Maggie Mitchell
Family Update September 18, 2020 Communication Tools Communication will be critical this year. Here are a few tools to get connected: District/School Website: www.rsu34.org click Sites and Old Town Elementary School Download the free RSU #34 ME app and activate notifications for the district and OTES Connect to the RSU #34 OTES Facebook Page Connect to your student’s classroom Remind app and Facebook group if the teacher sends you information Make sure your student is connected to their SeeSaw (K-3rd) or Google Classroom (4th-5th) page Please make sure we have your updated contact information and reach out to your student’s teacher or the school with any changes or questions! Health Screening and Illness/Symptom Reporting to School It is very important that you are using our at home screener each day. It can be found here on Slide 34. We are asking students if they have had their temperature taken at home and many are answering “no”. At each entry door, we are performing temperature checks daily. When your student is ill, it is very important to accurately report their symptoms to the school. Should you have any specific questions, please reach out to our school nurse, CeCe Costello at cece.costello@rsu34.org or 827-1544 ext. 308 Parent Survey We want your feedback about the start of school! Please take a few minutes to fill out this quick and anonymous survey: https://forms.gle/jMJcMjXMLPHqPU8X8 Extra Masks Please send an extra mask or two in your student’s bag each day. Just like a change of clothes and shoes, this can be helpful in the event a mask gets lost, wet, dirty, or just becomes uncomfortable. Any used masks should be washed before being worn again. Walk to School Days Walk to School Days are some of our favorite days here at OTES! Even given our COVID-19 restrictions, we feel we can make this event fun and safe! Join us on these days at Perkins Park at 7:20am. Students, staff and families wearing masks and observing physical distancing from others are welcome! We have set up two days during each week, so that students in our hybrid model can participate. Join us on: Friday September 25 and Tuesday September 29 Friday October 9 and Tuesday October 13 Friday October 30 and Tuesday November 3 Friday November 13 and Tuesday November 17 4th and 5th Grade 1 to 1 Device Usage Agreement Reminder 4th and 5th grade families, please fill out the 1 to 1 Device Usage Agreement that was sent home, if you have not already. Please fill out the form regardless of your current need for a device. Should you need a device in the future, your student will be able to get one right away if you have signed the agreement.
10 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Family Update September 11, 2020 Thank you! Thank you to all our students, staff and families for a great first week of school! While we have faced a few challenges, we had a very positive start to the school year! Arrival Times Finalized We wanted to see how arrival would work this week before making a final determination of times. All students can be dropped off between 7:30-8:00 am. Please do not aim for 8:00 as your student will be rushed and late. Students go directly to their community entrance and classroom for activities and breakfast as soon as they arrive. Breakfast is free for all students through December 31st. Students arriving at OTES or their classrooms after 8:05 am will be considered Tardy. At Home Health Screener Families are required to screen their students daily for a fever and signs of illness. Please use the screener document sent home with each student or found here on Slide 34. Many students are reporting they have not had their temperature taken in the morning. Dismissal Times Finalized We also wanted to see how dismissal would work this week before making a final determination of times there as well. Going forward, bus dismissal will begin at 2:00pm with a goal of busses leaving OTES by 2:15. Walkers and pickups will begin to be dismissed at 2:15pm. 4th and 5th Grade Devices 4th and 5th grade families, please be on the lookout for a notice being sent home about the use of school devices at home. Regardless of your need for a device, please read this notice and sign the agreement. This will ensure that we can get a device to you quickly should the need arise. Remote-Only Student Learning Materials Pick Up Materials will be available for pick up on Wednesday the 16th, Thursday the 17th, and Friday the 18th at OTES. Please see information from your classroom teacher for details. Fire Drill Today At 9:30 this morning we conducted a fire drill. At no point was there a real fire alarm or any danger. Students and staff did an amazing job exiting the building safely and quickly. Reminders Gaitors and vented masks are not allowed. Please send a snack and a water bottle with your student daily Please keep a change of clothes, mask, and shoes in your student’s backpack if possible If you have not returned your school paperwork, please do so ASAP
17 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Today at 9:30am OTES conducted a fire drill. At no point was there a real fire alarm or any danger. Students and staff did an amazing job exiting the building safely and quickly.
17 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
End of Day Student Pick Up Reminders 🚗Student pick up begins at 2:15 after buses have been loaded. 🚗 Families can park in the front lot and walk to pick up their student. Please wait on the sidewalk or on the grass strip along the front left side of the building away from the gathered students. A mask is required if you are outside your vehicle. 🚗 Families driving up in the pick up loop should have students who are capable of loading and buckling themselves. If your student cannot do this, please park and walk up to get them. Parking is not allowed in the drop off/pick up loop. 🚗 Please talk to your student about what your car looks like so they can keep an eye out for you and encourage them to listen for their name. Teachers will be reminding their students as well. 🚗 Use caution around our crosswalk as it is a very busy area. 🚗Thank you for your patience as we manage this very busy time!
19 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Missed Open House? If you did, then you should be receiving a call from your student's teacher letting you know that their paperwork and first day materials are ready to pick up in the office. This is important for all, but critically important for hybrid students on the Thursday/Friday schedule so that they have what they need for remote learning on our first day of school, Tuesday, September 8th! Materials for students who missed Open House are available: Monday, August 31st 8am-2pm Tuesday, September 1st 8am-2pm Wednesday, September 2nd 8am-6pm Thursday, September 3rd 8am-2pm Questions? Please contact your student's teacher or OTES at 827-1544.
