MSK Weekly Bulletin - Friday, February 15, 2019

HAPPY VACATION WEEK!

There is no school Monday, February 18 - Friday, February 22 for February break.


6th Grade Math Team:

There will be no 6th grade math team on Monday, February 25.  Practice will resume on Monday, March 4.


8th Grade

Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 Grade 8 Parent Information Evening 6:30 PM at KHS


Spirit Week:

Spirit week ended on February 15.  The door decorating contests were won by Mrs. Blatt’s Homeroom in 6th grade, Mr. Costello’s Homeroom in 7th grade, and Mr. Roddy’s Homeroom in 8th grade.  Congratulations!


NAEP:

The Middle School of the Kennebunks has been selected to participate in The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 7.  “The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only assessment that measures what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects across the nation, states, and in some urban districts.”  It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education.”  

NAEP has randomly selected approximately 100 of our 8th grade students to take the assessment.  The week of February 25 students who have been selected will be notified by letter via email, or USPS, if email is unavailable.  If you have any questions regarding the assessment please contact Brian Grant at bgrant@rsu21.net or by calling 467-9033.


MSK Wrestling Team:

The MSK Wrestling Team will begin practice on Monday, February 11 from 4:30-6:30pm in the MSK gym.  Students who plan to attend the practice are expected to go home after school and return at 4:30 unless the student has made prior arrangements to stay with a specific teacher.


MSK Swim Team:

Swim Team begins on Monday, February 25. Monday’s practice is a tryout and will be for new swimmers only.  The swim bus will leave MSK at 2 pm and return at 4pm for the late buses and parent pickup.  Tuesday practice is for all swimmers. The schedule and swim information is posted in each hallway.  The gear store is currently open for team shirts sweatshirts, so get your order in by Wednesday, February 27 customink.com.  If you have questions, please contact Coach Kugler (jkugler@rsu21.net) or Coach Hebert (merryhebert@gmail.com).  


8th Grade Community Service Projects:


Student / Staff Basketball Game for 8th Grade Community Service Project:

Miles Kohler and Noah Manning have organized a Student / Staff basketball game on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00 p.m.  The cost is $5.00 and snacks will be available for purchase. This is their community service project with proceeds benefiting the Red Cross and hurricane relief.


American Red Cross Blood Drive Awareness in York County:

Emily Mains is raising awareness for blood drives in York county. Please see this link for a blood drive near you. Please support the American Red Cross and consider donating blood.


Donate New or Gently-Used Board and Card Games:

Ayden Caston, Nicco Valentino, and Will Watkinson will be collecting new and gently-used board and card games to donate to a homeless shelter as part of their community service project.  Donation boxes will be located in the lobby and 8th grade wing.


Raffle for Boston Children's Hospital:

Colin Hines is raffling off a signed Julian Edelman 25 x 25 poster for Boston Children’s Hospital. One ticket is $2 and 3 tickets are $5. You can also purchase tickets at the student staff basketball game on Wednesday, February 27 starting at 6 p.m.


Tech For Tanzania:

For her community service project, Kylie Parsons is collecting old technology.  It will be sent and used in a health center in an underprivileged village in Tanzania.  She is collecting outdated cell phones, tablets, and laptops. A collection box is in the office.


Instrument Drive:

Andrew, Fletcher, and Jamie will be having an upcoming instrument drive courtesy of our Community Service Project. We are hoping that you can help by donating unused instruments in your possession to our upcoming drive so we can donate these to students who don’t have or have access to their own instrument.


8th Grade Semi-Formal:

Anna Morse and Lauryn Peabody are organizing an 8th Grade Semi-Formal on Saturday, March 2 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Kennebunk Town Hall auditorium.  Proceeds will go to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


Donate Non Perishable Food Items:

Jameson Kendrick, Xander Lowry, and Blake Nunan are collecting non-perishable food items for the York County Homeless Shelter.  They are asking students attending the February 1 dance to bring in a donation to help this great cause.


MORNING DROP OFF

Reminder: If you drive your child to school in the morning and drop off in the front of the building, please pull up as far as possible. Additionally, DO NOT drop off in the parking lot as this presents a safety issue for students. The parking lot is to be used only if you park and come into the building.


