Hello KES Families,
Happy Friday! I hope you are well today. This morning at our weekly assembly our school resource officer, Officer Carney, brought several members of the KHS Captains Club to help our school counselor, Mrs. Deroche, introduce our April Character Trait of Citizenship to our student body. Please take advantage of every day opportunities to reinforce the importance of good citizenship with your child when those opportunities present themselves. Along similar lines, Karl Frost, one of our former KES students, also spoke at our assembly about his experience having Autism. Karl is now a student at MSK and he shared some ways to make sure that everyone feels welcome and included here at KES. This coming Wednesday, April 11th, we are inviting everyone to wear the color ORANGE in honor of Autism Acceptance. Thank you in advance for helping your child find something orange to wear on Wednesday.
Also on Wednesday, April 11th, I want to remind everyone that RSU 21 is holding an evening Community Gathering at Kennebunk High School focusing on grief and loss, as well as awareness of risks related to tragedies. The program will be facilitated by staff from the National Alliance of Mental Illness in Maine, and will begin at 6:30pm.
There are also an upcoming opportunity for family fun and wellness being offered by the G.E.A.R Parent Network that I want to let you know about. In celebration of Children’s Mental Health Awareness, the G.E.A.R.Parent Network will be offering a Scavenger Hunt at Hinkley Park in South Portland (288 Highland Ave.) on Monday May 7th from 4:00pm to 5:00pm. There will be opportunities to nurture family wellness by exploring their 40 acres of trails and ponds. They will also be giving away seed planting kits for the children to enjoy. GEAR will also be offering a presentation called “SMART goals for your child’s IEP” at Canopy Park Resource Center in Biddeford (46 Sullivan St.) on Monday April 23rd from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. This is a great opportunity to learn how to better understand your child’s IEP goals and progress.
It is time once again to sign up for Running With Character. We are excited to be offering this great program at KES again this spring This six-week after-school program combines a character-building lesson with organized running, jogging, and walking. Please see the attached flyer for details. In the past, this program has been extremely popular. We have a limited number of spaces and will accept participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your child is interested in participating in this program, please use the following link to register. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the front office at KES for information on how to register.
And finally, here at KES we are beginning the placement process for the coming year. Please see the attached letter regarding placement for the 2018-2019 school year. As always, please let us know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!
Yours in Education,