MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 22, 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Sept 26 & 28 - 7th Grade River Trips
Sept 29 - 7th Grade Kieve Leadership Training AT MSK
 
7TH & 8TH GRADE DANCE
Our 1st dance is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd. Please note that our times have changed!  Dances take place from 6:30pm - 8:30pm and are open to all 7th and 8th graders.  The cost is $5.00 and refreshments will be available for purchase.  This dance is being hosted by the Baxter Team.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:50 p.m. Please remember that this is an academic assistance program and not meant as an after school care program. Late buses are available for transportation home.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
Snacks are available to purchase every day after school in the MSK cafetorium until 2:15 p.m. Purchases are made through student lunch accounts and meet the smart snack guidelines. Power Snack Packs are only $1.00 and include student choice of 3 items from a selection of foods. Options are available for students who qualify for free and reduced meals.

SECOND CHANCE BREAKFAST
The MSK cafe offers 2nd chance breakfast between 1st and 2nd blocks in the main lobby for any student who would like to purchase a breakfast meal or snack.  We offer grab and go meals with cereal or breakfast items for $1.75 or free if you qualify for free or reduced meals.

CLYNK
CLYNK bags are available at the office with tags already applied. THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO HELP MSK RAISE FUNDS BY RETURNING YOUR BOTTLES AND CANS USING THE CLYNK PROGRAM. To redeem bottles and cans: Fill the CLYNK bags, take your bags to any Hannaford, then scan each bag with the hand scanner and place your bags inside the unlocked door at any Hannaford/CLYNK bottle return location. Your bottles and cans will be sent to CLYNK to be counted and a credit will be applied to our MSK CLYNK account to be used for student support. PLEASE HELP YOURSELF TO CLYNK BAGS ANY TIME YOU VISIT MSK!

MSK CLUBS - 1ST QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

STUDENT COUNCIL
The Student Council will be holding its first meeting on Wednesday morning, September 27th at 8:00 a.m. in room 705.  All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate. We welcome new members and look forward to seeing past members attend this first important meeting.  We will be discussing projects and fundraisers for the year as well as planning ahead for Spirit Week. The advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  We hope to see you there! 

OUTING CLUB
The MSK Outing Club is all about getting together to have fun adventuring the outdoors while sharing our passions. The outing club is open to all grades and takes place every Tuesday after school (weather permitting). All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations will be posted on the MSK webpage, under outing club at: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ for more information. Students can sign up on the whiteboard in front of the office. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Moncala, Pandemic and others. Students are encouraged to bring any non-electronic board game or cards they would like to share as well. This club takes place on Wednesdays after school in Mr. Coleman’s classroom (room 710) on the following dates: 9/27, 10/18, 10/25 & 11/1 . If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB
This girls only club aims to close the gender gap in technology.  Girls learn to build apps, design games, build websites, and develop friendships through code. This takes place on Thursdays after school in the Swift Center beginning 9/21 and continues throughout the year. Coaches: Jennifer Maher and Joanna Buckley.  For questions contact Advisor Megan MacDonald mmacdonald@rsu21.net
 
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON MOVIE - Sept 23
Girl Scout Troop 1056 will be showing this movie at MSK on Saturday, September 23rd.  Please see the attached flyer for details. 
GS Troop 1056 Movie

KENNEBUNK TO QUÉBEC TRIP (Memorial Day Weekend 2018)
Mr. Tad Williams, will be taking interested Kennebunk students (grades 7-12) to Québec City over the Memorial Day Weekend . The trip is scheduled for May 26-28, 2018. This is not a school-sponsored trip. 

We’ll stay at the oldest and the best located hotel in Old Quebec, dine at some of the best restaurants, walk the most significant streets with a professional guide, and tour inside some of the most interesting buildings. We’ll head outside Quebec City to tour the stunning Basilica of Sainte- Anne-de-Beaupré, and marvel at the Montmorency Falls from its observation decks and the suspension bridge that spans the Montmorency.

Students can enroll online at: http://studentslovetravel.com/enrollment/register OR email Mr. Williams: tadwilliams@me.com for more information. 

To reserve your spot, please enroll ASAP!

Superwalk on Friday, September 22

Dear parents and guardians:

This is a reminder that our fundraising Superwalk is tomorrow, Friday September 22nd!

