CES Principal Letters

JUNE 8, 2018

A reminder that on June 9th, Grampy Bill’s will be having a fund raiser for the tennis courts. They will be serving hot dogs and soda for free. However, they will happily accept donations for the courts.

Hokey Pokey Fair is Friday. I assure you that the staff are working hard at making it a memorable event. I have been told that a dunk tank has been added this year and have been told that several of your “favorite” school staff will have a turn, including, Betsy Barnard, Brenda Batson, and yours truly. We are doing a food drive along with the fair. Every student who brings in three non-perishable food items, will get tickets for the games at the fair. We are looking for baked goods for our bake sale. Please wrap the goods for individual sale.

Box top winner for the quarter was Ms Flood’s class. The class brought in 316 box tops and Mrs. Francis’s class was second with 291. A special thank you to Vanessa’s grandmother, Teresa McLean for the “special” boxtops that she brought in.

WCCC is offering summer camps this summer. Please see attached flyer. There will be a Family Discovery Day on June 12th at WCCC. See attached flyer.

Last day of school will be June 18th which is a half day,(there will be no after school that day.) All of next week are full days of school, there are no half days until the 18th.

Thank you for all of your support and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

JUNE 1, 2018

Our spring celebration was a huge success. We had over 250 people who enjoyed a fine dinner of hotdogs, cookies, (thank you Huss Eagan and student), apple, chips and water. The students worked very hard and were very excited to show their families what they had  accomplished. Thank you to Circle K on North Street for donating gas cards. The winners were Norma Lowell and Brianne Burtt. Congratulations.

A reminder that on June 9th, Grampy Bill’s will be having a fund raiser for the tennis courts.  They will be serving hot dogs and soda for free. However, they will happily accept donations for the courts.

Hokey Pokey Fair is next Friday. I assure you that the staff are working hard at making it a memorable event. I have been told that a dunk tank has been added this year and have been told that several of your “favorite” school staff will have a turn, including, Betsy Barnard, Brenda Batson, and yours truly. We are doing a food drive along with the fair. Every student  who brings in three non-perishable food items, will get tickets for the games at the fair. Weare looking for baked goods for our bake sale. Please wrap the goods for individual sale. Also, we are still looking for cakes for the cake walk. Lynn Quinn if you are reading this please make my two cakes.

WCCC is offering summer camps this summer. Please see attached flyer.

There will be a Family Discovery Day on June 12th at WCCC. See attached flyer.

Thank you for all of your support and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

MAY 25, 2018

We had our Spring concert on Wednesday night. I think that those of you who attended will agree that the bands and the chorus did an amazing job. Thank you to Ms. Moody for the great job.

Reminder, that Monday, May 28th is a holiday, Memorial Day. There will be no school that day.

Our Spring Celebration is May 315t from 5:00-6:30 PM. Doors open at 5 PM. All students and their families are invited to come and celebrate the hard work of their students throughout the school year. There will be hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks, and there will be an opportunity for you and your students to visit their class and see some of their hard work. Mrs. Flood’s recorders will be performing at 5:45 and Ms. Rodman’s recorders will play at 6:15PM. Please plan to come, the students have been planning and preparing.

On June 9th, Grampy Bill’s will be having a fund raiser for the tennis courts. They will be serving hot dogs and soda for free. However, they will happily accept donations for the courts.

June’s lunch menu is attached.

Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra is looking for performers, actors, singers, etc… please see attached flyer.

There will be a New England Hemophilia Walk on June 9th in Canton, MA. We have two students in our school who have Hemophilia, Sam and Philip Durrell. Their family will be having a team attend the walk, and they are raising money for their team. Calais Elementary School will be making a pledge on behalf of the students. We appreciate any donation by our students and staff to increase the amount of money we pledge. If you wish to donate, you can send money to school with your student and we will put it all together and make the donation. We will let everyone know what the grand total is on the 8th. Thank you in advance.

Thank you for all of your support and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

MAY 18, 2018

Don’t forget the “ME AND MY VIP” dance at the Calais Elementary School on Mayl8th from 5:30-7:30 PM. Remember, this is a family dance and the expectation is that you come with an adult(s) from your family or another VIP adult. This dance is put on by the PTO and the cost is $5 per family.

The week of May 4th was Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you so much to the PTO from all of the staff at CES. We were treated to lunch, doughnuts, muffins, candy, iced coffee, etc.. It was greatly appreciated.

