Conners Emerson Weekly

CES Newsletter, Nov. 16th, 2018

posted Nov 16, 2018, 6:37 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Nov 16, 2018, 12:51 PM by Heather Webster ]


November 16, 2018


***Thanksgiving Vacation Starts on Wed. 11/21***


Community Builders:  The students have brought in food donations all week to go towards the community effort to distribute over 250 food baskets to needy families over the holidays.  From gravy to grits, potato mix to pie shells, our students met the challenge (and we can still take donations on Monday).


In order to help spread the holiday cheer, yesterday our students met in 40 multi-grade groups to decorate boxes and build community.  The box designs are always a hit with the families that receive them. This year’s decorated boxes included a lobster, a uni-turkey, traditional thank you turkey feathers and even tiger-turkey hybrid.  They are awesome.




Winter is Coming…:  With the cold weather upon us, it is important not only do your children dress in layers, but dressed in labeled layers.  All black snow pants look the same and can easily be lost. Please take the time to put your child’s name in all of their gear.  We know how expensive it is to outfit a child for the winter and we certainly don’t want our lost and found pile to get any bigger.


Tiger Sports:  Monday is the first basketball game of the season with our A-teams heading to a Round Robin at MDES.  Go Tigers!


We 💚 Pies!:  Great job eighth graders (and pie-baking parents) for raising around $1400 last weekend towards your whitewater rafting trip.  There will be more info to come on future fundraising efforts and as always, we appreciate your continued support.


Have a great weekend (and snowday),


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


                                 MUSIC NOTES                             
Come rock n' roll with Elfis and the Sleigh Riders! This is the upbeat theme for the grade 2-4 Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 5 at 6:00pm in the Emerson gym. All students in grades 2-4 will be singing catchy songs in this mini-musical collection. Meet Elfis and his reindeer for an adventure with a message about friendship. Grade 2 students will plink out holiday tunes on violins. The grade 3-4 String Orchestra will perform several familiar selections and the grade 4 band will make it's debut of holiday tunes. 
If your child plays an instrument in grades 3-4, please arrive at 5:45. All other singers, take your place in the gym and be seated. Families and community members are welcome to see the Conners Winter Concert!

The next evening, Thursday December 6 at 6:00pm, the older students in grades 5-8 will present the Emerson Winter Concert. You will hear the Orchestra, Bands, Chorus, Show Choir, Jazz Band, and more ensembles. This is sure to put you in a jolly holiday spirit! 

PTSNEWS


BAKERS NEEDED!

On December 14th the PTSA will be hosting the Annual Teacher Cookie Extravaganza!  We are looking for volunteers to provide 2 dozen (or more!) cookies for the teachers and staff to take home. 

Cookies can be delivered to the PTSA on December 13 between 3:30 and 5:30 during the Craft Night and Scholastic Book Fair, or to the school library on December 14 by 8:20am.  

Please sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1UaYIUBaHV2tIC_fKMP9ZXGYVGSb9YvCaikdaG5LXgEM

Thank you for treating our wonderful teachers & staff during this festive time of year!


CES CARES

We have some families in our CES community who struggle over the winter months.  This year the PTSA is introducing CES CARES, a program that will distribute gift cards to help support CES families.  The holidays are a perfect time to spread goodwill, so please consider donating a gift card to lend a helping hand.  Please send your donations to the school in an envelope marked “CES CARES.”  Donations will be accepted through Friday November 30.  Gift cards can be any $ amount, and a few examples of appreciated stores are Hannaford, Renys, Walmart, Sherman’s, Stone Soup, other local businesses, and gas cards.  Cash/checks (made out to CES PTSA) may also be donated.  Thank you!


NEXT MEETING

Our next meeting is Thursday December 6 at 3:30pm.  Everyone is welcome, and childcare is now provided by our hardworking 8th graders!  The PTSA is delighted to donate to the 8th grade trip in exchange for their childcare services.  Thank you, 8th graders!


CRAFT NIGHT

Save the date! On Thursday December 13 the PTSA will host a Craft Night in conjunction with the Scholastic Book Fair. More details to come!

Newsletter, November 9th, 2018

posted Nov 8, 2018, 7:25 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 2:07 PM by Heather Webster ]


November 9, 2018


***No School on Monday, November 12th***


Parent-Teacher Conferences:  Thank you for your continued support and for the enormous turnout during our parent-teacher conferences.  If you were not able to meet with your child’s teacher, you are welcome to contact them to set up a meeting.  We love talking about your child’s progress!!!


We 💚 Pies!:  Don’t forget to stop by the 8th grade pie sale from 7-10am (or until they are gone) in front of the Swan Agency.  Super Yum!


School Website:  When accessing the school website, you will notice we have upgraded, redirecting you to our new page.  This is an evolving process and we encourage you to check the site frequently to see all the great things going on at our school.


Property for Sale:  We had some creative real estate postings up and down the Conners hallways that were concocted during writing classes.  Haunted Houses for sale if you are in the market for a new place!



Middle School Marvels:  The 7th and 8th graders have been super busy with their Science and Social Studies projects.  The 7th graders have constructed cell models and shared them this week. Both 7th and 8th grade students had Social Studies projects due this week which ranged in creative academic express from dioramas to wooden structures to baked good representations to calligraphy.  And I almost forgot about the all the book talks that students are sharing. Wow, we are busy. Oh and the visit from Mr. Money Bags in grade 5 to help explain a Market Economy. And grade 6 SEA Camp posters to show what they learned over their 3-day adventure.  I could go on and on!!!
















And the winner is…:  Ms. Plaskov’s class held a mock election on Tuesday for the K-4 students to vote on the favorite lunch:  Baked Potato Bar, Pizza or Breakfast for Lunch. Students filled out voter registration forms, took their ballots into the voting booths and put them in the ballot box (all very official). Her class announced the winner at our assembly today and the winner, by one vote, was BREAKFAST for LUNCH! (I had my money on pizza…)



Winter Sports:  Tiger teams are now in full swing.  Basketball teams and the cheering squad will be practicing all next week with games to follow.  It is going to be a great season!!!


Flu Shot Clinic:  Thank you Nurse Shannon and Nurse Wanda (and Mrs. Shea) for another successful flu shot clinic.  If you still haven’t gotten your flu shots, they are available locally at Hannaford's and Rite Aid.


Better Late Than Never:  Here a few third grade hike photos sent in to us.  It was a beautiful day for a beautiful hike. The excitement never stops here at CES. This is a picture of our younger grades having a blast during PE on a rainy day, how fun!


Thanksgiving Baskets:  CES students will be putting together the Thanksgiving Baskets to help the Bar Harbor Food Pantry support families in need during the holiday season.  If you would like to donate, here are the items per grade for your children to bring in by FRIDAY: K-cereal or biscuit/roll mix, 1- pie curst or sweet bread mix, 2- canned vegetables, 3- canned fruit or pie filling, 4- small canned meats and/or peanut butter, 5- pasta and prepared sauces or gravy, 6- cranberry sauce and soups, 7- staples (coffee, sugar, flour, etc…) and 8- stuffing or potato mix.


Have a lovely long weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster




PTSNEWS


Our next meeting is Thursday December 6 at 3:30pm.  Everyone is welcome, and childcare is now provided by our hardworking 8th graders!  The PTSA is delighted to donate to the 8th grade trip in exchange for their childcare services.  Thank you, 8th graders!


CES CARES


We have some families in our CES community who struggle over the winter months.  This year the PTSA is introducing CES CARES, a program that will distribute gift cards to help support CES families.  The holidays are a perfect time to spread goodwill, so please consider donating a gift card to lend a helping hand.  Please send your donations to the school in an envelope marked “CES CARES.”  Donations will be accepted through Friday November 30.  Gift cards can be any $ amount, and a few examples of appreciated stores are Hannaford, Renys, Walmart, Sherman’s, Stone Soup, other local businesses, and gas cards.  Cash/checks (made out to CES PTSA) may also be donated.  Thank you!



New School Homepage
We have a new Conners Emerson School Homepage.  Please visit us at:
Conners Emerson Homepage



 Volunteer!
 Volunteers needed for Scholastic Book fair 12/13 1:30-7 pm
 in one hour shifts.  
Please contact Suzie Maristany  207-266-7420 

Newsletter, November 2nd, 2018

posted Oct 29, 2018, 7:38 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Nov 3, 2018, 7:14 AM by Heather Webster ]

November 2, 2018


***Early Release Day on Wednesday, November 7th at 12:30***


Parent-Teacher Conferences:  The fall parent-teacher conferences will be held next week, November 5-9th.  If you have not signed up yet, do not fear, there is still time and spaces left.  You should have received an email from your child’s classroom/homeroom teacher with the sign-up information.  If you need additional help, please contact Miss Taylor and she would be able to help you. Your child may see many, many teachers during the week from music to art to academic interventions and those teachers and staff members would be more than happy to meet with you next week as well.


