MSK Announcements


MSK Weekly Bulletin - November 18, 2016

MSK Weekly Bulletin for November 21 & 22:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Remember, school is open on Monday and Tuesday next week, and closed Wednesday-Friday for Thanksgiving.  Have a safe and happy holiday with your family.

NO HOMEWORK HELP NEXT WEEK
There will not be homework help on Monday and Tuesday next week.  Homework help will resume on Monday, November 28th.

MIYHS (Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey)
This school year, students in Middle School of the Kennebunks will be asked to take an anonymous health survey during their Advisory block on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The data from this survey is used at the school, county and state levels.  It supports grant funding, assessment of student needs, and the design and evaluation of health related programs.  You will receive more information on this survey closer to the time of survey administration and will have the opportunity to review its contents. You have the choice of whether or not your child will take this survey.  Your child will also have the option of whether or not to participate in the survey on the day it is given.

PRINTING OF REPORT CARDS BY PARENTS
This is a reminder that individual report cards are not printed by the school unless requested by a parent.  Report cards for the 1st term can be accessed now via the PowerSchool parent portal. Parents can print report cards using the procedures below. 

To access the report card please follow these steps:
• Log in to PowerSchool.
• Select the student you would like to view.
• In the Left Side navigation window, select the Online Report Card link for your student’s school (this is the fourth link down in the Navigation panel).
• In the Reporting Term - select the Quarter for the report card you would like to view (Q1 = Quarter 1, Q2 = Quarter 2, etc.)  Please note that only grades for a completed quarter are available for viewing via the report card.
• If you would like to print the report card, the best method is to select the printer icon toward the upper right corner of the page - this will remove the browser border windows and provide for better printing.
• Depending on your computer, printer and paper size - you may need to set your page to print in Landscape mode (instead of Portrait) for better results.

The complete guide to Reporting Student Progress can be found on page 21 in the MSK Student Handbook.

If you are having difficulties printing or would like a hard copy of your report card - please contact the MSK office at 467-8004.

BASKETBALL PRACTICE (MON&TUES) NOV 21 & 22
7th / 8th grade boys – 2:15–3:45 practice together both days
7TH grade girls – NO PRACTICE on Monday
8th grade girls – 3:45–5:15 on Monday
7th / 8th grade girls – 3:45–5:15 practice together on Tuesday

MARY POPPINS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE NOV 21 & 22
Monday - Review Scenes 1 - 10 - anyone with speaking lines in those scenes.
Tuesday - Choreography for students in Supercalifrag... except Mrs. Corry

PICTURE RETAKES
MSK picture retakes are scheduled for Friday, December 2nd. We expect delivery of purchased photos from the original date to arrive soon. If you are unhappy with the quality of these pictures or if your child did not have their photo taken previously, they should have it done on December 2nd.  Original photos need to be returned if students have retakes done. All students should sit for a photo regardless of whether or not you purchase prints, as this picture is used for the yearbook and student IDs.  Order forms are available in the office or you can go online at www.lifetouch.com. Please note the online code for orders has changed to LG386053Q1.

YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST
It’s time for our annual yearbook cover contest.  This year, the theme for the yearbook is KINDNESS & CARING.  Create a cover showing Kindness and Caring. All covers must be submitted by Wednesday, November 30th. For more details about what to include on the cover, students should see Mrs. Kennedy in the library.

MATH TEAMS

6TH GRADE MATH TEAM
The 6th grade math team practices every Monday after school in room 806 until 3:45 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact advisor Erin Neale (8th grade math teacher) at eneale@rsu21.net.

7TH / 8TH GRADE MATH TEAM
7th and 8th grade math teams will practice on Monday next week, in Mrs. McGlashan's room (#612) from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m. 

LOST AND FOUND
Students can sometimes be forgetful and leave their personal items behind at school.  We are working to place all of MSK’s lost & found items into a photo gallery so parents can browse for items and claim them. You can see what is here by going to http://www.rsu21.net/msk-lost-and-found. We will continue to catalog lost items and update the photo gallery each week.  This page is also linked to our middle school home page under “Information-Lost and Found”.  

LATE BUS
Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day that school is in session.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help has begun 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.

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.

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.  Afternoon clubs typically finish in time for the late bus home however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

COLORING/DRAWING CLUB
Coloring/Drawing Club will also happen during the 2nd quarter on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:50 in Room 611 (Mrs. Scott’s classroom).  A variety of coloring sheets/books, colored pencils, and gel pens will be provided.  Students may bring their own supplies if they prefer.   If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Binger at dbinger@rsu21.net.  All are welcome!!

GIRL TALK
This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. KHS/MSK is one of many chapters. This club meets at 8:00 a.m. in room 808 on the following late start Wednesdays:  11/16, 12/14, 1/25, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12 and 5/10. Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

GIRLS FITNESS CLUB
The Girls' Fitness Club is a new after-school club for the 2nd quarter meeting Tuesday afternoons on 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3, 1/10 and 1/17. Students will set fitness and health goals and exercise using weight and cardio machines in the MSK fitness room.  In this safe environment, students will also discuss nutrition, hydration, sleep habits, mindfulness, self-esteem, and other topics with the goal of forming lifelong healthy habits.  The club will meet from 2:45-3:45 on Tuesdays, so students should go to Homework Help until 2:45. Please contact advisor Sara Clinehens with any questions:  sclinehens@rsu21.net

KEYSTONE CREATIONS
KeyStone Creations is our in-house design and graphics arts business. Training will take place during the month of October to prepare student workers for community jobs they will take on throughout the school year.  KeyStone meets weekly-most often on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 in the Swift Center. For more information or to sign up, please see advisor Mrs. McCarthy or email her at mmccarthy@rsu21.net.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is 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
This club takes place on Wednesdays, after school in room 710 until 3:45 p.m.  Students will play classic and modern strategy games such as chess, mancala, stratego, etc.  Games will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to also bring their own.  Contact advisor Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net for more information.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Student Council is open to all students at MSK and we invite new members to join us.  Stay tuned for dates.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will be meeting on the following dates during the months of November and December: Thursday, November 17th; Thursday, December 8th; Thursday, December 15th.  More dates to follow after the new year! All meetings are after school and end in time for students to catch the late bus. Everyone is welcome. Advisors are: Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net, and Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net

MSK Reminders

Dear parents and guardians:

1) The 7/8 grade dance scheduled for this Friday, November 18th, is being rescheduled due to the KHS championship football game that evening.  We will let you know the new date of the dance as soon as it is confirmed.

2)  How to print report cards: Please note that individual report cards are not printed by the school unless requested by a parent.  Report cards for the 1st term can be accessed now via the PowerSchool parent portal. Parents can print report cards using the procedures below. 

