Conners Emerson Weekly

Weekly Newsletter 5/18/2018

posted May 18, 2018, 5:49 AM by Siobhan Ryan   [ updated May 18, 2018, 1:30 PM by Heather Webster ]


May 18, 2018


Spring Fling:  The PTSA is excited to announce a Family Dance Tonight in the Conners Emerson gym from 5:30-7:30pm.  This will be a night of dancing and fun for all ages and open to the entire MDI Community.  We hope to see you there!


Construction Zone:  Everyday is an adventure when we arrive to school to see what is being done to the roads around us and where our crosswalk will be.  Thank you for your patience and please be extra cautious when entering and exiting the parking lot.


Swim Safety:  Grade one is heading down to the YMCA this week and next to participate in learning about water safety during their PE classes.  Living on an island, it is very important that children have water skills and know how to be safe around the water.


Civil Rights Team:  Our CES Civil Rights team headed to Augusta to day to meet with other teams statewide, participate in activities and share their thoughts about this year and goals for the future.  We are so fortunate to have such dedicated students working with Ms. Rosinski and Ms. Roths both within our school and our community to help educate and spread the word of the wonderful work they are doing.


Friday Middle School Speaker Series:  Our Friday series of speakers for our middle school students rolls on.  Today we had four high schoolers (thank you former CES Tigers Kassandra and Thomas) come and speak to our students.  Topics ranged from homework expectations to comparing middle school and high school.



Acadia National Park Explorations:  Grade 3 had a visit from ANP Park Rangers to discuss protecting the park and their part in conservation.



Kindergarten had a Jesup Walking trip on Tuesday and a great day on Thursday for exciting and adventurous outdoor exploration.  They explored ANP and learned new things about their environment and the habitats around them. The rangers were awesome in answering questions and helping our students to connect what they have learned in the classroom with the amazing outdoors around us.



NHS Healthy Kids Day:  The district fourth graders headed to the high school to learn healthy habits from the National Honor Society students at MDIHS.  After breaking into color groups, they join activities, learn about themselves and make new connections while having a blast in obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, kick ball games and more!



Tiger Sports: The Almquist invites are out and we are so excited announce that we have 18 of our elite athletes heading to Orono on Monday, May 21st to battle it out with the many other middle schools in eastern/northern Maine.  We have several events where our tigers are undefeated...What will Monday bring (so exciting…)?


The girls softball team is still undefeated with an impressive win against the mighty Ellsworth Falcons 18-3.  Wow, this team is truly amazing. Playoffs are soon, not to be missed.


The Tiger baseball team has built a 5-3 record with recent victories against Ellsworth, Trenton and Hancock.  Aiden picked up two victories and Ethan the other. Offensively, A.J. leads the team in hits (8) and rbi’s (13), while only striking out once in twenty at bats.  Playoffs start next week with game one on Tuesday against Blue Hill (away/3:50). The winner faces the compilation of MDES/Pemetic and Tremont for the championship on a date to be determined.  (Thank you Coach McGuire for the update!!!)

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French Fun:  Grade 5 is starting to bring in their Snail Houses for their new snail friends.  Ooh, la, la… lots going on!







Club Fun: The Food Club wrapped up their fun and exciting food-filled year. They explored where food comes from and different ways to prepare. It was a delicious and exciting adventure for all members. Here are some thoughts from their members:

Lucian: In food club we learned about the three sisters. Then we ate them in a veggie burger. 
Mai: In food club we plant and cook things like pretzels and soup and I love process of learning through foods! 
Harmony: I like to learn about food that I haven't heard of before and then try it! 

The Outdoor Club is starting their excursions this afternoon. 12 students and their parents will be scaling the mountains and scouring the trails of MDI with Mr. Dionne.


Upcoming Dates:

MDIRSS String Fest at MDIHS on May 24th

Grade 1 Grandfriends Day on May 25th (bring the tissues)

Field Day on Tuesday, June 12th

Promotion on Wednesday, June 13th at 4:30

Last Day on Thursday, June 14th EARLY DISMISSAL at 12:30




Have a fantastic weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


Reminder - 1st Grade Parents - Grandfriends' Day - Next Friday

Our Grandfriend Celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 25 in the Emerson Library.  Each classroom will come to the library individually:


Young:  1:00-1:30


Grace: 1:40-2:10


Singh:   2:20-2:50


Feel free to call or e-mail with any questions:  crosinski@mdirss.org, or 288-3631, ext. 1007.


KINDERGARTEN ANP VISIT



This Week in Art…


Where was Miss DuBois on Friday Morning?

Answer: Playing with fire! Mr. Sattler, the art teacher at Pemetic School, did a Raku ceramic firing in an outdoor Raku kiln with his 8th Graders. We have too many 8th graders to pull this off, but I was able to get over there to witness the process and get my hands dirty...and get inspired for trying it here someday!

Elementary Goings-On

Kindergarten students finished their Big Orange Splot houses, based on the book of the same name by Daniel Manus Pinkwater. View their houses all over the halls- we call them our neighborhoods! Students painted, wove, and collaged.


2nd Graders this week are trying their hand at Pointillism, just like the artist George Seurat. Stay tuned in the weeks to come to see the finished product! But as the students can tell you- this takes a long time!


3rd Graders are glazing their Impressionist inspired flowers this week and next, and they should be out of the kiln by Friday! I can’t wait to share photos of these beautiful creations with you all!



Grade 6 students created some Haute Couture this week from recycled materials.  They are using their runway photos for a writing assignment about clothing.  Très chic!
Oh là la!

Weekly Newsletter, May 11th, 2018

posted May 8, 2018, 6:37 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated May 12, 2018, 10:46 AM by Heather Webster ]


May 11, 2018


School Safety Forum:  Thank you to those who attended the district Safety Forum at the high school Thursday night and for those that couldn’t make it, the video recording is available on the MDIRSS webpage.  We appreciate your input and suggestions in working towards the goal of school safety for all of our students and staff.


Construction Zone:  Everyday is an adventure when we arrive to school to see what is being done to the roads around us and where our crosswalk will be.  Thank you for your patience and please be extra cautious when entering and exiting the parking lot.


Plant Kindness and Gather Love:  Wow, what a fantastic show Mrs. Edmondson and Mrs. Young put together to showcase the immense amount musical talent contained within our elementary students.  The queen was regal, the Johnny Jump-Up was jumpy, the flowers were elegant and our soloist Molly brought the house down. It was standing room only!!!



Future of Maine Scholarship Program:  Our sixth grade students had the opportunity to write an essay expressing their plans for college and post high school educational plans.  Ten of our students had their essays selected to win a $100 scholarship to use when they begin their journey towards their educational aspirations.  Thank you to Bob Stewart, Carol Rosinski and the PTSA for supporting this wonderful program.



Washington D.C. or Bust!:  Gaia and Sophia have received tremendous support in their efforts to go to the University of Maryland to present their research project at National History Day.  They have also been invited to share their work at the Smithsonian, being chosen as the Maine representative this year. Students dressed as their favorite historical characters on Friday and donated $1 to their cause.  Bar Harbor Savings and Loan also donated $500 to help defray the cost of their trip along with additional anonymous donation that we received. We love our community and its support!!!



Island Readers and Writers:   The Island Readers and Writers brought author Kim Ridley to CES on Wednesday to meet with students in grades 3-6 and discuss her book Extreme Survivors: Animals that Time Forgot.  Mrs. Fournier’s 4th grade found one of the creatures in her book, the Water Bear, on the playground!!!  This microscopic creature has been a huge hit in the classrooms and they couldn’t wait to share what they had found with Ms. Ridley.



YWCA Speakers:  We welcomed speakers from the YWCA on Friday to meet with our seventh and eighth graders to discuss racism awareness as part of an ongoing series of speakers with our middle school students.  Questions were asked, topics explored and feelings expressed during this positive and informative forum. Thank you Jackie, Martha and Kendra!



Acadia National Park Explorations:  Grade 3 had a fabulous day to explore ANP.  They are knee deep in their History of MDI unit and had a great time exploring the Carriage Trails on Friday.


Tiger Sports: The track team had their third meet at MDIHS on Tuesday.  I am so impressed by our athletes and the times/distances they are posting week by week.  Great job tigers.


The girls softball team is still undefeated with some impressive showing lately.  The Tiger baseballers have had a few scheduling setbacks, but their season is looking great.  If you get a chance, I highly recommend you check out a game. Thank you Keri for this amazing photo.



Spring Fling:  The PTSA is excited to announce a Family Dance on Friday, May 18th in the Conners Emerson gym from 5:30-7:30pm.  This will be a night of dancing and fun for all ages and open to the entire MDI Community.


A HUGE thank you: Thank you so much to the PTSA for the wonderful week of pampering and spoiling our teachers. We appreciate the thought and time that you put into the Galyn's breakfast on Wednesday, the lunch on Friday and the thoughtful gifts throughout the week.




Upcoming Dates:

Field Day on Tuesday, June 12th

Promotion on Wednesday, June 13th at 4:30

Last Day on Thursday, June 14th EARLY DISMISSAL at 12:30



Have a great weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster



Félicitations to Ms. Pappas' class for winning the Grenouille Game Championship this year. This was a timed number-concentration game.  Their class was able to recite off all 24 number cards in 49 seconds.  

