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Happy New Year, Cougar Nation!

We have made it to a new year and we want to thank you for your continued support of KES during these unprecedented times. Thank you for entrusting us with your children and we are on a mission daily to provide them with a high quality education infused with excellence and caring.

As we begin a new year, this is just a reminder that Q2 ends on January 15, 2020. Teachers will be wrapping up grades and students wishing to return to campus from E-Learning will have the opportunity during this time. More information to come from Principal Anthony.

Also, we are continuing in our efforts to keep all of our STAFF and STUDENTS safe and healthy. Please continue to support our efforts in students wearing masks daily, on the bus and in classrooms, hand washing, and social distancing. Your support makes all the difference for our students and staff.

Welcome back, Cougars! Let’s continue to strive for the best and remember, “WE ARE THE BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE NATION.”

Mrs. Williams



The Child Mind Institute aims to empower parents with the resources needed to make good decisions for their children.

A parent’s day is full of ups and downs. One minute your cup is overflowing with joy; the next your patience is being tested at every turn. Your children need guidance when it comes to managing their own emotions and behaviors. This is hard to do when your own self-regulation skills need support. Think about the parenting moments when your own self-regulation skills are required:

  • Rushing out the door to get your child to school
  • Siblings struggling to share a toy
  • Toddler upsets or meltdowns over anything from itchy socks to their peas touching their mashed potatoes.
  • Stubbornness at bedtime
  • Newborn and infant crying
  • Listening to crying in the car from your infant or toddler

Ways to practice self-regulation

Being able to identify what triggers an emotional response in you is a great first step in self-regulation. You could even make a list of these triggers and assign a healthy way to respond in each situation.

  • Practice deep belly breathing. Take a deep inhale through your nose, pause at the top, before releasing a slow exhale through your mouth. Repeat 3-4 times or more as needed.
  • Listen to upbeat music when you are feeling down, or calming music when you are feeling tense.
  • When unhelpful or negative thoughts enter your mind, acknowledge them, then move on. Think of it as changing your thought pattern. Search for a positive spin you can take on the situation or something encouraging you can say to yourself: “I don’t like the tone I used with Hunter when he spilled his cereal bowl on the floor. Next time, I will take a deep breath and use a calm voice to help him learn to clean up his messes.”
  • Think before acting. This involves taking a pause between your feelings and an action. Feel your feelings and name them. Are you angry, frustrated? Once you can name the feeling, you can tame it. This will help you access the thinking part of your brain. Ask yourself: Could there be any negative consequences to my action or reaction?
  • See if you can find the humor in the situation. Messes can be really funny.
  • Spend some time thinking about what happens in your body when you start to feel upset. Does your heart pound faster or your stomach churn? What helps you notice those feelings and remain calm? There are as many techniques as there are parents, so it is important that you have a “go to” strategy or two.
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PCPS Updates Face Coverings Requirement to Reflect CDC Changes

Polk County Public Schools has made two changes to its face covering requirement to reflect an update from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

The CDC’s face covering recommendations, which were last updated in November, can be found here:

In keeping with the CDC’s recommendations, PCPS will continue to allow gaiters. However, the CDC specifies that gaiters should be made of double-layered material.

“We’re asking our students and staff members who choose to wear gaiters to ensure they are made of double-layered material,” said Deputy Superintendent John Hill.

“If the gaiter is made of only one layer of material, the gaiter must be folded over to create two layers, while taking care to cover both your nose and mouth. Our school administrators will be reminding students to double their gaiters. This simple step can go a long way in protecting us all from the spread of coronavirus.”

Additionally, students and staff members may not wear masks with ports, as the CDC advises these designs can allow virus particles to escape.

Principals will be advised of the updates to the district’s face covering requirements this week, and will begin implementing the new requirements on their campuses.

Face coverings continue to be required by students in grades K-12 as well as staff members.

In July, the School Board adopted the following language as part of Code of Student Conduct:

Face Covering – GRADES K-12 (During any times when the wearing of a face covering is required by the District)

Students must wear a face covering that covers both the nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of a person’s face with little or no gaps at all times to ensure their own safety and the safety of other students and staff. Students must wear the face covering at all times when on school grounds or district-provided transportation, unless the student is involved in an approved activity when a face covering would not be appropriate. All face coverings must comply with general dress code and school uniform requirements.