Students will want to dress according to the weather, which at this point is supposed to be partly sunny and fairly warm. We will have several water stations along the route, but students are also welcome to bring their own water container if they'd like to as long as they keep it with them throughout the walk. Sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes are also recommended!

If your child has not yet returned the pledge envelope, please try to have him/her return it by Friday. If you have any questions, please email the PTG at mskptg.me@gmail.com.

We're looking forward to a fun and successful walk!

Thank you,
Connie Plaisted and Denise Hammond

8th Grade Field Trip Permission Form

Dear 8th Grade Parents and Guardians:

Please click the link below to complete your child's permission slip for the 8th grade field trip to Mr. Major on Tuesday, October 3rd.  

https://goo.gl/forms/70yHRbhaUFw4kc4H3

Additionally, if you have not yet completed your child's student health form, please do so at this time as we need their medical information prior to the field trip.  See the link below.

https://goo.gl/forms/FUctOACzA18G0Qt82

8th Grade Field Trip - Oct 3rd

Mount Major Hike Information
We are very excited for our first annual MSK 8th Grade Mt. Major Hike on Tuesday, October 3rd.  This team building trip will give the 8th grade students a common goal and years of lasting memories. Students will have a regular class schedule in the morning before lunch.  Following lunch in the MSK cafeteria, we will depart for the mountain.  The hike to the Mt. Major summit (elev. 1,786 ft .) via Mount Major Main Trail is 1.5 miles and approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.  When our hike is complete we will travel 15 minutes away to the opposite side of Alton Bay to Camp Kabeyun* for a barbeque cook out. Our expected return time back at school is 7:00pm.  

Our full itinerary:
11:00am Depart MSK
12:30pm Arrive at the base of Mt. Major
2:00pm  Time at the Summit
2:15pm   Hike down
4:00pm Depart for Camp Kabeyun
4:30pm BBQ
5:30pm Depart for MSK
7:00pm Arrive at MSK

Help Needed!  
In order to provide a safe and fun experience for our students we will need some parent volunteers to hike, be available for first aid, and cook/ serve at the BBQ.  In addition, we are looking for many BBQ items to be donated.  To help and/or donate please visit Signup Genius.  In order for us to get an accurate inventory prior to the trip, please bring in your BBQ donation during the week of 9/25- 9/29.

Carpooling
Parents, if you are interested in carpooling with other parents, please connect via the Facebook group “2017 MSK Mt Major Hike” or inquire to lhowell@rsu21.net about bus space. 

Medical Information 
In order for your son or daughter to participate, we need updated health information.  Please be sure that you have completed the health survey that was sent out via email on September 12th.  This information will be used for this and all future field trips.

Rain date
The rain date for the hike is October 11th.  In the event that the trip needs to be cancelled, an email will go out with directions for signing back up to volunteer.

Permission to attend
A permission slip for this trip will be going out shortly.  Please be sure to complete and return this.

Questions:
Please feel free to contact Luke Howell, the trip coordinator, at lhowell@rsu21.net with any questions or concerns that you may have.

*Huge thanks to Camp Kabeyun for their generosity with their breathtaking space.  Kabeyun is a camp open to boys ages 7 to 16.  The program focuses on individual choice, challenge, and community.  If you would like more information about Kabeyun please contact the director, Ken Robbins

MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 15, 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Sept 19 - 7th Grade Parent Kieve Info Night - 6:30 p.m.
Sept 21 - Sports Photos after school
Sept 22 - Superwalk - school wide
Sept 22 - 7/8th Grade Dance - 6:30-8:30 p.m. - $5.00 cost

ATHLETICS
All sports programs have started here at MSK.  A reminder: to access Rank One athletic schedules, simply click the following link on our MSK webpage:  http://www.rsu21.net/msk-athletics-announcements.

Sports photos will be taken after school on Thursday, September 21st. Picture forms were distributed to athletes by their coaches and students should bring a completed form with payment on Thursday. You can also pre-order online at lifetouchsports.com with picture day ID #LG387549X0. LifeTouch customer service can be reached at 1-800-287-4667 if you have any questions.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help begins this Monday, September 18th and takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:50 p.m. Please remember that this is an academic assistance program and not meant as an after school care program. Late buses are available for transportation home.

