KES Newsletter - February 9, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well! I had already written my newsletter last week when our 3rd grade Biome presentations began, but I just want to take a moment to thank the 3rd grade parents for such a great parent turn-out. Our 3rd graders worked very hard on these projects and we are always proud to have parents come see the fruits of their labor.

Official registration is now open for RSU 21 Public Pre K. We are excited that so many people have shown interest in our new, public Pre K program. Now is the time to officially register your child using this link. Accurate numbers are now critical as we will use the information to hire teachers, furnish classrooms, establish bus routes, and communicate with parents. As a reminder, this is a full day, full week, program with the option to pick your child up after lunch if needed. It will be free of charge, play-based, aligned with the RSU 21 curriculum, and developmentally appropriate for children turning 4 by October 15th. The Pre K is open to children from all three towns and will be housed here at KES. We are very excited for this wonderful opportunity...and we hope you are too!

Just a reminder that next Friday Jump Rope for Heart will replace our regular Friday Morning Meeting. Last year KES was one of the top 10 Jump Rope for Heart fundraisers in the state of Maine, so please help us help the American Heart Association by getting those pledge envelopes in by next Friday.

The KES Wellness Team is currently planning the ninth annual KES Wellness Fair and we are in need of volunteers. The event will take place on the morning of Wednesday March 7th from 9:00am to 10:40. There will be a number of events including grade level workshops and healthy snacks. If you would like to volunteer, or if you have expertise in the area of wellness, medicine, fitness or nutrition and would like to offer a presentation, please fill out the attached form attached below. We would love to have your help!

And finally, we hope to see you at KEPTA’s winter social on Friday,  February 9th from 4-6pm at Sea Road School. Here is some information regarding the social that you may find helpful:

The raffle drawing is held at 5:45pm. This means that ticket sales stop PROMPTLY at 5:40pm! Please remember you DO NOT need to be present to win. Winning names/#’s will be  posted on the KEPTA Facebook page and emailed to membership sometime on Saturday, following the social. This information as well as claiming instructions will also be sent out in the KES and SRS weekly communication the week following the social. The raffles will be drawn at 5:45pm. This means that ticket sales will end promptly at 5:40pm.

Animal Show:
Tickets are $3 each. Please remember that everyone will need a ticket to attend the animal show (this includes all adults.) The first show is always the BEST because there are many less people! Show times will be as follows (shows are 20 minutes each):

Cup Stacking:
One of the SRS students will be collecting food for St. Martha’s at this event. Students interested in having their turn at cup stacking should bring a food donation for St. Martha’s!  Please support this wonderful cause!

Other Activities:
There will be plenty to do! Food, free hot cocoa, a creative activity in the art room, cup stacking, the popular animal show, basketball activities in the gym, and the popular 50 cent raffles!! So much fun!!

Baked Goods:
We are still in need of baked good donations!  Here is the Sign Up Genius if you can help!

We are also in need of volunteers. Here is the Sign Up Genius if you have time to donate!

We have such a generous community.  Look at this list of sponsors!  Please consider supporting these businesses & families and taking a moment to thank them for supporting our schools.   We are still looking to add more raffle items, so if you would like to donate, email Special thanks in advance to the following generous sponsors:

  • Arundel Ice Cream
  • Zandri’s School of Martial Arts
  • Clash Soccer Club
  • KHS Hockey Boosters
  • KKLL (Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Little League)
  • Kennebunk Hoops
  • Kennebunk Lacrosse Club
  • Kennebunk Youth Football Association
  • Chrissy Anuszewski Photography
  • Jason Woloszyn & Family
  • Amy Johnson & Family
  • Kennebunk Toy Company
  • Kandace Eon & Family
  • Will Jones & Family

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Quinn

Wellness Fair

KES Newsletter - February 2, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Happy Groundhog’s Day! I want to thank all of the parents who got up early and were here at KES before dawn yesterday morning for the WMTW Channel 8 Weather at Your School presentation. WMTW meteorologist, Ted McInerney, and his crew were with us again this year for the third year in a row broadcasting the morning weather from in front of KES. Clips of Ted along with KES students and families aired live on Channel 8 news all morning, followed by recorded clips that ran throughout the day all day. Following the broadcast, Ted and the crew came inside and provided a great presentation on forecasting weather for all first graders in the KES Gathering Area, as they have done in the past. New England is a great place to learn about the weather and talk about the weather, given that we experience almost every kind of weather throughout the year.

Also in attendance for the weather broadcast was a very special guest... Punxsutawney Phil! Phil joined us again at KES this morning for Friday Morning Meeting in honor of Groundhogs day. As you can imagine, the children very excited to see him! Unfortunately he saw his shadow this morning so we need to plan for another 6 weeks of winter. Joining Phil was one of our regular substitute teachers, Julia Spencer, who owns The Book Burrow in Kennebunk. Dr. Spencer has authored four books about Phil, and she shared a sweet 10 minute movie based on one of her books with us this morning. We also had a special reading by Mrs. Towne of the children’s book, Flying High 2, by Patriots wide receiver, Julian Edelman. In addition to being a gifted athlete, Edelman has authored three wonderful children’s books as well as his own memoir Relentless that the focus is on perseverance. Between the excitement of both the Superbowl and Groundhogs Day we had a very fun assembly. All of the books I have mentioned can be purchased through the Book Burrow by emailing If you mention KES in your order, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase!

For your additional reading pleasure I am attaching the first edition this year of the KES News with my newsletter today.  Several of our 3rd graders have been working hard with Mrs. Boswell to produce this newspaper, so we hope you enjoy it!

