KES Newsletter - October 19, 2017

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having these days... I am afraid we may be on the last end of it! With the KEPTA dance-a-thon on Tuesday, Picture Day today, and the Student Flu Clinic tomorrow, this week is a busy one!

KES received special recognition in the Portland Press Herald recently that I am excited and proud to share today. KES Reading scores from last spring on the State (MEA) assessment were up 21% from the previous spring….and those previous scores were nothing to sneeze at, as we were already above the State average in both in Reading and Math. This growth makes KES the school with the second largest increases in the State last year, among schools with 100 students or more. We are very proud of this accomplishment and this recognition. Check out the link below for the complete article, and thank your children's teachers when you get the chance, as scores like these represent a great deal of hard work from students’ first day in kindergarten until they graduate from 3rd grade.

Tomorrow, as always, we will gather in the gym for our weekly Friday Morning Meeting. We will enjoy performances by Kindergarten Jump Start students and the KES Chorus, as well as Bus Driver Appreciation. This assembly will, however, be different than most as we will experience a planned Evacuation (Fire) Drill once the performances I mentioned are finished. Parents in the audience will have the opportunity to stay for the evacuation, or leave just before it begins. We hope parents will stay, as accounting accurately for visitors is part of what we need to practice. Children should always be sitting with their class during assembly, so if you join us, please do not invite your child to sit in the bleachers with you. We offer Friday Morning Meeting as a way to build school community, and students need to be sitting with their class to make that happen. As always, we encourage you to come for lunch whenever you can, and sit with your child and their classmates in that setting. We hope you can join us!

Veterans Day - Due to the fact that Veterans Day is being observed on Friday November 10th this year, we will not be in school for our usual Veterans Day assembly that day. This fall our patriotic assembly will be held one week later on November 17th. If you have family members who are US Veterans or military personnel, please forward their names and contact information to Linda Mattuchio (207) 985-4402 as soon as possible, and have them plan to be here with us on November 17th at 8:15 am!

Spaghetti Supper - This year KEPTA is working with our 3rd graders to sponsor an Italian Night on the evening of November 8th to benefit Honor Flight and Wreaths Across America. KES has sent five veterans on Honor Flight and made 22 wreaths for Wreaths Across America in the past, and now KEPTA is looking to continue that good work. Please use the following link to make your reservation and plan to join us at this fun event for a great cause!

Operation Gratitude - One of the great causes that we support each year is Operation Gratitude. Each December KES sends home-made scarves to soldiers serving in cold climates during the holidays. We have sent over 400 scarves to date! If you are willing to join the scores of local folks who knit for Operation Gratitude on behalf of KES, your support would be greatly appreciated. Please follow the link below for guidelines for Operation Gratitude scarves.

Halloween - While fun festive (orange and black) seasonal clothing is fine to wear to school on Halloween, we ask that you not send students in actual costumes to school. We do not host big Halloween parties,  and masks, capes and wings become a significant distraction in the classroom and end up ripped and dirty during recess before Halloween even gets here. Our Assembly on 10/27 will include Halloween Safety and a reading of the cautionary tale “The Spider and the Fly” by yours truly. We are also asking families to consider making Halloween cards for a student who really needs a “lift.” You may have seen on the news or read about a 7 year old boy in Biddeford who is currently fighting brain cancer.  He had surgery to remove the tumors and was cancer free for a bit but the cancer has returned.  Families can work on cards at home and turn them in at KES by October 27th. The following is a news clip for more information:

Community Opportunity - You are Invited! RSU 21 is sponsoring an Introduction to Restorative Practices workshop at KES by the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine on November 1st from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Restorative practices include relationship and community building practices in schools and communities, including discussions about accountability, youth development, and  juvenile justice. We hope you can join us!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

Free Halloween Ball - Kennebunk Harvest Fest
Fantasy Ball - Brick Store Museum