It is an absolute pleasure to have lunch with our students. During the first semester, Mrs. DuPree and I were able to have lunch with every Kellison student. This time allows us to get to know each child better and learn things about them we didn't know before. It is so helpful for us to hear their perspective about Kellison, their ideas for the future, and to get their feedback about the happenings at our school. Each child is truly special and I leave each lunch session feeling like I know them even better than before. I love how our lunches help to build community among our students and form connections with one another to make Kellison the best place it can be! Today, we kicked off our second semester of Adventure Guide lunches! I can't wait to see where the students' ideas take us!
As we near the end of second semester, we'd like to wish all of our Kellison families a happy holiday season. We are so thankful and blessed to be able to work with your amazing children each day and to partner with you on this journey. We are excited and looking forward to what 2017 will bring to us. Enjoy the winter break! May it be restful and memorable. See you in 2017!
Every single morning at Kellison Elementary kicks off with our student-led announcements. Each intermediate classroom is taking a turn leading these announcements for us this year. The most special part of these daily announcements comes at the very end, when we share with our students four important affirmations:
You have a voice.
You are important.
You belong here.
As this is shared with our students, we hope they remember how important each student is to our school community. Kellison is truly a family, and because of that every member is an important piece to our puzzle. We want all individuals to feel welcomed in our school. For our students, Kellison is their school and they belong here.
Thank you to our staff members and families who have taken the time to recognize our students for their leadership and generosity. Staff members have recognized students with Positive Office Referrals when they have gone above and beyond our expectations for following our school's Tigertudes. It has also been amazing to see our families send in Tiger Shout Outs to recognize their children for the awesome things they do outside of school. We love our Tiger Leaders, and we are so proud of the wonderful examples they set for others each day.
Each grade level is leading a service project for our school this year. To begin, Kindergarten is collecting cereal boxes to send to Haiti for the Apparent Project. One cereal box can create 50 beads, which helps create up to 11 jobs for the people of Haiti. Kindergartners have created flyers to publicize their service project and take time to go around the school to collect their donations.
First Grade is working with Crayola ColorCycle to collect used markers, which will be recycled and turned into fuel. First graders have visited all classrooms to explain their project and answer students' questions. They have also created collection boxes for used markers to be placed in every classroom.
Social and emotional learning is a focus for our staff this year. While academic achievement and growth is a priority, we believe social and emotional learning helps establish a solid foundation for every child to be prepared and ready to learn when they come to school. Throughout this school year, our staff will engage in professional development activities to increase our knowledge and practices in this area. Throughout our students' time at Kellison, we hope our students develop in all five core competency areas* of social emotional learning, which include:
Responsible Decision Making
During our most recent staff meeting, staff members engaged in a learning activity to simulate how trauma in early childhood years affects the development of the brain. In addition, it demonstrated how the development of a child's brain prepares children to handle stressors later on in life.
We had an awesome first week of school! Thank you to all of our students, staff members, and families for making it a great week! Walking through classrooms, I saw students participating in a variety of activities to build communities within their classrooms. Highlights of the week included setting classroom expectations, coming together for our school-wide team rally, getting to know one another, and exploring the idea of a growth mindset. We can't wait to dive into week two!
One of my favorite things to see as a principal is our students taking the initiative to help others in need. This summer, one of our fifth grade students, Kami, came up with an idea to help another community member in need, Office Flamion. After the news spread of Officer Flamion's injuries, Kami jumped into action. She held a lemonade stand outside for five days, raising $700 to support Officer Flamion. It touches my heart to see her doing whatever she can to support one of our own community heroes. Thank you, Kami! Your Kellison Family is so proud of you!
The 2016-2017 school year is right around the corner. I hope all of our students and families have had a relaxing summer break filled with memorable moments.
Kellison's summer construction continues. It is exciting to see some of the renovations near completion. The crew has been working so hard to get everything completed in time for our back to school events. You will enjoy seeing the renovated spaces throughout our building.
Class placement letters will be sent via e-mail on Monday, August 1st. If you do not have an e-mail address, please call our front office to have your letter mailed to your home.
Make sure to mark your calendars for these important back to school events:
Tuesday, August 2nd 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Popsicles on the Playground - Incoming Kindergartners and their families are invited to play together and meet their future classmates. We will meet on Rockwood Summit High School's preschool playground.
Monday, August 8th 6:00-7:00 p.m.: New Family Orientation - This orientation is for first grade through fifth grade students and parents who are new to Kellison for the 2016-2017 school year.
Thursday, August 11th 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Meet the Teacher Night - All students and parents are invited to Kellison to meet their new teacher. This is an open house event, so come anytime between the times listed above.
Tuesday, August 16th: First Day of School
Tuesday, August 23rd: Curriculum Night 5:30 p.m.
Visit here for more back to school information. Kellison's school supply list can be found below.
As the 2015-2016 school year comes to a close, I'd like to take a moment to thank all of our students, families, and staff members for a great year. We have made wonderful memories of our time together, and before we know it, we'll be back together again!
Kellison Elementary will be closed this summer for construction. Upon your return in August, you will see a new exterior on our building and a new side entrance near the playground. Inside, we are excited to have numerous renovated classrooms and a new nurse's station.
Mark your calendars for some important summer events!
August 2nd-Incoming Kindergarten Play Date 6:30 p.m.
August 11th-Meet the Teacher Night 5:00 p.m.
See you in August!