KES Newsletter June 7, 2019

Hello KES Families,

Happy Friday! I want to start by thanking all of the families who donated plants on Monday for the new Fairy Garden at KES. We had great support all week for the project including 10 United Way Volunteers from Peoples Choice and Woodfords Family Services here on Wednesday to plant the flowers and shrubs that everyone sent in.  Our Pre-K families who were with us on Wednesday for the Pre-K picnic, had a front row seat to watch it unfold. Today was a beautiful day for the grand opening of the garden with all students having lunch in the courtyard for our annual BBQ and the Butterfly Release. It was  really beautiful and a very special event.   Donna Buttarazzi from the York County Coast Star was with us to do a story on the project, so be on the lookout for that in next week’s edition of the paper.

I also want to thank all of the parents and family members who supported Running With Character this spring. The Family Fun Run this afternoon is the final Running With Character event this year and is open to all KES Families whether they participated in Running With Character or not. Registration begins at 4:30pm and the Fun Run begins at a5:00pm. Proceeds from the Family Fun Run this year will go to the new Playground KEPTA is proposing. Please come walk or run and help support a new playground at KES!

KEPTA was also with us at Friday Morning Meeting this morning to talk about the new Playground proposal. They received a generous $15,000 donation from the Tom McNamara Charitable Foundation this week, and they announced the next fundraiser, located at Arundel Ice Cream on the last day of school. Please consider taking the family to Arundel Ice Cream after the noon dismissal on June 19th when percentages of all sales will benefit the playground...the last day of school is a perfect day for ice cream!

We also had Maria Richardson from the Kennebunk Free Library and Stephanie Moore from Graves Library in Kennebunkport with us this morning to tell the children about all of the great reading opportunities they are offering this summer.  You might want to check out both locations and keep developing those reading skills!

And finally, our school nurse, Kelly Brown,  would like to notify you that there has been an increased number of cases of strep throat over the past couple weeks. Strep throat typically presents as a really bad sore throat, swollen and painful glands in the neck,  headache, stomach ache or nausea. Strep throat can also be accompanied by fever, rash and body aches. Strep throat is usually not accompanied by a cough or nasal congestion. With that being said it has been quite a start to our allergy season and many children have been affected by allergies with congestion, sneezing, and scratchy throats. Please note if your child has a bad sore throat we recommend having them seen to evaluate for strep. Please note that if Nurse Brown has a suspicion that your child has strep throat, she may recommend that you pick them up and have them tested that day. If this test is positive your child will be treated with antibiotics and must be on antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school. We appreciate your cooperation as strep throat is contagious and can spread easily among close contacts. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to Nurse Brown at

Dont forget….Vote at local polls on Tuesday, Field Day at KES is on Thursday, and Flag Day around the KES flag pole next Friday! Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend! .

Yours in Education,

Mr. Quinn