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 9/19/14

Volume 14-15  Issue #4

September 19, 2014

Dear Calais Families,

Fall has certainly arrived! There is nothing like a thin layer of frost on the apples to bring home the message that the season has changed. I am sad to be missing one of our favorite fall traditions, the annual wellness trips, for a family wedding. I hope that folks are able to snap some good pictures so I can at least imagine the fun!

Thank you to Fun Fitness Friday Coordinator, Liz Knapp, who has started her FFF work a little early this year.  FFF is a grant-funded winter wellness program for students in grades K-6 that takes place on Friday afternoons in January and February.   Liz and I met over the summer to discuss how things have been going for the past two winters and to begin brainstorming possible solutions to our biggest challenge – unreliable snow conditions. We quickly realized that, while we have any number of ideas, we aren’t in a position to make any decisions just yet because we don’t know students’ and families’ priorities and suggestions. So, before we go about having any serious conversations about what, if any, changes to make, we are surveying families about their experiences with and ideas for FFF. This survey can be accessed via the following link:   

Paper copies are attached to the hardcopy of this newsletter and are available in the school lobby.  The deadline for completing this survey is Sunday, September 28th.

               You may have noticed in our Dates to Remember section that there are two half days for students in November around parent-teacher conference time, rather than one whole in-service day. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 on November 10th and 11th. Lunch will be served prior to dismissal and Community Connections will provide after care 12:30-5:30. Many procedures around conferences will remain the same; including coordinated schedules for siblings and the tried and true paper notification system (please look for conference scheduling sheets coming home with students in late October). This shift allows for a little more flexibility for each teacher to coordinate his or her schedule with that of each family. We have not nailed down exact windows for conferences, but expect to be able to offer more late afternoon/early evening slots than in previous years. Another new feature will be joint conferences with both 1/2 teachers. We heard at our info session in June that the opportunity to meet with both your child’s math and reading teachers is very important to parents. Accordingly, Mrs. Raynor and Ms. Levangie will meet jointly with each family – both are happy to take on the additional volume of conferences because connecting with each student’s parents is so very important and valuable.  Please read in next week’s newsletter for information from Superintendent Bill Kimball explaining the reasons for this supervisory union-wide change.

Have a great weekend!