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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.  


Susie Robbins, principal




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.  


Susie Robbins, principal

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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!


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.


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.


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.

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!


Susie Robbins, principal


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.


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.


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 J. Caswell, M.S.
Community Development & Resource Manager

Spring into Summer Night Invite here.

April 2017

posted Apr 7, 2017, 11:19 AM by Teresa Higgins   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 11:21 AM ]

From the Principal’s desk       

Thank you to all who attended our Celebration of Learning Night with Monte Selby as well as the K-5 Poetry Jam.  Both events offered different ways for our students to showcase their many talents. These type of opportunities remind me that they are developing their own voices.  These activities can help them learn and grow in many ways.

Our third grade students took the Maine Educational Assessment for Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy last week.  An essay component will be done in May.  This assessment is one of the primary tools used by the state to determine the effectiveness of a school and its programs.  If you have any questions regarding this assessment, please feel free to call me.

It’s that time of year when parents start thinking about the transition to the next grade. Last month, we posted information in our newsletter describing our placement process. In addition, we sent this information in an email last week.  You can also find this info on our website or by using the following links:

spring parent input letter for placement

POSSIBLE programs @ MIW -  we will definitely have a 2nd grade class that will loop to 3rd the following year

For our third grade students, if you have any placement requests for your child going into fourth grade, please submit those to Carol MacArthur at Greely Middle School ⅘ (cmacarthur@msad51.org) by Thursday, April 13th.

Happy Spring!


Susie Robbins, principal

News From the Book Nook can be found here.

Reminder: MIW Student Art Show, May 4th 5-7 pm

Ms. Olson welcomes your help to prepare work and display work for the MIW Art show. There are a number of volunteer activities that can be completed at school or at home. Support is welcome anytime between now and then, and especially the days preceding the event. Bring your family and enjoy the work of our talented young artists. Please email Lmccann-olson@msad51.org to offer your help.                                                

March 2017

posted Mar 3, 2017, 11:15 AM by Teresa Higgins   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 11:27 AM ]

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.   We have been celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday all this week by wearing stripes, making funny hats, and enjoying Dr. Seuss stories. 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 7th from 5:30 to 6:30.  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.  


Susie Robbins, principal

Tuesday, 3/7 5:30-6:30
more info can be found here.

We are collecting gently used books for a Book Swap to take place during Family Literacy Night.  We would love for all students to leave that evening with a "new to them" book.  If you have books at home you would like to donate, please send them in marked Family Literacy Night.  We are looking for a range of books picture books and chapter books appropriate for students in Kindergarten through grade 3.

MIW Civil Rights Team News can be found here.

Mrs. Matusko is still collecting paper tubes for art room projects. Thank you for your donations!


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 13th.  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 13th.  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.  


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.


February 2017

posted Feb 3, 2017, 7:39 AM by Teresa Higgins

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I can’t believe it is February already!  We have been so busy through the month of January that it flew by.  Last week our kindergarten students performed their winter concert for family and friends. It is always amazing to see five and six year olds standing in front of an audience.  Many thanks to Jen Caton and the kindergarten teachers for their work with our youngest learners.

Progress reports were sent home last Friday, January 27th.  If you have questions about your child’s progress, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.  In April, you will have another chance to sit with your child’s teacher and hear about his/her progress.

We greatly appreciate the time and energy that our parent volunteers spend with our students. We could not offer the types of support to our students without their help.  We do ask that you be mindful of confidentiality policies when you are visiting the school. While volunteering in the classroom, everything that you see, hear, and do is confidential. As parents, it’s easy to engage in a casual conversation with a friend later and share something that you perceive to be positive or neutral, but that information really shouldn’t be shared.

As always, let me know if you have questions or need information,

Susie Robbins, principal

Family Literacy Night

“Let’s Go Camping!”

March 7th from 5:30-6:30

Please join us for an evening of fun literacy activities with a camping twist!

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

Bring a Grown-up to P.E. Week!

We are very excited to announce our first “Bring a Grown Up to P.E. Week” at MIW School.  We would love to invite you to join a P.E. class to PARTICIPATE alongside your student and experience what Physical Education looks and feels like in our school.  Make sure you bring your sneakers and come prepared to MOVE as this is not a performance, but a participation opportunity.  

Depending on the grade level, we will be working on jumping rope, scarf juggling, and/or dance!

Classes will follow normal school scheduled P.E. time.  

(K/1 classes are 25 minutes in length twice per week, and 2/3 classes are 50 minutes).  

Grown Ups are welcome to attend any classes with their students between

Friday, February 10 and Thursday, February 16.

We look forward to having you!

 "SAVE THE DATE" for the MIW Student Art Show: THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 5:00-7:00 pm

We are collecting paper tubes-both sizes: paper towel, toilet paper. There will be a "drop" box for paper tubes outside the art room door and one in the main office.

MIW Civil Rights Team message here.

January 2017

posted Jan 9, 2017, 12:38 PM by Teresa Higgins   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 5:38 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. We just like to remind parents to stay tuned to the radio/tv stations for announcements and plan accordingly for all possible situations.

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. 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.


Susie Robbins, principal

Successful Students attend school regularly-

Schools are being asked to be more diligent in attendance matters. With that in mind, several times during the year, we review our attendance records and send letters home to parents/guardians of students with excessive absences or an excessive amount of tardies or early dismissals. We know that our students learn best when they are attending school regularly and do not have a large number of absences. We recognize that students miss school for a number of reasons: illness, family commitments, and student reluctance to name a few, but ultimately school attendance is the responsibility of the parent. If you need support with your child’s attendance, we have many staff members who are committed to providing the best educational opportunities possible for your child and who are willing to partner with you and your child to increase school attendance.

Attention: New Attendance Procedure

This fall MSAD#51 began the implementation of a new statewide procedure for marking a child’s attendance at school. If a child is not at school for three hours or longer, they will be marked absent for the entire day. This change may result in your child having more absences than they have had in the past.

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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MSAD #51 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for Cumberland-North Yarmouth will be held at Mabel I. Wilson School (353 Tuttle Road, Cumberland) the week of February 6-10. If your child will be five years old on or before October 15, 2017, he/she is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall. Please stop by the office between the hours of 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday-Friday to register. You will need to bring your child’s original birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency with you at that time. Please be sure to check our school website (www.sites.google.com/a/msad51.org/mabel-i-wilson-school) for forms to fill out and more information prior to registration week or call us at 829-4825.


If you have a student currently enrolled in a private school and would like them to attend first, second or third grade at the Mabel I. Wilson School, please register your child during this week. We want to be sure we include them in our placement process for the 2017-18 school year

Timeline of Events for Incoming Kindergarten Families

for 2017-18

February 6th-10th - Registration is held from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday-Friday in the Conference Room at the Mabel I. Wilson School. Please bring your latest copy of immunization records, an original birth certificate, and proof of residency. Registration materials can be found online at Mabel I Wilson School Site. You can also sign up for a spring screening time which will be held in March.

Wednesday, March 15th- We will be offering a story time in our library from 1:30 pm- 3:00 pm. One of our librarians, Mrs. Young or Mrs. Driscoll, will read a story or two and we will have an assortment of literature activities set up for families to experience during this time.

Wednesday, April 26th- We will be holding a Kindergarten Overview Night from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Parents of incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend this informational evening. We will discuss the next steps of this process including placement, kindergarten orientation, and screening.

Wednesday, May 3rd - We will be offering open gym time from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm for all students new to the school. Mrs. Geoghan, one of our physical education teachers, will have a variety of station activities set up around the gym for families to rotate through at their leisure. Come meet Mrs. Geoghan and visit the gym.

Wednesday, June TBD - You and your children are invited to a picnic on the playground at the Wilson School! Please bring a picnic lunch to enjoy time with family and friends- both old and new. Come between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to enjoy the company. The rain date for this event is Thursday, June 23rd.

July - The next time you hear from us will be in late July. At this time we will send you a letter telling you what classroom teacher your child will have in the fall. We will also send you information about kindergarten orientation and your child’s screening appointment.

Thursday, August TBD – Kindergarten Orientation is an opportunity for you to ride the bus to school with your child. While parents meet with administrators, the children will visit the classrooms. Our guidance counselors are present to help if there are transition issues that day. This event will last approximately 1 hour.

August & Sept TBD.– Fall Kindergarten Screening will be done during the first two days of school. The fall screening gives the teacher and child the opportunity for some 1:1 time as well as provides the teacher with current information. Your child will have an appointment for one of the first three days of school. Your child will be scheduled for an assigned screening time when you receive the letter with your child’s teacher’s name this summer.

TBD - Mabel I Wilson School Fall Family Cookout. Information will be coming home the first week of school about this event.

TBD - A Curriculum Night - This informational night will be an opportunity for parents to meet the kindergarten teachers, get an overview of kindergarten expectations and classroom support, and hear the ways you can be involved in your child’s education. This event is for parents only.

December 2016

posted Dec 13, 2016, 6:16 AM by Teresa Higgins

From the Principal’s desk    


Thank you all for your support of the annual Book Fair in the Wilson School Library.  This week has seen many smiles as children receive new books.  It is nice to see that books still bring joy in these days of electronics!

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 and staff in mind. Families often have to have a Plan A and Plan B during these months given the unknowns. We just like to remind parents to stay tuned to the radio/tv stations for announcements and plan accordingly for all possible situations.


Susie Robbins, principal


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.

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

Penny Drive!

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. The total of our collection will be announced on Tues., Dec. 22nd. Please help by sending in your pennies by Dec. 16th.  (Other coins, checks, and bills will also be gratefully accepted.)

Thank you!  

Mr. Brookes’ 5th Grade

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 break.

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:


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.

MIW Resources – please call us for services (all inquiries are confidential)

Holiday Support

Winter clothing

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)

For inquiries about holiday support, please call or email:

Becky Dilworth: 829-4825 x134, rdilworth@msad51.org

Kate Stawarz: 829-4825 x 138, kstawarz@msad51.org

Dawn Lane: 829-4825 x152, dlane@msad51.org

school-attendance-matters.pngSuccessful 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!

November 2016 Newsletter

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:01 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 19th, the PTO sponsored a new event at MIW called “The Grand Event,” which was attended by hundreds of students and their grandparents and/or grandfriends, 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.

We are looking forward to our first school assembly next Wednesday.  We will be learning about our new composting procedures for our lunch room.  Thank you to Lauryn Entwistle and the Green Team members for their work organizing this.  We are  aiming for a Zero -waste lunch!

As the year progresses, please provide us with feedback. We like to hear what is going well and what we should consider doing differently. Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns at any time.  


Susie Robbins, principal



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.


Dates to remember:

11/9/16 Wednesday is a full day of school

11/10/16 is School Photo Retake Day

11/11/16 Veterans Day/No School


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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


ART News:

Mrs. Matusko is looking for future project items and is collecting:

Oatmeal containers with covers(cylinder) and Yarn


Are you interested in Girl Scouts?

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