Thursday, September 28, 2006

Walk Home With A Buddy

As we continue to examine our safety procedures at King, it has come up that some students walk home each afternoon by themselves. As part of our exit procedures at King, we are asking students who walk home to do so in pairs. We appreciate family support around this issue. Teachers are reviewing these practices with students.

Our intent in bringing this up is not to cause undue concern. We just want to encourage safe practices.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Lifelong Guidelines Update

For the past two weeks, we've focused on the lifelong guidelines of "Truthfulness" and "Trustworthiness." Typically teachers have at least one short activity per day to help students expand their understanding of a guideline. This can be a definition, an example, a role playing exercise, or even a "teachable moment"--an event that comes up in class that fits the guideline and is discussed with the guideline in mind.

The feedback about Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills from students, parents and teachers has been positive. However, if you are wondering what this is all about or if you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask your child's teacher or me.

For this week, we are focusing on "Active Listening." I hope you'll take a moment to ask your child what they've learned about active listening.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Student Goals and Writing Assembly

At the beginning of the school year, I asked our students to focus on a few important areas. These included the following:
  • Be the best reader you can be
  • Follow the Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills
  • Be the best writer you can be
As a way to kick off the school year and our focus on being good writers, we welcomed Mr. Jim Mitchell from Wisconsin at MLK today for an energetic assembly focusing on the "6 + 1 Traits" of good writing. These include:
  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Voice
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Conventions
  • and Presentation
These are words and ideas that parents may be able to use at home also to understand and describe good writing.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Medicine At School

Dear Parents,

If you have children enrolled who have need of emergency medication(s), please bring the medication, alone with a completed physician and parent authorization forms, to the school office. Blank forms for the physician and parent authorization of the administration of medication at school may be obtained from the school office or click here. This process must be followed for all medications, including those that are "over-the-counter."

Thank you assisting in this very important matter.


Mazie Hamilton
King School Nurse
(734)994-8292 x52126

Picture Day Is Coming!

In case you missed it, picture day at MLK is on Friday, September 29. Every student will have their picture taken on that day. If parents choose to, they can also purchase pictures of their children. We will be sending home order forms describing the picture packages as well as pricing for all options.

Parents can pay for pictures can happen in one of two ways:
  1. Fill out and return the envelope attached to the picture day flyer with payment
  2. For convenience, parents can now select picture packages and pay for pictures online at
If you have questions, please call the school office. We are happy to help!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Yearbook Help Needed

Are you a parent who is all of the following:
  • Creative
  • Likes to take pictures
  • Wants to help with the school yearbook
This is an exciting opportunity to help make this year's yearbook the best one ever! Please call the school office and leave a message for Mr. Karr if you are interested.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Curriculum Night Reminder: We Want To See YOU!

September 11, 2006

Dear MLK families,

The MLK staff and I are looking forward to meeting all parents tomorrow evening at our annual Curriculum Night (Tuesday, September 12).

The schedule for Curriculum Night is as follows:
6:30 – 7:05 Classroom presentations
7:10 – 7:30 State of the School presentation in the multipurpose room
7:35– 8:15 Classroom presentations

While at Curriculum Night, please make sure you sign up for a parent-teacher conference.

Please note that Curriculum Night is a night set aside for teachers to present to parents. However, there is limited free childcare available through KingCare. If you are interested in childcare, please call KingCare directly at 994-4485.

With our first major evening event comes a reminder to follow our evening safety procedures which are explained by clicking here. Everyone must adhere to these procedures if we are going to have a safe event. Thank you.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening.


Kevin Karr

Evening Safety Procedures at King

Due to the limited availability of parking at King, parents should plan to park in the neighborhood during evening events at King.

There is NO PARKING in front of the main entrance, by the fire hydrant, or on the left-hand side of the front circular drive.
Reason: The front drive is a fire lane and must be kept accessible for emergency vehicles. The fire hydrant area must also be kept clear.

Drop Off/Pick Up
The front entrance will be available for drop off and pick up ONLY. AT NO TIME SHOULD PARKING OCCUR IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL.

Emergency Exits
Below is a map of the school with the arrows indicating emergency exits. Before you come to an evening event at King, please consider designating a place outside the building for your family to meet in the event that the building needs to be evacuated.

front of school

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Welcome to the 2006-07 School Year!

September 6, 2006

Dear King Families,
On behalf of the King staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2006-07 school year. We hope your summer has re-energized you for an exciting year of learning and academic success for all students.

On the first day of school, we had an all-school assembly during which we introduced the Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills. The Lifelong Guidelines are:
• Trustworthiness • Truthfulness • Active Listening
• No Put-Downs • Personal Best
Personal Best is defined by the Lifeskills which include:
• Caring
• Common Sense
• Cooperation
• Courage
• Curiosity
• Effort
• Flexibility
• Friendship
• Initiative
• Integrity
• Organization
• Patience
• Perseverance
• Pride
• Problem Solving
• Resourcefulnes
• Responsibility
• Sense of Humor
It is our hope that you will use this same language in defining appropriate behavior. You will certainly hear more about the Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills in the upcoming months!

Last, I want to begin the year with a reminder that is not OK to park in the front of the school during pick up and drop off times. The rule is: Quick drop-offs and pick-ups only! Thank you for observing this important safety rule at King.

Let’s have a great school year! If you have questions, please ask us.

Kevin Karr