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This week we are celebrating Character Counts, Drug Awareness and Bully Prevention.

Click on the links information about Bullying and Safer-Smarter Kids:

 https://www-kes.stjohns.k12.fl.us/guidance/article/

https://www-kes.stjohns.k12.fl.us/guidance/safer-smarter-kids/

10/19               Red Ribbon Day – Wear Red

10/20               SAC Meeting @ 8:15 a.m. Please note time change

10/21               Unity Day – Wear Orange

10/21               Earlier Early Release @ 12:55 dismissal

10/23               Spirit Day – Wear KES T-shirt

Important Information:

Due to CDC & district guidelines, please do not send in birthday cupcakes, food, or goody bags. Currently, we are not able to distribute them at this time. Thank you for understanding!

Spanish Club…Starts November 12th and will meet on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. This is an after-school club that will introduce the vocabulary, language and culture of Spanish speaking-nations. Click the link for details and registration form.

Just Run…Starts October 26th. This is an after-school running club that will meet every Monday from 2:55-4:00 p.m. The students will learn about nutrition, health and fitness. Click the link for details and registration form.

SAC Meeting Oct. 20th at 8:15 a.m. PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE. If anyone is interested in attending, please email [email protected] and/or [email protected].Click here for the agenda.

Great opportunity for Parents: Conscious Discipline – in English & Spanish. Click the link for details:

KES Families & Friends

Our Dolphins are SWIMming so well, by staying Safe/Working Hard/Improving & Inspiring/ Making Good Choices!

10/12 Regular School Day for Students – old calendar shows planning day

10/12 iReady Testing Continues

10/14 Earlier Early Release 12:55 p.m. ** PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE**

10/15 National Handwashing Day – Please review the importance of handwashing

10/16 Spirit Day – Wear your KES T-shirt

 

Art We Awesome:  The 2020- 2021 Fire Prevention Poster Contest:

It’s that time of year again, and we’re excited for another Fire Prevention Poster Contest! This year’s theme is “Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!”. Click the link for details:

 

Distance Learning Families- survey on Intent to Return to School- due Wednesday, Oct. 14th or sooner!

Intake conferences continue this week.

 

Due to CDC & district guidelines, please do not send in birthday cupcakes or food, or goody bags. At this time, we cannot pass these items out.

**Parents, please not to send your child to school if they are experiencing any of the attached symptoms.

** Wash your masks.

**Please make sure your child has a mask on when they enter the building. Also, please pack an extra one in their backpack.

**Also Please remind your little dolphins to plan ahead for the day, by packing their backpack with their take home folder and other schoolwork, filling their water bottles, and bringing their lunch boxes.

10/5 iReady Testing Continues

10/5 PTO Meeting @ 7:45 a.m.

10/7 Early Release Dismissal @ 1:45 p.m.

10/9 Spirit Day – Wear your KES T-shirt

** Please Note – Early Release for this week is our regular time of

1:45 p.m. but will change next week to the Earlier Early Release (EER) on 10/14 to 12:55 p.m.

**If parents require childcare for Earlier Early Release (EER) to contact Janet Bryant regarding a “drop in” rate.  Space is limited so contact her asap @ [email protected]

** Final Call for Art Club registrations.

Art We Awesome (Ketterlinus’ afterschool art club with Mr. Lewis) begins this Monday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. Forms and payment must be turned in to be able to participate. Registration closes at noon on Monday! If you haven’t turned yours in yet, get it in first thing Monday morning, as spaces are limited.

See attached for registration form.

KES Families and Friends:

We had another great week at KES!

Some Gentle Reminders for week 5:

9/28 – iReady Testing Continues

9/30 – Early Release Wednesday @ 1:45 pm **Please note: You should have received an email from Superintendent Mr. Forson about the Earlier Early Release (EER) time change of 12:55 p.m. for Elementary. This will not take effect until October 14th and will end December 6th.

***If parents require childcare for Earlier Early Release (EER) to contact Janet Bryant regarding a “drop in” rate.  Space is limited so contact her asap @ [email protected]

9/30 – Interims Issued 1 & 2 Grades get a paper copy – 3-5 Grades are on HAC *Please make sure you have a HAC account, if not, contact Cyndie Lafontaine at 904-547-8546 or  [email protected]

10/2 – KES Spirit Day – wear your KES T-shirt 

Principal’s Virtual Meeting for Parents of Distance Learners on Thursday, Oct. 1st @ 5pm on ZOOM.   To sign up for this meeting & receive the ZOOM link, please click here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DAFA722A3FA7-principals

 

We have some great opportunities in “Art We Awesome” –

Afterschool Club & Fire Prevention Poster Contest click the links below to find out the details!! 

KES Families and Friends:

It was great week at Ketterlinus! KES kids ROCK! Some gentle reminders for week 3:

9/21- iReady Testing begins 

9/23 – Early Release Wednesday @ 1:45 pm

9/25 – KES Spirit Day – wear your KES T-shirt 

Vendors for extra curricular activities will be posted on Peachjar.

