MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 14, 2018

Please remember to check out our website at http://www.rsu21.net/msk/ or follow us on twitter @MSKrsu21 for updated information as the year progresses.

NWEA TESTING AT MSK
NWEA tests for reading take place next Tuesday, September 18th and will happen place in homerooms from 7:30-9:30 a.m. We ask parents to help with the following:

- That your child makes every effort to be in school
- That your child is on time to school, as we will be testing in the morning
- That your child is well rested and has breakfast (please note that breakfast will continue to be available in the school cafeteria)
- Remind your child to do the best they can.

7TH & 8TH GRADE DANCE
Our 1st dance is scheduled for Friday, September 21st and is hosted by the Baxter Team. Dances take place from 6:30pm-8:30pm and are open to all 7th and 8th graders.  The cost is $5.00 -- refreshments will be available for purchase. 

All proceeds are divided among the 7th and 8th grade teams to help defray expenses for team events.  Please note:  a) If a student is absent from school on the day of a dance, they may not attend.  A doctor’s note is required for appointments causing your child to be excused from some portion of the school day.  b) Students who have had an in-school or out-of-school suspension on the day of a dance will not be allowed to attend.  c) School dress code remains in effect. 

ATHLETICS
All fall sports have begun. Please make sure that you have provided us with the Medical Release form signed by a physician and you have filled out an Athletic Card and the Concussion Management form online through RankOne. This can be found by going to http://athletics.rsu21.net and clicking on the Rank One tab. Each athlete needs to have these three things completed before they will be allowed to participate. If you are interested in team schedules, these can be found at http://athletics.rsu21.net/msk.
 
NEW this year: We have added a new MSK Athletics Twitter page (@MSKathletics) which you can follow for daily updates and other important information.

SPORTS PHOTOS
Picture day for all sports was held earlier this week. If you still want to order pics, it’s not too late. You can do this online through the link below at LifeTouch.  Please be sure to include the Picture Day ID # LG388008X0

https://order.lifetouchsports.com/index.cfm?event=OrderHome&contractID=155491

HOMEWORK HELP
Homework Help has begun and runs every Monday-Wednesday that school is in session from 2:15 until the late bus. Students can stay and get their work done in a quiet, structured environment. Please note: Once students sign in to this after school program, they are required to stay the entire time until 3:45 unless a parent calls the main office to dismiss them early.   This year, the advisor for the Homework Help program is Nicole Desjardins and she can be reached at ndesjardins@rsu21.net with questions.

MSK PTG - SUPERWALK IS SET FOR  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
We are pleased to kick off our pledge drive for our 6th annual SUPERWALK fundraiser on Friday, September 21st. This successful event is our ONE major fundraiser of the year.  Students are asked to raise pledges to fund the MSK PTG grant fund. This fund is used to support teacher grants, pay for the ever-rising cost of field trips and support new school initiatives. We are in need of your support! Students were given pledge envelopes during the first week of classes.  Please remind your child to seek pledges and return the envelope to their advisor before or on the day of the walk. The more we raise, the more we can help! 

If you have any questions, please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com. Thank you for your support, Lorraine Burr & Denise Hammond

STUDENT COUNCIL
The Student Council will be holding its first meeting on Wednesday, September 19th after school until 3:45 p.m.  All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate. We welcome new members and look forward to seeing past members attend this first important meeting.  We will be discussing projects and fundraisers for the year. The advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  We hope to see you there! 

7th GRADE KIEVE REMINDER
Just a reminder that the 7th grade parent information meeting for students attending the Leadership School at Camp Kieve is coming up for next Tuesday evening, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. here at MSK. Please contact your child’s advisor if you have any questions or concerns. 

SECOND CHANCE BREAKFAST
The MSK cafe offers 2nd chance breakfast between 1st and 2nd blocks in the main lobby for any student who would like to purchase a breakfast meal or snack.  We offer grab and go meals with cereal or breakfast items for $1.75 or free if you qualify for free or reduced meals.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
Snacks are available to purchase every day after school beginning on Monday, September 10th  in the MSK cafetorium until 2:15 p.m. Purchases are made through student lunch accounts and meet the smart snack guidelines. Power Snack Packs are only $1.00 and include student choice of 3 items from a selection of foods. Options are available for students who qualify for free and reduced meals.

OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE AUDITIONS
Ogunquit Playhouse is producing a production of Elf The Musical this winter and is looking to cast a number of children in the show. This is a perfect opportunity for children with an interest in singing, dance, and theatre to be a part of a really special experience. Click on this link for more details. Ogunquit Playhouse Auditions

PUMPKIN PATCH TROLLEY
Please see the flyer for some fun family adventure opportunities. 
Pumpkin Patch Trolley Flyer 2018

CLYNK
CLYNK bags are available at the office with tags already applied. THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO HELP MSK RAISE FUNDS BY RETURNING YOUR BOTTLES AND CANS USING THE CLYNK PROGRAM. To redeem bottles and cans: Fill the CLYNK bags, take your bags to any Hannaford, then scan each bag with the hand scanner and place your bags inside the unlocked door at any Hannaford/CLYNK bottle return location. Your bottles and cans will be sent to CLYNK to be counted and a credit will be applied to our MSK CLYNK account to be used for student support. PLEASE HELP YOURSELF TO CLYNK BAGS ANY TIME YOU VISIT MSK!

MSK CLUBS
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  We will announce club opportunities as they start up both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

1st Quarter:

BEGINNING GUITAR
This club takes place every Monday after school in room 614 until October 29th. The advisor is Mr. Fogg. Do you have a guitar but have no idea how to play it?  Would you like to learn?  Join Mr. Fogg on Monday's from 2:15 - late bus where he will provide a brief overview of the absolute essentials you need to know to start playing guitar.  He'll cover the basics like how to properly tune and change guitar strings, and cover concepts like chords, chord changes/progressions, major/minor scales and basic songwriting skills.  He might even teach you his "chicken nuggets" song! Requirements: You must bring your own guitar (no ukulele's).  No experience required.  If you have any questions please email bfogg@rsu21.net.

BIRDING CLUB
This club will meet every other Wednesday, beginning next week September 19th.  Mr. Hall (6th grade science teacher) is the advisor. Please meet in room 611 to hear about exploring the natural world around us mainly through viewing the birds which can be found within the RSU 21 district. 

Each meeting we will be exploring a different type of habitat within the district. In addition to identifying birds, we will be looking at plants, insects, mammals, and other interesting aspects of our local natural world. There will also be a small nature photography element of this club. 

Please note, that many of the meetings for this club will be off of school property but within the district. Parent permission will be needed for students to attend each meeting. Students will also need rides from the meeting location at around 4:00 pm. Please contact Nathan Hall at nhall@rsu21.net for questions.

CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM 
The MSK Civil Rights Team will begin next Wednesday morning, September 18th at 8:00 a.m. and is open to students in all grades 6-8. This team typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. in room 612 with Mrs. McGlashan as the advisor. The next meeting, however, will be held on Wednesday, October 25th instead of Thursday. The Civil Rights Team is a club that will engage our school community in thinking and talking about issues related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation.  The CRT will meet every other week throughout the year and will be active in ensuring that MSK is a safe and welcoming place for all students, staff, and community members.  Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

7TH & 8TH GRADE MATH TEAMS
The 7th & 8th grade math teams will begin practice next Tuesday, September 18th right after school with Mrs. McGlashan as the advisor.  If you love math, join the math team.  Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

OUTING CLUB
Our community is surrounded by amazing rivers to fish and canoe, beaches with waves to surf, and mountains to climb. A web of hiking and mountain biking trails connects us to our local forests, lakes, and rivers. The MSK Outing Club is all about getting together to have fun adventuring the outdoors while sharing our passions. The outing club is open to all grades and takes place every Tuesday after school. Our first meeting will take place after school next Tuesday, September 11th, in Mr. Costello's room and we will plan this fall's outing adventures. Students can sign up on the whiteboard in the MSK lobby in front of the office. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations will be posted on the outing club website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Mancala, Pandemic and others. Students are encouraged to bring any non-electronic board game or cards they would like to share as well. This club takes place on Wednesdays after school in Mr. Coleman’s classroom (room 710) on the following dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 and 10/31. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

KENNEBUNK PARIS TRIP 2019

Next spring, Mr. Williams (MSK French teacher), will be taking interested Kennebunk students (grades 7-12) to Paris and Versailles over April Vacation. This is not a school-sponsored trip. 