Yesterday we had our annual Health Fair for the students. We had 35 presenters and the students had a blast visiting all of them and receiving little treats from many of them. Thank you to all of the vendors and a special thank you to our school nurse, Sue Clark, who spends hours organizing this event every year.

A reminder that our Spring Concert is next Wednesday at 6 PM for grades 4-6 who participate in band and/or chorus. Ms. Moody would like the band students at school by 5:30 and the chorus students at school by 5:45PM. The students have worked very hard on their music since the winter concert and are looking forward to showing off their accomplishments.

On Friday, May 25 at 6:30 pm , the CMHS Drama Program will be performing “The Internet is Distract-Oh Look a Kitten”. Admission is by donation.

Reminder, that Monday, May 28th is a holiday, Memorial Day. There will be no school that day.

Our Spring Celebration is May 31st from 5:30-7 PM. All students and their families are invited to come and celebrate the hard work of their students throughout the school year. There will be hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks, and there will be an opportunity for you and your students to visit their class and see some of their hard work. Mrs. Flood’s recorders will be performing at 5:45 and Ms. Rodman’s recorders will play at 6:15PM. Please plan to come, the students have been planning and preparing.

Thank you for all of your support and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

MAY 12, 2018

A reminder that the St Croix Regional Technical Center Scholarship Color Run and Kids Fun Run will be on Saturday May 12, 2018. See attached flyer and registration form.

Don’t forget the “ME AND MY VlP” dance at the Calais Elementary School on may18th from 5:30-7:30 PM. This is a family dance, put on by the PTO and the cost is $5 per family.

The Spring Celebration will be held on Thursday, May 31“. This will be similar to an open house this year where you will be invited to visit your student’s classroom and see their accomplishments from the school year.

The health fair will be held next Thursday, May 17 from 8:30am-12:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

The last day of school is June 18. This will be an early release day. There will be NO after school program that day.

The Hokey Pokey Fair will be held on Friday, June 8. We are now accepting toys and items for the yard sale. No clothing please.

Thank you for all of your support and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

MAY 4, 2018

Reminder that the Calais Free Library is having a Robotics/Coding program which starts tomorrow, May 5th and 12th and June 2″d and 9“.

Don’t forget that there is a late start next Wednesday. School will start at 10:30 AM. Student arrival is 10 AM. As always, we have our after school program available in the morning.

The calendar for the 18—19 school year has been approved. The first day of school for students at the elementary school is Wednesday, August 29‘“.

Our last push for Box Tops for the school year will be the month of May. Again, the class who brings in the most will get an ice cream party in June.

The St Croix Regional Technical Center Scholarship Color Run and Kids Fun Run will be on Saturday May 12, 2018. See attached flyer and registration form.

Don’t forget the ”ME AND MY VlP” dance at the Calais Elementary School on may18th from 5:30—7:30 PM. This is a family dance, put on by the PTO and the cost is $5 per family.

Thank you for all of your support and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

APRIL 27, 2018

Reminder that the Calais Free Library is having a Robotics/Coding program on May Sth and 12th and June 2″ and 9th.

Some things coming up;

  • We have a late start on May 9th. This will be our last late start. We as a school, have heard your feedback and next year, we will go back to all early releases. We appreciate your tolerance and patience with our trial.
  • Bikes for Books will be on May 15th at 10AM
  • There will be a VIP dance, sponsored by the PTO, on May 18th, (see flyer)
  • The Spring concert, only for those students that play in the band, will be on May 23rd, (more information will follow).
  • We will be having a Spring Celebration for all of the students and families on May 31“, (more information will follow).
  • We have started planning for the Hokey Pokey fair. The fair will be on June 8thh. We would appreciate offers of help with the fair, as well as items for the Chinese Auction.
  • May 25th the CMHS Drama Program is performing at 6:30 pm. See attached flyer
  • See attached information about a homerun derby on Sunday, May 6, 2018

The last day of school will be Monday, June 18th. Although this is a month and a half away, it will go very quickly.

The May lunch menu is attached.

Thank you for all of your support and if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

APRIL 13, 2018

We had a blast this morning celebrating the PTO’s read-a-thon. The students read more than 40,000 minutes and raised over $4000.00. As a result of the large number of minutes and amount of money the students raised, Ms. Batson, Mr. Cavanaugh and I all got a pie in the face.

Today and tomorrow PAWS is sponsoring a spay and neuter clinic. Please see attached flyer for more information.

The Calais Free Library is having a Robotics/Coding program on May 5th and 12th and June rd and 9th. See attached flyer for more information.

