The Maine Broadband Coalition, a group of organizations committed to improving and expanding broadband access across the state, is asking Maine communities to test their Internet speeds so they can create a map to better inform them of where to prioritize their efforts. MDIRSS schools recognize that many of our families do not have access to adequate broadband speeds. We encourage families to take the Maine Broadband Coalition's speed test so they can see the need in our communities. Your address and other personal data will not be stored by the Maine Broadband Coalition but your approximate location (represented by a dot on the map) and Internet speed will be stored. You can take the speed test here.
Reminder: Dismissal starts at 11:15 on Early Release Thursdays
Friday, February 12th will be "We love our school day". We would like the students and staff to dress in red, white, or pink.
Alexa Bea Pronovost
HABITS OF WORK AWARDS
week of February 1-5
Barrett Johnson Cameron Thurston
No changes have been made by the Maine State CDC regarding the protocol for testing and sending students home with symptoms of COVID-19. A symptom as little as a new onset headache is justified to sending the student home as the CDC is still enforcing this protocol. If your child has two lower risk symptoms such as headache and runny nose for example, or one higher risk symptom such as fever, testing and/or quarantining is still required prior to coming to school. Please note that we do not need copies of test results. We will be following the “honor system”. Just know your cooperation and understanding to this process is very much appreciated. We are dedicated to keeping the students and staff safe. Please call myself or Barb with any questions/concerns.
Parents of students in grades 3-8 can sign your child up for three NEW after-school virtual activity options HERE.
These virtual after-school activities will be open to Virtual Academy students as well as to students attending school in-person. These activities will start the week of January 25th, run until March 1st (including during February vacation) and are available free of charge to MDIRSS students. Spaces are limited --
Dance Discovery Lab -- Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 Grades 3-5
Yoga for Kids -- Thursdays at 3:30 Grades 3-8
Songwriting and Production -- Wed and Fri at 3:30 Grades 6-8
ALSO, Camp Beech Cliff is offering a Thursday afternoon Outdoor Club on all early release Thursdays for students in grades K-6. For more information including pricing, click HERE. NOTE: The next early release Thursday is February 4.
Camp Beech Cliff is offering an outdoor program for children grades K-6 on Thursday afternoons in 2021. Beginning on February 4th, participants will spend their afternoons outdoors playing games, exploring, building, making and discovering. Activities will vary but may include: hikes, arts & crafts, archery, ropes courses, fort-building, letterboxing, and field games. When the snow falls we’ll be sledding, snow-shoeing, and maybe some ice fishing.
Participants and staff will be wearing masks and maintaining small separate pods during each four week session. The program is open to all children currently on MDI (currently attending school, remote, or home schooling).
To Register and for more details visit //www.campbeechcliff.org/thursdays-outdoor-club
Becoming active and involved in your child’s education, builds healthy children and a healthy community. A great way to do so, is by joining the Pemetic PTO. We strive to be an all inclusive and positive organization, committed to enhancing the lives of our students. If you’re interested in joining, you can find us at our Pemetic PTO Facebook page, or you can join our Google Group by emailing Ali Rockwell at firstname.lastname@example.org
MDI Community Response - A great, up-to-date site for all the latest Island resources and news related to COVID19.