In other French News, the Grade Three students have been working on their French Conversation presentations with stuffed animals.  They all created  conversations with: a greeting, two questions, two answers, two compliments and good-byes. 
    _____________________


...From the Nurse


SUNSCREEN and HATS:  We will be having sunny and hot days soon.  Please have your child keep sunscreen and a hat in their backpack if you would like them to put it on during recess or apply in the morning before school.

LABEL the sunscreen AND the hat with your child's name as they often get left outside or in the cafeteria.





Attention Parents of 
7th Graders
Please return your 7th graders Impact Consent Form to Nurse Kelsea by May 23rd.
Your student was given the consent form 
to bring home. 



Kindergarten Happenings

Estella's mom, Mary visited Mrs. Dyer's class on Tuesday to talk about her work as a nurse.  Students passed around various items and learned about their use:   reflex hammer, rubber gloves,  tubey grip, measure, stethoscope, and, syringe.

Kindergarten parents who are interested in coming in and talking to kindergarten classes about their work may contact Carol Rosinski  at 288-3631, ext. 1007.


This Week in Art…


As the remaining time in the school year begins to dwindle, I’d like to put out a request for some recycled objects you may have in your home that you can donate to your child’s art room!

We are always welcoming the styrofoam trays that your meat comes on (washed thoroughly of course), as well as any styrofoam egg cartons (please no cardboard, paint soaks right through!). If you have anything else you would like to donate but are not sure if it would be more useful or burdensome, please feel free to email me at allison.dubois@mdirss.org!

If you would like to donate your time as well, I’d love to hear from you.


Exciting projects of the week come to us from grades 8, 3, and 1.


8th Graders are the stars of the month as their final drawing projects start to go on display outside of the art room. Our big project, transformation drawings, are starting to be completed and displayed. These works are quite beautiful and I welcome you to drop by and view the work as more and more are displayed.

3rd graders in Mrs. Tripp’s class explored clay this week! I know, Miss DuBois must be insane to start clay this close to summer vacation. But it was totally worth it to see the work created, and we had an absolute blast creating clay flowers. This is part of an Impressionist unit occuring in 2nd and 3rd grades.


First graders had a ton of fun this week as they read “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” with the ever expressive Vice Principal Webster. Students will be traced onto large papers, and will be painting themselves in silly, colorful patterns- just like to child in Karen Beaumont’s sing-song story.


PTSNEWS


TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK

Thank you so much to all the parent and community volunteers who helped to show our teachers and staff how wonderful they are!  A HUGE thank-you to Galyn's Restaurant for generously hosting the breakfast in addition to providing beverages and supplies.  Also thank you to Hannaford for providing supplies for Friday's Luncheon, and 2 Cats Restaurant and Mount Dessert Bakery for donating their delicious baked goods for Wednesday's Breakfast.  Thank you all!


PTSA MEETING

Our last meeting for this school year will be held in the library on Thursday June 7 at 3:30pm.  We will be discussing events and fundraising for the 2018/2019 school year - come join in on the fun & planning!  All are welcome - parents, teachers, and students!


SPRING FLING FAMILY DANCE

Conners Emerson Gym 

FRIDAY, MAY 18 

5:30-7:30PM



FUNDRAISING and INFO for the night! Get Excited!!!!!  


Pizza slice, drink & cookie combo $3  

Free face painting & photo booth

Glow sticks for purchase

Cash or check accepted

RSVP on our Facebook event!

* Music will be at a low level for kids*


50/50 Raffle   $1 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5

   


Silent Auction items:

The Bar Harbor Inn Reading Room Restaurant, Dinner for Two

Route 66 Restaurant $50 gift certificate, pint glass and T-shirt

Maine Wood Guy, Andrew Flanagan $200 of Tree Cutting Services

Jack Russell Steak House Dinner for two ($75 value)

Atlantic Oceanside 10 visit pool pass for a family of four ($100 value)

McKays gift certificate ($100 value)

Crooked Porch Coffee Roasters: 2 bags of coffee with 2 mugs ($45 value)

Mary Kay from Mrs. Edmondson our music teacher

Criterion movie pack and drinks

Serendipity gift certificate




**Raffle and Silent Auction items will be announced at 7:15pm**

Thank you to all the businesses listed above for your generous donation!

We are still accepting donations, services and volunteers email Jenniferdougherty0703@gmail.com.



Hiking Club 

The Hiking Club has planned several trips this month.  They are listed in the link below and are open to kids in 4th through 8th grade.   Trip Details are below. Students must sign up with permission slips ahead of time as we have space for only 12 students per trip.  Parents wishing to join their children on the hike are very welcome and may contact Mr. Dionne © 460-1218 or email bryan.dionne@mdirss.org  


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TICK TAKE HOME FACTS

Newsletter May 4th, 2018

posted May 3, 2018, 5:16 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated May 4, 2018, 1:10 PM by Heather Webster ]


May 4, 2018


*** K-4 Spring Concert at the Criterion Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pm***


School Safety Forum:  On Thursday, May 10th from 6:00-7:30 in the MDI High School Band Room, Dr. Gousse will be conducting a follow-up informational sharing session and discussion in consideration of safe schools for our students, staff and students.  All are welcome.


Construction Zone:  Construction of the roads both on Eden Street and Route 3 may impact bus times and also your commutes.  Please factor in short delays and be extra careful when entering/leaving the parking lot or using the ramp when walking.


8th Grade Camp BeechCliff Day: All of the district eighth graders will converge on Camp Beech Cliff tomorrow for a day full of cross-school small group problem solving: both physical challenges and a curriculum-related culture simulation.  This action-packed day is designed to build familiarity, trust and a sense of group as the students together will be embarking on their greatest journey yet… high school.



Back in the Day…  The third graders had a wonderful opportunity to see what school life was like back in the late 1800’s.  They visited the one-room schoolhouse in Somesville, had a schoolmarm teach a lesson to them and experienced what life was like for a student back in 1890.  They are learning all about MDI’s history this Spring and this off-site experience helped them to see life on our island in a different light.



Acadia National Park Explorations:  The 6th graders participated in a program with Acadia National Park Rangers learning about the Ice Age this past Wednesday as they hiked up to Bubble Rock (and tried to push it down, unsuccessfully).  Students learned how different animals survived the Ice Age and how glaciers shaped our landscape. Island Readers and Writers are bringing author Kim Ridley to visit our school next week to continue the discussion with her book Extreme Survivors: Animals that Time Forgot.  It was an incredibly beautiful day to be in our phenomenal backyard!


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Tiger Sports: The track team had their second track meet in Ellsworth on Monday and wow, did they shine!!!  I am so impressed with all of the athletes hardwork and dediciation. We had a few top three finishers (though everyone is a winner!!!):  Spencer, Eli and Max took 1-2-3 for the 55m hurdles ⅚, Spencer took 2nd for the 100m dash, Sam took 3rd for the 1600m, Walker 3rd for the 400m ⅞, Spencer 1st and Max 3rd (Owen close 4th) for the 200m ⅚, Walker 1st for the 200m ⅞, Liam was 2nd in the 800m ⅚, Jameson 3rd in the discus ⅚ and our Boys 4x100m relay ⅞ was 1st place.  Our girls had Grace in 3rd and Lelia 4th for the 100m ⅞, Gaia 4th in the 400m ⅞, Elle 2nd in the 800m ⅚, Emma was 3rd in the high jump ⅚ and 1st place for the 4x100m relay ⅞.


The girls softball team is hitting it our of the park with an exciting start to their season, undefeated after 3 games.  There victories can be decisive and they are really looking forward to their upcoming game with Ellsworth to really showcase their skills.  Emma is like the Flash when on base (so fast), Emily C. is catching (nothing getting by her) and Addie’s pitching is a huge key to their success.  


The Tigers baseball team opened the season by splitting two games with Blue Hill. They lost to Blue Hill on Monday 6-5 but evened their record with a 13-5 victory on Wednesday. Offensively, Evan Ankrom and Alex Gray lead the team with three hits a piece. Ankrom also leads the team in runs scored (4) and stolen bases (4). Joey Wellman-Clouse and Gray have started the season by providing great work from the catcher’s position. They face their island rival team of MDES-Pemetic-Tremont today, Friday the 4th at 4:00 on the MDES field. Next week the Tigers are slated for away games on Monday and Tuesday against Hancock and Deer Isle-Stonington. They will be hosting Hancock and the Island team on Thursday and Friday.


Spring Fling:  The PTSA is excited to announce a Family Dance on Friday, May 18th in the Conners Emerson gym from 5:30-7:30pm.  This will be a night of dancing and fun for all ages and open to the entire MDI Community.  Free entry, food and snacks to purchase, 50/50 raffle and a photo booth. We can’t wait to see you there!!!  And huge thank you to local businesses that have donated items for the raffle (great stuff).


History is no mystery to these students: Friday, May 11th is a fundraising spirit day for Gaia and Sophia. Dress as your favorite historical figure for $1.


Dear Parents and Community Members,

We are two seventh graders from Conners Emerson School, who have been selected to travel to Maryland to represent the state of Maine at the National History Day Fair. Our exhibit is Race in Space. We also have been selected to display our trifold at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, while we are there.

We are extremely excited to attend and will be fund raising for the trip expenses. If you are interested in helping to support our travel, please send checks made out to the Conners-Emerson School for NHDF. All donations are welcome and most appreciated.

