8th Grade Reminders

Dear 8th Grade Parents and Guardians:

Here are a few reminders for the rest of the week:

8th Grade Boat Cruise
Tomorrow, Wednesday June 20th is the Grade 8 “Boat Cruise” as we celebrate our students’ three year academic journey at MSK. This trip is with Casco Bay Lines in Portland, Maine. 

We will depart MSK at 8:00 a.m. and return to school in time to take buses home at the end of the regular school day (1:50 PM). Snacks and beverages will be provided, but students should bring a lunch and dress appropriately as it is usually cooler on the water. Don't forget the sunscreen!

8th Grade Recognition Ceremony
This ceremony will be held at KHS in the gym on Thursday evening, June 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM.   

This is not a formal function, however, we encourage students to dress as if they were going out to a nice restaurant for dinner.  We do ask that students not wear shorts, jeans, or hats

Following the presentation of certificates, friends and family members are invited to a reception in the KHS cafeteria. Refreshments will be provided by the parent group and 7th grade parents. An 8th grade slideshow, organized by a committee of eighth graders, with the help of their adviser, will also be shown in the cafeteria during refreshments.

We look forward to the successful end of a three-year journey with this fine group of young people and we wish them well as they begin the next stage of their educational experience.

Sincerely,
Jeff Rodman, Principal

P.S. - Summer Semi Formal for Graduating MSK 8th Graders

This is a non-school sponsored event that will take place Friday evening, June 22nd at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust from 7:30-10:00 p.m. Admission is $5 with funds going to the class of 2022.  If you have any questions, please contact 22mhauser@rsu21.net or 22kbennett@rsu21.net

MSK Weekly Bulletin - June 15, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL:

18 - Sebago Team Kids Teach at the Beach
19 - Allagash Team Kids Teach at the Beach
19 - 8th Grade Students at KHS all day (lunch will be provided)
19 - 8th Grade (Incoming Freshmen) Athletic Mtg at KHS - 6pm in the KHS cafe
20 - REGULAR start time of 7:30 am
20 - 7th Grade Community Caring/Bowling
20 - 8th Grade Boat Trip
20 - 6th Grade Field Day
21 - 8th Grade Awards Assembly 8:30 am (school wide)
21 - 5th Grade Step Up Day (9am)
21 - 7th Grade Field Day (after assembly)
21 - 8th Grade Recognition Night - 7pm at Kennebunk High School Gym
22 – Last day of school for students ½ day--dismissal is at 11am

NO MORE LATE START WEDNESDAYS
This is a reminder that June 20th is NOT A LATE START! The regular school start time is 7:30 a.m. 

HOMEWORK HELP
Homework help has ended for the year.  

LATE BUS END DATE IS JUNE 15TH
The last day for late buses is Friday June 15th. There are no late buses running during the last week of school and no after school activities planned! Students need to go home at the end of the regular school day.

POWERSCHOOL & REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTION
Please note that the Parent & Student Portal of Powerschool has closed and will be closed during the last week of school in order for teachers to prepare grades for report cards. The portal will reopen on Friday, June 22nd in the afternoon so you can view report cards.  Year-end report cards will be mailed home during the week of June 25th . In this mailing, team placement for next year's 7th and 8th graders will be included on the report card. NWEA test results will also be included.

6TH GRADE SOLAR CAR STATE WINNERS
The following MSK Solar Car teams were recent winners at the Junior Solar Sprint State Finals held at Paris Elementary School in South Paris, ME on June 2, 2018

SPEED
2nd Place - EL VROOM VROOM - Turner Fadiman, Robbie Jacanin and Edwin McCarron
3rd Place - MEXICAN MOBILE - Ryan Bingham, Cody Savoy, Andrew Stevens and Trevor Williams

CRAFTSMANSHIP
1st Place - EL VROOM VROOM - Turner Fadiman, Robbie Jacanin and Edwin McCarron
2nd Place - MEXICAN MOBILE - Ryan Bingham, Cody Savoy, Andrew Stevens and Trevor

KIDS CHOICE
HAWAII ON WHEELS - Ella Highbarger, Ben Rossics and Amelia Tartre

Congratulations to all our 6th graders who participated and especially to these winners.

KENNEBUNK PARKS AND REC OPPORTUNITIES:
Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at rfrench@kennebunkmaine.us

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm
COST: $45/participant

BBQ Lunch at MSK on Friday, June 15th

Dear parents and guardians:

Tomorrow, Friday-June 15th, is our school wide BBQ lunch.  The lunch block goes from 11:15 to 12:05 and all students will be together outside on the back field.  Students can purchase lunch or bring one from home. 

