MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 28, 2018

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9/30 - Kieve luggage and medication drop off 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the gym
10/1-10/4 - 7th Graders to Camp Kieve
10/1 - Cadillac Team to Wells Reserve
10/2 - 8th Grade Field Trip
10/2 - Cadillac Team to Wells Reserve
10/4 - Cadillac Team to Wells Reserve

Our school was excited to support the Sandy Hook Promise work this past week, in particularly the Start With Hello initiative.  We developed and carried out three different activities during the week.  First of all, thank you to the Civil Rights Team for preparing and announcing a positive message each day to our students and staff.  These messages centered around acceptance and being a good person to everyone and they were very well received.  On Tuesday all students and staff wore name tags in an effort to have our students know more people, and to more easily meet people and know their names.  Finally, on Thursday we did a homeroom switch where different grade level homerooms got together and conducted activities to introduce our students to others who they may not have known.  A big thank you to everyone who participated and help make Start With Hello week at MSK a success.

The luggage and medication drop off for Kieve is this Sunday, September 30th. The gym doors will open at 5:00 pm and everything must be dropped off before 6:30 pm. Please be sure that all items are clearly marked with your child’s name.

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 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. (Attach flyer here)

ROCKIN THE FIGHT - September 27th
Please see the flyer attached regarding a fundraiser for local families fighting cancer. 
Rockin the Fight Poster

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

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 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

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.

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 meets every other Wednesday to explore the natural world around us mainly through viewing the birds which can be found within the RSU 21 district. The next meeting will be on October 3rd and we will be exploring the Kennebunk Plains, home of Upland Sandpipers, Vesper Sparrows and Black Racers. See Mr. Hall in room 611 for more information or contact Nathan Hall at for questions.

Please note, many of the meetings 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 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 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. We are proud to announce that MSK's Girls Who Code club project from two years ago is featured in this year’s GWC curriculum. We are excited about starting up again and will meet every other Thursday after school in the Swift Center throughout the year (Current dates are: Oct. 4th &18th, Nov. 1st & 15th, Dec. 6th). The coaches are Jennifer Maher and Jae Allain.

If you love math, join the math team.  Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and 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: 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!