KES PARENT NEWSLETTER

APRIL 2021

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ADMINISTRATION CORNER

ADMINISTRATION MESSAGE- MR. ANTHONY KATHLEEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Awesome April #Cougar Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,


As we welcome Spring Flowers we also want to take a moment to appreciate your children’s and grandchildren’s hard work. We also want to celebrate your support as we launched the 1st KES Parent Teacher Association (PTA) & the School Advisory Council (SAC).


We appreciate you backing the schoolwide fundraiser that your child received prior to Spring Break, please turn the fundraising pamphlets in before April 15, 2021 . Everyone needs a little chocolate or popcorn in their life :0)


We are also now that families have experienced loss and we want to let you know of grief supports at the Bethany center for children and adults: 450 Arneson Ave, Auburndale, FL 33823 (863) 968-1707


We love you #Cougarfamily and we are in this together!


Leadership In Action!


Principal Anthony

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ADMINISTRATION MESSAGE- MRS. WILLIAMS KATHLEEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents & Guardians,



Welcome to April! Thank you for sharing your children with us. It has been a year like none other, but we are almost to the finish line. This month brings the beginning of FSA Testing for our 3rd , 4th, and 5th graders.

Please know that our teachers and students have to worked hard each and every day. Taking the FSA during the months of April and May will be no different. We ask that you continue to support our efforts and make sure that each day, all of our students:


  1. Get a good night’s sleep. Being well rested will help with focus and concentration.
  2. Make sure to eat breakfast or make sure to make it to breakfast at school daily.
  3. Be on time daily. Late arrivals will NOT be admitted into their classrooms and students will have to wait for the make-up days and sessions.
  4. Check out the practice tests that were sent home with your students to review test item types.
  5. Give them an encouraging word or note in their agenda daily. This will let your child know that you are with them and encourage them to do their best! 😊


Please read the KES FB page and Class Dojo FSA posts that were posted at the end of March. Reinforcing these important strategies and reminders will ensure we have a successful FSA administration.


We will begin testing daily at 8:15 a.m. for campus students and for E-Learners. Remember, E-Learners will be testing on separate days from our campus students. Please see the schedule below for test types and dates.


Thank you again for an amazing year!


Mrs. Williams

Assistant Principal and Testing Coordinator

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OFFICE CORNER

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NURSES CORNER-HEALTH & WELLNESS UPDATES

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Important Notice!

If your child has been tested for coronavirus, please do not send your child to school until you receive a negative test result. Please notify the school about the situation so that arrangements can be made for your child to participate in online learning.

If a member of your household has tested positive, please do not send your child to school and call the Florida Department of Health at 863-519-7911 for further direction. Thank you for your cooperation.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING SITES

POLK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID-19 PCR TESTS
PH:863-519-7912

LET THEM KNOW STUDENT IS A POLK COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD STUDENT FOR FASTER APPOINTMENT (TEST RESULTS WITHIN 3-5 DAYS)

LHRS RESPIRATORY CARE CENTER COVID-19 RAPID TESTS
PH:863-687-1133

COUNSELOR CORNER- MR. POLLOCK GUIDANCE COUNSELOR

Read the following Link for helpful information:

8 Things Kids Say That Prove You're a Great Mom - iMom

IMPORTANT DATES AND REMINDERS FOR APRIL

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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Friday, March 27, 2021- Thursday, April 1, 2021 - Star testing ( E-Learners)
  • Friday, April 2, 2021 –No School for Students and Staff.
  • Monday, April 5, 2021 and Tuesday, April 6, 2021- Grade 3 FSA ELA (Campus Only)
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and Thursday, April 8, 2021- Grade 3 FSA ELA (E-Learners only)
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021- Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021- 4th and 5th Grade FSA Writing (Campus Only)
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021- 4th and 5th Grade FSA Writing (E-Learners Only)
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021- Send home Report Cards
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021- PTA Fundraiser Ends, please return all packets
  • Monday, April 19, 2021-Friday, April 23, 2021- School Volunteer Week
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021- PTA General Meeting
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021- Early Release at 12:15
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021- Administrative Professional's Day
  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 - Title 1 Science Night and Earth Day
  • Friday, April 30, 2021- PBIS Reward Day(Square Dance)
  • Friday, April 30, 2021- Student of the Month Lunch

UPCOMING IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

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APRIL LUNCH MENU

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GRADE LEVEL INFORMATION FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

KINDERGARTEN:


Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading: We are discussing ways to help out at home and our community, hazards of gossip, and how bread is made through our stories. We are still working on characters, setting, and events, as well as reviewing key details from a story. We are still isolating, blending sounds, and changing individual sounds to make new words.