29 days ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
🍎Open Houses will be held from 5-6pm this week! TONIGHT, Tuesday 8/25 for grades 1 and 3 Wednesday 8/26 for grades 2 and 4 Thursday 8/27 for grades K and 5 🍎Students and one parent/guardian are invited to attend an Open House event for their grade level. 🍎Students will be able to meet their teacher team, tour their two rooms in small groups, and learn about procedures for the first day of school. If you are unsure of your classroom placement, we will help you at the event. 🍎Parents/guardians will be able to receive and fill out school year forms and information outside. Please bring your own pen if you would like. New parents/guardians or those who feel it is necessary to see the classrooms may also request to do so. 🍎Kindergarten, first and second grade families should park in the bus or parent drop off loops. Third, fourth and fifth grade families should park in the parking lots. Then, head to the front/right side of the school where you will be directed to your community. 🍎 4th and 5th grade hybrid students attending in person on the Thursday and Friday schedule will be able to pick up materials for the first days of remote learning and 4th and 5th grade families who responded that they were in need of a device will be able to pick this up as well. 🍎Remote-Only Students: Your teacher will be scheduling a virtual "Meet the Teacher " event soon. Devices and materials for your students will be available Monday, August 31- Thursday, September 3rd from 8am-2pm daily. Pick up will also be available until 6pm on Wednesday, September 2nd. ❗️The following COVID-19 precautions will be in place: ❗️If you are feeling ill or have traveled to a restricted state within 14 days of this Open House, please do not attend. ❗️Masks/face coverings are required for students and adults ❗️Physical distancing practices will be in place. ❗️Hand hygiene practices will be in place. 📞 Questions? Please call us at 827-1544.
about 1 month ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
The first day of school will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
about 1 month ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Important clarification on OTES student schedules: At OTES, ➡️Students in Kindergarten as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade will attend school in-person 5 days a week. At this point, the hybrid model is not an option for students in grades K, 1, 2 and 3. ➡️Students in 4th and 5th grade will follow a hybrid model and will attend school in-person 2 days a week (either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday) and will participate in remote instruction on the other three days. ➡️Students whose families chose the remote only option will participate in remote instruction five days a week. Families should have received a letter or email notifying them of their student's schedule and teaching team. Please contact us at OTES if you have any questions.
about 1 month ago, Maggie Mitchell
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
2 months ago, Dr. Jon Doty
Maggie Mitchell
Final Remote Learning Family/Public Update 6/12/20 ✅Attendance Check In Attendance has been taken today for the final time, so please contact your student's teacher about their week if you have not done so already. ⛳️Virtual Field Day If you participated in any Virtual Field Day activities, make sure you submit your scores today! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZAqUP2DS2fcYY4v0Ukv_w0dvC1y0-reSGg60fCs0Yag/present?fbclid=IwAR2_x488Mg9QFehTVTENMRLIVnOsXjWu_8d5ArsRDeMCis3GbfGz28oTH8k&slide=id.p 📩Report Cards Report cards have been issued for the 2019-2020 school year. Students attending their end of year celebrations received their report card in person. Students or additional custodial parents/guardians who were not in attendance will receive their student’s report card in the mail. If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s report card, please reach out to the teacher first, and then Dr. Tuell or Mrs. Mitchell if you have further issues. Typically, your student’s teacher for the following year is listed on the report card, however classroom placements will not be made until August this year and families will be notified at that time. 📝Missed Packets/Make Up Work If your student missed any weeks of remote learning and you would like to cover those packets over the summer, all weeks at all grade levels are available in the OTES vestibule Monday through Friday from 8am-2pm for easy pick up. 📚OTES Library Book Return OTES Library books can be returned at OTES next week Monday through Friday from 8am-2pm. If you have a book to return and cannot make these hours, please contact us here at school at 827-1544. Thank you for returning our school’s books! 🍎Thursday, June 18th Meal Pick Up Free student meals will be available on a first-come-first-served basis on Thursday, June 18th at OTHS from 10am-12pm and a summer meal schedule will be shared soon. Call 827-3908 to reserve your student’s meal or visit www.rsu34.org, our RSU #34 ME app, or follow the RSU #34 Food Service Facebook page for updates. 🌠Coming Soon! Next week, we will post about the launch of our Online Summer Book Fair and summer learning opportunities! These will include a fun school-wide reading challenge, summer activity game boards, and virtual options for K-2 and 3-5. Check out your report card envelopes and watch for those posts. We will also be sharing fun pictures and videos as we look back on our incredible year!
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 6/11/20 We have been so busy with celebrations, that we haven't posted an update. Here is the latest information! 🚌 Final Meal Distribution TODAY, Thursday, June 11th! Meal Pick Up Thursday, June 18th Today, 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. Visit www.rsu34.org, our RSU #34 ME app, or follow the RSU #34 Food Service Facebook page for updates. ⛳️Virtual Field Day Mrs. Beaulieu has launched an amazing virtual at-home field day! Check it out, complete the fun activities, and submit your score card. Questions? Email her at lisa.beaulieu@rsu34.org https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZAqUP2DS2fcYY4v0Ukv_w0dvC1y0-reSGg60fCs0Yag/present?fbclid=IwAR2_x488Mg9QFehTVTENMRLIVnOsXjWu_8d5ArsRDeMCis3GbfGz28oTH8k&slide=id.p 🏅Gift Certificate Winners Yesterday, 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: Griffin T. in kindergarten to IGA Quinn C. in kindergarten to Governor’s Logan B. in 5th grade to Pat’s Aubrey S. in 4th grade to OTO Raelynn B. in 1st grade to Hannaford 📚OTES Library Book Return OTES Library books can be returned at OTES next week Monday through Friday from 8am-2pm. If you have a book to return and cannot make these hours, please contact us here at school at 827-1544. Thank you for returning our school’s books! 🎉Drive Through Celebrations Thank you to all the families who have attended celebrations so far and who are planning to attend today. We hope that these drive up visits have provided a sense of closure and celebration with your student’s teacher. While they are not the summer send offs we envisioned, we have been thrilled to see so many students and families! Celebrations remaining are below. Please remember we will all be practicing safe interactions, either staying in vehicles or keeping a 6 foot distance and wearing masks. All of these celebrations are voluntary and a “goodbye” can be arranged with your teacher if you feel uncomfortable attending. 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
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
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.
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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.
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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.
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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.
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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!
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
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.
4 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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.
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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!
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
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
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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.
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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.
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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.
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
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
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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.
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
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.
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
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.
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Remote School Family/Public Update 4/17/20 ✅Work Documentation Today or ASAP Please be in communication with your student’s classroom teacher today or ASAP about their work completion. This documentation needs to happen in order for your student to be marked present for the week. If you have not contacted them about past weeks or are ever late in communicating, we can always go back and adjust attendance. Thank you! 🌞Vacation Week April 20th-24th ▪️There will be no required work assigned. ▪️There will be no meal distribution or pick up. ▪️There is an optional BINGO board if families would like to use it during vacation. It was attached to paper packets, is available at www.rsu34.org, and is included in this message as an image. Other suggestions for vacation week are: go back and earn extra BINGOs from previous weeks, explore things that teachers have already shared, make up work, or unplug and refresh! ▪️If you should need assistance from school during vacation, please email jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org or maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org or call 827-1544 and leave a voicemail. We will connect with the staff needed to help you, if possible. 🏫The Week of April 27th-May 1st Packets for the week of April 27th-May 1st will be available for pick up when we come back from vacation on Monday, April 27th from 8am-2pm at OTES, AES, and VRS. Weekly meal and packet distribution will begin again on Thursday, April 30th.
