KES Newsletter - November 9, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I want to start by thanking the thirty-five veteran and active service KES family members who participated in our annual KES Veterans Day Celebration thing morning . We were excited to share updates on our work with Operation Gratitude, Honor Flight, Wreaths Across America, and we were excited to add Pets for Vets to our list of patriotic initiatives. Last years Square 1 Art fundraiser here at KES brought in more than $4,500.00 for this organization and they were incredibly grateful for the generous donation our students made possible this morning.

We were also excited to have our new School Resource Officer, Audra Higgins, officially on board full time as of this morning. Officer Audra has already become an incredible support to the students, families and staff here at KES, and we are grateful to have this wonderful support for our school.

As many of you may be aware, an individual was arrested in Kennebunk this week after impersonating a police officer. Several parents reached out to me asking what to tell young children regarding this kind of situation. I contacted the police department and they suggested that parents explain to children that police officers will always have a badge, even when they are working in everyday clothes. Anyone can ask to see the police officers badge and a real police officer will gladly identify themselves. If they ever have a doubt as to whether the person is a real police officer, they should seek out an adult and call the police immediately.

As we all know, the holidays will soon be upon us, and it is a wonderful time for most of us when things are going well, but it can be a very difficult time for families experiencing unemployment or other difficulties that may fall at this time of year. In cooperation with many generous individuals and local organizations, KES supports many of our families in many different ways throughout the year. and December is no exception. If you know of a KES family who is struggling, please let us know. We promise we will be discrete in offering support.

On a similar note, this year we are pleased to offer members of the KES community, who could benefit from this opportunity, to receive a free Holiday Haircut by local stylist and KES parent Amanda Harnum. You will have a chance to do so on Monday, December 17th, and Tuesday, December 18th, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at KES. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact Amanda at 251-9213 or amandaharnum@yahoo.com to schedule a time. We thank Amanda in advance for her generosity in donating her time and expertise.

And finally, KEPTA is excited to announce that KES has a new school store! To get merchandise by Winter Break, fill out the school store order form, send in with your child to his or her classroom, and A&W Promotional Products will call when your item is ready for pick up. There are adult and kids t-shirts, adult and kids pullover hoodies, winter hats, baseball caps, cinch bags, and youth jackets for sale. Other items will be added to the store in 2019.

Happy Veterans Day!

Mr. Quinn

Math Night Flyer
Wellness Newsletter November 2018
School Store

KES Newsletter - November 2, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday….I hope you are all well today. Between the Red Sox winning the World Series last weekend and Halloween falling on Wednesday,  there has been no shortage of excitement this week here at KES.

Next Friday, November 9th, our annual Veterans Celebration will take place during Friday Morning Meeting. If a member of your family is a US veteran or active service member, we invite them to participate in our assembly. Please send Linda Mattuchio names, ranks, and contact information for family members who are active service members or US veterans if they can join us on November 9th at lmattuchio@rsu21.net. Pre K classes will not be in attendance at this assembly, but if Pre-K students have a family member participating, they can attend with their family. We ask everyone participating to arrive by 8:00am.

Calling all knitters! Anyone who knits, please consider knitting a scarf or two to send in to KES from now through December 14th. The scarves become part of care packages that are sent to active US service members serving in cold climates over the holidays. KES has provided 580 home made scarves for Operation Gratitude since 2011. Please reach out to Mrs. Walters if you have any questions at cwalters@rsu21.net, and send in those scarves!

KEPTA's fall Box Tops drive is underway. Any time between now and Tuesday, November 20, the day before Thanksgiving break, you can clip those Box Tops on food boxes and other items in your home & send them in to your child's classroom. All the money raised will be used to support KES teachers and educational programs. The next KEPTA meeting will take place on Thursday November 8th at noon, so please join us if you can, and thank you for supporting KEPTA.  

In recent weeks we have noticed that many students arriving by car drop-off are arriving later than they should each day. School starts at 8:15am sharp and the first part of each school day is a critical time. Many teachers present their most important information first thing in the morning when students are the most alert and ready to learn. Also, plans for the day are shared with students in the morning so that there are no surprises and students will know what to expect. Additionally, duty staff cannot remain outside after 8:15am as students coming in from the playground are entering their classrooms at that time and would not have anyone to monitor them. Please make every effort to set the clock a few minutes earlier and have students here by 8:15 each day. Thank you for your help with this.

