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.
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 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
INTRAMURALS -Intramural Basketball Dates - MSK Gym 2:15 – 3:45
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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 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 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 email@example.com. All 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also find out more about this program at www.mygirltalk.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com for more information.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mrs. Thomson (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and Ann Kennedy email@example.com