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.

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!

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

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