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Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Greetings From Gail

September 14, 2012

Some signs that we are back in school full swing:

  • NECAP test arrived in the mail for grades 3-6
  • Students are discussing their summer reading books in grades 5 & 6
  • Kindergarten students are now walking to the office to bring lunch and attendance without an adult
  • Field trips have started
  • Some upper grade students already forgot to do their homework and stayed in during recess
  • Reports of issues with the boys' bathroom being left messy
  • Buddy classes are meeting so they can get to know their buddies before the hike
  • And the best of all are the sounds of children's voices in the halls and at recess!

Mount Cardigan Hike Tuesday

Our traditional Mount Cardigan Hike will be taking place on Tuesday, weather permitting. This is the 12th year we have been hiking together as a school. Each year the participation grows and grows. We love the great extended school community feel of our hike.

For kindergarten parents you may be thinking this is a lot for kindergarten students to do; they do fine. It is not a race up the mountain. They hike in small groups with their older student buddy and at least one adult, sometimes more. Our older students have been trained to go at the pace of their younger buddy. Of course, they are very tired by the time they get home from school!!

We ask that your children ride the bus to the mountain, even if you are hiking with us. They sit with their buddies for the ride to the mountain. Of course, they may go home with you at the end of the hike. We ask that you sign them out with the adults at the bottom of the mountain. No child will be allowed to go home with another adult unless we have a note from the parent.

We have seen such great examples of helping hands, support for each other on this hike. Let's hope for good weather. Rain date is September 25th.

SME Flower Gardens

My hope and dream is to have beautiful flower gardens in our front circle where the buses turn around so that when our students, families and visitors come to our school they are "wowed" by the beauty of our flowers.

I would like to expand on the tulip garden in the front of the school where the buses turn around. Barb Fifield, our resident master flower gardener, with an amazing green thumb, has agreed to share some of the flowers from her own garden and to help get ours started.

To make this garden a reality, we need more chemical free railroad ties and top soil. If you know anyone who would be willing to donate railroad ties and topsoil, please let me know.

My goal is to get the area ready now so that in the spring students in our after school program can work with Barb on planting flowers.