The school board meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 included a presentation by the RSU34 administrative team on a reopening plan for this fall. The video of the board meeting and chat file can be found here: https://www.rsu34.org/article/272060?org=rsu-34
Maine Department of Education continues to work with educators and health experts from across the State to develop health markers and corresponding plans to ensure the safe return to classroom instruction. As this work develops, the Department is seeking input from additional stakeholders from across the State, and is releasing a survey on July 6. On June 11, 2020 the Department of Education released the first draft of a framework to assist school administrative units (SAUs) in developing their plans and determining their capacity to meet the national CDC guidelines for safely returning to classroom instruction. This draft framework will continue to evolve and will be developed based on science and community health markers. The framework was created with input from a diverse group of stakeholders, and included education and health experts, students, parents, education advocates and leaders. We have worked with a research organization to develop a survey through which educators and support professionals, education leaders, and families of students can provide comment and share their opinions on the 2020-2021 school year and possible models and needs for a safe return to classroom instruction. Four different surveys have been created, specific to the role of the person completing the survey, including: 1. Teachers and educational technicians; 2: School or SAU leadership; 3: Specialists and student support staff or 4. Family member. The surveys will be available at https://www.maine.gov/doe/fall2020survey beginning July 6 through July 12. The Family Survey is available in 11 languages. The data and feedback will be compiled by the research group and considered by the team who will continue to revise the framework over the next month. While these surveys will provide a snapshot at the state and county level, many superintendents have asked for and are reviewing their own community-specific information, which will inform the work of their Collaborative Planning Team in developing instructional plans that will be responsive to risk levels. Your participation in these surveys is greatly appreciated in preparation for the next school year. Our fervent hope is that our continued trends in the battle against COVID-19 here in Maine will allow our schools to resume classroom instruction for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, as our schools serve as a stabilizing force for our communities, students, families and the economy. Yet, it is prudent at this time to both hope for the best, and prepare for many possible scenarios.
Today's Drive Thru Celebration is still on! Please bring any library books and school materials that need to be returned. Students will get out one at a time to have a picture with the teacher, receive certificates and yearbooks, a popcorn and the ice cream. Back in the car and on to the next child! We plan to keep things moving so the line goes quickly. Can't wait to see you all!
Good morning! We are nearing the end of the 2019-20 school year and it has been a challenging one for all of us! Over the summer, we will be making preparations to be ready for whatever scenario we are faced with when it is time for school to resume. As we make these preparations, it would be very helpful to have feedback from parents and guardians as to how things really were on your end of the remote learning. Being well informed will help us tremendously. This is a link to a survey that is specific to Alton Elementary School. https://forms.gle/zeb6Fh3BUJAMbR228 Your feedback is important to us as we begin this important planning! Thank you in advance for taking the time to let us know about your family's school experience this spring.
Alton Elementary Drive Thru celebration
Parents & families of RSU #34 kids, we seek your input/feedback! Our families and educators have done amazing things with kids on an emergency basis this spring. Please let us know the strengths and challenges on this anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/hdJ4X7RseMUhHjdp9 Please do the survey by June 3rd. Thanks!
The parade route will be leaving the school at 10:30 and proceeding as follows: Start at school and go left on Argyle Rd. to Southgate Road. Turn right and follow Southgate Rd out to Bennoch Rd. Turn left and follow Bennoch Rd out to Rte 43 Turn right and follow Rte 43 out to Tannery road and turn around at Gerry Lane. After turning around, return back to Bennoch Rd. Follow Bennoch Rd out to LaGrange and turn around at church. Return to school.
There will be an AES staff parade through Alton on Thursday, May 28 from 10:30 til noon or so in appreciation of our students and parents! It is a beach theme so join the fun! The route will be posted on Facebook and the school website (RSU34.org - choose Alton Elementary).
Another Thursday bus run will be rolling this morning. Please request the grade level packet your child(ren) need along with the food. Kindergarten students should be getting three things from Mrs. Wilcox today. There will also be packets for pre-k students on the Alton buses. The packets for Old Town pre-k students will be dropped off. I'm missing all of you! Be well!
Books are special! They can take you on adventures to new places. They can help you learn more about something new to you! Making books more readily available to kids is the purpose of little community libraries and Alton now has one! Scott Wilcox built a little library so the children in Alton will be able to access books and keep reading through this pandemic and beyond! It is located right in front of Alton Grocery on Route 16. Stop in and browse for a book to take home. It is fine to leave a book to share if you want to! Thank you Chief Wilcox!!
Happy Thursday! The lunch buses will be around again today with another week's worth of lunches and breakfasts. Since next week is April break, the next delivery will be on April 29th. The buses will have paper copies of an optional Bingo Board for next week with the work packet for April 27-May 1. Please ask for the grade(s) you need. We will have copies in the bin in front of the school as usual!
Today is the first day of providing a week of breakfast and lunch for each student. From now on, the busses will run only on Thursdays and will drop a box of food for each child with items for a week. We will be making the process safer for all those who are involved in prepping and delivering lunches. More time at home and less contact with others for these staff members and bus drivers who are doing so much for our community!
There will also be copies of next week's lessons available for each grade in the bin at the front doors to the school in case you don't catch the bus!
The lunch busses will have hard copies of next weeks lessons on board today for pre-k to grade 4 so please ask for the grade your child needs! Third and fourth grade students will also be able to get their handwriting and spelling books from the buses today.
There will be a hard copy of next week's work for students in grades K-5 on the lunch buses tomorrow. Those may also be printed from the web site. Please reach out if you have any questions going forward!
On Thursday we had overwhelming success delivering school packets to our students. Thank you so much for meeting the bus or picking materials up. It will take a team effort to get through this and we are off to a great start! Please call the school or email any of your contacts at Alton Elementary if you need anything. We will do our best to help! Thank you again for your help!
Tomorrow, when the buses make their rounds to deliver meals, there will be packets of new materials on board for students from their teachers. The buses are generally in Alton between 10:40 and 11:30. If you have not been able to connect with the bus, please call the school to help us work that out. If you are not able to meet the bus, we will be in touch to make a plan B. (Our Old Town pre-k students will have materials delivered as Ms Lee's has indicated.)
Short run lunch bus just turned at the Church and headed back up Bennoch Rd.
Short run lunch bus is headed back up Argyle Rd, past the school to head further out Bennoch Rd at 11:00.
Alton short run bus is at the Bennoch/Gilman Falls intersection at 10:33