MSK Weekly Bulletin - February 2, 2018

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Computer Technician, Jae Allain who started at MSK last week. Ms. Allain will be responsible for IT support for students and staff at the middle school.  She can be reached at or by calling 467-8004.

Some fun facts about Ms. Allain: she has four chickens and two cats (Princess Gwendolyn and Young Master Thomas Brady Fortin.) Some of her non-technology hobbies include gardening, crafting, cooking, and snowboarding. She also volunteers at Sunday River.

Welcome to Middle School of the Kennebunks Ms. Allain!

Our school day begins at 7:30 a.m…..students are expected to be in their homeroom at that time. If you happen to be driving your child to school in the morning, please arrive between 7:00-7:25 a.m.  In an effort to alleviate traffic flow issues, you may now drop off in one of two areas.  
1. The front driveway along the sidewalk of the main entrance (please pull as far forward as possible).
2. The middle school side parking lot behind the Dorothy Steven’s Center.  If you use the side lot, we ask that you drop your child off in the parking lot, not the driveway.  This will allow traffic to flow smoothly. Students need to use the crosswalk and enter through the glass hallway door when being dropped off at this location. 
At all times, please adhere to the posted speed limits and do not pass other vehicles in line.

Attached is the “official” Gunstock Ski Trip permission Slip. Please print and complete this form and return it to Mr. Rodman no later than Monday February 12th. Hard copies are also available in the main office. 
Gunstock Ski Permission Slip March 2018

This after school program will be starting up soon and is designed to support students who have not successfully completed their work at the end of the 2nd quarter. In lieu of a failing grade, this program requires students to successfully complete assignments, assessments, etc… under the watchful eye of MSK staff. Students have up to two weeks to successfully complete their work. If a student does not complete the program within the two weeks, they will receive a failing grade and will not be allowed to participate in after school activities.

Thursday February 8th, 5:00-7:00 pm at Kennebunkport Consolidated School

A Consolidated School Family Member, a young boy, Max, was diagnosed with cancer this past summer. He still attends school when he is feeling well and not in the hospital receiving treatment. 

Spaghetti Supper is $5pp, please pre-buy tickets at KCS in the office. (We will have tickets available to purchase at the door). Pre-buyers will be on a list, simply check-in at the door. 
All food generously donated from Alisson’s Restaurant and Bradbury Bros. Market. 

Thanks to the support and generosity of our community and surrounding communities  we are holding a RAFFLE FUNDRAISER with AMAZING GIFTS on our stage at KCS  during the Supper as well as ONE silent auction item! 
Raffle Tickets are $5ea. OR 5/$20.  All gifts are valued at a $100 minimum in value! 

All money raised will go to Max’s Family. 

If you are unable to attend but would like to help this family, monetary donations are being accepted. Checks should be written to KCS or RSU21 (memo:Max’s fundraiser) and dropped off or mailed to: Consolidated School, attn: Max’s Fundraiser, 25 School Street, Kennebunkport, ME. 04046 by February 9th. 

Intramural Basketball takes place after school on the following dates:
Tuesday 2/6 - 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Thursday 2/8 - 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Tuesday 2/13 - 2:15-3:45 p.m.
Thursday 2/15 - 2:15-3:45 p.m.

There will be a Swim Team Informational Meeting for new swimmers and their parents on Wednesday, Feb. 7th in the school library from 6:00-6:30 pm. Please attend if you are interested in finding out about try-outs requirements, ordering suits, and the schedule for practices and meets. 

All swimmers new to the MSK team must tryout.  Tryouts will be Feb. 26th at the YMCA in Biddeford. The swim bus will leave MSK at 2:00 pm for the Y practice which is 2:30-3:30.  The swim bus will return to MSK for the 4:00 pm late bus. Open spots are limited, so interested swimmers should be able to swim a 50 freestyle with proper breathing in 50 seconds or less.  Also swimmers must be able to commit to 4 days of practice per week (2:30-3:30 pm) and 5 Friday evening meets.

Practice for swimmers who have been on the team last year will start Feb. 27th. The swim bus leaves MSK at 2:00 pm for the 2:30 Y practice and returns for the 4:00 pm late bus at MSK.

More information can be found on the MSK website under Athletics at

There will be an informational meeting for students and parents on Friday, February 9th, at 6:30 pm in the KHS gym. Middle School wrestling will start on Monday, February 12th. 

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Young at

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.

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.

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 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.  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!

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 with questions.

Everyone is welcome!  All Yearbook Club meetings take place in the library and will be on Mondays after school, ending in time for students to catch the late bus.  Advisors are:  Ann Kennedy  & Julia Gottlieb  Here is a list of the scheduled meetings: February 5th, February 26th, March 12th, March 26th, April 9th.

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 with questions. 

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.  Ten MC students will attend the regional meet on a Saturday in late January or early February.  Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at with questions. 

This club 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 for questions.

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

All students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate and we always welcome new members.  Meetings are typically held on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in room 705. The next meeting will be on Feb 7th. Advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  You can reach them for questions at and 

This club is open to all students and is for those interested in learning more about the basics of improv. No experience required, just have fun while learning a specialized form of acting without scripts in a group setting. The 1st meeting will take place on February 8th and continue on Thursdays each week thru April 6th. Please sign up outside of the chorus room if interested. Contact advisor Tom Macisso at if you have any questions.

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 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. 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