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April 11, 2014 Spotlight

posted Apr 11, 2014, 9:59 AM by Beverly Locke   [ updated Apr 11, 2014, 10:01 AM ]

SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK

Our wonderful Student Council has organized a week of fun activities and themes for each day before vacation. Ms. Miranda wanted me to make sure to share that this is for “Pride” not “Prizes”. We will continue with our usual work, but may dress a little differently. The expectations for appropriate and respectful behavior NEVER change regardless of the “fun”.

  • Monday—Polka Dot day 
  • Tuesday—Crazy Hair 
  • Wednesday—School Color Day 
  • Thursday—Twin Day 
  • Friday—Pajama Day 

By the end of the month the State of Maine will issue it’s “Report Card”. When that happens I will reiterate for you the criteria for the Surry grade. This is a one-snapshot view of our school. We would never take a one-snapshot view of your childand determine his or her capabilities. So please consider this as only one indicator! 

VACATION BEGINS APRIL 21. STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL ON APRIL 28.

Monday evening, April 14, at 7:00 in our gym, the SCIA will hold an informational night focused on the school budget. All are welcome to attend, and bring any questions you might have about the school budget. Also, please remember you can always call me, here at school, should you have any questions.

APRIL 28-TOWN MEETING-7:00 P.M.

CONGRATULATIONS GO TO THE CAST MEMBERS AND DIRECTORS OF OUR INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE—PETER PAN

AND WENDY. BOTH SHOWS WERE STANDING-ROOM ONLY, AND EVERYONE ENJOYED BOTH THE PERFORMANCE AND THE MEAL! MS. BONSEY-THANKS FOR ALL THE YEARS, AND ALL THE HARD WORK THAT GOES INTO WORKING TO MAKE IT FUN! TO THE HAVEYS, THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND EFFORT THAT GOES INTO PROPS AND BACKGROUNDS FOR THE PLAY AND ALL THE PREPARATION AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL THAT GOES WITH THE AMAZING FOOD. TO THE STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS—THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING AND STAYING FOCUSED SO WE COULD ALL HAVE A SENSATIONAL “NIGHT ON THE TOWN” RIGHT HERE IN SURRY!!!!! 

Technology Survey

posted Mar 14, 2014, 7:42 AM by Beverly Locke   [ updated Mar 14, 2014, 7:43 AM ]

MLTI, the program that is providing iPads to our middle school students, has asked us to have teachers, students and parents respond to a survey reflecting technology use in our community.  You can help us by going to this link and giving your input.

Thank you!

January 30, 2014

posted Feb 3, 2014, 10:50 AM by Cathy Lewis   [ updated Feb 6, 2014, 7:26 AM ]

Dear Parents and Community Members:
 
           
Students are working hard to stay on task, get their homework done, and do their very best.  I see kindness and caring as they help each other, day in and day out.  You are raising children who will grow into productive and involved citizens.  Our partnership with you is essential to optimal growth.  Thanks for all you do to help support not only your children, but also your school.

 

         This is budget season—we plan for the needs for next year.  We advocate for programs and services that will help our children be skilled and competitive in the global and local employment markets.  We also take into account that economic times are hard for most and that increases in taxes cause concern and worry.  I have appreciated questions and input from several community members, and want you to know I am happy to talk with anyone about this matter.  Please just call to make an appointment for the conversation as I am usually working with kids and staff.  Budget conversations will take place at the next Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m., on February 6, at an additional budget workshop meeting, scheduled for February 25, and the SCIA Budget Information Meeting on April 14.   

 

         Recently we have had several donations of mittens, hats, gloves and scarves.  Thank you to all who have contributed and to Mr. Glenn who “reconstructed a “tree” on which we can hang all the warm accessories !  Special thanks goes to the “Moose Lodge” members who knitted some beautiful mittens and scarves.

