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What's Happening at Peaks

Principal’s Notes                                                                                                                              

April 10, 2017


Dear Peaks Island Parents,


This past week was a busy one at Peaks--  Ms. Ryan-Humphrey, Ms. Pam  and I greeted and registered nearly all of our rising K students, our grade 5 students discussed “Some Writer” in the monthly Peaks Island book group,  our K-2 students traveled to Osher Maps at USM to learn more about geography,  our grade 3-5 completed MEAs in English and Math, and on Friday our grades 3-5 students participated in field work at Hannigans.  Phew…


This upcoming week is a four day week culminating with...


Scenes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed by our students this THURSDAY at 6:30 on the stage.  Special thanks to Kathy Simmonds, Margaret Kelsey, Kathryn Moxhay, Nikki Holland, Jess George and of course Jonathan Downs for all of the work they have done to support director Carmen Mandley’s tremendous work with our young actors.


MEAs for our intermediate students


Except for a very small group of students who need to do make-ups, our English Language Arts and Math MEAs are complete.  I am so impressed with the pluck and easiness of the students at Peaks in regards to state testing.   Thank you to parents for keeping our students nourished as they tested!


After break, our grade 5 students will complete the Science section of the MEA.  


Grade 5 Community Book Club


Ms. Mascolo and I were delighted to listen to our grade five students’ observations about the life and motivations of EB White in the “Some Writer” book group conversation on Tuesday night. Our students made PIES proud and certainly held their own in a room of very well read islanders.


After School Academy


Dates for After School Academy this week:


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Monday, April 10, 3:05

Garden Club with Ms. Becky, Wednesday, April 12, 12:30

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Wednesday, April 12, 1:30-4:00

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Thursday, April 13, 5:30 CALL, 6:30 performance


Project based learning: Homegrown Heroes: “Why does it matter where our food comes from?”


Grade 3-4 field work: Tomorrow marks the first day of PIES students producing food to be donated to the Food Pantry.  Ms. Mirisola-Sullivan’s students will harvest and bag their hydroponically produced (Thanks, Asbjornsens) lettuce and Susan Hanley from the Food Pantry will pick it up after school.  This is an exciting lesson in the value of surplus and meeting the needs of others.


In addition, grade 3-4 students will calculate true food costs using the produce they purchased at Hannigan’s on Friday.


Grade K-2 Fieldwork:  Our youngest students are comparing and contrasting-- as well as journaling about -- the taste, smell, and cost of globally vs. locally grown fruits and vegetables including parsnips, carrots, and apples.


Grade 5 Fieldwork:  Our oldest students have been researching arguments and counter arguments for having a vegetable garden as well as chickens in the future at our school.  Some of the arguments for having chickens that I have heard include using our compost to feed the chickens and thus creating less waste as well as producing fresh eggs to eat at lunch.   Some of the counter arguments against chickens have included the care and upkeep costs as well as diseases that chickens may carry.  


Please follow us on Twitter @PeaksIslandES to see posts and photos from daily work related to Homegrown Heroes.




PTO fundraiser-- Spring flowers sale


Flyers came home  in your child’s backpack last week for this fundraiser.   Or if you prefer, you can log on to the  PTO facebook page to order spring flowers.  This is the perfect way to dream about spring AND support the school as well.



Important Dates


After School Academy, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”...........................April 10, 3:05

Chorus with Faith York………………….……………………………..April 11, 7:35 am

Math Team practice with Ms. Ellen…………………………………....April 12, 7:30 am

After School Academy, Garden Club…………………………………..April 12, 12:30

After School Academy, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”...........................April 12, 1:30-4:00

After School Academy, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”..........................April 13 5:30 CALL, 6:30 performance

April Vacation- NO SCHOOL………………………………………..April 14-April 23

Grade 5 Field Work…………………………………………………….April 24 time TBD

After School Academy, Seagull Times………………………………....April 24, 3:05

Chorus with Faith York………………….……………………………..April 25, 7:35 am

Grade K-5 field work to Broadturn Farm……………………………...April 25, 8:15 ferry
Administrative Professionals Day……………………………………...April 25, all day

Math Team practice with Ms. Ellen…………………………………....April 26, 7:30 am

Science MEA, grade 5………………………………………………….April 26

After School Academy, Garden Club…………………………………..April 26, 12:30 field trip to the Horse Farm

Grade 5 farewell planning meeting……………………………………..April 27, 5:15

Science MEA, grade 5…………………………………………………..April 28

Earth Week, Centennial Beach clean up………………………………..April 28, 1:30




Cordially,    

Renee Bourgoine-Serio