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Remote School Family/Public Update 4/16/20 ✅Work Documentation Today or Tomorrow Please be in communication with your student’s classroom teacher today or tomorrow about their work completion. This documentation needs to happen in order for your student to be marked present for the week. 📃Work Packets for The Week After Vacation April 27th-May 1st Packets are available for pickup at OTES, AES and VRS tomorrow, Friday, April 17th from 8am-2pm and not again until Monday, April 27th at the same locations and times. Packets are always available online at www.rsu34.org. 🌞Optional Vacation Week BINGO Board There will be no work assigned during vacation week, April 20th-24th. However, by request, there is an optional BINGO board for students to use during vacation next week. It has general K-5 options that will give structure to your week, but also let students have some fun! This board is completely optional! The vacation BINGO is attached to printed packets that are delivered and/or picked up and is available online. Other suggestions for vacation week are: go back and earn extra BINGOs from previous weeks, explore things that teachers have already shared, make up work, or unplug and refresh!
5 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Remote School Family/Public Update 4/15/20 🚌Meal and Packet Distribution by Bus Tomorrow, April 16th Tomorrow, Thursday, April 16th is a big day! Busses will be out on their routes delivering seven days worth of meals as well as packets for the week after vacation (April 27th-May 1st). Meals and packets are also available at OTHS from 10am-12pm on Thursday, April 16th. 📃Packet Pickup/Online Packets will be available at OTES, AES and VRS on Thursday, April 16th and Friday, April 17th from 8am-2pm. They will also be available with meals at OTHS from 10am-12pm on Thursday, April 16th. There will be no packet pick up next week (April 20th-24th). Packets are always available online at www.rsu34.org. 🌞Vacation Week Options There will be no work assigned during vacation week, April 20th-24th. However, by request, there is an optional BINGO board for students to use during vacation next week. It has general K-5 options that will give structure to your week, but also let students have some fun! This board is completely optional! The vacation BINGO is attached to printed packets that are delivered and/or picked up and is available online. Other suggestions for vacation week are: go back and earn extra BINGOs from previous weeks, explore things that teachers have already shared, make up work, or unplug and refresh! 🏅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: Zach G. in first grade to IGA Shaday N. in 4th grade to Governor's Grace M. in 5th grade to OTO Kyleigh F. in 3rd grade to Hannaford Callie C. in 3rd grade to Spencer's Ice Cream Melanie M. in 3rd grade to County Road Market
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 4/14/20 We have no new important information to share today, but please watch tomorrow for information on Thursday's packet and food distribution. Enjoy the sunshine!
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 4/13/20 ⭐️Great Job Families! Thank you to all of our families who are working so hard to learn at home! After calculating participation data, we have approximately 94% of our families who are participating and communicating with their teachers. This is impressive! 💻The Challenges of Learning at Home If supporting your student’s education at home is difficult, your student is resisting, or you just need help keeping the momentum going, here are some ways your student’s teacher can help to support you: 🍎Schedule a call or video chat weekly, or every few days, so we can directly speak to your or with your student. 🍎Set aside one hour each day at home, the same hour if possible, to complete the required tasks for that day. This time should be before TV, computer (for fun) or other preferred activities. 🍎Make sure to give your student breaks, snacks, and time to play outside and inside! 🍎Contact your teacher for more ideas or ways to get through some material each day. We are here for you, please reach out and let us know how we can continue to support you and your student!
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 4/10/20 ✅Documenting This Week’s Work If you do not have the ability to share your student’s work completion with their teacher today due to power and/or internet outages, please do so as soon as you can, preferably on or before Monday, April 13th. 📃Accessing Next Week’s Work Anytime at www.rsu34.org Final packet pick up opportunity at OTES, AES or VRS on Monday, April 13th from 8am-2pm. 🥣Meal Distribution Reminder/Resource Center Meals are now only available on a weekly basis each Thursday. The next meal bus distribution and pick up at OTHS is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th. If your family should need further food support, please contact our RSU #34 Resource Center coordinator, Jennifer Goodwin at jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org or 207-370-8564
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
We understand that families are facing a new round of challenges this morning with the snow and lack of power and/or internet. Please put your safety and mental health first, teachers will be understanding if communication is difficult today.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Remote Learning Family/Public Update 4/9/20 Required Work Packet Pick Up Friday 4/10: Due to the forecast, the building will not be open for packet pick up tomorrow. Monday 4/13: Packets can be picked up from 8am-2pm at OTES, VRS or AES Packets are always available digitally at www.rsu34.org Free “Little Libraries” Stocked Today, our staff members stocked three free “little libraries” where families are welcome to go and take books for their students. These three locations are: Anderson Lane (right in front of the FSS Center located beside the garage), Meadow Lane (right beside the mailboxes as you drive into Meadow Lane), and Dow IV at 16 Chapman Street (right beside the shed as you drive into the property). We hope to add books to the Governor’s Restaurant “little library” (right in front of the entrance) soon! Time for Kids or Scholastic News We are still receiving copies of Time for Kids and Scholastic News in the mail here at school, so we have included copies of these newsletters with printed packets, instead of letting them go to waste. These are not required, but we thought they would be great reading material for students. If you are accessing materials digitally, visit https://www.timeforkids.com/ or https://scholasticnews.scholastic.com/ for some free links there! Thank you! Thank you to our food service workers, custodians, bus drivers, and other staff who prepared, organized, and delivered almost 12,000 meals today! This was a huge task that has helped so many of our families! "School is NOT closed for the year. The building is. If you listen closely you can hear the hum of hard working teachers, administrators, and support staff preparing to save the day in ways and means never seen before. Yes, we are brokenhearted, but these broken hearts will lead.” - Peyton Anderson
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 4/8/20 Commissioner's Recommendation We are aware of the Maine Department of Education Commissioner's recommendation to move to remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. As a school district, we are currently reacting to that recommendation and making long term plans. Please be patient as we adjust to this change. We will share updates as we get them. TOMORROW, THURSDAY 4/9 ONLY: Bus Meals and Required Work for Next Week 4/13-17 A reminder that required student work packets for next week, April 13-17, will ONLY be available by bus TOMORROW, Thursday, April 9th! This will be the only bus distribution of next 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, Friday, or Monday at OTES, VRS or AES from 8-2, or tomorrow, Thursday 4/9 at the OTHS meal pick up site from 10-12. Seven days’ worth of meals will be distributed tomorrow 4/9 and the next meal distribution will be on Thursday 4/16. Missed this Week’s 4/6-4/10 Packet? Copies are always available at www.rsu34.org and will be available at OTES tomorrow, Thursday 4/9 and Friday 4/10 at OTES.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 4/7/20 There are no new updates for today, just a reminder that you are doing a great job and our OTES staff is working hard to "have your back"!