The menu is:
Old Neighborhood All Beef Hot Dog
OR Veggie Burger
SIDES: Confetti Corn Salad/Garden Pasta Salad
Crisp Fresh Veggies & Dip
Watermelon Wedge – Italian Ice
(there are no additional entree choices)

It looks to be a beautiful sunny day, so we encourage students to bring sunscreen and wear a hat while they are outdoors.

8th Graders to KHS - Tuesday, June 19

Dear 8th grade parents and guardians:

Next Tuesday, June 19th, the 8th grade students and staff will be spending the day at KHS. Middle school staff members will be waiting for students at the main entrance and the gym. 

We will be practicing for recognition night in the morning, have lunch together (which will be provided--no need to send one in), then meetings with KHS teachers and tours around KHS in the afternoon.  

We are asking that if you drive your child to school on Tuesday, you drop them off at KHS instead of MSK that morning.  Please arrive by 7:30 a.m. and use the main entrance by the sports field. Drive around to the back of the building and drop off in the student drop-off lane.  If you pick your child up in the afternoon, please pick them up at the high school at 2:00 p.m. in the same location.

If your child takes the bus to school, they will get off at KHS for the day. If they ride the bus home in the afternoon, they will board the bus at KHS.

If your child walks to MSK, please call the middle school office at 467-8004 so we can arrange for bus pick up to and from the high school on Tuesday if you are not able to drive them to KHS.

Thank you, 
The 8th grade staff

MSK Weekly Bulletin - June 8, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JUNE:

12 - 8th grade visit to Sanford Regional Technical Center for Techsplorations
13 - REGULAR start time of 7:30 am
13 - Nonantum TAP Art Room Reveal
14 - MSK PTG Mtg - 9:00 am
15 - BBQ Lunch for all students
18 - Sebago Team Kids Teach at the Beach
19 - Allagash Team Kids Teach at the Beach
19 - 8th Grade (Incoming Freshmen) Athletic Mtg at KHS - 6pm in the KHS cafe
20 - REGULAR start time of 7:30 am
20 - 7th Grade Community Caring/Bowling
20 - 8th Grade Boat Trip
20 - 6th Grade Field Day
21 - 8th Grade Awards Assembly 8:30 am (school wide)
21 - 5th Grade Step Up Day (9am)
21 - 7th Grade Field Day (after assembly)
21 - 8th Grade Recognition Night - 7pm at KHS
22 – Last day of school for students ½ day--dismissal is at 11am

NO MORE LATE START WEDNESDAYS
This is a reminder that the last two Wednesdays of the school year are NOT LATE START! The regular school start time is 7:30 a.m. for the remainder of the school year.  Please remind your child that late start Wednesdays have ended!

HOMEWORK HELP
Homework help has ended for the year.  

LATE BUS END DATE IS JUNE 15TH
The last day for late buses is Friday June 15th. There are no late buses running during the last week of school and no after school activities planned! Students need to go home at the end of the regular school day.

FRESHMAN GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY
Any 8th grade girl interested in playing field hockey at the high school, Coach Billings will be here on Wednesday morning, June 13th for a brief meeting in Room 507 beginning at 7:30. Anyone interested should plan to attend.

POWERSCHOOL & REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTION
Please note that the Parent & Student Portal of Powerschool will be closed during the last week of school in order for teachers to prepare grades for report cards. The portal will reopen on Friday, June 22nd in the afternoon so you can view report cards.  Year-end report cards will be mailed home during the week of June 25th . In this mailing, team placement for next year's 7th and 8th graders will be included on the report card. NWEA test results will also be included.

TOURIST NEW COVER ART CONTEST
The Tourist News is running a Cover Art Contest to promote young talent and support our young local artists. There is no entrance fee, as it is simply a way to support young artists. Please see the flyer attached for details. 
Tourist News Cover Art Contest

BRICK STORE MUSEUM - SATURDAY JUNE 9 & 10
Please see the attached flyer regarding a fun weekend at the Brick Store Museum. 
Brickstore Museum Baseball Game

KENNEBUNK PARKS AND REC OPPORTUNITIES:
Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at rfrench@kennebunkmaine.us

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm
COST: $45/participant

MSK Track Meet on Thursday, June 7th

Yesterday's track meet has been rescheduled for this Thursday, June 7th at Wells High School at 4:00 p.m.  

