Hello KES Families,
I hope you are well and that the snow storm didn’t treat you too badly. It is very white out there, but hang in there. We set the clocks back this weekend, and spring officially arrives on March 20th.
Between Wellness Day, Early Release Wednesday and a Snow Day this has been a busy and out-of the ordinary week for students here at KES. A nice whole-school session of Yoga with Mindy Muse this morning was a great way for everyone to settle, and refocus, if only for one day. It was great to see so many new families here throughout the day for Kindergarten registration.
Our Wellness Fair on Wednesday morning was a great success thanks to the dedication and hard work of many KES staff members, several parents, and many volunteers. From martial arts and cardio boot camp, to fly fishing and calming crafts, the children rotated through different Wellness activities throughout the morning and enjoyed lots of colorful fruit that had been sliced and prepared by Mrs. Dixon and a team of volunteers. I appreciated the ongoing support of so many people toward making this quality event happen each year.
For teachers the week also included an Active Shooter training on Wednesday afternoon. We are grateful to Kennebunk PD Lieutenant Eric O’Brien and School Resource Officer Mark Carney for organizing the event, and for the members of the Kennebunk PD, the Portland PD, and the Kennebunk Fire and EMS for spending the entire day with us Wednesday. The organization and planning they put into the exercise we participated in on Wednesday afternoon was remarkable. I also want to thank the KHS Captains Club members for role-playing as KES students for the afternoon. The police and fire officials spent the day practicing breaching doors, searching rooms, clearing areas, securing spaces and evacuating students and staff. Our staff practiced trouble shooting, problem solving and creative thinking, as well as locking down, barricading, and evacuating. During the debriefing session at the end, the police commended KES staff for how well they responded, and we were able to identify several new safety protocols that we intend to put in place and practice. All in all, it was a great learning experience, and we will continue to be vigilant and dedicated to the safety of everyone in our school community. As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions.
On Monday, March 26 @ 7PM the KHS Band will be joining the Casco Bay Wind Symphony on the KHS stage to perform a night of wonderful band music to conclude our celebration of March as "Music In Our Schools Month." The concert will include works of American composer Leonard Bernstein such as "West Side Story" and "Overture to Candide", as well as a new alto saxophone concerto featuring Barry Saunders who used to teach elementary band in RSU21. This concert is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Yours in Education,