Remote Learning Family/Public Update 6/5/20 👍Great Job and One Week Left! The last day of school will be Friday, June 12th. Keep up the great work for one more week! We had 93% of OTES students present for remote learning as of this afternoon. If your student and family have been participating all along, keep it up! If you have had your challenges throughout this time, let’s finish on a good note. This last week offers learning, fun, and an important sense of closure for your student! 🎉Drive Through Celebrations We will be celebrating each grade with a drive through event at OTES sometime next week. Please check in with your student’s teacher for specifics. We will be observing social distancing precautions during this time and ask that you do as well. All of these celebrations are voluntary and a “goodbye” can be arranged with your teacher if you feel uncomfortable attending. 4️⃣EDITED: Monday, June 8th Fourth Grade 3-4pm Yellow Community (Mrs. DeFroscia, Mrs.Thompson and Mrs.Ouellette), 4:15-5:15pm Red Community (Mr. Rand and Mrs. Dexter) 🔷Tuesday, June 9th Kindergarten 4-6pm 5️⃣Wednesday, June 10th 5th grade 11-11:30am Ms.St. Peter, 11:30am-12pm Ms. Madden, 12-12:30pm Mrs. Miller, 12:30-1pm Mrs. LaFrance, 1-1:30pm Mrs.Feero 1️⃣Wednesday, June 10th First Grade 4-6pm 3️⃣Thursday, June 11th Third Grade 2-3pm Red Community (Mrs.Gilbert, Mrs.White and Mrs.Reinzo) 3-4pm Yellow Community (Mrs.Doty and Mrs.Sullivan) 2️⃣Thursday, June 11th Second Grade 4-6pm for Ms. LaBree, Mrs. Vose, Mrs. Sugar and Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Keane has her own celebration scheduled ☎️Teacher End of Year Phone Call Throughout the next week, your student’s teacher will be reaching out with a direct phone call to you. Please take a few minutes to answer or call them back at your convenience. They will be covering a couple important things on their call: 📞Your feedback specific to their class and OTES 📞The summer learning opportunities being offered by our district 📞The status of your district issued laptop (if you have one) 📞Checking in with your student 🗣Reach Out To Your Student’s Teacher About Work Completion Each Friday, we take attendance at OTES for the week. In order for your student to be marked as present for the week, we must have documentation of their work. Also, if at any time your student makes up work at a later date, please contact the teacher! Make up packets from past weeks are available at OTES through June 18th from 8am-2pm.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 6/3/20 🚌 Work Packet and Meal Distribution TOMORROW, Thursday, June 4th! A reminder that required student work packets for next week, June 8th-June 12th, the last week of the school year, will be available by bus TOMORROW, Thursday, June 4th! This will be the only bus distribution of that week's materials. Please go out to your bus stop and ASK for the packets you need. Your other options are to: Access the materials digitally at www.rsu34.org or pick packets up tomorrow 6/4 or Friday 6/5 at OTES, VRS or AES from 8am-2pm, or tomorrow, Thursday 6/4, at the OTHS meal pick up site from 10am-12pm. Packets from past weeks are also available online and at OTES for any work that needs to be made up. 🍎Meal Distribution for June 11th and June 18th On Thursday, June 11th, we will distribute a week’s worth of meals via buses for the final time this spring. Meals will be available Thursday, June 18th at OTHS from 10am-12pm and a summer meal schedule will be shared soon. 🏅Gift Certificate Winners Today we entered all of the OTES students who completed their work last week into an online spinner and found five random winners of gift cards to local businesses. Thank you to the Old Town-Orono Kiwanis as well as the Warren Rand Memorial Fund and Richard May Memorial Fund for sponsoring these gift cards! These gift cards will arrive in the mail soon! We will be holding drawings like this each week, so keep up the good work! This week's winners were: Oliva T. in 3rd grade to IGA Zoe U. in kindergarten to Governor’s Makailyn H. in kindergarten to Governor’s Olivia S. in 2nd grade to OTO Maice S. in 5th grade to Hannaford
