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March 25, 2020

Lets Bring You Some Joy!

These past few weeks have been rather busy with changes and facing the unexpected. We are hoping to bring some smiles and happiness to you all, by sending out a weekly newsletter that shows some positives from our district's families and staff.

In Nel Noddings' book, Caring, she discusses the concepts of natural versus ethical caring. Noddings (1984) defines natural and ethical caring as the following:

· Natural caring is our innate desire to care for others. You care for someone because you want to, not because you need to. Relationships are often built when natural caring is occurring.

· Ethical caring is othe application of virtue, where universal good is created for everyone. Often no relationship is built, rather rules for behavior.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have watched our lives change daily. The one saving grace for me during this time of remote learning has been the work and natural caring that all of our staff, students and communities have fostered. Here are a couple of my favorites below. - Chris Andriski

Newfields & Kensington Guidance Counselor Kelsey Eskeland singing Three Little Birds with her husband


Flowers from a parent to a teacher within SAU 16, just to thank them and let them know how much they are missed.

Thank you to our Food Service Directors!

Jeanne Pierce (ERCSD, Swasey, Exeter), Anne Walsh (Stratham), and Deb Plourde (Kensington) for leading us in our school meal distribution program. Families can access our free breakfast and lunches using this School Meal Order form. Food is distributed every Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 - 12:00 in the following five locations: Lindenshire Drive (Exeter), Meeting Place (Exeter), United Methodist Church (Exeter), Wiggin Memorial Library (Stratham), and East Kingston Fire Department.

Also, as financial situations change for families we want everyone to know that you can still apply for free or reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program. Please go online to and submit an application.

Click below to watch a really cool video that Nurse Marek at Newfields Elementary put together!

Students at East Kingston Elementary are connecting with residents in our community by engaging in digital pen pals to help pass the days and bring a smile to each others face. It has been wonderful to connect with former students, educators living within our community, and many longtime residents. We have learned about some community members talents like quilting, seeing their project progress and even had updates from some farm animals! We are thankful to get to know our community in a deeper way and look forward to continuing to lift each other up during this challenging time.

-Katie Young East Kingston

Do you have something positive that you would like to share?

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