First, I wanted to share a post made by our very own Maine 2020 Teacher of the Year, GMS Teacher Heather Whitaker...a great reminder for all of us, not just our teachers...to slow down and focus on what is most important during these difficult times - EACH OTHER!
Just in case you haven't already seen it, I also wanted to share the link to the "protect nana" video created by our very own GHS students and Adam Parvanta, which is now being used by the Maine Department of Education as a PSA across the state to help remind our high school students of the importance of physical distancing. Great job GHS students and Mr. P - again...focusing on what is most important right now! LOVE IT!
Now on to the "nuts-n-bolts" Reminders:
School Committee meeting TONIGHT:
First I wanted to remind parents who may be interested that we will be holding our first school committee meeting in a while via zoom. Here's the link if you'd like to join:
There will be a public comment section on the agenda and the meeting itself will be recorded in its entirety and then posted on our website and on the town website for viewing by the public. The agenda for the meeting is LINKED HERE.
Virtual DUNK AND DISCUSS Zoom Meeting Tomorrow Night:
I will be hosting my first of a series of four "Dunk and Discuss" meetings tomorrow night beginning at 6:00 p.m. for those who are interested in joining me. There is no formal agenda...just come on, share your thoughts, ask your questions and hopefully get some answers. If there are questions I can't answer, I will collect them and then get the answers back out to everyone via this blog. I will also record the meeting and post a link for others to view.
Here is the link to the zoom "Dunk and Discuss" for tomorrow night:
April Break is STILL "ON"
I have had some recent questions as to whether or not we will continue our distance learning programs through the planned April break (April 20-24) and the answer is NO. I am thinking that by this time, everyone is going to need a little break from distance learning and a chance to just "turn off" and "power down" - parents and teachers alike! Therefore, please plan that there will be no formal distance learning occurring during the course of the planned April vacation. Now, for some of you high schoolers out there -I can't plan that some teachers may not still assign a paper or two over the break. Of course this may have happened whether we were in "regular school" or not...but there will definitely be no plans to get students together formally (via distance) over the planned break.
Kindergarten Registration Postponed
Gorham Kindergarten Screenings that were previously scheduled for the first week of April have been postponed to the week of June 1st - June 5th. Anyone that had previously set up an appointment should have gotten an email from their respective school secretary. If you have not set up an appointment for your student to get screened or have any questions, please reach out to your school secretary via email.
Great Falls - firstname.lastname@example.org
Village - mia.desanctis@gorhamschools.
"Operation Feed Gorham" continues to grow as we knew it would! Beginning on March 30, 2020 we will be adding breakfast to the program. THIS WILL NOT CHANGE THE PROCESS...it will just mean that folks that want breakfast will pick up BOTH the bagged lunch and the breakfast packet at the same time each day (between 11:00 - 1:00) at our four satellite locations. If you haven't been participating in the lunch program, but are interested in now participating, please go ahead to the survey link below to express your interest in participating! If you have already completed the survey, no need to do it again...you will automatically be added for lunch and breakfast! Here is the link:
And then just to end on a high note today...A parent shared this site for online sing alongs that folks might be interested in...not sure if there is a small fee or not - but check it out.
Also, here's a cool picture I found online that I think sums it all up nicely for us here in Gorham!
THANK YOU EVERYONE! Keep up the great work!