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LER Newsletter of May 4, 2012
Message from the Principal
“Work hard, play hard!” We have a full month of assessments and school activities coming up. Please be sure to mark your calendars for all the upcoming events listed in this newsletter, as May and June are full of class activities and field trips! Teachers will soon begin administering end of year assessments while trying to teach through to the last day of school, which is June 14th, which will again be a half-day of school. We will dismiss students at 12:30. I encourage you to keep your child in a regular routine as much as possible. We ask a lot of them during these last weeks of the school year, so it is really important that they are well rested.
We begin NWEA testing in two weeks for all Grade 1 and 2 students. This test helps us look at the amount of growth your child has made since the fall. The NWEA is also a good indicator of how our Grade 2 students will do on the NECAP, which they will take in October of Grade 3. Your child’s scores for the NWEA will be coming home with report cards.
We are anxiously awaiting the official news of our AYP results from testing this year. If we make it again this year, we will no longer be a CIPS school. We had amazing growth again this year! As soon as I know, I will send out our status report.
Now that the weather is warming up, please be sure that your children have safe footwear for recess. Flip-flops, crocks, and sandals are cool, but they can be difficult to run in, especially if they don’t have a back ankle straps. Also, many children tend to break the thong part of their flip-flops. Sneakers should be worn for recess and gym class.
Next week is National School Staff Appreciation Week. Our staff at LER is committed to meeting the needs of every student. I so appreciate all the hard work they do! A schedule of appreciation activities sponsored by the GEPTA is included in this newsletter.
The Public Validation Meeting for this year’s school budget is May 29th at 6:00 in the gym at Gardiner High School. The referendum day is June 12th at the Boys and Girls Club. Please be sure to cast your vote!
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to call or visit. My door is always open!
Yours in the service of children,
7th: Walking School Bus, 7:50
8th: GEPTA meeting at LER, 6:00
11th: Aspirations Fair
14th: Walking School Bus, 7:50
16th: Early Release
18th: Pancake Breakfast, 8:15
21st: Walking School Bus, 7:50
25th: District Art Extravaganza, 3:30 - 7:00 at GAHS
25th: Gardiner Police Department Bike Rodeo, 4:00 in Hannaford Parking Lot
28th: Memorial Day, no school -- Meet at American Legion at 9:30 to walk in the parade!
29th: Budget Validation Meeting, GAHS gym, 6:00 pm
31st: Assembly, 8:45
1st: Grade 1 to Gray Animal Park
1st: Rain Forest visits Grade 2
4th: Walking School Bus, 7:50
5th: Pre-K to Botanical Gardens
6th: Kindergarten to Reid State Park (Please note the new date)
7th: Last day of school for Pre-K
7th: Grade 2 to Reid State Park
8th: Grade 1 “Beach Day & Fun Day” at LER
11th: Grade 2 Fun Day at LER
11th: GEPTA Ice Cream Social
12th: Kindergarten Fun Day at LER
12th: Voting Day
12th: GEPTA meeting at RV, 6:00
13th: Field Day
14th Last day of school! Students dismissed at 12:30
LER Lions T-shirts
We still have LER T-shirts in youth sizes for sale in the office for $12.00 each.
Walking School Bus
The Walking School Bus has returned! Meet at at the Gardiner Common at 7:50 on Monday mornings - weather permitting - and walk to school together!
Remember to collect and send in your empty printer cartridges, juice pouches, BoxTops for Education and Campbell’s Labels for Education points!
Each week we recognize Star Students. Teachers choose a student who has demonstrated the “4 Be’s” -- Be safe, be kind, be respectful, be responsible. Each Star Student receives a certificate, a special pencil, and has his or her picture taken! Congratulations to our Star Students!
The GEPTA is proud to be planning a full week of staff appreciation next week. Monday we will be providing breakfast for our school staffs, Tuesday will be fresh popcorn, Wednesday will be snacks, Thursday will be a catered meal, and Friday will be sweets and treats! Help us celebrate our wonderful LER and RVCS staffs and donate some yummies for any of the days!
The GEPTA is proud to be donating $500.00 each to the LER and RVCS libraries! In addition, we will be donating $1,000 to the GRMS LIbrary and the GAHS library. Thank you to everyone who supported our school Read-A-Thon which allowed us to make these donations!
There are lots of fun activities the GEPTA has planned as our school year winds to a close. Please check our facebook page for the latest events!
Memorial Day Parade
Our students are invited to walk in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28th at 10:00. Children who would like to participate should meet at the American Legion Hall at 9:30.
(This is not an MSAD #11 sponsored event.)
A Message from Our Elementary School Principals
April 12, 2012
We will soon begin creating class lists for next year. Teachers will be meeting to create balanced classes, which take into account student learning styles, academic needs, friendships, the ratio of boys and girls, and special learning plans. Creating balanced classrooms is a challenging process for sure! While we are not honoring parent requests for a specific teacher, if you have input that you feel is important to the placement of your child, please contact the building principal. Please remember, our top priority is to create balanced classrooms that offer the best learning environments for all students.
Karen Moody, Laura Richards Principal
Al Ghoreyeb, River View Principal
Lynn Izzi, Helen Thompson Principal
Travis Works, Hamlin Principal
Shelly Simpson, Pittston Principal
Box Tops News
We are down to the final stretch of BoxTops collecting for the 2011-2012 school year. LER has done a fantastic job collecting and sending in BoxTops all year long. All of our small contributions add up to support for our students, teachers, and school programs, including The Frog Town Mountain Puppeteer’s visit to LER, Dr. Seuss Day treats, 100th Day Celebration treats, Mini-courses, and games & supplies for classrooms. Please continue to send in your BoxTops so we can continue our great success! As always, you can send your BoxTops to school in baggies, envelopes, or on the collection sheets. Please do what is easiest for your family.
Notes from Mrs. Gorham, Speech Therapist
Pragmatics refers to how language is used in social situations -
A few examples of socially appropriate use of language includes: maintaing proper eye contact with the speaker/listener, taking conversational turns, staying on topic, understanding body language and using polite words such as please, thank you and excuse me. Learning and practicing good social skills benefits not only the individual child, but our entire society.
Gardiner Police Department Bike Rodeo
Friday, May 25th, Hannaford Parking Lot, 4:00
(Rain date Saturday, May 26th at 4:00)
Help kick off Gardiner Down Town Ride into Summer Events!
For more information, contact Safety Officer Jaime Dacyczyn at 582-5150.
(This is not an MSAD #11 Sponsored Event.)