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 4/6/20 Update on Meal Pick Up and Delivery: Change to Thursdays ONLY Beginning April 9th Meals will be available as usual from our OTHS tent and from our buses tomorrow Tuesday 4/7 and Wednesday 4/8 of this week. However, rules and waivers have changed several times since we began this program, and on April 9th we will make another change. We will consolidate our efforts and start sending home one week’s worth of breakfasts and lunches on Thursdays (one exception is noted below). This will minimize exposure for everyone, but it will require some planning on the part of parents and guardians. A 7-day menu with storage and preparation instructions will be included with the meals. On Thursday the OTHS tent will open at 10:00 AM and the buses will roll out as usual at 10:30 AM. Each child up to and including the age of 18 will receive a bag containing components for 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches. We will repeat this process again on April 16th following the same schedule. No Meals or Work During Spring Break April 20th-24th Please note that April 23rd falls during Spring Break, which is an anticipated closure. We will not be sending meals out that week, but will resume on April 30th and will continue weekly until the end of the school closure. Work will also not be assigned or distributed that week. Work for the week of April 27th-May 1st will be distributed digitally, by bus, or pick up on Thursday 4/16 and digitally or by pick up on Friday 4/17. Weekly Work Packet Distribution: Bus Option Change Given that bus routes are going to be Thursdays only starting this Thursday, April 9th. Please make sure you plan to be at your bus stop that day if you would like to pick up a work packet. Packets will still be available weekly on our website https://www.rsu34.org/covid19--2 and emailed parents and guardians at each grade level. Packets will still be available at pick up locations as well. Totes will be located at all three elementary schools on Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays from 8 AM-2 PM. The totes will be labeled for families to pick up the grade level packet(s) they need. There will also be a tote at the OTHS meal pick up site on Thursdays from 10 AM-12 PM. Beginning Today, Monday April 6th: Documenting Work Completion Please see your teacher’s communication for specific directions on documenting work completion throughout the week or on each Friday. Students will be marked present for the week if they have completed their teacher’s work requirements and absent if not. Questions about these procedures should first be directed to the classroom teacher and then to Dr. Tuell or Mrs. Mitchell if you have additional concerns.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 4/3/20 LAST CALL: The last day to pick up required weekly work packets for the upcoming week is MONDAY, APRIL 6th! Each family can choose the option that works best for them to access the student work packet on Thursday, Friday or Monday for the upcoming week’s assignments. Electronic: Packets will be available weekly on our website https://www.rsu34.org/covid19--2 and emailed parents and guardians at each grade level. OR Pick Up Locations: Totes will be located at all three elementary schools and at the OTHS meal distribution site each Thursday, Friday and Monday. The totes will be labeled for families to pick up the grade level packet(s) they need. OR Bus Distribution: Packets will be available for pick up on the meal distribution bus routes on Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays. An adult or student must be at the bus stop to request their grade level packet. School Nurse Contact Our school nurse, CeCe Costello, is available to support our students and families. While she is not a replacement for your doctor’s office, she can be of assistance for questions, concerns, and support. Families are welcome to contact her at cece.costello@rsu34.org or leave a voicemail at 827-1544 ext. 308. She will be checking this voicemail regularly Monday through Friday. Mrs. Wilcox’s Bike Challenge Mrs. Wilcox is challenging our OTES students and staff to keep up with her bike riding. Please feel free to share your mileage and biking pictures with her at vicki.wilcox@rsu34.org so we can motivate each other to enjoy some physical fitness as we look forward to more spring weather!
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 4/2/20 Some Updated Information: Weekly Work Packet Distribution Options Friday 4/2/20 and Monday 4/6/20 Each family can choose the option that works best for them to access the student work packet on Thursday, Friday or Monday for the upcoming week’s assignments. Electronic: Packets will be available weekly on our website https://www.rsu34.org/covid19--2 and emailed parents and guardians at each grade level. OR Pick Up Locations: Totes will be located at all three elementary schools and at the OTHS meal distribution site each Thursday, Friday and Monday. The totes will be labeled for families to pick up the grade level packet(s) they need. Hours at OTES are 8-2. Hours at OTHS are 10-12. There is no need to notify us that you need a copy or will pick them up. OR Bus Distribution: Packets will be available for pick up on the meal distribution bus routes on Thursdays, Fridays, and Mondays. An adult or student must be at the bus stop to request their grade level packet. There is no need to request a packet ahead of time as all buses will have copies of every grade level. Beginning Monday 4/6/20: Documenting Work Completion Please see your teacher’s communication for specific directions on documenting work completion. Alton WiFi The public wifi is now open at Alton Elementary School. It is best accessed in front of the building and not in the staff parking lot. Facebook Notifications Not Working as Usual Today, our Facebook notifications are not functioning as they normally do. If you post a question there and don’t get a response, please contact your student’s teacher or Dr. Tuell (jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org) or Mrs. Mitchell (maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org) or use Facebook Messenger.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
The buses that are coming around today to distribute lunches will have print copies of next week's work for students. If you would like to receive a hard copy, please come out to the bus for the packet your child needs. A hard copy can be picked up at OTES in the lobby.
6 months ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 4/1/20 Reminder: Weekly Work Packet Distribution Options Starting TOMORROW, Thursday 4/2/20 Each family can choose the option that works best for them to access the student work packet on Thursday, Friday or Monday for the upcoming week’s assignments. Electronic: Packets will be available weekly on our website https://www.rsu34.org/covid19--2 and emailed parents and guardians at each grade level. OR Pick Up Locations: Totes will be located at all three elementary schools and at the OTHS meal distribution site each Thursday, Friday and Monday. The totes will be labeled for families to pick up the grade level packet(s) they need. OR Bus Distribution: Packets will be available for pick up on the meal distribution bus routes on Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays. An adult or student must be at the bus stop to request their grade level packet. Thank You! Thank you to all who greeted us on the parade route today! We miss you and we’re happy to see the smiling faces of students, families, and others. Thank you to the staff who planned and participated in this event as well!