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

Holiday Fair 2018

KES Newsletter - October 25, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well today and that you are enjoying the brisk turn in the weather. Schools in Rangeley Maine had a snow delay this week , so lets consider ourselves lucky…. It has been a quiet week here at KES, so I have only a couple of reminders for you today.

The first one being that permission forms for our November 2nd Flu Clinic are due back no later than this Friday October 26th (tomorrow!). Thank you for sending those in. With cold and flu season upon us, we encourage all staff, students, and families to consider getting their flu vaccine this season. Flu season runs each year from October through May. Influenza is highly contagious and a major contributor to missed school and work days for both children and adults. Aside from hand washing and avoiding contact with individuals who exhibit influenza-like symptoms, the flu vaccine is our best way to defend yourself against influenza this season.

Also, an ELL (English Language Learner) form was sent home in hard copy form with all Kindergartners this week. If Kindergarten parents could please fill out the form and return it to school by November 2nd, that would be greatly appreciated!

Tomorrow morning we will welcome all of our Pre-K classes at Friday Morning Meeting for the first time. It is our annual Halloween Safety assembly, and we start at 8:30am. In addition to our Pre-K Welcome and Halloween Safety, the assembly will include a STEM presentation of pumpkin catapults featuring Mrs. MacLeod’s class, a “Tootie Ta” motor break featuring Mrs Baker Koch’s class, a seasonal read aloud, and Bus Driver Appreciation. We hope to see you here!

On a similar note, our annual Veterans Celebration will take place two weeks from tomorrow, on Friday November 9th at 8:30am. If you or someone in your family is a US veteran or an active service member, we hope you consider participating in our assembly. Military uniforms are welcomed, but not required. Please RSVP and provide Contact Information, Military Branch and Rank to Linda Mattuchio at 985-4402 on or before Friday, November 2nd. Pre-K Classrooms will not be in attendance at this particular assembly, however, if you have a Pre-K child who will have a family member participating in the assembly, we encourage you to have them attend with their family. Please call the KES office if you have any questions. We really hope you can be with us that day!

For a complete list of upcoming KES events, please check out the online calendar on the KES webpage at www.rsu21.net/KES, and please follow us on Twitter @KbunkElementary.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

Colorcycle

KES Newsletter - October 12, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you are well today. It was great seeing so many of you at 1st and 2nd grade Open House last week. Classroom teachers were excited about the great turn-out and our specialists and support staff were excited to share information about their programming with everyone as well. If you missed talking to someone you were hoping to catch up with, please let us know. We are always happy to share information about our school, our programs, and any of our school and district initiatives that you might want to learn about. Recently we have been focusing on sharing Learning Intentions and Success Criteria in the classroom with students. Research shows an increase in student performance when students are aware of the intended goal for lessons and activities, and when they understand the level and quality of work that the teacher is looking for. Two of our new 1st grade teachers, Kaileigh Drake and Kelsey O’Neil, both presented sessions on these topics that teachers were able to attend during our district workshop day last Friday.

This morning we had the Kennebunk Fire Department here with us in honor of Fire Safety Week. Our Pre-K students all received a tour of Engine 2, and our Kindergarten through 2nd graders enjoyed our annual Fire Safety presentation during Friday Morning Meeting. The KFD fire fighters donned their gear for the students and talked about Stop, Drop and Roll, and having a family meeting place outside in the event of a fire at home. Also at Friday Morning Meeting we introduced “Courage” as our October Character Trait of the month. Ten members of the Kennebunk Rams Football Team were with us to talk about courage, and we surprised them with a mini “Rams Rally” to celebrate the football teams undefeated status.

We still have several ed tech positions open in our district and we always love having parents work with us here at KES. If you have an ed tech certification, or if you have two years of college experience and you would like to serve as a substitute teacher, please contact the front office and consider filling out an application.