Thank you ~Gaia and Sophia


Our Newest Citizen:  Congratulations to the newest U.S. citizen:  Miss Edith!!! She has studied hard for this exam, learning about our constitution, history and Bill of Rights.


Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the weather,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster



This Week in Art…

A Mixed Bag

Impressionism

Taking advantage of the gorgeous weather this week and last, Mrs Young’s first graders and all 3rd graders got the opportunity to paint outside like the Impressionists! We learned the phrase “plein air,” which means “in the open air.” Students are using their plein air works to create a final draft drawing of the things they observed outside. Some of these are already on display outside of the art room!

4th Grade in Mrs. Pappas’ class worked with Mrs. Brotzman to learn all about Ancient China and some of the art that came from the country at that time. We viewed books and artifacts from the country, and learned how to use india ink to create traditional bamboo ink drawings. This was largely a process based lesson, but students were excited about the final products they created.

5th Grade is displaying their Louise Nevelson themed relief sculptures outside of the art room as one large installation. Students in two of the 5th grade classes participated in critiques this week and displayed their work as a class.

MUSIC NOTES


The 11th MDIRSS String Festival is set for Thursday, May 24 at MDI HS. This Festival is for all string students in grades 3-12. An informational letter and permission slip have been sent home. Please sign and return to Mrs. Edmondson. A public performance will be at 5:00 pm.


FREE AUDIOBOOKS FOR TEENS: SYNC PROJECT
For students ages 13+ free audiobooks are available through Overdrive and partners.  Every week is a different paired download.
Click here to see what's being offered:audiobooksync.com
Parents can download them too. You will need the Overdrive app or media console to play the audiobooks. The app is also free. 

Stepback in

History Day!

Friday, May 11th

Please donate 1 dollar or more to support

students on a trip to Maryland for the  

National History Fair and dress up as your

favorite point in history!


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Dear Parents and Community Members,

We are two seventh graders from Conners Emerson School, who have been selected to travel to Maryland to represent the state of Maine at the National History Day Fair. Our exhibit is Race in Space. We also have been selected to display our trifold at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, while we are there.


We are extremely excited to attend and will be fund raising for the trip expenses. If you are interested in helping to support our travel, please send checks made out to the Conners-Emerson School for NHDF. All donations are welcome and most appreciated.

  • Thank you

  • Gaia and Sophia

     
    Amy, from the College of the Atlantic, was our special guest speaker in the Eighth Grade French classes this week.  Amy talked in French about where she was from, her family and things she liked to do.  Students had to listen attentively and answer questions about what they heard. Merci Amy.  This was great practice for the listening exams coming up.

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    On Saturday, April 28 the Civil Rights Team partnered with the local YWCA for a, "Stand Against Racism" event.  Team members attended the "Stand Against Racism" rally on the village green.  The movie, "Hidden Figures" was shown at the YWCA.  After the movie, team members led a discussion with community members.

    PTSNEWS



    PTSA has some exciting events coming up in May!  Staff Appreciation Week is next week (May 7 through May 11), and the Spring Fling Family Dance is Friday May 18.  Keep reading to find out how you can help out and join in on the fun!



    National Teacher Appreciation Week

    (food donations needed!)


    May 7 through May 11 is National Teacher Appreciation week. Here at CES the PTSA likes to celebrate Staff Appreciation Week and we need your help! In addition to some surprises we have in store, Galyn's will help us to host our annual Staff Breakfast on Wednesday May 9. We are looking for parents and guardians to help provide breakfast and brunch type foods for this. You can sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/KaxKmCNQzNiTroFJ3  

    This year we are also planning our first annual Soup and Salad Luncheon for the CES Staff on Friday May 11. We are also looking for some volunteers to help us by donating lunch items and perhaps some time on Friday. Please sign up and find more information at: https://goo.gl/forms/fqTvKlXFuvtvAYlj2. Thank you for helping us make this the best Appreciation Week ever!



    Spring Fling Family Dance


    The PTSA is looking for business donations for the Spring Fling Family Dance on May 18. Items will be raffled off at the event to fundraise for the PTSA. 

    The attached letter explains further the wonderful things we have been able to fund for students over the years. Thank you for your consideration! Jennifer Dougherty is the contact for this event (jenniferdougherty0703@gmail.com).

    See letter here



    SPRING FLING FAMILY DANCE

    Conners Emerson Gym

    FRIDAY, MAY 18 5:30-7:30PM

    Dancing And Fun For ALL Ages, for the whole family!

    Open to the entire MDI community

    * Free entry! * Pizza and other food for purchase! *50/50 raffle and more prizes! *Photo booth- bring your camera!

    Sponsored by Conners Emerson PTSA. Volunteers always welcome and needed; Contact Jennifer at jenniferdougherty0703@gmail.com



    Newsletter for April 27, 2018

    posted Apr 25, 2018, 7:08 AM by Siobhan Ryan   [ updated Apr 28, 2018, 3:40 AM by Rebecca Edmondson ]


    April 25, 2018


    School Safety Forum:  On Thursday, May 10th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the MDI High School Band Room, Dr. Gousse will be conducting a follow-up informational sharing session and discussion in consideration of safe schools for our students, staff and students.  All are welcome.



    Morning Arrivals:  Our Emerson door upstairs opens at 8:00 am with the school day starting and attendance taken at 8:20 am.  We have supervised coverage in our library starting at 7:45 am for students that arrive between 7:45-8:00 am.  Emerson students arriving before 8:00 should use the lower doors near library.


    Construction Zone: With Eden Street under construction, figuring out which crosswalk to use can be a challenge.  We will try to use the ramp as our primary crosswalk as usual, with the alternate crosswalk being at the corner of Mount Desert Street and Eden Street (near KidsCorner).  Buses might be running a few minutes behind and traffic will be running slow so please keep that in mind with the morning and afternoon commutes.


    DNA Day:  All of the 7th graders within the district visited the Jackson Lab, one of our much appreciated community partnerships, to celebrate DNA Day on Wednesday.  They toured the internationally acclaimed facility, learned about advances in this field and built upon the knowledge gained from our previous visit with the Jackson Lab Scientists.


    Kinder Careers:  Kindergartners are learning about the different jobs within the community and an important part of this Guidance unit is hearing parents and community members share what they do for a living.  This week Otto’s dad came to speak with Mrs. Dyer’s class about his work as a coffee roaster (don’t worry, he didn’t give them samples…) If you would like to come and speak with a kindergarten class, please contact Miss Taylor or Mrs. Rosinski.



    Acadia National Park Explorations:  Grade 3 started their MDI History Unit is Social Studies this week.  They are learning about the first settlers on MDI, the Native Americans, how they provided for their basic needs and how different is from how we do.  They also learned about the importance of a man named Samuel de Champlain.


    Grade 4 explored the Jordan Pond Area on Tuesday, Grade 5 on Wednesday and Grade 6 next week.  Students were able to learn about glaciers and how the land formations around us were formed. This adventure is connected with the Island Readers and Writers presentation/author visit next week for the book Extreme Survivors by Kimberly Ridley.


    Second Grade Scientists:  Students in grade 2 have just finished a culminating project for their unit on Changes of Matter.  Students worked together in teams to decide which materials where to be used to design and construct a container that would keep ice from melting quickly.  Their hypothesis was that a container would keep the ice from melting for a longer period of time compared to ice that was not placed within a container. They took careful notes, compiling data along the way and the end result was the ice in the container took 6 hours to completely melt while the ice in the container took 3 hours and 25 minutes to melt.  Your hypothesis was correct!!!


    Tiger Sports: The track team had their first meet in Bucksport on Monday and did not disappoint.  Our runner lit up the track (and fields and sand pits) with some outstanding numbers:  On the girls side, Gaia 2nd 400m ⅞, Emma 2nd High Jump ⅚, Lelia 4th 200m ⅞ and for the boys, Spencer 1st 55m hurdles- 2nd 100m ⅚- 2nd Long Jump ⅚, Max 2nd 55 hurdles- 1st 200m ⅚, Eli 3rd 55m hurdles, Walker 3rd 100m ⅞- 1st 200m ⅞, Liam 1st 800m ⅚, Sam 2nd 1600m, Zack 3rd 400m ⅞ and both the boys and girls 4x100 relay teams took first place in very tight races.  


    The girls softball team had a decisive victory over Deer Isle on Tuesday with a spectacular home opener.  With fantastic fielding, hard hitting and precision pitching, the girls’ team walked away with the win. The boys baseball team is looking great and a contender to be a top team in the district.  As of now, they are undefeated says Coach McGuire…


    Our students are achieving great things both inside and outside of the classroom:


    Colin:  Participated in the Under 10 Maine Swimming Championships and was first place in the 50m Fly, 50m Free and the 200m Free.

    Zack:  Received invitations to compete in four snowboarding events at USASA Nationals in Colorado for the second year in a row during the months of March/April.

    Edward:  Competed in the Bagaduce Music Composition Competition and came in 3rd place for his unnamed speech.  Be looking for Edward at our Spring Concert in June...


    CES Civil Rights Team:  The Emerson Civil Rights Team is partnering with the YWCA to show the movie “Hidden Figures” on Saturday, April 28th.  There will be a “Stand Against Racism” rally at the Village Green at 4:30 followed by pizza at the YWCA at 5:00 and the movie shown there at 5:30.  All are welcome! (Poster designed by Lynx.)