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 3/31/20 Weekly Work Packet Distribution Options Starting Thursday 4/2/20 Each family can choose the option that works best for them to access the student work packet on Thursday, Friday or Monday for the upcoming week’s assignments. Electronic: Packets will be available weekly on our website https://www.rsu34.org/covid19--2 and emailed parents and guardians at each grade level. OR Pick Up Locations: Totes will be located at all three elementary schools and at the OTHS meal distribution site each Thursday, Friday and Monday. The totes will be labeled for families to pick up the grade level packet(s) they need. OR Bus Distribution: Packets will be available for pick up on the meal distribution bus routes on Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays. An adult or student must be at the bus stop to request their grade level packet. Planning Ahead for April Vacation 4/20-4/24 No meals will be offered during April Vacation week Monday 4/20 through Friday 4/24. There will also be no required student work for that week. Alton Elementary School WiFi The installation of the Alton Elementary School public wifi is delayed, but will happen as soon as possible. Be Kind Pictures If you would like to send a picture of your student doing something kind or spelling a letter of kind in sign language, please email it to maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org for us to use later in a public post.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 3/30/20 IMPORTANT: Digital Learning Packet or Paper Materials Distribution via Bus or Pick Up Each Thursday, Friday and Monday until further notice the learning packet for the week will be available at all three elementary schools, the OTHS meal pick up area, and on all bus routes. You must be out at your stop on one of these days to ask for the specific grade level packets you need! Each Thursday, the next week’s assignments will be available. All of these will be available electronically on our district website https://www.rsu34.org/covid19--2 if you do not require a paper copy. Please Check Your Spam/Junk Folder We are getting reports that some emails from our district are going to the junk/spam folder of the recipient. Please check this spot on your account to make sure you are not missing important information from your student's teacher. Thank you! Need for Food/Resource Center We have staff who have been working in our Resource Center bagging up food for families who need it. Please reach out to jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org or call her at 207-370-8564 if your family is in need of food beyond our district’s meal distribution. Updated Online Resources We have updated our RSU #34 website with a COVID 19 section. It can currently be found by visiting rsu34.org, clicking on Menu, and then COVID 19. Soon, there will be an easy link on the homepage as well. Our OTES Facebook cover photo has updated contact information for our Resource Center and this image has been posted on our app as well. Don’t have our app? Go to your phone’s app store and search for RSU #34 ME and download our free app.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Public/Family Update 3/27/20 Materials Distribution Almost all student materials have gone out to families. Dr. Tuell and Mrs. Mitchell will be organizing remaining materials early next week and contacting families about receiving them. Meal Distribution Meal availability will start again on Monday, March 30th. Pick up will be available at OTHS from 10am-12pm and bus routes will run. Best wishes for a great weekend!
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Public/Family Update 3/26/2020 Viola Rand School and OTHS WiFi Available from Parking Lots If your family has a device that is able to connect to the internet, but you lack internet access, the public wifi is now open and accessible without a password from both the Viola Rand School Old Town High School parking lots. This wifi is only for the use of students or families who need to access the wifi for educational purposes! We are hoping the wifi will be opened at Alton Elementary tomorrow or early next week. Information for Families Who Are US Cellular Customers US Cellular is lifting data caps, overage charges, and tethering/hotspot capabilities on almost all of their consumer plans through the end of May. If you have a question about this including your plan, call 611 and they will be able to tell you if you’re on that type of plan. Spectrum Offer Reminder Spectrum is offering 60 day free access to their internet services, if possible at your address. To inquire, call 1-844-488-8395. Food Delivery and Pick Up Tomorrow, Friday 3/27/20 If you choose to pick up food at OTHS tomorrow from 10am-12pm or from your bus stop, six meals will be given to each student to last the weekend. Thank you to these thoughtful families for their window signs. We love you too!
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 3/25/20 Materials Distribution for April After this week, the delivery of personalized learning materials will be limited to only those students in specific circumstances. All materials will now be available digitally from classroom teachers and from a common Google link (to be shared later). Classroom teachers will be reaching out in the coming days to ask if you are having trouble accessing digital materials and if you need a printed copy. RSU #34 Resource Center Our school-community coordinator, Jennifer Goodwin, can be reached at 207-370-8564. If your family is in need of food or hygiene items (we do not have toilet paper) from the Resource Center, please reach out to her and we will do our best to get these items to your family. Each delivery bus currently has toothbrushes and toothpaste kits. If this is something your family could use, please let a staff member on the bus know. Food Distribution and Pick Up Continues We continue to feed approximately 550 students daily with our pick up at OTHS from 10am-12pm daily and via our bus routes. Questions should be directed to our food service office at 827-3908.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 3/24/20 OTES Resources Cover Photo on Facebook and on Our App We have created an OTES Resources image with phone numbers and email addresses for specific needs. Please reach out to your student’s teacher or one of these contacts to assist you. Our job at this time is to help you and your students! IMPORTANT Materials Distribution Information We are working hard to get materials prepared to share with you again. Some teachers will be doing this by delivery to their own students. If this is the case, we will leave materials on the doorstep and not interact with students---just a quick hi through the window. We will be connecting siblings’ work with these deliveries sometimes as well. When we are ready to distribute materials via bus routes, we will notify you. If you leave materials unopened for 72 hours this will allow for the reduction of germs. Please communicate with your student’s classroom teacher if you are at another location other than your primary address. We cannot guarantee in-person delivery outside of our district. Meal Delivery and Pick Up Continues Meal pick up is still available Monday-Friday at OTHS from 10am-12pm. Busses will continue to depart OTES at 10:30am Monday-Friday and drive their typical routes. There must be a person out to receive meals. We cannot leave food unattended for safety reasons.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 3/23/20 Feel the Love and Reach Out for Support Please read the image attached to this message. We hope that your whole family, including your students, are beginning to find a home learning routine that works for you. Even though they are away from their teacher, we hope your students also feel the love and care their teacher is still giving them through calls, messages, videos, or other online posts. If you have a need or concern, please reach out to the teacher first. If you are still in need of support, reach out to Dr. Tuell or Mrs. Mitchell. We are available 8 am-2 pm via phone at school 827-1544 and via email at jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org and maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org should you need anything! Meal Distribution Please be outside, in the window, or in sight of the delivery person in order for meals to be dropped at your house. If you have been missed by mistake, be sure to call the school at 827-1544 (OTES) or 827-3908 (Food Service for RSU 34). We are trying to limit the contact, so please stay 6 feet from the person delivering the meal. Weekend Pause We have asked our staff to not post on the weekends to give our families a chance to take a break or catch up. Going forward, only urgent district, food service, or school messages will be posted on the weekend.