Circle K is having another Fuel Up Night on Thursday, April 19th from 3-8PM. Ten cents from every gallon will be donated to the Calais Elementary School. If you do fuel up this night, send or bring a copy of your receipt to the school and your name will be entered into a drawing to receive one of two $50 Circle K gift cards.

On Monday, April 23rd at 6 PM, at WCCC, there will be a speaker presenting information on suicide awareness. This is open to the public, however, they request that young students do not attend due to the nature of the talk.

Next week is April vacation. Everyone relax, be safe and we will see our students on Monday the 23’d all rested and ready to learn.

 

APRIL  6, 2018

Parent/teacher conferences will be Thursday, April 12th from 3-6 PM. Please call Betsy to schedule an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher.

Calais High School is again having Hunger Games on April 9th at 6 PM. This is an event to bring attention to hunger in Washington County. In an effort to increase food donations, the student council and National Honor Society at the high school has challenged all grades, K-12 to bring in non-perishable food. They have promised that the grade that collects the most food will have an ice cream party compliments of student council and National Honor Society.

A reminder that April vacation is coming right up, April 16-20, and the 13th is an early release day.

On Monday, April 23rd at 6 PM, at WCCC, there will be a speaker presenting information on suicide awareness. This is open to the public, however, they request that young students do not attend due to the nature of the talk.

 

MARCH 30, 2018

Mrs. Dilio will be offering yoga to all elementary students on Tuesday’s, from 2:30-3PM in the elementary school cafeteria. The cost is $5 per week and will run 4 more weeks. weeks

Dunkin Donuts is having its Second Annual Easter Egg hunt on April 1. Please see attached flyer.

Parent/teacher conferences will be Thursday, April nth from 3-6 PM. Please call Betsy to schedule an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher.

Calais High School is having their annual Hunger Games on April 9th at 6 PM. This is an event to bring attention to hunger in Washington County. In an effort to increase food donations, the student council and National Honor Society at the high school has challenged all grades, K-12 to bring in non-perishable food. They have promised that the grade that collects the most food will have an ice cream party compliments of student council and National Honor Society.

A reminder that April vacation is coming right up, April 16-20, and the 13th is a early release day.

MARCH 23, 2018

Grades K-2 had the pleasure of having Caroline Coleman Dilio, Maine Moon Kid’s Yoga, provided them a yoga demonstration in their classes this week. Mrs. Dilio will be offering yoga to all elementary students on Tueday, from 2:30-3PM in the elementary school cafeteria. The cost is $25 for 5 weeks. If you are interested in getting more information you can reach Caroline at 523-9704. I have included the forms that are required for parents to sign for their student’s participation.

Little League registration that was canceled due to th6 snow storm has been reschedule for March 28th 5:30-7PM.

Dunkin Donuts is having its Second Annual Easter Egg hunt on April 1. Please see attached flyer.

A reminder that there will be a free Easter Dinner at the Second Baptist Church on March 24th, 3:30- 6PM.

The PTO kicked off their read-a-thon today and students should be bringing home packets.

March is Youth Art Month and is a national celebration of the visual arts. This is the fourth year that the Eastport Art Center will hold a reception for artists from each participating school. In our school, the following students will have their art displayed at the Center; Ava Townsend, Eric Barnard, Liam Garland, Liam Travis, Maggie O’Rourke, and Serena Cottresll. A reception for all of these students, as well as the students from other schools will be held at the Center on March 24th from 2-4PM. (see attached note for further information).

The Girl Scouts are having a yard sale at the Calais Elementary School tomorrow, March 24th from 9:00-2:00. See attached flyer. The April lunch menu also attached.

MARCH 16, 2018

Our Pennies for Patients Campaign has ended. We raised $1047.83 as a school and the class that raised the most money was Mrs. Francis’ class with $202.45 . Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser. This is something that Mrs. Clark really works hard on, and we like to keep Mrs. Clark happy.

See attached flyers from the library about upcoming events.

A reminder that it is still winter so please dress your kids accordingly. They need snow pants, mittens, hats, etc. and because the days are warmer, their outerwear is getting wet at recess so please be checking backpacks for wet clothing.

Little League registration that was canceled due to the snow storm has been reschedule for March 28th, 5:30-7PM. There are a couple of other registration opportunities. Please see attached flyer.

Dunkin Donuts is having its Second Annual Easter Egg hunt on April 1. Please see attached flyer.

A reminder that there will be a free Easter Dinner at the Second Baptist Church on March 24th, 3:30- 6PM. Flyer also attached.

