JW Killam Principal's Corner

Ms. Leveque's Weekly Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Leveque

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I wish to send a sincere thank you to ALL educators. Regardless of your grade level, district, or position, you have the awesome responsibility of nurturing the minds and spirit of our children. Your dedication to keep them engaged, inspired, and cared for is an incredible feat that deserves recognition in large and small ways throughout the year. I am honored and proud to work with some of the finest educators in the Commonwealth at the J.W. Killam School! Teachers are unsung heroes and I also want to thank each of you, as parent guardians, who have had to join us in this role during the pandemic. It takes a village and we have a strong one!

This is the time of year that we begin planning for next year. We do not yet know what the start of the year will look like so our planning feels different this year. What remains a constant is that the end of the year brings about many changes, and this year will look different than ever before. Saying goodbye to one another will be unique and we are thinking through this process very carefully. This year, we will say a huge thank you and goodbye to Mrs. Laurie Truesdale, a teacher in our Therapeutic Support Program. Mrs. Truesdale has been a champion of our students. She will be resigning from her position at the end of the 2020 school year, looking to pursue a new challenge in her teaching career. We are grateful for her dedication to our children and wish her the utmost success in the future!

We are also pleased to announce our general education classroom teachers for the 2020-21 school year.

Kindergarten: Mrs. Boran, Ms. Cole, and Mrs. Wheaton (Half-Day K classroom)

First Grade: Ms. Cannata, Mrs. Pegoraro, Mrs. Rice, and Mrs. Walker

Second Grade: Ms. Binns, Mrs. Gramolini, Ms. McMahon, and Mrs. Nawrocki

Third Grade: Mrs. Bruno, Mrs. McGinnity, and Mrs. Treacy

Fourth Grade: Mrs. Encarnacao, Ms. Rees, and Ms. Vetal

Fifth Grade: Mrs. Gustafson, Ms. McGuire, Mrs. Palmieri, and Mrs. Sweeney-White

Finally, we begin Phase III of the remote learning plan this upcoming week. You will receive information from your child's teacher regarding any updates or changes. Some staff took this week as a trial period and began rolling out more "live" opportunities. You will see this across the board in Phase III as we acknowledge, more than ever, the power of keeping students connected with our teachers and each other. To that end, our specialists are also offering more opportunities. Information about these changes are listed below. As in the past, we appreciate your insights and we won't hit the mark on every piece but we'll continue to adjust as is necessary in the weeks ahead. Our primary goal remains care and connectedness.

Missing the Killam students,

Ms. Leveque

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Specialists' Corner

As specialists continue to think creatively about how to engage with our children, their schedules will be posted for easy access in multiple locations. Besides Google Classrooms, we'll be posting in the Principal Weekly Newsletter and here on the Killam website.

Week of May 10th:

Art with Mrs. Hussey:

Helloooo Killam Artists!

I miss you and I am super excited to start weekly “Draw-alongs” with Mrs. Hussey!

At this point we are going to use the Teams platform to come together. Below are the times and links for this week’s “Draw-alongs.” All you will need is a pencil and paper. Coloring materials and any artwork you would like to show the group are optional.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Draw-along- Tuesdays from 10:00-10:30


First and Second Grade Draw-along- Thursdays from 10:00-10:30


Weekly “Think Outside the Box” Challenge starting this week!

Print the Challenge page and complete the drawing. Post your creation to this Padlet https://padlet.com/amyhussey/3quf61htas5ntive to share and be entered in our weekly raffle. One lucky artist will get a trip to the art studio treasure chest whenever we can be together in person. If you are a fifth-grade winner, come back to visit next year and claim your prize! Winners will be drawn on Thursday at 5:00 PM and announced in Ms. Leveque’s newsletter on Fridays.

Library Media with Mrs. Adamo:

Mrs. Adamo and my dog Charlie would love to share a story with you! Please click this link on Tuesday, May 12th, at 10:30 to join us for story time. I miss you and would love to hear what you are up to!

Story time with Mrs. Adamo and Charlie:


Mrs. Adamo would love to hear what stories you are reading! Have a good book to share? Looking for a good book recommendation? Click on this link on Thursday, May 14th, at 10:30 to check in to my virtual book club!