    Have a wonderful weekend,


    Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


    May Lunch Calendar
    May Lunch

    LIBRARY NOTES

    You may have seen in the previous newsletter that the PTSA funded a book buying trip to Sherman's. The Library Aide and Advisory Committee selected books and they are now ready for check-out. 
    Recently added audiobooks to Overdrive are Magic Tree House and A to Z Mysteries
    Grade 1 has transitioned out of Library instruction for the year and into Guidance. Ms. Rosinski, however, is hosting Guidance in the Library and students will continue to have book selection time.  Grade 1 Families: Don't forget to send in pictures for Grandfriends' Day.  This year Grandfriend's Day is Friday, May 25.  

                                  MUSIC NOTES                                
    Students in grades K-4 will debut the original Maine Musical, Plant Kindness and Gather Love, on Tuesday, May 8, 6:00 pm at The Criterion Theatre
    A cast of 15 students, named after the wildflowers of Acadia, will perform a skit while the singers perform the 10 songs woven throughout the storyline. Plant Kindness and Gather Love is a musical that teaches about Maine, island life, nature, and Acadia National Park and to prepare our students to be stewards of the earth. Enjoy Miss DuBois's art gallery featured in the display cases in the lobby, created by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade artists in 2017. A bake sale will be provided by The Show Stoppers! Invite your family and friends.

    CONGRATULATIONS TO EDWARD! He is 3rd place recipient of the
    Bagaduce Young Composers Competition with his outstanding and rhythmical piece titled, Oasis. Please enjoy listening to Oasis, recorded by some MDI HS musicians: 

    Food Club is Back!


    Do you want to get your hands dirty? Grow food? Cook food? Eat food from around the world? Learn more about how we get our food? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the club for you! Mrs. Parkinson, the 5th and 6th science teacher, will be once again hosting the club in collaboration with students from College of the Atlantic Farm-to-School Program.


    The second session of the club runs April 26th through May 31st, meeting once a week on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30. Come join us in Mrs. Parkinson’s room!


    Contact Chrissy Parkinson at cparkinson@mdirss.org for more information or to join!



    The annual Earth Day Celebration on the campus of College of the Atlantic will take place this Saturday April 28th from 11-2:30 and includes kid friendly activities, performances, and food. 

    The Farm to School teachers from COA will

    have a free activity for all students. Come and make your own plantable paper with seeds inside. Grow Basil, Mint and Parsley to cook with! You can write a wish or goal on the paper or make it into a card for someone special!


    Girl Scouts need your donations.

    Girl Scout Troop 667 of MDI is accepting donations of new 
    children's pj's, toothbrushes, and toothpaste during the month of April.
    This will help benefit the Homeless Shelter and the Backpack
    Program, so that every child has a pair of pajamas to sleep in. 
    A donation box will be located outside the Conners office for the 
    whole month of April.  Extended in to May.

    Newsletter April 13th, 2018

    posted Apr 13, 2018, 5:09 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 10:54 AM by Heather Webster ]


    April 13, 2018


    Morning Arrivals:  Our school doors officially open and we are ready for students to arrive at 8:00 am with the school day starting and attendance taken at 8:20 am.  We do have supervised coverage in our library starting at 7:45 am for students that need to arrive between 7:45-8:00 am.  If students are not in a club, such as Math Team, Jazz Band or Show Choir that meets before school, they should be arriving between 7:45-8:15 am.


    Construction Zone:  If you were wondering why Mrs. Webster was enjoying her coffee in her bathrobe on Eden Street this morning, it was to help with the construction season that is upon us (and it was pajama day).  The alternate crosswalk, if work is being done near our ramp, is at the corner of Mount Desert Street and Eden Street near KidsCorner. Buses may be running a few minutes behind in the coming weeks and traffic will be running slow so please keep that in mind with the morning and afternoon commutes.  But don’t worry, it will only last a few more years...


    (You will have to excuse us as we take the time to brag about our fabulous students this week…)


    History Rockstars:  Gaia and Sophia took 2nd place in the junior group exhibit at the University of Maine at Orono for their exhibit Race in Space at Maine's National History Day competition last Saturday.  With their excellent finish, they have qualified for and will be heading to the University of Maryland for the National History Day competition in June!!! (Be on the lookout for spirit day fundraisers to help pay for their trip next month.) This was an independent project that the girls took on themselves and we couldn’t be prouder.  Their exhibit was so inspiring and well researched that the Lewiston Museum has asked to display their work.



    Geo Bee Super Star:  Cal Bryer, our returning champion from last year, took 7th place at the State Geography Bee last Friday at the University of Maine at Farmington.  Woohoo, great job Callahan!



    Show Stoppers:  Our ultra fabulous show choir took first place with a silver rating at the state Show Choir competition in Millinocket last Friday and had a police escort back to the school to celebrate their victory.  With the show, “A Little Bit Batty”, they not only won for their overall performance, but they also received several other coveted awards: 8 of our performers received a 1 rating for their solos (Finn, Claire, Mia, Molly, Lily, Sadie, Zoe and Mai), Mia Ray received the choreography award (wow!) and the male vocalist award went to our very own Finn Hansbury (you seriously rocked Finn)!!!  Great job to all of our performers, to Mrs. Edmondson and to all of the eighth graders that we will miss next year (Finn, Mia, Sadie, Claire, Lelia, Jacob, Emily and Edward). Any student in grades 4-7 that is interested in joining the show choir, please contact Mrs. Edmondson.





    Future Scientists/Researchers/Engineers:  The K-4 Science Fair was awesome this year!  The PTSA (thank you) did a great job of putting together this fun and exciting night to showcase our up and coming science stars.  The exhibits ranged from cheese making to rating floor slipperiness to how waves are created to which colors dogs prefer.  It was incredible to see their displays, exhibits and posters, but the best part was listening to the students describe their thinking, their process and what they learned.  Blew me away! I can’t wait until next year!!!



    Jackson Lab:  A huge thank you to the Jackson Lab scientists: Dr. Jenn Dwyer, Dr. Selcan Aydin and Porica Manandhar for coming to CES, speaking with our 7th grade class and conducting an exercise on simple and complex traits on Thursday.  After the vacation, the class will be heading over to the Jackson Lab to have a tour of their facilities, learn about the projects underway and have a chance to expand upon what they learned this week.




    Grade Three:  Students worked in their small groups to design and build a structure out of recycled materials that would withstand forceful winds (a fan set on high). This project aligns with our weather and climate unit as well science and engineering practices.  Watching every student work collaboratively and positively this week was amazing. On Friday, the entire third grade will get together to test out all the structures!







    Tiger Sports: The track team has their first meet in Bucksport on Monday, April 23rd, exciting!!!  The next day, Tuesday, April 24th is the first baseball and softball games of the season versus Deer Isle.  Go Tigers!


    School Donations:  As the weather gets warmer and you start doing a little spring cleaning, please keep us in mind.  Nurse Kelsea would love donations of clothing that your kids have outgrown, winter gear you know won’t fit next year and comfortable footwear of all sizes.  Ms. Ryan would love LEGO donations (and would put them to good use on a daily basis). The reading room and our classrooms would gladly accept books that your children have finished/no longer read (especially series).  We are also getting ready to work in the greenhouse so any donations of seeds and/or gardening-ish things are greatly appreciated. You are welcome to drop things with Miss Taylor in the Conners office.


    8th Grade Reminder:  All school bills, including school lunch bills, need to be paid before the class trip and promotion ceremony.  Please contact Ann McCafferty (amccafferty@mdirss.org) if you have any questions.


    Happy Pajama Day:  We had many students and staff members rocking their pajamas today.  It is such a fun thing to do the day before a vacation!



    Caring School Community:  In all grade levels, in all classrooms around our school, we are building a caring school community for all.  Our example this week comes from a group of middle school student volunteers that are on our Library Advisory Council.  They received a generous donation from the PTSA and were able to take a trip down to Sherman’s to purchase new reading material for the library.  We also had a group that headed down to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry to help stock food donations. We love that you are choosing to make your school and Bar Harbor community a better place!



    Have a fantastic vacation,


    Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


    This Week In Art…

    Elementary

    Kindergarten students have been studying Vincent Van Gogh. After their Starry Night artwork, they created sunflower paintings based on the artist’s famous still life works. These are going home in backpacks this week!


    1st Grade artists are finishing up their three-dimensional pyramids this week. Egyptian art is up, and Carolingian art is headed home!


    2nd Grade pop artists are displaying Andy Warhol style hands outside of their classrooms this month.


    3rd Grade artists have finished one of my favorite projects, Seascape collages inspired by Winslow Homer. The students also drew the Swans Island Ferry to sail across their watercolor seas. These are on display outside of the art room.


    4th Grade Pharaohs are almost finished. Students traveled back in time to Ancient Egypt to imagine themselves as rulers, or Pharaohs. Their self portraits featured the headdress, make up, and false beards that Pharaohs (men and women) would have worn. Students also created hieroglyphic stamps to adorn the borders of their royal portraits!




    MUSIC NOTES
    The Show Stoppers placed first in Division 2 in the MMEA State Vocal Festival, competing against ten other show choirs. We were also the recipient of the choreography award, thanks to Mia Ray, and Finn Hansbury received the Outstanding Vocal Award.

