November 8, 2019
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Upcoming Events
November 12 โ€” Kings Board of Education Work Session, 5:30 p.m., Kings Education Center, Conference Room 2.
November 19 โ€” Kings Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Kings Education Center, Conference Room 2.

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KINGS Bond Issue Fails
The 4.96 mill facilities bond issue on the November 5 ballot failed. According to unofficial results, the 4.96-mill levy was defeated 3,675 to 3,508 โ€“ or 51.1 percent to 48.8 percent.

"The outcome of this election is disappointing and we know we have some tough discussions and decisions ahead. We heard you and we will take some time to reflect on our next steps to address our facility needs. Our hope is that we can work with our community to find a plan that is amenable to all," said Kings Superintendent, Tim Ackermann.

We would like to thank our community for the support, especially the countless volunteers who sacrificed their time to support Knight Nation!
A New Furry Employee at JFB
J.F. Burns Elementary gained a new employee last week. Well, sort of! Meet Raven, a 5-month old Australian Shepherd/Poodle mix puppy who is JFB's new therapy dog!

She has been trained, certified, and insured through Pawsibilities Unleashed, a service dog training agency in Kentucky. This means that Raven has received extensive training on how to interact with elementary students in a school environment. She has undergone temperament and obedience training, and she has passed her assessments with flying colors.

Raven was surrendered by her breeder because her ear was crooked and that doesn't meet breed standards. Her owner/caretaker and JFB School Counselor, Emily Sander said, "This is a great lesson for our students. It shows that no one is perfect and we need to be accepting of everyone, despite their flaws."

Sander has been trained as a handler for Raven. She will bring Raven to school with her each day. Raven will accompany Mrs. Sander in her duties throughout the day. She told us that there are many benefits of having a therapy dog in a school setting such as cognitive, social, emotional, physical, environmental. Raven also loves to be read to.

Sander noted that Raven was trained by an Occupational Therapist to provide deep pressure to kids in the form of a hug. "When you place her paws on the child's shoulders and prompt with 'hug,' she will shift her body weight to provide deep pressure to the child's shoulders," she said. Deep pressure Stimulation (DPS) is firm but gentle squeezing, hugs, or holding that relaxes the nervous system. This kind of gentle pressure can help provide an overall sense of calm and peace.

Raven is hypoallergenic and non-shedding to minimize the risk of allergies. Check out Raven on her first day of school below!
Knight Nation News on Vacation Next Week
There will be NO Knight Nation News next Friday, November 15. We will return on Friday, November 22.
Author Visit at KME
Author Gargie Nagarkar visited Kings Mills Elementary on Tuesday, November 5. Miss Nagarkar is the author of  There's a Chicken in the Kitchen!  

She spoke to Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students about her time in Uganda and the events that inspired her to write her book.

She is pictured here with a group of first graders who wrote stories inspired by the lines in her book, "What a success! I felt like a winner!" 

Pictured: Kai Stiltner, Gavin Ellison, Hanlin Wei, Omar Abdelkhabir, Riyan Kadam, Evie Young, Mary O'Dowd, Payton Bowling, and Allie Trapp.
Cross Curricular Lessons at KJH
Recently, Mr. Jepson's Spanish I class joined with Mr. Hayward's seventh-grade Choir class at Kings Junior High School for a cross-curricular lesson on the Spanish lullaby  A La Nanita Nana .

Mr. Hayward has been preparing his students for the December KJH Choir Concert and invited Mr. Jepson and his class to practice through the pronunciation and meaning of the lyrics. By working together, Mr. Hayward and Mr. Jepson's students experienced the Spanish language, music, and culture in one lesson!
Kings Band Plays at Kroger

On Friday, November 1, the Kroger Store in Maineville hosted it's Grand Re Opening. Kings High School Band was invited to help with the celebration.

Thank you to the students who participated on their day off of school!
KJH Knight News Visits WLWT

The Kings Junior High Knight News Staff had a rare opportunity to visit the WLWT News studio on Tuesday, October 29.

The staff along with adviser, John Karabinus took a tour of the studio and spent time with Meteorologist Randi Rico.

They learned a little bit more of what goes into a tv broadcast. They visited the control room, spent some time behind the newsdesk and played around with the green screen. They even got some time to interview Rico for their next edition of Knight News !
Senior Yearbook Picture Due Soon
The deadline to submit senior pictures for the Kings High School yearbook is Tuesday, November 26. Click here for directions on submitting photos.

