Principal's Message
March 24, 2015
Hello all.
As you prepare to meet with your child(ren)'s teacher(s) next week at our Spring Parent Conferences, please consider referencing a valuable resource that was mentioned at yesterday's PTO meeting.

The Learning Guides for Families were published last fall, and were distributed to families at our Open House.

These documents can be accessed at:
www.portlandschools.org
Click on Departments
Click on Academics
Click on Learning Guides for Families

Choose the appropriate grade level Guide and open the pamphlet.
You may wish to download the pdf to your own hard drive for future reference.
Thank you!
Cindy



Also: I have added a link to Ms. Lynch Nichols World Language Website.
Click on Academics
Scroll down to World Languages
The new information should be there for you.
Click on the URL noted there.
I have also made the image a live link to her page.
Enjoy!



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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.

Spring has finally sprung. Needless to say, we are very excited to celebrate the change of season on our playground and in our school.

We enjoyed another lovely Community Luncheon at the end of last week. Jonathan Downs once again shared his gift of music with our community.  We had a really nice time sharing a meal and some conversation. We hope to share one last Community Luncheon before schools end on June 19th.
The playground has once again become an active place for learning and exploring. The children have taken up Gardening Club on the playground during recess. That along with spirited games of soccer, hopscotch, and four square have been most welcome.

Ms Ryan-Humphrey's K/1 tapped a maple tree in the school yard! They collected the sap, talked about, read about and then today made evaporation happen and transformed sap into syrup! The Children have written about their observations of the process and also created tree collages highlighting their experiences. The children were active scientist, artists, and chefs. They read books about this honored seasonal undertaking and were excitedly engaged for every step of the process.

Mr. Marenghi's 2/3 grade class are getting ready for their Landmarks Expeditionary Celebration! Along with finalizing their work for the Top Trump Card sets, they created the list of PI Bike Rules and worked on the artwork that will become the brochure illustrations for the Landmark Bike Tour Maps. Please feel free to join us on Friday, May 1st at 1pm for our Culminating Event and Bike Tour. Bridgette Kelly from The Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Outreach Specialist from the Maine Safe Routes to School Program will be out on the 28th to present the Bike Safety Course and again on May 1st to lead our Community Ride! Please joins us for a fun afternoon of activities.

Ms. Donatellis 4/5 has been out in the school yard studying the way light travels. With the sun shining, this scientific exploration has sparked some serious interest! The kids have finished their Historical Fiction independent reading books are taking turns presenting their projects. The kids have created treasure chests and filled them with historically accurate artifacts that highlight their understanding of both their stories and the time period they represent. They are also reading The Boy on the Wooden Box in their reading groups and are preparing for the Book Group Discussion at the Peaks Island Library Tuesday May 4th.
When we return from vacation, the 4/5 are planning a mini-expedition about the Birds of Peaks Island. Nicola's Nest perhaps?
the kids will fan out across the island, identify their favorite birds, do some drawing, some research, and some persuasive writing about our spring bird population. Look for more on this fun expedition after vacation.

We are heading toward the school year home-stretch but we still have so much to explore. As we approach the end of another school year there are always to be part of what is going on in and around our school. We will have several celebrations, investigations and outings and as always, we hope you will join us.

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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