To access the report card please follow these steps:

  • Log in to PowerSchool.
  • Select the student you would like to view.
  • In the Left Side navigation window, select the Online Report Card link for your student’s school (this is the fourth link down in the Navigation panel).
  • In the Reporting Term - select the Quarter for the report card you would like to view (Q1 = Quarter 1, Q2 = Quarter 2, etc.)  Please note that only grades for a completed quarter are available for viewing via the report card.
  • If you would like to print the report card, the best method is to select the printer icon toward the upper right corner of the page - this will remove the browser border windows and provide for better printing.
  • Depending on your computer, printer and paper size - you may need to set your page to print in Landscape mode (instead of Portrait) for better results.

The complete guide to Reporting Student Progress can be found on page 21 in the MSK Student Handbook on our website:
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/524a1808e4b025e8f32f551e/t/58233c2b6b8f5b184ad1a5f9/1478704171709/MSK+Handbook+2016-2017+Revised+Nov+2016.pdf.

If you are having difficulties printing or would like a hard copy of your report card - please contact the MSK office at 467-8004.

MSK Weekly Bulletin - November 10, 2016

DATES TO REMEMBER

Attached is an updated list of important Dates to Remember.

PRINTING OF REPORT CARDS BY PARENTS
Please note that individual report cards are not printed by the school unless requested by a parent.  Parents can print report cards via PowerSchool using the procedures below. The complete guide to Reporting Student Progress can be found on page 21 in the MSK Student Handbook.

*Report cards for the 1st term can be accessed via the PowerSchool parent portal beginning Monday afternoon, November 14th.

To access the report card please follow these steps:
• Log in to PowerSchool.
• Select the student you would like to view.
• In the Left Side navigation window, select the Online Report Card link for your student’s school (this is the fourth link down in the Navigation panel).
• In the Reporting Term - select the Quarter for the report card you would like to view (Q1 = Quarter 1, Q2 = Quarter 2, etc.)  Please note that only grades for a completed quarter are available for viewing via the report card.
• If you would like to print the report card, the best method is to select the printer icon toward the upper right corner of the page - this will remove the browser border windows and provide for better printing.
• Depending on your computer, printer and paper size - you may need to set your page to print in Landscape mode (instead of Portrait) for better results.

If you are having difficulties printing or would like a hard copy of your report card - please contact the MSK office at 467-8004.

BASKETBALL PRACTICE (MON-FRI) NOV 14-18
8th grade girls – 2:15-3:45 pm
7th grade girls – 3:45-5:15 pm
8th grade boys – 5:15-6:45 pm
7th grade boys – 6:45-8:15 pm

MARY POPPINS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE NOV 14 - 18
Monday and Thursday - Block Scenes 7, 8 and 9
Tuesday and Wednesday - Ensemble Music and Choreography
Friday - Music with Principles - Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Michael and Jane, Mary Poppins, Mrs. Brill and Robertson Ay, Bert

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH IS A BAGGED LUNCH DAY FOR 6TH & 7TH GRADERS
6th and 7th grade parents, please note that Wednesday, November 16th is a bagged lunch day for your child due to the 8th grade Thanksgiving Senior Citizen community luncheon being held in the cafetorium.  6th and 7th grade students can either bring a lunch from home or order a bagged lunch from the café. They will eat in their homeroom during their regular lunch time.

PICTURE RETAKES
MSK picture retakes are scheduled for Friday, December 2nd. We expect delivery of purchased photos from the original date to arrive soon. If you are unhappy with the quality of these pictures or if your child did not have their photo taken previously, they should have it done on December 2nd.  Original photos need to be returned if students have retakes done. All students should sit for a photo regardless of whether or not you purchase prints, as this picture is used for the yearbook and student IDs.  Order forms are available in the office or you can go online at www.lifetouch.com. Please note the online code for orders has changed to LG386053Q1.

YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST
It’s time for our annual yearbook cover contest.  This year, the theme for the yearbook is KINDNESS & CARING.  Create a cover showing Kindness and Caring. All covers must be submitted by Wednesday, November 30th. For more details about what to include on the cover, students should see Mrs. Kennedy in the library.

8th GRADE THANKSGIVING DINNER REMINDER
8th grade parents: If you haven't already, please send in the attached forms for the November 16th Thanksgiving Dinner Community Project. We are requesting addresses for friends and relatives that your 8th grader wishes to invite.  We are also seeking donations of dinner rolls and desserts.  Please return the attached forms to school as soon as possible.  Thank you!!!!

Thanksgiving 2016 - Request for Address  
Thanksgiving 2016 - Dessert Request

MATH TEAMS

6TH GRADE MATH TEAM
The 6th grade math team practices every Monday after school in room 806 until 3:45 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact advisor Erin Neale (8th grade math teacher) at eneale@rsu21.net.

7TH / 8TH GRADE MATH TEAM
7th and 8th grade math teams will practice on Monday next week, in Mrs. McGlashan's room (#612) from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m. 

MATH COUNTS
MathCounts will practice every Friday with Mrs. Rodier in room 612 from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m.  

LOST AND FOUND
Students can sometimes be forgetful and leave their personal items behind at school.  We are working to place all of MSK’s lost & found items into a photo gallery so parents can browse for items and claim them. You can see what is here by going to http://www.rsu21.net/msk-lost-and-found. We will continue to catalog lost items and update the photo gallery each week.  This page is also linked to our middle school home page under “Information-Lost and Found”.  

LATE BUS
Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day that school is in session.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help has begun 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.

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.

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.  Afternoon clubs typically finish in time for the late bus home however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

NEW: 
GIRLS FITNESS CLUB

The Girls' Fitness Club is a new after-school club for the 2nd quarter meeting Tuesday afternoons on 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3, 1/10 and 1/17. Students will set fitness and health goals and exercise using weight and cardio machines in the MSK fitness room.  In this safe environment, students will also discuss nutrition, hydration, sleep habits, mindfulness, self-esteem, and other topics with the goal of forming lifelong healthy habits.  The club will meet from 2:45-3:45 on Tuesdays, so students should go to Homework Help until 2:45. Please contact advisor Sara Clinehens with any questions:  sclinehens@rsu21.net

NEW:
COLORING/DRAWING CLUB

Coloring/Drawing Club will also happen during the 2nd quarter, and begins on Wednesday, November 9th from 2:15-3:50 in Room 611 (Mrs. Scott’s classroom).  A variety of coloring sheets/books, colored pencils, and gel pens will be provided.  Students may bring their own supplies if they prefer.   If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Binger at dbinger@rsu21.net.  All are welcome!!

