Principal's Message

July 1, 2015

Dear Peaks Island Families,

Recently, I was presented with an exciting opportunity to advance my career in a direction that will take me away from Peaks Island Elementary School. I deliberated over this emotional decision for a while. I am confident though, that accepting this position is the right choice for me, and for my family.

I feel honored and fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be part of the Peaks Island community. I want to thank you for sharing your children with me and for the support you have provided. I have so many wonderful memories of my experiences with your children; they are truly special and wonderful people! During my five years here, I have fostered relationships with many of you as well, and I will always cherish the friendships I’ve made during my time on this island. I will certainly miss the part of my life I have devoted to my role at Peaks Island Elementary School.

I take pride in what I have accomplished at P.I.E.S., while recognizing that I have not operated within a vacuum. I sincerely and openly share credit with others for the many improvements and initiatives brought to this school over the past five years. We can now boast of more efficiency in operations, an updated facility, and rigorous curriculum in language arts, mathematics and science together with newer materials for teaching our lessons. As my top priority, I fostered a safe and respectful environment for our students to take positive risks in their learning processes in order to develop critical thinking skills necessary for future successes. Furthermore, I have achieved my goal of expanding their knowledge of (and responsibility for) their island home. Peaks Island is a special place, and I believe your children will be its future stewards.

Although it’s hard to say goodbye to the Peaks Island families, the hardest part is leaving the students. I have developed caring relationships with them over the years, and will always treasure my memories of my time here.

Please accept my heartfelt thanks and appreciation as I enter into a new learning adventure of my own.

Respectfully,
Cindy Nilsen




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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



Ellen Mahoney
Community Coordinator
Peaks Island Elementary
mahone@portlandschools.org
207-766-2528





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