KES Newsletter September 13, 2019
Hello KES Families!
I hope you are well on this sunny beautiful day! We have had a great week here at KES. With the exception of an Early Release on Wednesday, this has been the closest thing to a full week that we have had so far this year, and most of the children have held up incredibly well. If you are finding that your child is more “weepy” or “clingy” than usual, especially at bedtime, that is common. For the parents of children who have had some tears this week, I can promise you that it won’t last long...their stamina will increase quickly. In the meantime please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or to our school counselor, Kelly Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need support and we will be happy to help you. Next week will be the real test as we will have five full days in a row for the first time. I also ask new families not to be offended if office or school staff ask for your ID when you come to KES. We will get to know everyone very soon, and that process will not need to continue, but until we know everyone, at least by sight, everyone is safer because staff take those protocols seriously.
It was great seeing so many of you here at KES for our first Friday Morning Meeting of the year this morning! We celebrated all of our new Pre-K students by having each classroom stand and be recognized. They looked so proud and they showed us great “audience behaviors,” so please congratulate them for that! We also had members of the KHS Women’s Field Hockey Team here with us to help us introduce”Responsibility,” the KES Character Trait for the month of September. Please join us in reinforcing responsible actions and look for ways to recognize your child for being responsible. If you see your child engage in some exceptionally responsible behavior without being prompted, please let me know and we will recognize them for it! For those of you who are new to KES, we are a “No Homework” school, so helping teach positive Character Traits each month is generally the only assignment we ask you to help us with. We hope you enjoy quality family time with your children after school each day and encourage them to enjoy books every day. Read with your children….read to your children… have your children read to you if they can, and please let us know if you need help selecting or providing books for your child. In two weeks, on September 27th, we will recognize all students who are new to our community in grades K, 1 and 2, at KES Friday Morning Meeting, so if you are new to our community, please join us for KES Friday Morning Meeting at 8:30am sharp! We will have members of the Peer Helpers and SAVE Promise clubs from KHS with us to help us ‘Start with Hello,” so I hope you can join us!
Important information from our dedicated PTA, KEPTA, includes the Ice Cream Social on September 26th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. For those of you who are new to KES, this event is a KES tradition. Hot Dawgs Vending will be with us to provide picnic dinners, and Arundel Ice Cream will be providing the ice cream and also providing a dairy-free option. We will also have Dilly Bars from Dairy Queen. The Ice Cream Social is held behind KES near the playground, so come eat, play, and socialize with friends and help us celebrate the start of a new year!
We have great News from the KEPTA Playground committee! Kennebunk Savings Bank has signed on as our second Playground Partner awarding us $15,000 as part of a Community Challenge grant. They want to challenge the community to raise and donate funds that will further this exciting initiative. One way you can help is by taking advantage of the EW Cady Heating Maintenance Fundraiser now through December 1st. See the flyer below for more information on how you can get your furnace serviced and support the Inclusive Playground initiative.
We wanted to remind you that if you have any health paperwork that you have not yet submitted, such as your child's Immunization Record, Health Examination Form, Immunization Exemption Form, Medication Permission, Asthma Action Plan or Anaphylaxis Emergency Action Plan, please do so as soon as possible. Additionally, if your child requires medication at school, whether it be medication they take daily or an “as needed” medication such as an inhaler, epi-pen, or emergency seizure medication, please make sure to drop these off directly to the school nurse with the required paperwork. If you are not certain which paperwork is required, please stop by or reach out to our nurse with any questions. You can reach Nurse Brown at email@example.com.
Thank you for sending in a filled water bottle and a healthy snack for your child each day. We are happy to support families who need help providing lunch or snacks for their child, including weekend snacks, so please reach out to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can help you in any way. All support provided is kept confidential.
Please be on the lookout for a letter coming tomorrow from our SRO, Officer Audra, regarding our new pick-up procedure, which will start on Monday. Thank you all for a great start to the year! Have a great weekend!
Yours in Education,
KES Newsletter September 6, 2019
Hello KES Families,
I hope you are well today!
