Dear Kent Elementary Families,  

I hope this message finds you well. It is with great excitement and a sense of privilege that I introduce myself as the new principal of Kent Elementary. As we take time to unwind this summer, I am eager to share in the commitment to providing your children with a nurturing and inspiring learning environment. I look forward to meeting each of you and working together to make this school year a memorable and enriching experience for our students. I encourage you to reach out to me or our dedicated staff with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have throughout the year. Be well and enjoy the rest of your summer! 
John Fratto
Kent Elementary 




KES Play Date/Bus Run

Good morning, Incoming KES Kindergarten Parents/Guardians,
I am excited to share that the Kindergarten Play Date/ Bus Run will take place at Kent Elementary School on Monday, August 26th from 6-7PM. This will be a great time for your children to become acquainted with the school bus and the KES building. Students are encouraged to see their friends and enjoy some time on the playground. The KES PTO will be providing ice pops for the children to keep them cool on these hot summer days. We look forward to seeing you and your children at this special event! Enjoy the rest of your day and take care.

John Fratto
KES Principal


Popsicles with the Principal

I would like to invite you and your KES student to come have popsicles with me on August 28th, at 6:00pm in the KES cafeteria. This will be an excellent opportunity to introduce myself as the new principal to the KES students while making connections with families and students prior to the new school year. This event will be roughly 30 minutes long where we can indulge in casual conversation. There is no need to RSVP. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Please note:

Grades 1&2 will be from 6:00pm-6:30pm

Grades 3&4 will be from 6:35pm-7:05pm. 

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