MSK PTG
The PTG would like to remind parents and students about the fundraising Superwalk next Friday, September 22nd. Students should come to school that day with appropriate footwear and dressed for the weather. Sunscreen is also recommended! Pledge envelopes can be returned to your advisor at any time. Thank you to those students who have already returned their envelopes! If parents would like to volunteer that day, or if you have any questions about the Superwalk, please email us at mskptg.me@gmail.com.

7th GRADE KIEVE REMINDER - SEPTEMBER 19TH
The 7th grade parent information meeting regarding the Leadership School at Camp Kieve is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. here at MSK. Please contact your child’s advisor if you have any questions or concerns. 

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
Snacks are available to purchase every day after school in the MSK cafetorium until 2:15 p.m. Purchases are made through student lunch accounts and meet the smart snack guidelines. Power Snack Packs are only $1.00 and include student choice of 3 items from a selection of foods. Options are available for students who qualify for free and reduced meals.

SECOND CHANCE BREAKFAST
The MSK cafe offers 2nd chance breakfast between 1st and 2nd blocks in the main lobby for any student who would like to purchase a breakfast meal or snack.  We offer grab and go meals with cereal or breakfast items for $1.75 or free if you qualify for free or reduced meals.
 
7TH & 8TH GRADE DANCE
Our 1st dance is scheduled for September 22nd. Our times have changed!  Dances take place from 6:30pm - 8:30pm and are open to all 7th and 8th graders.  The cost is $5.00 -- refreshments will be available for purchase. Please note that the January dance date will be changed due the school musical scheduled the same weekend.

CLYNK
CLYNK bags are available at the office with tags already applied. THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO HELP MSK RAISE FUNDS BY RETURNING YOUR BOTTLES AND CANS USING THE CLYNK PROGRAM. To redeem bottles and cans: Fill the CLYNK bags, take your bags to any Hannaford, then scan each bag with the hand scanner and place your bags inside the unlocked door at any Hannaford/CLYNK bottle return location. Your bottles and cans will be sent to CLYNK to be counted and a credit will be applied to our MSK CLYNK account to be used for student support. PLEASE HELP YOURSELF TO CLYNK BAGS ANY TIME YOU VISIT MSK!

MSK CLUBS - 1ST QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM
The Student Council will be holding its first meeting on September 27th at 8:00 a.m. in room 705.  All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate. We welcome new members and look forward to seeing past members attend this first important meeting.  We will be discussing projects and fundraisers for the year as well as planning ahead for Spirit Week. The advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  We hope to see you there! 

OUTING CLUB
The MSK Outing Club is all about getting together to have fun adventuring the outdoors while sharing our passions. The outing club is open to all grades and takes place every Tuesdayafter school (weather permitting). Students can sign up on the whiteboard in front of the office. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations will be posted on the outing club website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ or google: rsu21 outing club. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Moncala, Pandemic and others. Students are encouraged to bring any non-electronic board game or cards they would like to share as well. This club takes place on Wednesdays after school in Mr. Coleman’s classroom (room 710) on the following dates: 9/13, 9/27, 10/18, 10/25 & 11/1 . If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB
This girls only club aims to close the gender gap in technology.  Girls learn to build apps, design games, build websites, and develop friendships through code. This takes place on Thursdays after school in the Swift Center beginning 9/21 and continues throughout the year. Coaches: Jennifer Maher and Joanna Buckley.  For questions contact Advisor Megan MacDonald mmacdonald@rsu21.net

KENNEBUNK REC DEPARTMENT
Please see the flyer for opportunities for MSK students. 

Kennebunk Rec Youth Opportunities

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON MOVIE - Sept 23
Girl Scout Troop 1056 will be showing this movie at MSK on Saturday, September 23rd.  Please see the flyer for details.

Movie Night - Girl Scout Fundraiser

KENNEBUNK TO QUÉBEC TRIP (Memorial Day Weekend 2018)
Mr. Tad Williams, will be taking interested Kennebunk students (grades 7-12) to Québec City over the Memorial Day Weekend . The trip is scheduled for May 26-28, 2018. This is not a school-sponsored trip. 

We’ll stay at the oldest and the best located hotel in Old Quebec, dine at some of the best restaurants, walk the most significant streets with a professional guide, and tour inside some of the most interesting buildings. We’ll head outside Quebec City to tour the stunning Basilica of Sainte- Anne-de-Beaupré, and marvel at the Montmorency Falls from its observation decks and the suspension bridge that spans the Montmorency.

