The Cardinal News

May 5, 2020

Hang in there!

I am not sure how May came upon us so quickly. It seems like it has been so long since we have seen your beautiful children and we want you to know how very much we miss them. Teachers have been working hard to stay connected to students and families while we are not able to all be together at PES.

We know this has been challenging for students, families and our staff. We recognize that many of you are essential workers and are not able to be at home with your children. We also know many of you are no longer able to work and this too causes hardships. Teachers are also trying to figure this out as many have children of their own at home, spouses who are still working out of the home, and spouses who are no longer working. Our world has been turned upside down. However, a few things remain constant: our staff cares about children and will do all they can to support them, PES staff are here to help you out in any way possible, and teamwork and collaboration is what will get us through these difficult times.

Thank you for all you are doing to support your children while they are unable to come to school. We wish more than anything to get back to our beautiful building and hear our classrooms and hallways filled with student chatter. As I walk through our empty school, I am sad we are missing out on being with your children, I am sad to not be spending time with my amazing staff, and it is disheartening to listen to the silence echo throughout the hallways. I am anxious for our return as much as all of you.

Hang in there!

Student Belongings Pick Up

Teachers have been working in their classrooms these past few weeks to gather student belongings and materials so we can get these back to you. We plan to distribute these materials next week on Monday and Tuesday.

We will have three separate areas for parents to pick up materials. Please carefully read how we will be doing this to ensure appropriate social distancing and no contact distribution. We appreciate your help with this and ask for your patience as you come to the school to gather your child's belongings.

Pick up times:

Monday, May 11th 10:00 am-6:00 pm & Tuesday 8:30-11:30 am

Grade 1 & 2 Parents:

Please use the Hathaway Road entrance and pull into the bus loop to pick up belongings.

Kindergarten, Grade 3 & Grade 4:

Please use Meadow Lane entrance and pull into the car loop to pick up belongings by cafeteria.

PreK, Grade 5 and Grade 6 Parents:

Please use Meadow Lane entrance and pull into staff parking lot and make a loop around to the gym doors.

  • If you have more than one child in the school, please use the bus loop by the main entrance to pick up all belongings.

  • All parents and students are to remain in their vehicles.

Staff will be outside to ask who you are picking materials up for and then someone will bring the bags outside and put them on a table. The staff outside will then either put the bags next to your vehicle or have you remove bags from the table once they are a safe distance away.

We will do our very best to have all materials for the same family gathered in one location to save time, but please be patient as we may need an extra minute or two to gather all belongings.

Library and School Book Collection

During the student belongings pick up times, we will also be collecting any library books, reading books, or books your children have borrowed from teachers. Library books do need to be returned now so that an inventory can be taken. If you are still using reading materials from your teacher, we will have another collection at the end of the school year, and you can return them at that time. There will be a bin for library books to be put in located near each pick up location.

Here is the video we made for students and families before April vacation!

PES Strong

Community Unit

Starting the middle of May through the month of June, students from our eight elementary schools in MSAD#17 will engage in a community-wide unit of learning designed to answer the essential question: What do we want our descendants to know about our community during the Spring of 2020?” The unit, created by teacher-leaders in the district, represents an effort to unite the community even while we are not physically in school together. During the five weeks of the unit, elementary students will be invited to engage in a variety of interdisciplinary learning activities that connect to various themes of community.

Week 1: Family Time

Week 2: Kitchen Cuisine

Week 3: Community Helper

Week 4: Nature

Week 5 Extra, Extra, Read All About It

Please find more information about this unit on our district web page at:


If you have a child or know of a child who will be starting either Pre-K or Kindergarten for the coming school year, would you please let us know?

Registration will be coming up and we are starting our lists now.

  • For Pre-K, your child must turn four by October 15, 2020. Please call Marj Scribner at 207-743-8972 to have a packet mailed to you.

  • For Kindergarten, your child must be five by October 15, 2020. Please call 207-743-7802. We will need your child's name, date of birth, mailing address, and parents' name(s) and phone numbers. Once we know the date of the screening we will contact you.

Please pass this information along to a friend or neighbor if they have a child who will be coming to Paris Elementary School in the fall. All children must register with their hometown school, even if you plan to have them attend another school in the district.

If your child is currently a Pre K student, they will be put on our list and will not need to go through the registration process. Please make sure to keep us informed if your mailing address or phone number changes.

REMINDER.....Please Update Your Contact Information

Teachers have been reaching out to families, but have had some difficulty reaching a few people. If you have not heard from the school via email, phone or through the School Messenger app within the last week, please contact us to provide the best phone number and email address that we can reach you at.

Teachers are using various communication apps and email to stay in contact with you. It is important you are checking these apps and your email for information from your child's teacher. and the school. We are working hard to keep all students engaged in some type of learning tasks during our school closure. If there is a better way for a teacher to contact you, be sure to let them know so you don't miss out on important information and updates.

Please contact us at 743-7802 to update your information so you will receive news from PES and the school district.

You can also reach out to the secretaries through email at:

Until further notice our secretaries will be answering phones Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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