K-5 Board Report

TO:                  RSU #74 Board of Directors


FROM:            Jean Butler


DATE:            October 30, 2019



                                PreK-5 ELEMENTARY REPORT




Teachers at Solon and Garret Schenck are holding fall parent-teacher conferences during the months of October and November. At these meetings, teachers will review each student's classroom progress with his/her parents, and together they will set goals for the year. We ask teachers to involve students in developing their goals in order to create more ownership of the goals by our students. We hope to meet with 100% of our parents by the Thanksgiving break.


As part of our Preschool Expansion Grant last year, we formed a Preschool Professional Learning Team to develop goals and an action plan to create a continuum of services for children from birth through grade 3 in our district. Members of the team are Garret Schenck preschool teacher Jennie Mirlocca, CCS kindergarten teacher Chelsea Fournier, Garret Schenck first grade teacher Tanya Carey, Head Start regional coordinator Brenda Robinson, Head Start early learning specialist Miriam Jacobs, and I. We will be meeting in November to work on the action plan, in particular our goal of organizing Play & Learn Group activities for children ages birth to 3 years old and their parents.


The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness will visit both schools in November,  Solon on November 1st and 12th and Garret Schenck on the 25th.  They will present programs to students in grades 1-5. The Cromwell Center's goal is to help children understand differences and develop awareness, empathy, and respect for those with special needs.


Garret Schenck


The Garret Schenck PTFO will sponsor a Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 4-21. Classrooms will compete to see who can collect the greatest number of items in this drive, and the winning class will receive a prize. The food will be donated to the People Who Care Food Cupboard in Madison.


During the week of November 4-8, two actor/educators from Children's Stage Adventures in Sullivan, New Hampshire will visit Garret Schenck for a theater residency program. They will spend the week at the school helping the students to stage a musical production of “The Sword Called Excalibur.” Performances of the play will be held at 12:30 and 6:00 on November 8th.  Our students are very excited about this activity. We thank the Garret Schenck PTFO for covering the costs of the program.


Garret Schenck will hold our first quarter assembly on November 6th at 8:00 to recognize students who made the Honor Roll and students who had excellent attendance.


Thanks to a grant from the National Education Association written by ed tech Brenda Mullin, students in grades 2-5 will visit Norlands Living History Center in Livermore on November 20th. Students in grades 2-3 will participate in two programs called “The One-Room Schoolhouse” and “Fun and Games.”  The fourth and fifth graders will participate in a program called “Life in Rural Maine, 1870s,” in which they will work in the farmer's cottage, barnyard, fields, and woods doing daily and seasonal chores. Each student will assume the role of someone who actually lived at that time and will learn about rural Maine farm life. An authentic noon meal will be prepared by the girls.    


The third year of implementation of the Positive Action Program at Garret Schenck is underway. Teachers are conducting lessons three times a week to students in preschool through grade 5. We have a recognition program involving ICU boxes (I See You Doing Something Positive). Any staff member or student can fill out a form to describe a positive action he/she saw being done by another staff member or student and can put it in one of the ICU boxes stationed at various places around the school. Our secretary Heidi Atwood reads some of these forms every morning on the intercom. Students enjoy hearing her read about positive actions done by them or some of their classmates.




Solon students will visit two nursing homes in our area to bring Halloween festivities to the residents. Grades K-1 will visit Tissues Country Estates in Athens on October 29th, and Grades K and 2 will visit the Somerset Residential and Rehabilitation Center in Bingham on October 31st. They will entertain the residents with songs and will bring crafts they made for them. Every month one of the Solon classes visits one of these facilities to make connections with the residents, who look forward to visiting with our students.


Solon Elementary School will hold an assembly on November 13th at 1:45 to recognize Honor Roll students and students with Excellent Attendance. The third grade class will make a presentation.




If you have any questions about anything at Garret Schenck or Solon,

please contact me.



Happy Thanksgiving!