Conners Emerson Weekly


Newsletter for March 24th, 2017

posted Mar 22, 2017, 10:59 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Mar 25, 2017, 7:20 AM by Heather Webster ]



March 24, 2017


Welcome Spring!  It is hard to believe the daffodils and crocuses will soon be pushing their way up, but with the days longer and the weather getting warmer, it is true!


The students in grades 6-8 had the opportunity to listen to a holocaust survivor tell her story at the high school on Wednesday.  We were humbled by her story and appreciate her candor in sharing her experiences with us.


Ms. Rosinski is taking two of our eighth grade girls down to Annual Girls' Day in Augusta. Along with about 100 other eighth grade girls from across Maine, our dynamic duo will meet elected Maine leaders, learn the ins and outs of the legislative process and participate in activities led by lobbyists, journalists and volunteer mentors. The day wraps up with a "Girls' Leadership Marketplace" designed to help with networking and involvement in leadership programs.


If you see bug-like creatures making their way up the hallways, please don’t be alarmed.  Mr. Barter and Ms. Sweeney are teaching the kids the fundamentals of coding and programming using these small, but mighty creatures.


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Congratulations to “The Rainbow Aloha Alo’s”, our CES Destination Imagination team who took the top slot, yes first place, at the State of Maine tournament.  We couldn’t be prouder of your hard work, dedication and teamwork.


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Miss Mary Lyman is working on a weaving unit with our Kindergartners.  I can’t wait to see the finished products!  This is a fantastic opportunity for our young students to learn a new art medium while practicing their fine motor skills.


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Congrats to our MDI Sharks for a great swim season, ending with the JO meet last weekend.  Our CES baseball and softball teams are starting up.  If your child is interested in playing, please contact Brian O’Connell for grades 6-8 and the Acadian Youth Sports program for grades 5 and below.  Spring track for grades 6-8 is right around the corner as well!!!


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Upcoming Community Events:


  • The Acadia Family Center is offering Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) classes at the YWCA once/week for $25 on Tuesdays (4:30-6) from April 25th - June 6th.  They will cover understanding your child’s behavior, how to talk/listen to your child, discipline that makes sense and more!  Please contact csasner@acadiafamilycenter.org.  Childcare and refreshments offered.

  • The YMCA is offering a babysitting course on April 1st from 10-2 for kids ages 11 and up.  Basic first aid and child care will be taught.  Participants will receive a Child and Babysitting Safety Certification and be added to the roster of qualified babysitters at the YMCA.   Please contact the YMCA for additional information and to sign up (10 maximum).

  • Looking for something to do on March 25th?  Look no further, the first annual Bar Harbor Comic Con festival is being held at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel from 11-6pm.  There will be authors, illustrators, gamers, a tv celeb and a K.I.T.T. replica.  Money raised from this event will go towards the much needed and anticipated Park Street Playground Project.  

  • You are invited to the 1st Annual Pemetic School Literacy Tea Party at the SWH Library on Thursday, April 6 from 4:30-6:00pm.  This exciting event will benefit the SWH Community Playground Fund with tickets $10 each or $25 for a family.


Reports cards will be mailed next week so please be on the lookout.  It is also time for our Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences.   You will soon be contacted about setting up a time to meet with your child’s teachers to get an update on their growth and progress.


Hope you have a fantastic (long) weekend,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster



2017 Kindergarten Screening

Tuesday through Thursday, April 11, 12, 13

For children entering kindergarten in September 2017.
Children must be five years old by October 15, 2017 and a resident of the Town of Bar Harbor.

Please call (288-3631) or stop into the Conners/Emerson office in the lower building prior to March 24th to fill out a registration packet and to make a screening appointment.


PI Day

Last week was a week full of special holidays, but Mrs. Smallidge introduced Mrs. Monahan’s class to the mathematical “holiday” of Pi Day on 3/14. 2nd graders in Mrs. Monahan’s class learned that the circumference of a circle is the distance around a circle, and the diameter goes across the circle. No matter how BIG or how small a circle is, it ALWAYS takes 3 diameters…and a little bit more... to go around the shape. One of the 2nd graders pointed out that the word pie has two meanings, and she prefers the one you eat! In keeping with that theme, Mrs. Smallidge enjoyed a Whoopie “Pi” that Mrs. Galeaz gave her in honor of Pi Day!  What is YOUR favorite pie?



This Week in Art…

8th Grade students have finished their Still Life drawings from observation. They are on display outside of the library in the glass cases.

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Final Week of the
Hancock County Food Drive



Conners Emerson will once again be taking part of the 6th annual Hancock County Food Drive.

It lasts through the month of March. Non-perishable items may be dropped off at school.  


5th grade students have been studying volume using TinkerCad  3D printer software. Students were shown a rectangular prism with a certain volume. From there, they were to create another rectangular prism with the same volume, but different dimensions. Next week we will see how close their volume is to the original volume by filling the boxes with water.

Their next challenge is to create a vehicle. The vehicle has to be within certain dimensions, must move down a ramp using gravity alone, and seat a lego figure. Here is an example of what has been created so far! Dada-dada-dada-dada-dada BATMAN!  





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Bass  Harbor Memorial Library Art and Nature Camp

July 24-28, 2017    9am-12pm    $25-$100 sliding fee

Ages 7 to 11


Simple Gifts

In this era of high-tech gizmos, it’s refreshing to take a breath, get quiet, and notice the simple gifts that nature has to offer: a tide-worn stone, a twisted twig. The most satisfying presents to give and receive are those from hand and heart.  Even the most ordinary household materials can become cherished objects when we shape them with love and imagination.


With the guidance of guest artists, campers will make gifts for their friends or families, complete with boxes, wrap, or bows. Camp fee is by sliding scale $25 to $100 and runs from Monday July 24 to Friday July 28, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.   Art  Show and Closing Celebration will be July 28, 6:30 P.M.

You may register online at www.bassharborlibrary.com or contact the Bass Harbor Memorial Library at 207-244-3798, librarian@bassharborlibrary.com, or Kathie Pratt, Camp Director, 244-0558 madeintheshade08@gmail.com.


Destination Imagination
Members of the Rainbow Aloha Alo's Destination Imagination Team came in first place in the Destination Imagination State Tournament at UMaine in Orono on Saturday, March 18. 

On Monday, Ms. Neilly congratulated them on their win for the challenge, "Show and Tech."  She also presented them with certificates,  pins, and blue ribbons and a trophy.

Pictured with Ms. Neilly are, Mme. Millar ( Team Manager), and team members,  Fiona, Svatava, Calie, Amelia, and, Quentin.  Not pictured are team members, Zoe and Mai and the other Team Manager, Ms. Rosinski.

Kindergarten Visitors
Olive's  father visited Miss Pickers'  kindergarten class on Tuesday, March 21 to talk about his work as a boat builder. 
He showed students a video on boat building and set up a station for them to shave wood using a hand planer.  Students also had the opportunity to look at some of Andrew's designs for boats.

  
This is part of a kindergarten career unit in weekly Guidance Classes.

Kindergarten parents who are interested in speaking to their child's class about their work may contact Ms. Rosinski at:  crosinski@mdirss.org



Newsletter for March 17th, 2017

posted Mar 16, 2017, 10:10 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 2:33 PM ]




March 17, 2017


Top ‘O the afternoon to you.  Today at CES, we had Tiger Pride Day and Wear Your Green Day and wow, did we have some school spirit walking through the door this morning!


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Reminder that next Thursday (3/23) is an early release day and next Friday (3/24) is a Professional Day (no school).


