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 11/21/14

Volume 14-15  Issue #13

November 21, 2014

Dear Calais Families,

I don’t know about you, but I was not particularly prepared for snowy roads four out of five mornings this week! I am thankful that, as Vermonters, we are prepared for just about anything and folks were able to arrive safely each day. We will all work together to cross fingers and toes for safe travel conditions next week.

A major highlight of this week was working with math consultant Professor Mahesh Sharma. CES hosted “clinical rounds” for fifth and sixth, and even some seventh and eighth, grade math teachers from across WCSU. Professor Sharma taught lessons in both our fifth and sixth grade classes. Our students did a great job of showing our guests how we are kind, are safe, and most especially work hard.

Another highlight of the week is the return of snowmen, luge tracks, and routine use of the snowball target. We are still quite desperate for extra mittens and gloves. If you have old pairs – even mismatched ones – with which you are willing to part, please consider sending them in. On the other side of the coin, please be sure to label your child’s current mittens/gloves and to send them in each and every day.

While next week holds few, if any, special events, the week of December 1st is absolutely packed! We will see the start of basketball season, a special school board hearing, and a spaghetti dinner/raffle all in that first week back from Thanksgiving Break.

On Thursday, December 4th at 6:30 p.m., the Calais Elementary School Board will host an event titled “The Great Debate: a response to the petition to vote the annual school budget by Australian ballot.” Come watch U-32 students debate the pros and cons of voting the school budget by Australian ballot. There will be ample opportunity for audience members of all ages to respond to the points raised. Please come help make this a lively and spirited discussion! Please note that this is a hearing and thus no official vote will be taken.

The very next night, Friday, December 5th will be the PTNO’s Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle. Please be sure to send in your reservation form (coming home with students today!) in advance so our volunteers can be sure to prepare enough (but not too much) food! This re-energized and growing crew has secured an extremely impressive collection of donations for the raffle. Dinner attendees will each receive one raffle ticket and will have the opportunity to buy more tickets at the event. Prizes include maple syrup from several local producers, ski passes, gift certificates for local salons, and donations from our local Calais stores.

Have a fabulous weekend!