Thank You PTF
The staff were celebrated in style all week! On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, the PTF provided breakfast or lunch…homemade and delicious! On Tuesday, Holly Eaton used the new outdoor classroom space to give staff members greatly needed and more greatly appreciated chair massages. On Friday, a movie for the staff that included personalized statements and words of thanks from the students. Rarely are there opportunities for students to tell the staff how they really feel about school and the adults who guide, serve, and teach them. The comments for the most part were presented exactly as they were stated and the old adage is true: kids really can and do say the darnedest things and they love the adults in this school!
Clean up day– Mulch and gravel have been delivered to the school for the annual school green-up day. Families and community members came together on Saturday to spruce things up: this includes mulching the orchard, leveling out the court yard for the outdoor classroom, planting flowers, and weeding gardens.
Roseanna’s Readers– Rosanna McFarland’s family visited to distribute birthday books in her honor for the months of February, March and April. We also had a donation from the Sherman/McFarland family towards the Rosanna’s Readers books. This donation was from Mrs. Courtot. Her birthday fundraiser on FB was to donate to Rosanna’s Reader’s. The donation totaled $270!!!
Freethy Brook Hike– Mrs. Bebell and her 5th and 6th grade students walked along the brook behind the school all the way to the ocean. Permission to walk on Brooklin residents’ property was approved and they set off Friday morning.
GSA visit- The 8th grade students will finally get a chance to visit their future high school campus. On Wednesday, May 26 at 8:00 the six soon-to-be-graduates will visit GSA for the morning.
Spring Sports Update
Currently, we have 13 students in grades 3-8 who are on our spring sports team. Students practice after school Monday through Friday and are preparing for three friendly, non-competitive match-ups with Sedgwick. The teams will meet for a soccer match in Sedgwick at 2:00 this week; they will race against each other on Sedgwick cross-country course on May 21st at 2:00 and meet one final time for a round robin basketball tournament on May 28th at 2:00.
MEA/NWEA Testing Updates
This year, there is new pilot MEA science test for students in grade in 5 and 8. The test is three one-hour sessions and will be administered on May 18-20. The end of year math and ELA NWEAs will be given to all students in grades K-8 during the week of May 24. The growth data will be available for the June Board meeting.
8th Grade Graduation Proposal
8th grade graduation will be held on June 15th at 6:00. This will take place in gym and be by invitation only. After much discussion, and the inability to find a rentable tent in the state of Maine, we decided that the risk of rain, cold, ticks, and mosquitos was not worth the trouble of planning an outdoor event.
Kindergarten mathematicians continued to work towards mastery of counting the ten way, showed and answered how many? questions with up to 20 objects and enjoyed learning how to play an all class “high / low” card game together with the first graders.
This week in math the second graders worked on adding and subtracting three digit numbers and using the strategies they have learned and checking their work with the standard algorithm. They also explored a few new math games online. The first grade worked on identifying halves and quarters of circles and rectangles. They also explored telling time to the half an hour. They also explored a new math website.
Pk/K – This week in music classes we learned the last bit of our song One Small Voice and sang the song all the way through. We also sang through Dip and Sway. We are excited to make a recording for our families to see. We played some fun action songs for the end of class.
1/2 – This week in music class we finished learning our song One Small Voice and sang through the whole song. We sang through Dip and Sway as well. We are excited to make a recording for our families to see. We played some fun action songs on the ukulele to end class.
3/4 – This week in music we learned to play the Am chord on Ukulele. We played through our song Colors Over You and started learning to play the song Don’t Forget to Sing. We are excited to make a recording for our families to see.
5 – 8 – We worked on our Greatest Showman music and started breaking down some of the more difficult parts. We spoke through the whole song in rhythm to make sure that the faster more wordy parts of the song were completely understood by us. We are making great progress. We are excited to make a recording for our families to see.
5/15 9 AM Town Meeting in school gym
5/20-5/11 Dutch Soccer
5/21 2 PM Cross Country at Sedgwick
5/26 7:25-12:30 PM 8th grade visit GSA
5/28 10AM Volleyball game Students vs Staff
2 PM Basketball Game at Sedgwick
5/31 Holiday—No School
6/4 8 AM Coffee Social
9:30 AM 5K Fun Run
6/14 Beach Day (rain date 16th)
6/15 6 PM Graduation
6/17 Field Day