Dear Parents,

First Semester is officially over, and we are into February! The school year is flying by, but there is still much left to do. We will hold our second quarter awards assemblies for 4-5th grades on Wednesday, January 31at 1:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. Awards for 2nd -3rd grades Thursday, February 1 at 8:15 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room. I am very proud of the many student achievements that will be recognized. In addition to their awards, Silver and Gold Knights will receive certificates for a free meal at a local restaurant. Our Bronze Knights (students who have exhibited exceptional conduct) will be rewarded with an extra recess in the upcoming days. Keep up the great work!

With respect to February there are many events this month that allow you and your child to be actively involved in school programs. Please note the many events scheduled on the enclosed calendar. On Tuesday February 6 we will be celebrating our 100th Day of school. There will be many “100 year olds” in the hallways as part of our dress-up activity. Note that Wednesday, February 14 is an early release day with students dismissing at 11:30 a.m.

Monday, February 19, previously scheduled as an in-service day, has been scheduled as a makeup day for the recent inclement weather. This will be a full day of student attendance. Interims will be issued on February 21. On Friday, February 23, we will hold our annual Black History Program in the Multipurpose Room.

Finally, our much anticipated annual PTA Chili Cook-off will be held on Monday, February 26 at 6 pm in the Cafeteria. Come out and sample a variety of chili recipes from each grade level. We will also be hosting our Family Math/Science Night. You will be able to participate in engaging activities with your child that demonstrates how to incorporate math and science into everyday life.

Preschool-kindergarten registration is now underway for any child who will at-tend a Sumter School District elementary school for the first time next year. Children must be four and five years old, respectively, on or before September 1, 2017. We are having a fantastic year at Kingsbury Elementary, and it promis-es to get even better! I am glad your family is sharing in it. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if I may be of any help at any time. We always value and appreciate your input. There is a suggestion box located in the main office for you to offer feedback or ideas. You may also call, email, or drop by the of-fice. Please know that you are always welcome at Kingsbury Elementary, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Phillip W. Jackson, Principal