Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Budget cuts did not allow the purchase of a new scanner for teachers to use to scan documents for use with their SmartBoards. If you can help with this, please contact John Thurlow directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 885-5000.
Magna Doodles (set of 5 is ideal)
Small Legos (not the "Duplo" size)
Dress-up clothes (scarves and capes, etc. spark the kids' imaginations!)
A child sized coat rack (for dress-up clothes)
Alphabet stamps with ink pads
Dr. Seuss books (gently used books are welcome! The classroom already has the following books: Fox in Socks, There's No Place Like Space, Green Eggs and Ham, the Cat in the Hat, and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish)
Plastic baskets to hold books in the class library, ~7" x 10"
pump hand soap (can be a large refill size)
Snacks for children without (i.e. pretzels, goldfish, fruit snacks)
Games for the class to play during indoor recess: Trouble, Connect Four, Yahtzee, Perfection, Monopoly
Jr., or Operation. Used games in good condition are welcome as long as all pieces are intact!
Very soft tissues for cold/allergy season!
Small pretzels, Cheerios, and animal crackers for snacks
Clear packaging tape
Regular straight straws for a science kit
Plastic spoons for snack time
Antibacterial hand sanitizer
Small pencil sharpeners with receptacles for the shavings (size to fit into pencil boxes)
5 student calculators
24 long handle paintbrushes, large bottles of paint
A variety of colors of tissue paper
25 sheets of fine grade sand paper
Ziploc bags of all sizes
The following Beanie Babies (used for comprehension strategies): spider, owl, iguana, dog, and parrot
Items for snack time
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
The South Portland City Council and School Board will hold a workshop on Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m., at the Community Center, to discuss the $40 million proposal to renovate the high school, to be voted on in June 2010.
See the SouthPortlander.com for the full article.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here's how you can help:
Bake a Cake!
The Cake Walk is sort of like a game of musical chairs, but with cakes as prizes. The kids go crazy for it. We need a ton of cakes! Bring a cake, take a cake. Any kind of cake - big, small, sugary, carrot, from scratch, store bought, wedding, birthday, gluten-free, plain frosted, decorated, whatever - any and all kinds are needed. The variety has always been amazing. (No cakes with nuts or peanut butter, please.)
Wear a Costume for the Costume Parade!
It's the night before Halloween, so please come show off your costumes! At the end of the night we'll have a short parade down the hall and around the gym so everyone can check them out. (Keep in mind there will be very young kids around, so nothing too gruesome please. One year Death came in a bleeding skull mask that was a little too much, even for the adults.)
Make the kids' night by decorating their cheeks. They're not too picky about the quality, so no big deal if you've never done it. (Although if I have to do it, it's just going to be a smiley face every time.)
Be a Fortune Teller!
The past few years we had a mom who pretended to be a fortune teller (at least I think she was pretending) and the kids really loved it. Unfortunately the mom who did it last year is unavailable and we'd loved to have a replacement. Wear a few scraves, read some palms, be a hero!
Bring Snacks and Drinks!
Maybe stuff that's not too sugary, since they'll be gorging the next night.
Sidewalk construction starting
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Thanks to all the families who came to enjoy our ice cream social, the first PTA social event of the year. We served ~400 people, and a great time was had by all. Let the PTA exec committee members know if you have any feedback or suggestions for next time. A big thank you to Friendly’s for donating the delicious ice cream for our event!
The PTA helps to funds school field trips throughout the year, and your support is so important! Here are some special events that have recently taken place with the students:
Grade K: Went to Snell’s Apple Orchard on September 25th. The Snell Family Farm in Buxton does Pick Your Own Apples in September and October, and grows a variety of other fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. This was a great trip!
Grade 3: Visited the Cumberland County Fair on September 29th. They saw draft horses, cattle, sheep and goats, bunnies, chickens, geese, and much more. The kids visited the farm museum, blacksmith, maple syrup house, and saw farm machines.
Grade 5: The fifth graders took a walking field trip to SMCC on September 30th to be inspired by the scenery as word artists. The students used the sights, sounds, and smells of the setting to develop descriptive and creative language for their fictional stories set in Casco Bay.