The in-depth exploration of Paris allows time to appreciate the neighborhoods, cuisine, and culture of the city, while students flex their navigation, budgeting, and language skills. Choosing the perfect bistro, brasserie, café or crêperie for dinner each evening, preparing for a picnic in the Jardins de Luxembourg, and shopping on the Champs-Elysées will provide a lifetime of memories for everyone.

Students can enroll online at: http://studentslovetravel.com/enrollment/register OR email Mr. Williams: tadwilliams@me.com for more information. To reserve your spot, please enroll ASAP!

MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 7, 2018

It’s been a great first week of school and we hope your child had as much fun as we did. Welcome to our first weekly bulletin of the 2018/19 school year.  In this bulletin you will find current information on what is happening at MSK. Please don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.rsu21.net/msk/ or follow us on twitter @MSKrsu21 for updated information as the year progresses.

OPEN HOUSE DATES NEXT WEEK:
6th Grade Open House - Tuesday, Sept 11th at 6:30 pm
7th Grade Open House - Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30 pm
8th Grade Open House - Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 pm

LATE BUS
Late bus transportation begins Monday, September 10th at 4:00 and 4:10 p.m. each afternoon at the main entrance for students participating in co-curricular activities and those receiving extra academic help.  Late buses do not travel to all of the streets covered by regular transportation routes.  Students will be dropped off as close to home as possible, but should anticipate walking some distance. Be sure that you are familiar with the student code of conduct and corrective action regarding transportation (JICC) which may be viewed on the district website at https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/rsu-21-policy-manual/system/app/pages/search?scope=search-site&q=bus.

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES
All information regarding food and nutrition services can be found on the district website at:    https://www.rsu21.net/food-and-nutrition-services/

Please note that  RSU 21 participates in the food program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and the State Department of Educational and Cultural Services. The federal assistance under these programs, allows us to provide meals free or at a reduced price, dependent on family income. Free and Reduced applications can be completed online at http://rsu21.nlappscloud.com. The process is safe, secure, fast, private and available any time. The data from online applications is transmitted directly to the Nutrition office the same day you apply, allowing for faster approval. Paper applications may be requested by calling either the school office or the Food and Nutrition office at 985-9966.

SECOND CHANCE BREAKFAST
The MSK cafe offers 2nd chance breakfast between 1st and 2nd blocks in the main lobby for any student who would like to purchase a breakfast meal or snack.  We offer grab and go meals with cereal or breakfast items for $1.75 or free if you qualify for free or reduced meals.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
Snacks are available to purchase every day after school beginning on Monday, September 10th  in the MSK cafetorium until 2:15 p.m. Purchases are made through student lunch accounts and meet the smart snack guidelines. Power Snack Packs are only $1.00 and include student choice of 3 items from a selection of foods. Options are available for students who qualify for free and reduced meals.

NUT ALLERGIES
As a reminder, we have attached a letter from the school nurse regarding food allergy precautions that we need to take in the classroom and beyond at MSK. Please be sure to read this carefully and help us maintain a safe, healthy school environment for all of our students. 
Allergy Letter 2018

ATHLETICS
All fall sports will begin on Monday, September 10th. Late buses will be available after school for those who will need a ride home. 

For those athletes who will be participating in Tennis, please be aware that they will take their regular bus to the high school for practice after school. Students can be picked up at KHS after practice at 3:50 pm or take the late bus home from there.

Please make sure that you have provided us with the Medical Release form signed by a physician and you have filled out an Athletic Card and the Concussion Management form online through RankOne. This can be found by going to http://athletics.rsu21.net and clicking on the Rank One tab. Each athlete needs to have these three things completed before they will be allowed to participate. If you are interested in team schedules, these can be found at http://athletics.rsu21.net/msk.
 
