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Phone Message Sent May 15th

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
Our super awesome Fifth-grade students will be taking the Science assessment this week. In addition, many of our students are taking end-of-the-year assessments. We have all worked hard this school year on being PAWstively Contagious by spreading positivity, passion, and purpose the KES cougar way! Now is our time to shine and show what we know.
 
Assessments can be stressful for students. Please help make testing a positive experience by having students arrive at school on time on the days of testing. Students should be in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. In addition, our cougar leaders need a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. These experiences will help our leaders feel prepared and confident for their assessments.
 
Looking ahead, Kingsway Elementary is excited to announce our Summer Send-Off Literacy Spirit Week. Our literacy spirit week will be the last week of school. It will begin on Monday, May 23rd, and will end on Thursday, May 26th.
Here is the Spirit Activiites:
Monday is “Mismatch Monday”~ Cougars can wear mismatched clothing for fun and enjoy reading some fun books!
Tuesday is “Tent Towel Tuesday” ~ We're going to read under a towel tent. Make sure to bring your favorite beach towel.
“Wear Shades Wednesday sounds awesome” ~ Students can read while wearing their sunglasses. I've got a few bright books to read for this day!
On Thursday students can read with a favorite stuffed animal for “Furry Thing Thursday”.
We are looking forward to showing our Kingsway spirit as we continue to sharpen our literacy skills and build a love of literacy. Hopefully, we'll have enough literacy spirit to carry us into the summer!
 
Finally, our fifth-graders will be graduating on May 25th.  We are graduating many students and decided again this year to separate our ceremonies to make sure all students’ guests can attend the celebration.  The times are as follows, Mrs. Masterjohn, Liszak, and Hohmann’s classes will be at 9 am. Mrs. Umbras’ class will be at 9:45, Ms. Murphy’s class will be at 10:30, and Ms. Litman’s class will be at 11:15 am. Students can be signed out following each ceremony.
 
All ceremonies will be held inside our cafeteria. Students need to dress in their best while following dress code expectations. All visitors will need a badge from our Raptor system to be on campus. Please arrive early and enter the lobby with your driver’s license to be scanned into the Raptor system. The ceremony for each class will last 40 minutes. We have included transition times for photos with extra photo opportunities in the lobby. This is a very special time for our Cougar Leaders! We are so proud of all their hard work here at Kingsway!
 
Well, that is all for now! I can’t wait to see all Cougar Leaders tomorrow!
Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent May 8th

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.  
 
Attention intermediate grade levels! Our amazing Third,  Fourth, and Fifth-grade students will be taking the FSA Math assessment this week. We have all worked so hard this school year on being PAWstively Contagious by spreading positivity, passion, and purpose the KES cougar way! Now is our time to shine and show what we know.
 
The FSA assessments can be stressful for students. Please help make FSA testing a positive experience by having students arrive at school on time on the days of testing. Students should be in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. In addition, our cougar leaders need a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. These experiences will help our leaders feel prepared and confident for their assessments. Please note a student arriving after 8:40 am may not make it into class for the assessment. That means they will need to make up the assessment at a later date.  
 
On Tuesday, May 10th from 7:30 am to 8:30 am we are hosting Books, Bagels, and Buddies in the FRE. Students can bring a grown-up “Buddy” to share bagels and get a free end-of-the-year journal book! Wow, that sounds awesome, FRE really is the place to be!
 
On Wednesday, May 11th is our last spirit night of the year. Join us at Pitmaster BBQ on Kings HWY! Please make sure you bring the flyer that will be sent home this week. Also, say I’m a Kingsway Cougar Leader when you order. The prize wheel will be on location. I have to tell you that BBQ is my absolute favorite. I can not wait to try some new BBQ sauce or the Trash can Nachos! Yummy!
 
Finally, I'm super proud of our Girls on the Run team! Yesterday they ran in the Spring GOTR 5K and they did amazing! Way to go girls!

Well, that is all for now! I can’t wait to see all Cougar Leaders tomorrow! Goodbye. 


Phone Message Sent May 1st

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.  

Tomorrow starts staff appreciation. We have the most amazing staff here at Kingsway and we’d like you to join us in celebrating them this week. Mrs. Kelch sent a flyer out on Remind with daily suggestions to show extra gratitude to all staff members during staff appreciation week. Here are just a few of those suggestions: 

  • Monday: Be sweet and bring your teacher’s favorite snack! Please remember we like items to be store-bought. 
  • Tuesday: Make an appreciation card/picture for your teacher or favorite staff member. Make sure to tell them one thing you like most about them. 
  • Wednesday: Wear your teacher’s favorite color! If you don’t know, just ask! 
  • Thursday: Bring in or draw a flower for your teacher or favorite staff member. 
  • Friday: Donate a school supply to the classroom. I know teachers like pens, sticky notes, and highlighters!  

Yearbooks have arrived on campus and we have limited quantities available for sale. The cost is $20. These yearbooks may be purchased by sending cash or a check made payable to Kingsway Elementary. Please remember quantities are limited and will be going quick.  

The fifth-grade formal dance is this Friday, May 6th. Please see the flyer that was sent home with all fifth graders for more information.  

Attention intermediate grade levels! Our amazing Fourth and Fifth-grade students will be taking the FSA ELA assessment this week. Next week our third, fourth, and fifth-grade students will be taking the FSA math assessment. We have all worked hard this school year on being PAWstively Contagious by spreading positivity, passion, and purpose the KES cougar way! Now is our time to shine and show what we know. 

The FSA assessments can be stressful for students. Please help make FSA testing a positive experience by having students arrive at school on time on the days of testing. Students should be in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. In addition, our cougar leaders need a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. These experiences will help our leaders feel prepared and confident for their assessments. Please note a student arriving after 8:40 am may not make it into class for the assessment. That means they will need to make up the assessment at a later date.  

Looking ahead on Tuesday, May 10th from 7:30 am to 8:30 am we have Books, Bagels, and Buddies in the FRE. Students can bring a grown-up “Buddy” to share bagels and get a free end-of-the-year journal book! Wow that sounds awesome, FRE is really is the place to be! 

Well, that is all for now! I can’t wait to see all Cougar Leaders tomorrow! Goodbye. 


Phone Message Sent April 24th

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
Listen closely because I have some exciting news about April's Bookworm Reading Challenge!  Our KES bookworms have munched on 10,944,354 words. Every KES bookworm will have gummy worms next week as their reward for achieving our ten-million-word goal for the month. Wahoo! I am so proud of you all. But wait our bookworms are still "inching" through words as the top reader in each class will be "crawling” home with their wiggly worm prize. So keep reading Cougar Leaders! I can not wait to see who earns those large stretchy bookworms!
 
Kindergarten Registration ends this week! You can register your kindergartener online at CCPS or in person at Kingsway tomorrow, April 25th from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. If you are registering a kindergarten student, please make sure to provide your child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, shot record, physical, and Social Security card. We look forward to meeting our new Cougar Leaders.
 
Family Reading Center is closed on Monday, April 25th!
 
Attention fifth-grade parents: please be on the lookout for a fifth-grade end-of-the-year event letter coming home this week! We are so excited to celebrate our graduating cougar leaders and we want you to be aware of all the important dates.
 
Also, as a reminder, Punta Gorda Middle is hosting a 5th-grade orientation on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30 pm.  Please see the flyer that was or will be sent home with all 5th-grade students.
 
Looking ahead, staff appreciation is coming in the first week of May. We are so excited to celebrate our amazing staff. Mrs. Kelch sent a flyer out on Remind with daily suggestions to show extra gratitude to all staff members during this appreciation week. Also, another way to contribute is to donate towards a themed basket that will be given away during the week. Each grade level has a different theme! See the flyer for more details.
 
Also the first week of May our amazing Fourth and Fifth-grade students will be taking the FSA ELA assessment. This week your child will be coming home with some important documents such as a letter explaining dates, policies, and other facts about the FSA. We have all worked hard this school year on being PAWstively Contagious by spreading positivity, passion, and purpose the KES cougar way! Now is our time to shine and show what we know.
The FSA assessments can be stressful for students. Please help make FSA testing a positive experience by having students arrive at school on time on the days of testing. Students should be in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. In addition, our cougar leaders need a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. These experiences will help our leaders feel prepared and confident for their assessments. Please note a student arriving after 8:40 am may not make it into class for the assessment. That means they will need to make up the assessment at a later date. So please make sure you are on time all week long.

Well, that is all for now! I can’t wait to see all Cougar Leaders tomorrow! Goodbye.


Phone Message Sent April 18

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.  
 
April's Bookworm Reading Challenge has started and our cougar leaders have read over 7, 600, 000 words so far!! Wowzers! I just know that we can reach our schoolwide goal to read ten million words during the month of April because we still have two weeks to go. Keep reading bookworms! Keep in mind that if we reach our goal, the school literacy team will provide prepackaged sour gummy bookworms for all of our cougar leaders. Also, the student in each classroom with the most words read, during April, will take home a stretchy "bookworm" of their own. That is totally cool! I can't wait for cougar leaders to smash this goal!
 
Attention incoming Cougars: Kindergarten registration starts tomorrow, April 19th and will go through April 25th. You can register online at CCPS or in person here at Kingsway from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm in our front lobby area. If you are registering a kindergarten student, please make sure to provide your child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, shot record, physical, and Social Security card. We look forward to meeting our new Cougar Leaders.
 
Family Reading Center is not open this week.  
 
The 3rd Annual KES Glow Run is scheduled for this Friday, April 22nd, Earth Day! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our amazing Earth than participating in a Glow Run! So, join us here for this family fun event. Registration starts at 6 pm and the run will start at 6:30 pm.  I can't wait to run with all of our cougar leaders.
 
Positive Paws afterschool tutoring club is now over. Please make sure you have communicated with your child’s teacher their dismissal information starting tomorrow Tuesday, April 19th.  
 
Join us on Tuesday, April 19th for SAC and PTO meetings. Please join us in the KES media center or virtually through Google Meets. 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 meeting link can be found on the school Website, Facebook, and Remind.
 
Attention fifth-grade parents: parents be on the lookout for a fifth-grade end-of-the-year event letter coming home this week! We are so excited to celebrate our graduating cougar leaders and have lots of fun events planned.
 
Also, as a reminder, Punta Gorda Middle is hosting a 5th-grade orientation on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30 pm.  Please see the flyer that was or will be sent home with all 5th-grade students.
 

Well, that is all for now! I can’t wait to see all Cougar Leaders tomorrow! Goodbye.  


Phone Message Sent April 10th

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
April's Bookworm Reading Challenge has started! Our schoolwide goal is to read ten million words during the month of April. If our "bookworms" reach this goal, we will provide prepackaged sour gummy bookworms for all of our cougar leaders. Also, the student in each classroom with the most words read, during April, will take home a stretchy "bookworm" of their own. Wowzers! I can't wait for cougar leaders to smash this goal!
 
The 3rd Annual KES Glow Run is scheduled for Earth Day on April 22nd! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our amazing Earth than participating in a Glow Run! So, join us for this family fun event.
 
Kindergarten Registration is coming quickly! You can register your kindergartener online at CCPS or in person at Kingsway starting April 19th through April 25th. More information coming soon.
 
Attention fifth-grade parents: Port Charlotte Middle School will be hosting a 5th grade riser night on Wednesday, April 13 and Punta Gorda Middle is hosting a 5th-grade orientation on Tuesday, April 26th at 6:30 pm.  Please see the flyer that was or will be sent home with all 5th-grade students.
 
Looking ahead, we do not have school on Friday, April 15th, and Monday, April 18th. I am sure looking forward to a fun long weekend.
 

Well, that is all for now! I can’t wait to see all Cougar Leaders tomorrow! Goodbye.


Earth Day STEAM Challenge

Earth Day STEAM recycling activity.  Picture of Ms. Clark's "trash" fish. 

This is a fun, optional project to do at home as a family.  Please email me a picture of your child and their project (or just the project if you do not want them displayed on our website and social media pages) by April 21st.  All participants will earn 100 LiveSchool points and their name will be entered into a drawing to pick a prize from my treasure box! 

Nicole.Clark@yourcharlotteschools.net

I will reply to your email.  If you do not hear from me within a day, please try again.

Scientifically yours,

Ms. Clark


Phone Message Sent April 3rd

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
April's Bookworm Reading Challenge has started! Our schoolwide goal is to read ten million words during the month of April. If our "bookworms" reach this goal, we will provide prepackaged sour gummy bookworms for all of our cougar leaders. Also, the student in each classroom with the most words read, during April, will take home a stretchy "bookworm" of their own. Wowzers! I can't wait for cougar leaders to smash this goal!
 
Attention parents of our amazing third, fourth, and fifth-grade students! The Florida State Assessments start this week. Your child brought home an important FSA letter explaining dates, policies, and other facts about the FSA. Please hold on to this letter to keep important dates noted as we move into April and May.
 
Here are some important dates coming this week for FSA:
Our awesome third-grade students will be taking the FSA ELA on April 5th and 6th or April 7th and 8th. On April 7th or April 8th, our talented fourth and fifth students will be taking the FSA writing assessment. Please take note again that the FSA letter will tell you which dates your child is testing.
 
The FSA assessments can be stressful for students. Please help make FSA testing a positive experience by having students arrive at school on time on the days of testing. Students should be in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. In addition, our cougar leaders need a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. These experiences will help our leaders feel prepared and confident for their assessments. Please note that a student arriving after 8:40 am may not make it into class for the assessment. That means they will need to make up the assessment at a later date.
 
The 3rd Annual KES Glow Run is scheduled for Earth Day on April 22nd! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our amazing Earth than participating in a Glow Run! So, join us for this family fun event.
 
Kindergarten Registration is coming quickly! You can register your kindergartener online at CCPS or in person at Kingsway starting April 19th through April 25th. More information coming soon.

Well, that is all for now! I can’t wait to see all Cougar Leaders tomorrow! Goodbye. 


Phone Message Sent March 27th

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is excited to announce that registration for the free THIS BOOK IS COOL! Summer Reading Program is open. Again, this year, families of rising PreK to rising 3rd-grade students will be able to sign-up for this free program to help with the Summer Slide.  Make sure you register by using the QR code on the flyers that were shared on Remind, our school website, and social media accounts!
 
As a reminder, the annual Title 1 survey window closes this week. Flyers came home that contain both a link and a QR code that takes you directly to the parent survey! This information can be found on our school website and social media accounts too. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and opinions as you complete the survey. It is anonymous and completed through Google Forms. Information gathered will be shared with staff and families to help better our parent and family involvement.  Students can earn 100 live school points for the return of the bottom portion of the flyer filled out by the parent after the parent completes the survey. The class in each grade level that returns the most completed forms will earn a popcorn party! Wahoo!
 
The 3rd Annual KES Glow Run is scheduled for April 22nd! The glow run is another way that our school earns money by asking for Cougar Community Partners to sponsor the run for a cost of $75 and a mention on our Glow Run shirts. Cougar Leaders received flyers asking for sponsors. This flyer is on Remind, our school website, and our social media accounts. This sponsor flyer is due back this week. The KES glow run is on the same day as Earth Day! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our amazing Earth, I mean it is the only place we get to glow run on. So, save the date, for this fun family involvement event.
 
Attention parents of our amazing third, fourth, and fifth-grade students! Florida State Assessments are coming up quickly. This week your child will be coming home with an important FSA letter explaining dates, policies, and other facts about the FSA. Please hold on to this letter to keep important dates noted as we move into April and May. I know I'll be keeping it handy when I schedule doctor and dentist appointments for my own students.
 
Here are some important dates coming next week.
Our awesome third-grade students will be taking the FSA ELA starting April 5th through April 8th.
 
On April 7th and 8th, our talented fourth and fifth students will be taking the FSA writing assessment.
 
The FSA assessments can be stressful for students. Please help make FSA testing a positive experience by having students arrive at school on time on the days of testing. Students should be in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. In addition, our cougar leaders need a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. These experiences will help our leaders feel prepared and confident for their assessments. Please note a student arriving after 8:40 am may not make it into class for the assessment. That means they will need to make up the assessment at a later date.
 
Finally, the Literacy Action is announcing the April AR reading challenge this week.! It was shared with me that the bookworms will be challenged with reading over 10 million words! Wowzer- more details to come soon!

Well, that is all for now! I can’t wait to see all Cougar Leaders tomorrow! Goodbye.


Penny Harvest

 Our Penny Harvest is underway!  Help our Student Leadership Club raise money for the Galisano Children's Hospital.


Phone Message Sent March 20th

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.

We are excited to welcome all Cougar Leaders back tomorrow Monday, March 21st. We hope that everyone had a relaxing spring break and is ready to begin the fourth quarter with renewed eagerness for learning. Please take time this evening to remind all students of the Proud to Lead expectations.  These expectations can be found on our school website and social media accounts. This reminder will help to keep students focused as we finish our school year strong.
 
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is excited to announce that registration for the free THIS BOOK IS COOL! Summer Reading Program will open on Monday, March 21st. Again this year, families of rising PreK to rising 3rd-grade students will be able to register for this free program to help with the Summer Slide. Students in the program will receive 20 free books, activities for the books to extend the learning, access to webisodes for each of the books, as well as five family engagement events. Wow! What awesome resources! Make sure you register tomorrow by using the QR code on the flyers that will be shared on Remind, our school website, and social media accounts!
 
Spring individual pictures and class photos will be on March 23rd. Please see the flyer that was sent home and the information shared on all of our platforms.  If you have any questions, please call the KES office.
 
This is the last week for our school-wide Spring fundraiser.  Our goal is to earn $10, 000 for our school. Students and families can register at www.shopfund.com and start sharing with family and friends to sell items. Students earn prizes for the number of items they sell. The fundraiser packets were sent home with students that show all of the items that are for sale and the items that can be earned. The fundraiser will end on March 25th.
 
 As a reminder, the annual Title 1 survey window is open and will remain open for the month of March.  Flyers came home that contains both a link and a QR code that takes you directly to the parent survey! This information can be found on our school website and social media accounts too. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and opinions as you complete the survey. It is anonymous and completed through Google Forms. Information gathered will be shared with staff and families to help better our parent and family involvement.  Students can earn 100 live school points for the return of the bottom portion of the flyer filled out by the parent after the parent completes the survey. The class in each grade level that returns the most completed forms will earn a popcorn party! Wahoo!
 
The 3rd Annual KES Glow Run has been announced! The glow run is another way that our school earns money by asking for Cougar Community Partners to sponsor the run for a cost of $75 and a mention on our Glow Run shirts. Cougar Leaders received flyers asking for sponsors. This flyer is on Remind, our school website, and our social media accounts. The KES glow run is on April 22nd which is also Earth Day! I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our amazing Earth, I mean it is the only place we get to glow run on. So save the date, for this fun family involvement event.

Well, that is all for now! I can’t wait to see all Cougar Leaders tomorrow! Goodbye. 


Phone Message Sent March 13th

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
Spring Break is this week starting tomorrow Monday, March 14th to Friday, March 18th with school resuming on Monday, March 21st. This is a great time for all of us to take a break, relax and rest.
 
Here are a few reminders as we head into Spring Break:
 
The annual Title 1 survey window is open and will remain open for the month of March.  Flyers came home this past week that contain both a link and a QR code that takes you directly to the parent survey! This information can be found on our school website and social media accounts too. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and opinions as you complete the survey. It is anonymous and will be completed through Google Forms. Information gathered will be shared with staff and families to help better our parent and family involvement.  Students can earn 100 live school points for the return of the bottom portion of the flyer filled out by the parent after the parent completes the survey. The class in each grade level that returns the most completed forms will earn a popcorn party! Wahoo!
 
Our school-wide Spring fundraiser started this past week. Our goal is to earn $10, 000 for our school. Students and families can register at www.shopfund.com and start sharing with family and friends to sell items. Students earn prizes for the number of items they sell. The fundraiser packets were sent home this past week with students that show all of the items that are for sale and the items that can be earned. The fundraiser will continue until March 25th.
 
The 3rd Annual KES Glow Run has been announced! The glow run is another way that our school earns money by asking for Cougar Community Partners to sponsor the run for a cost of $75 and a mention on our Glow Run shirts. Cougar Leaders received flyers asking for sponsors. This flyer is on Remind, our school website, and our social media accounts. The KES glow run is on April 22nd! So save the date, for this fun family involvement event is a valued tradition here at KES and we can’t wait to see all of our families during this awesome event.
 
When we return, we are scheduled for Spring individual pictures and class photos on March 23rd.

Well, that is all for now! Enjoy your Spring Break! Goodbye.


Spring Fundraiser Information

Kingsway Elementary School's fundraiser starts today (March 7th) and we need your help. Our goal is to raise $10,000.00 for essential programs not currently funded through traditional means. The fundraiser will continue until March 25, 2022. 

