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

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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.


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!


        January Box Top Winner: Mr. Goldsmith’s Class