 

         Another reminder:  After February vacation we will be providing a three day per week after school program, from 3:00-5:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Please call for a registration form if you are interested in having your child participate.  Preference will be given to those children who will be attending consistently for the three day/week that the program is offered.

 

Surry Elementary School would like to acknowledge the remarkable generosity displayed by the Esposito family.  Last week Vicky, Tony, and Natalie entered our school building carrying/dragging a very large nylon bag overflowing with a multitude of beautifully designed, hand-crafted puppets for donation to our Counseling Program.  Vickie stated her family’s home was in the process of a thorough winter cleaning, and was curious if we might have use for them.  All of these hand puppets were in excellent condition, many with their original sales tags still attached. We did not refuse the Esposito’s kind offer.  Puppets help teach children and young adults manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination and speech development. They also encourage creative expression and imaginative play, often allowing children the expression of difficult feelings, feelings which might have no other form of outlet.

 

These donated puppets are much more than a bag full of “toys”, rather they will serve as valuable tools for learning.  Surry Elementary School is grateful to the Esposito family for their generous gift, a gift that will surely have a long, lasting legacy for our school community.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

* Reminder:  It is time, once again, to think about the spring gardening season.  To help with your plans, the Surry PTCO will be working with Fedco seeds to sponsor the fifth annual Surry School seed sale.  Proceeds from the sale will go towards PTCO activities such as holiday gift giving, spring mini-courses and fun family events  Additional order forms may be obtained from the school or from www.fedcoseeds.com/forms/surry.pdf.  Please make checks payable to the school and return your order forms by February 7, 2014.  Thanks!

 

           

 

 

                                                                                                            Have a great weekend,

 

                                                                                                            Cathy

Newsletter for January 24, 2014

posted Jan 24, 2014, 10:15 AM by Cathy Lewis   [ updated Jan 24, 2014, 10:21 AM ]

Dear Parents and Community Members:

    OK, here we are in the middle of Maine Winter.  Thank you so much for making sure the kids are warm enough and safe as they wait for the buses.  We have extra hats and mittens, but the children need to remember boots and coats (I bet you know that once or twice kids have forgotten them.).  The good news is that we are only a few months away from the first day of Spring.

    And more good news…..beginning after February vacation, two of our wonderful teachers, Miranda Engstrom and Abi Bartlett, will hold a three day per week after school program, from 3:00-5:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.  Attached you can find a registration form.  Please sign and return if you are interested in having your child participate.  Preference will be given to those children who will be attending consistently for the three day/week that the program is offered.

    Your children worked to show us their best growth as they did the AIMSWEB assessment designed to show growth and progress in reading and math.  We provide this assessment Fall, Winter, and Spring to consistently monitor and make program adjustments where needed.  Hooray for you for making sure your kids are here, ready to learn, and using their best learning strategies.  Hooray for the kids—for knowing that doing their very best is the most important thing.  And..hooray for their teachers, for dedicating their lives to helping kids learn and grow !   Special appreciation goes to Ms. Bartlett who coordinates our school’s assessment efforts—she is amazing !!!!

    Grade 8 students are presently selling Little Caesar Pizza kits to raise funds for the eighth grade trip, the class gift, and graduation.  Orders are due in to Grade 8 advisor, Julie Havey on Tuesday, January 28th.  The kits will be delivered on Thursday, February 6.

    Kudos go to both basketball teams and coaches Bemiss and Bemiss for all their hard work, and to our players who give their time, energy and enthusiasm to learning new skills, demonstrating great teamwork, and continuing to work at modeling good sportsmanship.

Upcoming Events:

 *Blue Hill Heritage Trust will lead a snowshoe/walk along Patten Stream in Surry on Saturday, February 15 from 10 am-noon as part of this winter’s Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.  A statewide celebration, the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is held every winter and fall to connect our friends and neighbors with the natural world, to promote fun, physical activity, and good health. 

