KES Newsletter - May 18, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather today. I am keeping my newsletter short today in hopes that you will read the attached KES News, our student newspaper. There are several great articles in it so I hope you take a few minutes to check it out!

I wanted to let you know that I have heard from the York County Masons, and the bikes for our Bikes For Books event have come in, so we have rescheduled  Bikes for Books to happen at Friday Morning Meeting on June 8th. If you have never seen a 42 Bicycle give-away, it is really something else, so join us on that day if you can!

Earlier this year, the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel (EFKA) in cooperation with the Kennebunk Elementary PTA (KEPTA),  generously funded an African Drumming artist-in-residence experience for all students at KES, MLD and KCS, including a special focus on 3rd grade. All students at MLD and KCS have already participated in this enrichment experience, and Mr. Wingfield is currently working with students at KES. The final aspect of this program includes a culminating performance for all 3rd graders in the district at the new KHS theater on the evening of May 25th.  The 3rd grade students will be bussed to KHS on the morning of May 25thto rehearse from 9:30am to 10:30am. Parents will need to have 3rd graders at KHS by 5:30pm, and the performance will run from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. This event falls on the Friday evening heading into Memorial Weekend. We would like to know in advance if your child is not able to attend, as students who are not planning to participate in the evening event will not need to attend the rehearsal during the day. If your family has plans that conflict with the May 25th event, please email Linda Mattuchio at lmattuchio@rsu21.net to let us know, and we will plan accordingly. Please thank members of EFKA and KEPTA for this great opportunity when you see them!

And finally, I wanted to let you know that Bev Elia, one of our grandparent volunteers here at KES, passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Mrs. Elia has volunteered weekly here at KES for several years, and was a regular guest at our Friday Morning Meetings. Because many children here were very fond of her, we wanted to let you know. If your child knew her and is aware of her passing, they may experience some feelings of loss or grief. Quite often children this age are not able to identify why they feel the way they do.  They may be “clingy” or sad, especially at bedtime. Those feelings are normal, and will likely pass very soon. If your child, however, has a stronger reaction or you feel they need support, please reach out to us. We have resources for parents that we can share, and we have support here at school that we can offer. Our School Counselor, Brianna Deroche, is out on maternity leave starting Monday. We have Christa Haberstroh filling in for her for the remainder of the year. Her new email address is chaberstroh@rsu21.net. As always, please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

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KES Newsletter - May 14, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Happy Monday! This is just a reminder that the District Budget Vote will take place here at KES on Tuesday (tomorrow) evening at 7:00pm in the gym. Childcare will be provided. This vote directly impacts the education of our students so we strongly encourage you to attend the meeting….bring a friend...and get out the vote!

Also, if you have a chance to thank members of KEPTA or EFKA for their support, please do so. Our current Artist-in-Residency with African Drummer, Michael Wingfield, is turning out to be another incredible experience for students here at KES. Please join us this coming Friday as we showcase his work with some of our first and second graders at KES Friday Morning Meeting, starting at 8:15am sharp!

Have a great day!
Mr. Quinn

KES Newsletter - May 7, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all well today. I spent Friday at UNE scoring final senior presentations for education majors, so I am sending you just the most important elements from my “Friday” Newsletter today.

First of all, I want to say “thank you” to all of the parents and KEPTA members who did so much to recognize our dedicated staff last week during Staff Appreciation Week. We all felt very much appreciated, and we are grateful for the many thoughtful cards, gifts and food that we received. I also want to thank the parents and staff who have been serving on the KES Needs Assessment Committee. This group has been invaluable in helping us brainstorm ideas to start KES Vision work this fall as we transition from being a K through 3rd grade school, to being  Pre-K through 2nd grade school. We feel incredibly lucky to be a part of such a wonderfully supportive school community.

This morning at KES we began our three week Artist-in-Residency with African Drummer, Michael Wingfield. Funded by the Kennebunk Elementary PTA (KEPTA) and the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel (EFKA), this wonderful multi-cultural experience benefits all students at KES, MLD and KCS, with a special focus on 3rd grade. If you are a parent of a 3rd grader, you should mark your calendar for the evening of May 25th, when all 3rd graders in the district are invited to perform with Mr. Wingfield at the new KHS Theater from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Students who are performing will need to be at KHS by 5:30pm that evening. We also look forward to seeing 3rd grade parents here at KES this Friday for Culture Box Presentations.

Today was one of the best days of the year at KES, as we welcomed the first half of our new in-coming kindergartners for KES Kindergarten Screening.  It was great so see many new families and so many returning families. We look forward to meeting the rest of them tomorrow!

And this Friday is our Kindergarten Concert (for current kindergartners) during our Friday Morning Meeting time starting at 8:15am. If you are the parent of a kindergartner, we hope to see you here!

And finally, our Running With Character program has once again been invited to participate in the Kennebunk Beach Classic 5K Road Race.  This race benefits The Center and senior citizens in our community. We will have a Running With Character Team participating in the race, and invite any K.E.S students that want to participate to join th team.  We have been offered to join at a discounted rate of $10! Last year we had several families participate and it was a lot of fun! The race committee has even added free lunch and carnival games this year in order to attract younger participants. Because this event includes even more than our 137 RWC participants, we ask that you register an accompanying adult for the younger walkers and run/walkers. Parents, grandparents, and guardians can get the discounted rate as well! You just need to return completed registration forms to K.E.S. with an attached check for $10 (payable to The Center).  Please return this to KES (Attention: Ms. Dugas or Mrs. Goldberg) by May 25th, and they will get all of the registration materials to Carol at the Center.

Have a great week!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

mail-in registration

KES Newsletter - April 27, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well. We just have a couple messages for you today….one from KEPTA and one from MSK. Thank you for reading!

 Staff Appreciation Week is next week! This is a great time to show our awesome staff how much we appreciate everything they do for our kids.  Last year we started to change the focus of Staff Appreciation so that it would come more from the children… it was a huge hit last year so we are sticking with the same focus this year. Please click on the link below to see the schedule so you can talk to your kids about what they can do to show their appreciation for the staff.

 Below is a link for the sign up genius. This week is only a success when everyone pitches in!! If you click the link you will see the schedule for the week and the sign up spots where we need help. Please spread the word. Our awesome staff deserve to be shown how awesome they really are!! If you have any questions at all please let us know.

