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June 2017 Newsletter (Part 2)

posted Jun 9, 2017, 1:34 PM by Carol MacArthur

Greely Middle School 4-5

June 2017 Newsletter

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   From the Principal’s Desk

    

    Please note the following important dates to end the school year:

    June 14th - EARLY RELEASE at 12:30pm

    June  21st - FULL DAY

    June 23rd - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, EARLY RELEASE at 12:30 pm

 

    Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

    Principal, Grades 4-5




Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

for quick updates of what’s happening at GMS 4-5.


In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.


Office Reminders

 

• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.

 


The Late Bus

 

In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.

 


 

Next Tuesday and Thursday, students in grades 4-5 will be taking the spring i-Ready assessment in reading and math. This was a new tool for us this year, and we are looking forward to reviewing our spring data and analyzing student progress. The link below will take you to an informational letter from our Curriculum Director, Sally Loughlin, that was shared in the fall. Student results will be sent home with progress reports on the last day of school.  

 

District i-Ready Letter


 

Lost & Found: Please check to see if any of the items belong to your child. All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity at the end of the school year.


 

From the Library:

 

PLEASE LOOK AROUND FOR & RETURN ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS ASAP!

We're trying to complete inventory and account for everything before the last day of school.  Bills for lost items will be sent out at the end of the school year.  Please take a look around for items that need to be returned.  Things often turn up in the strangest, most unlikely locations!  For the past few weeks, overdue notices have been sent out each Friday to students via their classroom teacher.  Ask your child if they have checked their library record recently to be sure they do not owe anything.  It can easily be done at home, too!  From the GMS Library website, click on Library Catalog, and students know how to sign in to their accounts.

Summer Reading List

Keep your eyes peeled for the 2017 GMS Library Summer Reading List which will be available on the GMS Library webpage before the end of the school year.

 

 


June 2017 Newsletter

posted Jun 2, 2017, 3:29 PM by Carol MacArthur   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 3:19 PM ]

Greely Middle School 4-5

June 2017 Newsletter


 

From the Principal’s Desk

 

It’s hard to believe that the year is coming to an end! We have some busy weeks ahead and lot of learning left to do! As we head off into summer, I want to take a moment to say thank you for all the support families have provided this year. We have had many successes and celebrations and I hope your children will reflect on this year with great memories!

 

Step-Up Day is June 14th for both 4th and 5th graders. On this day, students will meet their new teachers and classmates for next year. On the last day of school, Friday, June 23rd, students will be dismissed at 12:30. In addition, they will be bringing home their end-of-year progress reports.

 

Please note the following important dates to end the school year:

June 14th - EARLY RELEASE at 12:30pm

June  21st - FULL DAY

June 23rd - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, EARLY RELEASE at 12:30 pm

 

Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5



Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

for quick updates of what’s happening at GMS 4-5.


In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.


Office Reminders

 

• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.

 


The Late Bus

 

In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.

 


 

Lost & Found:  Please check to see if any of the items belong to your child. All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity at the end of the school year.

 


 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FROM GMS SCHOOL NURSES:

Libby Gordon, RN, ND and Nancy Terison, RN, MSN

 

HAPPY SPRING! AND WITH SPRING AND SUMMER ARRIVES TICK SEASON!

With that in mind, this is a reminder that tick-borne illness is on the rise in Maine and precautions are warranted.

 

Please help your children understand the following, provided by Dr. Siiri Bennett, Maine State Epidemiologist.   "It is important to be aware of your surroundings and take steps to avoid being bitten by ticks.  Ticks are found in wooded and bushy areas so use caution if you go into these areas... By following the No Ticks 4 ME approach you can help reduce exposure to ticks and thus lower the risk of disease.”

The No Ticks 4 ME approach includes:

·       Wearing protective clothing.  Light clothing makes ticks easier to see and long sleeves and pants reduces exposed skin for ticks to attach.

·       Use an EPA repellent and always follow the labels.  Clothing and gear can be treated with Permethrin for longer protection.

·       Use caution in tick infested areas.  Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and stay in the middle of trails whenever possible.

·       Perform daily tick checks. Check for ticks immediately after exiting high risk areas.  Bathe or shower (preferably within 2 hours after being outdoors) to wash off and find ticks on your body. Conduct a full-body tick check. Also examine clothing, gear, and pets.

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension office offers free tick identification. More information is available on their website: https://extension.umaine.edu/ipm/tickid/

For more information on Powassan and other tickborne diseases visit www.maine.gov/idepi and click on vector-borne diseases.

 

With hopes for a healthy and happy summer filled with outdoor play and exploration.

 

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School policy requires that parental permission for medication (both prescription and non-prescription) be reviewed each school year. Consequently, no student medications will be held over the summer.

 

If your student takes medication at school or has a current Asthma Action Plan or Allergy Action Plan, please provide annually updated medication consents and plans with medication to the school nurse at the onset of the school year.

 

For health plans and medication information please see our GMS Nurse Website:

https://sites.google.com/a/msad51.org/nt_gms_nurse/

Any medications not picked up before the last day of school will be discarded.

 

Also, please remember to notify our office of any student health issues or changes in medication which may arise over the summer vacation. Keeping the school nurses informed will help us to provide the best care for your student next year.

Thank you, and have a safe and healthy summer. 📿

 


 



Our Wellness Committee takes great pride in promoting healthy habits for our students and staff. Once again, we will participate in the global celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. We are very much looking forward to our Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Class Challenge Day on June 21st!!!  We so appreciate the generous donation from our PTO and our many volunteers to make this day what we envision! Special thanks to Becki Belmore, our PE teacher, for her organization and preparation for this event!



 


 

Literacy Highlights

 

Fourth and fifth grade classrooms traded reading units for the final stretch of the school year. Fourth grade is reading about social issues in book clubs and nonfiction texts, and fifth grade is in the midst of reading historical fiction. Social issue book titles include Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson, The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo, and The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall. Historical fiction book titles include Toliver’s Secret by Esther Wood Brady, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell, and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

 

For writing, fourth grade is currently writing poetry. Students are writing traditional poems such as cinquain, diamante, haiku, limerick, and free verse. They are also creating playful poems such as color poems, name poems, and number poems.

 

 

Fifth grade recently completed argumentative essays. Students did a fabulous job choosing a position and using evidence to support their claims. Some of the topics explored through this unit were:

  • Should schools serve chocolate milk to students?

  • Should students be allowed to use cell phones in school?

  • Should we help endangered species?

  • Should there be self-driving cars?

 



NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY:

Maine Student Book Award Party

We celebrated the end of the 2016-2017 MSBA year with a lunch party in the library.  Students who read at least 3 titles from the list of nominees and who voted in March were invited.  We tested their knowledge of the books on the list with a fun MSBA kahoot.  We also recognized the top readers in each grade.  Next year's list is already available on the MSBA website.  Prince Memorial Library has all of the titles available to be checked out so students can get started right away on reading for next year!