Virtual Book Club with Mrs. Adamo:


PE with Mrs. Snow:

I'm missing you all very much and looking forward to seeing you in the live PE meeting. Please join me for some physical education activities (equipment free) and share what you've have been doing at home.

See you soon!

Mrs. Snow

K-2 PE Meeting - Monday, 10-10:30


3-5 PE Meeting - Wednesday, 10-10:30


Music with Ms. Gallant:

Come visit Ms. Gallant! Come with a song idea that makes you happy! Click one of the links below!

Music Check in with Ms. Gallant K-2, Monday, 12:30-1


Music Check in with Ms. Gallant 3-5, Wednesday, 12:30-1


Killam Remote Learning Communication Schedule

We want to be mindful of how overwhelming it can be to receive multiple emails a day. We hear you and are attempting to streamline the information for you. If information changes, we will update you.


Classroom teachers: Classroom teachers will communicate enrichment opportunities either on a daily basis or weekly basis, depending on the grade level team decision. In addition, you will receive check-ins and live opportunities to see if you need any clarification or support multiple times a week.

Special Education teachers: If your child receives special education services, an email with enrichment opportunities for your child will be sent on Tuesday. You should also have received an individual Continuation of Learning Plan from your child's liaison. In addition, you will receive check-ins and live opportunities to see if you need any clarification or support multiple times a week.

NEW Specialists (Library Media, Art, Music, and Gym): An email with enrichment opportunities for your child will be posted on Google Classrooms on Wednesday or daily, depending on the grade level team decision. Information regarding live enrichment opportunities will be posted Friday under the Specialists tab on the Killam website and in the Principal's Newsletter. Your child's Google Classroom will also have the weekly information.

Principal's Weekly Newsletter: An email will be sent out on Friday and previous newsletters will continue to be posted on the Killam website.

Closure Information: Access to links and information will be posted on the Killam and RPS District websites.

Information for Families with Students on IEPs or 504s

The Office of Student Services has written a letter regarding Section 504 accommodations and procedures during the COVID shutdown. If you have a child who is on a 504 or is in process for an initial eligibility meeting, please click here to read an important update from the District. Over the course of the next few weeks, you can expect to hear from Ms. Leveque or your 504 liaison about information relevant to your child.

Reading Families! Check out these opportunities!

Check out these Reading Public Schools “Virtual After School Clubs!” Clubs are free and open to students K-8. These are totally optional and are just for fun. Students are invited to participate as much or as little as they want. Click here to sign up for a club. Clubs will be hosted through Google Classroom. There will be opportunities for students to learn or try something new and also for them to share what they make from the challenges.

Incoming Kindergarten Information

We are excited to welcome your child this fall to the J.W. Killam Kindergarten classrooms! Incoming Kindergarten families should have received an email this week. If you did not, please email our Administrative Assistant, Jackie Maglio, at Jaculen.maglio@reading.k12.ma.us.

Due to our school closure, we will hold kindergarten screening in the fall. As part of the placement process, we love to hear from you, our families, about your child! Here’s where you can help. Please click here to gain access to a Google Survey entitled “Killam Incoming Kindergarten Parent Input Form 2020-21.” This is a questionnaire that allows you to provide insight all about your child. You know your child best and we love to use this information when thinking about each kindergartener. Because we work to create balanced classrooms, we do not accept specific teacher recommendations and we cannot assure that learning partners are in each class, but we do use this information as a part of our discussions. If you would like to provide information, the survey will be open until Wednesday, May 20th.

You will receive information about your child’s classroom, including the teacher assignment, in the summer. With this information, we’ll provide a welcome packet, including information about ways you can best support your child over the summer, school-specific procedural information, and information about how your child will get to visit their classroom and teacher before the school year begins. Wanting to be mindful of the current pandemic, we will wait to share this information at a later date so that our information is as accurate as possible. We appreciate your patience in this unprecedented time.

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Attention 5th Grade Families-- Middle School Transition Information

We continue to keep our fifth graders in mind as we progress with the school year. We are working on ideas to best support our students during the transition. To keep updated about Coolidge and Parker transition information, click the folder below

Gr 5 to 6 Transition Information

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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!