Also, just a reminder that the KEPTA Walk-a-thon here at KES is this coming Wednesday, October 17th. KEPTA funds many wonderful experiences for our students here at KES, and the Walk-a-thon is their biggest fundraiser of the year, so please remember to return those donation packets. Also, please let us know if you have misplaced that paperwork and need a new copy. We can accept donations for the Walk-a-thon until the end of the month.

And one gentle reminder for everyone to drive slowly in the KES driveway and parking lot. Sometimes once we get accustomed to the driving patterns and routines during drop-off and pick-up, we become a little too comfortable. Primary age students can be very impulsive when they see their parents or their parent cars, and they sometimes run toward their parents without looking for cars. Please help us keep everyone safe by driving slowly and watching out for people crossing the driveway.

With cold and flu season upon us, we encourage all staff, students, and families to consider getting their flu vaccine this season. Flu season runs each year from October through May. Influenza is highly contagious and a major contributor to missed school and work days for both children and adults. Aside from hand washing and avoiding contact with individuals who exhibit influenza-like symptoms, the flu vaccine is our best way to defend yourself against influenza this season.

With that being said, our school nurses are working collaboratively with the VNA this year to host our annual student flu vaccine clinic. The clinic will be held here at KES on the morning of 11/2/2018. You should be receiving a packet home containing information on the flu vaccines along with a copy of the Influenza Vaccine Health Screen and Permission Form. If you wish for your child to have the influenza vaccine here at school, please make sure to complete and return the permission form to school no later than Friday October 26th, 2018. The vaccine information sheets and permission form are also attached to this email for your reference. As always, it is recommended that individuals who have asthma, are immunocompromised or who are more susceptible to illness receive their vaccination early on in the flu season. Should you wish to have your child receive the flu vaccine prior to the date of our flu clinic, please contact your child's healthcare provider to schedule a visit to have the vaccine administered. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the clinic please feel free to reach out to our school nurse.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

Influenza Health Screen Permission Form 2018-19
Vaccine Information Sheet, Flu Intranasal
Secret Santa Notice 2018
Run 4 the Fight

KES Newsletter - September 27, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well today. I am sending my newsletter early this week because I wanted to remind Kindergarten through 2nd grade parents that we have our second Friday Morning Meeting of the year tomorrow, and that our new starting time is 8:30am. Dates for October remaining Assemblies this year include 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14. Pre-K students will attend for the first time on 26th. They will be introduced by classroom, so we hope Pre-K parents will join us that day!

And since I am talking about Pre-K, I just want to mention how incredibly well our Pre-K students have adjusted to their new routine. They arrive each morning with big smiles and big eyes, and they enter the building like they have been doing so for years. By day two they were walking in a line, sitting in a circle, raising their hands, listening to directions, and truly looking like students. I am so grateful for this wonderful opportunity to support our district’s youngest learners.

Tomorrow morning the KES Kids Chorus will perform at Friday Morning Meeting for the first time this year, with a special performance of “Start With Hello” in honor of the Sandy Hook Promise work our district is currently participating in. We had students from KHS and all available KES staff members outside to ensure that each arriving student had a day that would “Start with Hello.” For more information on this initiative, visit www.sandyhookpromise.org.

Also regarding KES Kids CHorus, we are in the process of hiring an additional chorus conductor for the program, so students who are on the wait-list will soon be able to be added to the roster for KES Kids Chorus! Please stay tuned!

This year, as a district, we are working to improve Student Attendance. Our motto for this initiative is “Strive for Under Five,” which means fewer than five absences over the course of the year. To that end I wanted to remind everyone that February Vacation is during the week from Monday February 18th through Friday February 22nd. We are encouraging everyone to book their winter vacations to happen between Saturday, February 16th through Sunday February 24th. Similarly, April Vacation is the week from Monday April 15th through Friday April 19th. We are encouraging everyone to book their spring vacations to happen between Saturday, April 13th through Sunday, April 21st. Children who are out for 10 days during the school year are considered chronically absent. Chronically absent children score, on average, a grade level behind their peers. Thank you for your help with this!

And finally, if you think you might qualify for Free and Reduced lunch, just remember that applications must be completed yearly. We offer the availability of applying online. The process is safe, secure, private and available anytime, anywhere. Please visit http://rsu21.nlappscloud.com and follow the step-by-step instructions. You may also request a paper application be mailed to you. Please email Ellen Demmons with the request for a paper application: edemmons@rsu21.net.

