KES Newsletter July 3, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are having a wonderful summer! Just a couple of things I want to let you know about! 

This coming week the folks from Congdon’s Doughnuts on Rt. 1 in Wells, Maine are supporting KEPTA’s proposal to build the most inclusive playground in our region.

Every night throughout the summer the parking lot at Congdon’s is transformed into a food truck festival known as “Congdon’s After Dark.” Because Congdon’s has a mission of supporting groups and organizations that help those in need and make the world a better place, each Tuesday at Congdon’s After Dark is known as “Tithing Tuesday,” where proceeds from the event support different philanthropic initiatives.

On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, the “Tithing Tuesday” event from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Congdon’s will support the Kennebunk Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (KEPTA) in building a new totally adaptive and inclusive playground for our region, to be located on Alewive Rd. at Kennebunk Elementary School. 

At this “perfect for summertime” food truck festival, dinner for your family will support equitable play for children with special needs and physical challenges. 10% of the cost for all entrees will support the playground proposal, and the following local restaurants will be participating:

Musette, Nom Bai, Burrito Bettys, Blue Mermaid, Motha Trucka, MacDaddys, Knew Potato, Caboose, Big Grandpa’s Grill and of course, Congdon’s Doughnuts.

In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be the next evening, Wednesday, July 10th. See the Congdons After Dark website for cancellations, and visit for more information on KEPTA’s playground proposal and to donate. We look forward to seeing you at Congdon’s After Dark! 

Also, on a different but related note, we will have another Bottle Drive on July 13th to support the playground. It will run from 11:00am to 3:00pm location TBA please save those 4th of July bottles! 

And finally, you have two weeks left to look for missing items of clothing in the KES Lost and Found ...As always we will be donating the clothing to the Kennebunk Cares Closet.


Mr. Quinn

KES Newsletter June 19, 2019

Hello KES Families,

It is hard to believe that the last day of school is here. It seems like only yesterday we were starting the new year. I want to thank all of the families who joined us for Field Day, Flag Day, and all of our end-of-the-year events. As always, Flag Day was a wonderful tribute to our beautiful flag, and it provided an opportunity to recognize the retirement of Mrs. Walters who has made Flag Day a special event for our students and staff for more than 20 years.

I want to thank Mike Corsie and his crew from Terrrapin Landscapes who taught Mrs. Goldbergs class how to plant trees by planting ten dwarf evergreen shrubs in the KES Fairy Garden yesterday. Those shrubs will ensure that the space also looks beautiful during the long winter season here in Maine. I also want to thank the Tommy McNamara Charitable Foundation for a gift of $6,000.00 worth of interactive outdoor musical instruments that will be installed around the garden this summer. There is a wonderful front page article in the current edition of the York County Coast Star about what a heartwarming community endeavor this project has become. Check out the photo gallery with the link to the Seacoast Online version here.

Just a reminder that the KEPTA Playground Subcommittee has a NEW fundraiser to celebrate the end of the school year scheduled for this afternoon.We hope you take the children to Arundel Ice Cream after school gets out today. A generous 20% of all sales  (Wednesday, June 19) from 12:00 noon to 9:00pm will be donated to the Inclusive Playground Project so please help us spread the word! And see the flyer attached below for more information.

Also, please check out the last STEM newsletter for the year from Mrs. Chestnut attached below. It has been a great year for our students in STEM!

And finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention how thankful I am for the incredible parent and family support that we enjoy. The many parents and family members who learned the KES song and recently serenaded our students and staff  live on the KES stage at Friday Morning Meeting was a wonderful example of the kind of involvement we love. .....from volunteering to joining us for special occasions, to the anonymous donations for projects, events and families in need, I am grateful beyond words. Thank you for sharing your children with us each day... And thank you for a wonderful year! Summer well…

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

    Arundel Ice Cream      STEM Newsletter 

KES Newsletter June 7, 2019

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I want to start by thanking all of the families who donated plants on Monday for the new Fairy Garden at KES. We had great support all week for the project including 10 United Way Volunteers from Peoples Choice and Woodfords Family Services here on Wednesday to plant the flowers and shrubs that everyone sent in.  Our Pre-K families who were with us on Wednesday for the Pre-K picnic, had a front row seat to watch it unfold. Today was a beautiful day for the grand opening of the garden with all students having lunch in the courtyard for our annual BBQ and the Butterfly Release. It was  really beautiful and a very special event.   Donna Buttarazzi from the York County Coast Star was with us to do a story on the project, so be on the lookout for that in next week’s edition of the paper.

I also want to thank all of the parents and family members who supported Running With Character this spring. The Family Fun Run this afternoon is the final Running With Character event this year and is open to all KES Families whether they participated in Running With Character or not. Registration begins at 4:30pm and the Fun Run begins at a5:00pm. Proceeds from the Family Fun Run this year will go to the new Playground KEPTA is proposing. Please come walk or run and help support a new playground at KES!

KEPTA was also with us at Friday Morning Meeting this morning to talk about the new Playground proposal. They received a generous $15,000 donation from the Tom McNamara Charitable Foundation this week, and they announced the next fundraiser, located at Arundel Ice Cream on the last day of school. Please consider taking the family to Arundel Ice Cream after the noon dismissal on June 19th when percentages of all sales will benefit the playground...the last day of school is a perfect day for ice cream!

We also had Maria Richardson from the Kennebunk Free Library and Stephanie Moore from Graves Library in Kennebunkport with us this morning to tell the children about all of the great reading opportunities they are offering this summer.  You might want to check out both locations and keep developing those reading skills!

