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April Newsletter

posted Apr 6, 2018, 4:56 AM by Teresa Higgins

From the Principal’s desk       

Thank you to all who attended our Family Literacy Night as well as the K-5 Poetry Jam.  It was nice to see such a large turnout for these evenings. Both events offered fun and interactive ways for our students to showcase their many talents and interests.


Our third grade students are currently taking the Maine Educational Assessment for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy last week.  This assessment is one of the primary tools used by the state to determine the effectiveness of a school and its programs. We also use the information as a school to look at our strengths as well as areas that may need improvement.  We are currently looking at the Common Core Standards in relationship to our curriculum to be sure we have the appropriate alignment between the two. If you have any questions regarding this assessment, please feel free to call me.


Welcome to our incoming class of kindergarteners.  We have registered and screened almost 140 four and five year olds for next fall.  It is always fun to see these new and excited faces enter our school. If you know of any eligible students who have not registered for school in the fall, please encourage them to call our office.


Happy Spring!


Sincerely,


Susie Robbins, principal

Placement for Next Year


It’s hard to believe, but our placement process will be underway in the coming weeks.  If you would like to offer input regarding next year’s placement, please submit your thoughts to me in writing prior to April 12th.  A letter describing the placement process at MIW is attached.  If you are a parent of a fourth grader and would like to offer input regarding next year’s placement, please send your thoughts to Carol MacArthur, principal of GMS ⅘, prior to April 12th.  In addition to written requests, both Carol and I are 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.  

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FALMOUTH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

YARMOUTH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT

MSAD #51 – CUMBERLAND/NORTH YARMOUTH

REGIONAL SUBSTITUTE JOB FAIR

Wednesday, April 25

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Falmouth Elementary School

58 Woodville Road, Falmouth Maine

 This regional substitute job fair is for all persons interested in substituting in the Falmouth, Yarmouth or MSAD #51 Maine school systems.  Individuals may apply for substitute positions in the following areas: Teachers, Ed. Techs., Administrative Assistants, School Nutrition Workers, Maintenance/Custodians, Nurses and Bus Drivers.  Candidates must have a minimum of two years college education to be a substitute teacher, and a high school diploma for other substitute positions. Interviews will be conducted on-site, so please bring the following items with you:  

  • Updated Resume

  • 3 letters of reference

  • Copy of Transcripts (if applicable)

  • One form of identification with picture ID

  • CHRC approval card issued by the Maine Department of Education (If no CHRC has been processed, candidates must bring a credit card to register for a fingerprinting appointment.  Cost is $55.00 for sign up and $15.00 for application fee.)

  • If possible, a printed copy of a completed application  (Falmouth Public Schools - https://www.applitrack.com/falmouth/onlineapp/)  (MSAD #51 -https://msad51.tedk12.com/hire)

    We will provide an opportunity to complete the application at the fair.  Participants who arrive with a completed application will be processed more quickly.

For more information, contact:

Laurie Brigham, Yarmouth School Department; 207-846-5586

Thea Cerjanec, Falmouth School Department; 207-781-3200

Fran Prentice, MSAD #51; 207-829-4800

 Falmouth, Yarmouth, and MSAD #51 School Departments are Equal Opportunity Employers.

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 GUIDANCE NEWSLETTER here.

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Mark your calendar for the MIW Student Art Show/Arts Night!! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 5:00-7:00 pm

• Student art work will be on display in the library and throughout the hallways
• Drawing activity in the art room
• Singing games and dancing in the gym
• Third grade chorus performance

We hope you'll join us as we celebrate the arts and our talented young artists! 
Mrs. Matusko, Mrs. McCann-Olson, Mrs. Caton & Mrs. Perkins-Hall     
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From our Math Coaches

Grade 2 parents - Save the date, Wednesday, April 25, to attend our Grade 2 Money Math event happening from 5:30-6:45 PM
Details will follow next week.

April: Attend to Precision

Along with developing an understanding of a diverse range of math skills and concepts, we expect our students to learn basic facts and algorithms so they are able to perform them with precision. Mathematical Practice standard #6 focuses on attending to precision.  Mathematically proficient students not only are accurate with math computation, they are precise in other tasks such as specifying the units of quantities in answers and constructing graphs. They need to be precise in communicating ideas using mathematical vocabulary both aloud and in writing.