Loving the Learning:  There are so many things going on at our school that is hard to capture it all in our weekly newsletter.  From Math Talks to algorithms, from Writer’s Workshop to Author Celebrations, from engineering activities to constructing cell models, from making geographic maps to discussing cultural stereotypes, our students are busy.  Everywhere we look, every classroom in our school is working hard at meeting and exceeding grade level standards and the goals that students have set for themselves.


Civil Rights Team:  Our fabulous middle school Civil Rights Team traveled to Brewer on Thursday for an all day training with other teams from eastern Maine.  Students participated in small group community circles and explored the concept of identity and what it means.  Students had the opportunity to share aspects of their personal identities through the use of an "open mic" forum as well.  Students also brainstormed how to make their schools more safe and welcoming to students with disabilities.


Musical Treat:  The Thornton Academy Orchestra visited us today and put on quite a show.  Students in grades 3-6 along with Tremont and MDES were mesmerized by their magical music at the Criterion this morning.  Some of the younger students had a shorter program followed by a workshop in the afternoon. We really appreciate these wonderful high school students sharing their love of music with us and a huge thank you to Mrs. Edmondson for arranging this visit.  If any of your children were inspired by what they saw today, it is never too late to join the band or orchestra!!!



Winter Sports:  (sorry I had to write Winter)  Basketball tryouts are underway.  The boys are this week and the girls next week.  We hope you will be able to catch some of their games this year.   Speaking of games, our cheerleading team, who is excited to show their stuff and cheer  on our players, is growing by the minute! Students in grades 6-8 are welcome to join the squad.


Shark season is upon us.  We have some super swimmers among our students and if you think your child might be interested in joining the MDI SHARKS, please contact Miss Taylor or Marie Yarborough (or any swim parent) for more information.


Coach Kerry Taylor is still raving about her runners and wanted this final update:  The Emerson Cross Country team had a very successful season. The boys were league champions and the girls were runners-up.  In addition, the boys are celebrating an undefeated season in our league. Congratulations to all of the hardworking runners of the Emerson Cross Country Team!


The ever-anticipated staff/parent-student soccer game has been rescheduled to Tuesday, November 6th at 3:30 at the town fields.  This have been an epic battle in years past, a fierce rivalry not to be missed.


YES Training:  No to bullying and YES to being empowered.  Our seventh graders joined the rest of the district today at Camp BeechCliff for YES training.  This is an anti-bullying program that our district has used for the past several years, but this is the first time that we have had the opportunity to have all the seventh graders together at once to make this happen.  YES is based upon the work of Steve Wessler and we encourage you to watch some of his TED Talk videos and read more about his work.




Halloween Parade:  Wow, what a success and so much fun!  Our students were spooky, funny, adventurous, creative and fantastical all in the same parade.  We had Teletubbies, magicians, Frida Kahlo, a Boston Red Sox player, Cinderella, farm animals, Optimus Prime, the cutest crow ever, spooky black cats, Pikachu, a football player (and a Euro football player), a unicorn, the Incredibles, a person being abducted by aliens, a steampunker, the tooth fairy, the lion king, an officer of the law, lots and lots of Hogwarts students and so much more.  What a great day had by all! And the band, the band was awesome! Nice job Mr. Granholm and our middle school marching musicians.






















































Have a wonderful weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


Mrs. Monahan's Grade Two class just finished up the Fruit Unit in French class.  They celebrated by making their own "salade de fruits".  For the past two months they have learned how to say please, thank you and no thank you in French.  They also learned some fruit vocabulary and some songs about fruit. 
Mrs. Galeaz's class will be started French next Monday and Mrs. Recholtz's class will have their lessons during the 4th quarter of the school year.





7th graders are starting to present their cell projects.

7th graders experimenting with witches brews on Halloween 


Halloween Fun 



This Week in Art…


Kindergarten and First Graders are mixing up lots of secondary colors with tempera paint! We are making tigers and pumpkins that will soon be adorning the hallways.


Check the hallways for 3rd Grade Big Bugs! These metallic monstrosities look fabulous on their colored backdrops. 3rd graders will be learning about the art of Winslow Homer next, and how this Maine man was influenced by the coastline of our great state.


4th grade Greek Vessels are hanging outside of the art room as well. These vessels tell some sort of story or narrative and are decorated with Grecian motifs. They are drawn on mostly homemade scratch art paper and displayed on warm color papers.


7th Grade radial prints are in the Conners Conference Room, and will be added to other parts of the school as well. Students learned all about Arabic radial symmetry and the printmaking process.


Gallery Show Alert!

5th Grade students will have their artwork displayed alongside professional and student art from around the island at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor. On December 16th, from 12-4 pm, the Gilley will be hosting an open house to showcase the student's work and the museum itself. Free admission, food and drink will be served, all are welcome. Come support our 5th Grade artists!



                   Nurse News
  • Flu Shot/Mist clinic will be on Friday 11/9/18 starting at 0830 in the cafeteria!  
  • Flu/Cold season has already begun and is making its away around the island. Please keep your student home if they have a fever of 100.0 F or higher.  Students can not return to school till they are fever free for 24 hours with out the use of Tylenol/Motrin.  Please also keep your child home if they have been vomiting or have diarrhea.  
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene and cover your coughs!  

There were many students who brought in sign-up sheets for Destination Imagination.  If your child was one of these students you will be getting an e-mail from either Mme Millar or Mrs. Rosinski some time this week end informing you if your child is on the team. We still have many students who would like to do this so if there are any adults (parents, grandparents, friends) who have experience with DI we would like to coach please let us know. 
Contact Mme Millar lmillar@mdirss.org if you would like to be a Team Manager.


                              MUSIC NOTES                                
The Thornton Academy Symphony Orchestra were guest artists for the CES students. Their lively morning performance at the Criterion was so enjoyable. Students were on the edge of their seats! The afternoon side-by-side workshops was an outstanding learning experience. 


Robopots at the Jesup Library







The MDIY Sharks Winter Swim Team has begun  If you love to swim and have been thinking about joining the team, now is a great time to try it out! Anyone can try out the team for a week If you can swim a length of the pool freestyle, you can be on the team--no one gets cut, and no one sits on the bench. Contact Head Coach Jim Willis-- sharks@mdiymca.org  for more info or to sign up today.

Practices--The Sharks have practices times available 6 days a week at different times, so that swimmers have plenty of options to get their practices in while doing their other sports or extracurricular activities.


Legacy--The Sharks are a USA-S/YMCA swim team of children 6 - 18 years old. Our club has been going strong since 1971, even during the years when we had no pool while the new YMCA was being built. We now swim in the 6-lane 25 yard Lenny DeMuro Swimming Pool at the MDI YMCA. Our team members abilities range from novice and recreational swimmers to some of the best athletes in the state. The Sharks consistently place in the top 5 at the Maine YMCA State Meet and at the Maine Swimming Winter Championships. Our consistently high placing results are a testament to the hard work of our swimmers, their families/parents, and the wonderful community that lives amidst Acadia National Park. Head Coach Jim Willis is in his 17th year coaching the Sharks! Go Sharks!



LIBRARY NOTES

Mrs. Bouchard continues to add new books to the colelction. Among the popular titles are works by Stuart Gibbs and some new graphic novels. 

Now is a great time to send in any dress up outfits you might like to pass along.  We welcome larger sizes for our older students. 

PTSNEWS


Thank you to the 8th graders who provided childcare for the PTSA meeting this week!  The kids had a great time, and we are so pleased to contribute to your class trip! 


Our next meeting is Thursday December 6 at 3:30pm.  Everyone is welcome, and childcare is now provided by our hardworking 8th graders!


Equal Exchange Fundraiser


A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Equal Exchange fundraiser!  The funds raised will go directly towards supporting and enriching our school.  Stay tuned for the delivery date of your delicious fair-trade items!


TigeGear Design Contest


Congratulations to Kate Murch (4th grade), Megan Huff (8th grade), and Alessandro Robledo (5th grade) - their fabulous designs and slogan will appear on our new Tiger Gear!  Thank you to all the talented and creative student artists who submitted designs - they were all wonderful!

Order forms for these new designs will be coming very soon.


CES CARES


We have some families in our CES community who struggle over the winter months.  This year the PTSA is introducing CES CARES, a program that will distribute gift cards to help support CES families.  The holidays are a perfect time to spread goodwill, so please consider donating a gift card to lend a helping hand.  Please send your donations to the school in an envelope marked “CES CARES.”  Donations will be accepted through Friday November 30.  Gift cards can be any $ amount, and a few examples of appreciated stores are Hannaford, Renys, Walmart, Sherman’s, Stone Soup, other local businesses, and gas cards.  Cash/checks (made out to CES PTSA) may also be donated.  Thank you!


Hannaford Helps Schools program


Did you know that you can raise money for Conners Emerson School when shopping at Hannaford?  This is a great program that donated over $3000 to CES last year!  


Here’s how it’s done:

1. Shop.

Look for shelf tags on more than 1.500 products & earn $ for your school!  For a list of participating products, visithannaford.com/helpsschools

2. Check out.

Get 3 school dollars for every 4 participating products you purchase. 

3. Submit

Deposit your school dollars in the collection tower in-store.