And finally, our school nurse, Kelly Brown,  would like to notify you that there has been an increased number of cases of strep throat over the past couple weeks. Strep throat typically presents as a really bad sore throat, swollen and painful glands in the neck,  headache, stomach ache or nausea. Strep throat can also be accompanied by fever, rash and body aches. Strep throat is usually not accompanied by a cough or nasal congestion. With that being said it has been quite a start to our allergy season and many children have been affected by allergies with congestion, sneezing, and scratchy throats. Please note if your child has a bad sore throat we recommend having them seen to evaluate for strep. Please note that if Nurse Brown has a suspicion that your child has strep throat, she may recommend that you pick them up and have them tested that day. If this test is positive your child will be treated with antibiotics and must be on antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. We appreciate your cooperation as strep throat is contagious and can spread easily among close contacts. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to Nurse Brown at

Dont forget….Vote at local polls on Tuesday, Field Day at KES is on Thursday, and Flag Day around the KES flag pole next Friday! Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! .

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

KES Newsletter May 31, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well today. This morning KES hosted the RSU 21 Game of Champions for the fourth year in a row. Our whole school was out on the field cheering our RSU 21 athletes on, and it was a heartwarming wonderful day. We had several of our KES alumni, who now participate in Band at SRS, here with us performing during the Awards Ceremony that followed, and we were grateful to have students from the RSU 21 Alternative Education program at KHS here with us for the last two days, helping both with Game of Champions and helping with the KES Fairy Garden project.

I wanted to let parents know that the Butterfly Release and unveiling of the Fairy Garden during our annual KES BBQ on June 7th will feel like a celebration rather than a dedication. It will be an upbeat and exciting opportunity for our students to experience the garden for the first time.

Having said that, many children here are aware that the garden has been created in honor of Sia Van Wyck, a KES student who passed away two summers ago. Because many of our older students knew Sia, and most of our current students know her brother, some of the children are remembering or thinking about Sia at this time. I want to let you know that it is not uncommon for children to feel some sadness when they hear about a loss such as this, and for some children it can trigger grief from losses in their own lives. It is a normal reaction and it generally passes quickly, but please reach out to me or to our school counselor, Kelly Wright, if you feel your child could benefit from support or if we can help you support your child at home.

One of the best ways for both children and adults to process or deal with a loss is to do something positive in honor of the person’s life. In many ways, the Fairy Garden is about that very thing. You can help make our garden flourish by donating a plant for the project. We have a Plant Drop-Off opportunity planned for Monday here at KES. Plant donations will be received during the day at KES from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Included here is a link to the Sign-Up Genius if you would like to provide a plant….thank you in advance for your thoughtful support.

Last night the KES Playground Committee met to make plans for upcoming fundraisers. One way you can support this exciting endeavor is to participate in the Running With Character Family Fun Run on June 7th. It is one of our best events each year and this year it will be held right here at KES, so we hope you can join us! Another way you can support the playground is by donating your bottles and cans to the KEPTA Bottle Drive on June 1st. You can drop off returnables at KES from 11:00am to 3:00pm to donate. Please see the attached flyers for more information on the Running With Character Family Fun Run and the KEPTA Bottle Drive.

For the last two weeks Kindergarten through 2nd graders have experienced our annual Violin Artist-in-Residency here at KES. Each of those classes had two lessons on how to hold the instrument and how to pluck and bow the strings. They learned the parts of the violin and played some simple songs. If your child is interested in beginning formal study on the violin we have three teachers in the area we can connect you with, so please let us know!

It is hard to believe the end of the year is approaching! please see the list of end-of- year dates:

Monday June 3rd- Plant Drop Off at KES, 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Wednesday June 5th- Early Release Wednesday...noon dismissal.

Friday June 7th- Beach Day...don your most tropical beach wear at KES!

Friday June 7th- Final Friday Morning Meeting, 8:30am.

Friday June 7th- Family Fun Run at KES starting at 4:30pm.

Tuesday June 11th- Budget Validation Referendum- All day voting at local polls!

Thursday June 13th- Superhero Day….dress as your favorite Superhero!

Thursday June 13th- Field Day at KES (wear shorts, t-shirts and sneakers under those Superhero outfits!)

Friday June 14th- Field Day Rain Date.

Friday June 14th- Annual Flag Day Celebration at KES, 8:30am.

Wednesday June 19th- Last Day….noon dismissal. Happy Summer!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

   Flyer - Bottle and EcoAdventure.pdf      FUN RUN 2019.pdf 

KES Newsletter May 24, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer-like weather! As many of you know, KES is currently in the process of creating a commemorative Fairy Garden in the KES Courtyard to honor the life of Sia Van Wyck, a KES student who passed away during the summer of 2017.

Late last fall the area was excavated, work which was donated by George Burr and Son Landscaping and Excavating, and last weekend Carter Campbell of Campbell Masonry organized several local stonemasons, who donated labor, expertise, and materials all weekend for this project. Additional companies and individuals supporting this endeavor to date include: Robert Lang of Harbor Stoneworks, Herb Meyers of Herb Meyers Masonry, Jeremy Trip of Terrapin Landscaping, Christophe Colinet, Zack (Ron) Smith, Niels Jacob, and Erik Van Wyck, Sia’s dad. Materials for the project were donated by  New England Specialty Stone, Genest, Port Hardware, M Welch & Sons Excavating, and the Kennebunk Highway Department. They did an incredible job!