5th grade party pics:



PLEASE LOOK AROUND FOR & RETURN ALL LIBRARY MATERIALS ASAP!

We're trying to complete inventory and account for everything before the last day of school.  Bills for lost items will be sent out at the end of the school year.  Please take a look around for items that need to be returned.  Things often turn up in the strangest, most unlikely locations!  For the past few weeks, overdue notices have been sent out each Friday to students via their classroom teacher.  Ask your child if they have checked their library record recently to be sure they do not owe anything.  It can easily be done at home, too!  From the GMS Library website, click on Library Catalog, and students know how to sign in to their accounts.

Summer Reading List

Keep your eyes peeled for the 2017 GMS Library Summer Reading List which will be available on the GMS Library webpage before the end of the school year.



 

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Want to keep your child engaged in learning over the summer?

Check out this article for fun, brain-friendly ideas!

Exercising Kids’ Minds During the Summer


May 2017 Newsletter

posted May 5, 2017, 3:58 PM by Carol MacArthur

Greely Middle School 4-5

May 2017 Newsletter



From the Principal’s Desk


Now that the weather is getting a wee bit warmer, it is great to see many students are riding their bikes to and from school. Please help us reinforce the importance of following the rules of the road, wearing a helmet, and being fully alert to their surroundings while riding. For those of you who drop off and pick up your children at school, please keep a close eye out for children who are riding their bikes on school grounds and be mindful of the reduced speed zone on campus.


Thank you to our students, families, and supportive PTO for the staff appreciation gifts and kind words. We have a hard working, dedicated staff and every little bit of positive recognition goes a long way!


Fifth graders just completed the MEA Science this week. All students will take their classroom writing prompt next week, with the MEA Essay test to follow on Wednesday, May 17th.


Please note the following important dates to end the school year.


May 29th - NO SCHOOL, MEMORIAL DAY

May 31st - FULL DAY

June 14th - EARLY RELEASE at 12:30pm

June  21st - FULL DAY

June 23rd - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, EARLY RELEASE at 12:30 pm


Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5



Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

for quick updates of what’s happening at GMS 4-5.


In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.


Office Reminders


• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.



The Late Bus


In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.




Celebrations and Recognitions

Congratulations to the MSAD #51 Band and Chorus for their recent concerts. It is so impressive to see how far students have come since the fall

and where they are headed as musicians and vocalists! Well done to our students and staff for amazing performances!

Special thanks to Ms. Cummings and Ms. Guiggey for their dedication and commitment!




On Monday, Superintendent Porter sent out our parent check-in survey.  


This anonymous survey helps the district check in on various areas of each school and the district as a whole. This same survey is being used for several years and will help the district analyze trends. The survey also ties to the Principal Evaluation System.


Each school has their own survey, so you may have received more than one if you have children in other schools.


Should you have any questions, please contact Ashley Caswell at acaswell@msad51.org.


GHS Parent Check-In Link: https://goo.gl/forms/MxdVuBdLxPTxOmwF3

GMS 6-8 Parent Check-In Link: https://goo.gl/forms/q9Xr4x5m5F04af0Y2

GMS 4-5 Parent Check-In Link: https://goo.gl/forms/EykI6mkQ0t7IuLl32

MIW Parent Check-In Link: https://goo.gl/forms/waT2aWNR5ytpIFHs2







On Thursday, Dr. Jessica Meir joined us to recognize Maine Space Day. Dr. Meir hails from Caribou, ME and is a scientist and astronaut with NASA. In an engaging and informative assembly for grades 4-8, Dr. Meir shared with students her path to NASA from a small town in Maine. Her message was all about following your passion, not being afraid to make mistakes, and never giving up on your goals.


Keep an eye out for the final Greely Gazette edition of the year, which will feature an interview with Dr. Meir by a few of our aspiring journalists!










MSAD #51 Annual Staff Recognition Finalists


MSAD #51's Employee Recognition Program encourages any MSAD #51 employee to nominate another MSAD #51 employee that they felt exemplified the district's strategic vision of Engage - Empower - Inspire.


In the second year of the program, 49 nominations were received from staff across the district. A nomination review committee met and struggled to narrow that number down to 5. Each of the 5 finalists were notified in person, balloons and all. The following are the finalists for MSAD #51's 2017 Employee of the Year:


Brendan Bernard - Educational Technician III - MIW

Jeff Brookes - 5th Grade Teacher - GMS 4-5

Yana Davis - Science Teacher - GMS 6-8

Bobbi Goodwin - School Counselor - GMS 6-8

Barry Saunders - Music Teacher - GMS 4-8


Congrats Mr. Brookes & Mr. Saunders! We are proud of you!




FROM GREELY MIDDLE SCHOOL NURSES:

PLEASE PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION OF ANY IMMUNIZATION UPDATES


In light of the recent regional outbreak of pertussis, we would like to remind parents that Maine laws will be changing in the 2017-2018 school year. State law will require seventh-grade students to receive a second dose of the Tdap vaccine that protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis  in order to attend school. Please consult your child's primary care provider to ensure they are up to date with their immunizations and provide the GMS nursing office with updated immunization reports.  


Please see the superintendent's letter to all parents regarding pertussis for further information and contact your child's school nurse with any questions.  


Have a healthy spring!


Nancy Terison and Libby Gordon, GMS School Nurses



5th Graders, it is time again for the 5th Grade Variety Show!


This is an opportunity to end the school year with a bang, while showing off our talented fifth grade students.  There will be an informational meeting in the cafeteria during 5th grade lunch on Thursday May 9th, followed by a Sign Up sheet located in the library the next two weeks.  Before signing up, make sure you have read over and understand the Variety Show notice and permission slip that your teachers give you.


Auditions for the Variety Show will be held Wednesday Morning May 31st during school with rehearsals after school two days a week from 3:15 to 4:30pm. There will be no late bus available.


Looking forward to another great show!


News from the Library:



We wrapped up our April celebrations of School Library / Poetry Month. Thanks for all the support!  4th & 5th graders made fun Book Spine poems.














Now that it's May, we're kicking off Teacher Appreciation Week with a great display of books featuring awesome teachers. It's also Children's Book Week & Screen Free Week.

            












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Want to Make a Difference in Your Child's School Community (And have fun along the way)?


Greely PTO is now recruiting for some open leadership positions for the 2017-18 school year.


Board members work as a team to ensure that we can make a meaningful difference while still making it a manageable time commitment for us busy parents! ;) Among other positions, we're looking for someone to help us plan enrichment events specifically at GMS.


Check out our current position openings and descriptions and give us a shout if you have any questions and/or interest in learning more about these openings. We'd love to hear from you!



