Kings County Academy
Lisa J. Hewson, Principal 35 Gary Pearl Drive
Michael Pinard, Vice-Principal Kentville NS B4N 0H4
Telephone: (902)690-3850 Fax: (902)690-3864
March 29, 2012
Dear Parents and Guardians:
Student Led conferences again were very successful with over 95% participation. Please remember if you
have any concerns, whether they be academic or behavioural/social to communicate with your child’s
teacher or the administration. Home and school communication is so important. Working as a team will
ensure we achieve the best possible results for all students and the school as a whole.
Consistent student attendance is important. When a child is frequently absent from school he/she misses
important learning experiences including specific skills and knowledge that may be necessary for further
learning. The real danger of frequent absences is that students will develop gaps in their learning that will
hinder further learning. If your child is absent from school, please phone our safe arrival line at 690-
As we head into the warmer weather we would like to remind students that sun block, hats and sun
glasses are advised on the playground and especially for outdoor class trips. Also, a reminder that we
need to be cognizant of appropriate dress for school. Revealing clothing is not appropriate attire for
school. Individual situations will be reviewed by administration and students will be asked to cover up!
We are delighted to welcome back our Acadia student teachers. Nicole Roy, Daisy Day, Beth Kingsbury,
Danielle Pierce, and Nathaniel Wood will be with us from March 26 to April 27.
Lisa J. Hewson
Important Dates: (A full list of KCA’s upcoming dates is available at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday, April 5 11 am dismissal – Inservice
Friday, April 6 No School – Good Friday
Monday, April 9 No School – Easter Monday
Tuesday, April 10 Vesey Seed orders due in
Thursday, April 12 Band Small Ensemble Concert – 7 pm
Friday, April 13 Middle School Yearbook orders due in
Tuesday, April 17 SAC/PTA Meeting – 6 pm
Friday, April 20 Evening of Music fundraiser – 7 pm
Monday, April 30 No School – Kings County Inservice
Friday, May 4 Deadline to enrol in Primary Immersion for Sept. 2012
Friday, May 11 11 am dismissal - Inservice
Monday, May 21 No School – Victoria Day Holiday
Friday, June 1 Sept. 2012 Primary students attend school. NO
SCHOOL for Mme Smith, Mme Kinsman, Mrs. Rafuse
and Mrs. Rand Parsons’s classes.
The Playground Committee has been nominated by the Town of Kentville for a provincial volunteer
award. Laura Churchill-Duke and I will be attending the banquet and ceremony in Halifax on April 2nd.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday April 17th at 6:00, and as always all are welcome to attend!
Announcing our new Winter Gear Recycle Program!
Do you have old winter outerwear kicking around your house that you'd like to put to good use? Want to
keep your perfectly good items out of the landfill and put them into the hands of a child who could use
them? We have the solution!
The KCA PTA is pleased to announce that next fall we will be initiating a Winter Gear Recycle Program!
Starting next September we will be accepting donations of used winter gear, such as coats, snowpants,
boots, hats, mittens/gloves & scarves. All items should be clean and in good shape. Then, in late October,
we will be hosting our “Recycle Night” where any KCA parent/guardian who wishes to may come and
choose the items they need for their child for free! It's a win/win for everyone!
We have lots of thanks to extend this month beginning with Sonja Bent who organized our “Smurf”
family movie night!! It was a great success, raising over $400 and provided lots of fun on a winter Friday
night! Our hat goes off to Ms. Stevenson and the Kodiak team as well for providing lots of help with the
canteen and door.
The Taste a Rainbow program has begun where every second Thursday a healthy snack, sometimes
something unfamiliar, is served to every student in the school to promote healthy eating. This project has
been taken on by Dawn Hare who is helped by the Kodiak team as well. Many thanks for this work!
Crystal Peach organized another volleyball tournament, which brought $800 to our Phys.Ed. program.
She has a final tournament scheduled for May, and we extend great thanks to her for her time and energy,
which contributes so much!
By now the Vesey’s Seed campaign material has come home. We remind you that for every 8 orders
your child obtains, his/her name will be entered in a draw for a $50 gift card from Coles. Our school
receives 50% of the revenue generated from these sales and orders are due no later than April 10th. Thank
you to Sonja Bent for organizing this fundraiser. REMINDER - All orders and payments are to be
returned to your child’s teacher by Tuesday, April 10th. The final order is sent to Vesey’s on April 11th
and the draw for the Coles Gift card is on April 12th. Thank you for supporting this fundraiser!
