Conners Emerson Weekly

Newsletter September 21st 2018

posted Sep 18, 2018, 10:21 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated by Rebecca Edmondson ]


              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!



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.



Newsletter September 7th, 2018

posted Sep 6, 2018, 6:47 PM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 12:04 PM by Rebecca Edmondson ]


September 7, 2018


Open House:  We are so excited for you to join us and learn all about the great things that your children are doing here at school.  Our Open House will be announced soon!


Back to the Books: We are busy learning routines, meeting new friends and settling back into the pace of being back at school.  Here are some snapshots of our first six days back and some of the learning we are doing:



Kinder Cuties are exploring their world outside and taking notes on what they observe. The next generation of researchers and scientists...



Having fun in violin sectionals.



Constructing an art mural in the Conners building named “Move the Rhythm of Your Soul” created by the seventh grade (and named by Owen).



Pick-up/Drop-off:  We want to sincerely thank you for your patience with our new morning and afternoon procedures.  When dropping off your children, please make sure you are in the “drop off zone” in front of the library rather than letting them off in the parking lot and having to walk through the buses.  Safety First!


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 which include school days, it would be great if you can let Miss Taylor and your classroom teacher know as soon as possible.


Fall Sports:  Our cross country team is “off and running” (literally).  We have a huge group of athletes on our squad from fifth grade to eighth grade.  There is still time to join the team if your child would like to. Their first meet will be in Trenton on Monday.  Run like the wind Tigers!


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


The soccer team had their tryouts on Wednesday and Thursday.  With over 30 kids trying out, we have plenty for both a co-ed A and B team.  Their first game is right around the corner (Monday in Blue Hill?).


After School Plans:  The end of the day is a busy, busy time and we want to make sure that all students are going where they need to go.  If you need to change your child’s afternoon plans, please let us know by 1:00 so we can make sure they get the message.


Snake City:  Ms. Rosinksi is focusing on storytelling during her Guidance classes and shared her encounter with an unwanted visitor this week at her house (a snake in the basement…).  The students from Mrs. Tripp’s room brainstormed ideas on how to evict her unwanted guest. Extraction went as planned until a student asked if she checked for eggs. Guess what she found the next day?  Babies! Thank you to the third graders for sharing their reptile knowledge, role playing snake handling procedures and problem solving skills while learning about storytelling.



From the Desk of Nurse Shannon:  If your child needs or has an inhaler or an epi pen, please contact Nurse Shannon immediately.  We need to have a asthma or allergy action plan on file.


Have a fantastic weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


This Week in Art…

Welcome back to school! Art class has been crazy already, but that is the way we like it!

My goals for this year are to make every student independent in my room. I’ve rearranged just about every part of it. I want students to know where the materials are, and to feel like the art room is theirs!

My second ambition is to host some Art Shows! If you are a parent with a passion for student art and would consider lending a hand with art displays around January or May, please email me at allison.maurais@mdirss.org .


K-3 have been reading the book “Only One You” by Linda Cranz and coloring some very unique fish for our hallway display.

5th Graders are creating recycled sketchbooks to use for the duration of their middle school career. At the end of the month they will have visiting artist Jordan Chalfant show them the benefits of using a sketchbook.

7th Grade is working on a massive installation for the hallway. We were inspired by Marta Minujin and Yayoi Kusama, and their immersive temporary installations.

Soon our hallways will be full of color! I can’t wait!


PTSA NEWS
The PTSA had our first meeting this week and lots of great plans are already in motion for the 2018/2019 school year. 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.

Tiger Gear 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 thetop 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 featuredon our Tiger Gear! Submission forms were sent home with students this week,but additional copies can be picked up in the office. Harvest Fest!
Save the date - Saturday October 20! More details coming soon!

Music Notes
Welcome from the new Band Director and new golf coach!!!  I'm Dan Granholm and have taught music in this MDIRSS for the last 20 years.  I started at MDIHS as their music director for 15 years and then moved to teach on Swan's Island for the last 5 years.

It's been a great first (almost) full week of school.  I'm excited to be here and I have been warmly welcomed by your students and your staff.  Thank you.

Mrs. Edmondson and I have two timely announcements.

