JW Killam Principal's Corner

Ms. Leveque's Weekly Newsletter

From the Desk of Ms. Leveque

This past Saturday evening was a wonderful family-centered event with the PTO sponsored Halloween Bash. It was wonderful to connect with everyone and see the smiling faces of families as they enjoyed the festivities. Just when we say it is not possible, the event continues to surpass the previous years expectations! The planners thoughtfully create spaces for the K-2 students and 3-5 students to enjoy developmentally appropriate events. From the spooky hallway to the fortune tellers, it was a wonderfully attended evening.

I would personally like to thank PTO members Jeanette Vigorito for spearheading this event and Nancy Cresta for making sure that the school was well decorated. This was Jeanette's 6th year leading this event and she has done an outstanding job! This two-person team lead parent volunteers through 10+ hours of setup and clean-up. It takes a lot of planning and school support to hold this event so thank you to the entire community that could participate. Above are some photos from the evening.


Ms. Leveque

Important Killam Dates

November 1st-6th: Treats for Troops Candy donations due (see below)

Tuesday, November 5th: No School for students

Wednesday, November 6th: 2020-2021 Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Session, 7 pm, Killam Cafeteria (see below).

Thursday, November 7th: School Picture Retakes

-PTO Sponsored Speaker Presentation with the US Attorney's Office and the Reading Police Department, "Keeping Children Safe and Secure Online," 6:30-8pm in the Killam Cafeteria. Food and babysitting available (see below).

Monday, November 11th: No School, Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 12th: PTO Sponsored Dine-Out at Chipotle Restaurant, 4-8 pm, Walkers Brook Parkway

Helpful Planning for November- School Routine Disruptions

November 5th, 11th, and 22nd: No school

November 27th: 11 am dismissal for all

November 28th-29th: No school for Thanksgiving break

Upcoming Alice Drill at Killam

Over the course of the next two weeks, the Killam school will participate in our first of two ALICE drills of the year. These drills help students and staff know what to do in the event of an intruder or evacuation emergency. Prior to the drill, teachers will be working with their classes to explain the drill in developmentally appropriate ways. These drills are done with our school Safety Officer on site so that we may speak with students after the fact, answering questions, and assuring them that practicing a drill helps us be prepared with ideas, just as we do with our fire drills. Like the fire drills, students and staff do not know when the drill will take place. After the drill, I will send out an email to the Killam community explaining that a drill was completed and ways to speak with your child at home. If you would like to know more about the ALICE safety procedures, you can find information on the Killam School website at http://reading.k12.ma.us/killam/parents/.

PTO Corner

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7th, 6:30-8 pm --- Killam Cafeteria

The US Attorney's office and the Reading Police Department have joined forces to help educate our community about cyber safety for our children. With all the new apps and online gaming etc., it's hard to keep up with what (and who) our kids are being exposed to out there. And even harder to know how to protect them. This presentation goes hand-in-hand with the initial talk they are giving to the Killam 3rd-5th grade students on November 4th.

We will have babysitting and food at this presentation, please make it a priority to attend! Please spread the word to your friends and family, anyone in the community is also welcome and encouraged to attend.

New in 2019 - Pay PTO dues with Venmo at @KillamPTO!

Please be sure to include your child/family’s name in the notes when you submit your Venmo payment so we can credit the dues to the appropriate family.

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The SEPAC meets throughout the school year in the RMHS Library Media Center at 7:00 p.m. Please plan to attend on the following dates, or click here for additional information:

  • Tuesday, November 5th - note: the location will be community Room A at the Reading Public Library for this meeting
  • Tuesday, December 10th
  • Tuesday, January 14th
  • Tuesday, February 11th
  • Tuesday, March 10th
  • Tuesday, April 14th
  • Tuesday, May 12th

The mission of the Reading Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is to work for the understanding of, respect for, and support of, all children with special needs in the community. To that end, they will work to:

  1. Promote a network of parents of children with special needs, and provide a forum to share information;
  2. Advise the Director of Student Services, School Committee, and Superintendent on special education programs and policies, and parent and teacher training needs;
  3. Promote communication and sharing of information between SEPAC members, local, state and national organizations, councils and groups, as well as within the community to encourage understanding, acceptance and inclusion of students with special needs;
  4. Provide informational workshops to parents, educators, students and professionals.

2020-2021 Incoming Kindergarten Information

It's hard to believe that we are already thinking about the 2020-2021 incoming Kindergarten class! There will be a district-wide general information session held in the Killam Cafeteria on Wednesday, November 6th at 7:00 pm. We encourage all parents of incoming K students to attend, even if you have gone through the process before, as each year has unique aspects.
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A Note from the Health Office

Happy fall!

Vision and hearing screenings will continue for several weeks; please make sure to send your student to school with their eyeglasses if they have them.

Not surprisingly, with the change of season, I am seeing an uptick in the number of students with illness. It is a good time to immunize your family against the flu. The CDC is recommending everyone receive a flu shot this year as it is the best prevention.

If your student is staying home for illness, please call the main office at 781-944-7831. Letting us know the nature of your student’s illness and when you expect your student to return is always helpful.

As a reminder, please keep your student at home for:

* A temperature of 100 degrees or higher –students must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication (Tylenol/Ibuprofen) before returning to school

* Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours

* An infectious illness for which they are taking antibiotics and have not been on the antibiotics for the prescribed minimum period of time.

If you’re not sure, please call me and we can discuss whether or not your student should attend.

Thank you!

Sharon Grottkau, BSN, RN

School Nurse

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Friends of Reading METCO Family Dinner

Greenwood Memorial United Methodists Church

378 A Washington St

Dorchester MA 02124

There is a parking lot next to church on Washington Street with additional parking on street, if needed.

Please enter at the Dakota Street side of the building.
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Updated Killam Parent Handbook

The Killam Parent Handbook has been updated for the 2019-2020 school year. You can access the handbook on the Killam homepage at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/killam/.
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MCAS Results

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released district and school level accountability and performance results for the MCAS 2019. Click here to download the Assistant Superintendent's report on Reading Public Schools. I am reviewing these results and planning Killam's next steps related to this information. I will share a report on this with the school community in the coming weeks.

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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!