KES Newsletter March 1, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are all well today. I want to begin with a few words regarding the recent discussions related to racist actions by students in our district. While I have certainly dealt with incidences that involve racist behaviors and racist language used by children here at KES during the eight years that I have been here, most years go by with none being reported at all. My assumption and hope is that when those unfortunate incidents occur, that the students, or at least the parents of the students who those comments are directed at, will let me know. As a school, we pride ourselves in practicing restorative responses to all forms of unkind behavior. Having said that, children are, after all, children, and they sometimes copy and repeat things they have heard in music, on tv, in other forms of media, and in person. Anyone who interacts regularly with children knows how easily they pick things up, and how often they don't understand the meaning or the impact of what they say, or of how context and setting can change the way those things are internalized by others. With that in mind, we will continue to encourage and practice both inclusion and kindness every day at KES, to embrace diversity as a given and welcomed aspect of our school culture, and we look forward to the opportunity to offer professional development and learn more about how we can all better understand this sensitive and important subject.

Kennebunk Elementary School will host a series of three General Music Showcases in March and April. The children in Second Grade will present a program of song, poetry, and movement titled “Weathering the Seasons” on Friday, March 8, beginning at 8:30 am. The First Graders will share their music on Friday, March 22 at 8:30 am, with an adaptation of Demi’s Chinese folk story titled, “The Empty Pot”. Lastly, the Kindergarten will demonstrate “Ctizenship” through music as they sing on Friday, April 5, also at 8:30 am. Family and friends are welcome to attend. For more information contact Victoria Cherry at vcherry@rsu21.net

The KES Wellness Team is planning the 10th annual Wellness Fair for grades K-2 to take place on the morning of Early Release Wednesday, March 6th, 2019. Our focus is on physical fitness, nutrition, and of course 5-2-1-0. A committee of teachers and ed techs are organizing a number of events for the day, including rotations of grade level workshop sessions and healthy snacks. We are still very much in need of volunteers, so if you are someone who has expertise or interest in the field of medicine, wellness, fitness or nutrition and would like to offer a presentation, please email Mr. McCarthy at pmccarthy@rsu21.net. Volunteers will be needed from 9:00am to 10:40am. Thank you for considering!

Just a reminder, KEPTA is still looking for Volunteers for Family Fun Night on March 16th ….It’s going to be SO MUCH FUN! Sign-up Genius to Volunteer below:

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/20f054fafaa23a5ff2-kesfamily

Over the course of this year, as you may have guessed, the creation and development of our districts universal full-day Pre-K program here at KES finds us having outgrow the need for the Kindergarten Jump Start program that we have offered for the last several summers. We are grateful for the many teachers and volunteers who made KJS possible over the years and who, in many ways, made the case for our current comprehensive Pre-K program. Having said that, because we know that many young learners would still benefit from opportunities to interact with and immerse themselves in literacy during the summer, we are currently working in collaboration with Kennebunk Parks and Recreation to develop an “All about Books” summer opportunity that would replace their regular summer camp for incoming Kindergartners and incoming 1st graders. Parks and Recreations will be sharing more information soon in regards to this and other summer programming that they will be offering, so please stay tuned!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Quinn


Sing This Summer 2019.pdf

River Tree Arts After-School Programs Spring.pdf