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Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Friday, January 1, 2021- Monday January 4, 2021- Winter Break.
  • Monday, January 4, 2021- Teacher Work Day
  • Tuesday, January 5, 2021- STUDENTS and PARAEDUCATORS Return after Winter Break.
  • Friday, January 8, 2021 - Writing - 4th & 5th Grades
  • Monday, January 11 - Friday 15, 2021 - Quarter 2 - Science - 4th & 5th Grades
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2021- PTA Meeting at 6:00pm.
  • Monday, January 18, 2021- HOLIDAY (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) – No School
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021- Early Release Day at 12:15pm
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021- SAC Meeting at 1:30pm
  • Friday, January 29, 2021- PBIS Reward Day (Extra Recess) and Student of the Month Lunch
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Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: In reading, we are identifying the main topic and supporting details in a text, as well as retelling stories. We are still working on isolating individual sounds in words and learning to read words with two vowels such as a/e, o/e,I/e.

Math: In math, we are finishing up addition and starting to learn to subtract numbers. You can support your student by counting small objects up to ten, taking some away and figuring out how many are left.

Science: In science, we are learning about the motion of objects and forces and changes in motion.

Social Studies: In social studies, we are discussing celebrations and making our community better and learning about timelines.

Writing: We are writing an opinion piece in the first week of January. We will also continue to integrate writing into all subjects.

First Grade:

Student of the Month:

Ms. Fransted- T’Narious Redding

Mrs. Romanov- Lawson Ammons

Ms. Lykins- Nathan Varner

Ms. Taylor- Alan Luviano

Ms. Sanchez- Elijah Panham

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: In ELA, our learning target is to identify characters, settings, and events in a story. Students should be able to make connections in the text through sequencing events, identifying cause and effect relationships, and comparing and contrasting characters and events within the text.

Math: In Math, the learning target is to compare numbers using greater than, less than, or equal to. Students will also be learning how to find 10 more and 10 less of a 2-digit number. 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 gravity and magnifiers.

Social Studies: In Social Studies, we will learn and write about Martin Luther King Jr

Writing: Students will practice writing narrative 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- Hannaiy Acevdeo

Mrs. Owens- Riley Lemons

Ms. Sanders- Jalianys Guzman

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: Students worked on hard on the STAR Reading and lots of growth can be seen. Yeah!!! Keep up the hard work cougars. We worked on the targets of author's purpose and how an author introduces a fiction story at the beginning of the text, how the action is in the middle of a fiction text and how the author concludes the action at the end of the text.

Math: Students showed growth on the STAR Math test as well. We have been working hard on solving one and two step word problems using addition and subtraction (double digits)

Science/Social Studies: Students having been learning about gravity and how magnets work.

Third Grade:

Student of the Month:

Mrs. Lima Jones- Emmanuel Chaparro

Mrs. Ali- Isabella Carpenter

Mrs. Hardy- Raynee Doring

Mrs. Morrison- Lusian Ortiz-Cardona

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: The students will build on determining the main idea standard by describing how an author relates the details using a particular text structure. The students may identify some key words or phrases such as; as a result, first, next, or for an example, to name a few. These structures are cause and effect, sequence, comparing, describing and so on.

Math: Students have reached our fractions unit. Though some may seem to struggle with these concepts you can help! Start small with thinks around the house like cutting sandwiches or pizza into equal parts and talk about the fraction for 1 of those parts. Also measuring cups and items that come in cartons and packages are a good way to represent equivalent fractions. Ex. In a carton of a dozen eggs, 6 eggs can be 6/12 or ½ of the carton.

Science/Social Studies: Students are reading about the life of those in the past. They have been learning about what made life challenging for pioneers of the U.S. west. They also have been learning about forms of transportation from the 1800-1900’s. Ask them what a journey west was like by covered wagon and have them compare it to a trip west on the transcontinental railroad.

Writing: Students will continue working on revising essays from weekly assessments and week 6 of each unit, students continue to think critically about what they have read by answering analytical writing questions with each weekly standard.

Fourth Grade:

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: This month in ELA, students will be learning how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

Math: During the month of January students will be learning to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and decompose fractions. They will also be working on solving fraction word problems and finding the rule based on a pattern.

