Hello Amanda C. Rowe Families and Friends,
As we wrap up the calendar year, we reflect on all the changes we have undergone as a school in the past five months since our opening. We could not have done all of it without an incredible staff, amazing students, involved community and fantastic PTO. Many things have not gone as planned. Many parts of construction are still in process, the playground will be opening later than planned, and we continue our journey to grow as professionals to realize our vision. We are so lucky to have such strong support for our work and we are ever grateful for your patience with us through our growing pains.
We wish you a safe, restful and happy winter break and a happy new year,
Dawn and Sarah
Big Thank You!
Our Ghost of Paul Revere Benefit Concert was a huge success! We raised $10,850 to support our playground and learning garden. Thank you so much to our planning committee, Sandy Sherry, Susan Mercier, Julie Linthicum, Beth Becker, and Karen Gadbois. A special thank you to Laura Newman for her continued support to make our playground a reality. Thank you to the BPO Elks Club for donating the space and to the Ghost of Paul Revere for donating their time, allowing all ticket sales to go directly to support our playground!
Thank you PATHS!
An incredibly heartfelt thank you to Mark Hannibal and the culinary students from Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) for the incredible food!
We had so much fun with our Assistant Principals and Principals of the Day! We visited all the classrooms, used the walkie talkies, tried out the elevator, invited our friends for lunch on the stage and did the announcements for the day. Students will have another opportunity to win this at Winterfest.
You may have noticed that some of the construction fencing has moved and the basketball courts are now open. We are using that space during recess for soccer. The remainder of the playground remains closed and will open in April. This year was unusual with weather and the early snow cover impacted installation of the logs and wood features but also created a more fragile environment for the plants. Therefore, the team that installed the plants and grasses strongly recommend that we allow them take root over the winter before opening the playground for use.
We are sad to tell you that Ms. Butcher and Ms. Churchill have decided to pursue other endeavors and have resigned from their positions effective at the close of December break. We are actively seeking replacements for them; with interviews on Tuesday, December 18th and will keep you fully updated on our plan. We wish Ms. Butcher and Ms. Churchill well and we will miss them enormously. During the transition, Ms. Carbone and Ms. Winship, our Title 1 Teachers will be taking over the classes. They will also continue to support the new staff members after hire to ensure continuity of curriculum.
Title 1 Literacy Update
Literacy Instruction has been supported via a push in model that supports classroom teachers during reading workshop. Students in grades 3-5 have been reflecting on themselves as readers and setting goals for themselves. Title I staff has supported teachers and students to reinforce these good reading habits. Classroom instruction has focused on inferring about characters and learning about character traits, how characters change and lessons they learn. As students leave the world of fiction, they are embarking on learning how to get their brain ready to read non-fiction. Students are learning strategies to approach, read and comprehend non-fiction books. Many teachers and students are coming down to visit the book room to select books that support where they are in their reading.
In January, winter assessments will be implemented. This includes NWEA (math/reading), CPAA (math/reading) and Fountas and Pinnell informal reading assessment. We use this assessment data to identify students and their needs for Title I support.