Updates for our CPS Community for the week of 11/14
Upcoming Important Dates
Parent Teacher Conference Window
November 1 - 15
Chewonki Owls presentation to Kindergarten
Picture ReTake Day
11/23 - 11/25
Thanksgiving Holiday Break
5:15-6:15 Prime Time Family Game Night! (Please register above)
6:30 Slam Poetry Performance by MMS at MHS Performing Arts Center
Early Release - Teacher In-Service
Dental Hygiene Clinic @ CPS
5:30-6:30 Holiday Concert Grades 3 & 4, additional details to follow
Winter Weather Has Arrived...
With the arrival of winter weather and colder temperatures, it seems like a good time to remind parents and students about a few issues that may arise:
No School Announcements: If winter weather causes cancellation of our school day, announcements will be made over local radio and television stations and on our website www.rsu18.org. You may also choose to “opt in” to receive text message alerts on your mobile device by texting YES to 68453 from your mobile device.
Delayed Start: If school should be delayed by 1 hour we will still serve breakfast at school. If there is a 2 hour delay, we will not serve breakfast, but if any students need to be fed, teachers can contact the kitchen and they will find something for those children to eat.
Unexpected Early Dismissals: If it becomes necessary to close school early on any day, announcements will be made over local radio and television stations and on our website www.rsu18.org, and an automated call will go out to all families. Please make prior arrangements with your child(ren) about procedures for house keys, sitters, and similar concerns. It is much less stressful for your child and our staff if you have:
- Talked with your child beforehand and he/she knows what to expect, and
- Informed us ahead of time about your unexpected early release instructions.
On days such as these, our phone lines are often jammed with many incoming calls, and it may be difficult getting a message through to us. Please help us be prepared well ahead of time - make sure your child knows what will happen, and that we have your instructions on file and ready to go. Call our office @ 445-1550 with any questions.
Outdoor Recess: Recess is a time for children to play and socialize outside in good weather. Parents are asked to not send notes requesting that their child stay inside unless there are very unusual circumstances or a doctor’s note. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for outside play - warm coats, hats/hoods, mittens, ski pants, and boots are necessary for your child to enjoy their time on the playground. Students without ski pants and boots must remain on the paved portion of the playground when the field is wet and/or snow-covered. On days of extreme cold (temps below 10 degrees, factoring in the windchill) or rainy days, students remain in their classrooms during recess.
Please note the following guidelines to help with proper clothing choices for children going outside to play:
Less than 25 degrees - winter jacket
25 to 44 degrees - light to medium coat
45 to 60 degrees - fleece or sweatshirt
More than 60 degrees - short sleeves
Health Concerns: You can help your family stay healthy this winter by encouraging your child(ren) to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom, and after sneezing or blowing their nose. Your child should not attend school if he/she exhibits one or more of the following symptoms: diarrhea, fever, flu, bacterial or viral infections (including conjunctivitis, impetigo, and strep throat), rash, or vomiting. Children with these symptoms cannot comfortably participate in program activities, and they unnecessarily expose others to their illnesses. If you have any questions whether your child(ren) should attend school, please give our school nurse a call. By using these few guidelines, we can all stay a little healthier.
Student Absences: If your child is absent from school, please call the school office by 9:00 AM on that day to explain the reason for the absence, or send in a written excuse note upon his/her return to school. If we do not hear from you by 9:30 AM, you will receive an automated call reminding you to contact the school office with the reason for your child’s absence.
From the Nurses Office...
As a requirement of the state, all Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd graders will have vision and hearing checked. Screenings will take place over the next couple of weeks, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this feel free to give me a call or send me an email.
We are at the point in the year where the weather is cold and soon will be snowy. Please help your child remember to bring the appropriate gear for playing outside including, boots ( and sneakers for inside especially on PE days), jacket, ski pants, hats and mittens/gloves. If you need assistance obtaining any of these items please reach out to the school and we will help attain the necessary items for your child.
In talking about winter hats, we encourage you to talk with your kids about the importance of not sharing hats with friends. This is always a time of year when lice makes an appearance and sharing hats is one of the easiest ways for them to spread to others. Periodic checks of your child’s head is the best way to identify any problems early and treat quickly.
Please review the health manual accessible via our school’s website for the full policy on when to stay home and when it is appropriate to return to school. A few key points are fevers, diarrhea and vomiting. Your child must be free of both without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
We are also seeing students that are in need of a change of clothes for various reasons, so it would be helpful if they keep a seasonally appropriate change of clothes including socks in their backpacks daily.
Thank you and have a great week,
Amanda Saucier RN PHONE:445-1526 EMAIL: asaucier@RSU18.org
CMS 8th Grade Heritage Tour Fundraising
“The China Middle School 8th grade Heritage Tour students have already been working hard to raise money for the American Heritage Tour. It’s a week-long trip where Students and Chaperones explore historical sites throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Virginia, and Boston.
We have planned to do a festival of stockings virtually and also at the Erskine Craft Fair on December 3rd. We will draw winning tickets on December 17th for each stocking.
We are asking for any donations that may, or may not, fit in a Christmas stocking along with a total value of the items donated. This is our first year of doing this and we are hoping for a very successful outcome thanks to Sponsors like you!
We would like to have all donations by November 29, 2022. Please contact Alyssa Michaud at 207-692-8813 or Steph Peaslee at 207-557-5667 to arrange pick up for your donation.”
China Recreational Sports Important News:
It's time for Basketball registration again! If you have a child in grades Pre-K through 6th grade that is interested in playing basketball this year, please complete the form at the link listed below:
New this year: Once you complete registration and click 'Next' you will be given a hyperlink to make payment. This is specific to your registration only and it gives you the option to pay via debit/credit card or PayPal. Once paid, your registration is complete and your player will be rostered on a team.
Late Registration deadline - 11/25/2022 (include the $5 late fee on any registration after 11/14/2022).
Coaches Elections - 11/16/2022 at 6:30pm in the CMS Library
If you have any questions please reach out at email@example.com
Secretary - Soccer & Basketball
China Recreational Sports
Waterville Creates! Youth Arts Access Fund
Families can reserve a free student ticket to see The Sound of Music by calling the Opera House at 207-873-7000.
Welcome to our new PE teacher, Mr. Simmons!
We, in RSU 18, are always looking for excellent substitute teachers and education technicians. Please reach out if you have interest or questions about this. You can see our current openings by visiting https://www.applitrack.com/rsu18/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp