Bear Bulletin

Maire Newsletter November 12th edition

Dear Maire Families,

With consistent cold weather coming, we are going to be moving lunch indoors. I’m proud of how flexible our students have been, eating outside on warm and cold days for as long as they did. It truly was the safest place to eat, but the frigid temperatures will make eating outside unbearable without a source of heat.

We have adjusted our inside eating space to minimize the amount of close contacts. We will be adding tables and chairs in every available space, including our oldest students possibly using space on the stage, in order to space students apart. With our old plan, if a student tested positive, we could have up to eight students in a six foot radius. With our new plan, we have reduced that number down to two students that would need to quarantine from an exposure. In most locations, it is only the student sitting directly in front and the student directly behind the positive case that will need to quarantine. We have exhausted countless options, but this is the best we can do. With a continued focus on safety, we are planning to have siblings eat together if they have a common lunch (1st/3rd and K/4th). Students in the same household do not need the 6 feet of space from each other, which allows the student population to spread out more. Map of Lunchroom

We will start eating inside next week (November 15th). As always, parents are welcome and encouraged to pick their child up for lunch, just please use this Lunchtime Pick Up Form. Some parents may ask if outside is an option for some students, but logistically it is too difficult to monitor and ensure students are safe. We will no longer allow students to have lunch outside, as we need to move many of the tables inside, and with snow in the winter, the tents will not be easily accessible.


Ryan Francis

proud Principal of Maire

Important Maire dates to remember

11/24-11/28 Thanksgiving Break

11/29 School resumes 9:05 a.m.

11/22 GPPSS BOE Meeting 7:00 p.m. Brownell MS

12/1 Communities United in Diversity Meeting 6:00 p.m. Pierce MS

12/7 PTO Meeting 7:00 p.m. (zoom)

Trick or Trash !

Do you have Halloween candy wrappers at home? We will be participating in a program called Trick or Trash, a candy wrapper recycling program designed to help reduce the waste that accumulates every year around Halloween.

In the United States alone, more than 600 million pounds of candy are purchased each year for Halloween. The vast majority of candy wrappers end up in landfills due to an inability by most curbside recycling programs to recycle them."

The program consists of a simple cardboard collection box where students can deposit candy wrappers they've collected at home or at school lunch!

Please send wrappers in with your students, and there will be a collection box in the secure vestibule.

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Lost and Found News

All lost and found items will be donated at Thanksgiving break. Please make sure you have your student check the tables in the hallway and the lockers, so that you can retrieve your items before they are donated.

Lunch- Heading Inside Starting Monday- Help Needed

Please sign up to help if you are able to help at lunchtime.

We love to have the helping hands!

Thank you!

Lunch volunteer sign up

Leader in Me- Begin With The End of Mind

This month we focus on the habit: Begin with the End in Mind. In order to be successful in reaching our goals, we need to develop those goals and work backwards to find ways to make them happen. Without a clear end goal we are not able to shape the work we want to do along the way. Students are learning to find ways in their life to set goals (inside and outside of school)

Character Trait: Gratitude

November and Thanksgiving are the perfect time to focus on Gratitude. We are extremely fortunate here at Maire...we have great families, great teachers, and great students. Finding ways to show our gratitude (notes, phone calls, small gifts, etc.) helps, but realizing how lucky we are and appreciating things in the moment is a focus this month. Gratitude Newsletter

Leader in Me Story Time Video

We are highlighting some of our Leader In Me Habits that are taught in stories. Watch this great read aloud as a family from one of our new librarians, Mrs. Kozlowski. The Carrot Seed (Habit #1: Be Proactive)

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