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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.