Weekly Notices


September 20, 2019

Kennebunkport Consolidated School ~ Tel-u-Gram  for Friday, Sept 20th, 2019

Today, we kicked off next week's Start with Hello week with practicing some new handshakes.  Be sure to ask your child about the Caterpillar/Butterfly handshake! We know that when everyone feels cared for and included, the world becomes a safer and happier place. 

 During the past few months, I’ve been reading books and articles related to multiage learning. As I was reading Understanding Multiage Education by Sandra J Stone and Kathleen G Burriss just this past week, a few ideas resonated with me as I think about the program that we are developing here at KCS.

  • The pedagogy of multiage education is more about learning than teaching. (p.4) Of course, we are still paying attention to our instructional strategies, but our focus is more on the impact of those strategies on student learning than on the strategy itself.

  • The long-time strategy of grouping students by their age “assumes that the most important thing they have in common is their date of manufacture.” (p10) This type of grouping came out of the industrial age based on mass production and efficiency of services. I think we all agree that we are not in the business of mass production of students. We recognize their individuality and know that we need to teach in a way that ALL students are successful. 

  • “Multiage is child-centered -- not curriculum- or material-centered -- in its approach.” (p. 19) If you’ve attended any of our parent events, I think you’ve heard us saying that our plan is not to focus our teaching on following a strict curriculum, but rather to use our curriculum as resources to teach what the students need. Continuums of learning skills will help our teachers to be able to focus our learning in this way.

  • “Multiage embraces the concept of a ‘family of learners”... (p.32) which leads to a caring (classroom) community. All humans seek a sense of belonging, and multiage learning nurtures those connections. The authors list several social benefits of multiage learning including: “more friends of varied ages,” “more accepting of differences,” more confidence, and “celebrate each other’s successes.” (p.33-34)

Those ideas are just from the first few chapters. I’m really looking forward to reading and learning more as we progress through the school year. Be on the lookout for more educational snip-its from me throughout the year.  

Over the coming months, our community will be engaging in dialogue about the district’s enrollment with the help of a school board of directors subcommittee / task force. Please, stay informed and actively engage in this process. You can find information on the district website www.rsu21.net. I will do my best to put specific events in our Tel-u-Gram as information is shared. The first Enrollment Community Building Session will be Wed, Oct 2nd at MSK ~ 6-8pm. More information attached below.

 Happy Weekend, Karen Bubar, Principal


Our STEM Instructional Strategist, Denise Dupuis, will be posting a weekly blog that will cover the goings-on of all our district's elementary STEM programs. This new site will allow parents and community members access to the information as well as staff. You will not receive notification that a blog has been posted, so check back frequently to keep up-to-date!

Link to RSU 21 Elementary STEM Blog

(Or you can find it by going to the KCS website, faculty, Denise Dupuis, website)


Dear Chorus Families,

I am excited to say chorus registration at Kennebunkport Consolidated School is now open.  Chorus is open to all students in grades 1 through 5. We are planning an amazing repertoire of music and are looking forward to bringing many performance opportunities for our chorus to sing. Mark your calendars; on December 6, 2019, we will be singing at the Arundel Tree Lighting (if you are available).  More information about this event and others will follow in the coming months. Please register using the link below.

KCS Chorus Registration

Thank you for your support of this program.

Sincerely,

Mr. Michaud, Chorus and Instrumental Music Teacher 


Important Dates to Remember:

Week of Sept 23- Start with Hello (Sandy Hook Promise initiative)

Tues, Sept 24 - Leeward Team field trip

Thurs, Sept 26 - KCPTA-sponsored Back to School Night ~ Ice Cream Social ~ 5:30-7pm ~ KCS

Fri, Sept 27th - Friday Morning Meeting ~ 8:30am ~ KCS Gym

Tues, Oct 1st - KCPTA meeting ~ 6:30-7:30am ~ KCS Library

Wed, Oct 2nd - Windward Team field trip

Wed, Oct 2nd - Early Release for Students ~ noon dismissal

Wed, Oct 2nd - Enrollment Community Building Solutions Session ~ MSK ~ 6:00-8:00 pm

Fri, Oct 4th - Friday Morning Meeting ~ 8:30am ~ KCS Gym

 

Check out KCS on Twitter... @RSU21_KCS ~ Follow us to see news, updates, and pictures throughout the year. 

DISTRICT MISSION: Developing productive global citizens by building knowledge and character


 


Hi KCS community,

As a committee member of the Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel, and parent liaison for KCS, I am reaching out to invite you to our Halloween Costume Party at The Nonantum Resort on Saturday, October 26.  

I hope you will join us for a fun night out for a good cause. As you may know, the EFKA is an all volunteer organization that awards grants to RSU21 teachers and staff for professional development and for programming that promotes creativity and innovation. All proceeds will directly enhance the educational opportunities for RSU21 students.

Tickets are on sale now on our website and here. Updates will posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages. Be sure to follow us to get all the latest news.

The evening will include music by Vinyl Countdown, a fun Photo Booth sponsored by Giffyme.com, street tacos and other snacks, a 50/50 raffle and most importantly, a Best Costume Contest! 

