8th Grade Parent Info Night

The Annual Information Night for parents of 8th graders will be held in the Kennebunk High School cafeteria at 7 PM on Thursday, March 2.  Principal Susan Cressey, Assistant Principals Bruce Lewia and Jason Sullivan, and Athletic Administrator Joe Schwartzman will update you on the renovation, review the course registration process, and discuss the academic and extra-curricular programs available at KHS.  Information will also be provided about special education programs.

The KHS Administrative Team spoke to 8th graders at MSK on February 15th, so there is no need for students to attend the evening session.

Parking is available on Fletcher Street, in the parking lot in front of the gym, and behind the school.

Please call Kennebunk High School at 985-1110 and press 0 if you have further questions.

Thank you.

MSK Weekly Bulletin - February 17, 2017

HAVE A GREAT VACATION WEEK EVERYONE!!  
We’ll see you back in school on Monday, February 27th!

MSK BLOOD DRIVE - APRIL 3rd
As part of their 8th grade community service project two students, Elanna Carroll and Skylar Maloney, will be hosting a blood drive on April 3rd here at the middle school from 2pm-7pm.  Red Cross handouts with detailed information are being distributed to students to bring home. A copy of the flyer is also attached for your convenience. (Note: on the physical flyer provided by the Red Cross, the middle school address is listed incorrectly. This blood drive will take place here at 60 Thompson Rd, not Fletcher St.)

SPORTS:

INTRAMURALS
Intramural volleyball takes place in our gym from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Monday - Thursday through the month of March. The following days will not have volleyball because of home wrestling meets; Thursday, March 2nd, Tuesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 23rd.  

 LATE WINTER SEASON ATHLETICS
Please remember that athletes must have a current athletic card on file in Rank One in order to participate.  Forms can be accessed by going to: https://maineregional.rankonesport.com/Main/Default.aspx

SWIM TEAM
All swimmers new to the MSK team must tryout.  Tryouts will be Feb. 27th at the YMCA in Biddeford. The swim bus will leave MSK at 2:00 pmfor the Y practice which is 2:30-3:30.  The swim bus will return to MSK for the 4:00 pm late bus at MSK. Open spots are limited, so interested swimmers should be able to swim a 50 freestyle with proper breathing in 50 seconds or less.  Also swimmers must be able to commit to 4 days of practice per week (2:30-3:30 pm) and 5 Friday evening meets.

Practice for swimmers who have been on the team last year will start Feb. 28th.

WRESTLING
Wrestling practice takes place Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. except when there are meets scheduled.  Wrestling is open to all students in grades 6-8. 

MSK CLUBS - 3rd QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  Afternoon clubs typically meet from 2:15-3:50 pm, however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. The late bus is available for transportation home. 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 happens 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!!

DANCE CLUB
Dance will take place on Tuesday afternoons in the cafetorium, and is for students who enjoy dancing and like working with others to choreograph and learn routines.  No experience necessary.  We will explore different styles of dance based on student interest.   Advisor: Dolly Nguyen   If you have any questions you can reach her at jeda_dlh@hotmail.com

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:  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.  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 throughout the year.  Meeting dates to be announced.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will meet on Thursdays through March on the following dates:  2/16, 3/9 and 3/23.  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 - February 10, 2107

LOST AND FOUND
The lost and found items at MSK have been growing. During this week, we ask that you take a look either here at school or online at http://www.rsu21.net/msk-lost-and-found to see if anything belongs to you.  During February break all remaining items will be donated to a charitable organization.

SPIRIT WEEK IS HERE - FEBRUARY 13-17
Students and staff can dress up as follows: (PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday and Thursday’s themes switched places from last week’s bulletin).
Monday - PJ day (dress code applies)
Tuesday - Twin Day and Crazy Day
Wednesday - Character Day
Thursday - Decades Day
Friday - Color Day
             Katahdin- orange
             Cadillac- Yellow
             Sebago- Red
             Allagash- green
             Acadia and Baxter - Blue and White

STUDENTS VS STAFF BASKETBALL GAMES - FEB 16TH
As part of their 8th grade community service Maiah Rosen and Jenna Walters are organizing the students vs staff basketball games this year. The 8th grade basketball teams will be playing the female and male staff on Thursday, February 16th. The girls game will start at 6pm and the boys game will start at 7pm. All proceeds and donations from the game and T-Shirt sales will go to the Will Fulford Scholarship Fund. T-Shirts will be available for $10. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.  Please come and cheer on your favorite team. 

