Explorers Newsletter

November/December 2017


The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to highlight some great things happening in the Explorers Program, share exciting local opportunities, and spread relevant articles of interest.

Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs)

Individualized Learning Plans describe the services identified students receive within RSU 22. For identified students in grades 6-8, the ILPs will be mailed (Wagner) or sent home with report cards (RBMS). Parents, please review the ILP document and either sign and return or request a meeting to further discuss the plan. The ILP has a space for parents to indicate either option.

Parents of students in grades 3-5 will be contacted to schedule an ILP meeting.

Grade 8 RBMS Explorer Students to Host Family Code Night

"Family Code Night" is a whole-school, whole-family event at which kids grades 3-5 and their parents do their first hour of computer programming - together! At this special evening of learning and fun, you'll play in parent-child teams to complete fun Code.org puzzles and challenges at your own pace, and learn core concepts in coding in this very first hour. Afterwards, you'll go home with a special "Code On at Home" guide to continue coding puzzles, learning and fun at home. No coding experience needed, laptops available if needed, a great experience to share with your kids! Don't miss out!

Thursday, December 7th from 5-6pm in the Weatherbee Elementary Gym

Follow a Researcher!

Grade 4 students at Weatherbee Elementary are following a glaciologist researcher from UMaine who is currently stationed on Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. The students made a glacier/ice shelf model using flubber! Learning can include goofy fun! For more information, click here

PenPal Schools

Many of the Explorer Students recently finished a 6 week unit through PenPal Schools, where students were matched with penpals in the USA, Canada, Spain, Albania, and/or Brazil to discuss different aspects of life and their communities. Each week students had a different question to respond. Students would watch a short video and read articles to help compile their ideas. The exchanges are completed in a secure platform via the penpal schools website.

Read and Explore ONLINE Book Club

There is never enough time to get through it all! The Read and Explore ONLINE Book Club is our answer to having just a little bit more time together and an opportunity to discuss great books...WIN, WIN!! Our current book is Refugee by Alan Gratz. A great read!!


Did you know that RSU 22 has an online digital literary blog? We do! LAUNCH 22 is the student run multi-media literary magazine of RSU 22. Writers and illustrators submit creative work to our student run editorial board where it is then peer reviewed and workshopped before being published.
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Childsplay: Fiddles and Fiddlers

Friday, Nov. 17th, 7:30pm

1 College Circle

Bangor, ME

The over two dozen musicians who comprise CHILDSPLAY come from all over the United States and Sweden and include some of the leading virtuosos in traditional and contemporary fiddle music. Childsplay creates vibrant, powerful, and eclectic sounds, with a repertoire that ranges from the lilting beauty of Celtic jigs and airs, to the driving rhythms of hoe-downs from the mountains of the southern United States to the smoky improvisations of jazz. Celebrating 30 years of touring, Childsplay will be bringing their band of 14 fiddlers and 9 all-star instrumentalists, dancers and singers on this tour.

Husson University Gracie Theatre 207-941-7888

Mammal Tracks & Signs

Saturday, Nov. 18th, 9pm

9 Central Street

Bangor, ME

Sandra Mitchell will show us what to look for to determine which animal left that mark in the mud or snow. She'll touch on other types of sign that they leave as well. The first part of two classes with slideshow and handouts to help you get started. Please RSVP at 942-1010 or info@bangorlandtrust.org.

Make Your Own Video Game

Friday, Dec. 1st, 4-4:45pm

145 Harlow Street

Bangor, ME

Collaborate with friends and peers to create a video game with nothing more than a few pieces of plastic, a tablet and a whole lot of imagination with the online game making app, Bloxels. From creating characters, to designing the layout, to telling the story, we will create a fully playable 13-bit, retro video game that we can upload to the web and challenge players from around the world. For Grades 6-12

CONTACT: Shane at 207-947-8336 ext 111 or slayman@bpl.lib.me.us

Festival of Lights

Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 2:30pm

145 Harlow Street

Bangor, ME

Stay warm @ the Library while you wait for the Festival of Lights Parade.

• Cocoa and Cookies
• Christmas Karaoke
• Christmas Crafts
• Christmas Stories

Get in the spirit of the holiday @ the Library.
Festival of Lights Parade begins at 4:30pm

Winter Twig Identification

Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 10am-12pm

9 Central Street

Bangor, ME

There are ways to know your trees in winter when the leaves are gone, if you know what to look for. Indoor lecture and workshop at 9 Central St, Suite 201. Please RSVP at 942-1010 or info@bangorlandtrust.org.