1.  Instrument sign-up sheets are due one week from today.  If you have a 3rd grader, they can sign up to learn a string instrument.  If you have a 4th grader, they can sign up for a band instrument and continue with their string instrument.  There will be a meeting at the high school on September 19, 6 p.m.  There, you will pick up your instrument.

2.  Talent Show:  October 19.
Sign-up on the Music Room door.  Acts must be previewed by Mrs. Edmondson one week before the show. Make them creative, no longer than 3 minutes, solo or with a group of friends. Grades 1 - 8 may participate. Food sale provided by the Show Stoppers!


C'est la rentrée- Welcome back to school!  
This year we have many new students who have just moved to Bar Harbor.  For those new students who have never taken French lessons before there are special Beginner Lessons in addition to their regular classes.  New Fifth and Sixth Grade students will be meeting with me, Madame Millar, on Thursday afternoons.  New Seventh and Eighth Grade students will have Beginner Lessons on Wednesday afternoons.  They will be learning basic greetings and  colors and numbers.  I have a web site with some useful links on it here.  
Under the menu bar there is also a special page for new students with more  web links for practicing new vocabulary.  If you have any questions about the French program feel free to contact me at:     lmillar@mdirss.org   
  Merci!  Mme Millar

LIBRARY NOTES

We're back in full swing with new titles. Students in grades K-8 will visit the Library weekly. 

The Jesup also invites you to an author event: 



August 31st 2018

posted Aug 31, 2018, 10:17 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Aug 31, 2018, 12:04 PM by Heather Webster ]




August 31, 2018


Thank you so much:  The entire staff at Conners Emerson want to thank all of the parents, students and community members that greeted us with signs, music, cowbells and tasty treats on Wednesday.  Pulling into the parking lot and feeling waves of support, love and appreciation brought many teachers to tears. It was absolutely awesome.








Kindergarten Open House:  Our newest and tigers joined us for our annual Kindergarten Open House on Tuesday evening.  The students were able to meet their new teachers, visit their classrooms and take a practice ride on the school bus. (They are so cute!)


Back to the Books:  Our first two days have been wonderful.  We are so excited to see all of the students, catch up on how their summer vacation was and prepare for a great school year to come.  (I can’t believe how much they have grown!)


Middle school students doing team-building activities...

Meeting the new band teacher..


Pick-up/Drop-off:  We have changed how the drop-off and afternoon pick-ups look in our very congested parking lot.  The morning changes have been very smooth and parent feedback has been positive. We will continue to have staff members ready to help your students out of the care and get them where they need to go every morning.  The afternoons will be a challenge with the construction, buses getting used to their new routes and parents trying to find parking spaces. We encourage you to park at Kids Corner (in the public parking lot behind their building) or arrive after the buses (3:10) to pick up your child.  If you need them before 3:00 for an appointment, contact Taylor so we can get them ready for you or come before 2:45. We appreciate your patience and support during these busy times.


Absences:  If your child will not be in school, please contact Miss Taylor to let her know either by email or by phone.  


Fall Sports:  Our fall sports season is ready to begin.  Students in fifth grade are welcome to join the Cross-Country Team.  Students in grades 6-8 can sign up for golf, soccer or cross-country.  Please email our Athletic Director, Brian O’Connell (boconnell@mdirss.org) or look on our school website if you have any questions.  Sign up sheets are in the cafeteria.


ROAR:  Our school goal this year is to improve our school culture.  One way to do this is to create building-wide behavioral norms so that all students and staff members have a common language and understanding of what is expected in different areas of the school (bathroom, cafeteria, study halls, etc…).  The middle school students had class discussions and made posters to hang around the school showing how to be respectful, responsible and safe throughout their day. ROARS stands for Respect Others and self, Act Responsibly.  Here are some photos of our Emerson assembly sharing the posters that everyone made.



Have a great long weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


Team Building


PTSNEWS


The PTSA is excited for another great school year, and our first meeting is next week on Thursday September 6 at 3:30pm in the school library.  We are always looking for new members - parents, teachers, and students!  Kids are welcome at PTSA meetings.


Can’t make it to meetings? No problem - there are plenty of opportunities for members to stay connected and be involved throughout the year.  