What can you do to support this? - Can your child represent math ideas with numbers and symbols? For example, how might they represent the following situations?:

  • If one child is 8 and their big brother is 12, how much older is the big brother?

  • You want to double a recipe that calls for 1 cup of milk, a ½ cup of butter and a ¼ cup of flour. How much of each ingredient do you need?

  • 4 dollars and 10 cents is greater than 4 dollars and 5 cents.

 

Maine School Administrative District #51
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March Newsletter

posted Mar 2, 2018, 10:11 AM by Teresa Higgins

From the Principal’s desk       

February brought many fun ways to celebrate the 100th Day of School.  Children brought in collections of 100 items, they made necklaces with 100 Fruit Loops, and they hopped 100 times on one foot.  These are the things that make our school a fun place to be.  We work hard, but we also make sure we weave some fun into our days!


March will be another busy month for us at MIW.  We have our Family Literacy Night planned for March 15th, 5-7PM.  The evening will provide a variety of activities for children and their families.  I think we may have a special appearance from Wilson the Turtle.  


The second round of parent/teacher conferences will be held later this month and into April.  Please be on the lookout for information from your child’s teacher about scheduling these meetings.  I know teachers put time and thought into planning for the conferences to ensure parents get an accurate picture of the work our students do at school.  


We began our kindergarten registration process last month.  It is always an exciting time as we learn about our students for next year.  If you know of anyone who needs to register someone for school next year, please encourage them to go online and complete the registration forms.  Having accurate numbers of our incoming students is very helpful in our planning process.


Please, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns at any time.  


Sincerely,

Susie Robbins, principal

Placement for Next Year

It’s hard to believe, but our placement process will be underway in the coming weeks.  If you would like to offer input regarding next year’s placement, please submit your thoughts to me in writing prior to April 12th.  A letter describing the placement process at MIW is attached.  If you are a parent of a fourth grader and would like to offer input regarding next year’s placement, please send your thoughts to Carol MacArthur, principal of GMS ⅘, prior to April 12th.  In addition to written requests, both Carol and I are 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.  

Upcoming Testing


Our 2nd graders will be taking their first form of standardized testing next week.  We will be screening the entire second grade with the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) beginning next Monday, March 5th.  This screening should take about a week.  This test is part of SAD 51’s state mandated screening to identify a small number of students with advanced reasoning abilities. The State of Maine regulations require that gifted and talented identification be limited to 3-5% of the entire K-12 population.  The results of this test will be used to inform our gifted and talented identification process.


Our 3rd graders will be taking the Maine Educational Assessment during the first week of April.  As you may be aware, Maine Law requires public schools to have all students in grades three through eight participate in the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy testing. Maine uses this data for accountability purposes and is one of the primary tools used by the state to determine the effectiveness of a school and its programs.

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Attendance Matters

For Families, Students and Communities:   Every Day Counts!

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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Art Class is looking for:

We are going to be making jellyfish in art class. For the tentacles, I am collecting donations of ribbon and rickrack...any length, width, type or color! Thank you!! 

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News From the Book Nook

Family Literacy Night Book Donations Needed


We are collecting gently used books for a Book Give-Away.  We would love for all students to leave Family Literacy Night with a “new to you” book.   We are looking for a range of books picture books and chapter books appropriate for students in Kindergarten through grade 3.  If you have books at home you would like to donate, please send them in marked Family Literacy Night.


Our theme for this annual literacy event is “Reading Takes You Places” and it will take place on March 15.  We are excited to have the Scholastic Book Fair as part of our event.  PTO will be looking for volunteers to help with the Book Fair and other activities.  See the Family Literacy Night Schedule of Events to see what we have planned!  


Thank you!

