Volume 14-15 Issue #1
August 29, 2014
Dear Calais Families,
For the first time in recent memory, we’ve kicked off the year with a full, five-day week. This week as I wandered into classrooms during activities like “All About Me” posters, reading workshop, and mathematics, I was blown away by our Calais Cougars’ focus and energy. They are ready to be back at school and have shown great examples of safety, kindness, and hard work all week.
At our back to school assembly on Monday, I introduced three new staff members. As you all know, Lisa Levangie has come on board as a first and second grade teacher. We have also welcomed two new paraeducators this fall. Katie Switzer joins us from Massachusetts by way of Montana with experience as an art teacher, substitute teacher, and paraeducator. Lisa Hodgson has spent many years working as a substitute teacher, paraeducator, after school program coordinator, and volunteer coach in Warren and one or two other Washington West SU schools. We are incredibly lucky to have these two on board – especially as they have also stepped up to work additional hours each day in our Community Connections programs.
Students and teachers are hard at work creating their hopes and dreams, self-portraits, and other pieces to show off at Open House. Please mark your calendars for our Open House and Hors D’oeuvres Night! We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 10th from 6:00 to 7:00. For those able to contributing to the hors d’oeuvre buffet, please consider bringing a card listing ingredients along with your contribution to the spread of finger foods.
As you’ll read later in the newsletter, we plan to continue selling popcorn each Friday morning, beginning next Friday, September 5th. Proceeds from these sales go toward purchasing a yearbook for each child at the end of the school year. To increase that profit margin and keep kitchen costs low, we are seeking donations of supplies or money to purchase materials this year. You can find details about the supplies we are seeking below. As a final popcorn note, I’d like to thank Amy Saunders, Shannon Wichrowski, and Megan Houghton, who have volunteered to be our poppers again this year.
Our annual Fall Wellness Trip will take place on Friday, September 19th, with a rain date of Thursday, September 25th. Keep an eye out for permission slips. If you are interested in chaperoning this or other field trips and haven’t completed our volunteer paperwork in previous years, please be sure to pick up and fill out the application as soon as possible.
In our “Welcome Back” mailing, I detailed several changes you’ll notice this year. A final change I’d like to highlight is the fact that in many grade levels, academics are scheduled to begin at 9:20. This shift allows us to better deploy our support personnel, including special education teachers and paraeducators. This change also means that it is critically important that students arrive at school at the same time as the busses – no later than 8:50. An 8:45 or 8:50 arrival ensures enough time to run through beginning-of-the-day routines and have a complete Morning Meeting. Thank you for your help in making sure we help each child start the day off on a good foot.
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!