March 4, 2022


Hello Pemetic Families,


I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing February break. We are back in full swing. I have noticed the days are staying lighter later, so there is hope for spring arriving soon! 


Starting next Friday the 11th, we will be doing a schoolwide “Fun Friday”. This is an opportunity for a little bit of fun school wide for students and staff. We will do this every Friday until the end of school. The office staff got to pick the first one and we are challenging the school to participate in “Fun Hat Friday” on March 11th. 


You might have noticed the changes and new orange cones for student pick up after school. I ask that parents be patient as we dismiss our buses first, then parents pick up and then walkers and Harbor House. I ask that you do not park where the cones are so that the buses can safely leave. 


Winter clothing drive: The high school students are doing a winter clothing drive. There is a gray bucket in our foyer for anything your children have outgrown, but is  still in good shape. Please feel free to drop stuff off in our bucket. 


The PTO is working inputting together the Scholastic Book Fair for the spring. 


Weather update: Dress for the weather! If it is less than 10 degrees or “ feels like” less than 10 degrees, sadly we will be inside.


We continue to follow the rules regarding masking in school and follow the COVID protocols. We follow the guidelines set by the district, as we are all in this together. If things change, as soon as we know, we will get that information out to parents and students.  If you are not in pool testing, but would like to be, please reach out to Nurse Brittany. 


Should anyone need food (even for the weekend) or clothing for their children, please contact Carolyn Todd or Dencie McEnroe. 


We are still in need of ed techs, substitute teachers and bus drivers.  This is the time to get trained and apply if you have ever been tempted!!


My door is always open to parents, staff and students for whatever they may need. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. 


Have a great week, 


Michele Gurtler

                        PLEASE NOTE:

The date has changed for this event. It will now be Monday, March 7th, same time, same place...
Habits of Work Awards 


  Lucy Rowell

Annabelle Littlefield 

Coraline Ringstad

 Liam Hulsey 

 Lucas Jacob 

 Alyah Stevens

Please Attend the Southwest Harbor Selectboard Meeting on Tuesday March 8th, 6pm at SWH Fire Station about the Future of the Pond!
On Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. the Southwest Harbor Conservation Commission will be giving a presentation to the Board of Selectmen to obtain their approval to move forward with the Chris's Pond project.
The Chris’s Pond project is an incredible opportunity to preserve and enhance public access to the Pond for generations to come at almost no cost to the Town, provide a permanent natural buffer around the pond protecting it from negative impacts associated with possible future development and make much-needed improvements. Full details of the project's scope are available on the SWH Town website   
All island wide friends of Chris’s Pond are encouraged to attend in person at the SWH Fire Station
Or join via Zoom, a link will be provided on the SWH Town website:
Please spread the word and ask your friends and family to attend this upcoming meeting on: Tuesday, March 8th, 2022, at 6:00 p.m.
Thanks for your support and attendance!
2022 MDI Girls Basketball Skills Academy is designed to help players from 5th- 8th grade improve their individual skills, attitude and knowledge of the game.  The program stresses fundamentals and gives individuals the tools to achieve their full potential. We want to help your child develop the skills you actually need to play at the next level and improve their fundamental basketball skills and strategies. Our goal is to develop five foundational skills: ball control, shooting, passing, vision, and movement. We want to improve athleticism, coordination and learn the “intangibles” that all good players possess.. Make layups against contact. Improve shooting form and accuracy. Have fun while learning new skills. 

Coach Brent Barker and his staff and players provides the individual and small group instruction.

MDI Girls Basketball Skills Academy will have three separate sessions that will take place beginning in March. Athletes are eligible to come for the session that fits their specific schedule the best. Athletes will be broken up by grade and skill, and will be split on court A and court B according to those age groups and skill levels. Dates we will run these session are March 1,8,15. All session go from 3:30-5:00 at MDIHS. We will combine 1 ½ hour intensive skill development with some small sided live game competition to apply the learned skills. Our focus will primarily be on skills and fundamentals.
If you have any question or would like to sign up please email Coach Barker at
 Can’t wait to see you on the court.
Coach Barker

Note Update:

Starting this Tuesday for the month of March we will be holding Skills clinics at MDI High School.  5th and 6th grade will be from 5:00-6:00 and 7th and 8th will be from 6:00-7:00.  We are hoping to do 3-4 (depending on high school baseball schedule).

Early release day on Friday, March18th

and Friday, April 1st

at 12:30pm

Please remember to let the office know if your child(ren) will be absent, tardy or dismissed early. When calling the school, please call 207-244-5502.  If you have a new telephone number, could you let us know so that we can update our files. Thank you!

Hi Families, 


Thank you all for the awesome communication these past few weeks.  It truly helps being updated with any health changes and is much appreciated. Anyone who is COVID positive is required to quarantine for a full 5 days.  The superintendent has made it a requirement for all AOS 91 schools that a negative test administered by the school nurse is required in order to return to school.  This test will be given on day 6.  If the student is negative, then he/she can return to school.  If the student is still positive, then the full 10 day quarantine is required without the option of testing out of quarantine.  


Thank you all for your patience and understanding during all these changes. 


-Brittany, School Nurse 


In correlation with the other schools in the district and guidance from Mr. Z regarding weather and outside recess, if the weather is less than 10 degrees, with windchill, children will NOT be going outside for recess.  


Children in grades K-3 must be appropriately dressed in order to go outside in cold weather.  If the teacher decides a student is not, the student must stay inside. There will be an adult to supervise during this time. Grade 4-8 students will all be going outside regardless so they need to be prepared. 


It would be very helpful if you sent an extra set of mittens and an extra hat for your child to store in your child’s locker just in case.  Because of COVID, we do not have extra hats and mittens to give out to students this year.

Minecraft Social Club

  No Minecraft the week of

March 7th 

The MDI High School National Honors Society is doing a clothing drive starting March 1st through March 15th! Clothes collected will be donated to The Community Closet in Ellsworth. They are looking for any and all clothes, but specifically children's clothing (baby to teens)!

If you have any clothes set aside to donate, please bring them to Pemetic Elementary School. A bin will be located in the foyer inside the front doors. 

Thank you for your help!
Lexi Simard
Please be aware that the menus are planned ahead, but like everywhere, there are unexpected shortages and supply issues that interfere with best laid plans.

We appreciate your understanding that meals may unexpectedly change and apologize for any inconvenience. 

Maybe during these uncertain times, packing some extra, healthy snacks may help with an unanticipated change in lunch.

Please go to this link to sign your child up for breakfast. This is a one time only sign up. 
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 e-mailing Co-President Adam Babbitt at



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