GIRL TALK
This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. KHS/MSK is one of many chapters. This club meets at 8:00 a.m. in room 808 on the following late start Wednesdays:  11/16, 12/14, 1/25, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12 and 5/10. Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

KEYSTONE CREATIONS
KeyStone Creations is our in-house design and graphics arts business. Training will take place during the month of October to prepare student workers for community jobs they will take on throughout the school year.  KeyStone meets weekly-most often on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 in the Swift Center. For more information or to sign up, please see advisor Mrs. McCarthy or email her at mmccarthy@rsu21.net.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is posted on the outing club website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ or google: rsu21 outing club. The next activity is surfing onTuesday, October 18th. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
This club takes place on Wednesdays, after school in room 710 until 3:45 p.m.  Students will play classic and modern strategy games such as chess, mancala, stratego, etc.  Games will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to also bring their own.  Contact advisor Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net for more information.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Student Council is open to all students at MSK and we invite new members to join us.  Stay tuned for dates.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will be meeting on the following dates during the months of November and December: Thursday, November 17th; Thursday, December 8th; Thursday, December 15th.  More dates to follow after the new year! All meetings are after school and end in time for students to catch the late bus. Everyone is welcome. Advisors are: Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net, and Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net

Message From The Principal

Dear MSK Parents and Guardians:

If (and when) the Kennebunk High School football team wins the South Sectional championship game this Friday, the November 18th middle school 7/8 grade dance will be re-scheduled for a later date. 

If, per chance, the team does not win, the MSK dance will happen as scheduled.

Go Rams!

Sincerely,

Jeff Rodman, Principal

MSK Weekly Bulletin - November 4, 2016

GRADES CLOSE AND THE 1ST QUARTER ENDS TODAY, FRIDAY-NOVEMBER 4TH
Students and parents are reminded to check PowerSchool this weekend to check for missing work. The parent portal will be closed beginning Monday, November 7th until Monday afternoon, November 14th as teachers prepare grades for report cards.  We will provide detailed instructions on how to print report cards next week.

ATHLETICS

•    Basketball (grades 7 & 8) and Cheering (grades 6, 7 & 8) practices will start on Monday or Tuesday next week.
•    Please make sure you have gone to the Rank One website to fill out the paperwork to be eligible to tryout and turn in an updated physical form with the date of your most recent physical. You can find the information on our website under athletics and Rank One Registration.

Practice Schedule: November 7 - 10 (No Practices Friday as School is Closed for Veteran’s Day)
2:15 - 3:45   7th Girls   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
3:45 - 5:15   8th Boys   Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
5:15 - 6:45   7th Boys   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
6:45 - 8:15   8th Girls   Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

MARY POPPINS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE NOV 7 - 10

Monday – Scenes 4, 5 and 6 - Need Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Neleus, Park Keeper, Jane and Michael, Bert, Police Statues, Mrs. Brill, Robertson Ay, Admiral Boom, Miss Lark, Policeman.
Tuesday and Wednesday - All cast members EXCEPT Michael, Jane, Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Admiral Boom, Mrs. Brill, Robertson Ay, Bert.  We will be rehearsing music and announcing roles and choreography groups to members of the ensemble.
Thursday - Scenes 4, 5, and 6. Need Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Neleus, Park Keeper, Jane and Michael, Bert, Police Statues, Mrs. Brill, Robertson Ay, Admiral Boom, Miss Lark, Policeman.
Friday - Veteran’s Day – No Rehearsal! Enjoy the long weekend!!

NOVEMBER 16TH IS A BAGGED LUNCH DAY FOR 6TH & 7TH GRADERS
6th and 7th grade parents, please note that Wednesday, November 16th is a bagged lunch day for your child due to the 8th grade Thanksgiving Senior Citizen community luncheon being held in the cafetorium.  6th and 7th grade students can either bring a lunch from home or order a bagged lunch from the café. They will eat in their homeroom during their regular lunch time.

PICTURE RETAKES
MSK picture retakes are scheduled for Friday, December 2nd. We expect delivery of photos purchased from the original date to arrive soon. If you are unhappy with the quality of these pictures or if your child did not have their photo taken previously, Lifetouch will be back on December 2nd.  Original photos need to be returned if students have retakes done. All students should sit for a photo regardless of whether or not you purchase prints, as this picture is used for the yearbook and student IDs.  Order forms are available in the office or you can go online at www.lifetouch.com. Please note the online code for orders has changed to LG386053Q1.

YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST
It’s time for our annual yearbook cover contest.  This year, the theme for the yearbook is KINDNESS & CARING.  Create a cover showing Kindness and Caring. All covers must be submitted by Wednesday, November 30th. For more details about what to include on the cover, students should see Mrs. Kennedy in the library.

8th GRADE THANKSGIVING DINNER REMINDER
8th grade parents: If you haven't already, please send in the attached forms for the November 16th Thanksgiving Dinner Community Project. We are requesting addresses for friends and relatives that your 8th grader wishes to invite.  We are also seeking donations of dinner rolls and desserts.  Please return the attached forms to school as soon as possible.  Thank you!!!!

Thanksgiving 2016 - Request for Address  
Thanksgiving 2016 - Dessert Request

MATH TEAMS

6TH GRADE MATH TEAM
The 6th grade math team practices every Monday after school in room 806 until 3:45 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact advisor Erin Neale (8th grade math teacher) at eneale@rsu21.net.

7TH / 8TH GRADE MATH TEAM
7th and 8th grade math teams will practice on Monday in Mrs. McGlashan's room (#612) from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m. 

MATH COUNTS
MathCounts will practice every Friday with Mrs. Rodier in room 612 from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m.  

LOST AND FOUND
Students can sometimes be forgetful and leave their personal items behind at school.  We are working to place all of MSK’s lost & found items into a photo gallery so parents can browse for items and claim them. You can see what is here by going to http://www.rsu21.net/msk-lost-and-found. We will continue to catalog lost items and update the photo gallery each week.  This page is also linked to our middle school home page under “Information-Lost and Found”.  

LATE BUS
Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day that school is in session.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help has begun 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.

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.

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.  Afternoon clubs typically finish in time for the late bus home however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

NEW: 
GIRLS FITNESS CLUB

The Girls' Fitness Club is a new after-school club for the 2nd quarter meeting Tuesday afternoons on 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3, 1/10 and 1/17. Students will set fitness and health goals and exercise using weight and cardio machines in the MSK fitness room.  In this safe environment, students will also discuss nutrition, hydration, sleep habits, mindfulness, self-esteem, and other topics with the goal of forming lifelong healthy habits.  The club will meet from 2:45-3:45 on Tuesdays, so students should go to Homework Help until 2:45. Please contact advisor Sara Clinehens with any questions:  sclinehens@rsu21.net

NEW:
COLORING/DRAWING CLUB

Coloring/Drawing Club will also happen during the 2nd quarter, and begins on Wednesday, November 9th from 2:15-3:50 in Room 611 (Mrs. Scott’s classroom).  A variety of coloring sheets/books, colored pencils, and gel pens will be provided.  Students may bring their own supplies if they prefer.   If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Binger at dbinger@rsu21.net.  All are welcome!!

