November 22, 2015
Dear Peaks Island Parents,
As I mentioned at the Coffee Talk on Thursday, the horrific events of Paris have not escaped the students of Peaks Island School. Children in both of the older classrooms have asked their teachers to explain what happened on November 13th in France. Ms. Mascolo and Mr. Marenghi handled these conversations with sensitivity and thought explaining that a lack of respect was the root of the problem in France and we can change the world by creating environments with more respect. Please call or e-mail me if you are unsure how or how much you want to discuss this event with your children.
Coffee Talk with Renee at the Casco Bay Lines
Thank you parents who attended the Coffee Talk at the Bay Lines on Thursday. I always want to know what you are thinking about and in what ways we can improve this school. Thank you for your time and your ideas and your kindness. A special thank you to Ed Daranyi for bringing the coffee and treats. The next Coffee Talk with Renee will be on Thursday, January 7th at 7:30am at Casco Bay Lines. The topic will be “Understanding the Common Core”.
Thanksgiving Community Luncheon returns to Peaks
Thank you, Peaks Families and Community, for joining us at our special Thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday. So many people from all over the island have either sent me a note or told me what a great event it was. My only regret is missing it. I will however look forward even more to next year's Thanksgiving luncheon, Peaks-style.
A Day of Culture for Peaks Island students
Thanks go to Art teacher Allison Villani and the Culture Club of Portland in creating a day of the Arts for our older students at Peaks. On Thursday, December 3rd,, all children in Mr. Marenghi's class as well as Ms. Mascolo's class will meet at the pier to board the 8:15 boat with their teachers and chaperones. Kids will walk to the Portland Stage to view at 10:00 showing of “The Snow Queen”. After the show, Portland Stage has generously offered their lobby for kids to eat their bagged lunches. After lunch, all children, teachers, and chaperones will walk to the Portland Museum of Art to participate in docent-led tours at the museum. When the tours are complete, children and adults will walk to Casco Bay Lines to board the 2:15 boat back to Peaks. An additional thank you goes to the staff of Portland Stage as well as our very own Barbara Hoppin who are previewing the events with our students this week and next. Permission slips will go home on November 30th.
SAC and PTO meetings this week
SAC will meet this Monday, November 23 at 5:00 in the library.
PTO will meet this Tuesday, November 23 at 7:15 am in the library.
Reading Logs and Homework
We are fortunate at Peaks that we have a very supportive and involved parent community. All the data around student achievement shows that the more invested a parent is in her child's school work, the better the child does. A 2005 Harvard meta-analysis of 77 studies that reviewed data for 300,000 American children summarizes it this way: “The largest effect sizes emerged for parental expectations. The effect sizes for parental style and reading with one's child were smaller than for either parental expectations, but they also had very consistent influences across the studies.” http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/parental-involvement-and-student-achievement-a-meta-analysis ) I cite this data because it is a reminder that making sure your child does his homework and records it for his teacher matters--a lot-- in his future success. Thank you for partnering with us on this. Please come see me if you have questions about Portland's homework policy.
Expeditionary Learning Comes to Peaks in January
Thanks to the dedicated advocacy of Charlie Marenghi as well as the generosity of Jeanne Crocker, Peaks has hired 2013 Teacher of the Year Karen MacDonald to provide Expeditionary Learning training to our teaching staff and any interested parents. She will offer three initial days of training in January, 1/6, 1/13, and 1/20. Please let me know if you would like to participate in this unique and stimulating training.
Dates to Remember
November 23-- SAC Meeting, 5:00-5:45, library
November 24 – PTO meeting, 7:15 am, library
November 25-29-- NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
December 1 —Parent Teacher Conferences, 12:30-3:30
December 2-- Parent Teacher Conferences, 12:30-6:30
December 3-- Grades 3-5 field trip, “Snow Queen”, Portland Museum of Art
December 5 --Peaks Island Annual Tree Lighting, 4ish
December 8 – NO CHORUS
December 13 --Holiday Sing A Long at Brackett Church, 3:00, 7:00
Have a lovely Thanksgiving break with your loved ones!