Looking forward, on May 29th students from the Alternative Education program at KHS have a Fairy Garden work day planned at KES. They will be spreading loam and installing windmills, grape arbors and bird houses.

And then on June 5th we have a United Way Day of Caring event planned with 10 United Way volunteers coming to plant flowers and shrubs.

And finally, on June 7th each grade at KES will be in the courtyard for the annual end-of-the-year BBQ at their lunch time. At each lunch we will release a container of butterflies that are currently being raised in the KES Library to commemorate the opening of the Fairy Garden.

We encourage you to check out this amazing project the next time you are at KES... It is going to be really beautiful, and really special.

We also have two opportunities coming up that are sponsored by KEPTA, which we want you to know about. First, Kennebunk Domino's has offered to host a "Raise the Dough" event during the week of 5/27-6/2. Every pizza purchased at regular menu price while using the code "KEPTA" will result in $2 being donated to the new playground initiative. And starting on May 28th, KEPTA has organized a Yoga & Barre class series that will be offered at KES….schedule as follows:

Tue. 5/28: Barre with Tiffany Lathrop of The Daily Sweat in the KES cafeteria

Wed. 5/29: Yoga with Robin Parsons in the KES gym

Tue. 6/4: Barre with Tiffany Lathrop of The Daily Sweat in the KES cafeteria

Wed. 6/5: Yoga with Suzy Legare, a teacher at The Daily Sweat, in the KES gym

Please check out the two flyers below from KEPTA for information about Yoga sessions at KES and Pizza!

On a less positive note….we have some classrooms here at KES with recurring lice issues. If you discover that your child has headlice, please reach out to the school and let us know. Nurse Brown is your best bet for support and advice regarding this issue. Please see the attached fact sheet regarding Lice Prevention.

And finally, now that we are several weeks into our “No Homework” pilot, we are curious to know what your feelings are regarding this initiative. We will be discussing this topic at our next staff meeting, so please feel free to share your thoughts with your child’s teacher or with me. Thank you for letting us know what you think!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

   head-lice-fact-sheet CDC (Recovered) (1).pdf 

   Playground Flyer - Dominos Raise the Dough.pdf 

   Playground Flyer - Yoga&Barre.pdf 

KES Newsletter May 17, 2019

Hello KES families!

I hope you are well today. It was great seeing so many parents and families here last Friday for the 1st grade Pirate Dance. Our motor break got everyone on their feet to stomp and dance along with our 1st grade pirates this year, and our 2nd graders remembered it well from last year and were extra excited to dust of their Pirate dancing skills and join in the fun.

We also had a special presentation by students on the KES Green Team. For more than 20 years our speech pathologist, Mrs. Walters, has been in charge of the KES Green Team and challenging our oldest students to lead the way at KES in being globally responsible and helping our planet by recycling paper, cardboard and bottles. As you know, for every bottle we return we get a nickel, and the KES Green Team has recycled over 45,000 bottles over the last two decades which has added up to $2,271.00. Because she is retiring this year, Mrs Walters and the Green Team have been considering ways to spend that money, and last week they voted unanimously to make that bottle money the first official donation towards the new inclusive and adaptive playground that our PTA, KEPTA, is proposing for KES. KEPTA was on-hand to receive the “Big Check” from the students on the Green Team, and to officially launch the fundraising campaign. We appreciate everyone who made the trip to Dairy Queen on Wednesday for what will result in a second major donation to the project. There is a great article in the current edition of the York County Coast Star (Seacoast Online) about this exciting endeavor. Please check it out!

Tomorrow (Friday) is “Bring Your Stuffed Animal to School Day” and we are also honoring a 2nd grade petition requesting cake be served with hot lunch….consequently hot lunch tomorrow will be Pizza, Salad and Cake. We work very hard to promote healthy eating habits here at KES and to limit sweets, but the student petition outlined a very persuasive argument for serving cake once in a while, especially since students are doing such a great job this year for the first time with composing their food waste at Sharkbites, the KES Cafe, and also for making sure that they dont accidentally throw away the new silverware that has replaced plastic flatware. So cake it is! Please consider joining us for hot lunch at Sharkbites tomorrow if you can.

And if you have not already filled out our annual parent satisfaction survey, tomorrow (Friday) is your last chance to provide us with feedback in this way.  We always strive to create the best educational environment possible, and knowing how students and parents feel about different aspects of the school experience only helps us better meet the needs of children and families. Thank you for taking the time to share how you feel with us!

Here is a link to our Kennebunk Elementary School Parent Check-In Survey.

And finally, I have three announcements this week that KEPTA has asked me to share in their own words….

KEPTA is incredibly thankful to the KES GREEN TEAM for their donation this past Friday morning at Friday Morning Meeting. This is the first donation to the Inclusive Playground Project and we are honored that it has come from the students and faculty at KES. Their investment in the playground project will hopefully inspire others to contribute to such a worthy build. Should you want to learn more about the playground project or stay up to date on fundraising events and progress,  please follow the Playground on: Facebook@Kennebunkplayground,

or on the website at The playground fundraising committee can also be reached at

KEPTA has a Box Tops collection drive that will continue until Friday, May 17. Please send in any tops with your child into his or her classroom. The top 4 classes per grade to bring in the most Box Tops will get a prize. Winners will be announced before the end of the school year! All proceeds benefit the PTA which in turn supports KES teachers & educational programs.