Parent University: Finding Kind: A Documentary About the Negative and Lasting Effects of Girl-Against-Girl Bullying

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time:  6-8 pm

Location: Greely High School Auditorium

Register for this free event

FOR MORE INFORMATION about Parent University events, go to www.greelypto.org or email  greelypto51@gmail.com



April 2017 Newsletter

posted Apr 7, 2017, 12:33 PM by Carol MacArthur

Greely Middle School 4-5

April 2017 Newsletter



From the Principal’s Desk


Parent-teacher conferences are well underway.  If you have yet to schedule yours, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.  We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to review your child’s progress and discuss questions and/or concerns you might have about the remainder of this year.  


Reminder to 4th grade parents that input for placement must be submitted to me in writing (cmacarthur@msad51.org) by April vacation.  Fifth grade parents should contact Ken Marks, GMS 6-8 Assistant Principal (kmarks@msad51.org), with inquiries and/or input regarding next year.  


MEA Math and ELA Testing, including almost all of our make-ups, are completed. Kudos to our students and staff for their persistence and best effort! All students will take the MEA Essay test on Wednesday, May 17th. Fifth graders will also participate in the MEA Science on May 2nd, 3th & 4th. This test is administered in 5th, 8th, and 11th grade to measure the science standards of the Maine Learning Results.


Please note: 4/12, Wednesday, Full Day of School 4/14, Friday, No School, Flex Day



Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5



Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

for quick updates of what’s happening at GMS 4-5.



In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.



Office Reminders


• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.



The Late Bus


In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.




Literacy Highlights


Fourth and fifth graders are near the end of their reading units. Fourth graders are working together in historical fiction book clubs, focusing on time periods such as Westward Expansion and the Industrial Revolution.  Fifth graders are reading fiction books and looking at issues that exist in the world and our lives. Some of the titles include, Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper, Rules by Cynthia Lord, and Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. Both grades are reading beyond the plot and reading for ideas, themes, and character development. Take a look at two fifth grade classrooms having a class to class discussion in Google Classroom about a common book.


         


Students are currently immersed in essay writing. Fourth graders are diligently writing literary essays on collective short stories and picture books such as “Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts and “Spaghetti” by Cynthia Rylant. With this writing unit, students are developing ideas about their story and using evidence to support their ideas. They will wrap up this unit soon and start poetry writing. Fifth graders are really thinking hard about certain topics and writing argumentative essays based on research. Students began this unit with a shared text and came up with a list of pros and cons. From there, they will use research to support their positions. Some classes are even having organized debates!


Sincerely, Angela Campbell 4-5 Literacy Specialist





Lynda McCann-Olson

Visual Art Grades 2- 5

Greely Middle School 4-5 mornings and Mabel I. Wilson School afternoons

lmccann-olson@msad51.org




Visual Art Assessment

Visual Art units support student progress toward the Maine Learning Results. Elementary art students develop creative and critical thinking skills during art class that will help prepare them to make choices in a world where there are not always standard answers.

The assessment system is standards based. After each major project or unit, an assessment is completed to measure progress. Summative assessments for the Allied Arts (Visual Art, Music, and Physical Education) go home in report cards in January and June. Artwork is sent home after it has been evaluated and/or displayed.

If you have questions about the program or wish to discuss your child's progress in Visual Art Please contact Lynda McCann-Olson by email  Lmccann-olson@msad51.org


Please remind students to wear play clothes or dark colors on the day of art class.  


Silver Graphics

Many thanks to PTO for sponsoring the Silver Graphics fundraiser to honor our students’ artwork.  Part of the proceeds from the fundraiser is given back to the art departments in participating schools.  This year Ms. Olson purchased solid wood rolling pins and nature textures.  These tools can be enjoyed by artists for a number of years.  Grade 3 students created clay relief tiles, and are currently working on African inspired textile printing.  After April vacation grade 4 &5 students will enjoy the tools during their clay handbuilding units.




Street Artist Pigeon working with Civil Rights Teams at MSAD #51


On March 15 & 16, Street Artist Pigeon worked with our Greely High School and Greely Middle School Civil Rights Teams to conceptualize and create a temporary art installation that addresses the theme of belonging.  


This fall, each school’s Civil Rights Team submitted a grant to the Civil Rights Team Project and the Maine Humanities Council for Pigeon to come to Greely. Civil Rights Teams in grades 4-8 and 9-12 were 2 of 8 groups who were awarded the opportunity to work with Pigeon, with the goal of engaging their schools in thinking and talking about civil rights issues.  


Portland-based artist Pigeon worked with each school’s Civil Rights Team to ensure that everyone feels like they belong in their communities.  Pigeon does this through his artwork: his “Mainer Project” posters, which have been featured in the streets of Portland, the University of Maine at Farmington, Berwick, and the Maine Historical Society.  


In the morning, Pigeon worked with each school’s Civil Rights Team to design the temporary art installation and created a dialogue about  how he created a community of belonging. The day ended with a whole school assembly in which Pigeon and the Civil Rights Team co-presented their work for the day.

Pigeon shared his story about how and why he started creating street art in Maine and the idea of belonging to a community. Pigeon stated, “I find it absolutely unacceptable [that] people get told they don’t belong in the place they live."


Check out the photo below of our students’ art work and stop in and see it up close when you have a chance!





Results from National Nutrition Month!


Our efforts to highlight National Nutrition Month and draw attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits was a success.


In addition to instruction in Physical Education classes with Mrs. Belmore, students also put their best fork forward and filled their plate with lots of healthy snack choices. In fact, over the course of the month we had 960 (recorded) healthy snack choices!


The Wellness Committee hopes that through this project, students will continue to pay attention to their food choices and eat a well-rounded, healthy diet!


   



Sounds of Silence

The Sounds of Silence program has been invited to perform The National Anthem at Fenway Park before the April 12 game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles.


It’s been a busy season for The Sounds of Silence as the students have taped a Reny’s commercial (which is presently on the air), performed The National Anthem at a Portland Red Claws game and now are preparing for the Red Sox.


Good Luck to all the participants!





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Parent University's Spring Semester

Based on parent interest, Parent University will focus on the important topic of bullying this spring. And because it is such a complex issue, our sessions will cover this topic from a variety of vantage points.


Our first session is coming up next Wednesday is:

Not Just Kids Being Kids: Creating a Dialogue about Bullying and Cyberbullying

  • Presenter: Mandy Levine, Certified Facilitator, Anti-Defamation League

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | Time:  6:00 - 8:00 pm | Location: Greely Middle School Cafeteria

This not-to-be-missed session provides critical insights and meaningful discussion on the issue of bullying and cyberbullying. It also will provide valuable resource information and tips for parents with kids of all ages.

Learn more and sign up for this free session here.