Multiplication and division are heavily used throughout 4th grade, so please help your child study their multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction math facts every night. This also helps with SMAD, solving 100 facts in 7 minutes, which happens every Thursday!

Science: During the month of January students will learn about energy in a food chain and about seasonal changes of Florida organisms.

Social Studies: In Social Studies, students will be learning about the functions of the government.

Writing: We will be participating in the next District Writing Assessment.

News Flash!!

We are halfway through the year! Let’s keep pushing and learning so the second ½ of the year is strong! As we head into the 2nd semester, ask your student if he/she needs any supplies. Many of our students have used the notebooks and pencils they brought in August.

Fifth Grade:

Student of the Month:

Ms. Canaan- Juliana Paris

Mr. Clifford- Delaney Dixon

Ms. Matthews- Kayden Smith

Ms. Zapata- Hagen Booth

Ms. Zapata- Shaniyah Parker

Subject Area Content Focus:

English Language Arts/Reading: Students will be Identifying the Speaker's Point of View through Text Evidence/Inferences. Students will also learn how to Identify Multiple Main Ideas and summarize them.

Writing Genre: Opinion and Explanitory/Informative

Resources students can use at home:

Istation (Classlink)

Epic! (

PCLC Digital Services (

NASA eBooks (

Math: Students are working With decimals:

Jan 5th – Jan 11th: LT 4.5-LT 4.6: Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. They will also learn to Compare two decimals to thousandths.

Jan 12th – Jan 15th: LT 4.7: Round decimals to any place using place value understanding.

Jan 19th – Jan 22nd: LT 4.8: Add and subtract decimals to the hundredths using concrete models and place value strategies.

Jan 25th – Jan 29th: LT 4.9: Multiply decimals to the hundredths place using concrete models and place value strategies.

Math Resources students can use at home:

Freckle (Classlink) – Facts Practice or Flash Cards

Khan Academy - Videos with tutorials and practice (

Prodigy - (

Science: This Month students will be learning about the forms and uses of energy, static electricity, and the transformation of electric energy.

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Read to your kids

I know everyone says this, but it really is a good idea — for all ages, but especially for children that can't yet read independently. This advice may seem like the “chicken soup” of reading education. We prescribe it for everything. (Does it help? It couldn’t hurt.)

If a parent or caregiver can’t read or can’t read English, there are alternatives, such as using audiobooks; but for those who can, reading a book or story to a child is a great, easy way to advance literacy skills.

Research shows benefits for kids as young as 9-months-old, and it could be effective even earlier than that. Reading to kids exposes them to richer vocabulary than they usually hear from the adults who speak to them, and can have positive impacts on their language, intelligence, and later literacy achievement.

What should you read to them? There are so many wonderful children’s books. Visit your local library, and you can get an armful of adventure. You can find recommendations from kids at the Children’s Book Council website or at the International Literacy Association Children's Choices site. [Reading Rockets also provides guidance and lots of themed booklists in our Children's Books & Authors section.]


Thank you all for attending literacy night! We enjoyed seeing all of your students’ joy when coming to pick up their free books in the first ever Book Drive Thru at KES!

The comprehension questions your child’s teacher presented and asked are some of the best ways to see if your child understands what they have read in their 30 minutes at night. Easy go-to questions are:

For fiction:

What was the main character?

Did they have a problem?

What were the major events in the story?

What did you learn from the story?

For nonfiction:

What is the main topic of the story?

What was the story trying to help you do or see about something?

How did the order of events help you understand the story?

Was there any new vocabulary you learned from the story?


Exposing your child to available resources such as museums, aquariums, plays, concerts, library events, and classes for children will help to expand his or her knowledge about areas of interest, and ignite curiosity and excitement. Find out what is free to do first.
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Below are some online resources to support your students education:

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Upcoming SAC Meeting: Wednesday January 20, 2021 at 1:30pm

Thank You Kathleen Baptist Church We are very thankful to Kathleen Baptist Church for the Food Drive-Thru for families of KES and the KES Community.


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Jan 13th at 6:00PM is our next PTA General Meeting Below you will find the Meeting ID and Passcode.

Zoom Meeting ID: 851 3333 7829

Passcode: KESPTA2021

Below is the Link to our New Facebook Page:

About Us:

Kathleen Elementary
3515 Sherertz Road, Lakeland, FL 33810

Phone: 863-853-6030

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