Students can enroll online at: http://studentslovetravel.com/enrollment/register OR email Mr. Williams: tadwilliams@me.com for more information. 

To reserve your spot, please enroll ASAP!

Late Start Wednesday

This is a reminder that "Late Start Wednesdays" begin tomorrow, September 13th for all middle school students. The school day begins at 9:00 a.m.

If you are driving your child to school, please arrive between 8:45 and 8:50 a.m. so they are on time for homeroom. If your child takes a bus, it will pick them up approximately 90 minutes later than their regular time.

MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 8, 2017

It’s been a great first week of school and we hope your child had as much fun as we did. Welcome to our first weekly bulletin of the 2017/18 school year.  In this bulletin you will find current information on what is happening at MSK. Don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.rsu21.net/msk/.

OPEN HOUSE DATES NEXT WEEK:
6th Grade Open House - Tuesday, Sept 12th at 6:30 pm
7th Grade Open House - Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30 pm
8th Grade Open House - Thursday, September 14th at 6:30 pm

ATHLETICS
Soccer for both boys and girls in grades 7 and 8 began on Thursday, September 7th. All other fall sports will begin on Monday, September 11th. 

Late buses will be available after school for those who will need a ride home and will leave MSK at 4pm. Late bus routes differ from regular bus routes and students may need to walk a little further depending on their stop. For those athletes who will be participating in Tennis, they will take their regular bus to the high school for practice after school and will be able to get on the late bus from there, if needed.

Please make sure that you have provided us with the Medical Release form signed by a physician and you have filled out an Athletic Card and the Concussion Management form online through RankOne. This can be found by going to http://athletics.rsu21.net and clicking on the RankOne tab. Each athlete needs to have these three things completed before they will be allowed to participate.

If you have any questions, call the Main Office at (207) 467-8004 or email Andrew Coulombe at acoulombe@rsu21.net

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help begins Monday, September 18th and takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:50 p.m. (while school is in session). Late buses are available for transportation home.

MSK PTG
The MSK Parent Teacher Group would like to welcome you to a new school year! We are looking forward to another successful year supporting the Middle School of the Kennebunks. Our first meeting will take place on Thursday, September 14th at 9:00 a.m. We hope you can join us.  Please see the important information below about our upcoming Superwalk:

The MSK PTG is pleased to kick off our pledge drive for our 5th annual SUPERWALK fundraiser on Friday, September 22nd. This successful event is our ONE major fundraiser of the year.  Students are asked to raise pledges to fund the MSK PTG grant fund. This fund is used to support teacher grants, pay for the ever-rising cost of field trips and support new school initiatives. We are in need of your support! Students were given pledge envelopes during the first week of classes.  Please encourage your child to seek pledges and return the envelope to their advisor before or on the day of the walk. The more we raise, the more we can help! 

You will hear more about this during the open houses scheduled for next week. If you have any questions, please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com. Thank you for your support, Connie Plaisted

7th GRADE KIEVE REMINDER
Just a reminder that the 7th grade parent information meeting for students attending the Leadership School at Camp Kieve is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 19th at 6:30 p.m. here at MSK. Please contact your child’s advisor if you have any questions or concerns. 

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
Snacks are available to purchase every day after school in the MSK cafetorium until 2:15 p.m. Purchases are made through student lunch accounts and meet the smart snack guidelines. Power Snack Packs are only $1.00 and include student choice of 3 items from a selection of foods. Options are available for students who qualify for free and reduced meals.

SECOND CHANCE BREAKFAST
The MSK cafe offers 2nd chance breakfast between 1st and 2nd blocks in the main lobby for any student who would like to purchase a breakfast meal or snack.  We offer grab and go meals with cereal or breakfast items for $1.75 or free if you qualify for free or reduced meals.
 
7TH & 8TH GRADE DANCE
Our 1st dance is scheduled for September 22nd. Our times have changed!  Dances take place from 6:30pm-8:30pm and are open to all 7th and 8th graders.  The cost is $5.00 -- refreshments will be available for purchase. Please note that the January dance date will be changed due the school musical scheduled the same weekend.

