Calais Elementary School

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Welcome to Calais Elementary!

Our Vision: calaissignStudents, staff, families and community work together to make Calais Elementary School an outstanding school, known for students' academic, creative, physical, and social achievement. Calais Elementary School works to: Honor learning differences, diversity, and the ability of each student to experience improvement and excellence. Foster a culture of continuous improvement for all students and staff. Support sustainable and balanced practices in staffing, budgeting, and educational practices. Create an environment that attracts and welcomes students, families, community, and staff.  




Newsletter 9/12/14

Volume 14-15     Issue #3

September 12, 2014

Dear Calais Families,

Thank you to all the amazing chefs who contributed snacks and treats on Wednesday night! We’ve got some talented cooks out there in this little town. I hope students and families enjoyed Open House; it is always great to see kids proudly showing parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and more around their classrooms.

This week we finished up our bus rider meetings. I am grateful to and very proud of our student leaders who have taken ownership both of these meetings and of helping each group of bus riders meet and even exceed expectations on the bus. We are enjoying watching jars fill up with coins and beginning to plan bus celebrations. Students are working hard to be safe and be kind on the bus!

Thank you to Fun Fitness Friday Coordinator, Liz Knapp, who has started her FFF work a little early this year. Liz and I met over the summer to discuss how things have been going for the past two winters and to begin brainstorming possible solutions to our biggest challenge – unreliable snow conditions. We quickly realized that, while we have any number of ideas, we aren’t in a position to make any decisions just yet because we don’t know students’ and families’ priorities and suggestions. So, before we go about having any serious conversations about what, if any, changes to make, we are surveying families about their experiences with and ideas for FFF. This survey can be accessed via the following link: Hard copies will be available next week. Please let Sue Cioffi in the office know if you would like to receive a paper copy of the survey.

You may have noticed in our Dates to Remember section that there are two half days for students in November around parent-teacher conference time, rather than one whole in-service day. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 on November 10th and 11th. Lunch will be served prior to dismissal and Community Connections will provide after care 12:30-5:30. Please mark your calendars and check out next week’s newsletter for more information about conference schedules and the reasons for this supervisory union-wide change.

Have an excellent weekend!