It's as simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Register TONIGHT at www.ShopFund.com
  2. Share custom support links with family & friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, Text and more.
  3. Student Goal: 5 Online Supporters.

REGISTER-SHARE-WIN: Sharing gets you tickets for chances to win over $100,000 in instant prizes.

Fundraiser Links:

On behalf of myself and the staff at Kingsway Elementary School, thank you for doing your part to make our fundraiser a success. We appreciate your continued support. 


New Phone Message sent March 6th

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
Our next spirit night is on Wednesday, March 9th from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Tropical Smoothie Café on Peachland! As you all know, 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 when you arrive!
 
The annual Title 1 survey window is open and will remain open for the month of March.  Flyers will be coming home this week that contain both a link and a QR code that takes you directly to the parent survey! This information can be found on our school website and social media accounts too. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts and opinions as you complete the survey. It is anonymous and will be completed through Google Forms. Information gathered will be shared with staff and families to help better our parent and family involvement.  Students can earn 100 live school points for the return of the bottom portion of the flyer filled out by the parent after the parent completes the survey. The class in each grade level that returns the most completed forms will earn a popcorn party! Wahoo!
 
Our school-wide Spring fundraiser will begin soon. Be on the lookout for more information and for the fundraiser catalog to come home.
 
We are scheduled for Spring individual pictures and class photos on March 23rd.  More information coming this week.
 
We have no chorus practice on Thursday, March 10th.
 
The Cougar Paw Print newsletter will be published this week and sent on Remind. Please take a moment to view that newsletter! It is a great way to stay involved in the happenings here at KES.
 
Finally, Spring Break is from March 14th to  March 18th with school resuming on Monday, March 21st. This is a great time for all of us to take a break, relax and rest as we visit with friends and family.
 

Well, that is all for now! I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye. 


Title 1 Family Survey

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Title 1 Survey Flyer with link.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdHOseELvh9qmAMo2NaRLZWGOQ_sWD81Db1jFvviOKCwgB9Ag/v


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Phone Message Sent February 27th

Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.  

This week we close out the February reading challenge, K.E.S. loves to read! I am proud to say that we have achieved our goal and we read 10,258,203 words. Wowzers! Go Cougars. We are so proud of all of our students. Every Kingsway Cougar had earned their own art magic scratch heart. Enjoy!

Kingsway Elementary is excited to honor Dr. Seuss and celebrate Read Across America this week. Our Seuss celebration week will begin on Monday, February 28th, and will end on Friday, March 4th. Each day our school will highlight a Seuss book. ​Monday is Seuss and Science! Kindergarten, first and second-grade students will highlight Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? and third, fourth, and fifth-grade students will highlight Bartholomew and the Oobleck . Tuesday is wear clothing with Pockets for There’s a Wocket in My Pocket. On Wednesday, students can wear crazy socks for the book Fox in Socks. Thursday is wear red or blue for the characters, Thing One and Thing Two. And on Friday students can wear their favorite hat for Cat in the Hat. We are looking forward to showing our Kingsway spirit as we honor one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss.

Have you visited the F.R.E. recently? If not, this week is the week! Mrs. Gartner will be chatting about the acronym STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics. So come find out how your family can turn everyday activities in your home into STEAM learning opportunities! Visit the school website for F.R.E. times!

Our Positive paws afterschool tutoring club is going strong! If your child is in this afterschool club, please make sure you are picking them up on time! All students not picked up on time will go to KEEP for a day fee.  

Parents, the student dress code can be found in the code of conduct. As the weather gets warmer students are still to follow the dress code. Shirts should have sleeves and shorts should be an appropriate length. Also, shoes should be closed-toed, rubber-soled, and have backs on them.  

We have no chorus practice on Thursday, March 4th.  

Well, that is all for now! I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye. 


Kingsway Elementary is excited to honor Dr. Seuss and celebrate Read Across America. Our Seuss celebration week will begin on February 28th, and will end on Friday, March 4th. Each day our school will highlight a Seuss book.

Monday: Seuss and Science! K-2nd  students will highlight Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? and 3rd -5th  students will highlight Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Tuesday: Wear clothing with Pockets for There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

Wednesday: Wear Crazy Socks for Fox in Socks

Thursday: Wear red or blue for the characters, Thing One and Thing Two

Friday:  Wear your favorite hat for Cat in the Hat.   

We are looking forward to showing our Kingsway spirit as we honor one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss.

Seuss flyer (info pasted above picture).

 

Phone Message Sent February 21st
Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
The goal is set at 8 million words and I’m proud to say that we read 7, 664,161 words for the February AR Challenge, KES Loves to Read! Wowzers! Go Cougars. We are so close to our goal and earning every Kingsway Cougar their own art magic scratch heart. Keep it up. cougar leaders!
 
When students return on Tuesday, February 22nd we are celebrating Twosday! The date is 2/22/22! Wahoo! We are encouraging our students to wear TWO different colored or mismatched socks. Then at 2:22 pm on Twosday, we will kick off our shoes and read in our two mismatched socks. I can not wait to kick off my shoes and read with our cougar leaders.
 
We have a PTO committee meeting on February 22nd at 6 pm. This meeting is for planning and preparing for upcoming events and valued traditions. We hope that you’ll join us in the KES media center or online with Google Meets. The link was sent on remind and can be found on our school website.
 
Finally, we have no chorus practice on Thursday, February 24th.
 
Well, that is all for now! I'll see you tomorrow for a four-day week. Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent February 13th
Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Enjoy the big game, but make sure to get plenty of rest for school tomorrow.
 
Progress Reports will be coming home on Monday! Be sure to hug your student for all of their hard work and sign and return that progress report. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions and/or want to schedule a conference.
 
We are right in the middle of the February AR Reading challenge called "KES L❤️VES to Read." The goal was set at 8 million words and I’m proud to say that we have read over half of our words to reach that goal! Wowzers! We still have many more words to read, but we are doing it! Go Cougars! Keep in mind that if we make our goal every Kingsway Cougar will earn their own art magic scratch heart. That is a totally awesome reward.
 
Kingsway’s Minions of Books, Minions of Reasons to Read Scholastic Book Fair has ended. Thank you parents for continuing to support this valued tradition. It was so good to see so many new books in the hands of our cougar leaders.
 
On Wednesday, February 16th we have a Spirit Night at Culver's on Kings Hwy. We love spirit nights and the way our community partners support our school. Please join us from 5-8 pm and say I’m a Kingsway Cougar Leader when you order. A portion of the sales collected will come back to the school. Be on the lookout for the prize wheel!
 
We celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day on Thursday, February 17th. Take the time to help make kindness the norm. We are imploring students to celebrate by writing a note to a friend, coloring a picture for someone special, or doing something kind for another person like holding a door, helping pick up a mess, or even playing with them at recess. There are many ways to show kindness, let me know which way you’ve shown your random act of kindness.
 
This is a four-day weekend for our Cougar Leaders. We have no school on Friday, February 18th due to a scheduled hurricane make-up day and Monday, February 21st in celebration of President’s Day.
 
Well, that is all for now! I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye. 

Phone Message Sent February 6th
Hello, Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
The Literacy Action team announced the February AR Reading challenge called "KES L❤️VES to Read." The goal has been set at 8 million words again this month! Wowzers! This goal is challenging, but I know we can do it. And if we make our goal every Kingsway Cougar will earn their own art magic scratch heart. That is a totally awesome reward! I can't wait to watch our students smash that goal!
 
Kingsway’s Minions of Books, Minions of Reasons to Read Scholastic Book Fair continues this week! The last day for shopping is Thursday, February, 10th. 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! In an effort to continue to ensure the safety and health of our staff, students, and families we are continuing with grade-level assigned shopping days and times to help reduce the number of extra people on campus. This week we welcome 2nd and 3rd grades on Monday and 4th and 5th grades on Tuesday. The final two days of the book fair have been split to allow families one last opportunity to shop if needed. We welcome Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades on Wednesday and 3rd, 4th and 5th grades on Thursday. Please note that 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.
 
Looking ahead we have Spirit Night at Culver's on February 16th! Yummy!
 
Also, we have no school on February 18th and February 21st.
 
Well, that is all for now! I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye. 

Phone Message Sent January 30th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.
 
The Literacy Action Team's January reading challenge: Books are “Cool” has ended and it was totally awesome! Our students read over 8, 000,000 words in just a few weeks! Way to go, Cougar Leaders! We are so proud of you and hoped you enjoyed your cool treat.
 
This week we welcome the month of February. February is a month that allows us to pause and celebrate all the love we have to give to make our world a better place. This month is also full of cold weather! So as a reminder, please make sure you are putting your student's name in all of their warm-weather layers.
 
Kingsway’s Minions of Books, Minions of Reasons to Read Scholastic Book Fair starts this week on Wednesday, February 2nd! Wahoo! 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! In an effort to continue to ensure the safety and health of our staff, students, and families we are continuing with grade-level assigned shopping day and times to help reduce the number of extra people on campus. This week we welcome Kindergarten on Thursday, February 3rd, and First grade on Friday, February 4th! Please make sure to see the flyer that was sent home for more information and next week's assigned shopping days. 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.
 
Finally, be on the lookout this week for the Cougar Paw Print Newsletter.
 
Well, that is all for now! Goodbye.  

Phone Message Sent January 23rd
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.
 
The Literacy Action Team's January reading challenge: Books are “Cool” is coming to a close this week. This challenge has a school-wide goal of reading 8,000,000 words by Friday, January 28th to earn a cool ice pop treat.  We have read a total of 6, 628, 811 words so far! Wahoo! That means for this week we must read at least 1, 371, 189 words! I know we can do it! Go Cougars!
 
Our next spirit night is on Monday, January 24 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Chick-fil-A! As many of you know, Chick-fil-A is one of my favorite community partners. They work hard in our community and are always willing to give back! 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 KES orders. That is a win-win for sure! Be on the lookout for the prize wheel!
Join us on Tuesday, January 25th for SAC and PTO meetings. Please join us in the KES media center or virtually through Google Meets. 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 meeting link can be found on the school Website, Facebook, and Remind.
 
Celebrate Literacy Week is this week. The theme for this year is Launch into Literacy, Blast off into New Worlds. Please join our students as they launch into activities that will promote and celebrate literacy. We will start tomorrow with Mustache Monday! We mustache you to read! Students will be given mustaches to wear as they read. Tuesday is Team Up Tuesday! Staff and students will wear team shirts to remind us all that we are all winners when we team up with books. Wednesday is Wordy Wednesday! Wear clothes with positive words on them that inspire others! Thursday is Groovy Thursday! Wear tie-dye shirts or neon-bright colors to remind us that we are brighter when we read. And Finger Flashlight Friday will be a favorite as students will shine with positivity into our world. Students will read a favorite book in the dark with a finger flashlight.
 
Please join us for an evening of WINTER FUN! The Winter Palooza is a family event that you don’t want to miss! This event will take place this Friday, January 28th from 5-7 pm. Kingsway will be decked out with winter games, crafts, pizza, popcorn and so much more! Domino’s cheese and pepperoni pizzas are available for PREORDER ONLY!!! Please see the flyer and return the bottom portion with cash or check made out to KES by tomorrow, Monday, January 24th. Soda, water, and popcorn will be sold the night of Palooza. To give back to our community, we ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to this event. We will then donate all the non-perishable foods to our local food banks!
 
Well, that is all for now! See you tomorrow in your mustaches! Goodbye.

The Book Fair is Coming!

Phone Message Sent January 16th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.
We are continuing with our Middle-of-the-Year testing to monitor your child’s academic growth toward the End-of-the-Year standards. Your child must be at school on time, every day without leaving early. We do k now that with improved attendance, students increase their academic time in the classroom which in turn enhances their learning.
 
The Literacy Action Team was "snow" excited to announce our January reading challenge: Books are “Cool”. This challenge has students getting back into reading by setting a school-wide goal of reading 8,000,000 words by Friday, January 28th.  If our students reach this goal, all students will receive and enjoy an Ice Pop! I know we can do it!
 
We have no school tomorrow Monday, January 17th in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
 
Our next spirit night is on Monday, January 24 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Chick-fil-A! As many of you know, Chick-fil-A is one of my favorite community partners. They work hard in our community and are always willing to give back! Flyers for this spirit night will be coming home! 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 KES orders. That is a win-win for sure! Be on the lookout for the prize wheel!
 
Celebrate Literacy Week is January 24-28! Wahoo! The theme for this year is Launch into Literacy, Blast off into New Worlds. Please join our students as they dive into activities that will promote and celebrate literacy. We will start our week with Mustache Monday! We mustache you to read! Students will be given mustaches to wear as they read. Tuesday is Team Up Tuesday! Staff and students will wear team shirts to remind them that we are all winners when we team up with books. Wednesday is Wordy Wednesday! Wear clothes with positive words on them and inspire others! Thursday is Groovy Thursday! Wear tie-dye shirts or neon-bright colors to remind us that we are brighter when we read. And Finger Flashlight Friday will be a favorite as students will shine with positivity into our world. Students will read a favorite book in the dark with a finger flashlight.
 
Please join us for an evening of WINTER FUN! The Winter Palooza is a family event that you don’t want to miss! This event will take place on January 28th from 5-7 pm. Kingsway will be decked out with winter games, crafts, pizza, popcorn and so much more! Domino’s cheese and pepperoni pizzas are available for PREORDER ONLY!!! Please see the flyer and return the bottom portion with cash or check made out to KES by January 24th. Soda, water, and popcorn will be sold the night of Palooza. To give back to our community, we ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to this event. We will then donate all the non-perishable foods to our local food banks!
Well, that is all for now! See you tomorrow! Goodbye. 

Phone Message Sent January 9th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.
 
Happy New Year, Kingsway Families! We have officially started the third quarter! It has been PAWsitively awesome to see all of our students back in the building! It was obvious that everyone had a renewed eagerness for learning as we began the second half of the school year. Please take time this evening to remind all students of the Proud to Lead expectations.  These expectations can be found on our school website and social media accounts. This reminder will help all of us as we prepare for a safe and healthy new year!
 
Report cards will be coming home on Thursday, January 13th! Check those backpacks for the report cards and hug your children for giving their best effort. Please call the school to schedule a conference if you would like to talk to your child’s teacher about his/her progress.
 
This week, we will begin our Middle-of-the Year testing to monitor your child’s academic growth toward the End-of-the-Year standards. It is very important that your child is at school on time, every day without leaving early.
 
The Literacy Action Team is "snow" excited to announce the January reading challenge: Books are “Cool”. This challenge has students getting back into reading by seeking to earn a school-wide goal of reading 8,000,000 words by Friday, January 28th.  If our students reach this goal, all students will receive and enjoy an Ice Pop! Check-in here for weekly updates. I know our students well exceeded the November Turkey Tie goal and I am confident they’ll do the same for this January challenge.
 
Looking ahead, we have no school on Monday, January 17th in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  
 
Also, please join us for an evening of WINTER FUN! The Winter Palooza is a family event that you don’t want to miss! This event will take place on January 28th from 5-7 pm. Kingsway's outside area will be decked out with winter games, crafts, pizza, popcorn and so much more! Domino’s cheese and pepperoni pizzas are available for PREORDER ONLY!!! Please see the flyer and return the bottom portion with cash or check made out to KES by January 24th. Soda, water, and popcorn and will be sold the night of Palooza. Also, to give back to our community, we ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to this event. We will then donate all the non-perishable foods to our local food banks!
 
Well, that is all for now! See you tomorrow! Goodbye.  

Celebrate Literacy Week
Literacy week is January 24th-January 28th.  Check out the flyer for the exciting events planned to celebrate reading!  :-)

New Phone Message Sent December 12th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
Holiday Dress Up days are this week! Oh, What Fun! Here are the days:  
 
Monday is a silly sock and festive shirt day! Come to school dressed in the silliest socks you own, and your most festive shirt!
 
Tuesday is Red, White, and Green day! Dress in your best red, white, and green attire.  
 
Wednesday is Tacky Sweater Day! Please wear your most outrageous appropriate tacky sweater.  
 
Thursday is Hilarious Hat, headband, or bow Day! Personally, I cannot wait to wear my most hilarious hat!
 
Friday is Pajama Day! Pajama day is my favorite kind of day! Please make sure to still wear sneakers with those PJs!  
 
Dress-up days are so fun! We cannot wait to see all of our cougar leaders participating these days.
 
Our next spirit night is on Wednesday, December 15th from 5 pm to 8 pm at McDonald’s on Kings Highway! McDonald’s is always a family favorite. Flyers for this spirited night will be coming home! Please make sure you say I’m a Kingsway Cougar Leader when you order and present the flyer to the cashier! Our PTO will get a percentage of sales back for all KES orders. That is a win-win for sure! Be on the lookout for the prize wheel!
 
The FRE is hosting a super special guest on Friday, December 17! Please join us for cookies with Santa! Mrs. Gartner is a good friend with the man from the North Port so she called in a favor and Santa has decided to join us on Friday morning only! We know his time is limited during this season, so please join us from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at the FRE for cookies with Santa!  
 
Students' last day before Winter break is December 17th.  During Winter break, we hope all of our cougars spend time relaxing, resting, making lasting memories, and celebrating the conclusion of another year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone refreshed and ready to tackle the second half of the year when students return on January 6, 2022.  
 
That is all for now! Have a great evening and I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye! 

New Phone Message Sent December 5th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.
 
The Cougar Paw Print for December was published this past week! Make sure you check it out for some Pawsome information about our school. This newsletter can be found on Remind, Facebook, and our school website.
 
Our lost and found pile is growing! Please make sure to put student names on their items. These items include warmer weather gear and water bottles. If you’re missing an item have your student check the growing pile on the stage.  
 
We have been reviewing the CCPS Code of Conduct in our weekly messages.  We hope that these reminders help us to work together to provide students with a safe learning environment. Last week we spoke about wearing the correct type of shoes which are rubber-soled and closed-toed and have backs on them. This week want to speak of another dress code violation that we’ve been seeing a lot of at school. With this colder weather,  students are wearing sweaters and hoodies. Please remind your student that wearing the hood up on their head in the building is not permitted.  Please remind your student to put their hood down when in the building, but are more than welcome to wear it up when outside.
 
December 6th is Fall Picture Retake Day! If your child is retaking pictures tomorrow, December 5th, please return the original package.  If interested, you can still order pictures on mylifetouch.com!
 
Please continue to help support our KES Girls on the Run Community Project! For the Fall project, our girls on the run have decided to collect soup, socks, and soap! The more we collect the more we can give back to our community! All donated items can be sent with students or dropped off in the office. Thank you in advance for your donations.
 
Pokémon cards are becoming a major issue in our school. We’re asking that all students keep their cards at home as the trading and conversing about these cards have created some upset students and parents. These cards are creating an unsafe environment as we’ve seen a rise in student conflict when dealing with Pokémon cards. Thank you in advance for keeping these cards at home. If you have any concerns about this email me, Mrs. Hazeltine.
 
Looking ahead we have our Oh What Fun dress-up days next week starting December 13th! Please see the flyer that is on Remind, Facebook, and our school website! I can not wait for all the fun we will have by dressing up!
 
That is all for now! Have a great evening and I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye!

New Phone Message Sent November 28th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.    
 
This week we welcome the month of December with chilly weather! This cooler weather may cause students to wear jackets, sweaters, and/or hoodies! To help students keep track of their warmer weather gear, please make sure to put students’ names on the inside of these items.  Also, this is a great time to remind all students and families that we have a dress code outlined in the CCPS Code of Conduct. We have seen an increase in shoes that do not follow this code of conduct. The code of conduct mentions that footwear should be appropriate for activities and conditions. Due to our elementary students being outside for PE and recess we ask that shoes be closed-toed, rubber-soled, and with backs.
 
Attention Kinder, 1st, and 2nd-grade parents and families! Please join Mrs. Gartner at FRE for a Parent Workshop on Wednesday, December 1st from 8:30 to 9:30 am! This workshop is designed to provide important information about supporting children’s literacy development! This is an awesome opportunity to support your child’s education! Please make sure you RSVP using the link or QR code found on the flyer. When you arrive, please see Mrs. Dorothy in the office with your driver’s license to receive a visitor’s tag!
 
Our next spirit night is on Wednesday, December 1st from 5 pm to 8 pm at Tijuana Flats! I am so excited about this rescheduled spirit night because I love tacos and cheesy queso dip! Yummy! We are excited about this new Cougar Community Partner. 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. That is a win-win for sure! Be on the lookout for the prize wheel.  Mrs. Kelch and I are so excited to be there!
 
December 6th is Fall Picture Retake Day! If your child is retaking pictures, please return the original package on December 6th.  If interested, you can still order pictures on mylifetouch.com!
 