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 6/1/20 📚Library Book Return OTES Library books (the books your students checked out from our school library before the physical school closure) can be returned to the vestibule at OTES Monday through Friday 8am to 2pm. We will also be offering a drop off box during any drive through grade level celebrations. ✏️In Case You Forgot… If you have not let your student’s teacher know about their work completion for last week or any previous weeks, please do so as soon as possible so your student can be marked present. This also goes for any make up work your student completes. Let their teacher know and we will update their attendance! ☎️Teacher End of Year Phone Call Throughout the next two weeks, your student’s teacher will be reaching out with a direct phone call to you. Please take a few minutes to answer or call them back at your convenience. They will be covering a couple important things on their call: 📞Your feedback specific to their class and OTES 📞The summer learning opportunities being offered by our district 📞The status of your district issued laptop (if you have one) 📞Checking in with your student 🥞 LAST CALL Anymore family breakfast pictures out there? Please email them to maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/29/20 🎉Great Job and the Countdown is On! Keep up the great work! We had 91% of OTES students present for remote learning as of this afternoon! We have two weeks left in the school year. If your student and family have been participating all along, keep it up! If you have had your challenges throughout this time, let’s finish on a good note. These last two weeks still have a lot of learning and FUN to offer your student! ☎️Teacher End of Year Phone Call Throughout the next two weeks, your student’s teacher will be reaching out with a direct phone call to you. Please take a few minutes to answer or call them back at your convenience. They will be covering a couple important things on their call: 📞Your feedback specific to their class and OTES 📞The summer learning opportunities being offered by our district 📞The status of your district issued laptop (if you have one) 📞Checking in with your student 🗣Reach Out To Your Student’s Teacher: Attendance or Otherwise Each Friday, we take attendance at OTES for the week. In order for your student to be marked as present for the week, we must have documentation of their work. This documentation can come in many forms from online work submission, to pictures, a phone conversation, an email, or a message. If you have concerns about work completion or if circumstances are making it challenging to complete work, please reach out to your student’s teacher about this as well. We have many resources to support you! Also, if at any time your student makes up work at a later date, please contact the teacher! Make up packets from past weeks are available at OTES. 🥪FREE Community Supper The Old Town United Methodist Church located at 726 Stillwater Avenue in Old Town is offering a drive through brown bag “suppah” form 5-6pm TONIGHT, Friday, May 29th. Supper includes subs, chips, fruit juice and cookies or granola bars. One person per vehicle can pick up one bag per family member. 🥞 Anymore family breakfast pictures out there? Please email them to maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
🚌 Work Packet and Meal Distribution TOMORROW, Thursday, May 28th! A reminder that required student work packets for next week, June 1st-June 5th, will be available by bus TOMORROW, Thursday, May 28tht! This will be the only bus distribution of that week's materials. Please go out to your bus stop and ASK for the packets you need.Your other options are to: Access the materials digitally at www.rsu34.org or pick packets up tomorrow 5/28 or Friday 5/29 at OTES, VRS or AES from 8am-2pm, or tomorrow, Thursday 5/28, at the OTHS meal pick up site from 10am-12pm. Packets from past weeks are also available online and at OTES for any work that needs to be made up. 🏅Gift Certificate Winners Today we entered all of the OTES students who completed their work last week into an online spinner and found five random winners of gift cards to local businesses. Thank you to the Old Town-Orono Kiwanis as well as the Warren Rand Memorial Fund and Richard May Memorial Fund for sponsoring these gift cards! These gift cards will arrive in the mail soon! We will be holding drawings like this each week, so keep up the good work! This week's winners were: Aurora C. in kindergarten to IGA Wesley O. in 4th grade to Governor's Rosie W. in 3rd grade to Pat’s Pizza Mabel P. in 5th grade to OTO Edith L. in 2nd grade to Hannaford 🔐Library “Reading is the Key to Learning” Winners Quite a few students participated in our library challenge, accessing the website and finding the hidden golden keys. All participants were put into a drawing and Mr. Mayer- not Mrs. Mayer!