The KES School Store is open online! Run by KEPTA, proceeds from sales also benefit the school. Order through the A&W Promotional Products web site & pick up at their store in Arundel. No paper orders are being accepted at this time, so visit the following link to make your purchase & check out all the new items available like new zippered sweatshirts for adults & kids.

Have a great weekend! Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

  Summer_Camps_RiverTreeArts.pdf    Woodfords Summer EnRICHment Program Flyer.pdf 

KES KEPTA Newsletter

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well today. Please enjoy this special “KEPTA” edition of the KES Newsletter. First, I wanted to let you know that at the RSU 21 School Board meeting tonight, KEPTA will be presenting their ambitious proposal and fundraising campaign for an incredibly inclusive new Playground at KES. This playground would not only meet standards for ADA  (Americans with Disabilities Act) access and compliance, but would be designed to be truly inviting and engaging for all individuals. The School Board meeting will begin at 7:00 sharp in A102 here at KES, and is open to the public, so please come and see the incredible plan that KEPTA has been working on!

Second, I wanted to let you know that The KEPTA Family Fun Night fundraiser on March 16th brought in $1893.50, with $1372.86 of that being profit. This money will help support field trips and teacher grants for the coming year. And also, the KES Spaghetti Supper for Honor Flight Maine that KEPTA hosted on April 3rd brought in $1259.00 with $1063.66 of that being profit. And 50/50 raffle winners that night included KES parent Dave Guthro and KES grandparent Lisa Verano. Both Mr. Guthro and Ms. Verano generously donated their winnings back to Honor Flight Maine.  Many thanks to everyone who supported one or both of the events!

KEPTA asked me to include a reminder for parents to sign up to provide food this Wednesday for the KES Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch. They still have many slots open that they are trying to fill!

And finally, two reminders from my newsletter last Friday:

KEPTA is looking for a third member of its governing board. If you’re interested in giving back to KES, our teachers & kids, it is a terrific way to get involved! Anyone interested should email or message KEPTA at

 SRS will be seeking 2-3 board members for the PTA for the 19/20 school year. At a minimum they need a president and treasurer. If you have interest please contact Angie Morin or Rebecca Axelsen, or email They would be happy to talk to you about the responsibilities.  Detailed information will be left to the new board to facilitate a smooth transition and Angie will be available for consultation through the school year next year.

 Have a great week!

Mr. Quinn

KES Newsletter April 26,2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all well today! Our first week back from April Vacation has been a relatively quiet one, so I only have a couple messages for you that I was asked to pass on, but first I just want to thank KPD officers Mark Carney and Rebecca Parker for joining us at Friday Morning Meeting today to launch our last Character Trait for the year…”Integrity”. I can’t think of a better match to talk to our students about “Integrity” than our own local heroes in blue. Please thank them when you see them for the great support they provide for our schools.

And I want to thank the KHS students who are part of the Tri-M Honor Society. They each shared a little information about their instruments with the children this morning and they performed several songs together as an ensemble.

This coming week is ‘Screen Free Week,” a nation-wide initiative to encourage kids and adults to take a break from screens and do other activities. Please see the flyer below for more information, and take a break from screens!

I have messages to share from both the KES PTA and the SRS PTA:

KEPTA is looking for a third member of its governing board. If you’re interested in giving back to the school, our teachers & kids, it is a terrific way to get involved! Anyone interested should email or message KEPTA at

SRS will be seeking 2-3 board members for the PTA for the 19/20 school year. At a minimum we need a president and treasurer. If you have even a small amount of interest I encourage you to contact Angie Morin or Rebecca Axelsen personally or email They would be happy to talk to you about the responsibilities.  Detailed information will be left to the new board to facilitate a smooth transition and Angie will be available for consultation through the school year next year.

And finally, there are four boys from MSK hosting a LEGO Robotics event at MSK this Saturday (April 27th).   They are fundraising to attend the International FLL Cup. Please see the attachment below for more information. And have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

  Lego Robotics Fair.pdf   Copy of Screen Free Week Flyer.pdf   Y Swimming.pdf 

  Y Healthy Kids Day.pdf 

KES Newsletter April 8, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all well today. It has been a busy week here at KES, so I have more information to share than usual….thank you for reading! For additional great reading, please check out the front page article featuring 2nd grader Skylar Dixon and Mr. McCarthy in the current edition of the York County Coast Star regarding our incredible success with Kids Heart Challenge.

I want to thank all of the families and caregivers who have been in the building recently for Parent Teacher Conferences, and to all of the families who came to the KES Kindergarten Concert this morning. Our students sang songs focusing on Citizenship, our Character Trait of the month, and it was really sweet. Special thanks to Mrs. Cherry for working her magic and to the Kindergarten Teachers, Specialists, and support staff for their hard work with these students all year long.

I want to thank the subcommittee of KEPTA parents who spent Tuesday night, Thursday night, and Thursday morning here at KES working on the proposal for a new and improved highly accessible playground here at KES, complete with nature play components. Kelley-Ann Morgan, Anush Hansen, Jessica Winters, Eamonn Hutton, and Erin O’Reilly Jakan presented before the Facilities Committee this week and will be presenting their proposal again at the RSU 21 School Board meeting on April 29th. Mr. Hutton designs natural play spaces professionally, and has created some wonderful designs that will be shared with the public in the coming months. It is a very exciting project and the next meeting will take place here at KES on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:00pm in the KES Library. Please join us if you can!