Questions? We'd love to hear from you at greelypto51@gmail.com



Want to Make a Difference in Your Child's School Community (And have fun along the way)?

Greely PTO is now recruiting for some open leadership positions for the 2017-18 school year. And as PTO's reach spans Kindergarten through 6th grade, we are always thrilled to have GMS parents on our team to help serve as a boots-on-the-ground liaison for events and activities happening at the Middle School.

And, as most committees are Co-Chair (or even Tri-Chairs in some cases), board members work as a team to ensure that we can make a meaningful difference while still making it a manageable time commitment for us busy parents! ;)

Check out our current position openings and descriptions and give us a shout if you have any questions and/or interest in learning more about these openings.



It's SilverGraphics Season!

Greely PTO's SilverGraphics Art Fundraiser season is here! Order Forms are currently being sent home with your child. Don't miss the opportunity to order beautiful keepsakes personalized with your child's artwork. These make great gifts and collectibles to enjoy for years to come!

Please place your order online at www.silvergraphics.com:

Click the SHOP button, then enter the Artwork ID # or Username/Password shown on your Order Form.

You can also shop without the paper form using the following username and password:

Username: greelyms

Password: GMSart

Online Orders are due by April 12.

Contact Emily Cartwright at emilyski@yahoo.com or 570-0991 with questions!






March 2017 Newsletter

posted Mar 3, 2017, 9:02 AM by Carol MacArthur   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 12:18 PM ]

Greely Middle School 4-5

March 2017 Newsletter



From the Principal’s Desk


Teachers will soon be setting up their parent-teacher conference schedules. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to review your child’s progress and discuss questions and/or concerns you might have about the remainder of this year.  


It’s hard to believe, but our placement process will be underway in a few short weeks. If you are a parent of a fourth grader and would like to offer input regarding next year’s placement, please submit your thoughts to me in writing prior to April Vacation.  In addition to written requests (email is fine), I’m happy to meet with any parents who would like to discuss placement further.  While requests cannot be guaranteed, they all will be considered. Please remember we strive to create balanced classrooms, and we want all students to be as successful as possible.  


In preparation for our fifth graders transitioning to Greely Middle School 6-8, teachers will soon be sharing academic and behavioral information to be used in the sixth grade placement process. Parents of fifth graders should contact Ken Marks, Assistant Principal of GMS 6-8, directly with placement considerations at kmarks@msad51.org.



Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5



Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

for quick updates of what’s happening at GMS 4-5.



In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.


Office Reminders


• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.



The Late Bus


In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.



MEA Math & Literacy Testing will take place Monday, March 27th to Friday, March 31st. There is no special preparation for this assessment; however, it is greatly appreciated if students are well-rested and arrive on time to school having eaten a good breakfast. While we believe attendance matters at all times of year, we thank you in advance for your attention to this testing window.


For more specific information about this year’s testing, please see Superintendent Porter and Curriculum Director Loughlin’s informational letter and the accompanying

brochure.




CHORAL & BAND CONCERT(S) ~ DATE CHANGE!

Due to our Maine winter weather, we have missed a number of rehearsals, both band and chorus. Therefore, we are changing the date of both the choral and band concerts that were originally scheduled for March 1 and 8, respectively. We will now be having a combined concert on Tuesday, March 21. The concert will also begin at 6:00 pm.






GMS 4-5 Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Night

Monday, March 13, 2017 ~ 5:30-6:45pm


Families Exploring & Learning Together Through STEM Activities



Does your child like to build, experiment, problem solve, or play?  Have you been looking for an opportunity to spend quality, one-on-one time with your child? Has your child been looking for an opportunity to bring their grandparent/grandfriend to school?  Register for this FUN GMS 4-5 event! Student/adult pairs will work at their own pace through self-directed activities including upcycling, circuits, design challenges, mazes and more!


This event is set up for a one adult/one child team, please keep this in mind when planning.


Don’t miss out on the fun!  Simply complete this google form to participate by Wednesday, March 8.


This event is proudly supported by your Greely PTO!!


If you have any questions, please contact the Greely PTO Event Co-Chairs directly at Stephanie

Desmond (stephaniedesmond2013@gmail.com) or Jessica Grondin (jessicasgrondin@gmail.com).






March is National Nutrition Month!


National Nutrition Month is a campaign focusing on drawing attention to the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.


In Physical Education classes, Becki Belmore will be teaching a lesson on the ChooseMyPlate.gov food guide (pictured above). Students will be brainstorming food items that fit into each food group and the benefits of healthy food/snack choices. Then there will be movement activities designed to reinforce these concepts.


In addition, the Wellness Committee has created a bulletin board that illustrates the MyPlate concept. Students and teachers are invited to take note of their healthy snack choices by collecting colored stickers that represent each food group. Stickers will be added to the bulletin board as they are collected and we will see if we can “fill our plate” with healthy snacks by month’s end.


If you would like more information about healthy food selections, explore the following websites:


ChooseMyPlate.gov

Maine Nutrition Council

Super Kids Nutrition

Nutrition.gov Kids' Corner

Build Healthy Kids




ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

Did you know that every day in school your child:

  • Learns a new word, a new math skill, or a new science theory

  • Learns how to be independent and responsible – skills he or she needs to be successful in his or her future

  • Makes new friends and helps to create a positive classroom environment

  • Participates as an integral member of a learning team

Every day your child goes to school, he or she is exploring new subjects that open doors to a future career!


Attendance Fact: Poor attendance can make school learning much harder.  Every day a child misses school they also miss out on learning, and over time it becomes more difficult to catch up.


Did you know… Students who attend regularly in elementary, middle and high school have scored higher on national tests than students who consistently missed 2 or 3 days a month.

Here are 3 simple tips that can help families and students get ready for school every day:

  1. Set your alarm, leaving extra time for unexpected delays.

  2. Prepare clothing and supplies for the next day.

  3. Make sure your transportation plan is in order, especially when it’s cold and snowy.


We all want our students to get a great education. The building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.



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WINTER BOX TOPS FAMILY CHALLENGE

Those little Box Tops add up to a lot of enrichment dollars for students K-8. Take the Greely PTO Winter Box Tops Family Challenge by clipping and sending in 25 Box Tops by March 15th and your name will go in a raffle for the chance to win a $25 gift card to use on Greely Gear! Flyers with details were sent home last week.

PTO Box Top Challenge

Questions? Email us at greelypto51@gmail.com.



FROM THE LIBRARY:


BOOK FAIR

Belated thanks to everyone for supporting the fall Book Fair.  As a result of your generosity, we were able to purchase dozens of new books, 2 new area rugs, 2 new bean bag chairs, and a variety of STEM kits to be used in future programming including: Makey Makeys, IO Blocks, and a Little Bits kit (similar to the ones purchased for future 4/5 technology class programming through a grant from Kepware).


