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  

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. 

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

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)

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. 

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.

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.

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 
Thank you for your support, Paula Hoffman, Denise Hammond and Connie Plaisted

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.

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  or by sending an email to Luke Howell -
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.


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.

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.

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 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!

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!

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

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: or google: rsu21 outing club. For more information contact Nick Costello:

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 if you have any questions.