KES Newsletter May 24, 2019

Hello KES Families,

I hope you are well and enjoying the summer-like weather! As many of you know, KES is currently in the process of creating a commemorative Fairy Garden in the KES Courtyard to honor the life of Sia Van Wyck, a KES student who passed away during the summer of 2017.

Late last fall the area was excavated, work which was donated by George Burr and Son Landscaping and Excavating, and last weekend Carter Campbell of Campbell Masonry organized several local stonemasons, who donated labor, expertise, and materials all weekend for this project. Additional companies and individuals supporting this endeavor to date include: Robert Lang of Harbor Stoneworks, Herb Meyers of Herb Meyers Masonry, Jeremy Trip of Terrapin Landscaping, Christophe Colinet, Zack (Ron) Smith, Niels Jacob, and Erik Van Wyck, Sia’s dad. Materials for the project were donated by  New England Specialty Stone, Genest, Port Hardware, M Welch & Sons Excavating, and the Kennebunk Highway Department. They did an incredible job!

Looking forward, on May 29th students from the Alternative Education program at KHS have a Fairy Garden work day planned at KES. They will be spreading loam and installing windmills, grape arbors and bird houses.

And then on June 5th we have a United Way Day of Caring event planned with 10 United Way volunteers coming to plant flowers and shrubs.

And finally, on June 7th each grade at KES will be in the courtyard for the annual end-of-the-year BBQ at their lunch time. At each lunch we will release a container of butterflies that are currently being raised in the KES Library to commemorate the opening of the Fairy Garden.

We encourage you to check out this amazing project the next time you are at KES... It is going to be really beautiful, and really special.

We also have two opportunities coming up that are sponsored by KEPTA, which we want you to know about. First, Kennebunk Domino's has offered to host a "Raise the Dough" event during the week of 5/27-6/2. Every pizza purchased at regular menu price while using the code "KEPTA" will result in $2 being donated to the new playground initiative. And starting on May 28th, KEPTA has organized a Yoga & Barre class series that will be offered at KES….schedule as follows:

Tue. 5/28: Barre with Tiffany Lathrop of The Daily Sweat in the KES cafeteria

Wed. 5/29: Yoga with Robin Parsons in the KES gym

Tue. 6/4: Barre with Tiffany Lathrop of The Daily Sweat in the KES cafeteria

Wed. 6/5: Yoga with Suzy Legare, a teacher at The Daily Sweat, in the KES gym

Please check out the two flyers below from KEPTA for information about Yoga sessions at KES and Pizza!

On a less positive note….we have some classrooms here at KES with recurring lice issues. If you discover that your child has headlice, please reach out to the school and let us know. Nurse Brown is your best bet for support and advice regarding this issue. Please see the attached fact sheet regarding Lice Prevention.

And finally, now that we are several weeks into our “No Homework” pilot, we are curious to know what your feelings are regarding this initiative. We will be discussing this topic at our next staff meeting, so please feel free to share your thoughts with your child’s teacher or with me. Thank you for letting us know what you think!

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn

   head-lice-fact-sheet CDC (Recovered) (1).pdf 

   Playground Flyer - Dominos Raise the Dough.pdf 

   Playground Flyer - Yoga&Barre.pdf