Conners Emerson Weekly

Friday, October 20

posted Oct 16, 2017, 10:04 AM by Siobhan Ryan   [ updated by Nancy Sweeney ]

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Interview with Mrs. Dyer

by Melanie

1: Why do you like this job?

Because I look forward to coming to work everyday!

2: What is your favorite food?

Good watermelon.

3: When did you start this job?

In September 1989.

4: What is your favorite time of year?

Fall. I love the colors.

5: How do you feel about seeing students from the past?

My heart smiles.

6: Favorite apple?


7: Favorite color?

Navy blue.

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This is the first in a 10-song series from the Maine Musical, Plant Kindness and Gather Love, authored and composed by Mrs. Young and Mrs. Edmondson. This week in the K-4 music classes, the students learned that some songs are composed in a minor key and sounds rather spooky. This is true of the song, Dirigo. This song also presents many facts about Maine. The students examined the Maine State Flag and identified various things in the crest, which are presented in the song, Dirigo.

Above is the video to the song, Dirigo, for you to sing along with at home. (Please note the image is placeholder for the song).

Be watching (and listening) for another song from Plant Kindness and Gather Love in the next newsletter!

Sixty stars sparkled in the Annual Talent Show!  Claire and Sadie introduced the creative acts, ranging from singing, dancing, ventriloquism, hooping, Trumpet Troubadours from Orchestra, and more.        
Thank you to our sound techies Mia, Finn, and Mr. Gill. A special thanks to Susanne Hopkins and the many parents who baked, delivered, served, and swept! With your help, you raised over $1,000. for the Show Stoppers! THANK YOU!  

The Conners and Emerson Winter Concerts will be combined into one performance on Thursday, December 7, 6:00 pm at The Criterion Theatre. This combined Winter Concert will feature the 3-4 String Orchestra, 4 Beginner Band, 5-6 Band, 7-8 Band, 5-8 Orchestra, 5-8 Chorus, the Swallowtail Fiddlers, and the Show Stoppers! The K-4 classrooms will not be performing in the Winter Concert but will be showcased in an original extravaganza in the spring.

Newsletter, October 13th, 2017

posted Oct 12, 2017, 11:35 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 7:47 AM by Heather Webster ]

October 13, 2017

Reminder:  Early Release 12:30 on Tuesday, October 17th

Talent Show:  If you think America’s Got Talent, wait until you see what we have in Bar Harbor!!!  Our CES’ers will amaze, entrance and entertain you with their spectacular, one-of-a-kind acts.  This is one show not to be missed.  And remember to bring some cash for the bake sale.  (Fingers crossed that they have rice crispy treats…)

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  During the week of Oct 16-20, teachers will be scheduling appointments to share with you all the exciting things that have been happening in your child’s class, their academic progress so far this year and the goals set for them for the rest of year.  If you haven’t received any information or need assistance in selecting a time, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.  If you have Miss Hanson, conferences will be postponed for two weeks (more info coming your way).

Classroom Hikes:  The weather has been wonderful for the class hikes that our fabulous PE teacher are scheduling during the month of October.  Each grade will go on their own outdoor adventure, tailored to their age and abilities.  Please make sure that your child is properly dressed for these trips (LAYERS), pack them a healthy lunch and plenty of water.  Thank you to all of our parent volunteers!!!

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Place-based Learning Experiences:  Our seventh graders are mixing it up with half of them taking a field trip to Sieur de Monts to discuss how the island is changing, they walked to the Tarns to take pictures of living organisms, worked in the Nature Center at the exhibits and went on a sensory walk and the other half at the district’s YES training (bullying and assertiveness) last Tuesday.  They will switch trips next Wednesday.  The first graders also headed to Sieur de Monts as well on Thursday and learned about the local ecology.

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Mr. Fournier’s sixth grade classes are experimenting with irrigation systems as they learn about civilizations.


The rangers in ANP have a variety of educational science and earth study programs for all age groups designed to tie into the MDIRSS curriculum including a trip for our 4th graders to Sand Beach today.  Mrs. Pappas and Miss Hanson’s classes spent the morning as sedimentary sleuths exploring what sand is made of, making topographic maps of the area and discovering how glaciers and a volcano made our island the way it is.


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Tiger Sports:  The golf team is hitting it out of the park (or course, no no keep it on the course…) with their epic matches at the Causeway Club and the Northeast Harbor Golf Club.  The cross country team is gearing up for a battle of speed and trail running skill in Hancock on Monday.  The soccer teams battled fierce opponents this week including Tremont and Trenton.  Raw determination, fancy footwork and teamwork helped lifted us to decisive victories.  Look for our teams to be battling Hancock on Monday, home vs Blue Hill on Tuesday and a B team match at MDES on Wednesday.  Our B team and coaches also wore pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month!!!!

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Lost and Found:  Our lost and found area near the cafeteria is growing expediently.  Hooded sweatshirts seem to be making up the majority of our recent finds.  It is really important for you to label your children’s clothing (even if they are in middle school) so that item reunification is possible.

Winter Weather Wear:  If you find that your children have outgrown their winter coats, snowpants and snow boots from last season (clean hats and gloves too), Nurse Kelsea would be happy to take them off your hands.  We have many students that either forget to bring weather-appropriate clothing for recess or can’t afford to purchase what they need for the colder months.  Nurse Kelsea lends out warmer provisions for a recess, for a day, for a weekend or even for an entire season if needed.  We promise to put your donations to good use.

Enjoy this gorgeous fall weekend,

Barb Neilly and Heather Webster

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Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling

During the week of Oct 16-20, teachers will be scheduling appointments to speak with you about your child’s progress.  Many teachers have already sent home notices of these conferences with information on scheduling them online.
If you have not yet scheduled a conference with teachers, please go to our online Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling Page and find a day and time that works for you.
If you can't find a day and time that works for you, you can contact teachers directly via email to work out a time.


By: Mrs. Swan and Melanie

1: Why do you like this job?   Because I like kids and I love to learn

2: When did you get this job?  In the spring of 2016

3: Favorite song? Slow hands by: Niall Horan

4: Favorite food? Enchilada

5: Favorite chips? Cool ranch doritos

6: Favorite time of year? Summer

7: Favorite color? Orange

8:  Favorite year? 1993

9: What is so special about 1993? I was young and free

10: Favorite animal? Monkey

11: Why do you like tomato soup so much? Because it reminds me of a hug and it's super easy to make

Library Notes

Grade 7 continues to prepare for their visit with other schools and Wolf Hollow author Lauren Wolk. This week they worked with the Library/Media Team researching period photos and movies for their book trailer.

The Grade 5 students are learning about the geography of France and also about some famous French landmarks. Below is a video of some students making La Tour Tour Eiffel out of string.

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Food Club

Food Club, an after school club for 5-8 graders lead by COA Farm-to-School students, is off to a delicious start! Every week we try a new food and have been weeding and planting garlic in the beds by the double doors of Emerson. 


This Week in Art…


Kindergarten is working on their unit on Line and Color! Students created abstract drawings of all the different types of lines that they know. They also created sculptures, and we learned how to make 3D art! This is Mrs. Mountford’s class’s completed work:


First Grade has been reading the “Creatrilogy” by Peter H. Reynolds. We read “ish,” and created our own “Crumpled Gallery” of Ish-Painted-Paper. Mrs. Young’s class is featured below:


Second Grade just completed their Henri Rousseau-inspired jungle animals. These works are done in chalk pastel, and they students have learned to use overlapping to create depth.


