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Florence Budge
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April 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

March certainly came in like a lion, and then went out like one, too! No lamb insight…..

 We have added 3 snow days since the beginning of March. This brings our last day of school to June 20.

Friday, March 3, was Read Aloud Day!  KCS students welcomed Kent "celebrities" to read to their classes. The Kent Chamber of Commerce sponsored this year’s program. This program welcomes community members to visit classrooms to share information about their careers and beautiful books chosen by KCS teachers. Each classroom is given the book to keep in their own libraries! The students loved hearing books read aloud and appreciated the time our celebrities spent with them.

The 23rd Annual Grade 4 Arts Day took place on Thursday, March 16.  Even though we had a snow day on the day it was originally scheduled, thanks to the efforts of all involved, Wednesday's snow day did not slow us down.  We celebrated the event on Thursday with approximately 140 fourth graders from all our elementary schools.  The students took part in two workshops where various talented artists, many of them local, worked with them to help our students express themselves through art, music, dance, and drama. They also enjoyed three showcase performances, two of which showcased our own high school students and our very own Mr. Poirier of KCS.  This day is always a very special one for our fourth graders.  They will remember it for a long time.  We are grateful to The Hotchkiss School for hosting us and for all the hard work put in by everyone involved.

March 16 was also the 8th Grade Spaghetti Dinner and Student/Faculty Basketball Game. Attendance was great at both events, and there were many compliments for students and their politeness toward all of the patrons. Following the dinner, the Student/Faculty game was held. The teachers were able to overcome the students this year, but paid for it with their sore muscles for days afterward!

On March 22 students from kindergarten and grade 3 participated in a statewide health screening survey sponsored by the Department of Public Health. 'Every Smile Counts' has a goal to gather statewide information about the health of Connecticut’s children. The data collected will allow the Department of Public Health to plan for health services in our community.

 

The Invention Convention was held on March 23 in the KCS Library. Twenty-three students from grades 2-7 participated. Each student displayed a creative invention and presented their process to the school and judges with ease! The winning students are Augusta Smith, grade 4, Will Saxton grade 3, Sofia Menniti grade 7, and Jacob Finch, grade 7. The students who received honorable mention are Meadow Moerschell, grade 2, Kyle Rux, grade 7, Mara Elsesser grade 5, and Kaelyn Darrin grade 3. All the students who participated did an excellent job and make the future look bright! 

**I just learned that Jacob, August and Will will advance to the State Finals. Congratulations!!

The Northern Regional Music Festival was held on March 23. Some of the top KCS music students performed in this event. Linnea Saxton performed with the orchestra on violin, Aiden Cherniske with the treble choir and Maddie Malinowski with the concert band. Honorable mention goes to Lydia Klingebiel who qualified to perform with the orchestra, but was did not, due to illness. The performances were spectacular!!!!

On Monday, March 27, Jim Hutchinson from The Sharon Hospital Community Outreach Program came back again this year for our annual 6th grade smoking prevention program and 7th and 8th grade health classes on HIV/AIDS.  He returned on Thursday, March 30, to talk with the 8th grade student's about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases.

Astrid von Seufert was selected by her teachers at Kent Center School to receive an award for being an outstanding citizen both in and outside of school.  Astrid, as well as other students throughout Litchfield County, was honored at a reception on March 29 in Torrington and received the Litchfield Count’s Superintendent’s Award. Congratulations to Astrid von Seufert for being presented[RM1]  with this honor. We are all very proud of this young lady and the example she has set for our students!

Local author, Judi Barrett, spent the morning with second graders on Friday, March 31st. Students had spent 3 weeks preparing for her arrival. They created giant food sculptures with Miss Diker in Art to transform the KCS Library into the town of Chewandswallow. In class, they read almost all of her 24 books (some we don’t have), created many projects and participated in literature circles which allowed them to dive deeper into the books. Most of the focus was on vocabulary, passages, and artwork of both Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Pickles to Pittsburg! Ms. Barrett shared her childhood projects, read several books, and talked about what it is like to be an author and illustrator. Second graders shared their projects, each had the opportunity to ask her a question, had a picture taken with her, and listened to several of her books. The day finished off with a lunch of pizza and homemade dessert. Thank you to the KCS PTO for sponsoring this event!

As you can see, it has been an extremely busy month at KCS. In addition to school events, the teachers have also been involved in Professional Development days. On March 17 as well as the afternoon of March 29, teachers met in their Professional Learning Teams to investigate some key educational areas: Student Led Conferences, Personalized Learning, Grading/Flextime, and Data.

  • Student led conferences: This week several classes will be piloting the Student-led conferences. Teachers who are involved in the pilot classes have sent out informational letters.
  • Personalized Learning: Teachers met with Betsy Morrow to review appropriate books to be used by students.
  • Data Team: Our Data Team PLC visited another school for a presentation on the use of different types of data.
  • Grading/Flextime: Teachers are investigating components of grading in the different grade levels.   They are also researching ways of providing ways personalized learning to all students

 

Lastly, I am sorry to announce that Charlotte Allen, our Enrichment teacher will be moving to New Orleans, LA, to join TEACH NEW ORLEANS. We will miss her greatly and thank her for her inspiration and dedication to the program.

In spite of the weather, it certainly has been a busy month!  

 

Have a great spring,

Florence

 

 

Please be sure to check out www.kentcenterschool.org for more school news.

Here are a few things to look forward to in April:

  • April 3rd and 5th  Kindergarten Registration
  • April 4  1:00 dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • April 5   High School Musical 1:15 and 7:00
  • April 6  Special Recognition for Grade 5-8 Students 2:15
  • April 10-14 No School Spring Break
  • April 18  Grade 1 & 2 to Warner Theatre
  • April 19  Grade 2 to Swift House
  • April 24-28 Grades 3-8 SBAC Testing
  • April 26 Grade 7 to Beckley Furnace and Grade 8 to NYC
  • April 28 Arbor day Celebration