Family Code Night at Weatherbee

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 5-6pm

22 Main Road North

Hampden, ME

Grade 8 RBMS Explorer Students will be hosting Weatherbee's Family Code Night on Thursday December 7th from 5-6pm in the Weatherbee Elementary Gym.

No coding experience needed! Fun puzzles from Code.org that will help kids and parents learn to code. Join US! Register here

Science Lecture Series: The Big Bang and the Origin of Our Universe by Dr. Dale Kocevski

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 7pm

167 Rangeley Road

Orono, ME

Does our Universe have a finite origin or has it existed unchanged for all eternity? Either answer has profound implications about the nature of our reality. Explore how astronomers came to the conclusion that the Universe, and time itself, had a beginning in the Big Bang, about 14 billion years ago. Using the planetarium we will fly to the edge of the known universe and immerse in the physics behind the Big Bang. What do modern observations tell us about the structure and evolution of the Universe over cosmic time and how the contents of the Universe will dictate its ultimate fate? Join us to find out! For more information, click here

Cold Moon Evening Hike

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 4-5:30pm

216 Fields Pond Road

Holden, ME

This December evening full moon hike features the Cold Moon. The approaching Winter Solstice will become crystal clear as we watch the Cold Moon rise. Snowshoes will be available if needed or bring your own. $ More information can be found here

Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 7:30-9pm

48 Columbia Street

Bangor, ME

Maine Science Festival (MSF) Pop-up event with River City Cinema and COESpace.What if you could time travel to 1915 Paris and meet one of the world’s greatest scientists? Take part in a captivating evening of narrative science & living history with a screening of the short film Humanity Needs Dreamers: A Visit With Marie Curie, followed by a discussion with scientists Kristy Townsend and Heather Hamlin of the University of Maine, as well as filmmaker Jen Myronuk and (via Skype) Susan Marie Frontczak, who portrays Marie Curie. Recommended for ages 11 and up; available free-of-charge, seating is limited.

The Night Tree: Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Fields Pond

Thursday, Dec. 21st, 4pm

216 Fields Pond Road

Holden, ME

Member families: $16, Nonmember families: $20

Join us for a family-oriented celebration of nature in winter as we recreate Eve Bunting’s classic story The Night Tree. We’ll decorate our own night trees to share with Maine’s winter wildlife.

Come relax and spend time with your loved ones on the longest night of the year. Warm cider awaits! Advance registration is recommended. Drop-ins welcome if space is available. Contact: Cyndi Kuhn - (207) 989-2591

Build a Gingerbread House with Chef Shane

Friday, Dec. 22nd, 3-5pm

145 Harlow Street

Bangor, ME

Registration is required. Please register by December 15th. Registration begins December 1st!

CONTACT: Shane at 207-947-8336 ext 111 or slayman@bpl.lib.me.us

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Bangor Winter Break LEGO Robotics

Tuesday, Dec. 26th, 9am to Friday, Dec. 29th, 3:30pm

1 University Place

Orono, ME

4-Day Camp Bangor Winter Break LEGO Robotics with Tom Bickford $210

This camp is for any level of LEGO Roboteer! So if you are a rookie or a veteran this camp can take you and help move your skills forward. We start of with some basics since even the veterans have often forgotten a lot since last year, and of course some beginners are more advanced. Our camp staff try as quickly as possible to figure out which you are. Usually one staff member will be working primarily with the beginners and one primarily with the advanced, with the third floating as needed. Open to ages 9 to 13, no experience needed. Register HERE

December Vacation Camp at MDM

Tuesday, Dec. 26th, 8am to Friday, Dec. 29th, 4pm

74 Main Street

Bangor, ME

Ages: 5-12

Cost: $50.00 per child/day for non-members, $45.00 per child/day for museum members.

  • Tuesday, December 26: Dino Detectives
  • Wednesday, December 27: Makers and Breakers
  • Thursday, December 28: I Want My Mummy!
  • Friday, December 29: Icky, Sticky Science
For more information, click here

December Vacation Camp at the Challenger Learning Center

Tuesday, Dec. 26th, 8am to Friday, Dec. 29th, 4pm

30 Venture Way

Bangor, ME

Three different days of science fun, for grades K-5. More details about each day can be found at here

Cost: $55/day

National Association For Gifted Children (NAGC) Annual Conference

Dr. Lyons and Ms. Richardson attended NAGC's Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC this November. Dr. Lyons presented two sessions; How to Use Poetry to Enhance Rigor and Depth with Gifted Students and Personalizing the Curriculum to Challenge Talented Learners. It is a pleasure to share what we are doing at RSU 22 with a national audience!