Third Grade is almost done with their self portraits. Students did an abstract painting based on the book “Beautiful Oops,” and will be using these as backgrounds for their self portraits. They have been having a great amount of success in this, and we can’t wait to share them with you when they are finished!

Fourth grade has been working hard at creating Greek-inspired drawings of vessels, using patterns, designs, and narratives. This week and next, we will be transferring these drawings onto our homemade scratch paper.

October 6, 2017

posted Oct 4, 2017, 11:41 AM by Siobhan Ryan   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 3:10 PM by Lynda Millar ]

Conners Emerson Weekly

October 5, 2017

We are a SHELLFISH-FREE school.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  During the week of Oct 16-20, teachers will be scheduling appointments to speak with you about your child’s progress.  If you haven’t’ received any information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Calendar Adjustment Alert:  There will be an early release day on Tuesday, October 17th.  Please check out the updated CES calendar available online.

Hurricane Donation Update:  Wow, our community continues to amaze us with their generosity.  Our students raised $420 in change to be split between Hurricane Harvey victims through the Houston Food Bank and Hurricane Irma victims through the Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers, FL.

School Lunches:  Tina and her crew have been working hard putting out some super yummy meals.  It was Maine Harvest Week so they used as many local products (fruits, vegetables and proteins) as much as they could and many coming from our school garden!  We welcome your feedback!

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Classroom Hikes:  Our fabulous PE teacher are scheduling the classroom hikes for the month of October.  Each grade will go on their own outdoor adventure, tailored to their age and abilities.  Please make sure that your child is properly dressed for these trips (LAYERS) and pack a healthy lunch and plenty of water.  Thank you to all of our parent volunteers!!!

Talent Show:  Due to the condition of our gymnasium, our annual Talent Show will be held on Friday, Oct 13th at the Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor at 6:00pm.  This wonderful event is always full of singers, dancers, comedians and surprises.  There will be a preview of the Show Choirs routines for this year as well as a bake sale (yum) to support their statewide competitions and costumes.  Hope to see you there!

Place-Based Learning Experiences:  The 8th grade classes visited the “Floating Classroom” at Somes-Meynell Wildlife Sanctuary on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Ms. Hanna scheduled a wonderfully educational experience to learn about lake and watershed phenomena.  The students paddled out to a dock at the deepest part of the lake and used the secchi disk to test the clarity of the water, tested the dissolved oxygen levels and compared that to the temperature of the water. Students also gathered plankton which they took back to the classroom and observed. A huge thanks to Billy Helprin, Michael Marion and Mrs. Meltzer for making this happen.

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Kindergarten headed to the Bar Harbor Community Farm for a day of food, farming and fun.  The fifth graders were busy heading to both the Woodlawn Museum to learn about apple harvesting and to ANP for science studies involving dragonfly larvae.  The sixth graders went with Miss Dubois to the Wendell Gilley Museum in SWH to learn about woodcarving and bird sculptures.  ANP Rangers have come to the school to visit the third grade classrooms to support their Maine/MDI units.  Every classroom has rich educational experiences coming!


Students in grades 6-8 went to the Criterion Theater to watch selections from the Telluride Film Festival.  This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience the medium of short films and documentaries in order to spotlight current issues, tributes to pioneers in various fields as well as the exploration of historical eras.  A huge thank you to one of our community partners, the Criterion Theater, for continuous work with teachers in supporting our curriculum.

Tiger Sports:  Our teams were super busy this week.  The cross country team ran like the wind on Monday at MDIHS.  Both our boys and girls represented us with great sportsmanship and fast times.  The Golf team has a match at the Causeway Club in SWH this afternoon.  They have been practicing hard at Kebo all week with Coach Tapley and he is excited to see their progress today.  The Soccer B Team gets an A for effort (or these days meets the standard!!!) for their hard fought battles against Lamoine and Blue Hill.  The Soccer A Team showcased their skills and fancy footwork during their games with Pemetic and Blue Hill this week.  I encourage everyone in the Tiger Community to attend one of our sporting events and cheer on our athletes.

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Enjoy the holiday weekend,

Barb Neilly and Heather Webster

Library Notes

Mrs. Burnett's class worked on a robotics challenge this week to go along with their science unit of study on engineering and design. 
New audio books have been added to the MDIRSS Overdrive collection this week.  

One title is Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, which is on the National Book Award long List. 

3rd Graders Determine Earth's Circumference
We are two third graders from Bar Harbor Maine. We learned that you can find the circumference of the earth using a meter stick. On the equinox, we measured the meter stick shadow at solar noon (12:24.5 PM), exactly halfway from sunrise to sunset. Our partner school was in Denmark and they did the same thing.  Our shadow length was 99 cm and our sun angle was 44°. Our latitude is 44.39° N. Denmark’s sun angle was 58° and its latitude is 57.06. Using these numbers, we calculated the earth's circumference as approximately 36,163.8 KILOMETERS.

Interview with Mr. McGuire

1: What kind of pickles do you like?   Dill

2: What is your favorite cheese?  Pepper jack

3: Where is your favorite water park?  Sea world

4: What is your favorite color?  Clear

5: Favorite time of year?  Fall

6: Do you hibernate? Yes for seven to eight hours a day

7: What is your favorite show? Game of thrones

8: Favorite song? one

9: Favorite drink? Dunno

10: Favorite movie? Lord of the rings

12: Least favorite color?  Burnt orange

13: Favorite book? Ishmael

14: Favorite year? 2021

15: What do you see yourself doing  in five years?  I dunno

16: Favorite number? Five

17: Favorite math problem? Solving for X

18: Favorite device? Probably my phone

19: Favorite candy? Peanut butter cups

20: Favorite ability? Delayed aging process or being able to control dreams

The Grade 4 students have been learning the prepostions: sur-on, sous-under, dans-in, devant-in front of, derrière-behind, à côté de -beside.  Below are some examples of sentences written by the students. 


A big thank you to those that attended the PTSA meetings. If you were unable to attend, but would still like to be involved, please email and you will be added to our email list. An overview of the two meetings will be sent via email in the next few days. Any changes will be made in January, so if you have ideas please be sure to get them to a board member!

Show your Tiger Pride!

You can now easily order Tiger Gear directly from this web store. Ship direct to your home ($8 fee), or Pick up in Brewer at W.S. Emerson (no fee).

The Tiger Gear sales benefit the PTSA. What a great way to support your school!

Simply click on this link and start browsing. Male, female and child sizes!

Be on the lookout for information about this year’s directory in the next week.

Go Tigers!


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Thank you! 
Mount Desert Ice Cream
On Friday, students enjoyed delicious ice cream that was generously donated by Mount Desert Ice Cream

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It's here! The moment you've been waiting for!
The Annual Talent Show will take place on Friday, October 13 at 6:00 pm at Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor. Performers, please arrive no later than 5:45 and check in with CD's, props, and anything that you need. Families may plan on eating dinner there (finger foods). Food will be for sale beginning at 5:30 - pizza, healthy choices, and baked goods. The Talent Show is a fundraiser for the Show Stoppers! Admission: $3/adult, $1/student. Come and support your classmates!

8Th Graders Enjoyed a Hike up 
Dorr Mountain.