If you would like to be on our email list to receive updates and get involved with planning, email us at ces.ptsapresident@gmail.com.  Also, Like us on Facebook!


Wondering what the PTSA is all about?  We are a group of parents, teachers, and students working together to support and enrich our school community.  We plan events such as the Science Fair and the Spring Fling, fundraise to sponsor Teacher Grant awards, celebrate our wonderful teachers & staff during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, and we are always open to new ideas about how to support our wonderful CES community!  


We’d love to have you join us!


Newsletter June 15th, 2018

posted Jun 13, 2018, 9:37 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 11:09 AM by Taylor Hamor ]


June 18, 2018


Welcome to your summer vacation…


Fond Farewell:  The staff lined the sidewalks as the students crowded the bus windows to wave goodbye as the buses pulled out of the parking lot on Thursday.  It was a raucous crowd, with bells, noise makers and signs wishing our students well as they started their summer vacation.



Lost and Found:  We need your help to reunify lost clothing and items with their owners.  Our gym is teeming with clothing, water bottles and shoes that were found throughout the school.  Please come between 7:30-2:00 both this week and next week if you would like to look through our piles before they are donated to Serendipity in Bar Harbor.



Grade Four Play:  The fourth graders amazed their audience with a student-produced and written play called the Acorn King.  Fantastic job! They ended their year with a much deserved cast party.




Grade One Authors:  Mrs. Young’s class has been writing up a storm this year!  They invited other classes to come in and hear some of their best fictional stories.  I must say they were awesome! (Corbin, I loved the Jack stories…)



Space Race:  Gaia and Sophia rocked the nation’s capital with their history presentation.  All of us at CES are so proud of you!



Field Day Fun:  Our field day was last Tuesday and it was a huge success!  The weather was wonderful, the seventh and eighth grade helpers were awesome and all the students had a blast (parachute, bocce, balloon toss, drum circles, jailbreak, sponge race, shoe relay, obstacle course, epic Pictionary, tug-o-war and so much more).  Grades 5-8 wore their team colors to add a little friendly competition. Mrs. Dyer’s class loved it so much that they went right back to class and wrote about what part they liked best. It is no surprise that the bounce house was at the top of the list! The day ended with an epic Tug-o-War battle in which the Blue Team was victorious.  (Don’t worry staff, I won’t tell anyone that the eighth graders beat you at the end, our little secret…)
















Recognition Ceremony:  Our eighth graders mixed it up a little this year and did their awards ceremony a little differently.  Each of our rising high schoolers wrote and read a summary about one of their peers, talking about their terrific traits, how they contributed to our school and what makes them awesome.  It was a tearjerker for sure!



Promotion Ceremony:  It was a bittersweet night last Wednesday as we said goodbye to our eighth graders.  Watching them grow and spread their wings over the past years has been wonderful and we will certainly miss each and everyone of them.  Good luck at MDIHS!!!



Report Cards:  Drum roll please…..  The moment all students have been waiting for…  Report Cards!!! They will be mailed out next week.  Your children have made tremendous progress this year and we can’t wait to tell you all about it!


Have a great summer (we miss you already!!!),


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


8th Grade Promotion Ceremony





PTSNEWS


Thank you to all the teachers, students, parents, and volunteers who helped make this a wonderful school year!  The Science Fair, Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, the Spring Fling, and announcing the teacher grant awards are just a few of our favorite things from this past year.  


We already have some great events and fundraisers in the works for next year!  The PTSA will resume meetings again as the start of the 2018/2019 approaches - keep an eye on our Facebook page or website for dates and more information.  New members are always welcome - parents, teachers, and students!  If you would like to be on our email list to receive updates and get involved with planning (even if you are not able to attend meetings), email us at ces.ptsapresident@gmail.com.


Have a terrific summer!

8th Grade Awards Day 

8th Grade Awards Ceremony



Grade 8 Slide Show 2018


Newsletter, June 8th, 2018

posted Jun 6, 2018, 6:13 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Jun 9, 2018, 6:46 AM by Heather Webster ]


June 8, 2018

Three and a half days to go…


Space Race:  Good luck to Gaia and Sophia as they head down the Washington D.C. to participate in National History Day at the University of Maryland.  We are so proud of you!!! Thank you to all of that donated money during our spirit day and community/business supporters.