There will be no track practice today. The last track practice of the season will be tomorrow, Wednesday, June 6th and the last meet will be Thursday at Wells High School.

All MSK Sports Cancelled Today - June 4th

Dear parents and guardians:

All middle school sports are cancelled this afternoon, Monday, June 4th, due to weather conditions.  The track meet and lacrosse games will not be rescheduled at this point. There are no games or practices and athletes as asked to go home at the end of the regular school day.

MSK Weekly Bulletin - June 1, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JUNE

4&5 - 7th Grade Vital Signs Beach Trips

 5 - Cadillac Team Econobunk

 5 - 8th Graders to Sea Dogs Game (bus leaves MSK at 6pm and returns 9:30-9:45pm)

 6 – LAST Late Start Wednesday

 7 - Tournament of Champions @ KES 9:30-11:30 am

 7 - Katahdin Team Econobunk

12 - 8th grade visit to Sanford Regional Technical Center for Techsplorations

13 - REGULAR start time of 7:30 am

13 - Nonantum TAP Art Room Reveal

14 - MSK PTG Mtg - 9:00 am

15 - BBQ Lunch for all students

18 - Sebago Team Kids Teach at the Beach

19 - Allagash Team Kids Teach at the Beach

19 - 8th Grade (Incoming Freshmen) Athletic Mtg at KHS - 6pm in the KHS cafe

20 - REGULAR start time of 7:30 am

20 - 7th Grade Community Caring/Bowling

20 - 8th Grade Boat Trip

20 - 6th Grade Field Day

21 - 8th Grade Awards Assembly 8:30 am (school wide)

21 - 5th Grade Step Up Day (9am)

21 - 7th Grade Field Day (after assembly)

21 - 8th Grade Recognition Night - 7pm at KHS

22 – Last day of school for students ½ day--dismissal is at 11am

HOMEWORK HELP

Homework help will only take place on Monday and Wednesday this week, June 4 and 6.  Additionally, Wednesday, June 6th is the last day of homework help for the year.  

KENNEBUNK PARKS AND REC OPPORTUNITIES

Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at rfrench@kennebunkmaine.us

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm
COST: $45/participant

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 Reminders

Dear parents and guardians:

Here are some reminders for the rest of this busy week:

Bagged lunches are needed for all students Wednesday and Thursday. Students were asked to bring a lunch from home or purchase a bag lunch from the cafe on these days due to solar car races and the world market days. If your child signed up to bring a lunch from home, please remind them to bring it with them to school on Wednesday and Thursday this week.

NO Homework Help after school on Wednesday, May 30.

Sixth grade Solar Car Race Day is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 30.  This is a rain or shine event. Currently the forecast is for sun!  Students should be prepared with water bottles, hats, and sunscreen.  

French World Market Day is Wednesday, May 30th

Spanish World Market Day is Thursday, May 31st

7th & 8th Grade Band and Chorus Students - will travel to the Funtown Music Festival on Friday, June 1st.

MSK Weekly Bulletin - May 18, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
May 23 - Staff Appreciation Breakfast (Parents, the PTG still needs help with this...see below)
May 23 - All Chorus Night at KHS - 7:00 pm
May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
 - Band students march in two parades
May 29 - Incoming 6th grade Parent Information Night - 6:00 pm
May 30 - French World Market Day (Bagged lunches for all students)
May 30 - 6th Grade Solar Car Race Day
May 31 - Spanish World Market Day (Bagged lunches for all students)

MESSAGE FROM THE MSK PTG - STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST MAY 23
The annual MSK Staff Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd.The teachers really look forward to this event every year, and we'd love your help in making it a success! If you feel inclined to help out, here's the info on what and when we need help: 
Please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com if you are able to help out.

1. Volunteers
            -set-up: Wednesday 5/23 at 6:30 am (6-8 people)
            -serving: 7:15-8:15 am (6-8 people)
            -clean-up: (6-8 people)---from about 8:15 until 9:00 am

Please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com if you can help that morning.

