Helen Thompson School


Welcome!

Principal: Kady Gould

Pre-K to Grade 5 Elementary School Hours
Grades K-5: 8:10 - 3:00
AM Pre-K: 8:10 - 11:10
PM Pre-K: 12:10 - 3:00

For safety reasons, please do not drop your child off before 8:10. There is no supervision inside or on the playground until that time.


HTS Newsletter of May 26, 2017

Notes from the Principal
Dear Families,

As May winds down, we are preparing to share final report cards and class lists for next year.  In grade level teams, we will spend time sharing information about students transitioning out of one grade level and into another.  This ongoing conversation begins in the spring and will continue into the fall.  This collaboration allows for us to plan and prepare for supporting our students in the most comprehensive ways.

Next Saturday, June 3rd, please plan to attend our Peter Pan Fair from 10-2.  We'll have something for everyone - offering plants for sale, games, a cake walk, white elephant table, yummy treats, fantastic raffles and a variety of vendors!  Spread the word and support our largest community event and fundraiser!

Have a safe holiday weekend,
Kady Gould

Dates to Remember

May
29th: Memorial Day, no school
31st: Raffle tickets, money, and any unsold tickets due!
31st: Grade 4 to Fort Western, AM
31st: REACH Showcase, 6:00-8:00, GRMS

June
1st: Grade K & 1 to Johnson Hall, AM
2nd: Set up for Peter Pan Fair
2nd: District Art Extravaganza, 3:30 - 7:00 at GAHS cafeteria
3rd: Peter Pan Fair, 10:00 - 2:00
5th: Grade 5 parents invited to GRMS PTO meeting, 6:00 in middle school cafeteria
6th: Budget Validation meeting, 6:00, GAHS
7th: Kindergarten Barnyard Hullabaloo, 2:00
8th: Grade 5 to Portland Sea Dogs game
8th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
9th: Field Day, 9:00 - 11:00 (rain date, 12th)
9th: All library materials are due today!
10th: GAHS Graduation
13th: Grade 5 to Boston Museum of Science
13th: Budget referendum, WG residents vote at the fire station, 8:00 - 8:00
13th Last day of PreK
13th: PreK Family Fun, 4:30
15th: Grade 5 visits GRMS, PM
16th: Grade 5 Celebration
16th: Last day of school, elementary students dismissed at 12:30

Phone App Alert for Parents

Please take a moment and look over the following information we recently received from the Maine Department of Education regarding a concerning smart phone app known as "Blue Whale Challenge".

We have learned that there are a number of rumors circulating about a smart phone app called the Blue Whale Challenge. Stories indicate that the app is a social media challenge targeting 10-14 year olds. Rumors suggest that this app encourages at-risk, vulnerable teens to perform specific, and sometimes harmful tasks, assigned by an anonymous group administrator. Escalating over the course of a 50 day period, the tasks lure participants into sharing personal information, and as the game progresses that information is then used against the” players” in the form of threats if they choose to stop playing. On the last day of the challenge, the only way to win is to die by suicide.

It is the Department’s intent to make you aware of the rumor and to share the most current information related to this issue. We are aware of instances across the country where administrators and other sources have been sharing information on this issue, and we do know that some students in Maine are aware of the app.

Here is a recently published article about the Blue Whale Challenge, from Cyberbullying.org, that may provide some more helpful context around the app and specific rumors associated with it: http://cyberbullying.org.... Please take note of the last two paragraphs which contain information that supports the importance of awareness and prevention strategies:

HTS Newsletter of May 12, 2017

Notes from the Principal
Dear Families,

Thank you all for your support and outpouring of appreciation for our teachers!  Teacher appreciation week was special for our staff and everyone enjoyed your thoughtful recognition.  Thank you!  This time of year, students are busy showing what they know on end-of-year assessments.  It is exciting to see the growth our students have made since the fall.  

There are also many classes taking field trips to different places including Fort Western, the Northeast Livestock Expo and the Goodwill Hinckley Museum!  Thanks to our PTA for making these trips possible for our students.  Additionally, the PTA is sponsoring a visit from Monmouth Theater for all of our students!  