Mark you calendars for the end of March when we'll have our spring Book Fair.  Specific dates will be known soon but the fair will coincide with Parent/Teacher conferences and the Poetry Jam.  We will be looking for parent volunteers again so please feel free to let us know if you are interested in helping out.  


MSBA/CHICKADEE BOOK AWARDS


March wraps up our Maine Reading programs:  Votes for the Chickadee Award and the Maine Student Book Award are due April 1st - no fooling!  We will have voting booths set up (thanks to the town) in the Library the last week of March where students can cast their ballots.  


The Chickadee Award is a program for Maine students in grades K-4.  Ten picture books (published in 2015) have been shared with all of our 4th graders so they may vote for their favorite one.


For more information visit:

http://www.mainechickadeeaward.org/


The Maine Student Book Award program is designed as a more independent reading program for students in grades 4-8.  We have encouraged students to read as many as they can and shared one as a read aloud.  Students who have read at least 3 (including our read aloud) are eligible to vote for their favorite!


For more information visit:

http://msba.umeedu.maine.edu/



HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY DR. SEUSS

We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday this past week with daily Seuss-isms, guest readers, and the Who is Who? contest.  The deadline for submissions for the contest has been extended to next Friday, March 10th.  Follow us on Twitter to see more photos of guest readers.  @GreelyMSLibrary


MARCH MADNESS

We will post a bracket outside the library with 16 of our patrons' favorite titles & we'll see which one will ultimately be our champion!


February 2017 Newsletter

posted Feb 4, 2017, 11:36 AM by Carol MacArthur   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 11:36 AM ]

Greely Middle School 4-5

February 2017 Newsletter



From the Principal’s Desk


Progress reports were sent home last Friday, January 27th. If you have questions about your child’s progress after reviewing this report, please contact your child’s teacher directly. In late March/early April, teachers will be offering another opportunity to formally meet about your child’s performance.


Please know that I am always open to communication that will enhance your child’s educational experience with us and welcome your questions and feedback at any time.


Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5




                                                    



In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.


Office Reminders


• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.



The Late Bus


In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.




Our Civil Rights Teams grades 4-8 have been selected by the The Maine Civil Rights Team Project and the Maine Humanities Council to participate in a unique opportunity! On February 16th, members of our Civil Rights Team will be working with Portland-based street artist, Pigeon, to conceptualize and create a temporary art installation for our school that addresses the theme of belonging. At the end of the day, the art installation will be co-presented by Pigeon and our Civil Rights Team members to the 4-8 school community. Many thanks to our Civil Rights Team facilitators ~ Mrs. Waterhouse, Mrs. Campbell, and Ms. Kearney ~ for all their efforts to get our school thinking and talking about important civil rights issues, and helping to create a school community where everyone feels like they belong!




Click here for Arts News from Mrs. McCann-Olson



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WINTER BOX TOPS FAMILY CHALLENGE

Those little Box Tops add up to a lot of enrichment dollars for students K-8. Take the Greely PTO Winter Box Tops Family Challenge by clipping and sending in 25 Box Tops by March 15th and your name will go in a raffle for the chance to win a $25 gift card to use on Greely Gear! Flyers with details were sent home last week.

PTO Box Top Challenge

Questions? Email us at greelypto51@gmail.com.


                                                

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            Preventing Teenage Substance Abuse                                Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

            Presenter: Beth Andrews, LCSW, LADC                            Location: GMS Cafeteria

          

  • How (and when) do I start the conversation about drugs and alcohol with my kids?

  • Why do I need to talk to my kids about experimenting when I did it?

  • What do I say to my young teen to help guide them through peer pressure?

  • Where do I go to get resources to help me have these uncomfortable conversations

Link to detailed flyer here.


REGISTER FOR THIS FREE EVENT:

Please help us plan for the event by filling out the pre-event form here.


FOR MORE INFORMATION about Parent University events, go to www.greelypto.org or email Laura Singer at greelypto51@gmail.com


January 2017 Newsletter

posted Jan 7, 2017, 8:27 AM by Carol MacArthur

Greely Middle School 4-5

January 2017 Newsletter



From the Principal’s Desk


In schools, the New Year seems to invite students to bring with them their new gadgets and technology devices.  A friendly reminder that personal technology devices that not being used for educational/medical purposes must remain turned off and stored in backpacks during the school day, including recess and dismissal. Please do not plan to contact your child or encourage him/her to contact you during the school day using personal devices. If students are misusing their personal devices, they will be delivered to the main office and safely secured until a parent/guardian can pick them up. We appreciate your partnership to ensure safe and responsible usage of technology devices in school.

At the end of this month, progress reports will be sent home - Friday, January 27th. Our teachers spend a considerable amount of time gathering and analyzing information to ensure accurate reporting about your child’s progress to date. If you have questions about your child’s progress after reviewing this report, please contact your child’s teacher directly.  In late March/ early April, teachers will be offering another opportunity to formally meet about your child’s performance.


Please know that I am always open to communication that will enhance your child’s educational experience with us and welcome your questions and feedback at any time.


Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5



Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

for quick updates of what’s happening at GMS 4-5.



In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.


Office Reminders


• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.



The Late Bus


In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.







Japan Welcome Assembly!


For the last 25 years, GMS 6-8 has participated in the Japan Homestay Program. On Friday, we joined together as a 4-8 school community to welcome our Japanese guests. The Japanese students put on a fantastic show for the audience. You should definitely ask your GMS student about life in Japan, including inquiring about convenience stores, video games, and vending machines. They learned about all of these and more during the assembly.


GMS 6-8 band and chorus students provided the musical entertainment for the assembly and did a great job of showing warmth and hospitality to our guests.


Here is a photo of our visitors and the host students who have generously opened their homes to them while they are here.










5th Grade FULL BAND will be starting on Monday, January 23rd.  Please check your email and Ms. Cummings' webpage for complete information and a permission slip.




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The Coder Express was a great success!


Thank you to Mrs. Poissonnier and the Coding Club for their hard work to make this evening so fantastic!








Mr. Brookes’ class would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2016 MSAD 51 Penny Drive. Our total donation from Kindergarten through 8th grade was $1,351.60! Lots of less fortunate kids in Southern Maine had a much happier holiday because of this generous gift. Thank you for your help with this year’s penny drive!



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        January Box Top Winner: Mr. Goldsmith’s Class




December 2016 Newsletter

posted Dec 2, 2016, 1:35 PM by Carol MacArthur

Greely Middle School 4-5

December 2016 Newsletter



From the Principal’s Desk


Winter weather is sure to be here soon! Please know that we believe it is important for students to have a break from the classroom to enjoy fresh air and play time with friends whenever possible. Unless the temperature drops to 10˚ or colder, with the wind chill taken into consideration, students will be outside. Please help your child plan accordingly for appropriate cold weather clothing.  