This Week in Art…

Middle School

6th Graders traveled to the Wendell Gilley museum on Friday morning to experience the artwork of Andrea Rich, and to be immersed in a world of birds and art! Students participated in three activities, and will use these to help enrich the printmaking they are currently doing in art class.

5th graders are finishing their Recycled Sketchbooks this week and will be beginning their own printmaking journey next week. They will use their sketchbooks for art class warm-ups, personal drawings, note taking, and vocabulary.

7th graders just finished their lesson on Jackson Pollock. We learned a ton about Abstract Expressionism, and tried our hand at drip style painting. Please stop in and check out the paintings in the glass cases outside of the library.

I am teaming up with ELA to help our 8th graders create poems, prints, and other writing all about their Identity. Currently, 8th graders are using the brainstorming that they had done with Ms. Houston to inspire their “Expressive Self Portraits” in art class. Stay tuned for a display featuring their art, artist statements, and poems in the weeks to come.

September 29, 2017

posted Sep 26, 2017, 8:38 AM by Siobhan Ryan   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

(I hope you are sitting down, we have A LOT going on this month!!!)

September 29, 2017

We are a SHELLFISH-FREE school.

And the winner is…  The Conners Emerson School!!!  Congratulations to our students and staff on being awarded the 2017 Blue Ribbon Award. The Blue Ribbon Award is a prestigious award given to eligible schools after a lengthy nomination process for schools that have a high level of student achievement.  

Calendar Adjustment Alert:  There will be an early release day on Tuesday, October 17th.  Please check out the updated CES calendar available online.  Parent Teacher conferences will be the week of October 16th.  Be on the lookout for signup information coming soon.

FLU SHOTS:  Nurse Kelsea will be distributing flu shots on Thursday, October 5th.  (Rumor has it that she is one the best around and you won’t even feel it!)  Forms are available at the office.

SAY CHEESE:  School picture day is Friday, October 6th.  Forms are coming home this week.

Thank you to all the parents and community members that joined us for our 5-6 grade open house on Thursday.  We always appreciate your time and support in joining us to talk about

your children’s education.  There will be more to come on the Unified Classroom!!!

Ms. Winne and our math team meets every Tuesday at 7:15 am.  Their commitment to algorithms, formulas, equations and problem solving is very impressive and we cannot wait to see how far they stretch their mathematical prowess this year.  

Watch out for our Tiger athletes, they are on fire!!!  Great job last Friday for the Soccer B Team and on Tuesday.  They look phenomenal out on the field, dribbling, kicking and shooting.  Amazing.  The epic battle that we have all been waiting…  CES vs MDES was Tuesday at the Y fields.  Two highly skilled soccer programs going head to head.  Nail biting to say the least with the ending tally a tough 4-4.  This is definitely a “to be continued…” situation.

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Our cross-country team continues to run like the wind.  We have some mighty fast feet representing our school.  Monday was the ever popular Parker Pruett Invitational at Sumner High School.  Our athletes had an excellent showing among the 324 runners with the girls team taking 4th place (individual: Amelia 10th, Finny 17th, Sara 28th, Lily B. 35th) and our boys team taking 2nd place (indiv: AJ 4th, Sam 13th, Liam 14th and Tucker 15th).


Our Tiger golf team is swinging up a storm!  They have a match tonight at Kebo and it is sure to be one for the history books.

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Mrs. Mountford’s room have joined forces with Go2Science, an interactive science program that brings the world to you.  The children went on their first mission to the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming to look for Deinonychus fossils!  Well, they haven't left the classroom, but they sure do feel like they are there with them.  

“Each week of the mission we will watch two, five minute videos that highlight what Beth and Curtis have found that day.  They 3D scan things they find in the field, so we can 3D print a copy to investigate in the classroom.  So cool!  We also have the opportunity to ask them questions, vote on what
they do next, and publish our work.   Fun experiments, singing and art projects are possibilities, too.  We have a life size poster (about 10 feet long) of Deinonychus on our classroom wall that the children will color. Will they add feathers?  I am eager to find out."

Miss Picker’s class is celebrating Johnny Appleseed’s birthday in style..  Our K’ers have joined forces with the Tremont Kindergarteners to learn about apples, community and friendship while gathering these delicious treats at an orchard on the backside.  Macintosh, Empire, Gala, Red Delicious, so many choices!!!!

Enjoy these beautiful fall days,

Barb Neilly and Heather Webster

P.S. Our K-2 kids are almost done counting ALL the coins that we received for our Hurricane Fundraising Efforts. You were all so generous!!! We will have a total for you next week and the decision on which food pantries we will be supporting in the hardest hit areas.


*New* After School Food Club!

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? Want to talk about food justice?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the club for you! Mrs. Parkinson, the 5th and 6th grade science teacher, will be leading the club for 5th-8th graders in collaboration with students from College of the Atlantic.

The first session of the club runs September 28th through November 16th, meeting once a week on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:15. We have a few spots left, so be sure to get a permission slip from Mrs. Parkinson and return it as soon as possible to ensure your spot!

Contact Chrissy Parkinson at for more information or to join!

Interview with Sue Bishop

by Melanie

1: Why do you like this job? It makes me happy

2: When did you get this job? Two years ago

3: What your favorite time of year? Spring and Fall

4: Why do you like kids? Because they are honest

5: What is your favorite color? Green and Purple

6: What is your favorite flower? Tea flower

7: Do you like green tea? It’s okay

8: What's your gender cactus female male? Female

9: Favorite food? Pizza

10: YOU ARE A CACTUS!!!!!!!!! Nope

Library Notes

Did you know that as a parent you can check out ebooks and audiobooks in addition to our print material? Ask Ms. Ryan for a login to the school Overdrive site. You can also recommend ebooks or audiobooks for purchase. We'll consider purchasing them if they meet our selection criteria. New to the collection this week is Bridge to Terabithia as an audiobook. Happy Listening!

K-4 Parents received a permission slip for music video project that promised a link to a sampling of the music.  We forget the link!  Here is a link to one of the songs for Plant Kindness and Gather Love. 


  The Grade 6 students are learning about Acadie (Acadia).  They started the year looking at the rose des vents (compass rose) on the maps of our island done in 1604 by the French explorer Samuel de Champlain.  Each student then designed their own rose des vents for their folder. Below are a few examples from sixth grade.

They all had to show the directions:
                Nord          Sud           Est         Ouest.  
FYI If you see a fleur-de-lys it always points to the Nord.

It is that time of year again...time to get DI started.  We are looking for adults with experience in the Destination Imagination Program to help be Team Managers this season. (Oct-March)  If you would like to be a Team Manager please contact Lynda Millar at   As soon as we know how many managers we have we will know how many teams we can have.  Team Managers choose the days of the teams meet.


Hello CES Families,

The school year has started and life is as busy as ever with meetings, sports, and afterschool activities. Due to an ever declining membership, participation, and changing personal circumstances, the PTSA Board has reluctantly decided that the way it operates will have to change, or will disband completely. The first meeting of the year will be held on October 5 at 3:30 pm. This will be an opportunity to have input from all members of the school community regarding the future of the PTSA. An additional open meeting will be held at 7pm for those that may not be able to make it to the earlier meeting. If you value the things that the PTSA does for the school such as the student directory, science fair, craft nights, funding teacher grants, Teacher Appreciation Week, Tiger Gear, annual toy drive etc… please take some time to attend one of these two meetings. We have loved working with all the students at CES over the years (for some of us it has been 10!!) and hope some excited parents, teachers, and students will be interested in taking the reins!

