Issue #36: FINAL ISSUE!
June 12, 2015
Dear Calais Families,
I would like to begin my final CES newsletter by once more thanking you all for the wonderful support you’ve shown to this school and to me for the past three years. It has been a wild ride, filled with laughter and learning for all. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to join and lead this school community. I know there are great things in store for the Calais School and for Calais kids!
A major highlight of the week was Monday’s rainy trip to Silver Lake State Park. We were thrilled to bring 100% of our sixth graders on this special trip as a congratulatory gesture for successful completion of our inaugural Sixth Grade Service Project. After spending at least five hours on tasks ranging from working for the town cemetery commission to shelving books at local libraries to coaching younger students’ soccer teams to cleaning up various outdoor spaces, our oldest students showed some great insight in their reflective essays. It is our hope and intention that this project will become a new Calais tradition, serving as the capstone experience for our graduating students.
In last week’s newsletter I mentioned that we would use this final edition to share when and how information about class placement will be shared. In recent years, we have seen a large increase in the number of new students who register over the summer – we’ve averaged 10 for each of my years here! Additionally, we have also seen several examples of student interests and needs changing over the summer. We have, therefore, determined that it is necessary to leave room in our class placement procedures to more thoughtfully include new students and consider summer changes in those we know already. We have also found that sharing only each child’s teacher’s name as opposed to the entire class list can cause anxiety for many students and families. Accordingly, we will try an entirely different approach this year. Class lists will be mailed to families of rising first, second, fifth, and sixth graders in early August. Because all students in each of these multiage pockets will see both teachers every day, please feel free to communicate with both teachers if you have questions or news to share over the summer. Please also note that, while second and sixth grade families will be included in the mailing, you can rest assured that the promise of a two year placement remains! While there are very occasionally conversations with families about changing homerooms between first and second or fifth and sixth grade, such events are very rare (i.e., they do not happen with a frequency of even one per year).
Finally, we hope to see many of you at our year-end events next week. Tuesday, June 16th is packed! We will have our annual slideshow at 11:30 and dismiss students at 12:30. Later that evening we will reconvene for sixth grade graduation at 6:30. We’ve got a large and dynamic crew to send off this year. Please join us for a wide range of speeches, poems, and musical performances.
Have a fabulous weekend and summer vacation!