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KILLINGTON-KES is enjoying spring recess this week. We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday, April 23.

Thank you to our Spring Fling Breakfast workers, food donators, and all those who joined us for a great community gathering. Families attended from both our school community and from other communities, and all expressed appreciation for this event. Besides being a community social event, the breakfast doubled as a fundraiser, raising over $600 for the school, via the KES Parent Group!

At the 2012 Talent Show KES students sang, danced, and strummed their way through the show. Thank you to all of our fabulous performers for sharing their many talents with us and the wonderful adult volunteers who assisted them. And thank you to organizers, Amy Simonds, Lisa Laird, and Melissa Knipes, for bringing this annual event to us once again.

Students from Woodstock Union Middle and High Schools band and chorus mesmerized and inspired younger students when they joined us at KES on April 10. The musicians provided our elementary students with a glimpse of times to come when they may choose to join band in the upper grades. Thank you to Jody Henderson, WUHS Band Director, for bringing his students on tour, and thank you to our music teacher, Christine Morton, for her help in organizing this day.

Sixth grader, Kyle Weirether, represented all KES students at the State Geography Bee in Middlebury on Friday, March 30. Kyle competed well against middle school students from around the state. We are proud of you, Kyle!

On Thursday, April 12, students enjoyed a fun-filled day for a good cause; Jump Rope for Heart. Physical education teacher, Greg LaBella, planned twenty different events to engage jumpers of all ages. Students gathered in multi-age groups to take part in the various events scheduled. Through this event, students raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association.

Upcoming events this week:

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS-Checkmate, and everyone wins! Pawns, bishops, knights, kings, and queens move purposefully about the chess boards as children develop critical thinking skills, sportsmanship, and more in the KES dining hall each Monday and Wednesday afternoon. KES alum and present individual aide, Whitney Willis, fondly recalls Chess Club at KES years ago under the tutelage of Peter Hike. Today our students are fortunate because Whitney has chosen to act as their Chess Club advisor. Stop by and visit KES students as they play chess each Monday and Wednesday from 3 - 4 p.m.

APRIL 24-Please remember to join us on April 24 at 6 p.m. here at KES for a special presentation on how to keep our children safe from violence and abuse. Let's all do our part to keep our kids healthy, happy, and safe! See you there.

Box Tops for Education

By Sarah Rasmussen, KES Parent Group

Calling all clippers! The KES Parent Group is making a big push to reach our 1000 Box Tops for Education goal by June 1. It is so simple and all the KES families can help us reach this goal - every time you buy something that has the little Box Tops for Education coupon on it, cut it out, find a little container (or baggie) to collect the coupons then send them into school with your kids. There is a school collection box on the table in the KES lobby (your kids will know where it is.)

Each coupon is worth actual cash and our goal is to have the 1000 coupons by June 1. The money raised goes towards buying things for KES that aren't in the regular budget. If you have any questions, please contact me,, and I can explain the program further. Get the scissors going and raise money for KES!

Grade 2 news

Each year, Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock makes a special button to celebrate spring, based on a design from a 2nd grader in our district. Nina Borzekowski's illustration of a blue horse by a fence was selected as the spring button this year. The buttons will be distributed to farm guests the weekend of May 5-6, which is also the Sheep shearing and Herding with Border Collies event. All student drawings will be displayed during the 27th Annual Children's Art Exhibit, May 5-July 4 at the farm's exhibit barn. Congratulations, Nina!

Grade 4 Poetry


By Stephen Bianchi

Red is a sunset behind a hill

Red is a campfire bright in the starry night

Red is trees in the fall

I love red and so should all.

The Perfect Day

By Lilly Holding

Sun shining the swooshing of the wind

Waves crashing gently against the beaches

Birds singing sweetly.

The Perfect Day.

Flowers budding

No clouds in sight

Green grass, sunglasses, flip flops.

The Perfect Day.

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