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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.