KCS Weekly Notices


November 22, 2016

The past week or so, we've enjoyed some lovely classroom celebrations of thanks. We appreciate our food service department for the Thanksgiving Feast in the cafeteria last week, as well as the parents who provided food for class celebrations and joined us on those days. We hope that you enjoy the long weekend with your families. We give thanks for all of you and our supportive community!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Karen Bubar, Principal

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November 18, 2016

This morning was one of those times when I count my blessings. Our school community came together for our first Friday Morning Meeting of the year. Seeing the number of parents and visitors joining us for this special occasion was wonderful. Our fifth graders did some sharing related to the construction project. PC Construction's Project Superintendent Mike Woodhouse told me after the meeting that the students did a great job and they are what makes the work worthwhile. Our third graders shared their recent social skills learning related to greeting others with eye contact and asking questions. Lastly, our brave kindergarteners shared a vowel bat song with all of us. Kudos to them for presenting at their first Friday Morning Meeting ever. I hope that if you were able to join us that you were just as pleased as I was with our students. If you weren't able to join us, we hope that you can in the near future. Our next Friday Morning Meeting will be our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Dec 2nd @ 8:30. 

Happy Weekend, 

Karen Bubar, Principal

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November 10, 2016

This year at KCS, we held a mock election and kept the voting choices age-appropriate. Students in grades K-2 voted on a favorite color while older students voted on made-up candidate profiles avoiding real-life scenarios. Students enjoyed being part of the process whether it was coming through the lines as a "voter" or helping with the polls and engaging in more in-depth discussions about qualities of presidential candidates. Thanks to Jenn Humphrey for teaching her students how to run the polls and count votes, which allowed us to have this important community experience as a school. Thanks to Julie Urban for the idea and helping to coordinate the K-2 ballots.

I have been working on a plan to implement an alternative to the current pick-up process. I have received positive feedback from some parents asking to keep the current process in place, so we are not looking to change that system. The alternative will be an additional option for parent pick-up dismissal. Once this plan is shared with staff on November 17th at our monthly staff meeting, I will share information about the plan and a start date with parents. Thank you for your patience. 

Hope you all enjoy the long weekend,

Karen Bubar, Principal

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • First Friday Morning Meeting - Friday, November 18th @ 8:30am
  • Community Tours - Thursday, December 1st @ 3:30-5:30pm
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Friday, December 2nd @ 8:30am

November 4, 2106

We had so much fun this past Monday with our Book-o-Ween book celebration. Students enjoyed sharing their book jackets of favorite characters and seeing teachers dressed-up as book characters too. Some classes did additional activities related to the special day. These types of events help make our school the unique, fun learning environment for our students.

Earlier today, Superintendent Katie Hawes and I had the opportunity to sit with a group of parents to discuss ways to nurture the community feel of our school. Staff, students, and parents are all missing the weekly opportunity to connect and celebrate together at our Friday Morning Meetings. Those weekly gatherings will be resuming soon- November 18th. We listened to feedback regarding several recent changes such as the weekly Tel-U-Gram formatted newsletter, drop-off and pick-up procedures, and the Ident-a-Kid system. We appreciate hearing the parent perspective and look forward to working together as we ensure a safe and welcoming environment for our students and families. Thank you for your patience as we have worked through the challenges of starting the year under construction. 

Happy Weekend, 

Karen Bubar, Principal

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • First Friday Morning Meeting - Friday, November 18th @ 8:30am
  • Community Tours - Thursday, December 1st @ 3:30-5:30pm
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Friday, December 2nd @ 8:30am

October 28, 2016

I am so excited to be announcing that the end of the renovation is near. We appreciate everyone's patience as we have started the school year under construction and recognize that the fall months have been atypical so far. Starting on November 14th, we will have access to our gym, music room, and kitchen. We are especially looking forward to hosting our first Friday Morning Meeting on Friday, November 18th! We hope that you can join us as we restart this wonderful opportunity to come together as a school community. 

Happy Weekend, 
Karen Bubar, Principal


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October 21, 2016

As you know, Halloween is quickly approaching!  Consolidated has decided to celebrate Book’o’ween again this year.  What does this mean?  Each child will choose a favorite book character.  Your child will be able to dress up as that character on Monday, October 31st.  However, it is not necessary to dress up in order to participate.  All children will be making a book "jacket" or vest in school that illustrates his/her favorite book.  The students will wear their book jacket on Monday.  If a child chooses to dress up as their book character, s/he will simply wear the book jacket over the costume. Please talk to your child in the next few days about a favorite book character.  If possible, have your child bring that book to school.  This will help prepare children to make a book jacket.  We will provide and make the book jackets at school.  We hope that this will be a fun way to celebrate the craziness that is Halloween and also to highlight our favorite books!

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October 6, 2016

Parents/Guardians, I keep hearing from teachers and students how amazing their field trips are, so I just wanted to take a minute to thank the members of KCPTA for supporting these wonderfully enriching experiences for our students. Many of the trips are connected to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, but many are not. Teachers use these shared experiences to connect with other learning opportunities in the classroom before and after the trip. We are grateful for support. 

Telugram 10-06-2016

September 23, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

We are starting to feel more settled into the school year and activities are in full swing. This week, several grade levels went on field trips. We are grateful for the involvement of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust with the Trust in our Children program. Our students are able to participate in some wonderful learning opportunities because of that collaboration and community support. 

