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What's Happening at Peaks

Principal’s Notes                                                                                                                              

December 11,  2017


Dear Peaks Island Parents,


The first ever radio broadcast from our school building happened without a glitch on Friday morning.  Seagulls Times Radio -- complete with an advice column, disgruntled elf interview, weather forecast, and it’s own sign off --was a hit!  As we figure out the broadcasting range of the radio signal, we will share the call number so that any islander can tune at  8:55 on Fridays.


Peaks Island Elementary Community Coordinator


As you know, Ellen Mahoney has been truly invaluable to the success of the school and After School Academy in her role as Community Coordinator.  But as her own children have aged out of PIES, she too is looking for new opportunities.  We are fortunate that she will continue to serve as Math Team Coach, reading mentor,  and vision team member.  I am sharing this with you all for two other reasons.  First, I welcome any parents who would like to sit on the interview panel for this important position to let me know.  Second, if you know of any islanders who may be interested in this part time position, please have them reach out to me.  Thank you for this.


Math Meet on Tuesday, December 12th


Coach Ellen and her grade 5 mathletes will complete in their first math meet of the year on Tuesday, December 12th at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.  

Chrisanne Keza     Calvin Foster     Pi Crosby      Meleah Herrick       Sofie Asbjornsen       Henry Wilson

                                                                        GO TEAM PEAKS!

PTO Happenings


News from PTO President Kathy Simmonds--


1) Reminder to all PIES parents, teachers & staff: The monthly PTO meeting will be this Thursday 12/14 at 6:15p in the library. All welcome. Please let us know if you are planning to come, and let us know if you need childcare so we can plan accordingly.

2) If you have not picked up your items from the fall catalog sale, they are ready and can be picked up during school hours (in the Art room). Your child's last name is on your bag.

3) We are still looking for people to lead or help with our annual holiday craft making fair on Weds 12/20 from 12:30-3p. This is PIES-PTO tradition that gives students a chance to make holiday gifts for their loved ones. Let Kathy or Danielle know if you are able to help!

 

Vision Meeting, Thursday, 12/14, 5:00, (directly before PTO)

As you may remember, we won a Portland Trails grant in the spring to hire someone to help us redesign our playground with a Green Schools lens.  We were fortunate to have islander, Tanya Seredin, guide the work for PIES.  On Thursday, Tanya will present her final draft of this school grounds plan at the Vision meeting.  All are welcome!


Project Based Learning: Digging Through History

  • Grades 2-5 will visit the archives at the Maine Historical Society on Thursday, December 14th.  This trip follows a morning performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Portland Stage. This trip-- specifically the visit to the Maine Historical Society --  costs $4/student.  Please send in money with your child’s permission slip.  

  • 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?”  Kids are grappling with their new awareness that no food is growing outside on Maine farms right now.


After School Academy

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


Tuesday, December 12, Trail Blazing with Lucia, grades 2-5, 3:05-4:30

Wednesday, December 13, Story Hour with Priscilla, grades K-2, 12:30-1:30  NEW

Thursday, December 14, Seagull Times Radio, grade 4-5, 3:05-4:30

Friday,  December 15, Visual Arts with Ben, grades K-5, 3:05-4:30

Tuesday, December 17, Trail Blazing with Lucia, grades 2-5, 3:05-4:30

Wednesday, December 20, Holiday Craft Making Fair, grades K-5, 12;30--3:00

Thursday, December 21, Seagull Times Radio, grade 4-5, 3:05-4:30

Friday,  December 22, NO Visual Arts with Ben due to Lion’s Club special visitor at 3:05


News from Student Council


Sock and Toiletries donations

Grade 5 student council are  participating in community service during the holiday season.  They have created a box and placed in the school entrance for sock and toiletries donations.  Please send these items in with your child.


Chicken Care Assistance Needed

Grade 5 is also looking for an island family to take on  chicken care over the break, December 23-January 1. If you are on island and able to help with this care, please send a note to me or Ms. Mascolo.  Thank you for this!


Important Dates


Chorus and Uke with Ms.York……………………………………………………..December 12, 7:35

Band with Ms. Lavoie……………………………………………………………....December 12, pm

Math Meet at Holiday Inn by the Bay…………………………...December 12, 8:15 ferry, 12:15 return

After School Academy - Trail Blazing with Lucia, grades 2-5……………….December 12, 3:05-4:30

After School Academy -- Story Hour with Priscilla, grades K-2……………..December 13, 12:30-1:30

Grade 2-5 field trip to Portland Stage/Maine Historical Society..December 14, 8:15 ferry, 2:45 return

After School Academy- Seagull Times Radio, grades 4-5…………………....December 14, 3:05-4:30

Vision Meeting……………………………………………………………...December 14, 5:00, library

PTO Meeting………………………………………………………………..December 14, 6:15, library

Math Team with Ms. Ellen………………………………………………………….December 15, 7:45

Seagull Times live broadcast……………………………………………………......December 15, 8:55

After School Academy- Visual Arts with Ben, grades K-5…………………...December 15, 3:05-4:30

Band with Ms. Lavoie……………………………………………………………....December 18, am

Chorus and Uke with Ms.York……………………………………………………..December 19, 7:35

After School Academy - FINAL Trail Blazing with Lucia, grades 2-5……….December 19, 3:05-4:30

After School Academy --Holiday Craft Making Fair ………... ……………..December 20, 12:30--3:00

After School Academy- Seagull Times Radio, grades 4-5…………………...December 21, 3:05-4:30

Math Team with Ms. Ellen………………………………………………………….December 22, 7:45

Seagull Times live broadcast……………………………………………………......December 22, 8:55

Lion’s Club special visitor……………………………………………………..December 22, 3:05, gym

December vacation…………………………………………………………….December 23-January 1

School Resumes…………………………………………………………………….January 2



Have a great week!  


Cordially,    

Renee Bourgoine-Serio