- picked three random winners. These students will be mailed a $10 Dairy Queen gift card. The library website is always a great place to visit! https://sites.google.com/a/rsu34.k12.me.us/rsu-34-elementary-school-libraries/ Cassidy S. in Mrs. Stevens’ second grade Alyssa S. in Mrs. White’s third grade Brianna H. in Mrs. Thompson’s fourth grade 🥞Family Breakfast Today would have been our Annual Family Breakfast. While we are sad that we can't gather together to celebrate an amazing year and the families we love, we encourage your family to eat breakfast together. If you'd like to send a picture to Mrs. Mitchell at maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org, she will share these later on this week.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/22/20 👋Reach Out To Your Student’s Teacher: Attendance or Otherwise Each Friday, we take attendance at OTES for the week. In order for your student to be marked as present for the week, we must have documentation of their work. This documentation can come in many forms from online work submission, to pictures, a phone conversation, an email, or a message. If you have concerns about work completion or if circumstances are making it challenging to complete work, please reach out to your student’s teacher about this as well. We have many resources to support you! Also, if at any time your student makes up work at a later date, please contact the teacher! Make up packets from past weeks are available at OTES. 🇺🇸Memorial Day School buildings will be closed and no required work will be assigned on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. If you usually pick up a packet on Monday, packet pick up will be available at AES, OTES and VRS on Tuesday, May 26th from 8am-2pm.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/20/20 🚌 Work Packet and Meal Distribution TOMORROW, Thursday, May 21st! A reminder that required student work packets for next week, May 25th-29th, will be available by bus TOMORROW, Thursday, May 21st! This will be the only bus distribution of that week's materials. Please go out to your bus stop and ASK for the packets you need.Your other options are to: Access the materials digitally at www.rsu34.org or pick packets up tomorrow 5/21 or Friday 5/22 at OTES, VRS or AES from 8am-2pm, or tomorrow, Thursday 5/21, at the OTHS meal pick up site from 10am-12pm. Packets from past weeks are also available at online and at OTES for any work that needs to be made up. 🇺🇸Memorial Day School buildings will be closed and no required work will be assigned on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. 🏅Gift Certificate Winners Today we entered all of the OTES students who completed their work last week into an online spinner and found five random winners of gift cards to local businesses. Thank you to the Old Town-Orono Kiwanis as well as the Warren Rand Memorial Fund and Richard May Memorial Fund for sponsoring these gift cards! These gift cards will arrive in the mail soon! We will be holding drawings like this each week, so keep up the good work! This week's winners were: Tripp L. in 4th grade to IGA Ivanna K. in 3rd grade to Governor's Emilee F. in 2nd grade to Governor’s Alexis H. in 5th grade to OTO Cameron C. in kindergarten to Hannaford 📦Food Boxes The RSU #34 Resource Center, in collaboration with Good Shepard Food Bank and private donations, has boxes of non-perishable food available to families in need. If you would like to pick up or possibly have one of these boxes delivered, please contact jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org or 370-8564.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
We have family food boxes available for delivery or pick up starting Wednesday afternoon May 20th! Please call School-Community Coordinator Jennifer Goodwin at 370-8564 or email her at jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org if your RSU #34 family could use one!