There is also a new MSK Athletics Twitter page (@MSKathletics) which you can follow for daily updates and other important information.

HOMEWORK HELP
Homework Help will begin for all students on Monday, September 10th. This is an after school program that runs Monday-Wednesday, in which students can stay and get their work done in a quiet, structured environment. There will be a separate room for each grade which will ideally keep groups small and more productive. The late bus will be available to students. This year, the advisor for the Homework Help program is Nicole Desjardins and she can be reached at ndesjardins@rsu21.net with questions.

MSK PTG
The MSK Parent Teacher Group would like to welcome you to a new school year! We are looking forward to another successful year supporting the Middle School of the Kennebunks. Our first meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m. We hope you can join us.  Please see the important information below about our upcoming Superwalk:

The MSK PTG is pleased to kick off our pledge drive for our 6th annual SUPERWALK fundraiser on Friday, September 21st. This successful event is our ONE major fundraiser of the year.  Students are asked to raise pledges to fund the MSK PTG grant fund. This fund is used to support teacher grants, pay for the ever-rising cost of field trips and support new school initiatives. We are in need of your support! Students were given pledge envelopes during the first week of classes.  Please encourage your child to seek pledges and return the envelope to their advisor before or on the day of the walk. The more we raise, the more we can help! 

You will hear more about this during the open houses scheduled for next week. If you have any questions, please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com. Thank you for your support, Lorraine Burr & Denise Hammond

7th GRADE KIEVE REMINDER
Just a reminder that the 7th grade parent information meeting for students attending the Leadership School at Camp Kieve is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. here at MSK. Please contact your child’s advisor if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
CLYNK
CLYNK bags are available at the office with tags already applied. THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO HELP MSK RAISE FUNDS BY RETURNING YOUR BOTTLES AND CANS USING THE CLYNK PROGRAM. To redeem bottles and cans: Fill the CLYNK bags, take your bags to any Hannaford, then scan each bag with the hand scanner and place your bags inside the unlocked door at any Hannaford/CLYNK bottle return location. Your bottles and cans will be sent to CLYNK to be counted and a credit will be applied to our MSK CLYNK account to be used for student support. PLEASE HELP YOURSELF TO CLYNK BAGS ANY TIME YOU VISIT MSK!

MSK CLUBS
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  We will announce club opportunities as they start up both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

1st Quarter Clubs:

BEGINNING GUITAR
This club begins Monday 9/10 and ends Monday 10/29 in room 614. The advisor is Mr. Fogg. Do you have a guitar but have no idea how to play it?  Would you like to learn?  Join Mr. Fogg on Monday's from 2:15 - late bus where he will provide a brief overview of the absolute essentials you need to know to start playing guitar.  He'll cover the basics like how to properly tune and change guitar strings, and cover concepts like chords, chord changes/progressions, major/minor scales and basic songwriting skills.  He might even teach you his "chicken nuggets" song! Requirements: You must bring your own guitar (no ukulele's).  No experience required.  If you have any questions please email bfogg@rsu21.net.

OUTING CLUB
Our community is surrounded by amazing rivers to fish and canoe, beaches with waves to surf, and mountains to climb. A web of hiking and mountain biking trails connects us to our local forests, lakes, and rivers. The MSK Outing Club is all about getting together to have fun adventuring the outdoors while sharing our passions. The outing club is open to all grades and takes place every Tuesday after school. Our first meeting will take place after school next Tuesday, September 11th, in Mr. Costello's room and we will plan this fall's outing adventures. Students can sign up on the whiteboard in the MSK lobby in front of the office. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations will be posted on the outing club website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Mancala, Pandemic and others. Students are encouraged to bring any non-electronic board game or cards they would like to share as well. This club takes place on Wednesdays after school in Mr. Coleman’s classroom (room 710) on the following dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 and 10/31. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

MSK Ropes Course Permission Form

Dear parents and guardians:

Please click on the link below to complete the Rope Course Permission Form for your child to participate in this activity. Students who do not have this form completed will not be able to participate.

https://goo.gl/forms/T5Le4VwbHVi38QZw2

If you are not able to access and complete this form online, please contact the MSK office at 467-8004 and we will send home a paper copy with your child.