The in-store collection tower is located at the Bar Harbor Hannaford, but if you shop at a different Hannaford, you can send the “$3 School Dollars” coupon into the school in an envelope marked “Hannaford Helps Schools.” 


Thank you for supporting our school!

Newsletter October 26th, 2018

posted Oct 24, 2018, 7:47 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Oct 28, 2018, 9:39 AM by Heather Webster ]


October 28, 2018


Harvest Fest:  Thank you so much PTSA for a great time at the first annual Harvest Fest.  Don’t forget to send in your fundraising forms. The PTSA is a wonderful organization the gives back to our school in so many ways including teacher grants,


Talent Show:  The Talent Show was last Friday night and it did not disappoint!  Our students sang, danced, mimed, surfed and ventriloquisted the night away.  It was awesome.



Sea Camp Adventure:  Our sixth graders battled the elements and braved the cold for a 3 day/ 2 night adventure at the Schoodic Educational Research Center in Acadia National Park.   A huge thank you to our teachers/staff (Ms. Parkinson, Ms. Barto, Mr. Lane, Bob and Miss Currie as well as our awesome (and brave) parent chaperones. Fantastic learning events like this happen because of all of you!





Grade 5 went to Augusta today to visit the Holocaust and Civil Rights Center.  (It was a long bus ride, but they students said it was definitely worth it.) The fifth graders were able to see the exhibit “Everyday Maine” as well as discussing the importance of messages and how they affect us, especially through a historic viewpoint.












A few seventh graders had the opportunity to be library helpers and read to a second grade class.  They did a great job keeping their audience engaged and bringing the stories alive.



Grade 4 had an off-site learning experience at Sand Beach with the ever-popular ANP Sedimentary Sleuth’s program.



Grade 7 had a beautiful (but chilly) PE hike on Tuesday.  This is a great opportunity for the kids to learn about the importance of personal physical fitness, teamwork and an appreciation of the beautiful island we live on.



Smiles:  Picture was on Monday.  Here is Miss Tripp’s class patiently waiting their turn and practicing their smiles.



Fall Sports:  The Cross Country season ended this week with two epic meets: the MDIHS Championship and the Airline Meet.  Our runners were spectacular (as usual) and we have received many comments on their high level of determination and sportsmanship.  Great job Tigers!



The MDI Soccer Championships were held today at the high school.  It was a nailbiter. A rematch from the our devastating loss last year.  MDES vs. CES. A battle for the ages. We were on fire the first half, peppering the goalie with shots, but luck was not on our side.  We ended up losing 4-1, but it really was a lot closer than the final score let on. Great job players, you certainly made us proud and a super thank you to Coach Jaime and Coach Eric.  Though there were many highlights to the game, perhaps the best moment was when Walker was subbed in for the last few minutes of the game.


The ever anticipated Student vs. Staff-Parent game is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30th at the town field at 3:30.  


Local Haunted House:  The Ivy Manor in Bar Harbor is holding a fundraising haunted house with proceeds going to the MDI YMCA on Monday 10/29 and Tuesday 10/30 for ages 8+ from 5-8.  Spoooooky….

Halloween Parade:  Our annual Community Halloween Parade is right around the corner.  We know that students are already planning their costumes so here are a few guidelines for costumes being brought to school on the 31st:  spooky and not scary, no weapons (including light sabers, bows/arrows, swords, etc…), no masks (safety issue) and the costume should be easy to put on (not too elaborate, no make-up to apply, etc…).  


See you tomorrow,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


P.S.  Thank you to all of the parents and community members that send us pictures of all of the wonderful things that are happening here at CES.  


                                MUSIC NOTES                                       
"Do the rope!"
 
Congratulations to all who participated in and helped make the Talent Show a huge success!  Forty-nine students in addition to The Show Stoppers performed. Each act was creative and unique from mime, to indo board, lovely singing, a swimming hamster, and the ever funny pie in the face. 
Eighth graders Molly Dillon and Abby Tibbetts MC'd the show while 
CassieLyn, Bailey, and Mai kept the show running smoothly. Zoey R, Amelia, Geoffrey gained techy skills, mentored by Mme. Millar. The Talent Show was brought to you by the Show Stoppers!








From "Africa" to the "Pines of Rome," there is something for everyone at the TEMPO performance on Saturday, October 27, 2:00pm at St.Saviour's in Bar Harbor. This 30 piece full orchestra of both students and adults bring you a repertoire of really good music! There is a seat for you and you will be on the edge of it! Door admission: $10/adults, $5/students, $12/family rate, free/children under 12. Enjoy good music while supporting musicians Gaia, Caden, CES Alumni Dani and Emily, plus Miss Robbins.





                    The Thornton Academy Symphony Orchestra from Saco, Maine will be coming to the Criterion Theatre for a 10:30 performance on November 2, 2018 for grades 3-6 + 8th grade orchestra members.The Conners Emerson School will be host to this fifty-piece full orchestra and perform for grade 2 at CES in the afternoon. Workshops will also be providedfor the CES musicians - Grades 3-4 strings, bring your instruments to school for the afternoon workshops! Grades 6 and 8 band students, bring your instruments to school for the afternoon workshops! The orchestra will be performing a lively mix of music, including Russian Sailors’ Dance, Music from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pirates of the Caribbean as well as some classical favorites.  The orchestra is directed by Anne Wilkinson, and the winds and percussion are prepared by Thornton Academy Band Director Jennifer Witherell-Stebbins.


News from Mr. Granholm:

Parade this Wednesday, Oct. 31:  The bands will meet in the band room at 1:15 p.m.  The parade starts at 2 p.m at the Village Green.
Sing Day:  This Tuesday, October 30.  Our chorus will practice and perform with students from our whole regional school system at the high school this Tuesday.  Performance at 5 p.m.!
D6 Honors Festival:  Sat., November 10, Orrington, ME.  Permission form to go out today and early next week.  Concert is at 5 p.m.
Concert Band:  Winter Concerts are 4th grade, Dec. 5, and Dec. 6 for 5-8th grade.
Jazz Band:  We're working on jazz improvisation.  I emailed a link to the band that is a "play-along" music track.  Your students should be experimenting playing along to this track using their "Blues" scale.  


  The Grade Three classes created a class stories about animals who eat too much. Each class made their own story that was modelled on a book the students read called Petit Serpent by Helen Moore and Jamie Lucero.


PTSA NEWS


HARVEST FEST




Last Saturday was a perfect fall day for Harvest Fest! Thank you to everyone who came, all the wonderful volunteers, and Healthy Acadia for lending us their cider press!


EQUAL EXCHANGE FALL FUNDRAISER


Order forms and payment for our Equal Exchange Fall Fundraiser are due this coming Monday (October 29).  Items will be delivered the first week of December, just in time for holiday gifts and parties.  40% profit on every product sold goes to the PTSA and our goals of supporting our students and faculty with Teacher Grants, Class Trips, Author Visits, Science Fair, Community Events, Teacher&Staff Appreciation Week, and much more. 


It’s hard to believe, but the winter holidays are approaching in a hurry! Start preparing now by planning to give Fair Trade gift boxes this year -- a delicious way to support a good cause.  Wonderful coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolates are also sold separately for you and those on your holiday gift list to enjoy.  


Thank you for supporting Conners Emerson and the mission of the PTSA!  



CHILDCARE NOW PROVIDED AT PTSA MEETINGS!


Our monthly meeting is next Thursday November 1 at 3:30pm in the school library - everyone is welcome!  Childcare will now be provided at PTSA meetings by members of the 8th grade class!  The PTSA will donate to the 8th grade trip in exchange for their childcare services.  Win-Win!  




It is time again to sign up if your child is in Grades 3-5 and would like to participate in Destination Imagination.  We often have more students who sign up that spots available.  To be fair to all we will do a drawing to determine who is on the team. 
Have your sign-up sheets in by the morning of Nov.1, 2018.  We will do the drawing on the afternoon of Nov.1.
For a detailed explanation of the program, go to the school's DI website.

Sign-up sheets are being given to the homeroom teachers on Friday, Oct.26.  If it is lost you can also download a copy here.




Newsletter October 19th, 2018

posted Oct 16, 2018, 9:44 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Oct 19, 2018, 1:34 PM by Heather Webster ]


October 19, 2018


*SCHOOL PICTURE DAY IS ON MONDAY, OCT. 22nd*


Harvest Fest:  Please join us tomorrow for the first annual Harvest Fest sponsored by the PTSA. It will be a fun and exciting day for the Conners Emerson Community tomorrow, October 20th from noon-3pm.  B.Y.O.C: bring your own container for your hand pressed apple cider, winter gear to swap and a food dish to share.


Smile for the Camera:  Lifetouch is coming on the morning of Monday, October 22nd for school picture day.  Flyers have been sent home. You can order online or bring in a check.


Talent Show:  The Talent Show is tonight in the Emerson Gym at 6:00pm.  We cannot wait to watch our super talented tigers tearing up the stage!!!


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


Caution: Kids at Work…  The students in Mrs. Young’s room have been working hard at setting setting goals for their reading using new strategies and brushing up on ones they have already learned.