 Another thing we REALLY need is donations for the raffle on Friday. The staff and kids LOVE LOVE LOVE this. The kids get so excited to see the staff win! Its so super fun. If you own a business this is a great way to get your name out. If you don't, you can still purchase/donate/make items for the raffle. The raffle item(s) you donate can be specified for one school, either, or both! Get creative! Anything you can think of is appreciated!!!    -KEPTA

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0a4baaac22abfb6-staff1

  Middle School of the Kennebunk’s 8th grader, Maggie Nelson, didn’t have to put a lot of thought into her required community service project.  For years she’s wanted to put on a talent show for all ages and this project was a great excuse to light up the stage.  She didn’t even have to give a second thought to where the proceeds would go. Having volunteered at the front desk the previous summer, she knew what a vibrant community The Center was and knew it could use her help.

 The Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Lower Village.  It serves the towns of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Arundel.  Its mission is to be a warm and welcoming environment for adults 50 and older.  It offers programs and volunteer opportunities that foster healthy aging and meaningful contributions to the community.  The Center fundraises over 60% of their budget every year and less than one percent comes from municipal support.

 While volunteering, Nelson watched as seniors in her community engaged in various activities like bridge and yoga.  She learned about the community outreach programs the center has that support the seniors in the three towns. She asked questions and learned about The Center’s need for support from local businesses, members, and donations from the community at large.  She also learned that according to a 2016 census, 51% of Kennebunk’s population is 50 years or older. It was then she realized that she could use her idea for a talent show to help support this population.

“When I learned how much money they have to raise on their own and how much they do for our community, I knew I wanted to help,” said Nelson.  “This is the most fun place I have ever volunteered. Every penny made from the show will come right here. We need community support to make this happen.”

 In 2017 volunteers donated over 6,000 hours of their time to The Center.  They served over 700 individuals. Nelson is excited to be a part of that and to bring the Seniors together with the younger population.

 The Variety Show takes place on Saturday, May 19 at 2PM in the cafeteria of the Middle School of the Kennebunks, 60 Thompson Road, Kennebunk.  Admission is $5 per person with a $20 family limit.  Performers get in free. There will be an intermission with snacks available to purchase.

 The show is open to all ages and everyone is encouraged to participate. While there have been 2 audition dates already, one more date has been opened.  You can audition on Friday, May 4 from 3-5 at The Center. To schedule your audition or, if you are an established act or have a video you could submit instead of an in-person audition, you can do so by reaching out to Nelson by email at maggie@dandysound.com.  You can also call her mother, Mandy, at 508-410-9754.  Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or you can pre-purchase at The Center starting on May 1.  The Center hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30am – 4pm and Friday 8:30 am -1pm.

 And finally,  just one reminder that May 4th is School Nutrition day, so thank you lunchroom staff when you get a chance!

 Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

KES Newsletter - April 12, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well! I first want to recognize all of you who sent children in wearing orange on Wednesday in honor of Autism Acceptance...everywhere you looked, it was a beautiful sea of orange here at KES, so thank you for your help with that! I also wanted to let you know that all students participated in Earth Day activities today here at KES. Given all of the sunshine we enjoyed today, it was a perfect day for outdoor activities.

Next, I want to let you know about a special free event here at KES over April Vacation. From 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Sunday, April 22nd, Ladder, a 65-foot inflatable whale modeled after a real fin whale in the Gulf of Maine who has been studied since 1996, is the special guest for a free b-EARTHDAY Party in the KES gym. Kennebunk High School Environmental Awareness Club member Willy Jones, who has been working to educate the community about the dangers to marine life from balloons and trash in the ocean, initiated the event because he thought some time spent with Ladder would make a lasting impression on children. Willy shared a special presentation here at KES last year on the same topic and the kids really loved his presentation. Willy has a wonderful way of presenting information to children that is customized for their developmental level. Blue Ocean scientists will be on hand during the event to answer questions and share its whale artifact collection, including real baleen. Willy will also give a short presentation about the dangers of both latex and mylar (plastic nylon) balloons to animals and children. At this event there will be a craft table where children can make origami jumping frogs to take home, and the first 50 children through the door can enter a random drawing to win a whale adoption package that includes a 5”x7” color photo of a real Gulf of Maine whale, sightings history for that whale, a personalized adoption certificate, a full-color species fact sheet, a Blue Ocean Society decal, and a one-year subscription to its newsletters. Sightings updates of the pet whale will follow via e-mail and in the Blue Ocean Society newsletters. This program begins at 2 p.m. and is limited to the first 150 people. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit Balloon-Free-Kennebunk on Facebook or email: info.balloonfree@gmail.com and check out the attached flyer. We hope you can make it!

If you would like to join us for Bikes for Books, that event will take place at KES Friday Morning Meeting on the Friday following April Vacation, April 27th. If you have never experienced a 42 Bicycle give-away, it is a pretty exciting thing to see!

And finally...I have some “Save the Date” information for parents of 3rd Graders. Earlier this year, the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel (EFKA) in cooperation with the Kennebunk Elementary PTA (KEPTA),  generously supported and funded an African Drumming artist-in-residence experience for all students at KES, MLD and KCS, including a special focus on 3rd grade. All students at MLD and KCS have already participated in this enrichment experience, and all students at KES will enjoy the same beginning on May 7th, when Artist in Residence drummer, Michael Wingfield, begins his three-week stay at KES. We will offer drumming performances at the Friday Morning Meetings that fall during the residency, and the final aspect of this program includes a culminating performance for all 3rd graders in the district at the new KHS theater on the evening of May 25th. 3rd Graders will be bussed to KHS on the morning of May 25th to rehearse from 9:30am to 10:30am. Parents will need to have 3rd Graders at KHS by 5:30pm, and the performance will run from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Because this event falls on the Friday evening heading into Memorial  Day Weekend, we would like to know in advance if your child is not able to attend, as students who are not planning to participate in the evening event will not need to attend the rehearsal during the day. If your family has plans that conflict with the May 25th event, please email Linda Mattuchio at lmattuchio@rsu21.net to let us know, and we will plan accordingly. Please thank members of EFKA and KEPTA for this great opportunity when you see them!

We also want to remind parents of incoming Pre-K children, that the Pre-K informational Session will happen on the Thursday evening following April vacation, April 26th here at KES beginning at 5:30 pm. For more information on the new public Pre-K program begin offered here at KES next year, check out “Pre-K” under “Menu” on the RSU 21 Website.

And one final note, that the 2018-2019 RSU 21 school calendar has been corrected to reflect the correct date for Dr. Martin Luther King Day date next year. You can access the updated calendar for next year on the RSU 21 website, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter, @KbunkElementary. Have a great week everyone!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

 

April Vacation Camp
Whale Flyer

KES Newsletter - April 6, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you are well today. This morning at our weekly assembly our school resource officer, Officer Carney, brought several members of the KHS Captains Club to help our school counselor, Mrs. Deroche, introduce our April Character Trait of Citizenship to our student body. Please take advantage of every day opportunities to reinforce the importance of good citizenship with your child when those opportunities present themselves. Along similar lines, Karl Frost, one of our former KES students, also spoke at our assembly about his experience having Autism. Karl is now a student at MSK and he shared some ways to make sure that everyone feels welcome and included here at KES. This coming Wednesday, April 11th,  we are inviting everyone to wear the color ORANGE in honor of Autism Acceptance. Thank you in advance for helping your child find something orange to wear on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, April 11th, I want to remind everyone that RSU 21 is holding an evening Community Gathering at Kennebunk High School focusing on grief and loss, as well as awareness of risks related to tragedies. The program will be facilitated by staff from the National Alliance of Mental Illness in Maine, and will begin at 6:30pm.

