RSU 57 Community Newsletter

November 28, 2022

Message from the Superintendent

Dear RSU 57 Community,


I hope this newsletter finds each of you having enjoyed a healthy and happy Thanksgiving. This past week is a time of reflecting upon all that we are grateful for. Again, I want to express my gratitude to our teachers, students, staff, and families for making RSU 57 an amazing place for students to learn and grow.


We are about to enter the month of December which is a month that for many of us is filled with stress and anxiety. I hope that this is not the case for our students, however, we know as educators that this month can be particularly challenging for our students as well. Our educators and support staff provide a supportive and reliable environment that is so important for the emotional well-being of our students. This is particularly true for our youngest learners. If you have concerns for your child’s social-emotional well-being, I would encourage you to reach out to your child’s school counselor, social worker or principal to inquire about resources available to support your child.


On a different note, I would like to share a final call for parents, caregivers and community members to consider serving on our District Strategic Planning Committee. The committee will likely meet twice per month and there will be some minimal additional work to be completed outside of the meetings. We recognize this time commitment isn’t for everyone, however, this work is vital in shaping the future of education in RSU 57. If you are interested in applying for one of the 3 community member spots on the committee by clicking on the button below.


Finally, as we prepare for the winter months there comes the increased likelihood of inclement weather that may require a delay to school start or cancellation of school for a day. We do our best to navigate information from the various town public works offices to gather up-to-date information on road conditions across our geographically large school district. We always make decisions with student and staff safety being priority number one. In sharing a delayed start or school cancellation we will use email, SMS text messaging, and will post these announcements on our district website and Facebook page. Additionally, delays and cancellations can be found on the various local news channels and their webpages. We do our best to alert families of a delay/cancellation as early as possible so that planning for childcare is possible. In the event a delay is called, we try to give local road crews as much time to make roads safe for travel in hopes of avoiding snow days.


Wishing you all a very pleasant week.


Dr. Stephen Marquis

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Elementary Unified Basketball

On Tuesday, November 15, Massabesic's Elementary Unified Basketball Team met at Waterboro Elementary School for their first practice. Students, coaches, and student helpers introduced themselves to their teammates and went to work learning basketball skills. This six-week program is the very first Elementary Unified Basketball Team in the State of Maine.

Way to go, Mustangs! Picture above.

National Honor Society Welcomes New Members

Over 30 Massabesic High School Juniors and Seniors were inducted into the National Honor Society. Students who are NHS members follow four Pillars of Membership: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. A ceremony welcoming new inductees was held earlier this month and was well-attended by family and staff members. Congratulations, all!
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AES Donates to York County Shelter Program

Alfred Elementary Peer Helpers collected food and monetary donations for the York County Shelter Program. The YCSP supports homeless adults and families transition into permanent housing, and operates a food pantry that supports more than 4,500 people per month. Students presented their donations to food pantry coordinator Mike Ouellette on Friday, November 18th. Thank you to our AES students and families for their generosity!

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Engineering is Elementary Program

After the introductory Technology in a Bag lesson, Ms. Hamlin's 4th grade class at Shapleigh Memorial School completed the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) program, Leif Catches the Wind. This unit incorporates a mechanical engineering story that ties in renewable energy and is set in Denmark. Students used the engineering design process to design sails to test on a track in front of a fan. They were able to investigate what properties would catch the most wind and make the sail travel. Next, they used that information to design blades for a windmill. The goal was to get a windmill to spin and lift weight. Students worked in teams to develop and improve windmill blades. Nice work, Engineers! Picture above.

LINE School "Friendsgiving"

LINE School recently held a PTC sponsored school community/spirit day on Friday, November 18th in partnership with our school's Student Kindness Team. Students were encouraged to show kindness by bringing in a donation of a single "Thanksgiving Dinner" food item to school to help support our school food pantry in providing some thanksgiving meals. As a result of this special day, we were able to provide over a dozen Thanksgiving dinners to members of our community. A very special thanks goes out to our Student Kindness Team and their staff facilitator, Mrs. Stephanie Letellier.

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Transportation Appreciation

As a thank-you for their outstanding dedication to our District, our Transportation Department gathered to enjoy donuts and coffee. This small token of appreciation was presented by

Dr. Marquis and Mr. Keenan, who spoke of the incredible commitment displayed to serving the students in our community. We are so grateful for all that you do for RSU 57! Picture above.

MMS Giving Tree Program

Each year, Massabesic Middle School supports families in need during the holidays through their Giving Tree Program. Use the button below to view the Amazon Wish List, which includes small gifts and needed items such as winter attire, clothing, personal care items, board games, and more. Items purchased through the Wish List will be delivered directly to the MMS School Counseling Department. If a gift is purchased from another retailer, please leave it unwrapped and drop it off at MMS. The deadline for donations is Wednesday, December 14 to allow families enough time to pick up items before Holiday Recess.


Thank you in advance for any support of this project to help members of our community.

Please reach out to the MMS School Counseling Department with any questions.

From the Office of the Assistant Superintendent

Dear RSU 57 Community,


I hope you all enjoyed a very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday. In this week’s newsletter I’d like to share a resource for parents and caregivers that can be used with children at home in helping develop and strengthen literacy skills. The National Center on Improving Literacy has developed a fantastic website that is filled with free resources for parents/caregivers to use at home with their child. On their website you will find links to free books, videos and literacy games that can help support your child’s continued growth in literacy when at home. I hope you will have an opportunity to check it out! The website can be found using this link: https://improvingliteracy.org/kid-zone


Enjoy!


Mr. Kyle Keenan

Dates to Remember...

December 2: End of Trimester 1 Reporting for Elementary Schools

December 14: Early Release Day

December 23-26: District Closed

December 23-January 2: Holiday Recess

January 2: District Closed