Go Tigers!


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Thinking Skills Exploratory
Fish were swimming all over the papers in Ms. Singh's and Ms. Grace's classrooms. After listening to Patricia MacCarthy's book Ocean Parade, students made their own parades with three kinds of fish, adding to ten fish altogether.

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Beginning this coming week up until October 6, all Talent Show acts must choose a time with Mrs. Edmondson for your act to be previewed! Be ready with whatever you need to perform - CD, mp3, props.
The Annual Talent Show will take place on Friday, October 13 at 6:00 pm at MDES. The sign up list is on the music room door. There is a 3 minute limit to the acts. Students in grades 1-8 may participate. YOU create your own act. Novelty songs work well. Props and costumes are allowed. All acts must be previewed by Mrs. Edmondson at least one week prior to the show. Food will be for sale - pizza, healthy choices, and baked goods. The Talent Show is a fundraiser for the Show Stoppers!

Hurricane Relief Fund Raiser
Some 3rd graders will have a Cider Stand this Saturday, Sept. 3010:00-12:00 in the parking lot of the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, across from the village green. All earnings will go to hurricane relief organizations. So if you are in Bar Harbor on Saturday, please stop by for some delicious apple cider for a good cause!

This Week in Art…


First grade has been working on their Dot Day art, based on “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds!

They reviewed the types of lines that they know, and used them to create circles and dots with paint and marker.


Kindergarten is exploring color and line over the coming month, working with paints and with sculpture!

2nd Grade is working on Henri Rousseau Jungle drawings in chalk pastel.

3rd Grade spent the week doing some Beautiful Oops inspired free-painting. These will become backgrounds for portraits!

4th Grade is embarking on a journey back to Ancient Greece...stay tuned for more on that!

​When Mrs. Smallidge saw the jars of coins that our school collected on Dot Day for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, she thought it would be a great math activity for students to count the change!  Her first thought was that it would be helpful to have the coins sorted, so she asked Miss Pickers if her class would sort all those coins!  The Kindergarten class was eager to help, and they did a fabulous job. Miss Pickers said they had great discussions as they discovered that some coins have rough edges and some have smooth edges. They even found some foreign coins​ that had been donated!  The coins are currently waiting to be counted by 2nd graders. So far Mrs. Rechholtz's 2nd grade class has counted out $104.86 worth of coins! Stay tuned for the Grand Total!

September 22nd, 2017

posted Sep 20, 2017, 7:56 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 1:35 PM by Lynda Millar ]

September 22, 2017

Friendly, but super important reminder:  NO SHELLFISH IN SCHOOL LUNCHES

Thank you to all the parents and community members that joined us for our 7-8 Open House on Wednesday.  Boy was it humid!  I hope that you were able to gather some useful information on our new reporting system: Unified Classroom.  Grade 5-6 parents and students will join us next Thursday to learn all about what their children are up to, meet the teachers and hear about technology.

Grades 5 and 6 Open House:  Thursday, Sept. 28th from 4:30-6:00

(It is really important that parents attend these meetings so that they can sign off on school technology and learn about how to access the new parent portals.  Please contact the office/homeroom teacher if you have any questions.)

Please remember to slow down in the parking lot when picking up/dropping off your students.  Students that are here before 8:00am need to report either to the library or meet outside of Miss Taylor’s office before heading to breakfast, outside recess and/or the classroom.  More and more students are arriving early and we are very excited that you are excited about school, but whenever possible, it is best that students take the bus or arrive between 8:00 and 8:15.


On your mark…  Get set…  Go!!!!  The cross country team is on fire!  They had their first meet on Monday at Trenton and did not disappoint.  Congrats to our our ridiculously fast runners!  The Golf Team rocked it last Friday during their home opener at Kebo vs Bucksport, Pemetic and MDES.  Soccer A team defeated Mountain View 6-2 in a match for the ages on Wednesday.  Soccer B team vs MDES tonight, warning: epic battle ahead.  (Feel free to send Mrs. Webster pictures for the newsletter.)  

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Breaking News…  Food Club is forming...

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? Want to talk about food justice?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this is the club for you! Mrs. Parkinson, the 5th and 6th grade science teacher, will be leading the club in collaborat

ion with students from College of the Atlantic.  The first session of the club runs September 28th through November 16th, meeting once a week on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:15. Come join us in Mrs. Parkinson’s room!  Contact Mrs. Parkinson at for more information or to join!  (yum)

Speaking of clubs... the Math Club has started, chess club begins in the winter, Destination Imagination is after the holidays and robotics too!!!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Barb Neilly and Heather Webster

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The Show Stoppers' rehearsals are going quite well! Please remember to submit your commitment contracts.

The first performance will be during the October 13 Talent Show. Please take note of the new ending time for the Tuesday afternoon rehearsals, which is now 4:30.

The Annual Talent Show will take place on Friday, October 13 at 6:00 pm at MDES. The sign up list is at the music room door. There is a 3 minute limit to the acts. Students in grades 1-8 may participate. YOU create your own act and provide anything that you may need, such as a CD or mp3. Novelty songs work well. Props and costumes are allowed. All acts must be previewed by Mrs. Edmondson at least one week prior to the show. Food will be for sale - pizza, healthy choices, and backed goods. The Talent Show is a fundraiser for the Show Stoppers!

The K-4 General Music Classes are learning some nature songs from the new original musical, Plant Kindness and Gather Love. We are so pleased to hear that the songs are being sung at home . . . with motions!

The Grade 5 Music classes are learning about American Folk music by creating their own dulcimer from a kit, experimenting with an autoharp, and square dancing!

Notes from the Library

New books are still being processed nearly everyday.
Parents can come in and check out books. Remember to stop by the Conners office for a name tag first.
Currently, K is hearing stories and learning a few signs from American Sign Language. 1st grade has a lead puppeteer every week. We are going down names alphabetically by last name, so ask your child when they might be the puppeteer.
Any K or 1 parents who would like to volunteer during their child's library time, please contact Ms. Ryan.
Mrs. Tripp's class just completed the story The Frog Prince. All students made an illustration for the story. We also started illustrations or lego scenes for our next story, Tom Thumb. We are reading traditional stories to prepare for a future writing unit. Mrs. Pappas' students will continue their exploration of heroes by viewing and discussing videos from PBS' American Icons series. We are also working on note-taking.
Ms. Plaskov and Ms. Burnett's classes are coming weekly for book selection.
In 5th grade we have begun to look at personal narrative in picture books in preparation for a writing unit. In grade 6 we are using a database to discover read-alikes to favorite books. In grade 7 we have begun research for a book trailer on the island-wide 7th grade read Wolf Hollow. Finally in grade 8 we continue to explore print material to help us take up the challenge put out by the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Gene Luan Yang. You can read about the project, Reading Without Walls here.

Staff Interview

Hello, people of this world.

My name is: Melanie and I am a fourth grader I will interview different staff members here at Conners Emerson! This week i will start with Edith Schriever-Korstanje.

Interview with Edith Schriever-Korstanje.