GIRL TALK
This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. KHS/MSK is one of many chapters. This club meets at 8:00 a.m. in room 808 on the following late start Wednesdays:  11/16, 12/14, 1/25, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12 and 5/10. Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

KEYSTONE CREATIONS
KeyStone Creations is our in-house design and graphics arts business. Training will take place during the month of October to prepare student workers for community jobs they will take on throughout the school year.  KeyStone meets weekly-most often on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 in the Swift Center. For more information or to sign up, please see advisor Mrs. McCarthy or email her at mmccarthy@rsu21.net.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is posted on the outing club website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ or google: rsu21 outing club. The next activity is surfing onTuesday, October 18th. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
This club takes place on Wednesdays, after school in room 710 until 3:45 p.m.  Students will play classic and modern strategy games such as chess, mancala, stratego, etc.  Games will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to also bring their own.  Contact advisor Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net for more information.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Student Council is open to all students at MSK and we invite new members to join us.  The next meeting is scheduled for November 9th at 8:00 a.m. during late start Wednesday. Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will be meeting on the following dates during the months of November and December: Thursday, November 17th; Thursday, December 8th; Thursday, December 15th.  More dates to follow after the new year! All meetings are after school and end in time for students to catch the late bus. Everyone is welcome. Advisors are: Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net, and Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net

MSK Weekly Bulletin - October 28, 2016

ATHLETICS

•    Basketball (grades 7 & 8) and Cheering (grades 6, 7 & 8) will start on Tuesday, November 8th.
•    Basketball sign-ups for grades 7 and 8 are happening now and will go through the week of October 31st. Sign-ups for 7th grade basketball will be outside Mr. MacLeod's room and sign-ups for 8th grade basketball will be outside Mr. Hemond's room.
•    Cheering sign-ups will also be going on through the week of October 31st for grades 6, 7 and 8. Sign-ups for 6th grade will be outside Mr. Taylor's room, 7th grade outside Mr. MacLeod's room and 8th grade outside Mr. Hemond's room. 
•    Please make sure you have gone to the Rank One website to fill out the paperwork to be eligible to tryout and turn in an updated physical form with the date of your most recent physical. You can find the information on our website under athletics and Rank One Registration.

8th GRADE THANKSGIVING DINNER REMINDER
8th grade parents: If you haven't already done so, please send in the attached forms for the November 16th Thanksgiving Dinner Community Project. 

Thanksgiving 2016 - Request for Address  
Thanksgiving 2016 - Dessert Request  

We are requesting addresses for friends and relatives that your 8th grader wishes to invite.  We are also seeking donations of dinner rolls and desserts.  Please return the attached forms to school as soon as possible.  Thank you!!!!

MATH TEAMS

6TH GRADE MATH TEAM
The 6th grade math team practices every Monday after school in room 806 until 3:45 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact advisor Erin Neale (8th grade math teacher) at eneale@rsu21.net.

7TH / 8TH GRADE MATH TEAM
7th and 8th grade math teams will practice on Tuesday next week, rather than Monday in Mrs. McGlashan's room (#612) from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m. Students may take the late bus home.

MATH COUNTS
MathCounts will practice every Friday with Mrs. Rodier in room 612 from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m.  Students may take the late bus home.  

LOST AND FOUND
Students can sometimes be forgetful and leave their personal items behind at school.  We are working to place all of MSK’s lost & found items into a photo gallery so parents can browse for items and claim them. You can see what is here by going to http://www.rsu21.net/msk-lost-and-found. We will continue to catalog lost items and update the photo gallery each week.  This page is also linked to our middle school home page under “Information-Lost and Found”.  

LATE BUS
Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day that school is in session.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help has begun 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.

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.

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.  Afternoon clubs typically finish in time for the late bus home however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

GIRL TALK
This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. Girl Talk Chapters are led by high school girls who serve as mentors to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Girl Talk is designed to reach ALL middle school girls! KHS/MSK is one of many chapters! Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

KEYSTONE CREATIONS
KeyStone Creations is our in-house design and graphics arts business. Training will take place during the month of October to prepare student workers for community jobs they will take on throughout the school year.  KeyStone meets weekly-most often on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 in the Swift Center. For more information or to sign up, please see advisor Mrs. McCarthy or email her at mmccarthy@rsu21.net.

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
This club will be Tuesday, October 25th after school and is for students who like exploring the outdoors and nature or in photography.  Contact advisor: Nathan Hall at nhall@rsu21.net for meeting dates and specific details.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is posted on the outing club website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ or google: rsu21 outing club. The next activity is surfing onTuesday, October 18th. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
This club takes place on Wednesdays, after school in room 710 until 3:45 p.m.  Students will play classic and modern strategy games such as chess, mancala, stratego, etc.  Games will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to also bring their own.  Contact advisor Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net for more information.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Student Council is open to all students at MSK and we invite new members to join us.  Stay tuned for dates.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will be meeting on the following dates during the months of November and December: Thursday, November 17th; Thursday, December 8th; Thursday, December 15th.  More dates to follow after the new year! All meetings are after school and end in time for students to catch the late bus. Everyone is welcome. Advisors are: Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net, and Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net

MSK School Photos - Friday, October 28th

DON'T FORGET--PICTURE DAY IS TOMORROW AT MSK – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
Pictures will take place in the morning before lunch. 

Please be sure to send in your child's photo envelope with payment to school OR you can order online by going to www.mylifetouch.com

If you order online, the Picture Day ID is: LG386053Q0
  • No need to send cash or flyer back to school
  • Get more background choices online & customize your package online with different portrait sheets

MSK Weekly Bulletin - October 21, 2016

MARY POPPINS AUDITIONS – 10/24 & 10/25
Auditions for this year’s musical, Mary Poppins, will be held Monday and Tuesday, October 24th and 25th. Students can pick up an audition packet outside Mrs. Mathew’s chorus room and sign up for one of the two audition days. Performances are scheduled for January 26, 27 and 28.

6TH GRADE MATH TEAM
The 6th grade math team practices every Monday after school in room 806 until 3:45 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact advisor Erin Neale (8th grade math teacher) at eneale@rsu21.net.

7TH / 8TH GRADE MATH TEAM
The 7th and 8th grade math teams will practice every Monday in Mrs. McGlashan's room (#612) from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m.  Students may take the late bus home.

MATH COUNTS
MathCounts will practice every Friday with Mrs. Rodier in room 612 from 2:00 to 3:50 p.m.  Students may take the late bus home.  

PICTURE DAY AT MSK –FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
Student and staff photos will take place on Friday, October 28th in the morning (THIS IS A DATE CHANGE FROM THE 20TH). 

Mark your calendar!
Picture Day is: Friday, Oct 28
Picture Day ID: LG386053Q0
The easiest way to get school pictures is by ordering at mylifetouch.com
• No need to send cash or flyer back to school
• Get more background choices online
• Customize your package online with different portrait sheets
• New MyFamily rewards program available online. 
Please submit your portrait order on-line or at school by Friday, Oct 28 for free shipping to school.

BRICK STORE MUSEUM
Please see the two flyers for Brick Store Museum community opportunities. 
Brick Store Museum Oct 20
Brick Store Museum Oct 29

BOSTON CITY SINGERS
The Boston City Singers will be coming to Kennebunkport on November 12th. See the flyer for specific details.
Boston City Singers

LOST AND FOUND
Students can sometimes be forgetful and leave their personal items behind at school.  We are working to place all of MSK’s lost & found items into a photo gallery so parents can browse for items and claim them. You can see what is here by going to http://www.rsu21.net/msk-lost-and-found. We will continue to catalog lost items and update the photo gallery each week.  This page is also linked to our middle school home page under “Information-Lost and Found”.  