Finally, please help support our KES Girls on the Run Community Project! For the Fall project, our Girls on the Run have decided to collect soup, socks, and soap! The more we collect the more we can give back to the community! All donated items can be sent in with students or dropped off in the office. Thank you in advance for your donations.  
 
That is all for now! Have a great evening. I'll see you tomorrow! Goodbye!  

New Phone Message Sent November 21st
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.    
 
We have gobbled up our November word goal and then some.  We will celebrate accomplishing this seven million-word goal by wearing fashionable “Turkey Ties" on November 23rd.  The ties may be silly, festive, funny, striped, polka-dotted, homemade, tacky ties, or even bow ties. We will also provide paper ties that students can decorate themselves. We can't wait to see all of the ties that trot in on Tuesday!
 
The Fall Festival- Trunk and Treat was a huge success! Please join me in giving a large round of applause to the amazing volunteers that made the event sooo awesome! Our trunks were decorated beautifully, our hot dogs grilled to perfection, the music was on point, and the game attendees were fantastic! Thank you, PTO for hosting such a great event! Be on the lookout for our next PTO meeting so you to can be involved in such events here at Kingsway!
 
All cougars have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday off for Fall break. We hope that everyone will enjoy time with friends and family. Please celebrate by pausing and giving thanks during this season of gratefulness. Mrs. Kelch and I sure are thankful for all KES staff, families, and students. This year has been full of challenges, but our school community has done everything to stay PAWsitive, flexible, and super amazing. We are so proud to be Cougar Leaders.
 
Well, that’s all for now! Have a great evening. I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye.

New Phone Message Sent November 14th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.    
 
We have gobbled up our November word goal and then some.  So far, our readers have feasted on 7,019,408 words as a school. (Gobble, Gobble) We will celebrate accomplishing the seven million-word goal by wearing fashionable “Turkey Ties" on November 23rd.  The ties may be silly, festive, funny, striped, polka-dotted, homemade, tacky, or even bow ties. We will also provide paper ties that students can decorate themselves. We can not wait to see the ties that trot in on November 23rd.  Keep up the reading, cougar leaders! I am so proud of you!
 
Join us on Tuesday, November 16th for SAC and PTO meetings. Please join us in the KES media center or virtually through Google Meets. 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 meeting link can be found on the school Website, Facebook, and through Remind.
 
Our next spirit night is on Wednesday, November 17th from 5 pm to 8 pm at Tijuana Flats! I am so excited about this spirit night because I love tacos and burritos and queso dip! Yummy! We are super excited about this new Cougar Community Partner! 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. That is a win-win for sure!
Also, be on the lookout for the prize wheel! Mrs. Hazeltine and Mrs. Kelch will be there!
 
The Fall PTO Otis Spunkmeyer delivery day is on November 18th from 11 am to 5 pm in our front lobby! Please note that the product will arrive frozen and will need to be picked up on this date to assure the quality of the product! We cannot store the frozen items on campus so please make other arrangements for pick-up if you cannot make it during these hours. Thank you! Students that earned prizes for this fundraiser will be invited to a prize party on Friday, November 19. Wahoo!
 
Kingsway’s first-ever Yearbook Turkey Trot will be on Thursday, November 18th during school hours. Envelopes for this fundraiser went out last week and are due back by Wednesday, November 17th.  Please see all of the awesomeness that can be earned by raising money to Turkey Trot for yearbooks!
 
Thankful Thursday was a HUGE hit! We’ve received over 100 entries! Our amazing staff members have been so touched by the notes of appreciation from our Cougar Families! We will be continuing Thankful Thursday every Thursday this month. The google form to submit messages was sent on Remind. Please take the time to write a note or two of appreciation to a staff member of your choice. We will be delivering them again this week for Thankful Thursday.  
 
Please join us for an evening of FALL FUN! The Fall Festival- Trunk and Treat is a family event that you don’t want to miss! This rescheduled event will take place on November 19th from 5-7 pm. Kingsway will be decked out with trunks and treats, games, food, music and so much more! We are still offering a meal for a discounted price until Wednesday, November 17th! We will be grilling yummy hot dogs! We’ll have chips and drink to make it a whole meal for a low price of $3.00. We will not be collecting money at the event- so please send money in for a meal ticket before Wednesday! Also, if you’re interested in decorating a trunk, sign up now by emailing me, Mrs. Hazeltine! Spots are limited and we only have a few left! Be in the running for the BEST DECORATED TRUNK to receive a large prize! Wahoo!  
 
Well, that’s all for now! Have a great evening and enjoy this weather. I'll see you on Monday. Goodbye.

Holiday Drive Thur
 
Sonshine Baptist Church Holiday Drive Thru  Holiday goodie bags and bicycle helmet fittings and give away! 

Sonshine Baptist Church Holiday Drive Thru

Holiday goodie bags and bicycle helmet fittings and give away!


Message from Coach Sent November 8th

Our Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser was a great success this year. We had 51 students get registered online and we raised over $2,500!! Heart heroes and other thank you gifts have been ordered and should be delivered within the next few weeks to students who earned them. We want to thank everyone who participated in the fundraiser and the American Heart Association thanks you as well! 

-Coach McCarthy  


Phone Message Sent November 7th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.    
 
The Turkey Tie Reading Challenge is off to an amazing start. We sure are "gobbling up words." The AR word turkey has trotted itself to 3,136,890 words read in the first week of November. WOWZERS! Remember this challenge is to help encourage and support our student’s reading for this month! If our students read 7,000,000 words by Monday, November 22nd, on Tuesday, November 23rd, we will celebrate by wearing fashionable “Turkey Ties.” The neckties may be silly, festive, funny, striped, polka-dotted, homemade, or even just tacky ties! Better yet, you can wear bow tie! Keep up the reading, cougar leaders! I am proud of you!
 
Please join us for an evening of FALL FUN! The Fall Festival- Trunk and Treat is a family event that you don’t want to miss! This rescheduled event will take place on November 19th from 5-7 pm. Kingsway will be decked out with trunks and treats, games, food, music and so much fun! We are still offering a meal for a discounted price! Coach McCarthy will be grilling yummy hot dogs! We’ll have chips and drink to make it a whole meal for a low price of $3.00. We will not be collecting money at the event- so please send money in for a meal ticket! Also, if you’re interested in decorating a trunk, sign up now by emailing me, Mrs. Hazeltine! Spots are limited and are going quick! Be in the running for the BEST DECORATED TRUNK to receive a large prize! Wahoo!  
 
Thankful Thursday was a HUGE hit! Our amazing staff members were so touched by the notes of appreciation from our Cougar Families! We will be continuing Thankful Thursday every Thursday this month. The google form to submit messages was sent on Remind. Please take the time to write a note or two of appreciation to a staff member of your choice. We will be delivering them again this week for Thankful Thursday.  
 
Veterans Day is celebrated annually on November 11. Join us in honoring our military veterans by wearing red, white, and blue to school on November 11th!  
 
World kindness day is November 13th. Here at Kingsway will be celebrating as a school on November 12th. World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and the world. The purpose of this day is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. This understanding has the power to bridge the gap between nations. Join us by wearing your KES spirit shirt or a kindness shirt.  
 
Look ahead we have Spirit Night at Tijuana Flats on November 17th. Also, we are hosting our first-ever Turkey Trot to raise money for Yearbooks. Be on the lookout for more information coming home this week.  
 
Well, that’s all for now! Have a great evening and enjoy this weather. I'll see you on Monday. Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent November 4th

Cougar Leaders 

This is Mrs. Hazeltine with an important announcement! Due to thunderstorms and rain in the forecast tomorrow, Friday, November 5th, we have made the super hard decision to postpone our Fall Festival. We have rescheduled our Fall Festival for Friday, November 19th from 5-7:00 pm. We held meal tickets today but will send them home on November 18th. If you are unable to attend on the new date, please contact Mrs. Erica for a refund. If you would like to decorate a trunk, we still have spots open! We are so looking forward to a fun evening with families! Thank you for understanding. 


Phone Message Sent October 31st
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
Hello November! We are excited to welcome the month of November in celebration of gratefulness, thankfulness, and fullness!
 
Please remember that students do not have school tomorrow, November 1st. Teachers are attending professional development sessions to learn and continue to grow to make our instructional environment even stronger than ever here at Kingsway.  
 
This week starts our Turkey Tie Reading Challenge. To help encourage and support our student’s reading, we will be having a November schoolwide reading challenge! If our students read 7,000,000 words by Monday, November 22nd, on Tuesday, November 23rd, we will celebrate by wearing fashionable “Turkey Ties.” The neckties may be silly, festive, funny, striped, polka-dotted, homemade, even tacky ties or even better even bow ties! We will also provide paper ties that students can decorate themselves! A flyer with more information will be coming home this week! And listen here next week for an update on the number of words read! I can’t wait to start this challenge!
 
The FRE is only open on Friday, November 5th this week! So, all families are welcome to join from 7:30 am to 8:30 am on Friday!
 
Please join us for an evening of FALL FUN! The Fall Festival- Trunk and Treat will be a family event that you don’t want to miss! Kingsway will be decked out with trunks and treats, games, food, music and so much fun! We are offering a meal for a discounted price! Coach McCarthy will be grilling yummy hot dogs! We’ll have chips and drink to make it a whole meal for a low price of $3.00 per meal. We’re extending the deadline for meal tickets to Wednesday, November 3rd! So, get them in quick! Also, if you’re interested in decorating a trunk, sign up now by emailing Mrs. Hazeltine! Spots are limited and are going quick! Be in the running for the BEST DECORATED TRUNK to receive a large prize! Wahoo!
 
 
Well, that’s all for now! Have a great evening and enjoy this weather. I'll see you on Tuesday. Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent October 24th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
This is a busy week! Please listen up because I have a lot of announcements!
 
October is National Bully Prevention month. Kingsway has joined other schools across the country to STOMP Out Bullying™ and we’ve had a great time. We have learned that bullying occurs when a person or group of people hurts, embarrasses, or frightens another person repeatedly. We have celebrated and joined together for bully prevention and I'm proud of our students for talking about such an important topic! In our last week of October, students will learn the importance of thinking before speaking unkind words with a wrinkled heart activity. Make sure you ask your students about what a wrinkled heart means.  
 
In addition to Bully Prevention, we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week! Wahoo! We celebrate Red Ribbon Week to support the National Family Partnership’s mission to lead and support our nation’s families and communities in nurturing the full potential of healthy, drug-free youth. With this celebration, we are asking students to join in the Dress-up ACTIVITIES for this week! How fun! Here they are:
 
Monday is Western Day! Give drugs the boot by wearing your best western gear!
 
Tuesday is Neon day! The future is bright! Wear your favorite neon colors!
 
Wednesday is Pajama Day! Wear your favorite PJs to remind yourself that drugs ruin dreams.
 
Thursday is Tourist Day! Come dressed as a tourist and remember to TAKE a vacation, not drugs!
 
Friday is Wear Red Day! Wear red to celebrate that “Drug free looks like ME”!
 
 I can not wait to see all of our cougar leaders celebrating to be healthy and drug-free!
 
Our Literacy Action Team is happy to announce the return of the October Book Character Pumpkins! We ask families to decorate a small to medium-sized pumpkin like a character from your favorite book! Use paper, felt, fabric, glitter, pipe cleaners, paint, and more to make your pumpkin come to life. Get creative! This optional family involvement activity was developed to bring literacy fun to your home and celebrate books in a festive manner! Character pumpkins are due on or by October 29th! Teachers will display book character pumpkins outside their classroom doors. On October 29th, classes will stroll the hallways to identify the book character pumpkins and admire your family’s creativity and efforts. We thank each of our Kingsway families for helping your child celebrate books and literacy! We are already seeing some pumpkins and they look so amazing! We can’t wait to see more book character pumpkins decorating our hallways this week!
 
Our Cougar Leaders are excited to participate in the Kids Heart Challenge through the American Heart Association. The Kids Heart Challenge helps support the physical and emotional well-being of all of our cougar leaders. To become a Heart Hero, students can register online and pick a personal health challenge. A personal health challenge can include Being Kind or Being Active. The goal of the Kids Heart Challenge is to raise funds to help kids with special hearts, earn PE equipment and make our community healthier. This fundraiser ends this week!
 
Report cards will be coming home tomorrow, Monday, October 25! Check those backpacks for the report cards and hug your children for giving their best effort. Please call the school to schedule a conference if you would like to talk to your child’s teacher about his/her progress.
 
Looking ahead: Please join us for an evening of FALL FUN on November 5th! The Fall Festival- Trunk with Treat will be a family event that you don’t want to miss! Kingsway will be decked out with trunks and treats, games, food, music and so much fun! We are offering a meal for a discounted price! Coach McCarthy will be grilling hot dogs! We’ll have chips and drink to go with that hot dog for a low price of $3.00 per meal. Be on the lookout for this flyer coming home this week! Also, if you're interested in having your vehicle's trunk featured, email Mrs. Hazeltine! Spots are limited and are filling up fast!
 
Well, that’s all for now! Have a great evening. I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent October 17th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
Fall picture day is tomorrow. Please come prepared with your best smile.  
 
October is National Bully Prevention month. Kingsway has joined other schools across the country to STOMP Out Bullying™. Bullying occurs when a person or group of people hurts, embarrasses, or frightens another person repeatedly. This week we have two dress-up challenges. On October 18 students, schools, and communities all over the world go BLUE together against bullying. Join us in solidarity on Monday to stop bullying and cyberbullying! Make it the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world! Wear blue and you’ll be using your voice and sending a message that this is the day that bullying prevention is heard around the world. We understand this is picture day as well. If you have a special outfit for pictures that’s ok wear too! On Wednesday, October 20th, we are charged with wearing orange for Unity Day. Unity Day is celebrated to show that we are together against bullying and UNITED for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion! At school, we’ll be creating Orange chains to be hung around the building. Each student will contribute to the chain by writing one way they are working to be UNITED for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
 
Join us on Wednesday, October 20 in your orange for spirit night at Dairy Queen! Dairy Queen is one of my most favorites. 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.
 
Our Literacy Action Team is happy to announce the return of the October Book Character Pumpkins! We ask families to decorate a small to medium-sized pumpkin like a character from your favorite book! Use paper, felt, fabric, glitter, pipe cleaners, paint, and more to make your pumpkin come to life. Get creative! This optional family involvement activity was developed to bring literacy fun to your home and celebrate books in a festive manner! Character pumpkins are due on or by October 29th! Teachers will display book character pumpkins outside their classroom doors. On October 29th, classes will take social distanced hallway strolls to identify the book character pumpkins and admire your family’s creativity and efforts. We thank each of our Kingsway families for helping your child celebrate books and literacy! We can’t wait to see all the book character pumpkins decorating our hallways!
 
Our Cougar Leaders are excited to participate in the Kids Heart Challenge through the American Heart Association. The Kids Heart Challenge helps support the physical and emotional well-being of all of our cougar leaders. To become a Heart Hero, students can register online and pick a personal health challenge. A personal health challenge can include Being Kind or Being Active. The goal of the Kids Heart Challenge is to raise funds to help kids with special hearts, earn PE equipment and make our community healthier. This fundraiser started last week and will continue until October 29th. In my family, we have chosen to be kind and be active! We’re going to work on speaking with kind words even we’re angry and being more active by going on family walks after dinner! Let me know what you and your family are focusing on during this Kids Heart Challenge.  
 
Well, that’s all for now! Have a great evening. I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye.

Message from Coach:
Kids Heart Challenge Logo
As a Kids Heart Challenge Heart Hero, your student will learn in PE about the heart, brain, and vascular health, meet kids with special hearts, and raise funds for all hearts. Here's how YOU can help: Register for the Kids Heart Challenge at heart.org/KHC, learn hands only CPR on the KHC website, raise funds on the site and earn cool THANK YOU gifts from the American Heart Association. As students raise funds, Coach McCarthy will give out the instant gifts when he/she attends PE class. Larger gifts will be ordered at the end of the month. The fundraiser will last from October 11th-29th and funds will be raised ONLINE ONLY this year. Thank you for your support.

Phone Message Sent October 10th

Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.   

October is National Bully Prevention month. Kingsway we are joining other schools across the country in STOMP Out Bullying™. The most common question I get as an assistant principal is, what is bullying? Bullying occurs when a person or group of people hurts, embarrasses, or frightens another person repeatedly. This definition is important to remember! I have included more information in the October Cougar Paw Print about bullying and student conflict. Make sure you check it out on our website and on Remind. This week, the second challenge will focus on Standing up for others. This means that when you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims. If you don't feel safe get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution - not the problem! At our school, we’re going to make a Sticky Note Mural! Start thinking now about “Why do you care about bullying prevention?” Then, write your response on a sticky note, provided by your teacher, to be placed on the Sticky Note Mural!  The sticky note mural will be in our cafeteria and will be on display for all to see!  

Our Literacy Action Team is happy to announce the return of the October Book Character Pumpkins! We ask families to decorate a small to medium-sized pumpkin like a character from your favorite book! Use paper, felt, fabric, glitter, pipe cleaners, paint, and more to make your pumpkin come to life. Get creative! This optional family involvement activity was developed to bring literacy fun to your home and celebrate books in a festive manner! Character pumpkins are due on or by October 29th! Teachers will display book character pumpkins outside their classroom doors. On October 29th, classes will take socially distanced hallway strolls to identify the book character pumpkins and admire your family’s creativity and efforts. We thank each of our Kingsway families for helping your child celebrate books and literacy! We can’t wait to see all the book character pumpkins decorating our hallways! 

Our Cougar Leaders are excited to participate in the Kids Heart Challenge through the American Heart Association. The Kids Heart Challenge helps support the physical and emotional well-being of all of our cougar leaders. To become a Heart Hero, students can register online and pick a personal health challenge. A personal health challenge can include Being Kind or Being Active. The goal of the Kids Heart Challenge is to raise funds to help kids with special hearts, earn PE equipment and make our community healthier. This fundraiser starts this week and will continue until October 29th. In my family, we have chosen to be kind and be active! We’re going to work on speaking with kind words even we’re angry and being more active by going on family walks after dinner! Let me know what you and your family are focusing on during this Kids Heart Challenge.   

Looking ahead, Picture Day is October 18th! Make sure you start practicing your best smile! Picture day falls on our wear blue day for bully prevention. You can wear blue for your pictures or not, the choice is yours!  

Well, that’s all for now! Have a great evening. I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye.


Phone Message Sent October 3rd
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
October is 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. Keep in mind that Bullying occurs when a person or group of people hurts, embarrasses, or frightens another person repeatedly. Each week of this month we have scheduled activities that highlight bully prevention and how we can stand united against bullying. In this first week, we will focus on being kind! Make sure you find a shirt that expresses kindness for tomorrow, Monday, October 4th. It can be a shirt that has a kindness quote or a beautiful picture that reminds you to be kind! I look forward to seeing all the amazing kindness shirts! Looking ahead to next week, we're going to talk about Standing Up for Others against bullying. Research shows us that bullies will back off when others stand up for the victim. With this in mind, we’re going to talk about not being a bystander, but instead being a part of the solution to end bullying. The Bully Prevention Flyer that outlines all of the weekly activities was sent home this past week. It will be posted on our social media accounts, school website, and in our monthly newsletter.  
 
Speaking of the monthly newsletter, when you have time, please take a look at the KES Cougar Paw Print for October. This published newsletter is posted on Remind and our school website. The opening letter this month is all about bullying. In addition, it is packed full of the Cougar happenings!  
 
PTO Fall Fundraiser is DUE tomorrow, Monday, October 4th! So, share online and get your final orders in NOW! PTO sure does appreciate your assistance in helping our school gain the funds to increase student achievement and maintain a positive upbeat culture.    
 
FRE is the place to BEE! This Friday, October 8th at 8:30 am in the FRE room 237, Mrs. Gartner will be hosting an hour-long Fall Family Workshop called Setting up your Home as a Learning Environment! This is a great opportunity to join other families and learn how to better guide your child at home in creating a learning space to support maximum achievement!
 
October 2nd was Custodian Appreciation Day! We have an amazing team of custodians here at Kingsway! Our Custodians work super hard to make sure we have a safe and clean environment. Please make sure to give them a word or two of appreciation when you see them this week!  
 
Finally, our t-shirt order has arrived! If you ordered a spirit shirt- be on the lookout they’ll be coming home this week! Wahoo!
 
Well, that’s all for now! Have a great evening. I'll see you tomorrow in my kindness shirt. Goodbye. 

Phone Message Sent September 26th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
September is Attendance Awareness Month! Cougar Leaders have been participating in a school-wide poster contest that is due soon! Please make sure you participate and turn in your poster. Remember this contest is a great opportunity to bring awareness to attendance!  Attending school EVERY DAY, ALL DAY is essential for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to succeed.  
 