Teresa Folley & Alyssa Robbins

Literacy Specialists

Family Literacy Night Schedule

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From our Math Specialists:

Mathematical practices are essential practices that students use to make sense of concepts and procedures. Standard #3 focuses on constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others. A mathematical argument is not like an everyday argument, it is based on mathematical points. Mathematically proficient students are expected to be able to make and defend a mathematical point. Students are able to justify their answer using concrete representations, such as objects, pictures and drawings. They are able to communicate to others what they think and why they think that.  Also, they must be good listeners so they are able to follow other students’ reasoning about solving a problem and be able to say whether that reasoning makes sense to them or leaves questions. They refine their mathematical communication skills as they participate in mathematical discussions involving questions like “How did you get that?” and “Why is that true?”  When students talk about, write about, and listen to math arguments, they are challenged to think, summarize, analyze and refine their math understandings.


What can you do to support this? Instead of immediately focusing on the answer, ask your children to explain their work to you. It will give them practice communicating and clarifying their thoughts. Often times, when they do this aloud in school, students are able to identify their own mistakes and correct their answers.



Thanks!

February Newsletter

posted Feb 2, 2018, 9:04 AM by Teresa Higgins   [ updated Feb 2, 2018, 12:19 PM ]

From the Principal’s desk      


It is hard to believe it is February already. I heard that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning so we are in for six more weeks of winter.  This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone living in Maine.


This month brings the start of our swimming program through our physical education classes.  We are fortunate to be able to offer these lessons during our school day.  I know Mrs. Geoghan and Mrs. Belmore look forward to helping children learn these potentially life saving skills.


Progress reports were sent home last Friday, January 26th. If you have questions about your child’s progress, please contact the classroom teacher.  In April you will have another chance to sit with your child’s teacher and hear about his/her progress.


Enjoy the rest of the month.


Sincerely,


Susie Robbins, principal

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MSAD #51 Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten registration for MSAD #51 (Cumberland-North Yarmouth) will be held at Mabel I. Wilson School (353 Tuttle Road, Cumberland) the week of February 5-9. If your child will be five years old on or before October 15, 2018, he/she is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall. Stop by the School Office the week of February 5-9 between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm to register. You will need to bring your child’s original birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency with you at that time. 


If you have a student currently enrolled in a private school and would like them to attend Mabel I. Wilson School in the fall, please register your child during that week as well. 


To obtain registration forms in advance please visit our website (www.sites.google.com/a/msad51.org/mabel-i-wilson-school). We want to ensure all incoming students are included in the placement process for the 2018-19 school year. If you have any questions, please call the school at 829-4825.


Volunteers needed.

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Guidance Counselor NEWSLETTER.
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Model with Mathematics. Part-Part-Whole

As we continue to explore the Mathematical Practices, it is important to remember that these standards describe the habits of mind that students need to develop in order to be mathematically proficient. Standard #4  focuses on Modeling with Mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to real life situations. This might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation or sketching out a floor plan when furniture shopping to ensure the new furniture will fit the space. One model we use in grades K-5 is the Part-Part-Total diagram. Being able draw models help students visualize the math.  




EXAMPLE: There were 5 cupcakes. Jan ate some. There were 2 left. How many did she eat?


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News From the Book Nook

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Mark your calendars for our upcoming Literacy Night March 15th, including our annual Scholastic Book Fair (3/12/18-3/16/18)


  Mrs. Brown & Ms. Jones are collecting boxes (anything smaller than a cereal box) bottle caps, jar caps, paper towel and toilet paper rolls & meat trays for a project during literacy night.  Thanks in advance for you donations.

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January Newsletter

posted Jan 5, 2018, 10:24 AM by Teresa Higgins   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 6:20 AM ]

From the Principal’s desk        

It is that time of year when our world is a lot whiter and colder. Hopefully everyone enjoyed some fun and relaxing times together with family and friends during the holidays. Now that winter is upon us in full force, we are asking for your help. Snow or no snow, we go outside for recess, unless the temperature (with the wind chill factor considered) is 10 degrees or lower. Please make sure your child comes to school prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing each day. Your child can bring in an extra pair of slippers or inside shoes to keep in the classroom.


Another part of this cold season is the possibility of snow day calls. Please be prepared for any situation including a late start or unexpected early dismissal. Any decisions related to inclement weather are always made with the safety of students and staff in mind. Families often have to have a Plan A and Plan B during these months given the unknowns.