It was great seeing so many of you here for our Spaghetti Supper for Honor Flight Maine on Wednesday night. I have not received word yet on the final amount of money we raised, but we had a great turn-out, and we look forward to letting you all know how much we will be able to donate. Special thanks to KEPTA for organizing and hosting the event and to Ellen Demmons and the RSU 21 Food Service department for donating their time and expertise. I also want to thank Laurie Sidelinger from Honor Flight Maine for attending and helping with the event. We are excited to keep this great support going for a great cause!

Parents of 1st and 2nd graders are welcome to attend our annual Bikes for Books event with the Masons York Lodge 22 this coming Tuesday, April 9th, at 8:30am in the KES gym. If you have never experienced a 22 bicycle give-away, it is quite a thing to see. Please join us if you are able!

I want to let you know that the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust is offering daily activities for children during the week of April Vacation, from Monday, April 15th, to Friday, April 19th. Please see the attached flyer for details.

I also want to let you know that the RSU 21 Communications Committee will be opening their agenda up to community participation during the last 30 minutes of their meeting time between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There are two remaining meetings in this school year which will take place prior to School Board meetings and will take place on May 6th (at KCS) and June 3rd (at KES). Communication Committee members include representatives from the School Board and administration.

And finally, just a reminder that there is no school for students next Friday, April 12th. That day is set aside for teachers to finish offering Parent Teacher Conferences.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

April Vacation Camp.pdf 

STEM Winter Newsletter 2019.pdf 

KES Newsletter March 29, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well on this rainy day. Today is the last day to register your child for a Keith McClelland Audition. Those vocal and instrumental auditions will take place here at KES on Saturday, April 6th, between 10:00am and 2:00pm. Ten winners will receive $150.00 each toward music lessons.  If you would like to schedule your child for an audition, please reach out to Vickie Hamel today at

As part of the upcoming Kennebunk Free Library “Celebrating the Young Child” exhibition, the artwork of Pre-K students from KES will be showcased. The public is invited to view the exhibit at 112 Main St., Kennebunk, during regular library hours from April 8th to April 12th.  For library hours and information about other great library events, visit the Kennebunk Free Library website at

We had a wonderful Friday Morning Meeting today. Miss Wright and Officer Audra introduced “Citizenship” as the KES Character Trait for the month of April, so please look for ways to reinforce the concept of “Citizenship” with your child when you can.  We also had Gary Urey from the American Heart Association with us this morning. He joined us to recognize Mr. McCarthy for introducing the Kids Heart Challenge four years ago at KES, and he recognized the students at KES for raising an incredible amount of money over the last four years. Through this exciting movement-based fundraiser, KES raised $7,470 in 2016, $10,314 in 2017, $16,370 in 2018, and an incredible $18,353 this year, making us the second highest fundraising school in Maine. He also recognized 2nd grader, Skylar Dixon, in particular, for raising more money than any other individual student in the history of the event. Skylar alone raised $4065 dollars for this event this year. This announcement was a real great life example of true “Citizenship”.  Thank you to everyone who helped the children collect donations. Great work KES!

One more reminder about the KEPTA and KES Pasta Dinner to support Honor Flight this coming Wednesday, April 3rd, with seatings at 5:00pm and 6:00pm. Reserve your spot today to attend. Proceeds from this fun event will benefit Honor Flight Maine. The cost to attend is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Enjoy great food for a great cause. If you would like to attend but cannot afford the tickets, please email Mr. Quinn at Confidentiality will be maintained. Otherwise, RSVP for you & your family online...we hope to see you here!

And finally, if you are looking for an entertainment opportunity this evening, come to KES at 6:00pm for a free live performance of “The Wizard of Oz” starring students from Sea Road School. This production has been produced and directed entirely by students from MSK. Enjoy!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

       2019 Circus Summer Day Camp.pdf      Rivertree 

KES Newsletter March 15, 2019

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! 

Ryan Quinn

KES Honor Flight pasta dinner.pdf 

KES Newsletter March 8, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all well today. I want to thank all of the parents, caregivers, and both family and community members who volunteered to support the KES Wellness Committee with Wellness Day this Wednesday. From people who led wellness sessions for students, to people who helped slice and dice all of that beautiful fruit. The students had a great day and we would not have been able to offer such a comprehensive program without the help from families and community members. Your support is greatly appreciated. I also want to thank all of the families and friends who came to our 2nd grade “Weathering the Seasons” Musical Showcase this morning. Special thanks to Mrs. Cherry for her hard work, to Mr. McCarthy for managing the set-up, and to the 2nd grade teachers and staff who support our 2nd graders every day. These 2nd graders have set a high bar for the kind of musical performances we can expect moving forward and we are proud of the great job they did!

This coming Tuesday night, March 12th, KEPTA’s KES Playground Subcommittee will meet in the KES Library from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. We will hear from two playground consultants and discuss plans to replace the regular KES playground, as well as create a Natural Playground on the Northwest end of the property. Please join us if you can!

This coming Wednesday night, we will be having Karmen Rouland, from the Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium speak to the RSU 21 school board and community from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at KES. She will be answering questions regarding a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Assessment for our school community, and you are welcome to attend. KES room location TBA.

On Friday, March 15, our Morning Meeting will be honoring special guest musician Rick Charette with a mini-concert in his honor. Mr. Charette has specialized in music for children for decades and has been a friend of KES for many years. He is retiring this year, so our assembly this Friday is dedicated to him and will include dedications and student performances covering his songs. We hope you can join us!

