Spring is in the air at Kingsbury Elementary! Our
students are excited about the many special events and trips that are scheduled
for the remainder of the year. It’s hard to believe that we are entering the
final quarter of the school year. One of the highlights of March was the
Knights Royal Ball which drew over 150 attendees. Students enjoyed an evening
of food, dancing, and special photographs. It was a great school-community
event and as always, a favorite annual tradition.
Students have been engaged in
important testing as well. The writing portion of the Palmetto
Assessment of State Standards (PASS) was administered to
graders on March 18-19. The students worked hard and gave
their best efforts. The instruction of writing is a priority here, and teachers
are utilizing many innovative strategies to develop this skill in our students.
The remainder of the PASS testing (Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies)
will be held in May. Please encourage your child to do his or her best. Parents
play a major role in shaping a child’s attitude towards school in general and
testing in particular. One of our focus goals here at KBE is to raise achievement
in Mathematics. More information on PASS will follow.
The enclosed school calendar is
loaded with activities, and we hope you will join us as much as your schedule
will allow. Early in the month, we have our Awards Programs. We will hold our
Spring Parent Conference nights on April 7 and 14. Your child’s teacher will
contact you to schedule a time.
As in the fall, the purpose of this conference is to
review your child’s growth and progress in all areas of school life throughout
the year. MAP testing results will be reviewed also with grades, conduct and promotion/retention
concerns as applicable. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting.
On Thursday, April 3, we will have the 4-5th grade award program at 9AM
followed by the First Grade Awards Program at 1:15PM. On Friday, April 4, we
will hold the Second and Third Grade Awards Program at 9AM. All of these
programs will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room. We are especially looking
forward to our annual talent show. The ―Knights on Broadway‖ production will be
held on Friday, April 4, at Sumter High School in the auditorium. This promises
to be a night of talent and Knightly Family Fun! Kingsbury’s Spelling Bee will
be held as follows: April 14 @ 1PM—Grades 1, 3, and 5 and April 15 @ 1PM-Grades
2 and 4. Also, 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. 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. Finally, please enjoy the upcoming Spring Break (April 18-April 27).
Students will return on Monday, April 28. Schedule some quality family time and
enjoy the wonderful spring weather.
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
Phillip W. Jackson, Principal