At the end of this month, progress reports will be sent home- Friday, January 26th. 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. During the month of April, teachers will be offering another opportunity to formally meet about your child’s performance.


As always, please, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns that you may have.  


Sincerely,


Susie Robbins, principal

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Now that we are fully engrossed in the cold and snowy winter months, please remember that attendance is critical for success. Did you know that: 


1) Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace. Good attendance matters for school success, starting as early as prekindergarten and throughout elementary school. By middle and high school, poor attendance is a leading indicator of dropout. Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.

2)  Excused and unexcused absences easily add up to too much time lost in the classroom. Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days. Once too many absences have occurred, they can affect learning, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused. Sporadic, not just consecutive, absences matter. Before you know it – just one or two days a month can add up to nearly 10 percent of the school year. 

3) Chronic absence, missing 10 percent of the school year or more, does not just affect the students who miss school. If too many students are chronically absent, it slows down instruction for other students, who must wait while the teacher repeats material for absentee students. This makes it harder for students to learn and teachers to teach. 
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MSAD #51 Kindergarten Registration


Kindergarten registration for MSAD #51 (Cumberland-North Yarmouth) will be held at Mabel I. Wilson School (353 Tuttle Road, Cumberland) the week of February 5-9. If your child will be five years old on or before October 15, 2018, he/she is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall. Stop by the School Office the week of February 5-9 between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm to register. You will need to bring your child’s original birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency with you at that time. 


If you have a student currently enrolled in a private school and would like them to attend Mabel I. Wilson School in the fall, please register your child during that week as well. 


To obtain registration forms in advance please visit our website (www.sites.google.com/a/msad51.org/mabel-i-wilson-school). We want to ensure all incoming students are included in the placement process for the 2018-19 school year. If you have any questions, please call the school at 829-4825.

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Guidance news here.
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For the month of January only, Mrs. Matusko is collecting the following items for future projects: 

• cardboard egg cartons 
• artificial flowers 
• wooden chopsticks  
• dried starfish, sea shells, sand dollars

Donations may be dropped off in the ART ROOM. Thank you
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From our Math Specialists


In our December newsletter we introduced the first Mathematical Practices, Make Sense in Problems and Persevere in Solving Them. Another Mathematical Practice focuses on using appropriate tools strategically.  Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. They decide when to use tools, select appropriate tools, and use the tools accurately. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models, number line, base ten blocks, unifix cubes, hundreds charts, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, and even mental math.  The ability to select appropriate tools is an important reasoning skill.  Some tools are more efficient than others and students begin to decide which tools will best meet their needs. (from Putting Practices into Action)


Look at the list of questions below.  Talk with your child about what tools they could use to solve the problem. Which is the most efficient? Why or why not?  Are there other tools that might work better? (Choose questions appropriate to your child’s grade level.)


7 + 4

18 + 3

11 + 25

46 + 37

102 - 12

16 - 8

4 x 8

5 - 2








December Newsletter

posted Dec 4, 2017, 8:08 AM by Teresa Higgins   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 9:42 AM by Amber Harrington ]

From the Principal’s desk     

It is the time of year when the weather gets cold, and we are asking for your help. Students will go outside for recess, unless the temperature (with the wind chill factor considered) is 10 degrees or lower. Please, make sure your child comes to school prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing each day.


Another part of this cold season is the possibility of snow day calls. Please, be prepared for any situation including a late start or unexpected early dismissal. Any decisions related to inclement weather are always made with the safety of students in mind. Families often need to have a Plan A and Plan B during these months given the unknowns.


Be sure to check in to see if anything in our lost & found pile belongs to your child. The lost & found is located near the library entrance. We will donate items that do not have names written in them during the holiday break.


I can’t believe this will be the last newsletter for 2017!  


Sincerely,


Susie Robbins, principal

srobbins@msad51.org

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

Mabel I Wilson School website

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

Swim Instructors Needed!

We are in need of several swim teachers to help out with our Elementary PE classes swimming starting the end of January through the spring.  Ideal candidates would be available school day hours (2-5 days/ week) to help teach swimming skills, some technique, and comfort in the water to our K-3 students.  No prior experience is necessary - just a willingness to get in the water and learn! Please reach out directly to Rob Hale (rhale@msad51.org), Greely Pool Director FMI.  


