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We hope that you and your families are safe. Hurricane Ian caused a tremendous amount of damage in Charlotte County. We are assessing our schools now and will know soon the extent of the damage.
There will be no school until further notice.
Stay safe.

Hurricane Ian Update

We hope all of our Cougar families are safe. We will get through this together.

There is no school on Friday, September 30th. Future updates will be posted as soon as we hear.
Stay safe.

Phone Message Sent September 25th

Hello Cougar Leaders. This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  

First and foremost, we know that the tropics have been very busy! Our district has been watching the developing storm and will update you with a phone call soon. We do have one large event this week and we are not sure yet if the storm will affect our Donuts with Cool Dudes. This event is on Wednesday morning. We are very excited about this national event that encourages fathers or father figures aka Cool Dudes to take their students to school and participate in a fun reading event. We hope to still host this event, however, more information will come this week as final decisions are made.
As I read through the rest of the announcements, continue to keep in mind that we could be affected by the storm later this week. We will continue communicating, as we know more. Again, listen for the superintendent’s call this afternoon and for the days to come.
 
This week is the last week of celebrating Attendance Awareness as a whole school community. We will continue focusing on attendance as it is vital for our school's success. This month brought great awareness and we've had a good time focusing on attendance. We have learned that attending school regularly is ESSENTIAL for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to be successful in the future. We’ve had three classes earn Bingo so far, and we are excited for more BINGOs in this last week. Posters for our poster contest are due by September 30th. Finally, this is our last week to get our attendance rate up! Remember that the school with the best attendance rate at the end of September will win the attendance TROPHY!  Our attendance rate is still about 93%. I’d like to see that number increase this week. Let's work together and make sure KES has a great attendance rate!
 
Our Literacy Action Team has set a schoolwide AR goal to read 8 million words in the month of September! Guess what?! We rolled right passed our 8 million AR word goal. Wahoo!! We are not only over 8 million but are very close to 9 million words read. WOW!  KES Readers are truly "bouncing" to new reading heights and rolling over our goals. I am so proud to be a cougar leader.
 
Did you feel the change in the air? Fall is here! I’m looking forward to cooler weather, more college football, pumpkin festivals, and candy corn! As we finish September, we will be welcoming the month of October as National Bully Prevention month. Kingsway will join other schools across the country in STOMP Out Bullying™. STOMP Out Bullying encourages communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the impact that bullying has on children of all ages. This month has our cougar leaders participating in weekly challenges! The first challenge will focus on solidarity.  On October 3rd, students, schools, and communities all over the world will go BLUE together against bullying.  We want KES to be decked out in the color BLUE! We encourage our whole school community to wear blue. By wearing blue, you’ll be using your voice and sending a message that this is the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world. We are changing the Culture!  Go BLUE, KES!
 
Finally, when turning into the school during drop-off or pick-up times, please make sure you adhere to the signs in the front of our building. This includes the speed limit and turning into the school from the right side only.
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening. See you all tomorrow! Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent September 18th

Hello Cougar Leaders. This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  

Here at Kingsway Elementary, we celebrate Attendance Awareness as a whole school community. We have developed many fun activities to help our Cougar Leaders keep the focus on attendance and to bring awareness to something so important to our learning environment. We focus on attendance in September because research tells us that attending school regularly is ESSENTIAL for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to be successful in the future. With your help, our goal is to have all students in school on time and all day long! School activities that we have chosen include an attendance Bingo in every classroom and a school-wide poster contest! This past week we celebrated with a spirit week and it was epic! In addition to our school activities, the whole district is having a “Best Attendance Rate” contest! The school with the best attendance rate at the end of September will win the attendance TROPHY! We sure do love KES and we are competitive, so we’d like to make a great effort to win this trophy. We need everyone's help. Our attendance rate is about 93% with our 4th grade having the best attendance rate at 94%! Way to go, 4th grade! We know sometimes students get sick and need to stay home, but we do need our Cougars HERE on days they’re ready to learn! High attendance rates will help our students not only learn, but to meet our goals. Let's work together and make sure KES has the highest attendance rate in Charlotte County. Let's get that TROPHY, Cougar Leaders!
 