When the playground is covered in snow, our recess rules and activities shift in response.  Students who choose to play on the snow-covered fields must wear boots and snowpants. Staff will ask students who do not have boots and snowpants to play on the cleared areas. One of the benefits of our snow-covered fields is that students may build snow structures and go sledding down the playground hill. Staff will be reviewing winter recess rules with students in the coming weeks.


Please see the message below from the Superintendent’s Office regarding school closings/delays and alerts.


In most cases, school closings and delays will be posted on our website and in our Twitter feed by 6:00am. For timely and accurate no school announcements, you can also click the link below to sign up to receive school closing alerts from local News TV (via email or text - must sign up annually) or follow @SuperMSAD51 Twitter.


WCSH 6 - Text alert

WMTW 8 - Email alert

WGME 13 - Text alert


Please know that I am always open to communication that will enhance your child’s educational experience with us and welcome your questions and feedback at any time.


Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5



Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

for quick updates of what’s happening at GMS 4-5.



In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.


Office Reminders


• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.



The Late Bus


In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.




The GMS Lost and Found is overflowing!

Please take a moment during your next visit to look through our Lost and Found, located just outside the cafeteria doors.  

All items remaining at the end of the month will be donated to local charities.




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Join us on The Coder Express!


An Evening of Coding and Cocoa





All 4th and 5th grade students will participate in “The Hour of Code” during technology class the week of Dec. 5th. This is an introduction to computer science to help nurture their problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.


As an extension of this week, students and their families are invited to attend The Coder Express from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 in the Greely Middle School cafeteria.


Participants will have the opportunity to take part in computer programming and coding activities using iPads. Students are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring stuffies and blankets as they take part in a fun evening of coding. Thanks in advance to our Greely PTO for providing cocoa and cookies.


Reserve your seat now on The Coder Express!!


The idea for Coder Express was created by Tom Charltray of Pond Cove Elementary School in Cape Elizabeth.




The 4th and 5th grade Civil Rights Team wants to remind our school community that ...






A school-wide penny drive will be happening Dec. 5 through Dec. 16th.  Proceeds will be donated to the Portland Press Herald Toy Fund, an organization that provides holiday presents to the children of needy families in southern Maine. Each classroom will attempt to fill at least one large storage bag with pennies. The total of our collection will be announced on Thursday., Dec. 22nd. Please help by sending in your pennies by December 16th.  (Other coins, bills, and checks - made out to Portland Press Herald Toy Fund - will also be gratefully accepted.)

Thank you!  


Mr. Brookes’ 5th Grade Class



News from our Student Service Providers about Community Resources


Ali Waterhouse, School Counselor

Katie Campbell, Social Worker

Libby Gordon and Nancy Terison, School Nurses


We are writing to share local and state resources for your family, friends and neighbors. These resources are available for those needing support as well as those who wish to donate or volunteer services.


Community Resources:

Food:

The Food Pantry at the Cumberland Town Hall is open Fridays 2:00-6:00, receiving donations at any time.


Heating assistance:

PROP Keep Me Warm 553-5900


Town of Cumberland General Assistance: Confidential financial assistance to residents who are having difficulty meeting basic needs for housing, utilities and food. 829-2200


Town of North Yarmouth General Assistance: 829-3705


Toys for the holidays:

Firefighters for Kids: Cumberland Fire Department. For more information about donating or receiving toys, e-mail ff4kids@yahoo.com.

Bruce Roberts Toy Fund: application -  https://brucerobertstoyfund.org/apply/

Cumberland Congregational Church 829-3419


Clothing and other items:

Falmouth Goodwill Store: U.S. Route One Falmouth Shopping Center 347-8252

Portland Free Cycle: www.portlandfreecycle.org

A grassroots, nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills. Membership is free.

The Community Center Thrift Shop: Freeport 865-3985

Lots For Tots Children’s Resale Store: Falmouth (207) 347-8601


Free and reduced cost dental care:

Preventive Partners: 694-3332

Cumberland County Dental Health Center: 874-1028

University of New England Dental Health Services: 221-4900


Health Care:

THE ROOT CELLAR: 94 Washington Ave., Portland, Maine 40101 (207) 774-3197

For any child without access to healthcare.  By appointment.


Discounted eyewear:

http://www.39dollarglasses.com


Referrals and resources:

Call 211 or e-mail www.211maine.org for a list of state-wide resources, services and volunteer opportunities.


GMS 4/5 Resources – please call us for services (all inquiries are confidential)

Counseling referrals

Free and reduced lunch for students at school

Prescription drug discount card (contact school nurse)

Glasses prescription discount card for financially eligible families (contact school nurse)



Successful Students attend school regularly -


Happy Holidays! As we take a short break from school for the upcoming holiday break, we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for as many students as possible to come to school every day, on time, and ready to learn. We thank:

● our students and families for making daily attendance a priority, since they know the habit of attendance will help them do well with their learning in the classroom and the larger world around them in the future,

● our wonderful teachers and support staff who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge, so the students do not want to miss out on any learning, and

● our community partners and volunteers who provide extra hands and attention our students’ needs.


We appreciate each one of you so much. We look forward to seeing you after the December break. Also, we hope you will keep in mind that the last day of school before the break is Thursday, December 22nd, and we will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd. We hope that you enjoy some fun and relaxing times with your friends and family during this time. We especially appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra time off around the holiday break. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they are excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child struggling in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. So, once again, thank you for your efforts.


Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!



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FILL A BUS, FILL A BELLY

The Greely PTO invites you to join Greely Middle School students and the community in helping to feed local families in need as we attempt to fill an MSAD #51 school bus with non-perishable food items for the Cumberland Food Pantry.

FILL A BUS ~ December 5 - December 9

Bus will be parked in the GMS lot all week. Donations accepted during school drop off & pick up times.


FILL A BELLY ~ December 10 at 9:00 am

Help us UNLOAD & CELEBRATE! On Dec. 10, the bus will be driven to the Food Pantry at Cumberland Town Hall. Join us for this family-friendly event. Light refreshments provided.

We run on parent power!

Volunteers Needed: Look for SignUpGenius email.


November 2016 Newsletter

posted Nov 4, 2016, 2:12 PM by Carol MacArthur

Greely Middle School 4-5

November 2016 Newsletter



From the Principal’s Desk


Students and staff are participating in a schoolwide effort to be “bucket fillers” based on the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? This book emphasizes that when we use kind words and actions toward others, we make them feel good. That’s being a bucket filler and it supports a positive school climate. Staff are reinforcing and recognizing students for their safe, respectful, and responsible behavior by giving them “bucket slips”. Students are working together to earn schoolwide celebrations by accumulating slips. Our first celebration was a Hat Day, and we are more than halfway to our goal of our next celebration. In addition, at each school assembly, we are recognizing individual students for their safe, respectful, and responsible behavior by randomly drawing “bucket slips” and inviting those students to pick a prize. The energy around this initiative is really positive, and we look forward to many more celebrations and recognitions throughout the remainder of the school year.