Charlotte County Public Schools is delighted to partner with the Florida International Air Show "Earn Your Wings Reading Challenge"!  The Florida International Air Show will take place on October 16th and 17th this year.  This is the 5th year we have partnered together to encourage literacy development and the love of aviation! All students need to do is read a book about aviation and write or draw a picture about the book. Turn this writing or picture in by October 4th to receive a Wings Certificate and a ticket to the Florida International Air Show.  I’ll be there and I’m looking forward to seeing many other cougar leaders!
 
Our super awesome Fall PTO fundraiser has started! Wahoo! Students will have until October 4th to share online and sell items.  Please keep in mind that all items purchased will be sent home with students to be delivered except for cookie dough. Cookie dough will be delivered to our school and we will have a day where families come pick it up. Please be on the lookout for cookie dough delivery day! It will be super important that we get the cookie dough out all in one day! PTO sure does appreciates your assistance in helping our school gain the funds to increase student achievement and maintain a positive upbeat culture.  
 
Family Reading Experience is open and FRE is the place to BEE! Join Mrs. Gartner on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday! Check out the FRE flyer on social media accounts or our school website for more information on which day is your student’s assigned FRE day!  The FRE is a great way to get more books in the hands of our students! Cougar Leaders are readers- so read, read, and read some more!
 
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. Starting October 4th, cougar leaders will be participating in weekly challenges! The first challenge will focus on being kind! Make sure you find a shirt that expresses kindness for October 4th. It can be a shirt that has a kindness quote or a beautiful picture that reminds you to be kind! I look forward to seeing all the amazing kindness shirts!  
 
Well, that’s all for now! Have a great evening. I'll see you tomorrow. Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent September 19th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
September is Attendance Awareness Month, and we are participating in a school-wide poster contest. This contest is a great opportunity to bring awareness to something so important to the learning environment! We know that attending school EVERY DAY, ALL DAY  is essential for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to succeed.  I can not wait to see all of the posters!
 
This week our Fall PTO fundraiser starts! Wahoo!  Students will attend a fun pep rally on Monday that will explain the prizes and collectables that can be earned! We're hoping this pep rally will get your kiddos excited! Fundraiser packets will be coming home on Monday to start selling right away! This packet will have what you need for information and for selling items. Keep in mind that fundraisers are a great way for our school to raise a lot of money. Our PTO uses these funds to enhance the learning environment. Thank you to all families that plan to participate.
 
This time has arrived for our Family Reading Experience Grand Opening celebration. Join us for Principals and Pastries!  Mrs. Kelch and I are excited to enjoy a special treat with all of you! Also, you'll get to visit the FRE, check out books, and get a FREE KEEPER book! And you’ll have the opportunity to be entered into a free drawing! Please check the flyer that was posted on social media and sent out through remind for the time your student’s grade level is invited. We start on Monday with Kindergarten and Fifth grade! I can not wait to see all of you and enjoy some sweet treats together! Oh and get some free books! Wahoo!
 
Join us on Tuesday, September 21st for our second SAC and PTO meetings of the school year. Please join us in the KES media center or virtually through Google Meets. 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 meeting link can be found on the school Website, Facebook and Remind.
 
Finally, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be continuing with the APM progress monitoring assessment this week. The APM assessments are given three times a year. APM is an online assessment that is used to assess students' current knowledge, skills, and abilities in both reading and math. The questions are similar to FSA and are aligned with our Florida Math and Reading Standards. 
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening. Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent September 12th

Hello, Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  

September is Attendance Awareness Month, and we are participating in a school-wide poster contest. This contest is a great opportunity to bring awareness to something so important to the learning environment! We know that attending school EVERY DAY, ALL DAY  is essential for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to succeed. Posters are due by October 1st. I can't wait to see all the awesome posters. 

Kingsway’s “Paws for Books” Scholastic Book Fair continues this week! Wahoo! 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! To continue to ensure the safety and health of our staff, students, and families we have made a few changes to our in-school shopping for families. Each grade level will have its own shopping day! Please see the book fair flyer that was sent home for your child’s grade level assigned shopping day and times. This information can be found on our school website and social media accounts.  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 Thursday, September 16th from 4 pm to 6 pm at the Tropical Smoothie Café! AS you all know, Tropical Smoothie Café  is one of my Favorite Cougar Community Partners! 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. That is a win-win for sure! 

Looking ahead to September 20th, our Family Reading Experience will be hosting a Grand Opening celebration and we invite you to Principals and Pastries! Please join Mrs. Kelch and I as we enjoy a special treat, visit the FRE, check out books, and get a FREE KEEPER book! In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to be entered into a free drawing! Please check the flyer that was posted on social media and sent out through Remind for the time your student’s grade level is invited. I can not wait to see all of you and enjoy some sweet treats together! Oh and get some free books! Wahoo! 

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


The Book Fair is Here!

Kingsway’s “Paws for Books” Book Fair

September 9th – 16th

Greetings Kingsway Families,

We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic book fair.  This event is an opportunity for students of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. The book fair is one of our beloved Kingsway traditions, but it will be a little different this year. We want to ensure the safety and health of our students, our students’ families, and our staff.

To help minimize the number of families on campus, we will have assigned grade level shopping times. Families are invited on campus to shop with your child as long as you have a child in the grade-level that is designated for that shopping day. Again, this is being done to help reduce the amount of people shopping on campus at one time and allow for us to adhere to safety protocols. While on campus, social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible. Masks are encouraged, but not required.

Kindergarten:      Thursday, September 9th: 7:30 – 8:30 AM or 4:00 – 5:30 PM

First Grade:          Friday, September 10th: 7:30 – 8:30 AM or 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Second Grade:   Monday, September 13th: 7:30 – 8:30 AM or 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Third Grade:        Tuesday, September 14th: 7:30 – 8:30 AM or 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Fourth Grade:     Wednesday, September 15th: 7:30 – 8:30 AM or 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Fifth Grade:         Thursday, September 16th: 7:30 – 8:30 AM or 4:00 – 5:30 PM

If you can’t make it to the book fair, then you may shop online at the Scholastic Store or visit our virtual book fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school. Below is the URL to access the Kingsway Scholastic book fair webpage. You can also scan the QR code to access our Kingsway book fair site. Both the Scholastic Store and the virtual book fair are accessible through the URL or the QR code.

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/kingsway 

Furthermore, students will be permitted to shop the book fair during their weekly scheduled media classes. We have tried to provide ample opportunities for our students and their families to safely shop the book fair to grow home libraries and support our school.

We’re excited to celebrate our love of books at the book fair. We thank you in advance for your support!

Happy reading,

Ms. K.

KES Media Specialist

Info included above picture.  Book Fair begins 9/9! 


Phone Message Sent September 5th

Hello, Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call. September is Attendance Awareness Month, and we are participating in a school-wide poster contest. The poster should have a positive message about outstanding attendance and making every day count. This contest is a great opportunity to bring awareness to something so important to the learning environment! We know that attending school regularly is essential for students to gain the academic and social skills they need to succeed. 

Our Kindergarten Cougar Leaders are going to be extra bright this week as we celebrate COLOR WEEK! Starting Tuesday, September 7, the Kindergarten classes be learning and celebrating color words, making colorful observations, recording super-bright information, creating a rainbow of thinking maps and so much more!!! We’re going to be bursting with colors. Each day Kindergarteners are asked to wear a different color to add to the fun. Here are the different color days: 

  • Tuesday, September 7th – RED day 
  • Wednesday, September 8th -YELLOW day 
  • Thursday, September 9th -   GREEN day 
  • Friday, September 10th - BLUE day  

 

We are looking forward to a “Colorful“ week! Older students are more than welcome to join in the fun! 

Kingsway’s “Paws for Books” Scholastic Book Fair starts this week on Thursday, September 9th! Wahoo! 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! In an effort to continue to ensure the safety and health of our staff, students, and families we have made a few changes to our in-school shopping for families that help reduce the number of extra people on campus. Please see the book fair flyer that was sent home this past week for your child’s grade level assigned shopping day and times. This information can be found on our school website and social media accounts.  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.  

Attention Fifth Grade Cougar Leaders! Did you see the Tag Art flyer? Tag art allows parents to buy vanity license plates featuring their 5th grader's artwork! Wow, that’s pretty cool! And part of the proceeds from these purchases goes directly back to the art room so Mrs. Socci can do more awesome projects!  

Charlotte County Public Schools is delighted to partner with the Florida International Air Show "Earn Your Wings Reading Challenge" for another year.  The Florida International Air Show will take place on October 16th and 17th this year.  This is the 5th year we have partnered together to encourage literacy development and the love of aviation! This challenge will run from September 7th - October 4th.  All students need to do is read a book about aviation and write or draw a picture about the book.  Students will receive a Wings Certificate and a ticket to the Florida International Air Show.   

And finally, there is no school on Monday, September 6th, in celebration of Labor Day.  

That’s all for now! Enjoy your afternoon. Goodbye.


Free Classes for Dads!

Dads can follow this direct link to register online for the dads class.

https://www.childrenfirst.net/sign-up-for-classes/

Dads can follow this direct link to register online for the dads class.  https://www.childrenfirst.net/sign-up-for-classes/

 
 

Earn Your Wings Challenge
CCPS is delighted to partner with the Florida International Air Show "Earn Your Wings Reading Challenge" for another year.  The Florida International Air Show will take place from October 16-17 this year.  This is the 5th year we have partnered together to encourage literacy development and the love of aviation!  
 
This challenge will run from September 7th - October 4th.  All students need to do is read a book about aviation and write or draw a picture about the book.  Students will receive a Wings Certificate and a ticket to the Florida International Air Show.  
 
Families, our teachers will track participants.  :-)

Phone Message Sent August 29th
Good Afternoon, Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
Our students have been PAWsitively amazing in the school environment. Students are hard at work learning in the classroom, following Proud to LEAD expectations in all areas of the school, and rocking BOY assessments. Way to go, Cougars!
 
On Tuesday, August 31st we will be hosting our first SAC and PTO meetings of the school year. Please join us in the KES media center or virtually through Google Meets. 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 meeting link can be found on the school Website, Facebook, and Remind.
 
Dismissal in the afternoon is going very well. Thank you, parents, for your efforts in following all procedures to get our students home in a safe and orderly manner. Please note that rain is in the forecast for this week. We may call a rainy day dismissal. Rainy day dismissal means that we feel it unsafe to release walkers and bikers due to lightning within 10 miles of the school. Please make sure that when you’re picking up your walker or bikers that you’re coming through the front parent pick-up line. Also, If it is necessary to make a transportation change, please be sure to put the request in writing so that the office and your child’s teacher are made aware of the change. We will not take transportation changes over the phone, on email, or on Remind. The last point for dismissal, please remember that there are no early releases after 2:30 p.m.
 
Looking ahead to next week, there is no school on Monday, September 6th, for Labor Day!  Also, starting on September 7th is one of our most valued traditions, the Scholastic Book Fair! Be on the lookout for a flyer from Ms. K that gives all the details to this fun event.
 
That’s all for now! Goodbye.   

Phone Message Sent August 22nd

 

Hello Cougar Leaders, this is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call. The beginning of the school year has started Pawsitively awesome! I am so proud of our cougar leaders and the hard work it has taken to get the school year started successfully.  
 
Parents are doing an amazing job of getting students to school on time, in their seats, and ready to learn by 8:35 am. Way to go, Parents!  
 
Dismissal this past week was fantastic as our cougar leaders continue to learn the procedures of getting home quickly and safely.  We have decreased our PPU dismissal times to finishing before 3:40 pm! Wahoo!
 
Parents, please continue to be safe, patient, and courteous as you travel on our campus during drop-off and pick-up. Our parking lot is a winding road with many people walking to cars or leaving, so please be aware of your surroundings. Also, cell phones should not be in use when you are operating a vehicle in school zones- this includes our parking lot.  
 
We know that masks are optional, but your child may wear a mask at school if you are concerned about exposure. We have masks in the office for any child wishing to wear one. If your child has a fever, cough, or has been exposed to someone with COVID, please do not send them to school. We are working hard in our school to make sure staff and student health and wellness is a priority. Our amazing custodians are working to clean and disinfect our school as often as possible by wiping door handles, railings, and other frequently touched areas. We are still using equipment to disinfect and sanitize classrooms every evening. Our teachers are tasked with having students wash hands frequently and using hand sanitizer before and after activities, lunch, specials, and recess. Thank you for your continued support at home. It is appreciated during these challenging times. 
 
Our first spirit night of the year is scheduled this week at Culver’s on Kings Hwy. More information on this is coming.  
 
Looking ahead,  August, 31st is our first SAC and PTO of the school year! Make sure you mark your calendars! We will be sending an invitation out soon!
 
Thanks all, for now, have a great evening! Goodbye. 

Phone Message Sent August 15th
 
Hello, Cougars Leaders. This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  We had a Pawsitiviely Awesome first week of school. We can't thank each of you enough for helping to make our first week super awesome. Kingsway Cougar Staff members were amazing as they navigated a safe learning environment in all areas of our school. Students are still learning new procedures, but are quickly adapting to the expectations and routines of their new classrooms.  
 
This week, students reviewed our 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 on our school’s website and social media accounts.  Please review these expectations with your students at home.
 
Just a few reminders about PPU dismissal: 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 in crosswalks. Please make sure you have the correct Parent Pick-up card displayed. The staff members on duty will check this card before placing the student in your car. Once your student is in please take down the Parent Pick-Up card. This signals to us that you are ready to move. The whole line will move as one. This is to ensure that all students loading into cars are safe before traffic moves. If you forget your Parent Pick-Up card, you’ll be asked to park and go into the school to show your ID. Please see the dismissal letter that was sent home, posted on our school website, and shared on Remind.
 
Thank you for your patience during Parent Pick-up.  With everyone working together we have both sides of our PPU done before 3:45 pm. This is amazing for the first week of school. We are so appreciative of everyone helping us getting all of our students home safe and in an orderly manner. This line will get faster as our procedures become routine.  
 
 As we look forward to next week, we will be starting Beginning of the Year assessments. Please make sure students are well-rested and prepared to work hard to show what they know.
 
That’s all for now! Have a great Sunday evening. Goodbye. 

Phone Message Sent August 8th
 
Good Afternoon, Cougar Families! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call. Welcome to the 21 - 22 school year. Wahoo! We are Pawsitively excited to jump-start this school year!  The Cougar Staff Leaders have been busy preparing our school to welcome you all back tomorrow night for Open House and the Cougar Community Expo.
Open House is exciting for all cougar leaders! I personally love to see the excitement for the school year on all the faces that walk through the door! During Open House, we encourage families to visit their new classroom, pick up dismissal tags from the media center, and visit our pawsitively awesome community partners in the cafeteria.
 
We announced this past week that teacher placements are available in FOCUS.  If you have not logged in to FOCUS, we encourage you to do so before tomorrow afternoon. If you are unable to get into FOCUS, we understand! We will have teacher placements in the lobby when you arrive for Open House. Open House will be for all grades. The building and classrooms for grades 1st-5th will be open at 5:30 pm and we will close up classrooms at 7:00 pm. You can come anytime during those hours, just make sure you have time to be out by 7:00 pm. If you can't attend Open House be sure to set a phone conversation or parent meeting with your child's teacher as soon as possible. Kindergarten’s open house will start with a parent meeting at 4:30 pm.  Kindergarten parents, please arrive promptly for the welcome meeting as you will learn a great deal about our school, your teacher, and transitioning your child into elementary school. After the parent meeting, please visit the media center for dismissal tags and the cafeteria for the Cougar Community Expo! We are so excited for our new cougar leaders! All families should take time to watch the Title I presentation that will be playing in the classrooms and the cafeteria. Parking is always complicated during Open House. Please be courteous in the parking lot and follow traffic rules. I thank you in advance for your patience with parking.
 
Students grades 1st – 5th start school on Tuesday, August 10th. School Hours are from 8:40 am to 3:10 pm. Students should be in their seats by 8:35 am ready to learn!
Kindergarten students have a staggered start to the school year. Kindergarten students whose last names start with A-H will begin on August 10 at 9:30 am.   Students in kindergarten whose last names begin with I-Z will attend their first day of school on Wednesday, August 11 at 9:30 am. Kindergarten parents, please remember this is a staggered start. If your child attends on Tuesday, they do not attend on Wednesday. If your kinder student is scheduled to attend on Wednesday you do not attend on Tuesday. Finally, all kindergarten students will attend school on Thursday, August 12th. Please have your kinder child at school by 8:35 on this day. Staff will be on hand to help all of our kindergarteners find their classrooms.
 
Students who are eating breakfast can arrive on campus at 8:00, they will eat breakfast in the cafeteria. We will start dismissing students to classrooms at 8:10. We ask if your student is not eating breakfast that they do not arrive on campus until 8:10 so they can head straight to their classroom. Students cannot exit their car at parent drop-off until 8:00 am unless they are enrolled in our morning KEEP program. It is unsafe to have students on campus before school arrival at 8:00 am. If your child is a walker, please ensure their route allows for their arrival after 8:00 am as well. All students should be ready to learn in their classrooms by 8:35 am.
 
Our school begins dismissal procedures at 3:10 pm. A dismissal letter will be sent home during Open House. Please read this letter! It is important for the safety of our students that parents know the dismissal procedures.  Please know that our primary goal for the first week of school is to dismiss all of our students safely. We will need you to have a little bit of patience and understanding with us as we make sure that all of our students get home safely and we develop the routine for the rest of the school year.
 
I know this is a lot of information and appreciate your listening. A copy of this phone message will be posted on our Kingsway Facebook page.
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! Goodbye!

Phone Message Sent August 5th
Hello and welcome to the new school year!  This is Terri Whitacre, director of food & nutrition services, sharing an important message from Champ’s Café.

I am glad to tell you that your child may have both a free breakfast and a free lunch through May of 2022, thanks to the USDA offering all free meals to all students this school year. 

This means our food & nutrition services program provides a great opportunity for your child to enjoy the healthy breakfast and healthy lunch for free 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 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. 

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 a carton of juice to Rockin' Ola granola.  You can track your child's purchases online through PayPAMS.com, put money on their account with a credit or debit card through PayPAMS, and see your child's account balance through both their district Focus account and through PayPAMS.

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


Champs on Wheels
 Champs on Wheels will be at the Midcounty Library from 11-11:30 AM from June 9th to July 28th

Arts in the Park
Arts in the Park is June 12th from 10-2PM at the McGuire Park. 

Internet Discounts
Call 833-511-0311 for internet discounts.
 
Cheaper Internet for HS students.  Call 833-511-0311.
 

Free Covid Vaccines
12 years of age and older.
No appointment needed.
Where:  Health Hero at DOH-Charlotte County on Loveland BLVD.
Free Covid Vaccinations
 

Phone Message Sent May 30th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  
 
It’s hard to believe that we are down to the last week of school. We are very proud of how ALL of our Cougar Leaders have handled this unique and challenging year. Thank you, parents, for trusting us with your students and traveling down this "Road to Success" with us.
 
Reminder: we do not have school tomorrow Monday, May 31st, in celebration of Memorial Day.  
 
Cougar Leaders, are you ready for some fun? We will be celebrating the last week of school with Spirit Week! Join in the celebration with the following themed dress-up days and activities:  
 
Tuesday, June 1st is dress like a Tourist Day! Please have your tourist bring a towel to read on during the day!
 
Wednesday, June 2nd is Sports Day! Rock your favorite team shirt and students will read sports-related books.  
 
Thursday, June 3rd is Camping Day! Students can wear pajamas and bring a blanket to read on or under!
 
And on our last day of the school year, Friday, June 4th is Summer Fun Day! Students can wear sunglasses and have a summer song dance party! So much fun!
 
Spirit sticks will be on sale for the last time this school year on Thursday, June 3rd in the lobby! Get these super cool spirit sticks before we sell out!  
 
Our last spirit night is on Thursday, June 3rd! Our spirit night will be at our local McDonalds! Be on the lookout for more information coming home this week!
 
The 5th Grade promotion celebration is on Friday, June 4th. Please see the flyer that came home on Friday for more detailed information.  
 
That's all for now! Have a great evening! Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent May 23rd
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  
 
Wahoo! Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students are done with the Florida State Assessments! Our students have worked hard and finished strong this past week.  I am so proud of the effort and stamina that I witnessed this past month. Great job, Kingsway!
 
Although we are done with FSA, many of our Cougar Leaders are continuing with the end-of-the-year assessments. Please help us finish the “Road to Success” strong by having all students in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are needed to help our students shine on all academic tasks. We are eager to share their academic growth with you. Please continue to encourage your child to do their best.
 
