Hello Pemetic Families,


The students and staff have been working very hard. We will have a break from Feb. 21st -25th and I hope everyone has a restful break. Please take some time to have fun, get outside and enjoy winter in Maine. ( Perhaps a nap or two might be welcome as well.)


Once we get back, there is an 8 week push until April break. This seems to be the toughest time in schools because it is cold, dark and it seems like spring will never arrive. I ask that everyone be patient with each other and remember that we are all in this together. Perhaps pick a day to let your child decide the dinner menu and help you prepare it? 


We are working on getting the Scholastic Book Fair back, and I am thinking of ways to have the students and staff earn some “ book bucks” to spend at the fair. Stay tuned for more information.


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.  If you are not in pool testing, but would like to be, please reach out to Nurse Brittany. 


We know that COVID has disrupted many families and 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

Early release day on Friday, February 18th

at 12:30pm
February vacation is February 21st through the 25th.

Hello Middle School,

The next few days are going to be VERY warm, including rain on Friday. This will ruin our ability to go ice skating this Friday.

Based on some feedback from yesterday's poll we sent to parents, Ms. Amanda and I have decided on a final date for our trip to Chris' Pond.

We will go ice skating on Thursday, March 3rd, from 3-5pm. There were a significant number of students who will not be able to attend if it was Friday the 4th, due to show choir rehearsal. We understand that this still may potentially cause issues with scheduling for some, but we believe it is the only day that will work for the majority of the students.

This will be the final date, should poor weather strike us again. The earth does what the earth does, and we are largely at its mercy. However, we are committed to at least one more event, possibly two, in April and May respectively, should this one ultimately not pan out.

We appreciate your patience and valuable feedback as we try to give our students fun and memorable experiences.

Mr. Newman and Ms. Amanda
Middle School Class Advisors
Pemetic Elementary School
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!
Habits of Work Awards 


  Elorie Berzinis

  Maximus Berzinis


  The 5th Grade Class

  Lucy Rowell 

  Logan Baesmann

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

February 28th 

Get out and enjoy the winter weather during vacation week...

Try sledding, skiing, snowboarding or tubing at some local hills. Skating or ice fishing at a local pond or lake. Snowshoeing in Acadia National Park. Get out and have fun!

See you on Monday, February 28th
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 at 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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