1: When did you move to Maine?  My family and I moved to Maine from the Netherlands in November 2007

2: What do you see yourself doing in five years? I see myself getting my masters degree in Special Education

3: What is your favorite season of the year? My favorite time of year is fall

4: Why do you like this job?  To see kids happy

5: What is your favorite mineral? My favorite mineral is: Rose quartz

6: Did you ever see the Titanic? Yes it made me cry

7: Do you like the movie Titanic? I liked it a lot

8: Do you have or ever had a fairy? Maybe…

9: Have you ever seen a snapping turtle? Yes i have

This Week in Art…

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the MAEA conference at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle. This is a three day conference where art teachers from across the state gather to take a short art workshop, and to share ideas with other art teachers. As my students are currently working on creating their yearly sketchbooks, I chose visual journaling for my workshop. Combining writing and drawing prompts, we created and bound books of our own design, and filled them with our drawings and writings as well as collages.

In the classroom I will be using this new knowledge to help middle schoolers with art class warm ups and other prompts to get their creative thinking rolling. Our own sketchbooks will combine collage and drawing as well, and we will use them throughout the year! This will be great for 8th grade as well, as we combine poetry and writing done in Miss Houston’s class with art created in art class.

Below is the book I created at Haystack using gelatin printmaking and a coptic binding method.


Health and PE Happenings
Physical Education classes have been outdoors for the start of the year.  We have been playing fleeing and dodging games, soccer, and working on basic movement concepts and fitness.  

This week we have been able to move inside on rain days using wrestling and tumbling matts in the gym.  To protect the matts, please make sure your child has sneakers and socks for days they have PE.  When we are outside sneakers are needed to keep those little toes and ankles safe.  When we are inside we will protect the surface with our shoes off and socks on.  

Please keep an eye out for hiking permission slips to be sent out soon.  Each trip will need chaperones, so if you are available and would like to join us to spend some quality time with your child and their friends we'd love to have you.  You can sign up to be a chaperone on the permission form. 

This Week in Thinking Skills Exploratory
Students in Ms. Singh's and Ms. Grace's first grades drew imaginary animals with parts that could be counted.  Can you count the eyes, faces, and legs on this animal:

September 15th, 2017

posted Sep 13, 2017, 7:46 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 12:26 PM by Lynda Millar ]

September 15, 2017

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Thank you to all the parents and community members that joined us for our K-4 Open House last night.  It was great to see the look of pride on students’ faces as they showed their loved ones around their new classrooms.  Great photo op by the art room as well!

Grades 7 and 8 Open House:  Wednesday, Sept. 20th from 4:30-6:00

Grades 5 and 6 Open House:  Thursday, Sept. 28th from 4:30-6:00

It is really important that middle school parents attend these meetings so that they can sign off on school technology and learn about accessing the new parent portals.  Please contact the office or your child’s homeroom teacher if you have any questions.

Tina and her mighty crew have been harvesting veggies from our school garden for the lunch program.  Check out the build-your-own-sandwich spread:

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I encourage you all to check out some of fall sporting events.  The Soccer A Team had their first game against Lamoine on Wednesday and it was a good one.  Our athletes kicked, dribbled and scored their way their first victory.  Next week both the A and B teams will face formidable opponents.  The golf team tees off in their first match this afternoon at Kebo.  A good day to be on the green.  Our cross country team runs in their first meet on Monday afternoon.  They have been practicing hard all week and are looking to post some super quick times.  If any parents get some great x-c pictures (or any events), please send to Miss Taylor for the newsletter!


International Dot Day  Thank you to all that donated coins (dots) for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.  We will continue to collects coins until Wednesday.  Students in the younger grades participated in fun Dot Day activities.

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We are very excited to welcome internationally recognized speaker/consultant Jessica Minahan to our island.  She will be speaking about her book Effective Strategies for Working with Children with Anxiety-Related and Oppositional Behaviors at the MDI High School on Saturday, September 16th.  The 8am-noon session will for teachers, counselors and physicians.  The 2-4pm presentation is for parents.  Register online at

Have a great weekend,

Barb Neilly and Heather Webster

Thinking Skills Exploratory

This week, the students in Ms. Singh & Ms. Grace's first grade classes investigated the problem: Katie and Jack went to the store.  Jack bought 3 apples and 4 oranges. Katie bought apples, oranges, AND bananas. She bought the same total number of fruits as Jack. What might Katie have bought? 

The students found many answers including 1)  5 apples, 1 banana and 1 orange AND 2) 4 apples, 2 bananas and 1 orange.  The students learned that sometimes questions have more than one right answer.

This Week in Art…

Welcome back to the Art Room! I am so excited to spend my second year as an art teacher with all of these fabulous young artists. We started the year with a collaborative, school- wide mural project based on the work of international street artist Kelsey Montague!

Her campaign, “What Lifts You,” encourages the merging of interactive art, public art, and social media! Feel free to stop by, take a photo in our wings, and take a moment to think about what is important to you, what inspires you, and What Lifts You!

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Library Notes
Mrs. Bouchard continues to work to process new books. This year be on the look out for a lot of new science titles thanks to grant funding from the Emery Science grant administered by the Maine Community Foundation.   Grades K-1 have weekly classes and are currently working on routines and book selection.  In grade 3, Ms. Plaskov's class comes weekly to browse for new books and Mrs. Tripp's class is currently exploring traditional fairytales in preparation for a writing unit.   In grade 4, Mrs. Pappas' class is hearing biographies in preparation for their research unit on heroes and Ms. Burnett's class is also coming for book browsing. Grades 5-8 are visiting weekly with their ELA classes. 

September 8th, 2017

posted Sep 8, 2017, 7:22 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Sep 9, 2017, 9:13 AM by Heather Webster ]

September 8, 2017

The school year is off to a fantastic start.  Everyone is settling in nicely and learning new routines.  It is great going into all the classrooms to see the eager faces and bonds between teachers and students being made.

The K-4 Open House will be held on Thursday, September 14th from 4:00-5:30.  This is a different format than in the past.  Later in the month we will hold the 5-8 Open House and integrate the technology meetings with the information that parents will need to know for their children to use school computers/technology and also to learn how to access the new parent portals.  This will give parents the opportunity to check-in on their child’s progress as the year goes on.

With our gym floor under construction, Mr. O’Connell and Mr. Dionne have been taking the PE classes outside and also being very creative when the weather hasn’t cooperated.  We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and look forward to have a new gym floor soon!

Tina Lunt and her kitchen staff are putting out some great meals in the lunchroom.  They will be trying new items, adding more fresh fruits and vegetables and asking students what it is that they would like to eat and their opinions on the new menu additions.  lunch newsletter.jpg

Music makes the world go around…  if your child is in grades 4-8, they are able to join in the school band and students in grades 3-8 can join in the orchestra.  There is a meeting coming up to learn about the available instruments on Wednesday, September 13th at 6:00 at the MDI High School.  If your child would like to play an instrument (even if they are in 7th or 8th grade) please contact either Mr. Gill and/or Mrs. Edmondson.  They would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Spirit Day Alert…  Friday, September 15th is International Dot Day.  We encourage all students (K-8) and staff to wear their polka dots (or even just one dot) to show your school spirit.  Speaking of spirit, we want to channel our spirit of giving.  We will collecting monetary donations (think of coins as DOTS) to donate to the victims of both Hurricane Harvey and the upcoming Hurricane Irma.  We will let you know which organization we will send our donations to after seeing what this weekend holds and where it will do the most good. It always amazes me how generous our community is to those in need. A perfect example was last week’s impromptu collection of goods for Texas.  We sent two car loads of supplies down to Harvey victims via a semi leaving Pat’s Pizza.  Great job Tigers!!!