This event is free and open to all ages and skill levels!  Please call the Trust office at 374-5118 on or before Feb. 14 to pre-register.  [In case of a storm, the event will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 16 at 1 p.m.]

*“The “Reader Dog” program, is coming back to the Blue Hill Public Library-- with Gracie- -Tuesdays starting February 4th from 3:10 to 5:10 PM.

 

Reader dog will be every week through April 1st, except for February 18, which is during winter break for the local schools.  Gracie is a registered therapy dog who enjoys listening to children read. The children read in a relaxed and nonjudgmental environment so that they may gain self-confidence.  This is not a drop-in program—children may sign up for 20 minute slots ahead of time with Pat. For more information or to sign up, call Pat at 374-5515.

* Reminder:  It is time, once again, to think about the spring gardening season.  To help with your plans, the Surry PTCO will be working with Fedco seeds to sponsor the fifth annual Surry School seed sale.  Proceeds from the sale will go towards PTCO activities such as holiday gift giving, spring mini-courses and fun family events  Additional order forms may be obtained from the school or from www.fedcoseeds.com/forms/surry.pdf.  Please make checks payable to the school and return your order forms by February 7, 2014.  Thanks!

         “Internet Safety for kids 10 and older, and their parents, a workshop by Nina Milliken, Aroostook Mental Health Services, Sat. Jan. 25, 1:00, BH Public Library.

  

Have a great weekend,

November 15 Spotlight

posted Nov 15, 2013, 8:41 AM by Beverly Locke

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The Talent Show last night was absolutely fantastic! Mrs. Julie Havey, our eighth grade advisor and all-round incredible volunteer (we are blessed to have many who help us out all the time !!!!) gathered together those children K-8 willing to share their song, their joke, their musical talent, and their dancing (sitting or standing). What great fun for our community! Also, thanks go to the eighth graders who helped to organize, set up, and participate in the show. Everyone who participated or watched the show was a winner....here are some of the winners in other categories:

The Judge’s Choice: Timmy Lloyd and Sierra Cote for singing “Less Than Perfect “ 

Most Original: The Kindergarten Class for Caps for Sale

The Best Vocal: Amelia Hayden for singing “Brighter Than the Sun “

The Best Group: Aliyah Washburn, Cassie Cloutier, Regan Libby and Kylee Cote for singing: “Stuck Like Glue”

8th Graders Choice: Audrey Scruggs singing “All I Want for Christmas is You”

BEGINNING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, BUS “B” WILL BE DELIVERING ELLSWORTH ROAD NORTH FROM 3:00-3:10, CROSS ROAD 3:20-3:25, NEWBURY NECK SOUTH 3:30-3:40, AND NEWBURY NECK NORTH 3:45-3:55. The morning run will stay the same. Our new bus driver Peter Remick is working hard to make sure the bus ride runs smoothly and that the first kids who get picked up in the morning are not the last dropped off in the afternoon, making their school day extraordinarily long. I also need to thank John, our wonderful Bus A driver for helping us out through the bus driver transition—AND for what he does day in and day out, all year !

Please see the attached notice about a “pilot” after-school experience. We are trying to find out what the need is and who might participate.

If you know anyone who has a child who might be eligible for a four year old program (if it existed) next year, please call –or have them call to let us know. 