This week, Coach McCarthy has invited all classes to participate in Field Day during their recess times! Our Cougar Leaders are so excited about these fun stations! Please make sure your student wears appropriate closed-toed and rubber-soled shoes this week. Some teachers may reach out and ask for your student to wear a certain color on a specific day! This will show some class spirit during the fun events!
 
The next few announcements are looking forward to the last week of school, June 1st and 4th.
 
Please keep in mind that we do not have school on May 31st in celebration of Memorial Day.
 
We are celebrating the last week of school with themed spirit days. Our intention is for students to have fun while spotlighting reading. We want our students to slide into their summer feeling good and excited about books!
 
Here are the themed days:
 
Tuesday, June 1st is dress like a Tourist Day! Please have students bring a towel to read on during the day!
 
Wednesday, June 2nd is Sports Day! Rock your favorite team shirt and students will read sports-related books.  
 
Thursday, June 3rd is Camping Day! Students can wear pajamas and bring a blanket to read on or under!
 
An on our last day of the school year, Friday, June 4th is Summer Fun Day! Students can wear sunglasses and have a summer song dance party! So much fun!
 
In addition to spirit week, our last spirit night is on Thursday, June 3rd! Our spirit night will be at our local McDonalds! Yummy!
 
Fifth graders be on the lookout for a flyer that describes more events! We are looking forward to celebrating our graduating class.
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening. Goodbye.   

Video from PCMS

Phone Message Sent May 17th from PGMS
Hello Future Eagle Parents.  Because of Covid restrictions, Punta Gorda Middle School was not able to hold their annual 5th Grade Orientation, so they have created a welcome video located on their website at www.yourcharlotteschools.net/pgm.  Please take the time to watch it with your child/student. 

Phone Message Sent May 16th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
This week marks the last week for state assessments! Wahoo! Our students have worked so hard to show what they know on this “Road to Success”! This week our 5th graders will take the FCAT Science test. It is so important that all fifth graders are present and on time for this test. Our students are testing all the way to Friday. The district will be picking up all assessments on Friday afternoon to make sure we get scores back in a timely manner. Therefore it is vital that all 5th graders are present at school because there will be very little time for makeup tests.  
 
Also, all younger cougar leaders are continuing with the end-of-the-year assessments. We are eager to share their academic growth with you. Please continue to encourage your child to do their best.
 
Please help us have all cougar leaders here in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast is needed to help our students shine on all academic tasks.  We are getting closer to the end of the school year and we need to finish the “Road to Success” with a good attitude and a willing effort! Please remind students of our Be Proud to LEAD expectations. These expectations have made us successful this school year and we want to continue to be Proud to Lead here at Kingsway!
 
Our Virtual Fun Run was a success! Thank you to all community partners that supported this event and the families that participated. We enjoyed the pictures of our cougar leaders out in the community being active! Please see our Facebook page for pictures that were sent in from this fun event!
 
Our Staff sure was appreciated these past few weeks! Thank you to all the families and community partners that donated prizes, signs, and treats for our amazing staff! We sure are lucky to be surrounded by such a support system. Again, thank you!
 
Finally, we have yearbooks still available for $15 in the office! All yearbooks will be sent home on May 28th! The yearbooks look great and it is such a unique year to have it all documented. Buy yours today!
 
That’s all for now! Have a good evening! Goodbye. 

Phone Message Sent May 9th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.
 
Attention parents of our outstanding third, fourth, and fifth-grade students! This week we will continue with the Florida State Assessments.  Our talented cougar leaders will be taking the Math FSA. Cougars Leaders that are in Kindergarten, first grade, and second grade are completing end-of-the-year assessments such as STAR, DRA, and other progress monitoring tasks. I've seen our amazing students working hard! We are all so eager to share their academic growth with you at home. Please continue to help us by having all cougar leaders here in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. A good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are needed to help our students shine on all academic tasks.  We are getting close to the end of the school year and we need to finish the “Road to Success” with a good attitude and a willing effort! Please continue to encourage your child to do their best.
 
Please join us this Tuesday, May 11th 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. Both the SAC and PTO meetings will be held virtually through Google Meets. The meeting link can be found on the school website, Facebook, and Remind.
 
The virtual 2021 Retro Fun Run is this coming weekend! Wahoo! This is our 3rd annual Fun Run. This year everyone will participate virtually. You and your family will choose the location and time during the weekend of May 14th.  This is an amazing opportunity to show our Cougar Pride! We encourage all of you to participate and get outside to get active! We want to see some amazing participation!
 
That’s all for now! Have a good evening! Goodbye.

Bike Week Poster Contest
 
Students are learning about Bike and Pedestrian Safety in PE class this week. All students can participate in a poster contest where they draw and color a picture on biking or pedestrian safety. Posters are due by May 13th and there will be 2 winners per grade level that will receive a basket with goodies. Students will receive the directions and poster sheet from Coach McCarthy in PE class this week. 
Bike Safety Poster Info (above)
 

Phone Message Sent May 2nd
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
Attention parents of our amazing third, fourth, and fifth-grade students! This week we will continue with the Florida State Assessments.  Our talented fourth and fifth students will be taking the Reading FSA. Our super awesome third-grade students will be taking the math FSA. Our first few testing days went very well. Our cougar leaders felt prepared and confident for their assessments. I was so proud of the effort by students and parents in getting students to school on time. Please help us continue that trend of having students in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. In addition, our cougar leaders need a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast.  Please refer to the FSA letter your cougar leader brought home for the most accurate dates your child will be testing. If you do not have that letter, please ask your student’s teacher.
 
Join us in celebrating STAFF APPRECIATION this week. Kingsway Elementary School has the most amazing staff! Mrs. Kelch and I are so proud to lead this school and this staff. We appreciate all of the cougars and plan to spoil them this week! Join us in that spoiling with the following daily suggestions:
 
On Monday- Be sweet and bring in your teacher’s favorite sweet or salty snack. Make sure the snack is store-bought!  
 
On Tuesday- Make an appreciation card or picture for your teacher. Include a note that expresses what you like the most about being in their class.
 
On Wednesday- wear your teacher’s favorite color!
 
On Thursday- Bring in a pretty flower or draw a flower for your teacher.
 
On Friday- Donate a school supply for your classroom! I know teachers love school supplies, especially cool pens!
 
Consider other staff members as well! They’d love to get appreciation cards.  
 
Finally, the virtual 2021 Retro Fun Run Fundraiser is coming soon! Wahoo! This is our 3rd annual Fun Run. This year everyone will participate virtually. You and your family will choose the location and time during the weekend of May 14th.  This is an amazing opportunity to show our Cougar Pride! We encourage all of you to participate and get outside to get active! Keep in mind that every student that raises $20 or more in pledges will receive a Retro Fun Run T-Shirt and a bag of goodies! How fun is that?!? Please see the flyer that came home for more details.  
 
That’s all for now! Have a good evening. Goodbye! 

Phone Message Sent April 25th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
WOW, Cougar Leaders! This week has been an amazing week of testing! Our Cougar Leaders arrived on time to school and they came prepared to ROCK all of their assessments! I am so proud of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade students. Thank you, parents, for your support on our "Road to Success" as we work together to make state testing a positive experience. The next round of Florida State Assessments will take place the first week of May! Please refer to the FSA letter your cougar leader brought home for the most accurate dates your child will be testing.  
 
Poem in your pocket day will be on Thursday, April 29th. Our super cool Literacy Action Team has made pockets for all of our Cougar Leaders to wear for this celebration. Students will be encouraged to write poems or copy down one of their favorite poems to share. Students will carry their poems in their pockets for the day. This celebration is to encourage the reading of poems, improve fluency, and bring amazing poetry to all of our students. Students that participate will earn small poppers to enjoy at home. We hope that all our students will be popping with poetry.  Please make sure to ask your Cougar Leader to share their Poem when they arrive at home.  
 
For incoming Kindergarten students, Kindergarten Registration can be completed online through the CCPS website. If you are registering a kindergarten student, please make sure to provide your child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, shot record, physical, and Social Security card. We look forward to meeting your new kindergartener!
 
That is all for now! Have a great evening. Goodbye. 

Celebrating Earth Day
A fun way to celebrate Earth day is to reuse materials! I created a fish with a plastic store bag, bubble wrap, two bottle caps, tape, and a toilet paper roll. What can you make?
Fish out of trash.
 
Turning off lights and electronics when not in use, recycling, and collecting litter are just some of the other ways to help our planet.
You can earn 100 LiveSchool points by sharing your creation and/or activity in the comments below or by emailing Ms. Clark your photo (Nicole.Clark@yourcharlotteschools.net).
Thank you,
Ms. Clark
STEM

Important Announcement to all Charlotte County Public School Stakeholders Regarding the Impact of Emergency Order 2021-EO-02
April 2021
 
 

New Phone Message Sent April 18th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
We have finished our first week of state testing! Wahoo! Our amazing third graders arrived on time to school this week and they came prepared to SHINE on their ELA assessment. I am so proud of them. Thank you, parents, for having them here and ready to go for their first drive down the “Road to Success”! As we continue the drive into this week our talented and amazing 4th and 5th graders will be taking the FSA writing assessment on April 20th and 21st. Please make sure you know which date your student will be testing. Our 3rd graders will end the week taking the SAT10 on April 22nd and 23rd. The SAT10 is another ELA-based assessment and is important for determining placement for the next school year.  
 
Please remember that the FSA assessments can be stressful for students. Please read the KES Cougar Paw Print newsletter for ways to make it a more positive experience for our students.  
 
That positive experience includes having students arrive at school on time on the days of testing. Students should be in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. In addition, our cougar leaders need a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. These positive experiences will help our leaders feel prepared and confident for their assessments. Please note a student arriving after 8:40 am may not make it into class for the assessment. That means they will need to make up the assessment at a later date.  
 
Please refer to the FSA letter your cougar leader brought home for the most accurate dates your child will be testing. If you do not have that letter, please ask your student’s teacher. Please keep the testing dates in mind when planning doctor or dentist appointments.  
 
For incoming Kindergarten students, Kindergarten Registration can be completed online through the CCPS website. You can also register your kindergartener in person at Kingsway starting April 19th through April 23rd. If you are registering a kindergarten student, please make sure to bring your child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, shot record, and Social Security card. The office will be open from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm every day this week for registration. We look forward to meeting your new kindergartener!  
 
Finally, Administrative Professionals Day is on Wednesday, April 21st! Please take the time to say thanks to our amazing administrative professionals, Ms. Theresa, Mrs. Lisa, and Mrs. Dorothy! The work they do here at Kingsway is truly the key to our vehicle on this “Road to Success”! 

New Phone Message Sent April 11th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  
 
Attention parents of our amazing third, fourth, and fifth-grade students! This week starts our Florida State Assessments. We have all worked hard on this “Road to Success”! Now is our time to shine and show what we know.  
 
Third grade will be taking the 3rd grade ELA FSA this week starting April 13th through 16th.
 
On April 20th and 21st, our talented and equally amazing fourth and fifth students will be taking the FSA writing assessment.
 
The FSA assessments can be stressful for students. Please read the KES Cougar Paw Print newsletter for ways to make it a more positive experience for our students.  
 
That positive experience includes having students arrive at school on time on the days of testing. Students should be in their seats ready to go by 8:40 am. Also, our cougar leaders need a good night’s sleep and to eat a healthy breakfast. These positive experiences will help our leaders feel prepared and confident for their assessments. Please note a student arriving after 8:40 am may not make it into class for the assessment. That means they will need to make up the assessment at a later date.  
 
Please refer to the FSA letter your cougar leader brought home for the most accurate dates your child will be testing. If you do not have that letter, please ask your student’s teacher. Please keep the testing dates in mind when planning for doctor or dentist appointments.
 
Please join us this Tuesday, Tuesday, April 13th 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. Both the SAC and PTO meetings will be held virtually through Google Meets. The meeting link can be found on the school Website, Facebook and in Remind.
 
Join us on Wednesday, April 14th for spirit night at Tropical Smoothie Cafe! 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. Wahoo!
 
For incoming Kindergarten students, Kindergarten Registration can be completed online through the CCPS website. You can also register your kindergartener in person at Kingsway starting April 19th through April 23rd. If you are registering a kindergarten student, please make sure to bring your child’s birth certificate, proof of residency, shot record, and Social Security card. The office will be open from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm every day next week for registration. We look forward to meeting your new kindergartener!
 
That's all for now! Have a great evening. Goodbye.

New Phone Message Sent March 28th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call!
 
Our Cougar Leaders are excited to participate in the Kids Heart Challenge through the American Heart Association. The Kids Heart Challenge helps support the physical and emotional well- being of all of our cougar leaders. To become a Heart Hero, students can register online and pick a personal health challenge. A personal health challenge can include moving more, being more kind to others, and choosing to drink water. The goal of the Kids Heart Challenge is to raise funds to help kids with special hearts, earn PE equipment and make our community healthier. This fundraiser starts this week and will continue until April 9th. Students received informational flyers from Coach McCarthy that provide step by step details on how to register and get started in becoming a Heart Hero.  In my family, we have chosen to move more by going on family walks after dinner! Let me know what you and your family are focusing on during this Kids Heart Challenge.  
 
Please note that we do not have school on Friday, April 2nd.  
 
Looking ahead, 3rd quarter report cards will be coming home on Monday, April 5th.  
 
That's all for now! Have a good evening! Goodbye.

This Book is Cool

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) is partnering with summer providers and families across our four-county region to promote and encourage reading over the summer months through the Suncoast Summer Reading Challenge and THIS BOOK IS COOL! Registered families will receive twenty free books, thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation. We share your concern about the reading skills loss that many of our asset-limited children experience each summer, and we acknowledge the additional impact of COVID-19 on expected reading gains this school year.

During the summer of 2020, the first year we offered THIS BOOK IS COOL! directly to families, nearly 80% of the more than 1,100 participating children showed no reading skill loss.

Thanks to the generosity of The Patterson Foundation, we will register up to 2,000 children (incoming Pre-K - incoming 3rd grade) to participate directly with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in THIS BOOK IS COOL! over the summer months. Please help spread the word to the educators and families of your school.  This is a great way, at no cost to you or your families, to ensure that the children you are most concerned about receive support throughout the summer.

Registered families will receive:

  • 20 carefully selected books for their home libraries
  • Access to THIS BOOK IS COOL! webisodes
  • Activities and word puzzles that correspond with each book
  • Weekly contact with a SCGLR Engagement Team Member to encourage reading and provide tips and support to children, parents, and caregivers

Registration opens for THIS BOOK IS COOL! on Monday, March 22nd. 

http://order.collectivegoods.com/                                                                      

THIS BOOK IS COOL!  Registration in English: https://forms.gle/so8K9EYzhSeSVLPf6

THIS BOOK IS COOL! Registration in Spanish: : https://forms.gle/LqCgNFk58UaFUXHu8

This Book is Cool flyer.  Text above picture.


Phone Message Sent March 21st
Hello Cougar Leaders! This Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  
 
We are excited to see all our cougar leaders tomorrow, Monday, March 22nd. Our hope is that everyone is well rested and has enjoyed time with family and friends. We are looking forward to seeing the renewed eagerness for learning as we end the third quarter and move into the fourth quarter of the school year. Please take time this evening to remind all students of the Proud to Lead expectations.  These expectations can be found on our school website and social media accounts. This reminder will help support our direction on the road to success.  
 
Please note that all cougar leaders are still expected to wear a mask when on campus. This important safety measure is implemented for students and also any visitors that may enter our lobby. Please make sure your child has a mask on when they arrive in the morning.  
 
Cougar Leaders are excepted to be on campus and in classrooms by 8:40am. Arriving on time and ready to learn helps start the day in a positive manner.
 
Girls on the Run starts tomorrow. The Girls on the Run received a Remind Message from Coach Hurley on Friday, March 19th. If you did not receive a message and believe you are registered, please call the school tomorrow morning.  
 
Spring Picture Day is Wednesday, March 24th. Please note that Spring Pictures are unique in that only cougar leaders that are buying pictures will have the opportunity to take Spring Pictures.  Please make sure you purchase online before Wednesday or send in a picture envelope with your cougar leader on Wednesday. At this time, we are not having class pictures due to social distancing.
 
This is the last week for our PTO spring fundraiser! If you haven’t already, make sure you REGISTER and SHARE this virtual fundraiser with all your family and friends nationwide. Just by sharing you have a chance at winning some fun prizes. Personally, I’m super excited about my large order of Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellys! Yummy! Our PTO really does appreciate your assistance in helping our school gain the funds to assist with student achievement and maintain a positive culture.    
 
That’s all for now! Goodbye.  

Phone Message Sent March 12th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with a school connect call on a Friday! I’m calling this evening with a few reminders as we head into Spring Break.
 
Our PTO spring fundraiser is going strong and will continue through next week! You should have already received your Fundraiser packet! Mrs. Kelch sent a message on remind with a link that will allow you to REGISTER, SHARE and WIN prizes.  Even if you cannot participate at this time, it would totally ROCK if you could share the link we sent with your family and friends nationwide. YOU TOO HAVE A CHANCE at winning some fun prizes!! Our PTO appreciates your assistance in helping our school gain the funds to increase student achievement and maintain a positive upbeat culture.  
 
The time is springing forward this weekend! That's right it is Daylight Savings Time! Please don’t forget to change your clocks.
 
And finally, next week is Spring Break! All of our Cougars Leaders have worked super hard and are so ready for a week-long break. Please take the time to relax, rest and rejuvenate. Please stay safe and healthy! We’ll see you on Monday, March 22nd.
 
That's all for now! Goodbye.

Easter Drive Thru Event
Come join the fun!
March 27th at the Sonshine Baptist Church
23105 Veteran's Blvd., Port Charlotte from 10-1 PM.
There will be goodie bags, helmet fittings, the Easter Bunny, etc.
 
Easter Drive Thru Event.  March 27th at Sonshine Babtist from 10-1.

New Phone Message Sent March 7th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
Next week starts our PTO spring fundraiser! This fun and exciting fundraiser is going to be done all online.  Wahoo! On Remind, Mrs. Kelch sent all parents the fundraiser information with a link on how to REGISTER, SHARE and WIN prizes.  This information will be coming home, and it is posted on our school website. Students watched the kickoff video here at school and it created quite the excitement surrounding this fundraiser and the prizes and collectables that could be earned! We understand if you cannot participate at this time, but it would totally ROCK if you could share the link we sent with your family and friends nationwide. YOU TOO HAVE A CHANCE at winning some fun prizes!! We so appreciate your support!
 
Yearbooks are on sale! Don’t miss out on all the memories we've made during this unique school year.  Yearbook order form can be found on Remind, our social media accounts, and the school website. Yearbook Order deadline is April 16th.  
 
Chick-fil-A spirit night is this Thursday, March 11th from 4-8pm. Spirit nights are a great way to support our community partners and in turn they give back to the school! Our spirit nights this year have been very successful, and we are so thankful for the support! See you all at Chick-fil-A on Thursday!
 
Reminder that Spring Break is March 15th-19th.  
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening. Goodbye.

New Phone Message Sent February 28th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
This week, we will be honoring Dr. Seuss and celebrating Read Across America. How fun! Our Seuss celebration will highlight a Seuss book each day. Students will have plenty of opportunities to join in the fun by dressing up, creating crafts, coloring bookmarks and READing a lot of Seuss-tastic books! Here is a list of the daily books and activities:
 
Monday we will be celebrating Science with Seuss! K-2 students will highlight the book Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can you? And 3-5 students will highlight the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.  
 
On Tuesday we’ll be celebrating There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! Students are asked to wear pockets! Students can wear as many pockets as they want!
 
On Wednesday, students can wear crazy socks to celebrate the super cool book, Fox in Socks!
 
Thursday is dress in blue or red as we celebrate the characters, Thing One and Thing Two!  
 
Friday is Hat Day as we wear our favorite hats for Cat in the Hat! I love hat day. It is totally my favorite and I can’t wait to wear a hat on Friday.  
 
We are so looking forward to seeing all our Cougar Leaders showing Kingsway spirit as we honor one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss.  
 
Looking ahead, we have our Spring Fundraiser starting on March 8th. Be on the lookout for more information coming home! This will be a great virtual option for providing extra funds back to our school.  
 
Also, coming up is Spring Break. Spring Break starts on March 15th!  
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening. Goodbye. 

New Phone Message Sent February 21st
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call!
 
This is the last week to complete the annual Title 1 survey! Orange flyers went home that contains both a link and a QR code that takes you directly to the parent survey! Students can earn 100 live school points for the return of the bottom portion of the flyer filled out by the parent. The class in each grade level that returns the most completed forms will earn a popcorn party!
 