    The following soloists received a I rating:
    • Finn Hansbury
    • Claire Sanner
    • Mia Ray
    • Molly Dillon
    • Lily James
    • Sadie Sullivan
    • Zoe Boland
    • Mai Ishimura
    The police escort was the icing on the cake! It was a very memorable day.  
    New members will be welcomed in during the Tuesday, April 24 rehearsal after school.





    The Fifth Grade Music Class had a special guest this week - Dr. Gousse! He learned a tune on the dulcimer along with the students.


    Grade 8 students made word art with the phrase:" Je suis" (I am) and the use of adjectives to describe themselves.  All of the pictures can be seen on the bulletin board in the French room.  The students each have copies of their own as well.
    We used the website called wordart.com

    Race in Space!

    Congratulations to seventh graders Gaia and Sophia for their outstanding recognition at Maine's National History Day for their exhibit, Race in Space!. Last Saturday, they received 2nd place in the Junior Group Exhibit category and Honorable Mention from the Lewiston Museum for Innovation in History. In the words, of one of the judges, I was tremendously impressed by the ways in which "Hidden Figures" inspired but did not determine the project. The presenters used the film as an opportunity to explore a more complicated history. Both girls plan to attend National History Day in College Park, MD on June 11. Between now and then, they will be showcasing and presenting their exhibit in various Conners Emerson classrooms, at the Jesup Library, and at the Lewiston Museum!  

    Food Club is Back!


    Do you want to get your hands dirty? Grow food? Cook food? Eat food from around the world? Learn more about how we get our food? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the club for you! Mrs. Parkinson, the 5th and 6th grade science teacher, will be leading the club in collaboration with students from the College of the Atlantic Farm-to-School Program.


    The second session of the club, open to 4th- 8th graders, runs April 26th through May 31st, meeting once a week on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30. Come join us in Mrs. Parkinson’s room!


    Contact Chrissy Parkinson at cparkinson@mdirss.org (or stop by her classroom) for more information or to join!



    The annual Earth Day Celebration on the campus of College of the Atlantic will take place April 28th from 11-2:30 and includes kid friendly activities, performances and food. 

    The Farm to School teachers from COA will

    have a free activity for all students. Come and make your own plantable paper with seeds inside. Grow Basil, Mint and Parsley to cook with! You can write a wish or goal on the paper or make into into a card for someone special!

    PTSA News


    What a terrific Science Fair on Tuesday night, filled with interesting and educational projects!  Thank you to all of the wonderful scientists and supportive family, friends, and staff. We can't wait to see what the students will come up with next year!

    <insert a few photos of Science Fair>


    The PTSA's next meeting is Thursday May 3 at 3:30pm in the library.  During the meeting we will be assembling gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week and discussing future events.  Parents are welcome to come by to lend a hand with the teachers' gifts and find out what PTSA is up to next!  We also invite students grade 5-8 to help assemble gifts and show their appreciation for the wonderful staff at CES!



    National Teacher Appreciation week.

    The first week of May is National Teacher Appreciation week. Here at CES the PTSA likes to celebrate Staff Appreciation Week and we need your help! In addition to some surprises we have in store, on Wednesday May 9 Galyn's will help us to host our annual Staff Breakfast. We are looking for parents and guardians to help provide breakfast and brunch type foods for this. You can sign up at: https://goo.gl/forms/KaxKmCNQzNiTroFJ3  


    Soup and Salad Luncheon
    This year we are also planning our first annual Soup and Salad Luncheon for the CES Staff on Friday May 11. We are also looking for some volunteers to help us by donating lunch items and perhaps some time on Friday. Please sign up and find more information at: https://goo.gl/forms/fqTvKlXFuvtvAYlj2. Thank you for helping us make this the best Appreciation Week ever!



    FAMILY DANCE

    Conners Emerson Gym

    FRIDAY, MAY 18 5:30-7:30PM

    Dancing And Fun For ALL Ages, for the whole family!

    Open to the entire MDI community

    * Free entry! * Pizza and other food for purchase! *50/50 raffle and more prizes! *Photo booth- bring your camera!

    Sponsored by Conners Emerson PTSA Volunteers always welcome and needed; Contact Jennifer at jenniferdougherty0703@gmail.com



      

    Newsletter April 6th, 2018

    posted Apr 2, 2018, 5:16 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 1:10 PM by Lynda Millar ]

    April 6, 2018


    Reminder:  April Vacation is the 16th-20th


    Burrrr…  Birds are chirping, flowers are emerging and the snow is finally melting!  Though we know the warmer weather is right around the corner, there is still a little crispness to the air.  Please be sure to dress your children in layers and with jackets. All students walk between buildings and recesses lose their luster if students aren’t dressed for the weather.


    Parent/Teacher Conferences:  Thank you so much for joining us for parent/teacher conferences this week.  If you were unable to find a time, please contact your child’s homeroom/classroom teacher and/or Miss Taylor.  We would love to find a time that would work for you!


    MEA/Empower Testing:  Students in grades 3-8 are taking the EmPower tests and we are in the home stretch for  Math, Reading and Writing. The Science MEAs for grades 5 and 8 will be administered after vacation.   


    Mandala Farms:  The seventh graders are starting the Spring Expeditionary Learning unit of Phenology (the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life).  Today they headed to Mandala Farms in Gouldsboro to investigate how things change over time. Each student will collect their own data and research an area of phenology in our area such as water temperatures, tapping of maple trees, elver collection and much more.




















    Conners Scientists: Our second graders are also working on changes of matter.  There hands on experiments have revolved around how water changes when frozen and what happens to it when it melts, fascinating.  We have some budding scientists in our lowers grades… Third graders are gearing up for the Science Challenge by learning about how to work in collaboratively and start to design their structures.  I can’t wait to see what they create. Kindergarteners are joining a virtual African Safari in Namibia with the Go2Science project. Wow, watch out for the lions!




    Seventh Grade History Superstars:  7th graders Sophia Anderson and Gaia Daul will be displaying their exhibit, Race in Space, at Maine's National History Day this Saturday in Orono.

    • 12:30-1:15 Documentary Finals - Wells Conference Center...the top four documentaries will be shown.

    • 12:45-1:45 Exhibit Hall Open to Public - Gaia and Sophia will be in the Page Farm Museum building.


    Show Stoppers:  “A Little Bit Batty” is off to the state competition in Millinocket today to compete for coveted Show Choir gold. Last night, in front of a packed house, the district show choirs performed one last time before heading up to the main event.  It was great to see the other schools/squads cheer each other on from both middle school and the high school. I have got say that this extravaganza really showcases our local talent pool and rising stars.  (And seriously, who doesn’t love a little Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart…)



    Tiger Sports: Our Spring sports are “off and running”.  We are very excited with the large track and field team that is representing CES on the district squad.  Our softball and baseball teams looks like they will hit this season out of the park. I hope you get the chance to cheer on our tiger athletes at our local meets/games in the coming months.


    K-4 Science Fair:   Third time was not a charm, be we know the fourth time will be!  The new day and time are Tuesday, April 10th from 4:30-6:00 in the cafeteria.  We invite you all to attend and cheer on our budding scientists, researchers and inventors.


    Hot Lunch/Alternative: We are very fortunate to have tasty and creative meals coming out of our lunchroom. (I dream about that mac 'n cheese...) Students always have the option of an alternative lunch if what is on the menu is not a favorite. Please talk with them about the menu options/what they will be having for lunch. We need to make sure that our lunch counts are accurate so that everyone gets the meal that they sign up for and is eating. (Don't want to run out of pizza for that last lunch!!!)


    Cell Phones/iPods:  If your child is bringing a phone or device to school, it needs to be turned into their homeroom teachers if in grades 5-8 or left in backpacks if in the Conners building (students do not need them and should not use them during the school day).  We also want to remind students that Miss Taylor’s office is not a charging station… If devices becomes a distraction, a problem on the bus or is not where it needs to be, parents will be asked to retrieve them from the office. Any electronics brought to school are the students’ responsibility and not that of the schools if lost or stolen.  We know that many households do not have home phones, students have off-campus plans after school and these tools are helpful with communication so we appreciate your help in making this work for all.


    Have a great weekend,


    Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster






    The 3rd Annual History Fair was a huge success.  During the day, 6th graders presented to nearly every grade in the school.  At night, about 100 community members turned out to learn about grit and its role in history.  The sixth graders were well researched and passionate about their projects!  Thanks to all those who helped our students and supported this collaborative effort!



    Jesup Library is looking for new committee members!


    The Young Readers Library Committee holds several fundraisers a year to provide the Jesup Library's children with materials they would not otherwise have in their budget. They do Scholastic Book Fairs at Conners Emerson School, and they have a booth on the ball field on the 4th of July. This group also funds the Books for Babies program at MDI Hospital.  We are looking for new members who have children attending Conners Emerson.  We are holding a meeting at Jesup Library on Saturday, April 7 (this Saturday!) at 10:30am and invite anyone who is interested to attend and find out more about this organization.  If you have question, stop in or call Miss Mae at 288-4245.  


     Grade 5 Videos
     The Fifth Grade students have been writing their own stories in French about some snails.  They have had to learn vocabulary for introductions, likes, dislikes, fears and languages they speak.  Each student recently made a short video of themselves reading their illustrated story.  A few students have chosen to put their videos on Mme Millar's school youtube channel.  The link to see all these videos is here. 
    In addition, all of the students e-mailed themselves a copy of the video so if your child's is not on Youtube you may ask them to check their e-mail to see it or you can contact Mme Millar at lmillar@mdirss.org

    Girl Scouts need your donations.