Spotlight November 8

posted Nov 12, 2013, 6:15 AM by Beverly Locke

Dear Parents and Community Members,

We have wonderful children, and, as you know, staff here protects them, and works hard at keeping them safe—emotionally and physically. This week it came to my attention that there had been a bus issue involving “Hello Kitty” duct tape. Most children thought it was a game and never thought a thing of it. I saw it differently when it was reported to me, and rode that bus run that afternoon until we could replace the driver. I do not think the intent was to hurt or embarrass anyone, but it was an error in judgment on the part of someone entrusted to take care of the kids. As a result, we will have a new bus driver for bus B on Monday. Our wonderful bus driver John took over the route formally done by Amy, but will return to his own bus route on Tuesday. First Student (our bus contracting service) has been responsive to my concerns and acted quickly to alleviate the concern. Superintendent Hurvitt and the School Board supported the immediate action to make change. I have had a chance to speak with many of you on that bus, but if you have any questions not specifically answered , please be sure to call me Tuesday morning. No one was hurt, and most of the children might not even recognize the issue. If your child rides bus B and you want to ask them questions, please be sure to be as positive as possible—the school bus is an extension of the school day and I want our students to be comfortable and feel safe. This episode was bad judgment and was resolved quickly when we became aware of it. I am sure this will never again be a problem. Please call me at school if there is anything I can do to help.

In honor of Veterans’ Day. Past commander Daniel Sullivan,SFC Randolph Mosley, Commander Roger Asbury, Cnl. William Saunders, and Everett Steinbarger visited our school today and were honored with a presentation and cards saying thank you for service to their country. We then went to the Town Park and had a short celebration commemorating those who fought so we could stay free.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra continues their 118th season
on
Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono! Students are being sent home with a Know Your Orchestra! voucher.

The KYO! voucher program encourages students to become acquainted with classical music and their home orchestra. Each voucher admits up to four K- 12 students for free when accompanied by at least one adult. Up to two accompanying adults can receive a discounted ticket price of $10.00. Each free ticket and adult ticket is subject to an additional $3.00 box office handling fee. We encourage voucher holders to reserve their tickets before the concert by calling the CCA Box Office at 581.1755 or

1.800.622.TIXX Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year, the program is Totally Tchaikovsky, as the BSO celebrates the Russian master with a full program devoted to some of his most beloved and thrilling pieces.

Book Fair – Thank you so much to all the PTCO volunteers that worked so hard to get the book fair up and running. The book selection was terrific, and the enthusiasm of students for reading was supported by parents as much as possible. There is a lot of work to set up, run, and take down the Book Fair. Special thanks go to Kim Steinbarger and Courtney Weaver for spearheading this effort, and to the wonderful volunteers who helped our students and their families with selection and payments. Great appreciation to all parents who were able to come and support this. Profits from this Book Fair are used to purchase more books for our school and to help with extra projects not included in the School budget.

Parent/Teacher Conferences were well attended and most parents commented that they appreciated this opportunity to see how their children were doing BEFORE report cards come out (Dec. 9).

From our Phys. Ed. Teacher Mr. Carter--Jump Rope for Heart Award

Congratulations to the Surry School community! On Monday, Mr. Carter represented the Surry School at the state Physical Education Conference and received on our behalf a third place award for district IV Jump Rope for Heart 2012-2013! The Surry School raised the third highest amount of money for Jump Rope for Heart in our district which includes many much larger schools. Thank you all for your efforts. The new plaque is

now mounted on the wall as you enter the gymnasium. Jump Rope for Heart this year will take place during the month of March. Way to go Surry!

From Student Council

Congratulations to all students who ran for Student Council this year. There was a big interest and we always like seeing our students interested in servingtheirclassmatesandtheirschool. Wewouldliketorecognizethe following individuals as student representatives serving on Student Council for the 2013-2014 term: Grace Neal, Virginia Cox, Devin Grindle, Nyamh Wolf, Alicia Havey, Monte Weaver, Arden Weaver, Jillian Eldridge, Rachel Whitmore, and Jenna Eldridge. Congratulations! We will be holding our annualschoolwideFoodDrivefromNovember18ththrough26th. Wewill be collecting non-perishable goods and invite you to donate to our cause. Thank you!

The Talent Show will be held on Thursday, November 14.

Cathy Lewis, Proud Principal 

November 1, 2013 Spotlight

posted Nov 1, 2013, 11:25 AM by Beverly Locke   [ updated Nov 1, 2013, 11:30 AM ]

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The literacy parade was a huge success—thanks to all who helped make it productive and a way to display how characters can be represented by wearing costumes. Special appreciation goes to Julie Havey who organized and supervised games and food, and to all the parents and staff who helped her. I can’t tell you how wonderful those children looked in costumes, carrying their books, proud as could be. Great job, Moms and Dads, helping with costumes and books.