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
RSU #34 Resource Center Logo
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/18/20 📚Library Book Return OTES Library books (the books your students checked out from our school library before the physical school closure) can be returned to the vestibule at OTES Monday through Friday 8am to 2pm. 📥In Case You Forgot… If you have not let your student’s teacher know about their work completion for last week, please do so as soon as possible so your student can be marked present. This also goes for any make up work your student completes. Let their teacher know and we will update their attendance! 🗣We Are Here for You! We understand that this is a time of many difficulties, among them, supporting your student’s learning at home. IT IS OUR JOB TO HELP YOU! Here is where to get the help you need: Your student’s teacher can help you access learning materials, understand assignments, and give tips or support for managing work time and effort. They can also connect you with support staff in specific subjects. Reach out to your student’s teacher via phone, email, or messaging. Our counselors are available at trysha.lunn@rsu34.org (K and 1st) or vicki.wilcox@rsu34.org (2nd-5th). They can help you with social-emotional concerns, as well as some behavioral and family supports. They are great at connecting you to resources or being a listening ear. Our nurse is available at cece.costello@rsu34.org or via voicemail at 827-1544 ext 308 for concerns about your student’s health or questions related to health. Remember, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. If you have questions about meal pickup or delivery or questions about reapplying for free and reduced lunch status if your income has changed, please call our Food Service Department at 827-3908. Regardless, all meals are currently free for all children 0-18. If you are in need of food for household goods beyond school meals, please contact jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org or 370-8564. If you have a general school question or are not sure where to turn, email jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org or maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org or call the school at 827-1544 and we will do our best to help you.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/15/20 📞📱💻Reach Out To Your Student’s Teacher: Attendance or Otherwise Each Friday, we take attendance at OTES for the week. In order for your student to be marked as present for the week, we must have documentation of their work. This documentation can come in many forms from online work submission, to pictures, a phone conversation, an email, or a message. If you have concerns about work completion or if circumstances are making it challenging to complete work, please reach out to your student’s teacher about this as well. We have many resources to support you! Also, if at any time your student makes up work at a later date, please contact the teacher! Make up packets from past weeks are available at OTES. 👫👨‍🏫👫Classroom Placement Considerations for 2020-2021 OTES staff are working diligently to plan classroom assignments for next year. While we do not take teacher requests, we do value parent/guardian input. If you would like to provide us information about classroom characteristics that work well for your student, peer matches, or other considerations, please email jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org and maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org directly. While we cannot guarantee that we can meet all of your requests, we consider many factors in thoughtfully placing all students. 👮‍♀️👷‍♂️👩‍🚀World of Work While our typical World of Work Day is one of the many events we have had to miss during this time of remote learning, our school counselors, school community coordinator, and some very willing community members have created and complied video profiles about their careers. Be watching for these on Facebook and Google classroom pages! Thank you to all who contributed to this project! 🍖🥘🧁FREE Community Supper Free community supper TONIGHT, Friday, May 15 starting at 5:00. Dinner will be ham dinner for adults and macaroni and cheese for kids with cupcakes for dessert. Pick up is at the Holy Family Parish Hall on Brunswick and Carroll Street.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/13/20 🚌 Work Packet and Meal Distribution TOMORROW, Thursday, May 14th! A reminder that required student work packets for next week, May 18th-22nd, will be available by bus TOMORROW, Thursday, May 14th! This will be the only bus distribution of that week's materials. Please go out to your bus stop and ASK for the packets you need.Your other options are to: Access the materials digitally at www.rsu34.org or pick packets up tomorrow 5/14, Friday 5/15 or Monday 5/18 at OTES, VRS or AES from 8am-2pm, or tomorrow, Thursday 5/14, at the OTHS meal pick up site from 10am-12pm.Packets from past weeks are also available online and at OTES for any work that needs to be made up. 🏅Gift Certificate Winners Today we entered all of the OTES students who completed their work last week into an online spinner and found six random winners of gift cards to local businesses. Thank you to the Old Town-Orono Kiwanis as well as the Warren Rand Memorial Fund and Richard May Memorial Fund for sponsoring these gift cards! These gift cards will arrive in the mail soon! We will be holding drawings like this each week, so keep up the good work! This week's winners were: Wiliam C. in 5th grade to IGA Britta H. in 4th grade to Governor's Braydon L. in 1st grade to OTO Lyric L. in kindergarten to Hannaford Callie M.. in 4th grade to Pat’s Pizza Hunter C. in 4th grade to County Road Market 📦Food Boxes The RSU #34 Resource Center, in collaboration with Good Shepard Food Bank and private donations, has boxes of non-perishable food available to families in need. If you would like to pick up or possibly have one of these boxes delivered, please contact jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org. 📚Free Libraries Our staff members have restocked six free “little libraries” where families are welcome to go and take books for their students. Please do not return OTES library books here. There is a specific drop off for those at OTES. These six locations are: 1. Anderson Lane (right in front of the FSS Center located beside the garage) 2. Meadow Lane (right beside the mailboxes as you drive into Meadow Lane) 3. Dow IV at 16 Chapman Street (right beside the shed as you drive into the property) and 4. Governor’s Restaurant “little library” (right in front of the entrance) 5. Alton Grocery (by the entrance) 6. LMS (by the entrance) Thank you to all the volunteers and staff members who have made this project possible!