Our Literacy Action Team has set a schoolwide AR goal to read 8 million words in the month of September! Our cougar leaders have already read 5,997,243 words! Wahoo! The prize for reaching our 8-million-word goal is that each student will receive a bouncy ball. Wowzers! Then the top word reader for each classroom will also receive a light-up ball. That's a super wowzers! Keep up the reading! I know we can do it. I am so proud of all of you!
 
On Tuesday, September 20th we will be hosting SAC and PTO meetings in the KES media center. Please join us for SAC at 6 pm and PTO at 6:30 pm. SAC and PTO meetings are a great way to become involved in decision-making at our school. We hope to see you there!
 
Looking ahead, FRE is hosting Donuts with Cool Dudes on September 28th. See the flyer for more information.

Well, that's all for now.  I hope everyone has a great evening.  I can’t wait to see all of our cougars tomorrow ready to Be Proud to LEAD!  


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Phone Message Sent September 11th

Hello Cougar Leaders. This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.   

Here at Kingsway Elementary, we celebrate Attendance Awareness as a whole school community. We have developed many fun activities to help our Cougar Leaders keep the focus on attendance and to bring awareness to something so important to our learning environment. We focus on attendance in September because research tells us that attending school regularly is ESSENTIAL for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to be successful in the future. With your help, our goal is to have all students in school on time and all day long! School activities that we have chosen include an attendance Bingo in every classroom and a school-wide poster contest!  

This week we are celebrating attendance with a SPIRIT WEEK! 

Monday, September 12th is College Shirt Day:  Attend Today, Achieve Tomorrow! 

Tuesday, September 13th is Tie-Dye Day: Great Attendance is "tie"d to Great Learning! 

Wednesday, September 14th is Wacky Tacky Day (mismatched outfits): There's nothing wacky-tacky about being on time. 

Thursday, September 15th is Neon, Bright Color Clothing Day: Good Attendance leads to bright futures! 

Friday, September 16th is School Spirit Day:  Wear School Spirit Clothing 

In addition to our school activities, the whole district is having a “Best Attendance Rate” contest! The school with the best attendance rate at the end of September will win the attendance TROPHY! We sure do love KES and we are so competitive, so we’d like to make a great effort to win this trophy. We need everyone's help. We know sometimes students get sick and need to stay home, but we do need our Cougars HERE on days they’re ready to learn! High attendance rates will help our students not only learn, but to meet our goals. Let's work together and make sure KES has the highest attendance rate in Charlotte County. Let's get that TROPHY, Cougar Leaders! 

Our Literacy Action Team has set a schoolwide AR goal to read 8 million words in the month of September! Our cougar leaders have already read 4,201,675! Wahoo! The prize for reaching our 8-million-word goal is that each student will receive a bouncy ball. Wowzers! Then the top word reader for each classroom will also receive a light-up ball. That's a super wowzers! Keep up the reading! I am so proud of all of you! 

The Fall PTO fundraiser has ended! Our school reached $10,000 for our PTO. This is amazing news. Our PTO provides funding for many of the essential programs that we use here at Kingsway and this helps as we move into the school year! 

We are excited and thrilled to have our Reading is "Sweet" Book Fair! This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love for reading. The book fair is one of our beloved Kingsway traditions!  Our "sweet" book fair will officially open this Monday. We are open Monday - Friday 7:30 - 8:30 AM and Monday -Thursday 4:00 - 5:30 PM for our families. In addition to in-school shopping with families, the book fair is online for contactless shopping and students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair during their weekly schedule media classes.   

Our next spirit night is on Tuesday, September 13th from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Culvers on Kings Hwy! I sure do love Culvers and believe that is one of my Favorite Cougar Community Partners! I just love cheese curds! Please make sure you say I’m a Kingsway Cougar Leader when you order! Our PTO will get a percentage of sales back for all orders. Be on the lookout for the prize wheel when you arrive! 