I also want to let you know about a Spaghetti Supper and Raffle fundraiser at Consolidated School on Thursday February 8th, from  5:00-7:00pm. A Consolidated School family member, a young boy named Max, was diagnosed with cancer this past summer. He still attends school when he is feeling well and not in the hospital receiving treatment. The Spaghetti Supper is $5.00, and you can pre-pay for tickets at KCS in the office.  Tickets will also be available to purchase at the door. If you purchase tickets in advance, your name will be on the list at the door, and you can simply check-in at the door. All food has been generously donated by Alisson’s Restaurant and Bradbury Bros. Market. Thanks to the generous support of the many community members there will be AMAZING GIFTS on the stage at KCS to raffle off  during the Spaghetti Supper as well as ONE silent auction item! Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00  All gifts are valued at a $100 minimum, and all money raised will go to Max’s Family. If your unable to attend but would like to help this family, monetary donations are being accepted until February 9th. Checks should be written to KCS or RSU21 (memo: Max’s fundraiser) and dropped off or mailed to: Consolidated School, attn: Max’s Fundraiser,  25 School Street, Kennebunkport, ME. 04046   

And one final reminder… Substitute teachers at KES do not have access to teacher email, so if you email time sensitive information to your child’s teacher and you do not hear back, please call the main office at (207) 985-4402.

Have a great weekend...Go Patriots!

Mr. Quinn

KES NEWS Issue #1

KES Newsletter - January 26, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Brrrrrr….Happy Friday! I hope you are staying warm and avoiding getting those unpleasant colds and germs that are circulating...especially the flu. Today we had a presentation at Friday Morning Meeting by Nurse Brown on "Colds, Flu, Illnesses and You". She reviewed the signs and symptoms of common colds, influenza, stomach bugs, conjunctivitis, and sore throats. She also reviewed tips on how to stay healthy this cold and flu season and prevent the spread of illnesses to others. If we all do our parts - parents, staff, and students alike - we will hopefully have a much healthier cold and flu season.

There are a few things to remember when deciding if your child is healthy enough to come to school. Please remember that we want to keep all students healthy and we do have some students who are more susceptible to illnesses and complications from illnesses than most, so please consider this in your decision making. As always,  use your discretion when sending your child, but please feel free to reach out to Nurse Brown if you have any questions. Here are some general guidelines:

Fever - must be fever free for at least 24 hours (without tylenol or ibuprofen) before returning to school

Conjunctivitis - must be on antibiotic eye drops for at least 24 hours and without eye discharge before returning to school

Strep Throat - must be on antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school

Influenza - in general if diagnosed with flu we recommend being out for 2-3 days and fever free for at least 24 hours. If there is a persistent cough consider longer absence as appropriate.

On a more pleasant note, I have a few good things I want to let you know about. First of all, you may now register children for Pre K and Kindergarten right on the RSU 21 website. Select “Links” at the top of the site and then under “Information” choose “Student Registration.” Three options allow users to register for the current year, the coming year, or to update information for a currently enrolled student. If you have any questions, please call the office at KES at (207) 985-4402.

This coming Thursday (2/1), WMTW (Channel 8) will be here at KES with Weather from Your School. As you may remember from last year, starting at 5:50am, Maine meteorologist Ted McInerney will broadcast the morning weather from in front of KES, and students are invited to come be in the background of his broadcast and possibly be interviewed. Because it is also the day before Groundhogs day, I have heard that we may be having a special guest appearance from Punxsutawney Phil that morning. Punxsutawney Phil will also be with us for our Friday Morning Meeting the next day (2/2), which will be a Spirit Day in honor of the super bowl. Students are invited to wear something representing their favorite (local, professional, or personal) sports team, and we will have a special reading of Flying High 2...a wonderful new chilldren’s book, written by Patriots wide receiver, Julian Edelman.

With my newsletter next week I will attach our first edition of the KES News for this year. Many of our 3rd graders have been working hard with Mrs. Boswell on this publication, and I am sure you will enjoy reading will learn a lot about KES if you do!

Two weeks from today (2/9) we will have our 2nd grade concert, so if you are the parent of a 2nd grader, we hope to see you here!

Also, in case you missed the letter that our PE teacher, Mr. McCarthy, sent home this week about out upcoming Jump Rope for Heart event, I am including another copy here, electronically, for your convenience. Jump Rope for Heart will take place on February 16th and will replace our Friday Morning Meeting that day. Last year KES was one of the 10 highest fundraisers in the state of Maine for this event, so please help our students support the American Heart Association in a big way through this great event again this year.

Registration for the Kennebunk Lacrosse Club is now open. Teams for Kindergarten through 2nd graders, as well as teams for 3rd through 6th graders are beginning to form. Please see the attached flyer for more information on Kennebunk Lacrosse.

And finally, just a reminder that if your child has any special accomplishments that they have earned outside of school, we would love to recognize them, so please send me a quick email and just  let me know. Other than that, I hope you stay well, and have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

Lacrosse Registration
Back Pack Program
Jump Rope for Heart 

KES Newsletter - January 18, 2018

Hello KES Families!

Welcome to a new calendar year. We had a busy day here at KES last Friday and I missed getting out a newsletter, but I’m  hoping that 2018 finds you all well. In spite of the days and half-days we have missed due to the weather, the children seem to be settled and focused. We look forward to getting them outside for recess when the temperature allows, as everyone has been spending more time than usual recently inside. With the holidays behind us, we are now entering one of the best times in school for teaching and learning. Students have been working hard, and the building has been quiet. Since we returned from the holiday break we have been administering NWEA assessments. First graders finished up today so we now just have make-ups to complete. Supporting increased attendance for our students is our new years resolution for 2018. Please see the attached flyer for more information on ways to help improve your child’s attendance in the new year.