MSK DATES TO REMEMBER (UPDATED)
Please below for the list of important dates to remember. 
Dates to Remember - Feb. 10, 2017

MSK SKI TRIP
We still have a few spaces available for the ski trip to Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford NH on Saturday, March 4th.  If you did not return an interest form but your child would like to go, please email jrodman@rsu21.net as soon as possible.

KIEVE LEADERSHIP SCHOOL EDUCATOR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Caitlin Dunn, our Kieve Leadership School Educator in Residence, offers an after school program for low ropes and Kieve games for MSK students every Thursday from 2:15-3:50. No sign up necessary, just meet Caitlin in the computer lab if you are interested. The late bus is available for transportation home.

MSK BLOOD DRIVE - APRIL 3rd
As part of their 8th grade community service project two students, Elanna Carroll and Skylar Maloney, will be hosting a blood drive on April 3rd here at the middle school from 2pm-7pm.  Red Cross handouts with detailed information are being distributed to students to bring home. A copy of the flyer is below for your convenience. (Note: on the physical flyer provided by the Red Cross, the middle school address is listed incorrectly. This blood drive will take place here at 60 Thompson Rd, not Fletcher St.).
Future Donors Pre-drive Newsletter - Kennebunk

SPORTS:

INTRAMURALS -
Intramural volleyball starts Monday, February 13th and will take place in our gym from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Monday - Thursday through the month of March. The following days will not have volleyball because of home wrestling meets; Thursday, March 2nd, Tuesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 23rd.  Sign ups for intramural volleyball begins on Monday, February 6th.

LATE WINTER SEASON ATHLETICS:
Please remember that athletes must have a current athletic card on file in Rank One in order to participate.  Forms can be accessed by going to: https://maineregional.rankonesport.com/Main/Default.aspx

SWIM TEAM INFORMATIONAL MEETING - FEB 14th at 6pm
There will be a Swim Team Informational Meeting for new swimmers and their parents on Tuesday, Feb. 14th in the school library from 6:00-6:30 pm. This is a rescheduled date since the Feb 7th meeting was snowed out.  Please attend if you are interested in finding out about try-outs requirements, ordering suits, and the schedule for practices and meets. 

All swimmers new to the MSK team must tryout.  Tryouts will be Feb. 27th at the YMCA in Biddeford. The swim bus will leave MSK at 2:00 pmfor the Y practice which is 2:30-3:30.  The swim bus will return to MSK for the 4:00 pm late bus at MSK. Open spots are limited, so interested swimmers should be able to swim a 50 freestyle with proper breathing in 50 seconds or less.  Also swimmers must be able to commit to 4 days of practice per week (2:30-3:30 pm) and 5 Friday evening meets.

Practice for swimmers who have been on the team last year will start Feb. 28th.

WRESTLING
Sign ups for wrestling are posted in each grade level wing.  The wrestling season begins on Monday, February 13th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wrestling is open to all students in grades 6-8. 

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 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 - 3rd QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  Afternoon clubs typically meet from 2:15-3:50 pm, however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. The late bus is available for transportation home. 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 happens 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!!

DANCE CLUB
Dance will take place on Tuesday afternoons in the cafetorium, and is for students who enjoy dancing and like working with others to choreograph and learn routines.  No experience necessary.  We will explore different styles of dance based on student interest.   Advisor: Dolly Nguyen   If you have any questions you can reach her at jeda_dlh@hotmail.com

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:  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.  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 throughout the year.  Meeting dates to be announced.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will meet on Thursdays through March on the following dates:  2/16, 3/9 and 3/23.  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 - Feb 3, 2017

NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR’S WEEK
February 6-10 is National School Counselor’s Week and we would like to thank our entire Guidance Department for the work they do for students, parents and staff alike.  They go above and beyond each and every day and we appreciate their caring approach to all of our needs.  THANK YOU MRS. BINGER, MR. GRANT, MR. HESSE-STROMBERG AND MRS. MCCLUSKY FOR ALL YOU DO!

LOST AND FOUND
The lost and found items at MSK have been growing. We ask that over the next two weeks you take a look either here at school or online at http://www.rsu21.net/msk-lost-and-found to see if anything belongs to you.  During February break all remaining items will be donated to a charitable organization.

MSK PTG MTG - FEB 9TH
The next meeting of the MSK Parent Teacher Group will be on Thursday, February 9th at 9:00 a.m. We hope you can join us.

KIEVE LEADERSHIP SCHOOL EDUCATOR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Caitlin Dunn, our Kieve Leadership School Educator in Residence, offers an after school program for low ropes and Kieve games for MSK students every Thursday from 2:15-3:50. No sign up necessary, just meet Caitlin in the computer lab if you are interested. The late bus is available for transportation home.