And finally, on Saturday, March 16th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm we hope you can be here at KES for KEPTA’s Family Fun NIght featuring Ben & the Peanut Butter Problem ...the event will include games, raffle items, music, food and fun, and proceeds will support field experiences for each grade at KES, as well as teacher grants for classroom initiatives. Please come help KEPTA support KES! If you would like to volunteer, donate, or help in some way, please email KEPTA at

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

McClelland_auditions_flyer2019 - Google Docs.pdf 

KES Newsletter March 1, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all well today. I want to begin with a few words regarding the recent discussions related to racist actions by students in our district. While I have certainly dealt with incidences that involve racist behaviors and racist language used by children here at KES during the eight years that I have been here, most years go by with none being reported at all. My assumption and hope is that when those unfortunate incidents occur, that the students, or at least the parents of the students who those comments are directed at, will let me know. As a school, we pride ourselves in practicing restorative responses to all forms of unkind behavior. Having said that, children are, after all, children, and they sometimes copy and repeat things they have heard in music, on tv, in other forms of media, and in person. Anyone who interacts regularly with children knows how easily they pick things up, and how often they don't understand the meaning or the impact of what they say, or of how context and setting can change the way those things are internalized by others. With that in mind, we will continue to encourage and practice both inclusion and kindness every day at KES, to embrace diversity as a given and welcomed aspect of our school culture, and we look forward to the opportunity to offer professional development and learn more about how we can all better understand this sensitive and important subject.

Kennebunk Elementary School will host a series of three General Music Showcases in March and April. The children in Second Grade will present a program of song, poetry, and movement titled “Weathering the Seasons” on Friday, March 8, beginning at 8:30 am. The First Graders will share their music on Friday, March 22 at 8:30 am, with an adaptation of Demi’s Chinese folk story titled, “The Empty Pot”. Lastly, the Kindergarten will demonstrate “Ctizenship” through music as they sing on Friday, April 5, also at 8:30 am. Family and friends are welcome to attend. For more information contact Victoria Cherry at

The KES Wellness Team is planning the 10th annual Wellness Fair for grades K-2 to take place on the morning of Early Release Wednesday, March 6th, 2019. Our focus is on physical fitness, nutrition, and of course 5-2-1-0. A committee of teachers and ed techs are organizing a number of events for the day, including rotations of grade level workshop sessions and healthy snacks. We are still very much in need of volunteers, so if you are someone who has expertise or interest in the field of medicine, wellness, fitness or nutrition and would like to offer a presentation, please email Mr. McCarthy at Volunteers will be needed from 9:00am to 10:40am. Thank you for considering!

Just a reminder, KEPTA is still looking for Volunteers for Family Fun Night on March 16th ….It’s going to be SO MUCH FUN! Sign-up Genius to Volunteer below:!/showSignUp/20f054fafaa23a5ff2-kesfamily

Over the course of this year, as you may have guessed, the creation and development of our districts universal full-day Pre-K program here at KES finds us having outgrow the need for the Kindergarten Jump Start program that we have offered for the last several summers. We are grateful for the many teachers and volunteers who made KJS possible over the years and who, in many ways, made the case for our current comprehensive Pre-K program. Having said that, because we know that many young learners would still benefit from opportunities to interact with and immerse themselves in literacy during the summer, we are currently working in collaboration with Kennebunk Parks and Recreation to develop an “All about Books” summer opportunity that would replace their regular summer camp for incoming Kindergartners and incoming 1st graders. Parks and Recreations will be sharing more information soon in regards to this and other summer programming that they will be offering, so please stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

Sing This Summer 2019.pdf

River Tree Arts After-School Programs Spring.pdf 

KES Newsletter February 15, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all well today! Between the two-hour delay on Wednesday, Valentines Day on Thursday, Kids Heart Challenge today, and the start of February Vacation, there has been no shortage of excitement here at KES this week. I want to thank all of the families who sent in refreshments for Valentines day, and give a huge thanks to everyone who helped our students collect an incredible number of donations for Kid’s Heart Challenge. Mr McCarthy was still counting pledge packets at the end of the day, but I will be sure to announce our grand total in my newsletter next week. It’s such a wonderful cause and I am so proud of the way our community helps us support the American Heart Association through this great event. All of our grade-levels, including Pre-K, were having an absolute blast in the gym all day long.

I also wanted to let you know that our Literacy Specialist, Lyn Smith, has published another wonderful children’s book titled What Makes an Opossum Tick? Working once again with illustrator, Jamie Hogan, Lyn’s new story is a companion book to her first work, A Porcupine’s Promenade. This new book with officially “launch” at 2:00pm on Sunday March 3rd, 2019 at Graves Library in Kennebunkport, as part of their Pasco Lecture series. Lyn and Jamie will both be there with copies available for purchase and signing. Please access the link below for more information on this event, and come to Friday Morning Meeting on March 1st for the unofficial “pre- launch”….Lyn will read the book aloud to all of us herself!

We want you all to mark your calendars for Family Fun Night at KES on Saturday, March 16th from 5-7 pm. This ambitious new fundraiser is being offered by our dedicated parent teacher association, KEPTA, who provide funding for field trips, teacher grants and so much more here at KES. The event will feature games, food, raffle items, as well as music & juggling by MSK teacher Benjamin Fogg with Ben & the Peanut Butter Problem, who did such a great job recently performing at KES Friday Morning Meeting. KEPTA is asking for lots of helpers, including folks who can help with set up and clean up. Consider lending a hand, and definitely please plan to attend! You can access The Signup Genius link below.... We hope to see you here!