It was parachutes in K-4 PE this week!  The middle schoolers are also knee deep in their pacing and fitness tests in the next two weeks.



Grade 7 went to Camp BeechCliff today for the 7th Grade Read Extravaganza.  After reading Navigating Early, by Clare Vanderpool, the students made “movie trailers” of the book in small groups to share with their peers.  The trailers were made with iMovie and were spectacular, full of creativity and suspense…


Kindergarten had a great time on their PE hike on the Jesup Trail today.  What a beautiful day they had for one of our favorite hikes.



Grade 4 headed up Acadia Mountain today and Grade 5 had an invigorating hike up Penobscot Mountain earlier this week.



Grade 6 is heading to SEA Camp for 3 days next week.  Their overnight adventure will consist of team building, science, technology and lots and lots of nature (and fun).


Fifth and sixth graders in Miss Sweeney's Car Window Poetry elective visited MDI Hospital on Monday to deliver poems and uplifting messages to car windshields in the visitors' lot. We heard from a couple recipients of our poems that it really brightened their day. The goals of this elective were building community, growing empathy, and spreading kindness.



Fall Sports:  Coach Granholm and his golfers had their awards ceremony at the Kebo Golf Club yesterday.  It was full of inspirational insights, a recap of the season’s highlights and awards (and nicknames) for each of the players.  Thank you Kebo for donating the pizza and the venue as well as a shout out to Chris Swan for the free swag!






The regular season wraps up today for the soccer teams with the A team heading to Trenton.  They have showed outstanding sportsmanship and athletic ability all season long. The A team had a decisive victory over Tremont earlier in the week (nice hat trick Elle) and both teams battled it out (in what felt like subzero temperatures) with MDES.  The ever anticipated Student vs. Staff-Parent game is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st at the town field at 3:30.


The Cross Country team had a wet and wild run in Lamoine Monday afternoon and have a very exciting Championship Invitational on Monday the 22nd at MDIHS.  We hope to see lots of our Tiger community there cheering on our runners!!!



AYS Basketball Tryouts:AYS First Season Basketball Player Placement Day will be Sunday, October 28th with the location to be announced.

9-10AM- 5th and 6th Grade girls

10-11AM- 5th and 6th Grade boys

11AM-12PM- 7th and 8th Grade girls

12-1PM- 7th and 8th Grade boys

 

Halloween Parade:  Our annual Community Halloween Parade is right around the corner.  We know that students are already planning their costumes so here are a few guidelines for costumes being brought to school on the 31st:  spooky and not scary, no weapons (including light sabers, bows/arrows, swords, etc…), no masks (safety issue) and the costume should

be easy to put on (not too elaborate, no make-up to apply, etc…).  


Dance the Night Away:  Reminder that the first CES dance will be next Friday from 7-9 for grades 6-8.  There is a dance at MDES this evening 7-9.


Have an exciting weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


                       Music Notes                            
Thank you all for contributing time, resources, and talents for the annual Talent Show! We appreciate the donations from parents, Show Stoppers, and our community partners - 

Salt Meadow Farms, Little Anthony’s,

Town Hill Market, Acadian Sightseeing & Nature Cruises

and the Bar Harbor Hannaford

Be sure to view pics of the performance in next week's newsletter!



The students in the fifth grade general music classes have been composing ballads! Each ballad demonstrates creativity and tells a
unique story from "The Fishin' Mission" to sports, with rhythm
accompaniment provided by a bouncing basketball!




TEMPO: The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra will perform concerts of really good music at St.Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor at 2:00pm on Saturday, October 27. The 30 piece full orchestra and includes CES students Gaia Daul (violin) and Caden Braun (viola) plus Ed Tech Miss Robbins (euphonium) and Mrs. Edmondson (oboe)! 
The hour long performance is appropriate for all ages and includes Africa (with a rockin' rhythm section), The 1812 Overture, Shenandoah, Theme from Titanic, Queen of the Night, Pines of Rome, and Berceuse and Finale. There is something for everyone! 
  


Notes from the Nurse 

    Please check out the newly revamped Nurse's Corner for all important information regarding flu shots/flu mist/vision & hearing screenings! Please return all flu permission forms to the nurse by October 26th in order for the school to be able to get the correct amount of vaccinations from the pharmacy.


    Special thank you to the The Community Closet in Ellsworth for their donations to our school. I picked up a couple of bags of never used hats and gloves (they got donations from Marden's at the end of last season) that they donated to our school. They also donated a wheelchair for us to use!



Seventh Grade Island Wide Read,

by Island Readers and Writers




7th Grade Book Trailers

7th Grade Book Trailers



PTSNEWS

 

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the Harvest Fest - we hope to see you there!  

Harvest fest
Join the Conners Emerson Community for a potluck lunch.  

Cider press, games (Hula hoop races, soccer etc.) and gear swap.  

“Gear” includes clean, working, winter gear, winter coats, sport/dance shoes, backpacks, lunch bags, bikes etc. Each item brought will get a ticket to exchange for a new to you item.  

Other than yourself, bring a food item to share, blanket or chairs, apples and container to bring home cider, and any outgrown gear you want to swap.

Where: Conners Emerson School

When: Saturday Oct. 20 

Time: Noon -3pm (Rain or Shine)


FALL FUNDRAISER!


This year we are partnering with Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative that offers fairly traded products produced by small-scale farmers around the world.  Catalogues from Equal Exchange went home with the students last week (check the bottom of those backpacks!), so find the nearest student to place your order for delicious and organic chocolate, coffee, tea and more.  


Order forms and payment are due Monday October 29, and items will be delivered the first week of December, just in time for holiday gifts and parties.  40% profit on every product sold goes to the PTSA and our goals of supporting our students and faculty with Teacher Grants, Class Trips, Author Visits, Science Fair, Community Events, Teacher&Staff Appreciation Week, and much more. 


It’s hard to believe, but the winter holidays are approaching in a hurry! Start preparing now by planning to give Fair Trade gift boxes this year -- a delicious way to support a good cause. They’ve got something for everyone!  


Thank you for supporting Conners Emerson and the mission of the PTSA!  




Our next meeting will be Thursday November 1 at 3:30pm - everyone is welcome! 




Since September the Grade 4 students have been learning some french prepositions.  This week they wrote some of their own sentences uses words that they knew.  Below are a few sentences written by them.  See if you can match the sentences to the pictures that the students drew. (the students each gave their central character a name)

Mr. Twinkletoes est dans le chat.
Springy est derrière le chasseur.
King Kong est sur la grande maison.
Checkers est dans la poubelle et sur le tapis.
Kate est dans la niche.
Mrs. Pumpkin Donuts est sous le tapis.
Rusty est devant Ryker.
Stinky est dans la poubelle.



This Week in Art…


Kindergarteners are printmaking! They are creating leaf stamps and printing them onto their beautiful leaf rubbings that they made last week with myself and Mrs. Collins.

First grade Primary Hot Air Balloons are floating around the first grade wing! Next up- color mixing. Students will use those primary colors to mix up secondary colors.

Second Grade has finished up their Francisco Goya inspired Ink Creatures! We used bamboo brushes, quill, and ink to celebrate inktober and invent some crazy creatures of our very own. The second grade hall is about to get a little spooky!

Third Graders are finishing up their Big Bugs. This week we added metallics and glitter to really make them shine.

Fourth graders are using Grecian inspiration to create 2D vases. Like the ancient Greeks, we are telling stories on our vases, using symmetry, and using Greek motifs and decorations around the necks and bases of our vessels.


5th Grade Portraits are going up in the 5th Grade hallway. Students viewed Romero Britto’s Pop Art and drew inspiration from his vibrant colors and symbols. These students have worked so hard on these for weeks now, and the final product is unbelievable.


7th Graders are printmaking this week. Using gouges and rubber printing plates, they have carved a fourth of a radial design and printed it by rotating it. We were inspired by arabesques from the Middle East and the mosaic tile work there.




5th/6th Grade Math Club
    Wow! Look at all the kids who come to Math Club. 5th/6th grade math club meets Tuesday mornings from 7:30-8:00. All are welcome. If you want to give it a try, come by Ms Dority's class any Tuesday morning and problem solve with your friends.



Car Window Poetry
Fifth and sixth graders in Miss Sweeney's Car Window Poetry elective visited MDI Hospital on Monday to deliver poems and uplifting messages to car windshields in the visitors' lot. We heard from a couple recipients of our poems that it really brightened their day. The goals of this elective were building community, growing empathy, and spreading kindness. 



Newsletter, October 12th, 2018

posted Oct 10, 2018, 6:39 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Oct 12, 2018, 11:49 AM by Heather Webster ]


October 12, 2018


*Please Do Not Drop Students Off Before 7:30 (unless Show Choir/MathCounts/Jazz Band)*


Harvest Fest:  The PTSA is sponsoring a fun and exciting day for the Conners Emerson Community on Saturday, October 20th from noon-3pm.  This will be a not-to-be-missed event for all our Tiger families with a cider press and games. (B.Y.O.C: bring your own container for your hand pressed apple cider!), winter gear to swap and a food dish to share.  Thank you PTSA!!!