Outstanding Officers:  Miss Picker’s class headed downtown to visit the Police Department and Fire Station this week.  This is part of their community unit and were able to connect with the officers and fireman that keep us safe here in Bar Harbor.  Thank you Bar Harbor Police and Fire Departments!!!



On your mark…  Grade five designed their own race cars using strict mathematic parameters and then brought them to life using the 3-D printers.  They had the classroom trials yesterday and the winners moved on today’s big hallway race to see whose design would bring home the victory.  It was an unbelievable nail-biter, students lined the hallways cheering for their choice and in the end Fiona pulled out a win with a distance of 32 ½ feet.  



Lunch Bills:  Please contact Ann McCafferty if you have any questions about your child’s lunch bill.  We will need to clear all accounts by the end of the school year.


Elementary Literary Adventures:  Our elementary students have had the opportunity to visit with Miss May at the Jesup Library to hear all about their exciting Summer Reading Program.  We are so fortunate to have such a close relationship with our local library and are excited that our students have so many options to help them remember to read, read, read all summer long!


Adventurous Acadia:  Grade six headed into the park for a “Fire and Ice” experience.  Rangers met them down at Sand Beach to discuss the geological formations in our park.

 

















Sensational Spring Sounds:  On June 6th, our students treated us to what can only be described as magic to the ears during their Grades 2-8 Instrumental and Vocal concert.  Grade 2 violins kicked off the night with their artistic renditions of some old favorites, the beginning band knocked it out of the park with their musical prowess, the orchestras were supremely phenomenal, the ⅚ and ⅞ bands almost brought the audience to their feet and the trumpets, string cheese and jazz bands reminded us why music is good for the soul.  Our vocals were not be out done… The Voices of the Round table were simply amazing, the chorus brought us back in time with their retro choices of songs and the Show Stoppers rounded out the evening with an energetic and enthusiastic glimpse of their show to come… Great job musicians and thank you to Mr. Gill and Mrs. Edmondson for all of your hard work and dedication in bringing together such an outstanding show.




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Upcoming Dates:

Field Day on Tuesday, June 12th

8th Grade Recognition Day, June 13th at 10:00

Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday, June 13th at 4:30

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


Have a great weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster




Grade 2 Happenings


Second grade students have been working hard on their picture books. This is the culminating project for our Ezra Jack Keats Author Study unit. Students were immersed in reading and looking at the many books published by the famous author. Then they wrote their own realistic fiction stories, and are now using the author’s collage style to illustrate their own picture books. So far, they are amazing!

                               MUSIC NOTES                               
Congratulations on another wonderful spring concert! Please be sure to have "play dates" during summer to make music for fun and listen to and attend live performances as well. 
Check out the week of daily offerings and evening performances at "The Trad School" (Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts - https://acadiatradschool.org/ ) held at COA June 24-29. It is not too late to register. Evening performance tickets may be reserved online.



Kindergarten Visitor
Rita's dad, Dan visited Mrs. Dyer's class on Tuesday, June 5 to talk about his work as a potter .  Students learned about the art of making pots and watched as Dan mixed up some cement for a trivet for Mrs. Dyer.  Each student placed a stone in the wet cement for decoration.    Students guessed what other jobs Dan has had, asked him about what he likes and dislikes about his job, and asked how he learned how to be a potter.



Grade 5 students are doing their Maison d'Escargot (Snail house) presentations this week.  Each student had to create a house for their adopted snail.  You can see below the variety materials they used for this project.  They then had to use this house as a visual for an oral presentation where they talked about the different rooms in the house and activities their snail liked to do.  This was a big project! Parents can view their child's slideshow on their (the student's) google docs.

On Friday afternoon one of the sixth grade French classes went outside to play Pétanque - a popular French game similar to Bocci Ball.

This Week in Art…

The final week of Art Classes!


A huge thank you to staff and students for making my second year at Conners-Emerson exemplary. I continue to learn from this experience and grow as a teacher, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings. By the time we return next fall, I won’t be Miss DuBois anymore- I will be Mrs. Maurais! Just as french, as hard to spell, and as hard to pronounce.