Dear Parents and Guardians of MIW students:


With respect and understanding of current economic times in our community and beyond, 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

Cumberland Congregational Church 829-3419

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.

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

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

Referrals and resources:

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


News from Guidance HERE.

News from our Math Specialists 

Along with the mathematical content standards, we are responsible for teaching students the Mathematical Practice standards. The Common Core identifies 8 standards for Mathematical Practices that describe  “varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education.”  (http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Practice/)

In other words, they describe what it means to “do” mathematics and apply mathematical content.


The first Mathematical Practice, Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them,  focuses on developing the essential skills and dispositions to become an effective problem solver. It includes:

  1. An understanding of the problem solving process and how to navigate through the process from start to finish.

  2. A repertoire of strategies for solving problems and the ability to select a strategy that makes sense for a given problem.

  3. The disposition to deal with confusion and persevere until a problem is solved.


How can you support your child with this practice?  Here are some questions you can ask as they are solving problems (in bookmark format) and a couple of examples of some rich, open ended questions. Please see January’s edition of the MIW newsletter for possible solutions!


Art Class Requests

I am collecting "chobani" style yogurt cups and small wood scraps for upcoming art lessons. Donations may be dropped off in the art room. 

Thank you!    

Reminder: Dress for a mess on your ART day!!!

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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 Friday, 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!



November 2017

posted Nov 3, 2017, 10:41 AM by Teresa Higgins

From the Principal’s desk     

Conferences are being held during the months of October and November, so if you haven’t heard from your child’s teacher yet about scheduling a conference, please get in touch with her. These conferences provide a very valuable opportunity for home-school communication.


On October 25th, the PTO sponsored a new event at MIW called “The Grand Event,” which was well-attended by hundreds of students and their grandparents and/or grand friends, and many parents as well. We are so grateful to have such an involved parent group to see this need and address it with such intensity. The event was a huge success, due to many people’s dedication and commitment to our students. We hope that this event will continue for many years to come.


Sincerely,


Susie Robbins

srobbins@msad51.org

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

Mabel I Wilson School website

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

Student Drop Off

The parking spots near the Library entrance are drop off spaces only.  Please do not park in these spaces as it interferes with others dropping off their children.  If you are walking your children into school, or would like to visit with other parents, please park in the lot next to Central Office (little red building).


Lost & Found

Please, check in to see if anything in our lost & found pile belongs to your child. The lost & found is located near the library entrance. We will donate items that do not have names written in them during the holiday breaks.


It is that time of year when the weather gets cold, and we are asking for your help. Students will go outside for recess, unless the temperature (with the wind chill factor considered) is 10 degrees or lower. Please, make sure your child comes to school prepared with appropriate outdoor clothing each day.


Electronic toys at school

We would like your help reinforcing some rules at Wilson School. We prefer that students not bring electronics and toys to school, given the risk of loss or damage and lack of connection to teaching and learning during the school day. There are some exceptions though. For example, if a student is bringing a Kindle to school and using it appropriately during reading time, that is acceptable, if the teacher is ok with that plan. Yet, we have many students bringing electronic toys to school and using them during recess or in the gym during bus dismissal time. We are trying to reinforce that those are not appropriate times to use those toys. During recess, we hope that students are getting some physical exercise and socializing with peers. During bus dismissal time, we need students attentive, so that they see/hear when their bus line is being dismissed. We realize that some students attend day cares after school, and may be bringing the toys to use at those locations. We appreciate your help in talking with your child about leaving electronic toys at home or keeping them in their backpack during school hours. Thanks for your help with this effort.


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Help Your Child Succeed In School:  Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early


Did you know?

• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.

• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks (and can equal 18 days very quickly)

• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

• Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school-and themselves.  Start building this habit so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important.


What You Can D0!

• Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

• Introduce your child to his or her teachers before school starts to help with the transition.

• Don’t let your child stay home unless he or she is truly sick.  

• Sometimes stomach aches can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

• If your child seems anxious to go to school, talk to teachers, school counselors or other parents for advice on how to help your child feel more comfortable and excited about learning.

• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.


Good attendance will help your child do well in school, college and at work.

This was adapted with permission from Attendance Works at attendanceworks.org


From the Counselor's Corner
Classroom Guidance classes are starting for all students this month. Click on the LINK to find out more about what we will be doing. 


Dawn Lane, M.S., NCC
MIW School Counselor 
Civil Rights Team Advisor
829-4825 ext. 171


October 2017

posted Oct 5, 2017, 8:23 AM by Teresa Higgins

From the Principal’s desk     

We have had a successful start to the school year in many ways. We held two curriculum nights and our annual fall cookout with great participation. In addition, we are continuing our efforts to foster a safe and caring learning community for our students, staff, and parents. We are teaching and reinforcing consistent expectations for behavior in the hallways and lunchroom. The students are working hard to be safe, respectful, and responsible as they move about the building.  We have also had two fire drills and one evacuation drill.  In all three events we were able to exit from the building in under 2:30 minutes.


Conferences are coming up during the months of October and November, so it is likely that you will be seeing sign-ups coming your way soon. Please know that teachers are given the choice to schedule during this two-month window. Some teachers choose earlier and some teachers choose later, so don’t be surprised if you have several children with very different conference schedules.


As the year progresses, please provide us with feedback. We like to hear what is going well and what we should consider doing differently. So, please let us know how we can help your children be successful students here at Wilson School. Please, feel free to contact me with questions or concerns at any time.  


Sincerely,


Susie Robbins, principal

srobbins@msad51.org



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Art Day Reminder...DRESS FOR A MESS...PLEASE WEAR YOUR PLAY CLOTHES!!



From the Counselor's Corner

Click on the LINK to find out what is happening in Mindfulness this month.


Dawn Lane, M.S., NCC

MIW School Counselor

829-4825 ext. 152


Hours Monday-Friday 8:15-3:45


* In an emergency, please contact one of the following resources: 911, 774-HELP, or 1-888-568-1112. You may also visit your local emergency room.







GRADE 2 & 3 and older Multiage Math Night

See info HERE.


September 2017

posted Sep 8, 2017, 11:20 AM by Teresa Higgins

From the Principal’s desk     

Each year is a new and exciting beginning for our students. Last week we had two days with our first through third grade students before our kindergarten students started this week on Tuesday. Students seem to be adjusting to being back at school and learning the routines of their new classrooms, along with making new friends and seeing old friends at recess. Discussions about being safe, respectful, and responsible are happening in all areas of the building with special focus on classrooms, hallways, and lunchroom settings.


You may notice the following changes at the Wilson School this year:


  • The school is not running an early drop off this year.  The Cumberland Rec Department is offering this service.  All other students should not be dropped off until 8:15 as we do not have coverage until that time.


  • Due to increased enrollment, we added a new classroom by converting two former office spaces into a first grade classroom.


  • There is a portable classroom placed in the back of our playground.  This space is currently being used as a home for our speech/language clinicians, our gifted and talented program, and office space for some K-12 employees.


  • This year we are having lunch BEFORE recess.  We have also added five minutes to our lunch time and our recess time.


  • Our teachers are seeing an increase in stamina in their students due to the addition of a new heating and cooling system.  These warm afternoons are much more conducive to learning with the presence of some cool air in the rooms!


  • We have changed our format for our fall Curriculum Nights.  More information about this is included below.
  • Attendance: As a reminder if your child is not in attendance for 3 hours, they are considered absent. If you do not report the absence to the office (please do not report to the teacher as it can create confusion), the absence will be considered unexcused. Attendance is critical for students' success. 


We are rocking and rolling with over six hundred students everyday.  The Wilson School is a fun place to be!  I hope your school year is off to a good start.   Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns at any time.  


Sincerely,

Susie Robbins, principal

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

Mabel I Wilson School website

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


The MIW Parent - Student Handbook may be viewed HERE.  Please take a moment to read as it may answer a lot of frequently asked questions.