There are also an upcoming opportunity for family fun and wellness being offered by the G.E.A.R Parent Network that I want to let you know about. In celebration of Children’s Mental Health Awareness, the G.E.A.R.Parent Network will be offering a Scavenger Hunt at Hinkley Park in South Portland (288 Highland Ave.) on Monday May 7th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. There will be opportunities to nurture family wellness by exploring their 40 acres of trails and ponds. They will also be giving away seed planting kits for the children to enjoy. GEAR will also be offering a presentation called “SMART goals for your child’s IEP” at Canopy Park Resource Center in Biddeford (46 Sullivan St.) on Monday April 23rd from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn how to better understand your child’s IEP goals and progress.

It is time once again to sign up for Running With Character. We are excited to be offering this great program at KES again this spring  This six-week after-school program combines a character-building lesson with organized running, jogging, and walking. Please see the attached flyer for details.  In the past, this program has been extremely popular. We have a limited number of spaces and will accept participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your child is interested in participating in this program, please use the following link to register. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the front office at KES for information on how to register.

Running With Character Registration

And finally, here at KES we are beginning the placement process for the coming year. Please see the attached letter regarding placement for the 2018-2019 school year. As always, please let us know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

Lego
Rivertree Arts
Placement letter 2018
KEPTA Letter

KES Newsletter - March 30, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well!  It was great seeing so many of you at our 1st grade Concert last Friday. Seeing our 1st graders all dressed so nicely  on the stage, I was struck by how much they have changed and grown in their two years here at KES. It is hard to believe that next fall they will be our “big” kiddos!

And speaking of big kiddos, it was really exciting to watch the 3rd grade Egg Drop presentations in the gym this week. There were some really clever and well thought-out designs, and many eggs survived the drop intact, so the activity was clearly a nice success. I also wanted to let the parents of our 3rd graders know how focused and responsible our 3rd graders have been during these past two weeks throughout the administration of the State (MEA) assessment.  Many of them even took the time to thank me for the extra snacks we provided during the assessment. I could tell they were working really hard, and they have earned both an extra recess, as well as a surprise reward that we are currently finalizing the details of. More to come on that front, so stay tuned!

We closed out Wellness month this morning at our KES Friday Morning Meeting, and we are encouraging everyone to maintain healthy practices throughout the year. Remember 5210….Five fruits and vegetables each day, two hours or less of screen time, one hour of physical activity, and zero sugary drinks....because healthy practices shouldn’t just apply to the month of March.

We want everyone to know that we will be offering a Pre-K Parent Information night on Thursday, April 26th from 5:30-6:30pm at Sharkbites, the KES Cafe. This will be an opportunity to learn about the program, connect with staff, and see the spaces Pre-K will be using. Please see the attached flyer below for more information.

Once again Kindergarten Jump Start, a five week literacy program for incoming K students, will be held at KES this summer from 8:00am to 12:00pm from July 9th through August 10th. There is no cost to register your incoming Kindergartener for this program. Be on the lookout for a district-wide mailing to be sent home in mid-April for parents of incoming kindergarten students providing registration information for KJS. Kennebunk Parks & Rec will also be offering a reasonably priced afternoon “JUMP START CAMP” at KES from 12:00 PM-5:30 PM for KJS students again this year. A flyer with additional  information will be included with the general district-wide KJS mailing in mid-April.

For more great information about KES, please find the second edition of our student newspaper, THE KES NEWS attached below. I hope those of you who celebrate Easter have a happy Easter, and that everyone has a great weekend!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

KES News
Brain Fair
Mark your calendar
Sing

KES Newsletter - March 16, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all shoveled out and doing well. The forecast for the coming week has changed and we should expect more show on Wednesday afternoon  and into Thursday rather than on Tuesday. We are glad to hear about this change as MEA assessments for 3rd graders will be administered on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Please help our students do their best by making sure they get plenty of rest and are here at KES on time each day. We ask that you send in a hearty snack and we will be supplementing what you send in with some extra healthy treats. KES students have scored above the State average for several years in a row, and we want to continue to do the same. Thank you for your support!

We are currently looking to replenish our clothing supply here at KES. We always encourage parents to send in an extra clothing in the event that students require a change of clothes. In the instances where children don’t have extra clothes here, we like to make sure that we are stocked and ready to outfit them. As the school year progresses our supply dwindles, so as your little ones outgrow those clothes, if you don't have someone next in line, we hope that you might consider donating them to KES. We have a big need particularly for pants, shirts, and socks for sizes 4-12. If you just want to donate - new packages of underwear are always in need as well.  We will be setting up a bin inside the front lobby of KES for donations. Thank you in advance for your help!

Last Friday we announced the final totals for Jump Rope for Heart, but my newsletter had already been written, so I am excited today to let you know that this year KES raised a total of $16,370.00! Last year we raised just a little over $10,000 which landed us in the top 10

Fundraising schools in Maine for this event, so I am excited to see where we fall with this year’s total. Our top student fundraisers this year included the following: Acadia Dugas- $420, Paige Brooks-$485, Killian Dennis-$1,115, Payton Wilson-$1,700, and for the second year in a row, Skylar Dixon-$2,458. All proceeds from Jump Rope for Heart benefit the American Heart Association….I never cease to be amazed by the generosity of this community. We are so very lucky.

It is time once again for the Keith McClelland vocal and instrumental auditions. In the spirit of Keith McClelland, the fund that bears his name exists to support and stimulate the love of music and the performing arts. The auditions will be held here at KES on April 7th. If your child is not a previous winner, they can audition to win one of ten $150.00 scholarships for lessons. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

The food service department in RSU 21 has created a Village Fund designed to support families who do not qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, but are still struggling financially. If you have the ability to donate to this wonderful program, you can drop off a check at the KES main office. Make our your check to “Friends of RSU 21” and simply write “Village Fund” in the memo line. The application for families who want to apply to the fund for support will be available soon. Many thanks to the many families  who have already made a donation.

As your have likely heard by now, at our last RSU 21 School Board meeting, the board voted to move 3rd grade to SRS for the coming year. Approximately 400 people provided input and we are excited about the opportunities this move will provide for our students and teachers.We are in the process of creating some special events to honor our departing 2nd and 3rd graders this spring, so we will keep you posted as we firm up those details.