MSK SKI TRIP - March 4th
Last call for those students interested in going to Gunstock Mtn Resort with the middle school on Saturday, March 4th. Please return the attached form by Monday if your child wants to go.  We will send additional information regarding the trip once plans are finalized.  
Gunstock Ski Trip Interest Form

STUDENTS VS STAFF BASKETBALL GAMES - FEB 16TH
As part of their 8th grade community service Maiah Rosen and Jenna Walters are organizing the students vs staff basketball games this year. The 8th grade basketball teams will be playing the female and male staff on Thursday, February 16th. The girls game will start at 6pm and the boys game will start at 7pm. All proceeds and donations from the game will go to the Will Fulford Scholarship Fund. Admission will be $2 for adults and $1 for students. Please come and cheer on your favorite team. 

MSK BLOOD DRIVE - APRIL 3rd
As part of their 8th grade community service project two students, Elanna Carroll and Skylar Maloney, will be hosting a blood drive on April 3rd here at the middle school from 2pm-7pm.  Red Cross handouts with detailed information are being distributed to students to bring home. A copy of the flyer is also attached for your convenience. (Note: on the physical flyer provided by the Red Cross, the middle school address is listed incorrectly. This blood drive will take place here at 60 Thompson Rd, not Fletcher St.) 
Future Donors Pre-drive newsletter Kennebunk

SPORTS:

INTRAMURALS -
Intramural Basketball Week 6: Monday, February 6; Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 8; Thursday, February 9

Intramural volleyball will start on Monday, February 13th and will take place in our gym from 2:15 to 3:45 Monday - Thursday through the month of March. The following days will not have volleyball because of home wrestling meets; Thursday, March 2nd, Tuesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 23rd.  Sign ups for intramural volleyball begins on Monday, February 6th.

LATE WINTER SEASON ATHLETICS:
Please remember that athletes must have a current athletic card on file in Rank One in order to participate.  Forms can be accessed by going to: https://maineregional.rankonesport.com/Main/Default.aspx

SWIM TEAM INFORMATIONAL MEETING - FEB 7th at 6pm
There will be a Swim Team Informational Meeting for new swimmers and their parents on Tuesday, Feb. 7th in the school library from 6:00-6:30 pm. Please attend if you are interested in finding out about try-outs requirements, ordering suits, and the schedule for practices and meets. 

All swimmers new to the MSK team must tryout.  Tryouts will be Feb. 27th at the YMCA in Biddeford. The swim bus will leave MSK at 2:00 pmfor the Y practice which is 2:30-3:30.  The swim bus will return to MSK for the 4:00 pm late bus at MSK. Open spots are limited, so interested swimmers should be able to swim a 50 freestyle with proper breathing in 50 seconds or less.  Also swimmers must be able to commit to 4 days of practice per week (2:30-3:30 pm) and 5 Friday evening meets.

Practice for swimmers who have been on the team last year will start Feb. 28th.

WRESTLING
Sign ups for wrestling are posted in each grade level wing.  The wrestling season begins on Monday, February 13th from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wrestling is open to all students in grades 6-8. 

SPIRIT WEEK
Spirit week is coming up on Feb. 13th-17th.  Students and staff can dress up as follows:
Monday- PJ day (dress code applies)
Tuesday- Decades Day
Wednesday- Character Day
Thursday- Twin Day and Crazy Day
Friday- Color Day
             Katahdin - orange
             Cadillac - Yellow
             Sebago - Red
             Allagash - green
             Acadia and Baxter - Blue and White

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 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 - 3rd QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  Afternoon clubs typically meet from 2:15-3:50 pm, however, there are exceptions so please check with the advisor if you have any questions. The late bus is available for transportation home. 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 CLUB: DANCE CLUB  - Dance will take place on Tuesday afternoons in the cafetorium, and is for students who enjoy dancing and like working with others to choreograph and learn routines.  No experience necessary.  We will explore different styles of dance based on student interest.   Advisor: Dolly Nguyen   If you have any questions you can reach her at jeda_dlh@hotmail.com

COLORING/DRAWING CLUB
Coloring/Drawing Club happens 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:  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.  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 throughout the year.  Meeting dates to be announced.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will meet on Thursdays through March on the following dates:  1/26, 2/9, 2/16, 3/9 and 3/23.  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

Reminder: MSK Winter Band Concert Tonight, Feb 1st

You are invited to the MSK Winter Band Concert tonight, Wednesday February 1st, in the middle school gymnasium. 