PLEASE make sure you wash your mask or buff this weekend and put in your backpack. 

Make sure car tags are displayed when picking up or parking in our lot. At parent drop off, Officer Brown has asked that students exit from the passenger side for safety reasons. Click here for our Parent drop off and pick up procedures.

 

KES Families & Friends  –

Thank you for your support and understanding with several emails to ensure we have a great start.  

1)   Car Tags will be sent home on their first day*   

Starting on Tuesday, Sept 8th – the day after Labor Day, car tags will be required when parking in our school lot or picking up your child in the parent pickup line.  Parking in our school lot after Labor Day, may result in your car being towed. 

 Use a black permanent pen when writing your child’s first name & last initial & grade since it won’t fade.   See attached photo for example.   car tag.jpg 

2)  For the first day, please use a sheet of paper w/ your child’s first & first letter of their last name and place on passenger side dashboard.    See attached example. temporary tag.jpg 

3)  Review the Parent Drop off/Pick Up procedures (video & document) by click on this link.  

4)  Parking will be prime during the two weeks of school.  Consider parking in the “dirt lot” across from Arnett’s A/C or next to the gym.  Please walk your child to the designated cross walk in front of the school.   

*Car Tags will be distributed to Kindergarten parents on their staggered start day.  

 

 

Kathy Tucker

Principal

Ketterlinus Elementary School

“Educating the Youngest, In the Nation’s Oldest City”

KES Families & Friends – 

Thank you again for your continued patience and understanding of all the emails with information.  Everything is posted on our website and prior messages are posted under “SchoolMessenger Messages”.     

For our distance learners, requested technology devices will be available for pickup on Friday, August 28th.   Specific times to drive through our bus loop and see teachers are provided.   Need to request a device for distance learning?   Please contact our Assistant Principal, Lisa Sclafani at [email protected]

Calendar of KES Events for School Reopening

8/25 –  Staff returns back to school

 Placement Videos to Families will be sent via SchoolMessenger around 6pm.  Included in this email is the following information:

*Link to complete an on-line student information sheet for teachers.                  

*Link to Virtual “Meet & Greet The Teacher” with a ZOOM link for designated time/date (see below)

*Information on designated time/day to drop off supplies or pickup technology (see below)

8/26 – Staff training /planning

Calendar of Events for School Reopening.pdf 

Schoology Access Codes, directions and district video provided to ALL parents from classroom teacher.  Codes are not available until teachers return. Schoology Access Code is needed to create a parent account. 

8/27 – Virtual Meet & Greet (see link in email from teacher that was sent on 8/25)  at the following designated times:

Kindergarten

8am

1st

9am

2nd

10am

3rd

11am

4th

1pm

5th

2pm

 

8/28 – Drop Off Supplies for Grades 1-5, or Pickup for Requested Technology/School Materials for Distance Learners

Kindergarten

8am

1st

9am

2nd

10am

3rd

11am

4th

1pm

5th

2pm

OPEN TO ALL Grade levels

3pm until 5pm

8/31 – Spirit Week Schedule for the First Week of School

August 31st – First day of School for Students/Kdg staggered start/”Get Your Buff (or mask) On!” Spirit day for all students

September 1st – Kdg staggered start/Mustache Day on your mask/buff spirit day for all students.

September 2nd– Kdg staggered start/Wear your Words (positive message on your shirts or mask) day for all students.

September 3rd – Kdg staggered start/Star Wars Spirit day for all students.

September 4th ALL KDG present/KES Spirit shirt Day for all students.   Fire Drill (walk-thru/no alarm)

September 7th – Labor Day/No school…breathe!

September 10th – Fall photos taken.  Details on distance learning photos TBA.

September 11th – Remembrance/Patriot’s Day – wear red, white w/ your blue KES shirt! 

 

Hello KES Kindergarten Families –
Last week, we sent out the staggered start letters. We have heard that many families have not received them yet. If you do not receive the letter by Thursday, August 20th, please call the office to request your child’s placement and staggered start date.
Thank you!

Hello KES Families & Friends – 

As promised, another email!   Thank you for being attentive to information being provided via SchoolMessenger.   Please note that all prior messages have been posted to our school website @ www-kes.stjohns.k12.fl.us  under “SchoolMessenger Messages”. 

Attached are required district documents that are typically found in first day folders.   We are saving resources by providing them to you via email.  

If you require childcare through The Cove Extended Day Program, we have created an on-line option for you to register and pay.   

Click on this link for registering your child for our KES’ Cove Extended Day Program.  

Mrs. Janet Bryant, Ext Day Coordinator, is available to answer your questions.   Please contact her at [email protected].  Please note that our extended day program has limited space.  To prevent your child being placed on a waiting list, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.   

Economic Security Report Summary.pdf Elementary Choice Required Notification 2020-2021.pdf Sheriff Shoar Letter 2020.pdf Class Size Letter 2020-2021.pdf 

Thank you,

Ketterlinus Elementary School 

KES Families & Friends – 

Below is a link from our district about school-based distance learning.  For those that are signed up for this option, please take the time to review the video and expectations.   As stated before, this distance learning is very different from what we did in the 4th quarter during the 19-20 school year.   