The MEA EmpowerME informational letter and assessment schedule will be sent home shortly.  Students in grades 3-8 will be testing soon so please be sure to have them get plenty of sleep and a great breakfast so they can do their best.


Mr. Fournier’s sixth grade ended their Ancient Culture unit with a feast.  Students brought in foods that were eaten hundreds of years ago to share.  Yum!


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Our Destination Imagination team heads to states tomorrow.  This annual event is held at the University of Maine with many, many other schools competing in a variety of challenges.  Our CES team has worked hard and wish them the best of luck tomorrow at the Collins Center.


A handful of our MDI Sharks are headed down to a three-day meet in Brunswick for the Junior Olympics.  Many of our swimmers have a full plate of races they are competing in from backstroke to butterfly and medley relays too!


The Great Harbor Shoot-Out is this weekend.  Junior high and high school teams (over 80!)  as well as fans from all over the state converge on MDI for this 3 day basketball extravaganza.  Good luck to our local players and we hope you are able to catch a game or two.


The Swallowtail Fiddlers and Show Stoppers are performing at the Jesup Library this Sunday at 2:00.  Please join us for some Celtic music and “out of this world” singing from two our our Conners Emerson music clubs.


The Acadia Family Center is offering Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) classes at the YWCA once/week for $25 on Tuesdays (4:30-6) from April 25th - June 6th.  They will cover understanding your child’s behavior, how to talk/listen to your child, discipline that makes sense and more!  Please contact csasner@acadiafamilycenter.org.  Childcare and refreshments offered.


The YMCA is offering a babysitting course on April 1st from 10-2 for kids ages 11 and up.  Basic first aid and child care will be taught.  Participants will receive a Child and Babysitting Safety Certification and be added to the roster of qualified babysitters at the YMCA.   Please contact the YMCA for additional information and to sign up (10 maximum).


Looking for something to do on March 25th?  Look no further, the first annual Bar Harbor Comic Con festival is being held at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel from 11-6pm.  There will be authors, illustrators, gamers, a tv celeb and a K.I.T.T. replica.  Money raised from this event will go towards the much needed and anticipated Park Street Playground Project.  


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Hope you have a great weekend,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster


More of the green that was on the scene…


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Outdoor Club

Despite the cold weather, the Outdoor Club has been active this winter, hiking, biking, and sledding all over Acadia! The Outdoor Club hosts monthly outdoor activities that are open to all students grades 4-8, as well as parents, siblings, and Conners Emerson staff. We meet every Friday after school, 3:00-3:30 in the Library. Join us on our next hike after school on Friday, April 7th. Stay tuned for more details!



Destination Imagination
Members of the Destination Imagination Team- "The Rainbow Aloha Alo's"  (Quentin, Fiona, Svatava, Callie, Zoe, Mai, and Amelia) performed their Central Challenge- "Show and Tech" for parents last night in the Emerson School Cafeteria.  

Ms. Winne and Mrs. Gilpatrick served as volunteer appraisers.  After the performance, they asked  team members questions about the technical methods and problem solving skills they used in solving the challenge.

The Rainbow Aloha Alo's will perform Saturday, March 18 at the Maine Destination State Tournament at UMaine in Orono.


Last week the Grade 3 French classes participated in the Carnaval à Conners. They did winter carnival activities like: ice-caste designing, Bonhomme puzzles and snowshoe races. Each student took home a Bonhomme zipper pull.





2017 Kindergarten Screening

Tuesday through Thursday, April 11, 12, 13

For children entering kindergarten in September 2017.

Children must be five years old by October 15, 2017 and a resident of

the Town of Bar Harbor.

Please call and stop into the Conners/Emerson office in the lower building

prior to March 24th to fill out a registration packet and to make a screening

appointment.


This Week in Art…

3rd Grade has completed their Winslow Homer inspired seascapes. On their watercolor waves sits each student’s interpretation of a ferry, inspired by our local Swan’s Island Ferry. The ferries are attached to popsicle sticks and can glide along the waves!

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7th Grade has been working on creating these beautiful paper layerings, inspired by the Molas of Panama. Here is a small sample- more to come over the next week!

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MUSIC NOTES

This Sunday, March 19 at 2:00, the Swallowtail Fiddlers and the Show Stoppers will perform at Jesup Memorial Library. Get your Irish on and listen to toe-tapping jigs, reels, and slow airs. Then blast off with the show choir's To Boldly Go, a Star Trek themed original show, designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the series. The concert is free and open to the public, though donations to the Library are accepted. 

         


Bass  Harbor Memorial Library Art and Nature Camp

July 24-28, 2017    9am-12pm    $25-$100 sliding fee

Ages 7 to 11


Simple Gifts

In this era of high-tech gizmos, it’s refreshing to take a breath, get quiet, and notice the simple gifts that nature has to offer: a tide-worn stone, a twisted twig. The most satisfying presents to give and receive are those from hand and heart.  Even the most ordinary household materials can become cherished objects when we shape them with love and imagination.


With the guidance of guest artists, campers will make gifts for their friends or families, complete with boxes, wrap, or bows. Camp fee is by sliding scale $25 to $100 and runs from Monday July 24 to Friday July 28, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.   Art  Show and Closing Celebration will be July 28, 6:30 P.M.

You may register online at www.bassharborlibrary.com or contact the Bass Harbor Memorial Library at 207-244-3798, librarian@bassharborlibrary.com, or Kathie Pratt, Camp Director, 244-0558 madeintheshade08@gmail.com.

First Grade Robotics

First Grade Robotics


Calendar of Events






Newsletter for March 10, 2017

posted Mar 8, 2017, 6:50 AM by Siobhan Ryan   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 12:48 PM by Heather Webster ]


March 10, 2017


The MEA/ EmpowerME assessments, state mandated testing for grades 3-8, will be administered this month.  Please make sure students are getting plenty of sleep and eat a hearty breakfast.  We understand that these tests are just one snapshot of their growth/learning and always encourage them to do their very best.


Bravo!!!  Last Tuesday a small group of talented second graders performed a version of the picture book Duck & Goose by Tad Hills at the Abbe Museum for the March on Mount Desert Street.  This annual event kicked off a free community meal hosted by nonprofits on Mount Desert Street, each offering a different meal course throughout the evening.  Under the artistic eye of their director Caresse Hanson, Cora was the delightful duck, Standa as the stupendous “Team Duck” narrator, Bree and Marley knocked it out of the park as the dynamic BlueBird Duo, Gwen was the fantastic Froggy, Aoife as amazing as Goose, Molly rocked the Monarch Butterfly role and Rylee was the ever adorable Little Duck.  Great job!!!



 

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For those who haven’t heard the incredible news, our CES math team placed fourth in the MathCounts State Competition last Saturday.  If that wasn’t impressive enough, our very own Alain Zhang scored fourth in the state!  Congratulations to our hardworking math team, their coaches Sarah Winne and Joel Graber and to Alain.

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There is a middle school dance this evening from 7-9pm in the Emerson gym.  Students in grades 6-8 are welcome to come and dance the night away.  A slight change in protocol at this dance will be that students will need to leave their phones at the door (don’t worry, we will take good care of them) so that they are able to enjoy more of a traditional evening without candid photos, texts, and unwanted videos.  Think of it as Throwback Thursday, but on a Friday…


The chess club continues to amaze.  Students in grades 3-8 meet weekly under the tutelage of Mr. Keefe and Ms. Bouchard to sharpen their skills in epic battles of strategy and sacrifice on the checkered battlefield.



