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Florence Budge
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Dear Parents,

With only 17 days in February, the month flew by! Hope you are all with power after the Nor’easter on Friday! We’re still digging out but maintained our power throughout! Bill Hurley called earlier to say that power was restored at KCS and Charlie Taylor reported that he has started all the servers and the internet connection is good!  Many thanks to the custodians and to Charlie for helping us get back to business on Monday.

We had our fifth snow day on February 7 and on Friday, another snow day awaited us. As of this writing, our last day will be June 19.

The 8th grade class visited HVRHS at the beginning of February. Kent students joined other students from the regional schools for a tour of the high school and learned about the different course offerings. They became familiar with the layout of HVRHS and also had the opportunity to hear from high school students about their experiences at HVRHS and the different clubs and sport offerings. Students were also able to enjoy lunch in the cafeteria and catch up with their area friends.

The Kent Center School Scholarship Fund Chocolate Fest, held on February 8, was a huge success! Thanks to the baking skills of the parents, teachers and community members, we had plenty of sweet treats to fill the $5 plates. Visitors chose baked goods for their plates, perused vendor tables, made crafts at the library table and enjoyed fruit and marshmallows dipped in the chocolate fountain. We raised almost $3000 to help give scholarship awards to former KCS students who are going on to college or trade school after high school. 

February 13 was the 100th day of School!! Kindergarten as well as first and second grades set a goal to collect 100 items for the Kent Food Bank in honor of the 100th day of school! They surpassed their goal by collecting 182 items! The collection was presented to Bruce Adams, First Selectman.

Nineteen KCS students, in grades 5-8, participated in the 2018 Regional Select Band and Chorus.  Students attended four rehearsals on Wednesday afternoons in January and February, travelling to Housatonic Valley Regional High School to work with musicians from the other five elementary schools.  The students took their act on the road, touring all six elementary school for their performances.  The festival culminated in a final performance on Valentine’s Day at the high school.  This performance also featured a couple high school groups. The performances were fantastic! Many thanks to the Music Dept. for putting on such a stellar show!

Student Council took a trip to the Senior Center on Valentine's Day! They had lunch with the seniors and got the pleasure of talking with many of them and hearing their stories. The seniors were sad to see us go at the end of the lunch! They are looking forward to our next visit, which will be March 26, and so are we!  

On February 15 & 16, both kindergarten classes visited the Salvador Dali exhibit at The Morrison Gallery in Kent.  It was a wonderful opportunity to view the incredible works of a world renowned artist.  The kindergartners drew their own interpretations of Dali's work and extended their learning to create some surrealist pieces back at school.

A humble pig, a selfless spider, and a humorous rat!  About 19 students enjoyed this timeless tale of farmyard deliverance presented by the KCS Student Council, on February 23.  We all have so much value, be sure to tell someone you know how special they are, even if you can't spin webs!

On February 27, KCS held a Storm Drill. Due to the exceptional behavior of the KCS students, the drill was completed in 10 minutes. Great job!

Also on February 27, students in kindergarten thru grade 8 were given the opportunity to create recycling posters to be judged this month. The theme was: “What's In? What's Out? What CAN go in your recycling bin?” The posters look amazing and they demonstrate how much knowledge our students have about recycling. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners at each grade level will be announced during our Arbor Day celebration in April.

The Inventor's Fair went extremely well on February 28! There were 25 inventors who participated, each of them making unique and useful inventions. The four judges were Mark Scozzafava, Marty Lindenmayer, Ellen Corsell and Frank Way. They had a hard time deciding who would be moving on! After much discussion, the four students who are moving up to the Regional Competition are Augusta Smith, Noah Love, Bella Sanders and Carter Sneller.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make this year a success! 

The 7th and 8th grade STEAM classes have been practicing with Mr. Eldridge for many weeks and were chomping at the bit for their first public broadcast. On Thursday, March 1, the students started the day with a televised production of the day’s scheduled events. They then offered several skits and public comments. All KCS teachers had tuned into the event in their own classrooms. It was a wonderful way to start the day!! Congratulations for a show well done and many thanks to all the students who participated as well as to Mr. Eldridge for initiating this wonderful experience for our students!

Participating students: Writers: Eli Battlestein, Phillip Guillen, Kammi Zheng; Key Grip: Ben Raskind; Talent: Reegan Blore, Mina Sakr; Broadcast Team: Michael Chavka, Cole Finucane, Kyle Rux; Executive Producer: Jacob Finch; Tech Crew: Raina Friend, Sofia Menniti, Sarah Tarala, Max Foot; Director: Liam Gawel.

Our Read Aloud Day on March 2 had to be cancelled due to a snowstorm.

 

Upcoming events in March:

  • March 7 Trimester 2 Ends
  • March 13 School Spirit Day
  • March 14 Grade 4 Arts Day
  • March 16 No School Teacher PD
  • March 23 Trimester 2 Report Cards go home
  • March 28 1pm Dismissal Teacher PD
  • March 30 No School Good Friday

 


Florence Budge