Book Fair !– If your child has not already told you, the Scholastics Book Fair is set up in the school library. We have received an abundance of amazing books for all ages. There are also novelty items that are great gifts for the upcoming holiday season. The PTCO has a goal of $2,000 plus in sales. If we reach that goal then get 50% back in Scholastics products for the school to use. That will mean new books for the classrooms and library! Help us reach that goal; Shop:

Fri.Nov.1st 2:30-5:00 Mon.Nov.4th 5:00-7:00 Tues.Nov.5th 2:30-5:00 Wed.Nov6th 2:30-5:00

Thurs.Nov.7th 2:30-7:00

You can also shop from home at bookfairs.scholastic.com, look for state, then town. Thank you.


PTCO – The Parent Teacher Community Organization is meeting on Monday night, Nov. 4th. Please join us from 6-7 at the school to learn more about how you can enhance your child’s elementary school experience. All welcome.

UMaine Science Saturdays!
Note: These are organized for children affiliated with 4-H, but children with no affiliation are also very welcome.)

Middle school-aged youth are invited to come spend a Saturday morning on campus. On Nov. 2, the university will host its first 4-H Science Saturday focused on Animal and Veterinary Sciences. The Science Saturday will include working alongside researchers and UMaine students, lunch with current UMaine students, and an optional tour of the campus.

Gas cards may be available, courtesy of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance's Reach Center.

For more information, please contact Judy Mathewson at 460-7327 or Marcia Schatz at 266-5009

Parent/Teacher Conferences are designed to provide a specific time for conversation about your child’s academic growth. Report cards do not come out for another month—so there is time conversation and the chance to see in what direction your child is going and/or needs support from home before the reports come out. We always have good attendance for these conferences—I think mostly because we are working together to make sure your child succeeds. We thank you for that. So be sure to call to sign up for your parent appointment. Communication about your child’s learning is not limited to these

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parent appointments. We care and want to share with you as often as possible both the strengths and the areas that need growth. We appreciate it when you share how you see your child doing in school and their attitudes about learning, and the fact that you provide a specific time and space for homework. We hope you appreciate the energy, effort, enthusiasm and training we provide to ensure student success. Every child should know that he or she has an entire team of us cheering on the learning victories, and helping when the learning doesn’t come easy. Together, we provide a great learning safety net for life.

The Talent Show will be held on Thursday, November 14.

Remember:
Turn your clocks back

HERE’S HOPING FOR A SUNNY WEEKEND ! Cathy Lewis, Proud Principal 

Oct 25 Spotlight

posted Oct 25, 2013, 9:04 AM by Beverly Locke

Dear Parents and Community Members,

I want to thank you again for your support during the state NECAPS testing. We wrapped up the testing sessions on Monday with an ice cream sundae for each child. Each made their own chocolate or butterscotch (or caramel) sundae, complete with whipped cream and “jimmies”. They did a good job both with the testing and with the sundaes.

As you know from the Wednesday notice, we did a “Skunk” drill, and the children and staff were amazing as they showed representatives from five law enforcement agencies how quickly they could remember routines, follow directions, and focus on staying safe from the “Skunk”. You can be very proud of your children. All the adults in attendance were very impressed— keeping kids safe is our most important job!

The Book Fair books have arrived. Our fantastic PTCO will be setting up and staffing the sale—we have some great books, and the kids are excited ! These books make great presents and stocking stuffers. Please see attached flyer !

Reminder: Our “Literacy Parade” will be held on October 31, at 1:00 p.m.. Costumes must be related to a character in a book, and students must have the school appropriate book with them as we parade. No gory, bloody, or scary costumes are allowed.

