K-5 Board Report

TO: RSU #74 Board of Directors

FROM: Jean Butler

DATE: November 24, 2021


As the holiday season draws near, I am thankful for my great staff and students who continue to engage in meaningful teaching and learning experiences in spite of the limitations and hurdles facing us during this global pandemic. We are trying to make school as normal as possible for our students, and we applaud our families for the support they have given us during these challenging times.

Garret Schenck faced another challenge when a leaking pipe flooded the lower floor in our building on November 11th. If it had to happen, the timing was the best it could be because we had four days to clean up before our students returned to school after the Veterans’ Day weekend. We appreciate the efforts of Lorie Agren and her staff, some of whom worked on the holiday and put in extra hours over the weekend to clean up the classrooms, bathrooms, and pellet stove room. The loss could have been much worse than it was, so we are thankful for that. We have compiled a list of items that need to be replaced for the insurance company.

Mr. Tracy visited the Solon kindergarten class on November 18th to read a story, do a craft and join them for our traditional turkey dinner. Mr. Tracy is very popular with our students, and they always enjoy his visits to our schools.

To teach students the importance of giving to others, both schools ran Thanksgiving Food Drives during the month of November. The Garret Schenck PTFO ran one to benefit the Center Pointe Community Church’s food cupboard, while the Solon School ran theirs for the Solon Food Cupboard. Garret Schenck students collected 406 items, while Solon students brought in 581 items. Those donations will help many families facing food insecurity at this time of year!

Our PTO’s are taking an active role in the schools during the holiday season. The Garret Schenck PTFO will sponsor a Book Fair the week of December 6-10. They will also sponsor a Holiday Gift Shop on December 20th. Students can purchase gifts for their parents and siblings from this shop, which has new and gently used items donated by staff and families. They are also sponsoring a Holiday Spirit Week the week of December 13-17. The Solon PTO will hold a Holiday Gift Shop on December 16th. They also will give teachers a chance to submit a wish list for their classrooms, and the PTO’s will shop for and provide items from those wish lists for each class.

Solon Elementary School held a Walking School Bus activity on October 20th and will hold another one on December 1st. During a Walking School Bus activity, students and staff meet at the Solon Thrift Shop and walk to school, where they enjoy a healthy breakfast prepared by our cook Cindy Lawrence. This activity is part of the school’s wellness action plan.

Every year we are thankful for the community members and groups who donate to our schools to help needy students and families. The American Legion donated coats and boots for students throughout the district. At Garret Schenck we will have Christmas gifts for students from the Center Pointe Community Church and the Varney Agency. The Solon Congregational Church will donate gifts for twelve students. Mrs. Peggy Luce from Embden knitted winter hats for all of the students in both schools. We appreciate living in such supportive communities!

If you have questions about anything in my schools, please contact me.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!