MSK Weekly Bulletin - October 19, 2018

10/26 - 7/8 Costume Dance hosted by the PTG - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
10/29 - Student Flu Clinic
11/2 - 1st Quarter Ends

Monday  - Entire cast - music
Tuesday - Choreography for "Arabian Nights" - with ensemble, vendors, beggars and anyone else in that scene/song
Wednesday - Principals with singing roles
Thursday - Block Act 1, Scenes 1 and 2
Friday - Choreography with Cave of Wonders Dance Team

RSU 21 is hosting a Community and Parent Forum as we consider the impacts of the School Start Time Exploration. At the forum, participants will be given the opportunity to review each proposal, ask questions, voice concerns, provide feedback, and engage in productive dialogue within a smaller group setting.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Please join us: 
Monday, October 29th 
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
Kennebunk Elementary School Gym

School Start Exploration Info Packet

We have noticed that traffic on Thompson Road is backing up as parents drive their children to school in the morning and drop off in the front of the building. We want to remind you of the alternative drop off spot, which is in the parking lot behind the Dorothy Stevens Center. If you drive your child to school you can travel via Alewive Road, go past the Elementary school and turn left on to Thompson Road. Then you can enter the driveway between the Dorothy Stevens Center and MSK for a faster drop off. (Please remember to enter the lot itself to drop off at the crosswalk and continue around to exit the lot so as not to interfere with buses and other vehicle traffic). Students will enter the building through the glass hallway.

We are now offering MSK T-shirts in various sizes for just $10 each. Stop by the office and pick one up if you’re interested. We will sell them until we are out of stock and then purchase more if needed.

The PTG will be sponsoring a costume dance for the 7th & 8th graders on Friday, October 26th, 6:30-8:30pm.  We will need volunteers to help with decorating the gym/lobby/cafeteria after school and also volunteers to run the concession table and admission table. Please reach out to us at if you are able to help in any way. Thank you, Denise Hammond and Lorraine Burr

Mr. Roddy is excited to share that MSK has a fine art Instagram page. Follow our talented students at mskfinearts or

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 with questions.

Free and reduced lunch applications must be completed yearly by RSU 21. We offer the availability of applying online and the process is safe, secure, private and available anytime, anywhere. Please visit and follow the step-by-step instructions to apply. You may also request a paper application be mailed to you. To do so please email Ellen Demmons at

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.

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.

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!

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:

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

This club meets every other Wednesday to explore the natural world around us mainly through viewing the birds which can be found within the RSU 21 district. See Mr. Hall in room 611 for more information or contact Nathan Hall at for questions.

Please note, many of the meetings 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
 for questions.

The Civil Rights Team is a club that engages 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.  Please email Mrs. McGlashan at with questions. 

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. We are proud to announce that MSK's Girls Who Code club project from two years ago is featured in this year’s GWC curriculum. We are excited about starting up again and will meet every other Thursday after school in the Swift Center throughout the year (Current dates are: Nov. 1st & 15th, Dec. 6th). The coaches are Jennifer Maher and Jae Allain.

The 6th grade math team will practice on Mondays beginning October 15th.  Practice will be held in Mrs. Neale's room (806) from 2:15 until 3:45. You can reach Mrs. Neale at with questions.

If you are in 7th or 8th grade and love math, join the math team.  Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at with questions. 

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. Students can sign up on the whiteboard in Mr. Costello’s classroom (711). All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations will be posted on the outing club website: For more information contact Nick Costello at:

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: 10/24 and 10/31. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at

The next Student Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 10/23 after school until 3:45 p.m. Student Council is open to all students in grades 6-8 and we welcome new members.  The advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant and they can be reached at and with questions.

Are you creative? Do you like technology? Join the Yearbook Club!  Everyone is welcome! Advisors are Ann Kennedy ( and Julia Gottlieb ( 

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: OR email Mr. Williams: for more information. To reserve your spot, please enroll ASAP!