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Our Fall sports are off and “running”.  The Cross-Country team, under the leadership of Coach Dionne, has started practices on the trails.  The Golf team, under Coach Tapley, has hit the green

at Kebo. Soccer, both A and B teams, have been skilling and drilling down on the Y fields with Coach Dominy, Coach Weir and Coach Eric.  Please check out their game/match/invitational schedules on the school website and help cheer our athletes on!

We are very excited to welcome internationally recognized speaker/consultant Jessica Minihan to our island.  She will be speaking about her book Effective Strategies for Working with Children with Anxiety-Related and Oppositional Behaviors at the MDI High School on Saturday, September 16th.  The 8am-noon session will for teachers, counselors and physicians.  The 2-4pm presentation is for parents.  Register online at

Our newsletter is full of very important information as well as updates on learning and school community.  In an effort to have parents, students and the community increase our readership, please look out for “Tommy Tiger”.  Fifth student to email the location of “Tommy” to Ms. Taylor,,  will receive a something special…  (think small, no new cars or vacations to Hawaii) Congratulations to the Bolt family, winners of Week One.

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Barb Neilly and Heather Webster

Free Event

Effective Strategies for Working with Children with Anxiety-Related and Oppositional Behaviors.

Jessica Minahan, author of The Behavior Code, will share effective strategies for Supporting children who struggle with mental health challenges. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that one in four 13-18 thirteen-eighteen year olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Without intervention, these children are at risk for poor performance, diminished learning, and social/behavior problems. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a child’s behavior is crucial and using preventive strategies are key to successful intervention.

When: Saturday, September 16

8-12 pm - presentation for teachers, counselors, and physicians.

2-4 pm - presentation for parents 
**Childcare is available with pre-registration for the parent workshop.

Where: MDI High School Auditorium

Register online at

****Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally.

Are there really Sharks on MDI?

Yes! And you can be one of them!


Is your child a “little fish” and wants to get keep swimming even though summer is over?

Join the Amazing MDI YMCA Sharks Swim Team or Wee Sharks this fall!  

The Fall Swim Team is comprised of swimmers from all over MDI ages 6-18. Anyone who can swim the freestyle and backstroke the length of the pool (25 yards) can join the team. You can even try out the team for a week before joining! It fun and good for you!  Sept 19 - Oct 14

Wee Sharks is for the younger and less experienced swimmers. Children must be at least 5 years old and be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yards). Wee Sharks develops the skills that are necessary for the Shark Swim Team which include kicking, breathing, diving, and having fun at the pool. You can sign up for one or two days per week.   Sept 13 - Oct 20  Tues & Thur 4:45-5:30pm


Find us on Facebook: MDIYMCASharks

For more information & to register online


Ask a school parent or current swimmer how rewarding it is:  Marie Yarborough

Welcome to the Conners Emerson 
Music Program!

Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 pm is Instrument Night at the MDI HS Cafeteria. The David French Music Company will bring the instruments that you signed up for plus lesson books, reeds, music stands and more. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact the David French Music Company to make arrangements:  The Lesson schedule will begin the next day.

Show choir (aka Show Stoppers!) rehearsals begin this week. The instrumental pit will rehearse on Monday morning 7:30. The singers will rehearse Tuesday after school until 4:00 in the music room and again on Thursday morning at 7:30. Commitment contracts are due.

The Annual Talent Show will take place on Friday, October 13 at 6:00 pm at MDES. The sign up list is at the music room door. There is a 3 minute limit to the acts. Students in grades 1-8 may participate. YOU create your own act and provide anything that you may need, such as a CD. Novelty songs work well. Props and costumes are allowed. All acts must be previewed by Mrs. Edmondson at least one week prior to the show. Food will be for sale. The Talent Show is a fundraiser for the Show Stoppers!

What is new in the music room? Mirrors! Please drop in and check them out! Mirrors serve as a great learning too - for singing (posture and mouth formations), instrument playing (posture and embouchure), choreography, movements, and more!

Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two classes will be having introductory French lessons starting this year.  At some point during this school year students will have a lesson each week for 9 weeks. This new program is called Fun with French  The children will be learning some greetings, colors, numbers as well as games, stories and songs with Madame Millar.  

Attention All Mathletes: 
Please join our school's math team!
Math Team will start on Tuesday, September 12.

Math Team is open to any interested student from grades 6-8*. You don't need an invitation - just come! We meet every Tuesday morning from 7:15 to 8:15. This year we will be meeting in Mr. Boardman's math room (on the second floor of the Emerson building). If you have any questions, please email Ms. Winne
*Younger students need special permission from Coach Winne.

September 1st, 2017 CES Newsletter

posted Sep 1, 2017, 5:37 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 5:26 PM by Heather Webster ]

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September 1, 2017

Welcome back!!!  I hope you had a fantastically relaxing/exciting summer.  Our staff and teachers have been working hard getting the school in tip top shape and have been developing exciting learning opportunities for all of our students.

Our student handbook will be available online soon.  You will receive an email and will also find links to it in our weekly newsletters. If you have any questions, about anything at all, feel free to call our office and we would be happy to help.

Along with many new students joining us (woohoo), we also have many new teachers and staff:

Ms. Grace is our new grade 1 teacher.  This is her first teaching position and she can’t wait to get started.  Please greet her with a huge friendly smile.

Mrs. Rechholtz is ready to go in grade 2.  She has worked at Pemetic for a number years and is enthusiastically jumping into classroom here at CES.

Ms. Hanson is a familiar face is Conners, but is switching it up.  She will be our new RTI Coordinator in grades 3-6 and we couldn’t be happier!

Ms. Parkinson is the new science teacher in grades 4 and 5.  Her scientific enthusiasm is infectious, go science!!!

Mrs. Barto is moving from RTI to be our grade 6 ELA teacher.  Get your pencils ready sixth graders, Mrs. “Booklover” Barto is in the house!

Mr. Dionne is coming home…  We are so lucky to have Mr. Dionne rejoin our staff in the PE/Health position.  He is going to whip us all into shape!

Tina Lunt will be our interim food service manager.  I have heard rumors about a salad bar….  

Mike, a familiar face with our bus D students, will be helping out in the kitchen along with our KatieLyn.

Our new crew of ed techs are top-notch:  Heather Kelley, Megan Monzillo, Edith Schriever Korstanje and Melissa Bremekamp.

We had our Kindergarten Open House last week.  Our new K friends are adorable and ready to start school.  Parents were treated to a tour of the school and an informative Q&A while our new K’ers were able to take a ride on the bus (thank you sibling bus helpers).

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Please be sure to label all of your child’s belongings.  Our Lost and Found pile grows exponentially as the year goes on….  If your child is missing anything, the Lost and Found is located outside of the cafeteria. Several times a year, the pile is donated to Serendipity in Bar Harbor.

Fall sports start soon.  Fifth graders are able to participate in Cross-Country and the sixth through eighth graders can choose soccer or golf as well.  Go Tigers!!!!

