May 22, 2016
Dear Peaks Island Parents,
Thank you for the great potluck and incredible support you provided on Tuesday night for the School Board. I could not be prouder of our student presentation. Yvonne Young of the Island Institute was so impressed with our RRR-Evolution work that she has invited our teachers to present at the Island Institute's annual fall conference.
PIES on Twitter
Now you can find out what is happening at school every day on social media. Thanks to the commitment of Ms.Ryan-Humphrey, tweets this week included students building the compost container with Doug Wilber, grade 5 trip to King, a baby bird rescue by the fire department, and a guest visitor, Ms. Rose from the Civil War Quilters group. Follow us on Twitter @PeaksIslandES.
PIES Spring Concert and Art Show, Tuesday, May 24th, 6:15
Please plan to join us for the final concert of the year. Get ready to hear our students demonstrate all they have learned during the year's music class with Ms. LaRochelle, band class with Ms. Lavoie, strings with Ms. Terison and chorus with Ms. York. Special thanks to Allison Villani, our art teacher, who has hung self selected student art pieces for each child. These amazing pieces are on display throughout the downstairs as a part of this arts celebration through June 9th. Definitely worth a wander through the halls...
RRR—Evolution, project-based learning at Peaks
Guiding Question: What is the impact of trash on our island community?
Upcoming Key Events
- June 7th 10:00 Student Work Gallery Walk; 10:30Mayor Ethan Strimling as well as City Councilors Belinda Ray and Ed Suslovic will join our school in a ribbon cutting ceremony to commission our newly built compost container and returnables box
PIES Track Team
Thanks to PE teacher Todd Wing and After School Academy director Jonathan Downs for coaching all interested grade 4 and grade 5 students who wish to compete in the City Wide track meet on Thursday, June 2nd. Please look for the permission slips for the City Meet in your grade 4 or grade 5 child's folders later this week.
Upcoming After School Academy Special Events
Jonathan Downs and his team have been busy this year. In addition to the music classes with Ahmed which begin on Monday, May 9th and Running Club on Thursdays, please share your enthusiasm for the following big events on the calendar:
Celebration of Learning,
Friday, June 3rd
3-4:30 With thanks to Ellen, Jonathan and Mr. M. for their leadership as they put together a special afternoon for our school volunteers as well as all of the students who participated in the After School Academy this year.Plan to come, eat cake, and watch a slide show of this year's events.
- Second Annual All School Bike Around the Island, Wednesday, June 15th, 1:00
- First Annual PIES After School Academy 5K Fun Run, Sunday, June 19th, 9:00
What could be a better way to celebrate Father's Day, enjoy PeaksFest, and support the After School Academy than to register for our 5K Fun Run? Just copy and paste the link below. On the upper right hand corner of the page, select sign up to register for the race. I just did it, pretty easy...
Grade 5 Trip to Chewonki, June 8-9
With special thanks to all of the members of the community who supported our school play on April 8, the PTO is able to fully fund our grade 5 annual trip. This year our students as well as Ms. Mascolo and Mrs. Serio will spend two days and a night in Chewonki in Wiscasset, Maine. On Thursday May 26th, Lisa Packard from Chewonki will be visiting our school to prepare our grade 5 students for this trip.
Friday, June 17: Final FULL Student Day and Fifth Grade Farewell/K-4 Celebration
June 17th is our last day of school. Unlike other last days, it is a FULL day of school for K-4 students. Grade 5 will be dismissed after the 9:45 Fifth Grade Farewell on Friday, June 17th. There will be a celebration for all K-4 students in the afternoon. More details to come...
Summer Reading 2016 from Elle Ivy, PIES librarian
I Love Reading in Portland: Time of Wonder
The Portland Public Library and Portland Public Schools are excited to announce a joint summer reading program for summer 2016, entitled Time of Wonder. We have created the 2016 summer reading program to encourage children to read about, and explore the natural world on their summer vacation. There is a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), along with reading!
We will enthusiastically be telling students all about Time of Wonder in the library, during the last week of school. Students will receive a copy of the reading map/log at that time. Please help us out by asking your child to show it to you when it arrives home! Copies of the map/log can also be picked up over the summer at the public Library or on the Bookmobile. The goal for students is to read or listen to eight books.
The map/log also contains reading activities, and suggests books to read. See how many reading activities you and your family can do together and be proactive in preventing summer slide! The activities are perfect for having summer adventures together, big and small!
Reading logs can be brought to the public library before August 13th or to school during the first week in September.
Please email me if you have any questions. email@example.com
Dates to Remember
May 19-21-- 8th Maine Civil War quilters group visits the island
May 23 --After School Academy—music innovation, grades K-5, 3:05
May 24 – Chorus, 7:30
May 24 – Vision Meeting, 7:30, library
May 24 --Track practice grades 4-5, 7:45
May 24 – All School Spring Concert, 6:15-7:30
May 25 – Final Early Release for students, 12:30
May 26 – Chewonki Visitor to grade 5, 10:30
May 26 --Grade 5 Parent Night at King Middle, 6:00-7:30
May 26-- After School Academy-- track club, grades K-5, 3:05
May 29-- NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day