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MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 13, 2019

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Please don’t forget to check out our website at http://www.rsu21.net/msk/ for updated information as the year progresses.

MSK CURRICULUM, STRATEGY & IB DISCUSSIONS
The staff at MSK is currently exploring our curriculum, instruction and assessment system, which includes the International Baccalaureate program.  A committee of staff members have engaged in this work and we are seeking feedback from parent, guardian & community stakeholders.  You can join Principal Bouchard and Assistant Principal Parkhurst for casual discussions regarding this on the following dates and times:

Monday, September 16, 2019, The Blue - 7:00 A.M. until 8:00 A.M.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, MSK Library - 5:30 P.M. until 6:30 P.M.
Thursday, September 19, 2019, Mornings in Paris - 7:00 A.M. until 8:00 A.M.     
Friday, September 20, 2019, MSK Library - 7:00 A.M. until 8:00 A.M.  

VOLUNTEERS
Please note: Beginning this school year, potential volunteers will be required to submit a new Volunteer Form annually, along with a copy of their government issued photo ID. They should only submit one form and check off which schools they wish to volunteer for.  For the safety of our students, background checks will be conducted annually. If you wish to be a parent volunteer at MSK please complete the attached form and return it to the middle school office or directly to the RSU21 district office. VOLUNTEER FORM 2019.pdf 

ATHLETICS
Tuesday, September 24th is Sports Picture Day.  Just follow the link below to order photos online.  Here is the ID # for MSK: LG389010X0
https://order.lifetouchsports.com/index.cfm?event=OrderHome&contractID=170088

Remember to follow us on the MSK Athletics Twitter page (@MSKathletics) for daily updates and other important information.

LATE BUS
Late bus transportation has begun and is available for students who stay after school to participate in co-curricular activities and receive extra academic help.  Late buses do not travel to all of the streets covered by regular transportation routes. 

MSK CHALLENGE COURSE
If you have not yet completed the Ropes Course Permission Form for your child to participate, please do so now by following the link below.  

https://goo.gl/forms/T5Le4VwbHVi38QZw2

HOMEWORK HELP
Homework Help will begin for all students on Monday, September 23rd. 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. The late bus will be available to students. The advisor is Nicole Desjardins and she can be reached at ndesjardins@rsu21.net with questions.

MSK PTG
The MSK PTG is pleased to kick off our pledge drive for our 7th annual SUPERWALK fundraiser on Friday, September 20th. 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! 

When the students return to MSK the hot lunch is an outside BBQ at the regular hot lunch price or they can bring their own bag lunch. There's a DJ playing music and games on the field, and popsicles provided to everyone from the PTG! 

If you have any questions, please contact us at mskptg.me@gmail.com. Thank you for your support, Lorraine Burr, Denise Hammond and Crystal Jones

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 https://family.titank12.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 Wednesday, September 11th in the MSK cafetorium until 2:15 p.m. Purchases are made through student lunch accounts and meet the smart snack guidelines. 

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! The late bus is available for transportation home after school.

1st Quarter:

OUTING CLUB
The MSK Outing Club is all about getting together to have fun adventuring the outdoors while sharing our passions.  If you are an MSK student and interested in joining the outing club, come to our first meeting: Tuesday September 10th in Mr. Costello’s room #711! Learn about the outing club and go out to the MSK challenge course. At 3:45 you can take the late bus home or get picked up at MSK. 

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

SAGA (SEXUALITY & GENDER ALLIANCE)
This is a student led club to provide space and support for LGBTQ+ students. The advisor is Tad Williams and meetings will be held in room 811 on the following Wednesday afternoons: 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 and 10/30.

TABLETOP GAMES CLUB
All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of classic and contemporary board games and strategy games such as chess, Mancala, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Risk and others. Students are encouraged to bring their own games to introduce to their friends. This club takes place on Wednesdays after school in Mr. Coleman’s classroom (room 710) on the following dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 and 10/30. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net

COMMUNITY NEWS
Please see the attached flyers for community events that are coming up: ETF Community Solution Building Sessions.pdf  Chalk the Port.pdf  Pumpkin Patch Trolley Flyer 2019.pdf 


MSK Weekly Bulletin - September 6, 2019

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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 2019/20 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/ for updated information as the year progresses.


OPEN HOUSE DATES NEXT WEEK:

6th Grade Open House - Tuesday, Sept 10th at 5:30 pm

7th Grade Open House - Wednesday, September 11th at 5:30 pm

8th Grade Open House - Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30 pm


NUT ALLERGIES

As a reminder, please review the letter sent home on the 1st day of school 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. 


ATHLETICS

All fall sports will begin on Monday, September 9th. 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 MSK Athletics Twitter page (@MSKathletics) which you can follow for daily updates and other important information.


LATE BUS

Late bus transportation begins Monday, September 9th 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.


HOMEWORK HELP

Homework Help will begin for all students on Monday, September 23rd. 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. The late bus will be available to students. The advisor 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 Friday, September 13th at 12:30 p.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 7th annual SUPERWALK fundraiser on Friday, September 20th. 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 and Crystal Jones


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 https://family.titank12.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 Wednesday, September 11th  in the MSK cafetorium until 2:15 p.m. Purchases are made through student lunch accounts and meet the smart snack guidelines. 


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! The late bus is available for transportation home after school.


1st Quarter:


OUTING CLUB

The MSK Outing Club is all about getting together to have fun adventuring the outdoors while sharing our passions.  If you are an MSK student and interested in joining the outing club, come to our first meeting: Tuesday September 10th in Mr. Costello’s room #711! Learn about the outing club and go out to the MSK challenge course. At 3:45 you can take the late bus home or get picked up at MSK. 


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


TABLETOP GAMES CLUB

All MSK students are invited to come and play a variety of classic and contemporary board games and strategy games such as chess, Mancala, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Risk and others. Students are encouraged to bring their own games to introduce to their friends. This club takes place on Wednesdays after school in Mr. Coleman’s classroom (room 710) on the following dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 and 10/30. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Coleman at mcoleman@rsu21.net