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News for Kendall Elementary School

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Way to go, Colts! 

For the second month in a row, Kendall Elementary has earned the title of CHAMPION in the MCS attendance challenge! For the month of October, Kendall had the highest attendance rate of all the Marion elementaries and the intermediate school. Kendall also won for the month of September.

Let's keep the momentum going! We want to see each and every one of you here every school day! (And that big trophy looks pretty good on display here at Kendall too!)
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Red Ribbon Week encouraged Kendall Elementary School students to make positive, healthy choices and stay drug free.

Mr. Black led students in Character Education, while Mrs. Kleman planted Promise Tulips with students and engaged them in a Red Ribbon Week Pledge. 

Pictured below are fourth-grade students with Mrs. Kleman signing the "I Will Be Drug Free" Pledge, which will be displayed at Kendall to remind us all year to make those healthy choices!

During Red Ribbon Week, Kendall students sign a banner to pledge to remain drug free. The banner will hang in the school as a reminder. 

During a special Red Ribbon Week convocation Tuesday afternoon, special visitors from the Marion Police Department spoke with our third- and fourth-graders. Below are pictures from the exciting event!

During Red Ribbon Week, Kendall students signed a banner pledging to remain drug free. Above, it's seen hanging in the gym during the Red Ribbon Week convocation.

During the Red Ribbon Week convocation, MPD Capt. Steve Scott and his K9 partner Officer Archer demonstrate how Archer finds illegal drugs using his sense of smell.

Kendall students volunteer to participate in a demonstration at the request of MPD Officer Brian Davis during the Red Ribbon Week convocation.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Attention all Colts: Be proud of our victory in the September Attendance Challenge! 

And remember: We want you here every school day!

Many of our family, friends, and neighbors watched as our Kendall champions claimed the traveling attendance trophy. Lets do what it takes to keep the trophy at Kendall: Be here every school day!

Kendall Colts claim the traveling MCS Attendance Trophy during a special recognition ceremony at the Marion High School homecoming football game on Oct. 11, 2013. The school came out on top during the September Attendance Challenge, which pitted elementary schools and Justice Intermediate School against one another in a friendly competition: To see who could have the highest attendance rate for the month.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Community Schools is partnering with Marion Public Library to foster of lifelong love of reading through a new program for third-graders across the district.

Next week, MPL librarians will be visiting MCS classrooms to kick off the program. They’ll be sharing information about the library and the services it offers, and they’ll also have library card applications on hand for students to complete.

Librarian visits are set for 9 a.m. at the following schools on the following days:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15: Kendall Elementary
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16: Frances Slocum Elementary
  • Thursday, Oct. 17: Allen Elementary
  • Friday, Oct. 18: Riverview Elementary
In subsequent weeks, librarians will return to the schools to deliver library cards and talk about family visits to the library.

At the same time, third-graders will be tracking their books read and testing their reading skills with the Scholastic Reading Counts! program. Teachers will set goals for points to be earned, and updates on progress will be made in conjunction with that second visit by the librarians.

A third visit will be scheduled after the Reading Counts tracking period, which is set to end in late November. Reading-centered activities will be featured during that visit.

At that point, new goals for Reading Counts! will be set, and more librarian visits will be planned.

MCS is excited about this opportunity to work with MPL to promote reading and help our students take advantage of the excellent resources available through our local library.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Among the typical excitement of homecoming festivities this Friday at Marion High School, some elementary school students will be getting special recognition.

As part of Marion Community Schools’ September Attendance Challenge (in conjunction with a focus nationwide on school attendance), all four elementary schools – Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall, and Riverview – along with Justice Intermediate School were issued a challenge: to come out on top in overall attendance percentage for the month.

The MHS Athletic Department generously offered free admission for students at the winning school to the homecoming game, and the students in attendance would also get special recognition at the game.

Kendall Elementary School students rose to the challenge and earned the prize. Several dozen of them plan to be at the game for the special ceremony this Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The game starts at 7 p.m., and the recognition is expected to begin at 6:45 p.m.