Volume 15-16 Issue #1 August 28, 2015
Principal Cat’s Column
Hello Calais Community!
With this first week of the school year winding down, I anticipated some measure of fatigue with all the work that goes into getting things off to a good start. Maybe even a little annoyance with the expected bumps in the road that can occur when so many moving parts need to come together effectively. The reality? I am having the time of my life! The energy that your children bring to the building is positive and infectious and our staff is filled with some of the most dedicated, warm, and caring people. I am feeling very blessed to be serving our community. There are a number of items I would like to share with you about upcoming events and activities:
First, a reminder that beginning next Wednesday, 9/2/15, all students will be released at 3:00 every Wednesday. This means that the afternoon bus routes will begin 30 minutes earlier on Wednesdays, so your child’s drop off time will be 30 minutes earlier than the rest of the week.
On Friday, 9/4/15 our students and staff will celebrate our accomplishments around meeting our reading goals from Summer Reading. Please be sure to help your children to remember to log in or write down their summer reading. See Mrs. Abair, our librarian if you have any questions!
On Thursday, 9/10/15, we will hold our annual Open House and Hors D’oeuvres Night at 6:30pm. For those able to contribute to the hors d’oeuvre buffet, please bring a card listing ingredients; later in this newsletter you will read information from Nurse Mary Ann that we are now a Peanut Aware school.
The Open House will be a time for families to meet teachers, and check out our classrooms. During this evening event we will also have an opportunity to introduce parents and guardians to our new Parent Portal. This new electronic tool will give you instant access to your child’s information-- like lunch account balances and making electronic payments on your child’s lunch account, and tracking absences.
Our family handbooks are being updated and will be available in both paper copy and on the CES website by next Friday, 9/4/15. Please check in with Sue Cioffi should you have any questions about any policies or procedures in the interim.
Finally, I want to remind all who are interested in helping out in any capacity that we are always looking for volunteers! In an effort to fully ensure student safety we require any volunteer to complete a Level 1 (for field trips or classroom support) or Level 2 (necessary if working one on one with a student) application and background check. These forms are available upon request.
Next week the weather looks to be hot and humid. Please be sure to send your children in to school with light clothing and reminders to drink lots of fluids, or to bring in a water bottle. I am looking forward to what new adventures will come my way next week. My plan will be to spend time in classrooms and to get a picture of what the day looks like for all students. Have a wonderful weekend!
Cat Fair, CES Principal