MSK Weekly Bulletin - December 7, 2018

TONIGHT - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH MSK SINGS AT PRELUDE
Please come out this evening to support our MSK chorus. The Eighth Grade Select Ensemble will be singing at the tree lighting in Dock Square in Kennebunkport at 5:30 p.m.  Fireworks will follow. We hope to see you there!

REMINDER
The RSU 21 Board of Directors voted to add a half-day of school on Friday, December 21st. We will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. that day. The addition of this day will eliminate one of our two snow days, moving our last day of school back to June 18th. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:
Dec 11 - 6th grade goes to Portland Stage and will return by 12:30 - bring a bag lunch
Dec 13 - Math Meet
Dec 14 - MSK PTG meeting at 12:30 p.m. The meeting scheduled for the 13th is cancelled
Dec 21 - ½ day of school - dismissal is at 11:00 a.m.
Dec 24-Jan 1 - Holiday Break NO SCHOOL

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLER THIS HOLIDAY?
We have MSK T-shirts for $10 and Hoodie Sweatshirts for $33 in a variety of sizes. These would make a terrific gift for your MSK child. Please call or stop by the office if you are interested in purchasing one or both.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
8th grade students at MSK participate in a “Community Service Project” as a culmination of their International Baccalaureate experience.  Students are allowed to select groups and work to identify a need in the community that matches a personal area of interest.  During this year long, self-directed undertaking, students work to plan and implement a project that will impact the area of need they have identified.  In this bulletin we will list some current projects that students would like to share.
SMILES FOR SHEA - Please see the flyer attached from Avah Bedard and Sarah Barry about a dance fundraiser (8th graders only please) to support Shea as she battles brain cancer. 
Smiles For Shea
    
MORNING DROP OFF
Reminder: If you drive your child to school in the morning and drop off in the front of the building, please pull up as far as possible. Additionally, 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. 

An alternative drop off spot 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.

HOMEWORK HELP
Homework Help runs every Monday-Wednesday that school is in session from 2:15 until the late bus. Students may attend homework help if:
They currently have a W in one or more classes.
They have missed one or more days of school and need to make up work.
They are requested by a classroom teacher to attend.
They need to use school books, technology, and/or materials that may not be available at home.
They have prior approved arrangements with a classroom teacher and/or the Homework Help Coordinator, Nicole Desjardins.
Students are required to stay the entire time until 3:45 unless a parent calls the main office to dismiss them early. Homework Help advisor, Nicole Desjardins can be reached at ndesjardins@rsu21.net with questions.  

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES
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 https://rsu21.nlappscloud.com 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 edemmons@rsu21.net

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.

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!

2nd Quarter:

NEW: KNITTING/CROCHET CLUB
If you would like to learn to knit and crochet then this is the club for you. Please sign up with Mrs. Kasprzak in the main office. We will meet on Thursdays beginning January 10th in room 801.

DEBATE CLUB
Do you like to challenge yourself? Do you like to counter an argument? Are you interested in current affairs? If so, you might be curious to try the Debate Club. This club is open to all students and meets on Tuesdays after school in room 805.  Mr. Bibeau is the advisor and can be reached at pbibeau@rsu21.net with questions.

CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM 
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 rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

6TH GRADE MATH TEAM
The 6th grade math team practices on Mondays after school in room 806. Mrs. Neale is the advisor and can be reached at eneale@rsu21.net with questions.

7TH & 8TH GRADE MATH TEAMS
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 rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

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 - 710. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

STUDENT COUNCIL
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 cthomson@rsu21.net and dgrant@rsu21.net with questions.

KENNEBUNK COSTA RICA TRIP, SUMMER 2019
Pura Vida!  Next summer, Ms. Jardine (MSK Spanish teacher), will be taking interested Kennebunk students to Costa Rica, departing in early July.  Traveling students will experience an adventure-filled eight days to include hiking rain forest preserves, waterfalls, and volcanoes, lessons in ecology and geology, providing service at a wildlife refuge, zip lining, caving, and even surfing lessons! This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Latin America, enjoy natural surroundings, sample authentic foods, and practice language skills.  

Please note, this is not a school-sponsored trip; it will run through Students Love Travel, a New Hampshire owned and operated company experienced in student travel.  For more information, please email Ms. Jardine at ejardine@rsu21.net or visit Students Love Travel at: https://studentslovetravel.com/programs/private/costarica/wildlife-rescue

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!