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Florence Budge
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Dear Parents,

May and June have flashed by in the blink of an eye! As you can see by the length of this letter, KCS was busy, busy, busy…

We began May with the annual KCS PTO Book Fair, where students (and parents!) stocked up on some spring reading! Thank you, PTO, for this fun event!

3rd graders visited The Skiff Mountain Schoolhouse on May 1st. Marge Smith presented a history lesson and Ellen Diker led an art lesson as the children examined the beautiful landscape, paying attention to interesting details as they sketched.

On Tuesday, May 2, all 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students traveled to HVRHS for Region 1’s 12th annual Nutmeg Field Trip.  This year's featured author, Chris Grabenstein, spoke to students about how he became an author while also sharing tips to help students become better writers. Mr. Grabenstein used humor, personal anecdotes, and audience involvement to excite students about reading his books and improving their own writing.

 

Mr. Poirier led the annual Spring Concert on Thursday, May 4th.  Students in grades 3-8 did an extraordinary job in their performance!  The groups ranged from the 3rd grade recorders, 4th grade beginner band and strings, 5th grade Intermediate Band, Senior Strings, Advanced Strings, Jazz Band and Senior Band for 6th-8th graders.  Some of the highlights for the event included "Wade In the Water" by the Intermediate Band, "Cinema Paradiso" by the Advanced Strings and a memorable rendition of "William Tell Overture" by the Senior Band.  Congratulations to all the outstanding performers!

On May 10th, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students traveled to HVRHS to attend a presentation with Dr. Matt Bellace, a comedian, neuropsychologist and author of the book, " A Better High: Laugh, Help, Run, Love... and Other Ways to Get Naturally High!". Dr. Bellace used a combination wit, humor and an infusion of the latest science to talk to the students about achieving "natural highs" or actions and activities that are both healthy for them and help them feel good about themselves.

On Thursday, May 11, the 4th grade homerooms walked to the Fife 'n Drum restaurant.  This field trip, sponsored by the Health and Wellness committee and the restaurant, teaches the students proper restaurant etiquette, how to speak to your waiter, and other fun tips for dining in a restaurant.  Students received a tour of the kitchen from Chef Chris, and were treated to a delicious lunch!  Elissa Potts and staff are great hosts every year, and even come up with a special menu just for our trip.  Thank you to the Health and Wellness committee and the Fife 'n Drum restaurant for this spectacular afternoon!

The 2017 KCS Art Show was held on May 11 and May 12. There was a wonderful turnout as students, families, friends and community members visited the show to celebrate our KCS artists. The Art Show displayed two works from every student, which showed the breadth of work that students experienced this year as they explored different art media, techniques, and made interdisciplinary connections. Also on display was the 7th and 8th grade free Art Projects showcasing their 7-week long projects where students had full creative choice and completed their work at home.

Kindergarten enjoyed a fun-filled field trip to the White Memorial Foundation on Thursday, May 11th.  They attended the 'Do the Locomotion' program and learned about the different ways that animals move with Mrs. Szwed.  They even pretended to swim, jump, fly, and slither!   Thank you to the PTO for paying for our bus ride.

 

The Kindergarten classes had a wonderful field trip to the HVRHS Vo-Ag Fair on Wednesday, May 17th.  Former KCS students, Sharon Speck, Sarah Mauri, and Amber Humiston served as our tour guides.  They showed us the newly improved fishpond to start our adventure. Students toured the greenhouse, the fish exhibit, the petting zoo, and the ABC exhibit.  Sitting on the skid steer and having a healthy snack including a freshly made milkshake (by former KCS student turned HVRHS teacher, Christine Martin) was a big hit.  The trip culminated with a hayride that was enjoyed by all.  

 

On May 18, the 3rd Grade students traveled to the Sharon Audubon Center to learn about glaciers, bedrock, and the history of the geology that formed Connecticut. This was a culmination of a program that began in April. Wendy Miller from Sharon Audubon presented two in-class science lessons to the third grade students.  The first was on minerals and the second featured the three kinds of rocks and their special properties.  Both programs were quite hands-on and interactive.

 

The Regional Track Meet was held on Thursday, May 18 for grades 6-8.  Each student participated in three or four events, bring home 72 ribbons!  Even though the temperature was in the 90's, students made good decisions staying hydrated and cool.  A good time was had by all!