Looking ahead, SAC and PTO are coming up on Tuesday, September 20th.  Please mark your calendars.  

That's all for now.  Have a great evening. See you all tomorrow! Goodbye. 


Phone Message Sent September 4th

Hello Cougar Leaders. This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  

A reminder that we have no school tomorrow Monday, September 5th in celebration of Labor Day. Enjoy the day with your family and friends.
 
Welcome to September! Here at Kingsway Elementary, we celebrate Attendance Awareness as a whole school community. We have developed many fun activities to help our Cougar Leaders keep the focus on attendance and to bring awareness to something so important to our learning environment. We focus on attendance in September because research tells us that attending school regularly is ESSENTIAL for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to be successful in the future. With your help, our goal is to have all students in school on time and all day long! School activities that we have chosen include an attendance Bingo in every classroom and a school-wide poster contest! See the attendance flyer for more information. In addition to our school activities, the whole district is having a “Best Attendance Rate” contest! The school with the best attendance rate at the end of September will win the attendance TROPHY! We sure do love KES and we are so competitive, so we’d like to make a great effort to win this trophy. We need everyone's help. We know sometimes students get sick and need to stay home, but we do need our Cougars HERE on days they’re ready to learn! High attendance rates will help our students not only learn, but to meet our goals. Let's work together and make sure KES has the highest attendance rate in Charlotte County. Let's get that TROPHY, Cougar Leaders!
 
Get ready to READ! That's right, I’m announcing the first AR challenge of the school year! Wahoo! Our Literacy Action Team has set a schoolwide AR goal to read 8 million words in the month of September! Whoa, I know our cougar leaders can do it! The prize for reaching our 8-million-word goal is that each student will receive a bouncy ball. Wowzers! Then the top word reader for each classroom will also receive a light-up ball. That's a super wowzers! Get to reading cougar leaders! September has already started.
 
Starting Tuesday, our First graders will begin their first progress monitoring window for the FAST Star state assessment. This early literacy assessment will provide a baseline score for teachers to better prepare instruction based on our students' understanding of BEST state standards. On Wednesday our Second graders will also begin their first progress monitoring window for the FAST Star state assessments. For more information on these assessments, please see the FAST letter that was sent home. This letter provides a plethora of information about the new state assessment called Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST). Please make sure students are well rested and prepared to work hard to show what they know.
 
The Fall PTO fundraiser is going strong! Our school is at 52% of our fundraiser goal. This is HUGE! We have until September 8th to continue to sell items and to meet our goal to raise $10,000 for our PTO. Our PTO provides funding for many of the essential programs that we use here at Kingsway. Keep it up and push through this final week!
 
Looking ahead, I heard the book fair is coming soon! This is an amazing valued tradition at our school and I can’t wait to see all of our families shopping for books! More information will be announced this week.

That's all for now. See you on Tuesday! Goodbye.


Phone Message Sent August 28th

Hello Cougar Leaders. This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  

The Family Reading Experience (FRE)'s grand opening is tomorrow, Monday, August 29th. The FRE is open most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the school year.  The FRE is stocked with many books of varying reading levels.  All students in grades PK-5 are welcome to attend with a parent. When you visit you can check out up to 3 books and select a free Keeper Book for your home library. Students can earn 10 Live School points each time they visit! FRE provides exciting weekly drawings, special guests, and workshops! Be on the lookout for more FRE events to be announced soon!
 
Starting Tuesday, our Kindergartners will begin the first progress monitoring window for the FAST Star state assessment. This early literacy assessment will provide a baseline score for teachers to better prepare instruction based on our students' understanding of BEST state standards. For more information please see the FAST letter that was sent home. This letter provides a plethora of information about the new state assessment called Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST). Please make sure students are well rested and prepared to work hard to show what they know.
 
Tuesday evening we invite you to join us for our first SAC and PTO meetings of the school year. We will be meeting in the  KES media center. SAC starts at 6 pm and PTO at 6:30 pm. SAC and PTO meetings are a great way to become involved in decision-making at our school.
 