    Girl Scout Troop 667 of MDI is accepting donations of new 
    children's pj's, toothbrushes, and toothpaste during the month of April.
    This will help benefit the Homeless Shelter and the Backpack
    Program, so that every child has a pair of pajamas to sleep in. 
    A donation box will be located outside the Conners office for the 
    whole month of April.  

    Spring Fling!  Save the date!

    The PTSA is sponsoring a Spring Fling on Friday May 18 and everyone is invited!  It will be held at the school from 5:30-7:30pm.  More details coming soon!  Any individuals or businesses interested in donating raffle items, refreshments, or volunteering in other ways, please contact Jen at jenniferdougherty0703@gmail.com.


    Science Fair

    The K-4 Science Fair is coming up on Tuesday April 10!  It will be held in the school cafeteria from 4:30-6:00pm.

    Everyone is encouraged to come - our young scientists have been waiting patiently through three snowstorms to finally unveil their projects!

    Science fair guidelines and more information can be found on the Conners Emerson PTSA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Conners-Emerson-PTSA-253462011357427/)


    Newsletter March 30th

    posted Mar 26, 2018, 8:05 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 3:18 PM by Heather Webster ]

    March 30, 2018


    Reminder:  Early Release on Tuesday 4/3


    Parent/Teacher Conferences:  The upcoming week of April 2-6 is Parent/Teacher conferences.  If you have not signed up yet, please contact either your child’s classroom/homeroom teacher or Miss Taylor.  We are excited to tell you all about the progress they are making!!!


    MEA/Empower Testing:  Students in grades 3-8 are taking the EmPower tests over the next two weeks  Maine Educational Assessments.  We recommend plenty of sleep and a hearty breakfast.


    Dancing Shoes:  Tonight is the second to last dance of the school year at Conners Emerson.  Grades 6-8 are invited to boogie the night away (or at least from 7-9). These are important fundraisers for the 8th grade class and we are always looking for chaperones!!!


    Girls’ Day at the State House:  Two of our eighth graders attended the annual Girls’ Day at the state capital last Friday.  Sabine and Sirohi learned about activism and advocacy from Hardy Girls/ Healthy Women,participated in a Mock Public Hearing on a bill to provide a later start time for high schools in Maine, used their expert detective skills in a scavenger hunt, listened to influential women legislators and how they got involved and became passionate about politics as well as participating in a floor debate and vote in the House Chamber.  Sabine for Govenor? Sirohi for Senate?


    Jazz Band: Congrats to our awesome Jazz Band who received a Bronze rating! Woohoo!!! And Miss Sadie Sullivan won an Outstanding Musicianship Award, fabulous!


    Destination Imagination:  Our one and only Destination Imagination Team (grades 3-5), “The Screaming Mustache Mice” won second place in the state last weekend.  Congrats team members and coaches. They have been taking turns with bringing the trophy home and received a huge round of applause from their peers at lunch while they sported their newly minted medals with pride.  Congrats to: Melia, Bree, Raymond, Rowan, Sydney and Alex.



    History Fair:  The history fair was yesterday and it did not disappoint.  Mr. Fournier’s students researched someone or something that had “grit”.  Topics ranged from Shackleton's epic Antarctic voyage to Misty Copeland (first african-american prima ballerina) to grunge music in the 90s to the conflict in Vietnam.  Fascinating stuff. Students shared why their topic had grit, what they learned about their topic, showed off their researching skills, produced gorgeous visuals and added an interactive element to engage their audience.  






    Tiger Sports: Baseball, softball and track seasons are right around the corner!  Please see Mr. O’Connell if you are interested (grades 6-8). On your mark, get set, go!!!!


    K-4 Science Fair:   Third time was not a charm, be we know the fourth time will be!  The new day and time are Tuesday, April 10th from 4:30-6:00 in the cafeteria.  We invite you all to attend and cheer on our budding scientists, researchers and inventors.


    Floor hockey:  Open to all levels, this drop in after school program is held 3:30-4:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the YMCA.  Stick are provided for kids 3-6 grade, but no one will be turned away. This weekly event is open to all in the community. Adults or older kids (bring your sticks) can also come and lend a hand if they'd like. For more information, call Donna, organizer and goalie at 845-418-8730 or email donnacohnhockey@gmail.com.


    Visiting Author:  Robert Shetterly, author of the portrait series:  Americans Who Tell the Truth, came to visit some of our first and fourth grade classrooms on Wednesday.  His fascinating stories and artwork both encourage and inspire introducing such inspiring individuals as Bocci Ingram (Child Disabilities Activist), Erik Reece (Environmentalist), Bryan Stevenson (Advocate for the Poor) and more.  Students asked thoughtful questions and came away with a sense how how they could be change makers in the world.


    Building a School Community:  We have many students that volunteer around the school to make Conners Emerson the best school ever.  Soren, Kaya, Makayla, Hailey, Kaleb and Sirohi are frequent kitchen helpers (thank you). Lelia and Kaya help out in a kindergarten class.  Zeb is a library helper. We have many 8th graders that help during the primary PE classes. There are also students that help with technology, lunch duties, art classes, help on buses and so much more.  We love that our students are sharing their time with the school, learning to be citizens of a larger community and being role models for the younger students. Great job Tigers!!!



    COA Happenings:  Lots of things are happening at COA including the COA Community Orchestra (4/4), many interesting offerings from their Diverse Voices Series (including MDI’s own Ashley Bryan) and a night of drawing at the Dorr Museum (4/10).  Check out their website for more information www.coa.edu.


    Have an egg-cellent weekend,


    Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


    APRIL LUNCH MENU





    Click here for the printable version of the April Lunch Menu.


    This Week in Art…


    New Work on the Walls!


    In the Glass Cases…

    8th Graders are creating Name Sculptures inspired by the artist Jean DuBuffet and his Hourloupe style of doodling. See if you can tell who’s name is on the sculpture!


    Outside the Art Room….

    5th Grade Self Portraits, inspired by the artist Romero Britto, are wowing the teachers and students. These works of pop art should resemble the artist who created them, as well as reflect the personal style of that artist!


    Kindergarten is saying goodbye to winter with our Wintry, Starry Night Landscapes. Inspired by van Gogh, these students can tell you all about foreground, middle-ground, and background, as well as a brief overview on van Gogh’s life. They learned the word collage, and created depth with houses in varying sizes.






    The "Screaming Moustache Mice"  (Malia, Sydney, Brie, Alex, Raymond, Rowan, and Alex) won second place in the State Tournament in Bangor on Saturday, March 25.  They developed a play about a gravitron that went out of control when operated by some incompetent workers.  They designed and built the gravitron as well as making their own props and "mini-me's" to ride in the gravitron.




    Recently both Fourth Grade classes participated in New Orleans style
    Mardi Gras parades. They created their own masks, paraded around
    some First and Second Grade classrooms to Cajun music and handed
    out Mardi Gras Beads. They also came up with some very creative
    names for their "krewes"-a Cajun word for a group of people who
    put together a parade)
    Laissez les bons Temps Rouler! Let the Good Times Roll!
                                                            (Yes, we know we were a little late)


    Girls' Day at the State House
    On Friday, March 23 Sirohi Kumar and Sabine Costello-Sanders attended, "Girls' Day at the State House" with 100 other 8th grade girls from around the state.  They learned how underrepresented women are  in key leadership roles in the U.S.  They met with women legislators who are trying to change that.  They debated a recent bill before the legislature and learned about voting in the House Chambers.

    They are pictured here ( 4th and 5th from the left) outside the Maine State Capital with other MDI girls who attended Girls' Day at the State House.

    American Statistical Association
    Data Visualization Poster Competition
    Students at Conners Emerson will be submitting three different posters to this year's competition. They won't find out the results until August.

    A group of 3rd graders are submitting two projects: 
    HEIGHT vs WINGSPAN considers how height relates to wingspan In their words, "We discovered that for most people, height is greater than wingspan. The data was in a very linear relationship. Height and wingspan are directly related to each other, even if it’s not one-to-one.
    WHICH HAND RULES examines the reaction speeds of dominant vs non-dominant hands. 
    In their words, "Although on average, the dominant hand had a quicker reaction time, the difference wasn’t very big, which surprised us. There were even a few people with a faster non-dominant hand."

    Four 7th graders are submitting their project, WHICH TOOLS DO YOU USE? 
    They wondered if their classmates would choose to solve math operations and equations using mental math, calculators, or paper & pencil. They "thought that most people would use calculator for each of the operations and scrap paper for equations."  After testing 45 classmates, they concluded "people would mostly use scrap paper to solve the equation... and calculator... to solve the division." However "different tools were used to a different extent" for solving multiplication, addition, and subtraction operations.

    PTSA


    SCIENCE FAIR - NEW DATE


    After being postponed three times due to snow, the K-4 Science Fair has been rescheduled for Tuesday April 10.  It will be held in the school cafeteria from 4:30-6:00pm.  

    Science fair guidelines and more information can be found on the Conners Emerson PTSA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Conners-Emerson-PTSA-253462011357427/)



    All CES students and families are encouraged to attend the Science Fair to check out our young scientists' projects! 