This afternoon we had our Bikes for Books assembly for students in grades 2-5.  Look for our winners to be announced in our next newsletter!

Take care and see you soon,
Kady Gould

Dates to Remember
May
12th: Memory Book order deadline! (May be ordered online through Sunday, 14th)
12th: 5th grade “Welcome to Middle School” event at GRMS, dinner 5:30, dance 7:00
15th: Monmouth Theater visits HTS
15th: Grade 5 band to HS for rehearsal, AM
18th: Grade 2 to Goodwill Hinckley Museum
19th: Grade K to Northeast Livestock Expo
24th: Grade 5 band to HS for rehearsal, AM
24th: All Bands Concert, GAHS gym, 7:00
29th: Memorial Day, no school
31st: Raffle tickets and money due!
31st: Grade 4 to Fort Western, AM
31st: REACH Showcase, 6:00-8:00, GRMS

June
2nd: Set up for Peter Pan Fair
2nd: District Art Extravaganza, 3:30 - 7:00 at GAHS cafeteria
3rd: Peter Pan Fair, 10:00 - 2:00
5th: Grade 5 parents invited to GRMS PTO meeting, 6:00 in middle school cafeteria
6th: Budget Validation meeting, 6:00, GAHS
8th: Grade 5 to Portland Sea Dogs game
8th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
9th: Field Day, 9:00 - 11:00 (rain date, 12th)
9th: All library materials are due today!
10th: GAHS Graduation

"13 Reasons Why"

Dear Families:

Recently I have been made aware of the worrisome Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. This show portrays a 17 year old girl who commits suicide and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she states were partially responsible for why she killed herself. There are concerns being raised regarding the potential harm to some children that may occur should they be exposed to the content of this series without appropriate adult supervision and guidance.

According to information provided to Maine school districts from the Department of Education and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) does not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. “Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies. They may easily identify with the experiences portrayed and recognized both the intentional and unintentional effects on the central character.”

HTS Newsletter of April 28, 2017

Notes from the Principal
Dear Families,

As you know by now, we continue to have a DO NOT DRINK THE WATER order at school until further notice.  Jon Stonier, Director of Operations and Transportation, is working closely with state departments to correct the problem and ensure that our water is safe for drinking.  Until then, we will continue to provide drinking water for all of our students and staff members.  

We are excited about our 2017 Memory Books and have begun working on them.  Orders are due by May 12th.  We will not be able to reorder extra copies so be sure to order yours by the deadline.  Thank you to Amanda Boyce and Jenny Moore for their collaborative efforts compiling pictures and organizing our Memory Book.

This is a busy time of the school year and we have many special events taking place over the next few weeks.  We look forward to seeing you at school soon!

Best wishes,
Kady Gould

Dates to Remember
April
28th: Bikes for Books ends

May
2nd: Screening for incoming K students - no school for kindergarten!
3rd: Grades 4 & 5 to GAHS for Lion King Jr. Matinee, AM
10th Early Release Day, elementary students dismissed at 12:30
11th: HTS K- 2 Spring Concert in gym, 2:00
11th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
12th: Memory Book order deadline!
15th: Monmouth Theater visits HTS
15th: Grade 5 band to HS for rehearsal, 8:40 - 11:00 - please note the new date!
18th: Grade 2 to Goodwill Hinckley Museum, 8:30 - 2:00
19th: Kindergarten to Northeast Livestock Expo, 9:00 - 2:00
24th: Grade 5 band to HS for rehearsal, AM
24th: All Bands Concert, GAHS gym, 7:00
29th: Memorial Day, no school
31st: Grade 4 to Fort Western
31st: REACH Showcase, 6:00-8:00, GRMS

June
2nd: Set up for Peter Pan Fair
3rd: Peter Pan Fair
8th: Grade 5 to Portland Sea Dogs game
8th: PTA meeting, 6:30 in library
10th: GAHS Graduation
13th: Grade 5 to Boston Museum of Science
16th: Last day of school, elementary students dismissed at 12:30

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