We want to share a huge thank you with the community members, staff, and students who made our past two events great! Our Online Auction raised over $5,000 for our OTES PTC. This event was chaired by our own kindergarten teacher and RSU #34 parent, April Smith. Our Holiday Bazaar was a busy and cheerful event that also brought in funds for the OTES PTC as well as many local vendors and groups. This event was co-chaired by our own art teacher and RSU #34 parent, Tiffany Palmer and OTES parent, Lisa Carter. These events could not happen without our entire volunteer crew and our supportive community. Thank you!
about 10 hours ago, Maggie Mitchell
Thank you for your support, brightly colored, with small flower shapes
It was a beautiful, but chilly final fall walk to school today. Mr. Cyr and his daughter joined us and we cheered on the UMaine ROTC cadets during their 8 mile, heavy pack carrying journey. We love winter, but are already looking forward to Spring walks to school. Thanks to all who joined us this fall!
3 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
students and families walking to school on a tar path in the woods
students and staff walking on a tar path in the woods
students and staff walking on a tar path in the woods
students and staff walking on a trail in the woods along a ridge
Our Holiday Bazaar is tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd from 9am-2pm. This is a great event for the whole family. Come shop local, visit the children's craft area and have a snack, lunch or a warm drink at the concessions stand!
3 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
OTES Holiday Bazaar flier with gold background with white and brown holiday decorations
Our Online Auction ends at 8pm sharp tonight, Friday, December 2nd. Get those bids in to win your favorite item. Pickups are available during the Holiday Bazaar tomorrow, Saturday, December 3rd from 9am-12pm (Bazaar goes until 2pm). Thank you for supporting OTES! https://www.32auctions.com/OTESOnlineauction2022
3 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Old Town Elementary School 9th Annual Online Auction with line of evergreen trees underneath
Our OTES kitchen crew kicked off December with some very festive gear! We are so thankful to these ladies for feeding our school and making the cafeteria a fun place where students feel cared for, along with having their bellies filled!
4 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
six kitchen staff holding kitchen tools and wearing antlers and holiday decorations
Tomorrow, Friday, December 2, 2022 is our OTES Day of Welcome. Students are encouraged to wear their community color or OTES gear (community lists are below). It is also our final Walk to School of the fall. Join us at Perkins Avenue Park by 7:05am. Students can be dropped off to walk with staff or families may join us. Bundle up and enjoy a beautiful walk along the bike path! Green Community- McCrea, Smith, Brichacek, Everett, Beaton, O'Brien Blue Community- Talon, Henry, K-S, Lyons, Ouellette, Jimenez, Keane Red Community- Gilbert, White, Dexter, Rand, Feero, Miller Yellow Community- Doty, Larrabee, DeFroscia, Sullivan, Boucher, St. Peter
5 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
December 2nd  on a red , black and white calendar
Here is the OTES December lunch menu!
5 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
OTES December lunch menu
Post 2 of 2: Our lost and found is overflowing and we need the space for this weekend’s Holiday Bazaar! Please remind your student to check it or reach out to your student’s teacher directly if you see something that belongs to your family. We will be bagging up the items on Friday and donating some at the start of next week.
6 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
lost and found table covered with items
Post 1 of 2: Our lost and found is overflowing and we need the space for this weekend’s Holiday Bazaar! Please remind your student to check it or reach out to your student’s teacher directly if you see something that belongs to your family. We will be bagging up the items on Friday and donating some at the start of next week.
6 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
lost and found table covered with items
lost and found table covered with items
lost and found table covered with items
lost and found table covered with items
The RSU #34 Resource Center, located at OTES, is open tomorrow, Thursday, December 1st from 2:30-4:00pm. The RSU #34 Resource Center is open to all district families in need of food or basic household supplies. The Center is located at OTES and is open on the first and third Thursday of each month from 2:30-4:00pm. If you have questions or an emergency food insecurity outside these dates, please contact our School Community Coordinator Jenn Goodwin at 207-370-8564 or jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org. RSVP to our Facebook event for automatic reminders.
6 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Now Open! RSU #34 Resource Center: Something for Everyone with two hands and heart logo
Our Sparkle and Shine garden lights display is back this year! Check out the work days and Bright Nights event schedule below. We would love some volunteers to help us bring the holiday cheer starting this Sunday, December 4th from 11am-2pm!
6 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Sparkle and Shine Bright Nights flyer
Sparkle and Shine Work Days flyer
Day of Welcome will finally be here this Friday (postponed from November). Day of Welcome is sponsored by the state of Maine Civil Rights Team Project and our very own OTES Civil Rights Team. Our mission is to make sure everyone feels safe, welcome and respected. On Friday, December 2nd the CRT students are asking everyone to wear their community colors and classrooms are decorating welcome signs and mats. The CRT students have been sharing books with the younger grades this week that promote inclusion and diversity.