Calling all 3rd graders! Come Float Your Boat in a virtual STEM night with Mrs. Gartner, Ms. Clark, and Mrs. Wiley on Wednesday, February 24th starting at 6pm! A flyer for this night was sent home and posted on our school website and social media accounts! Please RSVP as soon as possible!
 
Looking ahead to the first week of March, we will be honoring Dr. Seuss and celebrating Read Across America. How fun! Our Seuss celebration week will highlight a Seuss book each day. Cougar leaders will have the opportunity to dress-up and complete crafts in their classrooms. Be on the look-out for more information coming soon! We are looking forward to showing our Kingsway spirit as we honor one of our favorite authors, Dr. Seuss.  
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening! Goodbye.

Nurturing Dads Classes Fall Semester
Learn how to be the best dad you can be! Even if you are already a good dad, you can be a GREAT dad; and, great dads can always be better. In this class you will discuss ideas about fathering, in a comfortable setting with other men. The course and materials are provided at no cost to participants. Over 2,100 Dad Grads and counting!
Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
March 3 - May 12, 2021
Virtually on Zoom
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
March 4 - May 13, 2021
Virtually on Zoom

Phone Message Sent February 14th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  
 
Congratulations to the Cougar Leaders that received second quarter awards! Mrs. Kelch and I are super proud of your hard work and determination. Keep up the good work!
 
Please join us this Tuesday, February 16th for SAC at 6pm and PTO at 6:30pm. SAC and PTO meetings are a great way to become involved in decision making at our school. Both the SAC and PTO meetings will be held virtually through Google Meets. The meeting link can be found on the school Website, Facebook and Remind.
 
On Thursday of this week our students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be tackling the Math APM assessment. Please make sure students are well rested and eat a well-balanced breakfast. Remind students to show what they know by trying their best and using their strategies. This assessment will provide teachers with great information as they plan to meet the needs of all students and help continue the progression towards proficient of end of the year standards.  
 
The annual Title 1 survey window is still open and will remain open for the month of February.  Orange flyers went home that contains both a link and a QR code that takes you directly to the parent survey! Students can earn 100 live school points for the return of the bottom portion of the flyer filled out by the parent. The class in each grade level that returns the most completed forms will earn a popcorn party! Wahoo!
 
Reminder that we do not have school tomorrow Monday, February 15th in celebration of President’s Day! We do have school on Tuesday, February 16th and can’t wait to see all our cougar leaders well rested and ready to work!
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening!

Phone Message Sent February 7th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.
 
This is the last week for the “Wheelie” Good Virtually Book Fair! The book fair is a great opportunity to support our school and help you child discover new books! Your family will love the fun new option to shop directly from the interactive virtual book fair cases. Keep in mind that free shipping is available for book-only purchases over $25.  Place your orders soon!
 
Reminder that Girls on the Run registration is now open for girls in grades 3, 4 and 5! The team is limited to 15 girls so make sure you secure your spot today by registering online!
 
It’s “Parent Survey” time! The annual Title 1 survey window is now open and will remain open for the month of February. Students can earn 100 live school points for the return of the bottom portion of the flyer filled out by the parent. The class in each grade level that returns the most completed forms will earn a popcorn party! Wahoo!
 
Join us on Thursday, February 11th for spirit night at Dairy Queen! Dairy Queen is one of my favorites. Please make sure you say "I’m a Kingsway Cougar Leader" when you order! Our PTO will get a percentage of sales back for our school.
 
Looking ahead, we have no school on February 15th in celebration of President’s Day.  
 
Finally, Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Enjoy the big game tonight, but please make sure students get plenty of rest for a successful Monday. Go Bucs!
 
That’s all for now! Goodbye!

Phone Message Sent January 31st
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.
 
Ready, Set, READ! Our "Wheelie" Good Virtual Book Fair starts tomorrow, Feb. 1st! Support our school and help your child discover new books, complete series, favorite characters, and more! You’ll love the new options to shop virtually for book fair exclusives directly from the interactive book fair cases. Also, free shipping is being offered for book-only purchases over $25.  A flyer with more information will be coming home early this week.! This flyer contains the book fair's homepage link and the QR code needed for shopping online! I know I sure am excited to shop for new books! My home library is needing some new characters and exciting new adventures.
 
Girls on the Run registration is now open for girls in grades 3, 4 and 5! The team is limited to 15 girls! So, make sure you secure your spot today by registering online! Registration information can be found our school website and social media accounts. The team will start practicing on March 22nd.
 
It’s “Parent Survey” time! We are super excited to announce that our annual Title 1 survey window is open for the month of February.  You’ll be receiving a flyer this week that contains both a link and a QR code that takes you directly to the parent survey! Students can earn 100 live school points for the return of the bottom portion of the flyer filled out by the parent. The class in each grade level that returns the most completed forms will earn a popcorn party! Wahoo!
 
This week we celebrate 100 days of school! This is quite the milestone for such a challenging and unique school year. Mrs. Kelch and I are so thankful to be leading a school that has the best and most supportive staff, parents, students, and community! Thank you!
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening. Goodbye.

KEEP Tax Statements
KEEP (before and after school care) tax statements are available for pick-up. If you would like yours emailed, please call or email Ms. Fisher.  
Theresa.Fisher@yourcharlotteschools.net
Thank you!

Girls on the Run
Registration began January 25. 3rd-5th grade girls received a flyer for registration on Monday or Tuesday of this week. The team is limited to 15 girls so don't procrastinate. Register online at www.gotrswfl.org. Our practices will start the week of March 22nd. Girls on the Run is so much fun! 

Phone Message Sent January 24th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.
 
This week is an exciting week as we Celebrate Literacy. The theme for this year is Humanity tells a story: What’s your chapter? Join our students as they dive into activities that will promote and celebrate literacy. We will start our week with Make a Difference Monday! Students are encouraged to read a book about a person who has made a difference in our world.  Tuesday is Travel Towel Tuesday! Students can read a book on a towel and travel to new and unique places within that book! Wednesday is Wordy Wednesday! Students should wear clothing that have positive words or phrases. Thoughtful Thursday is a great opportunity to sit down with your student and brainstorm a list of book characters that are thoughtful! And finally, on Friday our cougars will shine positivity into our world! Students will read favorite books in the dark with finger flashlights! What a fun and exciting week we have planned for Celebrate Literacy Week!
 
This week is jammed pack as continue the amazing academic opportunities with our Title 1 virtual STEM nights! Join Mrs. Gartner, Ms. Clark, and Mrs. Wiley on January 27th or 28th starting at 6pm! Flyers for these nights were sent home and posted on our social media accounts! Please RSVP as soon as possible to the STEM night appropriate for your student. Also, the first 30 students registered for each night will get free materials! Wahoo!
 
Reminder that report cards will be coming home on Monday, January 25th! Be sure to check those backpacks for the report cards and hug your children for giving their best effort. Please call the school to schedule a conference if you would like to talk to your child’s teacher about his/her progress.
 
Due at the end of this week is KES Cougar Pride Lines for the yearbook! Pride lines are a great opportunity to give your child a shout out in the 20-21 yearbook! Please let your teacher know if you need an additional form.
 
The last item on our school connect call for this week is our amazing Champs Café! Please remember that Champs Café provides FREE breakfast and lunch for all students. The cafeteria opens at 8am! This gives students plenty of time to eat breakfast and get to class ready to learn by 8:40am! Champs Café also provides free hot lunch! Even those who bring a lunch, can go through the serving line, and select at least 3 food items! These food items can supplement the lunch brought from home. This week is the 14th annual 'Vitamins in Veggies Week' where Champs Cafe will be awarding the 'Coveted Carrot Award' to the elementary school whose students and adults choose the most vegetables one day this week.  That's again super exciting!
 
Looking ahead: Next week starts our Wheelie Good Book Fair! This online book fair is going to be awesome! More information coming soon!
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening! Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent January 17th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call!
I hope you're enjoying a relaxing three-day weekend. Remember, that there is no school tomorrow, January 18th, as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Our students are continuing with the middle-of-the-year assessments and will be eager to share their academic growth with you. Please continue to encourage your child to do their best. Students should be well rested and prepared to work hard to show what they know. Also, keep in mind that students should be in class and ready to learn by 8:40am. It is super helpful when students are in school on-time and stay for the whole day. Our instructional day ends at 3:10pm with dismissal ending at 3:40pm. It's also important for students to be picked up on time.
Looking ahead:
Report cards come home on January 25th.
Celebrate Literacy Week is the week of January 25th! Be on the lookout for a flyer coming home that details the fun activities we have planned that promote literacy for this week! This flyer will be posted on our school website and social media accounts.
We will be hosting Family Fun Online STEM nights on January 27th and 28th! Please make sure you RSVP if you will be joining one or both of these awesome nights! We cannot wait to see all the family fun that will take place during these online STEM nights!
Thank is all for now! Have a great afternoon! Goodbye.

Celebrate Literacy Week:  January 25-29th
 
Monday: Make a Difference Monday
Read a book about someone who has made a difference.
Tuesday:  Travel Towel Tuesday
Read a book on a towel.
Wednesday: Wordy Wednesday
Wear clothes with positive words on them.
Thursday: Thoughtful Thursday
Brainstorm a list of book characters who are thoughtful.
Friday: Finger Flashlight Friday
Read a book in the dark with a finger flashlight.
Celebrate Literacy Week is January 25th-29th.

Phone Message Sent January 10th
Hello Cougar Leaders,
 
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call!
 
Did you know that good attendance is one of the most important factors in student achievement? Here at Kingsway our instructional day begins at 8:40am. Students should be in their seats and ready to learn at that time. It is super helpful when students are in school on-time and stay for the whole day. Our instructional day ends at 3:10pm with dismissal ending at 3:40pm.  It is very important for students to be picked up on time as well.
 
As mentioned last week, we are continuing with middle of the year assessments. This week students will start the STAR reading and math assessments. Please make sure your student is well rested and prepared to work hard to show what they know.  
 
We have another spirit night this week! Wahoo! Please join us at Culver’s on Kingsway Hwy on Thursday, January 14 from 4pm to 8pm.  
 
It has been so wonderful to see our Cougar Leaders back in the building. Everyone is working hard to keep each other safe by wearing their masks correctly and social distancing to the greatest extent possible. It has been good to see students learning and leading as we continue to strive for mastery of the end of the year standards.  
 
Looking ahead: We have no school on Monday, January 18th, in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Also, we will be hosting Family Fun Online STEM nights on January 27th and 28th! Be on the lookout for these flyers to be sent home this week!  
 
That is all for now! Have a great afternoon! Goodbye. 

Phone Message Sent January 3rd
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  
 
Happy New Year, Kingsway Families! Our hope is that everyone had a relaxing winter break and are ready to begin with renewed eagerness for learning as we begin the second half of the school year. The first day for our cougar leaders is tomorrow Monday, January 4th. Please take time this evening to remind all students of the Proud to Lead expectations.  These expectations can be found on our school website and social media accounts. This reminder will help support our direction on the road to success.
 
Also, please note that all cougar leaders are still expected to wear a mask when on campus. This important safety measure is implemented for any student and/or visitor. Please make sure you child has a mask on when they arrive on campus in the morning.
 
This week, we will begin our Middle-of-the Year testing to monitor your child’s academic growth toward the End-of-the-Year standards. It is very important that your child be at school on time, every day without leaving early. With improved attendance, students increase their academic time in the classroom which in turn enhances their learning.
 
Looking ahead, we have no school on Monday, January 18th.  Also, report cards will go home on Monday, January 25th.  
 
That’s all for now. I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent December 23rd
Good afternoon Cougar Leaders,
This is Mrs. Kelch with a short message before we leave for winter break. I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for making the first part of our school year a success. I am extremely proud of all our cougar leaders and how they have displayed our proud to lead expectations. I truly appreciate your continued support during these challenging times. I hope everyone has a fabulous break. Please relax and enjoy some time with family. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy. I cannot wait to see all our cougar leaders on January 4th. Happy New Year everyone! I am excited to see what the new year has to bring for all of us at Kingsway! Enjoy your evening.

Phone Message Sent December 20th

Hello Cougar Leaders, 

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

Oh, what fun we’ve had this week with our Holiday dress up days. We are so thankful for all the families that participated and joined in the fun.  

We have school three days this week! Our cougar leaders are expected to be in attendance on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Winter Break begins on Thursday, December 24th with school resuming for staff and students on January 4th. Have a safe, restful, and healthy winter break, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.  

That’s all for now. Have a great afternoon! Goodbye. 


Phone Message Sent December 13th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  
 
Oh, What Fun! Holiday Dress Up days are this week! Listen here for how your student can join in the fun.  
 
Monday is silly sock and silly hair day! Come to school with the silliest socks you own, and your hair done up in a silly do!  
Tuesday is Red, White, and Green day! Come to school dressed in your best red, white, and green attire.  
Wednesday is Hilarious Hat Day! Personally, I cannot wait to wear my most hilarious hat for all of you on Wednesday. Join me with your hat as well!
Thursday is Tacky Sweater Day! Please wear your most outrageous appropriate tacky sweater.
Friday is Pajama Day! Pajama day is my favorite kind of day! Please make sure to still wear sneakers with those PJs!
 
Dress up days are so fun! We cannot wait to see all our cougar leaders participating in these days.
 
Looking ahead: Please note that due to the change in the school calendar, Winter Break begins on December 24th and staff and students return on January 4th. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon! Goodbye!

Phone Message Sent December 6th
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly phone call.  
 
Tomorrow is Fall Picture Retakes! Please make sure students have forms and picture packages if they are retaking their Fall Individual pictures.  
 
Please join us this Tuesday, December 8th for SAC at 6pm and PTO at 6:30pm. SAC and PTO meetings are a great way to become involved in decision making at our school. Both the SAC and PTO meetings will be held virtually through Google Meets. The meeting link can be found on the school Website, Facebook, and Twitter.
 
Our cougar leaders are still doing a great job of wearing masks in the building. This important safety measure is implemented for any student or visitor that is on our campus. Our campus includes the parking lot and our lobby area. Help us by making sure your child is putting on their mask before even exiting the car. This is so important! Also, If a mask is forgotten we do have extras on hand! However, we have been using many of our extra masks. So double check and ensure that your child is coming to school with a mask and even an extra in their backpacks.
 
Looking ahead- We will be having a Holiday Spirit Week starting on December 14th. I’m so excited. More information will be posted on our school website, social media accounts, and through remind later this week.  
 
Finally, please take note that due to the change in the school calendar, Winter Break begins on December 24th through January 4th. Enjoy the rest of your afternoon! Goodbye!

SAC and PTO
We'd love for you to join us! SAC and PTO is 12/8/2020 starting at 6:00 PM via Google Meets. Google Meets- http://meet.google.com/ogu-asvj-ytc
SAC and PTO meet 12/8/2020 starting at 6PM.

Phone Message Sent November 29th
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  
 
We welcome the month of December with chilly weather! This cooler weather may cause students to wear jackets, sweaters, and/or hoodies! To help keep track of their warmer weather gear, please make sure to put your student's name on the inside of these items.  
 
Thank you to all of our families that could join us at 3 Pepper Burrito Company for spirit night. Our total is in and we raised over $180 for our PTO. Wow! Way to go, Cougars.  
 
We are continuing with our school protocols to keep KES as safe as possible for all our cougars’ leaders. Please continue to keep your student home if they show any sick symptoms. Also, make sure students are wearing mask before they exit the vehicles in the mornings. Parents and/or family members need to wear masks on our campus as well- this includes the parking lot and our lobby area.  
 
Finally, please join us as celebrate the retirement of Mrs. Petty! There are a minion reasons why we love Mrs. Petty and we will be honoring her years of education by dressing in Minion colors, blue and yellow, on Friday, December 4th!  I cannot wait to see all of the minions celebrating Mrs. Petty.
 
That is all for now! Have a great evening. Goodbye! 

Congrats to Mrs. Petty
Mrs. Petty is retiring on Friday. Please join us as we celebrate Mrs. Petty by wearing blue and yellow on Friday, December 4th. :-D
 
Mrs. Petty is retiring 12/4/2020.  Wear blue and yellow on Friday.

Phone Message Sent November 22nd
Hello Cougar Leaders. This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.
On Tuesday, November 24th we will be wearing our most Tacky-est Ties! That’s right! We achieved our goal and read over 5,000 Tumblebooks! Way to go, Cougars! I cannot wait to see all the tacky ties on Tuesday!
 
This week we will be sending home an important STAR assessment letter. Please be looking for this letter in your child’s backpack and note the most recent results.
 
Our KES PTO sends a big shout out to all families that participated in the fall fundraiser! As we receive the amount of funds raised, we’ll be sure to announce and celebrate with you all.
 
Finally, I want to remind all cougars that we have school for three days this week! Due to starting the school year later, there was a change to Thanksgiving Break. We have school on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. All cougars have Thursday and Friday off for a short Thanksgiving break. We hope that everyone will be able to enjoy some family time and can celebrate by giving thanks during this season of thankfulness. Mrs. Kelch and I sure are thankful for all KES staff, families, and students. This year has been full of obstacles to overcome, but our school community has done everything to stay positive, flexible, and super amazing. We are so proud to be Cougar Leaders.
 
That’s all for now! Have a great evening! Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent November 19th

Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with a few important announcements as we end our week! 

Our second Spirit Night of the school year is today Thursday, November 19 from 5 to 8pm at 3 Pepper Burrito Company! Our school will gain 20% of sales during this spirit night! Students should have brought home a flyer this week from school. That flyer is to be presented at the register when you order your food for eat-in or take-out.  

Tomorrow is the last day we are collecting canned and/or dry goods to donate to our local food banks and to create Thanksgiving food baskets. If able, please bring a canned and/or dry good into our school to put in the Turkey collection box in the lobby. Remember: this collection will help continue to keep kindness at the heart of our school culture.   

Lastly, our Road to Success t-shirts have gone on sale for an amazing value of $10! The order form can be found on social media and on our school website!   

That is all for now! Goodbye! 


3 Pepper Spirit Night
This Thursday is another fun spirit night! Join us at 3 Pepper on Peachland Blvd between 5-8 PM. Twenty percent goes back to our school!
#thekescougarway
This Thursday is another fun spirit night!  Join us at 3 Pepper on Peachland Blvd between 5-8 PM.
 

Phone Message Sent November 15th

Hello Cougar Leaders!

 
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.  
 
Our super awesome online Fall Fundraiser is going strong! Thank you to all the families that have registered at www.ShopFund.com. If you have not done so already, please take the time to register. Also, remember to share with family and friends on social media, through email, and/or by sending a text message. The goal is for each family to have 5-10 online supporters! Your sharing makes a huge impact! PTO appreciates your assistance in helping our school gain the funds to increase student achievement and maintain a positive upbeat culture.  
 
Tumblebook Tacky Tie Reading Contest has started, and we are well on our way to reaching our school wide goal of reading 5,000 Tumblebooks! Remember, if we reach our goal, students will be able to wear the most Tacky-est tie they can find or create on Tuesday, November 24th. Whoop! Whoop!
 
Our second Spirit Night of the school year is this week on Thursday, November 19 from 5 to 8pm at 3 Pepper Burrito Company! Our school will gain 20% of sales during this spirit night! Students will bring home a flyer that is to be presented at the register when you order your food for eat-in or take-out.
 
This week we are collecting canned and/or dry goods to donate to our locate food banks and to create Thanksgiving food baskets. If able, please bring a canned and/or dry good into our school. This collection will help continue to keep kindness at the heart of our school culture.  
 
Looking ahead we have no school on November 26th and 27th!
 

That is all for now. Have a great afternoon. Goodbye!


Postcards to Space

Hello Families!

Over the past week, students created postcards that will be going to space as part of the Club for the Future space program.  Seriously…they are REALLY going to space!!!  Students had to think about why Earth needs space and brainstorm their ideas for a future in space.  The enthusiasm and energy for this project has been contagious!

You can learn more about this adventure here:  https://www.clubforfuture.org/

The postcards are awesome!  Students in Monday’s classes still need the opportunity to create their postcards (due to the storm canceling school).  I will work with these classes on Monday (11/16). 

ALL postcards are due Tuesday, November 17th.  I know some students wanted to take them home to finish.  Please check with your child to be sure they turned their postcard in so it can go to space!  J  The postcards are supposed to come back to us with a special postmark for the students to keep.  How cool!!!

If your child needs a postcard, please let me know (Nicole.Clark@yourcharlotteschools.net or via Remind) and I’ll be sure they get one (or they can come visit me in the morning).

Again…all postcards are due Tuesday, November 17th.

Thank YOU!

Ms. Clark


School Open 11/12/2020

Hello, this is Steve Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools.

First and most importantly, I want to thank all of you for your cooperation this morning and for how you handled the early morning cancelation.  When a storm tract changes that drastically overnight it clearly creates a problem of getting the message out the community.  I am so glad that all of students, families and staff received the message in time to stay safe.