Last Friday, our guidance counselor, Mrs. Deroche, introduced “Respect” as our January Character Trait for the month, with the help of KHS students Mia Murray, Kylie Defeo, Grace West, Mary Couturier, and Hallie Schwartzman. These young ladies collectively represent the KHS lacrosse team, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, field hockey, softball, and three of them play unified basketball as well!  Like all of the students from KHS who help introduce our character traits, they are great role models for our younger students. We have also enjoyed having many of the KHS athletic teams practicing and playing here in the KES gym this fall while construction on the new gym facilities at KHS have been wrapping up. We are happy for them that their own gym can now be used, but we miss having them here. I am always impressed with what mature, conscientious, respectful young adults our students become as they move up through our system. Also on Friday, our superintendent, Dr. Hawes served as a guest reader, sharing Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, which was a great book to reinforce Respect.

If you weren’t planning to see the MSK stage performance of the musical “Annie”, you should reconsider. KES students and staff enjoyed a “teaser” preview of the play last week, and we were blown away by the sophistication of the show and the voices of the actors. Performance times at MSK include tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) night at 7:00pm, as well as a Saturday matinee at 2:00pm. You don’t want to miss it!

As you may have heard, RSU 21 is exploring the possibility of moving 3rd grade from KES to Sea Road School. We are interested in your feedback regarding this idea, so please be on the lookout for a survey that will be coming out shortly. There will also be a community forum on February 8th at Sea Road School from 6:00pm to 7:00pm that you are encouraged to attend. We want to get as much input as possible, so thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel.

Have a great day!

Mr. Quinn

Why Attendance Matters
Basketball School Dept.

KES Newsletter - December 19, 2017

Hello KES Families,

With just a couple days left until vacation, I just have a couple things to share….

First, last night the RSU 21 School Board voted to offer a district-wide Public Pre-K program here at KES starting next fall. This program will be open to all students in our district who would turn four by October 15th, 2018. If you have a child who would qualify, or you know someone in our three towns with a four-year-old who might attend, the online registration can be accessed directly from the RSU 21 website. This will be a great opportunity for us to provide children with the kindergarten readiness skills that lead to success. We are very excited about this great news!

We have already begun receiving photos from last night’s “No Homework Night” and we are glad folks took advantage of the opportunity to do something together as a family. If you took a photo of a family activity, please send it to Diane Guay so we can post it on our website!

And finally, Just a reminder that Thursday is a half day for students….We are inviting students to participate in a school-wide “Comfy Clothes Day” that day,  so please help them find their warmest, softest, most fleecy flannels, sweats, or PJs if they like. Just remember, students will still be going outside for recess, so they want to be comfortable, but also dress for the weather. Students will be coming home for the Holiday Break directly following lunch on Thursday with a noon dismissal.

Happy Holidays!

Mr. Quinn


KES Newsletter - December 15, 2017

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well and that you have been staying warm! ! Between the new snow, the upcoming holidays, and the pending break, the children are very excited. This morning we recognized our students for the wonderful community service that they have been participating in this season. As you may know, kindergarten students held a clothes drive for the Kennebunk Cares Closet, and they had  a BIG pile of clothes in the gym this morning, ready to donate. First graders collected markers and crayons for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, to be used and appreciated by children who are forced to spend time in the hospital this winter. Second grade decorated and donated a tree with Dog Treats for the Wallingford Farms “Adopt a Tree fundraiser that supports Lucky Pups Rescue, and third grade supported Operation Gratitude and knitted 58 scarves for US soldiers serving in cold climates this holiday season...this makes a total of 580 scarves sent to Operation Gratitude by KES over the last 6 years. Additionally KES second graders made 27 official Wreaths Across America wreaths and first graders made cards for US veterans on the Wreaths Across America convoy heading to Arlington National Cemetery. Those wreaths and cards were presented on Monday when RSU 21 welcomed the convoy at the new KHS Theater. The KES Kids Chorus, along with singers from every elementary school in the district were there to sing for the convoy members as they took a pause from their journey. Check out the current York County Coast Star news article, out in stores now.

We have recently had an increased number of cases of viral stomach flu. The symptoms of the virus can include low grade fever, abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child exhibits these symptoms we ask that you please keep your child home from school. We also recommend that you pay careful attention to hand hygiene and avoid sharing drinks or food as this can help to prevent spread to other household members. Your child should be without fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school to reduce the transmission of the virus to others. Thank you for helping us limit the sharing of germs!  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Kelly Brown, our school nurse.

And also, RSU 21 is undertaking a comprehensive review of our district and school website. Parents, guardians, staff members, students, and community member's input is important to us and your anonymous participation could lead to improvements and changes. The website survey is available beginning Monday, December 11, 2017, and it closes on December 22, 2017. Please let us know how we are doing!

This coming Monday, December 18th, Square 1 products are arriving at KES and will be sent home with students. If parents would prefer to arrange to pick up their orders, they should contact their children's teachers to avoid work going home in book bags.

Also on December 18th, the RSU 21 School Board will vote on offering Public (four-year-old) Preschool in RSU 21. If you have a child who would turn four by October 15th, 2018, please stay tuned...Registration will begin on Tuesday (December 19th) if it passes!