6 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Two students reading  "All Are Welcome" to students sitting on a rug out of the frame
Two students reading  "All Are Welcome" to students sitting on a rug out of the frame
Two students reading  "All Are Welcome" to students sitting on a rug out of the frame
Three students reading  "All Are Welcome" to students sitting on a rug out of the frame
Join us virtually for our annual OTES Online Auction. This annual event benefits our PTC and therefore our students. There are many items up for auction including products and services from local vendors and businesses, handmade crafts, rock star parking spaces, reserved concert seating, lunch with Dr. Tuell and Mrs. Mitchell, lots of gift certificates, tickets to local entertainment, the always popular classroom art, and many more items to complete your holiday shopping. There is something for everyone so bid fast and bid often! The auction will start on Monday 11/28/22 at 5:00 am and end promptly on Friday 12/2/22 at 8:00 pm. Items won can be claimed and paid for at our OTES Holiday Bazaar on Saturday 12/3/22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Auction link -- https://www.32auctions.com/OTESOnlineauction2022
8 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
old Town Elementary 9th Annual Online Auction with line of pine trees under headline
A reminder to complete your Thanksgiving Break Challenge and email a picture of your student with their completed puzzle or activity to michelle.reesman@rsu34.org. We hope you had fun while practicing your patience and perseverance!
9 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Thanksgiving Break Challenge description
Thanksgiving Challenge activities list
Did you watch the parade this morning? Well, here is the OTES version! Ms. St. Peter’s 5th grade class made balloons like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and recorded their creations in front of the green screen. Mrs. Reesman put it together in imovie and added the parade theme. https://drive.google.com/file/d/10VN__epxLkp0OdukXZbtMW5-yS2SV7FE/view?usp=sharing Mrs. Reesman also recorded her Balloons Over Broadway read aloud as well: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SSxS5f0q4zpNG3IGAFSzXG0_FZ4V9ER5/view?usp=sharing Happy Thanksgiving!
12 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Happy Thanksgiving from OTES! Each year, we challenge our kindergarteners, along with their families, to disguise turkeys. We think these birds will make it through the holiday safely!
12 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Kindergartener with turkey picture disguised as a gumball machine
Kindergartener with turkey picture disguised as Spiderman
Kindergartener with turkey picture disguised as Sonic the Hedgehog
Kindergartener with turkey picture disguised as a Boston Bruin
Thanksgiving is our first extended break of the year and that means a new break challenge! As you can see, students are very excited to take on this challenge of patience and perseverance. Listen to the read aloud from Mrs. Reesman. The link can be found on library website, Facebook post, or long link included below. Then, try some of the activities included in the second image over break! Practice playing the game or activity until it is complete. Don’t give up! Take a photo of your finished project or of you playing the game and email it to michelle.reesman@rsu34.org. The Title 1 Family Engagement Funds have provided a puzzle for each student to keep and attempt to complete over break together with their family. Send a photo of you and the completed puzzle for your chance to win your very own copy of “The Little Butterfly That Could,” or various other prizes! The Little Butterfly That Could By Ross Burach https://drive.google.com/file/d/1gtdyjE8WqyBCZ7MWlY3eWK9E5omo9dE5/view?usp=sharing Check out a National Geographic children’s video on real-life butterfly migration! https://video.link/w/4zUAd
15 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Students excitedly showing off their Thanksgiving challenge sheets and puzzles
Thanksgiving Break Challenge description
Thanksgiving Challenge activities list
Positive messages were seen all over and we collected lots of non-perishable food donations for the Fill the Bus campaign. What a great RSU#34 Spirit Day!
15 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
fourth graders wearing shirts with positive messages
first graders and staff members wearing shirts with positive messages
second graders wearing shirts with positive messages
two staff members wearing Choose Kindness and Always Thankful shirts
We have a busy two days! Today, Thursday, November 17th our Resource Center is open from 2:30-4:00pm. Tonight, from 5:00-6:30pm is our free Literacy Night family event. No need to RSVP, just come ready for some fun! Join us tomorrow, Friday, November 18th by 7:05am at Perkins Avenue Park to Walk to School. Also, remember it is an RSU #34 districtwide spirit day. Wear a shirt with a thankful or positive message and bring a non-perishable food donation for our Fill the Bus campaign!
19 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Yellow street signs saying TODAY and TOMORROW
First snow smiles at OTES today!
20 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
students celebrating the first snow outside
students celebrating the first snow on the playground structure
Students sitting at their desks with snow falling outside the windows