The concert begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. and band students should arrive for warm ups at 6:30 p.m.
Students are asked to dress nicely!
Boys: collared shirts, nice pants (tie optional)
Girls: dress, skirt/blouse or dress pants/blouse/sweater

We are looking forward to tonight's performance and are very proud of our young musicians. This will be a themed based concert celebrating the Centennial of the National Parks Service. There will be music put together with pictures from many of the national parks from our country! We hope you can join us.

Sincerely,
Laurie Ellis
MSK Band Director

MSK Weekly Bulletin - January 27, 2017

PLEASE REMEMBER: School begins at 7:30 a.m on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.  This means students need to be sitting in their homerooms at these times, not arriving to school or in the hallway at their locker.  If you drive your child to school, please plan on being at school 15 minutes early so they have enough time to get settled and in homeroom on time.

MARY POPPINS INFO:
There’s still time to join us to see the Middle School of the Kennebunks musical production of “Mary Poppins.” Performance dates are tonight, Friday, Jan 27th at 7:00 pm and tomorrow Saturday, Jan 28th at 2:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7.00

SPORTS:

INTRAMURALS -Intramural Basketball Dates - MSK Gym 2:15 – 3:45
Week:

5) Monday, January 30; Tuesday, January 31; Thursday, February 2
6) Monday, February 6; Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 8; Thursday, February 9

SWIM TEAM INFORMATIONAL MEETING
There will be a Swim Team Informational Meeting for new swimmers and their parents on Tuesday, Feb. 7th in the school library from 6:00-6:30 pm. Please attend if you are interested in finding out about try-outs requirements, ordering suits, and the schedule for practices and meets. 

All swimmers new to the MSK team must tryout.  Tryouts will be Feb. 27th at the YMCA in Biddeford. The swim bus will leave MSK at 2:00 pmfor the Y practice which is 2:30-3:30.  The swim bus will return to MSK for the 4:00 pm late bus at MSK. Open spots are limited, so interested swimmers should be able to swim a 50 freestyle with proper breathing in 50 seconds or less.  Also swimmers must be able to commit to 4 days of practice per week (2:30-3:30 pm) and 5 Friday evening meets.

Practice for swimmers who have been on the team last year will start Feb. 28th.

KHS UNIFIED BASKETBALL
The Kennebunk High School Unified Basketball Team has started practicing and players are very enthusiastic about the 2017 season.  Please plan on attending any or all of our games this season.  We would love to have as many fans cheering us on as possible. Home games are at the high school.

Friday  January 27th Home Game 3:30 vs. Massabesic
Tuesday January 31st Away Game 3:30 @ Marshwood
Friday February 3rd Home Game 4:00 vs. Wells
Tuesday February 7th  Home Game 5:30 vs. Greely
Thursday February 9th Away Game at York 3:30
Wednesday March 1st Away Game 3:30 at Massabesic
Friday March 3rd  Home Game vs. Deering 3:30
Wednesday March 15th End of the season Festival at Yarmouth 3:30pm
 
Thank you for your support, KHS Unified

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 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 - 3rd QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  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: DANCE CLUB  - This club will take place on Tuesday afternoons in the cafetorium, and is for students who enjoy dancing and like working with others to choreograph and learn routines.  No experience necessary.  We will explore different styles of dance based on student interest.  The first meeting will take place next Tuesday, January 31st from 2:15-3:50 p.m.  Advisor: Dolly Nguyen   If you have any questions you can reach her at jeda_dlh@hotmail.com

COLORING/DRAWING CLUB
Coloring/Drawing Club happens 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:  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.  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 throughout the year.  Meeting dates to be announced.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will meet on Thursdays through March on the following dates:  1/26, 2/9, 2/16, 3/9 and 3/23.  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

Mary Poppins Tonight, Friday Night and Saturday Afternoon

Please join us to see the Middle School of the Kennebunks musical presentation of “Mary Poppins.”

Performance dates are: 

  • Thursday, Jan. 26th at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, Jan. 27th at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 28th at 2:00 pm

Tickets can be purchased at the middle school office during school hours until Friday or at the door for $7.00

MSK 2nd Quarter Report Cards

Dear MSK parents and guardians:

As you know, the 2nd quarter ended last Friday, January 20th. Please be advised that the parent portal of PowerSchool is now closed as teachers prepare grades for report cards. It will reopen next Monday, January 30th. At that time you will be able to view and print your child's report card. A detailed reminder on how to print report cards will be printed in this Friday's weekly bulletin.

If you have any questions, please contact your child's advisor or give us a call at 467-8004.  Have a great day.