Thank you!

MSK Sports Info

Dear MSK Parents and Guardians:

All fall sports will begin on Monday, September 10th. Late buses will be available after school for those who need a ride home and will leave MSK at 4pm. Please be aware that late bus routes differ from regular bus routes and students may need to walk a little further depending on their stop. 

For those athletes who will be participating in Tennis, students will take their regular bus to the high school for practice after school. Students can be picked up at KHS after practice at 3:50 pm or take the late bus home from there.

Please make sure that you have provided us with the Medical Release form signed by a physician and you have filled out an Athletic Card and the Concussion Management form online through RankOne. This can be found by going to http://athletics.rsu21.net and clicking on the Rank One tab. Each athlete needs to have these three things completed before they will be allowed to participate. If you are interested in team schedules, these can be found at http://athletics.rsu21.net/msk

Attached to this email is more detailed information about all sports offered at MSK. There is also a new MSK Athletics Twitter page (@MSKathletics) which you can follow for daily updates and other important information.  
Athletic Info for Parents 2018-19

Thank you,

Andy Coulombe, MSK Athletic Director

Welcome to the 2018/19 School Year

MIDDLE SCHOOL OF THE KENNEBUNKS WELCOMES YOU TO THE 2018/19 SCHOOL YEAR

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We’re off to a great start.  New this year, you can follow us on twitter @MSKrsu21

We also want to take this opportunity to remind you of a few things:

Open House Dates: (All open houses begin at 6:30 p.m.)    
  6th Gr: Sept. 11th
  7th Gr: Sept. 12th
  8th Gr: Sept. 13th    
              
Please remember that the school day begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week and at 9:00 a.m. on late start Wednesdays.  Daily attendance and punctual arrival to school is extremely important to each student’s educational development.   It is also IMPORTANT that parents telephone (467-8004) the school if a child is going to be absent or tardy.  The office is open at 7:00 a.m. and calls should be made as early in the morning as possible.

Don’t forget, LATE-START WEDNESDAYS BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 12th. If your child rides a bus to school, it will arrive approximately 1 ½ hours later than its regular time on late start Wednesdays.

Coming home with your child today,Tuesday, September 4th:
Student Schedule
Student Planner
Student Insurance Form

Attached you will find a Nut Allergy Letter that we ask you to read very carefully. 
Allergy Letter 2018

Below is a current “Dates to Remember” for your convenience. 
Dates to Remember 2018-19 
This list of dates, as well as other important information can be found on the MSK website at www.rsu21.net/msk.shtml

Under Information & Resources you may find the following particularly helpful:
2017/18 Instructional Calendar
Colored Rotation Calendar
Daily Schedule Times (including late start Wednesday and Friday exercise day)
Student Pick Up/Drop Off Procedures
Lunch Menu and Food and Nutritional Services
Free & Reduced Lunch Letter & Application (paper copies are available in the office if needed).
Student Handbook

Thank you for your attention to these important details.  If you are unable to access the internet, you may request a paper copy of any of these website documents from the MSK office.

We look forward to an exciting year at MSK!

Sincerely,
Marty Bouchard, Principal

MSK Athletic Information 2018-19

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Below you will find information regarding MSK athletics. Please review this carefully and be sure to register your child in Rank One prior to the fall season if they are going to participate in sports this September.  If you have any questions, you can reach me at acoulombe@rsu21.net.  
Athletics email sent to parents Summer 2018.pdf

Be sure to save the date for our upcoming Parent Athletic Info Night on Thursday, August 30th at 6:00 p.m. at MSK. Sign-ups for the Fall season will take place during the first week of school and the first day of practice will be Monday, September 10th. Fall Season Opportunities = 6th-7th-8th grade co-ed cross country; 6th-7th-8th grade co-ed tennis; 7th grade boys soccer; 8th grade boys soccer; 7th grade girls soccer; 8th grade girls soccer; 7th grade girls field hockey; 8th grade girls field hockey.

Sincerely,

Andrew Coulombe, MSK Athletic Director