And finally, I want to congratulate Ellen Towne on her recent nomination to the position of Pre-K director for the new RSU 21 district Pre-K program that we will be offering here at KES in the fall. While her position officially begins on July 1st, if you have questions regarding Public Pre-K in RSU 21, please feel to reach out to Ellen at etowne@rsu21.net. Please Join me in congratulating Ellen!

Yours in Education,
Ryan Quinn

Keith McClelland Fund Auditions

KES Newsletter - March 9, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well and that the snow storm didn’t treat you too badly. It is very white out there, but hang in there. We set the clocks back this weekend, and spring officially arrives on March 20th.

Between Wellness Day, Early Release Wednesday and a Snow Day this has been a busy and out-of the ordinary week for students here at KES. A nice whole-school session of Yoga with Mindy Muse this morning was a great way for everyone to settle, and refocus, if only for one day. It was great to see so many new families here throughout the day for Kindergarten registration.

Our Wellness Fair on Wednesday morning was a great success thanks to the dedication and hard work of many KES staff members, several parents, and many volunteers. From martial arts and cardio boot camp, to fly fishing and calming crafts, the children rotated through different Wellness activities throughout the morning and enjoyed lots of colorful fruit that had been sliced and prepared by Mrs. Dixon and a team of volunteers. I appreciated the ongoing support of so many people toward making this quality event happen each year.

For teachers the week also included an Active Shooter training on Wednesday afternoon. We are grateful to Kennebunk PD Lieutenant Eric O’Brien and School Resource Officer Mark Carney for organizing the event, and for the members of the Kennebunk PD, the Portland PD, and the Kennebunk Fire and EMS for spending the entire day with us Wednesday. The organization and planning they put into the exercise we participated in on Wednesday afternoon was remarkable. I also want to thank the KHS Captains Club members for role-playing as KES students for the afternoon. The police and fire officials spent the day practicing breaching doors, searching rooms, clearing areas, securing spaces and evacuating students and staff. Our staff practiced trouble shooting, problem solving and creative thinking, as well as locking down, barricading, and evacuating. During the debriefing session at the end, the police commended KES staff for how well they responded, and we were able to identify several new safety protocols that we intend to put in place and practice. All in all, it was a great learning experience, and we will continue to be vigilant and dedicated to the safety of everyone in our school community. As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions.

On Monday, March 26 @ 7PM the KHS Band will be joining the Casco Bay Wind Symphony on the KHS stage to perform a night of wonderful band music to conclude our celebration of March as "Music In Our Schools Month."  The concert will include works of American composer Leonard Bernstein such as "West Side Story" and "Overture to Candide", as well as a new alto saxophone concerto featuring Barry Saunders who used to teach elementary band in RSU21.  This concert is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!


Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

School Start Committee Newsletter
Graves Library Marhapps
The Village Fund

KES Newsletter - March 2, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you are well. It has been a nice quiet week here at KES. The week following a vacation is always nice. Everyone is rested, rejuvenated and focused. The time period between February vacation and April vacation is our last nice stretch of academic time with fewer interruptions before the draw of warmer weather and excitement of end-of-year events kick in. Please help us make the most of this valuable time by recommitting to attendance and punctuality. Children are more focused and available to learn in the morning, so that is when teachers present their most important lessons. Being late to school results in more lost learning opportunities than time taken away in the afternoon. Please reach out to me if you need ideas or support for coping with hectic mornings or creating a routine.

I want to thank all of the Kindergarten parents who attended our presentation on The Neuroscience of Parenting last night, with Stevie Westmoreland. We had a great turn-out and we hope to see you for Part 2 and Part 3 on March 8th and March 15th at 6:00pm in the KES Library. Special Thanks to Mrs. Towne for organizing this great opportunity.

I also want to thank all of the parents who have signed up to volunteer here at KES for Wellness Day this coming Wednesday. It is wonderful to watch all of our students circulate through the Wellness workshops that are offered for each grade. We are still looking for volunteers to cut fruit both on Wellness day itself (3/7) and on the day prior (3/6). If you are available to help please email Mr. McCarthy at pmccarthy@rsu21.net. Special thanks to the KES Wellness Team, Mr. McCarthy, Mrs. MacLeod, Mrs. Goldberg, Mrs. Dixon, Mr. Leskowsky, and Mrs.Paquette for organizing this great event for our students.

I also want to thank all of the parents who reached out to me and met with me in the wake of the recent tragic events in Parkland, Florida, as well as the members of the Kennebunk Police Department for their increased presence here at KES since that day. We feel very supported and very safe. This coming Early Release Wednesday, after the children leave at noon, our entire staff, as well as staff members from across the district will be participating in an Active Shooter training with the Kennebunk Police Department and the Portland Police Department here at KES. This will be the second training of this kind that we have completed with these departments in recent years. I will also be participating in a three-day training over April Vacation with the RSU 21 Facilities Director and Resource Officers on School Security Assessment, in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, called Protecting Our Schools. Additionally, Dr. Hawes is working with local law enforcement to consider new safety recommendations being made by the Maine Department of Education. We will share new ideas and new practices as we implement them. Again, we appreciate everyone’s unwavering and ongoing support.

One more reminder for parents of incoming Kindergarten students. We invite you to come to KES next Friday, March 9th, to finalize the registration process. You can stop by any time between 9:00am and 3:00pm that day. It is a quick process, so by all means, bring your rising Kindergartner with you!

And finally, we will soon be announcing the results of our Jump Rope for Heart event. Donations are still coming in….and we are still taking them! We greatly appreciate your generosity. Have a wonderful weekend!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

Kindergarten Registration

Dear RSU 21 Community,

This is just a reminder regarding Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-19 School Year. Even if you have already registered online, please be aware that there are two parts to the registration process. Part One is an online registration, and Part Two involves bringing in hard-copies of certain documents on March 9, 2018.  

For Part One, the online registration piece, please go to the RSU 21 website and click on "links", scroll down to "information" and then select "student registration" to register.

For Part Two, you can come to KES any time on March 9th between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. Please bring Proof of Residency and your child’s Immunization Record in hard-copy forms for us to photocopy. On March 9th you will also fill out a Dial Questionnaire and make a Screening Appointment for your child.   

If you are a returning parent, you will find that the process on March 9th will be faster than it has been in the past, due to the online registration. If you do not have access to the internet, or if you have any questions, please call the office at KES and ask to speak with Linda Mattuchio 207-985-4402, or reach out to her at lmattuchio@rsu21.net.

