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