Hello KES Families,
Happy Friday! I hope you are well today. It was great seeing so many of you at 1st and 2nd grade Open House last week. Classroom teachers were excited about the great turn-out and our specialists and support staff were excited to share information about their programming with everyone as well. If you missed talking to someone you were hoping to catch up with, please let us know. We are always happy to share information about our school, our programs, and any of our school and district initiatives that you might want to learn about. Recently we have been focusing on sharing Learning Intentions and Success Criteria in the classroom with students. Research shows an increase in student performance when students are aware of the intended goal for lessons and activities, and when they understand the level and quality of work that the teacher is looking for. Two of our new 1st grade teachers, Kaileigh Drake and Kelsey O’Neil, both presented sessions on these topics that teachers were able to attend during our district workshop day last Friday.
This morning we had the Kennebunk Fire Department here with us in honor of Fire Safety Week. Our Pre-K students all received a tour of Engine 2, and our Kindergarten through 2nd graders enjoyed our annual Fire Safety presentation during Friday Morning Meeting. The KFD fire fighters donned their gear for the students and talked about Stop, Drop and Roll, and having a family meeting place outside in the event of a fire at home. Also at Friday Morning Meeting we introduced “Courage” as our October Character Trait of the month. Ten members of the Kennebunk Rams Football Team were with us to talk about courage, and we surprised them with a mini “Rams Rally” to celebrate the football teams undefeated status.
We still have several ed tech positions open in our district and we always love having parents work with us here at KES. If you have an ed tech certification, or if you have two years of college experience and you would like to serve as a substitute teacher, please contact the front office and consider filling out an application.
Also, just a reminder that the KEPTA Walk-a-thon here at KES is this coming Wednesday, October 17th. KEPTA funds many wonderful experiences for our students here at KES, and the Walk-a-thon is their biggest fundraiser of the year, so please remember to return those donation packets. Also, please let us know if you have misplaced that paperwork and need a new copy. We can accept donations for the Walk-a-thon until the end of the month.
And one gentle reminder for everyone to drive slowly in the KES driveway and parking lot. Sometimes once we get accustomed to the driving patterns and routines during drop-off and pick-up, we become a little too comfortable. Primary age students can be very impulsive when they see their parents or their parent cars, and they sometimes run toward their parents without looking for cars. Please help us keep everyone safe by driving slowly and watching out for people crossing the driveway.
With cold and flu season upon us, we encourage all staff, students, and families to consider getting their flu vaccine this season. Flu season runs each year from October through May. Influenza is highly contagious and a major contributor to missed school and work days for both children and adults. Aside from hand washing and avoiding contact with individuals who exhibit influenza-like symptoms, the flu vaccine is our best way to defend yourself against influenza this season.
With that being said, our school nurses are working collaboratively with the VNA this year to host our annual student flu vaccine clinic. The clinic will be held here at KES on the morning of 11/2/2018. You should be receiving a packet home containing information on the flu vaccines along with a copy of the Influenza Vaccine Health Screen and Permission Form. If you wish for your child to have the influenza vaccine here at school, please make sure to complete and return the permission form to school no later than Friday October 26th, 2018. The vaccine information sheets and permission form are also attached to this email for your reference. As always, it is recommended that individuals who have asthma, are immunocompromised or who are more susceptible to illness receive their vaccination early on in the flu season. Should you wish to have your child receive the flu vaccine prior to the date of our flu clinic, please contact your child's healthcare provider to schedule a visit to have the vaccine administered. If you have any concerns or questions regarding the clinic please feel free to reach out to our school nurse.
Have a great weekend!