 

On May 19 Miss Morrow attended an awards ceremony at the Connecticut State Library with three fourth grade students.  At the ceremony, KCS was honored as one of the top performing schools in the Governor's 2016 Summer Reading Challenge.  They received an award and met Governor Malloy. Congratulations to all of the Student’s and Staff who participated in last summer’s Reading Challenge. Let’s do it again this summer!

 

On Monday, May 22, the 4th grade homerooms traveled to Seven Hearths with Miss Diker.  During this trip, the homerooms split up to participate in two sessions.  One session involves a tour of the house and historical information from Marge Smith.  The second session takes place in the upstairs gallery with Miss Diker, where students learn about George Laurence Nelson and his artwork.  Students enjoyed time to draw their own versions of artwork and furniture they saw around the house.  Thank you to the Kent Historical Society and Marge Smith for this great afternoon.

 

On May 23rd, KCS was filled with School Spirit! The day was organized by Student Council and the theme was Homeroom Pride. 1st Place was Mrs. Mott’s 4th Grade with an Aloha Theme, hula dance included!  2nd Place went to Mrs. Ackerman’s 1st Grade with a SuperKids theme, the judges were treated to a SuperKids song! 3rd Place went to Mrs. Starr’s 2nd Grade with a Beach theme, complete with straw hats! Thank you to Mr. Hurley and Mr. Scholz for being our judges.

 

May 24-25 the Region One Art show was on display at the Wish House in Cornwall. Art work from a student in each grade, from each school in the region, was chosen to be displayed. What a talented group of kids!

 

The Competition Choir is made up of 14 students in grades 6-8 who come in early on Tuesdays to develop their group singing skills to a higher level. The entire group will be going to an adjudication festival on May 26 where they will perform the selections we have been working on for a panel of judges who will give them a score for their performance.  They also have the opportunity to work with one of the adjudicators to further their skills.  After the adjudication, they spend the rest of the day at Lake Compounce.  

On May 31, Student council visited the Senior Center for lunch. There were more students than seniors, but the students and seniors sat together and exchanged stories. We also played a few rounds of bingo before lunch! The students were very polite and they greatly enjoyed the visit! 

As we moved into June, things seemed to pick up speed!

On June 6, Mr. Szwed brought the 6th Grade to visit The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. The student happily explored and took part in many hands on activities.

Grade 1 and Grade 2 presented their annual school play, Freddie the Frog and the Meter Gnome. The students were adorable and so much talent radiated from the stage! Great Job!

The End of Year field trips began to wind down as Grade 8 made their way to High Meadow in Granby for some outdoor fun and feasting on June 8. Everyone returned tired and happy! Grade 6 toured the Wadsworth Museum and The Old State House and Grade 5 visited the CT Science Center.

The Kindergarten invited parents and staff to the Author’s Tea, Mrs. Robey’s class on June 13 and Mrs. Vega’s class on June 16. The students’ took turns at the podium, speaking to parents. Snacks and juice were served as every one enjoyed a slide show with memories of the kindergarten year. There were more than a few teary eyes in the audience!

The annual KCS Field Day and Talent Show was held on June 14. The students had so much fun participating in the games, enjoyed the BBQ lunch and then settled in to watch the amazingly talented performances by their peers. Bravo to all who organized and participated!

On June 16 KCS held the 89th Graduation ceremony.  The 26 graduates received their diplomas and many awards on this special night. Congratulations to all and we look forward to the wonderful things they will do in the future.

June 19 began with a special event. All of KCS took part in a walk around the school to raise money for JDRF. Grade 1 student, Beatrice Gifford, gave a moving speech to start us off! What a great way to start the day!

June 20 was the last day for KCS, but still a busy one!  The yearly Awards Ceremony, Special Recognition and Slide Show were held in the gym. Congratulations to all students who received Honors certificates, Special Recognition certificates and awards. There was an excited energy throughout the whole school!

As we end the year, I would like to recognize some of our KCS family that will be leaving us this year. Susan Makarewich, Carolyn MacLeod and Peggy Matthews will be beginning a new chapter in their lives. We will miss them, but we also wish them all the happiness in the world!

Have a spectacular, fun and safe summer! See you on August 28 for day one of the 2017-2018 school  year!

Sincerely,

Florence Budge

PS: Again, my apologies for the length of this letter but there were so many other things happening in the last couple months that the time “ran away from us”!