Smile for the Camera:  Lifetouch is coming on the morning of Monday, October 22nd for school picture day.  Flyers have been sent home. You can order online or bring in a check.


Morning Drop Off:  Wow, the morning drop off is a finely tuned machine!  Thank you to all of the parents for making this change in routine a positive one.  For students coming before 8:00am, we have limited coverage in the library starting at 7:30.  We do not have student supervision before 7:30.  If you arrive before 7:30, you will need to wait until 7:30 before dropping your children off.


Safety First:  We ask that parents do not leave their cars unattended in the middle lane of the parking lot at any time.  If you are planning on getting out of your car to either pick up a child or come into the office, you will need to find a parking spot.  If you are picking up your child after school, you are welcome to wait in your car (in the middle lane) until the buses leave then pull up to the pick-up zone.


Talent Show:  The Talent Show is next on Friday, October 19th at 6pm.  Students in grades 1-8 will amaze us with their singing, dancing, showmanship and more.  The Show Stoppers will be selling snacks to purchase to go towards It will be awesome!!!


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



Grade 8 had the second half of their students at Somes-Meynell for a beautiful and productive day on the water on Wednesday.  The students headed out in kayaks and learned all about the importance of testing water quality. This fantastically informative educational opportunity is one that all district 8th graders are able to experience.


Grade 7 is learning about the structure of cells and working on their movie trailers for their district wide Book Read next Friday.





Grade 6 is using technology in PE class through heart monitors that help them learn their fitness levels.  They also attended the Fire and Ice ANP program in the park today to gather on site information on glaciers, erosion and how our island was formed.



Grade 5 had a trial of historical proportions, presiding over by the Honorable Judge Fournier about Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the new world and the impact on the indigenous tribes.


Grade 4 is learning about character traits and are designing character “playing cards”.  Be on the lookout for these in the hallway soon.

Mrs. Young and Mrs. Emmon’s classes enjoyed their Reading Buddy time together.



Grade 3 headed out today for a great day in the park on their PE hike up the Beehive trail. Grade 2 are rocking the violins in Music class, getting ready for their big winter concert debut.


Grades K-4 had an assembly this morning to think about Kindness, how can we be kind and what that would look like.  A handful of fourth graders braved the microphone (Molly, Bree, Owen, Maeve, Robert, Zoe and Grace H.) and helped explain what kindness can look like here at school, followed by all the students singing “A Random Act of Kindness”.  We will be on the lookout for students being kind next week!  Here are a few of the Kind Shout Outs from the 5-6 hallway:














Author Visit:  Students in grades K-8 were treated to a meet and greet at the Jesup library with author Carole Boston-Weatherford.  Thank you to the folks down at the Jesup for writing the grant responsible for bringing this wonderful speaker to us to learn about storytelling, the writing of biographies and so much more.



Tigers Giving Back:  The 5th and 6th grade hall want to make a difference!  Throughout the year, each homeroom with “sponsor” a that day.  The selected homeroom will choose a local charity and collect items of need to donate.  Ms. Dority’s class is up first on October 19th. They are requesting boxes of turkey stuffing, cranberry sauces and/or cans of turkey gravy to donate to the Emmanus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth.  Donations can be brought in all week and delivered to Ms. Dority’s room and don’t forget to wear your hats grades 5-8!


Fall Sports:  Today marks the last day of the Tiger Golf Season at the Causeway Club.  Coach Granholm raves about the progress this team has made and their intense dedication to the green.  The Golf Team Award Night will be held on Thursday, October 18th at Kebo from 3:30-4:30 (golfers, bring your putters).





The soccer teams are on Tiger Fire and have had some close games and some games where the nets were on fire.  It is going to be a truly exciting end to the soccer season. Coaches Jaime, Eric and Patrick tell us that the teams keep getting better and better, with an exciting wrap up to the season in store for fans...


Cross Country has a meet in Lamoine next week followed by the Championship at MDIHS on Monday, October 22nd.  We highly recommend checking this out. We have some fierce contenders for top ten for both the boys and the girls as well as watching all of our runners give it their all and cross the finish line.  Your cheers, supportive shouts and loud bursts of encouragement are definitely appreciated!!!


Halloween Parade:  Our annual Community Halloween Parade is right around the corner.  We know that students are already planning their costumes so here are a few guidelines for costumes being brought to school on the 31st:  spooky and not scary, no weapons (including light sabers, bows/arrows, swords, etc…), no masks (safety issue) and the costume should be easy to put on (not too elaborate, no make-up to apply, etc…).  More info will be coming home from teachers as the date grows closer.


Have a lovely weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


                     MUSIC NOTES                   There are lots of music opportunities coming up so mark your calendar!
  • October 19 - Talent Show at 6:00pm + food sale
  • October 27 - TEMPO at St.Saviour's, 2:00pm - several students and staff are performing
  • October 30 - MDI Sings!  at MDI HS gym
  • October 31 - Emerson Band leads the Halloween Parade
  • November 2 - Thornton Academy Symphony Orchestra performance + workshops
  • November 10 - District VI Honors Festival
  • December 5 - gr 2-4 Winter Concert + bake sale at 6:00pm
  • December 6 - gr 5-8 Winter Concert  bake sale at 6:00pm
The annual Talent Show, produced by The Show Stoppers, will be an evening of family fun and is scheduled for Friday, October 19, 6:00 pm. All thirty acts have been previewed by Mrs. Edmondson. They are delightful, creative, and so entertaining. Please come and support your classmates. A food sale, beginning at 5:15, will be provided by The Show Stoppers so plan on eating dinner there!
A reminder to participants who are using music - Students must provide their own music (CD or Mp3) as soon as possible so a playlist can be created. Thank you!


PTSNEWS

 

All Are invited to:

Harvest fest
Join the Conners Emerson Community for a potluck lunch.  

Cider press, games (Hula hoop races, soccer etc.) and gear swap.  

“Gear” includes clean, working, winter gear, winter coats, sport/dance shoes, backpacks, lunch bags, bikes etc. Each item brought will get a ticket to exchange for a new to you item.  

Other than yourself, bring a food item to share, blanket or chairs, apples and container to bring home cider, and any outgrown gear you want to swap.

Where: Conners Emerson School

When: Saturday Oct. 20 

Time: Noon -3pm (Rain or Shine)



FALL FUNDRAISER!


We are kicking off our annual fall fundraiser!  This year we are partnering with Equal Exchange, a worker-owned cooperative that offers fairly traded products produced by small-scale farmers around the world.  Catalogues from Equal Exchange went home with the students this week (check the bottom of those backpacks!), so find the nearest student to place your order for delicious and organic chocolate, coffee, tea and more.  Order forms and payment aredue Monday October 29, and items will be delivered the first week of December, just in time for holiday gifts and parties.  40% profit on every product sold goes to the PTSA and our goals of supporting our students and faculty with Teacher Grants, Class Trips, Author Visits, Science Fair, Community Events, Teacher&Staff Appreciation Week, and much more. Thank you for supporting Conners Emerson and the mission of the PTSA!  



Our next meeting will be Thursday November 1 at 3:30pm - everyone is welcome! 

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 The Grade One classes this year are doing Movement and Parts of the Body.  They are learning their new French vocabulary while doing Yoga with Mme Millar and Ms. Dubois.  One of our favorite songs to do our yoga exercises to is called Voler comme un Papillon (Fly Like a Butterfly). Students have also made puppet papillons.
  


LIBRARY NOTES



As part of a grant from the Maine State Library, the Conners Emerson School and Jesup Memorial Library are running a free after-school  workshop  for grades 3-5 called “The Write Stuff: A Program to Nurture Tomorrow’s Story Makers.”  The first of three parts will focus on oral storytelling and will be led by Andrew Simon of the Barn Arts Collective. We will have to limit this session to the first 15 students who sign up, and who can commit to doing the full 7 weeks.  

We will begin on Thursday, Oct. 25. We will meet after school in the Library on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:00.

The session will run for 7 weeks. There will be NO class on Thursday, Nov. 22 which is Thanksgiving.
Please pack an extra snack for your child on Thursdays.
The last session will be on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Jesup Memorial Library with a performance by students for friends and family. Details will follow.


The second part of the workshop series will be 7 weeks covering written storytelling beginning in January, and the third part will be 7  weeks of poetry and begin in March.   Sign-up for each of the three parts is individual; students can participate in just one session if they choose.


Please click here to sign up for session one of The Write Stuff: Oral Storytelling with Barn Arts.


Any questions, please email Ms. Ryan: sryan@mdirss.org or Ms. Rice or Miss Mae  at the Jesup, mrice@jesuplibrary.org  or mcorrion@jesuplibrary.org . 


School Directory

If you would like to sign your child up for the student directory this year, please complete the form before Oct. 12. Even if you have signed your child up last year, you will need to update it. If you signed your child up last Tuesday (k-4 open house) you may want to double-check that the information is correct. 

Newsletter October 5th, 2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 9:50 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Oct 5, 2018, 5:08 AM ]


October 4, 2018


NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, OCT. 5TH (Professional Day) or MONDAY, OCT. 8th (Holiday)


Absences:  Please call or email Miss Taylor if your child will not be in school (sick, appointment, extended vacation, etc…).  We are working hard to track and accurately record our students’ attendance and appreciate your help and support.


