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Kennebunkport Consolidated School ~ Tel-u-Gram for Friday, May 19th, 2023
Dear KCS Families,
We are gearing up for a fun-filled last month of school at KCS! See below for details about two fabulous activities that we’re planning for the last week of school.
Since we are shifting away from multiage classes in three teams (Leeward, Windward, and Seaward), we will be adjusting our teams as well. Our plan is to return to two teams (grades K-2 and 3-5), but we plan to keep some of our names by still using Leeward for grades K-2 and Seaward for grades 3-5. When we decided on those names, they had meaning for our school community, and we don’t want to lose that. Leeward is about sheltering, nurturing and guiding our students. Seaward is about sending them out to sea knowing they are prepared to be successful.
I’ve been hearing from recess duty staff members that more children are starting to wear flip flops and other sandal type shoes to school. Those types of shoes are not the best footwear for active recess play. So, please either ensure that your child wears sneakers or something that are less likely to cause injuries during recess play, or have a conversation with them about their choices for recess activities. We just want to make sure that children are not getting hurt unnecessarily.
Karen Bubar, Principal
Important Dates to Remember:
Fri, May 19th - Food allergy awareness day- wear red shoes & teal shirts
Week of May 22nd - National EMS Week - students can explore an ambulance on Monday during recess time
Tues, May 23rd - Toe Token Tuesday - during recess blocks - weather permitting
Fri, May 26th - Friday Morning Meeting - 8:30 am (very brief, then… Full School Family Read)
Mon, May 29th - NO SCHOOL
Tues, May 30th - Toe Token Tuesday - during recess blocks - weather permitting
Wed, May 31st - 5th grade field trip
Wed, May 31st - 5:00-6:30 pm - KCS Arts Night Invitation
Thurs, June 1st- Seaward Team (4/5 classes) field trip (rain date - Fri, 6/2)
Fri, June 2nd - Friday Morning Meeting - 8:30 am
Mon, June 5th - school board of directors meeting - KES 6pm
Tues, June 6th - 5:30-6:30 pm - KCPTA meeting - KCS Library
Wed, June 7th - early release day - noon dismissal
Fri, June 9th - Friday Morning Meeting - 8:30 am
Mark Your Calendars: Circus Smirkus - August 10th & 11th (1:00 pm and 6:00 pm shows both days)
For those of you who are planners, the school board of directors recently approved the RSU 21 Instructional Calendar for the 2023-24 school year. Link for Instructional Calendar
Field Day, Field Trip, Volunteer Opportunities, and Permission Slips…
Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13th (with a rain date of June 14th). One of our activities for field day requires a permission slip to participate. If you’ve lost yours, here’s another copy. Please, make sure to get this permission slip back to your child’s teacher.
As usual, we are looking for volunteers to help with this fun day. If you’re available and interested, please click here to learn more about our needs. You MUST be on the approved list in order to volunteer. Here’s the RSU 21 volunteer application form. The approval process can take up to a couple of weeks. So, please do not wait until the last minute to complete the form.
Another end of year activity is a whole school field trip to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust on Monday, June 12th. Please, click here to learn more about our volunteer needs for this activity. In addition, here is the field trip permission form, in case you need another copy.
A message from Nurse Pro:
With warmer weather on its way, Maine’s ticks are coming out to play. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Maine CDC wants to remind everyone to be "Tick Free ME" Health care providers reported over 2,600 cases of Lyme disease in 2022 (data as of March 7, 2023).
The best way to prevent a tick borne disease is to prevent tick bites in the first place. Deer ticks can be active any time the temperature is above freezing. Make these habits part of your daily routine year-round to stay tick free:
1. Know tick habitat and use caution in areas where ticks may live.
2. Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs.
3. Use an EPA-approved repellent like DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus on skin and permethrin on clothing.
4. Check for ticks daily and after any outdoor activity. Do not forget to check family members and pets too. Take a shower after being out in tick habitat to wash off any crawling ticks that have not attached yet.
5. Remove your clothing when you get home and put it in the dryer before washing. Use high heat for 10-15 minutes to kill any crawling ticks.
When infected deer ticks bite, they can spread the germ that causes Lyme disease. The deer tick has to bite for 24-48 hours to spread the germ to you. Use frequent tick checks to find and remove ticks as early as possible to stop this spread.
Community Resources In a moment of crisis, you do not have to be alone. Sometimes you need a conversation--not an internet search. Dial 2-1-1 for the Maine Hotline. This service can help with issues like acute crisis, financial assistance, mental health, addiction treatment, health care, or heating and utilities assistance. Additionally, the national Suicide Hotline is 9-8-8.
Here is a list of more resources available to everyone throughout our district and beyond.
DISTRICT MISSION: Developing productive global citizens by building knowledge and character
School Vision: We love to learn together!