Yours in Education,
Ryan Quinn

KES Newsletter - February 15, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well. Given tragic events in Florida yesterday, I thought it would be a good time remind everyone of the many security measures we keep in place here at KES. In the event that your child becomes aware of yesterday’s incident, reminding your child of some of the safety precautions that we employ could go a long way towards comforting them at this time. Those precautions include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. All KES staff and all volunteers at KES must submit to background checks. All of the people who spend time here are people who love and protect children.
  2. Regarding visitors, any time a new first-time visitor comes to KES, we screen them through our Ident-a-kid system in the vestibule. This includes everyone from first time parents, to delivery personnel. While I wouldn’t share all of the details of the system with children, parents should know that our system screens visitors against all of the Registered Sex Offender lists for all 50 states in the country. It also slows down the entry process, allowing us to observe the behaviors of people seeking entry prior to their entering the building.
  3. Part of why we only allow parents down in the classroom wings when they have an appointment to be there is so we can manage the number of people who have access to classrooms. As much as we love having great parent involvement here at KES, by limiting the number of community members down in the classroom wings, anyone who may not have a reason to be in that part of the building stands out to staff, and can be redirected back to the office.
  4. Ten drills each year including Evacuation, Reverse-Evacuation, Lock-down, and Hold-in-place are held at KES, to keep both students and staff comfortable with these processes. Different variations of these drills, like the evacuation from Friday Morning Meeting that we practiced in October, keep staff thinking on their feet and looking for potential issues that could arise.
  5. Twelve KES staff members participate in several meetings each year as part of our KES Incident Command Team to manage and discuss safety measures in our building.
  6. Multiple staff members at KES collectively hold certifications for trainings including but not limited to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), ALICE (Alert Lockdown, Inform, Counter/Cover, Evacuate), CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), AED (Automated External Defibrillator), First Aid, Opioid Response, and all staff participate in Epi-Pen administration.
  7. Staff wear identification badges and carry red emergency backpacks for each class containing student contact information, student ID cards with photos, student medical information, necessary medications, first aid kits, flashlights, mylar blankets,  maps, and other necessary items.
  8. In recent years KES staff have participated in offsite evacuations, active shooter presentations, and this March during Early Release Wednesday we have scheduled an Active Shooter training with Kennebunk Police Department and the Portland Police Department.
  9. We provide evacuation procedures and safety protocols for substitutes, and a system of numbered exterior doors, and lockdown magnets for all interior doors.
  10. Additionally for the last year we have implemented and installed CopSync, which is a real-time emergency notification system. We are currently looking into different similar options that will better interface with the technology platforms we utilize….more information to come regarding progress in that area.

While I would certainly not share all of this information with children, as parents you can decide for yourself what might be appropriate. If you have other thoughts or ideas related to safety….by all means, please let me know. And please join me in keeping the people of Parkland, Florida in your thoughts.

On a happier note, I want to thank all of the 2nd grade parents and family members who joined us last Friday for our 2nd grade Concert. Thanks to Mr. Michaud for putting together a great showcase for us to enjoy, and thanks to the 2nd grade teachers for helping backstage with crowd control. Unfortunately all of the photos that our student photographers took of the concert came out blurry, so if anyone got a good photo of the 2nd graders up on the stage, I would love it if you sent it my way!

KES will be participating in Bikes for Books again this year. From now until April 27th, for all book that KES students read, they can earn tickets to enter in the Bikes for Books boxes in their classrooms. On April 27th, the York Lodge Masons will be with us to hold drawings at Friday Morning Meeting. One boy and one girl from each classroom will win a new bike provided by the masons. If you are looking for an exciting Friday Morning Meeting to attend...try joining us for a 42 bicycle give-away!

Just a reminder that tomorrow Mr. McCarthy will host Jump Rope for Heart in the KES gym, so we will not be having our regularly scheduled Friday Morning Meeting. Tomorrow is the last day to send in Jump Rope for Heart packets, so please get those to us and help us have another great event for the American Heart Association.

Between now and April 16th, KES is helping some MSK students with their IB community service by collecting pet supplies for the Animal Welfare Society. Please see check out the hard-copy flyer in your child’s take home folder for information on the brands and products they are looking to collect. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Below, please find claiming instructions and a list of unclaimed raffle prizes from KEPTA’s Winter Carnival last Friday night:

Claiming Instructions:

If you have a winning ticket please message Angie Morin through Facebook or email her at kepta.pta.me@gmail.com. Include your child's name, classroom teacher, and prize you are claiming.  Send the winning ticket into school in an envelope marked KEPTA (include on the envelope your child's name, classroom teacher, and prize). KEPTA will make one delivery of prizes after vacation.

Unclaimed Prizes:

Valentine Dog & Candy BLUE 5908725
Fish Toss Game BLUE 5908021
KKAYFA Bag & Gloves & Earband BLUE 5908045
Zandri's Martial Arts Class  WHITE 110177
Five Guys GC BLUE 5908288
Zandri's birthday party BLUE 4407926
Rock Climbing PINK 731912
Crystals WHITE 110162
Megablocks BLUE 5908733
Legos PINK 732014
Yankee Candle 4407961
Bowling BLUE 5908518
KES Principal for the Day BLUE 5908480

Please be on the lookout tomorrow for our new brochure highlighting the new RSU 21 Pre-K program at KES!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

KES Newsletter - February 9, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well! I had already written my newsletter last week when our 3rd grade Biome presentations began, but I just want to take a moment to thank the 3rd grade parents for such a great parent turn-out. Our 3rd graders worked very hard on these projects and we are always proud to have parents come see the fruits of their labor.

Official registration is now open for RSU 21 Public Pre K. We are excited that so many people have shown interest in our new, public Pre K program. Now is the time to officially register your child using this link. Accurate numbers are now critical as we will use the information to hire teachers, furnish classrooms, establish bus routes, and communicate with parents. As a reminder, this is a full day, full week, program with the option to pick your child up after lunch if needed. It will be free of charge, play-based, aligned with the RSU 21 curriculum, and developmentally appropriate for children turning 4 by October 15th. The Pre K is open to children from all three towns and will be housed here at KES. We are very excited for this wonderful opportunity...and we hope you are too!

Just a reminder that next Friday Jump Rope for Heart will replace our regular Friday Morning Meeting. Last year KES was one of the top 10 Jump Rope for Heart fundraisers in the state of Maine, so please help us help the American Heart Association by getting those pledge envelopes in by next Friday.

The KES Wellness Team is currently planning the ninth annual KES Wellness Fair and we are in need of volunteers. The event will take place on the morning of Wednesday March 7th from 9:00am to 10:40. There will be a number of events including grade level workshops and healthy snacks. If you would like to volunteer, or if you have expertise in the area of wellness, medicine, fitness or nutrition and would like to offer a presentation, please fill out the attached form attached below. We would love to have your help!