The 17th annual Josh Sprague Memorial Basketball Tournament started last night and continues today.  We had many participants from CES battling out for the coveted title of 3-on-3 champ.  Good luck basketballers!


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There is a star among us…  a radio star that is.  Lelia Weir, a CES seventh grader, was interviewed by WERU this morning (live) along with her soccer coach Michael Curless from Acadia Fire and a CES soccer alumni Simon Hulbert, who currently plays for USM.  If you are interested in hearing this program, look for the Talk of the Town broadcast from 10am this morning on their website (archives.weru.org) . Lelia is just one of many CES athletes that either practice their sport year round, participate in traveling teams both in state and out and/or play in leagues such as AYS, MDI YMCA, Acadia Fire, ODP, MEHA and many more. If there is a sport that you child is interested in, odds are there are students at CES that play it!


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The sixth grade class had a wonderful opportunity to continue their studies on civil rights by meeting Craig Dudnick at the Jesup Library this afternoon. He is the producer of a wonderful documentary called "Alice's Ordinary People" about Alice Tregay, a celebrated civil rights leader and activist.


Two sixth grade students, Patrick Hall and Aiden Brasier, are currently collecting pet food, toys and litter for the local SPCA.  Their love of animals and need to give back to the community gave them the idea to start this project and ask their fellow students to join in.  If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, boxes are located in both buildings near the offices.  The school also has boxes for food donations that will benefit the Hancock County Food Drive sponsored by Healthy Acadia.  Both fundraising drives will wrap up on March 31st and we appreciate you for your support.



Hope you have a wonderful weekend,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster
Congratulations to Alain
At the State MathCounts Competition, Alain earned 4th in the individual rankings, winning a spot on Maine's team to the National Competition.  This year, the competition will be held at the Disney complex in Orlando in mid-May. All expenses are paid for Alain. We wish you good luck at Nationals, Alain!

Overall, all of our students did extremely well at the state competition, with our team placing fourth (out of 12) overall! Well done, Mathletes!  
Middle School HAMLET 

This spring, College of the Atlantic and the Criterion Theatre will be offering an exciting performance workshop for MDI kids aged 10-13. Between April and May, kids will work and play with a small team from COA (students, alumni, and faculty) to create an original adaptation of Hamlet by William Shakespeare. With the help of the COA team, these kids will develop acting, movement, writing and design skills by building the Hamlet they want to build. Their production will be performed at the Criterion Theatre, free and open to the public, on the last weekend of the six week session. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We can’t wait. 

Program Dates: April 3rd - May 21st. 

Times: Monday through Thursday, 3:30-5:30 at the Criterion

Performances: May 20th and 21st at 2 pm. 

This workshop is free but space is limited!  If you have a conflict because of another activity, you can still join the group.  

For more information, please contact Eloise Schultz at eschultz@coa.edu.

Kindergarten Happening's
Sierra's  father visited Mrs. Mountford's  kindergarten class on Thursday, March 9  to talk about his work as an arborist and as a volunteer firefighter. 
He showed students some of his tools for tree cutting and what he wears for safety.   He then did a quick and dramatic change into his firefighting gear!
  
This is part of a kindergarten career unit in weekly Guidance Classes.

Kindergarten parents who are interested in speaking to their child's class about their work may contact Ms. Rosinski at:  crosinski@mdirss.org

LIBRARY NOTES

New to Overdrive in the MDIRSS elementary school collection is an audiobook version of E=MC2 and The Mysterious Benedict Society, along with the ebook version of Chains and Roanoke Island


As you may know, the state download project has migrated to Cloud Library.  If you read ebooks or listen to audiobooks through the state, you will need a new app for reading and listening to books. The staff at any of your local libraries can help you make the change.  The district school libraries do not currently have a plan to migrate from Overdrive to Cloud Library. 

Christmas Cards and Ink Cartridges Wanted!

Collecting recycled Christmas cards (fronts and backs are fine) to use in future craft projects. Many were used this holiday season and we need to replenish our supply!
Also we continue to recycle ink jet cartridges and all other cartridges. Proceeds support school projects. Every little bit helps!

Drop off in the Conners office for Mrs. Bowman. Thank you









Conners  Emerson School 
2017 Kindergarten Screening
Dates: Tuesday through Thursday, April 11, 12, 13

Who? For children entering kindergarten in September 2017.
Children must be five years old by October 15, 2017 and a resident of the Town of Bar Harbor.

Please call or stop into the Conners/Emerson office in the lower building prior to March 24th to fill out a registration packet and to make a screening appointment.



This Week in Art…

It is my favorite time again-

Time to take glazed work out of the kiln!

6th Grade has been working on creating their Sgraffito Slabware Boxes. These intricately decorated works will be on display in the glass case in the hallway outside of the library for a few weeks.

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8th Grade Name Sculptures are on display beside the ceramic artwork. Each sculpture is made from the letters of the student’s name, in the Hourloupe style created by Jean DuBuffet.IMG_20170309_105926097.jpg

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The Bass Harbor Memorial Library is celebrating Women’s History Month with a host of events. The theme for the month this year is “Creating Connections.” Mark your calendar and join us!



Tuesday, March 14 – The Tremont School Fund and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum present an evening with Holocaust survivor Louise Lawrence-Israels. Please join us to hear what life was like for Louise and her family, hiding in Amsterdam during WWII, and how that early child experience has shaped her life. 6-8


Thursday, March 16 – Learn about making connections with your family's past. Local genealogy whiz, Cathy Willey, will walk you through a demonstration of Ancestry.com library edition as well as research strategies and techniques. Bringing names, dates and locations of family members will help facilitate your search for further information. Please bring your own laptop or tablet if possible. 5-7


Thursday, March 23Martha Andrews Donovan returns to BHML to give an illustrated talk about her mother, grandmother, and great grandmothers, all of who spent part of their lives in rural India as daughters or wives of foreign missionaries. Donovan will share her research and stories along with a series of broadsides (photographs and writing) inspired by these women who found themselves living unusual lives in a distant land. An accompanying presentation includes family photographs and images of life in rural India in the first half of the twentieth century. 6-8

Newsletter March 3rd 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 5:16 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 1:08 PM by Heather Webster ]


March 3, 2017


There are so many great things are going on here at CES, I don’t even to know where to start!


The MEA/ EmpowerME assessments, state mandated testing for grades 3-8, will be administered this month.  Please make sure students are getting plenty of sleep and eat a hearty breakfast.  We understand that these tests are just one snapshot of their growth and learning and always encourage them to do their very best.


The Show Stoppers were amazing on Monday.  They performed their show “To Boldly Go…” at the district level at Ellsworth High School.  Their Star Trek inspired production scored them “one” and earned them a spot at the state level competition at the end of the month in Millinocket.  If you are interested in seeing our talented performers, please join us at MDIHS on the evening of Wednesday, March 30th to see all of the MDIRSS schools wow the community with their soulful singing and snazzy dance moves.  Live Long and Prosper...


The first and second grades had a fantastic time at the Grand on Tuesday.  They were treated to some amazing African drumming and I heard that a few of our students were invited on stage to show off their dancing.  The third, fourth and fifth graders went to the Grand today to see a riveting film called “The Wings of Life”.  This film, narrated by Meryl Streep,highlighted the importance of flowers and pollination to our food supply and also to that of the animals around them.  


Thursday was Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Day.  Walking down the halls, we ran into Harry Potter, Dorothy, Tacky the Penguin, Olivia and many more characters that looked like they had just popped off the pages of our favorite books.  Rumor has it that The Cat in the Hat made an appearance and read to some of the first grade classrooms.  Did he read in it a box?  Did he read it with a fox???


