Klem South Penguin Press

December 2020

Dear KS Families,

Winter has officially arrived and the excitement of the first snowflakes for our children helps to keep the spirit bright! Every year, I love to watch the kids play in the snow or look at it trickling down from the sky! Their awe and amazement reminds me that with each changing season, we can find joy and peace.

This year has certainly felt different and we understand that everyone is facing a new holiday season. We are here to support our children and families and we encourage you to reach out if you need support.

As we continue to monitor the health and safety of our community, we thank you for your diligence to the policies and procedures in place. We all must do our part to keep one another safe. If your child is ill, please continue to report absences to our attendance line. Our school nurse will follow-up with you if a doctor's note or COVID test is needed to return to school.

We are extremely grateful for our daily interactions with our students, both in person and virtually. We appreciate your partnership and wish you a happy holiday season.


Martha End and The Klem South Team

Upcoming Dates

December 11th-December 12th- Klem South 12 Days of Read Alouds

December 15th (6:30-8:00)- F.I.R.E. Virtual Meeting

December 21st (6:30-7:30PM)- Klem South Virtual PTSA Meeting

December 23rd-January 1st- Winter Recess (school is closed)

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Tune in each night, starting on December 11th!

A member of our Klem South Team will read and record a special read aloud for the 12 nights leading up to winter break. Make some hot chocolate, find a cozy spot and enjoy! All read alouds will be posted by 4 PM that afternoon.

Click here to view the read alouds that will run from December 11th through December 22nd.

Attention 4th and 5th Graders! Let's Connect!

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News from PE

Check it out!!!! Grades 3-5 have a Google Classroom that will have some updates and messages to students for alternate activities to do at home. Be sure to check it out! Grades K-2 have a PE Seesaw Account that also has some interactive activities for students to try.

We love hearing from students through both accounts. Keep being active!!

  • SeeSaw-

Grades 1-2-- FFXC EAPJ (expires Dec. 10th)

Kindergarten- BPAV PVFO (expires Dec. 10th)

  • Google Classroom

Grades 3-5-- afejjgb

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education is doing away with cutting out the Box Tops on their products. Please think about downloading the app. After grocery shopping, all you need to do is take a picture of your receipt (the products you bought) and upload it. A side note- I do this after each grocery trip as the receipt becomes invalid after a certain amount of time. If you have eligible products, that amount will be added to our school (given you pick Klem South Elementary). More information can be found at https://www.boxtops4education.com/ . At home, if you still have actual cut out box tops that aren't expired, please send those in with your child!!
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News from the Klem South PTSA

Thank you for making our Virtual Paint Night such a successful event! We had an amazing turn out.

The PTSA has helped to bring singer, Jared Campbell to Klem South. Jared will offer a virtual assembly for all hybrid and remote students on Friday, December 18th.

We hope you can join us for our next virtual event, which is a Snowman Building Contest! Please see details below.

Please join us for the December meeting on Monday, December 21 from 6:30-730 PM. Click here to join the Google Meet!

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Welcome Back Jared Campbell!

We are excited to bring Jared Campbell back for a virtual assembly on Friday, December 18th! The assembly will happen at school for our AM and PM groups and a link will be shared with our remote students to join in!
Jared Campbell Virtual Assembly

Resources for Parents from NetSmartz

This month, classroom teachers will use resources from this site: https://www.missingkids.org/netsmartz/home to talk about Internet Safety. Here are some resources that you may find useful as a parent or guardian.

A Parent's Guide to Smart Phone Safety

Protecting Kids Online

Social Media Safety for Teens

Internet Safety at Home

Families Igniting Racial Equity (F.I.R.E) Monthly Meeting

Click here to join the F.I.R.E. group on Tuesday, December 15th from 6:30-8:00 PM. All our welcome to join this virtual meeting.

If you would like more information, feel free to reach out to Terry McCarthy at terrance_mccarthy@webstercsd.org or Martha End at martha_end@webstercsd.org.

10 Tips for Coping with Stress During the Holidays

1. Acknowledge your feelings - you can't force yourself to feel jolly

2. Reach out - if you're feeling isolated, even reaching out to a virtual community can still be supportive

3. Be realistic - holidays might look different this year. It doesn't have to be perfect

4. Set aside differences - we are all living through a major stressor right now - each of us will respond to that differently

5. Stick to a budget!

6. Plan ahead to avoid the stress of last minute needs

7. Give yourself permission to say "no."

8. Don't abandon healthy habits - this is not the time to deprive yourself of sleep, healthy food or activity

9. Take a breather - give yourself permission to spend just 15 quiet minutes in the day

10. Seek help if you need it.

Adapted from the Mayo Clinic

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