MSK Weekly Bulletin - May 11, 2018

On Tuesday afternoon, May 15th,  incoming principal Marty Bouchard will be at MSK for a “meet and greet” with students and staff from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. There will also be a “meet and greet” social for parents and community members from 4:00 - 5:00 pm in the MSK library. All are welcome.

This is a reminder that the district budget meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 15th at 7 p.m. in the KES gym. It is important that as many residents attend as possible so we can move the budget forward and get it to the polls for a vote on June 12th. 

May 14/15 - Cadillac Team to the Telling Room
May 15 - Meet and Greet New Principal Marty Bouchard 4pm-5pm in the MSK Library
May 15 - District Budget Mtg - 7pm in the KES gym
May 16 - Spring Sports Photo Day after school
May 17/18 - Katahdin Team to the Telling Room
May 23 - All Chorus Night at KHS - 7:00 pm
May 28 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
 - Band students march in two parades
May 29 - Incoming 6th grade Parent Information Night - 6:00 pm
May 30 - French World Market Day (Bagged lunches for all students)
May 30 - 6th Grade Solar Car Race Day
May 31 - Spanish World Market Day (Bagged lunches for all students)

With warm weather arriving we would like to remind students of our dress code:  This can also be found on the middle school website in the student handbook at

Students must be dressed in appropriate attire that is neat, clean and safe. 
1. Students must wear footwear at all times.
2. Offensive/distracting words, pictures, and/or slogans deemed to be in poor taste are prohibited. This applies to drug, alcohol, and sexual inferences. 
3. Immodest clothing is prohibited at school. Clothing worn in such a manner as to reveal underwear or bare skin between the upper chest and mid-thigh is inappropriate. 
4. Students may wear hats or head coverings with the permission of the supervising faculty, staff, or administrator. The administration is the final judge of appropriate/inappropriate dress.

The annual MSK Staff Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd.The teachers really look forward to this event every year, and we'd love your help in making it a success! If you feel inclined to help out, here's the info on what and when we need help:

1. Volunteers
            -set-up: Wednesday 5/23 at 6:30 am (6-8 people)
            -serving: 7:15-8:15 am (6-8 people)
            -clean-up: (6-8 people)---from about 8:15 until 9:00 am

Please contact us at if you can help that morning.

2. Food Donations
All food donations can be dropped off Tuesday, May 22nd, between 7:30 and 4:00 in the office (there will be a cooler there), or between 6:30-7:15 am on Wednesday morning, May 23rd.
To make this easier, we have listed suggested donation items by grade:
6th grade: Juice and Water (apple, cranberry, OJ, etc, or bottled water)
7th grade: Prepared fruit (washed and cut up, please) in large zip-top bags or disposable containers---each person can do just one or two types of fruit. We did this last year and were able to combine them all into a large bowl for a fantastic fruit salad!
8th grade: Baked Goods (Pastries, Muffins, Breads--Homemade or Store-bought).  Gluten-free options would also be very appreciated!

Please contact us at if you are able to donate any of these items (and specifics of what you will be bringing, if possible). This way we will know what we will have and what we might need.

Thank you for your help, and for your continued support of the PTG!

On  May 30 and 31, we will be hosting our ninth annual day-long French and Spanish Market experiences in the MSK Cafetorium.  Many students will not have the chance to visit a French or Spanish-speaking country while in middle or high school.  Therefore, we offer students the opportunity to role-play a trip to France or Spain and provide this World Language assessment for our students in grades 6 - 8.

Thanks to assistance from parents, community members, and local businesses, the past eight years’ events have each been a huge success!  If you are willing to help out, by either volunteering or sending in food donations, please sign up online at the URL addresses provided below.  Merci Beaucoup!     ¡Muchas gracias!
James François • Ellen Jardine • Jeff Kugler • Tad Williams

Online Sign Up for 
(French - 5/30)   Food Donations
                           Market Volunteers
(Spanish - 5/31) Food Donations
                           Market Volunteers

It’s time to order your MSK yearbook.  Don’t miss out.  

-- The 2017-2018 yearbook is bigger and better than ever, and it's all in color!  The cost is $25.00. 
-- The easiest way to order your yearbook is to order online by simply clicking this link -
-- Use the MSK Yearbook ID code 13356518 and follow the prompts to place your order. You can also find this link on the MSK website at:
-- Online sales end on June 4th so order soo!  The MSK Yearbook sold out last year!!

Please contact yearbook advisors Ann Kennedy or Julia Gottlieb if you have any questions.

8th grade students at MSK participate in a “Community Service Project” as a culmination of their International Baccalaureate experience at MSK.

Variety Show May 19th to support the Center in Lower Village
Do you love watching amazing performances? Well you are in luck! As part of her 8th grade service project, Maggie Nelson is hosting Kennebunk’s all new, multi-generational variety show on May19th at Middle School of the Kennebunks at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.  We hope you can join us to experience the wonders this show has to offer! All money raised will go to the Center in lower village. 

Epic Nights Out is for middle school and freshman students. These trips aim to give participants a chance to explore different places outside of town! For information contact Ryan French, Program Coordinator/Youth Center Supervisor, Kennebunk Recreation Department at

Epic Night Out - June 19 - Fun Town
WHEN: Tuesday, June 19th
WHERE: Pick up and drop off at MSK
TIMES: Bus leaves MSK at 2:10 pm & will return approx 7:00 pm
COST: $45/participant

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!

ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB on Tuesdays and Thursdays
The MSK Ultimate Frisbee Club will continue to play Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of May from 2:15 to 3:30.  The club is open to all grades and no prior experience with the game is required.  Please meet in Mr. Kugler’s room after school (714, at end of the 7th grade hallway) and the club will walk to the West Kennebunk Recreation Field to play.  Players will return to MSK by 3:45 in time to catch the late bus. Please contact Mr. Kugler at if you have any questions.

For complete information about planned outings please go to the MSK website at 

This club typically 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. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 9th at 8:00 a.m. Advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant.  You can reach them for questions at and 

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