Upcoming Dates of Interest:

Tuesday, November 8 - Picture Retake Day

Wednesday,  November 9 - Garbage to Garden Launch (more information at the end of this newsletter)

Friday, November 11 - Veterans Day - No School


Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for quick updates of what’s happening at GMS 4-5.


Please know that I am always open to communication that will enhance your child’s educational experience with us and welcome your questions and feedback at any time.


Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5



In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.


Office Reminders


• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.



The Late Bus


In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.




The GMS Lost and Found is filling up!

Please take a moment during your next visit to look through our Lost and Found, located just outside the cafeteria doors.  

All items remaining at the end of the month will be donated to local charities.





Picture re-takes are on Tuesday, November 8th. Students should bring in either their original order envelope or the unwanted picture packet.





News from the library---


The students brought their chromebooks to Library class last week and learned how to access the GMS Library Catalog and how to log into their own account!  Let them show you how to view the catalog, see when their books are due - and even put one on hold (reserve)!  The catalog and their account can be accessed through any device that can connect to the internet and this gives them a chance to see if the Library has something for which they are looking even when they are not in school!


The Book Fair is here!  We began sales on Thursday morning and the fair will run all week through 6-8 student-involved conferences next Thursday, 11/10.  On most days, the fair will be open from 7:45 am until the late bus, with the exception of Family Night, the night of conferences, when we'll be open until 7:45pm.  That's a great time to bring the family to build home book collections - or come by yourself to do some shopping!!  You may also shop online at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/greelymiddleschool.  If you'd like to purchase a title for the library, please check out our wish list.  Thanks!









News from the School Counselor, Ali Waterhouse


4th and 5th grade students will be focusing on substance abuse awareness in guidance with Mrs. Waterhouse during the month of November.  

4th grade will talk about tobacco products and 5th grade will talk about alcohol.

The lessons will focus on making healthy choices for ourselves now and in the future.

Some questions you can ask your student  about these topics:


Grade 5:

What is the legal age to consume alcohol?

What are some ways alcohol can impact your body?

How can you respond to someone who asks you if you want to drink alcohol?


Grade 4:

What is the legal age to use tobacco products?

What are some ways tobacco can impact your body?

What are some of the ingredients in cigarettes?

How can you respond to someone who asks you if you want to use tobacco products?


Talk with your student about what your family expectations are around the use of alcohol/drug and tobacco products. Help them understand that you are willing to listen when they have questions about these topics. The more accurate information they have, the more likely they will make safe and healthy choices in the future.




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Wrapping Up Greely PTO's Parent Power Annual Appeal

  • Our campaign officially wraps up TODAY! Thank you to everyone who has already contributed.

  • Every dollar makes a difference in our ability to invest in curriculum enhancing field trips and enrichment activities. Thanks for considering making a donation

  • to this appeal.

Calling All Room Parents - Sign-Up Genius Training - Tuesday, November 8

  • Are you a Room or Team Parent for your child's class? If so, are you using the program Sign-Up Genius to organize classroom parties and collection activities? If not, we'll show you just how easy and efficient this tool is to use. It really makes managing volunteer sign-up activities a snap!

  • Join us on Tuesday, November 8th from 6-6:45pm in the Greely Middle School cafeteria for an interactive introduction to Sign-Up Genius.

Parent University - Kids and Anxiety

WEDNESDAY, November 9, 2016

Greely Middle School Cafeteria

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Gordon P. Street

  • Did you know anxiety disorders are one of the three most common childhood psychiatric disorders?

  • Are you concerned your child or teenager is struggling with anxiety issues?

  • Do you have questions about what to look for and how to manage an anxious child?

Please join Dr. Gordon P. Street from Anxiety Solutions as he discusses anxiety in today’s children and helps parents learn strategies to address it.


Click here to learn more about and sign up to attend this free session.





MSAD #51 Goes Green!


MSAD #51, in partnership with Garbage to Garden, is proud to announce our latest sustainability initiative. On Wednesday, November 9th, the District will introduce a composting and single-stream recycling program at Mabel I. Wilson School and Greely Middle School 4-8. We plan to implement the same systems at Greely High School in the winter of 2017.


Our Strategic Plan identified Environmental Stewardship as one of its objectives. A committee comprised of MSAD #51 staff, parents, teachers, administrators and school board members worked last year to identify “green” District priorities. Moving to single-stream recycling and beginning a composting program rose to the top of the committee’s list.


In May, 2016, the District partnered with Garbage to Garden to plan the implementation of these programs. Garbage to Garden was founded in 2012 by Tyler Frank, a North Yarmouth native and Greely graduate! In four short years the organization has grown to be the most subscribed to curbside composting company in the United States. Garbage to Garden currently serves over 6,000 households, schools, restaurants, and businesses in Southern Maine. This widespread popularity can be directly attributed to its dedication to community engagement and education. Frank and the rest of the staff at Garbage to Garden are excited to bring this full circle and support the sustainability initiatives of his home district. Garbage to Garden works with over 30 schools in the region and has seen first hand that sorting food scraps and other compostable items creates a catalyst that provides a clear roadmap for reducing waste of all kinds, increasing overall recycling rates, and developing sustainable habits that last a lifetime.The November launch date at our schools is the culmination of months of hard work on behalf of the Environmental Stewardship Committee, and the Food Services & Facilities departments.


How it will work


In conjunction with Garbage to Garden, MIW and GMS 4-8 will work to seamlessly incorporate composting and single-stream recycling into the cafeterias and classrooms of the schools. To do this, Don Foster, MSAD #51’s Facilities Director, has designed and built custom waste stations with clear signage for each of the school’s cafeterias.

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These stations will be monitored by Garbage to Garden staff and community and parent volunteers for the first week or two of the program to ensure that students learn how to properly sort their waste.


Students and staff have been recycling paper in their classrooms for years. The addition of single-stream recycling means that other recyclable materials, such as plastics and metals, will now be captured and diverted away from the trash. The recycling bins that will be used are pictured below.


How you can help!


Garbage to Garden will provide receptacles, hands-on training, and on-site monitoring to make the transition as smooth as possible, but support from our community is necessary for the success of the program! We are currently looking for parent volunteers to help students sort waste in the cafeteria at lunch time during the second and third weeks of November. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Augusta French at augustafrench@yahoo.com.


In addition to hands-on support during the first weeks of the program, MSAD #51 encourages parents to keep up the momentum and reduce waste by working towards waste-free home lunches. We have included a list of tips for you to use when packing your child’s lunch.


