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Spring 2021 E-Newsletter
Directors Note

Dear KTS Families, 

Wow, what a year it has been so far. It’s hard to believe it’s already Spring and only one quarter of the school year remains. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our KTS community has come together to make this year a successful one for our students. Our staff have continued to come up with creative ways to keep students safe, engaged and learning on both virtual and in-person days. Our students have continued to push through the kinks of technology and learn new ways of interacting in school to stay on track with their goals. Our families have also been patient and supportive as we have made changes to schedules, added new online platforms and programs, and updated our Health and Safety Plan and our hybrid schedule. Thank you, parents, for persisting through the challenges of managing technology, ensuring your children have been online and ready to learn every day, allowing them to use household items to use for school activities, joining in as partners for them during virtual PE and music, reminding them to join their classes after lunch and even providing those gentle, and not so gentle nudges to keep going when they wanted to log off for the day. We could not have done it without you! We would also like to thank everyone who attended and/or supported our No-Go Casino night recently. Because of your generous support we will be able to purchase and maintain much needed technology for our hybrid programming.  

We are thrilled to be moving forward with increasing the amount of in-person time for our students this month. The high school is adding social activity time for in-person students the week of May 17th. Phase 4 of our hybrid plan for lower/middle school began the week of April 19th, and we are moving to 4 days in-person learning for those who choose it in mid-May. Thank you all for helping to keep our community safe and healthy by following our Health and Safety Plan. Together, we are KTS strong!

As always, we thank you for your support and collaboration.  
Rhona Schwartz, Director,
High School Program
Nicole Abera, PhD,  
Director, Lower and Middle
School Programs
Lower/Middle School Updates
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) 
Each month in the lower and middle school, a new and special Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) activity is offered to students during the school day. This is a fun and engaging way for students to interact with peers and use rewards they have earned for positive behaviors. Typically, there are three activities offered and each student chooses a preferred activity. Staff members (clinicians, teachers, and TAs) collaborate in the planning, organizing, sharing of information, and executing of the activities. 
Earth Day Project
During the month of April, Tim Herzet, the lower and middle school art teacher, led one group of students and staff members in the completion of an art project that consisted of using recycled garbage to create a collage of the earth. The project allowed students to work with a variety of materials that they found in their home to create a beautiful piece of art. The theme was chosen to tie in with Earth Day, which was on April 22nd.  
Staff Spotlight
Christine Cho
Teacher Assistant, Middle School

Ms. Cho is a Korean-American who graduated in 2020 from the University of Maryland with a degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences. In her free time, she loves playing sports with her cousins, spending time with her dog, Buddy, and training puppies. In college, she helped train service dogs with the Guide Dog Foundation. She enjoys working with the students at KTS and aspires to be a Reading Specialist in the future!

Fun Facts: Favorite Food: Sushi 
Favorite Team: UMd Basketball 
Pets: Maltese, Buddy 
Last Vacation: Florida, 2019
Favorite Quarantine Activity: Painting 
High School Updates
National Poetry Month
The high school students have been busy this spring, applying their creative talents in many different ways. KTHS students have applied their grit and flexible mindsets during challenging times to produce outstanding work, to demonstrate ingenuity, and to have fun!

The Culture in Literature class composed poems during National Poetry Month based on George Ella Lyon's "Where I'm From." One of our students created this thoughtful poem, shown in the picture on the left.
Child Development Class
The students in the Child Development class have recently been responsible for taking care of “egg babies.”  The students cleverly decorated their eggs to look human, and one student even created a car seat for his “baby!”
Special Events

Drama students are gearing up for the high school “Improv Night” in June, and the whole school is ready to dance the night away at our virtual prom. Finally, our graduating seniors are starting to write their graduation speeches and we are all wishing them the best as they get ready to start the phase in their life journeys!
Staff Spotlight
Alyson Tilles
High School Curriculum Coordinator

Alyson Tilles is a long time educator with a Masters Degree from Loyola University in Curriculum and Instruction. She is committed to providing meaningful, ongoing professional development. In her free time, she loves cooking, going to the beach, spending time with her family, and going to her nephew’s baseball games(that is, until the cicadas emerge!). She has enjoyed working with the teachers, staff, and students at KTHS!

Fun Facts: Favorite Food: Pretty much any Indian food
Favorite Team: Always will be the Orioles
Pets: None
Last Vacation: Too long ago
Favorite Quarantine Activity: Binge watching shows on Netflix
2021 TLC/KTS Summer Programs
We have several exciting summer options in 2021 for every type of student (click on the school bus pictures below for more information about each program). For lower-middle school students at KTS, we offer a full or half day Learning Enrichment Program. Before and after care are available. For high school students at KTS, we offer a full or half day Learning Enrichment Program. We also offer separate speech-language and OT Summer Camps, both in-person and virtually!
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