Math: In math, we are still working identifying, and making 2D and 3D shapes; we are also exploring using non-standard measurement (using other tools than a ruler) and collecting data from our measurements. You can support your student by measuring things around the house.


Science: In science, we are experimenting with living organisms, posing questions and making predictions.


Social Studies: In social studies, we are discussing following rules and what it takes to be a good citizen.


Writing: We are writing about topics in language arts, science, and social studies as well as continuing to integrate writing into all subjects.


FIRST GRADE:

Student of the Month:

Ms. Fransted- Ambry Coker

Mrs. Romanov- Jason Hartley

Ms. Lykins- Kinsley Bauer

Ms. Taylor- Messiah Bellmon

Ms. Sanchez- Avery Brown


Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading: In ELA, our learning target is to describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, and pieces of information in a text. Students should also be able to describe character, setting, and events in a story, with details.


Math: In Math, the learning target is to collect, organize, and interpret data by asking and answering questions.

Please practice basic facts with your kids. SMAD testing of basic addition and subtraction facts is every Thursday.


Science: In Science we will be learning about living and non-living things and the parts of a plant.


Social Studies: In Social Studies, we will learn and write about Spring and Easter.


Writing: Students will practice writing opinion papers. Students are completing graphic organizers for stories read in class. They are completing sentence frames to explain information gathered from their organizer.


SECOND GRADE:

Student of the Month:

Mrs. Miller- Daniel Lipman

Mrs. Owens- Danielyz Rodriguez

Ms. Sanders- Prince Briggs


Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading: We are learning how to read a fiction text and find the character's point of view.


Math: We are finishing up measuring and data collection (pictographs and line plots). In April we will be learning how to tell time and count money.


Science/Social Studies: We are finishing up a unit on rocks and soil and then moving into learning about the human body.


Writing: We are learning how to write an opinion piece and how to respond to text to prepare for FSA writing in 4th and 5th grade.


THIRD GRADE:

Student of the Month:

Mrs. Lima-Jones- Paris Gordon

Ms. Ali- Jimena Chavez

Mrs. Hardy- Autumn Bauer

Ms. Colburn- Lizbeth Ventura Sanchez


Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading: Students will be repeating many of their 3rd grade standards for the 3rd or 4th time for the year. The expectation is that the students can meet their learning target more independently and increase their level of mastery along with their reading level. The year-end goal is to be reading at or above a 4th grade level. In STAR grade equivalent an ideal place would be 3.9-4.5. In both STAR and Istation their ideal percentile rank would be 50th and above.


Math: Students are working on elapsed time. Students should be able to understand what a word problem on elapsed time is asking and to solve it using a strategy such as; a number line or a table/chart.


Science/Social Studies: The science standard is: How plants and animals respond or adapt to changing seasons. Below is a poem excerpt about hibernating.


Writing: Students answer how and why questions after reading a text. They analyze how an author reveals their point of view through facts, details, and opinion statements in a text. Students are expected to strive for a level 4 proficiency on a 4 point scoring rubric.


News Flash: FSA Testing Dates for 3rd Grade


  • April 5-6 3rd Reading (Campus students)\
  • April 7-8 3rd Reading (eSchool students)
  • April 13 4th/5th Writing (Campus students)
  • April 14 4th/5th Writing (eSchool students)
  • May 3-4 4th/5th Reading (Campus students)
  • May 5-6 4th/5th Reading (eSchool students)
  • May 10-11 3rd—5th Math (Campus students)
  • May 12-13 3rd– 5th Math (eSchool students)
  • May 18-19 5th Science (Campus & eSchool)

Each Day is 80 minutes per test.


FOURTH GRADE:


Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading/Social Studies: We are continuing to learn about the different ways authors present their information by which text structure they use and how those help us with our comprehension. We are reviewing skills that we learned earlier this year in preparation for the Reading FSA which is in May.


Math: In math students will continue to work on measurement and conversions. They will also be working on being able to identify and draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles, perpendicular and parallel lines in two-dimensional figures, and classify triangles. They will also be learning about the geometry of circles, triangles, and quadrilaterals.


Science: In Science students will be learning about heat flow and experimenting with force


Writing: 4th grade will participate in FSA Writing on April 13th and 14th. Please encourage your students to take this important test seriously and to do their very best. We believe in them!


DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • April 2nd- No school-holiday
  • April 13th- 4th grade Writing (Campus students)
  • April 14th- 4th grade Writing (eSchool students)
  • May 3rd-4th- 4th grade Reading (Campus students)
  • May 5th-6th- 4th grade Reading (eSchool students)


FIFTH GRADE:

Students of the Month:

Ms. Cannan - Jalen Williams

Mr. Clifford- Benjamin Hoffman

Ms. Matthews- Lisomar Rivera

Ms. Zapata- Christian Andropolous


English Language Arts/Reading: Students will use Text Evidence/ Inferences to compare the Structures of Multiple Texts. Students will also be reading for Argumentation while Comparing the same topics and Point of View through Text Evidence/Inferences. Students will be Comparing/Contrasting the Theme/Topic of a text while also summarizing the text.


Remember students should be reading 30 minutes every night. Students are expected to take at least one Accelerated Reading (AR) Quiz on a weekly basis at their reading level with 85% mastery.


Resources students can use at home:

Istation (Classlink)

TumbleBooks (Clsslink)

Epic! (https://www.getepic.com/)

PCLC Digital Services (https://pclc.overdrive.com/)

NASA eBooks (https://www.nasa.gov/connect/ebooks/index.html)


Math:

April 6th- 16th


  • Recognize that some two-dimensional shapes can be classified into more than one category based on their attributes. (MAFS.5. G.2.3)
  • Recognize if a two-dimensional shape is classified into a category, that it belongs to all subcategories of that category. (MAFS.5. G .2.3)
  • Analyze two-dimensional figures into categories and/or subcategories based on their attributes using a Venn Diagram. (MAFS.5. G.2.4)


April 19th – 30th


  • Recognize that volume the measurement of the space inside a solid three-dimensional figure. (MAFS.5.MD.3.3)
  • Recognize a unit cube has 1 cubic unit of volume and is used to measure volume of three-dimensional shapes. (MAFS.5.MD.3.3)
  • Recognize any solid figure packed without gaps or overlaps and filled with n unit cubes indicates the total cubic units or volume. (MAFS.5.MD.3.3)
  • Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume. (MAFS.5.MD.3.5)


Resources students can use at home:

Freckle (Classlink) – Facts Practice or Flash Cards

Prodigy (prodigygame.com)

Khan Academy: Videos with tutorials and practice (khanacademy.org)


Science/Social Studies: This Month students will be learning about Heredity, Reproduction, The Food Chain, and Interdependence.


April 5 – April 16 Unit 11 - Heredity and Reproduction of Living organisms.

This includes Reproduction in Plants, Life Cycles of Organisms, Plant and Animal Inherited Characteristics.

April 19 – April 23 Unit 12- Energy in a Food Chain

April 26 - April 30 Interdependence

This includes the Seasonal Changes of Florida's organisms and the Plants' and Animals' impact on their Environment.


Writing: Students will focus on researching, finding facts and visuals (pictures) about their topic. Students will also learn about Narrative Writing.


DATES to REMEMBER:


  • April 13th – 4th and 5th Grade FSA Writing
  • April 14th – 4th & 5th Grade FSA Writing for KES eLearners
  • April 14th – Distribute Report Cards
  • April 20th – KES PTA General Meeting
  • April 21st – Early Dismissal
  • April 22nd – Title I Science Night
  • May 3rd & 4th – FSA Reading
  • May 5th & 6th – FSA Reading eLearners
  • May 10th -11th – FSA Math
  • May 13th -14th – FSA Math eLearners
  • May 18th -19th – Science State Assessment
  • May 31st – No School
  • June 2nd – 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony (details coming soon)
  • June 3rd – Last Day of School


Here are some helpful tips for parents to help your child:


Online test tips for each of the FSA exams can be found on the Florida Standards Assessments website (www.fsassessments.org)

· Tell the students to stay positive, take their time and do their best.

· Review using items like FSA Test Prep, Khan Academy, any teacher recommendation. Helps with the basics and reviewing the standards.

· Get a good night's sleep and eat well.

READING COACH CORNER

Would you like to know what kind of questions your child will see on FSA?

FSA Assessments

https://fsassessments.org/

· Click on Students and Families

· Frequently Asked Questions

· Mathematics Reference Sheets

· Practice Tests – Computer Based and Paper Based


Looking for books to gift to your children? Check out this book list selected for quality text and a wide range of genres.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/50-books-all-kids-should-read-before-theyre-12


Mrs. Howell’s personal favorite authors for children from this list are Mo Willems, Christopher Paul Curtis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

READING INTERVENTIONIST CORNER


What is the difference between engagement and compliance? Students complying with a task is a big difference than students being engaged with a task. Some say problem solving opportunities allow for more engagement, however, the depth of the problem to solve can either add to engagement or take away from it. One such example is having students add an emoji symbol to each paragraph as they re-read it. One of the striving students in a higher grade level informed about the activity.