Thank you to the PTSA for supporting yet another wonderfully enriching educational experience for our students.  The K-4 Science Fair was held Thursday evening in the cafeteria and our budding scientists did not disappoint.  Some of the topics enthusiastically investigated by our students were magnetism, constructing a periscope, comparing the volume of Earth to Mars, designing a battery powered by fruit, understanding global warming and facilitating sugar crystallization.  


The annual Students vs. Staff Basketball game did not disappoint this year.  Our girls and boys were spectacular defending, shooting and taking the ball to the hoop.  The event was extremely entertaining and further fueled the age old argument of youth vs. experience...


Our Jazz Band went to Brewer today to compete in their district level competition.  They have been working hard under the direction of our new music teacher, Mr. Gill.  Good luck musicians, channel your inner Miles Davis and we know you’ll be great!


Dun, dun…  Dun, dun…  That noise you hear is the MDI Sharks making their way to Bangor to compete in states this weekend.  Swim hard, swim fast and be proud sharks.


The MDIHS varsity boys basketball team is playing Wells tonight for the state championship in Augusta.  This will be a chance at redemption after losing to Wells for the state title in football this fall.  If you are unable to make the trip down the Capital City to cheer them on, it will be aired on WDEA radio and on public television.  Go Trojans!


What are you doing on Sunday afternoon from 1-4?  Well, if you like movies and supporting the eighth grade class, we might have just the thing for you!  The movie Storks will be playing at Reel Pizza and students will be fundraising by raffling off an Ipad Mini 2 (32G), donated by Darling’s in Ellsworth, and auctioning off a variety of baskets full of fun and excitement.  See you there!!!


Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster


Grade 8 Fundraiser


Hancock County Food Drive



Conners Emerson will once again be taking part of the 6th annual Hancock County Food Drive.

It lasts through the month of March. Non-perishable items may be dropped off at school.  



Show Choir


The Conners Emerson Show Choir received a #1 rating at the District Vocal Jazz Festival, qualifying them to compete at the State Show Choir event at Millinocket on Friday, March 31. Twenty-one singers, three instrumentalists, and two space aliens wowed the crowd with an original show, To Boldly Go, a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. The Show Choir Extravaganza, which is open to the public, will be held at MDI HS on Thursday, March 30, 6:00 pm, featuring all the AOS 91 middle school and high school show choirs.

Hike to Bar Island!

The Outdoor Club invites Conners Emerson students, families, and staff to hike with us to Bar Island. On Friday, March 10th, we will meet in the gym after school and begin hiking at 3:15pm. On the island, we'll stop to eat a healthy snack while we enjoy a different view of Bar Harbor. Hikers will return to the Conners Emerson Gym for pick up at 4:30pm. For more details and to sign up, email Ms. Jolley at helen.jolley@mdirss.org.




Dress-up Clothes
CES could use your old dress-up clothes and costumes. (no masks please)
Our students often need dress-up clothes when performing skits in class or when acting out scenes from their favorite book in the library. We are in particular need of boys costumes.  Items may be dropped off in the library.  Thank you.


SPCA Collection

Some of our students are collecting items to be donated to the SPCA in Trenton.  Dog and cat food, litter, and toys may be donated. Items may be left in the box outside the office.

Kindergarten Visitors
Annika's  mother and father visited Miss Pickers' kindergarten class on Tuesday, February 28  to talk about their work at the Jackson Lab. (Jenn's job title is, " Manager- In Vivo Physiology and Imaging", Ed's Job title is:  "Senior Tech support specialist").  They brought in visual displays on their laptops to enhance their discussion about their work.

Emelia's father visited Mrs. Mountford's class on Thursday, March 2 to talk about his work as, "Founder and Director of Awesome Tortuga Home Goods".  He brought in some kitchen products made of silicone.  The students had the opportunity to pass around and touch many of these items.  

This is part of a kindergarten career unit in weekly Guidance Classes.

Kindergarten parents who are interested in speaking to their child's class about their work may contact Ms. Rosinski at:  crosinski@mdirss.org

Robert Shetterly Visit's 1st Grade
Robert Shetterly, artist and author of the portrait series, "Americans Who Tell the Truth" visited the three first grades on Thursday.    Students in first grade spent time prior to his visit talking about fairness, respect, peace, taking care of the earth,  civil rights, and how to build a community of caring.   Students had the opportunity during his visit to see some of his portraits, ask questions, and to share some of their own learnings about his work.



   

 PTSA NEWS!

K-4 Science Fair!

The K-4 Science Fair was held Thursday. There were 25 amazing projects created by the youngest CES students. It is amazing to see so many young students so excited to explore the world of science. Thank you so much to all the families who worked with your children to bring in some great projects. We can’t wait to see what these fantastic kids come up with next year! Additional pictures can be found on our Facebook page.


The PTSA is also looking for ideas for our next activity in April. If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Conners-Emerson-PTSA-253462011357427/ or email them to ces.ptsapresident@gmail.com

Conners  Emerson School 
2017 Kindergarten Screening
Dates: Tuesday through Thursday, April 11, 12, 13

Who? For children entering kindergarten in September 2017.
Children must be five years old by October 15, 2017 and a resident of the Town of Bar Harbor.

Please call or stop into the Conners/Emerson office in the lower building prior to March 24th to fill out a registration packet and to make a screening appointment.

The Grand in Ellsworth

On Tuesday, 1st and 2nd grade went to a PAC performance at The Grand in Ellsworth to enjoy the 
African Dance & Drum Troupe out of Senegal. The Troupe educated and entertained students and teachers with traditional drumming, dancing, folklore and information about Africa. The performance ended with students being invited to join the performers and dance on stage, followed by teachers being called up on stage to conclude the presentation with their mad dance skills! A fun time was had by all.

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Bass Harbor Memorial Library Happenings

The Bass Harbor Memorial Library at 89 Bernard Rd in Bernard, will hold their weekend Pre-K story time on Saturday, March 4 at 10:30am, continuing on the first and third Saturday of every month. Join Amanda for a read aloud story time geared toward younger children. Older siblings are welcome. 


On Thursday, March 9, from 5-7pm, the Library will host a community reception to celebrate the many artists, speakers and organizers taking part in islandwide 2017 Women's History Project. Entertainment by Danny Fisher-Lochhead and Ryan Blotnick. Refreshments will be provided. Artwork from over 20 island artists and artifacts from the Tremont Historical Society will be shown throughout the month of March until April 15


Call 244-3798 for more information.

Thanks!

Lisa Murray, Director

Bass Harbor Memorial Library


Second Grade Happenings

Second graders recently wrapped up their opinion writing unit which consisted of writing both a restaurant and book review. We sent the restaurant reviews to many area restaurants, and some have received a response back from restaurant owners and managers. Little A's received two reviews and decided that they wanted to show their appreciation by giving the whole second grade a pizza party! Little A's delivered 11 pizzas right to our classrooms on the Friday before break. Not only was this incredibly generous, it taught students a lesson on the power of their words too! Thank you to Little A's from all of the second grade students and teachers.



This Week In Art…

Second graders are completing their Picasso Cubism Guitars! The guitars were drawn from observation, and then split into geometric sections. They were painted with tints and shades- either in the Rose Period, or the Blue Period. Please come and see them outside of the second grade classrooms.

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Also going on display, this week and next:


Fourth Grade Weavings!


These 6x6 inch weavings are inspired by the work of the Navajo tribe, and will be displayed on top of the group “rug” paintings, also create by fourth graders.

