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What's Happening at Peaks

Principal’s Notes                                                                                                                              

November 20,  2017


Dear Peaks Island Parents,


The first annual Peaks Island Elementary Contradance was a wonderful event with live music and more than seventy community members learning to dance and stomp.   Shout outs to Jonathan Downs, Danielle Ivers, Kathy Simmonds, Paula Chadwick and Ellen Mahoney for making this evening such a special one for our school and After School Academy!  


PTO happenings


Pies for PIES

Back by popular demand, parents will bake and sell Thanksgiving pies.  If you have volunteered to bake a pie, please plan to bring  them to the art room any time on Tuesday, November 21.  Pie delivery folks will take it from there.  Please contact Kathy Simmonds with any questions you have.


After School Academy

Below, please find the schedule for the next two weeks of After School Academy.


Tuesday, November 21, Trail Blazing with Lucia, grades 2-5, 3:05-4:30

Tuesday, November 28, NO Trail Blazing with Lucia, parent teacher conferences

Thursday, November 30, Seagull Times Radio, grade 4-5, 3:05-4:30

Friday,  December 1, Visual Arts with Ben, grades K-5, 3:05-4:30


PEF awards teacher grant for ukuleles and guitars for PIES


Congratulations to Zoe Ryan-Humphrey and Ellen Mahoney for writing a successful grant to purchase a set of ukes and guitars for our music program.  Funding for this program is made possible with a grant from the Portland Education Foundation’s Teacher Grant program.  


Parent Teacher Conferences, November 28-29, 12:00 dismissal

Student led conferences will happen on Tuesday, November 28th, 12-7 and Wednesday, November 29th, 12-5. If you have not already done so, please return your conference sign up sheet to school.  Report cards will go home on Monday, November 27th.


Project Based Learning: Digging Through History

  • Grades 2-5 Karen MacDonald and Kathleen Cassasa will visit  our older classrooms and showcase a series of antique tools and farm implements on Tuesday, November 28th

  • Grades K-1 Our  younger students are taking December to  explore  the following two big ideas, “Where does our food come from?” and “When do farms in Maine grow food?”  To that end, the class will visit Rosemont Market on Friday, December 1st to look for foods from Maine farms.  More information as the date draws closer.



Important Dates


Band with Ms. Lavoie……………………………………………………………....November 21, am

Chorus and Uke with Ms.York……………………………………………………...November 21, 7:35

After School Academy- Trail Blazing with Lucia…………………………….November 21, 3:05-4:30

NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING BREAK……………………………..November 22-November 26

Report Cards go home with students……………………………………………….November 27

Chorus and Uke with Ms.York……………………………………………………..November 28, 7:35

Guest Visitor, grade 2-5, Digging Through History………………………………..November 28, am

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES…………………………….November 28, 29, 12:00 dismissal

After School Academy- Seagull Times Radio, grades 4-5…………………...November 30, 3:05-4:30

Math Team with Ms. Ellen………………………………………………………….December 1, 7:45

K-1 field work to Rosemont Market………………………………..December 1, 8:15 ferry, 9:30 return

First Seagull Times live broadcast…………………………………………………..December 1, 8:55

After School Academy- Visual Arts with Ben, grades K-5……………………...December 1, 3:05-4:30


Have a safe, restful and fun Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends!


Cordially,    

Renee Bourgoine-Serio