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Florence Budge
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May 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

May already! Wow, the months are flying by and this month and next will certainly follow suit judging from all the events that are scheduled! 

We began the month of April with 2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration. We were delighted to see the sweet smiling faces of 21 incoming Kindergarteners!

Our regular Spring Parent/Teacher conferences were held on April 4th, with selected classrooms piloting a Student-Led conference format. The feedback from parents, teachers and students on this new format was very positive. The students took their duty very seriously and felt responsible for a new part of their learning process. Hats off to teachers and students for all they did to make the conferences a successful learning experience!

The gym was alive with the energy of “High School Musical, Jr.” on April 5 and 6. The Middle school students performed with energy, and their hard work at rehearsal paid off with two dazzling performances.

On April 7, Grade 3 visited The Institute for American Indian Studies. It was an enriching experience with a mixture of outdoor and indoor activities. Under the guidance of veteran program leaders, the children extended their knowledge, viewed interesting artifacts, and played interactive learning games.

The Grade 5-8 Special Recognition Ceremony was held on April 6. More than 60 recognitions were handed out for students whose behavior demonstrates the kindness and perseverance that makes up the KCS student body. We also announced the Honor Roll for the 2nd Trimester. Seventeen students achieved High Honors, while forty-three students attained Honor Roll status. Congratulations!

It certainly was a quiet building for Spring Break April 10-April 14! I hope you all found some adventure!!

Mrs. Vega began her weekly French classes for Grades 1 and 2. This 6 week long program has the students playing and singing in French.  Bonne chance!

1st and 2nd graders enjoyed a performance of The Rainbow Fish at the beautiful Warner Theater on April 18th. The show was filled with music, dancing and eye catching costumes. The bus ride is always an adventure too!

On April 19, our 2nd graders took a walking field trip the Swift House to hear 1st hand stories of Kent's one-room schoolhouses. They were greeted by Marge Smith ringing an old fashioned school bell. As children entered the building, they were sorted into groups according to what school they would have attended. Kent had 14 one-room schoolhouses at one time. Ky Anderson and Charlotte Lindsay shared their stories about attending one-room schoolhouses as children. This is a collaborative program between the Kent Historical Society and Kent Center School. Children finished up their thank you letters this week which will become a part of Kent's history! We do appreciate all the time and effort of the Kent Historical Society that made history come alive for these youngsters!

SBAC testing took place the week of April 24-28. Thank you to the PTO for providing breakfast and to the Student Council for serving it each morning to provide some extra brain power!

On April 26, Grade 8 made the annual trek to NYC. For some students this was the first trip to the Big Apple! Students and chaperones took in the sights at the ‘Top of the Rock” observatory deck, sampled local food for lunch and saw an excellent production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Then they topped off the night with a family style Italian meal and some sightseeing and shopping.

Also, on April 26, Grade 7 made a visit to Beckley Furnace in North Canaan. Beckley Furnace is Connecticut’s only designated Industrial Monument, it is the centerpiece of the Upper Housatonic Valley’s Iron Heritage Trail.  

 

The yearly Arbor Day Celebration was held on April 28. This year’s celebration had some exciting and creative changes. The celebration began with the planting of a tree near the front entrance of the school.  This tree was provided by the Kent Conservation Commission and the Kent Garden Club.  After the planting, the program moved to the gymnasium and Miss Diker welcomed everyone. Several fifth graders spoke about the history of Arbor Day and its connection to Birdsey Northrop. Following their presentation, Mrs. Starr introduced the recycling segment and presented awards to the poster contest winners. Miss Diker then spoke about the art component of Arbor Day and had the 8th graders revealed their artwork.  Finally, Mr. Poirer led everyone in the singing of the Rattlin' Bog.  In conclusion, Miss Diker invited the teachers to let their classes view the 8th graders' artwork.  Thank you to all the people who were responsible for making Arbor Day a true celebration!!

Hang on to your hats! May is here and it will be a whirlwind of activities until the end school on June 20!

         

**On a special note: Our 8th grade graduation date has been set for Friday, June 16.

Here are some upcoming events for the KCS calendar-

 

  • May 1-5        KCS PTO Book Fair
  • May 1           Grade 3 to Skiff Mtn. Schoolhouse
  • May 2           Grades 4-6 to HVRHS for Nutmeg        Author visit
  • May 4           Spring Concert 1:15 and 7:00
  • May 5           Kindergarten to White Memorial in Litchfield
  • May 5           Kent Budget Hearing
  • May 9           National Teacher Appreciation Day!
  • May 10         Grades 6-8 to HVRHS Drug Prevention Program “Natural Highs”
  • May 11          Grade 4 to Fife & Drum and KCS Art Show
  • May 11-12     KCS Art Show
  • May 12         Kent Regional Dance Gr. 7-8
  • May 18         Grade 6-8 Track Meet at HVRHS
  • May 19         Kent Town Meeting: 7 p.m.
  • May 24     1:00 dismissal for Teacher Professional Development
  • May 26         Competition Choir trip
  • May 29      No School Memorial Day

 

Have a great spring,

Florence