Your in Education,
Mr. Quinn

Open House

KES Newsletter - September 18, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well on this rainy day. I don’t generally send a Newsletter mid week, but this early in the year we have a little more information to share with you than usual.

For parents who are new to KES, the long line of cars outside each day during pick-up time is gradually shrinking, and getting to the “25 minute wait” mark, which is where it generally levels off and stays. If you are coming to KES between 2:30pm and 3:15pm, please plan for a 25 minute wait in line. I know many of you have seen me wave buses into the opposite lane to allow them past the car pick-up line, which we are only able to do when we hold the oncoming traffic back to let the buses in. For drivers in personal vehicles, please understand you cannot leave the line and travel in the opposite lane. Without someone holding the on-coming traffic, you risk a head-on collision each time you drive in the opposite lane. Also, please do not leave vehicles unattended in line or along the sidewalk. If you are getting out of your vehicle to come into the building, please park in a parking space in the parking lot to do so.

I also wanted to let you know that Bus 12 is at maximum rider capacity and therefore we are unable to write bus slips allowing other children to ride that bus. We understand this may cause a hardship for some child-care situations. If this is the case for your child, please let us know and we will consider exceptions based on individual situations. We appreciate your patience while we figure out the larger issue of bus capacity and routes. We are still down 4 bus drivers and 1 dispatcher. If you know of anyone who is interested in either position, encourage them to visit our website to apply. We provide on-site training toward a CDL license. We also still have several Ed Tech positions in the district that we need to fill, so please consider RSU 21 if you are looking for new employment. It is a great place to work!

I also wanted to remind you that our Annual Ice Cream Social, sponsored by KEPTA is this Thursday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm behind KES, near the playground. In addition to Ice Cream, you will have the opportunity to purchase hot-dogs for dinner. We have always had a good turnout and we are hoping this year is no exception.

Looking down the road, on Monday October 29th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm there will be a Feedback Forum for Parents and Community Members in the KES Gym on proposals to change School Start Times in RSU 21. Proposals just at the Elementary level range from 7:40am-2:10pm to 9:30am-4:00pm. If the time-frame of the school day impacts the logistics of your family life, or if you just want to learn more about this topic, please consider joining us on October 29th.

Parents of 1st and 2nd graders, please see the message below from Mr. MIchaud and Miss Dugas regarding KES Kids Chorus. Have a great day!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

Backpack Program
KES Stem Newsletter

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Hello KES Families!

We are excited to be offering another year of Kids Chorus to first and second graders at K.E.S! Our Kids Chorus program is a fun and structured introduction to singing and music. Students in this ensemble learn a mix of traditional favorites as well as some new pieces. They sharpen skills that are needed to work as part of a team, and gain confidence as they perform regularly at school meetings. Please use the link below to register your child!

Kids Chorus Registration

Thanks for your support of this program!

Sarah Dugas, Grade Two Teacher and KES Kids Chorus Director

& Tony Michaud, District Elementary Instrumental Music and Chorus Director

KES Newsletter - September 14, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well today...it looks like we are in for another dose of summer this weekend. The cooler weather this past week has been great for being back in full swing at school. We have had a great first five-day week here at KES, and it has been great seeing so many parents and grandparents joining us for lunch at Sharkbites, the KES Cafe, and for our first Friday Morning Meeting of the year this morning. Because our new Pre-K students are still acclimating to the school environment, we did not have them attend this assembly, but we will let Pre-K parents know as soon as we have set a date for Pre-K to attend our Assembly for the first time and be introduced and recognized. Friday Morning Meetings will take place every other Friday this year, so please mark your calendars with the following dates and join us at our new 8:30am start time when you can. 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/30, 12/14, 1/11, 1/25, 2/8, 3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/14.