The Fall PTO fundraiser has started! Wahoo!  Students have already received their fundraiser packets to start selling right away! We have until September 8th to sell items and to meet our goal to raise $10,000 for our PTO. Our PTO provides funding for many of the essential programs that we use here at Kingsway. This fundraiser will include the Magical Holidays Gift Catalog and the Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough and More catalog! The fall fundraiser is always a success and we are excited to meet and maybe even exceed our goal!
 
Game Changer spirit shirts have been ordered! We will send them home as soon as they arrive on campus.
 
Attention Fourth and Fifth-grade students: Chorus sign-ups are still open! Sign-up links are out on Remind, our school website, and our school’s social media accounts.
 
Looking ahead: We do not have school on Monday, September 5th in celebration of Labor Day.

That’s all for now! Have a great evening. See you all tomorrow! Goodbye.


Message from Mr. Jordan about Chorus

The KINGSWAY CHORUS is a dedicated team of fourth and fifth grade singers who work hard to perform music at KES and in our community. Rehearsals have begun, but there is still time for your student to join us! Please complete the group contract with your student at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfey6wsSvEeClRTng6_PmscVt9ILhTHoiaRluvDMcFP1dJCkQ/viewform?usp=sf_link. Please contact Mr. Jordan with any questions via REMIND or at john.jordan@yourcharlotteschools.net  


Phone Message Sent August 21st

Hello Cougar Leaders. This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  

Arrival is still going very well. We love seeing all of the happy faces of our cougar leaders as they arrive on campus. Students are welcomed on campus at 8 am and should be in their seats by 8:40 am. Please remember that if you want your child to be walked into the building during arrival you need to pull up to the Heart Zone (this includes our CD students as well). The heart zone is at the very front of our line at the pole with the large red heart. This helps provide a safe location for students to be helped out of the car and walked into school. We have provided extra staff members at this location just waiting to walk your student in. All parents, please remember that if you arrive after 8:40, you'll need to walk your own child into the office and get a tardy pass.  
 
Please make sure you register and complete your child’s emergency forms on Focus. One of those forms is your child’s emergency card. The emergency card provides us with updated contact information including current numbers and emergency contacts that are allowed to pick up your child.
We will not release your child to anyone not on their emergency card. If you need help finding your child’s ID or PIN to set up the Focus Portal account, please call the office and ask for Mrs. Burdick. Thank you to those parents that have already completed this process. We are over 64% of families with Focus Portal accounts and we’d love to get to 100%!!! We so appreciate the effort from our parents.
 
Tomorrow we begin our first FAST progress monitoring window with grades 3-5. We start with ELA on Monday and Wednesday and Math on Thursday and Friday. Please see the FAST assessment flyer with assessment dates for PM1 that is posted on our website, social media accounts and was sent to you on Remind. A FAST letter was sent home as well. This letter provides a lot of information about the new state assessment called Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST). Please make sure students are well rested and prepared to work hard to show what they know.
 
The Fall PTO fundraiser starts this week! Wahoo!  Students will receive their fundraiser packets to start selling right away! We have until September 5th to sell items. This fundraiser will include the Magical Holidays Gift Catalog and the Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough and More catalog! The fall fundraiser is always a success. I know my relatives are already looking for their annual cookie dough! So share the fundraiser and help support our PTO!
 
Our next spirit night is on Tuesday, August 23rd at the Tropical Smoothie Café on Peachland from 4 to 8 pm. Tropical Smoothie Café is one of my Favorite Cougar Community Partners! I just love smoothies! Please make sure you say I’m a Kingsway Cougar Leader when you order! Our PTO will get a percentage of sales back for all orders. Be on the lookout for the prize wheel from 5-6 pm.
 
Have you ordered your new Game Changer T-shirts? They’re on sale now and are due by Wednesday! T-shirt order forms were sent home during the first week of school. Call the office if you need another form.
 
