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 horns...as 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