KES Newsletter - May 18, 2018

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather today. I am keeping my newsletter short today in hopes that you will read the attached KES News, our student newspaper. There are several great articles in it so I hope you take a few minutes to check it out!

I wanted to let you know that I have heard from the York County Masons, and the bikes for our Bikes For Books event have come in, so we have rescheduled  Bikes for Books to happen at Friday Morning Meeting on June 8th. If you have never seen a 42 Bicycle give-away, it is really something else, so join us on that day if you can!

Earlier this year, the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel (EFKA) in cooperation with the Kennebunk Elementary PTA (KEPTA),  generously funded an African Drumming artist-in-residence experience for all students at KES, MLD and KCS, including a special focus on 3rd grade. All students at MLD and KCS have already participated in this enrichment experience, and Mr. Wingfield is currently working with students at KES. The final aspect of this program includes a culminating performance for all 3rd graders in the district at the new KHS theater on the evening of May 25th.  The 3rd grade students will be bussed to KHS on the morning of May 25thto rehearse from 9:30am to 10:30am. Parents will need to have 3rd graders at KHS by 5:30pm, and the performance will run from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. This event falls on the Friday evening heading into Memorial Weekend. We would like to know in advance if your child is not able to attend, as students who are not planning to participate in the evening event will not need to attend the rehearsal during the day. If your family has plans that conflict with the May 25th event, please email Linda Mattuchio at to let us know, and we will plan accordingly. Please thank members of EFKA and KEPTA for this great opportunity when you see them!

And finally, I wanted to let you know that Bev Elia, one of our grandparent volunteers here at KES, passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Mrs. Elia has volunteered weekly here at KES for several years, and was a regular guest at our Friday Morning Meetings. Because many children here were very fond of her, we wanted to let you know. If your child knew her and is aware of her passing, they may experience some feelings of loss or grief. Quite often children this age are not able to identify why they feel the way they do.  They may be “clingy” or sad, especially at bedtime. Those feelings are normal, and will likely pass very soon. If your child, however, has a stronger reaction or you feel they need support, please reach out to us. We have resources for parents that we can share, and we have support here at school that we can offer. Our School Counselor, Brianna Deroche, is out on maternity leave starting Monday. We have Christa Haberstroh filling in for her for the remainder of the year. Her new email address is As always, please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn

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