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Today, 4/21/2014
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Tomorrow, 4/22/2014
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From the Principal

Harlem Wizards vs Carmel Crushers (CCSD Staff)
Friday, April 25th doors open at 6:00 p.m. CHS

KPS Mail is in full swing! Students are writing letters to friends in different classes, past teachers as well as friends in their own class. Our second graders are the sorters and carriers for our KPS Post Office.

We appreciate Kent Officer, A. Vanderwoude along with his K-9 partner, Radar on their daily visits to K.P.S.

Children's Author Jerry Pallotta thrilled students, staff & parents with his enthusiastic & entertaining assembly on Thursday, November 21st. Third graders excitedly asked questions during a small group interview with Mr. Pallotta.

Giving Back to Community is important to all KPS Staff. Here Jessica McCauley, Kay Tracy, Amanda Alison, Tracy DiVeglio, Rich Tompkins', Kate Ostie & Nancy Gentile cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner for the Ronald McDonald House on Sunday, November 17th.  Kudos!

 KPS = Knowledge, Pride and Success!

Websites are a true example of modern day technology which the schools can incorporate to keep parents in the know.  It is vitally important that parents be a part of this team for we are educating our children, the ones that we share between school and home.  Each one of us has an important role.  We cannot do the job without the other. At KPS, students learn the core subject areas of reading, writing, math, history and sciences, as well as the arts. But we also strive to teach the skills of problem- solving, critical thinking and teamwork, so they can be better prepared to deal with the global society ahead of them.  We hope some day that they will be designing the websites of the future. Please remember our motto KPS stands for Knowledge, Pride, Success.  Reinforce it at home as our partner.  When we all speak the same language, great things do happen. 

Thank-you! Thank-you! We appreciate our Night Cleaner, Jim Barker! He beautifully handpainted our first & second grade Foot Stools. Foot Stools were needed when classrooms received new higher sinks in order for young students to reach the water fountain. Thank-you! Thank-you!

KPS has a site license for IXL Math. IXL is a comprehensive, standards-aligned math program offering unlimited practice in thousands of skills. One of the best things about IXL is that students in grade 1 - 4 can access it from school and from home!  Your child should know their user name and password. If not, just ask their teacher.


Kent Primary School offered Flu shots for students and staff.  Putnam County Department of Health Nurse Mrs. Baldanza inoculates her granddaughter in Mrs. Chase's second grade class.

Animated Digital Stories are an enjoyable activity which adds to our reading practice. KPS has a site license to Raz-Kids. It's a great place to listen & read books. Raz-Kids is now Mobile! Download it free from iTunes to your iPad or get it on Google Play for your Andriod Tablet or at the Amazon App Store for your Kindle Fire. Ask you child about it! They know how to log on to their class.
Happy Reading! Check it out with your child today!


Upcoming Events

Monday, April 21
Instructional Day for all CCSD Students
Calendar Change:  This day will be an instructional day for all CCSD students to make up for a snow day.
Tuesday, April 22
BOE Meeting, GFMS, 7:00 p.m.
NOTE:  The BOE is expected to enter into Executive Session at 5:00 p.m. in the GFMS Library for the purpose of discussing the employment history of a particular individual(s)- prospective principal interviews. The public meeting will reconvene at 7:00 p.m. (earlier start time for tenure reception) in the Large Cafeteria.
CANCELED: BOE Ed & Assessment Committee Mtg.
Wednesday, April 23
Youth Art Awards Night, CHS Casey Hall 7PM
Fri, Apr 25 - Sat, Apr 26
NYSSMA Music Solo Festival, Ketcham HS

Recycling Program

PULL TAB PROGRAM: Think green and help the Ronald McDonald House! Their unique Pull Tab Collecion Program does both. We will donate our years worth of tabs to our local Ronald McDonald House. They take them to a local recycling center to exchange for money. Collecting alumiunum tabs is a fun and easy way to give back to the community and the environment! The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to provide a temporary home-away-from-home for families with critically ill or traumatically injured children. KPS will be collecting tabs fo the entire school year. Your child can bring them to school any time. There are containers located in the main lobby for collection. So please start collecting you tabs today and bring them to school!

Capri Sun Juice Wrappers earn money for KPS. The students at KPS are pitching in by recycling aluminum juice pouches. Kent Primary found an organization called Terracyle that will repurpose these juice pouches into neat things like tote bags, purses and even pencil cases.  The best part is that KPS receives 2 cents for each juice pouch.  Mrs. Peck's 1st grade students are in charge of collecting, rinsing and packaging the juice pouches.  We can use your help by collecting the pouches at home and sending them into us in September and throughout the year.  Here's how: 1. Please cut the top off just under the top seam (above the spot for the straw). 2. Rinse them out with just warm water. 3. Allow them to dry out before putting them in a Ziploc for us.  You can find out more by visiting the website:

C.O.W.S.  {Computers On Wheels}  Student's & Staff are thrilled to have two wireless portable Laptop Lab. Casses have actively kept our C.O.W.S. very busy! 

KPS Highlights

Guest Visitor from the Harlem Wizards entertained & excited KPS' Third & Fourth Graders during lunch with his Basketball Tricks.

School Bus Safety Drill: All Student's reviewed important safety points such as How to "Sit and Slide" to evacuate through an emergency door and reviewed The Universal Crossing & Universal Danger Signals. Here, First Grader Gianna, in Mrs. Peck's Class practices how to safely cross the road in front of the bus.

Mr. Hagan reached new heights as he welcomed students to school with Principal Joan Pinkerton and Teaching Assistant Tracy DiVeglio.

Thank you to all the wonderful Volunteer Fireman who visited KPS for Fire Safety Week!

KPS sure was AMAZED when Hero Artist Rob Surette presented his Amazing Hero Art Assembly.  His inspirational multi-media show was incrediable! His speed painting of 6 foot portraits of Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein is truly amazing! Rob's morals and values show entitled, "BE SOMEBODY!" was very much appreciated by both students and staff.

Cynthia Fisher was our visiting artist here at Kent Primary School.  She did an art residency with our Kindergarten through Fourth grade students.  Ms. Fisher worked with the students to create a beautiful and vibrant mosaic for the outside of our building.  The school motto of "Knowledge, Pride, Success" is clearly displayed in the mosaic along with a garden of flowers.  She did an amazing job working with our students and they truly enjoyed learning about the process of making a mosaic.  Come see the mosaic on the front of our building! I'm sure you'll agree it is beautiful!