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  • Kingsbury Elementary—”Light the Fire”

    A m e s s a g e f r o m Y o u r p r i n c i p a l

    Dear Parents, Welcome to the month of November! October was filled with many exciting

    activities for our students and Kingsbury Family. A special highlight was this year’s Character Parade. It was truly outstanding. The children demonstrated their devotion to books and reading when creating such fun, innovative costumes.

    First Quarter report cards will be issued on November 2. Please contact your child’s teacher as needed to discuss his or her progress and any concerns you may have. Through collective communication and collaboration, most issues are effectively resolved. Your child’s academic achievement is our top priority. Note that our First Quarter Awards Program for fourth and fifth grades will be November 7 at 1:00 p.m. Second and third grades will be November 8 at 8:15 a.m. Both of these programs will be held in the Multi-purpose Room. We look forward to having you join us to celebrate your child’s success. Our annual Fall Festival will be on Friday, November 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

    We will be holding our annual Veteran’s Day Assembly on November 9 to honor our veterans and instill patriotic pride. Students in kindergarten-2nd grade will attend the program at 8:30, and students in grades 3-5 will attend the 9:30 program. Also note that there will be no school on November 10 in observance of Veteran’s Day. The Kingsbury PTA will sponsor a special meeting on November 13 at 6 PM in celebration of American Education Week. Please report to the cafeteria upon arrival. Student Council officers will be recognized that evening and musical selections will be provided by our choir. Following the meeting, a delicious “Thanks-For-Giving” meal will be served. More information about the meal will be sent home as the date approaches. If you are not a member of the PTA, you can join the PTA that night! Please make plans to attend. As we enter into this holiday season, please let me express my gratitude for your continued support and confidence in Kingsbury Elementary. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of any help at any time! Best wishes for a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Holiday! Sincerely, Phillip Jackson, Principal

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    Red Ribbon Activities Around the Kingdom

    Each October, schools across America participate in Red Ribbon Week. This week is packed with activities to act as a catalyst to help par- ents and educators have meaningful and straight- forward discussions with kids about drug prevention. Sponsored by the National Family Partnership, this pro- gram stresses the need for communication between adults and children concerning the dangers of drugs. According to their website, parents who talk to their children regularly are 42% less likely to have a child to be involved in illegal drug use. Kingsbury’s weekly ac- tivities including wearing red in honor of the campaign,

    wearing pa- jamas as we are able to “Dream Big” when we don’t use drugs, and dressing for success as drugs and success do not mix. One of the highlights of the week was the children sign- ing a pledge in the cafeteria to not take drugs . Thank you to the Kingsbury Guidance Department for coordi- nating this informative week!

    Left: Ms. Gibbs and Mrs. Burleson’s Preschool class kick off Red Ribbon Week dressed in red while PERK (Above) shows off their pajamas as they are Dreaming Big!

  • Kingsbury Elementary—”Light the Fire”

    Grade Level News What’s Going On Around the School

    Preschool - A time of being thankful is here! And in preschool, we are thankful for our students, our parents, & the many opportunities to learn in each of our classrooms. The colors of fall are everywhere. And from our decorations to the changing colors of fall, it is a cornucopia for the senses. We will get to enjoy wonderful meals together and don't forget to enjoy our Thanksgiving meal before Thanksgiving break. And that's right, Thanksgiving break! And don't forget to watch the weather and wear the correct clothing for recess and continue to send spare clothes for any accidents that sometimes happen in preschool. Put your name on everything! Kindergarten – Kindergarten has had an amazing first quarter of school. We have worked hard and have learned so much and this is only the beginning. We are really working hard on our reading skills so that we can be the best readers, and we are enjoying having Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Thompson come to our classrooms and work with groups during Math where we are learning how to write numbers, represent numbers, and subitizing. On Thursday, October 26th, all of Kindergarten walked to the Fire Station on Stadium Road. We had so much fun exploring the fire station and fire trucks. The firemen that were there taught us a lot and really made everything we have been learning about during our Fire Safety Unit so much more real. During our Fire Safety unit we learned about the importance of not playing with fire and what to do if there is a fire. Your child should be able to tell you what to do in case of a fire (get out of the house), who to call (911), where to go (your meeting spot), and what to do if they were to catch on fire (STOP... DROP… AND ROLL). Remember boys and girls stay low and don’t run away from the firefighter. They are there to help you. Continue reading daily and having conversation with your child about what they read. Find those “popcorn” words within the text. Continue working on number recognition, writing numbers 1-20, and counting to 100. First Grade – The students really worked hard during the month of October! We have been working on addition and subtraction during math time. The students have been learning different strategies to help add numbers to 20, solve word problems and relate addition and subtraction too. We will continue to find the unknown addend in addition sentences and identify if given number sentences are true or false. Please continue working on addition and subtraction strategies at home. We will begin a unit on American Government and the election process in social studies. We will also begin a unit in science on the Sun and Moon. During reading the students have been learning strategies to use when they get stuck on a word. We encourage them to try unknown words by getting their mouth’s ready for the first letter (the sound it makes), checking the picture for clues, and then attempting the word. We also encourage them to reread sentence to make sure the word they said looks right and makes sense. Coming soon….A Disguise a Turkey homework project

    Second Grade – We're gobbling up good books in 2nd grade! Students are enjoying reading daily in class as we build

    stamina. In science our students will be discovering the magic of magnets. In math, students are continuing to work on

    patterning and place value but we will begin to add two-digit numbers. Students are also working towards fluency with

    math facts below 20. Our social studies unit for this quarter will be on government-local, state and federal. Look for more

    details in the 2nd grade newsletter.

    Third graders visited the Sumter County Museum mid-

    October and enjoyed learning about the rich history of our

    community!

    Left: Students listen as our county's past is described

    Below: Third grader Glenn Cook helps operate the loom at

    the Sumter County Museum.

    Above: Students get a lesson from the

    Blacksmith!

  • Kingsbury Elementary—”Light the Fire”

    November Calendar of Events Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

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    Report Cards Issued

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    Fall Carnival 5-7pm

    2nd Grade to Willard

    Farms 8:00 - 1:30

    Military Kids

    Club @ 7:00am

    6 7

    Newcomers

    Club @ 7:00

    Awards for 4th & 5th

    Grade @ 1:00 pm

    8

    RAP Club @ 7:00

    Awards for 2nd & 3rd

    Grade @ 8:15

    9

    Veteran's Day

    Assembly

    K-2nd Grades 8:30

    3rd - 5th Grade 9:30

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    Veteran’s Day— No School

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    PTA - Thanks For

    Giving Meal @

    6:00pm

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    Fall Pictures Retake

    Sonic Spirit

    Night 5-8pm

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    5th Grade to Patriots

    Point 8:00 - 5:00pm

    GEMS &

    Knights in Training

    2:00 - 2:45

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    Jump Rope For

    Heart

    Jungle Jammers

    Friendship Meal @

    11:00

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    No School— Thanksgiving Vacation

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    No School— Thanksgiving Vacation

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    No School— Thanksgiving Vacation

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    No School— Thanksgiving Vacation

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    No School— Thanksgiving Vacation

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    Principal For the Day

  • Kingsbury Elementary—”Light the Fire”

    READING WITH YOUR CHILD FROM OUR READING COACH