KES Newsletter - March 16, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all shoveled out and doing well. The forecast for the coming week has changed and we should expect more show on Wednesday afternoon  and into Thursday rather than on Tuesday. We are glad to hear about this change as MEA assessments for 3rd graders will be administered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please help our students do their best by making sure they get plenty of rest and are here at KES on time each day. We ask that you send in a hearty snack and we will be supplementing what you send in with some extra healthy treats. KES students have scored above the State average for several years in a row, and we want to continue to do the same. Thank you for your support!

We are currently looking to replenish our clothing supply here at KES. We always encourage parents to send in an extra clothing in the event that students require a change of clothes. In the instances where children don’t have extra clothes here, we like to make sure that we are stocked and ready to outfit them. As the school year progresses our supply dwindles, so as your little ones outgrow those clothes, if you don't have someone next in line, we hope that you might consider donating them to KES. We have a big need particularly for pants, shirts, and socks for sizes 4-12. If you just want to donate - new packages of underwear are always in need as well.  We will be setting up a bin inside the front lobby of KES for donations. Thank you in advance for your help!

Last Friday we announced the final totals for Jump Rope for Heart, but my newsletter had already been written, so I am excited today to let you know that this year KES raised a total of $16,370.00! Last year we raised just a little over $10,000 which landed us in the top 10

Fundraising schools in Maine for this event, so I am excited to see where we fall with this year’s total. Our top student fundraisers this year included the following: Acadia Dugas- $420, Paige Brooks-$485, Killian Dennis-$1,115, Payton Wilson-$1,700, and for the second year in a row, Skylar Dixon-$2,458. All proceeds from Jump Rope for Heart benefit the American Heart Association….I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of this community. We are so very lucky.

It is time once again for the Keith McClelland vocal and instrumental auditions. In the spirit of Keith McClelland, the fund that bears his name exists to support and stimulate the love of music and the performing arts. The auditions will be held here at KES on April 7th. If your child is not a previous winner, they can audition to win one of ten $150.00 scholarships for lessons. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

The food service department in RSU 21 has created a Village Fund designed to support families who do not qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, but are still struggling financially. If you have the ability to donate to this wonderful program, you can drop off a check at the KES main office. Make our your check to “Friends of RSU 21” and simply write “Village Fund” in the memo line. The application for families who want to apply to the fund for support will be available soon. Many thanks to the many families  who have already made a donation.

As your have likely heard by now, at our last RSU 21 School Board meeting, the board voted to move 3rd grade to SRS for the coming year. Approximately 400 people provided input and we are excited about the opportunities this move will provide for our students and teachers.We are in the process of creating some special events to honor our departing 2nd and 3rd graders this spring, so we will keep you posted as we firm up those details.

And finally, I want to congratulate Ellen Towne on her recent nomination to the position of Pre-K director for the new RSU 21 district Pre-K program that we will be offering here at KES in the fall. While her position officially begins on July 1st, if you have questions regarding Public Pre-K in RSU 21, please feel to reach out to Ellen at etowne@rsu21.net. Please Join me in congratulating Ellen!

Yours in Education,
Ryan Quinn

Keith McClelland Fund Auditions