Hello KES Families,
Happy Friday! I hope you are well and enjoying the warmer temperatures. I am currently in the process of making my way around to each first grade classroom to read the Audrey Wood’s children’s book, Sweet Dream Pie. I am always so impressed at what incredibly respectful audience behaviors our students possess and this current group of 1st graders is no exception. Dr. Hawes has been making her way around the Pre-K reading to students in those rooms this week, and our four-year-olds here at KES have developed great skills (sitting and listening) for classroom learning as well. This morning our whole school population had a great opportunity to use those audience skills as we all enjoyed a special concert performance by children's’ musician, Rick Charette. Rick has released multiple childrens hits on a variety of Albums and CD’s over the last 40 years, and he is retiring this spring. He has been a great friend to KES in recent years and we were excited to have him here for one last farewell performance. The KES Kids Chorus and Mr. Michaud covered several of his songs, and he was clearly very deeply moved by having his own music performed for him and dedicated to him.
After our Assembly, all second graders were treated to a whole grade Mindfulness session with MIndfulness instructor Mindy Muse. In the past we have had her come several times throughout the winter to lead Mindfulness at our Friday Morning Meetings. This year only one date worked out, so rather than getting our younger kids started on something that would only happen once, we decided to limit the experience to 2nd grade, since they have had several sessions with Mindy over the years. Next year we will be back on track to have her with us as a whole school, but for this year, 2nd graders were the lucky winners!
We are helping several students at MSK with their International Baccalaureate Community Service. We have finished with the clothing drive that two girls have organized, and we are now supporting a bedding drive that two boys have organized to support homeless shelters in portland. They are looking for donations of twin size sheets and new pillows. We have donation boxes in the lobby if you would like to help us with this initiative.
Just a reminder that KES 1st and 2nd graders will be participating in Bikes for Books again this year….the York County Masons will be with us for the big give-away on April 9th at 8:30am, one boy and one girl will win a bike in each 1st and 2nd grade classroom, so encourage your child to keep reading books and submitting slips for the drawings.
On Tuesday night, the KEPTA’s KES Playground Subcommittee met with natural playground consultant, Sashie Misner, to discuss plans for replacing the current KES playground, as well as create a Natural Playground on the Northwest end of the property. Plans are moving forward and our next meeting is on Thursday, April 4th, so please join us if you can!