May Newsletter

News and Announcements
Kathleen Elementary School Crest featuring the letter K, a torch, a knight horse and a cougar



Magnificent May #Cougarnation families


We are excited about the last full month of the 2021-2022 school year. Please join us as we honor the hard work and dedication of our Teachers! The official week is (5/2/2022 – 5/6/2022) but feel free to celebrate our #Cougarteachers all month long :0)


We want our teachers to feel Appreciated, Loved, and Respected for the work they do every day to encourage our Lil’ Cougars to Achieve.


As you know, every week is essentially a testing week within the month of May (ELA, MATH, SCIENCE). I know this has been a year wrought with challenges, but Thank You parents and guardians for your resilience to overcome each barrier.


We are in this together and here to support you #Cougarfamilies.


Teamwork In Action!



Dear Parents and Guardians!


We have made it to the month of May! It has been a year like none other, but we are almost to the finish line.


The month of May brings about the last round of FSA Testing for our intermediate students

(Grades 3-5). Please adhere to the Class Dojo Messages from your teachers, KES Facebook posts, and School Messenger phones calls for reminders.


4&5 FSA ELA: Week of May 3rd

3,4,5 FSA Math: Week of May 9th

5th NGSSS Science: Week of May 16th


All tests are 2 sessions of 80 minutes daily.


Please know that our teachers and students have worked hard each day. Taking the FSA will be no different. We ask that you continue to support our efforts and make sure that each day, all students:

  1. Get a good night’s sleep. Being well rested will help your child focus and concentrate.
  2. Make sure to eat breakfast or make sure to make it to breakfast at school daily.
  3. Be on time daily. Late arrivals will NOT be admitted into their classrooms and students will have to wait for the make-up days and sessions.
  4. Give them an encouraging word or note in their agenda daily. This will let your child know that you are with them and encourage them to do their best!

All the best,

Mrs. Williams




There has been a few changes to the Covid-19 protocols for PCPS since the beginning of this school year. So far we are still sending students home when they are noticed to have or complain of just one of the 11 possible Covid-19 symptoms. Students are still required to isolate for 10 days, only returning when they are without symptoms and are fever free for 24 hours without use of medication. To be allowed back to school sooner than 10 days, we require a doctor’s clearing the student. The doctor’s notes must be signed by a Medical Provider only & a have a return date indicated. Or a student will need to have a negative Covid-19 test result to return back to school. Home tests are not acceptable anymore.



  • Polk County Health Department – PH: 863-519-7912 (Test Results within 3-5 days)
  • Bartow Reginal Medical Center – 2200 Osprey Blvd. Bartow, Florida
  • RP Funding Center – 701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, Florida
  • Gil Jones Plaza – 3425 US 17 N. Winter Haven, Florida


TO MAKE APPOINTMENT: http://makeappt.testing.nomi/


  • Lakeland Reginal Hospital – Respiratory Care Clinic PH: 863-687-1133 (Rapid test results in 1 hour or less) IN CLINIC TESTING


My best advice for keeping our students healthy & safe is if you notice your child not feeling good before school, keep them home, seek medical advice from your pediatrician & get tested for Covid-19 when necessary.


We will get through this 2021-2022 school year together. I am always available to support all parents & the student’s medical needs while at school anytime.


Family Time Fun Suggestions

When families spend time together interacting in fun, meaningful ways, bonding and the lines of communication are enhanced. Here are some creative, inexpensive activities to give variety to your family time:

  • Have a fashion show where everyone puts on the craziest outfit they can find.
  • Have the kids create their own skit and perform it for the adults.
  • Make miniature boats. Sail them in the bathtub, sink or plastic bin.
  • Find a large cardboard box and create a car, castle or play space.
  • Make musical instruments out of household objects or recycled bottles.
  • Have a picnic in the backyard, driveway or in the garage.
  • Make your own frisbee golf course with targets found around the yard.
  • Have a super soaker/squirt gun war in the yard.
  • Plant a garden.
  • Wash the car.
  • Have a water balloon fight.
  • Play indoor hide & seek. Play at night and turn off the lights and use flashlights.
  • Create a timed obstacle course out of cushions and furniture.
  • Have a dance party. Get wild and turn off lights and add glowsticks, glow jewelry, or flashing/light up toys to the mix.
  • Build a fort. Grab some old blankets and sheets and spend the afternoon creating a super cool hideout.
  • Have a puzzle race. Pick 100 piece or less puzzles and see who can finish each one first. (Dollar stores are a great place to find them.)
  • Family slumber party.
  • Make cereal jewelry. Perfect for a snack while reading or movie night.
  • Create sock puppets and put on a show.
  • Make paper airplanes. Have a contest to see which one goes farthest.