2. Food Donations
All food donations can be dropped off Tuesday, May 22nd, between 7:30 and 4:00 in the office (there will be a cooler there), or between 6:30-7:15 am on Wednesday morning, May 23rd.
To make this easier, we have listed suggested donation items by grade:
6th grade: Juice and Water (apple, cranberry, OJ, etc, or bottled water)
7th grade: Prepared fruit (washed and cut up, please) in large zip-top bags or disposable containers---each person can do just one or two types of fruit. We did this last year and were able to combine them all into a large bowl for a fantastic fruit salad!
8th grade: Baked Goods (Pastries, Muffins, Breads--Homemade or Store-bought).  Gluten-free options would also be very appreciated!
Please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com if you are able to donate any of these items (and specifics of what you will be bringing, if possible). This way we will know what we will have and what we might need.

Thank you for your help, and for your continued support of the PTG!

FRENCH AND SPANISH MARKETS
On May 30 and 31, we will be hosting our ninth annual day-long French and Spanish Market experiences in the MSK Cafetorium.  Because many of our students won't visit a French or Spanish-speaking country while in middle or high school, we offer them the opportunity to role-play a trip to France or Spain and provide this as a World Language assessment for our students in grades 6 - 8.

Thanks to our great parents and former students, we are all staffed for both markets already.  It's so encouraging to see how much support we have for this event.  We still need FOOD DONATIONS!  If you are able and willing to contribute, please sign up using the links below.  We need everything from crepes and cookies to empanadas, grapes, and paper plates.  
The past eight years’ events have each been a huge success!  We're looking forward to another.  Thank you for your continued support.  

Merci Beaucoup!     ¡Muchas gracias!
James François • Ellen Jardine • Jeff Kugler • Tad Williams

Online Sign Up for:
(French - 5/30)   Food Donations http://alturl.com/2oscv           
(Spanish - 5/31) Food Donations http://alturl.com/ggh44

MSK YEARBOOK
Now is the time to order your MSK yearbook.  Don’t miss out.  Sales end June 4th.

-- The 2017-2018 yearbook is bigger and better than ever, and it's all in color!  The cost is $25.00. 
-- The easiest way to order your yearbook is to order online by simply clicking this link - https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob?isAdvertisementOnly=False
-- Use the MSK Yearbook ID code 13356518 and follow the prompts to place your order. You can also find this link on the MSK website at: http://www.rsu21.net/msk-yearbook-orders
-- Online sales end on June 4th so order soo!  The MSK Yearbook sold out last year!!

Please contact yearbook advisors Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net or Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

MSK VEGGIE PLANT SALE
The greenhouse at school is busting with transplants that the students grew. To help raise money for future student gardening at MSK come buy some veggie transplants for your garden! 

The first plant sale will take place May 21 and 22 before and after school during pick up and drop off in the front of the building.

If you want to reserve plants: email Nick Costello, ncostello@rsu21.net  
Available Plants are: Black Cherry Tomatoes $5; Basil $3; Eggplant $5; Cucumber $5; 
Kai Kai Pumpkin $5; Zuchini $5; Yellow Summer Squash $5; Life Plant (Cool easy to grow succulent ) $5

COMMUNITY NEWS
8th grade students at MSK participate in a “Community Service Project” as a culmination of their International Baccalaureate experience at MSK.

Variety Show @ MSK May 19th (THIS SATURDAY) to support the Center in Lower Village
Do you love watching amazing performances? Well you are in luck! As part of her 8th grade service project, Maggie Nelson is hosting Kennebunk’s all new, multi-generational variety show on May19th at Middle School of the Kennebunks at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.  We hope you can join us to experience the wonders this show has to offer! All money raised will go to the Center in lower village. 

KENNEBUNK PARKS AND REC OPPORTUNITIES
Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at rfrench@kennebunkmaine.us

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm
COST: $45/participant

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help typically takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:50 p.m. Please remember that this is an academic assistance program and not meant as an after school care program. Late buses are available for transportation home.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
Snacks are available to purchase every day after school 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.

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.

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 - 4th QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB on Tuesdays and Thursdays
The MSK Ultimate Frisbee Club will continue to play Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of May from 2:15 to 3:30.  The club is open to all grades and no prior experience with the game is required.  Please meet in Mr. Kugler’s room after school (714, at end of the 7th grade hallway) and the club will walk to the West Kennebunk Recreation Field to play.  Players will return to MSK by 3:45 in time to catch the late bus. Please contact Mr. Kugler at jkugler@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

Tuesdays:
OUTING CLUB
For complete information about planned outings please go to the MSK website at https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ 

Wednesdays:
ART OPEN STUDIO
This club typically takes place every Wednesday after school until 3:45 p.m. Space is limited to 20 students so we ask that you sign up prior to participating each week.  Open Studio takes place in room 506 with Art Teacher Brendan Roddy as the advisor. Mr Roddy can be reached at broddy@rsu21.net for questions.

