King Connections

November 2, 2020

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Dear King Families!


It's hard to believe that November is already here! The amount of snow that we had on Friday was much more than we had expected but it's already disappearing almost as fast as it came. It did serve a reminder, though, that this year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has granted districts permission to have remote learning days instead of snow days that would typically need to be held at the end of the school year. This will be in place for the 2020- 2021 school-year. Dr. Tremblay will be working closely with District leaders and the Department of Public Works to ensure that protocols and a plan are in place as we approach the snow season!


This week's King Connections includes:

* Grab and Go Food Distribution

* Kindergarten & 5th Grade Band Instrument Distribution

* PTO Update

* Technology Troubleshooting Tip

* Important iReady Information

* November's Character Education Theme: Gratitude

* Workshop Survey from King Social Workers- The link is working now!


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.

REMINDER: No School on Tuesday, November 3rd! (Professional Development)

Grab and Go Food Distribution

Beginning on November 2nd, all schools will be Open Food Distribution sites for the city from 10:00AM-1:00PM each day, including King. Families will be asked to park in the spaces at the side of the building near the cafeteria (Door 24) and Food Service staff will go out to greet them at their cars. There is no cost for these meals and ALL Framingham families are welcome.

Click on the button below for more information.

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!

KINDERGARTEN AND 5TH GRADE BAND INSTRUMENT DISTRIBUTION- Friday, NOVEMBER 6TH

On Friday, November 6th, we will be distributing additional important learning materials to KINDERGARTEN students only. These learning bags will have some essential instructional materials that teachers will ask students to access during lessons, such as specific content graphic organizers, manipulatives, books, journals, etc., so we ask that you do your best to come by at one of the 2 windows of time to pick up the individualized bags.


Additionally, 5th Grade BAND students who are borrowing instruments from the school, will also be able to pick them up on November 6th.


We will be distributing items at the rear of the building at Door 18 near the playground.


We will offer two windows of time in order to accommodate your busy schedules to the best of our ability.

  • 8:00am-9:00am AND 5:00pm- 6:00pm

PTO UPDATE!

PTO update:

Save the date-important position needed!

PTO meeting Wednesday November 4th at 7pm

Find the event with Zoom link and agenda on our facebook pages and through email soon.

We will be asking for self nominations for the Kindergarten Rep board position.

Hope to see you all virtually on Wednesday night!


The Kindergarten Representative shall represent the parents and students in the kindergarten class in a voting capacity on the executive board.


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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

SOME TECHNOLOGY TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS!

Some families have reported their child's chromebook screen as being "too dark" and the chromebook functioning very slowly. Here are some videos that may help you with technology at home.

https://youtu.be/YJkAWi52SHs- Clearing the memory


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCcUT1bmK5o&feature=youtu.be -Enable/Diasble High Contrast on Screen

iReady Updates

Last week we had a very successful launch of the ELA iReady Diagnostic. This week, we will be assessing grades 2-5 in Math, beginning with 5th grade tomorrow. Please refer to the information and links below.


Diagnostic 1: October 19th - November 13th

Diagnostic 2: February 22nd - March 19th


Since we are in a remote setting, we will deliver the 1st diagnostic virtually! Taking into consideration the bandwidth that is needed when taking the diagnostic, the District has created the calendar below which outlines which grade levels are assigned to administer the assessment on their assigned days.


While it will be tempting to help your child on the diagnostic, it is very important that you refrain from assisting them. The results give teachers important information that they are then able to use to provide your child with the most appropriate instruction. Some of the questions in the diagnostic will seem easy to students and some will be quite hard. That is done purposefully in order to learn the "just right" level of each individual student.


Please take a moment to click on the links below; The iReady Family Guide and Teachers Need Your Help This Fall Video. They are available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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November's Character Education Theme of the Month is Gratitude

Definition: Feeling of appreciation or being thankful


“I” Statement: I reflect on the people, places, and things that I appreciate.


Conversation Starters:

1.Why is it important to stop and reflect on what we are thankful for?

2. Who are the people in your life that you are thankful for? Why?

3. What are some different ways to express gratitude?

4.When someone tells you “thank you” or shows gratitude, how does it make you feel?


Read-Alouds about Gratitude:



Some Other Titles:

Thanks A Million: Nikki Grimes
Uncle Willy & The Soup Kitchen: Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan
Beatrice's Goat: Page McBrier

This is the last opportunity to complete THE BRIEF SURVEY BELOW FROM OUR SUPPORT STAFF TEAM! Thank you for your feedback!!

Dates to Remember

November

  • 3rd - No School: (PD)
  • 4th - PTO Meeting-7:00pm
  • 6th- Kindergarten Learning Materials and 5th Grade Band Instrument Distribution
  • 10th- School Council Mtg- 6:00pm-7:00pm
  • 11th - No School: Veteran's Day
  • 25th - Half Day: Dismissal at 12:20pm
  • 26th- 27th - No School: Thanksgiving Recess

King School Hours

School Hours 9:05am - 3:20pm



Early Release Days

  • Students 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 12:20pm.
  • 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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