    PTSA MEETING

    On Thursday April 5 the PTSA will meet in the library from 3:30-4:30pm.  All are welcome to attend!  We'll be planning for Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11) and other upcoming fun events!
     
    PTSA is an association composed of parents, teachers/staff, and students that is intended to facilitate parental participation in a school. Meetings are held monthly (the first Thursday of the month) and new members are always welcome. PTSA is great way to get involved with many of the wonderful activities happening at Conners Emerson.



    Weekly Newsletter for March 23, 2018

    posted Mar 21, 2018, 11:14 AM by Rick Barter   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 11:24 AM by Nancy Sweeney ]



    March 22, 2018




    Parent/Teacher Conferences:  You should be receiving information soon to sign up for parent/teacher conferences (week of April 2-6).  We are very excited to share with you the progress your child has made. You are also welcome to make appointments to meet with the specials teachers (Art, Music, PE, French, etc…) to hear about the happenings in those classes.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give Miss Taylor a call.


    MEA/Empower Testing:  Students in grades 3-8 will participate in the state assessments during the testing window of March 19-April 23 (Grades 5 and 8 Science window is April 23- May 4).  If you have any questions about the grade level testing schedules or know of upcoming absences that might impact the testing schedule, please contact your child’s classroom/homeroom teacher.  Here is a link to the MEA letter outlining the upcoming assessments: Maine Educational Assessments.


    Destination Imagination:  Our one and only Destination Imagination Team (grades 3-5) are heading to the Bangor High School on Saturday for the state competition.  They will compete in both the instant challenge and also perform their central challenge. Good luck team!


    History Fair:  Mark you calendars for Thursday, March 29 from 4:30-6:00.  This is an event not to be missed!  Mr. Fournier’s sixth graders will be sharing their hard work and research on something/someone “possessing true grit”.  They have made trifold presentations, wrote essays, used citations, have an interactive aspect to their project and and will wow audiences with their in depth knowledge of their subjects.  Can’t wait...


    Tiger Sports: Baseball, softball and track seasons are right around the corner!  Please see Mr. O’Connell if you are interested (grades 6-8). The Acadia Youth Sports organization will be gearing up for farm league/t-ball/baseball/softball soon.  Check out their website if interested for students ages 7-16. Another option is Spring Soccer through both the YMCA and Acadia Fire FC.  We are lucky to have so many opportunities in the area for our children to grow and shine.


    K-4 Science Fair:   Third time is not a charm…  The science fair was cancelled again due to weather.  I wonder if anyone will study the recent Nor’Easter phenomenon of snowing only on Wednesday/Thursdays…  Stay tuned for more info.


    Have a fantastic three-day weekend,


    Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


    PTSA


    SCIENCE FAIR


    The K-4 Science Fair is being postponed FOR THE THIRD TIME(!) due to snow.

    Keep your eyes open for the new date to be announced soon!


    Check for the new date, and find more information about the Science Fair, on the Conners Emerson PTSA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Conners-Emerson-PTSA-253462011357427/)



    Congratulations Conners Emerson PTSA Grant Award Winners!  

    The following teachers - Annah Houston, Abbie Pappas, Carol Rosinski, Siobhan Ryan, Maria Simpson, Deidre Swan, and Meryl Sweeney received award money to complete projects to enhance learning at CES.  Projects include: author visits, author Skype talk, a book buying field trip, materials for a supplemental reading program for reluctant readers, books for new book club offerings, headphones, and a visit from Bob Stuart from Maine College Circle - a scholarship program which promotes the benefits of a college education.

    This year over $2,000 was awarded!  A big thank you to the CES community for your membership fees, Tiger Gear purchases, fundraising support, and donations to the PTSA.  Without you, these grant awards would not be possible.

    Newsletter, March 16th, 2018

    posted Mar 16, 2018, 7:11 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 10:06 AM by Heather Webster ]



    March 16, 2018


    Reminder:  No School March 23rd for a Professional Day


    MEA/Empower Testing:  Students in grades 3-8 will participate in the state assessments during the testing window of March 19-April 23 (Grades 5 and 8 Science window is April 23- May 4).  If you have any questions about the grade level testing schedules or know of upcoming absences that might impact the testing schedule, please contact your child’s classroom/homeroom teacher.  Here is a link to the MEA letter outlining the upcoming assessments: Maine Educational Assessments.


    Destination Imagination:  Our one and only Destination Imagination Team (grades 3-5) performed at the regional showcase in Hampden last weekend and were phenomenal.  They have been working hard on their “gravitron” project whose purpose is to demonstrate some basic scientific principles. Good luck team, you have states coming up in the next few weeks and thank you Coach Rosinski and Coach Millar!!!



    Caring School Community:  In all grade levels, in all classrooms around our school, we are building a caring school community for all.  One example this week comes from Mrs. Young’s first grade class that read “Good People Everywhere” and then identified the caring people in their lives in this awesome poster.



    Islander Article: Be sure to read the article about Sirohi in the Islander this week. She shares a poem she wrote in response to the Global Read that our 7th and 8th graders were invited to participate in with students around the district. The article shares Sirohi's insight into the book, "Out of Nowhere" they read, her thoughts on refugees and how the character in the book made her reflect upon the current refugee situation in both our state and the world. Great job Sirohi!



    Kindergarten Registration:  Kindergarten screening is right around the corner.  If you have any questions or need a registration packet, please contact Miss Taylor in the Conners office.


    Student Walk-out:  A group of our eighth grade students organized a “walk-out” in support of the events that happened recently in Parkland, Florida.  Parents signed their children out of school and headed down to the Village Green with signs and messages that they wanted our community to hear.



    Tiger Sports: The Student-Staff Basketball game was last night and did not disappoint.  It was a nail-biter to the end with the students coming out on top. I don’t know what was more riveting:  Mr. Gill shooting buckets, the epic charge call on Mr. O’Connell, the exceptional reffing by Alex and Isaac, Dee driving to the hoop, the Emilies putting up points, Coach Edward behind the scenes, Tucker sealing the deal from behind the line, Cal with the mike…  I am telling you, this game had it all.








    K-4 Science Fair:   The science fair has been postponed, again.  It is rescheduled for Thursday, March 22nd from 4:30-6:00.  Let’s cross our fingers and hope it doesn’t snow for a third time!


    Tech Circus:  The high school is sponsoring the Tech Circus, sessions for middle schoolers to further explore technology within a wide range of options at the high school.  Round one is coming to an end, but Round two is starting up soon. If your 7th or 8th grader is interested in joining the new session: OTTO ROBOTS from 2:15-4:30 (3/27, 4/4 & 4/10), please see Mr. Barter or Ms. Sweeney in the tech room or students up here.  This is a great opportunity to use scratch-based coding to build and program an interactive Arduino-compatible robot! No experience necessary.


    Eighth Grade Fundraiser:  The eighth graders had a spaghetti dinner after the basketball game yesterday, Krazy Jake performed on Friday in NEH and the Reel Pizza extravaganza was last Sunday.  Thank you to the donors, community, families and staff members that support this class in their fundraising efforts to go on their class trip.


    Community Safety Forum:  The recording of the School Safety Forum is now available if you were unable to go or wish to see the discussion again.


    Summer Camps:  Summer camp registration is off and running.  Many of the wonderful options available to your children over the summer are starting to fill up and there are truly offerings and sessions to meet all needs/interests.  Also Camp Beech Cliff is offering Family Fun Climbing Nights at CBC 5:30-8:00 ($5/child) on March 16, 23 & 30th.


    Have a great weekend,


    Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


    This Week in Art…

    Middle School

    5th Grade students are learning all about recycling within art, with a lesson on Louise Nevelson. Did you know Nevelson spent her childhood in Rockland?

    Our students are creating sculptures out of recycled items from the classroom and from home, and using monochromatic color to create Unity in their work.

    6th Grade students are working hard on their slabware boxes, pyramids, and on their sgraffito designs. The process is long, so stay tuned for the final product!


    7th Graders are glazing their Canopic Jars, and writing Artist Statements that accompany these works.


    8th Grade students are doing a few different things. Some are creating Name Sculptures we will be displaying in the glass cases. These works were inspired by Jean DuBuffet and the art style he transitioned from 2D to 3D.



    Other classes are honing their still life drawing skills with drawings of objects from the art room that they will transform into something else entirely!

    And one unfortunate art class is still making ceramic mugs- but they will be well worth the wait!


    Cross your fingers for no more snow days so we can get our ceramic projects DONE!


                             MUSIC NOTES                        

    Plant Kindness and Gather Love

    Printed song lyrics have been sent home in grades K-4 for home practice plus here is easy access to the songs - both audio and printed lyrics - for Plant Kindness and Gather Love. Simply do a phone scan on the two QR codes below or find a link to the Youtube playlist on our homepage (ces.barhbr.com). It is a tab at the top of the page called Plant Kindness and Gather Love.


    If you practice just one song a day, we will be better prepared for the debut of our original musical celebrating Acadia, nature and Maine.

    The students are excited to perform this live for you on Tuesday, May 8 at 6 PM at the Criterion Theater.


    Enjoy and have fun singing!


    Please scan to access the Youtube Playlist of songs for singing along.

    Here is the link to the song lyrics:



    8th Grade Raffle is a big Success.
    And the Winners are...Penny Hackett won the iPad and Pattie Savoie won the Bike

    Congratulations to Penny and Patty and thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful fundraiser!




    This is just a heads up about the upcoming History Fair.  The 6th graders have been spending the better part of our intensive research unit on the theme having "True Grit."  They have conducted research, evaluated sources, synthesized evidence, and crafted a thesis based on an initial big question they came up with on their own.  The overarching theme was centered around a personal interest they had dealing with a topic they could examine/research.

    In addition to crafting a research paper, an informational tri-board and an interactive product were required.  They would love to share this information and spread their new knowledge and findings with students from all grade levels.  They will have rehearsed before engaging with other students, and their products (some interactive and many hands on) are designed to engage and interest a wide range of ages.

    So, we would like to invite all grades, K-8, to our 2018 History Fair.  Students will be set up in the library all day on Thursday, March 29th during the 6th graders' 3 academic sessions.

    The community is welcome to come between 4:30-6:00 on March 29, 2018.

    SCIENCE FAIR RESCHEDULED AGAIN!

    Due to ANOTHER snowstorm, the K-4 Science Fair has been rescheduled AGAIN for Thursday March 22.  It will be held in the school cafeteria from 4:30-6:00pm.

    Science fair guidelines and more information can be found on the Conners Emerson PTSA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Conners-Emerson-PTSA-253462011357427/).

    Displays can be brought to the cafeteria anytime after 4:00pm on Thursday.  Due to shellfish allergies, please note that nothing from the ocean can be permitted at the fair.

    All CES students and families are encouraged to attend the Science Fair to check out our young scientists' projects!


    TIGER GEAR
    Remember you can order Tiger Gear anytime at:
    https://connersemersonschool.itemorder.com/sale
    The PTSA will have a few scarves (in CES colors!) for sale at the Science Fair on March 22 for $20 each.  If you'd like to reserve yours now, contact ces.ptsapresident@gmail.com.




    Newsletter, March 9th, 2018

    posted Mar 7, 2018, 7:31 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Mar 9, 2018, 2:02 PM by Heather Webster ]



    March 9, 2018


    Community Safety Forum:  Thank you to parents, students, staff and community members for your participation in Tuesday night’s district forum about our schools’ safety.  It was a positive experience for all, with many important questions asked and feelings expressed. A recording of the forum will soon be available on the MDIRSS website.



    Magnificent Mathematicians:  Our CES Math Team rocked the state competition.  Our very own Lillian came in a stupendous seventh place and Jacob, Rex and Edward rocked the top twenty.  We are all so proud of you!!!


    Learning Everywhere:  We have so much learning going on here at CES, that it is hard to sum it all up.  From Kindergarten to Middle School, our teachers are working hard to challenge, enrich and encourage all of our students to meet and exceed their learning goals.  Here are a few pictures of our students hard at work and what they are working on.


    Our seventh grade classes had guests from the MDI Biological lab discussing tree species and the tapping of trees.



    Ms. Parkinson’s fifth grade classes were mesmerized as they learned how to find the density of the minerals they are researching.



    The sixth grade social studies classes are getting ready for their History Fair at the end of the month, researching and creating a presentation on someone/something that has “grit”.


    Grade two has been investigating Changes, learning about the properties of matter (solid, liquid and gas).


    Grade three has been knee-deep in Polygons, learning all about shapes in their math class.


    Jazz:  Our CES Jazz band performed (before the snow arrived) at the district Jazz festival in Bucksport on Wednesday and were amazing!  Though it was an experience just getting there, our musicians received a “1” for their hard work and beautiful music.  Great job to all of our students, thank you to our parent chaperones that helped and please pat yourself on the back Mr. Gill for a job well done.




















    Tiger Sports: The Student-Staff Basketball game is scheduled for Thursday, March 15th right after school.


    MDI Sports:  Though our swim team is not sponsored by the school, it does have many, many CES Tigers in their ranks.  Last weekend held some very important meets, ones that showcased talent, highlighted hardwork and propelled some of swimmers to the next level. Some of our very own sharks: Peighton, Bree, Owen, Ella, Wyatt and Colin who are headed to the New England YMCA Championships this weekend at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). If your child is interested in joining the swim team, please contact Jim Willis at the YMCA or talk with a swim parent.



    K-4 Science Fair:   The main event will be held on March 14th from 4:30-6:00 pm and all are invited to see the wonderful creations, experimentations, research-based solutions and creative adaptations that will be on exhibit.


    March on Mt. Desert: The annual March on Mt. Desert, the community progressive dinner, was good time had by all on Tuesday evening.  Our 3/4 Improv Squad performed for a packed room at the Abbe Museum and were absolutely phenomenal. The unscripted, humorous and completed improv'd games they showed had the audience in stitches.  Great job Mrs. Ryan, Ms. Hanson and their impressive Improv coach Nicole Cardano.



    Eighth Grade Fundraiser:  Tonight, Krazy Jake will be performing in NEH as a fundraiser for our students.  Tickets to this hilarious show are still available at the door! Jumanji, the original with Robin Williams, will be shown on Sunday from 1-4 at Reel Pizza as a fundraiser for the upcoming class rafting trip.  The bike and iPad raffle will winner will be revealed (pick me, pick me) and there will be a silent auction. Fun!!!


    Have a wonderful weekend,


    Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


    State Level Recognition!
    Seventh grader, Lillian Swan, received an award from a MathCounts official at last Saturday's Maine State MathCounts Competition.  Lillian came in 8th in the written rounds out of around 70 competitors, but then beat out two others in the countdown round, not only holding onto 8th place but then moving into a 7th place finish. In the countdown round, problems are projected up on a screen, and the first student to answer correctly within 45 seconds scores a point.  It is very exciting to watch! Well done, Lillian! 

    Our math team also had three students in the top 20, which is excellent when competing against the best of the best middle school math students in Maine: Jacob Lurvey, 14th, Rex DeMuro, 16th, and Edward Choi, 17th. Congratulations to all our Conners Emerson mathletes for a strong MathCounts season! 




    This Week in Art

    Elementary


    Stop by the 3rd Grade wing to view the completed prints on the Man Made Wonders of the World. Each student chose a Man-Made Wonder and drew their own perspective of it. This was transferred to a foam plate, and printed on top of a complementary color. The process was long, but the finished work is beautiful and well worth the work!


    Kindergarten continued their study of Cave Art! Check your kindergartener’s backpack for their textured cave art drawing. We learned that it must have been very challenging for Cave People to draw with no pencil!


    First Graders are beginning a lesson on Ancient Egypt. We will explore foreground, middleground, and background of a landscape. Then they use these new skills to draw The Pyramids of Giza.


    Second Graders have finished their Picasso unit and are now exploring the wide world of Pop Art. They are learning about Andy Warhol, and creating vibrant paintings in a style similar to his screen prints. These students will also be exploring complementary color pairs!


    Fourth Grade is also covering Ancient Egypt. They have carved their own hieroglyphic stamps, and are now working on self portraits as Pharaohs.



                                          MUSIC NOTES                                        
    Please be sure to congratulate the Show Stoppers on receiving a #1 rating! All of our soloists received a #1 rating as well. The Show Stoppers will be headed to States at Millinocket on Friday, April 6.
     The Show Stoppers and Swallowtail   Fiddlers will be performing for the publice   at the Jesup Library on Sunday, March 18   at 2:00. Come and hear them!







    Grade 8 Fundraiser
    this weekend!

    Please come and support Emerson 8th grade as they work to earn money for their year end class trip rafting on the Kennebec!

     The Emerson 8th graders are hosting their annual Movie and Silent auction at Reel Pizza this Sunday, March 11 th from 1-4 PM.   We will be showing the original Jumanji movie, raffling off a 32GB iPad and a TREK mountain bike, and holding a silent auction.  Photos of auction items can be found on the Facebook link below.





    SCIENCE FAIR RESCHEDULED

    Due to the snowstorm, the K-4 Science Fair has been rescheduled for Wednesday March 14.  It will be held in the school cafeteria from 4:30-6:00pm.  

    Science fair guidelines and more information can be found on the Conners Emerson PTSA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Conners-Emerson-PTSA-253462011357427/).

    Displays can be brought to the cafeteria anytime after 4:00pm on Wednesday.  Due to shellfish allergies, please note that nothing from the ocean can be permitted at the fair.

    All CES students and families are encouraged to attend the Science Fair to check out our young scientists' projects!



    TIGER GEAR

    Remember you can order Tiger Gear anytime at:
    The PTSA will have a few scarves (in CES colors!) for sale at the Science Fair on March 14 for $20 each.  If you'd like to reserve yours now, contact ces.ptsapresident@gmail.com.





    Coming soon.... History Fair



    This is just a heads up about the upcoming History Fair.  The 6th graders have been spending the better part of our intensive research unit on the theme having "True Grit."  They have conducted research, evaluated sources, synthesized evidence, and crafted a thesis based on an initial big question they came up with on their own.  The overarching theme was centered around a personal interest they had dealing with a topic they could examine/research.

    In addition to crafting a research paper, an informational tri-board and an interactive product were required.  They would love to share this information and spread their new knowledge and findings with students from all grade levels.  They will have rehearsed before engaging with other students, and their products (some interactive and many hands on) are designed to engage and interest a wide range of ages.

    So, we would like to invite all grades, K-8, to our 2018 History Fair.  Students will be set up in the library all day on Thursday, March 29th during the 6th graders' 3 academic sessions.

    The community is welcome to come between 4:30-6:00 on March 29, 2018.

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