Sincerely,
Jeff Rodman, Principal

MSK Ski Trip

Dear MSK Parents and Guardians,

The middle school will be sponsoring a ski trip for MSK students to Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford NH on Saturday, March 4th. Gunstock offers a variety of programs including rental and lesson options for all levels of skiers and boarders.  If your child has an interest, please complete the form below and return to Mr. Rodman by Friday January 27th. This form is only an initial interest form. Total cost for the trip will vary depending upon age, lessons, rentals, and transportation costs.

Gunstock Ski Trip Interest Form 

A. Skiing/Riding Options

Lift Ticket Only
Teen (13 -17)    $50
Child (6-12)     $42

Lessons
All ages            $32
 
Rentals
Teen (13 -17)     $32
Child (6-12)      $27
 
Package options
Gunstock also offers two package deals that include equipment rental, group lesson, and lift ticket. These Packages are: 
Mtn Magic $100 (This package is for first time skiers and riders only and includes a lower mountain lift ticket) 
Mtn Adv/Excite $85/teens or $80/child (this package is for guests have been skiing or riding before and are comfortable on most trails and/or terrain in most conditions)
 
****If your child has never skied before or they are new to the sport, they must take a lesson.
 
B. Transportation
We will travel to Gunstock via school bus and the estimated cost is an additional $12/student above the cost of the skiing/riding. We will meet at MSK at 6:30 a.m. and return to school by 6 p.m.
 
C. Expectations
Although this trip takes place on a Saturday, school rules apply. Students who display inappropriate behavior during the trip, including on the mountain, will have their lift ticket taken and will not be allowed to ski/ride. Additionally students who display inappropriate behavior in school prior to the trip will not be allowed to attend. This trip is for MSK students only.

D. Insurance
Students must have proof of insurance with them for the trip.

Sincerely,

Jeff Rodman, Principal

MSK Student Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

Dear MSK Parents and Guardians:

As a reminder, I ask that you review the attached drop off and pick up procedures carefully.

Student Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures

Especially during dismissal pick up, please remember that parents need to PARK in the lot ON THE GYM side of the building.  Students meeting parents at dismissal will exit  through the side doors.  For safety reasons, please DO NOT form a pick up line. You must park your car in a dedicated space. 

Sincerely,

Jeff Rodman, Principal

MSK Weekly Bulletin - January 20, 2017

PLEASE REMEMBER: School begins at 7:30 a.m on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.  This means students need to be sitting in their homerooms at these times, not arriving to school or in the hallway at their locker.  If you drive your child to school, please plan on being at school 15 minutes early so they have enough time to get settled and in homeroom on time.

KIEVE LEADERSHIP SCHOOL EDUCATOR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
We are happy to welcome Caitlin Dunn as our Kieve Leadership School Educator in Residence. She will be with us at MSK from Jan 3- March 17working with all grade levels.  Students can join Caitlin this Thursday (Jan 26) after school for low ropes and Kieve games. Meet after school in the computer lab if you are interested in participating. This program will end at 3:50 p.m., in time for the late bus.

Biography- 
Caitlin Dunn graduated from Kennebunk High School in 2010 and earned a degree in Recreational Therapy from the University of Southern Maine in 2015. She has spent seasons in Washington and California teaching outdoor education and currently works for the Kieve Leadership School. She is looking forward to working with grades 6-8 students this winter to enhance and support the Kieve Leadership School mission and our MSK philosophy.

SPORTS PHOTOS
Sports pictures for basketball will happen on Tuesday, January 24th directly after school.  Parents can simply go to https://order.lifetouchsports.com/index.cfm?event=OrderHome&contractID=125191 to be directed to the Lifetouch online ordering site (Picture Day ID: LG386768X0) or students can come with their photo order form distributed by coaches.

MSK SKI TRIP
We are in the process of planning a ski trip for MSK students on Saturday, March 4th.  Look for a separate email next week with details.

TEDDY BEAR TOSS
6th grader, Hayden Furber has teamed up with a group of students from UNE, along with United Way of York County and Greater Portland, for their first annual Teddy Bear Toss.  Teddy Bears will be tossed on to the ice at the January 28 UNE game and all teddy bears tossed will be given to families in need in York County and Greater Portland.  
We are asking for your help.  Please donate a new or slightly used teddy bear to this worthwhile cause.  We have a big box in the lobby that we would love to fill.  We will need all donations by Thursday, January 26.  Thank you for your help.