The Yearbook Staff put together a video promoting their great book!
JFB Candy Drive for the Troops
The J.F. Burns Candy Drive will run through Wednesday, November 13. Candy (and monetary) donations can be brought to J.F. Burns Elementary There will be a drop box located in the main hallway for after-hours donations.

All types of candy and snacks (including chocolate) will be accepted (no candy shaped like body parts please). If possible, please send the candy into the school in a zip-lock baggie. We will also gladly accept donations of quart size zip-lock baggies! There will also be a drop box located at Mac's Pizza Pub Landen!

Monetary donations are accepted to help cover the cost of shipping. You may send a check made payable to "The Yellow Ribbon Support Foundation" or make donations via PayPal .

All donations are tax deductible. If you have a loved one deployed in harms way, please email Keith Maupin at or you may send a private message to the Yellow Ribbon Support Center via their Facebook page. Questions should be directed to Hope Cantrall at .
Kings Band Boosters Need Your Help!
Coming up on Saturday, November 9, the Kings Band Boosters will host the Kings Marching Band MSBA Class AAAA Championships. Approximately 14 bands from Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky will compete for awards.

14 marching bands x all of their guests = WE NEED HELP!

Kings students can earn service hours working this event, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are opportunities for concession help and parking help.

Kings U Knights Helps for the Holidays
Kings U Knights is a 501(c)3 organization that helps provide holiday gifts to Kings students in need. Each child receives 3 gifts (2 clothing and one fun) with a total value of approximately $75 per child.

In 2018, with the help of the Kings Community, Kings U Knights were able to provide gifts for 100 families with 266 children. Since 2015, they have sponsored 917 children in 336 families.

If you would like to help this holiday season, please contact .
Kings Actors in Frozen, JR.
ROYAL Theatre Company, Home of The Children's Theatre of Mason's, presents Frozen JR. November 15-17, at Mason High School. This production features 12 students from the Kings Local School District from the elementary schools through the high school. The show will run for four performances โ€“ Friday, November 15th at 7:00pm; Saturday, November 16th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm; and Sunday, November 17th at 2:00pm. VIP reserved tickets can be purchased for $25 each, and General Admission reserved tickets can be purchased for $15 each. All tickets can be purchased online at .  

From front to back, left to right:  Evelyn Spaeth, Finn Collins, Aiden Canino, Isabella Wesloh, Hope Wanamaker, Marah Burnside, Sam Bustetter, Abby MacNeil, Luke Royer, Sophia Canino. Not pictured: Ian Meeker and Katie Hill.
Don't miss one bit of news! Make sure to follow us on social media!
We can't possibly put all of the news in the weekly newsletter so we hope you will join us on our social media channels where we will be posting great things happening in our District daily.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram to keep in the loop!
We have gone green and eliminated flyers going home in backpacks.

Check out our VIRTUAL BACKPACK for more information on the latest activities within the District and Community.
Kings Athletic News

๏ปฟCheck out Kings Athletics website ! You can find out schedule information, upcoming events, news about teams, and even get directions to away venues. 
Join us on Saturday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Kings High School Gym for our annual Winter Kickoff! There will be fun, food, games, and MORE at our festival style Knight Madness!!

Kings Dance Team would also like to invite guest youth performers to perform with them at Knight Madness. Practice will take place on November 10. Click here for more information.

You can pre-order your t-shirt  HERE ! $15 includes shirt, entry, food and raffle ticket, and souvenir cup! See you at Knight Madness! 
Cross Country State Qualifiers
On Saturday, November 2, Brooke Garter and Sara Doughman, and Alex Justus compted at the State Cross Country Meet.

Congratulations Alex Justus for medaling with placing 12th out of 186! Also strong performances from Brooke Garter 68th & Sara Doughman 81st out of 183!

Congratulations on a great season!
SAY Soccer Registration
Kings Soccer Club is registering for the Spring season. Children in grades kindergarten through high school are invited to register online at . The registration fee is $90 per player, with a maximum of $270 per family. Early registration will run through January 18.
Girls Youth Lacrosse Registration

Kings Girls Youth Lacrosse registration is now open for grades K - 6.
Parents can register their kids at   
Spring Boys Lacrosse Registration

Kings Youth Lacrosse is inviting Boys in grades K-6 to register for Spring Lacrosse. Registration ends on November 30. Click here for more information.
Mason Challenger Baseball
The Mason Challenger Baseball League is open to all children with physical and developmental challenges. Players are welcome from all areas of Warren, Clermont, and Hamilton County.

Players from age 5 to young adult are placed in leagues based on age and skill. The cost to play is $30 per player. Click here for more information.
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