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What's Happening at Peaks

Principal’s Notes                                                                                                     August 23 ,2016

Dear Peaks Island Parents,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 new year.  As Angela, Diane, and Amy spend countless hours spiffing up our beautiful, old building, teachers have been working hard to create great learning centers in their rooms. They are making plans of how to synthesize their project based work with core curriculum as we build a Green School of Choice here at Peaks.

New to the Islands

We have a number of new teachers that I want to introduce to you:

Michele Turner, Cliff Island, K-5

Savannah Mirisola-Sullivan, special educator

Robin Stevens, Spanish for grades 3-5 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons

Tracey Falla, Occupational Therapy

As you know, Charlie Marenghi has moved to Reiche School as the new math coordinator.  We have not hired a new teacher to replace him yet, but anticipate that we will fill that third-fourth grade position in mid-September.  We are fortunate to have a very experienced retired teacher Terry Allen to provide long term substitute services in this role. Mr. Allen is such a professional that he is coming in a day early to set up the classroom.  Please join me in thanking and welcoming Mr. Allen. 

If you know of any teachers who may be interested in teaching at PIES, please have them contact me at school 766-2528.

After School Academy

Another huge shout out to our very own Ellen Mahoney for writing, pursuing and winning another Peaks Island Fund grant for our school.  This grant will fund our Peaks Island After School Academy for the next two years.  The grant again includes three components – homework help, enrichment, and aftercare.  We are delighted that Jonathan Downs will return as our After School Academy Coordinator. We will continue to partner with the Parks and Recreation team to provide rich after school programming for our students.  Our first enrichment activity will be a robotics intensive for our all grades which will culminate with our grades 4/5 students again representing PIES November 4th at the city wide STEM conference.

Teacher Training at PIES—August 25, 26

Our staff has school wide professional development on Thursday, August 25th and Friday, August 26th with Karen MacDonald.  We will dive deep into our sustainability theme and map out two K-5 units around this big topic.  We are fortunate to have resident experts Jane McLucas from Food Services, our own Angela Volger and Ellen Mahoney join us on the second day of training.  This is an essential piece in moving our school into becoming the third designated Green School in Maine. 

Back to School Reminders

Parents, thank you for making sure your children are getting enough sleep these last few days of summer.  The change in schedule can often be challenging for children.  Also, please contact your teacher directly if you want information about back to school supplies.

Important Dates

PTO sponsored Back to School BBQ……………………………………….August 29, 6:15-7:15

First Day of School for Grades 1-5……………… .............................. ...August 31

First School Meeting…………………………………………………………..August 31, 9:00, gym

Portland Recreation after school programming begins…… …………...August 31, 3:05, Art Room

No School for Students and Teachers………………..……………………......September 2

No School – Labor Day...........................................................................September 5

Kindergarten Students begin…………………………………………………….September 6

Vision Team meeting………………………………………………………September 8, 5:15, library

PTO meeting…………………………   …………………………………..September 8, 6:15, library

Fire drill  #1…...............................................................................September 9, 1:00

Strings Demonstration grades 3-5 by Ms. Terison………………………September 12, pm

After School Academy -Robotics begin (grades K-5).........................September 12, 3:05

Fire drill  #2...................................................................................September 13, 11:00

Fire drill #3....................................................................................September 15, 9:00

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday night at our Back to School BBQ.  Special thanks to new PTO leaders Heather Pollard and Kathy Simmonds to making this a special night to begin our school year.

Cordially,   

Renee Bourgoine-Serio

 

 

 





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