On behalf of all of the staff here at KES, I want to take a moment to thank the KES parents, grandparents, siblings, and families for allowing us to be a part of your lives and to work with your children each day. There is no greater gift than watching our students learn and grow right before our eyes, and in the rush and hustle of each day, I don’t say it often enough. Thank you for all you do to support us in all of the ways that you do. Your participation and involvement is very much appreciated.

And finally, however you spend the upcoming days I hope you enjoy warm, wonderful time with family and friends, and a restful, peaceful new year. We look forward to seeing you all right back here at KES in 2018!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

UNE Hockey School Doubleheader

KES Newsletter - December 8, 2017

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you are well. So it looks like we will get our first snow this weekend. The kids are very excited and anxious for it to come. Just a reminder that they will need to have snow pants to play in the snow at recess, so please dig those out if you haven’t done so already. Also, please check out the Lost and Found at KES the next time you are here….we are loaded with very nice coats that can’t seem to find their owners!

We had a great performance this morning by Kindness Advocate and Musical Performer Rob Duquette. His show was a perfect fit with our Character Trait of Kindness for the month of December. Please reinforce this trait and recognize your child for simple acts of kindness throughout this month.

On Monday RSU 21 will host Wreaths Across America at KHS. The KES Chorus is performing there, along with singers from every elementary school in our district. We also have wreaths being made by all of our second graders to be sent to Arlington National Cemetery, and first graders are making Thank You cards for the veterans who are traveling with the convoy. If you happen to pass the convoy of trucks carrying wreaths, please honk and wave….they are very excited to be coming to our town!

In the spirit of the season, each grade level here at KES has been participating in a different philanthropic project throughout the month of December. Kindergarten has been collecting clothes for the Kennebunk Cares Closet, first grade has been collecting markers and crayons to donate to the Barbara Bush Hospital, second graders decorated a tree with dog bones and entered it in the “Adopt a Tree Festival” at Wallingford Farms to benefit Lucky Pups Rescue, and third graders have been finger- knitting Operation Gratitude scarves for American soldiers serving in cold locations during the holidays. These donations will be greatly appreciated by many people and organizations, so please reinforce with your child what nice work this is to participate in.

Once again this year, on Monday, December 18th, we will offer a “No Homework Night” here at KES and at Sea Road School as well. Our hope is that families will instead do something together as a family and send us a photo to post on our whether you make cookies, walk the dog, wrap gifts or play a game as a family, please plan to take a picture and send it to Diane Guay here at KES. Her email is Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

Polar Express
Runaway Dreidel
Gingerbread House - 2017

KES Newsletter - November 30, 2017

Hello KES families,

I hope you are well! It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of December. At our Friday Morning Meeting tomorrow we will be introducing Kindness as our Character Trait for December. We have a team of teachers and administrators from the Sanford School system joining us for our assembly tomorrow, and then again on Friday January 5th to observe how we maximize positive character traits and positive student engagement  during our weekly assemblies. The Sanford Team will be meeting with several KES staff members following the assembly to talk about how we Restorative Practices and positive behavioral interventions in the classrooms and throughout the building. Additionally, Kindness Youth Speaker Rob Duquette, will be with us for our Assembly on December 8th, so please join us if you can, and please help us promote Kindness by recognizing and complimenting your child for kind caring acts this month.

KEPTA members asked me to remind you to connect to your Amazon account to Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile will donate a portion of ALL your purchases to KEPTA, and it won't cost you anything extra! You must make sure you log into Amazon smile though. You can do this by going to and selecting "Kennebunk Elementary PTA." Once KEPTA is selected, a portion of your purchase will be donated everytime you shop through, and you won't have to keep selecting KEPTA. This process takes 30 seconds and then you are done. The smile site is EXACTLY the same as the Amazon site. Its easy and fast and its basically free money! Thank you so much for your support.

I also wanted to let you know that the Kennebunk High School Music Department is gearing up for their first concert in the new theater at the high school.  At 7PM on Dec. 11, the KHS Band, Choir, and Kenne-funk Jazz Band will perform an evening of exciting music and holiday classics in their winter program entitled "Stars I Shall Find."  The concert is free and open to the public.  A cookie and cocoa reception will conclude the evening in the KHS cafeteria.  

And finally, just a couple December reminders…..December 7th is picture retake day, December 21st is a half day, and there is no school on the 22nd.

If you haven’t seen the front page article in this weeks York County Coast Star on the Youth Ambassadors Award KES received from Wreaths Across America, please check out the seacoast online version, and have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

Make Your Own Gingerbread House
Free Family Ice Skate Party

KES Newsletter - November 21, 2017

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well! We have had a busy and exciting couple of weeks here at KES. I want to thank everyone who attended and volunteered for the KEPTA & KES Spaghetti Supper on November 8th. Special thanks to Arundel Ice Cream for donating dessert! Between the dinner and the silent auction KEPTA and KES raised just under $2000.00. This allowed us to donate $1000.00 to Honor Flight and $1,000.00 to Wreaths Across America at our Veterans Assembly last Friday. At that assembly Wreaths Across America awarded KES with the first ever Youth Ambassador Award for our support of their organization. With the Maine State Police as our Honor Guard, we had a beautiful celebration, and I want to give special thanks to the more than thirty veterans and military families who showed up in force and shared the morning with us. We will keep you posted throughout December on the scarves we are making for Operation Gratitude, the wreaths we are making for Wreaths Across America, and our current Square 1 Art project that will support wounded warriors.