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Dress as your Favorite Character Day


Calendar of Events


March on Mount Desert Street

March 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Navigation

This is a free community meal hosted by nonprofits on Mount Desert Street, with each offering a different course. Join your friends and neighbors for this progressive dinner on Tuesday, March 7.

This year the festivities start at the Abbe Museum at 5:15 p.m. with a brief play presented by students from Conners-Emerson school. Then it’s on to the Bar Harbor Congregational Church at 5:30 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and to the Jesup Memorial Library from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for salad. The party then moves to the YWCA MDI for soup and bread from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and ends with dessert at St. Savior’s Episcopal Church from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Join us for this delicious annual tradition!

For more information, contact Mae Corrion at mcorrion@jesuplibrary.org or 207-288-4245.

Newsletter for February 17, 2017

posted Feb 14, 2017, 12:15 PM by Rick Barter   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 7:02 PM by Kimberly Smallidge ]



February 17, 2017


February vacation is upon us!  With the newest snowfall this week, the kids should have a great time frolicking outside.  Sledding, snowmen, cross-country skiing and skating…  The opportunities are endless!!!


Vacations are also a good time to read and play math games.  Students can lose ground in their reading and math if they aren’t practicing and using their skills as much as possible.  Read alouds, buddy reading, audio books and independent reading are all ways to help keep their reading skills as sharp as possible. Games involving dice and playing cards offer multiple opportunities to practice math facts.


We hope everyone had a very special Valentine’s Day on Tuesday.  Classrooms were abuzz with passing out valentines and wishing each other well.  There was also the 100th day of school on Wednesday that was celebrated in the K-2 classrooms.  What a busy week!


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The snowbanks in our parking lots are quite substantial.  This takes away from both available parking spots and decreases visibility for cars driving in.  Please remember that the speed limit at school is 5 mph and we appreciate your patience in carefully navigating the parking lot during pickup and drop off times.  One of the best ways to help us keep all students safe is to refrain from leaving cars unattended in the middle of the driveway at any time.


Winter weather is definitely here to stay.  Please be sure to send your children with hats, gloves (maybe 2 pairs if they get wet), snow pants and a winter coat every day.  Physical education classes are being held outside on the nicer days for sledding and snowshoeing and all students are outside when walking between buildings and arriving/departing school.


The Show Choir will be performing their super space-age sensation “To Boldly Go” on Monday 2/27 for grades K-4.  The singers and dancers have been working hard since last Spring to make this show “out of this world”.   Other performance dates for Show Stoppers are 2/28 for districts in Ellsworth, 3/19 at the Jesup Library, 3/29 for grades 5-8, 3/30 in the evening with all the MDIRSS show choirs at MDIHS and states in Millinocket on 3/31.



Grade 1 and 2 will be going to the Grand to see a theatrical performance on the morning of Tuesday, February 28th.  Please be on the lookout for a permission slip and have it returned after vacation.


Congratulations to our boys and girls basketball teams for a great season.  The girls did a fantastic job in their semi final game and the boys A team went to the finals and battled against MDES last weekend.  Though we weren’t victorious in the last games, all teams showed great sportsmanship and determination.  Our eighth grade ballers went out with a bang and we will surely miss them all next season.  A big thank you to coaches, cheerleaders, parents and community members that support our teams.


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Get your raffle tickets, time is running out!  The 8th grade class is raffling off an Ipad Mini 2 (32G), donated by Darling’s in Ellsworth.  Tickets are $5 each or 3/$10.  Please see an eighth grader or the office if you want to buy a ticket for the March 5th drawing.


The new lost and found location is a great success.  Many joyous reunions have occurred due to the lost items having greater visibility.  A substantial portion of our inventory will be making its way down to Serendipity over vacation so that we can showcase the newer items desperately looking for their owners.


Have a wonderful winter vacation,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster


Happy 100th Day of School!
Mrs. Young's Class was busy on Wednesday marking the 100th day of school by making strings of 100 beads. The students counted out 10 groups of 10 and organized them in a way that made counting to 100 easy. It was a fun (and colorful) way to mark the 100th day milestone!


Kindergarten Career Seminars

Harrison's mother visited Miss Pickers' kindergarten class on Tuesday, Feb. 14 to talk about her work as a scientist.  She brought in an experiment where the children fished for objects in the sand and made hypotheses about what they would find.

This is part of a kindergarten career unit in weekly Guidance Classes.

Kindergarten parents who are interested in speaking to their child's class about their work may contact Ms. Rosinski at:  crosinski@mdirss.org

The Staff vs Student basketball game has been
re-scheduled for Thursday March 2nd at 3:30 pm at the MDI YMCA


PE in the Snow


Upcoming Events



We are  pleased to announce winners of the Maine Scholastic Writing Competition:

Massimo won a Gold Key, the highest honor for "Generic Love Rhymes" and 2 Silver Key Awards for "Muses" and "You Are Beautiful."

Sophia  and Finn won honorable mentions for their short fiction pieces "Talking to Myself" and "Blank Mind."

In addition, Lynx won an honorable mention in the art division of the contest for his piece "Wonders of the Deep."

The award ceremony will be in Portland next month; congratulations to the winners!










On 
March 5th we will have our annual movie and silent auction at
Reel Pizza -   We will be showing the movie "Storks" at 2pm, will have
numerous items in our auction and will be doing the drawing for the
ipad.


This Week in Art…

8th Grade Thematic Mugs came out of the kiln. All of them are brilliantly glazed and inspiring! This is one of my personal favorite parts of the job.

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They will be displayed in the glass cases outside of the library for one week, and then sent home.


MUSIC NOTES

The Show Stoppers have been busy rehearsing their original show, "To Boldly Go," a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and will perform for grades K-4 on Monday morning, 2/27 at 8:30 am in the gym. The next day, Tuesday 2/28, the Show Stoppers will be performing at the District VI festival at 12:00 noon at Ellsworth HS in hopes to qualify for States. The Festival is open to the public so please attend and cheer for the show 
choir!
District VI Vocal Jazz Schedule, Tuesday 2/28, Ellsworth HS:
12:00 - Conners Emerson
12:40 - EEMS
1:20 - Mountain View
2:00 - Pemetic
2:40 - Peninsula
3:20 - Trenton
4:00 - EHS Jazz Choir
6:00 - MDI Trebs
6:40 - Sumner
8:20 - MDI Mixed
10:00 - EHS



Snow at Last!
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    PTSA NEWS!

Has it snowed enough for you? The PTSA was sorry that the Valentine’s Card Class was cancelled- sometimes mother nature just doesn’t cooperate. We are excited however because in just a few weeks on March 2 is the K-4 Science Fair! Your child(ren) in grades K-4 should be bringing home a signup sheet for the science fair soon if they haven’t already. February vacation is a great time to decide on a project that your child can do. Feel free to help them- this is not a contest but an opportunity to foster a love of science! Each child will have table space for a poster board and a demonstration/display. There will be local scientists going through the exhibits and in our experience the kids love it. The scientists may ask questions like these:

#1.  What is your experiment?  (What is your question?)

#2. What is your hypothesis?  (What did you predict or think was going to happen?)

#3. What is (at least) one observation that you made as you were doing your experiment?  (What is one thing you saw, heard, smelled or felt?)

#4.  What was the best part of your project? (What was the most FUN?)

No idea what to do for a project? Try:

https://kids.usa.gov/science/science-fair-projects/index.shtml

https://www.education.com/science-fair/kindergarten/

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects.html

There are many other great sites online as well as books in the library. Happy Science-ing!