We are planning to hold a luncheon on Thursday April 5th in appreciation of the staff at KCA and all that
they do, which is being organized by Andrea Watts and Debbie Lloyd. They will be in need of salad
donations. Should you be interested in helping with this through a food donation, or setting up and
serving at the luncheon please let us know on Facebook or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Kathy Boutilier, President
Physical Education Department
Track and field season has already started for grades 6 to 8, every Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 to
3:30. The dates for Districts have not yet been announced, but I will let you know when the info is made
available. Regionals will be May 25th and 26th, and Provincials are June 1st and 2nd, (Apple Blossom
weekend). Once again, places have not been decided but will be given out when available.
This year we will be doing The Doctors of Nova Scotia running club again for grades 3 to 8, every
Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:30. It will be a six week club starting next week Tuesday, April 3rd and finishing
Tuesday, May 8th.
In order to coach at KCA School in the upcoming year 2012/2013, NSSAF is requiring that all coaches,
new and returning, complete the "The Keeping the School in Sport Training Session” by September. This
course will be offered at KCA School on Saturday, March 31st from 9am to 12 noon. This course is a
onetime deal and does not have to be renewed every year.
Earth Hour Saturday, March 31st – 8:30-9:30 pm
In 2011 hundreds of millions of people around the world showed their support by turning off their lights
for one hour. Earth Hour 2012 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every
business and every community. Encourage your friends and family to participate. Show your support
and turn off your lights for one hour!
Reminder to Parents
If you plan on attending any upcoming school trips and have not yet completed the Child Abuse Registry
form and Police Records Check please do so as soon as possible. These forms MUST be sent to the
school board office and have proper approval BEFORE you can attend the trip.
The Safe Arrival Program would like to remind parents to please call if your child will be absent and or
late for the day. It is especially important to make sure that you call on the half-days if your child is
going to be absent so that our volunteers do not have to make unnecessary calls on these days. The Safe
arrival number is 690-3852 and is available 24 hours a day.
We have a GREAT breakfast program here at KCA open to all staff and students first thing every
morning. We are proud of our good selection of foods and do rely on some donations to keep the program
in great shape. At present any donations of whole grain/low sodium/low sugar cereals, as well as
CheezWhiz, would be appreciated. On Thursdays, we are pleased to announce the addition of a pancake
breakfast. Mr. Hutten has volunteered to cook these for us. Thank you, Mr. Hutten! We are trying to keep
our program as green as possible and are using reusable dishes that are washed each day. At present we
are low on forks. If you, or someone you know, have any extra forks they wouldn't mind donating, we can
put them to good use! Thanks to all our volunteers at our Breakfast Program, you are much
Health Promoting Schools Update
Here at KCA we have been implementing many of the recommendations for a healthy school
environment. We do need your assistance in making your child a partner in this policy. Feel free to
discuss their food choices and activities with them and let us know of any ways in which we can improve
on our efforts here at the school. March was nutrition month and many of our staff mentioned this to their
classes. Taste the Rainbow is a program that brings healthy, colourful snacks to each and every student
here in the school. The carrots from our last visit were a great discussion starter. We had three colours of
locally produced carrots to try. Ask your child about this tasting adventure! Many classes took advantage
of the snow on our hills surrounding the school for many sliding activities. It was a good thing to see that
winter doesn't mean slowing our outside activities down. Once again thank you for your support of our
KCA Health Promoting adventure! If you need further info or would like to chat about the programs feel
free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the school and ask for Janice McNeil.
Learning Disabilities Conference Day
Annapolis Valley Regional School Board and Learning Disabilities Steering Committee Presents A
Learning Disabilities Conference Day for Students, Parents, and Professionals: Positive and Practical
Behavioural Supports with Dawn Reithaug, M.Ed on Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 8:15 am - 3:15 pm.
The registration deadline is May 11, 2012. All details, conference brochure and registration information
(including online registration) available at http://www.avrsb.ca/ld-conference-2012
Evening of Music
Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the KCA gym. Admission - $10/adults, $5/students, Children age 11 and
under get in free. The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC), Acadia Youth Band, Andy Duinker and
Donna Rhodenizer (adult music) and the KCA Elementary Choir will be joining forces and voices to
present an evening of music. The AVHC is known for its high standard of performing excellence, the
Acadia Youth Band has been making a name for itself through recent concerts in the valley, well-known
valley performers Donna Rhodenizer and Andy Duinker will sing songs from their adult repertoire as well
as joining the KCA choir on one song. Mark this date on your calendar and plan to be part of a great
evening of music. Proceeds go to support the Honour Choir which is raising funds for a trip to Vienna in
Edalene Theatre is proud to be offering its fifth Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Camp. If
you love to sing, dance and act, this camp is not to be missed. During camp, the students will be
trained in dance, theatre, and musical technique while rehearsing and then performing a full scale
musical production. This year’s production will be Alice's Wonderland. Combining the classic
characters with current music, this camp is not to be missed. Camp will be offered for ages 11-16
and will run Monday-Friday, August 6th-17th, with production week being August 20th-24th.