An alternative drop off spot is in the parking lot behind the Dorothy Stevens Center. If you drive your child to school you can travel via Alewive Road, go past the Elementary school and turn left on to Thompson Road. Then you can enter the driveway between the Dorothy Stevens Center and MSK for a faster drop off. (Please remember to enter the lot itself to drop off at the crosswalk and continue around to exit the lot so as not to interfere with buses and other vehicle traffic). Students will enter the building through the glass hallway.


HOMEWORK HELP

Homework Help runs every Monday-Wednesday that school is in session from 2:15 until the late bus. Students may attend homework help if:

  • They currently have a W in one or more classes.

  • They have missed one or more days of school and need to make up work.

  • They are requested by a classroom teacher to attend.

  • They need to use school books, technology, and/or materials that may not be available at home.

  • They have prior approved arrangements with a classroom teacher and/or the Homework Help Coordinator, Nicole Desjardins.

Students are required to stay the entire time until 3:45 unless a parent calls the main office to dismiss them early. Homework Help advisor, Nicole Desjardins can be reached at ndesjardins@rsu21.net with questions.  


FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES

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 https://rsu21.nlappscloud.com 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 edemmons@rsu21.net


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.


CLYNK -

The 8th Annual CLYNK for Schools Recycling Challenge continues through March 22.  Please turn your Clynk bags in before March 22nd and help us earn extra funds. We will continue to collect Clynk for the remainder of the year, but during this challenge period, we get an extra percentage.

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!


INTRAMURAL VOLLEYBALL

Intramural volleyball will start on Monday, February 25th after vacation and will be held Monday through Thursday from 2:15-3:45. Anyone interested should sign up outside of Mr. Taylor's room, Mr. MacLeod's room, or Mr. Hemond's room.


DEBATE CLUB

Do you like to challenge yourself? Do you like to counter an argument? Are you interested in current affairs? If so, you might be curious to try the Debate Club. This club is open to all students and meets on Tuesdays after school in room 805.  Mr. Bibeau is the advisor and can be reached at pbibeau@rsu21.net with questions.


CIVIL RIGHTS TEAM

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 rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions.


6TH GRADE MATH TEAM

The 6th grade math team practices on Mondays after school in room 806. Mrs. Neale is the advisor and can be reached at eneale@rsu21.net with questions.


7TH & 8TH GRADE MATH TEAMS

If you are in 7th or 8th grade and love math, join the math team.  Practice takes place on Wednesdays after school in room 507. Mrs. McGlashan is the advisor and can be reached at rmcglashan@rsu21.net with questions.


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 - 710. There will be a sign up sheet posted outside of Mr. Coleman’s room.  If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net


STUDENT COUNCIL

Student Council is open to all students in grades 6-8 and we welcome new members. The next meeting dates are Jan 8th, Jan 22 and Feb 5 at 7:00 a.m. in room 701. The advisors are Mrs. Thomson and Mrs. Grant and they can be reached at cthomson@rsu21.net and dgrant@rsu21.net with questions.


KENNEBUNK COSTA RICA TRIP, SUMMER 2019

Pura Vida!  Next summer, Ms. Jardine (MSK Spanish teacher), will be taking interested Kennebunk students to Costa Rica, departing in early July.  Traveling students will experience an adventure-filled eight days to include hiking rain forest preserves, waterfalls, and volcanoes, lessons in ecology and geology, providing service at a wildlife refuge, zip lining, caving, and even surfing lessons! This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Latin America, enjoy natural surroundings, sample authentic foods, and practice language skills.  


Please note, this is not a school-sponsored trip; it will run through Students Love Travel, a New Hampshire owned and operated company experienced in student travel.  For more information, please email Ms. Jardine at ejardine@rsu21.net or visit Students Love Travel at: https://studentslovetravel.com/programs/private/costarica/wildlife-rescue


KENNEBUNK PARIS TRIP 2019

This 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: http://studentslovetravel.com/enrollment/register OR email Mr. Williams: tadwilliams@me.com for more information. To reserve your spot, please enroll ASAP!