UE News – October 16-20

This Week- This week in Upper Elementary some students began to share all of their learning and hard work that they have put into their Independent Projects. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways and to incorporate visual aids to engage their audience. This is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their public speaking and presentation skills and to learn about topics that truly appeal to them.  Students were highly engaged in their art lesson this week as they explored impressionism through the work of Monet. We had a visit from the local volunteer fire department to discuss fire prevention in our homes and had a ‘blast’ practicing our spelling words in an action packed game of Spelling Battleship.

Next Week- We will continue with Independent Project presentations  and students will continue to explore Zoology in culture. We look forward to an expert visit next week to discuss online safety. In writing, we will work hard to create the scariest stories possible to get into the spirit of Halloween.

UE News – October 10th-13th

Week of October 10-13th

This week:

We were excited to begin a Culture unit in Zoology this week, that will continue over the next few weeks. Grade 4s and 5s will focus on Taxonomy, body systems, and vital functions. Grade 6s will focus on a study of the cell. Thursday was a great day for all our students. Some participated in a whole school Thanksgiving ceremony which showcased what we are grateful for, and other students represented KMS exceptionally well at the All Peterborough Separate School Board Cross Country meet. Well done, everyone! Friday, we finished off our week with pumpkin carving. Come see all the school pumpkins at the Keene Festival tomorrow! See below for some photos.

Next week:

We are looking forward to a visit from the Fire Department next Thursday, to talk about fire safety and prevention.

Have a great weekend!

Kristi, Kristina, and Joe

Week of Oct. 10th-Oct.13th

This Week:

The Lower Elementary students had a great time creating animal masks during our Art Class this past Wednesday. The students chose which animal masks they wanted to make from such choices as a rabbit, a fox, an owl, a cat, a dog, and a mouse. They put solid effort into their creations. We then had Drama, and after some warm-up games, the class broke up into small groups and using their masks as characters, they created little skits to present to the class.  They were quite funny! There are a few photos posted below.

Next Week:

We are looking forward to the Fire Department visiting next Thursday to talk with us about Fire Safety and Prevention!

Have a good weekend!

Kristi, Cindy, and Becky

KMS Photo Day!

Photo Day Tips

We know you have a lot going on during the busy back to school season.  To help you prepare for your school photo day, here are some helpful tips and tricks to getting the perfect photo of your child.

Before Photo Day

  • Aim for a haircut at least a week before the photo day, this allows hair to grow into a comfortable length for photos.
  • Check to make sure your child’s uniform or clothing for photo day is clean and wrinkle free.
  • Help your child practice their smile in front of a mirror.

On Photo Day

  • Bright and solid colours help emphasize your child’s smile.
  • You might want to send a comb to make sure their hair is perfect for their photo.
  • If your child normally wear glasses, feel free to wear them for your photos. Our photographers are trained to reduce glare on the lens.

It doesn’t matter sometimes how clean they are when they leave the house in the morning, young children like to run and play.  Edge Imaging offers 2 different retouching services to make sure your child’s photos look the way you meant them too.  We can remove the spaghetti stains, the dirt from recess and the marker from art class.

See you on October 24th!

Mumps Outbreak

To parents/students/staff:

 As you may have heard, mumps has been circulating in Peterborough recently.  We are contacting you to provide some advice on how to keep yourself, and our schools, healthy and safe.

Mumps is caused by a virus.  It causes swelling of one or more salivary glands, fever, loss of appetite, tiredness and headache.  Mumps is spread by droplets or saliva from the person who is infectious. We advise that everyone take extra care not to share drinking bottles or cups, stay home if ill, and wash hands frequently, especially before eating or touching your face.

As immunization helps to decrease the risk of becoming ill with mumps, Peterborough Public Health is reminding everyone born after 1970 to check to make sure you have had two doses of the vaccine given after the first birthday and a minimum of 28 days apart.  The mumps vaccine is part of the MMR or MMRV vaccine combination.

If we have documented spread of mumps in a school setting, the Immunization of School Pupils Act does mandate school principals to exclude any student who does not have two doses of the mumps vaccine. Peterborough Public Health will also require non-immune staff to stay home for the period of risk. So please make sure you are protected and if not, see your health care provider or call Peterborough Public Health at (705)743-1000, ext. 131, to receive your mumps vaccine.

If you develop symptoms, do not go to school and call your health care provider.  Your health care provider may order tests to diagnose mumps if he or she suspects this to be the case. Because mumps is a reportable disease, Peterborough Public Health may be in touch to work with you and your contacts to help prevent the spread. Mumps is infectious 7 days before the onset of symptoms. In addition, a person with mumps can spread the illness for 5 days after becoming ill.

To check whether your immunizations are up to date, visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca or call your health care provider. You will also find a fact sheet with further details about mumps symptoms, prevention and risks on their website.


Ugette Vanderpost



We Need your Stuff!

Our recess and gym equipment is starting to look really tired. As staff we are always looking for ways to fill a need creatively – we are very aware that we all can collect ‘Sports Stuff’ that seems to linger in the corners of our basements or garages and soon becomes forgotten. Well, if you have gently used or new sports equipment that you no longer wish to have – we would be so grateful if you donated your items to KMS! There is a giant box in the hall ready for your kindness.
Before considering a donation, please take the time to look at our Needs List below. We have limited storage so if you have an item that is not on the list, but would like to donate it, please come and see me. Thank you!!!
KMS Recess and Gym Equipment Wish/Need List

Gym Materials:

  • Bases

  • Pylons – orange ones or flat ones

  • Mixed balls – mixed sizes, softer balls

  • Skipping ropes

  • Hula hoops

  • Bean bags

  • Exercise ball (large)

  • Tether ball

  • Earth ball

  • Nerf balls (for dodge ball)

  • Tennis balls (many)

  • Footballs

  • Baseball gloves

  • Frisbees

  • Volleyballs and net

Recess Materials: (items kept separately from gym equipment)

  • Mixed balls

  • Skipping ropes

  • Hula hoops

  • Footballs

  • Frisbees

  • Tether ball

  • Badminton rackets and birdies

  • Bocce ball set

  • Ping Pong net and rackets

  • Slackline

  • Hammock

  • Mixed toys for playing ‘house’/’store’

KMS at Keene Pumpkin Festival!

The KMS campus is officially in the Otonabee South Monaghan Township and what better way to get involved in our community than a Fall Fair in Keene this Saturday!
We will have a KMS booth at the Keene Pumpkin Festival and our students will have their decorated pumpkins on display! So please make the trip to Keene and support KMS Kids on Saturday October 14!
Here is a link to the Keene Pumpkin Festival – Hope to see you there!