On November 14th, several of our kindergarten classrooms participated in the Maine Turnpike Authority Winter Ready Event. They were able to climb in and out of more than 30 highway snow plows and emergency vehicles, and they got to blow all of the you can imagine, it was very exciting and very loud! There are great photos in the current issue of the York County Coast Star, available in stores until this Friday.

This morning I received word that the Ed Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel has approved our request for funds to bring African Drumming Artist in Resident Michael Wingfield back to RSU 21. Many of you will remember that Mr Wingfield was here at KES four years ago for our 10th Anniversary when our current 3rd graders were just in kindergarten. This time his visit will include work at KES, MLD and KCS, with a focus on 3rd grade. His time here at KES will be scheduled to happen in May. We are incredibly grateful to the Ed Foundation for the wonderful enrichment experiences for our students that they sponsor. Stay tuned for more information to come!

As we head out on Thanksgiving Break, I am struck by how lucky we are to have such supportive families and community organizations. With the help of many local public, private and non-profit groups and individuals, Thanksgiving Dinner is being provided for many families experiencing hardship right here in our own community. We are so  incredibly fortunate here at KES, and I hope you all enjoy some well deserved time with family and friends.

With Gratitude,
Mr. Quinn

KES Newsletter - November 3, 2017

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I’m glad to hear that most of you now have power back. The lights came back on in my neighborhood on Tuesday night. If any of you are still without power, you are welcome to come shower at KES this weekend. Just shoot me an email and I will meet you here and let you in.

It has been brought to my attention that the Sign Up Genius link that I sent out last week for Italian Night at KES was for volunteering rather than making a dinner reservation. Please consider making a reservation to dine with us this coming Wednesday night by using the link below. KEPTA is working with our 3rd graders to continue our support for Wreaths Across America and Honor Flight. There are three seatings to choose from and The KES Kids Chorus will provide the entertainment that night….Please come join us for Spaghetti and Meatballs!

We have recently begun our Square 1 Art project here at KES. Individualized catalogs highlighting each student's art will be coming home, and will even include a free sheet of stickers. Once again you will be able to purchase your child’s original artwork on several types of household items. This year funds from Square 1 Art will benefit wounded warriors. The items you will be able to order make great holiday gifts for everyone in the family, so please consider doing your shopping with us this year!

With the holiday season approaching, you will be hearing about lots of opportunities to help support different causes. We are currently helping three former KES students who now attend MSK with their desire to help send Christmas gifts to children in Puerto Rico, following the recent hurricane devastation. We have a box in the lobby at KES to drop new, unwrapped toys in, which will be sent to Puerto Rico. 

I also wanted to let you know that Cub Scout Pack 302 is sponsoring Chikara Pro Wrestling at Kennebunk Elementary School on Friday November 17th at 7:30pm. The Scouts will be receiving a portion of the tickets sales and concessions. To purchase tickets or further information please contact David Sharp at For more information about the the show please visit: 
Ticket prices start at just $20 and children 12 and under are free with a paying adult (free child ticket applies to general admission only and one free ticket per paying adult.)

Just a reminder that all adults at KES wear an identification badge down in the academic wings of our building. if you are volunteering, substituting, or visiting classrooms please check in at the front office and pick up a badge. We want to make sure we can account for everyone in our building in the event of an evacuation. Thank you for your support with this!

The Eastern Trail Alliance asked me to share the following events for this weekend with you:

Saturday, Nov 4 - 6PM - Biddeford Full Moon Walk - starts behind Southern Maine Health Center - walk takes about an hour

Saturday, Nov 4 - 6PM - Scarborough Marsh Full Moon Walk - starts from the Pine Point Parking area - walk takes about an hour

Sunday, Nov 5 - 1PM - Sunday Stroll with the ET President, Deb Erickson-Irons - meet at KES Parking lot learn about the history of the trail, the exciting progress the trail is making, and enjoy the peace and friendship the trail has to offer.

And one final bit of information you may be interested in: Yes, it’s true...KES now has Twitter account….so if you would like to follow us on Twitter, you can do so @KbunkElementary, or you can select "follow" at the very bottom of the KES webpage.

I promise not to “Tweet” on the weekends! Have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

KES Newsletter - October 27, 2017

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well! First and foremost, I want to let you know that RSU 21 has increased pay for Substitute Teachers to $100.00 per day, effective immediately. If you have 2 years of college experience and are willing to submit to a background check, we hope you consider filling out an application. Applications can be picked up at the RSU 21 Central Office located here at KES. Subbing is a great way to get involved in your child’s school experience, and we love to have parents with us for the day!

This year we will be setting a goal to improve student attendance. Student attendance is one of the biggest factors related to student achievement that parents can influence. If you are having trouble getting your child to come to school, please reach out to me for help. I will be sharing information throughout the year this year to support parents. Remember, they say eighty percent of life is about showing up… so let us know how we can help!

I also want to share with you that the KES Kids Chorus has had a couple busy weeks of rehearsals leading up to a very big, very special event yesterday. Our chorus, along with students from each elementary school in our district performed for the Maine School Management Association’s annual conference at the Augusta Civic Center. Generally it is middle school and high school bands and singers who are invited to perform. Our chorus did an incredible job and when they finished, they got a standing ovation. We are really proud of them, as they represented our school, our district, and our community in a really big way.

Just a reminder that while we do not wear costumes to school on Halloween next Tuesday, we encourage students to wear orange & black, purple & green, or shirts with pumpkins and other seasonal images on them. Decorative head bands and sports uniforms (no cleats) are great, and limited face paint (like wiskers) is fine, as long as we can still tell who the students are! This morning at our Friday Morning Meeting, Officer Carney provided us with a presentation on Halloween Safety, and our 3rd Grade KES Violin Ensemble performed. Both were impressive acts!

