Calais Elementary School

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Welcome to Calais Elementary!

Our Vision: calaissignStudents, staff, families and community work together to make Calais Elementary School an outstanding school, known for students' academic, creative, physical, and social achievement. Calais Elementary School works to: Honor learning differences, diversity, and the ability of each student to experience improvement and excellence. Foster a culture of continuous improvement for all students and staff. Support sustainable and balanced practices in staffing, budgeting, and educational practices. Create an environment that attracts and welcomes students, families, community, and staff.  




Newsletter 10/24/14

Volume 14-15    Issue #9

October 24, 2014

Dear Calais Families,

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some different weather. We’ve made the most of a drippy, chilly week, getting outside for recess on a couple of days and sneaking out at other points of the day if it was dry enough. This afternoon, weather permitting, we will have our first bus celebration of the year. The U-15 riders overwhelmingly chose to have some free time in the woods (which will be carefully supervised, of course!) to celebrate their success. U-14 has also filled their jar of coins and will be celebrating next week.

We are looking forward to sharing students’ progress and great work at conferences in a few weeks. Green scheduling sheets with proposed conference times are headed home today. Please be sure to check for this important piece of paper and be in touch with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) as soon as possible if you cannot make the proposed time work.

Tomorrow is the annual Halloween Party! Thank you to all who answered the call for volunteers. The event will take place from 1:00-3:00 in the gym. The cost is $3 per child or $5 per family. I have been able to make it to at least part of this event each of the past two years and have always found it to be a good time for all! On a slightly different Halloween note, please be sure to check classroom newsletters/blogs for information about guidelines for treats, costumes, etc. next Friday. Each classroom will likely have different plans and rules for Halloween costumes and parties. If you have any questions about what is or is not allowed, please be sure to speak directly with your child’s teacher.

Finally, we’ve got a couple of exciting field trips coming up. Our kindergarteners are off to the fire house in Montpelier this morning. We are looking forward to reading their stories about what they saw and learned on the trip later next week! The 5/6-ers are making the trek to Fort Ticonderoga on Monday to deepen their understanding of life in the colonies before and during the Revolutionary War. This trip is a great opportunity for students to learn not just the historical content, but also about important social studies skills like finding and analyzing primary sources. I can’t wait to see how this trip enriches the writing and projects of our young historians!

Have a wonderful weekend!