MSK Weekly Bulletin - November 2, 2018

  2 - The 1st quarter ends. Students and parents are reminded to check PowerSchool for missing work as the quarter comes to a close. The parent portal will be closed beginning Monday, November 5th as teachers finalize grades and will reopen on Monday, November 12th so parents can view report cards.
  8 - MSK PTG Mtg - 9:00 am in the cafe
12 – NO School - Veterans’ Day (observed)
14 - Bagged Lunches for Grades 6 & 7
14 - 8th Grade Thanksgiving Luncheon

Monday - Blocking - pages 60 - 96
Tuesday - Choreography - Arabian Nights
Wednesday - All Cast members - Music
Thursday - Blocking - pages 60 -96
Friday - Music - Jasmine, Entourge, Jafar, Iago, Aladdin, Babkak, Omar and Kassim, Genie


7th and 8th Grade boys and 8th grade girls basketball will begin on Monday, November 5.
7th grade girls basketball will begin on Tuesday, November 6.

The tryout and practice schedule for the first week is as follows:
7th Grade Boys - 6:00-7:15 Monday through Thursday; 2:15-3:30 Friday
8th Grade Boys - 3:30-4:45 Monday,Tues & Wed; 2:15-3:30 Thursday & Friday
7th Grade Girls - 4:45-6:00 Tuesday through Friday
8th Grade Girls - 2:15-3:30 Monday, Tues & Wed; 3:30-4:45 Thursday; 6:00-7:15 Friday 

Students may stay after school if they have practice at 2:15 or 3:30. Anyone with the 4:45 pm or 6:00 pm practice should go home after school and come back for their practice time. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Coulombe at

Intramural basketball begins in January. Look for detailed information regarding intramurals in later bulletins.

Dear 8th Grade Parents and Guardians:
Each November, the two 8th grade teams hold a Thanksgiving Dinner as their IB Community Giving Project for the senior citizens of our community.  This year’s dinner will be held on Wednesday, November 14th, and Biddeford Savings Bank is sponsoring and funding it as our community partner.  The students plan the event, decorate the space, create the menu, serve the food, and provide the entertainment.

The 8th graders were given information requesting the names and addresses of relatives, neighbors and friends to invite to the dinner. The form is also attached for your convenience.  
Please consider helping us by donating desserts or rolls.  We have set up a Sign Up Genius to organize donations.

Thank you, Sharon Greenglass, Erin Neale and the 8th grade teams

We want to remind everyone that we will continue to walk outside on Friday mornings as long as the weather cooperates. With the cooler temps, we encourage students to come prepared to walk outside and to wear a coat/jacket (gloves and scarves are fine too). 

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. If you drop off in front, please remember to use the driveway and pull up as far as possible. DO NOT drop off in the parking lot as this presents a safety issue for students. The parking lot is to be used only if you park and come into 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.

Homework Help 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!

2nd Quarter:

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. 15th and Dec. 6th). The coaches are Jennifer Maher and Jae Allain.

The 6th grade math team practices on Mondays after school in room 806. Mrs. Neale is the advisor and can be reached at with questions.

If you are in 7th or 8th grade and love math, join the math team.  Practice takes place on Wednesdays after school in room 507. Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at with questions. 

The next two dates of this club are Nov 6 and 13th. All information regarding outings, pick up times, and pick up locations are 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 - 710. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at

Student Council is open to all students in grades 6-8 and we welcome new members.  Scheduled meeting dates are Nov 13 and Nov 27 at 7:00 am in room 701. 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! We meet after school in the library on the following dates: Thursday, Nov 8, Nov 29 and Dec 13. Future dates TBA. 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!