There has been so much to celebrate this week at Kellison, and our staff is most deserving of the recognition! It is so much fun to go classroom to classroom to share good news with our staff. The look on their faces when they hear the good news is heart-warming. Thank you to all who took the time to celebrate our staff!
ROSE Award Nominees
Judy Biver - Volunteer
Eli Brueggemann - School Nurse
Lisa Finder - Kellison SLP
Logan Keisler - Day Custodian
Jody Pike - Paraprofessional
Kim Schlueter - P.E. Teacher
Emily Werner - PSO Treasurer / Volunteer
Kellison 2018 Teacher of the Year Nominees
We also celebrated Mrs. Jen Kulifay this week, as she earned her National Board Certification in Teaching!
As we jump into 2018, it is time to begin planning for next school year. One of the first steps is to hold our kindergarten registration. Kellison will be registering incoming kindergarten students on January 17th and 18th. Incoming kindergarteners must turn five years old before August 1st, 2018.
Next week, there are two opportunities to learn more about kindergarten in Rockwood.
January 9th - Lafayette High School 6:00 p.m.
January 10th - Rockwood Summit High School 6:00 p.m.
We are looking forward to meeting our new students and families. If you have any questions before registration rolls around, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. The Rockwood School District website is also a great place to visit for all information related to kindergarten registration.
Last weekend, Kellison was fortunate enough to send four staff members to Alexandria, Virginia to receive our National School of Character Award. Representing our school was Mrs. DuPree, assistant principal, Mrs. Jones, school counselor, and two teachers, Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Soyster. Each of these staff members have been an integral part of our character education initiatives at Kellison and were even part of the character team when we received our first National School of Character Award in 2011. Kellison strongly believes in educating both the students' hearts and minds. Character education is the center of everything we do at our school and we are proud of this award, which represents Kellison Elementary, a very special place for kids!
This year at Kellison, we are incorporating the Fish Philosophy into everything we do, from our daily interactions with students to our more formal character education practices. The Fish Philosophy has four main ideas:
Choose Your Attitude
Make Their Day
During this month's buddy activity, students paired up with their buddy to make gifts for the veterans who will visit our school next month to celebrate Veterans Day. We hope to "make their day" with these special and thoughtful gifts to recognize their service to our country.
To learn more about the Fish Philosophy visit this website to read the story behind these ideas.
As summer draws to a close, we are preparing for a great year at Kellison Elementary. Here are some important dates to mark on your calendar:
August 3rd - Kindergarten Play Date 6:00 p.m.
All incoming kindergarten students and their parents are invited for fun and popsicles on the playground.
August 7th - New Family Orientation 6:00 p.m.
Students new to Kellison in first through fifth grades, along with their parents, are invited to an evening to learn more about our school.
August 14th - Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Night
New this year, we are combining Meet the Teacher and Curriculum Night into one event. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
August 16th - First Day of School
We're looking forward to seeing you soon!
Many lasting memories were made in 2016-2017. Kellison is so thankful for our amazing school community. This year, we saw students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Students not only reached goals set for themselves, but surpassed them. It is truly amazing and inspiring to witness firsthand the ways our students grow over the course of a school year. Thank you to our students, staff members, families, and community members who pour their hearts into our school and make Kellison a thriving community. As we close out this school year, we wish all of our families a safe, fun, and relaxing summer filled with special moments. We'll see you back here in August!
Kellison Elementary was thrilled to learn that we have been named a 2017 National School of Character! As a former National School of Character, it was time to reapply for this special designation. Kellison was led by a group of staff members who completed the application process for us, as well as many parents, students, and staff members who were participants in our site visit.
Each year, Character.org and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. Learn more about Character.org's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.
According to Character.org, the schools designated as 2017 National Schools of Character have done a tremendous job linking 'smart and good' programs to students in their schools. Being designated a National School of Character recognizes the hard work schools put in to develop strong character education programs--creating caring school climates and preparing students to be future leaders who care about their communities.
April 24-28 is Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week and we'd like to recognize the 28 full-time and 167 part-time Adventure Club staff throughout every Rockwood Elementary Schools that 1,930 of our students start and end their day with. Adventure Club staff help kids with homework, design crafts and activities and create an enriching before and after school experience.
Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week is a joint effort of community partners, afterschool programs, youth and child care workers and individuals who have committed to declaring the last full week of April each year as a time to recognize and appreciate those who work with youth during out-of-school hours. Join us for celebrations and display your appreciation to thank afterschool professionals who make a difference in the lives of young people.
The Kindness Police are on patrol! Beginning this week, first graders are looking for students doing acts of kindness. Each day, eight students are selected to serve as Kindness Police. During lunch and recess, we carefully watch our classmates to catch them doing the right thing. Students caught being kind receive a sticker and sign a special board in their hallway. Students enjoy telling each other about their acts of kindness.
Remember to Vote: Election Day is April 4.
During the last few weeks, I’ve been sharing information about Prop T, a bond issue that will address increasing enrollment, class sizes and our continued support for STEM/Innovative learning for our students.
About 2,300 homes are expected to be built in the district in the next few years. The timing and reasons for this bond issue are driven primarily by this growth and compromise to our recent class size efforts. Prop T will fund the construction of a new elementary school in Eureka, build additional classrooms, and repurpose the existing school for early childhood programs. In addition, Prop T will fund the creation of an innovative learning space in our school. This space would become a collaborative K-5 classroom equipped for robotics, computer programming, STEM+ maker spaces, 3D design in prototyping, and invention kits in arts/engineering.
As an Election Day reminder, please note:
- Prop T will not raise the current Rockwood tax rate.
- Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4.
- Prop T requires a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority for passage.
If you’d like to learn more about Prop T, please let me know. In addition, you can visit the Election Day website where you’ll find the Super Talks series with Dr. Knost and our students, along with information about the candidates for the Rockwood School Board election.
Thank you for the consideration,