This Penobscot Pumpkin was planted by Ms. Lolar's class in June, in their Three Sisters of Indigenous America Garden. Mrs. Keane's class picked the pumpkin to be entered into a contest at the Common Ground Country Fair by our volunteer garden coordinator, Christina Lannan. They received first place! The Three Sisters crops that Ms. Lolar's class planted were Penobscot Pumpkin, Norridgewock Beans, and Abenaki Rose Corn.
Third graders explored kinetic drawing in the Art Studio today.
This Friday, September 23rd is our first RSU #34 PreK to 12 Spirit Day! Dress in your RSU #34, school, coyote, or green and white gear to celebrate our schools and community! Participants are encouraged to donate $1 to the RSU #34 Children's Fund, but this is not required.
We are excited to add Spanish lessons to our K-2 curriculum year. We are also weaving in Spanish to other parts of our school. For example, we started a school wide Spanish Word of the Week. This week’s word? La manzana! 🍎
We had a beautiful morning for our first walk to school! Join us at 7:05am at Perkins Avenue Park on the following Fridays: September 23, October 14 and 28, November 10 (a Thursday with no school Friday) and 18, and December 2. RSVP in the events section of our Facebook page for automatic reminders.
September 17th is Constitution Day. Here are two examples of activities from first grade and fifth grade which teach about this day in developmentally appropriate ways. First grade read a mini book about Constitution Day and wrote their own law. Fifth grade learned about the Constitution and created their own classroom versions.
Today was Dot Day, a day celebrating encouraging students to find their own creativity! Classes listened to Peter Reynolds' book The Dot and created their own dots. https://www.internationaldotday.org/
Yesterday, we had Jim and Jerry from David French Music visit OTES to demonstrate band instruments. Our 4th, and some new 5th, graders laughed a lot and and were very enthusiastic about starting band this year!
Our fifth graders are choosing happy in PE!
Lost and found already! Have your student check in with their teacher and ask to go pick up an item if needed! These tables are located in the main hallway.
Thank you to the Old Town VFW for this donation of school supplies. They will be put to good use!
First Parent Teacher Club (PTC) Meeting this Wednesday, September 14th at 6pm in the OTES Library We have such great families here at OTES and when they partner with our teachers, amazing things happen! Please plan to join our group, by yourself or with a friend, on Wednesday, September 14th at 6pm in the OTES Library. At each month’s meeting, we will discuss a program or aspect of our school, upcoming events, and opportunities for involvement- all voluntary! Meetings will be a mix of in-person and Zoom throughout the year. This is a great way to get to know our school and other families!
Mrs. Sullivan’s and Mrs. Gilbert’s classes took time this week to learn about September 11th and the heroes around them.
What an amazing first week! We smiled for first day pictures, caught frogs, learned about Maine potato harvesting, played games with friends, explored the outdoor classroom, and chose to be happy! Don’t forget to check your email or the news section of this website for our weekly family update and have a great weekend!
We are excited about the school year and all the possibilities. Many things go into starting up the school year. We wanted to make sure parents are aware of the first day kinks we are all still trying to work out and need your cooperation with: 😊 Make sure you are returning your paperwork from Open House, especially the Free and Reduced Lunch form (even if you do not qualify, please return with your child's name and NA across the form) 😊 End of the day plans for your child should be given to the teacher. 😊 Prepare for the bus schedule to be running late, the bus drivers are learning all the new routes and students, so be pleasant and patient with them.
You know it is getting real when the lunch menu comes out! Here are our meals planned for September 2022.
We have many community partners in RSU 34 supporting our students and schools. Each year we get a phone call from the residents at the OT Riverhouse asking to help with school supplies. They never cease to amaze us with their generosity and support. Thank you to all the community partners that make RSU 34 a great place for students.
Over the next few days we will be introducing some new staff at OTES. This person is familiar to us all, but she is in a new role. We are thrilled to have Mrs. Tiffany Palmer as our new art teacher!
Open House Schedules for OTES
Correction to Letters sent out to 1st Graders: Open House will be AUGUST 31st from 4:30 to 6:00 pm NOT September 1st!!! Sorry for the miscommunication