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Florence Budge
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Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you All! What a wild start to 2018!

We came back to school on January 3, then snow on January 4 and 5 extended our Winter break a little longer. The frigid temperatures didn’t slow the activity at KCS!

Auditions for the 2018 Northern Region Music Festival were held on January 6. These students will represent KCS at the Music Festival at Wethersfield High School in March: Ashley Wilkins, Aiden Cherniske and Lindsay Smith for chorus, Max Foote for band and Linnea Saxton for orchestra. Honorable mentions go to: Michael Chavka, Beatrice Money, Eric Zhang, Marra Elsesser, Gage Heebner, Emily Lang and Camryn Woodin. Congratulations on an excellent job by all who auditioned. Kent Center School was well represented!

On Tuesday, January 9, the "Get Your Farmer On" FLEX group had a visit with alumni student, Sammantha Starr.  Sammy taught our student farmers about chickens.  She brought two feathered friends with her and students were able to watch them interact with each other, eat, and even pet them!  Students learned about how the Starr family takes care of their chickens at home by protecting them from other animals, and cold weather!  We also learned about the different types of eggs they lay, and Sammy shared her Vo-Ag project from HVRHS with us.  The students loved it!

January 16 was an exciting day with the ice jam on the Housatonic.  Dr. Vogel closed KCS for the day, as the unpredictable nature of the ice jam was a potential safety concern.

January 17 was our third snow day, and the fourth closing for KCS. As of this writing, our last day of school will be June 15. Of course, that may change since we still have several more weeks of winter!

On Friday, January 19, ten students ranging from grades 6-8 participated in the KCS Geography Bee. Our final match was very exciting as Lindsay Smith and Michael Chavka competed to see who would be the school finalist. The Geography Bee winner for 2018 is Michael Chavka who also won the Geography Bee in 2017. Michael went on to compete at the state level in 2017.We wish Michael our best as he moves on to the State round.

 

The KCS Student Council held a School Spirit Day on January 23. The theme was Crazy Hair Day. We saw everything from a birds nest, complete with bird, crazy colors, faux hawks, multi-braided and beehive hairdos! Very creative and fun!

Early detection of vision problems in school aged children is an important factor in their overall success in the school setting.  On behalf of the Kent Lion’s Club and the KCS Wellness Committee, Kent Center School offered a free vision screening program for all students in grades Pre-K through fifth grade as well as some students in grades 6-8 with possible visual concerns.  Screenings took place on Friday, January 26 through Tuesday, January 30. This service was made available through the Lions Eye Health Program administered by the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation.  Over ninety children were screened.  All parents were given a copy of the screening results and a few children were recommended for further follow up with an eye doctor.  Thank you to everyone who was involved in providing and supporting this valuable service.

The KCS girls’ basketball team finished the season tied for second place in the region with a 6-3 record. All girls presented a positive attitude and a willingness to work together and learn. They encouraged each other and the eighth grade girls took charge and became strong leaders. The 8th grade girls will participate in the jamboree on February 5, 2018 at HVRHS. KCS is very proud of all our players!

 

The KCS Boys’ Basketball team completed a successful season; finishing with 8 wins and only 1 loss; and earning a share of the Region 1 Championship! It was truly a team effort with contributions from both 8th and 7th graders (as well as help from our 6th grade managers). The strength of this team was its depth, with all 16 players scoring at least one basket over the course of the season. Great season, boys! Thank you to all of the families, staff, and students for their support.

The Kindergarten had loads of fun on January 30! They have been reading about community helpers in their Language Arts time for the past few weeks.  Parents came in for Career Day in Kindergarten to coincide with their FLEX time. They had a high school Spanish teacher, a mechanic & grounds keeper, a Park & Rec. director, a high school English teacher & Dean of Fun, a speech pathologist, and a Smart construction-technology solutions expert visit our class. The visitors told the children about their jobs and the children were very involved in asking questions.  Some children even included our FLEX words (persistence and innovate) in their questions.

On a Special Note: Kent Center School would like to thank the Town Emergency Team for keeping us updated on safety conditions for the area each day during the January ice jam crisis.

 

Here is what is coming up in February:

  • February 7       1 p.m. dismissal  Teacher Professional Development
  • February 8       KCSSF Chocolate Fest 3:30-5:30
  • February 12     Regional Band and Chorus Concert- Kent, Cornwall, Sharon
  • February 14     Regional Band ad Chorus Concert- North Canaan, Falls Village Salisbury
  • February 19 & 20        No school February Break
  • February 28     Grades 5-6 Intramural Basketball begins

Thank you for all you do to support our school!!!


Florence Budge