One more reminder about our Veterans Celebration on November 17th. If someone in your family is a US Veteran or serves in the military, please forward their names and contact information to Linda Mattuchio or (207) 985-4402 as soon as possible, and have them plan to be here with us on November 17th at 8:15 am!

Also, it is not too late to sign up for the Italian Night (Spaghetti Supper) at KES on November 8th. This event, sponsored by KEPTA and KES will support Honor Flight and Wreaths Across America. Please use the following link to make your reservation and plan to join us at this fun event for a great cause!

 With the holiday season just around the corner, I want to talk about a melancholy, but important topic. For most of us, the holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy special moments with family and friends, but for families who are struggling in some way, it can be the most difficult time of year. From poverty, to food insecurity, through grief, depression and beyond, we have a wide range of supports in our district and in our community, so please let me know if your family or a family you know is struggling. Every year we sponsor many children and families by providing holiday meals, as well as connections through the town, the Rotary, and many religious organizations. St. Davids, in particular, is extremely generous with families in our school, regardless of whether or not those families are part of their congregation. Also, on Monday, November 13th at 3:15pm, and again on Monday, November 20th at 9:00am, I will be providing a 65 minute informational session on Suicide Prevention here at KES. Similarly, confidential support is available 24 hours a day by accessing the Maine Crisis Hotline at 1-888-568-1112, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-799-4889. Again, please let me know if you or someone you know needs support. We want the coming days to be warm and bright for everyone, and if we are thoughtful and vigilant, we can definitely make that happen.

Please see attachments below Regarding Gymnation and the Nicholas Strikes Back Road Race. Thank you for reading.

Take Care,
Mr. Quinn

Early Release Flyer Nov 2017
Veterans Day Camp Flyer
Nicholas Strikes Back Road Race and Kids Run

KES Newsletter - October 19, 2017

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having these days... I am afraid we may be on the last end of it! With the KEPTA dance-a-thon on Tuesday, Picture Day today, and the Student Flu Clinic tomorrow, this week is a busy one!

KES received special recognition in the Portland Press Herald recently that I am excited and proud to share today. KES Reading scores from last spring on the State (MEA) assessment were up 21% from the previous spring….and those previous scores were nothing to sneeze at, as we were already above the State average in both in Reading and Math. This growth makes KES the school with the second largest increases in the State last year, among schools with 100 students or more. We are very proud of this accomplishment and this recognition. Check out the link below for the complete article, and thank your children's teachers when you get the chance, as scores like these represent a great deal of hard work from students’ first day in kindergarten until they graduate from 3rd grade.

Tomorrow, as always, we will gather in the gym for our weekly Friday Morning Meeting. We will enjoy performances by Kindergarten Jump Start students and the KES Chorus, as well as Bus Driver Appreciation. This assembly will, however, be different than most as we will experience a planned Evacuation (Fire) Drill once the performances I mentioned are finished. Parents in the audience will have the opportunity to stay for the evacuation, or leave just before it begins. We hope parents will stay, as accounting accurately for visitors is part of what we need to practice. Children should always be sitting with their class during assembly, so if you join us, please do not invite your child to sit in the bleachers with you. We offer Friday Morning Meeting as a way to build school community, and students need to be sitting with their class to make that happen. As always, we encourage you to come for lunch whenever you can, and sit with your child and their classmates in that setting. We hope you can join us!

Veterans Day - Due to the fact that Veterans Day is being observed on Friday November 10th this year, we will not be in school for our usual Veterans Day assembly that day. This fall our patriotic assembly will be held one week later on November 17th. If you have family members who are US Veterans or military personnel, please forward their names and contact information to Linda Mattuchio (207) 985-4402 as soon as possible, and have them plan to be here with us on November 17th at 8:15 am!

Spaghetti Supper - This year KEPTA is working with our 3rd graders to sponsor an Italian Night on the evening of November 8th to benefit Honor Flight and Wreaths Across America. KES has sent five veterans on Honor Flight and made 22 wreaths for Wreaths Across America in the past, and now KEPTA is looking to continue that good work. Please use the following link to make your reservation and plan to join us at this fun event for a great cause!

Operation Gratitude - One of the great causes that we support each year is Operation Gratitude. Each December KES sends home-made scarves to soldiers serving in cold climates during the holidays. We have sent over 400 scarves to date! If you are willing to join the scores of local folks who knit for Operation Gratitude on behalf of KES, your support would be greatly appreciated. Please follow the link below for guidelines for Operation Gratitude scarves.

Halloween - While fun festive (orange and black) seasonal clothing is fine to wear to school on Halloween, we ask that you not send students in actual costumes to school. We do not host big Halloween parties,  and masks, capes and wings become a significant distraction in the classroom and end up ripped and dirty during recess before Halloween even gets here. Our Assembly on 10/27 will include Halloween Safety and a reading of the cautionary tale “The Spider and the Fly” by yours truly. We are also asking families to consider making Halloween cards for a student who really needs a “lift.” You may have seen on the news or read about a 7 year old boy in Biddeford who is currently fighting brain cancer.  He had surgery to remove the tumors and was cancer free for a bit but the cancer has returned.  Families can work on cards at home and turn them in at KES by October 27th. The following is a news clip for more information:

Community Opportunity - You are Invited! RSU 21 is sponsoring an Introduction to Restorative Practices workshop at KES by the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine on November 1st from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Restorative practices include relationship and community building practices in schools and communities, including discussions about accountability, youth development, and  juvenile justice. We hope you can join us!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

