MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 21, 2018

Please remember to check out our website at or follow us on twitter @MSKrsu21 for updated information as the year progresses.


The parent group will share specifics in next week's bulletin and let us know how much money was raised to support MSK.

Our 1st dance is scheduled for tonight, Friday, September 21st and is hosted by the Baxter Team. Dances take place from 6:30pm-8:30pm and are open to all 7th and 8th graders.  The cost is $5.00 -- refreshments will be available for purchase. 

All proceeds are divided among the 7th and 8th grade teams to help defray expenses for team events.  Please note:  a) If a student is absent from school on the day of a dance, they may not attend.  A doctor’s note is required for appointments causing your child to be excused from some portion of the school day.  b) Students who have had an in-school or out-of-school suspension on the day of a dance will not be allowed to attend.  c) School dress code remains in effect. 

MSK is happy to support Start With Hello week, September 24-28.  Start With Hello is a program affiliated with our Sandy Hook Promise work.  Next week we will be encouraging our students to reach out to those around them in an effort to welcome all students with kindness.  Our civil rights team will be sponsoring a daily announcement pertaining to being kind and meeting new people.  On Tuesday all of our students and staff will apply name tags in homeroom to invite the creation of new relationships amongst our students and staff.  Everyone is encouraged to reach out and greet someone new they may not have known.  Finally, our third activity on Thursday will be a grade level home room switch-a-roo where teachers will match up students from different homerooms, again in an effort to create new relationships.

As part of the District’s commitment to school and community safety, RSU 21 is partnering with the Sandy Hook Promise to educate our community on how to prevent violence in our schools and at home. Please help RSU 21 welcome Neil Larkin from the Sandy Hook Promise at a Community & Parent Forum. Mr. Larkin will introduce two of their programs to our community and continue to work with our staff throughout the week to integrate them into our district culture.

The programs are:
Know the Signs  
By knowing the signs, you have the power to intervene and get help for that person.  Your actions can save lives.
Say Something
Say Something is an education and awareness program that provides tools and practices to:
Recognize the signs & signals of a potential threat – especially in social media
Teach and instill in participants how to take action
Drive awareness and reinforce the need to Say Something

Join Us:Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in the Kennebunk High School Theater. We will offer 2 sessions, 6pm and 7pm  *The content of the material will be appropriate for all members of our community Grade 6 and above.

The Sandy Hook Promise is a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
Sandy Hook Promise Flyer

Please note that next Thursday and Friday's menus will be swapped.  We will have deli bar on Thursday and Pizza on friday.

All fall sports have begun. Please make sure that you have provided us with the Medical Release form signed by a physician and you have filled out an Athletic Card and the Concussion Management form online through RankOne. This can be found by going to and clicking on the Rank One tab. Each athlete needs to have these three things completed before they will be allowed to participate. If you are interested in team schedules, these can be found at
NEW this year: We have added a new MSK Athletics Twitter page (@MSKathletics) which you can follow for daily updates and other important information.

Homework Help has begun and 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.

The Student Council’s first meeting was held on Wednesday, September 19th. Stay tuned for information regarding our next meeting date.  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 and with questions.

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.

Ogunquit Playhouse is producing a production of Elf The Musical this winter and is looking to cast a number of children in the show. This is a perfect opportunity for children with an interest in singing, dance, and theatre to be a part of a really special experience. Click on the link for more details. 
Ogunquit Playhouse Elf Auditions

Please see the attached flyer for some fun family adventure opportunities. 
Pumpkin Patch Trolley Flyer 2018 

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!

1st Quarter:

This club takes place every Monday after school in room 614 until October 29th. The advisor is Mr. Fogg. Do you have a guitar but have no idea how to play it?  Would you like to learn?  Join Mr. Fogg on Monday's from 2:15 - late bus where he will provide a brief overview of the absolute essentials you need to know to start playing guitar.  He'll cover the basics like how to properly tune and change guitar strings, and cover concepts like chords, chord changes/progressions, major/minor scales and basic songwriting skills.  He might even teach you his "chicken nuggets" song! Requirements: You must bring your own guitar (no ukulele's).  No experience required.  If you have any questions please email

This club will meet every other Wednesday, beginning next week September 19th.  Mr. Hall (6th grade science teacher) is the advisor. Please meet in room 611 to hear about exploring the natural world around us mainly through viewing the birds which can be found within the RSU 21 district. 

Each meeting we will be exploring a different type of habitat within the district. In addition to identifying birds, we will be looking at plants, insects, mammals, and other interesting aspects of our local natural world. There will also be a small nature photography element of this club. 

Please note, that many of the meetings for this club will be off of school property but within the district. Parent permission will be needed for students to attend each meeting. Students will also need rides from the meeting location at around 4:00 pm. Please contact Nathan Hall at for questions.

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.  Future dates will be announced and Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at with questions. 

The 7th & 8th grade math teams will begin practice next Tuesday, September 18th right after school with Mrs. McGlashan as the advisor.  If you love math, join the math team.  Mrs. McGlashan can be reached at with questions. 

Our community is surrounded by amazing rivers to fish and canoe, beaches with waves to surf, and mountains to climb. A web of hiking and mountain biking trails connects us to our local forests, lakes, and rivers. The MSK Outing Club is all about getting together to have fun adventuring the outdoors while sharing our passions. The outing club is open to all grades and takes place every Tuesday after school. Our first meeting will take place after school next Tuesday, September 11th, in Mr. Costello's room and we will plan this fall's outing adventures. Students can sign up on the whiteboard in the MSK lobby in front of the office. All information on upcoming outings, pick up times, and pick up locations will be posted on the outing club website: For more information contact Nick Costello:

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 (room 710) on the following dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 and 10/31. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at


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!