Open House and Wilson School Cookout/Family Picnic

We are excited to announce that this year we will be combining our annual Wilson School Cookout/Family Picnic with a school wide Open House on Wednesday, September 13th.  Instead of the grade level Curriculum Nights that we have held in the past, we are holding an Open House on the same night as our Cookout.  The Cookout will be held from 5:00 - 6:30 and teachers will be in their rooms from 5:00 - 5:45 for you and your families to drop in and say hello.  Feel free to attend the cookout either before or after your classroom visit.  Additional parking is available at Greely Middle School or High School if necessary.


If you would like to participate in our cookout you can do so ahead of time HERE.


We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday for this fun event!


Parents/Guardians,

Over the past several weeks the district has sent a variety of communication about the changeover to our new communication platform SwiftReach SwiftK12.


Our hope is that this email will help troubleshoot some of the more common questions/problems people are having.


If you are getting regular school communication and have updated your information, you do not need to read further.


If a question applies to you, click the question to get the answer...


Help! I’m not getting regular communication from my child’s school. What do I do?

PowerSchool Parent Portal? What are you talking about?

I’m getting the same emails at home & work. How to I fix where I get my emails?

I'm trying to refer back to the emails the district sent about this, but I can't find them. Where can I get them?

Will you continue to use the “Class of” Lists that I’m used to?

Have another question?

Technology/Troubleshooting related? Email technology-support-center@msad51.org

Communication related? Email Ashley Caswell at acaswell@msad51.org


Reminders from the Office

Office hours are 7:30-4:15 every day.

* If your child is tardy to school, he/she needs to check-in at the office first.

* Whenever you enter the school, please go to the main office prior to going to a classroom or any other learning space. It is important to know who is in our building at all times. We appreciate your cooperation with this safety measure.

* We recognize that mornings can be very hectic, but please remember to send a note in with your child if there is a change in their afternoon schedule, such as a parent pick-up or change in bus. Without a note, we will follow the regular routine for each child. Please, do not leave messages on voicemail regarding a change in afternoon dismissal routine. Please, call before 2:30 with changes.


Staff members can be reached via email, which are structured the same for all staff- firstnameinitiallastname@msad51.org, such as srobbins@msad51.org for Susie Robbins, principal.


SAFETY FIRST

A priority at Wilson School is keeping our students safe. We acknowledge how difficult learning can be if a child is worried about their well-being and safety. We want children to be physically safe, but also emotionally safe to take risks. We have many procedures in place to form a safe environment for our students. We have specific routines for arrival and dismissal to help support these goals.

Supervision starts at 8:15 in the morning, so children should not be dropped off at school prior to that time. Please, make sure you go directly to the office any time that you are visiting or dismissing your child. All children need to be signed out before they can be dismissed. Anyone dismissing a child from school will need to show identification before being allowed to remove the child from school grounds. Also, we ask that you wait for your child, instead of going to the classroom to avoid disturbing the learning of others.

During the year, we will practice many types of safety drills to plan for different circumstances. Fire drills are quite routine to the children. We have had a couple already, and the children are able to exit the building in under two minutes! In addition to fire drills, we practice lockdown drills and evacuation drills. These plans are for different situations that may arise. We hope that we don’t need to implement these plans, but want to be prepared. Although you may not have practiced these drills as a child, they are important in our day and age to be prepared for a variety of situations. As a staff, we tell children that at school we practice many different routines that we may need to use in order to keep everyone safe. We will be practicing both a lockdown drill at some point this year.

We thank you for your efforts in keeping the children safe at all times.


Highly-Qualified Teacher Notification:

At Wilson School, we are very proud of our teachers. We feel that they are ready for the coming school year and are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. As a Title I school, we must meet federal rules related to teacher qualifications as defined in No Child Left Behind. These rules allow you to learn more about your child’s teacher’s training and credentials. We are happy to provide this information to you. At any time, you may ask:


  • Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject he/she is teaching,


  • Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and


  • What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.


You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child receives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s qualifications.


From the Counselor's Corner: Mindfulness in the Classroom
 

Check out this LINK to find out more about what is happening in your child's classroom this September. 


Mabel​ ​I​. ​Wilson​ ​School

Student​ ​Counseling​ ​and​ ​Social​ ​Work​ ​Services

(Grades​ ​K-3)

Information can be found here.