I also want to let you know that Charlotte County Schools will have school on Thursday, November 12. 

Again, Charlotte County Schools will be open on Thursday.  Any activities scheduled for Thursday can proceed as scheduled.

Thank you for your cooperation throughout this storm and I hope all is well with your families and property.

Please continue to monitor the CCPS Website for any additional updates.

Thank you.


No School Due to Storm 11/11/2020
Due to the dramatic shift in the path of Tropical Storm Eta, school is canceled today, Wednesday November 11 as are all after school activities.
This decision was not made lightly but I feel that it is the best possible decision to ensure the safety of your children, their families and our staff.
Again, there will be no school today for staff or students.
Please take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe.

Rainy Day Dismissal 11/10/2020
Hello Cougar Leaders. This is Mrs. Hazeltine with an important message. Due to weather in our area we will be calling a Rainy Day Dismissal. All walkers and bikers will go to Parent Pick Up in the front of the building. Please make sure you have your parent pickup card with you when you enter the parent pick up line. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we keep all students safe. Goodbye.

Storm and School Update

Hello, this is Steve Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools.

I want to let you know that Charlotte County Schools will have school on Tuesday, November 10. 

Again, Charlotte County Schools will be open on Tuesday.  Any activities scheduled for Tuesday can proceed as scheduled.

Thank you for your cooperation throughout this storm and I hope all is well with your families and property.

Please continue to monitor this storm as its tract has been erratic and could affect our weather again later this week.

Please continue to monitor the CCPS Website for any additional updates.

Thank you.


No School November 9th

Hello, this is Steve Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools. 

In preparation of Tropical Storm Eta, school is canceled Monday November 9th as are all after school activities. 

This decision was not made lightly but I feel that it is the best possible decision to ensure the safety of your children, their families and our staff.

A decision on school for Tuesday November 10 will be made as early as possible tomorrow.

Again, there will be no school Monday November 9 for staff or students.

Please take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe. 

Thank you.


Phone Message Sent November 8th

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

We have kicked off our PTO Fall Fundraiser! Wahoo! This two-week fundraiser is going to be done all online! We sent a remind message to you last week with links on how to REGISTER, SHARE and WIN prizes. Students have watched a kickoff video and brought home a fundraiser packet to help get everyone excited. We understand if you cannot participate by buying items this time, but it would by awesome if you could share the link we sent with family and friends. This would give you an opportunity to win some fun prizes, just by sharing!!We appreciate your support! 

Report cards will be sent home on Monday, November 9th. Check those backpacks fand celebrate with your student for giving their best effort. 

This week starts our Tumblebook Tacky Tie Reading Contest. We have challenged all students to a school wide goal of reading 5,000 Tumblebooks! Students will have the opportunity to participate in this challenge until November 23rd ! If we reach our goal, students will be able to wear the most Tacky-est tie they can find or create on Tuesday, November 24th. I cannot wait to see all the digital reading that is going to take place! Go Cougars! Thanks in advance for helping your child attain reading success!

Friday is World Kindness Day! Make sure you celebrate this day by seeking ways to be extra kind. Remember we want to make a culture of kindness in our school. It starts by all students believe that kindness can be the norm. 

That's all for now!  Have a great afternoon.  Goodbye.


November Newletter

Please read our November Newsletter for school updates.  We also included fundraiser information.  :-)

https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/domain/3977


Fall Fundraiser

Great news- we have our first virtual fundraiser of the school year! This fundraiser is being put on by PTO. (PTO's function is to benefit students as well as provide an opportunity for parents to be involved with their school. PTO organizes and supervises fundraising activities to supplement curriculum and enhance our academic programs)
We have attached the parent letter and prize items for your viewing. Your child will be coming home with the fundraiser packet today. The fundraiser will run from 11/6-11/20. Parents and guardians, please register and share all of the information with family and friends online. Here is the website to register. https://www.shopfund.com/
Our goal is to raise 10,000! Thank you for helping us in reaching our goal!!
Happy selling cougar families!
Fall Fundraiser Preview.  Packets were sent home 11/6.
Prizes.  Packets were sent home 11/6.

Phone Message Sent November 4th

Good afternoon Cougar Leaders,
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with an important announcement. I am calling to let all of our families know that we conducted a practice Active Assailant Drill at our school this morning. An Active Assailant Drill is when we immediately place the whole school in a complete lock down. In order to be prepared for any emergency that could possibly arise, we will be conducting these Active Assailant Drills monthly. Thank you for your continued support. Goodbye.


Phone Message Sent November 1st

Hello Cougar Leaders,
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.
We had the most amazing Book Character Pumpkins! Thank you to all the Kingsway cougars that participated in this family involvement activity and for helping your student celebrate books and literacy at home!
Reminder- Students do not have school on Tuesday, November 3rd. This is a professional development day for teachers.
Here's a message from Deputy Morales: Parents- please remember to leave the left lane open in the parking lot at arrival and dismissal. This lane needs to be clear for other vehicles to pass. The right lane is for waiting and the left lane is for passing. We have many safety reasons this lane needs to be clear.
Finally, students should put on their mask on before exiting the car. This is important! We are using a huge number of disposable masks and are having difficulty keep extra masks on hand. Please help us and ensure that your student is coming to school wearing a mask. Also, having an extra mask in your child’s backpack is a great idea.
That’s all for now. Thank you for listening. Have a great evening. Goodbye.

Phone Message Sent October 25th

Hello Cougar Leaders,
 
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s school connect call.
 
Can you believe it’s the last week of October? This month has gone by so fast and we're not done yet! This week is going to be a busy one, so hold on and join the fun!
 
We have worked super hard this month to Stomp Out Bullying! Thank you everyone for joining the Bully Prevention activities as went blue together, challenged each other to be kind, learned about not being a bystander, and stood united in orange. As we finish this month, we ask that you join us in conversation. We will be encouraging students to openly speak and discuss their experiences with student conflict, bullying and cyberbullying. We want students to share how these experiences have affected them and how they dealt with them in the moment.
 
This week we will also be joining the Nation in a week-long celebration to promote making safe and healthy choices and we will encourage our students to make a personal commitment to be drug free. That’s right it is Red Ribbon Week! This year’s theme is Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free.
 
Please join us in the following activities as Kingsway Rocks Red Ribbon Week:
 
*Monday starts a coloring contest. Students can request a coloring sheet from their teacher to join the fun. Students will also be given a Red Ribbon Sticker that explains why we celebrate such an important week. Please ask you child what Red Ribbon Week stands for as they return home on Monday!
*On Tuesday, student will have the opportunity to sign the Red Ribbon Pledge. This pledge will be posted on our school website and social media accounts. Please review it at home! All pledges will be hung in the cafeteria on the pledge wall in celebration of Red Ribbon Week.
*On Wednesday, we are asking students to WEAR Red! We cannot wait to see all our students wearing red in support of being drug free!
*On Thursday, each student will receive a super awesome red ribbon bookmark!
*And on Friday, we will award prizes for the Red Ribbon Coloring Contest.
 
Finally, this is the week for our Book Character Pumpkins! Bring your pumpkin to your classroom on or before October 31st.  This is an optional family involvement activity that was developed to bring literacy fun to your home and celebrate books in a festive manner! Teachers will display book character pumpkin outside their classroom doors. On October 31st, classes will take social distanced hallway strolls to identify the book character pumpkins and admire your family’s creativity and efforts. We thank each of our Kingsway families for helping your child celebrate books and literacy! We can’t wait to see all the book character pumpkins decorating our hallways! Please look for other Fall activities from your child's teacher.
 
Looking forward to next week, there is no school on November 3rd. It is a professional development day for teachers.
 
Thank you for listening to this message. Have a great evening. Goodbye!

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Phone Message Sent October 18th

Hello Cougar Leaders,

This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week's school connect call.
 
This past week was our first FRE FREE Book Friday . It was a huge success! The FRE gave out over 300 FREE books. WOW! Thank you, Mrs. Gartner!
Our Tropical Smoothie Cafe Spirit Night was also a successful evening! Thank you to all that were able to support our school by attending the first spirit night of the year. Way to go Cougars!
 
Monday, October 19th is Fall Individual School Picture Day! Please come prepared and make sure you SMILE!
 
This week for Bully Prevention month we will be focusing on Inclusion. At one point or another, each of us has felt insecure, or stressed out, or even all alone. It is important to remind our friends and classmates that we are all in it together and we are seeking to listen, support, and include each other.
 
On Wednesday, October 21st we will join others across the world in celebrating Unity Day. Students are encouraged to wear orange to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Unity Day is coming together in one giant message of support and unity against bullying. Together we can MAKE IT ORANGE and Make it END!
 
Also, this week is bus driver appreciation! Please make sure to let our amazing bus drivers and aids know how much we appreciate them and their efforts of transporting our students in a safe manner!
 

That's all for now! Thank you and have a great evening. Goodbye.


Book Character Pumpkins

Flyers were sent home about book character pumpkins.


FRE Free Book Friday

10/16/20 is FRE Free Book Friday! We'll see you in the morning (8:00-8:40AM).

10/16/20 is FRE Free Book Friday! We'll see you in the morning (8:00-8:40AM).


SAC and PTO

Join us for our SAC and PTO Meetings on October 20th from 6:00-7:00 PM.

It's virtual via Google Meets: https://meet.google.com/ogu-asvj-ytc

SAC and PTO is October 20th from 6-7 PM.


Phone Message Sent October 14th:

Hello Cougar Leaders~
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with an important annoucements. The first SPIRIT NIGHT of the year is TODAY from 4-8. Please make your way to Tropical Smoothie Cafe and say I'm with KINGSWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! You are not required to go into the restaurant. Tropical Smoothie Cafe offers Drive Thru and Mobile Order options. Also, make sure to keep those receipts! Students will be awarded 25 LiveSchool points for attending Spirit Night and supporting our school! So make sure to bring those receipts in and give them to your teachers.
That's all for now!
Go Cougars!
Goodbye.

Fall Pictures

Fall individual pictures are October 19th.

Fall pictures are 10/19/2020.


KES Spirit Night

Please swing by Tropical Smoothie on Peachland BLVD between 4:00 and 8:00 PM on October 14th.  Be sure to say you're from Kingsway!  You do not need to go into the resturant.  :-)

Tropical Smoothie Spirit Night from 4:00-8:00 PM.


Phone Message Sent October 11th

Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.  

This past week was bright as we celebrated COLOR WEEK with Kindergarten cougars! Thank you to all families that joined in the fun and supported the learning happening in our kindergarten classrooms. That is most definitely the cougar way! 

Looking forward to this week, our challenge for Bully Prevention is to STAND UP for Others and don’t be a bystander. When you see someone being bullied, be brave and STAND UP for them. Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims. If you don't feel safe, then get the help of an adult immediately. Be part of the solution -- not the problem! We are challenging students to participate by creating positive messages on post-its and handing them out to students at school.  

Our cougar leaders are still doing an amazing job of wearing masks in the building. This important safety measure is implemented for any student or visitor that is on our campus. Help us by making sure your child is putting on their mask before exiting the car. This is important! Also, if a mask is forgotten we do have extras on hand! However, we have been using many of our extra masks these past two weeks. So double check and ensure that your child is coming to school with a mask. Lastly, with this hot weather, a great idea is to have extra masks in your child’s backpack.  

We proudly announce Free Book Friday with our Family Reading Experience! Please join us on Fridays for FREE books delivered to your car at Parent Drop Off, starting this Friday October 16, 2020! 

Finally, there is school on Monday, October 12th.  We look forward to seeing all our cougar leaders in the morning! 

Thank you and have a great evening. Goodbye! 


Phone Message Sent October 4th

Hello Kingsway Cougars! This is Mrs. Hazeltine with our weekly school connect call.

 
Our Dads Take your Child to School Day event was a huge success! We saw so many Super Cool Dudes with smiling faces. The kids enjoy the attention, and it started our day with such an amazing positive experience. We are so thankful to ALL Kingsway family members for making this event a success and contributing to the awesome Kingsway family culture.
 
On Monday, midterm progress reports will be coming home. We’ve had a great start to our school year and cannot even believe that we are halfway through the first quarter.
 
We welcome the month of October with cooler weather and a busy schedule.  This month, Kingsway is participating in some amazing awareness projects. For example, October is National Bully Prevention month. So, we as a school 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 on all children of all ages. The first week of October , out school will be challenging our student to be extra kind to one another by making new friends, being a leader at school and acts of kindness for each other. On, October 5th we will join in the 14th annual world day of bully prevention by wearing blue in the support of #blueup. Please see the Bully Prevention Flyer on our website and social media for more info on the upcoming weekly challenges and other fun activities to support Bully prevention.
 
Join our Kindergarten Cougars for COLOR WEEK! This annual tradition allows our school to support the learning happening in our kindergarten classes. Monday, of course, is blue day to support our school effort of #blueup, Tuesday is yellow day, Wednesday is red day, Thursday is orange day, and Friday is green day! We cannot wait to see our school join together to support our Kindergarten cougars.
 
When you have time, please take a look at the KES Cougar Paw Print for October. This published newsletter is posted on remind, our school website and our social media accounts.
 

Have a great evening! Goodbye.


Newsletter

Here's our first newsletter of the 2020-2021 school year!

https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/domain/3977


Handbooks are Now Online!

Our family handbook is now available:  https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/domain/5271
 
You can also see the updated Code of Student Conduct:  https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/domain/4050

Kinder Color Week

It's kindergarten color week (10/5-10/9)! Wear these colors each day:
Monday: Blue
Tuesday: Yellow
Wednesday: Red
Thursday: Orange
Friday: Green
Thank you for supporting our kindergarteners!

October is Bully Prevention Month!

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month.

See the attached flyer for activities that we will be participating in here at KES. Our first activity is #BLUEup day on October 5th! Join us and wear blue to show solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying!

#thekescougarway

October is Bullying Prevention Month

Resources for Dads
These great resources were given out at our Super Cool Dudes event yesterday (9/30/2020).
Whether you are a new dad, an expectant dad, a married dad, or single dad - every dad can become an even better dad, especially, with the right tools! See flyers below for more information. #thekescougarway
Ten Tips for Being a Great Dad.  Call 953-3877 for more information.
 
Call Jack Baker at 953-5507 for free classes for dads.
 

Phone Message Sent September 27th:
Hello Cougar Leaders! This is Mrs. Hazeltine calling with our weekly phone call.
Our cougars are really getting into a great instructional routine. Mrs. Kelch and I are seeing so many amazing learning opportunities happening in our building. We are proud of all our cougar leaders and the effort that we see in our instructional environment! Furthermore, our cougars are following our Always be Proud to Lead expectations. The Always be Proud to Lead expectations can be found on our website, Facebook, and other social media accounts. These expectations can be reviewed and used at home as well!
 
This week, we are calling all dads, grandpas, uncles, and other super cool dudes! Dads Take Your Child to School Day will look a little different this year, but instead of canceling our event, we decided to make it a “drive-through”! On Wednesday, September 30th, drive your children to school during regular drop off times and receive a treat bag with some gifts of appreciation to celebrate this special day. Thank you for your flexibility with this year’s event. We hope to see all dads, grandpas, uncles, and other super cool dudes on Wednesday!
 
Finally, please remember that rainy day dismissal can be called at a moment’s notice. As soon as the school receives an alert that lightening is within 10 miles of the school, we must go to rainy day dismissal. Please remember we have these procedures in place for the safety of all our families, students, and staff members. During rainy dismissal, all bikers and walkers should be picked up in the front of the building with a parent pick up card. If you do not have a parent pick up card, you’ll be asked to park, walk into the lobby with a mask on and show your ID. The expectation is that all students are picked up before 3:40pm. If you have a person meeting your walker or biker, please make sure it is communicated with them when the school calls the rainy-day dismissal.
We're looking forward to another great week!
 
Thank you and have a great evening! Good-bye.

Phone Messages Sent September 24th:
Good afternoon Cougar Leaders,
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with an important announcement. I am calling to let all of our families know that we conducted a practice Active Assailant Drill at our school this morning. An Active Assailant Drill is when we immediately place the whole school in a complete lock down and all classroom doors are locked. In order to be prepared for any emergency that could possibly arise, we will be conducting these Active Assailant Drills monthly. A call will not be issued for every drill that we conduct, but we wanted to contact you on the first drill in case questions did arise when your children returned home this afternoon. Your child's safety is always important to us and we want to make sure we are prepared for an actual emergency. We strive to keep all of our students safe and happy in their classrooms. If you have any questions feel free to contact us. We hope that you have a great week. Thank you for your continued support. Goodbye!

Hello Cougar Leaders this is Mrs. Hazeltine with a very sensitive and important message. Our beloved principal, Ms. Johnston passed away on August 3, 2020.  We wanted to share this information with all parents and ask that you speak to your students about this sensitive topic. We will be dedicating a bench in her memory in the near future. If your student would like to talk to anyone about Ms. Johnston's passing, please let us know. We have staff members on our campus that are willing and ready to help students deal with this sensitive information. Thank you and have a good evening.

Phone Message Sent September 20th:
Hello Cougar Leaders!
 
This is Mrs. Hazeltine with this week’s announcements.
 
We have just a few reminders about arrival and dismissal. First, please do not drop students off before 8am. Students standing outside in the mornings are unsupervised and this can create an unsafe environment. Please have students wait in cars until you see staff members on duty. Please remind bikers and walkers of this safety procedure. The walker gates do not open until 8am and it is unsafe for them to be sitting outside the gate. Starting at 8am we will have adults on duty to help students get in the building and to the correct location.
 
Next, please remember that when you drive on campus be aware of your surroundings, do not park in cross walks and keep music at a low volume. If you need to park or walk students up to the building, please wear a mask or face covering at all times.
 
Finally, if you forget your Parent Pick-Up card, you’ll be asked to park and go into the school to show your ID. This procedure is for anyone picking up students. This procedure is the same for walkers in Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade. Walker cards must be visible, if not the student will go back to office and parent will need to come show ID. During rainy day dismissal walkers and bikers will be held in the building. Parents can come through the parent-pick line in the FRONT of the building to pick up your walkers and bikers when rainy day dismissal is called. Our dismissal is going very well. We are super proud of our cougar leaders. Thank you, parents, and guardians, for adhering to all procedures.
 
This past week, we had successful PTO and SAC meetings. We will be sending home more information on PTO and SAC. Please fill out the forms if you’re interested in taking a more active role in our school through these two awesome opportunities.
 
It has been wonderful to see our Cougar Leader back in our building. Everyone is working hard to keep each other safe by wearing their masks correctly and social distancing to the greatest extent possible. It has been so good to see students learning, leading, and laughing.  The school is bustling with positive energy, and we are so enjoying having our Cougars back in school.
 
Thank you for your support! Enjoy the rest of your evening. Goodbye.

Message Sent September 15th:
Good afternoon Kingsway Cougars. At this time, we will be doing a rainy-day dismissal since there is lightning in the area. This means that all students who are walker or biker will be sent to the parent pick up line at dismissal. If you have a walker or biker, please use your parent pick up card to drive through the parent pick up line this afternoon. If you do not have a parent pick up card, you will need to park, come into the building, and show your Identification to obtain one. Thank you in advance for your patience as we try to dismiss all our students safely.

Phone Message Sent September 13th:
Good afternoon, Kingsway Cougar Leaders,
This is assistant principal, Mrs. Hazeltine, calling with this week’s announcements. We are so proud of all of our cougar leaders. The students are wearing their masks, washing hand frequently and using social distancing to the greatest extent possible. We are all working together to stay safe and healthy. Keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to have an extra mask in your backpack.
With Tropical Sally making its way past us, please be prepared for the possibility of Rainy-Day Dismissals next week. Remember students will not be released as walkers or bikers if there is lightning within 10 miles of Kingsway. As always, we would like to thank you for your support and patience during dismissal.
We will be continuing our Beginning of the Year assessments this week. Please make sure your students are well rested and prepared to work hard to show what they know.
Finally, please join us on September 15 for SAC at 6pm and PTO at 6:30pm. SAC and PTO meetings are a great way to become involved in decision making at our school. Both the SAC and PTO meetings will be held virtually through Google Meets. The meeting link can be found on the school's Website, Facebook and Twitter.
As always, thank you for your continued support. We hope everyone has a great week.

SAC and PTO Meeting
We hope you will join us for our first SAC and PTO meetings of the year. This Tuesday, September 15th from 6:00-7:00 PM.
 
 
SAC and PTO meeting is September 15th via Google Meets starting at 6:00 PM.  

