King Connections

December 7, 2020

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Dear King Families

I hope you all are keeping warm! While we did not have the accumulation of snow that was anticipated on Saturday, it certainly was very heavy and wet, leaving sheets of ice to clean off surfaces this morning. I'm feeling very lucky to not have lost power!


Thank you to the families who completed Dr. Tremblay's Return to School Commitment Survey. If you did not get around to completing the form by Friday, December 4th, a staff member will be reaching out early this week in order to assist you.


This week's King Connections includes:

* Return to Learn Q & A from Dr. Tremblay

* Book Drop Off

* Roary's PAWsitive News

* Hour of Code

* PTO Meeting Link and Website

* Grab and Go Food Distribution

* December's Character Education Theme: RESPONSIBILITY

* Link to FPS Travel Advisory and Massachusetts Travel Updates During Covid

* Dates to Remember


Best,

Allison


Please be sure to utilize the district tech website if you are having any tech issues.


Please note: The district has created this "Return to Learn" page that includes timely planning updates and resources for families.

BOOK DROP-OFF- December 8th-10th

Blue drop off boxes for each grade level will be set up outside of the Main Doors (Door 1), Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm this week for families to drop off any books received from previous distribution learning bags. The boxes will be labeled for grades K-5. Please drop books into the appropriate bin based on your child's grade level. At the end of the week, the books will quarantine for at least 3 days to be redistributed to students at the next Distribution Day on Friday, 12/18.

The Hour of Code

Greetings, King Community!



We live in a world surrounded by technology. And now more than ever we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.


That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Our Hour of Code is making a statement that King Elementary is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills.


We need your help to make this introduction to computer science more meaningful for your child. When they do an Hour of Code activity, they are not able to save it or build upon it later. To do that, they would need to register for an account and continue learning with one of the organizations who created the tutorials. Many of them offer accounts free of charge, but parents need to authorize usage. Please ask your students about the coding activities they did this week, and support taking next steps to build their interest and skills. Together, we can make Framingham a renown center of bilingual creators!


Please feel free to reach out with any questions or feedback!


PJ Feynman

K-12 STEAM Coach

pfeynman@framingham.k12.ma.us

Link to PTO Meeting on Wednesday, December 9th.

The virtual meeting will be from 7:00pm-8:00 pm. We hope you'll join us!

ParentTeacherOrganization Join our WebSite

Do you want to be able to connect with other parents in your child's classroom? Are you interested in volunteering at a PTO event? Do you want to buy tickets or register for PTO Events? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then visit http://www.kingpto.com today and join the school directory!


Any questions emails ptokingelementary@gmail.com

GRAB-AND-GO MEAL PICK-UP Now at KING!!

GRAB-AND-GO MEAL PICK-UP EXPANDS FROM FOUR SITES TO ALL FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS! Click HERE for More Information!

December's Character Education Theme of the Month is RESPONSIBILITY

Definition: Doing your best and being accountable for your words and actions.


“I” Statement: I take ownership of my learning and behavior.


Conversation Starters:

* What does it look like and sound like to take responsibility for your actions?

* What are some of the responsibilities you have that are easy?

* What are some responsibilities that are more challenging?

* How are your responsibilities different during remote learning?


Some Book Titles about Responsibility:

* The Paperboy: Dav Pilkey

* What if Everybody Did That?: Ellen Javernick

* Officer Buckle & Gloria: Peggy Rathmann (Available in Spanish)

* Strega Nona: An Old Tale: Tomie DePaola

* The Bad Seed: Jory John

* The Lorax: Dr. Seuss (Available in Spanish)

* Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse: Kevin Henkes (Available in Spanish)

* No, David! : David Shannon (Available in Spanish)

* The Mitten: Jan Brett

* Sid the Homeless Hermit Crab: Stacey Marie Johnston (Available in Portuguese)

Mass.gov Travel Updates during Covid-19

Here is a link that may be helpful to keep up with which states are allowable for travel at a given time.

Dates to Remember

December

  • 7th-13th- Computer Science Education Week- Hour of Code
  • 8th- School Council- 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • 9th -PTO Meeting- 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • 10th- Early Release- Parent Conferences
  • 17th- Early Release- Parent Conferences
  • 24th-Jan. 1- No School: Winter Recess

King School Hours

School Hours 9:05am - 3:20pm



Early Release Days

  • Students who are learning remotely are dismissed at 12:00pm. Students who are learning in-person are dismissed at 12:55pm. Lunch IS served.
  • Early Release Thursdays: 9/18/20, 12/3/20, 12/10/20, 12/17/20, 1/7/21, 1/14/21, 3/11/21, 4/29/21, 5/6/21, 5/13/21, 5/20/21, 5/27/21


Half Days
  • Students are dismissed at 12:00pm.
  • Lunch IS NOT served.
  • Half Days: 11/25 and the last day of school.

Transportation

The online transportation request form for the 2020 - 2021 school year is now open.


If you need illustrated instructions on how to complete your Transportation Request in English, please visit THIS LINK. Here are the Portuguese and Spanish versions as well.

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