News From Paris Elementary School

November 10, 2020

Welcome to November

Dear PES Families and Friends,

We have made it through the first two months of school by practicing social distancing, wearing masks and encouraging proper hand hygiene. We are thankful to all who have kept children home when they were not feeling well. We do understand how hard this can be for families who need to work. However, it is more important than ever that students stay home when they are ill or have any COVID-like symptoms to ensure we can remain open and provide in-person instruction.

Please feel free to contact our school nurse, Vickey Knight, if you have any questions related to whether or not you should be sending your child to school or keeping them home. Please be kind to our nurse who is doing her best to ensure we are all following the Maine CDC guidance regarding this.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions. We value your input!


Lori Pacholski

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, November 11th
  • Veterans Day-No school for students PreK-12

Wednesday-Friday, November 25th-27th

  • Thanksgiving Break-No school for students PreK-12

Friday, December 4th

  • End of first trimester Prek-Grade 6

Wednesday, December 23rd

  • Report Cards sent home
  • Early Release Day

December 24-January 1

  • Winter Break-No school for students PreK-12

Please be sure to click on the link in the letter below if you need to change your child's learning option

Letter From the Superintendent

To: Parents and Students

From: Superintendent Rick Colpitts

Date: November 3, 2020

RE: Placement of Students

Dear Parents,

The end of the first quarter and trimester is fast approaching. We recognize that the learning experiences your child may have engaged in since the pandemic began are very different from what existed in prior years but hope that the experience you chose for your child is working well.

The district will assume the learning experience your child is currently having is what you choose for your child going forward unless we hear otherwise.

If parents want to change their child from his/her current learning experience to a different learning option there is a process below that outlines how changes will be made, and a deadline.

The district’s overall position on distanced learning is that whenever in-person learning is permissive and possible, it is the preferred method of learning.

The following additional guidelines will be used when making decisions about placement:

Class sizes will be kept within our ‘normal’ range and meet required distancing. A change of location may be needed to create enough classroom space. New registrants may be required to attend a neighboring school that has more capacity. As a last resort, some classes may need to move to an AM/PM schedule.

Students whose parents selected the remote learning option are required to meet the expectations outlined below. The principal will change a remote learning student to in-person learning if the student (and families) have not met these expectations when participating in remote learning:

  1. attend daily classes online

  2. complete and submit assignments

  3. participate in all individual conference sessions

  4. meet academic growth expectations

  5. have reliable internet access (packets will not be provided)

We are hopeful that the learning environment that you have chosen is working well for your child to be successful. However, if you feel a change is needed, this is the process for requesting a change in placement:

  • Complete a Change Request form at this link or contact your school secretary to have a form sent to you.

  • Complete the form by Saturday, November 14th

  • Principals will make the placement decision after reviewing the parent request form and speaking with the parents. This is consistent with current Board policy JGAB-Assignment of Students to Classes.

Cold Weather and Warm Clothing

While I know it is hard to think about the cold days ahead, they are coming. Students do continue to go outside for recess and will also be taking mask breaks outdoors. Please be sure to send your child with a warm jacket, hats, and mittens/gloves for the chilly days ahead. They will also need to have snow pants and boots for snowy weather.

Students in fifth and sixth grade often choose not to wear a jacket when outside despite the lower temps. Teachers will send home a form for parents to sign indicating whether or not your child has permission to remove their jacket when at recess if the temperature is above 20 degrees. If you want to allow your child to be without a jacket, you will need to sign and return this form. Otherwise, we will expect your child to keep their jacket on while outside.


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Mt. Abram Scholarships

The Mt. Abram Ski Club is currently offering scholarships for Western Maine youth to provide them the opportunity to get outside and on the mountain this winter. Below is a link to download the flyer and application form.

If you have questions or comments email or call 650-3443.

Symptom Screening Before Coming to School

Students (parents/caregivers) and school staff must conduct self-checks for symptoms prior to boarding buses or entering school buildings each day.

We recognize the strain it puts on families when children need to stay home from school. However, we must follow the district and CDC guidelines regarding illnesses which does mean students and staff cannot come to school if they have at least one of the most common COVID-19 symptoms which are:

  1. Cough
  2. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  3. Fever of 100.4 or greater
  4. Chills
  5. Sore throat
  6. New loss of taste or smell

Students and staff must also stay home if they have two or more of the less common symptoms such as:

  1. Muscle pain
  2. Nausea or vomiting
  3. Stomach pain
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Fatigue
  6. Headache
  7. Congestion/runny nose

If you answer 'yes' to any of the 4 questions on the Pre-Screening Tool below, please keep your child home and call your Primary Care Provider for guidance. Any person showing symptoms must report their symptoms to the school and must not be present at school. Please call the the school nurse, Victoria Knight, if you have any questions. Please be kind to our school nurse who is simply following protocols when she needs to call home.

Please be available by phone and make arrangements for your child to be picked up from school as soon as possible when they are ill.

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Visitors to the Building

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines, we will not be able to allow visitors into our school this year. This includes the parents and guardians of our students. In an effort to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all, only staff and students will be allowed to enter the school building.

Please know that this is a safety precaution and we will miss seeing our parents, volunteers, and guests inside the building this year. We hope we can invite you back into the building soon!