September 2, 2022
Dear KES Families,
I hope you are all well today! I’m so happy about what a great start to the year we have had here at KES. I've heard lots of great reports of summer activities from the kids, so thank you for all you do to increase their experiences and expand their minds during their time at home. Our first and second graders came in on Monday and hit the ground running like old pros. I’ve visited all of the 1st and 2nd grade classrooms, and everyone seemed to settle into their routines really quickly. On Wednesday, our Pre-K and Kindergarten students joined us with hardly a tear! The teachers all report having sweet classes, and many of the Kindergarten teachers remarked at how our Kindergarten students arrive ready to learn on the first day now that so many of them have already been with us for a year in Pre-K. With only a few glitches, Mrs. Towne and I both commented on what a smooth first week we had. So, I believe that most of our students are settling in nicely. If that is not the case for your child, please reach out to us. Of course, your child’s classroom teacher is your first stop regarding support, and Mrs. Boswell, in the office, is also available for questions and assistance. At KES we have a dedicated support team that includes both myself and Mrs. Towne, our school counselors, Miss Wright and Mr. Muir, our school social worker, Jessica Blastos, our school nurse, Allison Laverierre, and our school resource officer, Audra Blaney. Between all of us, we are more than happy to work with homeroom teachers and provide additional support for any child who needs it… even if it’s just a little extra TLC... so please just let us know! Our email addresses are as follows:
Mr. Quinn- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Towne- email@example.com
Mrs. Boswell- firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse Allison- email@example.com
Miss Wright- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Muir- email@example.com
Mrs. Blastos- firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer Audra- email@example.com
I want to thank parents who are reporting when their child will be out using the
KES Absence Reporting Form. This information goes directly to Nurse Allison and Mrs. Boswell and is relayed to the individual classroom teachers. It avoids the office having to call if your child is out for any reason, and we really appreciate you using this means of communication.
While we are not ready yet to invite volunteers and audiences into the building, I want to encourage all members of our school community to participate in our dedicated PTA, KEPTA (Kennebunk Elementary Parent Teacher Association). It is still the best way to become involved and make a difference in your child’s school experience. Meanwhile, I would be remiss if I did not mention how nice it was to have so many parents at KES last week. We’ve always prided ourselves in our connections with families, and not having as much of that for the last few years has been hard. Thank you to everyone who attended our Sneak-a-Peek events. It has also been great seeing so many of you in the pick-up and drop off lines.
Next week 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 finally, on Thursday, September 8th, our local Cub Scout pack is holding a recruitment night. Please see this flyer with information.
I hope you all have a great weekend!
Yours in Education,