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Moncala, 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). If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

STUDENT COUNCIL
All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate and we always welcome new members. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 9th at 8:00 a.m. Advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  You can reach them for questions at cthomson@rsu21.net and dgrant@rsu21.net 

Thursdays:
CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM
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 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.  Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB
This girls only club aims to close the gender gap in technology.  Girls learn to build apps, design games, build websites, and develop friendships through code. This takes place on Thursdays after school in the Swift Center throughout the year. The coach is Jennifer Maher and the advisor is Jae Allain jallain@rsu21.net 

IT'S TIME TO ORDER YOUR MSK YEARBOOK

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Now is the time to order your MSK yearbook.  Don’t miss out.  Sales end on June 4th.

The 2017-2018 yearbook is bigger and better than ever, and it's all in color!  The cost is $25.00. 

The easiest way to order your yearbook is to order online by simply clicking this link - https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob?isAdvertisementOnly=False

Use the MSK Yearbook ID code 13356518 and follow the prompts to place your order. 

You can also find this link on the MSK website at: http://www.rsu21.net/msk-yearbook-orders

Order soo!  The MSK Yearbook sold out last year!!

Please contact yearbook advisors Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net or Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

MSK Sports Announcement - May 15

UPDATE: We have just received a few more cancellations so please be advised that with the exception of 7th grade softball practice, ALL GAMES AND PRACTICES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED THIS AFTERNOON.

Dear parents/guardians:
Due to weather conditions this afternoon, please be advised that:

Track practice is cancelled

7&8 Boys LAX is cancelled

7 girls LAX game is CANCELLED
8 girls LAX practice is CANCELLED

7 Baseball game cancelled/no practice
8 Baseball practice is cancelled

7 Softball game cancelled/practice will take place, meet in the lobby at 2:15
8 Softball practice is cancelled
 

Thank you,
Andy Coulombe, MSK Athletic Director

MSK Weekly Bulletin - May 11, 2018

NCOMING PRINCIPAL TO VISIT MSK
On Tuesday afternoon, May 15th,  incoming principal Marty Bouchard will be at MSK for a “meet and greet” with students and staff from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. There will also be a “meet and greet” social for parents and community members from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the MSK library. All are welcome.

DISTRICT BUDGET MEETING TUESDAY, MAY 15
This is a reminder that the district budget meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 15th at 7 p.m. in the KES gym. It is important that as many residents attend as possible so we can move the budget forward and get it to the polls for a vote on June 12th. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
May 14/15 - Cadillac Team to the Telling Room
May 15 - Meet and Greet New Principal Marty Bouchard 4pm-5pm in the MSK Library
May 15 - District Budget Mtg - 7pm in the KES gym
May 16 - Spring Sports Photo Day after school
May 17/18 - Katahdin Team to the Telling Room
May 23 - All Chorus Night at KHS - 7:00 pm
May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
 - Band students march in two parades
May 29 - Incoming 6th grade Parent Information Night - 6:00 pm
May 30 - French World Market Day (Bagged lunches for all students)
May 30 - 6th Grade Solar Car Race Day
May 31 - Spanish World Market Day (Bagged lunches for all students)

STUDENT DRESS CODE REMINDER
With warm weather arriving we would like to remind students of our dress code:  This can also be found on the middle school website in the student handbook at http://www.rsu21.net/msk/

Students must be dressed in appropriate attire that is neat, clean and safe. 
1. Students must wear footwear at all times.
2. Offensive/distracting words, pictures, and/or slogans deemed to be in poor taste are prohibited. This applies to drug, alcohol, and sexual inferences. 
3. Immodest clothing is prohibited at school. Clothing worn in such a manner as to reveal underwear or bare skin between the upper chest and mid-thigh is inappropriate. 
4. Students may wear hats or head coverings with the permission of the supervising faculty, staff, or administrator. The administration is the final judge of appropriate/inappropriate dress.

MESSAGE FROM THE MSK PTG - STAFF BREAKFAST MAY 23
The annual MSK Staff Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd.The teachers really look forward to this event every year, and we'd love your help in making it a success! If you feel inclined to help out, here's the info on what and when we need help:

1. Volunteers
            -set-up: Wednesday 5/23 at 6:30 am (6-8 people)
            -serving: 7:15-8:15 am (6-8 people)
            -clean-up: (6-8 people)---from about 8:15 until 9:00 am

Please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com if you can help that morning.

