KES Newsletter - December 14, 2018

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I hope you are all well today… I want to thank all of the families who joined us on Tuesday night this week for our Family Math Night. I also want to thank our many KES staff members who hosted such a great opportunity for children and adults to experience math as a way to have fun together....It was a great thing to see! Special thanks to Miss Dugas and Mrs. MacLeod for initiating and organizing this event.

I also want to thank all of the families who took advantage of Family Fun Night and sent us a photo of their family activities. We have quite a growing collection of photos that we will be posting on our website in the new year, so if you haven’t already sent a photo to Diane Guay, you still have time! Her email address is

And just a reminder that Monday is the last day to send in scarves for Operation Gratitude. We started off this year having sponsored 580 care packages with winter scarves made by KES family members and supporters to be sent to American troops serving in cold climates during the holidays. I look forward to updating you with our new total once this year’s donations are tallied. Thank you for supporting this excellent cause, and special thanks to Mrs. Walters for her dedication to this great cause.

Those of you who were with us this morning saw the huge philanthropy donations our students have been collecting this month. This was the first community service project for our pre-K students, and they brought in tons of books to donate to children in need. For the second year in a row, Kindergarten has been collecting clothes for the Kennebunk Cares Closet. They had numerous huge boxes and bags of clothing donations and we want to thank Mr. McCarthy for delivering those for us. First grade collected snacks and toys for the Ronald MCDonald House. Alicia Milne, director of the Ronald McDonald House, was here with us this morning to thank our students for their generosity. And last but not least, our 2nd graders created a “pet inspired” Christmas Tree for the Adopt a Tree project which ultimately raised a whopping $8,000 for Lucky Pups Rescue. I am very proud of all of our students for their efforts to help others this month, and I hope you are all proud of them as well. They made a big difference for both people and pets in need of support this holiday season.

And on a final note, I want to ask parents who drop off students in the morning to be careful when passing cars on the left in the driveway. We ask parents who are dropping students off to remain in the driver’s seat and have the students they are dropping off seated on the passenger side of the vehicle so our staff can receive them directly onto the sidewalk. For parents who want to get out of the car, we ask that you park in the parking lot and walk them up. It allows the line to keep moving, and more importantly it keeps students, parents, and duty staff safer in the process. Thank you for your help with this.

Please see the attached KES TIMES, our 2nd grade newspaper, for more great information about KES, as well as Mrs. Chestnut’s STEM newsletter. Have a great weekend!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

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