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March 12, 2017

 

Dear Parents,

Well, February was a temperamental month for weather! However, March promises to be a record breaker! So far, we’ve had two 90-minute delays and altogether five snow days, as well as a few days of near 70 degree temperatures! I think we may be in agreement, that we are ready for more 70 degree days! This week may present another challenge as a storm is predicted to hit the region on Monday night into Wednesday. When the weather forecasters predict in “feet” rather than inches, it does cause some concern!

Although February was a short month, we managed to fill the days with lots of activity…

We received the news that 7th grade student, Michael Chavka, qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee after placing first in the KCS National Geographic Bee. The Connecticut State Bee will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Central Connecticut State College. We wish him all our best in his endeavor to make it to the national championship round in Washington D.C. Congratulations, Michael!

The smell of chocolate treats was wafting through the halls on February 8. The Kent Center School Scholarship Fund held their annual Chocolate Fest from 3:30-5:30. Guests enjoyed the many treats donated by KCS Staff, families, and community members. Thank you to Lee Sohl and Carol Spelbos for organizing this much-anticipated event and to all who participated in donating such yummy treats!

The Regional Band and Chorus finally got to perform, despite a postponement due to snow. On February 14 and 15, eighteen KCS students traveled region wide, played their instruments, and sang for each school. The final performance was at HVRHS at 7:30. Bravo to those talented students! Thank you to Mr. Poirier and Ms. Kleisner for their guidance.

On February 15, Mrs. Makarewich’s 3rd Grade and Mrs. Mott’s 4th Grade could be found traipsing the snowy fields of KCS on snowshoes. Thank you to Mrs. Saunders for teaching the students this new skill!

A new season of Intramural Basketball began mid-February! Thirty-nine students from grades 5-6 were excited to play against each other. Each team is headed up by one 8th Grade coach and a teacher. Due to a snow day, the season will conclude on March 15. However, due to the forecast this week, it may be postponed. Please watch your email for a new date.

One hundred forty-five K-8 students participated in the Tenth Annual Recycling Poster Contest. Bruce Adams, George-Ann Gowan and John Kiminski judged the event. Ellen Diker’s class on Artistic Design for grades 4-5 made the judging particularly difficult since so many of the pieces strongly conveyed the recycling message due to the layout of the design. On behalf of KCS, a special thank you to Ane Starr for orchestrating and overseeing this event and to the judges as well as Ellen Diker.



 

Please read the attached rankings of the top schools in CT.

 

In this ranking only 2 Litchfield County schools in made the list. And KCS was one of them!!

 

http://patch.com/connecticut/greenwich/100-best-public-elementary-schools-connecticut-2017-report

 

School Digger has us ranked 15th out of 513 Connecticut elementary schools.

 

https://www.schooldigger.com/go/CT/schools/0204000389/school.aspx 

 

 

Please remember to check our school calendar for updates. Here are some upcoming events:

  • March 15 End of Trimester 2
  • March 15 Grade 4 Arts Day
  • March 16 Grade 8 Spaghetti Supper and Student Faculty Basketball game
  • March 17 NO SCHOOL
  • March 23 Invention Convention
  • March 24 Trimester 2 Report Cards go home
  • March 29 1:00 Dismissal

 

Think Spring!

Florence