Girl Scout Troop 2253 is hosting an indoor yard sale on March 24. Flyer attached.

The PTO will be kicking off its Read-A-Thon next Friday so look for your student to bring home information next week.

Report cards are being sent home today. Please check with your student if they do not willingly give them up.

March is Youth Art Month and is a national celebration of the visual arts. This is the fourth year that the Eastport Art Center will hold a reception for artists from each participating school. In our school, the following students will have their art displayed at the Center; Ava Townsend, Eric Barnard, Liam Garland, Liam Travis, Maggie O’Rourke, and Serena-Ann Cottrell. A reception for all of these students, as well as the students from other schools will be held at the Center on March 24th from 2-4PM. (see attached note for further information).

 

MARCH 9, 2018

Our Pennies for Patients has been going strong. We are currently at $1056.96, with one week  to go to reach our goal of $1500. Mrs. Francis’s 6th grade has raised the most so far with  $181.14. Let’s make this last week count!!!

We have had several complaints about people speeding through the parking lot during drop off and up. SLOW DOWN.. it is hard to see little kids that are crossing the sidewalk and it is  overall dangerous. Also a reminder to not park your car in the pick up line and leave it. If you have to come into the school for some reason, park in one of the parkings spaces. Also many  parents have been coming in to have their student dismissed at 2 or 2:05 to beat the rush. This is disruptive to the class so, unless it is absolutely necessary please wait until 2:10PM.The Second Annual Easter Dinner will be Saturday March 24th at the Second Baptist Church.

Please see attached flyer.

There is a Pie Eating Contest at Crumbs on March 14th at 2:30 PM. This is being sponsored by  PTC to celebrate “pi” day. If you would like to be a contestant we have a sign up sheet at the  elementary school.

Harlem Superstars will be at Calais High School Thursday March 15th at 6:30PM. Advanced  tickets are $7 and $8 at the door. Tickets are available at both the elementary school and the high school.

Calais Rec is is offering indoor soccer. The times and days will be; Monday 5-5:45 PM at the  elementary school for grades 3-5, and 6-7 Pm for grades 6-8; Tuesdays at the rec center from 4-5PM for grades 3-5; Wednesdays at the rec center from 4-5 PM for grades 6-8 and Fridays at the elementary school from 5-5:30PM for grades pre-K and K and 5:45-6:30 PM for grades 1 and 2.

Thank you for your commitment to your students and our school.

 

MARCH 2, 2018

The most recent school shooting in Florida has all of thinking about school safety. I want to assure you that we are working very hard to ensure that your students are safe when they are at CES. The school board and the City Council had a liason meeting earlier this week and reaffirmed our commitment to work together to keep our students safe. There will be more information about this meeting in the local newspapers and we will work hard to keep you updated as well.

Thank you to all who came to Circle K on North St. Wednesday night to fill your car with gas. Many of you were fortunate enough to have one of the CES staff clean your windshield. The staff that participated had a blast and it was nice hanging out with some of our families. A big THANK YOU to Scott Carrier and his crew at Circle K who have been very supportive of CES. Wednesday night, $0.10 from every gallon of gas gets donated to CES and CES gets $0.01 for every gallon of gas at the two gas pumps closest to the road all of the time. Last year Circle K donated $2000 to our school.

It is that time of year again, Little League Registration. Please see attached information sheet for times and dates.

Our Pennies for Patience campaign has had a great kick off week. We have made over $350 with Mrs. Francis’s class in the lead with $95. Keep those pennies coming.

The Dental Outreach Program will be in Machias April 9-14th. This is a free dental clinic for all ages. I was fortunate enough to visit the dental clinic with some students last year and I can’t say enough great about it. The students had x-rays, fillings, extractions, cleanings and sealants, all for $0. If you do not have dental insurance, please take advantage of this. See attached information sheet for more information.

The Calais Free Library March calendar is attached.

Thank you for your commitment to your students and our school.

FEBRUARY 16, 2018

A reminder that the week of February 19th is February vacation. At CES we have cross country ski’s, snow shoes, and ice skates that members of the community can borrow at no cost. If you would like to utilize any of these over school vacation, please call or come to the school. These would all make great family activities over the break.

Once again CES is participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser sunning from February 26th-March 16th. Each student will receive a box to collect coins & bills. This will be turned in to their classroom teacher and tallied each week. Donations can be mad eonline. Please see attached info. Thank you for your support in advance.

