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Florence Budge
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Dear Parents,

We are having a great year so far!

The pajama drive was a huge success! One hundred fifty sets of pajamas are headed to children who have been impacted by the devastating hurricanes! Many thanks to everyone who participated and donated! 

Brooker Dental will again provide an in-school preventive dental care program for all children in grades PreK-8.  Students will be offered dental cleanings, caries risk assessments, fluoride and sealants, performed by a registered dental hygienist. The program is open to all students whether or not they have dental insurance. This program is made possible through a partnership of the participating schools, The Foundation for Community Health in Sharon and Brooker Dental Center in Torrington.  A dental health presentation was held on Tuesday October 17th and the dental clinic will run from the end of October through November.  

The KCS soccer season is over. Congratulations to the boys who finished the season with 4 wins, 0 losses, and 3 tied games.  This season consisted of 19 girls from 6th grade to 8th grade. This season was a very rewarding one where girls gained confidence, improved on their soccer skills, and understood what it meant to be a part of a team.  Overall, we tied for second in the region (with North Canaan) and our only losses were to Salisbury Central School.  A special thank you to Garrison Smith and all of the girls’ soccer players' parents who contributed to new girls' soccer uniforms.  Garrison Smith headed up the donations drive receiving funds  from parents and purchasing 20 brand new soccer uniforms, including socks (without holes.)  The girls are proud to run on the field with new matching uniforms! Thank you, Mr. Smith.

On Oct 4 the Third graders enjoyed a walking field trip to KML. They learned about early explorers/Christopher Columbus and went on a library scavenger hunt.

Our Annual 'Boo to the Flu' Clinic was held on October 11th.  This annual event is sponsored by the New Milford Visiting Nurse association each year and is well-attended by students, staff and their families.

Fourth grade walked to the Kent Memorial Library on Thursday, October 12.  Sarah Marshall gave a presentation to students on non-fiction text features.  Students worked interactively with a text to locate text features they learned about in the presentation.  We also heard about the programs offered at KML for fourth graders, and future programs that will be available to students next year when they reach fifth grade!

Oct. 13 was a happy day for all of KCS! Our annual Grandparent’s Day saw many visitors to the classroom. Grandparents and special friends participated in classroom events and got to see first-hand what happens in the classroom. It was a joy to see so many smiling faces on young and old alike! In all, there were over 150 grandparents/special friends!

On October 17, 2017 all sixth graders in the region were invited to Hotchkiss School to explore different math and science concepts through workshops and stations.  The day began with an opening presentation given by members of Deep Thunder, a research project by IBM, who are working on improving local weather forecasting by way of high-performance computing.  After the presentation, students visited two workshops where Hotchkiss teachers/students were ready for 6th graders to investigate tessellations, density of liquids, the Rubik’s cube, the biomass heating facility, DNA fingerprinting, planes, and more.  Students also enjoyed the stations’ area run by Hotchkiss students where Region 1 students roamed from one station to another playing math games, making binary bracelets, creating prism bubbles, making origami boxes/animals, coloring in tessellation color books, and learning new magic tricks.  Students left Hotchkiss excited about the thrilling concepts they had explored.  KCS appreciates Hotchkiss School opening up its doors to our students and exposing them to many enriching activities. Our students are truly excited about math and science! 

October 18-19 the Parent/Teacher conferences at KCS were held. As always, the conferences were well-attended. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.  

Grade 7 students visited Nature’s classroom on Oct. 23-27. The students had an amazing, albeit wet, week at Nature's Classroom in Hancock, NH.  The students learned about the four Cs: communication, cooperation, commitment, and care, all while completing a whole host of activities.  They completed high ropes courses, lived like pioneers, learned how to survive in the wilderness, climbed the 45 ft. rock tower, and hiked to the summit of Mt. Monadnock (all 3,216 ft.).  It was a truly transformative trip.  All students represented our school and our community well!  

Eighth grade students visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum on October 26th. On September 11, 2017, students learned the story of one of the victims, Welles Crowther. Welles was known as the "man in the red bandana" and was considered a hero for his actions. One of his red bandanas is exhibited in the museum. On the field trip, students learned about the history of the Twin Towers, the events that took place in chronological order on September 11th and heard recordings from both victims and survivors of the attack. Needless to say, it was a very touching and informative trip!

Also on October 26, Mr. Olson, representing Taghannuck Grange #100 located in Sharon, presented each of our third grade students with their very own dictionary. The Grange participates in “The Dictionary Project” (www.dictionaryproject.org) a wonderful program that works with organizations to provide this useful tool for third graders.  The students were very excited to receive their own dictionary and will be exploring the many components that make it a useful resource. Thank you to the Taghannuck Grange for these wonderful books!

 

The 5th and 6th grades have been hosting Friday after-school movies for K through 4 in order to raise money to purchase 50 hardcover copies of the book Wonder. The students are reading the books in their Reading classes. Inspired by the spirit of kindness found in Wonder, the books will be donated to the school for future classes to enjoy. The books were ordered through House of Books in town, and we are very happy to support a business that always supports Kent Center!

 

The Kids’ Fall Marathon wrapped up their final laps on Friday, October 27, in preparation of the Kent Pumpkin Run. Participation was down this fall so we have sent out a survey to see what the needs of our runners are to help rebuild the program. Thank you to the students who participated and to the KCS staff who helped out each morning!

 

 

Please be sure to check the KCS website for upcoming events in November! Here are some Highlights:

 

  • November 3- Grade 3 and 4 play The Artful Dodger 7 p.m.
  • November 7- Picture Day Make up
  • November 8- Teacher Professional Development 1:00 DISMISSAL
  • November 9- Veteran’s Day Celebration
  • November 10- Veteran’s Day NO SCHOOL
  • November 22- Thanksgiving Share 1:00 DISMISSAL
  • November 23-24- Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL

 

 

Happy fall!

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

 

Florence Budge