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
LMS Free Library
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/11/20 📚OTES Library Book Returns The OTES library return bin will be outside the front entrance (or just inside the vestibule in bad weather) Monday through Friday from 8am-2pm. If you would like to return your student’s library book, you can do so easily without having to touch this bin or other books. 5️⃣5th Grade Families Please see your classroom Facebook group or contact your student’s teacher to link to the order form for the celebratory t-shirts that our PTC purchases for our 5th graders every year. The t-shirts are free for our 5th graders, but if you would like to purchase one for yourself or any other family members, the cost is $6.00. Also, please send baby pictures to your student’s 5th grade teacher by May 22. ✈️Maine National Guard Flyover Below in a press release from the Maine National Guard. We wanted to share it with families in case it was something they woul be interested in viewing in Bangor or another location, using social distancing precautions. We study many topics connected to this event including community helpers, local history, Maine history (including the Maine Bicentennial this year), and the practice of gratefulness. AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine National Guard will honor Maine’s front line healthcare workers and essential personnel with a flyover, May 12, over several communities. The flyover will be conducted by a KC-135 aircraft from the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor. This event is part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide salute to those supporting COVID-19 response efforts. “The entire Maine National Guard is honored to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the healthcare workers and first responders who are working on the front lines to combat COVID-19. We are also deeply grateful for those essential personnel diligently working to keep our shelves stocked and families supplied,” said Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, Maine’s adjutant general. “In addition, it is fitting that in light of the postponing of most Bicentennial activities, we’re able to safely offer Mainers a token of pride in their state heritage.” The state’s Bicentennial Parade (Maine 200) was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, in Auburn and Lewiston. "While Maine people are known for their resilience in the face of any obstacle, the courage and compassion of our frontline workers who are serving their fellow citizens every day during these difficult times is second to none," said Gov. Janet Mills. "On behalf of the people of Maine, I want to express my deep gratitude for the service of our frontline workers, and I urge everyone to join with me in pausing to reflect on their many contributions to our state as we see our aircraft flying overhead." These times may change slightly based on flight conditions. In the case of weather concerns, a potential alternate date of Thursday, May 14 is being planned. Residents along the flight path should maintain social distancing guidelines during this event, refraining from congregating in large groups to view the flyover. A few seconds of jet noise can be expected as the aircraft passes overhead. We welcome and encourage viewers to tag the Maine National Guard and 101st Air Refueling Wing on social media in photos and videos of the flyover, and add the hashtags #MEGuardAtWork and #AirForceSalutes. This community outreach event provides training hours for aircrews and will be conducted at no additional cost to taxpayers. Social media accounts: Facebook- @MENationalGuard; Facebook- @101stARW; Twitter- @GuardMaine; Instagram- mainenationalguard Farmington – 10:30 Androscoggin Mill / Jay – 10:33 Central Maine Medical Center - CMMC – 10:40 Maine Veterans' Homes - Scarborough – 10:58 Maine Medical Center – 10:59 General Dynamics Bath Iron Works – 11:06 VA Maine Healthcare System at Togus – 11:13 Augusta / MaineGeneral Health – 11:14 Houlton Regional Hospital – 11:51 Aroostook Medical Center - TAMC / Presque Isle – 12:00 Former Loring Air Force Base – 12:05 St. John River Valley – 12:09 Northern Maine Medical Center – 12:21 Millinocket Regional Hospital – 12:45 Maine Veterans' Homes - Bangor – 12:58 Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center – 12:59 St. Joseph Hospital – 1:00
