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!