We have just completed another exciting month of learning at Kingsbury Elementary! Black History Month was celebrated during the month of February with many special events and activities. Students participated in Sumter Police Departments’ Black History Month Contest, studied the contributions of famous African Americans in the development of our nation, and attended special assemblies. Special thanks go to our guest speakers, Mr. John F. Kennedy and Rev. George P. Windley, Jr. for sharing their words of inspiration with our students. We also enjoyed excellent artwork from our gifted art teacher, Mr. Sylvester Hickmon, who designed our display case and banner. February also brought us the annual chili-cook off at our February 24 PTA Meeting. We had more than 20 chili recipes to sample. Thank you to all those who coordinated this and also to all the wonderful chefs! Congratulations to our winners - Third place – Glenda Tisdale, Second place – Diana Wheat, and First Place – Ashley Bell. The meal was simply amazing!
March 3 brings “Read Across America” Day to Kingsbury. We will have guest readers, sign the Readers’ Pledge, and enjoy many Dr. Seuss themed reading books. Reading is and always will be of the highest priority at KBE! March brings with it many activities as well. Spring pictures will be taken on March 7. Fourth and fifth grade students will have the opportunity to attend the Knights Royal Ball on Friday, March 14. We look forward to this regal event. March also marks the beginning of the testing season. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be taking the writing portion of the PASS test on March 18-19. On March 18, students will write an essay using a story starter requiring them to use their writing skills in developing a well-written story. On March 19, the test will be comprised of multiple choice questions related to the writing process. More information on this important test will follow. Please encourage your child to do his/her very best on this measure of achievement. Spring Map testing will be given to students in grades 3-5 March 26-April 15. The MAP test is more diagnostic in nature and helps to target specific areas of strength and weakness for students in each subject area tested. This helps teachers to meet the individual academic needs of our students. Note also that the Third Quarter grading period ends on March 25 with report cards being issued on March 31. Please refer to the enclosed calendar of events for more important dates to remember.
As we approach the spring season, there are many opportunities for parents to get involved by chaperoning field trips or volunteering in a number of different seasonal events. We hope that you will join us as much as your schedules will allow. If you are not sure what area in which to volunteer, please contact me, and we will find the right niche for you here at Kingsbury. Thank you for your ongoing support and confidence in our school. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance at any time. I look forward to seeing you soon in “The Kingdom.”
Phillip W. Jackson, Principal