Message Sent September 9th:
Good afternoon Kingsway Cougars. At this time, we will be doing a rainy-day dismissal since there is lightning in the area. This means that all students who are walker or biker will be sent to the parent pick up line at dismissal. If you have a walker or biker, please use your parent pick up card to drive through the parent pick up line this afternoon. If you do not have a parent pick up card, you will need to park, come into the building, and show your Identification to obtain one. Thank you in advance for your patience as we try to dismiss all our students safely.
 
Biker and walkers go to their according location- K-2 Cafeteria, 3rd-5th- inside hallway by bus side.

Phone Message Sent September 7th:
Hello Kingsway Cougars. This is your principal, Mrs. Kelch We had a great first week of school. We can't thank each of you enough for helping make our first week of school run so smoothly! Kingsway Cougar Staff members did an amazing job as they navigated a safe learning environment in all areas of our school. Students are still learning new procedures, but are quickly adapting to wearing masks and embracing social distancing to the greatest extent possible. Together this has created a great start in our journey on the road to success.
This week, students were introduced to our Always be Proud to LEAD expectations. L-Lead by example. E-Earn respect and respect others. A-Act responsibly. D-Do your best! These expectations provide the building blocks to a learning environment that support positive behaviors. Please see the LEAD expectations on our school’s Facebook, website, and Twitter.
Thank you for being patient during Parent Pick-up. We will continue to get faster as we doing our best to get students home in a safe and orderly manner. Just a few reminders about dismissal: 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 in crosswalks. Please make sure you have you have the correct Parent Pick-up card displayed in your car. The staff members on duty will check this card before placing the student in your car. Once your student is in your car please take down the Parent Pick-Up card. This signals to us that you are ready to move. The whole line will move as one. This is to ensure that all students loading into cars are safe before traffic moves. If you forget your Parent Pick-Up card, you’ll be asked to park and go into the school to show your ID. Walkers- please remember to bring your walker card for students in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade.
We will be starting our Beginning of the Year assessments Tuesday. Please make sure students are well rested and prepared to work hard to show what they know.
Looking ahead, our first SAC meeting is September 15th at 6:00 pm. Immediately following will be our first PTO meeting at 6:30 pm. Both will be held virtually on Google meets. A link will be posted this week to our social media pages.
As always, thank you for your continued support. We hope everyone has a great week.

Phone Message Sent August 31st:
Today was a GREAT day! It was so nice to be back in the building with our Cougar leaders! Feel free to share your child's first day of school picture below and what their favorite part of the day was! 💙🤍
Hello Kingsway Cougars,
This is your Principal, Mrs. Kelch
We had an amazing first day back to school. It was so awesome to see most of our Cougar Leaders on campus. We cannot wait to meet the second set of our Kindergarten students tomorrow. Thank you so much for your patience during our dismissal time. It is so important to us to ensure the safety of our students. Please remember to always have your PPU card visible. If you do not have your PPU card, you will be asked to park, go into the building and show your identification. You will not be able to enter the lobby of the school, as we will be dismissing our other students. In this case, please be patient with us as you wait. If you have a parent pick up tag, display it on your rear-view mirror until your child gets in the car, when your child is in the car safely, please remove it. This signals to us that your car is all set! We check IDs to maintain that approved persons are picking up our students and that we have a safe and secure campus. Our PPU line usually will end at about 3:40, but the first week or so it may take longer as we get into a routine. Again, please be patient and follow all dismissal procedures.
Also, please be careful when entering and exiting our campus. We have a new gate out in the front of our school. This gate should be open during arrival and dismissal times. We have one gate for entering campus and the other gate for exiting campus. In order to exit the campus, please pull all the way up to the exit gate to trigger it to open.
A few notes for the rest of the week. Students should be dropped off no earlier than 8:00 am on campus. Our School Resource Officer will be outside reminding families that only students enrolled in morning KEEP can arrive prior. If your child is NOT eating breakfast, please arrive after 8:10. Students need to be in class and ready to learn by 8:40. Pre-K teachers will be outside at parent drop off at 8:10 to assist with the arrival of your Pre-K child. All students should be dropped off in the parent drop off line, as parents will not be able to come into the building. Kindergarten families, if you are going to be participating in our second day of Kindergarten Drive Through Drop Off, please pull on to our bus ramp between 9:00-9:30. Our Kindergarten teachers will be outside and ready to take a picture with your child for their first day. We do ask that you remain in your cars. If your child attended Kindergarten today then do not attend tomorrow. If your child did not attend today they come tomorrow. All Kindergarten students will attend on Wednesday.
If your child is changing their dismissal at all this week. It is critical you write a note in your child's planner. Teachers will be checking the planner each day so this is the best way to document a dismissal change. Please note if this change is for one day or a permanent change.
Thank you again for an amazing first day! We will continue to work together for the success of all of our Cougar Leaders! As always, thank you for your continue support. We appreciate all that you do!

Phone Message Sent August 30th:
Good Evening Kingsway Cougar Leaders. This is Mrs. Kelch, your principal. We are so excited to welcome our Kingsway Cougars tomorrow! I have a lot of information for you to start the school year, remember a copy of this message will be posted to our Kingsway Facebook page!
Kindergarten students whose last names start with A-H will start school on August 31st. Students in kindergarten whose last names begin with I-Z will attend their first day of school on Tuesday, September 1st. Kindergarten parents please remember this is a staggered start. If your child attends on Monday, they do not attend on Tuesday. If your kinder student is schedule to attend on Tuesday you do not attend on Monday. Finally, all kindergarten students will attend school on September 2. Kindergarten students in Ms. Ulrich's and Ms. Dumont's will attend starting tomorrow, August 31st-they will not have a staggered start. Cougar Leaders will be arriving on the bus and others will be dropped off at parent drop off. Either way, please make sure your student is wearing their mask when they arrive on campus.
I have a few important reminders for our first day of school. Students who are eating breakfast can arrive on campus at 8:00, they will eat breakfast in the cafeteria and be dismissed to their hallways at 8:10. Therefore, we ask if your student is not eating breakfast that they do not arrive on campus until 8:10 so they can head straight to their classroom. Students cannot exit their cars at parent drop off until 8:00am unless they are enrolled in our morning KEEP program. Our School Resource Officer and administrators will be at the parent drop off to remind parents of this. It is unsafe to have students on campus prior to school arrival at 8:00. If your child is a walker, please ensure their route allows for their arrival after 8:00am. All students should be ready to learn in their classrooms by 8:40.
Kindergarten families, if you are going to be participating in our Kindergarten Drive Through Drop Off, please pull on to our bus ramp between 9:00-9:30. Our Kindergarten teachers will be outside and ready to take a picture with your child for their first day. At this time, please take a quick picture with your child and their teacher. We do ask that you remain in your cars. If your child is arriving at our regular drop off time, we will ensure they are escorted to their classroom.
Please remind your child that when they arrive to school that we will have several adults that will have class lists and will be able to help find their new classrooms. Last week all teachers contact their families to find out how each child will be going home. If you did not get in contact with your child’s teacher, please write a note so we know how your child will be going home. If there are ANY changes in how your child is going home, we ask that you write it in their planner, as we are not able to take changes over the phone.
You will also notice that we have a new gate at the front of our school this year. This gate will be open in the mornings until the conclusion of morning drop off. Once the gate closes, if you visit the campus you will need to pull up to the gate and ring the doorbell located on the pole. When the front office staff member answers you will need to state your name and your reason for visiting the campus. The gate will open and you will be able to park. You will then need to ring the second doorbell at the office door and show your identification. In the afternoons, the gate will be open at 2:00 pm to allow our parent pickup to begin forming. Please do not arrive before 2:00 or block the gate entrance as we will still need to allow visitors to enter our campus. In order to exit the campus, please pull all the way up to the exit gate to trigger it to open.
Our school begins dismissal procedures at 3:10 pm. Please see the dismissal letter that was sent via remind on Friday. A copy of this letter will be coming home this week as well. Please know that our primary goal for the first week of school is to dismiss all of our students safely. We will need you to have a little bit of patience and understanding with us as we make sure that all of our students get home safely. If you were unable to pick up a parent pickup card from us last week, you will be asked to park in the lot and show your identification. You will not be able to enter the lobby of the school, as we will be dismissing our other students. In this case please be patient with us as you wait. If you do have a parent pick up tag, display it 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! We have adjusted our PM walker dismissal. We now have only two locations to pick up walkers. Swamp side walkers will be dismissed at the small gate in front of our school. The Bus side walkers will be walked to the cross walk and dismissed from there. Kindergarten and first grade students will need a guardian present with a walker tag. If no guardian or no walker tag are present, the student will be escorted back to the office and guardian will be expected to show ID to pick up child in the office. We will not dismiss any walker to parked cars. If you want to pick up your child by car- please go through PPU.
We also want to share with you, your child will receive a breakaway lanyard on the first day of school. This lanyard will attach to your child’s mask to allow them to wear their mask to and from lunch and take their mask off while eating. Lanyards will stay at school and attach to the new mask your student wears each day. If you would like your child to have a lanyard for breakfast as well, you are welcome to send them to school with one. Lastly by the end of the first week of school, you will also notice a dismissal tag on your child’s backpack. We will be placing bar codes on all students’ backpacks to eliminate students touching the pin pad for lunch and for signing in and out of the office. Please keep this tag secure on your child’s backpack and let your child’s teacher know if your child needs a new one.
We know this is a lot of information and appreciate your listening. A copy of this phone message will be posted on our Kingsway Facebook page. Tomorrow is going to be a great day, we can’t wait to start the 2020-21 school year with our Cougar Leaders.

Welcome Back Message
Good evening cougar families,
We hope everyone had a nice summer. We can’t wait to see all of our cougar leaders on Monday, August 31st. Our teachers have worked very hard to prepare for your child’s arrival. They have participated in many learning opportunities this week to further their learning and growing. We are all looking forward to a fantastic year together as we are ALL on the road to success. This road will require flexibly, patience and most important positivity. We can not thank you enough for your continued support. We are very lucky to have supportive families that trust us. We value how dedicated you are in your child’s education. We greatly appreciate all that you do every day! We are extremely honored to be the principals at Kingsway Elementary School. We know how important our role is in making sure your child receives the education they truly deserve. We are confident that our teachers are well equipped and will do their very best to meet your child’s needs. We hope you have an amazing weekend and can’t wait to see your child on Monday!
Thank you,
Mrs. Kelch and Mrs. Hazeltine

Message Sent August 26th
Please visit our KES school website at the link below for our updated Arrival/Dismissal Letter. This letter will be sent home next week as well. We cannot wait to see all of our Cougar Leaders on Monday!
 
https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/domain/4380
 

Message Sent August 26th
Good afternoon Cougar Families. This is your principal, Mrs. Kelch, with some important announcements before school starts on August 31st. We are very excited to see all of our cougar leaders in a few short days!
 
If you have not already connected with us on social media please do so. You can follow us on Facebook, Remind, and Twitter. All of these links are posted on our website. Our website is yourcharlotteschooks.net/KES We continue to update all of these locations with important information.
 
Our Title I Open House video and a video/presentation from Mrs. Hazeltine and I will be posted on our website shortly. There are many slides with information regarding the upcoming school year. Hopefully, these slides will answer some more of your questions. Teachers will be calling informing you of your child’s teacher in the next few days. You should be hearing from them by 11:00 am on August 27th. They have been in training's all day today, so please be patient. You can also access your child’s teacher on FOCUS on August 27th. Your child’s teacher will have their PowerPoint presentation posted on their websites for you to view by 11:00 am on August 27th. There is a sign in sheet and short Google Survey for you to fill out. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete these documents.
 
Our Beep and Greet event is tomorrow, August 27th from 3:00-3:20- pre k, k-2, 3:20-3:40- 3rd-5th. You will drive thru our front parent pick up line, wave hi to those staff members outside, drop off school supplies, pick up a free keeper book, and obtain walker and parent pick up tags. You will need to show your ID for both. The person trying to get a PPU/walker tag must be listed on the emergency card. Every child who is a walker in grades k-1 will need a tag. Every child who will be picked up in parent pick will need a parent pick up tag. This must occur before the first day of school. We will be open the rest of the week from 8-5:30 for you to stop by and grab one or both. Remember, this procedure is in place for the safety of your child. We appreciate your support with this matter. If you need to drop of medication you are feel to do so between 8-3 the rest of this week.
 
Remember, school starts on Monday, August 31st for all students in 1st - 5th grades. Our new kindergarten students will start school with a staggered entrance. If your child’s last name starts with A-H they start on August 31st. If their last name starts with I-J they start on September 1st. All kindergarten students will report to school on September 2nd normal time. We are holding a special kinder event on August 31st and September 1st, depending on when your child start schools. You can drop them off on the side bus loop from 9-9:30. Your child’s teacher and leadership team will be awaiting their arrival. At this time, you are able to snap a quick picture with your child and their teacher. We do ask that you remain in your cars. Thank you for your cooperation.
 
Our school hours are 8:10-3:10. The front doors do open at 8 for any child who needs to eat breakfast before going to class at 8:10. You can not drop your child off before 8, as they will be outside unattended and this is a safety concern. If you need to drop your child off before 8 you will need to register them in our before school program called KEEP. Classroom doors open at 8:10 this year. Students can eat breakfast until 8:35. The late bell rings at 8:40. Dismissal will start promptly at 3:10. We do ask that you are patient this first week as it may take longer than usual. We will be posting dismissal procedure letters on our social media accounts by Friday.
 
As always, thank you for your continued support. We appreciate you and all that you are doing. We are very excited to see your child and get the school year started! We are ready and know they are too! Have a great evening.

Kinder's First Day
August 31st 9-9:30 for student's last name A-H.
September 1st 9:00-9:30 for student's last name I-Z.
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Kinder's First Day  

Open House

On Thursday, August 27th, there will be two presentations posted on the main page of the KES website. One presentation will be from your Principals and the other is the annual Title 1 Open House
https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/Page/3906
Teachers will be calling families directly before August 27th. This will be in lieu of the typical class placement postcards. KES Teachers’ Open House presentations will be available on their individual websites on
August 27th!

Open house information above picture.


Beep and Greet
KES Families:
Please join us for BEEP AND GREET! This is a fun way for us to start our school year! Please d rive through our front entrance and follow our PPU path.
We are asking that you bring all school supplies in a bag or container. The bag or container should be labeled with child’s first and last name, grade level,
and teacher’s name. All supplies should be labeled this year with students’ first and last name.
Please make sure you pick up the correct dismissal cards/tags.
Lastly, stop by and get a popsicle from your NEW Principals. #theKEScougarway
Beep and Greet, information below!
 

Message About Charlotte Virtual
An important message below from Charlotte Virtual School sent Wed. August 12th.
“Good evening, this is Dan McIntosh, Assistant Director at CTC, calling with information regarding Charlotte Virtual School. This message is very important for ANYONE interested in full time Charlotte Virtual School. If you have already completed ALL of the steps including the Orientation Agreement Form, you will receive a separate call with more information. Many students who expressed interest via our CVS application, have not completed all of these steps and are as a result, not fully enrolled in CVS. Please go to the Charlotte Virtual School Website, easily accessible from the Charlotte County Public School website at yourcharlotteschools.net and complete the following steps:
Step 1: Watch the orientation video (located on the home page)
Step 2: Click on the link: "What's next after orientation?" On the last slide of this document, there is a Orientation Agreement Form to complete. This MUST be done in order to finalize your intent to sign up for full time CVS.
Step 3: Create your Virtual School Account (If you already have an FLVS account, please do NOT create a new account.)
Step4: Finally, Watch the Welcome Virtual Call for your grade level.
You are NOT enrolled until all 4 steps have been completed. These steps are listed in order on the CVS website.
If after you watch the orientation video and the welcome call video and you decide that Charlotte Virtual is not the educational platform that will best fit the needs of your child, please complete the orientation agreement and simply check NO for the response to the last question. This will notify us to move your child back to the zoned brick and mortar school from which they came.
We are asking that if you have already applied for Charlotte Virtual School that you complete these 4 steps as soon as possible so that we can begin creating your child's schedule. If after midnight on August 21st, you have not finalized the process through completion of the orientation agreement, you will be re-registered at your zoned brick and mortar school. Thank you for listening.”

Welcome Mrs. Hazeltine!

Hello Kingsway Cougars:

My name is Mrs. Melody Hazeltine and I am so excited to be joining the amazing leadership team at Kingsway Elementary as your Assistant Principal. I would like to take a few moments to introduce myself.

This is my fifteenth year in Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS). I spent eleven of those years in the classroom teaching first grade, second grade, fourth grade and fifth grade.  For the past four years, I had the privilege and great experience of serving as the Lead Teacher at another elementary school.

I grew up in Charlotte County and graduated from Lemon Bay High School as a proud Manta Ray! After graduating college, I returned to Charlotte County to pursue my dream of bettering our community by serving as an educator. I married a Port Charlotte High School Pirate, Mr. Jamie Hazeltine, in 2009. We now have four amazing children following our footsteps in CCPS. I love living in this community. I enjoy going to the beach, reading books, volunteering and watching movies. Also, I enjoy playing cards and board games. I am fiercely competitive and enjoy a good challenge.

I am truly honored to be given this opportunity to lead as a Kingsway Cougar. I was at Kingsway early in my career and I’m excited to be back again. I know this school is full of talented students, teachers, and staff members.  I look forward to partnering with each of you as I learn more about the Kingsway Elementary School families. Please contact me with any ideas you would like to share and/or questions you may have as we work together to provide a safe, student-centered learning environment that empowers students to become responsible, lifelong learners.

Proud to Lead,

Mrs. Hazeltine

Picture of Mrs. Hazeltine.



Congrats Mrs. Forbus!
Mrs. Forbus is going to Port Charlotte High School!
 

2020-2021 Approved Calendar
 
 

Changes and New Protocols for the 2020-2021 School Year
 
Please read our letter about changes and new protocols: https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/site/default.aspx?DomainID=3977
If you have any questions, please call our school (941-255-7590) or message us via our social pages.  We're in this together!!!  Thank you for your support!

#MaskUpKES

Kingsway Elementary School is encouraging the entire KES Community to #maskupKES!

Be ready for the first day of school on August 31st!  Practice wearing your mask now.  Start with 1 hour per day and add another hour each week.  Add in short breaks when necessary as the time period grows.

Masks, buffs, and gaiters need to be school appropriate and follow the CCPS dress code policy.

Show us your child is getting ready for school by posting a picture of your child in a mask on social media and tag it with #maskupKES.

Practice wearing your mask these next few weeks.  :-) You can do it!  We're in this together!!!


Masks

Mask information! Visit our dress code policy here: https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/domain/38

 Masks: Please follow our dress code for masks.  They must be appropriate.


New School Start Date

Earlier today at an Emergency School Board Meeting due to the continued rise in cases of Covid-19, the School Board approved to delay the start of school for students until August 31, 2020.  The CCPS Calendar Committee will be immediately convened to quickly work on the school calendar for 2020-2021.

 

In addition, at the same meeting, the following recommendation was approved by the School Board:

  • All students, staff and individuals must wear masks / face coverings on school property to the maximum extent possible effective July 22, 2020 until further notice. This includes schools, district office buildings and busses.

Later this week we will place on the District Website, health and wellness protocols that CCPS will be following that were created in conjunction with the Health Department.

 


Options for the 2020-2021 School Year

 
Kingsway Families,
 
We hope you are all staying safe and doing well this summer. Charlotte County Schools shared a press release with the student options for the upcoming school year this week. To learn more about the three options available please go the the district webpage (https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net) and click on the link "Plan for the 20/21 school year". Please note that the original press release mistyped our start date, we do in fact start on August 10th.
 
The district and school leadership teams are working to finalize guidelines and protocols for our students returning to brick and mortar. These plans will be shared within the next few weeks. If you are considering virtual school or home school please read the information below.
 
Charlotte Virtual School:
Charlotte Virtual School now has elementary options. The option to do virtual school through Charlotte Virtual is nothing like I Ready. This is a rigorous and extensive curriculum which requires parent engagement with students. Students will be considered truant if students do not abide by their weekly pace charts.
There is an application on the Charlotte Virtual Website at https://www.yourcharlotteschools.net/domain/4536.
We encourage you to go to this website, read through the information provided, especially the FAQ and review the curriculum for which your child will follow. This is probably the most important thing you can do before making a final decision. Once you make a decision, please complete the application. Once you complete the application, you will receive an email shortly thereafter with additional instructions.
Once the application has been completed, your student will be withdrawn from their zoned school and placed into the Charlotte Virtual School. Once enrolled into Charlotte Virtual School, all parents and students will have to participate in a virtual orientation and commit to the conditions of enrollment. There is a 21 day grace period for which a student can return to their zoned school.”
 
Home Education:
If you are interested in home education, the most important thing you need to know is that you will be withdrawing your student from Charlotte County Public Schools and taking on the responsibility of educating your children with your curriculum of choice.