We have two days in the books! Our first day of school was christened with a little water as a send-off for a great year. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the important mitigating factors that will help keep all of us in school 5 days a week with as few interruptions as possible.
Vaccination - Vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Promoting vaccination can help schools safely support in-person learning as well as extracurricular activities and sports. Individuals eligible for vaccination should consult with their primary care provider about becoming vaccinated.
Symptom Screening - Each day before entering the school building all staff and students must complete a self-assessment forCOVID-19 symptoms. Student Self Screening tool (updated 8/26/2021) for students and parents/guardians to use prior to attending school each day. By staying home if you have any of these symptoms will help to keep us from the possible spread of COVID-19 and the need to potentially quarantine classes and having to go to remote learning.
Pool Testing - Pool testing will help our school know about any positive cases, help us ensure that students can stay in school, and limit long quarantine periods. In the past year, students who were considered a close contact had to quarantine for 10-14 days. This year students who are considered a close contact and participate in the pooled testing do not need to quarantine unless they are symptomatic. Please help us keep your children in school by enrolling them in the pool testing! Please learn more about the benefits of pooled testing and how the test is completed at: Families - Concentric by Ginkgo To register your child, please complete the short consent form found at: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent
Use Pemetic's code : LW38US - You can also access information and sign up from the Pemetic School website at this link. If you have any questions please contact Nurse Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org
And of course the following measures -
Pemetic pride is built on the foundation of being in school as a school community and your help is essential to making that happen!
I have truly appreciated the warm welcome I have received from the entire Southwest Harbor community. We are fortunate to have all of the right ingredients for a successful school! Have a wonderful Labor Day Holiday with family and friends.
Be Well - Mr. Z
Entering and Exiting School
This year there is a slight change to how students Enter and Exit the Pemetic School.
Playground Door - 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade
Front Door - Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade
Music/Gym Doors - 6th, 7th, and 8th
Students will be dismissed through the same exits for dismissal. If you are planning on picking up your child, please be sure to call the office ahead of time at 244-5502. If you already shared through the survey that you are always picking your child up, the office already has that information.
School starts at 8:15 for K-8. Pre-K students from Tremont start at 8:15 - 11:15. Pre-K students from Southwest Harbor start at 11:50 - 2:55. Please call the office at 244-5502 and let us know if your child is going to be absent, tardy, or going to be dismissed that day.
School Pictures will be taken on Monday, September 13, 2021. Look for the LifeTouch flyer in your child's backpack.
On September 7th we will start pooled testing. I will need parental consent for pooled testing and also rapid testing consent for follow up using BinaxNow. Links for consents can be found on the school website. Pooled testing will be every Tuesday weekly. Students will swab their own noses with instruction. Please be aware that physicals are required for grades 5-8 if participating in any extra-curricular school activities if a physical was not done last year. Call, text or email with any questions!
Brittany, School Nurse
Back to School Checklist
Well-Child Checks/Physicals: Required for grades K and encouraged yearly for following school years. Required for anyone who participates in middle school athletics. Medical approval is required for grades 5 and 7 who wish to play sports.
Annual Health Update and Medication Permission Form: All parents please fill this out and return.
Immunizations: Your child must be up to date on immunizations before the new law takes into effect on September 1st, 2021. No child will be permitted to attend school until required vaccines have been administered.
Does your child need an action plan? Examples are severe food allergies which requires epinephrine and asthma which requires inhalers. Both action plans need to be signed off by their healthcare provider yearly. Asthma and Epi-Pens also require a signature from their healthcare provider on the “AOS 91 Medication Administration Form”.
Does your child need to take prescribed medication during school hours? Parent/ Guardian and their healthcare provider need to sign the “AOS 91 Medication Administration Form”.
All forms above can be found on the Pemetic school website under Nurse’s Office.
Forms can be faxed to the school or emailed to me directly. You can call or text me at 207-888-1773.
My email is email@example.com. I Hope everyone had a great summer and I am looking forward to the new school year!
Please go to this link to sign your child up for breakfast. This is a one time only sign up
Contact Steve Snurkowski for more information firstname.lastname@example.org or 244-5502
A NATURE JOURNALING MORNING WITH CHILDREN'S AUTHOR ANNETTE CATE, THE WENDELL GILLEY MUSEUM AND ISLAND READERS & WRITERS
September 11, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join the Gilley and Island Readers & Writers for this special Saturday morning with Annette LeBlanc Cate, the author of Look Up! Birdwatching in Your Own Backyard for youngsters in 4th through 6th grades. We'll meet at the Gilley then head out for a guided bird walk after a brief chat about keeping a nature journal. The walk ends back at the Gilley where we'll take time to write in our nature journals, draw some of the birds we saw on the walk, and talk with the author. Each participant will get a pocket-sized nature journal to call their own, and a copy of Look Up! which Annette will personalize.
There is no fee for this event, which is co-sponsored by the Wendell Gilley Museum and Island Readers & Writers, but reservations are required at www.wendellgilleymuseum.org/events
Parents -- Self Care is important! Remember the announcements on planes to put your own oxygen mask on before helping others? The stresses of the pandemic coupled with the stresses of parenting can make it so you forget to take care of YOU. Check out these Self Care Suggestions for Parents. You may want to review the list and select one or two to incorporate into your daily routines. You could add a self care practice to things you already do (e.g., with your cup of coffee). If you talk with someone else and share what you plan to do, you will be more likely to do it. Then you can check in about how it is going, review the list of suggestions, get and give encouragement, etc.
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 email@example.com
MDI Community Response - A great, up-to-date site for all the latest Island resources and news related to COVID19.