Here is a look at the month of June for our students, both Elementary and Middle.


Kindergarten read “The Mousetronaut” written by an actual Astronaut!

We made rocket ships blasting off into space and reviewed line, color, and collaging.



2nd Graders spent so much time created pointillism houses using tons of little dots in hues of primary colors. They also practiced self-critiquing, a huge step for them, and pushed their art to be the best it could be. I think you will agree, the results are amazing!


4th Graders in Mrs. Fournier’s class received their first Middle School history lesson a little early. Mrs. Brotzman came down to the art room to teach us about Ancient China. She even showed us a real acupuncture needle! Students created bamboo paintings, and even signed them with red “stamps” like true Chinese artists would have.


7th Graders worked hard for weeks to create their One Point Perspective drawings. Our theme? Bar Harbor in 100 Years! Some of them were more...frightening. Others were futuristic. Some were even fantastical!

8th Graders are all over the place- from independent projects to transformation drawings, and name sculptures. Here are a few proud artists as they reach the finish line of 8th Grade art class!


Newsletter June 1, 2018

posted May 31, 2018, 7:00 AM by Siobhan Ryan   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 5:35 PM by Heather Webster ]


June (yes, June) 1, 2018


Nine days to go...


And the winner is…:Alex, Julia and Cora won First Place in the American Statistical Association’s National Data Visualization Poster Competition for the Grades 1-3 Category with their Which Hand Rules poster.  This was a highly competitive group and we are so proud of our students!!!!



Math Team:  Tuesday was the last Math Team Meeting of the year and the club members celebrated in style.  Their annual breakfast was delicious and they fed their bodies and their brains as they answered complicated questions while chowing down.  This hardworking group of students (and Ms. Winne) have accomplished amazing things throughout the year and we are excited to see what they do in the years to come!!!


Swan’s Island Adventure:  Mrs. Pappas and Mrs. Fournier's classes joined the rest of the district fourth graders in taking the ferry out to Swan’s Island for the day.  The students ride the 40 minute ferry over to this majestic island, learn about its history, walk on the “Un-nature Trail”, take a bus tour of the lighthouse and other island features and have lunch on a really cool rock beach.  The weather couldn’t have been nicer. This event is a great way for them to learn about the history of MDI and to make connections with the “pen-pals” they were matched with earlier this month.



Diver Ed Extravaganza:  Grade 3 was treated to a most extraordinary field trip on the U.S.S. Starfish Enterprise, captained by the one and only Diver Ed.  It was a beautiful day to be on the water and the students learned (sometimes the hard, gross and wet way) about the creatures that are living right off shore.  



Eighth Grade Class Adventure:  Our illustrious eighth grade class is currently on the adventure of a lifetime (or at least of middle school) up in Caratunk, Maine.  They are white water rafting, swimming, and hanging out at Adventure Bound. Our brave chaperones and the students stay in the cabins for two nights and make memories with friends before they will head off on their next adventure... high school.





Spring Concert:  On June 6th, our sensational Spring Concert amaze you, but will be a little different than in years past... The younger students (gr. 2-4) will kick off the show at 5:30 (classroom violins, beginning orchestra and beginning band), there will be a short intermission and then the older students (gr. 5-8) will finish the evening with the band, orchestra and chorus.  And the bonus for the audience is that our new bleachers are in!!!


Crayola is Calling:  We are looking for your old crusty and dried out markers as well as cardboard shoe boxes (for collection purposes).  Weird, I know. It is all Taylor’s idea… We will be recycling old markers that have lasted well past their expiration (or inspiration) date, sending them to the big marker recycling center in the sky (okay, maybe it is in Pennsylvania) with your help.  We are always looking at ways to reuse/reduce/recycle here at Conners Emerson and with the amount of markers used up by the end of they year, we are excited to partner up with Crayola in disposing of them properly. If you are able to donate shoe boxes or want to send in some markers, Miss Taylor would gladly take them off your hands.