We are excited about these new initiatives in our schools, and look forward to both the environmental benefits and learning opportunities they will bring!




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Be a hero, aim for zero!


The best way to reduce trash is not to create it! According to the EPA, the average American student creates almost 70 lbs of discarded lunch waste per year. To support your school’s zero-waste goals and help reduce this number, we highly encourage you to pack your child a waste-free lunch by relying on reusable or compostable materials and not packing more than your child will eat that day! Not only is it better for the health of people and the planet, it is good for your pocket book. You might surprise yourself with the savings you experience which could total hundreds of dollars per year.


Tips for Packing a Waste-Free Lunch


Reduce

  • Pack only what you/your child will eat

  • Do not buy single serve packages - make your own with reusable containers

  • Pack like items in the same container


Reuse

  • Use a durable, reusable lunch box

  • Use reusable containers and bags made of plastic, metal, glass, or cloth

  • If you use small plastic bags or foil, bring them home for reuse & think creatively about reusing “disposable” packing multiple times

  • Use reusable water bottles and thermos’ for drinks to avoid single use bottles and cans


Recycle

  • We recommend aiming for no-waste, but if you can make your lunch low-waste in the process, that is a great place to start

  • If you must use disposables - think compostable like paper bags and waxed paper

  • Remind kids to use the green compost bins at school - “if it grows, it goes!”


October 2016 Newsletter

posted Oct 6, 2016, 3:22 PM by Carol MacArthur

Greely Middle School 4-5

October 2016 Newsletter



From the Principal’s Desk


I’m pleased to announce that GMS 4-5 has added social media to our repertoire of parent communication. I will now be posting news and announcements on Twitter and Facebook. Please like/follow us for quick updates on what’s happening with us!


Please know that I am always open to communication that will enhance your child’s educational experience with us and welcome your questions and feedback at any time.


Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5


“Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.



In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.


Office Reminders


• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students may be dropped off at 8:15 AM, or enrolled in Early Arrival at 8:00AM.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. If you must call during the day to change dismissal plans, please do not leave messages on voicemail regarding those changes.  If at all possible, please, call before 2:30 with changes.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.




The GMS Lost and Found is filling up!

Please take a moment during your next visit to look through our Lost and Found, located just outside the cafeteria doors.  

All items remaining at the end of the month will be donated to local charities.




Next Thursday and Friday, students in grades 4-5 will be taking a new assessment called i-Ready. Please take a moment to read the following informational letter from our Curriculum Director, Sally Loughlin.


District i-Ready Letter


From the School Counselor, Ali Waterhouse


In the 2016-2017 school year, 4th and 5th grade students will be focusing on adopting a growth mindset during guidance class..


In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point.


Over the school year, students will gain an understanding of the neural networks in the brain. Students will also learn that “struggle” is an important part of learning and that when we struggle and don’t give up, neurons are connecting and becoming stronger. The important skills that students can gain from these lessons will be perseverance, self-confidence, resiliency, coping skills for disappointment and failure, and the ability to handle constructive feedback.


Below are some ideas on how to support the work students are doing here at school and to create a growth mindset at home.


  • Model flexibility. Communicate that change is an important part of living life. Model this by taking a flexible mentality when things don’t go as planned. Praise your children for their flexibility and adaptability when plans change or success is not met.

  • Talk about neural networking. Ask what he or she has learned in school about the brain.

  • Whenever you hear your child say “I give up” or “ I just don’t get this,” remind your child to visualize neurons connecting every time he or she learns something new.

  • If your child says “I am not good at math,” then you might say “you may not understand this yet, so let’s practice some more.”

  • Be aware of your own fixed mindset statements such as “I am a terrible cook,” “I was never good at math either,” “I wish I could play the piano like you do” (You can with practice and perseverance!)

  • Share with your child some things that you have not yet mastered and your plan for practicing and building stronger connections in your brain.

  • When watching TV a movie or reading a book with your kids, talk about a character’s strength or lack of perseverance or resiliency. ASk your children how the situation or story would be different if the person did or did not have this skill.


Fun Fact

The following were invented by mistake.

  • Post-It notes

  • Penicillin

  • Potato chips

  • X-rays

  • Ice cream cone

  • Velcro

  • Chocolate chip cookies



Attendance Matters!

Absences Add Up: Sporadic absences, not just consecutive days of school, matter. When your child is absent, he/she misses opportunities to learn. Those opportunities can’t always be replaced by homework or makeup assignments. Learning is interactive with “hands-on” activities so when a student is absent he/she misses the chance to be actively involved in their learning community. Believe it or not, only two or three days a month can add up to missing nearly 10 percent or one month of learning.


What Can You Do? Help your child build a habit of good attendance, including arriving to school on time each day! Getting your kids to school on time teaches valuable life lessons.  

4 Things to do the night before to help make the morning rush easier:

1. Set school clothes out.  Taking the time to review the forecast and planning clothes the night before will save time and valuable energy.


2. Pack your backpack.  Before putting the kids to bed, make sure homework, shoes for PE class, library books and snacks are placed in their backpack for the next day.


3. Place coat, backpack and instruments by the front door.  Placing your child’s backpack, coat, musical instrument or whatever is needed for school, by the front door will help make a it easier and faster to leave the house in case you are running late.


4. Agree NO television or video games until the morning routine is done.  One of the most common reasons students are “a few minutes late” to school is because they would not turn off their video game or television  in the morning.  Try this:  Before the television can be turned on, kids should be dressed, fed, teeth brushed and backpack loaded by the door.  Set a TIMER to make sure the television is off at least 5 minutes before you need to leave for school.

Admittedly, following these steps takes practice and can be challenging. But try it out.  You will find it makes the morning transition smoother, more enjoyable and less stressful!



Tech Devices


A friendly reminder that personal technology devices that not being used for educational/medical purposes must remain turned off and stored in backpacks during the school day, including recess and dismissal. Please do not plan to contact your child or encourage him/her to contact you during the school day using personal devices. We are asking staff to be explicit with students about this expectation and reinforce as needed. If students are misusing their personal devices, they will be delivered to the main office and safely secured until a parent/guardian can pick them up. We appreciate your partnership to ensure safe and responsible usage of technology devices in school.

In order for students (and the school) to contact parents/guardians during the school day, it is imperative to have up-to-date emergency contact information. Please be sure if any contact information changes over the course of the year that you let the main office know so we may update our records.



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The Parent Power Annual Appeal is in full swing! And they are almost halfway to meeting the goal of raising $10,000 to support enrichment activities and events for students in grades K-8. The appeal ends on November 4th, but if you give by October 14th, you'll be entered in a weekly raffle to win a prize.

To make your donation, visit www.greelypto.org





Click here to read Mrs. Belmore’s OCTOBER PE NEWSLETTER




The Late Bus


In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.


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