Student A: This is fun.

Student B: Well, it’s not really because we are still reading.

Student A: not really, we are scanning and making faces, so it’s fun.

Student B: you know what, yea.

Then they discussed an unknown word, used context clues to figure it out and Student B exclaimed, “She tricks you into learning by making it fun so you don’t know you’re learning.” Engagement over compliance.

ALPHA TEACHER CORNER

Gifted children often have more intense feelings than other children their age. They may develop empathy at an early age, quickly pick up on others’ emotions, worry about world issues, be curious about the meaning of life and death, cry, anger, and/or excite easily. It’s important that you acknowledge and respect your child’s feelings, and talk about feelings open and honestly. Share your own feelings when appropriate. Teach your child words to describe his or her feelings. If your child feels deeply about the plight of others in the world, you can take this opportunity to do service as a family by volunteering at a food bank or other organization.

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ESOL CORNER

Below are some online resources to support your students education:


English Language Arts/Reading: Tumble Books - eBooks for eKids! (tumblebooklibrary.com)

TumbleBooks is located on Classlink

Math: Think Central is located on Classlink

Science: CPALMS Florida Students is located on Classlink

Social Studies: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

FINAL AR STRETCH FOR THE YEAR “OH, THE THINGS YOU’LL KEEP LEARNING!” MARCH 29TH-APRIL 30TH


“Oh, the Things

You’ll Keep Learning!”

March 29th-April 30th

AT THE END OF THE FIVE-WEEK CHALLENGE:

*Level 1: 10 points or 10 quizzes.

Scoring 80% or higher on each quiz= 1 Brag Tag


*Level 2: 20 points or 20 quizzes

Scoring 80% or higher on each quiz= 1 Brag Tag & treat


*Level 3: 30 points or 30 quizzes

Scoring 80% or higher on each quiz=1 Brag Tag & 1 prize box, 1 treat


*Level 4: 40 points or 40 quizzes

Scoring 80% or higher on each quiz= 1 Brag tag,1 prize box, 2 treats


*Level 5: 50 Points or 50 quizzes

Scoring 80% or higher on each quiz=1 Brag tag, 1 prize box, 2 treats, 1 Cougar Market prize


All quizzes must be recorded on Student Reading Log

An 85% or higher average at the end of the five-week challenge is required.

YOU CAN DO IT!

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LIBRARY NEWS

Students and Families, our school was awarded a grant from the Polk Education Foundation for eBooks. Students can now access our eBooks on Classlink/Destiny, using their 6-digit student ID. Teachers are able to provide them with their number if you do not have it, we will also give them the password. Follow the directions on the picture above. Enjoy!!!

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SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL (SAC) CORNER

Upcoming SAC Meeting: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:15pm


Kathleen Baptist Church is having a Food Drive-Thru on the third Friday of the month.

Feeding the Community: The church has invited all interested families to participate.

Distribution will be April 16 at Kathleen Baptist Church

3939 2nd St. NW Lakeland, FL 33810

For more information please call Seth Miller at (863) 858-3836.

The car line will open at 8:30 a.m. The distribution of food begins at 9:00 a.m. and will run to 11:00 a.m. in front of Worship Center.


KATHLEEN BAPTIST CHURCH will host a Spring Festival! Please join us for a time of fun and fellowship for all ages! Hotdogs and waters will be provided.

KATHLEEN BAPTIST CHURCH APRIL 3, 2021 DUFF PARK PAVILION 11:00am to 1:00 pm

An Easter egg Hunt for kids Ages 2 to 5th Grade will begin at 11:30am. Prizes will be provided for the children that find the special eggs.

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PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA) CORNER

Tuesday, April 20, 2021- KES PTA General Meeting at 6:00 PM.

2021-2022 Officers Election will be held on this date.

Meeting ID: 826 6682 9329

Passcode: KESPTA


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82666829329?pwd=a21LellKTUd3VHJrV3A3VEgzWG15QT09



Below is the Link to our New Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Kathleen-Elementary-School-PTA-107250731224485/

CONTACT US

Kathleen Elementary

3515 Sherertz Road, Lakeland, FL 33810

Phone: 863-853-6030
Fax:
863-853-6033

School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.