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Upcoming Dates:

8th Grade Trip (White Water Rafting) May 31-June 2nd

Instrumental Concert for Grades 2-8 on June 6th

Field Day on Tuesday, June 12th

8th Grade Recognition Day, June 13th

Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday, June 13th at 4:30

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


Have a wonderful weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster



nJUNE LUNCH MENU
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PTSNEWS

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

                         MUSIC NOTES             
It's Spring Concert Time!
The instrumental performance for grades 2-4 will be on Wednesday, June 6 at 5:30 in our Emerson gym. It will be short and very sweet, lasting no more than 30 minutes. Grade 2 students will share violin skills with their parents. Then the 3-4 String Orchestra will perform, followed by the grade 4 Beginner Band. There will be a break for you to enjoy a bake sale by The Show Stoppers! 
At 6:30, the grade 5-8 large groups will perform - 5-6 Band, 7-8 Band, Jazz Band, 5-8 Chorus, 5-8 Orchestra, Voices, String Cheese, Trumpet Troubadours, The Swallowtail Fiddlers, and The Show Stoppers!

TEMPO: The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra
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he Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra performs music from 'Under the Big Top' on Saturday, June 2, 6:00 pm at The Grand Theater  in Ellsworth. Enjoy an exciting repertoire of familiar 
circus music. Fun for the whole family!  
Adults/$12 Youth/$7

Grades 3 & 4 students have been learning how to tell stories in French.  They started off with a story about Gabi the cat which was acted out in class.  Each class will also be creating their own original story using their new vocabulary words.

Math Olympiads Mathlete AWARDS
This year Conners Emerson students participated in two levels of Math Olympiads: the Elementary League (students in grade six or below) and the Middle School League (students in grade nine or below). In both leagues, students participated in five contests, with five questions each, for a total of 25 VERY challenging word problems.
Elementary League Results
The silver pin was awarded to six students in the top 10% of nearly 150,000 students worldwide: Maaike, Kasch, Caden, Julia, Raymond, and Alex. Tying for 1st place and winning the trophy (with 21 out of 25 correct answers) were Caden, Julia, and Raymond. In addition, 15 other fifth and sixth graders won patches for being in the top 40% worldwide. Together the students have earned the school a Certificate of High Achievement. 
Middle School League Results
The silver pin was awarded to both Rex and Alex for placing in the top 10% of competing students (up through 9th grade!). Rex won the Middle School League trophy for correctly solving 21 out of 25 challenging problems correctly. In addition, 13 other students won a patch for being in the top 50% globally.  Together, the students earned the school a Seventh Grade Meritorious Achievement Certificate.




Neighborhood House PJ party and fundraiser.

Afterschool Hiking Club
Grades 4-8 went on a hike up Champlain Mountain this week and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon.



Newsletter, May 25th, 2018

posted May 22, 2018, 7:50 AM by Nancy Sweeney   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 5:37 PM by Heather Webster ]


May 25, 2018


Spring Fling:  Great turn out and lots of families attended the first annual Spring Fling Family Dance Night.  It was so much fun! The PTSA and their 8th grade helpers (Bella, Sirohi and Edward) and 7th grade helpers (Avery and Meleena) did a great job of keeping the energy high, the dancing moves flowing and raising over $600 for the PTSA.  We are so fortunate to community sponsors that donated prizes and food and for that we say thank you for their continued support.


Acadia National Park Explorations:  Grade 5 headed to Sieur du Mont in Acadia National Park yesterday for an epic outdoor classroom adventure.  We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful educational resource and productive partnership with the park, giving us the opportunity to use this amazing backyard as our outdoor classroom.













Grade 7 is heading into Acadia National Park today to learn about Fish Migration as part of the expeditionary unit on “Change”.


Bacteriology Unit:  Scientist from the Jackson Lab joined our three second grade classes to learn about germs and bacteria.  Over a three day span they tested the bacteria levels in their classrooms, finding where the greatest concentrations were all while being scientists themselves.


String Fest:  The annual String Fest took place last night at MDIHS with string student in grades 3-8 across the district joining up for an afternoon of fun and friendship, culminating in a spectactular district wide performance of our talented local musicians.  A lot of hard work and planning goes into putting an event like this together so we want to give a shout out to our very own Mrs. Edmondson and also to our students that participated.