Free Halloween Ball - Kennebunk Harvest Fest
Fantasy Ball - Brick Store Museum

KES Newsletter - October 13, 2017

Hello KES families,

I hope you are well! I want to start by thanking the Kennebunk Fire Department for being here with us for Fire Safety today. We had Captain Barry Jones and fire fighters Dean Auriemma, Jen Samsel, Keegan Rickter, Conner Curran and Joshua McCann. They talked about identifying two ways out of your house in the event of a fire, they modeled Stop Drop and Roll, and they showed our students how fire fighters don and strip their gear. I have attached some homework for parents on making a home fire escape plan. We want you to all stay safe! Next week at our Friday Morning Meeting we will have an evacuation (fire) drill in the middle of our assembly. We have never practiced evacuating our entire school population from the gym, so the KES Emergency Operations Committee has decided that this year we will do just that. If you join us for Friday Morning Meeting next week, you will have the opportunity to leave the assembly just prior to the drill, or plan to stay and evacuate with us….we hope you stay!

I learned today that an incorrect date for our Kindergarten Jump Start dance showcase was shared with parents of KJS students. I apologize to folks who were with us this morning expecting that performance. That showcase is scheduled for next Friday’s Friday Morning Meeting, 10/20/17. We will offer an encore version of that performance on 11/3/17, so if you came this morning and you aren’t able to be with us two Friday’s in a row, you will also have an opportunity in November to catch their act. As cute as they are, I promise it will be worth returning for! My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you.  

We have begun our Square 1 Art programming once again. You may remember it from two years ago when we raised almost $6,000.00 to send four World War II veterans and one Korean war veteran to their memorials in Washington DC through Honor Flight. Once again you will be able to purchase a wide variety of household items online showcasing your child’s original artwork. The fundraiser will occur in time to purchase items as holiday gifts. This year proceeds will support wounded warriors. Please see the attached letter from our Art Teacher, Tina Defilipp for more information.

KEPTA has asked me to remind everyone that their biggest fundraiser of the year (OK, Go!) is scheduled for October 17th. One of their correspondence described it as a Walk-a-thon for kindergarten, but this year, Kindergarten, like all of our grades will enjoy a Dance-a-Thon. Please help KEPTA support our schools and return your packet by October 17th.

The Girl Scouts have asked me to remind everyone about their Fantasy Ball on October 28th at the Brick Store Museum Program Center. If your child loves dressing up, dancing and sweet treats, search “Fantasy Ball Kennebunk” through Eventbrite, or contact Heather Larrabee at (207) 216-1153.

And finally, two KES reminders….This coming Thursday is Picture Day, and this coming Friday is our student Flu Clinic. Call the office at KES (207) 985-4402 if you have any questions about either! Have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan
Square 1 Art

KES Newsletter - September 29, 2017

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday!

My newsletter will be short and sweet today, as we are getting ready for the Ice Cream Social, and hoping to see you there! The Ice Cream Social is one of the most fun events of the year and we have a beautiful day for it. Please thank KEPTA members when you see them there and please consider joining KEPTA to support our schools. You can see the attached Flyer for more information regarding KEPTA’s Ice Cream Social this afternoon.

It was great seeing so many parents and grandparents here this morning for the NED SHOW…. NED’s three messages include Never Give Up, Encourage Others, and Do your best. The NED SHOW presenters combine these messages with storytelling, magic, comedy and yo yo tricks. This positive character presentation is developmentally designed for children, and our students, staff, and audience thoroughly enjoyed the show. It is an especially good fit for KES, given all of the positive character work that we do. In fact, as the “opening act” we had members of the KHS Varsity Boys Soccer Team with us to help Mrs. Deroche introduce “Courage” as our character trait for the month of October.

We had a really nice event for 3rd graders yesterday afternoon. Several wounded warriors and the pets that help them heal accompanied author Dava Guerin for a book signing opportunity celebrating the release of her new book Vets and Pets. If are considering purchasing Vets and Pets, please consider making your purchase at The Book Burrow in Kennebunkport. Ten percent of the sales from the book at The Book Burrow will come to KES, and we plan to donate those proceeds to “Pets for Patriots”. You can learn more about “Pets for Patriots” when we launch our second annual Wreaths Across America initiative at Friday Morning Meeting on November 17th.

And I have just a couple reminders for you: KES OPEN house is on October 3rd for grades 1, 2, and 3. Kindergarten always has their open house during Kindergarten Sneak-a-Peek, so Kindergarten teachers do not participate in KES Open House. And also, this coming Friday we have a Workshop Day for staff, so there will be no Friday Morning Meeting this coming week. The following week we will have the Kennebunk Fire Department on hand for Friday Morning Meeting in honor of Fire Safety Month. For a complete list of events at KES, please access the KES Calendar at the bottom of our webpage.

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Quinn

Discover Girl Scouts
Learn to Skate - BYHA
Kennebunk Fire Rescue Annual Open House

KES Newsletter - September 22, 2017

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you are well. Things are great here at KES. With two full five-day weeks under our belts, things are falling nicely in place, and students are settling into the new year…I don’t want to jinx myself, but it was really a pretty quiet week! Thank you to everyone who sent in change for Coins for a Cause. We will be making a donation for victims of the recent hurricanes this coming week.

