Happy Friday! I’m excited to introduce Michele Gurtler to you. She will be filling in for Mr. Z while he is the interim Superintendent. She has been in the AOS for 23 years as the High School Guidance Counselor. Her starting date is Tuesday, January 18th. If you see her, feel free to introduce yourself to her!
We are making a few changes to our end of the day dismissal. This change will begin on Tuesday, January 18th. Students will now be dismissed in the following order:
Sports kids will be dismissed according to their schedule for that day.
There will be some flexibility with this schedule. If a bus is going to be late, the pick up kids will be dismissed so it doesn't hold everyone up. Please do not park in the “No Parking” spots in front the flag or in front of the basketball court. There will be cones present to remind you.
Winter is definitely here in full force. Please remember to send your child(ren) to school with the appropriate clothing for outdoor recess. If it’s warmer than 10 degrees (with the windchill), we will be going out to get some much needed fresh air!
It’s hard to believe that we are almost half way through the year, but it’s true. The final day to Semester 1 is January 20th. There will be no school on Friday, January 21st and Monday, January 24th to allow teachers time to complete report cards and prepare for the second semester. Report cards will go out Friday, Jan 28th (If all goes well in the technology world!).
Because there is no school on Monday, January 17th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr, we will do pool testing on Wednesday. Our protocol for students/staff testing positive for COVID has also changed. All students, teachers, or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to notify their school nurse as soon as possible. Individuals with COVID-19 will isolate for at least 5 days. If they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), and have a negative antigen test administered by the school nurse, they may return to school and wear a properly fitting mask. If they are still positive, they will need quarantine for another 5 days before returning to school.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please call the office, and Renee or Dencie will be sure to pass along your call to the appropriate person. Have a great weekend!
Starting January 3rd, pool testing will be changed to Mondays instead of Tuesdays. The deadline for required immunizations is December 30th. If your child has not had the required immunizations for public schools then they cannot return to school until a doctors note is provided to me with a plan in place to receive the necessary vaccine(s).
Cold weather is here and it’s important to dress appropriately for outside recess. We will be having outside recess, unless the weather is less than 10 degrees, with windchill. Dressing appropriately includes a jacket, pants, hats, mittens and anything else you want to pack to keep your child warm.
As always, keep your child home if they are experiencing cold symptoms and have them tested if appropriate. Anyone who is COVID positive the guidance has changed to a 5 day quarantine. Please let the school nurse know if someone has tested positive using a home test.
Happy New Year!
-Brittany, School Nurse
Upcoming No School Days in January
Monday, January 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Friday, January 21 - Professional Day
Monday, January 24 - Professional Day
Cold Weather Cut Off
When the outdoor temperature is ten degrees Fahrenheit or higher and the wind chill factor is ten degrees Fahrenheit or higher, children will play outdoors with adult supervision for an appropriate length of time. The school nurse( this could be different by school) will send out an email to all staff letting them know if they need to remain inside, as reported by ... weather.com… (for your town - Not sure everyone needs to use the same weather site) Parents are aware that they need to send their children adequately clothed during cold weather which includes jackets, pants, hats, mittens/gloves, and boots.
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.
Habits of Work Awards
Kayden Lemoine (2)
The Second Grade
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
Tuesday, January 11th for Grades 4 & 5 at 3:00 - 4:15pm
Wednesday, January 12th for Grades 6,7, & 8 at 3:00 - 4:15pm
Parents can view past games and live games when they happen this year.
Friday, January 14
Boys' Practice 3:00 - 4:15
Girls' AYS Practice 4:15 - 5:30
Saturday, January 15
Harbor House Basketball 11:00-12:00
Monday, January 17
Tuesday, January 18
A-Team vs Lamoine g/b 4:00pm
Wednesday, January 19
Girls' Practice 3:00 - 4:30pm
Boys' Practice 4:30 - 6:00pm
Thursday, January 20
A-Team vs Trenton b/g 3:45pm
Friday, January 21
Harbor House Basketball 3:30 - 5:30
No Practice/No Games
Saturday, January 22
Harbor House Basketball 9:00 - 11:30
Monday, January 24
Tuesday, January 25
A-Team vs Blue Hill g/b 4:30pm
Please Note: The schedule above is subject to change due to weather , Covid, etc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
MDI Community Response - A great, up-to-date site for all the latest Island resources and news related to COVID19.