A few more important upcoming dates for you to note include our Grade 2 Music Concert on March 8th at 8:30am, our Grade 1 Music Concert on March 22nd at 8:30 am, and our Kindergarten Music Concert on April 5th at 8:30am. All concerts will be held in the KES gym.

Please enjoy the newest edition of our KES 2nd grade student newspaper, The KES Times (link below), and have a great week... We look forward to seeing you back here at KES following February Vacation!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

FINAL KES TIMES Issue #2.pdf  

PASCO LECTURE SERIES - LYN SMITH (Author) AND JAMIE HOGAN (Illust.) - Louis T Graves Memorial Public Library

KES Newsletter February 8, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all well today! I want to thank all of the parents who brought students to KES at 5:45am this morning to participate in the WMTW Weather at Your School forecast. WMTW meteorologist Ted McInerney was with us for the fourth year in a row broadcasting the morning weather from in front of KES. Clips have run throughout the day of our students participating in his forecast and of the presentation he offers each year for our 1st graders. You can see re-runs of the live clips this afternoon at 4:00pm on Channel 8, so tune in if you can!

This morning at Friday Morning Meeting, Nurse Brown shared a presentation with the children on cold and flu symptoms. She discussed the steps that we can take to keep ourselves healthy, prevent the spread of illness to others, and things we can do to help us recover quicker when we are affected by illness this cold and flu season. Attached you will find our district's guide "When to Send Your Child To School". Additionally there is a full presentation that covers the signs, symptoms, treatments, and guidelines for returning to school for some of the most commonly experienced illnesses. As always if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's health feel free to reach out to Nurse Brown at or 207-985-4402.

Also at Friday Morning Meeting we talked about “Friendliness,” our February Character Trait of the month. Kennebunk High School Wrestlers Alden Shields, Sean Radel, and David York were with us to share their definition of “Friendliness,” and we were able to recognize KES students who participate in Kennebunk Youth Wrestling as well. Please help us reinforce the importance of “Friendliness” with your children throughout the month of February.

This coming Tuesday, February 12th, the KEPTA Playground Committee will be meeting at 6:30pm in the KES cafeteria to discuss plans for upgrading the playground here at KES, as well as adding a Natural Playground to our grounds. We will hear from two consultants and share ideas at that meeting. If you would like to share thoughts or offer help in this endeavor, please join us at that time. We hope to see you here!

And finally, Mr. McCarthy asked me to remind everyone that we will once again be participating in the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge next Friday. Many of us remember it as Jump Rope for Heart. To show our commitment to keeping hearts healthy, we will have grade-level jump parties in the gym next Friday with lots of jump rope and jumping activities to support the American Heart Association. Three years ago the KES community raised over $7,000.00 for this great cause. Two years ago we raised over $10,000.00 and were one of the top ten fundraisers in Maine. And last year we raised a whopping $16,000. 00 plus. We hope you help us this year keep this great momentum going and growing! Please visit for more information. Envelopes and online donations will be collected until Friday, February 15th. Thank you in advance for your support.

Have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,

-Mr. Quinn

 When Should I Send My Child To School.pdf 

Illness presentation for FMM .pdf 

KES Newsletter February 1, 2019

Dear KES families,

Happy World Read Aloud Day! It has been such a wonderful experience for us to participate in this terrific event for the first time here at KES. We had so many guest readers in classrooms and the children absolutely loved listening to a large variety of quality read alouds throughout the day at all grade levels. I have a feeling that this may be the first annual read aloud day for Kennebunk Elementary. I cannot overstate the importance of reading aloud to your child. The time spent with a parent snuggled up on the couch with a great book is so valuable on several levels. First, hearing a fluent reader share a good book is engaging and builds the listener’s ability to comprehend more challenging text than he or she can read. Second, it is a terrific way to build a child’s vocabulary. However, I believe the most significant benefit is just the quality, quiet time that is carved out when you make reading aloud to your child a priority each day. I think back to that time with my own nearly grown children with such warmth and fondness. So, I hope you will all snuggle up on your couches this weekend with a good book. It’s a great way to pass the time on a cold winter weekend.

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention team spirit day at KES. Many of us are really looking forward to the Super Bowl this weekend, and if you know me, you probably know which team I am representing today. Go Pats! We have many little Tom Brady and Julian Edelman fans in their jerseys today but we are happy to support any team that the children are representing.

I hope you all have a cozy and festive weekend reading with your sweet children, and celebrating the Super Bowl!

Finally, please see the message below about an upcoming event which I was asked to share with you.



Kennebunk Comprehensive Plan Open House February 6 at 6 pm at Town Office

Kennebunk’s Comprehensive Plan Committee is hosting its final Open House for residents on the evening of Wednesday, February 6 on the third floor of Kennebunk Town Hall in Room 300. Created by Kennebunk volunteers, the Comprehensive Plan outlines the steps Kennebunk should take to manage growth, and provides guidance to public and private decision-makers regarding the future development of the Town. An Open House allows residents to stop in for as long as is convenient, make written comments, and informally vote on which sections of the Plan they like or dislike. Children are welcome. If you can't attend this Open House, comments and feedback are also invited on the Kennebunk website at:

KKLL Update

KES Newsletter - January 25, 2018

Dear KES families,

I hope this message finds you all well. We had the good fortune this morning to be treated to a “teaser” of the Middle School of the Kennebunks production of Aladdin. The talent of these students is amazing and it is such a treat each year to see former KES students as they find their passion. There are several showings of the play at the middle school this weekend and I have been told that it is a terrific, family friendly show which will be fun for all ages. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

MSK student Ava Ford visited KES today for our Friday Morning Meeting to let us know about her Eighth Grade Service Project. For her project, Ava is holding 3 dance clinics for elementary students. To sign up and see more information about the classes, you can click on the links below!

