Volume 14-15 Issue #23
February 20, 2015
Dear Calais Families,
It’s been a great last week of February! It’s been fun to see such great school spirit on display now that our Cougar Wear has come in. Please be sure to write names in your child’s shirts and hats – we’ve had a few close calls with lost items already! Another major highlight of the week was the 5/6 Engineering Fair. I, unfortunately, had to miss the event itself due to a scheduling conflict, but I greatly enjoyed seeing students’ design and testing processes in action in the days leading up to the event. This morning, we enjoyed a fabulous All school Morning Meeting during which our 1/2 students shared their recent learning about sound by singing a song, reading reports, and showing off their homemade musical instruments. It’s been a great week to celebrate learning!
I hope to see many of you at Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd. As you have no doubt read, this year’s meeting will take place at school. We are thrilled to host and have this opportunity to show our gratitude to the community. In addition to the usual events – meetings, voting, lunch, etc. – we will have childcare in the kindergarten room provided by two of our fabulous paraeducators and lots of current student work on display in the halls!
This is the time of year we turn our attention to plans for the future. We are looking for one or two parents or other community members to join our Continuous Improvement Plan Team. The state has decreed that Continuous Improvement Plans (CIPs) have officially replaced the Action Plans of days past. This document will guide the work of the school for the 2015-2016 school year. There will be an increased effort to capture supervisory union-wide work in the plan this year as the work of various curriculum steering committees has expanded and accelerated in recent years. All CIP teams from across the SU will meet to kick-off this year’s work on Wednesday, March 11th at U-32. This meeting will begin at about 4:30 and extend into the evening. Dinner will be provided and childcare for children ages three and up is available. Our team expects to meet for one or two afternoon/evening planning sessions between that kick-off and mid-April. If you are interested in joining this team, please send me an email by Friday, February 27th. Thank you in advance to any and all who volunteer!
Last week, Randilee Raynor announced to first and second grade families that she is expecting a baby in July and will be taking a one year leave of absence for the 2015-2016 school year. We have posted an ad for a one year first and second grade teacher and will follow our usual procedures for the interview process: a committee of staff members and parents will meet to determine criteria and screen applications before holding first and second round interviews and observing a teaching sample. As we have done in recent years, we are asking for parents whose children will not be in first or second grade next year. The committee will convene to determine criteria on Thursday, March 12th from 5:00-6:00 (right before Pi Night). First round interviews will occur during the week of March 23rd and the process will wrap up by April vacation at the very latest. The total time commitment for interviews is usually something like three three-hour afternoons/evenings. Please let me know if you are willing and able to serve on this search committee by Monday, March 9th.
Have a terrific vacation!