Principal's Message

May 1, 2015
Today we took our whole school on a bicycle tour of Peaks Island with the express purpose of visiting important landmarks around this unique community.

The bike tour event marked the culmination of Mr. Marenghi’s class’ expedition to identify and research important landmarks of their home, Peaks Island. The authentic products of their expedition are decks of cards for the game of "Top Trump Cards" and a brochure promoting a bike route marked with the locations of the landmarks they have studied. Part of the brochure includes their tips for bicycle safety.

Bridgette Kelly, of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, came to our school and provided an educational program about safety on the road. The school received a Safe Routes to School mini grant that provided funds for new multi-sport helmets for students as well as funds to print the Landmark Bike Tour brochure. Kelly helped lead the tour together with many parents and our staff members. Ellen Mahoney, our Community Coordinator, worked with Mr. Marenghi to procure the grant award and helped organize events and publish the student products of the expedition.

Mr. Marenghi's class worked for many weeka  on this Expedition! Their work is truly awesome and provided the catalyst for the Bike Tour Celebration. These students and their teacher will be recognized widely for their quality work as the map will be distributed from Brad's Bike Rental and Repair Shop and also from Casco Bay Lines!

We had perfect weather today for this ambitious activity to celebrate the work accomplished by our creative second and third graders.  Congratulations all!

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Revised Proposal for School Start and End Times
Posted on 04/09/2015
The Portland Board of Public Education is considering a newly revised schedule of elementary and middle school start and end times for the 2015-2016 school year. The latest bell schedule, which was presented to the school board at a workshop on Tuesday, April 7, is designed to be responsive to a variety of feedback from the public and staff about previously proposed start/end times. That board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 28, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School on the proposed changes.  READ MORE...

Curiosity Reigns at P.I.E.S.

We have officially entered the time of the school year most reflective of Spring and all of the energy it brings. Our 4th and 5th grade students participated in the Peaks Island Library Book Club discussion of "The Boy on the Wooden Box", a Holocaust Memoir by Leon Leyson. The students gave a brief yet thorough presentation of their process for digesting literature in the class room and then lead the community discussion of the book. The dialogue was somber, rich and well informed. Thank you to the Friends of the Peaks Island Library for hosting this event and for providing the forum for this rich opportunity for our community.

The 2nd and 3rd Grade students are riding high on the great success of the Landmark Expedition Bike Tour Map! This coming week our students will be recognized by the Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk for their work at the upcoming School Board meeting which will be held at the Peaks Island School on Tuesday, May 17th at 7pm.
Additionally, the students will engage community members with specific expertise on our local Landmarks on guided tours throughout the remainder of the school year.

Ms. Ryan-Humphrey's K-1 class is ready to plant apple trees! With grant funds through Healthy Portland and 5-2-1-0 Let's Go! We will plant 6 trees on our play ground, 2 trees at the Peaks Island Workshop and are hoping to plant 2 trees for our community at the Community Garden. We will also undertake an island exploration of apple trees! We have noticed many very old trees and we'd like to know more about them. If you have some stories we'd love to hear them.

Look for our upcoming Community Lunch and Volunteer Appreciation Day! The date is June 10th and more details will soon follow.

We hope to see you in our school soon.

All the best,

Ellen Mahoney
Community Coordinator
Peaks Island Elementary

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