LATE BUS
Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day that school is in session.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help has begun 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.

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.

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.  Afternoon clubs typically finish in time for the late bus home however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

BIKE CLUB
The MSK Bike Club is up and rolling. Sign-ups are located outside of room 707.  The bike club will continue every Wednesday through October 26th and will ride on the road to the Eastern Train, ride the trail and then return to MSK in time for the late bus. Please contact advisor Josh Stone at jstone@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

GIRL TALK
This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. Girl Talk Chapters are led by high school girls who serve as mentors to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Girl Talk is designed to reach ALL middle school girls! KHS/MSK is one of many chapters! Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program atwww.mygirltalk.org.

KEYSTONE CREATIONS
KeyStone Creations is our in-house design and graphics arts business. Training will take place during the month of October to prepare student workers for community jobs they will take on throughout the school year.  KeyStone meets weekly-most often on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 in the Swift Center. For more information or to sign up, please see advisor Mrs. McCarthy or email her at mmccarthy@rsu21.net.

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
This club will be Tuesday, October 25th after school and is for students who like exploring the outdoors and nature or in photography.  Contact advisor: Nathan Hall at nhall@rsu21.net for meeting dates and specific details.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is posted on the outing club website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ or google: rsu21 outing club. The next activity is surfing onTuesday, October 18th. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
This club takes place on Wednesdays, after school in room 710 until 3:45 p.m.  Students will play classic and modern strategy games such as chess, mancala, stratego, etc.  Games will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to also bring their own.  Contact advisor Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net for more information.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Student Council is open to all students at MSK and we invite new members to join us.  The next meeting is on Wednesday morning, October 19th at 8:00 a.m.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club meets in the library after school on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. All meetings end in time for students to catch the late bus and everyone is welcome. Advisors are: Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net, and Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net

Student Flu Clinic Reminder - October 20, 2016

STUDENT FLU CLINIC – Thursday, Oct. 20th

MSK's student flu vaccine clinic will be held this Thursday, October 20th. The permission form below needs to be returned prior to the clinic, and as soon as possible please.  

Flu Vaccine Permission Form (student)

This year, the nasal form of the vaccine will not be available.  A policy statement issued earlier this month by the AAP "recommends against the use of the live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray this year because it was only 3% effective during the previous influenza season." Therefore, the state is not supplying any vaccine in this form.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna D'Iorio RN at 467-9003.

MSK Weekly Bulletin - October 14, 2016

6TH GRADE MATH TEAM
The 6th grade math team will begin practice this Monday, October 17th in room 806 after school until 3:45 p.m.  Meetings will take place every Monday. If you have any questions, please contact advisor Erin Neale (8th grade math teacher) at eneale@rsu21.net.

ATHLETICS
Fall athletic pictures will happen on Tuesday, October 18th during practice time.  Please look for picture forms coming home and remind your child to bring their uniforms on Tuesday.

STUDENT FLU CLINIC – Oct. 20th
MSK's student flu vaccine clinic will be held on Thursday, October 20th.  Please see the attached permission form.  This year, the nasal form of the vaccine will not be available.  A policy statement issued earlier this month by the AAP "recommends against the use of the live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray this year because it was only 3% effective during the previous influenza season." Therefore, the state is not supplying any vaccine in this form.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna D'Iorio RN at 467-9003.

6TH GRADE MOVIE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21ST
The Sixth Grade Teams will be having an after school "Movie Event" on Friday, October 21st from 2:00-3:45.  Students must be an MSK sixth grade student to attend. Students are able to take the late bus home or may be picked up by parents after the movie.  Admission is a $5 donation, with snacks and drinks available for purchase as well.  All proceeds from the event will go towards having a filtered water system installed on the sixth grade wing.  Hope to see you there.

MARY POPPINS AUDITIONS – 10/24 & 10/25
Auditions for this year’s musical, Mary Poppins, will be held Monday and Tuesday, October 24th and 25th. Students can pick up an audition packet outside Mrs. Mathew’s chorus room and sign up for one of the two audition days. Performances are scheduled for January 26, 27 and 28.

PICTURE DAY AT MSK –FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
Student and staff photos will take place on Friday, October 28th in the morning (THIS IS A DATE CHANGE FROM THE 20TH). 

Mark your calendar!
Picture Day is: Friday, Oct 28
Picture Day ID: LG386053Q0
The easiest way to get school pictures is by ordering at mylifetouch.com
• No need to send cash or flyer back to school
• Get more background choices online
• Customize your package online with different portrait sheets
• New MyFamily rewards program available online. 
Please submit your portrait order on-line or at school by Friday, Oct 28 for free shipping to school.

7th/8th GRADE PTG COSTUME DANCE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
The MSK PTG is excited to host the annual Costume Dance for seventh and eighth graders on Friday, October 28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. We are looking for volunteers to lend us a hand and/or to donate a case of water. We need help decorating the hallway and the gym that afternoon from about 1:00 on, and we'll also need a few hands to help take down the decorations afterward. If you're able to help at either end, please get in touch with us at mskptg.me@gmail.com.
If you'd like to donate a case of water, please bring it to the front office any time before the dance. Thanks very much!

LOST AND FOUND
Students can sometimes be forgetful and leave their personal items behind at school.  We are working to place all of MSK’s lost & found items into a photo gallery so parents can browse for items and claim them. You can see what is here by going to http://www.rsu21.net/msk-lost-and-found. We will continue to catalog lost items and update the photo gallery each week.  This page is also linked to our middle school home page under “Information-Lost and Found”.  

LATE BUS
Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day that school is in session.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help has begun 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.

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.

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.  Afternoon clubs typically finish in time for the late bus home however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

(NEW) STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
This new club will take place on Wednesdays beginning October 19th, after school in room 710 until 3:45 p.m.  Students will play classic and modern strategy games such as chess, mancala, stratego, etc.  Games will be provided, but students are welcome and encouraged to also bring their own.  Contact advisor Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net for more information.

(NEW) YEARBOOK CLUB
The first meeting of the Yearbook Club will be held right after school on Thursday, October 20th.  We will meet in the library and everyone is welcome!  Usually, meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.   All meetings end in time for students to catch the late bus.
Advisors are: Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net, and Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net

BIKE CLUB
The MSK Bike Club is up and rolling. Sign-ups are located outside of room 707.  The bike club will continue every Wednesday through October 26th and will ride on the road to the Eastern Train, ride the trail and then return to MSK in time for the late bus. Please contact advisor Josh Stone at jstone@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

GIRL TALK
This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. Girl Talk Chapters are led by high school girls who serve as mentors to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Girl Talk is designed to reach ALL middle school girls! KHS/MSK is one of many chapters! Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

KEYSTONE CREATIONS
KeyStone Creations is our in-house design and graphics arts business. Training will take place during the month of October to prepare student workers for community jobs they will take on throughout the school year.  KeyStone meets weekly-most often on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 in the Swift Center. For more information or to sign up, please see advisor Mrs. McCarthy or email her at mmccarthy@rsu21.net.