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Public/Family Update 3/20/20 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 827-1544. 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 Technology Survey We have developed a quick survey to gather some information about family needs in terms of technology. This survey will help us to understand what those specific needs are in each of the homes in RSU 34 and how we can possibly assist going forward in this school closure period. This is not a guarantee of a device or specific services. Remember, WIFI access is available for our families from the parking lot at OTHS. If you would take the time to fill out this survey, we would appreciate it. https://forms.gle/t9EoEPX2HMKkVgky6 Book Fair FYI Our library media specialist, Lynn Mayer, recently spoke with our Scholastic representative. They are cancelling the delivery of books for our Book Fair and our online sales are also cancelled. Scholastic employees are all working from home now as well, so they won't be able to package and send books. We know families are struggling financially, but we also know some would have loved to order books online.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 3/19/20 Meal Distribution Tomorrow, Friday 3/20/20 Meal distribution will be open tomorrow, Friday 3/20/20, from 10am to 12pm by the tent at Old Town High School. Any child 0-18 brought to this location will be given two meals per day for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Internet Access in the Old Town High School Parking Lot If your family has a device that is able to connect to the internet, but you lack internet access, the public wifi is now open and accessible without a password from the Old Town High School parking lot. This wifi is only for the use of students or families who need to access the wifi for educational purposes! We are currently working to open wifi availability at Alton Elementary and Viola Rand as well. We will update you when those are open. A Home Schedule We understand that every family is in a different situation with numerous challenges. The schedules you see our staff or others share, are great if they work for you. However, we understand that you need a schedule that works for your situation! Some families only work in the morning, or evening, or make their off days during the week instead of Saturday and Sunday. You also do not need to provide 6+ hours of “school time” as we do here at OTES. If you have specific questions or need support with a schedule, please reach out to your student’s teacher first.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 3/18/20 Calls from Teachers You can expect occasional calls, and certainly other forms of communication, from your student’s teacher during this closure. Some staff feel comfortable sharing their cell numbers and some do not; we respect both decisions. However, please be aware that a call from your teacher may come through as “Restricted”, “Private” or “Anonymous” depending on your carrier, and that it could be your student’s teacher checking in. Student Meals Our district served approximately 640 meals today. We are so thankful for our food service workers! The next distribution will be on Friday 3/20 from 10am-12pm. Look for the tent outside OTHS. Each child 18 or younger will get three days worth of two meals at that pickup. Starting Monday, March 23, meals will be distributed at OTHS every day 10am-12pm. Also beginning Monday March 23, we will run our 9 regular bus routes delivering meals. Our buses will leave OTHS at 10:30 and we anticipate routes lasting through about noon. We will republish routes as soon as we can. For the first few days, please be flexible as we figure out this new system. Each child 18 or under will be given two meals for that day if they are out at a bus stop. Student Belongings We do have some student packets, bags, and other belongings remaining. If you would like to pick up belongings on Thursday 3/19 7am-3pm or Friday 3/20 7am-11am, please come to the front entrance and they will be inside the vestibule. Each bag is clearly labelled. If you would still like to retrieve your student’s instrument, please email Jeanna Tuell jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org or Maggie Mitchell maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org. We will then put the student’s instrument in the vestibule, but only at an assigned time to prevent loss. Spectrum Offer Spectrum is offering 60 day free access to their internet services, if possible at your address. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 3/17/20 Remaining Student Belongings We do have some student packets, bags, and other belongings remaining. If you would like to pick up belongings tomorrow, Wednesday 3/18, please come to the front entrance and they will be inside the vestibule. Each bag is clearly labelled. If you would still like to retrieve your student’s instrument, please email Jeanna Tuell jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org or Maggie Mitchell maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org. We will then put the student’s instrument in the vestibule, but only at an assigned time to prevent loss. Student Meal Distribution Important Notice! Meals are Available in RSU #34 During School Closure On Wednesdays, beginning March 18th, families may stop by the OTHS cafeteria between 10:00 AM and noon. We will provide four meals for each child in the vehicle - two for Wednesday and two for Thursday. On Fridays, beginning March 20th, we will provide six meals; two for Friday, two for Saturday, and two for Sunday. On Mondays, beginning March 23rd, we will provide four meals; two for Monday and two for Tuesday. Meals are available to anyone up to the age of 18 and they should be present to receive the meals. Meals must be taken off site as the school will be closed for congregate gathering and we will not be providing a place for them to stay and eat. This will continue each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM until noon as long as our schools remain closed. We are working on a plan to deliver meals to RSU 34 bus stops in our RSU 34 communities and will let you know the details as soon as they become available. Please call 207-827-3908 with questions. Virtual Read Alouds Staff member will be recording themselves reading books and posting those videos at various times. Please be on the lookout if you are interested in watching with your student.
6 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Family/Public Update 3/16/20 Thank You! First, a huge thank you to our families and community for their continued support. Today was a great day in as many ways as it was a difficult one. Students in attendance were comforted and loved, had fun, were fed, and were given a sense of closure. Students whose families chose to keep them home surely also felt that sense of calm and security from those closest to them, and we also respect your decision. As we move forward, we will do so as a community. OTES Building Hours OTES will be open tomorrow, Tuesday 3/17/20 from 7am to 3pm for the pick up of belongings. As of 3pm tomorrow, OTES will be closed to the public. Any necessary pick ups after that point will have to be specifically arranged and outside our front entrance. Please make every effort to be here between 7am and 3pm to limit the need for these arrangements. RSU #34 Resource Center The RSU #34 Resource Center is now closed to visitors. However, if you find your family in need of food or hygiene items, please contact Jenn Goodwin at jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org, Jeanna Tuell at jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org or Maggie Mitchell at maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org A Reminder from RSU #34 Food Service Important Notice! Meals are Available in RSU #34 During School Closure On Monday, March 16, all students in our schools will be offered two meals to take home for Tuesday. Please let your children know that this is happening. Check backpacks and store food appropriately as soon as they get home. Call with questions. 207-827-3908. On Wednesday families may stop by the OTHS cafeteria between 10:00 AM and noon. We will provide four meals for each child in the vehicle - two for Wednesday and two for Thursday. On Friday we will provide six meals; two for Friday, two for Saturday, and two for Sunday. On Monday we will provide four meals; two for Monday and two for Tuesday. Meals are available to anyone up to the age of 18 and they should be present to receive the meals. Meals must be taken off site as the school will be closed for congregate gathering and we will not be providing a place for them to stay and eat. This will continue each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM until noon as long as our schools remain closed. We are working on a plan to deliver meals to RSU 34 bus stops in our RSU 34 communities and will let you know the details as soon as they become available.