This past week you should have received a letter giving directions to sign up for LiveSchool. LiveSchool is a school-wide PBIS program we use to encourage attendance, reward positive behavior, reward students for following lead expectations, and we use to communicate with parents. Please sign up as soon as possible.
 
Another form of communication that our school uses is Remind. Remind is used for daily communication between teachers and parents. We also send out school-wide messages with important information and/or upcoming events. This platform is one of our most important ways to communicate. Please make sure you’re signed up with your teacher!
 
Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We use social media to update our families and to give a lot of important information about resources, current happenings, and upcoming events. Finally, make sure you bookmark our school’s website. This is the hub of information for our school.
 
As a reminder, Tuesday is a District Professional Development day for teachers and staff. Our students do not have school.
 
Looking ahead, Save the date for the Family Reading Experience(FRE)'s grand opening on Monday, August 29th.
And on August 30th, our SAC and PTO will meet for the first time this school year. Please join us!
 
I know this is a lot of information (and I went really fast). I appreciate you listening. A copy of this phone message will be available on our school website and social media accounts.
 

That’s all for now! Have a great evening. See you all tomorrow! Goodbye.  

Testing begins 8/22 for third, fourth and fifth graders.


Phone Message Sent August 14th

Hello Cougar Leaders. This is your assistant principal, Mrs. Hazeltine, with this week’s school connect call.  We had a fantastic first week of school with our Game Changers. Thank you all for helping to make the first week so great! A huge shout out to our Kingsway Cougar Staff members as they were amazing in welcoming our students to a safe learning environment that is student-centered and full of academic awesomeness. Students are still learning new procedures, but are quickly adapting to the expectations and routines of their new classrooms. The excitement of the building has been special. We were so excited to welcome all of our cougar leaders to the 22-23 school year.

This past week, students were introduced to our school-wide Always be Proud to LEAD expectations. These expectations provide the building blocks to a learning environment that supports positive behaviors. Please see the LEAD expectations in the Title One compact (within your child's planner), on our school’s website, and on our school's social media accounts. Please review these expectations with your student.
 
Arrival went very well this week. Seeing all of the happy faces as they arrived on campus was so good. Please keep in mind that we start welcoming students on campus at 8 am. Please do not release your student from cars before this time. The cafeteria opens for breakfast at 8 am and students can head to classrooms starting at 8:10 am. Students should be in their seats ready to learn by 8:40 am.  Please do not drop students off outside our fenced area. This slows down traffic and is unsafe. Also, please do not drop students off in the winding road on our campus to walk through traffic to get inside the building. The only students getting out of the cars should be directly in front of the school where adults are assisting and monitoring the students.
 
Thank you for your patience during Parent Pick-Up (PPU) this past week.  A dismissal letter was sent home. In addition, this letter was posted on our school website, on Remind, and on social media accounts. Please see this letter as it explains all of the important details of our KES dismissal! Here are a few reminders from that letter: The PPU card should be displayed on your rear-view mirror until your student gets in the car, when your child is in the car, please remove it. This signals to us that your car is all set! As you move through the line please pull close to the car in front of you, pay attention to your surroundings, and do not park on crosswalks. Please do not be on your cell phone as this is a huge distraction. The whole line will move as one. This means you shouldn’t pull out of the line to pass someone else, even if you have your student. This is to ensure that all students loading into cars are safe before traffic moves. We have PPU times down close to 3:40 pm and we will continue to get faster as we do our best to get students home in a safe and orderly manner. Please remember that the bus side PPU starts moving after the buses have left. This sometimes delays the start of the line. Again please be patient. Students that are walkers have two locations to be released. Please know which side your walker is released on and the correct location for pickup. Kindergarten and first-grade students will need a guardian present with a walker tag. If no guardian or no walker tag is present at the correct location, the student will be escorted back to the office and the guardian will be expected to show ID to pick up a child. We will not dismiss any walker to parked cars. If you want to pick up your child by car- please go through PPU. On rainy day dismissal, ALL walkers will go to the cafeteria and be dismissed through the front parent pick-up line. If you go to the bus side PPU, you’ll be asked to go to the front to get your child. Please make sure you have a PPU card! If not, you’ll be asked to go inside to pick up that card and your child. Thank you for following all of these procedures for the safety of our cougars.
Please make sure you register and complete your child’s emergency forms on Focus. Your child’s emergency card is vital for us to be able to get ahold of you during the school day. We want to make sure all the information is accurate. We will not be having paper emergency cards. If you need help finding your child’s ID or 4-digit PIN, please call the office and ask for Mrs. Burdick. Thank you to those parents that have already completed this process. We are over 60% of families with Focus Portal accounts and we’d love to get to 100%!!! We so appreciate the effort from our parents.
 