We are looking forward to resuming our Friday Morning Meetings as soon as we have gym access. Some parents have asked about holding them in an alternate location, but there are challenges with power and sound system equipment. So, we have chosen to wait. In the meantime, our teachers are working hard to continuing to build a strong sense of community within their own classrooms and across the grade level with their colleagues. I will make sure to inform parents once we know the date of our first FMM of the year.

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September 16, 2016

Good afternoon,

Students are settling into routines here at KCS. It has been a pleasure to observe older students helping younger students with different tasks throughout the day. Many teachers have commented on the positive energy and high levels of student excitement. It's been a great way to start the year. This past week, we made good progress with improving our pick-up process. We appreciate your help with all that you are doing towards this effort as well. Please, remember to...

- have the seat on the passenger side of the car ready for your child, rather than having them go around to the driver's side of the car to get in

- stay in your car and let the school staff help your child to your car

- allow buses to cross the road to enter and exit the bus loop

- stagger your arrival times at school instead of having all parents picking up children arriving at 2:45 (If you don't have to be anywhere right away, maybe plan to be at school at 2:50 instead of 2:45. Keep in mind that your children aren't dismissed until 2:45 and it takes them a few minutes to get to the main entrance of the building. We would like to ask parents of students in grades K-2 to wait a few extra minutes to arrive at school, since the younger children typically take a little longer at the end of the day to gather their belongings and walk to the main entrance.)

Telugram 9-16-2016

September 9, 2016

Welcome Back to a new school year at Kennebunkport Consolidated School!

We are so grateful to be working with your children each and every day. I hope they've had a great first week back with their teachers and classmates.

While there are many positives that we hope your child shared with you about our first week back, we did have a couple glitches (such as a broken sewer pipe that was fixed within 24 hours, a malfunctioning phone system that was fixed within a few hours, and a slow pick-up parent process at the end of each day). For the most part, teachers were focused on teaching and students were focused on learning, and having fun of course. 

Parent Pick-Up Process:  As many of you know, the parent pick-up process is very different this year. We apologize for the length of time that it has taken us each day to complete this process and understand your frustration with long lines of traffic. Each day, we have reflected and made suggestions to try the following day. Today's timing was, by far, the best of the week. We appreciate your patience as we continue to tweak our process and expect the routine to be much safer and more efficient than what we've used in years past.

Some examples of changes that we've made this week include better communication with the use of radios, more duty staff members helping, getting student names from the first few cars before even dismissing students, having cars travel in two lines through the loop, and pulling cars up further into the loop. 

Some ways that we think you can help the process go smoother include:

  • having the seat on the passenger side of the car ready for your child, rather than having them go around to the driver's side of the car to get in
  • staying in your car and letting the school staff help your child to your car
  • allow buses to cross the road to enter and exit the bus loop
  • stagger your arrival times at school instead of having all parents picking up children arriving at 2:45 (If you don't have to be anywhere right away, maybe plan to be at school at 2:50 instead of 2:45. Keep in mind that your children aren't dismissed until 2:45 and it takes them a few minutes to get to the main entrance of the building. We would like to ask parents of students in grades K-2 to wait a few extra minutes to arrive at school, since the younger children typically take a little longer at the end of the day to gather their belongings and walk to the main entrance.) 

We appreciate anything that you can do to help the process, but especially your patience as we work through the process of developing a new routine for dismissal. 

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Summer Update & Circus Volunteers Needed

Summer is well underway. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful and safe Fourth of July this past weekend. Yesterday, I visited KCS to see the progress of the construction crew. They are moving along quite quickly with their work. I hear that they are even working on the weekends to ensure that the timeline is met. We are looking forward to starting school in September in a beautiful building!

KCPTA is still looking for volunteers for the summer fundraiser- Circus Smirkus. Please, remember that this event is the only fundraising effort for the KCPTA, and the students benefit so much from the funds raised. Without this event, there are so many experiences our students wouldn't have. We are grateful to all the parents and staff involved in helping. Having said that... without the help of all the parents and staff during those two days, this event can't be the success it is. At this time, there are still opportunities to help during Circus days and in advance selling tickets. See below for more specifics:

Hi Everyone!!

I hope your enjoying your summer so far!!  As you know Circus Smirkus is RIGHT around the corner!  We still need a lot of volunteers.  Thank you to those of you who have already signed up.  If you have yet to sign up please do so by clicking on the link to sign up genius that I attached or email Stacey Corsie - stacey@terrapinlandscapes.com or myself - sbmidgley4@yahoo.com

We cannot have Circus without volunteers. As we have mentioned over and over and over, this is our schools only fundraiser. All volunteer jobs are easy and fun, also,  you get to see these amazing "circus" kids perform while volunteering!

Thank you, and I hope you are all enjoying your summer!!!!

Sonia Midgley

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448aba623a0fe3-circus

If for some reason you cannot open this, please copy it and go to signupgenius.com and paste it. It should open. I also believe you have all been invited to view circus smirkus on sign-up genius so you should see it after you sign in.....

I'm hoping to not have to keep sending out emails begging for volunteers.....however those who know me, know I will!!!  hahaha!!!! ;-)