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/8/20 ⭐️Keep Up The Great Work! We had 94% of our students participate in remote learning this week. Thank you for all of the hard work being done by students, families, friends and staff! This is an amazing number! 📦Food Boxes The RSU #34 Resource Center, in collaboration with Good Shepard Food Bank and private donations, has boxes of non-perishable food available to families in need. If you would like to pick up or possibly have one of these boxes delivered, please contact jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org. ✅Work Documentation or Concerns Each Friday, we take attendance at OTES for the week. In order for your student to be marked as present for the week, we must have documentation of their work. This documentation can come in many forms from online work submission, to pictures, a phone conversation, email, or message. If you have concerns about work completion or if circumstances are making it challenging to complete work, please reach out to your student’s teacher about this as well. We have many resources to support you! Also, if at any time your student makes up work at a later date, please contact the teacher! 📃Packet Pick Up Packets for this past week are still available at OTES starting on Monday, May 11th from 8am-2pm, if you missed this week’s work. On Thursday, May 14th, the next week’s packets will be issued via bus routes and pick up locations. Packets are always available at www.rsu34.org.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/6/20 🚌 Work Packet and Meal Distribution TOMORROW, Thursday, May 7th! A reminder that required student work packets for next week, May 11th-15th, will be available by bus TOMORROW, Thursday, May 7th! This will be the only bus distribution of that week's materials. Please go out to your bus stop and ASK for the packets you need.Your other options are to: Access the materials digitally at www.rsu34.org or pick packets up tomorrow 5/7, Friday 5/8 or Monday 5/11 at OTES, VRS or AES from 8am-2pm, or tomorrow, Thursday 5/7, at the OTHS meal pick up site from 10am-12pm.Packets from past weeks are also available online and at OTES for any work that needs to be made up. 🏅Gift Certificate Winners Today we entered all of the OTES students who completed their work last week into an online spinner and found six random winners of gift cards to local businesses. Thank you to the Old Town-Orono Kiwanis as well as the Warren Rand Memorial Fund and Richard May Memorial Fund for sponsoring these gift cards! These gift cards will arrive in the mail soon! We will be holding drawings like this each week, so keep up the good work! This week's winners were: Kailyn C. in kindergarten to IGA Jayce M. in 1st grade to Governor's Harper W. in 3rd grade to OTO Rebekah G. in 3rd grade to Hannaford McKenna R. in 1st grade to Spencer's Ice Cream Asher H. in kindergarten to County Road Market Ruby W. in 5th grade to Dairy Queen (for her participation in our OTES Library work) 👫Classroom Placement Considerations for 2020-2021 OTES staff are working diligently to plan classroom assignments for next year. While we do not take teacher requests, we do value parent/guardian input. If you would like to provide us information about classroom characteristics that work well for your student, peer matches, or other considerations, please email jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org and maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org directly. While we cannot guarantee that we can meet all of your requests, we consider many factors in thoughtfully placing all students.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/4/20 ☀️End of the School Year The official last day of school for students will be Friday, June 12th. The BINGO board for the week of June 1st-5th will follow our typical pattern of learning activities. The BINGO board for the week of June 8th-12th will be a reinforcement and application of learning, a launch of summer learning ideas, and of course end of year celebration activities! Attendance(participation) will be taken until Friday, June 12th. 📃Packets from Past Weeks Did you miss a packet last week? Are you looking to make up work for your student from past weeks? Packets are always available at www.rsu34.org and we have a bin of all past BINGO boards in the OTES vestibule along with current packets. Someone is at OTES to assist you from 8am-2pm each weekday. 🎂Birthday Bags The Old Town Rotary graciously donates student birthday bags to our RSU #34 Resource Center each year. These bags include things such as a few fun plates and napkins, candles, a cake mix, and a container of frosting. If one of these bags would help your family, please reach out to our School-Community Coordinator, Jennifer Goodwin at jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org or 370-8564.