black for me is "BOLDNESS, CONFIDENCE, STRENGTH, EMPOWERMENT"...
My Color is Pink
Pink is the universal color of love. It means friendship, harmony, approachability in which I try to represent.. Pink to me represents kindness.
My Color is Blue
Blue for me is the most calming color. It means unity, peace, faith, empathy, and calmness.
Kingsley's 5K Snowflake Run.....coming soon!
Want to SHOUT OUT one of you child's teachers?
Click on the link or QR code below to complete this short survey to recognize a teacher or staff member that has gone above and beyond!
Dekalb County Public Library Park and Print
DCSD Cares... Take Care of YOU!
Please click the link for many wonderful social emotional resources provided by the district. These resources are for students, parents, and teachers.
Click on the link (purple square button) for SEL resources and to schedule a time to talk with Ms. Hamilton.
November Dates to Remember
Please mark your calendars for upcoming dates/events in November!
We Need Your Help! Please watch the video below.
School Nutrition Services - Free & Reduced Meal Application
Please complete the Free & Reduced Meal Application for SY20-21. During the previous school year, as of 10/5/2019, our DCSD School Nutrition team processed 21,776 household applications versus approximately 9000 applications processed to date.
The district receives valuable funding such as Title I, E-Rate, and other funding resources annually based on October 31st free and reduced lunch data. Parents must submit a new application every year to receive meal benefits. Parents may complete the online application at www.schoolcafe.com. The meal application process takes 10-15 minutes to complete. A paper application can be obtained at one of the curbside meal production sites linked here and returned to any site. You may also click on the promotional flyer (in English and Spanish) to spread the word in our school community. The flyers are also below.
School Meal Service
School Meal Service continues during virtual learning.
A bus will be in our bus lane every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11am-1pm to distribute meals.
Please click the link for more information and view the menu below. https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/student-meal-service/
Register with the PTO Website/Membership Toolkit
Want to make sure you are up to date on all school news? Register with the PTO today!
1. Register with the PTO website/Membership Toolkit (this will ensure you receive PTO/Kingsley Newsletters).
(If you are a returning Kingsley family, update your information as necessary!)
2. Pay your School Dues of $40 per student to help with supplies, teacher stipends for materials, etc. (YES—supplies are needed for virtual learning!)
3. Donate to the Kingsley Annual Fund. Annual Fund donations help for major projects such as the recent playground renovation.
Remember registering with the PTO website/Membership Toolkit ensures you’ll receive the PTO/Kingsley newsletter--- you need this newsletter--- it has LOTS of information about virtual school and other fun activities for your students!
Here’s the website: https://kingsleypto.membershiptoolkit.com/