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What's Happening at Peaks

Principal’s Notes                                                                                                                              

September 18, 2017


Dear Peaks Island Parents,


Portland Recreation Update:


We need your help.  If you wish to enroll your child in rec this year, please register him/her this week by following this link:


https://register.communitypass.net/portlandcityof  


We learned at Thursday night’s PTO meeting that PIES could lose their after school program this year if we have fewer than 12 students enrolled by Monday, September 25th.  Therefore the PTO leaders and I encourage you to either enroll your child (if that had been your intention) OR write the following people in the city’s recreation department to express your displeasure at this decision.


Please address your e-mail to:  Sally DeLuca, sld@portlandmaine.gov as well as Marie Davis, mld@portlandmaine.gov  as well as our City Council representative, Belinda Ray, bsr@portlandmain.gov.  


I am hopeful that if the people in the recreation office hear from many of us that they will reconsider this decision.  Thank you for your attention to this important piece of our school’s programming.


Peaks Pact-- social emotional learning  


Around the building you will see purple and blue posters that feature descriptions of respect and responsibility.  Likewise, I hope your children are talking about these two traits when they are home.  All staff have been handing out purple and blue tickets and calling attention to students whose actions showcase  these important qualities.  In classrooms, these tickets are being collected  toward classroom celebrations.  


Portland Schools has been working on the big idea of social emotional learning for some time.  If you have children who have attended King or Casco Bay,  you are familiar with Habits of Work (HOWs) or Habits of Work and Learning (HOWLs). Each PPS school has established a way to teach social emotional skills and the Peaks Pact will be the model at PIES.


On Tuesday, September 26th at 5:30 in the library,  I will host an evening event to discuss the framework of social emotional learning in general and the Peaks Pact and its impact here at PIES. I hope to see you all there.


Band  Demonstration, Monday, September 18, 11-11:30, gym

Joyce Lavoie and Audrey Cabral will showcase the variety of band instruments for our older students tomorrow.


PTO happenings--


Please see above appeal for letter writing to the department of recreation.


Chicken Coop construction-- September 21,22


Ms. Mascolo and her grade 5 students  have two days set aside  this  week to build out new digs for our chickens. How can you help?  You can volunteer time to help with the construction, offer to donate supplies, or join the Weekend Chicken Care list in the grade 5 room. Thank you parents who have already stepped up to support this work.


After School Academy


We are up and running. Most after school enrichment activities run for six week sessions. Be on the lookout for sign up sheets in email or your child’s backpack for the K-3 lego group that begins next week.  All completed forms should be returned to school before the first ASA date.  


Thursday. September 21, LegoRobotics, grade 4-5

Friday, September 22, Kelp4Kids, grade 2-5

Wednesday,  September 27,  Legorobotics, grades K-3

Thursday. September 28, LegoRobotics, grade 4-5

Friday, September 29, Kelp4Kids, grade 2-5



Legokits  for K-3 will begin on the first early release day, September 27th from 12:30-1:30.

Seagull Times,  our school newspaper, will begin production again in the early fall.  More as the plans are firmed up.


Centennial Beach Clean Up, Friday, September 22, 1:00


If you are on island, please join our school in our annual Centennial Beach clean up. This is how PIES participates in Coastal Clean Up week.


K-5 Field Work, Thursday, September 28, 8:15 ferry

All of our students will travel to Reiche and East End on Thursday, September 28th to view and be inspired by their school gardens.  This is the first step in a year long project that will culminate with our own productive school garden. Please be on the lookout this week for a permission slip for this trip.


Important Dates


ASA-LegoRobotics for grade 4-5…………………………………………….September 21, 3:05-4:30

Centennial Beach Clean Up………………………………………………………...September 22, 1:00

ASA-Kelp4Kids for grades 2-5………………………………………………..September 22 ,3:05-4:30

Peaks Pact discussion with Renee………………………………………….September 26, 5:30, library

First Early Release……………………………………………………………….September 27, 12:30

ASA- Legokits for K-3………………………………………………………..September 27, 12:30-1:30

K-5 Fieldwork at East End School and Reiche School……………………..September 28, 8:15 -11:15

ASA-LegoRobotics for grade 4-5…………………………………………….September 28, 3:05-4:30

ASA-Kelp4Kids for grades 2-5………………………………………………..September 29, 3:05-4:30



Open House…………………………………………………………………………….October 5, 6:15




Enjoy the weather today!


Cordially,    

Renee Bourgoine-Serio