Jazz Fest:  Our fantastic Jazz Band, led by Mr. Gill are joining forces with the MDES Jazz Band and headed to The Great East Festival in Southern New Hampshire/Massachusetts.  This a phenomenal opportunity for our musicians to show their stuff, but also to see what other ensembles are doing, hear a variety of music and perform in different venues.  Have a great time, we know you will make us proud!


Elective Adventures:  Grades 3 and 4 had a blast during their “Elective Adventure” time.  Students were placed in one of their three choices for activities ranging from Running (almost 4 miles), Flower Pot Painting, Yoga, Boomerang Making, Fairy Houses and more.  What a great way to build community, relationships and try something new!



Grandfriends Day:  Grab the tissues!  Ms. Rosinski and Mrs. Ryan hosted the Grandfriends Day in the library.  Each first grader submitted pictures of their grandparents or friends that are special to them for a touching (and tear-jerking) slide show, they drew pictures of their grandfriends and had a small receptions sharing their artwork and heartwarming thoughts.  We skype in grandfriends from different countries, across the nation and around the world when needed so that each child has someone special to them in attendance.


Tiger Sports: The Almquist Middle School Track Championship was on Monday.  We had a great showing by our athletes and are so proud of how far they have come this year as well as many of our kids posting personal records, amazing.  We did have several Tigers fight their way into the top ten, earning medals: Grace 100m ⅞ placed 8th, Lelia 100m ⅞ placed 9th, Gaia 400m ⅞ placed 10th, Sarah 200m ⅞ placed 10th, MDI Girls 4x100 took 1st place (2 years in a row) with Lelia on the 3rd leg, Spencer 55m hurdles ⅞ placed 10th, Walker 400m ⅞ placed 2nd and the MDI Boys 4x100 took 2nd place with Walker on the 2nd leg.



The Tiger Softball Team went UNDEFEATED this year with an impressive win over the MDI Islander team.  It was a great game to watch, Addie’s pitching was spot on and our eighth grade girls led our team to victory through their leadership and good sportsmanship.  Great job!!!



The Tiger baseball team didn’t make it to the big dance this year, falling a game short, but had a fantastic season.  Under the guidance of Coach McGuire, the players show courage, grit and perseverance during their entire season. Great job players!



Spring Concert:  Our K-4 students wowed us with their Plant Kindness and Gather Love production at the Criterion Theater last month.  Blew our socks off… On June 6th, our sensational Spring Concert will be held. It will be a little different than in years past... The younger students (gr. 2-4) will kick off the show at 5:30 (classroom violins, beginning orchestra and beginning band), there will be a short intermission and then the older students (gr. 5-8) will finish the evening with the band, orchestra and chorus.  And the bonus for the audience is that our new bleachers are in!!!

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Upcoming Dates:

8th Grade Trip (White Water Rafting) May 31-June 2nd

Instrumental Concert for Grades 2-8 on June 6th

Field Day on Tuesday, June 12th

8th Grade Recognition Day, June 13th

Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday, June 13th at 4:30

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


Have a great Memorial Day weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster



                    MUSIC NOTES                          
The instrumental performance for grades 2-4 will be on Wednesday, June 6 at 5:30 in our Emerson gym. It will be short and very sweet, lasting no more than 30 minutes. Grade 2 students will share violin skills with their parents. Then the 3-4 String Orchestra will perform, followed by the grade 4 Beginner Band. There will be a break then the grade 5-8 groups will perform beginning at 6:30.

The string students in grades 3-12 participated in the 11th Annual String Fest. Wow! What a sound! 100+ students participated in making music together, culminating in an evening performance. 


Please come to a really fun Circus Music performance and support CES musicians and alumni!


TEMPO
The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra performs music from 'Under the Big Top' on Saturday, June 2, 6:00 pm at The Grand Theater  in Ellsworth.
Enjoy an exciting repertoire of familiar 
circus music. Fun for the whole family!  
Adults/$12 Youth/$7

                                                              
       











  The Grade 7 students are currently working on a final assessment for their unit on Telling Time.  They have been learning to read a schedule in French, that means being able to read the days of the week, the time written in the 24 hour clock and read the months of the year. The schedule on their exam is to the french-speaking îles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands) in Québec.