NATURALIST CLUB
The naturalist club meets monthly after school and is for students who like exploring the natural world and learning to identify the plants and animals found in our local area.  Contact advisor: Nathan Hall at nhall@rsu21.net for meeting dates and specific details.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is posted on the outing club website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ or google: rsu21 outing club. The next activity is surfing onTuesday, October 18th. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STUDENT COUNCIL
Student Council is open to all students at MSK and we invite new members to join us.  The next meeting is on Wednesday morning, October 19th at 8:00 a.m. Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net).

MSK Weekly Bulletin - October 7, 2016

Enjoy the long weekend and we’ll see you back in school on Tuesday, October 11th.

STUDENT FLU CLINIC – Oct. 20th
MSK's student flu vaccine clinic will be held on October 20th.  Please see the permission form.  This year, the nasal form of the vaccine will not be available.  A policy statement issued earlier this month by the AAP "recommends against the use of the live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray this year because it was only 3% effective during the previous influenza season." Therefore, the state is not supplying any vaccine in this form.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna D'Iorio RN at 467-9003.

PICTURE DAY AT MSK – DATE CHANGE TO OCTOBER 28TH
Student and staff photos will take place on Thursday, October 28th in the morning (THIS IS A DATE CHANGE FROM THE 20TH). 

Mark your calendar!
Picture Day is: Friday, Oct 28
Picture Day ID: LG386053Q0
The easiest way to get school pictures is by ordering at mylifetouch.com
• No need to send cash or flyer back to school
• Get more background choices online
• Customize your package online with different portrait sheets
• New MyFamily rewards program available online. 
Please submit your portrait order by Friday, Oct 28 for free shipping to school.

IDENT-A-KID SYSTEM
Please see the letter below from Superintendent of Schools, Kathryn Hawes regarding the Ident-A-Kid system purchased for all of our district schools. 

Ident-A-Kid Letter

KIEVE NEWS
What a fantastic week we had up at the Leadership School at Kieve with our 7th grade students and staff.  We’d like to thank the Education Foundation for their financial support in helping to make this trip affordable for our students and their families, and a big thank you to Weirs Motors for the use of their trucks to transport equipment.  

LOST AND FOUND
Students can sometimes be forgetful and leave their personal items behind at school.  We are working to place all of MSK’s lost & found items into a photo gallery so parents can browse for items and claim them. You can see what is here by going to http://www.rsu21.net/msk-lost-and-found. We will continue to catalog lost items and update the photo gallery each week.  This page is also linked to our middle school home page under “Information - Lost and Found”.  

LATE BUS
Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day that school is in session.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help has begun 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.

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.

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.  Afternoon clubs typically finish in time for the late bus home however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

KEYSTONE CREATIONS
KeyStone Creations is our in-house design and graphics arts business. Training will take place during the month of October to prepare student workers for community jobs they will take on throughout the school year.  KeyStone meets weekly-most often on Wednesdays from 2:15-3:30 in the Swift Center. For more information or to sign up, please see advisor Mrs. McCarthy or email her at mmccarthy@rsu21.net.

NATURALIST CLUB
The naturalist club meets monthly after school and is for students who like exploring the natural world and learning to identify the plants and animals found in our local area.  Contact advisor: Nathan Hall at nhall@rsu21.net for meeting dates and specific details.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Student Council is open to all students at MSK and we invite new members to join us.  The next meeting is on Wednesday morning, October 19th at 8:00 a.m. Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

GIRL TALK
The Girl Talk group has begun. This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. Girl Talk Chapters are led by high school girls who serve as mentors to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Girl Talk is designed to reach ALL middle school girls! KHS/MSK is one of many chapters! Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is 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

BIKE CLUB
The MSK Bike Club is up and rolling. Sign-ups are outside of room 707.  The bike club will continue every Wednesday through October 26th and will ride on the road to the Eastern Train, ride the trail and then return to MSK in time for the late bus. Please contact advisor Josh Stone at jstone@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

Kieve Update - Oct. 5th

Dear 7th grade parents and guardians:

It was another great day at the Leadership School at Camp Kieve.  As we get ready to depart tomorrow, here are some reminders:

1) If you are picking up your child at Kieve, please arrive no later than 11:30 a.m. All students who are not picked by that time will be transported back to the middle school.

2) Students returning to MSK will arrive by 2:00 p.m. Students and their gear will be in the gym and need to be picked up there. Please park on the gym side of the building and enter the gym to pick up your child.

Thank you,

Jeff Rodman
Principal

Hello from Kieve - Day 1

Dear 7th grade parents and guardians:

Students and staff have arrived safely at the Leadership School at Kieve.  The 1st day is underway and everyone is settling in well.  The weather is beautiful. Look for an email from Jeff Kugler coming your way soon regarding photos.  

Have a great afternoon.

Sincerely,
Jeff Rodman, Principal

MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 30, 2016

KIEVE REMINDERS

Bag/Medication Drop-Off is this Sunday, October 2nd –in the MSK gym from 10 am – Noon – Please note change in time.  Medications must be in original bottle and given to the MSK nurse before the day of departure.
 
Departing for Kieve:  students should arrive at school on Monday, October 3rd at the regular time of 7:30 a.m. and buses will transport them to Kieve.
 
Returning to MSK:  On Thursday, Oct. 6, students can either be picked up at Camp Kieve by a parent (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.) or take the bus back to MSK for pick between 2:30 – 3 pm.  Students are expected to have a ride home from MSK by 3 pm as late busses are not an option because of the amount of gear each child has.
   
What to Bring:
-- Pillow and Sleeping Bag (or 3 blankets)
-- Clothing appropriate for the season and 3 nights.
-- Closed toe shoes, no sandals, and plenty of socks.
-- Rain gear and cold weather gear (gloves, hats, scarves, and coats)
-- Personal items: toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, chap stick, sunscreen, bug repellent, etc.
-- Towel
-- Miscellaneous gear: water bottle, flashlight.  NO PHONES.
 
** PLEASE DO NOT Send/Pack any type of food – it will attract unwanted guests!!!!!! **

SUPERWALK

The PTG would like to thank everyone for all of their efforts in making this year's Superwalk so successful! We had great participation in returning the pledge envelopes, and with the money raised we'll be able to help MSK by giving funds to teachers for new initiatives, helping to fund field trips, and giving students new opportunities.  

To show our thanks, every student will receive a coupon for a free T-shirt at Olympia Sports, as well as 20% off anything there. In addition, one student from each advisory who returned their pledge envelope was chosen at random to receive a gift card to a local business.

Thank you once again for all of your help in raising money for our school!