And finally, we hope to see you at KEPTA’s winter social on Friday,  February 9th from 4-6pm at Sea Road School. Here is some information regarding the social that you may find helpful:

Raffles:
The raffle drawing is held at 5:45pm. This means that ticket sales stop PROMPTLY at 5:40pm! Please remember you DO NOT need to be present to win. Winning names/#’s will be  posted on the KEPTA Facebook page and emailed to membership sometime on Saturday, following the social. This information as well as claiming instructions will also be sent out in the KES and SRS weekly communication the week following the social. The raffles will be drawn at 5:45pm. This means that ticket sales will end promptly at 5:40pm.

Animal Show:
Tickets are $3 each. Please remember that everyone will need a ticket to attend the animal show (this includes all adults.) The first show is always the BEST because there are many less people! Show times will be as follows (shows are 20 minutes each):
4:15pm
4:45pm
5:15pm

Cup Stacking:
One of the SRS students will be collecting food for St. Martha’s at this event. Students interested in having their turn at cup stacking should bring a food donation for St. Martha’s!  Please support this wonderful cause!

Other Activities:
There will be plenty to do! Food, free hot cocoa, a creative activity in the art room, cup stacking, the popular animal show, basketball activities in the gym, and the popular 50 cent raffles!! So much fun!!

Baked Goods:
We are still in need of baked good donations!  Here is the Sign Up Genius if you can help!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4baaac22abfb6-winter4

Volunteers:
We are also in need of volunteers. Here is the Sign Up Genius if you have time to donate!
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a4baaac22abfb6-winter5

Sponsors:
We have such a generous community.  Look at this list of sponsors!  Please consider supporting these businesses & families and taking a moment to thank them for supporting our schools.   We are still looking to add more raffle items, so if you would like to donate, email kepta.pta.me@gmail.com. Special thanks in advance to the following generous sponsors:

  • Arundel Ice Cream
  • Zandri’s School of Martial Arts
  • Clash Soccer Club
  • KHS Hockey Boosters
  • KKLL (Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Little League)
  • Kennebunk Hoops
  • Kennebunk Lacrosse Club
  • Kennebunk Youth Football Association
  • Chrissy Anuszewski Photography
  • Jason Woloszyn & Family
  • Amy Johnson & Family
  • Kennebunk Toy Company
  • Kandace Eon & Family
  • Will Jones & Family

Have a great weekend!
Mr. Quinn

Wellness Fair

KES Newsletter - February 2, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Happy Groundhog’s Day! I want to thank all of the parents who got up early and were here at KES before dawn yesterday morning for the WMTW Channel 8 Weather at Your School presentation. WMTW meteorologist, Ted McInerney, and his crew were with us again this year for the third year in a row broadcasting the morning weather from in front of KES. Clips of Ted along with KES students and families aired live on Channel 8 news all morning, followed by recorded clips that ran throughout the day all day. Following the broadcast, Ted and the crew came inside and provided a great presentation on forecasting weather for all first graders in the KES Gathering Area, as they have done in the past. New England is a great place to learn about the weather and talk about the weather, given that we experience almost every kind of weather throughout the year.

Also in attendance for the weather broadcast was a very special guest... Punxsutawney Phil! Phil joined us again at KES this morning for Friday Morning Meeting in honor of Groundhogs day. As you can imagine, the children very excited to see him! Unfortunately he saw his shadow this morning so we need to plan for another 6 weeks of winter. Joining Phil was one of our regular substitute teachers, Julia Spencer, who owns The Book Burrow in Kennebunk. Dr. Spencer has authored four books about Phil, and she shared a sweet 10 minute movie based on one of her books with us this morning. We also had a special reading by Mrs. Towne of the children’s book, Flying High 2, by Patriots wide receiver, Julian Edelman. In addition to being a gifted athlete, Edelman has authored three wonderful children’s books as well as his own memoir Relentless that the focus is on perseverance. Between the excitement of both the Superbowl and Groundhogs Day we had a very fun assembly. All of the books I have mentioned can be purchased through the Book Burrow by emailing bookburrow@aol.com. If you mention KES in your order, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase!

For your additional reading pleasure I am attaching the first edition this year of the KES News with my newsletter today.  Several of our 3rd graders have been working hard with Mrs. Boswell to produce this newspaper, so we hope you enjoy it!

I also want to let you know about a Spaghetti Supper and Raffle fundraiser at Consolidated School on Thursday February 8th, from  5:00-7:00pm. A Consolidated School family member, a young boy named Max, was diagnosed with cancer this past summer. He still attends school when he is feeling well and not in the hospital receiving treatment. The Spaghetti Supper is $5.00, and you can pre-pay for tickets at KCS in the office.  Tickets will also be available to purchase at the door. If you purchase tickets in advance, your name will be on the list at the door, and you can simply check-in at the door. All food has been generously donated by Alisson’s Restaurant and Bradbury Bros. Market. Thanks to the generous support of the many community members there will be AMAZING GIFTS on the stage at KCS to raffle off  during the Spaghetti Supper as well as ONE silent auction item! Raffle Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00  All gifts are valued at a $100 minimum, and all money raised will go to Max’s Family. If your unable to attend but would like to help this family, monetary donations are being accepted until February 9th. Checks should be written to KCS or RSU21 (memo: Max’s fundraiser) and dropped off or mailed to: Consolidated School, attn: Max’s Fundraiser,  25 School Street, Kennebunkport, ME. 04046   

And one final reminder… Substitute teachers at KES do not have access to teacher email, so if you email time sensitive information to your child’s teacher and you do not hear back, please call the main office at (207) 985-4402.

Have a great weekend...Go Patriots!

Mr. Quinn

KES NEWS Issue #1

KES Newsletter - January 26, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Brrrrrr….Happy Friday! I hope you are staying warm and avoiding getting those unpleasant colds and germs that are circulating...especially the flu. Today we had a presentation at Friday Morning Meeting by Nurse Brown on "Colds, Flu, Illnesses and You". She reviewed the signs and symptoms of common colds, influenza, stomach bugs, conjunctivitis, and sore throats. She also reviewed tips on how to stay healthy this cold and flu season and prevent the spread of illnesses to others. If we all do our parts - parents, staff, and students alike - we will hopefully have a much healthier cold and flu season.

There are a few things to remember when deciding if your child is healthy enough to come to school. Please remember that we want to keep all students healthy and we do have some students who are more susceptible to illnesses and complications from illnesses than most, so please consider this in your decision making. As always,  use your discretion when sending your child, but please feel free to reach out to Nurse Brown if you have any questions. Here are some general guidelines:

Fever - must be fever free for at least 24 hours (without tylenol or ibuprofen) before returning to school

Conjunctivitis - must be on antibiotic eye drops for at least 24 hours and without eye discharge before returning to school

Strep Throat - must be on antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school

Influenza - in general if diagnosed with flu we recommend being out for 2-3 days and fever free for at least 24 hours. If there is a persistent cough consider longer absence as appropriate.

