James H. Bean School

Week of May 18, 2020 Parent Newsletter

Thoughts from Mrs. St. Peter

Dear Bean School Families,

As the 2019-2020 school year winds down, I have begun to reflect upon the events of the last few months. The school year certainly is not ending the way we thought it would back in August. To say that these events have been surreal would be an understatement. Not once in my wildest dreams did I ever think that as a result of a global pandemic, our school buildings would close forcing educators and students to teach and learn remotely. As horrific and life changing as this has been for many of us, we did learn a lot and accomplished more than we thought possible. There was so much collaboration, positivity and creative thinking going on in RSU 18! Rather than dwelling upon the toll these experiences have taken on us, I choose and encourage you to join me in forging ahead and focusing on tapping into our and our children's propensity to be resilient.

As I say this, I know that this is certainly easier said than done. Resilience isn't just the ability to bounce back, but it is also the wherewithal to bounce forward. Having experienced these hardships, we will be stronger and better prepared to respond to future adversity thrown our way. As my son, Cole, recently reminded me, "Life is about mindset." I could not agree with him more. The key to being resilient is directly connected to our mindset, how we think about the challenges we are facing. We would all agree that daunting challenges lie ahead of us. Recognizing this is the first step toward preparing for these situations that may rear their ugly heads again sometime in the fall. RSU 18 is ready to use our current reality to help us prepare and tackle what may lie ahead.

In closing, I want to sincerely express my gratitude to all of our JHB families for the roles you stepped into and actions that you took to maintain your children's learning at home. I can never express our sincere thanks enough for your partnerships and support of your child's educational experiences. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your continued commitment to your child's learning. Parents...you are the real heroes!

Stay safe and healthy,



Beginning the week of May 18, JHB office hours will be 8:00AM-4:00PM, Monday-Friday.

Educational Resources

We will continue to offer new educational resources for your child through the week of June 1. These resources can be found on the district's website at www.rsu18.org. Additionally, if you would like the office to print a packet of resources for your child, please do not hesitate to call us at 547-3395 to schedule a pick-up time. The next week's resources are available to parents for download by Friday night, for those who want to get organized for the upcoming week. We urge all of our students to continue to sharpen their skills through the week of June 1. JHB staff will continue to reach out to students to provide academic support. June 5 will be the last day of school for our Dragons!
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Lost and Found

We still have a few items in the lost and found at school. There is winter outerwear, sweatshirts and a couple of lunchboxes still here. On your next visit to JHB, please take a moment to look through the items for anything that might belong to your child. Whatever items are still here on JUNE 19th will be donated. We will send out an all call to remind you of this date.

Student Belongings Pick-Up

All parents will be scheduled to drive-thru JHB on Monday, June 1 or Tuesday, June 2 to pick-up their child's belongings and end of the year materials. These are classroom belongings and materials that your child would typically bring home at the end of the year. I will be sending out a schedule and protocol to be followed closer to the drive-thru dates.

WANTED: JHB Library Books

Due to the abrupt closing of the school buildings, there are many JHB library books still checked out to students. Mrs. Dugal has sent a list of overdue books to classroom teachers, and they will be reminding students about the books. Please make every effort to return all library books before the end of the school year, so that the library staff is able to prepare for next year. There is a library book box in the packet pick-up area of the school for your convenience. Additionally, when you drive-thru to pick up your child's belongings, if you have any Bean library books to return to the school, you could have those ready to go in your trunk in a labeled bag for a JHB employee to collect when placing your child's belongings into your trunk. Thank you for your help with this.
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Fifth Grade Recognition Parade

James H. Bean will host a recognition parade for our fifth graders and their families on Wednesday, June 10 beginning at 6:00PM. Please pencil this date and time into your calendars, as the teachers and I would really love to have one last opportunity to see our students before they head off to Messalonskee Middle School in the fall. More information regarding this event will be sent out soon.