Another Great Resource for families is The Parent’s Corner.

This is an electronic subscription for families it has Great resources and information from Heartland for Children. Aunt Bertha is a tool to find local resources for food, health, housing, employment programs and other community resources in seconds.


Visit and then enter your zip code.


Positive Parenting Activities that Promote Nurturing and Attachment

Parents and caregivers can develop or maintain close bonds with their school-age children by playing an active role in their children’s lives. Being involved in their activities, education, and friendships and providing positive and developmentally appropriate discipline are important to bonding and attachment.

*When you child wants to talk, turn off the television, put your phone down and give your child your undivided attention.

*Attend your child’s sporting events, chaperone a class field trip or volunteer together in the community.

*Take advantage of The Most Important 8 Minutes of the Day. This idea comes from Gary Benton, a parent trainer in Washington. The first 4 minutes of the day and the last 4 minutes at night are a time to reconnect. Make those minutes count by making eye contact and providing reassuring touch, such as a pat on the hand or a kiss.

*Dad and award-winning author of Love Limits, Bill Corbett, suggests that you make bonding a part of the bedtime routine by asking kids three questions while tucking them into bed: 1. What is the best thing that happened to you today? 2. What is the worst thing that happened to you today? 3. What is the silliest thing that happened to you today? “Accept whatever they provide as answers, and don’t say anything that might devalue them,” he says. “If they struggle in the beginning with coming up with answers, just let it go. If they detect you’re doing something different, it might feel uncomfortable to them and they might answer “nothing” but, this simple exercise will bring the parent and the child together”.


As the school year is coming to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your input in meetings this year for your children. When we are partners in education, we can accomplish so much!!

We are still scheduling end of the year meetings as we wrap up the year. When you receive your meeting notice, please remember to sign it (including any concerns you want to address and your preference of attendance – virtual, phone, face to face, or proceed and send the documents home) and return it to school as quickly as possible.

Enjoy your summer break!



  • Monday, May 2, 2022 – Friday, May 6, 2022 – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Tuesday, May 3, 2022 and Wednesday, May 4, 2022 – FSA ELA 4th and 5th graders.
  • Friday, May 6, 2022 – Superhero Lunch Day (Ms. Collins & Team)
  • Monday, May 9, 2022 and Tuesday, May 10, 2022– FSA Math 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – National School Nurse Day
  • Friday, May 13, 2022- All Library books are due back to the library
  • Monday, May 16, 2022 and Tuesday May 17, 2022 – Science State Assessment For 5th Graders.
  • Friday, May 20, 2022- AR Celebrations
  • Monday, May 23, 2022- PBIS Beach Bash
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022- Pre-K and Kindergarten Award Day
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022- 1st and 2nd Grade Award Day
  • Thursday, May 26, 2022-3rd Grade and 4th Grade Awards Day
  • Friday, May 27, 2022-5th Grade Awards Day & Celebration
  • Friday, May 27, 2022 – Last Day of School for Students and Early Release at 12:15 PM





Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading: In ELA, the learning target is to describe the main character, setting, and important events in a story. Please practice sight words and read 20 minutes every day.


Math: In Math, the learning target is to collect and sort objects into categories and compare the categories by counting the objects in each category.


Science: In Science, students will be participating in different class projects and science experiments.


Writing: Students will practice writing in complete sentences and completing writing prompts.


Social Studies: In Social Studies, we will learn about Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Summer.


News Flash: Please make sure that your child is practicing sight words or reading 20 minutes at home every day. Make sure to fill out the Reading Log or practice Popcorn Words in the Take Home Folders every night.





Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading: In ELA, our learning target is to identify the central message and the author’s purpose for writing the text. Students should also be able to describe character, setting, and events in a story, with details.


Math: In Math, the learning target is to compose 2D and 3D shapes and partition shapes into halves and fourths. Please practice basic facts with your kids. SMAD testing of basic addition and subtraction facts is every Thursday.


Science: In Science we will be learning about trait inheritance and the basic needs of plants and humans


Social Studies: In Social Studies, we will learn and write about Memorial Day and Summer.


Writing: Students are completing graphic organizers for stories read in class. They are completing sentence frames to explain information gathered from their organizer.


News Flash: Please make sure that your child is reading 30 minutes every day and that you write the book title in the agenda.





Student of the Month:

Mrs. Miller- Abigail. D

Mrs. Eversole- Khole. W

Ms. Sanders- Amiracle. R

Ms. Santos- Hunter. S

Ms. Colburn- Alan. L


Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading: We have been working on reading non-fiction texts and finding the main topic/central idea


Math: We completed a unit on counting money and solving money word problems. We are moving into a unit on learning about shapes and fractions.