7 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
School Closure Parent Update 3/15/20 OTES will be open Monday 3/16/20 for a regular school day. There will be no after school activities. If you choose not to send your student to school on 3/16/20, their absence will be automatically noted as excused. Each classroom will discuss the school closure with students in a similar, but age appropriate way to begin our school day. Students will pack up all personal belongings and take-home materials during the day. Students who are not in attendance will have their things packed in the same manner and the bags will be available for pick up at OTES on Tuesday 3/17/20 7am-3pm. If your student has medication here at school, please make every effort to pick it up on Monday 3/16/20 from 7am-3pm or on Tuesday 3/17/20 from 7am-10am. Pickups outside this time will be very limited and need to be arranged with CeCe Costello 827-1544 ext. 308. The RSU #34 Resource Center will be open during school hours tomorrow 3/16/20. Please stop in the office if your family is in need. The Resource Center will be closed when school is not in session. If your family is in need of food or hygiene items during the closure, please contact Jeanna Tuell or Maggie Mitchell directly, our emails are below. Two meals will be sent home on Monday 3/16/20 with any student who would like them. Please have a conversation with your student about this. As a district, we are working to get a meal pick up site at OTHS and a distribution plan in place. Information will be forthcoming. We will post updates on our app and Facebook page as soon any new information becomes available. Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation! Jeanna Tuell jeanna.tuell@rsu34.org 827-1544 ext. 303 Maggie Mitchell maggie.mitchell@rsu34.org 827-1544 ext. 304
7 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
From Superintendent David Walker
7 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
There is no school for RSU #34 students on Friday, March 20th due to a staff in-service day.
7 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
There is no school today, Thursday, February 27, 2020 in RSU #34.
7 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
There is no school in RSU #34 today, Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
10 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
At about 10:00 this morning 11/19/19, we had a fire alarm at OTES. Officer King was already at our school and Old Town Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter. There was no fire. As always, the OTPD and OTFD remarked about how safe and orderly our staff and students were during our evacuation.
10 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
All after school activities today, Monday, November 18, 2019 are cancelled due to the potential of slippery road conditions.
10 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
It is the time to start thinking about Thanksgiving meals! First, if your RSU #34 family needs a meal, please reach out to Jenn Goodwin at 827-2508 or jennifer.goodwin@rsu34.org. Second, we are collecting sides and desserts. Suggestions include stuffing, gravy, canned vegetables, potatoes, cranberry sauce, pie crust shells, pudding and pie filling, or other instant desserts. We could also use disposable roasting pans. We are hosting a turkey and food drive with the OTPD on Saturday 11/16 from 9-12 at Hannaford. You can drop off food there or any time at OTES!
11 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
A reminder that there is no school on Monday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.
11 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
In conjunction with the OTPD, we conducted a lockdown drill at OTES today around 10:00am. At no point was there a security concern. Staff and students did an amazing job!
11 months ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Diversity Night At OTES: October 24th from 6pm to 7pm.
12 months ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
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! With employment questions please contact Angela Porter (angela.porter@rsu34.org)
about 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Here are the RSU #34 Resource Center dates for September and October. The Resource Center is located at OTES. Click on the image for a full view of the schedule and contact information for our school-community coordinator, Jenn Goodwin.
about 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Thank you to all our kindergarten families who visited our Open House and Ice Cream Social last night! We are so excited to welcome this new kindergarten group to OTES!
about 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Thank you to our Residents at the River House for donating back to school supplies to our students and families
about 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
Afternoon Schedule Clarification 2:15 Bus students are dismissed 2:20 Pickups are dismissed All students must depart at 2:15/2:20 unless they are signed up for a designated after school activity. There will not be an offering every day for every grade. We plan to begin 3rd-5th grade after school programming and the second bus run the week of September 30th. Various after school options will be offered during the school year. For example, band, 5th grade musical, homework help, and after school clubs will be offered, but again, there will not be an offering every day for every grade. 3:15-3:30 Late bus pickup This schedule is subject to slight changes due to bus schedule adjustments.
about 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Morning Schedule Clarification 7:30 am Doors open for all students 7:40 am Official start of the instructional day (3rd-5th students move from their morning activity to their classroom) 7:45 am Arrivals after this time will be considered tardy, unless arriving by bus K-2nd grade students will go right to their classrooms when they arrive at school. There will no longer be a morning recess for K-2. Breakfast will be served in the classrooms. Note: K students will meet their teachers in the gym for the first week as they adjust. 3rd-5th grade students will go down the main hallway where they can choose to go outside or stay inside to participate in board games and/or have breakfast. Grab and go breakfast will also be offered for students to take to their classrooms. This schedule is subject to slight changes due to bus schedule adjustments.
about 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
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
about 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Here are the school supply lists for fourth and fifth grade. As always, if purchasing school supplies is a hardship for your family, do not worry! All students will be provided the materials they need and will not be singled out! We do have a limited amount of donated supplies in the office as well. If you have questions, please contact your student’s teacher or call 827-1544.
about 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Here are the school supply lists for third grade by teacher. As always, if purchasing school supplies is a hardship for your family, do not worry! All students will be provided the materials they need and will not be singled out! We do have a limited amount of donated supplies in the office as well. If you have questions, please contact your student’s teacher or call 827-1544.
about 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Here are the school supply lists for kindergarten through 2nd grade. As always, if purchasing school supplies is a hardship for your family, do not worry! All students will be provided the materials they need and will not be singled out! We do have a limited amount of donated supplies in the office as well. If you have questions, please contact your student’s teacher or call 827-1544.
about 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Don't forget our Family Breakfast tomorrow starting at 7:00am. This is a wonderful PTC event and we welcome our families to join us for this free breakfast! Parking is tough, so if you can park over at the YMCA and walk over using the path in back of the Y, this would help with limited parking!