Safety First:  We ask that parents do not leave their cars unattended in the middle lane of the parking lot at any time.  If you are planning on getting out of your car to either pick up a child or come into the office, you will need to find a parking spot.  If you are picking up your child after school, you are welcome to wait in your car (in the middle lane) until the buses leave then pull up to the pick-up zone.


Talent Show:  The ever popular and always exciting annual Talent Show is right around the corner on Friday, October 19th at 6pm.  Students in grades 1-8 can sign up outside of the music room door and show off their stuff during this talent extravaganza.  You can contact Mrs. Edmondson (redmondson@mdirss.org) if you have any questions.  This is sure to be an entertaining evening!


Floating Classroom:  Half to the eighth graders headed to Somes-Meynell for a beautiful and productive day on the water.  The students headed out in kayaks and learned all about the importance of testing water quality. The other half of the class will head over next week.




PE Hikes:  The first graders had a blast on their PE hike today.  These trips help to build community, their love of nature and stress the importance of physical fitness.



Grade 2 had their PE hike today and Kindergarten was out about today too, so fun!


Fall Sports:  Coach Granholm is super proud of his spectacular swingers as they head to their third match at Kebo this afternoon.  These golfers have been working hard 3-4 days/week working on their drives, chips and putts on the green. It is getting a little chilly out there, but they are a hearty bunch.


Our Tiger runners tore it up on Monday at the MDIHS for the district invitational.  We are having such a phenomenal year with many of our runners finishing in the top twenty for both the girls (Amelia 5th, Sarah 6th, Lily J 9th, Fiona 9th and Peighton 17th) and the boys (Sam 1st, Liam 2nd, Max 6th, Logan 12th and Patrick 17th).  We are so proud of all your hard work, dedication and sportsmanship this season.



The soccer teams mixed it up this week with our girls playing a consolidated island girls team and our boys battling against a consolidated boys team.  Epic battles, great job Tigers.



Have a wonderful holiday weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


               MUSIC NOTES                

Calling all Talent Show participants! You must show your act to Mrs. Edmondson by Friday. Students provide their own music (CD or Mp3), props, costumes or whatever is needed for the act (no longer than 3 minutes, please).

The annual Talent Show will be an evening of family fun and is scheduled for Friday, October 19, 6:00 pm.  A food sale, beginning at 5:15, will be provided by The Show Stoppers so plan on eating dinner there!


PTSNEWS


Thank you very much to all of you who made donations to Conners Emerson PTSA.  And welcome new members!


Our next meeting will be Thursday November 1 at 3:30pm - everyone is welcome!  


TigeGear Design Contest


All of the Tiger Gear designs submitted were fabulous - thank you to all the students who shared their wonderful artwork and creativity!  The PTSA has selected six submissions (3 from Conners and 3 from Emerson), and next week the students will be able to vote.  The two winning designs will be featured on our Tiger Gear! 


Harvest Fest!


The Harvest Fest is coming up later this month - Saturday October 20, 12pm-3pm!  There will be a potluck, cider pressing, face painting, games, and a children’s gear swap.  


School Directory

If you would like to sign your child up for the student directory this year, please complete the form before Oct. 12. Even if you have signed your child up last year, you will need to update it. If you signed your child up last Tuesday (k-4 open house) you may want to double-check that the information is correct. 

Library Notes

Thanks to the John and Ellen Emery Grant, the Library is pleased to announce the addition of more than 40 new audiobooks focusing on science. 


Titles include the Who Was? science and inventors series as well as other titles. 
You can access Overdrive here. 
All students have their own username and password. Email Ms. Ryan if you need assistance logging in. 

We would also like to request dress up outfits.  After Halloween, feel free to bring us costumes.  Our students love dress up.  

Newsletter for September 28, 2018

posted Sep 27, 2018, 5:44 AM by Siobhan Ryan   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 9:51 AM by Nancy Sweeney ]


September 28, 2018


NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH (Professional Day)


Open House:  It was great to see all of you at the 5-8 Open House last night.  We love showing off what our students are doing! If you have any questions about standards, computer use, 8th grade trip, your child’s progress, our programming, etc..  don’t hesitate to ask!


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















Grade one are always busy bees.  In Mrs. Young’s class they are reviewing the consonant cards and in Ms. Singh’s room they are working on a math game called “Bears in a Cave”.












Grade two have been working hard with numbers and timelines.  










Grade three went to Sieur de Mont in ANP yesterday. Drum roll please..... Congrats to our newly appointed Junior Rangers!!! Great job third graders!






Grade two went on a walking field around Bar Harbor today.  The weather may have been dreary, but these smiling faces brightened up their community.  


Here is a few pictures from our Grade 4 Pappas and Kindergarten Pickers Reading Buddies:



Grades 7 and 8 participated in a service learning elective afternoon.  We sent groups of students to the food pantry, Bar Harbor Community Farm, buddy art-classes, positive message murals, helping beautify our school and so much more.  It is important for us to instill a sense of philanthropy and supporting our community through volunteerism.










Upwards and Onwards:  The eighth graders braved the elements and hike up Dorr Mountain today for their PE grade level hike.  These hikes build character and community among the students (and muscle!) while also highlighting the importance of personal physical fitness.


And look at the fun and fitness being had yesterday.  Who doesn’t love Omnikin Ball...




Fall Sports:  The soccer teams are tearing up the field this week.  Our A and B teams have had epic matches against Blue Hill, Trenton and Lamoine this week with a Hancock B team game today.  Our coaches couldn’t be prouder of the effort and tremendous amount of sportsmanship shown by all of our Tigers. The season is winding down soon and so if you haven’t caught a game yet, we highly recommend it!



Our golf team is on par with the best and strutting their tiger stuff on the green.  The 11 player CES golf squad is heading to the Causeway Club again tonight to drive, chip and putt their way to another fantastic showing.


The Emerson Cross Country Team continues to have a spectacular season!  At Monday’s Parker Pruett meet, the girls placed second with a score of 67 points with two runners in the top 10—Amelia (6th) and Sarah (10th) in a field of 168 runners.  The boys won the meet with a score of 62 points, also with two runners in the top 10—Sam (3rd) and Liam (4th) in a field of 140 runners. Together the boys and girls teams had a combined score of 129 points for 2nd place overall.  Come check out the boys’ first place trophy in the trophy case. Also, you have a chance to cheer these runners on at their meet this Monday, October 1st.  They will be running at MDI High School; first race is at 4:00 PM.  (Thank you Coach Taylor for the update!).



Have a great weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


October Lunch Menu
October Lunch Menu


Library Notes

We have a lot of new books in the Library. Parents are welcome to visit before school or during the school day. Just stop by Miss Taylor's office to get a visitor sticker.


Many classes are still getting ready to visit with Carol Boston Weatherford at the Jesup on Wednesday, October 10.  This week, we read about Leotyne Price, an opera singer.   We were all amazed that one time she had a 42 minute standing ovation. 


                   MUSIC NOTES                


October is here! If your child is signed up for the Talent Show, please send them to the music room between now and October 12 to preview their act for Mrs. Edmondson. Students provide their own music, props, costumes or whatever is needed for their 3 minute act.

The annual Talent Show will be an evening of family fun and is scheduled for Friday, October 19, 6:00 pm. Students in grades 1-8 may participate. Be creative with your acts! You may perform solo or with a group of friends. Sign up on the music room door. Mrs. Edmondson needs to see a preview of your act at least one week prior to the show. A food sale, beginning at 5:15, will be provided by The Show Stoppers so plan on eating dinner there!

We've just started our 4th Graders on their new wind band and percussion experience.  Super exciting!!!  It will take a little time to get settled because of all of the considerations of starting a new expensive technically challenging instrument.  

Jazz Band:  Wednesdays:  7:30 a.m.  So far, we're taking 7-8th graders that are interested and motivated to play.  We will invite 6th graders that are able and willing when it is appropriate.

School Directory

If you would like to sign your child up for the student directory this year, please complete the form before Oct. 12. Even if you have signed your child up last year, you will need to update it. If you signed your child up last Tuesday (k-4 open house) you may want to double-check that the information is correct. 

Thanks!

Mallory Watkins 
PTSA President




This Week In Art…

Middle School

7th Grade Splatter paintings are on display in the hall outside of the library! Please drop by and see these works of art.


5th Grade students are finishing some incredible paintings inspired by the work they did with Jordan Chalfant last week.

These will be displayed sometime in December at the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor!


7th and 8th Graders came to help out 2nd grade with their Goya Inspired Halloween Creatures! Thanks 7th and 8th Graders! Our creatures are ROARing with happiness!





Millar Millar has a web site of French resources for all her classes from Kindergarten to Grade 8. It can be accessed by going to the Conners-Emerson School website and finding the "Classrooms and Areas" button. On the French page you will find current vocabulary lists for each grade as well as videos and links to online games.
Check out the link below:

PTSNEWS


Our next meeting will be Thursday October 4 at 3:30pm - everyone is welcome!  Annual membership is $5.



