MSK Weekly Bulletin - April 6, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
April 6 - 3rd quarter ends.  Students and parents are reminded to check PowerSchool for missing work as the quarter comes to a close. The parent portal will be closed beginning Monday, April 9th as teachers finalize grades and will reopen on Friday, April 13th so parents can view report cards.
April 6 - 7/8  Dance 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5.00 admission (refreshments are available for purchase)
April 9 - Sebago Team Chinatown Trip
April 12 - MSK PTG Mtg 9am
April 13-20 - NO School for Students/Vacation Week

NO HOMEWORK HELP NEXT WEEK
There will be no homework help after school next week, April 9-11.

7/8 GRADE - CHROMEBOOKS STAY IN SCHOOL OVER BREAK
Parents and students, please remember that chromebooks are to be left at school over April vacation. In addition to the chromebooks, cases and chargers should be left as well.  

SPRING SPORTS
Spring sports includes: baseball (grades 7&8), softball (grades 7&8), lacrosse (grades 7&8) and track and field (open to all grades).

Beginning Monday, April 9th - 7/8 softball, 7/8 lacrosse and 8th grade baseball
Beginning Wednesday, April 11th - 7th gr baseball
Beginning Monday, April 23rd - track and field...athletes will take their regular bus to the high school for practice and get off there. All track athletes will be issued a blue sports pass that they will show the bus driver each day.

COMMUNITY NEWS:
8th grade students at MSK participate in a “Community Service Project” as a culmination of their International Baccalaureate experience at MSK.  Students are allowed to select groups and work to identify a need in the community that matches a personal area of interest.  During this year long, self-directed undertaking, students work to plan and implement a project that will impact the area of need they have identified.  Listed below are some current projects we would like to share.

FOOD DRIVE AT THE DANCE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH
Eighth grade students Lydia Highbarger and Samantha McGrath are doing a food drive for their community service project. As part of their project, they are going to have a donation table on April 6, the date of the MSK dance for 7th and 8th graders. 8th and 7th graders can donate a non-perishable food item as they walk into the dance. They specifically need donations of canned ravioli or spaghetti, canned fruit, canned baked beans, boxed cereal, pancake mix, syrup, peanut butter, jelly, beef stew, boxed pasta, stuffing, muffin mix, oatmeal, instant mashed potatoes, and juice. Anything helps!!!

PORTLAND SCHOOL OF BALLET
As part of Maeve Saunders’ community service project to bring the arts to all audiences, please join Portland Ballet at Building Ballets, an innovative program that mixes performance, lecture and demonstration to educate the public about the performing arts. See flyer attached!

KENNEBUNK COFFEE HOUSE - APRIL 7TH
Mary Hauser’s community service project is the "Kennebunk Coffee House", in which 8th grade and high school musicians will perform over coffee and desserts to raise money to support the organization Doctors Without Borders.  This is being done in collaboration with the high school Tri-M Music Honor Society.

Join us on Saturday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school cafe and help support this worthwhile cause. The suggested donation is $5 /students and seniors; $10/adults, $20 for families. We hope to see you there.

THE BUNK-BRUNCH - APRIL 8TH
On Sunday, April 8th from 10am-3pm, come join Alexandre Reed, Cole Binnet, William Smith and Leia Lowery, at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust Headquarters for a family friendly brunch. Located at 57 Gravelly Brook Road in Kennebunkport, there will be food, fun and board games, or walk a trail and warm up by the fire. For more information contact Leia@kctoffice.org or call 207-967-3465.

ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY
Lizzy Howard and Arianna Fourtzialas-Price are collecting items for A.W.S. If you would like to help out our furry friends, there is a box outside of the main office for your donations.

A 2nd donation box is located in the lobby for Libby Dakers and Elsa Engesser’s community service project, also to support the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk. Any donation you can make to better the lives of animals in the shelter is much appreciated.

PROJECT SOCKS
Brier Phipps, Ian Huguley and Hans Ruediger are collecting hats, gloves and socks for the homeless community in Portland. Please consider donating to this worthy cause. There is a box in the MSK lobby for your new or gently used donations.

KENNEBUNK PARKS AND REC OPPORTUNITIES:
Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at rfrench@kennebunkmaine.us

Epic Night Out - April 10 - Maine Indoor Karting - A waiver form must be completed.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 10th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at Kennebunk Youth Center
TIMES: Bus leaves Kennebunk Youth Center at 4:15 pm & will return approx. 7:30 pm
COST: $60/participant

Epic Night Out - May 1 - Sea Dogs Baseball
WHEN: Tuesday, May 1
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 10:00 pm
COST: $40/participant

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm
COST: $45/participant

HOMEWORK HELP
NO HOMEWORK HELP APRIL 9,10&11 - Academic Homework Help typically takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:50 p.m. Please remember that this is an academic assistance program and not meant as an after school care program. Late buses are available for transportation home.

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

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

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

MSK CLUBS - 4th QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

Mondays:
6TH GRADE MATH TEAM
6th grade math team practice is held every Monday after school until 3:45 p.m. This takes place in room 806. Mrs. Neale is the advisor and can be reached at eneale@rsu21.net with questions.

YEARBOOK CLUB
Everyone is welcome!  All Yearbook Club meetings take place in the library and will be on Mondays after school, ending in time for students to catch the late bus.  Advisors are:  Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net  & Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net  The next meeting is scheduled for April 9th.

Tuesdays:
OUTING CLUB IS BACK
The 1st meeting of the 4th quarter will take place next Tuesday, April 10th: learning about the basics of fire safety and building a fire on goose rocks beach. It’s not too late to sign up, simply see Mr. Costello for a permission slip and sign up on the board outside Mr. Steere’s office. Feel free to bring something to cook over the fire and share! 

Pick up is @ Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport (not gooches!) @ 4:00 PM. Go to the clock tower corner on rt 9, turn on Dyke rd toward the beach, then turn left on the kings highway along the beach. We will be in the middle of the beach. 

For complete information about this and future outings please go to https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ 

7TH & 8TH GRADE MATH TEAMS
Practices for SMML math team meets every other Tuesday through early May after school until 3:45 p.m. in room 612. The teams will attend three after-school meets and one day meet in Portland. The next after-school meet is scheduled for Mar. 6.  Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

MATH COUNTS (GRADES 7 & 8)
MathCounts is a more intense and advanced math team experience that meets after school with Mrs. McGlashan in room 612 until 3:45 p.m. every other Tuesday. MathCounts students will have a full practice and engage with MC concepts and problems during SMML math team practice.  Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

Wednesdays:
ART OPEN STUDIO
This club typically takes place every Wednesday after school until 3:45 p.m. Space is limited to 20 students so we ask that you sign up prior to participating each week.  Open Studio takes place in room 506 with Art Teacher Brendan Roddy as the advisor. Mr Roddy can be reached at broddy@rsu21.net for questions.

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

STUDENT COUNCIL
All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate and we always welcome new members.  Advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  You can reach them for questions at cthomson@rsu21.net and dgrant@rsu21.net 

Thursdays:
CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM 
This team typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. in room 612 with Mrs. McGlashan as the advisor. The Civil Rights Team is a club that will engage our school community in thinking and talking about issues related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation.  Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB
This girls only club aims to close the gender gap in technology.  Girls learn to build apps, design games, build websites, and develop friendships through code. This takes place on Thursdays after school in the Swift Center throughout the year. The coach is Jennifer Maher and the advisor is Jae Allain jallain@rsu21.net