MARY POPPINS INFO:
Performance dates are: Thursday, Jan 26th at 7 pm; Friday, Jan 27th at 7 pm and Saturday, Jan 28th at 2:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the middle school office during school hours prior to the show or at the door for $7.00

SPORTS:

INTRAMURALS -Intramural Basketball Dates - MSK Gym 2:15 – 3:45
Week:
4) Tuesday, January 24; Thursday, January 26
5) Monday, January 30; Tuesday, January 31; Thursday, February 2
6) Monday, February 6; Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 8; Thursday, February 9

BASKETBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE: 
Monday - Games vs York
Tuesday - Pictures at 2pm - please remember uniform
                   4-5pm - 7th Girls
                   5-6pm - 8th Boys
                   6-7pm - 7th Boys
                   7-8pm - 8th Girls
Wednesday - Games vs Sanford (End of the Season)

SWIM TEAM INFORMATIONAL MEETING
There will be a Swim Team Informational Meeting for new swimmers and their parents on Tuesday, Feb. 7th in the school library from 6:00-6:30 pm. Please attend if you are interested in finding out about try-outs requirements, ordering suits, and the schedule for practices and meets. 

All swimmers new to the MSK team must tryout.  Tryouts will be Feb. 27th at the YMCA in Biddeford. The swim bus will leave MSK at 2:00 pmfor the Y practice which is 2:30-3:30.  The swim bus will return to MSK for the 4:00 pm late bus at MSK. Open spots are limited, so interested swimmers should be able to swim a 50 freestyle with proper breathing in 50 seconds or less.  Also swimmers must be able to commit to 4 days of practice per week (2:30-3:30 pm) and 5 Friday evening meets.

Practice for swimmers who have been on the team last year will start Feb. 28th.

KHS UNIFIED BASKETBALL
The Kennebunk High School Unified Basketball has started practicing and players are very enthusiastic about the 2017 season.  Please plan on attending any or all of our games this season.  We would love to have as many fans cheering us on as possible. Home games are at the high school.

Friday  January 27th Home Game 3:30 vs. Massabesic
Tuesday January 31st Away Game 3:30 @ Marshwood
Friday February 3rd Home Game 4:00 vs. Wells
Tuesday February 7th  Home Game 5:30 vs. Greely
Thursday February 9th Away Game at York 3:30
Wednesday March 1st Away Game 3:30 at Massabesic
Friday March 3rd  Home Game vs. Deering 3:30
Wednesday March 15th End of the season Festival at Yarmouth 3:30pm
 
Thank you for your support, KHS Unified

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
On February 9, a randomly selected group of 100+ 8th grade students will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  “NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education.”  Please look for a School Messenger email in the coming weeks for additional information.  If you have any questions prior to that time please contact Brian Grant at bgrant@rsu21.net or by calling 467-8004.

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 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 - 3rd QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  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 happens 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:  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.  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 throughout the year.  Meeting dates to be announced.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will meet on Thursdays through March on the following dates:  1/26, 2/9, 2/16, 3/9 and 3/23.  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

Reminder: 7th Grade Parent Meeting Tonight

Dear 7th grade parents and guardians:

This is a reminder that tonight, Tuesday-January 17th teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors will give a short overview of the upcoming 7th grade science curriculum on Human Growth and Development.  This meeting will take place at 6:30 PM in the MSK Library and will be followed by a question and answer time.  All interested parents/guardians of 7th grade students are encouraged to attend.

Sincerely,

Nick Costello and Andy MacLeod
MSK 7th Grade Science Teachers

MSK Weekly Bulletin - January 13, 2017

REMINDER:  This Monday, January 16th, is a holiday as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. There is no school.  Enjoy the long weekend!

MARY POPPINS INFO:
Full cast rehearsals Tues-Fri next week with extended hours until 6:00 p.m. each day. No rehearsals on Monday since school is closed for the holiday.
Performance dates are: Thursday, Jan 26th at 7 pm; Friday, Jan 27th at 7 pm and Saturday, Jan 28th at 2:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased at the middle school office during school hours prior to the show or at the door for $7.00

SPORTS:

INTRAMURALS -Intramural Basketball Dates - MSK Gym 2:15 – 3:45
Week:

3) Wednesday, January 18
4) Tuesday, January 24; Thursday, January 26
5) Monday, January 30; Tuesday, January 31; Thursday, February 2
6) Monday, February 6; Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 8; Thursday, February 9

BASKETBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE: 
Wednesday: NO 7th gr boys
4:00 - 5:00 7th gr girls
6:00 - 7:00 8th gr girls
7:00 - 8:00 8th gr boys
Friday:
2:15 - 3:45 7th & 8th gr boys
3:45 - 5:15 7th & 8th gr girls
Games are on Tuesday and Thursday.