ATHLETICS REMINDER

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY
We still have some athletes without the proper paper work filled out to participate in MSK athletics. Please be sure to fill out the information on Rank One so that your student athlete will be eligible to participate this year. We encourage you to fill out the forms now even if your child doesn’t play a fall sport. The following link will take you to the Rank One site that will give you the directions on what to fill out and how to fill out the form. If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this into the address bar https://maineregional.rankonesport.com/Main/Default2.aspx?Type=3

LATE BUS
Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day that school is in session.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help has begun 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.

8TH GRADE BIKE TRIP
THANK YOU to all 8th grade parents and all the volunteers who helped with the BIKE TRIP!!!!  It was a tremendous community event thanks to all of your help!  A special thank you goes to Mr. Gillard for all the bike and helmet loaners.  We had 70 plus parents on the course, water stations and volunteering with us! Thanks also to the parents who cooked, baked and brought in food to share--the Potluck Supper was unbelievable!

NEWS FROM THE NURSE
MSK's student flu vaccine clinic will be held on October 20th.  Please see the permission form.  This year, the nasal form of the vaccine will not be available.  A policy statement issued earlier this month by the AAP "recommends against the use of the live attenuated influenza vaccine nasal spray this year because it was only 3% effective during the previous influenza season." Therefore, the state is not supplying any vaccine in this form.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna D'Iorio RN at 467-9003.

 

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.

7TH & 8TH GRADE DANCE
Our 1st dance is tonight, September 30th. Dances take place from 7pm-9pm and are open to all 7th and 8th graders.  The cost is $5.00 -- refreshments will be available for purchase.

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.  Afternoon clubs typically finish in time for the late bus home however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

NATURALIST CLUB
The naturalist club will have its first meeting next Tuesday, October 4th right after school. We will be discussing plans for upcoming trips and community service projects. The naturalist club is for students who like exploring the natural world and learning to identify the plants and animals found in our local area.  Contact advisor: Nathan Hall at nhall@rsu21.net for details.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Student Council is open to all students at MSK and we invite new members to join us.  Meeting dates to be announced. Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

GIRL TALK
The Girl Talk group has begun. This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. Girl Talk Chapters are led by high school girls who serve as mentors to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Girl Talk is designed to reach ALL middle school girls! KHS/MSK is one of many chapters! Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is 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

BIKE CLUB
The MSK Bike Club is up and rolling. Sign-ups are outside of room 707.  The bike club will continue every Wednesday through October 26th and will ride on the road to the Eastern Train, ride the trail and then return to MSK in time for the late bus. Please contact advisor Josh Stone at jstone@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

Literacy & Math Night

Dear parents and guardians:

Please see the attached flyer regarding the upcoming Literacy and Math Parent Info Night scheduled for this Wednesday, September 28th at 6 p.m.at Kennebunk Elementary School.

Math & Literacy Night Flyer

MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 23, 2016

KIEVE REMINDERS

7th grade parents and guardians, please remember that the Kieve payment of $75 (checks made payable to MSK) should be sent to school by next Friday, 9/30.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact your child’s advisor.
 
Luggage and Medication Drop-Off is Sunday, October 2nd–in the MSK gym from 10 am – Noon – Please note change in time.  It is important that the nurse receives all medications in the original bottle/container and no later than Sunday.
 
Departing for Kieve:  students should arrive at school on Monday, October 3rd at the regular time of 7:30 a.m. and busses will transport them to Kieve.
 
Returning to MSK:  On Thursday, Oct. 6th, students can either be picked up at Camp Kieve by a parent (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.) or take the bus back to MSK for pick between 2:30 – 3:00 pm.  Students are expected to have a ride home from MSK by 3 pm as late busses are not an option because of the amount of gear each child has.
   
What to Bring:
-- Pillow and Sleeping Bag (or 3 blankets)
-- Clothing appropriate for the season and 3 nights.
-- Closed toe shoes, no sandals, and plenty of socks.
-- Rain gear and cold weather gear (gloves, hats, scarves, and coats)
-- Personal items: toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, chap stick, sunscreen, bug repellent, etc.
-- Towel
-- Miscellaneous: water bottle, flashlight.  NO PHONES.
 
**PLEASE DO NOT Send/Pack any type of food – as it can attract unwanted guests!!!!!! **

ATHLETICS REMINDERS

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY
We still have quite a few fall athletes without the proper paper work filled out to participate in MSK athletics. Please be sure to fill out the information on Rank One so that your student athlete will be eligible to participate this year. We encourage you to fill out the forms now even if your child doesn’t play a fall sport. The following link will take you to the Rank One site that will give you the directions on what to fill out and how to fill out the form. If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this into the address bar https://maineregional.rankonesport.com/Main/Default2.aspx?Type=3

LATE BUS
Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day that school is in session.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help began on Monday, September 19th 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.

8TH GRADE BIKE TRIP REMINDER
The annual 8th Grade Bike Trip is scheduled for next Tuesday, September 27th -that's next week!  To volunteer, please sign up at the bike trip website http://lhowell318.wixsite.com/8th-grade-bike-trip/volunteer?_ga=1.60351149.1081493188.1404136790 or by sending an email to Luke Howell - lhowell@rsu21.net.
 
Don't forget, the potluck dinner follows the ride. Cyclists and families will enjoy a meal together in our cafeteria.  We are asking families to contribute a dessert, main dish or salad to this event. Details are included on the permission slip that was sent home.

NEWS FROM THE NURSE
Student athletes who have severe allergies must have an epipen (provided by a parent) with them at all practices/games and should talk with their coach about their allergies and location of their epipen.

Head lice is a common communicable condition among children.  Please screen your children regularly and treat as directed by your physician.  If you have any questions on how to check for head lice, please call Donna D’Iorio at 467-9003.

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.

7TH & 8TH GRADE DANCE
Our 1st dance is scheduled for September 30th. Dances take place from 7pm-9pm and are open to all 7th and 8th graders.  The cost is $5.00 -- refreshments will be available for purchase.

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!

STUDENT COUNCIL
The first Student Council meeting will be on our next late start Wednesday, September 28th at 8:00 am. Student Council is open to all students at MSK and we invite new members to join us.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Thompson

GIRL TALK
The Girl Talk group had their first meeting of the school year on Sept 21st. This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. Girl Talk Chapters are led by high school girls who serve as mentors to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Girl Talk is designed to reach ALL middle school girls! KHS/MSK is one of many chapters! Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.net for more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is 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

BIKE CLUB
The MSK Bike Club is up and rolling. Sign-ups are outside of room 707.  The bike club will continue every Wednesday through October 26th and will ride on the road to the Eastern Train, ride the trail and then return to MSK in time for the late bus. Please contact advisor Josh Stone at jstone@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

Superwalk Modified Today - Friday, Sept 23

Dear parents and guardians,

Please be aware of our change in plans regarding the Superwalk today.  We have modified our schedule due to the rain that has decided to fall earlier than expected.

We will not be walking to KES and the Eastern Train as planned, but weather permitting, we will walk outside around the building during the early part of the afternoon.  We will still have the BBQ lunch, but it will take place inside during the regular lunch periods.

