We’ve had a wonderful week at the Pemetic school. Everyone is getting back into the rhythm of school. This sense of rhythm and purpose is essential these days and hopefully adds to a feeling of normalcy we all crave, even if it is for a short period of time as we wind our way through the pandemic.
To sustain that feeling of normalcy, it is important to get as many staff, and students signed up for pool testing. If you have not signed your child up, please consider it. Nurse Brittnay or I would be happy to talk with you about it. By doing so, we will be better able to keep kids in school, if we have a positive case. I am once again adding the details of pool testing in the newsletter to boost our numbers.
Positive cases have been identified in our district schools, forcing close contacts into quarantine if they were not vaccinated or not participating in pool testing. That is 10 days out of school. For most of our students who can not get vaccinated, pool testing will help keep them in school. Thank you so much for considering this important tool in helping maintain our rhythm of school!
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 email@example.com
Have a great weekend - 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. Students need to be in the classroom at 8:15, or they will be marked Tardy.
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.
Dismissal starts at 2:56 p.m., this year. This is a work in progress, as the high school bus runs are resulting in late bus arrivals here at Pemetic. Please be patient with us as we navigate through this new schedule.
School Pictures will be taken on Monday, September 13, 2021. Look for the LifeTouch flyer in your child's backpack.
Students must attend an online meeting with a parent or guardian on Wednesday 9/15 from 6pm to 6:45pm virtually via Google Meet.
On Monday, 9/13, students will be able to take their computers home to make sure they will work on their home wifi. On Wednesday, 9/15, student will come home with their laptops again and with this paper to sign and return to school. Families will use the student laptop to join the Google Meet. The Meet Code will be "pemlaptop"
Students need to pass a laptop usage quiz at school, have a parent/guardian attend this meeting with them, and return a signed form in order to take their laptops home.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. The link has been corrected.
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.