SWIM TEAM INFORMATIONAL MEETING
There will be a Swim Team Informational Meeting for new swimmers and their parents on Tuesday, Feb. 7th in the school library from 6:00-6:30 pm. Please attend if you are interested in finding out about try-outs requirements, ordering suits, and the schedule for practices and meets. 

All swimmers new to the MSK team must tryout.  Tryouts will be Feb. 27th at the YMCA in Biddeford. The swim bus will leave MSK at 2:00 pmfor the Y practice which is 2:30-3:30.  The swim bus will return to MSK for the 4:00 pm late bus at MSK. Open spots are limited, so interested swimmers should be able to swim a 50 freestyle with proper breathing in 50 seconds or less.  Also swimmers must be able to commit to 4 days of practice per week (2:30-3:30 pm) and 5 Friday evening meets.

Practice for swimmers who have been on the team last year will start Feb. 28th.

NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
On February 9, a randomly selected group of 100+ 8th grade students will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  “NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education.”  Please look for a School Messenger email in the coming weeks for additional information.  If you have any questions prior to that time please contact Brian Grant at bgrant@rsu21.net or by calling 467-8004.

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 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:  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 Fitness Club will hold its last meeting on Tuesday, January 17th.  Students will take the bus to the library and walk to Waterhouse Center to go ice skating.  Students must be picked up at the Waterhouse Center by 3:40.  Please come to school on Tuesday with your permission slip and your skates!

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.  Meeting dates to be announced.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will meet on Thursdays through March on the following dates:  1/26, 2/9, 2/16, 3/9 and 3/23.  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

7th Grade Parent Meeting - Tuesday, January 17

Dear 7th grade parents and guardians:

On Tuesday evening, January 17th teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors will give a short overview of the upcoming 7th grade science curriculum on Human Growth and Development.  This meeting will take place at 6:30 PM in the MSK Library and will be followed by a question and answer time.  All interested parents/guardians of 7th grade students are encouraged to attend.

Sincerely,

Nick Costello and Andy MacLeod
MSK 7th Grade Science Teachers

Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS)

Dear Parents/Guardians of MSK Students,

Attached is an important document regarding your child's participation in the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS). Please read and review the specifics of the attached letter carefully.  Should you have any questions, you can contact Principal, Jeff Rodman at jrodman@rsu21.net or Guidance Counselor, Diane Binger at dbinger@rsu21.net.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Jeff Rodman and Diane Binger

MIYHS SURVEY 2017 PARENT CONSENT LETTER

MSK Weekly Bulletin - January 6, 2017

7/8TH GRADE DANCE
As a reminder, we have a dance tonight for 7th and 8th grade students.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 and refreshments can be purchased at additional costs. This dance is hosted by the Sebago Team and ends at 9:00 p.m.

AFTERSCHOOL HOMEWORK HELP NEXT WEEK
Homework help resumes on Monday, January 9th. 

MSK PTG NEWS
Happy New Year! The next meeting of the MSK Parent Teacher Group is Thursday, January 12th at 9:00 a.m. in the cafetorium.  We hope you can join us.

BUS NOTES
Reminder: any time a student needs to ride a bus after school to a location other than his/her home, they will need a pink bus note issued by the MSK office to give to the bus driver.  In order for a bus slip to be produced, the office must get written permission from a parent (via a written note, an email to sbrunelle@rsu21.net or in emergency situations, via telephone prior to 1:30 p.m. on that particular day).  We encourage students to make plans with their friends before school so parents have time to write a note giving their permission.  This will minimize last minute requests and eliminate confusion at the end of the school day. 

Bus notes are not needed for the late bus. If you have any questions, please call the office at 207-467-8004.

MARY POPPINS INFO:
Full cast rehearsals Mon-Fri next week with extended hours until 5:00 p.m. each day.
Performance dates are: Thursday, Jan 26th at 7 pm; Friday, Jan 27th at 7 pm and Sat, Jan 28th at 2:00 pm

INTRAMURALS -Intramural Basketball takes place in the MSK Gym from 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. on the following dates: 
Week 1) Wednesday, January 4
Week 2) Tuesday, January 10; Wednesday, January 11
Week 3) Wednesday, January 18
Week 4) Tuesday, January 24; Thursday, January 26
Week 5) Monday, January 30; Tuesday, January 31; Thursday, February 2
Week 6) Monday, February 6; Tuesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 8; Thursday, February 9

BASKETBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (1/10 & 1/11)
4:00-5:00 pm - 7th Boys
5:00-6:00 pm - 8th Girls
6:00-7:00 pm - 7th Girls
7:00-8:00 pm - 8th Boys
Games are on Monday, Tuesday and Friday

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 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:  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 dates for the remainder of the 2nd quarter are Tuesday afternoons on, 1/10 and 1/17. The club will meet from 2:45-3:45, 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 2:15-3:30in 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.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesdaymorning, January 11th at 8:00 a.m.  Advisors: Mrs. Grant (dgrant@rsu21.net) and Mrs. Thomson (cthomson@rsu21.net). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will meet on Thursdaysthrough March on the following dates:  1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/16, 3/9 and 3/23.  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 - December 22, 2016

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT SCHOOL IS CLOSING EARLY TODAY (11:00 A.M.), WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22ND AND THE BUILDING WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL WE RETURN FROM BREAK ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 3RD. 