2. Food Donations
All food donations can be dropped off Tuesday, May 22nd, between 7:30 and 4:00 in the office (there will be a cooler there), or between 6:30-7:15 am on Wednesday morning, May 23rd.
To make this easier, we have listed suggested donation items by grade:
6th grade: Juice and Water (apple, cranberry, OJ, etc, or bottled water)
7th grade: Prepared fruit (washed and cut up, please) in large zip-top bags or disposable containers---each person can do just one or two types of fruit. We did this last year and were able to combine them all into a large bowl for a fantastic fruit salad!
8th grade: Baked Goods (Pastries, Muffins, Breads--Homemade or Store-bought).  Gluten-free options would also be very appreciated!

Please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com if you are able to donate any of these items (and specifics of what you will be bringing, if possible). This way we will know what we will have and what we might need.

Thank you for your help, and for your continued support of the PTG!

FRENCH AND SPANISH MARKETS
On  May 30 and 31, we will be hosting our ninth annual day-long French and Spanish Market experiences in the MSK Cafetorium.  Many students will not have the chance to visit a French or Spanish-speaking country while in middle or high school.  Therefore, we offer students the opportunity to role-play a trip to France or Spain and provide this World Language assessment for our students in grades 6 - 8.

Thanks to assistance from parents, community members, and local businesses, the past eight years’ events have each been a huge success!  If you are willing to help out, by either volunteering or sending in food donations, please sign up online at the URL addresses provided below.  Merci Beaucoup!     ¡Muchas gracias!
James François • Ellen Jardine • Jeff Kugler • Tad Williams

Online Sign Up for 
(French - 5/30)   Food Donations http://alturl.com/2oscv
                           Market Volunteers http://alturl.com/wprru
(Spanish - 5/31) Food Donations http://alturl.com/ggh44
                           Market Volunteers http://alturl.com/p8xu7

MSK YEARBOOK
It’s time to order your MSK yearbook.  Don’t miss out.  

-- The 2017-2018 yearbook is bigger and better than ever, and it's all in color!  The cost is $25.00. 
-- The easiest way to order your yearbook is to order online by simply clicking this link - https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob?isAdvertisementOnly=False
-- Use the MSK Yearbook ID code 13356518 and follow the prompts to place your order. You can also find this link on the MSK website at: http://www.rsu21.net/msk-yearbook-orders
-- Online sales end on June 4th so order soo!  The MSK Yearbook sold out last year!!

Please contact yearbook advisors Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net or Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

COMMUNITY NEWS:
8th grade students at MSK participate in a “Community Service Project” as a culmination of their International Baccalaureate experience at MSK.

Variety Show May 19th to support the Center in Lower Village
Do you love watching amazing performances? Well you are in luck! As part of her 8th grade service project, Maggie Nelson is hosting Kennebunk’s all new, multi-generational variety show on May19th at Middle School of the Kennebunks at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.  We hope you can join us to experience the wonders this show has to offer! All money raised will go to the Center in lower village. 

KENNEBUNK PARKS AND REC OPPORTUNITIES:
Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at rfrench@kennebunkmaine.us

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm
COST: $45/participant

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help typically takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:50 p.m. Please remember that this is an academic assistance program and not meant as an after school care program. Late buses are available for transportation home.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
Snacks are available to purchase every day after school 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.

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.

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 - 4th QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB on Tuesdays and Thursdays
The MSK Ultimate Frisbee Club will continue to play Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of May from 2:15 to 3:30.  The club is open to all grades and no prior experience with the game is required.  Please meet in Mr. Kugler’s room after school (714, at end of the 7th grade hallway) and the club will walk to the West Kennebunk Recreation Field to play.  Players will return to MSK by 3:45 in time to catch the late bus. Please contact Mr. Kugler at jkugler@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

Tuesdays:
OUTING CLUB
For complete information about planned outings please go to the MSK website at https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ 

Wednesdays:
ART OPEN STUDIO
This club typically takes place every Wednesday after school until 3:45 p.m. Space is limited to 20 students so we ask that you sign up prior to participating each week.  Open Studio takes place in room 506 with Art Teacher Brendan Roddy as the advisor. Mr Roddy can be reached at broddy@rsu21.net for questions.