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who came out this morning prepared to walk in the rain.  We appreciate all of your time and efforts in trying to help make this a successful event.

Sincerely,

Cory Steere

Assistant Principal, MSK

MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 16, 2016

Welcome to our first weekly bulletin of the 2016/17 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/  

ATHLETICS
Fall sports with the exception of Tennis have begun.  All practices take place after school at MSK (with the exception of tennis) until 3:50 p.m. in time for the late bus. Late buses are available for transportation home for all athletes except Tennis. 

SPECIAL TENNIS ANNOUNCEMENT
Tennis begins this Monday, September 19th.  Students participating in tennis will take bus #6 at dismissal to be transported to the Goose Rocks Beach Association tennis courts.  Parents will need to pick up their child after practice either at Goose Rocks at 4 pm or back here at MSK at 4:30 pm. If a parent is not at Goose Rocks by the time the bus leaves for MSK, students must take the bus back to the middle school and get picked up. There is no late bus transportation home from MSK available for tennis players. For more information see our website at http://static1.squarespace.com/static/524a1808e4b025e8f32f551e/t/57dc1f71ebbd1a8e833d4716/1474043761066/MSK-Tennis+2016.pdf

FALL ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
6th-7th-8th grade co-ed cross country
6th-7th-8th grade co-ed tennis
7th grade boys soccer
8th grade boys soccer
7th grade girls soccer
8th grade girls soccer
7th grade field hockey (girls)
8th grade field hockey (girls)

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY
We still have quite a few fall athletes without the proper paper work filled out to participate in MSK athletics. Please be sure to fill out the information on Rank One so that your student athlete will be eligible to participate this year. I encourage you to fill out the forms now even if your child doesn’t play a fall sport. The following link will take you to the Rank One site that will give you the directions on what to fill out and how to fill out the form. https://maineregional.rankonesport.com/Main/Default2.aspx?Type=3 

LATE BUS
Transportation home via the late bus began Thursday, September 8th.  Late buses leave the middle school at 4:00/4:05 p.m. every day.  Please note that late bus routes are different than regular bus routes and do not make as many stops.  If you have any questions, please call us at 467-8004.

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help begins Monday, September 19th 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. To that end, please see the important information below about our upcoming Superwalk:

The MSKPTG is pleased to kick off our pledge drive for our 4th annual SUPERWALK fundraiser next Friday, September 23rd. This successful event is our ONE major fundraiser of the year.  Students are asked to raise pledges to fund the MSKPTG 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! We are also in need of many volunteers to help on the morning of our walk, Friday, September 23, 2016, anytime between 8:00 and 12:00.If you are able to volunteer or have questions or concerns, please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com 
Thank you for your support, Paula Hoffman, Denise Hammond and 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 thisTuesday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. here at MSK.  All paperwork was due on September 14th with the $75 payment due by September 30th.  Please contact your child’s advisor if you have any questions or concerns. We hope to see you Tuesday evening.

8TH GRADE BIKE TRIP REMINDER
The annual 8th Grade Bike Trip is scheduled for the afternoon of September 27th -that's only TWO weeks away!  To volunteer, please sign up at the bike trip website http://lhowell318.wixsite.com/8th-grade-bike-trip/volunteer?_ga=1.60351149.1081493188.1404136790  or by sending an email to Luke Howell - lhowell@rsu21.net.
 
Don't forget, the potluck dinner follows the ride. Cyclists and families will enjoy a meal together in our cafeteria.  We are asking families to contribute a dessert, main dish or salad to this event. Details are included on the permission slip that was sent home.

NEWS FROM THE NURSE

Student athletes who have severe allergies must have an epipen (provided by a parent) with them at all practices/games and should talk with their coach about their allergies and location of their epipen.

Head lice is a common communicable condition among children.  Please screen your children regularly and treat as directed by your physician.  If you have any questions on how to check for head lice, please call Donna D’Iorio at 467-9003.

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.

7TH & 8TH GRADE DANCE
Our 1st dance is scheduled for September 30th. Dances take place from 7pm-9pm and are open to all 7th and 8th graders.  The cost is $5.00 -- refreshments will be available for purchase.

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!

GIRL TALK
Attention All Middle School Girls: Girl Talk will be having their first meeting of the school year on Sept 21 at 8 a.m. in room 808. (Yes this is during a late start Wednesday). New members are welcome!! This is a great group of high school girls who are looking to build relationships with middle school girls. Girl Talk is a nationally recognized nonprofit mentoring program that offers fun, positive monthly meetings and friendship-building activities for middle school girls. Girl Talk Chapters are led by high school girls who serve as mentors to help young teenage girls build self-esteem and develop leadership skills. Girl Talk is designed to reach ALL middle school girls! KHS/MSK is one of many chapters! More info can be found at www.mygirltalk.org.

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. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations is 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

BIKE CLUB
The MSK Bike Club will start on Wednesday, September 21st. Students who wish to participate in the bike club must take part in a bicycle safety-training and re-training course that will take place on the 21st from 2:15 - 3:00 pm. A short ride to the Eastern Trail entrance will follow the training. Sign-ups are outside of room 707.  The bike club will continue every Wednesday through October 26th and will ride on the road to the Eastern Train, ride the trail and then return to MSK in time for the late bus. Please contact advisor Josh Stone at jstone@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

From the MSK Principal - September 6, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Despite the drizzle, it was a great first day of school! Please see below for some reminders:

- Tomorrow, Wednesday-September 7th, is a regular start time of 7:30 a.m.  Late start Wednesdays do not begin until next week on September 14th.  

- PTG: the first meeting of the Parent/Teacher Group at MSK will take place this Thursday, September 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the cafetorium.  Please join us if you are able.  

- MSK Sports begin this Thursday after school.  Late buses will be running to bring athletes home after practice. Teams practice every day from 2:15 - 3:50 except when games/meets are scheduled.  

- Power Snack Packs available after school starting this Thursday, September 8th.  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.  

- Open house dates: 6th grade/Sept 13; 7th grade/Sept 12; 8th grade/Sept 14 - all open houses begin at 6:30 p.m.

- Kieve Info Night for 7th grade parents is September 20th at 6:30 p.m.

- Homework Help begins on Monday, September 19th and is offered Mon-Wed every week that school is in session from 2:15-3:50 (until the late bus).

- After School Clubs - A variety of clubs form and meet on different days and times during the year.  These are announced by the advisors as they happen.  Please see the last page of the MSK Handbook for more information available on line at http://static1.squarespace.com/static/524a1808e4b025e8f32f551e/t/57c71e3c579fb3b5b9a20f79/1472667197266/MSK+Handbook+2016-2017.pdf

There are so many exciting things planned for the 2016-17 school year.  Please take a minute to check out the MSK web page at http://www.rsu21.net/msk/ for a wide variety of information that you may find helpful.

Sincerely,
Jeff Rodman
Principal