Dr. Jon Doty
Required parent form for RSU #34 students - Fall 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians of RSU #34 Children, Our district has put together a form through which parents/guardians will inform the schools of their family’s plans and needs for the upcoming start to the school year. Please submit one form per RSU #34 student in order for us to coordinate family plans PreK-12. We estimate this form will take no more than 5 minutes per student to complete. Please submit this form as soon as possible and no later than Friday, July 31st. You can watch the presentation of our planning to the School Board here: https://www.rsu34.org/article/272060?org=rsu-34 RSU #34 anticipates needing to move flexibly between three “lanes” in 2020-2021, depending on things such as community transmission rates of the novel coronavirus and the rates of student and staff illnesses with symptoms similar to COVID-19. These lanes are: fully remote learning, a combination of in-person and remote learning, and in-person learning five days per week. Families that wish to participate remotely all year long may do so. More details and background about the district’s plan can be found here (tinyurl.com/y9o23gmk). Here is the link to the form: https://forms.gle/qzbHRsjgZQuNAkuNA Any questions should be directed to the building principal of your student. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We thank you for your hard work, patience, and community spirit supporting our children throughout the pandemic. Sincerely, RSU #34 Planning Team
23 days ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Cheryl Leonard
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
24 days ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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.
about 1 month ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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!
about 1 month ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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.
2 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Alton Elementary Drive Thru celebration
2 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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!
2 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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.
2 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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).
2 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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!
3 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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!!
3 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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!
4 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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!
4 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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!
4 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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.
4 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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!
4 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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!
4 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
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.)
5 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Short run lunch bus just turned at the Church and headed back up Bennoch Rd.
5 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Short run lunch bus is headed back up Argyle Rd, past the school to head further out Bennoch Rd at 11:00.
5 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Alton short run bus is at the Bennoch/Gilman Falls intersection at 10:33
5 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Alton Elementary School Family update March 20, 2020 Meal Distribution Monday 3/23/20 Meals for children 0-18 will be available for pick up DAILY Monday through Friday (meal distribution for the weekend will be on Friday) by the tent at OTHS from 10am-12pm Daily bus routes will also begin Monday, March 23. Nine buses will depart OTES at 10:30am and navigate their typical routes. Here are a few things to keep in mind: • Please be patient. We do not have a timeline for how long these routes will take, yet. The typical routes will be posted, however the times listed will be the school day times, not food delivery times. • Please be safe. Wait at the stop with younger children and review with older children how to wait by themselves if you feel this is appropriate. • Please keep your distance. Do not approach or enter the bus. Staff members will exit the bus and leave items on the ground to be picked up. Share this information with your children as well. • Please call the school with any questions 394-2331. • Staff distributing materials will be using gloves and hand sanitizer regularly. • See bus routes here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_nxNESG_Y9ExsViikYDfjnel-CvOSKIm/view?usp=sharing As we get this process down, we will be sharing packets from teachers on the bus runs also. Please contact the school with any questions concerns or needs. We are here to help if we are able! Have a safe weekend, and please follow social distancing to slow the spread of this illness and help us get students back to school as soon as possible! We miss our routine with students!
5 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
As we begin this time of school closure and social distancing, here is a link to an incredible list of educational sites for you to explore. Please preview each site before your children begin using them as the caution at the bottom of the pages states. I hope this is helpful as we know children will need to exercise their minds as well as their bodies! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b0a_8B240x25C1bYDgJAJ17KvVYUvkpGsIgtHexUfVA/edit
5 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Menu change Friday: Due to the snow day today, hot lunch on Friday will be chicken and gravy, mashed potato, crackers and a banana.
5 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Ice Skating at Alfond Arena after school tomorrow! Pick up is at 4:30.
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
AES Skating
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
AES skating
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
AES skating
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
AES January skating trip
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
The next Alton Elementary School parent group meeting will be on Monday, February 3rd at 6:00 PM. The big agenda item is planning a family dance for late February or early March. I hope you join me!
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Ice skating!
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Ice skating!
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Ice skating!
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Ice skating!
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
More from Friday's ice skating trip!
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
On Friday, all students were invited to go skating at Alfond Arena after school. Kids did great!
6 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
The state has made money available to districts that qualify as having an economic disadvantaged status. In order to qualify, we have to verify this. A letter will be coming home with your child. We ask you to please sign this and return it to the school. If you qualify for one of the categories, please write your child's name and check the applicable column. This may result in significant funds for our schools and there will be a $100 donation to the school with the highest rate of return of these letters. We would be able to plan an extra fun trip or offering for our students! Please help us have 100% return of these letters! Thank you!
10 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
I have had technical difficulties posting this, so I apologize that it is a late reminder. The first parent meeting of the year will be at the school at 6:00 tonight! I hope to see then!
10 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
The first parent meeting of the year is at the school tonight at 6:00. Hope to see you there!
10 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Lifetouch school picture day will be on October 3rd. More information will be sent home with students soon!
11 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
RSU #34 is always looking for "guest educators" to join our team! We have a number of fantastic educators on our staff who began with us as substitutes, got hooked on kids, realized they could make a difference, and built their careers with us! We're offering two trainings next week, and you can apply on-site at each. Please see the dates, times, and locations in the image!
11 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Brianne Lees will be teaching pre-kindergarten full time in Alton this year. Her assistant from last year's VIola Rand School class, Brianne Moody, will be joining her full-time in Alton as well. They are a terrific teaching duo and the staff is excited to have them both with us all day this year!
12 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Brianne Harper has been hired to be the new 3rd and 4th grade teacher! She has been busy with planning and arranging the classroom for her students. We are excited to have her on staff! The open house will be Thursday, August 29th from 3-5. It will be a good time to reconnect with friends and classmates, see the classrooms and prepare for the new school year!
