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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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,