Monday, April 13, 2020

Monday April 13 Blog Update

Good afternoon/evening.  I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend and are now safe and warm and hunkered down for our wind storm this evening.  Certainly seems that with last week's snow storm, and the wind this week - mother nature has a few more tricks up her sleeve before we get into the nicer side of spring here in Maine!  A few updates to get your week started are below...

GMS 3D Printers Being Put To Good Use

Under the tremendous guidance of our very own Terri Dawson (GMS Tech. Integrator) some of our students are helping to make ear protectors for our health care workers using our 3D printers!  Here's a few pictures showing what they look like and just how much our medical professionals appreciate the comfort they provide!


Way to Go GMS!  If you are interested in learning more about this program, please email

THANK YOU to Ruth's Reusables and UNUM!

Just wanted to send a quick "shout out" to Rush's Reusables in Portland and UNUM for donating leveled books to students in grades K-5 all over Cumberland County!  Around 100 of these "book bags" (Seen below) were donated this weekend to the Gorham Schools.  We will be working to deliver them to K-12 families in need over the course of this week with help from our partners at the Gorham Recreation Department (Thanks Cindy).  Stay tuned...and again - THANK YOU Ruth's and UNUM!

THANK YOU to Jobs for Maine's Graduates (JMG)

Just wanted to send out another quick "shout out" to our three JMG employees here in Gorham - Ryan Chicoine, Eliza Kinigsberg, and Maureen O' Brien.  Even though our students have been at home, these folks have not stopped working on our goals of making sure our K-12 students continue to think about their Aspirations.  They also haven't stopped caring about our awesome students!  Just the other day JMG donated $2,000.00 in Hannaford gift cards to our JMG high school families and another $2,000.00 in Hannaford gift cards for families in grades K-8 to support those families most in need.  They also recently donated another $1,000.00 in funding to help support our purchase of additional hot spots for families in need.  That's a total of $5,000.00 JMG has recently donated to our students and families.  What an incredible organization!  What an incredible JMG staff here in Gorham...and what incredible families! 


A Few Pictures from One Family's at Home Learning Last Week

Just wanted to show a few pictures to everyone from one family's experiences of Gorham's distance learning during the course of the week last week...this family is from Narragansett Elementary School.  Thanks for sharing and love the Gorham swag!


Another Resource from Junior Achievement

I have shared this with my K-12 teachers as well, but thought some of you as parents might enjoy these resources too...check it out!

Upcoming School Committee Meetings (Budget Related)

Two upcoming budget related meetings this week.  The first will be a budget workshop meeting to be held TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. via zoom.  CLICK HERE for the agenda and link information.

The second will be a special meeting on April 15, 2020 where the School Committee will vote to approve (or not) of the proposed FY 21 school budget.  CLICK HERE for the agenda and link information.

As a reminder you can always view all board meeting packet materials by CLICKING HERE.

If anyone ever has any questions about how to access School Committee meeting information - please do not hesitate to email me at and I can help you to locate any information you seek online.

Upcoming Dunk and Discuss Zoom Meeting

I have had several  parents join me recently for some great  discussions on our Dunk and Discuss meetings...typically these meetings are going for just 30 minutes or so...its a great way to login, get your questions answered and share feedback, etc.  If you are one is coming  up on April 14 at 6:00 p.m.  Please join me!  Here's the link:

Thought Exchange Reminder

The Thought exchange is open for one more week so if you haven't already gone in and provide your feedback to us on our distance learning programming, it would be greatly appreciated.  If you already have provided your thoughts, please go back in and rate the thoughts of others!  We will be using this feedback to help guide us through the myriad of decisions we have yet to make between now and the end of the school year so your voice is important!  Here are the links:

Text the 9-digit code…394-317-079

Student (6-12)
Text the 9-digit code…873-732-568

A Few Resources for Parents

And since it is  so nice and rainy today...wanted to share this link to a Common Sense Media article about what to watch, read, and  play while kids are stuck indoors!

And then finally, just a few tips on how mindfulness practices can help parents get through these difficult times!

See you all on Wednesday!

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