Elementary Board Report

TO: RSU#74 Board of Directors

FROM: Jean Butler

DATE: November 29, 2017



The holiday season is upon us and lots of fun things are going on in our schools!

This fall our superintendent Mr. Tracy has spent a lot of time visiting our schools, which we really enjoy.

Sometimes he even takes part in classroom activities. It is nice to see him in our buildings, and the

students are getting to know him. Here he is celebrating Thanksgiving with the Solon kindergarten class.

K-5 students will have a chance to do some holiday shopping for their families at a “store” comprised of new and “gently used” items donated by

parents and staff members on Children's Christmas Shopping Day at each school in mid-December. PTO members and other volunteers will help

students shop for inexpensive items and wrap their presents for their parents, brothers, and sisters.

The annual District Christmas Concert will take place at Carrabec Community School on December 13th at 6:00 PM. Instrumental music students and

chorus members will perform holiday songs led by our band and chorus director, Mr. Dan Gilbert.

In November we recognized students who were the winners of the Principal's Awards in math, reading, and science for their performance on the

Maine Educational Assessment in 2016-17. Each year we choose the top scorer in the district on the MEA in reading and math in grades 3, 4, and 5

and in science in grade 5. Each winner receives a certificate and a check for $50 (donated by community members Chet & Sara Hickox and the three

PTO's), and their names are displayed on plaques in the hallway at CCS. Our 2016-17 winners were Gavyn Easler (third grade math), William Rogers

(third grade reading), Desmond Robinson (fourth grade math and reading), Jayden Cates (fifth grade math), Devyn DeLeonardis (fifth grade reading),

and Asa Flanagin (fifth grade science). We are proud of these exceptional students!

Garret Schenck

The Garret Schenck PTFO held a Thanksgiving Food Drive in November. Students brought in 305 food items to donate to the People Who Care Food

Cupboard in Madison.

The Garret Schenck staff and students came together for an assembly on November 15th. Mrs. Shirley Mellows presented Book-It certificates for the

month of October. Students received Honor Roll and attendance awards for the first quarter, and the Civil Rights Team made a presentation on the

theme of our families' national origins, which is their focus this year. We also kicked off Unit 2 in our Positive Action Program with skits put on by

staff members to illustrate the importance of taking good care of our bodies and minds.

The Garret Schenck Christmas Program will take place on December 5th at 6:00 PM with the theme of "The Night Before Christmas." The PTFO

will sponsor a Book Fair during the week of December 4-8. It will be open during the day for students and during the Christmas Program for parents.

The profits from the Book Fair are taken in books for the classrooms and library.

The staff will set up a “Holiday Village” at the school on December 19th. The “village” will include such activities as a movie theater, game arcade,

Internet Cafe, craft center, gift shop, holiday stroll, and other activities for the students in the school to visit and enjoy. That afternoon students will

participate in Olympic-style events because that is the theme of our Walking Club Program this year.


The Solon Kids Care Club conducted a Thanksgiving Food Drive in November. They collected 163 items for the Solon Thrift Shop's Food Cupboard

to help those in need during the holiday season.

Solon Elementary School held an assembly on November 8th. The fourth grade did a presentation, and Honor Roll and attendance awards were

handed out.

The Solon students will visit the Festival of Trees at Goodwill-Hinckley on December 12th to see twenty beautiful Christmas trees decorated

with different themes and to have a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Students look forward to this trip each year.

Solon's Christmas Program will be held on December 18th at 6:00 PM with holiday skits and songs to entertain families and friends.


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