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Agnes Gray School
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Meet Pam Gilliam, Speech Teacher
This is my 16th year as a Speech/Language Pathologist in the Oxford Hills School District. During this time I have had the pleasure of working with students and staff in most of the district schools. I spend the bulk of my time at the Rowe School but am delighted to be back at Agnes Gray. I am the proud parent of three grown children and one beautiful new grandson.
I am available at Agnes Gray on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings and welcome any questions of concerns regarding your student's communication skills. I look forward to this new school year!
International Walk or Bike to School is Oct. 9
The first National Walk to School Day, called Walk Our Children to School Day, was held in 1997. Since then, it's come a long way. In May 2012, the first ever National Bike to School Day was celebrated across the USA. Join families, schools and communities as they walk and bicycle to school for these events each year.
Communities and schools are using Walk or Bike to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old.
Here are some reasons to support walking and bicycling to school:
* It's fun. Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence.
* Healthier habits. The trip to school is a chance for children (and adults) to get the physical activity they need.
* Cleaner environment. Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air pollution emissions.
* Promoting Safety. Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community.
*Community benefits. Reducing traffic congestion, boosting a sense of community and improving neighborhood connections benefit the community.
Learning More About Head Lice
Lice is a matter of normal occurrence in the school and we would like to help you keep your child lice free this year. I know it can be hard for parents to hear when their child has lice or nits ( the eggs that come from lice). I know this firsthand from my own child. We can help prevent the spread with a few easy tips.
Monitor your child for the presence of lice or nits. If you need help looking or do not know what to look for, there are pictures online. I would also be available to meet with you to help you learn what to look for. Nits (the eggs) are tiny and tricky to find.
If your child has long hair please put it back in a ponytail, braid or up off their shoulders.
Lice crawl, they don't jump and they don't like to leave the scalp they live on but it may help your child from making contact if a child has undiagnosed lice. Encourage your child not to hug their classmates. We give high fives, not hugs! Also, no sharing hats or other hair products.
Finally, if your child gets lice, take a deep breath as it happens to clean children. They don't carry disease and you can get rid of them without spending a fortune. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like some help dealing with your child's lice issue. I am here to help.
Kimberly Bell RN, School Nurse, at 539-4456.
First Graders Share Poem on Fall Leaves
On Wednesday, Mrs. Hill's first grade class was delighted to share their poem about colored leaves in the office with Mrs. Ellsworth and last tear's teacher, Mrs. Biggers. They had practiced this poem in their classroom and read with great expression. We look forward to these office visits.
West Paris Pumpkin Run
Join in on Sunday, October 20, for the West Paris Pumpkin Run. This newest PTO fundraiser will incorporate physical fitness and community togetherness into the five events, beginning at 10 a.m. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $10 for the 5K Race participant, $5 for the Kids Fun Run participant, $20 for a family package and $5 to pre-order a race T-shirt prior to October 1.
Events include a 5K Road Race, Mile Walk, Mile Kids' Fun Run, Chili Cook-off and Pumpkin Pie Contest There will be prizes for the top race runners, all kid participants and top cooking contest entrants.
Local sponsors are needed. If you run a business or know of a business who would like to be involved in sponsoring this event, please let us know.
Trash to Cash
Looking for a fundraising opportunity that's green? Schools turn trash into cash and keep waste out of landfills with FundingFactory's Fundraising-thru-Recycling program. Please help us recycle to help lower the waste which goes into landfills plus help our school to acquire free technology and/or recreation equipment.
The Agnes Gray School is participating in the Funding Factory Recycling Program. Please donate your empty printer cartridges, cell phones, small electronics and laptops to this recycling program by bringing any of these items to school and placing them in the box which has been designated for this purpose right next to the office door. We will be able to earn points which may be redeemed for cash or products. Last year along, more than 300 million cartridges were thrown away, while 30.000,000 cell phones were tossed or replaced. We want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
After School Tennis Lessons
Ms. Leonard will be offering a free four-week tennis camp to third and fourth grade students beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The class size will be limited to 15 students.
Wednesday, Oct. 9 — Walking School Bus
Thursday, Oct. 10 — PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 — No School - Staff Development Day
Monday, Oct. 14 — No School - Columbus Day
Sunday, Oct. 20 — PTO Pumpkin Run
Tuesday, Oct. 22 — Aspire Higher Walk
Wednesday, Nov. 6 — No School - Student/Parent/Teacher Conference Day
Monday, Nov. 11 — No School - Veterans' Day
Thursday, Nov. 18 — Thanksgiving Day
Friday, Nov. 29 — No School