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 5/1/20 ✅Work Documentation or Concerns Each Friday, we take attendance at OTES for the week. In order for your student to be marked as present for the week, we must have documentation of their work. This documentation can come in many forms from online work submission, to pictures, a phone conversation, email, or message. If you have concerns about work completion or if circumstances are making it challenging to complete work, please reach out to your student’s teacher about this as well. We have many resources to support you! Also, if at any time your student makes up work at a later date, please contact the teacher! 📃Packet Pick Up Packets for this past week are still available at OTES starting on Monday, May 4th from 8am-2pm, if you missed this week’s work. On Thursday, May 7th, the next week’s packets will be issued via bus routes and pick up locations. Packets are always available at www.rsu34.org. 📚Free Libraries Our staff members have restocked four free “little libraries” where families are welcome to go and take books for their students. These four locations are: 1. Anderson Lane (right in front of the FSS Center located beside the garage) 2. Meadow Lane (right beside the mailboxes as you drive into Meadow Lane) 3. Dow IV at 16 Chapman Street (right beside the shed as you drive into the property) and 4. Governor’s Restaurant “little library” (right in front of the entrance) We will soon be adding “little libraries” at LMS, VRS and Alton Grocery. Please see the image attached for guidance. 🕷May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month With warmer weather on its way, Lyme Disease Awareness Month is here again! Health care providers reported a record number of Lyme disease cases in 2019 (2,079 cases as of January 15, 2020). The 2020 Lyme Disease Awareness Month theme this May is “Tick Tock.” This reminds us to slow down and practice great tick prevention when spending time outdoors. The easiest way to avoid tickborne diseases is prevention. This May, please remember to: 1) Use caution in areas where ticks may be found 2) Wear light-colored clothing that covers arms and legs 3) Use an EPA approved repellent such as: DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus 4) Perform tick checks on yourself and pets daily and after any outdoor activity. Take a shower after exposure to a tick habitat. This is a great opportunity to do a tick check and may wash off any unattached ticks. The Lyme disease bacterium is passed through the bite of an infected deer tick. For transmission to occur, the deer tick must be attached for 24-48 hours. Find and remove ticks early with frequent tick checks. In Maine, adults over the age of 65 years and children between the ages of 5 and 15 years are at high risk of Lyme disease. People that work or play outside are also at high risk of encountering infected ticks. If you are bitten by a tick or spend a lot of time outdoors, make sure to watch for symptoms for up to 30 days after exposure. Also be sure to call your health care provider if symptoms develop. The most common symptom of Lyme disease is a skin rash. This is better known as the “bull’s-eye” rash. The rash usually appears 3-30 days after the tick bite and can show up at the bite site or anywhere else on the body. Other symptoms include fever, headache, and joint or muscle pain. Lyme disease is treatable, and most people recover fully. Lyme disease is not the only disease that deer ticks in Maine can carry. Anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi, and Powassan are other tickborne infections found in Maine. The number of reported human cases of all four increased in 2019, and all remain a public health concern. The deer tick is the only species of tick in Maine that can pass the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Still, there are several other species of ticks found across the state. Tick identification is important, especially when removing ticks. There are tick identification resources available to order at the Maine CDC website. Tick identification and testing services are available through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick ID Lab. Resources: • Maine CDC has Lyme disease information available on our website at http://www.maine.gov/lyme • Lyme disease data are available through the Maine Tracking Network at http://www.maine.gov/lyme under EPI Information on the left-hand side of the page. • University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick ID Lab submission instructions can be found at http://extension.umaine.edu/ticks/ • For additional questions, please call Maine CDC at 1-800-821-5821 or email disease.reporting@maine.gov • Tickborne videos can be found on our website http://www.maine.gov/idepi under Videos on the left-hand side of the page. • Tick identification resources and other materials are available to order at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/order