March meeting Thursday, March 2 at 3:30pm in the library.


The PTSA is also looking for ideas for our next activity in April. If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Conners-Emerson-PTSA-253462011357427/ or email them to ces.ptsapresident@gmail.com



Newsletter For February 10th, 2017

posted Feb 10, 2017, 6:48 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 7:51 AM by Heather Webster ]



February 10, 2017


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Thank you to Peter, Kurt and Chase for being on snow patrol for this latest Nor’easter.  Students were pleasantly surprised to see the size of our snowbanks when arriving to school this morning.  This should make for a fun and snow-filled weekend for all our students.  Snow forts?  Snowmen?  Sledding?  I wonder which they will choose?  (Probably not shoveling)

The winter weather is definitely here to stay.  Please be sure to send your children with hats gloves (maybe two pairs if they get wet), snow pants and a winter coat every day. Even if they don’t go out to recess, they are still walking between buildings and arriving/departing school.





Our school breakfast program is more popular than ever.  Students are welcome to visit the cafeteria in the morning, before school starts, to grab a hot option or cereal, juice and a snack.  The cost for breakfast is $1.25 or no cost for students receiving free/reduced lunch.



The 8th grade class is raffling off an iPad Mini 2 (32G), donated by Darling’s in Ellsworth.  Tickets are $5 each or 3/$10.

Please see an eighth grader or the office if you want to buy a ticket for the March 5th drawing.


And a huge good luck to our boys basketball team tonight as they battle with MDES. All of our basketball teams have had a wonderful season displaying both incredible skills and sportsmanship.


Enjoy your weekend and the snow,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster


MUSIC NOTES
There are lots of good things happening in the music classes!
Kindergarten and Grade 1 are learning songs to go with the many holidays during the month of February and dancing to the Bossa Nova Valentine.
Grade 2 is honing violin skills. Grade 3 and 4 are learning songs about various careers.
Grade 5 is constructing dulcimers and Grade 6 is composing!






 "Finally! There is snow to play in!"


Congratulations to Alain

Alain was the school winner for this year's AMC 8, AND also received special recognition for being among the top 5% of students across the globe taking the AMC 8. Alain correctly answered 20 out of the 25 questions, the highest score we've ever seen at Conners Emerson School.   This year over 100,000 students took the AMC 8, representing almost 2,000 schools.

What is the AMC 8?

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom learned skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.  Library Notes

Kids' Corner has been visiting the CES Library once a week while Jesup remains closed.  Today, 4th grader Cecilia shared stories with the pre-K group. 

Also the ALA Youth Media Awards (like the Newbery and Caldecott) were announced in late January.  Come check out some of the winner and honor books available at the  CES Library.   






This Week in Art…

K-3 worked on Valentine-themed art, applying their fresh knowledge of shape, line, and color to create these works. The art will be going home on the 14th, but until then, check out the displays outside of classrooms and in the hallways!IMG_20170208_100513719.jpgIMG_20170206_141556673.jpgIMG_20170206_133822_027.jpg



This week in Kindergarten
Bentley's mother visited Miss Pickers' kindergarten class on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to talk about her work as a Phlebotomist.  She brought in a fake arm to show the students how blood is drawn from a patient.  
This is part of a kindergarten career unit in weekly Guidance Classes.
Kindergarten parents who are interested in speaking to their child's class about their work may contact Ms. Rosinski at:  crosinski@mdirss.org




Have you heard of a rekenrek??
Rekenreks are commonly found in K-2 classrooms at our school. Ask any first grader and they will know what a rekenrek is, but ask a parent and most have never heard of one!

Here is a description of a rekenrek from one of Mrs. Smallidge's favorite blogs, The Recovering Traditionalist.

The rekenrek is a unique tool that allows children to develop number sense at their own pace.  With the built-in 5 & 10 structure, rekenreks help children build number relationships that lead to more advanced strategies. Most manipulatives traditionally used in K-2 classrooms do not help children get past the one-by-one counting and into more efficient strategies

“In the United States, the manipulatives most commonly used with young children are single objects that can be counted – Unifix cubes, bottle caps, chips, or buttons.  While these manipulatives have great benefits in the very early stages of counting and modeling problems, they do little to support the development of the important strategies needed for automaticity.  In fact at a certain point they begin to reinforce low-level counting strategies.  For example, to solve 6 + 7 with Unifix cubes, children need to count out six, then seven, and then either ‘count on’ as they combine or (as is most common) count three times – first the two sets, then the total” (Fosnot & Dolk, 2001, p. 103).

With the rekenrek, children can model and solve problems the same as they would with Unifix cubes, but the built-in structure of the rekenrek allows children the flexibility to develop more advanced strategies as well.  

For more information on rekenreks, go here:  http://www.therecoveringtraditionalist.com/heck-rekenrek/

Not much snow here to shovel!
ya sure...









Newsletter for February 3rd, 2017

posted Feb 2, 2017, 5:58 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 6:20 PM by Rick Barter ]



February 3, 2017


It is a great time of year to depart these cold and gray days for the sun and fun of a warmer environment.  We urge families to schedule vacations during our school breaks, but understand that sometimes that is not possible.  If your child is going to be out of school for an extended period of time, please notify the office.  We now have a form for parents to fill out so that all teachers will be aware of planned absences and students in grades 5-8 can bring around to their teachers for assignments.  Teachers are more than happy to share with students what the class will be doing, but will not be able to copy work for them (not knowing where exactly the class will be instructionally while the student is on vacation).  Students are welcome to read, journal and work on online programs such as Aleks, DreamBox and Lexia while they are away.


Nurse Kelsea’s office has been a very busy place with numerous illnesses going around.  Please make sure to keep your children home if they are not feeling well (fever, vomiting, sore throats, etc…) so that we keep these unfriendly germs from finding new victims.


It is time to update our student cell phone list!  If any students in grades 5-8 received new cell phones from Santa over the holidays and are bringing them to school, please let Miss Taylor know.  Students are required to leave their cell phones in the office during school hours (to prevent use and theft) and we need an updated list in order to make this happen.


The lost and found has been relocated…  The new (and improved) location is outside of the cafeteria.  We have been fortunate enough to reunite 2 sweatshirts and 4 pairs of gloves with their owners so far.  On Friday, February 17th, lost items that have been with us for an extended period of time will be donated to Serendipity in Bar Harbor.  We hope this new system will help to reduce the number of items that accumulate, create a central location to look for items and help facilitate item reunification.


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Three pointer at the buzzer!!!  Grady Wellman-Webster hit an unbelievable shot to give the Tigers A-team a win on Thursday.  Our b-ball teams have had a great season and are looking forward to the playoffs next week.  And a huge good luck to the MDI Sharks in your Aquathon this weekend!  


It was unofficially “Triplet” day in 5th grade.  It was so unofficial that the girls didn’t even realize that they were apart of it until stopped by Mrs. Webster.  Love the black leggings and fuzzy boots girls!!!


The 8th grade class is raffling off an Ipad Mini 2 (32G), donated by Darling’s in Ellsworth.  Tickets are $5 each or 3/$10.  Please see an eighth grader or the office if you want to buy a ticket for the March 5th drawing.



Have a fabulous weekend and good luck Patriots,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster


Congratulations, Math Team!
Our Math Team came in FIRST PLACE at last Saturday's math competition in Hampden. There were 13 schools at the meet from all over Eastern Maine. Out of more than 80 students, Alain was the top scoring student in the individual rounds and Massimo was sixth! Eight students qualified for States, which will be on March 4. Many thanks to Joel Graber, a volunteer co-coach who is helping our team reach high levels!