School Directory


The PTSA will be putting together the School Directory again this year so that everyone can stay connected!  So many parents appreciate this service for arranging carpools, playdates, etc.  

We had School Directory sign-ups at the PTSA table at the Open Houses, and we will have a way to sign up online for the School Directory for those that didn’t get a chance at the Open Houses - watch the newsletter and/or our Facebook page for more info to come about that. 


TigeGear Design Contest


We were thrilled to see all the wonderful artwork and creative ideas submitted by our talented CES students for the Tiger Gear design contest!  The PTSA will select the top six submissions (3 from Conners and 3 from Emerson), and the students from each school will vote on their favorite.  The two winning designs will be featured on our Tiger Gear! 


Harvest Fest!


Save the date - Saturday October 20 from 12pm-3pm!  

Children’s gear swap

Potluck

Kid activities


Interviews




Interviewee: Ms. Monzillo  

3-4 Special Ed Teacher


1. Why did you become a teacher at C.E.S?

Ms. Monzillo Special Ed. 3-4 teacher


2. Do you like CES school?  Do you enjoy teaching kids at CES?

Yes I like CES because there are a lot of teachers that care about kids.

I really think there is a lot of learning at this school.


3. Where are you from

Lexington, MA


4. What do you like to do for fun?

I like books movies hiking and cooking.


5. What are you most excited for this school year?

Know students better.



Interviewee: Ms. Robins

K-4 Special Ed Tech III

Ed tech

1. Why did you become a teacher at CES?

Because I love to learn.

2. Do you like CES school?  Do you enjoy teaching kids at CES?

Yes. Because I like how they are hard workers.


3. Where are you from

Worcester, MA


4. What do you like to do for fun?I like to hike and read.


5. What are you most excited for this school year?

Getting to know my students.




Interviewee: Ms.  Karolak

K-4 Special Ed Tech III

1. Why did you become a teacher at CES?

I really like to help kids learn.


2. Do you like CES school?  Do you enjoy teaching kids at CES?

I really like the way teachers take pride in teaching. They have done a great job  with my kids and I wanted to be a part of that.


3. Where are you from

Guilford, ME


4. What do you like to do for fun?

Hang out with my kids like going to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.



5. What are you most excited for this school year?

Becoming a better teacher. Making friends with students and staff.



Interviewee: Ms. Devora

K-4 Special Ed Teacher


1. Why did you become a teacher at CES?

Because it is a good school.


2. Do you like CES school?  Do you enjoy teaching kids at C.E.S?

I love this school I surely do.


3. Where are you from?

I am from the Basque country.


4. What do you like to do for fun?

I like many things. One of them is walking in nature.


5. What are you most excited for this school year?

I am really excited about  getting to know the children and my coworkers.


Interviewee: Nurse Shannon

1. Why did you become a teacher at CES?

I am the new nurse at the school. I love helping kids and thought  this was a great opportunity!


2. Do you like CES school?  Do you enjoy teaching kids at CES?

I love the school. I love how kind and caring the students are towards another.


3. Where are you from?

I am originally from Mystic, CT but I moved from Augusta GA.


4. What do you like to do for fun?

Hanging out with my daughter, exercising, and watching reality TV.


5. What are you most excited for this school year?

Making friends and getting to know everyone.










Interviewee Mrs. Emmons

Grade 4 Teacher


1. Why did you become a teacher at C.E.S?

I recently moved to the island and wanted to work here because all of the wonderful things I heard about CES.


2. Do you like C.E.S school?  Do you enjoy teaching kids at C.E.S?

I love teaching at C.E.S.This school has the best students in the world! They are kind caring and hard working! The make me smile every day.


3. Where are you from?

I am from Brewer. I used to teach 2nd grade in Holden.


4. What do you like to do for fun?

For fun I love to hike! I also love to fish, read and make jewelry.


5. What are you most excited for this school

I am so excited to spend this year working with and getting to know all my fantastic students!



Interviews by Jaiden Hines and Ryker Warren




Newsletter September 21st 2018

posted Sep 18, 2018, 10:21 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Sep 21, 2018, 1:28 PM by Heather Webster ]


September 21, 2018


Open House:  Thank you to all the parents and family members that joined us for our K-4 Open House on Tuesday.  It was great to see the look of pride and excitement on the students’ faces as the played tour guides to their friends and families.  We really appreciate our wonderful PTSA for greeting parents and organizing the school directory. The 5-8 Open House is right around the corner and we look forward to seeing you there on Thursday, September 27th from 4:30-6:00. Parents and students are welcome to visit the classroom from 4:30-5:30, followed by a parent meeting in the library for new/fifth grade families to learn about technology and Unified Classroom. The eighth grade families will meet at 5:30 to talk about the class trip.



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


Grade seven went to Sieur du Mont in ANP today to learn about …  Grade eight is diving into their chemistry unit, learning about solutions and dissolving solids.



Grades one and two headed to Ships Harbor yesterday for a morning of full of science and nature with the ANP Park Rangers.


 














Grade three started their Junior Ranger Program as part of their MDI unit for Social Studies.


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Grade three and four also take Healthy Bodies classes with Mr. Dionne.  A big part of the class is learning about nutrition and we are excited to be using our new Green House.



Magical Marionettes:  We were so lucky to host the award winning Tanglewood Marionettes for a K-4 performance of the Dragon King.  The students were mesmerized by the story, the characters, the scenery and the special effects. When asking students what they thought of the show…”AWESOME” was the overwhelming response.  The puppeteers also hosted an after school workshop on marionette manipulation (and we don’t mean creating evil puppets). They had their puppets dabbing, doing sit-ups and reading books.  If puppets are your thing, The Grand in Ellsworth is hosting a full weekend of puppetry featuring the Tanglewood Marionettes, another workshop and everyone’s favorite:  The Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers. We also want to thank Robin for making this show and workshop happen!!!



Fall Sports:  The golf team had their first match on Thursday at the Causeway Club.  It was a beautiful day for golf and our tiger swingers did a fantastic job of representing CES.


The Cross Country team is on fire!  We had a great showing at the invitational in Hancock on Monday.  The much anticipated Parker Pruitt Invitational is on the horizon at Sumner High School.


Soccer showdown… Last Friday was the Battle of Blue Hill with a win of 4-0 win.  (Caden, Brandon and Evan scored). MDES vs CES was Tuesday. A game for the ages.  A rematch of last year’s finals… We fought hard, but in the end fell to the Mustangs.  Yesterday was an away game at Hancock, a tough loss of 4-3 (goals to Caden (2) and Brandon).  The B team had a heartbreaking loss against MDES 2-1, but plays tonight (redemption) and the A team is looking toward turning the tide with some must needed wins next week.



Class Hikes/Field Trips:  Students in all grades will be attending educational field trips around the island and participating in their grade level hikes.  Please be sure that your child brings a full water bottle, has sturdy footwear and wears layered clothing.


From the Desk of Nurse Shannon:  At several of our schools around the district, including CES, reports of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.  We are doing our best to sanitize door knobs and surfaces while also encouraging students to frequently wash their hands.  If you would like to learn more about this virus, here is a link to the CDC’s summary of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease or contact your family medical provider.


Have a great weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


              MUSIC NOTES          
 The annual Instrument Night was exciting! It is wonderful to see many students eager to learn to play an instrument! Lessons, orchestra, and band have begun but it's not too late if you still want to join!

First grade music class had a pleasant surprise! Enrichment was provided by our very own Miss Robbins who played her brand new euphonium for the students. 



Library Notes

School's in full swing.  All grades and classes have weekly visits to the Library. We are currently prepping for Carol Boston Weatherford's visit to Jesup on October 10-11. To read more about Ms. Weatherford's books, click here.
This week many classes learned about Arturo Schomburg, whose private collection evolved into the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

This Week In Art…

    Wow, thank you all for the amazing turn out at the K-4 Open House! And for the great responses and emails regarding our December Art Show! I am constantly feeling blessed to be in such a remarkable community.

    7th Graders this week are splatter painting in the style of Jackson Pollock! Here are some action shots from Tuesday morning.


5th Graders had a special visitor this week. Jordan Chalfant came by Friday as a visiting artist! Sponsored by the Wendell Gilley Museum, Ms. Chalfant showed students how to observe and how to watercolor. We used our new sketchbooks and learned the importance of observation and conservation.

Kindergarten is well on their way, having already begun their Line Sculptures! Next week we'll be painting lots of lines and learning about the rainbow! Sculptures were in the hall for Open House and were a huge hit.

1st Grade are reviewing lines and color as well...stay tuned for some hot air balloons floating around the 1st Grade wing.

2nd Grade is getting Spooky for the next 3 weeks with Francisco de Goya and his creatures.

3rd Graders are doing some rough draft sketches for Big Bugs! No seriously. We mean HUGE bugs.



PTSNEWS


Our next meeting will be Thursday October 4 at 3:30pm - everyone is welcome!  Annual membership is $5.


Stop by our table at the Open House to say hello, meet other parents, and learn more about the PTSA.  Sign-ups to be included in the school directory will be taking place at our table as well.  