Circle K on South Street donated $2000 to CES last year. Again this year, we have an opportunity to get another $2000. We already have $1000 and Circle K will be donating $0.10 per gallon of gas sold on February 28th from 3-8PM. As an incentive to bring families in, CES staff will be there to clean your windshields while you gas up. Please come out and support our school.

The first of 3 Little League sign-ups will be held on Thursday, March 1 from 5:30-7 pm at the Calais Elementary School.  The other 2 dates to follow.

Due to the warmer weather we’ve had lately, students are coming in from recess wet.  Please be checking their backpacks regularly for wet clothes.  Packing dry socks and pants is a good idea.  We are limited to sizes available of dry clothes in the office.

Thank you for your commitment to your students and our school.

FEBRUARY 9, 2018

On behalf of Bob Stuart of the Maine College Circle, and the students and staff at Calais Elementary School, we would like to congratulate Oliver Clark, Braden White, Autumn Allen, Mikah Smith, Noah White, Megan Mitchell and Colby Moholland for being chosen to receive a St. Croix Valley Future of Maine Scholarship, 2018. These students, and students from surrounding schools will be recognized at Washington County Community College on February 12 at 6PM.  Congratulations!

Starting Monday, February 5th, CES will be starting a Boxtop contest. The class that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party. Our goal is $1200 and we are already at $811.

Thank you to all the parents for encouraging and supporting your children to read at home.  Just a few minutes each day can make the difference in a child’s entire education.  All children who have participated in the reading challenge this school year had their name entered into a drawing on Monday Mrs. Carter drew two winning names from the box.   Liam Travis won an itunes card and Hannah Fraser       won a movie ticket.  We will have another prize drawing on Mar. 1st for students who participate in the month of February so keep reading!

I know that the early release this week was a bit confusing because we changed things up a bit. Historically we dismiss our students about a half hour after the high school. However, this week we dismissed our walkers and riders at the same time as the high school dismissal, which was 11:30 AM. However, with the buses picking up at the high school at 11:30, the bus students are later being dismissed from here. Thus, assume that your bus students are not leaving the school around noonish so don’t be alarmed that they may be a little later getting home. This actually worked out best for the school so going forward, this will be the plan.

A reminder that the week of February 19th is February vacation. At CES we have cross country ski’s, snow shoes, and ice skates that members of the community can borrow at no cost. If you would like to utilize any of these over school vacation, please call or come to the school. These would all make great family activities over the break.

Thank you for your commitment to your students and our school.

FEBRUARY 2, 2018

*** THE GAME NIGHT FOR TONINGHT IS CANCELLED.. IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED..

On behalf of Bob Stuart of the Maine College Circle, and the students and staff at Calais Elementary School, we would like to congratulate Oliver Clark, Braden White, Autumn Allen, Mikah Smith, Noah White, Megan Mitchell and Colby Moholland for being chosen to receive a St. Croix Valley Future of Maine Scholarship, 2018. These students, and students from surrounding schools will be recognized at Washington County Community College on February 12 at 6PM. Congratulations!

The Bouncing Blue Devils will be having their final practice on Monday from 2:15-3:15 PM. The students will be demonstrating what they have learned at the half time of the basketball game later that evening. Students should be at the high school by 6:45 PM and are expected to demonstrate their skills at half time, which should be around 7.

Thursday, February 8 the Calais Dolls cheerleaders will be performing at the basketballgame. Girls should arrive by 6:15 and they will begin cheering with the high school girls at 6:30 and throughout the game. They also will be performing their routine at half time.

Starting Monday, February 5, CES will be starting a Boxtop contest. The class that brings in the most box tops will win an ice cream party. Our goal is $1200 and we are already at $811. The reading challenge winners will be drawn on Monday. If you do not have your reading log passed in, make sure you do first thing Monday morning.

The Local Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring their yearly Youth Free Throw Competition for ages 9-14, on Saturday, February 3rd, at noon at the elementary gym. Please see attached flyer for more information. The Downeast Wrestling Club invites students Pre-K-8th grade to join them for the season. They will be holding an information night on Tuesday, February 6 and Wednesday, February 7th at 4:30 at the Calais High School Wrestling Room. For more information, please see attached flyer.

The Calais Free Library monthly schedule for the months of February and March is attached.

The 16thannual Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day will be held at Pottle Tree Farm in Perry on Saturday February 10th from 10AM-3PM. There are great outside activities, a potluck,

and prizes to be won. See attached flyer for more information.

The Calais Free Library is offering free tax preparation on February 19th, March 10thand March 24 th. See attached flyer for more information.

Thank you for your commitment to your students and our school.