Klem South Penguin Press

November 2020

Dear Klem South Families,


It has been a busy and unique start to the month of November! We changed the clocks, bundled up to welcome the first snow and now we are cracking the windows to soak in the warmer temperatures! Our Rochester weather has prepared us all to be flexible and able to adapt to whatever is thrown our way!


Whether your child is part of the hybrid or remote model, we thank you for your continued support at home. We know this is NOT easy and you have had to assist in your child's learning process like never before. We cannot emphasize the importance of communication enough. Each family has different circumstances at home and our staff ready and eager to collaborate with you! If you need support, please do reach out to your child's classroom teacher first.


Thank you to those who took the time to complete the Webster Parent Feedback Survey. Our staff is currently reviewing the results of the survey and working to best address your feedback. It is helpful for us to know your perspective and although we may not be able to accommodate all requests, we are reviewing the information carefully.


As we embark upon the Thanksgiving holiday, we are reminded of the importance of community, family and gratitude. This year is different from others as we plan and consider how to celebrate Thanksgiving in the midst of a pandemic. On behalf of the Klem South family, we do wish you have Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful and honored to work on behalf of your children each day.


Warmly,

Martha End

Principal

Important Dates

Wednesday, November 11th- School is closed for Veterans Day


Friday, November 13th- Leo's Pie Orders are due and World Kindness Day


Tuesday, November 17th @ 6:30PM- F.I.R.E. Committee Meeting


Wednesday, November 25th-Friday, November 27th- School is closed for Thanksgiving Recess


Friday, December 4th- PTSA Family Paint Night


Wednesday, December 16th- Leo's Pie Delivery


Wednesday, December 23rd-Friday, January 1st- School is closed for Winter Recess

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Klem South will Celebrate World Kindness Day on Friday, November 13th!

On November 13th, we will celebrate World Kindness Day. Theis international holiday was formed in 1998 to promote kindness throughout the world. To celebrate, we will encourage students and staff to wear cardigan sweaters in honor of Mr. Rogers. Here are some additional activities to promote in at home:

  1. Commit to at least 3 Random Acts of Kindness

  2. Give extra long hugs (to members of your immediate family :))

  3. Write a love poem to yourself or a loved one

  4. Discuss ways to show and promote kindness in school, at home and within our communities

Alma and How She Got Her Name

The Hispanic Heritage Month committee has put together a fun project for our elementary students. The story, Alma and How She Got Her Name, is a wonderful book about a hispanic child with a really long name. She didn't like her long name until she learned about where it came from and began to feel proud of her special name.


Here is a google slides presentation that contains a read aloud of the story (on slide 2) along with information about a Flipgrid project that your family can participate in to share the story of your child(ren)'s name(s). This is a perfect project for the asynchronous portion of the school day or for a time when your family can sit down together to share the story of your names with each other.


We hope you choose to participate and we look forward to hearing the story of your name!

Fine Arts Remidners

  • Upcoming Switch Date for Art & Music - November 9th. K-2 will be attending Music, 3-5 will be attending Art. Codes for SeeSaw and Google Classroom have been shared with classroom teachers to help students get signed in for their upcoming sessions. Google Meet links for LIVE instruction will begin on November 9th.
  • Art Supplies ready to go!! Gr. 3-5 hybrid students will receive their materials at school to take home and use during their Art time. Remote students will have theirs delivered next Wednesday, Nov 4 so they can join in at the same time. K-2 students will receive an Art Supply packet before the next changeover of instruction in January.
  • 4th Grade Instrumental Sign-Up Survey - all 4th Gr families received this link through Infinite Campus to let us know their child's interest, and family readiness, to begin some Instrumental instruction through Band or Orchestra. We have 192 responses already from across the 7 buildings. This information will help us shape a staffing / resources picture for January. We look forward to working with our 4th Grade Musicians!

From the Attendance Office

Please make sure to call 217-4137 when your child will be absent from school for ANY reason. If it is for an illness, Tracy Cole will be following up for details due to the new mandatory protocols put in place by the Department of Health.

Tips for Structuring Remote Time

One common area of concern for families is how to structure the remote school day better. Grammarly recently shared tips as families work to establish new routines in response to a shift in the model of schooling (the full article is available at https://www.grammarly.com/blog/distance-learning/. Having a toolkit of time management strategies to choose from can help students maximize their productivity and aid parents in a more balanced approach to at-home learning. Here were some common tips:

Set a schedule

Support your child to prioritize the work load

Help children stay focused

Build in breaks

Make a plan for screen time

Check in with teachers

Don’t forsake sleep

Make room for Mental Health

Halloween Photos

The site we originally sent you isn't working! If you have Halloween photos to share, please add them to this Google Photo Album. You will need a Google account to add photos. If you do not have a Google account, please email the photos to martha_end@webstercsd.org.


All photos are due by Tuesday, November 10th.

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Join the Webster PTSA

The December 1st prize is a 1-year family membership to the Webster Aquatic Center!

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