MSK Weekly Bulletin - February 9, 2018

WRESTLING
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 styoung@rsu21.net.

MORNING DROP OFF INFORMATION
Thank you for your patience as we work to alleviate the morning drop off congestion. Please understand that the school driveway and Thompson Road were not made to handle the number of vehicles that come to MSK each morning. If an effort to ease traffic flow, we now have two drop off areas. These are:
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.  Our number goal is to ensure the safety of students. 

Our school day begins promptly at 7:30 a.m. and students are expected to be in their homeroom at that time. 

GUNSTOCK SKI TRIP (SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH) PERMISSION SLIP ATTACHED
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

SPIRIT WEEK IS NEXT WEEK: Feb 12 - Feb 16
Please remember the school code of conduct and school dress code apply during all spirit week activities. Students are expected to dress and behave appropriately.
Monday:     Pajama Day/Onesies
Tuesday:     Sports Day
Wednesday:     Decades Day
Thursday:     Meme/Character Day
Friday:     Color Day: Katahdin-Orange; Cadillac-Yellow; Allagash-Green; Sebago-Red; 8th Grade-Blue and White 

WINTER BAND CONCERT- FEB. 15th
The MIddle School of the Kennebunks Concert and Jazz Bands will have their Winter Concert on Thursday evening, February 15, 2018.  The concert will take place in the MSK Gym and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Students should plan on arriving for warm-ups by 6:30 p.m. and should dress nicely for their performance. * please no jeans, sweatpants or shorts

Boys: Dress pants, collared shirt or sweater - tie optional
Girls: Dress, skirt/blouse, dress pants/sweater

SWIM TEAM INFORMATION - New Meeting Date of Feb 12th
There will be a Swim Team Informational Meeting for new swimmers and their parents on Monday, Feb. 12th in the school library from 6:00-6:30 pm. Please attend if you are interested in finding out about tryouts 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 http://www.rsu21.net/msk/

INTRAMURAL BASKETBALL
The last day of Intramural Basketball is Tuesday, Feb 13th - 2:15-3:45 p.m.

CHROMEBOOKS
All Chromebooks (and chargers) are to remain in school during February break.  School is closed February 19-23 and will reopen on Monday, February 26th. 

MSK INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PARENT SURVEY
This year we are involved in a self study process evaluating our progress as an IB World School. As part of this process, we are interested in learning about your experiences with our school.  We appreciate your feedback as we reflect on our progress and consider how we can continue to develop our Middle Years Programme and enhance students' educational experience at MSK.  Click here to take the survey https://goo.gl/forms/rw6odLgZh8Qs3hKx2

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 - 3rd 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!

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.netwith questions.

YEARBOOK CLUB
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 akennedy@rsu21.net  & Julia Gottlieb jgottlieb@rsu21.net  Here is a list of the scheduled meetings: February 26th, March 12th, March 26th, April 9th.

Tuesdays:
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.  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 rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions. 

Wednesdays:
ART OPEN STUDIO
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 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.  Meetings are typically held on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in room 705. Dates to be announced. Advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  You can reach them for questions at cthomson@rsu21.net and dgrant@rsu21.net 

Thursdays:
 NEW: IMPROVISATION (IMPROV) CLUB
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. This club takes place on Thursdays each week thru April 6th. Contact advisor Tom Macisso at tmacisso@rsu21.net if you have any questions.

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