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Moncala, 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). If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

STUDENT COUNCIL
All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate and we always welcome new members. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 9th at 8:00 a.m. Advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  You can reach them for questions at cthomson@rsu21.net and dgrant@rsu21.net 

Thursdays:
    CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM
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 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.  Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB
This girls only club aims to close the gender gap in technology.  Girls learn to build apps, design games, build websites, and develop friendships through code. This takes place on Thursdays after school in the Swift Center throughout the year. The coach is Jennifer Maher and the advisor is Jae Allain jallain@rsu21.net 

MSK Weekly Bulletin - May 4, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
May 4 - 7/8 Grade Dance - 6:30-8:30 pm $5.00 admission
May 9 - All Band Night at KHS - 6:30 pm
May 14/15 - Cadillac Team to the Telling Room
May 17/18 - Katahdin Team to the Telling Room
May 23 - All Chorus Night at KHS - 7:00 pm
May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
             - Band students march in two parades
May 29 - Incoming 6th grade Parent Information Night - 6:00 pm
May 30 - French World Market Day (Bagged lunches for all students)
May 30 - 6th Grade Solar Car Race Day
May 31 - Spanish World Market Day (Bagged lunches for all students)

STUDENT DRESS CODE REMINDER
With warm weather arriving we would like to take this opportunity to remind students of our dress code:  This can also be found on the middle school website in the student handbook at http://www.rsu21.net/msk/

Students must be dressed in appropriate attire that is neat, clean and safe. 
1. Students must wear footwear at all times.
2. Offensive/distracting words, pictures, and/or slogans deemed to be in poor taste are prohibited. This applies to drug, alcohol, and sexual inferences. 
3. Immodest clothing is prohibited at school. Clothing worn in such a manner as to reveal underwear or bare skin between the upper chest and mid-thigh is inappropriate. 
4. Students may wear hats or head coverings with the permission of the supervising faculty, staff, or administrator. The administration is the final judge of appropriate/inappropriate dress.

LUNCH MENU SWAP
Please note that the lunch menus next week on Tuesday, May 8th and Wednesday, May 9th will swap . 

MSK YEARBOOK
It’s time to order your MSK yearbook.  Don’t miss out.  

-- The 2017-2018 yearbook is bigger and better than ever, and it's all in color!  The cost is $25.00. 
-- The easiest way to order your yearbook is to order online by simply clicking this link - https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob?isAdvertisementOnly=False
-- Use the MSK Yearbook ID code 13356518 and follow the prompts to place your order. You can also find this link on the MSK website at: http://www.rsu21.net/msk-yearbook-orders
-- Online sales end on June 4th so order soo!  The MSK Yearbook sold out last year!!

Please contact yearbook advisors Ann Kennedy akennedy@rsu21.net or Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

HOOPS FOR HEART
Students are reminded to bring in their Hoops for Heart Donations by this Monday, May 7th.

COMMUNITY NEWS
8th grade students at MSK participate in a “Community Service Project” as a culmination of their International Baccalaureate experience at MSK.

Variety Show May 19th to support the Center in Lower Village
Do you love watching amazing performances? Well you are in luck! As part of her 8th grade service project, Maggie Nelson is hosting Kennebunk’s all new, multi-generational variety show on May19th at Middle School of the Kennebunks at 2:00 p.m.Admission is $5.00.  We hope you can join us to experience the wonders this show has to offer! All money raised will go to the Center in lower village. 

KENNEBUNK PARKS AND REC OPPORTUNITIES
Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at rfrench@kennebunkmaine.us

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm
COST: $45/participant

HOMEWORK HELP
Academic Homework Help typically takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:50 p.m. Please remember that this is an academic assistance program and not meant as an after school care program. Late buses are available for transportation home.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
Snacks are available to purchase every day after school 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.

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.

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 - 4th QTR
A variety of clubs start up at different times throughout the school year depending on student and staff interests.  Below is a list of current clubs.  We will announce new club opportunities as they happen both in this weekly bulletin and through student announcements during the school day.  Stay tuned!

NEW: ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB on Tuesdays and Thursdays
This ultimate frisbee club will play fun, informal pick-up style games while practicing the fundamental skills of the game. Students will walk to the KES fields with Advisor, Jeff Kugler and return to MSK in time for the late bus at 3:50 p.m. on the following days: Tuesdays 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 and 5/29 and Thursdays 5/10, 5/17 and 5/24. Please contact Mr. Kugler at jkugler@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

Tuesdays:
OUTING CLUB
For complete information about planned outings please go to the MSK website at https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/ 

Wednesdays:
ART OPEN STUDIO
This club typically takes place every Wednesday after school until 3:45 p.m. Space is limited to 20 students so we ask that you sign up prior to participating each week.  Open Studio takes place in room 506 with Art Teacher Brendan Roddy as the advisor. Mr Roddy can be reached at broddy@rsu21.net for questions.

