K-5 Board Report June

TO: RSU #74 Board of Directors

 FROM: Jean Butler 

DATE: May 30, 2018



 The 2017-18 school year is rapidly coming to a close, with less than three weeks left until the summer break. We are finishing up our units of study, doing NWEA testing, and engaging in some special end-of-year activities that make the school year end on a positive note. 

Our K-5 Career Days for district students this spring were successful again this year. Three Career Days were held, one for grades K-1, one for grades 2-3, and one for grades 4-5 on three Thursdays in May. Careers that were presented by guest speakers were farmer, Maine Guide, drum maker, archeologist, lumber company manager, silkscreening company owner, recreation manager, fish culturist, author, EMT, restaurant owner, pilot, escape room owner, acupuncturist, mason, television news reporter and FBI agent. We want to thank Board member Kevin Sousa for being one of our speakers for the second and third graders. The focus of these Career Days is to introduce students at a young age to career options for their future.

Our library media assistant Shirley Mellows is taking elementary students in the district on field trips to the public libraries in or near their towns to encourage them to visit these libraries over the summer. Our goal is to have students read all year round! Mrs. Mellows is also organizing a book swap at each school in early June in conjunction with the Community Literacy Team.

 Each school will hold a Volunteer Recognition Program to thank the parents and community members who have helped out in our schools this year. It's a small token of our appreciation for all that our volunteers do to help our students and our schools.

 We are currently getting ready for our Summer School Programs. Each elementary school has a Title I Summer Reading and Summer Math Program for ten days this summer. The goal is to help Title I students in grades K-5 to maintain their skills over the summer break. We will also offer a four-week Preschool Summer School Program as part of our Preschool Expansion Grant. The program is for incoming kindergarten students who need more practice with their early literacy skills. The program will be held at CCS, and bussing will be provided through the grant. 

Garret Schenck and Solon will hold assemblies to determine the winners in the K-5 Bikes for Books Program, June 6th at 1:30 at Solon and June 8th at 8:00 at Garret Schenck. This program is sponsored by the North Anson and Solon chapters of the Masons. Students could enter the drawing by filling out a form on each book they read in April and May. The Masons will award two bikes per class, one for a girl and one for a boy. Each winner will also receive a helmet. Deputy Mike Pike will attend the assemblies to talk with the students about bike safety. We appreciate the support of the Masons in promoting both reading and physical fitness with our K-5 students.

Garret Schenck 

The Grades 3-5 students at Garret Schenck will take a trip to the Cole Land Transportation in Bangor on June 1st. While there, they will participate in the museum's “Junior Curator” program and will tour the facility. Thanks go to the Garret Schenck PTFO for providing funds to cover the bussing for this trip.

 The K-5 students of the Garret Schenck School will take a field trip to Mt. Blue State Park in Weld on June 12th. They will do some hiking and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities while they are there. We appreciate the support of the Garret Schenck PTFO in funding the bussing for this trip. 

The annual Flea Market at the Garret Schenck School will be held from 12:45-2:00 PM on June 15th. Each class is responsible for running a booth and/or an activity at the Flea Market. Students can visit others' booths, and some parents and community members usually attend. The Flea Market will be held outside, weather permitting. Please stop by if you're in the area! 

The Awards Assembly for Garret Schenck will take place at 8:00 AM on June 15th, when teachers will present awards for academics, improvement, attendance, and other accomplishments to their students. Fifth grade teacher Julieanne Belanger is preparing a slide show for her students as a good-bye to them as they head to CCS in the fall. 

Garret Schenck's Field Day will take place in the morning of June 18th. The theme for the games and activities will be the Olympics, which matches the theme for the school's Mileage Club. 


Solon Elementary School will hold a Walking School Bus activity on May 31st and June 12th. Students, staff, and parents will meet at 7:15 at the Solon Thrift Shop and walk to school as a healthy alternative to riding in a bus or other vehicle. When they arrive at school, students will enjoy a special breakfast made by school cook Cindy Lawrence. 

On June 14th at 8:00, the Solon students and staff will celebrate Flag Day with a ceremony around the flag pole on the front lawn of the school. Students will sing patriotic songs and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Solon's Field Day will take place on June 15th, followed by a lunch barbecue. Volunteers from New Balance will be there to help with the activities. Solon's Awards Assembly will be held on June 18th at 9:30 AM. 

If you have any questions about anything at the Garret Schenck or Solon Schools, please contact me.