NOTES FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Kent Elementary Families

 

We had a wonderful week of parent and family interaction. Thank you for all the families who connected with our faculty over parent teacher conferences. If you still have any questions or comments about your child’s education here at KES, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact the classroom teacher, our social worker Mrs. Carillo, Mr. Kenny, our school psychologist, or the main office.  Thank you again for partnering with us in your child's education. Please read below, as we have a busy calendar for this upcoming month with many events that may be of interest to you. 
KES GARDEN INITIATIVE: 
It is with great excitement that we announce the plans for a student garden and outdoor teaching space on campus at Kent Elementary School! This initiative has been spearheaded by a lovely Kindergarten parent and has gained immense support from administration, faculty, staff, & your KEPTO Executive Board! Volunteers are needed to help get this project off the ground! Please volunteer if you can!! KES parents, grandparents, families, & friends are all welcome to help!!  

PJ PARTY WITH SANTA:
Friday, 12/9 at 6:30PM - PJ Party with Santa!! Snow date is Friday, 12/16. Join us for a night of fun~pictures & stories with Santa, crafts, & fun surprises!! Participate in our Gingerbread House Contest!! Create your masterpiece and bring it to the event. All houses will be displayed and voted on! Winners will get great prizes!! 

FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS: 
We are still accepting donations thru 12/22 for the Putnam CAP Food Pantry. The food pantry is currently most in need of rice, tuna, cereal, grocery store gift cards, toiletries, diapers, coffee, tea, & macaroni and cheese. There is a donation receptacle in the front vestibule of KES. 

WINTER WORKSHOP: 
We realize that the holiday season can be stressful financially and we wanted to provide our children with the opportunity to give to their friends and family without the worry of having to pay for it. So, in lieu of our traditional Snowflake Gift Shop, KEPTO will be hosting a Winter Workshop for the children. The workshop will run for 1 week in December and the students will attend for 1 day instead of going to recess. They will choose from several different craft stations to create gifts for their friends and family. If you are able to give, we are asking for optional donations toward this event. Donations can be sent into school in a sealed envelope marked "KEPTO-Holiday Donation". A HUGE THANK YOU TO THOSE THAT HAVE ALREADY SENT IN DONATIONS-WE ARE OVERWHELMED WITH GRATITUDE!! 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED PLEASE!:
The KEPTO is always looking for volunteers to help at our events! Please sign up if you can help! We are most in need of volunteers for our upcoming Winter Workshop! Without enough volunteers, we will not be able to run this event. Please help if you can! KES parents, grandparents, families, & friends are all welcome to help.
KEPTO - Save the Dates: 

12/9: PJ Party with Santa, 6:30PM 

12/12 - 12/16: KEPTO's 1st Winter Workshop 

12/15: Virtual PTO Meeting, 7PM, zoom link on the KEPTO website

REMINDERS AND NOTABLE INFORMATION  

This is a reminder that Parent Pick up begins at 3:15 pm. If you need to excuse your child from school before the end of the day, please make sure you do so before 2:50pm. We will not allow pick-ups between 2:50 pm and 3:15 pm. If your student needs to leave school early, please send in a note to their teacher and ensure you arrive at our school before 2:50 pm.  

When picking up students from school, please do not take your children into other classrooms or other locations in the building. Once children are signed out, they should be supervised by their parents, and you should exit the building promptly. 


SCHOOL CALENDAR UPDATES:  

Tuesday, January 3, 2023 – Staff Professional Development Day (no students grades K-6 only) 

FROM CARMEL HIGH SCHOOL:

KIDS DAY IS BACK! Come and join the fun at the CHS gymnasium on Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 12-3PM.   This is a day of fun for kids ten and under with crafts, games and even a visit from the North Pole!  To share in the holiday cheer, please bring a non-perishable item for admittance.

 

We appreciate your continued support and active partnership in learning! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our main office at 845-225-5029.

Sincerely,  

Mike Setaro  
Kent Elementary Principal

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Upcoming Events

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    KES PJ Party with Santa

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    KES Snowflake Gift Shop

    Students can shop for holiday gifts during their lunch hours.

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    KES Snowflake Gift Shop Family Night

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