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 June 9, 2017

Notes from the Principal
Dear Families,

Thank you all for making this year's Peter Pan Fair a successful community event.  The weather cooperated and we were thrilled to have so many friends join us for the day!  If you'd like to help plan next year's fair and other events, please consider joining our PTA.  We meet each month and are always eager to hear about new ideas and opportunities to bring to our students!

It is hard to believe that we are preparing final report cards and that summer vacation is one week away.  Students are eager to hear about what they can expect next year, and to meet their new teachers during Step Up Day activities scheduled for next Thursday, June 15th.  As usual, our final day of school will be an early release day on Friday, June 16th.  Thank you for your support this year.  Personally, I thank you for the opportunity to serve as a member of this incredible Helen Thompson School team.  We look forward to seeing you around this summer and right back here in the fall!

Wishing you all a safe summer full of sunshine and smiles,
Kady Gould

Notes from the School Nurse
A reminder that if the school currently has medication on-hand for your child, it will need to be picked up by the last day of school, or you may call to make pick up arrangements.
Medications cannot be sent home with students. A parent or guardian must pick it up. Any medications left at school over the summer must be discarded.

Budget Referendum
Tuesday, June 13th
8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
West Gardiner Residents vote at the
West Gardiner Fire Station

Box Tops for Education
Thank you all for sending in so many Box Tops!  We collected $155 worth in May.  Mrs. Shagoury's class brought in the most and won the extra recess.  Keep collecting Box Tops this summer and we'll start up again in September. Thanks for helping to support programs at our school!

Information for Parents from the Transportation Director

Bus Information
As we come to the close of another school year we will start preparing the bus routes for next year. We only have your current information to go by so we will be using that to set up all of our pick-up and drop off points. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT that you contact the BUS OFFICE at 582-6663 with any changes to your students' transportation. The sooner the better so that we will have time to make the necessary changes and have the routes as accurate as possible. Please leave a message if we are not in and we will get back to you ASAP. You can also email any updates to gdostie@msad11.org.

Bus Pick-up and Drop off
I would like to remind everyone that all students should be out waiting for the bus at least 5 minutes before the bus arrives each day. As you know your driver will be there at the same time most days but if students are late getting out it can cause our time to change a bit.

When dropping off elementary students our drivers are required to see a parent or guardian when for all Pre K - 2nd grade students. With your permission will will allow students in grades 3 - 5 to walk in alone but only with your permission. We need your help in making sure that we can see you when dropping of younger students. It is not safe for us to wait for several minutes for someone to receive them. It also makes it more difficult to manage the student on the bus who are looking out the window and start to stand up to see what is going on.

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

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