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY AND ENJOY YOUR TIME OFF WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. 

AFTERSCHOOL HOMEWORK HELP RESUMES – MONDAY, JANUARY 9TH
Please note that there will not be homework help the first week we return from break. Homework help will resume on Monday, January 9th.

MSK Weekly Bulletin - December 16, 2016

8TH GRADE COMMUNITY SERVICE FOOD DRIVE PROJECT
If you’ve been into school lately, you’re sure to have seen the overflowing shopping cart in the lobby filled with items that two 8th grade students have been collecting non-perishable food items for their community service project.  Did you know that Mr. Rodman has agreed to dress up as an elf on Thursday, December 22nd if they collect 500 items by Wednesday, December 21st?  So far, they have collected 314 items….THEY CAN REACH THEIR GOAL OF 500 WITH YOUR HELP.  We have until Wednesday afternoon....3 MORE DAYS….LET’S GET THOSE CANS AND PACKAGED FOOD ITEMS ROLLING INTO MSK.  All items will be donated to the local food pantry.

AFTERSCHOOL HOMEWORK HELP NEXT WEEK
Homework help will only take place on Monday next week, Dec. 19th.  There will be no homework help on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 20 and 21. Homework help will resume in January.

BUS NOTES
Reminder: any time a student needs to ride a bus after school to a location other than his/her home, they will need a pink bus note issued by the MSK office to give to the bus driver.  In order for a bus slip to be produced, the office must get written permission from a parent (via a written note, an email to sbrunelle@rsu21.net or in emergency situations, via telephone prior to 1:30 p.m. on that particular day).  We encourage students to make plans with their friends before school so parents have time to write a note giving their permission.  This will minimize last minute requests and eliminate confusion at the end of the school day. 

Bus notes are not needed for the late bus. If you have any questions, please call the office at 207-467-8004.

MARY POPPINS INFO:

Mary Poppins Work Day – Saturday (Dec 17th) beginning at 9:00 a.m.

MARY POPPINS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: Dec 19, 20 and 21
Monday - Run Act 1 (review)
Tuesday - All cast members involved in Supercal
Wednesday - All cast members involved in Chimney Sweep scene and choreography.

6TH GRADE CHORUS
The 6th Grade Chorus will be performing at "Carols on Ice" at the Waterhouse Pavilion this Sunday
(Dec 18th) at 3:15 p.m.  Please meet Mrs. Mathews there at 2:50 p.m.

BASKETBALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Dec 19, 20 and 21
Monday - Games       Girls at York        Boys Home vs York
Tuesday - Practice times
                  2:15 - 7th Girls
                  3:45 - 8th Girls
                  5:15 - 7th Boys
                  6:45 - 8th Boys
Wednesday - Games     Girls Home vs Saco     Boys at Saco

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:  1/25, 2/15, 3/15, 4/12 and 5/10. Please contact advisor Jill Lamontagne at jlamontagne@rsu21.netfor more information.  You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.

GIRLS FITNESS CLUB
NO FITNESS CLUB NEXT TUESDAY, DEC. 20TH. The Girls' Fitness Club for the 2nd quarter meets Tuesday afternoons on, 1/3, 1/10 and 1/17. The club will meet from 2:45-3:45, 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.netfor more information.

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). 

YEARBOOK CLUB
The Yearbook Club will meet on Thursdaysthrough March on the following dates:  1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/16, 3/9 and 3/23.  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

Sidewalks, Driveways, and Walkways at MSK

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The Department of Public Works and the RSU21 Grounds crew do a great job to ensure that the sidewalks, driveways and walkways leading into MSK are both clear and safe during the winter months. Students who walk to school should use extreme caution and those being driven to school should be careful when stepping out of a car on to the drive or in the parking lot.

With extremely cold temperatures predicted, it doesn't take long for exposed skin to freeze. We encourage students to always be prepared and wear the appropriate winter outerwear. 

Thank you,
Jeff Rodman
Principal