KES Newsletter - January 18, 2018

Dear KES families,

It was so nice to have a full week finally so we could all get back into the swing of daily life at KES. This week, I would like to begin by telling you a little bit about our Pre K program, as I have realized that for many of you, it may be a bit of a mystery.

We are absolutely thrilled to have 120 pre K students enrolled at KES from Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel. We provide a nurturing play based program, which very much honors the developmental level of the young children that we serve. We have eight classrooms and quite a large staff, as the state requires that we provide a ratio of one adult for every eight students. Each classroom has one lead teacher and one educational technician who are with the children all day. Pre K is a self contained program, in that the children don’t attend allied arts classes such as music and PE. Rather, the program has an integrated approach and the arts are incorporated throughout the school day. Our pre K students have outside play twice per day when the weather allows, and a rest time is built in daily as well. Finally, our pre K children eat in their classrooms and are served a family style lunch. The classrooms are beautiful and filled with items you would expect to find in an early childhood setting, such as blocks, dramatic play items and art supplies. We will be hosting a parent information session at the end of January, so please feel free to share the attached flyer with others who may have a child who will be age eligible for pre K in the fall.

The teachers at KES are excited to participate in World Read Aloud Day for the first time, which takes place annually and will be held on February 1st this year. Individual teachers and specialists will decide what their own participation will look like, but we envision the children hearing a variety of high quality and engaging read alouds throughout the school day. If you would like more information, please feel free to visit the following website... http://www.litworld.org/wrad/

Finally, I have a message from our food services director, Ellen Demmons, which I would like to share with you. Please reach out to Ellen directly at edemmons@rsu21.net with any questions. Families may apply for Free and Reduced meal benefits any time in the school year. We encourage you to apply even if the reduction in income is temporary. This temporary assistance is available to families affected by the government shut down and ones that have been laid off due to seasonal employment. Once income resumes, the family notifies the School Nutrition Program. Applications are available online http://rsu21.nlappscloud.com or by requesting a paper one from the school.

Have a wonderful, snowy weekend ahead.

Warmly,

Ellen

Aladdin

Parent Informational Night