Tel-U-Gram for Thursday May 24, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Please check out this week's tel-u-gram for upcoming events and menu items at SRS:  Telugram 05-23-2019.pdf .  A friendly reminder that tomorrow is Grand Persons' Day.  Please see the lunch schedule in this week's tel-u-gram.  If your child will be dismissed to their grand person(s) after lunch, the school must receive prior permission by you, the parent.  Please email Tricia at pthompson@rsu21.net if you have yet to communicate dismissal plans to your classroom teacher.  Thank you in advance; for we appreciate your communication!

Upcoming Parent Night at MSK for our current 5th grade class:  MSK-5th grade Parent Night 2019.pdf 

 

Whale of a Party at Kennebunk Town Hall May 26th

Ladder, a 65-foot inflatable whale modeled after a real fin whale in the Gulf of Maine who has been studied since 1996, is the special guest for a balloon-free Whale of a Party at Kennebunk Town Hall Sunday, May 26, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.  Fin whales are an endangered species and the second-largest animal to ever live on Earth.  During Ladder’s Whale of a Party, attendees will be welcome to take a sock walk through Ladder to get a sense of just how big a fin whale really is.  Ladder will help educate children and adults on marine debris and how balloons can be harmful for marine life if they are released.

Kennebunk High School senior Will Jones, who has been working to educate his community about the dangers to marine life from balloons and trash in the ocean, initiated the event because he thought time spent with Ladder would make a lasting impression on people.  The program will kick off at 1:30 with a kids’ drum circle on the step of Town Hall led by Juli Ennis of Kennebunk High School, a senior and expert percussionist. Drum circles are an example of an alternative to balloon releases that can be done with any materials including homemade instruments. Jones became a junior intern with the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at 8 years old.  Blue Ocean Society is the owner of Ladder and is co-sponsoring this event with the Kennebunk Energy Efficiency Committee and Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Children and adults will watch the whale inflate and go inside as well as having a chance to touch real whale baleen and other whale artifacts.  Blue Ocean scientists will be on hand to answer questions. Jones will give a short presentation about the dangers of both latex and Mylar (plastic nylon) balloons to animals and children. The inside program begins at 2 p.m. and is limited to the first 150 people.  Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit Balloon-Free-Kennebunk on Facebook or email: willyhelpswhales@gmail.com.