On a more pleasant note, I have a few good things I want to let you know about. First of all, you may now register children for Pre K and Kindergarten right on the RSU 21 website. Select “Links” at the top of the site and then under “Information” choose “Student Registration.” Three options allow users to register for the current year, the coming year, or to update information for a currently enrolled student. If you have any questions, please call the office at KES at (207) 985-4402.

This coming Thursday (2/1), WMTW (Channel 8) will be here at KES with Weather from Your School. As you may remember from last year, starting at 5:50am, Maine meteorologist Ted McInerney will broadcast the morning weather from in front of KES, and students are invited to come be in the background of his broadcast and possibly be interviewed. Because it is also the day before Groundhogs day, I have heard that we may be having a special guest appearance from Punxsutawney Phil that morning. Punxsutawney Phil will also be with us for our Friday Morning Meeting the next day (2/2), which will be a Spirit Day in honor of the super bowl. Students are invited to wear something representing their favorite (local, professional, or personal) sports team, and we will have a special reading of Flying High 2...a wonderful new chilldren’s book, written by Patriots wide receiver, Julian Edelman.

With my newsletter next week I will attach our first edition of the KES News for this year. Many of our 3rd graders have been working hard with Mrs. Boswell on this publication, and I am sure you will enjoy reading it....you will learn a lot about KES if you do!

Two weeks from today (2/9) we will have our 2nd grade concert, so if you are the parent of a 2nd grader, we hope to see you here!

Also, in case you missed the letter that our PE teacher, Mr. McCarthy, sent home this week about out upcoming Jump Rope for Heart event, I am including another copy here, electronically, for your convenience. Jump Rope for Heart will take place on February 16th and will replace our Friday Morning Meeting that day. Last year KES was one of the 10 highest fundraisers in the state of Maine for this event, so please help our students support the American Heart Association in a big way through this great event again this year.

Registration for the Kennebunk Lacrosse Club is now open. Teams for Kindergarten through 2nd graders, as well as teams for 3rd through 6th graders are beginning to form. Please see the attached flyer for more information on Kennebunk Lacrosse.

And finally, just a reminder that if your child has any special accomplishments that they have earned outside of school, we would love to recognize them, so please send me a quick email and just  let me know. Other than that, I hope you stay well, and have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

Lacrosse Registration
Back Pack Program
Jump Rope for Heart 

KES Newsletter - January 18, 2018

Hello KES Families!

Welcome to a new calendar year. We had a busy day here at KES last Friday and I missed getting out a newsletter, but I’m  hoping that 2018 finds you all well. In spite of the days and half-days we have missed due to the weather, the children seem to be settled and focused. We look forward to getting them outside for recess when the temperature allows, as everyone has been spending more time than usual recently inside. With the holidays behind us, we are now entering one of the best times in school for teaching and learning. Students have been working hard, and the building has been quiet. Since we returned from the holiday break we have been administering NWEA assessments. First graders finished up today so we now just have make-ups to complete. Supporting increased attendance for our students is our new years resolution for 2018. Please see the attached flyer for more information on ways to help improve your child’s attendance in the new year.

Last Friday, our guidance counselor, Mrs. Deroche, introduced “Respect” as our January Character Trait for the month, with the help of KHS students Mia Murray, Kylie Defeo, Grace West, Mary Couturier, and Hallie Schwartzman. These young ladies collectively represent the KHS lacrosse team, cross country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, field hockey, softball, and three of them play unified basketball as well!  Like all of the students from KHS who help introduce our character traits, they are great role models for our younger students. We have also enjoyed having many of the KHS athletic teams practicing and playing here in the KES gym this fall while construction on the new gym facilities at KHS have been wrapping up. We are happy for them that their own gym can now be used, but we miss having them here. I am always impressed with what mature, conscientious, respectful young adults our students become as they move up through our system. Also on Friday, our superintendent, Dr. Hawes served as a guest reader, sharing Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, which was a great book to reinforce Respect.

If you weren’t planning to see the MSK stage performance of the musical “Annie”, you should reconsider. KES students and staff enjoyed a “teaser” preview of the play last week, and we were blown away by the sophistication of the show and the voices of the actors. Performance times at MSK include tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow (Friday) night at 7:00pm, as well as a Saturday matinee at 2:00pm. You don’t want to miss it!

As you may have heard, RSU 21 is exploring the possibility of moving 3rd grade from KES to Sea Road School. We are interested in your feedback regarding this idea, so please be on the lookout for a survey that will be coming out shortly. There will also be a community forum on February 8th at Sea Road School from 6:00pm to 7:00pm that you are encouraged to attend. We want to get as much input as possible, so thank you for taking the time to let us know how you feel.

Have a great day!

Mr. Quinn

Why Attendance Matters
Basketball School Dept.
AU

KES Newsletter - December 19, 2017

Hello KES Families,

With just a couple days left until vacation, I just have a couple things to share….

First, last night the RSU 21 School Board voted to offer a district-wide Public Pre-K program here at KES starting next fall. This program will be open to all students in our district who would turn four by October 15th, 2018. If you have a child who would qualify, or you know someone in our three towns with a four-year-old who might attend, the online registration can be accessed directly from the RSU 21 website. This will be a great opportunity for us to provide children with the kindergarten readiness skills that lead to success. We are very excited about this great news!

We have already begun receiving photos from last night’s “No Homework Night” and we are glad folks took advantage of the opportunity to do something together as a family. If you took a photo of a family activity, please send it to Diane Guay dguay@rsu21.net so we can post it on our website!

And finally, Just a reminder that Thursday is a half day for students….We are inviting students to participate in a school-wide “Comfy Clothes Day” that day,  so please help them find their warmest, softest, most fleecy flannels, sweats, or PJs if they like. Just remember, students will still be going outside for recess, so they want to be comfortable, but also dress for the weather. Students will be coming home for the Holiday Break directly following lunch on Thursday with a noon dismissal.

Happy Holidays!

