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What's Happening at Peaks

Principal’s Notes                                                                                                                              

October 23, 2017


Dear Peaks Island Parents,


Peaks Island After School Academy in the news


Please click on the two following links to read about the Kelp4Kids enrichment activity that Jonathan Downs and Baxter student Emma Christman  have been running through our After School Academy.  The Kelp4Kids ASA will return in the spring with the purpose of harvesting and cooking with our locally grown kelp.


   https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/maine/articles/2017-10-20/island-school-students-learn-ocean-science-by-growing-kelp


 https://www.seattletimes.com/life/food-drink/island-school-students-learn-ocean-science-by-growing-kelp/


After School Academy


Seagull Times Radio, will begin production again in the early fall in a new and exciting format.  More as the plans are firmed up.

Blazing Trails with Lucia D, an ASA focused on island stewardship, will also be starting in early November.


Wednesday,  October 25,  LegoRobotics, grades K-3

Thursday. October 26, LegoRobotics, grade 4-5

Wednesday, November 1,  LegoRobotics, grades K-3

Thursday. November 2, LegoRobotics, grade 4-5



STEM Symposium for LegoRobotics, November 3rd, 9-1:30, USM  Please look for permission slips this week for this event.


PTO Happenings  from President Kathy Simmonds


School Fundrasier due on October 27th


This is the FINAL week of the PTO's annual catalog fundraiser, which includes two great catalogs (Equal Exchange and Believe in Kids). They have lots of great holiday gift items, as well as wrapping supplies and things you might just want for yourself!

Please return all order forms and payments by this Friday 10/27. Every PIES student who turns in an order form will receive a smallgift of appreciation for their efforts!

Let us know if you have any questions, or if you need another catalog. For online purchases, go to shopbelieve.com (select Peaks Island Elementary) (No online option for Equal Exchange).

Thanks for helping us succeed in our goal of raising $1500 through this sale!!!


Grade 5 Math Team has begun

Coach Ellen will guide our young mathletes again this year.  All grade 5 students are invited to participate.  Practices are Friday mornings at 7:45 in the library.


Contradance, Friday, November 17th, 6-8, PIES school gym NEW DATE


Jonathan Downs and Ellen Mahoney are putting together a very special event for our community.  We have  hired Dugan Murphy described as a nationally known contra dance caller, co-organizer of Portland Intown Contra Dance, a Maine Humorist, a voice artist, a storyteller, and a non-profit consultant,  to call our first Contradance on November 17th.  We will provide pizza, drinks, and good old fashioned fun for everyone  Please invite your friends and neighbors to this event!

All proceeds benefit our After School Academy.


Project Based Learning: “Digging through History”

After two productive days of work, our classroom teachers and Karen MacDonald  have written our latest project based unit called “Digging through History”.  K-5 students will explore two central questions in the fall and winter, “How have Maine farmers used resources to produce food throughout history?” as well as “What are the habits of historians?”  This unit will kick off with whole school field work to Norlands in Livermore, Maine in early November..  More information as the day draws closer.


STAY CONNECTED  


Join Facebook

Please join our Facebook page to keep current with school happenings. It is called PIES PTO and is open only to current parents.  Please contact Heather Wasklewicz with your questions as she manages this page.


Join Twitter,

Please follow our school on Twitter. Search for Peaks Island School @PeaksIslandES.  


Join Remind

Finally, please join your child’s teacher’s REMIND account.  This is an excellent way to make sure you are up to date with classroom events, field trips, and able to communicate with your child’s teacher.



Important Dates


Band with Ms. Lavoie……………………………………………………………….….October 23, am

Chorus and Ukes with Ms.York……………………………………………………....October 24, 7:35

After School Academy- LegoRobotics……………………………………….....October 25, 12:30-1:30

After School Academy- LegoRobotics……………………………………….....October 26, 3:05-4:30

Math Team with Ms. Ellen………………………………………………………..…..October 27, 7:45

Student Council Fun Friday……………………………………………………..October 27, 2:00, gym

Chorus and Uke with Ms.York………………………………………………………..October 31, 7:35

Band with Ms. Lavoie……………………………………………………………....…...October 31, pm

After School Academy- LegoRobotics……………………………………….November 1, 12:30-1:30

After School Academy- LegoRobotics…………………………………...……..November 2, 3:05-4:30

NO MATH TEAM due to STEM Symposium……………………………………….....November 3

STEM Symposium…………………………………………………November 3, 8:15 ferry, 2:15 return



Cordially,    

Renee Bourgoine-Serio