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Our newsletter is full of very important information as well as updates on learning and school community.  In an effort to have parents, students and the community be more informed and increase our readership, please look out for “Tommy Tiger”.  The fifth student to email the location of “Tommy” the Tiger to Miss Taylor, will receive a something special…  (think small, no new cars or vacations to Hawaii)

Have a fantastically long weekend,

Barb Neilly and Heather Webster

Attention All Mathletes: 
Please join our school's math team!
Math Team will start on Tuesday, September 12.

Math Team is open to any interested student from grades 6-8*. You don't need an invitation; you can just come! We meet every Tuesday morning from 7:15 to 8:15 in the library.
*Younger students need special permission from Coach Winne.

During math team practices, you'll work with your teammates to learn and practice new skills. You'll also get a chance to show off your expertise during individual and whole team competitions. 

If you have any questions, please email Ms. Winne, one of the team coaches @

First Lego League ROBOTICS 
for 10-14 year olds
Are you or your student interested in Robotics? The school is seeking community volunteer(s) to coach a small group of students in  FLL robotics. This is a very intense 10-week program with three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. This year the theme is all about water: Hydrodynamics.
Please let Ms. Winne know right away if you and another individual would like to organize a team for your daughters and/or sons. She'll help you get started.

Dear CES Parents,

Conners Emerson is starting a supply drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Our time is limited, so all supplies must be in by Tuesday, September 5th. The supplies needed are the following:

MOST IMPORTANT: Pedialyte Pediasure

non-perishable food items

There will be boxes to collect donations by the main office in the Conners building, main office in the Emerson building, and at the bottom of the 7th and 8th grade stairs in the Emerson building. 

Thank you for your support.

CES 2017-2018 7th Grade 

Grade 4 Happenings
One of our first activities in fourth grade this year was building a "web" of connections.  Each student shared a summer item or a memory that holds special significance to them as we passed a ball of yarn around our circle.  As our web grew, we were able to notice and talk about many of the experiences we have in common and some of the connections we discovered we share.  At the end of the activity, we all knew each other a little bit better and had worked together to create a complex (and really cool looking!) physical web to represent our classroom community.  We looking forward to a great year together in 4th grade!

CES Newsletter, June 16th, 2017, The last one!

posted Jun 15, 2017, 5:28 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 10:51 AM by Heather Webster ]


June 16, 2017


Another school year has come and gone.  Thank you all for your support in creating such a memorable year for students, staff and the community.  We made the most of our last week together. Here are a few of the happenings.


Field Day was a fantastic display of sportsmanship, agility, giggles and excitement on Wednesday.  The staff and eighth graders ran the show, helping the students through stations ranging from bounce house to balloon toss to an art mural to tug ‘o war.  Throw in an outdoor BB-Q, and you have yourself a day to remember.

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The annual eighth grade “jaunt” up Cadillac Mountain was on Tuesday.  Students enjoyed the wonderful weather and breathtaking views while climbing up the mountain with friends.  The award ceremony was a touching reminder of the hard work, perseverance and dedication that our eighth graders have show to their academics, extra curricular activities and school community.

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Second graders had the day of all days on Tuesday with the perfect weather for their annual trip to Seal Harbor Beach.  Students sporting sunglasses, flip flops, swimsuits, pails and shovels headed over to the seaside oasis for fun in the sun with friends and teachers.


The fifth graders in Mrs. Dority’s Math class demonstrated their engineering skills in their 3-D printed car race.  Students designed their own cars using certain parameters.  They then raced them down the ramp (adding and subtracting weight) to see who had the fastest and furthest traveling vehicle.

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The first graders in Mrs. Young’s class had their final writing authors’ celebration of the year, sharing the realistic fiction series that they had written with their friends from Mrs. Barter’s room. I had a chance to read a few... true literary works of genius first graders!!!!

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Mr. Fournier and a gang of sixth graders from the YHS (Young Humanitarians Society) were working on a new mural for our hallway.  Thank you for the inspirational thoughts and a reminder that being ourselves is the best person to be. If you are heading to the cafeteria, I recommend checking it out.

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Mrs. Dyer’s class visited the Bar Harbor Food Pantry, seeing where all their donations went and to help sort the food .  Thank you to Kurt and Chase for bringing the boxes and boxes (and boxes) of food down.

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Diver Ed hosted our third graders on Monday for an undersea adventure.  Here are the trip details as told by a passenger (or victim, depends how you look at it…):  “There was a guy named Diver Ed.  He went down in the sea with a grocery shopping bag.  He went shopping for sea stuff.  He brought them up after about a half an hour.  Then he kissed a sea cucumber, he put it in his mouth (gross) and it sprayed over all of us.  He then went onto lobster.  I was the measurer.  We then touched all the stuff like sea stars, sea cucumbers, lobsters, crabs, hermit crabs, snails and worms.  The snail had a huge foot.  It was the best field trip ever.” - Melanie, Grade 3



Congratulations to the eighth graders for being promoted onto the high school. We will truly miss you and know that you have definitely left your marks (some more than others….) in both our hearts and in the halls.  You have been exceptional role models to the younger students, excelled in all the academic challenges that came your way and really became more of an extended family than just a class.  Good luck as you move onto to your new adventure and we will be following you on your journey!!!

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Looking for summer fun??? The Criterion in Bar Harbor has some wonderful children’s programming available.  Please check out their website.  The puppet shows are not to be missed!!! And don't forget to visit the Jesup Library's summer reading series (read, read, read).


Lost and Found Update:  There are many sad and lonely articles of clothing hanging out by the cafeteria.  If you or your child would like to look through the mounds of clothing left behind, please do so next week.  Repeat, the lost and found pile will only be display for one week before being donated to Serendipity in Bar Harbor on June 26th.


Have a great summer vacation (we will miss you!),


Barb Neilly and Heather Webster

Congratulations to our Math Olympiad Participants!

This year, 31 students at Conners Emerson received patches for being in top 50% of the 80,000 students participating in the elementary level Math Olympiad Contest; 16 of those were in the top 20%! This superb finish earned our school a High Achievement team award. The contest consists of five contests with five challenging word questions in each round, for a total of 25 questions. No calculators are allowed.  This year our school winners were Carlina and Rex (pictured in the group above), who also earned gold pins for being in the top 2%. 

The sixth grade held their annual History Fair last Friday.  Over 100 community members came at night and many grades from the school came to hear students share their research.  Students researched topics that fit within the theme of "taking a stand."  They built triboards and then presented the projects.  It was a successful evening full of knowledge sharing!  

Young writers shared boxed sets of Realistic Fiction stories at an Author Celebration.

Ms. Winne recognized Dority's 5th grade Math Olympians' awesome achievements. 

8th Graders Whitewater Rafting Trip

Rocket City Math League Finalists
Congratulations to Rex and Alain.  In the Rocket City Math League (a global contest), Rex came in 8th in the pre-algebra level and Alain came in 9th in the geometry level. This is the first time that Conners Emerson individual students have placed in the top 10.  Well done! Rocket City Math League contests consist of three timed rounds with 10 questions in each round;  no calculators are allowed.

With all of the math accomplishments being celebrated in this newsletter, we want to remind you (and students!) that it is just as important to practice math skills over the summer as reading skills. There are lots of fun ways to incorporate math with dice games, card games, games of logic, puzzles, and counting collections. 

We also want to let parents and students know that DreamBox will be available over the summer for students in grades K-5. The following link will give you directions on how to access the program from home.