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Here's our NEWSLETTER for the week of May 20-24
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Here's our weekly newsletter! Don't forget our Band Concert next week at 6:30 pm
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Our weekly newsletter is ready! Please be aware our Spring Clean UP Day and Art Fair has been rescheduled from Saturday to Sundy on April 28th from 9 am to Noon
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
There is no school in RSU #34 today, Monday, April 8, 2019.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
A message from Superintendent, David Walker: “...can’t trust that day.“ For those of you old enough to remember the Mamas and the Papas that might make sense. It appears we are not done with winter just yet. While the track of the impending storm is not completely clear, it is clear we will deal with snow or a snow/rain mix tomorrow morning. We will be using the new notification system linked with Apptegy, our website provider, for the first time. We had hoped to have the opportunity to use the new system with some low impact notifications for testing, but it appears we will not have that opportunity. Please monitor our website and WABI TV as a sure way to know the status of schools opening on Monday. Please share this information within your social media network to help spread the word!
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Our school is now open. Thank you for your cooperation.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Newsletter for March 18-25: Thank you to our PTC for providing snacks for testing week for 5th Graders!
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Don’t forget we will have our Glow Dance on Friday Night from 6 pm to 8 pm. There will be concessions sold at the dance, but the dance is FREE! This is a PTC event sponsored by the D.O.G.S (Dads of great students)
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Newsletter for March 11-15
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
There is no school in RSU #34 today, Monday, March 4, 2019.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
There is no school today, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 in RSU #34.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Free Community Event for Parents and Community Members National Speaker, Heather Forbes will speak on March 7th at 6:30 pm at the Cohen School. She will present how to help children who have experienced traumatic experiences or exhibit behavioral concerns. No registeration needed.
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
RSU#34 schools are closed today, Wednesday, January 30, 2019.
over 1 year ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
No after school programs at RSU34 today January 9, 2019
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
January Calendar Posted for Parents: Go to Documents, Newsletters, and look for the January 2019 Calendar. This is a good resource to post to your refrigerator and keep track of upcoming events.
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Check out our newsletter on Facebook or visit our website documents page
over 1 year ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
On Thursday, December 13, some of the OTES Civil Rights Team traveled to Brewer to attend the annual training. Eighty-five students from seven elementary schools in the area were present and OTES was able to send 17 students! The mission of the group is make sure all students feel welcome and respected for who they are! The mission of the Civil Rights Team project is, “We help schools think and talk about issues related to race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender and sexual orientation”. The advisers for the OTES Civil Rights Team are Mrs. Wilcox, Mrs. Moran and Mrs. Lunn
almost 2 years ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
RSU #34 Schools are closed today, December 17, 2018.
almost 2 years ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
The K-kids spread their holiday cheer today with their caroling down to the River House, Marsh Island Apartments, and the Meadows. The students were excited to share the carols and small ornament for their trees!
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Here is our monthly calendar for December. Hope helps to keep your family organized in this crazy season!
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Holiday Bazaar: We are looking for some more volunteers at the Holiday Bazaar on Saturday. Here's the link to support us: http://signup.com/go/aLHXDDJ
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
All after school activities are canceled today, Tuesday, 11/20/18, in RSU #34. This includes Library Club at OTPL.
almost 2 years ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
There is no school today, Friday, November 16, 2018 due to weather.
almost 2 years ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
This is our weekly newsletter for OTES https://www.smore.com/7mteq
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
Here is the latest Counseling Connection from Mrs. Wilcox and Mrs. Lunn.
almost 2 years ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
The RSU #34 Resource Center is open this afternoon , November 1st, from 2:30-4:00. Along with our regular supplies, there will be carrots, strawberries, apples, bananas, and a limited supply of Cowboy Beans and Rice To Go Meals available.
almost 2 years ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
Here is the November lunch menu. The menu can also be found on our website and app by going to Old Town Elementary, choosing Menu, and clicking on Dining.
almost 2 years ago, Maggie Mitchell
Maggie Mitchell
After studying about farm animals and everything Farm, Kindergarteners took a walking field trip up to UMaine’s Witter Farm to explore the cows, horses and sheep that they have there. Farm staff gave students, teachers and parents a guided tour around the farm where students could see, hear, touch and smell all that the farm had to offer! Students will walk up again in the spring to see the spring babies!
almost 2 years ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Thank you to Mrs. Wilcox and Mrs Lunn for a great celebration of Red Ribbon Week. We all had so much fun with each dress up day!
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
The K-Kids will start their food drive on November 1 and focus on supporting our school's resource center. This year the students decided to have a COMMUNITY FOCUS and have students in those communities bring in items based on the community they are in. For every items your child brings in, they will be entered into a drawing BLUE COMMUNITY Bringing in Snack Items ( Goldfish, animal crackers, pretzels) GREEN COMMUNITY Bringing in Paper Goods and Hygiene items RED COMMUNITY Bringing in Cleaning Items (glass cleaner, trash bags, detergent) YELLOW COMMUNITY Canned Goods or Non-Perishable Items
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
The D.O.G.S ( Dads of great students) will be meeting next month on Nov 14 at 6 pm at YAMAS. Typically the group will be meeting on the third Wednesday of the month but moved the date in November to adjust for the Thanksgiving Break
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Maggie Mitchell
Today, we had student athletes from the University of Maine group Male Athletes Against Violence visit our kindergarten students to read Hands are Not for Hitting. They also brought along some special gifts. Kindergarten classes who did not get a visit today will on Friday.
almost 2 years ago, Maggie Mitchell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Thank you for supporting our PTC booth at Riverfest. We made $570 at our booth. All the money will go back to our students and activities planned throughout the school year. If you didn't get a school t-shirt yet, please let us know, we have some available at our school.
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Traffic Flow: Thank you all for working to support and implement our new traffic plan. We will continue to be outside to help with the transition and hope everyone continues to work together on this issue.
almost 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell
Dr. Jeanna Tuell
We were pleased to have Louise Martin visit our school today and share with our 5th grade students what her school experience was growing up. Louise has been a generous contributor to our school over the years.
about 2 years ago, Dr. Jeanna Tuell