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paris elementary school/ Pumpkins harvested
Pre-Schoolers harvested their pumpkins during their ﬁrst week of school. The pumpkins had been planted in raised beds outside the Early Learning Center door last spring. Staﬀ made sure they were weeded and watered during the summer. The children enjoyed picking the pumpkins, which will be used to
make something tasty to eat!
Two spots remain in the four-year-old program, which meets three full school days each week. Our early learning program is a partnership with Community Concepts/Head Start. For more information about how to register your child, please call our school and ask for extension 158.
Fifty-seven kindergartners have joined our school this year. Transition on the ﬁrst few days went very well. Each child experienced eating lunch in the cafeteria for the ﬁrst time and they also got to take a short bus trip to learn about bus safety.
Farewell to Fred Schwaner
After a struggle with cancer, causing sixth grade teacher Fred Schwaner to take a
leave of absence last year, he passed away in mid-July. Fred was an outstanding teacher and a good friend to everyone who had the opportunity to work with him. He will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout this school year.
Need a coat?
The Coat Room, located in Oxford next to the Dollar Tree and Ocean State Job
Lots is now open for the season. They have a great selection of clean, previously
worn, and some new coats, jackets, ski pants, mittens, and hats. They are open from 1 -3 PM on Wednesdays or by appointment. For more information, call 527-2351.
Over a decade ago, Superintendent Mark Eastman challenged District staff to create opportunities that encourage children to dream of continued educational opportunities following high school graduation. At that time, many high school graduates were choosing not to go on to higher education or to technical programs. Career aspirations were non-existent for too many students. Thus was born the Aspire Higher program and an annual parade that provided many scholarships for students who participated. In the schools, we began talking more about college, about goal setting, about career education.
This year the District is implementing new plans to revitalize the Aspire Higher Project.
Instead of a one day (Saturday) parade, plans call for in-school activities that promote student career aspirations, a district-wide parade during a school
day, and community events. Every time a student attends one of the many activities, his/her name will go into a drawing for a college scholarship.
As Paris Elementary we will kick oﬀ Aspire Higher month during the week of October 17 by talking about ‘aspire’ in every classroom. All students will then be challenged with writing a paragraph or essay about their career aspirations.
During the week of October 31, each classroom will invite at least one guest speaker in to talk about his/her career choice. More information about the parade will be released soon.
If you want to limit your youngster’s television or computer game time, try this idea. Every week, give her seven tickets. Each is good for an hour of television or electronic game time.
Remind her to plan ahead. For example, if she wants to watch a two-hour movie on Saturday, she’ll have to save an extra ticket during the week. Your child could earn additional tickets through good behavior at school, extra chores, or after meeting goals.
Fall Festival Being Planned for Saturday, October 22. Mark your calendars for an exciting family event at school on Saturday, October 22 when the PTO will sponsor a Fall Festival from 3 - 6:00.
We are looking for donations of playground equipment. Anyone that would like to donate any playground balls, jump ropes, etc., it would be greatly appreciated. Currently, because of budget cuts, there are a couple of grades that only have one ball to use at recess. Also we are looking for coffee cans to be used to make a collection box for our boxtop challenge. Please send them in to the school office. Thank you!
September 23 – Grade 3 to Bumpus Mine
September 27 – Grade 4 to Streaked Mountain
September 28-30 – Grade 6 to Bryant Pond 4H Camp
October 1 - 31 – Check Smoke Alarms!
October 3 - 21 – NECAP Testing (grades 3-6)
October 10 – Columbus Day - No School
October 11 – Volunteer Training 3 p.m.
PTO Meeting and Potluck 6 p.m.