The end of this week feels very different from the way it ended last week. It is important to acknowledge how a flurry of positive COVID cases here and across MDIRSS has impacted staff and families. Our goal is to provide in-person learning while making sure all are safe. The procedures we have in place are there to protect everyone while at the same time keeping kids in school. I do thank you all for your patience and understanding. I ask everyone to think carefully about how we interact with friends and family as we see heightened cases on our island. As I shared last week, we all should consider how we can do our part to stay healthy, safe and keep our schools open for in-person teaching and learning. Our actions as adults can have a direct impact on whether or not our school stays open.
I hope all families could meet with their child’s teacher to reflect on their strengths and challenges. This is the midway point of the semester, and these conversations are a great way to strengthen the school-home partnership.
This week, final approval was given to offer COVID vaccinations to 5-11yr. olds. This is a big step forward in the path to some normalcy and greater safety for school and the community. Please see the information in this newsletter to sign up and learn about the vaccine. MDIRSS is partnering with MDI Hospital to provide clinics at each school.
May you all have a wonderful and safe weekend, be well, Mr. Z.
Our COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held at Pemetic Elementary on November 17th. Consents must be turned in by November 10th. The clinic for the second shot will be on December 9th. Vaccines are only available to students ages 5-11. You can access the form by clicking here A Patient Acknowledgement Form. Also the paper form will be going home with the qualifying students that are present in school. Please return the consent form as soon as possible, if you want your child vaccinated against COVID-19.
Please call or email me if you have any questions.
Pediatricians Share: What Parents Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
The CDC has recently recommended 5 to 11 year old children receive the COVID-19 vaccine, offering a way for parents to protect their children and families from COVID-19 infection. Join MECAP for a forum featuring Maine pediatricians as they share information about children and the COVID-19 vaccine and give advice on what to consider when making the decision to vaccinate children against COVID-19. There will be time for questions from the audience.
Gretchen Pianka, MD, MPH, Pediatrician at Central Maine Pediatrics
Jillian Gregory, DO, Pediatric Critical Care Physician at Maine Medical Center
Sydney Sewall, MD, MPH, Pediatrician at Maine General Health
Michael Ross, MD, Pediatrician at Northern Light Pediatric Primary Care
Moderator: Claire Berkowitz, President, Midcoast Maine Community Action
WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 6pm--7:15pm EST
WHERE: Via Zoom, register at mecap.org/events to receive the webinar login information.
Don't forget to turn your clocks back this weekend.
No School on Thursday, November 11th, in observance of Veterans' Day, honoring all who served.
Picture Retake day will be Thursday, November 18th
Habits of Work Awards Handed Out This Week
Barrett Terry Oakley Bunker
The Pemetic Times
Click on the link to read the first publication of The Pemetic Times that the middle school students put together. Great job on your first issue!!
Minecraft Social Club
Tuesdays 4th and 5th grades 3:00 - 4:15
Wednesdays 6th, 7th & 8th grades 3:00 -4:15
Monday - Wednesday November 8th - 10th
Girls 3:00 - 4:30
Boys 4:30 - 6:00
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 getting dismissed during the day.
Dismissal starts at 2:58 p.m., this year.
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 emailing Co-President Adam Babbitt 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.