This week KES hosted the first meeting of the year for our dedicated PTA, KEPTA. It was great to see some new faces at that meeting and we hope more people will participate in KEPTA in whatever way works best for them. Their next meeting is at Sea Road School on Wednesday October 11th at 10:30am. KEPTA’s annual Ice Cream Social will take place here at KES one week from tonight, on September 29th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. It is one of our favorite school events, so we hope to see you there!

This coming Thursday afternoon at 1:00pm all KES 3rd graders will have a chance to attend a presentation and book signing for the newly published Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals that Help Them Heal. The presentation will include the authors, Dava Guerin and Kevin Ferris, as well as some U.S. Veterans and their special pets.  Our Square 1 Art philanthropy this year benefits Wounded Warriors, so this event will tie in nicely with that work. We will share more with your about Square 1 Art for Wounded Warriors in the coming weeks.

Today at Friday Morning Meeting, our Occupational Therapist, Mrs. Mason, along with some student helpers, provided us with a Backpack Safety presentation. You should find information in your child’s take-home folder to discuss “packing it light and wearing it right.” Next Friday at Friday Morning Meeting we will host the NED Show. The Ned Show is a positive character trait assembly that teaches children to “Never Give Up, Encourage Others, and Do Your Best.” It is a great presentation, so please join us if you can!

Don’t forget, KES Open House is on October 3rd, from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm. We hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

Brick Store Museum
Pastel Drawing Workshop
Ice Cream Social

KES Kid's Chorus

Hello KES Families,

I my newsletter on Friday, I neglected to include information about the KES Kids Chorus. If your child is in 1st, 2nd or 3rdgrade, they are invited to participate in chorus, which practices twice a month after school and performs at most KES Friday Morning Meetings, as well as at several events out in the community throughout the year. Below, please find the link to sign up for KES Kids Chorus.

K.E.S. Kids Chorus Registration

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

KES Newsletter - September 15, 2017

Hello KES Families,

Happy New School Year! I hope you are well! It has been great seeing so many of you back here at KES…we are off to a great start. We had our first Fire Drill of the year yesterday and our students did a fantastic job evacuating quietly and listening for directions, so please congratulate them on that. Also, we began our fall assessments this week, and students are all working very hard already, so please congratulate them on that as well.

I want to thank all of the families who attended Kindergarten arrival on the first day, and KEPTA’s Boo Hoo Brunch that followed. You will have many opportunities to be involved with KEPTA, and I hope you take full advantage. We would not be able to offer many of the opportunities and events for students that we offer without their generous support. Several of our KEPTA parents have children who are getting older, so KEPTA officers are starting to look for a new generation of moms and dads to take over the reins, and it is a great way to make a difference in your child’s school experience. For more information about KEPTA, you can reach them at If you are looking for other ways to be involved at KES this year, by all means, please let me know. You can email me at or call the KES office at (207) 985-4402.

For our new Kindergartners, a form will be coming home to sign regarding Agreement to Publish Student Information. We hope you will check both boxes. We have many opportunities each year to highlight and share student experiences with the pubic, and last year we had only four students who couldn’t participate in this way. Please know, we will never release your child’s name and image together to the media without speaking to your first. If you have concerns regarding your child’s privacy, please call me at KES, so I can explain the protections and limits of this form.

Here at KES we hope you will join us for lunch at Sharksbites, the KES Café, when you can. Lunch times are as follows: 3rd grade at 11:00am, 2nd grade at 11:30am, 1st grade at 12:00 noon, and Kindergarten at 12:30pm. We will celebrate Maine agriculture during Maine Harvest Week from September 18th  to September 22nd. This year our menu includes beef from Archer Angus Farm, chicken from Maine-ly Poultry, potatoes from Pineland Farms, broccoli from Presque Isle, corn from Harris Farms and vegetables from Fenderson Farms. Children love having moms and dads dine with us, and it is a nice way for you to see your child in a social setting with their peers, so please join us!

Starting Monday, we will be having a Coin Drive to support schools impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We have placed jars in every classroom here at KES, so please send in your loose change and help us support some folks who can really use the help at this time. As a district we will be collecting change for this great cause until September 28th. Please see the attached letter from Dr. Hawes for more information.

Starting on September 19th, 2nd and 3rd graders will participate in our annual Violin Artist in Residence with Portland Symphony Orchestra instructor Pam Doughty and Sarah Hoag. Kindergarten and 1st graders will participate during the second half of the year, once they have settled in. If you child is inspired by this experience, they can use our violins to take lessons through Kennebunk Parks and Recreation during the weeks that we are not using the violins here at KES. Please contact Kennebunk Parks and Recreation at (207) 985-6890 for more information on violin lessons.

We had our first Assembly of the year today. Among other things, we introduced Responsibility as our Character Trait of the month. Please join us in looking for ways to recognize and reinforce responsible behaviors, and please join us for Friday Morning Meeting each Friday at 8:15am.

Three quick reminders:

1. If you need to let us know about a change in your child’s end-of-day plans, please contact the office by 2:00pm at the latest.

2. The annual KEPTA sponsored Ice Cream Social, will take place on September 29th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm here at KES, behind the school.

3. KES Open House, October 3rd from 5:30 to 6:30pm….Save the date!

For families who are new to our district, I generally send out a newsletter at the end of each full week to let you know how things are going at KES and to keep you informed in general. If you need to go back to a newsletter after you have deleted it, you can find them archived in chronological order on our website. If you select “Administration” at the bottom of our KES webpage, you can always find them on my page. I am in the process of creating a KES Twitter account, so you will soon be able to “follow” us at KES….So stay tuned, and have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

Movie Night - Girl Scout Fundraiser
Coins for a Cause
Cub Scout Information