We are off to a great start here at KES. Our 1st and 2nd graders came confidently through the doors on Tuesday and our Pre-K and K students joined us on Thursday with only a couple tears….mostly parents! I have visited each classroom during academic time and seen only happy, engaged students, so I believe that everyone is acclimating to the new year nicely. Currently we are focusing on encouraging students to say “thank you” and “no thank you” by modeling using those words ourselves. We have always used the phrase “Thank you” in a generous way, but we are now using “no thank you” more readily including when students are acting in ways that we want to discourage. Rather than using terms like “stop it” or “don't do that” a simple “no thank you” will do! Please feel free to join us in using this common, more respectful language.
I want to thank KEPTA members for hosting the annual Boo Hoo Brunch here at KES after Pre-K and Kindergarten drop-off on Thursday. They have a Playground Subcommittee meeting scheduled for this coming Monday night (9/9/19) at 6:30pm in the KES Library, so please join us to hear more about where we are with our exciting new playground initiative. Their first general membership meeting will also be next week on Thursday (9/12/19) at 6:00pm in the KES Learning Lab. They are looking for new members with new ideas, so please attend if you can. A membership with KEPTA is still one of the best ways to be involved in your child’s experience here at KES, so please consider joining.
Our whole school assemblies will generally (but not always!) take place every other Friday again this year starting this coming Friday. The focus of KES Friday morning meetings is to promote and encourage both student and family engagement. They provide authentic, real-world opportunities for students to perform, to be recognized, and to co-host events. They also provide us with a forum to offer important presentations including our monthly KES Character Traits, and various community service projects. Annual presentations on Bus safety, Backpack safety, Bike safety, and many other topics are often part of the mix. We also love to recognize students for accomplishments they achieve outside of school, so please email us if your child or a group/team your child is on has reached any mile-stones in music, athletics, performance….anything at all! Dates for KES Friday Morning Meeting this year include the following: 9/13, 9/27, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, 12/6, 12/13, 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/28, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 5/8, 5/22, 6/12, 6/19, so mark your calendars and please join us at 8:30am for Friday Morning Meetings when you can.
On Monday we will have our first Evacuation Drill for the year. This first one is always announced in advance so children can be prepared. We do not actually pull the alarm, rather we make an announcement to remind them, and then another announcement a few minutes later to begin the drill. Surprise drills with the alarm ringing will come later!
And speaking of ringing, we have a new phone system here at KES. The number 985-4402 will still allow you to reach us, however the number 985-2383 is no longer an active line.
As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you or your child in any way as the year begins. Please see the attached flyer from KPD Chief Mackenzie, and thanks for a great start to the year!
Yours in Education,
KES Newsletter July 3, 2019
Hello KES Families,
I hope you are having a wonderful summer! Just a couple of things I want to let you know about!
This coming week the folks from Congdon’s Doughnuts on Rt. 1 in Wells, Maine are supporting KEPTA’s proposal to build the most inclusive playground in our region.
Every night throughout the summer the parking lot at Congdon’s is transformed into a food truck festival known as “Congdon’s After Dark.” Because Congdon’s has a mission of supporting groups and organizations that help those in need and make the world a better place, each Tuesday at Congdon’s After Dark is known as “Tithing Tuesday,” where proceeds from the event support different philanthropic initiatives.
On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, the “Tithing Tuesday” event from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at Congdon’s will support the Kennebunk Elementary School Parent Teacher Association (KEPTA) in building a new totally adaptive and inclusive playground for our region, to be located on Alewive Rd. at Kennebunk Elementary School.
At this “perfect for summertime” food truck festival, dinner for your family will support equitable play for children with special needs and physical challenges. 10% of the cost for all entrees will support the playground proposal, and the following local restaurants will be participating:
Musette, Nom Bai, Burrito Bettys, Blue Mermaid, Motha Trucka, MacDaddys, Knew Potato, Caboose, Big Grandpa’s Grill and of course, Congdon’s Doughnuts.
In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be the next evening, Wednesday, July 10th. See the Congdons After Dark website for cancellations, and visit www.kbkplayground.org for more information on KEPTA’s playground proposal and to donate. We look forward to seeing you at Congdon’s After Dark!
Also, on a different but related note, we will have another Bottle Drive on July 13th to support the playground. It will run from 11:00am to 3:00pm location TBA ...so please save those 4th of July bottles!
And finally, you have two weeks left to look for missing items of clothing in the KES Lost and Found ...As always we will be donating the clothing to the Kennebunk Cares Closet.