Hope to see you there!

Best,

Fizza

 

Enrollment Community Building Solutions Sessions 

Meal Payment Information 

EFKA Halloween Costume Party 

Conservation Trust Flyer 

 


September 13, 2019

Kennebunkport Consolidated School ~ Tel-u-Gram  for Friday, Sept 13th, 2019

We are coming to the end of our first full week of school. Students seem to have settled into their new routines with their new teachers and classmates. Yesterday, our teachers gathered to share feeling words to describe how our year has started. I heard words such as hopeful, excited, happy, inspired... and tired too. We recognize that your children are probably tired as well. They are working hard to get back into school expectations and learning, which is hard work. Some students, especially our youngest ones, need some extra patience from us during this transition time. If your child needs any extra support from us here at school, please reach out and let us know how we can help. 

Last week, I mentioned that we would like all parents/guardians to update your preferences related to publishing photos on the web or sharing with media. If you have not yet updated that online, please call the office and Kathy can edit those preferences for you. If you’re unsure what is set for your child’s preferences, please feel free to call the office. Often, we find that student profiles say to not share, but parents/guardians aren’t even aware that that is what their child’s profile says. 

Over the coming months, our community will be engaging in dialogue about the district’s enrollment with the help of a school board of directors subcommittee / task force. Please, stay informed and actively engage in this process. You can find information on the district website www.rsu21.net. I will do my best to put specific events in our Tel-u-Gram as information is shared. 

Don't miss "Chalk the Port" this weekend, hosted by Kennebunkport Recreation Department. Come see the amazing artwork and join in the fun of the festivities today and tomorrow.

Happy Weekend, Karen Bubar, Principal


September 6th, 2019

Kennebunkport Consolidated School ~ Tel-u-Gram  for Friday, Sept 6th, 2019
 

We had a great first Friday Morning Meeting of the year! If you are ever available at 8:30 on Friday morning and want to join us for our weekly assembly, please do. All are welcome! 

As we begin the school year, we are welcoming a few new staff members and have some staffing changes worth noting: 

  • All classroom teachers have a new “assignment” since we shifted to multiage classes. 

    • Leeward Team (K/1) - Alyson Robillard & Michelle Roberts

    • Windward Team (2/3) - Megan O’Donnell & Karen Lyman

    • Seaward Team (4/5) - Kristin Roper, Janet Wendle, & Andrew Nye

  • Maria Cote joins the Leeward Team as one of our K/1 classroom teachers.

  • Amy Snow  joins the Windward Team as one of our 2/3 classroom teachers.

  • Christina DeFilipp is returning to KCS as our art teacher for all grades. She will spend the other part of her week at Kennebunk Elementary School.

  • Johnny Sanford has been hired as one of our special education teachers after fulfilling the role in a long-term sub capacity last spring.

  • Danielle MacDonald joins us as one of our educational technicians.

Please, welcome all of these new staff members to our Kennebunkport Consolidated School community.

Each fall, we ask parents to go into Power School to update your information. Thanks to those of you who have already done so. If you have not yet updated the “publish on the web” and “publish in the media” options, please do so. Setting that to “yes” allows us to publish pictures and work of your child on our websites or in the media. Those options get reset each year to a default “no,” so we can not post pictures or share pictures of your child until you change that to “yes.” If you do not want to give permission, that is fine to leave as “no.” But, we find that many parents don’t even know that it is checked off as “no” until we mention it to them. Lastly, if you are unable to access these options online, please let Kathy know what you prefer for picture sharing, and she can make the change in the system with your permission.  

Happy Weekend, Karen Bubar, Principal

Important Dates to Remember:

Mon, Sept 9 - NWEA testing window opens (check with your child’s classroom teacher for class-specific schedule)

Mon, Sept 9 - "Learn the Warning Signs of Teenage Substance Abuse" Event ~ KES ~ 3:00-6:30

Mon, Sept 9 - School Board of Directors Meeting ~ KES ~ 6 pm (notice new start time for this year)

Wed, Sept 11 - Windward Team (2/3) field trip

Wed, Sept 11 - Early Release ~ noon dismissal

Fri, Sept 13 - Friday Morning Meeting ~ 8:30am ~ KCS gym

Fri, Sept 13 - KCPTA meeting ~ 11:30-12:30 ~ KCS Library

Mon, Sept 16 - School Board of Directors Meeting ~ KES ~ 6 pm 

Thurs, Sept 19 - Seaward Team (4/5) field trip

Friday, Sept 20 - Windward Team (2/3) field trip

Week of Sept 23- Start with Hello (Sandy Hook Promise initiative)

Check out KCS on Twitter... @RSU21_KCS ~ Follow us to see news, updates, and pictures throughout the year. 

DISTRICT MISSION: Developing productive global citizens by building knowledge and character

 

Enrollment Community Solution Building Session 

River Tree Arts 

Learn to Skate 

flag football 

Time to Play Hockey 

YMCA fall youth programs 

Seacoast United Winter Youth Programs