Musical Theater Class on February 2nd from 10-11 AM

Musical Theater Class on February 9th from 10-11 AM

Hip-Hop Class on February 16th from 10-11 AM

Also, as a reminder, there will be a pre K parent information night held on January 31st from 5:30-6:30 in the KES gym for incoming families. This evening is intended for parents to gather information about our program and to take a quick peek inside a few of the classrooms. There will be several opportunities moving forward for the children to spend time at KES in order to build their comfort level within our school. Of course, if you have to bring your child with you we do understand, but didn’t want you to feel as though it is necessary. Following the parent session, online registration will be opened and can be accessed on our district website. We will also hold an in person registration day on Friday, February 8 from 9:00-3:00. If you have registered online, you will just need to drop off completed paperwork on this day. We will also be available to assist with the online registration if needed.

Finally, I wanted to remind everyone to please be sure that we have a full change of clothes for your child here at school. If you sent them in the fall, you may want to check in with the teachers to see if they still fit and are appropriate to the season. If you have any outgrown sweatpants that might fit our pre K-grade two students that you are willing to donate, we would love to have them. Just send them in with a note to have them brought to the nurse’s office.

Have a wonderful week-end.


KES Newsletter - January 18, 2018

Dear KES families,

It was so nice to have a full week finally so we could all get back into the swing of daily life at KES. This week, I would like to begin by telling you a little bit about our Pre K program, as I have realized that for many of you, it may be a bit of a mystery.

We are absolutely thrilled to have 120 pre K students enrolled at KES from Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. We provide a nurturing play based program, which very much honors the developmental level of the young children that we serve. We have eight classrooms and quite a large staff, as the state requires that we provide a ratio of one adult for every eight students. Each classroom has one lead teacher and one educational technician who are with the children all day. Pre K is a self contained program, in that the children don’t attend allied arts classes such as music and PE. Rather, the program has an integrated approach and the arts are incorporated throughout the school day. Our pre K students have outside play twice per day when the weather allows, and a rest time is built in daily as well. Finally, our pre K children eat in their classrooms and are served a family style lunch. The classrooms are beautiful and filled with items you would expect to find in an early childhood setting, such as blocks, dramatic play items and art supplies. We will be hosting a parent information session at the end of January, so please feel free to share the attached flyer with others who may have a child who will be age eligible for pre K in the fall.

The teachers at KES are excited to participate in World Read Aloud Day for the first time, which takes place annually and will be held on February 1st this year. Individual teachers and specialists will decide what their own participation will look like, but we envision the children hearing a variety of high quality and engaging read alouds throughout the school day. If you would like more information, please feel free to visit the following website...

Finally, I have a message from our food services director, Ellen Demmons, which I would like to share with you. Please reach out to Ellen directly at with any questions. Families may apply for Free and Reduced meal benefits any time in the school year. We encourage you to apply even if the reduction in income is temporary. This temporary assistance is available to families affected by the government shut down and ones that have been laid off due to seasonal employment. Once income resumes, the family notifies the School Nutrition Program. Applications are available online or by requesting a paper one from the school.

Have a wonderful, snowy weekend ahead.




Parent Informational Night

KES Newsletter - January 11, 2018

Dear KES families,

Let me begin by telling you about the wonderful concert that we had at assembly this morning. Ben Fogg is a teacher at the Middle School of the Kennebunks and he is also a singer and songwriter. His music is catchy and fun for the children with a theme of kindness and empathy, which is certainly welcome and necessary at all age levels. He even recently wrote a song to support our district work with the Sandy Hook Promise, called Start with Hello. You may find your children singing about a “peanut butter problem” when they arrive home this afternoon, as I have certainly found myself humming that catchy little tune all day!

As promised, I also want to briefly share with all of you some of the professional development work that our staff has been involved with recently. The district has a focus this year on teacher clarity and learning intentions. We are working to be sure that children are active participants in their own learning and that teachers are explicit in what they are teaching and how we are going to help children meet the standards that we have identified as important for them to master. Children must know where they are on the learning continuum, where they are going, and how to get there with adult support. We have attended workshop sessions at the district level as part of this focus and have also continued the work here at KES. I spent a bit of time earlier in the year photographing examples of learning intentions already in place in our classrooms and this week two teachers allowed me to share videotaped lessons with the rest of the staff which demonstrated how to do this important and challenging work with young children. We are working to build a very strong foundation for your children and our professional development time is spent collaborating with one another so we can get a rare peek into each other’s classrooms. I have found over the years that the best support and ideas come from colleagues.

In addition, we are also continuing our work with restorative practices this year. The purpose of using restorative practices at KES is to build a healthy school community and to assist children with problem solving when they encounter conflict with one another. We believe that our mission as a primary school is to support both the academic and the social development of our young students, and restorative practices give us a structure for building a common language and approach regardless of which classroom a child spends his or her day. During the December early release we welcomed Ansley Newton of the Restorative Practices Collaborative of Maine to assist us in developing school wide common language which would support our work. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about our professional development work, or about any aspect of your child’s school day.

I hope you all have a terrific weekend. Bundle up as it sounds like it is going to be a cold one.