KES Newsletter August 26, 2022
August 26, 2022
Dear KES Families,
I hope you are all well and that the children are enjoying the final days of summer vacation! If I count my own public school experiences, I’ve been returning to school every fall now for 50 (since 1972) years, and I can tell you that the start of the school year feels the same whether you are a student or a staff member. Having said that, this year, my 29th year as a public school educator, I am more excited than ever to have the children back here with us for another year. It was great seeing so many smiling faces, students, parents, caregivers and families, here with us today for Sneak a Peek. It was a wonderful opportunity for students to say hello to their teachers and for families to be able to see their child’s classroom in person.
As has been the case in the past, morning drop-off for KES students runs from 7:50 am to 8:15 am. KES staff will be outside to greet students as they arrive. Please do not begin to unload until one of our staff members is there to greet your child.
Just a reminder that it is critical when reporting student absences for any day during the school year, you do this on line using this link: KES Absence Reporting Form. Although emailing your child’s teacher is appreciated, using the absence reporting form is most important. If you have more than one child who will be out, please complete an entry for each child.
Pick up for students will begin at 2:45. This is the same time we begin dismissing those students who are riding buses home. Please pull up in the pick up line as far around the circle as possible. Our School Resource Officer will be standing on the circle, encouraging everyone to move forward as far as possible before stopping. A staff member will come outside beginning at 2:45 to begin calling up children from their classrooms for dismissal.
We also have some staffing changes that I want to share with you. Hannah Grant has joined the first grade team as a new 1st grade teacher, and Michelle Carrio, formerly a Pre-K ed tech, has joined the kindergarten team. Wren Saunders will be our new music teacher and Kerry Dunnington will be our new STEM teacher. In Special Services, Brooke Valencia will be our new SCALE teacher and Jasmine Menzie will be our new DLC teacher. And we also have hired a new Pre K ed tech, Madison Gassman.
Just a reminder that the first day of school for 1st and 2nd graders is August 29, 2022, and the first day for Pre K and Kindergarten is Wednesday, August 31st. Because it is often hard to separate four and five-year-olds from their parents, we ask that Pre-K and K parents not linger once their child is safely in the hands of KES staff.
Community Outreach Services (COS) of the Kennebunks (a local non-profit organization serving Arundel, Kennebunk, & Kennebunkport) is pleased to once again partner with RSU 21 and the three Town Social Services Offices to provide an anonymous free program intended to help families struggling to keep up with the increasing costs of groceries. Formerly known as the BackPack Program, this letter explains changes in this program, and the services that are available.
Important dates for the start of the year are as follows:
The first day of school for grades one & two is Monday, August 29th.
Kindergarten & Pre K screenings have been individually scheduled for August 29 & 30.
The first day of school for Pre K & Kindergarten is Wednesday, August 31st.
There is no school on Friday, September 2nd or Monday, September, 5th.
The first Early Release Wednesday is September 7th. Dismissal is at noon that day.
So that is it for now. I look forward to seeing you all soon! And just like that, summer slips away…
Yours in Education,