12 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
New Opportunities for Students, New School Start and End Times, New Bus Routes! The back-to-school issue of Community Connections is off to the printers, and will arrive in mailboxes in about a week! Much thanks to staff and community members who contributed pictures and articles. As we shared in the May issue, this school year will see a big shift in schedule and bus routes to yield new opportunities for students at no extra cost to taxpayers. In total this will yield up to 1,700 extra hours of opportunity to each child over the course of their K-12 journey, and also brings school start/end times to the time recommended by expert groups such as the American Association of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association. The digital issue of Community Connections can be reached here: https://5il.co/9hnk School start and end times are on page 3, and September bus routes are on pages 20-23. Bus routes will be adjusted on October 1st as new enrollments are finalized and as Cyr Bus and RSU #34 identify any unanticipated changes in traffic patterns. Please carefully check your school start and end times, and September bus routes! Thank you in advance for your patience and support as many in the community adjust to the new times and routes. Please don’t hesitate to contact school and district staff with any questions as we roll out the changes and iron out the wrinkles. Contact info can be found at www.rsu34.org
12 months ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Back to School EXPO
about 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
The awards assembly at Alton Elementary School begins at 10:30 tomorrow morning and dismissal for the summer break is at 11:30. (Lunch will not be served before dismissal.)
about 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
AES is having a calendar raffle fundraiser to raise money for a playground equipment upgrade. All of the students are selling these for $10 each or call the school if you would like to purchase one. 394-2331
about 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Second grade also experiments with sound waves
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Second grade experiments with light waves.
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Alton Elementary Second Grade students take a well-deserved afternoon break to take advantage of the last spring snow!!! What better way to deal with spring fever?
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Wacky Hair is always a fun day during Dr. Seuss' birthday week! Just check out our dos!!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Winter Fun!! During the kindergarten and first grade Outdoor Classroom time, we spent some time building snowmen and other snow creatures.
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
One of our science stations was blowing bubbles. We each had our own straw and shared a bucket with a friend. We blew the bubble solution until we made bubble mountains!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
100th day in Kindergarten and First Grade!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
This evening's parent group meeting has had to be postponed due to illnesses for all three of the leaders for the upcoming events. I will get the new meeting date out to you as soon as it is detemined. Watch for a fundraiser to come home with students on Friday!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
AES is planning a calendar raffle. People will buy a copy of the June calendar with a donated item listed on each day. There will be daily drawings for people to win the items. We are in the process now of collecting donations for each of the days in June. If you are in a position to support us, that would be so helpful! There is a copy of the donation request letter in the documents section.
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Mrs. Dykstra came In to read to Ms. Fox's class for the "Read to Me Challenge"!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Mr. Doty read to second grade on the first day of our "Read to Me Challenge"! Have you posted a picture of yourself reading to a child yet? We would like to flood Facebook with pictures of children and adults enjoying books together!!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Mr. Walker read to kindergarten, first and third grades to kick off the "Read to Me Challenge"!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Mrs. Moore, our awesome bus driver, came in to read to the pre-kindergarten class for the "Read to Me Challenge"!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Mrs. Vafiades' mother Donna Lee Ayer came in to read to the second grade for the "Read to Me Challenge"!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Third and fourth grades at AES are raising salmon eggs in a tank in their classroom. They will release them when they hatch later this spring.
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Ms. Leonard read to 3rd and 4th grades about Hank Aaron for the Read to Me Challenge. Post a picture on your Facebook of you reading to a child! Spread the happiness books bring to kids!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
There will not be school in RSU34 schools today, February 13, 2019.
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
David Walker
Superintendent Walker visits kindergarten/first grade.
over 1 year ago, David Walker
Cheryl Leonard
No school today, January 30!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
The kids really rocked learning to skate on Friday! It was a lot of fun and all the adult help was really appreciated!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
There will be an after school ice skating trip to the Alfond Arena on Friday, January 18th from 3:30-4:30. Students will be bussed from the school but will need to be picked up by parents at the ice rink at 4:30. Permission slips have gone home.
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
The Resource Center at OTES will be open tomorrow, Thursday January 3rd, from 2:30-4:00. Please stop by. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Jennifer Goodwin @ 827-2508. Other dates: January 17th February 7th February 14th March 7th March 21st
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
The Resource Center at OTES will be open tomorrow, Thursday January 3rd, from 2:30-4:00. Please stop by. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Jennifer Goodwin @ 827-2508. Other dates: January 17th February 7th February 14th March 7th March 21st
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
There will be no school in RSU34 today. Be safe!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Please call the Alton school (394-2331) to RSVP if you plan to attend the Family Code Night!
over 1 year ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Tuesday will be pajama day for Red Ribbon Week. Look in the events section for the daily themes!
almost 2 years ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
There will be a benefit supper to aid the Dykstra family as they begin to rebuild their home. It will be at the Alton Elementary School on Sunday, November 4th from 4:30 - 6:30. Please watch for more details!
almost 2 years ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
The Yankee Candle fundraiser is due on Oct. 5. The orders will be delivered prior to Thanksgiving and will make wonderful holiday gifts. The school will receive 40% of those sales.
almost 2 years ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
School picture day will be October 12th.
almost 2 years ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
The Yankee Candle fundraiser is going on now! Place orders through any Alton Elementary School student.
almost 2 years ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Breakfast will be available starting at 7:45 AM.
almost 2 years ago, Cheryl Leonard
Cheryl Leonard
Welcome back to school on Tuesday, September 4th! Staff is excited to start a fantastic new school year!
almost 2 years ago, Cheryl Leonard