Parent/Teacher Conferences are designed to provide a specific time for conversation about your child’s academic growth. Report cards do not come out for another month—so there is time conversation and the chance to see in what direction your child is going and/or needs support from home before the reports come out. We always have good attendance for these conferences—I think mostly because we are working together to make sure your child succeeds. We thank you for that. So be sure to call to sign up for your parent appointment. Communication about your child’s learning is not limited to these parent appointments. We care and want to share with you as often as possible both the strengths and the areas that need growth. We appreciate it when you share how you see your child doing in school and their attitudes about learning, and the fact that you provide a specific time and space for homework. We hope you appreciate the energy, effort, enthusiasm and training we provide to ensure student success. Every child should know that he or she has an entire team of us cheering on the learning victories, and helping when the learning doesn’t come easy. Together, we provide a great learning safety net for life.

Reminder: Picture retake day will be Tuesday, October 29. Please pick up an order form in the front office if your child will be having his/her picture taken. Pictures that are being returned should be given to the photographer on that day.

The Talent Show will be held on Thursday, November 14. Have a great fall weekend......

Cathy Lewis, Proud Principal 

May 17, 2013

posted May 22, 2013, 7:05 AM by Cathy Lewis   [ updated May 22, 2013, 7:13 AM ]

Dear Parents and Community Members,

 

         Today will be the last day of mini-courses L.  What an incredible experience it has been to have so many interesting offerings for our students, and so many wonderful people to share their knowledge, talents and skills.  Thank you so much to all involved.  Special KUDOS to Libby Bishop, Courtney Weaver, and Miranda Engstrom for organizing, connecting with resources, making sure every child had a placement, and for making it so much fun.  Scheduling is always tricky—especially with so many offerings and two time frames per day.  But, our students enjoyed every bit of the effort put into it by planners and instructors alike.  Many thanks to all involved, and please be thinking about what you might like to help us (as an “instructor” next year at this time.  PTCO—we thank you, as always.

 

Our Amelia Hayden in grade 5 is still helping us all to remember that everything counts.  Her penny drive to raise money for the Relay for Life, and she is walking in honor of her Grammy.  The penny container is located in the front entry-way.

We have some pennies and rolls of pennies—we will continue on !

 

         Exciting Summer News!  This year we are offering 3 one-week sessions of Leaping Literacy Summer Camp here at our school!  Based on a weekly theme, we will be using art, music, interactive science presentations, storytelling, books and movement to help each camper create their own book. To see some of the fun in past years at the program’s first location in Southwest Harbor, you can check out “Summer Story Camp” on Facebook. Attached you will find a registration form. Sign up for one week or all three, with space allowing. The program will run from 9 am -Noon, with possible before-care starting at 8:00, depending upon need. This program is free of charge and is designed to inspire your child to see literacy as a form of entertainment and to help them keep up their school skills over the summer.

For questions, please call Rachel Kohrman Ramos at the Central Office, 374-9927.

Please keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events !

                                                                                    Cathy

Spotlight March 22, 2013

posted Mar 22, 2013, 10:40 AM by Cathy Lewis

Dear Parents and Community Members,

 

         The school year is going fast now !  Your students have done a great deal of hard work, and it shows in their assessment scores.  The most important question you can ask your child at the end of the day is “What did you learn today?”, and then, dig deeper, past the usual “nothing” into what happened with Math, Science, Reading, etc..  And speaking of Science, don’t forget that our Science Fair will be held next week, on Thursday, March 28, 5:30-6:30.  Please come and see what is happening.

 

         The Food Drive needs your help, if you can give it.  Our wonderful students in grade three earned $74.00 to help support this effort, and the Maine Community Foundation will match it by contributing $1.00 for each non-perishable food unit.

Despite the winter weather, our students brought in the first day of Spring with a “Fling” that included festive attire and a picnic-style lunch.  We all need a reminder that Spring is really coming!

Have a great weekend !

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