Science: We are finishing up our unit on life cycles of butterflies and plants and moving into a unit of learning about animals and their habitats.


Social Studies: We will be learning about how to prepare for summer and the holidays in the summer





Student of the Month:

Mrs. Lima-Jones- Taylor. T

Mrs. Hardy- Amber. B

Ms. Gardner- TBA

Ms. H. Lima-Jones- Ny’Kiah. W


Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading: Student have finished the FSA! We are now reviewing standards and this week is author’s point of view! Students are reading a lot of books and taking AR tests! Ask your children about STAR testing and their AR goals and what books they chose to read this week.


Math: Students have also finished the FSA for Math! We are going back and really hitting the power standards! Right now we are going back through fractions! Quiz your children on their multiplication facts!


Science/Social Studies: Students are having a blast in Science! We are learning all about plants and animals. We are currently learning about the parts of the plant and their function.


Writing: In writing we are working on narrative writing. Please work with your child on their spelling, punctuation, and grammar.






Student of the Month:

Ms. Barber- Femy M

Mrs. Blake- Aminaa’Liz S.

Ms. Guy- Hunter J.

Mrs. Perrella- McKenzie C


Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading/Writing: We are preparing for 5th grade once FSA testing is completed and looking at standards that need additional work in 4th grade. Writing FSA is complete! One down two to go. *We are still practicing our writing throughout each subject


Math: We are reviewing for Math FSA and then preparing for 5th grade. Please continue to practice our 4th grade standards-see your Dojo Class Story for songs/videos.


Science: In Science we’re continuing Energy, moving air & water, and then will review 3rd grade animal/plant classifications.


Social Studies: We are reading Historical Fiction in ELA.


News Flash: 4th Grade Awards are May 26th on campus! More information to come! *Last day of school is an early release day on Friday, May 27 – happy summer break! Be safe & we’ll see you in August!





Subject Area Content Focus:


English Language Arts/Reading/Writing:​ In ELA, 5th graders will continue to review the standards they have learned this year. They will do a deep dive into how the narrator’s point of view influences the plot of a story. They will continue to analyze and integrate information from multiple sources to write knowledgeably about a topic. They will also compare text structures and explain why the author used that specific organization. The ELA FSA test is May 3rd and 4th.


Practice Resources students can use at home:



Math: In Math students are reviewing for the Math FSA which is May 9th and 10th. Fractions standards will be a big focus for our students. Students will be adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers that have unlike denominators using real world math problems. Students will also be multiplying fractions with another fraction or a whole number. Other review standards will be place value and conversions.


Practice Resources students can use at home:


  • Freckle (Classlink)
  • Khan Academy: Videos with tutorials and practice (
  • Prodigy (


Science: For the rest of the year, the students will be going through review of the science standards that were taught this year, in preparation for the SSA test on May 16-17. Students will be focusing heavily on the standards surrounding sound, light, and the nature of science.


Perfectionism can be a problem for gifted children. They often feel pressured by teachers, parents, and friends to be “perfect.” Perfectionists often set impossible goals for themselves, aren’t satisfied with their successes, are afraid of making mistakes, and expect too much of themselves. Show your child that you accept him or her “as is.” Keep your expectations realistic and praise your child for taking risks, even if things don’t work out. Give your child permission to make mistakes at home in a safe environment, and praise your child’s efforts as much as you do their finished products. Ask yourself, “Am I enjoying my own achievements or am I too hard on myself?” Share with your child times in your own life where your mistakes led to a learning opportunity.



Below are some online resources to support your students education:

  • TumbleBooks
  • Think Central (HMH)
  • CPALMS Florida Students


English Language Arts/Reading:


  1. Tumble Books – eBooks for eKids! ( (Tumble Books is located on Classlink)
  2. ABCYA activities.
  3. For limited Language students and students beginning to read (PreK-3) they can go on star fall.




  1. Think Central is located on Classlink
  6. XtraMath



Science/Social Studies:


  1. CPALMS Florida Students is located on Classlink
  6. Science (





Kathleen Baptist Church is having a Food Drive-Thru on the third Friday of the month. (Friday May 20th)

Feeding the Community: The church has invited all interested families to participate.

Distribution will be May 20th at Kathleen Baptist Church

3939 2nd St. NW Lakeland, FL 33810

For more information please call Seth Miller at (863) 858-3836.

The car line will open at 8:30 a.m. The distribution of food begins at 9:00 a.m. and will run to 11:00 a.m. in front of Worship Center.



We will be hosting our PTA elections on May 19th at 3:30pm in the cafeteria.

*Drinks and snacks will be provided*

We are holding elections for our open positions which are as follows:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Membership
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

For any questions please email Miss Hilton at

All are welcome to join, and we encourage anyone interested in PTA to come.