Have you ordered your new Game Changer T-shirts? They’re on sale now! T-shirt order forms were sent home. Call the office if you need another form.
 
Please make sure you have signed up on Remind with your child’s teacher. This is so important for the communication of our school. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We use social media to update our families and to give a lot of important information about resources, current happenings, and upcoming events. Finally, make sure you bookmark our school’s website. This is the hub of information for our school.
 
Speaking of school information, have you signed up for SAC or PTO? Be on the lookout for flyers to join these amazing parent organizations for the betterment of our school!
 
I know this is a lot of information and appreciate your listening. A copy of this phone message will be available on our school website and social media accounts.
 
Thank you to all of our families for continuing to help make Kingsway a great place. Your support, patience, and assistance are so Positively vital. I am looking forward to seeing our proud to LEAD cougars tomorrow!   That’s all for now! Have a great evening. Goodbye.

Champs Cafe

Welcome to the 2022/2023 school year!  This is Terri Whitacre, director of food & nutrition services, sharing some important information from Champ’s Café. 

I am glad to tell you that your child may have both a free breakfast and a free lunch for the entire school year, thanks to the USDA offering all free meals to all students.  You can locate your child’s keypad number under the classified tab in their Focus account.  To refresh our customers’ memories, would you please have your child practice their keypad number on a calculator a few times before the first day of school?   It is the same keypad number as last year.  Most children master the pattern of their number with just a few repetitions on a calculator, and you can verify they are practicing the correct keypad number on the calculator screen.  We ask that our student customers state their last name, too, so please encourage your child to clearly state their last name to the cashier after entering their keypad number. 

All free meals to all students means our food & nutrition services program provides a great opportunity for your child to enjoy the healthy breakfast and healthy lunch at no cost to families every school day at Champ’s Cafe.  Breakfast is offered 30 minutes or more before school starts, and there are lots of choices at both breakfast and lunch.  Even a child who prefers to bring his lunch from home can go through the serving line and select, for free, at least three food items, as long as one food item is a fruit or vegetable, or they may select up to the six food items included in a full school-prepared meal to supplement a packed lunch.  

This free meals program means there is no need to complete an application for free meals for your student.  All Charlotte County students, elementary through high school, are eligible for free meals this school year.

Feel free to send a payment of cash or check so your child can purchase some of the ala carte items we offer, from an extra milk or carton of juice to a healthy snack.  You can track your child's purchases online through PayPAMS, put money on their account with a credit or debit card through PayPAMS, and see your child's account balance through both their Focus account and through PayPAMS.  Please check our Champ’s webpage within the district’s website:  yourcharlotteschools dot net, for a link to PayPAMS and other Champ’s Café information.  I encourage you to download the Nutrislice app to your smartphone for our menus and nutrient facts.

Please feel free to call the Champ's Cafe office at 941-575-5400 or your school’s Champ’s Café manager with any questions you may have.  Our goal is for your child to refuel for learning each day at Champ's Café!   


Cougar Expo

Please join us for the Cougar Expo on August 8th!

Email Mrs. Erica if you want to be a part of our Cougar Expo:  Erica.Bernichhi@yourcharlotteschools.net.

 

Open House

Open House is August 8th!

 


Teacher Placements

 Check Focus on August 3rd for teacher placements.


KEEP Registration

KEEP Registration is open.

Please visit https://kingswayelem.revtrak.net to register.