This week in Art…

Second trimester 6th graders have their Pop Art shoe drawings and artist statements on display outside of the art room this week! They also have a display of their collaged prints outside of the library.

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Kindergarten and First Grade are learning all about line and color. Outside of the art room you can see all of their explorations into zig zags and rainbows with these non-figurative line paintings. Ask them about Roy G. Biv!IMG_20170202_110127100.jpg

Coming soon…

8th Grade pottery is being glazed this week, stay tuned to see the finished work as it comes out of the kiln.

7th grade is created Molas out of paper, in the style of the Kuna people of Panama.

4th Grade is working hard at creating weavings that will double as a coaster! They have viewed the work of the Navajo people and are drawing inspiration from Navajo rugs.

2nd and 3rd grade are working on Valentine’s themed projects that will be on display soon!


After school Sign Language Club
Grades 5 & 6

Too Sick for School??


Kindergarten Career Talks
Sierra's mother visited Mrs. Mountford's kindergarten class on Thursday, Feb. 2 to talk about her work as a Lab Manager.
This is part of a kindergarten career unit in weekly Guidance Classes.

Mason's mother visited Mrs. Dyer's class Friday, Feb. 3  to talk about her work as a wedding planner, business owner, and bodyguard.

Kindergarten parents who are interested in speaking to their child's class about their work may contact Ms. Rosinski at:  crosinski@mdirss.org

Calendar of Events


Lost and Found ....
All lost and found items are now just outside the cafe entrance. Be sure to check it out for your student's lost stuff.




Global Read: Boxers & Saints
This week several of the 8th graders participated in an optional special event at the high school related to the two graphic novels, Boxers and Saints, by Greg Luen Yang. These books are about the Boxer Rebellion, that took place in China during the late 1800s.

 During January, students read the books and had the opportunity to participate in an author webinar.
Then this past Monday the participating students got together for the District event.  They reflected on author's questions in a Gallery Walk and they debated whether or not the graphic novels are literature. Then, using traditional Chinese techniques, they created 2-line poems (in English and Chinese!) related to the themes of the book (Identity, Balance, Beginnings, Heroism, etc.). These couplets were painted on red paper so as to be displayed on either side of a door, similar to the Chinese tradition at the New Year.



February is Heart Month!

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Did you know... Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, but we can reduce our risk for heart disease and make our hearts stronger by exercising. February is American Heart Month, so let’s get our hearts working! The American Heart Association recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week. Even 10 minutes of exercise at a time is beneficial for heart health. Check out these activity calendars to help kids make their hearts stronger every day! Find heart healthy recipes and tips here: http://recipes.millionhearts.hhs.gov/





Newsletter, January 27th, 2017

posted Jan 25, 2017, 6:02 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Jan 27, 2017, 5:08 PM by Heather Webster ]


January 25, 2017


Wow, what a busy week!  The CES tigers have been movers and shakers, I hope I don’t leave anything out…


Congrats to our Geography Bee participants and a double high-five to our winner Callahan Bryer and the runner up Toby Zboray.  All the students that participated in the bee did a fantastic job, we couldn’t be more proud.  The audience was very supportive and I could see that many of the fourth graders are going to start studying now for their opportunity to participate next year!  Thank you Mrs. Brotzman and the other volunteers for making this possible.


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Please mark your calendars for the Hamilton Singalong on Sunday, January 29 from 3-5 in the Pemetic Gym.  The Barns Arts Collective helped our middle school students with the songs from the musical this afternoon in preparation for Sunday.  Lyrics will be projected and the album booming from their sound system.  Pizza and juice will be available and there is no charge to attend. “I am not giving away my shot…”


Speaking of important people of the past, the fourth grade classes had their History Musuem open to parents today.  The students chose someone that they considered a hero, conducted extensive research into their biographies and prepared intriguing and insightful presentations.  Heroes that were chosen range from Anne Frank to Sacagawea to Malcolm X to Gandhi to Barack Obama.  Thank you for sharing these brave heroes’ stories.


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On Monday, January 30th, Bob Stuart will be meeting with the sixth graders to talk about college and their plans for the future.  Mr. Stuart is a wonderful speakers that engages all students to think about their interests and strengths.


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The Swan’s Island School sent their basketball players to play our B teams today at the YMCA.   It was a battle for ages.  All players played hard and displayed great sportsmanship.  It is exciting to have the kids meet and make connections to prepare them for the high school merge.


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The 7th and 8th graders closed the week with their afternoon electives.  Students participated in workshops focusing on editing, whistle making, calligraphy, singing, murals, hockey and singing.  


Have a wonderful wintery weekend,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster






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Kindergarteners practicing their math skills on DreamBox.
A huge "Thank you!" to the PTSA who donated money towards purchasing the headphones.



Who is Your Hero?
Fourth graders shared their heroes today with Parents and classmates   They wrote essays, drew portraits, and even wrote poems, describing their heroes. While they worked, they learned about what qualifies a person as a hero, and research skills.
 

Click on Abe Lincoln to see more photo's from today.

Click on Abe Lincoln to see more fun photo's from our day.

Hamilton Singalong


Hamilton Singalong, Sunday January 29, 2017 from 3-5pm
 in the Pemetic Gym  

Hamilton is a hip-hop musical currently playing on Broadway about the first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton. It tells the story of the founding of America through beats, songs, drama, and poetry. 

The Hamilton Singalong is a music and performance event for Middle School students with the Barn Arts Collective. Students have signed up to perform songs from the musical and will sing along with microphones as the cast album is played on the sound system. 
Students are encouraged to bring their friends and families. The students will be the featured performers and everyone will be able to sing along from the audience. Lyrics will be projected so everyone has the words. Students are encouraged to come and sing from the audience even if they did not sign up to lead a song. There will also be pizza and juice. There is no charge to attend.



Winter Hike/Snowshoe - Jan 28th


On Saturday, January 28th, students in grades 4-8 can join the Outdoor Club for a Winter hike or snowshoe (depending on snow) to Day Mountain. We'll meet at the trailhead at 10am, and plan to return to the trailhead by 2pm. After getting our snowshoes ready, we'll hit the trail! Along the way, we'll stop to enjoy winter views of the Cranberry Isles in the distance. At the top, we'll take photos and eat lunch before heading back down on the carriage road. Some snowshoes are available, but if you have your own, please bring them! Parents and siblings are welcome to join. Please send an email to Ms. Jolley (helen.jolley@mdirss.org) to sign up by January 24th.



Text Messages RE: School Closings
If you ARE NOT RECEIVING text messages and would like to receive text messages regarding school closings and emergencies, you may subscribe to School Messenger. 

Simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453subscribe, optin, yes.

You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message: 

"You are registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help." 

You’ll want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you wish to include."


Calendar of Events


Newsletter January 20th, 2016

posted Jan 20, 2017, 7:34 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 11:48 AM by Rick Barter ]



January 20, 2017


The month of January has quickly flown by.  The mild winter weather thus far has been nice, but I have a feeling that it won’t last...