     Conners-Emerson Food Club    

Food Club Visited Peggy Rockefeller Farm on Thursday to learn about how the farm cares for the animals and the farmland, and how the animals are used for food and resources. They saw and felt the raw greasy wool at the stage before it's spun or turned into clothing or blankets. They fed chicks, spent time with the sheep, and helped C.J. the farmer herd the sheep into a new paddock! They learned about how C.J. rotates the sheep around his fields to both feed the sheep and also to help keep the fields mowed and healthy so that he'll get a good hay crop for the winter.






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Keira's dad, Fred visited Mrs. Dyer's class on Tuesday, May 15 to talk about his work in maintenance at Sonogee .  Students passed around various items and learned about their use:   hammer, vice grip, screwdriver, and wrench.  Students guessed what other jobs Fred has had, and shared what they want to do for a job someday.

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


PTSA NEWS

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

SPRING FLING!
The PTSA would like to say thank you to all of the families that attended our first Spring Fling event. We hope everyone had as much fun as we did!



A huge thank you to all of the wonderful individuals and businesses who donated items for the silent auction. The items raised over $500 for the PTSA! A big shout out to the following:
* Atlantic Oceanside
* Bar Harbor Inn
* Crooked Porch Coffee Roasters
* Jack Russell Steak House
* Kelly Events & Sundry Services (Kelly Roos)
* Maine Wood Guy (Andrew Flanagan)
* McKay's Public House
* MDI Mary Kay (Rebecca Edmonson)
* Route 66 Restaurant
* Serendipity Resale Clothing Boutique
* The Criterion Theater
* and to the Bar Harbor Hannaford for kindly donating supplies for the dance

And finally, another big thank you to the student helpers (Edward, Sirohi, Ruby and Bella) for setting up the music, Steve for helping to clean up afterwards, all of the PTSA volunteers, Mrs. Webster and Ms. Neilly for the help and support.
We could not have done it without all of you!


This Week in Art

What’s Up- in the Halls!


1st Graders art is up in the hall- after reading the hilarious “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont, we painted ourselves! Well. Sort of.

3rd Graders Impressionism flower bowls are coming out of the kiln over the next few weeks. Check out this preview of their beautiful work!


6th Grade Onomatopoeia artwork is up in the cafeteria this month! These words were turned into 3D and splashed with color to add a POP to our comic book-like artworks. Inspired by Roy Lichtenstein!


Weekly Newsletter 5/18/2018

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


May 18, 2018


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


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


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


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


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



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



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



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



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


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


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

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







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

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

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


Upcoming Dates:

MDIRSS String Fest at MDIHS on May 24th

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

Field Day on Tuesday, June 12th

Promotion on Wednesday, June 13th at 4:30

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




Have a fantastic weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster


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

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


Young:  1:00-1:30


Grace: 1:40-2:10


Singh:   2:20-2:50


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


KINDERGARTEN ANP VISIT



This Week in Art…


Where was Miss DuBois on Friday Morning?

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

Elementary Goings-On

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


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


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



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

Weekly Newsletter, May 11th, 2018

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


May 11, 2018


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


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


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



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



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



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



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



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


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


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



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


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




Upcoming Dates:

Field Day on Tuesday, June 12th

Promotion on Wednesday, June 13th at 4:30

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



Have a great weekend,


Ms. Neilly and Mrs. Webster



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

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


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

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





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



Kindergarten Happenings

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

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


This Week in Art…


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

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

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


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


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

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


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


PTSNEWS


TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK

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


PTSA MEETING

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


SPRING FLING FAMILY DANCE

Conners Emerson Gym 

FRIDAY, MAY 18 

5:30-7:30PM



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


Pizza slice, drink & cookie combo $3  

Free face painting & photo booth

Glow sticks for purchase

Cash or check accepted

RSVP on our Facebook event!

* Music will be at a low level for kids*


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

   


Silent Auction items:

The Bar Harbor Inn Reading Room Restaurant, Dinner for Two

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

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

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

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

McKays gift certificate ($100 value)

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

Mary Kay from Mrs. Edmondson our music teacher

Criterion movie pack and drinks

Serendipity gift certificate




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

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

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



Hiking Club 

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


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