Auditions will be on May 20th. For more information call Kerri Leier at 697-2515 or email
Canadian Parents for French (CPF) Valley is offering a French Art Workshop with teacher
and artist Mme. Marie-Josee Rosconi on Saturday April 14th, 1:00-2:30 pm, at the Windermere
Community Centre, (402 Windermere Rd., Berwick) Cost: Free for CPF members, $2.00 for
non-members. Space is limited, so reserve a spot by calling Dominic Cameron at 538-1441, or
e-mail email@example.com. Bring your friends for a fun afternoon of art!
Dance ConXion offers a Day camp for kids 6+yrs, July 16-20th and/or Aug 13-17th - 9:15am-
3:45pm (early drop off / late pick up available upon request). No experience necessary, (ages and
levels split upon arrival). You get to learn technique and routines in ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz,
lyrical, musical theater, and participate in extra fun dance related activities. We put on a
performance on the last day for all friends and family. Cost is $140 + HST. Dance ConXion
offers INTENSIVES for more serious/competitive dancers 8+ yrs. old, July 23-27th and/or Aug
20-24th - 10:30am-3:30pm. Technique and strengthening emphasized in various styles and also
great choreography. Cost is $105 + HST. Dance ConXion also offers weekly summer classes in
many styles including hip hop, acro, contemporary, tap, ballet and MUCH MORE! Check out our
website for a class schedule. www.danceconxion.com
Kings West and East Kings Soccer Tryouts are being held at the Indoor Soccer Facility in
Kentville. The remaining dates and times are as follows:
U10 Girls - April 11th - 5:00-6:30 pm Kentville Indoor Facility
U10 Boys - April 11th - 6:30-8:00 pm Kentville Indoor Facility
U12 Boys - The second try-out will be held with Kings West and East Kings separately - TBA
Want a Summer Job? Become a Certified Soccer Official!
Soccer Referee Entry Level Courses will be offered at Acadia University on April 27-29th, or at
the Digby Rink, April 13-15th. The courses run Friday- 7 to 9 pm, Saturday- 8am-5pm and
Sunday- 8am-5pm. The cost is $125.00 and includes registration for the full season and all course
material. Registration forms and a list of all courses offered can be found on the Soccer Nova
Scotia website under referees. Forms must be sent to Soccer Nova Scotia at least two weeks in
advance. For more information or help registering, please contact Larry Porter:
firstname.lastname@example.org ; Amanda Lombard: Amanda_jean_lombard@hotmail.com; or
Isaac Shurman: email@example.com
Music Lessons with Margarita - Teacher with 23 years experience in performing, classic studies
of violin and guitar, and music subjects, a composer with Spanish background offering lessons in
violin, guitar, music theory and reading. Contact Margarita at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-698-
Valley United Tier 1 Soccer - Valley United is offering summer 2012 Tier 1 soccer programs for
U14, U16, U18 Boys and Girls, plus U11 and U12 Girls. Tryouts begin April 4th at the Valley
Indoor Facility in Kentville. If you are interested, please visit our website www.valleyunited.ca .
Look for the link to the summer 2012 newsletter which contains all tryout and registration details.
Active Living News from the Kentville Recreation Department
- A Family Easter Egg hunt will be taking place on Saturday March 31st at the Kentville
Tennis courts. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the registration fee is $1.00 per person.
There will be lots of giveaways and fun events for every member of the family. This event is
sponsored by Donna Conrad and Team at Remax Banner Real Estate. For more information
check out www.kentville.ca for the event poster.
- New Afterschool Program Activities for Grade 4-8 students: Starting this Thursday March
29th, students in grade 4-8 will be able to participate in a 6 week ZUMBA FITNESS class
offered at the KCA gym for FREE. Class will be instructed by Rebecca D’Eon. The program
will run from 2:30 – 4:00pm in order to attend you MUST register with Active Living
Coordinator Nichole Lutz at email@example.com or call 679-2556.
- Spring has finally sprung!! What a great way to stay active by joining a “walking school
bus” in your subdivision. Currently, Glenwood Subdivision has successful walking groups
each morning and afternoon. If you have children living in the Palmeter Subdivision who
walk to school or would like to walk but are unsure of safety, we would like to help form a
safe and active route to and from school for your children. For more information on any of
the listed events above please feel free to contact Nichole Lutz by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 679-2556.