Principal’s message Sept. 19, 2019

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, September 26 (that’s next week!!) when the first of our “Community Conversations” will be held.  This year we are expanding our popular Parent Education evenings and are planning a series of speakers to address topics that our parent community has indicated are of interest.  Next week, Becki Cohn-Vargas, co-author of Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn, will lead an interactive workshop for Kensington and Madera parents.  Dr. Cohn-Vargas advocates acknowledging and celebrating students’ identities in order to help them feel that they are welcomed, supported, and valued as members of the learning community.  Identity safe classrooms are those in which each student’s social identity is seen as an asset rather than a liability.  I hope you will join us at 7:00 in the MPR for what promises to be an engaging and important conversation.

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Our KEF enrichment classes are now in full swing, with science lab, art, PE, library, computer lab, and primary vocal music part of all students’ week.  In addition to the usual offerings, all 4th-6th graders are enjoying their twice-weekly technology skills classes which include coding, keyboarding, and digital literacy.

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This year we are pleased to continue the Caring School Community™ (CSC) program that has been part of our school for the past eight years.  All teachers received training in CSC before school  opened in August.  This research-based program helps expand the culture of kindness and respect at our school.  Studies show that such a culture is important for many reasons; children who feel part of a caring school community tend to do better academically over time and may be less likely to engage in problem behaviors.  The CSC program provides lessons and activities that build classroom and school-wide community and help teachers problem solve as issues arise.  These lessons include class meetings that provide a way for our students to solve problems and discuss how they can make the classroom a place that is caring and safe for everyone.  One important component of this program pairs each classroom with an older or younger  “buddy” class for activities once or twice a month that focus on developing friendships as well as academic skills.  We look forward to continue working to make Kensington School a warm, caring place for your child and your family.

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Please remember to observe the traffic pattern on the north side of the school for morning drop-off and afternoon pick up. You should approach the school by driving south on Highland.  Do not drive up Arlmont from Arlington!  Parents may not drive into the staff parking lot to drop off or pick up students.  Please respect the parking restrictions and do not park in the crosswalk.  We appreciate your cooperation!