There will be a Hamilton Singalong on Sunday, January 29 from 3-5 in the Pemetic Gym.  Hamilton is a hip-hop musical currently playing on Broadway about the first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton.  It tells the story of the founding of America through beats, songs, drama and poetry.  The Barns Arts Collective are helping Pemetic middle school students perform songs from the musical with the audience invited to sing along and our students can contact their music teachers if they would like to sign up for number.  Lyrics will be projected and the album booming from their sound system.  Pizza and juice will be available and there is no charge to attend. “I am not giving away my shot…”


Our students are very busy this time year with all sorts of activities.  The MDI Sharks are  swimming up a storm with both home and away meets.  Our A and B boys/girls basketball teams are shooting hoops and doing a fantastic job in representing our school with our wonderful cheerleaders rooting them on (and many play on the AYS teams also).  The chess club meets on Tuesdays with some epic strategic battles going on.  The Show Choir practices three times a week, getting ready for upcoming performances.  Second graders are working on a dramatic performance.  We also have Destination Imagination working on their creative endeavors as well as Robotics, Jazz Band and our super fun Outdoors Club.  There is definitely something going on for everyone!!!


The Jesup Library will be closed until further notice.  Please check their website for alternative locations for their programming and they apologize for any inconvenience this causes.


The mornings and afternoons are a very busy time with students being picked up and dropped off.  Please drive slowly in the parking lots (5 mph) and do not leave cars unattended that are not in parking spots.  We appreciate your help in keeping all of our students safe.


Have a wonderful weekend,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster





Family Contra Dance!
Come join the fun at the monthly Contra Dance with Big Moose band. We are starting dances earlier this winter at 6:30pm to encourage families and children. The caller will teach all dances, no experience needed, and easier dances will be taught for the first hour. The January contra dance this month will be at First Baptist Church on 46 Ledgelawn Avenue for January 28th from 6:30-9:30pm. Suggested donation to pay the caller $6 adults. 

Time Stoppers Book Group


 

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Don’t forget to sign up for the PTSA Valentine’s Card Making Party. It will be on February 9th from 3:15 to 4:00 pm. Your child can, with a note, walk over to the cafeteria after school and stay with us to make cards for Valentine’s Day. Please sign them up at: https://goo.gl/forms/G0ihDPiFlsmSIqkw2

We also still need volunteers to assist the younger students with their card making. If you have an hour to donate and would like to volunteer please email Lisa at ces.ptsapresident@gmail.com

Don't forget that you can order Tiger Gear any time at:  https://connersemersonschool.itemorder.com/sale

Calling all scientists!! The date for our 2017 Science Fair for grades K-4 has been set for March 2nd. Start planning your projects and look for more information to come out soon!




Hamilton Singalong


Hamilton Singalong, Sunday January 29, 2017 from 3-5pm
 in the Pemetic Gym  

Hamilton is a hip-hop musical currently playing on Broadway about the first Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton. It tells the story of the founding of America through beats, songs, drama, and poetry. 

The Hamilton Singalong is a music and performance event for Middle School students with the Barn Arts Collective. Students have signed up to perform songs from the musical and will sing along with microphones as the cast album is played on the sound system. 
Students are encouraged to bring their friends and families. The students will be the featured performers and everyone will be able to sing along from the audience. Lyrics will be projected so everyone has the words. Students are encouraged to come and sing from the audience even if they did not sign up to lead a song. There will also be pizza and juice. There is no charge to attend.



   Bon Appétit!
Seventh Grade French students have just started a unit on Le Restaurant.
Today we learned the difference between a "limonade" and a "citron pressé"* 
on a French menu.    We also made our own "citron pressé".  As you can see 
from the photo, some students preferred theirs with a little less "sucre".  
C'était bon!

*A limonade is a lemon-flavored soda and a citron pressé is what we call lemonade.


Winter Hike/Snowshoe - Jan 28th


On Saturday, January 28th, students in grades 4-8 can join the Outdoor Club for a Winter hike or snowshoe (depending on snow) to Day Mountain. We'll meet at the trailhead at 10am, and plan to return to the trailhead by 2pm. After getting our snowshoes ready, we'll hit the trail! Along the way, we'll stop to enjoy winter views of the Cranberry Isles in the distance. At the top, we'll take photos and eat lunch before heading back down on the carriage road. Some snowshoes are available, but if you have your own, please bring them! Parents and siblings are welcome to join. Please send an email to Ms. Jolley (helen.jolley@mdirss.org) to sign up by January 24th.

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Newsletter for Friday, January 13

posted Jan 9, 2017, 7:05 AM by Siobhan Ryan   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 12:04 PM by Rick Barter ]




January 13, 2017


“I have a dream…” What a wonderful quote from a remarkable man.  We appreciate his dedication and sacrifice to the civil rights movement.  The community MLK Jr. event is happening on Monday, January 16th at noon at the YWCA.  Join us in celebrating his important legacy of hope and equality.


There is a dance this evening in the CES gym for grades six through eight.  DJ Alex will be in the house, spinning tunes from 7-9pm.  



On these dark and gray mornings, it is sometimes hard to get out the door on time.  We are seeing quite a few students arriving later and later to school.  The school day starts at 8:20, so having your children here a few minutes earlier to give them time to unpack their bags and hang their coats up would be a huge help.  Being here on time sets the tone for the day by helping students not feeling rushed and/or missing part of the morning routines and lessons.


The second and fifth grades were treated to a special performance of Peter and the Wolf at the Grand in Ellsworth on Thursday.  The always terrific TEMPO: The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra group accompanied the production and it received two thumbs up from all that attended.


Enjoy the long weekend and see you on Tuesday,


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster





Bailey and Avary, two of our school helpers, have been working on updating the Lost and Found online information. This does not come close to reflecting the amount of lost items at school, but we hope it will be a start in finding it. 


This Week in Art…

Last week Madame Millar, our local totem pole expert, helped to teach fourth grade about totem poles, their meanings, and their purpose. In Art, students used  collaging and ovoid shapes to create an animal that would represent them or their family. This clan animal would typically be found at the base of the pole. Ask a fourth grader why they chose the animal that they did! Totem Poles are on display outside of the fourth grade classrooms.



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The PTSA would like to thank all the bakers and crafters for helping us with our December cookie day for the teachers and the Winter Craft Night! Both were big successes! We are already working on our next project which is a Valentine’s Card Making Party. It will be on February 9th from 3:15 to 4:00 pm. Your child can, with a note, walk over to the cafeteria after school and stay with us to make cards for Valentine’s Day. Please sign them up at: https://goo.gl/forms/G0ihDPiFlsmSIqkw2

We are also looking for volunteers to assist the younger students with their card making. If you have an hour to donate and would like to volunteer please email Lisa at ces.ptsapresident@gmail.com


Calling all scientists!! The date for our 2017 Science Fair for grades K-4 has been set for March 2nd. Start planning your projects and look for more information to come out soon!



Tiger Gear


If you want to order Tiger gear, please click on this link:

https://connersemersonschool.itemorder.com/sale

You can opt to have it shipped directly to your home for a small fee or they can hold it and a PTSA volunteer will collect all orders on February 25 and distribute at school the following week.

A percentage of all ordered Tiger Gear goes to the PTSA and will be used to fund school activities.

Thanks for supporting the PTSA and showing your Tiger Spirit!







Winter Hike/Snowshoe - Jan 28th


On Saturday, January 28th, students in grades 4-8 can join the Outdoor Club for a Winter hike or snowshoe (depending on snow) to Day Mountain. We'll meet at the trailhead at 10am, and plan to return to the trailhead by 2pm. After getting our snowshoes ready, we'll hit the trail! Along the way, we'll stop to enjoy winter views of the Cranberry Isles in the distance. At the top, we'll take photos and eat lunch before heading back down on the carriage road. Some snowshoes are available, but if you have your own, please bring them! Parents and siblings are welcome to join. Please send an email to Ms. Jolley (helen.jolley@mdirss.org) to sign up by January 24th.


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