School Directory


The PTSA will be putting together the School Directory again this year so that everyone can stay connected!  So many parents appreciate this service for arranging carpools, playdates, etc.  

We did School Directory sign-ups at the PTSA table at the K-4 Open House this week, and we look forward to the 5th-8th Open House next week for more sign-ups.  Stop by our table to say hello!  

We will have a way to sign up online for the School Directory for those that didn’t get a chance at the Open Houses - watch the newsletter and/or our Facebook page for more info to come about that. 


TigeGear Design Contest


We were thrilled to see all the wonderful artwork and creative ideas submitted by our talented CES students for the Tiger Gear design contest!  The PTSA will select the top six submissions (3 from Conners and 3 from Emerson), and the students from each school will vote on their favorite.  The two winning designs will be featured on our Tiger Gear! 


Harvest Fest!


Save the date - Saturday October 20 from 12pm-3pm!  

Children’s gear swap

Potluck

Kid activities


Newsletter September 14th, 2018

posted Sep 12, 2018, 5:13 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Sep 14, 2018, 2:34 PM by Heather Webster ]



September 14, 2018


Open House:  Here ye, here ye, by order of a school proclamation we are pleased to announce the dates for very anticipated (and always well attended) Open Houses

  • K-4 is Tuesday, September 18th from 4-5:30

  • 5-8 is Thursday, September 27th from 4:30-6:00 w/ an 8th grade class meeting to follow.


International Dot Day:  Students in the Conner building had a delightful, dot-filled day.  Today we celebrated International Dot Day based upon the book The Dot by, Peter H. Reynolds.



Class Hikes/Field Trips:  Students in all grades will be attending educational field trips around the island and participating in their grade level hikes (while the weather is good).  Please be sure that your child brings a full water bottle, has sturdy footwear and wears layered clothing. We never know if it is going to be 50 or 80 degrees these days (I vote for 80)  and we want our students to be comfortable and prepared for the elements.


Bangor Symphony Orchestra:  Grades 2-5 were treated to a classical musical montage at the Criterion today.  What a fantastic end to a fantastic week!


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








Math Team:  Our MathCounts Team is up and running.  If your child is interested in “adding” their name to our team, please contact our new Gifted and Talented teacher Mrs. Mackay.  We have been very competitive both within the state and nationally (yea Alan!) in recent years and this year is looking like it will be “equally” exciting!


Fall Sports:  The Battle of Blue Hill… Monday night was a showcase of soccer skills and incredible talent as both our A and B team battled against Blue Hill.  The A team played first and walked away with a 4-2 victory. Brandon tallied 2 goals, Caden 1 goal and Nina 1 goal.


Tough Loss for B Team Soccer

By Patrick Hall

Emerson B team had their first match up against Blue Hill on Monday, September 10th. The well played game ended in the first loss for the Tigers.  The one shot on goal by Soren Hopkins-Goff, a spectacular header into the back of the net, was called off by the referee. Patrick Hall defended the Tiger’s goal for most of the game supported by Daley Foss as his sub. The Tigers play next at home against MDES on Tuesday, September 18th.


CES Boys sail past competition in first XC meet

      by Logan Blanchette

Seven schools participated in the September 10th meet at Trenton Elementary School under sunny skies.  There were more than 100 runners covering the 3000 meter trail of pavement, grass, gravel, mud and wooden planks.  Coach Taylor and Coach Harper cheered on the CES team. The boys team came in first place overall with 4 runners in the top ten.  The girls team came in a close second to MDES. Top CES runners included Sam -1st place, Liam -2nd place, Max -5th place, Logan -9th place, Amelia -3rd place, Sarah -8th place, and Lily -9th place.  The next meet takes place in Hancock on September 17th.


The golf team is small, but mighty.  We are expecting great things from these drivers and putters.

(And parents, if you take a great picture at one of school events, feel free to send it to Mrs. Webster. She loves showcasing our super spectacular students!!!)


Pick-up/Drop-off:  The mornings are a smooth running machine.  Thank you to parents for helping us make the drop-off time quick and safe.  The afternoon is a little trickier, but with everyone’s help, it will be just as smooth.  If you are coming to pick up your child, they will be dismissed after the buses leave. You are welcome to wait in your car and line up in the middle lane (so not to block the buses on the “library corner”).  As soon as the buses leave, you can pull up to our pick-up zone. Some student legs are longer than others so it might take a few extra minutes for your child to get there. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!


Absences:  If your child will not be in school, please contact Miss Taylor to let her know either by email or by phone.  Should you be planning an extended vacation, please let Miss Taylor and your classroom/homeroom teacher know as soon as possible.


Long Range Planning: Dr. Gousse is looking for parents and community members to join subcommittees that will make recommendations to the boards based upon community feedback. More information can be found at the following link: Long term Planning Subcommittees


Have a wonderful weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster



Emerson Tiger Cafe

"Where Cooking Is Done With Love"
Celebrate Maine Harvest Week Sept 17-21
Featuring Locally  Grown & Home Made Food Products


Nurse’s Notes

*If your child has a Epi-Pen or inhaler it is required that each school year a new action plan be filled out by your child’s physician and handed into the school nurse.  All paperwork can be found on the school website under Nurse’s Corner on the left hand side.  
*Please remember if your child has a fever of 100.0F or higher they must remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours with out the use of Tylenol(Acetaminophen)/Motrin(Ibuprofen).  
*If your child vomits or has diarrhea they must remain home for 24 hours until after the last episode of vomiting and or diarrhea. 

Please note that there will not be any cough drops administered this year by the school nurse.   A student may bring in their own cough drops from home and keep them in the nurses office with a note from home and will be administered only during an acute illness.  



  Grade 6 students have just started a unit about the Début d'Acadie (the beginning of Acadia).  We have been looking at 400 year old maps drawn by Samuel de Champlain.  Each student created a rose des vents (a compass rose) on their folder.  A few examples can be seen above.  Champlain's is in the middle.  Later on in the year they will be studying weather, the metric system, calendars and French style and clothing.

Library Notes
The CES Library is pleased to be partnering with Jesup to bring the author Carole Boston Weatherford to Bar Harbor in October. Classes will be visiting Jesup.

Also, the Jesup announces a visiting author: 




PTSNEWS


Our next meeting will be Thursday October 4 at 3:30pm - everyone is welcome!  Annual membership is $5.


Stop by our table at the Open House to say hello, meet other parents, and learn more about the PTSA.  Sign-ups to be included in the school directory will be taking place at our table as well.  


TigeGear Design Contest


Students - submit your design for our t-shirts, hoodies, and bags!  Submissions will be accepted in the front office from 9/4 through 9/18.  The PTSA will select the top six submissions (3 from Conners and 3 from Emerson), and the students from each school will vote on their favorite.  The two winning designs will be featured on our Tiger Gear!  Submission forms were sent home with students last week, but additional copies can be picked up in the office.  


Harvest Fest!


Save the date - Saturday October 20 from 12pm-3pm!  

Children’s gear swap

Potluck

Kid activities


  MUSIC NOTES

Music activities are underway - orchestra, band, chorus, Swallowtail Fiddlers, Show Stoppers, Jazz Band! There are so many music options for you to participate in!


The island wide Instrument Night is Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00 pm at the MDI HS cafeteria.

If you submitted a form and indicated that you are interested in playing a string or band instrument, the David French Company will deliver an instrument and/or lesson book during the Instrument Night.


The annual Talent Show will be an evening of family fun and is scheduled for Friday, October 19, 6:00 pm. Students in grades 1-8 may participate. Be creative with your acts! You may perform solo or with a group of friends. Sign up on the music room door. Mrs. Edmondson needs to see a preview of your act at least one week prior to the show. A food sale, beginning at 5:15, will be provided by The Show Stoppers so plan on eating dinner there!

 
The focus on grade 3 and 4 music classes this week is on Rhythm. The students enjoyed creating and decorating their own Rhythm Catchers and in the process, learned or reviewed the values of notes and rests. 




Acadia Community Theater

Acadia Community Theater announces auditions for their 2018 Holiday Show, Jean Shepherd’s A Christmas Story on Thursday September 20 at 6:00 pm at the MDI High School’s  Higgins-Demas Theater under the direction of Doug VanGorder.


All ages are welcome to audition, but we ask that parents be present to supervise their children. This play has some great roles for both adults and children, so come on out and join us!


Although the cast for this show is limited, there are many opportunities for small parts including children walking to school, playing in the playground, and working in the classroom.


Audition materials will be available at the MDIHS main office and on the ACT website: www.acadiacommunitytheater.net


Production dates are:

Neighborhood House: Saturday December 1 at 7pm and Sunday December 2 at 2pm.

Criterion Theatre: Friday December 7 at 6pm and Saturday December 8 at 11am.


The expected rehearsal schedule includes Monday evenings at MDIHS, Thursday evenings at the Neighborhood House, and most Saturday afternoons at MDIHS. Additional days may be added as necessary.


Questions? Contact producer, Heather Dillon at heather.dillon71@gmail.com or 207.460.9328.



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