This morning we recognized all of the students who attended Kindergarten Jump Start this summer. We also recognized all of our new Kindergarten classrooms and all 1st and 2nd graders who moved to the area this summer and are joining us for the first time. Our new Guidance Counselor, Kelly Wright introduced KHS Girls Field Hockey Captains to our students who talked about how important Responsibility is as we start the new school year, and we reviewed our 5 simple Bus rules:

  • Seat to seat, back to back. Never stand while the bus is moving

  • No eating or drinking on the bus

  • Talk quietly with people in your seat and across the aisle only

  • Nothing out the window: no gestures, no voices, no hands, no papers

  • Respect all people and property. You don’t have to be friends, but be friendly

Even students who are transported to school by parents will still ride the bus for field trips, so please take a few minutes to review these rules with your child.

We had our first Evacuation/Fire Drill of the year this morning and our students did an amazing job walking quickly and quietly out of the building, so please compliment them for that.

If you have been accessing our car drop-off process in the morning, please look to see if any of our Walkie Talkies are in the back seat of your car. We sometimes set them down to help unbuckle children, and we are short a couple these days! Thank you for your help with this!

As always, please don’t wait to let us know if there is anything you need, or anything we can do for your child or your family. Below please find a message and important dates from KEPTA, our dedicated Kennebunk Elementary PTA, and know that we appreciate any support you can provide them. They do so much for our school! Have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

Pumpkin
Recruitment
Kelly Wright

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Hello from KEPTA!

We are planning another wonderful year! The PTA’s mission is to serve all grade levels, pre-K through 2nd grade. To do that, we need your help:

Please consider becoming at KEPTA member. You can do so with just a $6 donation. Look for Membership Forms that were sent home the first few weeks of school. This small donation allows KEPTA to operate in Maine & raise money for KES. The donation is tax deductible & gets you a monthly email with our meeting minutes, so you’ll be “in the know” about what’s happening at the school. Still need a membership form? Email kepta.pta.me@gmail.com and a copy will be sent to you. The form and your check or cash can be sent to your child’s classroom in an envelope labeled “KEPTA”.

A lot of us shop online anyway, and if you spend money on Amazon Smile, it benefits KEPTA! Go to smile.amazon.com and choose “Kennebunk Elementary PTA” as your nonprofit of choice. Every time you shop on the Amazon Smile site, a percentage of sales goes to KEPTA.

Start saving Box Tops! We will count & send them in twice during the school year, but it is always a good time to begin collecting them to benefit KES.

Follow us on social media at www.facebook.com/groups/kepta and we will keep you posted on what KEPTA events are being planned & when we need volunteers. We have plenty of small volunteer opportunities throughout the year & plenty of bigger ways to give back, whatever works for your schedule!

Mark your calendars to join us for a meeting. Sept. 13 at noon in the KES Learning Lab, or the following month the meeting is Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

KEPTA’s Ice Cream Social is Thursday, Sept. 20th. Ice cream, hot dogs and other cool sweet treats will be available to purchase at this annual fundraiser. It’s a fun way to meet other KES parents & get to know the kiddos your children see every day in school. And KEPTA’s Walk-a-Thon is scheduled for October 17th, so please SAVE THE DATE!

Thank you for your support!

-Jenn Hass, Keasha Marescot, and Kelley-Ann Morgan

KES Newsletter - September 7, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well. I just wanted to let you know what a great first week our students have had here at KES. Having Pre-K and Kindergarten join us yesterday has made our school community complete, so we are all very excited and happy at how great our students have acclimated to the new school year. I have had the pleasure of bringing our new School Counselor, Kelly Wright, and our new School Resource Officer, Audra Higgins, to the students in each classroom, here at KES. The kids had lots of great questions for them both and I look forward to your having an opportunity to meet these wonderful new KES staff members as well.

For those of you who chose to pick up your child yesterday, I apologize for the longer-than-usual wait. That is always the case during the first days of school, but it will tighten up over time. For families who are new to KES, there is generally a 30 minute wait when picking students up in the pick up line, so I encourage everyone to access the free bus transportation our district offers when possible.

I also want to encourage parents to send in a note anytime your child has end-of-day plans that differ from their regular plans. Teachers send those notes to the office, so the front office can be aware of any changes. If you choose to email this kind of information, please send it to both the classroom teacher and Mrs. Mattuchio in the front office.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you or your child adjust to the new year.

Yours in Education,

-Mr. Quinn

September Kids Happenings