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Moncala, 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). If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

STUDENT COUNCIL
All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate and we always welcome new members. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 9th at 8:00 a.m. Advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  You can reach them for questions at cthomson@rsu21.net and dgrant@rsu21.net 

Thursdays:
CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM
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 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.  Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB
This girls only club aims to close the gender gap in technology.  Girls learn to build apps, design games, build websites, and develop friendships through code. This takes place on Thursdays after school in the Swift Center throughout the year. The coach is Jennifer Maher and the advisor is Jae Allain jallain@rsu21.net 

MSK Weekly Bulletin - April 27, 2018

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

May 2 - Sebago Team East Asia Night - 6:00 pm

May 3 - Allagash Team East Asia Night - 6:00 pm

May 4 - 7/8 Grade Dance - 6:30-8:30 pm

May 9 - All Band Night at KHS - 6:30 pm

May 14/15 - Cadillac Team to the Telling Room

May 17/18 - Katahdin Team to the Telling Room

May 23 - All Chorus Night at KHS - 7:00 pm

May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

             - Band students march in two parades

May 29 - Incoming 6th grade Parent Information Night - 6:30 pm

May 30 - French World Market Day

May 30 - 6th Grade Solar Car Race Day

May 31 - Spanish World Market Day

KENNEBUNK PARKS AND REC OPPORTUNITIES:

Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at rfrench@kennebunkmaine.us

Epic Night Out - May 1 - Sea Dogs Baseball

WHEN: Tuesday, May 1

WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK

TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 10:00 pm

COST: $40/participant

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th

WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK

TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm

COST: $45/participant

HOMEWORK HELP

Academic Homework Help typically takes place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school until 3:50 p.m. Please remember that this is an academic assistance program and not meant as an after school care program. Late buses are available for transportation home.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS

Snacks are available to purchase every day after school 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.

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.

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 - 4th QTR

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

NEW: ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB on Tuesdays and Thursdays

This ultimate frisbee club will play fun, informal pick-up style games while practicing the fundamental skills of the game. Students will walk to the KES fields with Advisor, Jeff Kugler and return to MSK in time for the late bus at 3:50 p.m. on the following days: Tuesdays 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22 and 5/29 and Thursdays 5/3, 5/10, 5/17 and 5/24. Please contact Mr. Kugler at jkugler@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

Mondays:

6TH GRADE MATH TEAM

6th grade math team practice is held every Monday after school until 3:45 p.m. This takes place in room 806. Mrs. Neale is the advisor and can be reached at eneale@rsu21.net with questions.

Tuesdays:

OUTING CLUB

For complete information about planned outings please go to the MSK website at https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/

7TH & 8TH GRADE MATH TEAMS

Practices for SMML math team meets every other Tuesday through early May after school until 3:45 p.m. in room 612. The teams will attend three after-school meets and one day meet in Portland. The next after-school meet is scheduled for Mar. 6.  Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions.

MATH COUNTS (GRADES 7 & 8)

MathCounts is a more intense and advanced math team experience that meets after school with Mrs. McGlashan in room 612 until 3:45 p.m. every other Tuesday. MathCounts students will have a full practice and engage with MC concepts and problems during SMML math team practice.  Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions.

Wednesdays:

ART OPEN STUDIO

This club typically takes place every Wednesday after school until 3:45 p.m. Space is limited to 20 students so we ask that you sign up prior to participating each week.  Open Studio takes place in room 506 with Art Teacher Brendan Roddy as the advisor. Mr Roddy can be reached at broddy@rsu21.net for questions.

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB

All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of strategy games such as, chess, Risk, Stratego, Moncala, 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). If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

STUDENT COUNCIL

All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate and we always welcome new members.  Advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant. You can reach them for questions at cthomson@rsu21.net and dgrant@rsu21.net

Thursdays:

CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM

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 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.  Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions.

GIRLS WHO CODE CLUB

This girls only club aims to close the gender gap in technology.  Girls learn to build apps, design games, build websites, and develop friendships through code. This takes place on Thursdays after school in the Swift Center throughout the year. The coach is Jennifer Maher and the advisor is Jae Allain jallain@rsu21.net