Mr. Quinn

 

KES Newsletter - December 15, 2017

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well and that you have been staying warm! ! Between the new snow, the upcoming holidays, and the pending break, the children are very excited. This morning we recognized our students for the wonderful community service that they have been participating in this season. As you may know, kindergarten students held a clothes drive for the Kennebunk Cares Closet, and they had  a BIG pile of clothes in the gym this morning, ready to donate. First graders collected markers and crayons for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, to be used and appreciated by children who are forced to spend time in the hospital this winter. Second grade decorated and donated a tree with Dog Treats for the Wallingford Farms “Adopt a Tree fundraiser that supports Lucky Pups Rescue, and third grade supported Operation Gratitude and knitted 58 scarves for US soldiers serving in cold climates this holiday season...this makes a total of 580 scarves sent to Operation Gratitude by KES over the last 6 years. Additionally KES second graders made 27 official Wreaths Across America wreaths and first graders made cards for US veterans on the Wreaths Across America convoy heading to Arlington National Cemetery. Those wreaths and cards were presented on Monday when RSU 21 welcomed the convoy at the new KHS Theater. The KES Kids Chorus, along with singers from every elementary school in the district were there to sing for the convoy members as they took a pause from their journey. Check out the current York County Coast Star news article, out in stores now.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20171214/we-are-all-americans

We have recently had an increased number of cases of viral stomach flu. The symptoms of the virus can include low grade fever, abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your child exhibits these symptoms we ask that you please keep your child home from school. We also recommend that you pay careful attention to hand hygiene and avoid sharing drinks or food as this can help to prevent spread to other household members. Your child should be without fever, vomiting, and/or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to school to reduce the transmission of the virus to others. Thank you for helping us limit the sharing of germs!  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Kelly Brown, our school nurse.

And also, RSU 21 is undertaking a comprehensive review of our district and school website. Parents, guardians, staff members, students, and community member's input is important to us and your anonymous participation could lead to improvements and changes. The website survey is available beginning Monday, December 11, 2017, and it closes on December 22, 2017. Please let us know how we are doing!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GNVB9H3

This coming Monday, December 18th, Square 1 products are arriving at KES and will be sent home with students. If parents would prefer to arrange to pick up their orders, they should contact their children's teachers to avoid work going home in book bags.

Also on December 18th, the RSU 21 School Board will vote on offering Public (four-year-old) Preschool in RSU 21. If you have a child who would turn four by October 15th, 2018, please stay tuned...Registration will begin on Tuesday (December 19th) if it passes!

On behalf of all of the staff here at KES, I want to take a moment to thank the KES parents, grandparents, siblings, and families for allowing us to be a part of your lives and to work with your children each day. There is no greater gift than watching our students learn and grow right before our eyes, and in the rush and hustle of each day, I don’t say it often enough. Thank you for all you do to support us in all of the ways that you do. Your participation and involvement is very much appreciated.

And finally, however you spend the upcoming days I hope you enjoy warm, wonderful time with family and friends, and a restful, peaceful new year. We look forward to seeing you all right back here at KES in 2018!

Yours in Education,
Mr. Quinn

UNE Hockey School Doubleheader

KES Newsletter - December 8, 2017

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you are well. So it looks like we will get our first snow this weekend. The kids are very excited and anxious for it to come. Just a reminder that they will need to have snow pants to play in the snow at recess, so please dig those out if you haven’t done so already. Also, please check out the Lost and Found at KES the next time you are here….we are loaded with very nice coats that can’t seem to find their owners!

We had a great performance this morning by Kindness Advocate and Musical Performer Rob Duquette. His show was a perfect fit with our Character Trait of Kindness for the month of December. Please reinforce this trait and recognize your child for simple acts of kindness throughout this month.

On Monday RSU 21 will host Wreaths Across America at KHS. The KES Chorus is performing there, along with singers from every elementary school in our district. We also have wreaths being made by all of our second graders to be sent to Arlington National Cemetery, and first graders are making Thank You cards for the veterans who are traveling with the convoy. If you happen to pass the convoy of trucks carrying wreaths, please honk and wave….they are very excited to be coming to our town!

In the spirit of the season, each grade level here at KES has been participating in a different philanthropic project throughout the month of December. Kindergarten has been collecting clothes for the Kennebunk Cares Closet, first grade has been collecting markers and crayons to donate to the Barbara Bush Hospital, second graders decorated a tree with dog bones and entered it in the “Adopt a Tree Festival” at Wallingford Farms to benefit Lucky Pups Rescue, and third graders have been finger- knitting Operation Gratitude scarves for American soldiers serving in cold locations during the holidays. These donations will be greatly appreciated by many people and organizations, so please reinforce with your child what nice work this is to participate in.

Once again this year, on Monday, December 18th, we will offer a “No Homework Night” here at KES and at Sea Road School as well. Our hope is that families will instead do something together as a family and send us a photo to post on our website...so whether you make cookies, walk the dog, wrap gifts or play a game as a family, please plan to take a picture and send it to Diane Guay here at KES. Her email is dguay@rsu21.net. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

Polar Express
Runaway Dreidel
Gingerbread House - 2017

KES Newsletter - November 30, 2017

Hello KES families,

I hope you are well! It is hard to believe that tomorrow is the first day of December. At our Friday Morning Meeting tomorrow we will be introducing Kindness as our Character Trait for December. We have a team of teachers and administrators from the Sanford School system joining us for our assembly tomorrow, and then again on Friday January 5th to observe how we maximize positive character traits and positive student engagement  during our weekly assemblies. The Sanford Team will be meeting with several KES staff members following the assembly to talk about how we Restorative Practices and positive behavioral interventions in the classrooms and throughout the building. Additionally, Kindness Youth Speaker Rob Duquette, will be with us for our Assembly on December 8th, so please join us if you can, and please help us promote Kindness by recognizing and complimenting your child for kind caring acts this month.

KEPTA members asked me to remind you to connect to your Amazon account to Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile will donate a portion of ALL your purchases to KEPTA, and it won't cost you anything extra! You must make sure you log into Amazon smile though. You can do this by going to smile.amazon.com and selecting "Kennebunk Elementary PTA." Once KEPTA is selected, a portion of your purchase will be donated everytime you shop through smile.amazon.com, and you won't have to keep selecting KEPTA. This process takes 30 seconds and then you are done. The smile site is EXACTLY the same as the Amazon site. Its easy and fast and its basically free money! Thank you so much for your support.

I also wanted to let you know that the Kennebunk High School Music Department is gearing up for their first concert in the new theater at the high school.  At 7PM on Dec. 11, the KHS Band, Choir, and Kenne-funk Jazz Band will perform an evening of exciting music and holiday classics in their winter program entitled "Stars I Shall Find."  The concert is free and open to the public.  A cookie and cocoa reception will conclude the evening in the KHS cafeteria.  

And finally, just a couple December reminders…..December 7th is picture retake day, December 21st is a half day, and there is no school on the 22nd.

If you haven’t seen the front page article in this weeks York County Coast Star on the Youth Ambassadors Award KES received from Wreaths Across America, please check out the seacoast online version, and have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

Make Your Own Gingerbread House
Free Family Ice Skate Party