MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 7, 2018

It’s been a great first week of school and we hope your child had as much fun as we did. Welcome to our first weekly bulletin of the 2018/19 school year.  In this bulletin you will find current information on what is happening at MSK. Please don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.rsu21.net/msk/ or follow us on twitter @MSKrsu21 for updated information as the year progresses.

OPEN HOUSE DATES NEXT WEEK:
6th Grade Open House - Tuesday, Sept 11th at 6:30 pm
7th Grade Open House - Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30 pm
8th Grade Open House - Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 pm

LATE BUS
Late bus transportation begins Monday, September 10th at 4:00 and 4:10 p.m. each afternoon at the main entrance for students participating in co-curricular activities and those receiving extra academic help.  Late buses do not travel to all of the streets covered by regular transportation routes.  Students will be dropped off as close to home as possible, but should anticipate walking some distance. Be sure that you are familiar with the student code of conduct and corrective action regarding transportation (JICC) which may be viewed on the district website at https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/rsu-21-policy-manual/system/app/pages/search?scope=search-site&q=bus.

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES
All information regarding food and nutrition services can be found on the district website at:    https://www.rsu21.net/food-and-nutrition-services/

Please note that  RSU 21 participates in the food program sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and the State Department of Educational and Cultural Services. The federal assistance under these programs, allows us to provide meals free or at a reduced price, dependent on family income. Free and Reduced applications can be completed online at http://rsu21.nlappscloud.com. The process is safe, secure, fast, private and available any time. The data from online applications is transmitted directly to the Nutrition office the same day you apply, allowing for faster approval. Paper applications may be requested by calling either the school office or the Food and Nutrition office at 985-9966.

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.

AFTER SCHOOL SNACKS
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.

NUT ALLERGIES
As a reminder, we have attached a letter from the school nurse regarding food allergy precautions that we need to take in the classroom and beyond at MSK. Please be sure to read this carefully and help us maintain a safe, healthy school environment for all of our students. 
Allergy Letter 2018

ATHLETICS
All fall sports will begin on Monday, September 10th. Late buses will be available after school for those who will need a ride home. 

For those athletes who will be participating in Tennis, please be aware that they will take their regular bus to the high school for practice after school. Students can be picked up at KHS after practice at 3:50 pm or take the late bus home from there.

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 http://athletics.rsu21.net 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 http://athletics.rsu21.net/msk.
 
There is also a new MSK Athletics Twitter page (@MSKathletics) which you can follow for daily updates and other important information.

HOMEWORK HELP
Homework Help will begin for all students on Monday, September 10th. This is an after school program that runs Monday-Wednesday, in which students can stay and get their work done in a quiet, structured environment. There will be a separate room for each grade which will ideally keep groups small and more productive. The late bus will be available to students. This year, the advisor for the Homework Help program is Nicole Desjardins and she can be reached at ndesjardins@rsu21.net with questions.

MSK PTG
The MSK Parent Teacher Group would like to welcome you to a new school year! We are looking forward to another successful year supporting the Middle School of the Kennebunks. Our first meeting will take place on Thursday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m. We hope you can join us.  Please see the important information below about our upcoming Superwalk:

The MSK PTG is pleased to kick off our pledge drive for our 6th annual SUPERWALK fundraiser on Friday, September 21st. This successful event is our ONE major fundraiser of the year.  Students are asked to raise pledges to fund the MSK PTG grant fund. This fund is used to support teacher grants, pay for the ever-rising cost of field trips and support new school initiatives. We are in need of your support! Students were given pledge envelopes during the first week of classes.  Please encourage your child to seek pledges and return the envelope to their advisor before or on the day of the walk. The more we raise, the more we can help! 

You will hear more about this during the open houses scheduled for next week. If you have any questions, please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com. Thank you for your support, Lorraine Burr & Denise Hammond

7th GRADE KIEVE REMINDER
Just a reminder that the 7th grade parent information meeting for students attending the Leadership School at Camp Kieve is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. here at MSK. Please contact your child’s advisor if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
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
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 Clubs:

BEGINNING GUITAR
This club begins Monday 9/10 and ends Monday 10/29 in room 614. 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 bfogg@rsu21.net.

OUTING CLUB
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: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu21.net/outing-club/. For more information contact Nick Costello:  ncostello@rsu21.net

STRATEGY GAMES CLUB
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 mcoleman@rsu21.net