Math Specialists Corner:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  We are excited for a year of great learning in math.  Frequently, parents request information on how they can help their students in math, especially when math instruction may look different from their own school experience. When discussing a parent’s role in mathematics, Jo Boaler, a leading educator in mathematics from Stanford University,  gives a few steps for success:


  • It is critical that when parents interact with children about math they communicate positive messages, saying that math is exciting and it is an open subject that anyone can learn with hard work, that it is not about being “smart” or not and that math is all around us in the world.

  • Teachers and parents need to replace sympathetic messages such as “Don’t worry, math isn’t your thing” with positive messages such as “You can do this, I believe in you, math is an open, beautiful subject that is all about effort and hard work.”


For more information on the role parents play in their child’s math achievement visit:  Parents' beliefs change children's achievement in math


Clare Harrington, Math Specialist K-2
Shannon Peterson, Math Specialist 3-5
ART NEWS here.


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HELP WANTED - Volunteers Needed

Please, check with your child’s teacher about volunteering opportunities. We appreciate having parents partner with us and provide support during the school day or even from home. Volunteers do need to fill out an application and be approved.



Our lost and found piles up quickly, PLEASE put your child's name on all items such as:

Clothes, Lunch Boxes, Backpacks & Water Bottles. Thank you.




June 2017

posted Jun 5, 2017, 11:56 AM by Teresa Higgins

From the Principal’s desk…       

Thank you for another wonderful year. It’s hard to believe that we only have a few weeks left with our students this year.   We wish our 3rd graders luck as they venture off to Greely Middle School ⅘.  These are exciting times!

 

On the last day of school, Friday, June 23rd, students will be dismissed at 12:30.  In addition, they will be bringing home the end-of-year progress reports. On Wednesday, June 14th, third graders will participate in step-up day activities when they travel to Greely Middle School ⅘ and meet their teacher and classmates for next year. On Tuesday, June 20th, K-2 students will participate in step-up day activities when they will meet their class and teacher for next year. A letter stating next year’s teacher will be sent home with them on this day.

 

I will be around most of the summer so feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Happy Summer,

Susie Robbins, principal

 

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.

 

Staff members can be reached via email, which are structured the same for all staff- firstnameinitiallastname@msad51.org, such as srobbins@msad51.org for Susie Robbins, Principal.


Please accept this friendly reminder that on Tuesday, June 13th, the citizens of Cumberland and North Yarmouth will vote on the annual school budget.  We hope that voters feel informed regarding this important budget and will come out to vote.


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

for quick updates of what’s happening at MIW.


ACES day is coming, see info here.
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May 2017

posted May 5, 2017, 11:02 AM by Teresa Higgins

From the Principals desk

Dear Parents/Guardians,


Last night we held our annual MIW Art Show.  A HUGE thank you goes out to Mrs. McCann-Olson and Mrs. Matusko for their work with our students.  The artwork is incredible and certainly makes our school more beautiful.  I am always impressed with the quality of work that our students are able to produce.  Thank you to everyone who came to the event. It is always nice to see and meet extended family members.


The last seven weeks of school will be filled with field trips, concerts, and many other celebrations.  Be sure to read messages from school carefully to be sure you do not miss out on anything!


Sincerely,


Susie Robbins, principal

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It is Registration Time!

If you know of a kindergarten through third grader that is planning to come to the Wilson School next year for the first time, please be sure they register now.  This information is extremely important as we finalize our enrollment numbers and determine the number of classes we need at each grade level.  We will also be starting our placement process and we want to be sure we include new students from the very beginning of the process.  


Step-Up Day for current third graders will be Wednesday, June 14th.

Step-Up Day for all other MIW students will be Tuesday, June 20th.

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MEA Announcement

Our third grade students will be taking the last part of the Maine Educational Assessment next Wednesday, May 10th, at 9:00.  Please do whatever you can to make sure your third grader is here for this assessment as participation does count.

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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

Here is a link to the NAME SCHOOL HERE survey.
GHS Parent Check-In Linkhttps://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

Thank you for your help with this!
Ashley

Ashley J. Caswell, M.S.
Community Development & Resource Manager
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Spring into Summer Night Invite here.

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