K-5 Board Report December

TO:                  RSU #74 Board of Directors


FROM:            Jean Butler


DATE:             December 22, 2018



                          PreK-5 ELEMENTARY REPORT




The holiday season was busy and exciting at the Garret Schenck and Solon Schools this year for students in preschool through Grade 5. We have some special holiday activities scheduled, and teachers connect their learning objectives to holiday themes, which are fun for the students.


I want you to know how generous many individuals and community groups are toward our schools during the season of giving. The American Legion provided new winter coats and boots to students in need of those. We received donations of Christmas gifts for students from needy families from the Marines, the Maranatha Church in Anson, the Giving Tree at Pinkham's Market, and the Solon Fire Department. Students in the JMG program at the high school as well as staff members in our schools also contributed money and gifts to make Christmas more special for families who are struggling to make ends meet. We are fortunate to live in such special communities in which people support their less fortunate neighbors.


The District Winter Concert will take place on January 15th at 6:00 at CCS. Our band and chorus students from grades 4-8 will be conducted by band and chorus director Dan Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert has invited the K-5 students from Garret Schenck and Solon to join CCS students for an afternoon concert on the 15th, and we always enjoy that.


The K-5 Career Awareness Committee will meet in late January to start planning for our Career Days, which will be held for the K-5 students in May. If any Board members would be willing and available to speak to groups of elementary students about their careers, please let me know. 


Garret Schenck


Garret Schenck's annual Christmas Program was held for a standing room only crowd on December 4th. Each class performed a song with props and costumes to entertain their families and friends. Before and after the program parents could shop for books at the PTFO's Book Fair in the library.


Garret Schenck held a Holiday Stroll on December 19th. Each classroom was set up as a stop in a holiday village, and students could travel from room to room to engage in special holiday activities there. We had a gift room, a Cocoa Cafe, a movie room, a game room, a photo booth room, a karaoke room, a Go Noodle room, and a craft room. In the afternoon students participated in a reading carousel, in which each teacher took a small group of students and read them a Christmas story, and the groups rotated from teacher to teacher. The afternoon ended with a sing-along of Christmas songs.


Garret Schenck's third Family Class connected to our Positive Action Program will take place on January 24th from 5:30-7:00 PM. Families who attend will enjoy dinner first, and then Mrs. Lisa Savage will work with the parents and Ms. Angela Hawkins will work with the students on concepts from Unit 3 of the Positive Action Program. Parents have received free materials to implement some of the concepts with their children at home. Funding for these classes comes from our School Improvement Grant.




Solon's Christmas Program took place on December 18th in front of a large crowd of families and friends. A group of residents from Tissues Country Estates in Athens came to the dress rehearsal that afternoon and really enjoyed seeing the students perform.


On December 19th, the Solon School celebrated filling our pom-pom jar to the top, with each pom-pom given to a student for a good job meeting school expectations or being kind and helpful, which is part of our new PBIS program. There were 709 pom-poms in the jar, each one representing a positive action by a student! We had a contest to see who could come the closest to guessing how many pom-poms were in the jar, and the winning boy, girl, and staff member won Christmas stockings filled with holiday items. The celebration took the form of a Winter Hearts game, similar to Yahtzee. Students enjoyed their afternoon.


The Solon Fire Department visited the Solon School on December 20th, bringing Santa Claus with them and setting up a variety of Christmas games and activities for our K-5 students. Our students also received gifts from the firefighters. We are fortunate to have the support and involvement of the Fire Department in our school all year long.






If you have any questions about anything in the Garret Schenck or Solon schools,

please contact me at any time.









 Have a wonderful holiday season!