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Free Libraries Guidlines
Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 4/29/20 Work and Meal Distribution/Pick Up 🚌 A reminder that required student work packets for next week, May 4th-8th, will be available by bus TOMORROW, Thursday, April 30th! This will be the only bus distribution of that week's materials. Please go out to your bus stop and ASK for the packets you need. Your other options are to: 💻 Access the materials digitally at www.rsu34.org or 📃 Pick packets up tomorrow 4/30, Friday 5/1 or Monday 5/4 at OTES, VRS or AES from 8am-2pm, or tomorrow, Thursday 4/30, at the OTHS meal pick up site from 10am-12pm. 🏅Gift Certificate Winners Today we entered all of the OTES students who completed their work last week into an online spinner and found six random winners of gift cards to local businesses. Thank you to the Old Town-Orono Kiwanis as well as the Warren Rand Memorial Fund and Richard May Memorial Fund for sponsoring these gift cards! These gift cards will arrive in the mail soon! We will be holding drawings like this each week, so keep up the good work! This week's winners were: Levi V. in 1st grade to IGA Madison J. in 1st grade to Governor's Karter H. in 2nd grade to OTO Brooke D. in kindergarten to Hannaford Tyler M. 4th grade to Spencer's Ice Cream Noelle D. in kindergarten to County Road Market
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
We will be moving from daily updates to updating families and the public each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. However, we are always here for you via phone (video and/or audio) email, and messaging. Reach out anytime! Our next update will be issued tomorrow, Wednesday, April 28th.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Update
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 4/27/20 🙂Welcome Back! We hope you all were able to find some moments of rest and relaxation during this past week. We are back in the swing of remote learning with this week’s BINGO boards and online learning. Links to materials can always be found at http://rsu34me.apptegy.us/o/rsu-34/page/covid19--2 ❓We Are Here for You! We understand that this is a time of many difficulties, among them, supporting your student’s learning at home. IT IS OUR JOB TO HELP YOU! Here is where to get the help you need: Your student’s teacher can help you access learning materials, understand assignments, and give tips or support for managing work time and effort. They can also connect you with support staff in specific subjects. Reach out to your student’s teacher via phone, email, or messaging. Our counselors are available at trysha.lunn@rsu34.org (K and 1st) or vicki.wilcox@rsu34.org (2nd-5th). They can help you with social-emotional concerns, as well as some behavioral and family supports. They are great at connecting you to resources or being a listening ear. Our nurse is available at cece.costello@rsu34.org or via voicemail at 827-1544 ext 308 for concerns about your student’s health or questions related to health. Remember, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. If you have questions about meal pickup or delivery or questions about reapplying for free and reduced lunch status if your income has changed, please call our Food Service Department at 827-3908. Regardless, all meals are currently free for all children 0-18. If you are in need of food for household goods beyond school meals, please contact jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org or 370-8564. If you have a general school question or are not sure where to turn, email jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org or maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org or call the school at 827-1544 and we will do our best to help you. 🚌🍎📃Meal and Work Packet Pickup/Delivery This Thursday, April 30th Bus routes will run again this Thursday, April 30th with a week’s worth of meals and next week’s packets. The OTHS pick up location will be open on the 30th from 10am to 12pm. Packets will be available for pick up at OTES, VRS and AES on Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 from 8am-2pm.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Late Addition: Tonight, 4/17/20, at 5 pm, The Holy Family Parish will be hosting a pick up spaghetti and meatball dinner for all families. They have packaged meals and want people to drive up and participate. We are lucky to have so many wonderful community resources for our families.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell