Kindergarten Connection

February 9, 2021

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From Mrs. Healey

February is a busy month. It is one filled with many activities here at the Kindergarten Academy. Parent-Teacher conferences, the 100th day of School Celebration, Valentine's Day exchange, and the book fair are at the top of the list.

Our teachers will be conducting some parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, February 10th. Those were initiated by the teacher, but anyone had the chance to sign up. The conferences will be held regardless of any weather complications that might arise since they will be held via Zoom.

Thursday marks the 100th Day that we've been in school this year. It's hard to believe that so many days have gone by since the beginning of the school year. Our students will be practicing lots of different ways of counting to 100. It will be good practice for our Penny Performance Task (See Mrs. Lutz's video below).

On Friday, we will have a unity day. Students should wear their KA t-shirts. Also, we have found a way to safely put the whole class in a large open space so that they can enjoy opening their Valentines together.

Our Book Fair will be held virtually this year. Mrs. Lutz had provided us with a video tour of the book fair which be held from Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 26th. All proceeds from the fair will be used to enhance the classroom libraries. Please view the link below.

How does the inclement weather affect the schedule?

This is just a reminder that attendance is taken on full remote learning days. So, if child is unable to attend, you must follow up with a written excuse. The Pennsylvania Department of Education determines the criteria for what is an excused absence and what absence is not excused or unlawful. The state permits 3 unlawful absences. After that, the school will schedule meetings with families so we can find out what the barriers are to attending school.

As you have heard from Dr. Leidy, the snow impact on school days has been so great that we are now going to determine if we can safely get students here with a 2 hour delayed start. While the start of school will be 2 hours later (arrival beginning at 9:30 instead of 7:30) the teachers have prioritized the day so that are hitting on the most crucial content. Listen to Dr. Leidy's messages on inclement weather days for information about whether we will attend school with a delayed start or if we will be fully remote for the day.

The full remote schedule is still attached for your convenience in case we can't safely make it to school.

News from the KA Library

Mrs. Lutz has been working with our students on two big projects. She has kicked off our "Pennies for the Library" community project. She has also created a resource that helps families navigate the Virtual Book Fair. The links to her information are embedded below. You will also find the direct link to the Virtual Book Fair.

How does the winter screening data impact the school schedule?

We just completed our winter screenings. The purpose of these screenings is to take a pulse on student progress and make adjustments accordingly. This sometimes causes a shift in resources or extra teachers working with different classes so that we can meet the needs of all of our students. If your child has been assigned to an extra intervention lesson on Wednesdays, you might even notice a change in your child's time. We will be communicating all changes as we continue to keep our students' needs at the forefront of decision-making. All that said, for the most part, schedules will stay the same with just some minor adjustments.

Mark Your Calendars! (Attached is the calendar for the rest of February)

February 8 (Cycle Day 5a)

February 9 (Cycle Day 5b)

February 10-Remote Wedesday

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 11 (Cycle Day 6a)

  • 100th Day of School Celebration

February 12 (Cycle Day 6b)

  • Valentine Exchange
  • Unity Day-Wear KA T-Shirts

February 15-President's Holiday: No Remote Wednesday

  • Virtual Book Fair (begins)

February 16 (Cycle Day 1a)

  • Virtual Book Fair
  • 6:30 Parent Advisory Council Meeting (Link sent with the agenda via Seesaw)

February 17 (Cycle Day 1b)

  • Virtual Book Fair

February 18 (Cycle Day 2a)

  • Virtual Book Fair

February 19 (Cycle Day 2b)

  • Virtual Book Fair

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2021?

We are currently enrolling students for kindergarten for 20211-2022 school year. Please pass the word to anyone you may know whose child will be 5 by September 1, 2021. Families are able to complete the online pre-registration now. By doing that, they will then be connected to our registrar, Angie Weber, who will provide them with more information about the process. Again, the online part of the registration should be completed now and then we will start the transition process in May for future kindergarten students giving them an opportunity to attend a Kindergarten Round Up. The flyer is attached below.