This Week in Art…



Kindergarten students are bringing home Father’s Day Portraits, so please keep an eye out for these beautiful works of art coming home. Here are some examples of our very own Mr. Boardman and Mr. Macko, created by Otis and Juniper!


Almost every class has artwork that is coming home. I have asked that students take all work home to share with their families. It has been an incredible first year teaching Art to your children here at Conners Emerson. Each and every child is an incredible artist, and I am looking forward to what the next school year has in store for us all!


Allison DuBois


Newsletter June 9th 2017

posted Jun 7, 2017, 5:28 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 11:46 AM by Heather Webster ]

June 9, 2017

With the last full week of school coming to an end, classes are wrapping up units, finishing projects and assessing students on standards.  Busy, busy, busy.

Two of the seventh grade expedition groups presented their work to the school board during their last meeting.  One topic was the issue of changing our use of plastic sporks to silverware in our cafeteria and the other was looking at the benefits of installing solar panels on the Emerson building.  The students really put a lot of thought into their presentations from addressing these contemporary issues, to considering the monetary implications and also introducing out-of-the-box solutions.  Great job to all the students in grade seven for their hard work and perseverance in tackling these important issues and we look forward to attending your final PechaKucha early next week.

Even with five days left, our students are working hard.  Here are three of our second graders working on a serious word problem creating a geometric net and two more second graders honing their literacy skills.

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Mr. Fournier’s sixth graders are proud to show off their research skills at the History Fair.  The other classes were invited to see what historical questions the sixth graders have been delving into.  Fascinating stuff.  It was great to see that they started with a big question, had a thesis, an introduction, added claims, listed sources and wrote their own biographies as the projects' creators.  Very impressive stuff. They will be sharing with parents this evening from 4:30-6:00pm in the library.

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Mr. Fournier’s fifth grade classes worked on seed projects, smaller issues/topics that can really make a big difference.  These topics ranged from the importance of being more social to getting enough sleep and even saving the dwindling worldwide tiger population.

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Bravo Mrs. Dyer’s class.  You saw a need within our community (low food supply) and took the initiative to do something about it.  Next week they will deliver the food and visit the Bar Harbor Food Pantry to see how they hard work is going to help others.  

There have been many (and more to come) end of the year field trips across the grade levels.  From the beaches to the national park, the classes have a chance to close out their year together, incorporate our environment into the curriculum (from science to community building) and build memories.

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There are still weeks open at the local and statewide camps.  We are fortunate to have such wonderful options to keep our kids engaged over the summer months.  Here are some traditional, sports, educational, arts/music options:  Camp Beech Cliff, MDI YMCA, COA Summer Field Studies, Neighborhood House in NEH, Summer Festival Of the Arts, Bar Harbor Lego Robotics, Two Shoes Dance Camp, Maine School of Math and Science, AYS Golf at Kebo, and many, many more.  Don’t forget to check out the summer reading program at the Jesup Library and the Island Readers and Writers website for their summer book list!!!

With the end of the school year getting closer, eighth graders will need to have all outstanding bills paid in full prior to participation in end of the year activities.  These bills include lunch, library, etc…  Please contact Ann in the Emerson office if you have questions about balances.

End of the year dates:

June 14th Field Day (weather permitting)

June 15th 8th grade Award Ceremony at 10:30am

June 15th Step Up Day for K-4

June 15th Promotion Ceremony at 4:30pm

June 16th Last Day of School/Early Release 12:30pm

Field Day and Step Up Day are right around the corner.  (can’t wait)  And the event we have all been waiting for...PROMOTION!!!  I hope that you will all join us in celebrating the exciting nine year CES journey that our students have been on Thursday at 4:30.  Freshman, they are almost freshman!!!  Where does the time go?!?

Thank you to the community for your overwhelming show of support at the Bar Harbor town meeting on Tuesday night.  It was exciting to see the sea of blue cards raised in support of our school budget.  If you have an interest in learning more about the school budget process and/or what is going on at our school board meetings, the public is always welcome to attend.  Regularly scheduled meetings will resume (with a few in summer month if needed) in September.

Have a great weekend (weather looks to be phenomenal!!!),

Barb Neilly and Heather Webster

A note from Ms. Jolley...

It’s hard to believe this year has flown by so quickly! As some of you may have heard, I will not be returning to teach at Conners Emerson in the Fall. I am taking a year to spend time with my family, travel internationally and challenge myself in the outdoors. While I have enjoyed teaching your children and being a part of the community, I do not have plans to return to Bar Harbor at this time. I will miss teaching at Conners Emerson, but I’m so excited for my big adventures! My plans include hiking, climbing mountains, and experiencing different cultures in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, New Zealand, India, Nepal, and parts of Europe.


Please feel free to follow my travels online:

Instagram: @tentfortwo

Facebook: @tentfor2



Thank you for all of your support and for welcoming me into your community. I wish you all the best!



Ms. Jolley

Phys. Ed. & Health Teacher

This Week In Art…


The past few weeks have been intense in the art room. We’ve created swamps full of Ancient Egyptian Crocodiles, pyramids full of canopic jars, oceans full of ceramic fish, and rockets blasting into space. Here are some highlights from the end-of-the-year Art Room!


2nd Graders are displaying their Claude Monet inspired watercolors outside of their classrooms. These beautiful bridges and ponds come to life with light and color, like the work of a true Impressionist.

Seventh Grade has finished their Canopic Jar project. We learned that the Ancient Egyptians used these intricately carved jars to help ensure that they made it into the afterlife that they prized so highly. Our jars are much more colorful, and much less gruesome- but just as intricate!



Meredith Cook and Haley Leonardi were recognized this past weekend at the 4th Annual Statewide Junior High and High School Ceramics Show at the Maine College of Art in Portland. Each received a certificate for their art portfolio, and had their work displayed in a very professional manner alongside close to 60 beautiful ceramic creations from across the state.



Third Grade has been working tirelessly on their Crocodile Puppets. We studied Ancient Egypt, and learned that crocodiles were revered and sometimes even mummified! Fourth Grade also participated in the Ancient Egyptian fun by creating self portraits of themselves as Pharaohs (Both art projects are on display outside of the art room!).



Today, Sixth Grade had company for their final art class of the year. Kid’s Corner came to check out the art room, and were able to pair up with sixth graders to create tissue paper sunflowers! They learned about Van Gogh and watched a short cartoon all about him with their buddies.

Kindergarten Trip to ANP

Bar Harbor Food Pantry

A HUGE thank you to the Conners Emerson School community!
Your efforts helped us collect 290 items for the Bar Harbor Food Pantry!
Mrs. Dyer's Kindergarten Class.

All Band student are encouraged to participate in the MDI Bandits Band Camp!

Sign up sheet next to Mr. Gills office.

Two Rehearsals : Sat 6/24 & 7/1, 9-12 in the High School Music Room

Performance : July 4th Bar Harbor Parade


Piece of the Rock Firework Wavin’ Flag Carry On Wayward Son Music can be found here:


Your Island Music Teachers: Mary de Koning, Rebecca Edmondson, Dan Granholm, Heather Graves, Beau Lisy, Allison Putnam,


This camp is FREE to all MDIRSS students- Middle & High School. You need an instrument, lyre & music folio to participate

You should have appropriate music skills to perform all music.

If in doubt, ask your music teacher.

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