CLYNK
CLYNK bags are available at the office with tags already applied. THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO HELP MSK RAISE FUNDS BY RETURNING YOUR BOTTLES AND CANS USING THE CLYNK PROGRAM. To redeem bottles and cans: Fill the CLYNK bags, take your bags to any Hannaford, then scan each bag with the hand scanner and place your bags inside the unlocked door at any Hannaford/CLYNK bottle return location. Your bottles and cans will be sent to CLYNK to be counted and a credit will be applied to our MSK CLYNK account to be used for student support. PLEASE HELP YOURSELF TO CLYNK BAGS ANY TIME YOU VISIT MSK!

MSK CLUBS
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

OUTING CLUB
Our community is surrounded by amazing rivers to fish and canoe, beaches with waves to surf, and mountains to climb. A web of hiking and mountain biking trails connects us to our local forests, lakes, and rivers. The MSK Outing Club is all about getting together to have fun adventuring the outdoors while sharing our passions. The outing club is open to all grades and takes place every Tuesday after school. Our first meeting will take place after school next Tuesday in Mr. Costello's room and we will plan this fall's outing adventures. Students can sign up on the white board in front of the office. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations will be posted on the outing club website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ or google: rsu21 outing club. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Moncala, Pandemic and others. Students are encouraged to bring any non-electronic board game or cards they would like to share as well. This club takes place on Wednesdays after school in Mr. Coleman’s classroom (room 710). If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net
 
KENNEBUNK TO QUÉBEC TRIP (Memorial Day Weekend 2018)
Mr. Tad Williams, will be taking interested Kennebunk students (grades 7-12) to Québec City over the Memorial Day Weekend . The trip is scheduled for May 26-28, 2018. This is not a school-sponsored trip. 

We’ll stay at the oldest and the best located hotel in Old Quebec, dine at some of the best restaurants, walk the most significant streets with a professional guide, and tour inside some of the most interesting buildings. We’ll head outside Quebec City to tour the stunning Basilica of Sainte- Anne-de-Beaupré, and marvel at the Montmorency Falls from its observation decks and the suspension bridge that spans the Montmorency.

Students can enroll online at: http://studentslovetravel.com/enrollment/register OR email Mr. Williams: tadwilliams@me.com for more information. 

To reserve your spot, please enroll ASAP!

MSK Athletics

Good afternoon,

Athletics at MSK are ready to get underway. Soccer practices for both boys and girls in grades 7 and 8 will begin tomorrow, Thursday, September 7th. All other Fall sports will begin on Monday, September 11th. It's not too late to sign up so please check with your child to be sure they have done so if interested in participating in middle school sports.

Late buses will be available after school for those who will need a ride home and will leave MSK at 4pm. Late bus routes differ from regular bus routes and students may need to walk a little further depending on their stop. For those athletes who will be participating in tennis, they will take their regular bus to the high school for practice after school and will be able to get on the late bus from there, if needed.

Please make sure that you have provided us with the Medical Release form signed by a physician and you have filled out an Athletic Card and the Concussion Management form online through RankOne. This can be found by going to http://athletics.rsu21.net and clicking on the RankOne tab. Each athlete needs to have these three things completed before they will be allowed to participate.

If you have any questions, call the Main Office at (207)467-8004 or email Andrew Coulombe at acoulombe@rsu21.net

Thank you,
Andrew Coulombe
MSK Athletic Director

Welcome Back to School

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome back to school... 

On Tuesday, September 5th, we will welcome nearly 550 students to MSK.  Our staff members have been working very hard to get the school ready and we are excited for the upcoming school year. Please plan on having your child here between 7:10 and 7:25 a.m.

Below you will find information regarding changes to the school's traffic pattern flow.  Please read the letter and diagram carefully as there are some significant changes to parent drop off and pick up.  

Parent Transportation Letter 2017-18  
Student Drop-off & Pick-up Procedures 2017-18 

 Sincerely,

Jeff Rodman
Principal

MSK Team Newsletters

Dear parents and guardians:

The team newsletters were mailed home to all MSK students today, Friday, August 11th.  Your child's homeroom teacher's name is listed on the mailing label of the envelope.  Additionally, these team letters (containing supply lists) are posted on the middle school website under "News."  You can access them online directly by going to http://www.rsu21.net/msk-team-newsletters

We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, September 5th.  

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.

Sincerely,
Jeff Rodman, Principal