Distance Learning for Elementary Students

Note the need for the parent or adult to be a learning coach to assist with elementary on-line learning.  In addition, there is an expectation of daily attendance, participation with increase rigor & accountability.   

This video will be posted our the school website and KES PTO Facebook page. 

Any changes to options should be done prior to August 17th by 9am.   We are finalizing class lists in order to meet the needs of all students.  

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Ketterlinus Elementary School

 

KES Families & Friends – 

We are hosting a brief tour and orientation to the school for new families.   If you are new to our school, we encourage you and your child to attend.   We are hoping that we can orient your child to classes and key people in the school so that your child feels comfortable and safe. 

We love our unique little school and are excited to meet you and your child.  Please sign up for a date/time by clicking here:   KES New Family Orientation/Tour.    Each tour is limited to (3) families, please sign up for (1) slot.   Each family may bring up to 3 people.   Everyone will need a to wear a mask/buff and have a health screening prior to the tour/orientation.    

As a reminder, our school website and Ketterlinus Elementary School PTO Facebook page is being updated daily in the event you miss any information.   As a result of the pandemic, most information and forms will be done on-line.    Please continue to be attentive to emails and messages from our school & staff.  

Wishing you well,

Ketterlinus Elementary School 

Welcome KES Kindergarten Families –

We are looking forward to seeing our newest “dolphins” in the big school very soon.    Please take a moment to view this short video I created for you. 

Principal Tucker’s Welcome Video  

Please be checking your emails as more important information is coming this week!   

Wishing you well,

Kathy Tucker, Principal

KES Families & Friends – 

As promised we are sending a lot of information via email to prepare for school reopening.  Information/forms will continue to be added to our website and reminders on our Ketterlinus Elementary School PTO facebook page.   

As a result of the pandemic, we cannot do our normal “Meet & Greet” and drop off medication.   We have a new process for parents to drop off the necessary forms and medication by setting up an appointment.   Face masks and health screening will be required when entering the building. 

If possible we ask that you limit the number of people coming in for the appointment.  Ideally, one parent and the student.    If your child cannot attend, no worries.   But it is nice for Nurse Lindsay to put a face to the name when possible.  : ) 

Please sign up for a time to meet Nurse Lindsay Robertson using this link.    The process will take 15 minutes or less.  

Attach are copies of the school medication policy and medical medication plan authorization forms for two of the most common needs – asthma and allergies.   All other medical medication plans (CF, Cardiac, Bleeding Disorder…) can be found on our school website under departments – health clinic.   A reminder that a doctor’s authorization (signature) is required for forms.   They can be faxed to 904-547-8554, Attention:  Nurse Lindsay Robertson

Medication Policy.doc Allergy MMP.docx Asthma MMP.doc

Welcome to Kindergarten at Ketterlinus Elementary School.   

Our kindergarten team has created an on-line orientation to provide basic information about kindergarten.   Please take the time to review this on-line orientation as it will answer most questions. KES Kindergarten Orientation Video.ppsx    

Later this week, your child should receive a US stamped letter regarding his/her staggered start date.   Details are in the letter.                                                                                                                                                 

KES Families & Friends – 

First, let me apologize that there will be several emails coming in the next few weeks.   Please take a few minutes to review them.   Due to social distancing, much information is now being shared electronically.   We will post links on our school website as well.  

Important documents to review and complete.   

Online Free & Reduced Lunch Forms   *Even if you do not need or think you will qualify, please complete.  It could help our school with federal funding.

PayPams –   NEW!  A great way to prepay breakfast and lunches via online instead of sending cash/check.   

Wish you well, 
KES

It is finally here… 

KES Supply List for 20-21.   We apologize for the delay.    Supply List 20.21.pdf 

Every Friday will be School Spirit Day and we would like students to wear a KES t-shirt.   Information on purchasing will be made available soon from our PTO.   

On the first Wednesday of each month is “Wear Your Words” t-shirt.   This is a day that we ask everyone to wear a t-shirt with a positive message and continue spreading the positive vibes in our great community. 

Happy Thursday KES Families & Friends – 

Attached are two important documents.   First, is the REVISED 20-21 School Year Calendar.  There are some changes to spring break as well as the last day of the school year.    Also, the district has created an excellent document for parents & the community – “Returning to School Learning Options & Safety Protocols”.    

20-21 Master Calendar – Final color coded 7.30.20.pdf

Return to School Instructional Continuity Plan as of 7.30.20.pdf 

On a side note, I want to personally thank our parents for taking the time to stay informed.   The reduction in calls has been a huge help as we continue to re-create our classes and schedules.    Thank you, thank you, and thank you!    

If you have Facebook, our Ketterlinus Elementary School PTO page is an excellent source to get up to date information or “breaking news”.    Please consider, going to that page and following it.