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What's Happening at Peaks

Principal’s Notes September 19 ,2016

Dear Peaks Island Parents,

With one year under my belt, I continue to be amazed at the generosity of the Peaks
Island Community. Earlier this week, John Pearson from the Maine Track Club,
stopped by the office with a generous check from his organization. He asked only that
the money be used for fitness related pursuits at our school. We are planning to enrich
our track team and PeaksFest Fun Run with this donation.

Staffing Update

As I wrote in a a brief update yesterday, we have two more candidates who will
interview early this week for the 3/4 position. I promise to send out another update
mid-week to let you know the status of the position at that time. I am--as I bet you
are-- very eager to have a permanent teacher in the classroom. We are fortunate to
have Mrs. Gross as our guest teacher on Monday and Tuesday this week.

After School Academy- LegoRobotics, date changes

Friday was our first K-5 LegoRobotics after school activity. Starting this Wednesday,
grade K-3 will attend Lego-Robotics directly after school. (The time will change with
early release, but the day will always be Wednesdays for our younger students). Grades
4-5, the students who will display their work at the STEM Conference on November
4th, will have this activity on Fridays directly after school from 3:10-4:15. Please contact
me or Jonathan if this is unclear.

Maine Coastal Clean-Up, Friday, September 23, 1:30, FIRST WALKING FIELD TRIP

The students and staff of PIES will again participate in Maine Coastal Clean-Up by
cleaning up Centennial Beach. We will collect ourselves on the US map on the
playground on Friday, September 23rd at 1:30. We welcome any and all parents to join
us in this important, gratifying, and fun work. Thank you for filling out the walking
field trip form in the first day packets; it ensures that the students at PIES can use the
island as their extended classroom.

Clean Plate, our new K-5 project

Essential Question: “How does science help us make healthy food choices?”
Our kickoff for Clean Plate will be Friday, September 30 th . In preparation, we are
asking parents to sign up to bring a fruit/vegetable to share with all students during our
weekly School Meetings. In this way, students have an opportunity to taste new healthy
foods that they may decide to use in their culminating activity.Thank you to parent,
Heather Wascelewicz , who has advertised this request on our new PIES PTO Facebook
page.

ALL students will have school breakfast and school lunch on Friday, the 30th. We
want students to collectively start thinking about the PPS meals with the big goal being
supplementing all meals served at our school with the harvest of an edible playground
here at PIES. Thanks for supporting this kick-off by NOT sending your child in with a
home lunch on the 30th.

First field work is at Hannafords on Monday, October 3rd. Look for permission slips
within the week.

Strings begin at PIES
All interested grade 4 and 5 students will begin strings lessons with Ms. Terison on
Monday. Kids will be fitted for instruments in tomorrow's class. Be sure to return your
child's form if s/he is interested in taking strings.

News from Community Coordinator, Ellen Mahoney

We are fortunate to have Ellen Mahoney return as our dynamic Community
Coordinator. Her office hours are 9-12, T and Th; e-mails on Monday. As she is
organizing school volunteers, please fill out the attached volunteer form and return to
the office. Thanks for this.

Family and Friends Sing A Long and Concert, September 24th, 2-3, Brackett
Memorial Church

Please make time in your weekend calendar to join Liz Rollins and the Portland
Community Chorus for a free concert at the Brackett Church next Saturday afternoon.

Early Release Begins
We will begin 12:30 dismissals every Wednesday on September 28th .
Important Dates
Strings Lessons begin……………………………………………….September 19,12:45
After School Academy -Robotics (grades K-3) ………………….September 21, 3:05
NWEAs -- grades 5……………………………………………………..September 20, 22
Maine Coastal Clean Up……………………………………………….September 23, 1:30
After School Academy -Robotics (grades 4-5 )…………………..September 23, 3:05
Gifted and Talented Open House at Presumpscot School………September 27, 6-7
NWEAs--grade 3/4……………………………………………………….September 27,29
First Early Release Day………………………………………………...September 28,12:30
After School Academy- Robotics (grades K-3) …………………….September 28, 12:35
Clean Plate Kick off…………………………………………………… .September 30, 8:20, cafeteria
First Grade 5 Student Council…………………………………………..September 30, 12:15, library
After School Academy -Robotics (grades 4-5) …………………….September 30, 3:05
Clean Plate field work -- Hannaford's, K-5……………………………October 3,8:15 ferry

Cordially,
Renee
                                           





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