Alexander Elementary School

This page for communicating events and activities only. For more complete info/resources visit alexanderelementary.org, for questions please call 454-2623.

[06/04/20]   Hey Families. I am here from 8:00-3:00 the rest of the week. I have the students lockers cleaned out. If you are missing winter boots there are a few pair in the entry way to check out.

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ALEXANDER SCHOOL DEPARTMENT
MEETING OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE
TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2020
6:30 P.M.

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AGENDA

School Committee Members Present:
School Committee Members Absent:

A. Call the Meeting to Order Time______________

B. Adjustments to the Agenda

C. To Consider Approval of the May 12, 2020 School Committee Meeting Minutes, as Written or with Corrections, as Recommended by the Superintendent of Schools

Moved __________ Second __________ Vote __________

D. Administrative Reports:

1. Principal’s Report –
2. School Committee -
3. Superintendent – Update from MDOE

E. Public Participation

F. Old Business

G. New Business

1. To Consider a Discussion on the Alexander/Crawford Tuition Contract

Moved __________ Second __________ Vote __________

2. To Consider a Discussion on the Alexander/Baring Tuition Contract

Moved __________ Second __________ Vote __________

3. To Consider Entering an Executive Session Pursuant to Statutory Citation
[1 M.R.S.A. ss 405 (6) (D)] to Discuss Negotiations

Moved __________ Second __________ Vote __________

Time In ___________

Time Out __________

Post Executive Session Action

Moved __________ Second __________ Vote __________

4. To Consider a Discussion/Possible Adoption of the 2020 – 2021 Alexander Budget

Moved __________ Second __________ Vote __________

H. Adjournment Time________________

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[05/29/20]   Dear AES Families,

You are invited to drive through the school driveway on Friday, June 5th from 3pm to 4pm as AES staff will be set up around the circle to wave and wish students well for the summer. At the entrance and exit to the driveway, a staff member will be handing out goodie bags for each family as they drive through. We hope to see you then!

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ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - AOS #77- ALEXANDER, MAINE

Fall 2020 New Student Registration:

For families seeking to register their PreK - 8th grade child(ren) for Fall 2020- instructions and forms are available online at alexanderelementary.org/student-registration, or you can contact the main office at 454-2623. If you are unable to reach a staff member, please leave a message with your contact information and we will return your call as soon as possible.

alexanderelementary.org PK-8 Public school located in Alexander, Maine.

[05/15/20]   From the letter sent to AES families this afternoon:

May 15, 2020

Dear AES Families,

I hope this letter finds you well, I am writing you to provide important information for the end of the school year:

End of School Year

In observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th, no assignments will be given nor will there be remote learning sessions occurring on this day. The school office will also be closed. However, meals will still be available and deliveries will still continue on this day.

Remote learning will continue through to Friday, June 5th, now designated as the last day of the school year. In these weeks prior to summer break for students - teachers will begin slowly reducing workload and incorporating more learning projects or creativity focused activities. No new assignments will be given after the date of Friday, May 29th.

The week of June 1st through the 5th will be a remediation week for students. During this week, teachers will continue to maintain online availability and students will have the opportunity for additional time to complete assignments, receive extra remediation/support, and hold exit conferences with their teachers.

The school office will be open daily June 1st to the 5th from 8:00am - 3:00pm to facilitate the return of materials. If you are unable to come to the school during these hours, please contact us to make alternative arrangements.

School issued laptops, iPads, and textbooks will need to be returned to the school. The devices need to be serviced during the summer months. Please ensure the laptops and iPads are returned with their chargers and if provided, cases.

Some students still have personal effects in desks and lockers, these items will be gathered by staff and available for families to pick up in the entrance using the same procedure and protocol as usual for receiving/dropping school work.

AES families will receive URL links via email for an optional remote learning survey - one for students and one for parents. More information will be provided in an email accompanying the survey links.

June 3rd will be the last date of food services at AES. Any student meal credits or bills from prior to school closure (March 17th) will be carried over to September 2020. There are summer meal sites for any children ages 0-18 available during the summer at the Calais Elementary School, call 454-2000 or visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks for more information.

Report Cards

Guidance from the Maine Department of Education encourages schools to adopt grading practices that “hold harmless” students for whom conditions are outside of their control and as best as possible prevents further learning inequities. The teachers and staff are sensitive to the variety of challenges continuously faced by the students and their families including equity of access and support. In an effort to do no harm, the 4th quarter report card will not be the same as usual.

Teachers will continue to review and provide feedback on student work submitted or shown through online programs and paper packets. At the end of the quarter, a narrative report will provide information based on what the student was able to access and demonstrate. This report will be sent to parents/guardians and will be used by teachers to help students transition to the next grade in the fall. Unless conversations with regard to considering retention were discussed with a student’s parents/guardians prior to school closure, the anticipation is that students will move to the next grade.

Upon returning to school, the use of regularly scheduled assessment tools will provide more exact information about student strengths and needs. Those assessments will help inform instructional needs going forward.

Fall 2020

Understandably there may be questions about the reopening of school in the fall. Guidance from the Department of Education, the Governor’s office, and the Maine CDC will be essential to how that process will look. We will continue to provide families with information as it becomes available - please continue to monitor your email as well as the school website at https://alexanderelementary.org where information will be posted.

Supporting Learning during Summer Break

For families interested in supporting learning over the summer - currently available on the school website are numerous links to free online learning resources due to the COVID-19 emergency school closure. This section will soon include recommendations from teachers and information on how to continue to access programs students currently use during remote learning.

Thank You!

The teachers and staff at Alexander Elementary wish to express our gratitude for how our families have approached and responded to remote learning during emergency school closure. Throughout this time and given the enormous challenges faced by each family, your efforts have fostered and supported learning. And to our students: We miss each and every one of you, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again.

Sincerely,

Trevor Flood
Principal

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Washington County, Maine - Are you a youth that has an interest in arts and crafts? Has staying at home inspired you to try a new artistic hobby? Do you want to receive a 4-H prize?

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Program encourages youth to enter the Washington County 4-H Arts and Crafts Showcase!

Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate, the showcase is open to all Washington County youth ages 5-18.

Submissions will be featured online on the 4-H website. For more information and details on how to enter, visit extension.umaine.edu/washington/washington-county-4-h-arts-and-craft-showcase/.

The deadline for submissions is June 15th.

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Bikes for books were drawn today! Bikes will be delivered this afternoon! Congratulations to all winners!

[04/28/20]   Just a reminder that entries for the Bikes for Books program are due by 12pm on Friday. Drawings to be held next week!

[04/27/20]   Hey all I am here today until 12:00 :)
Brenda

[04/16/20]   Book summary forms for the Bikes for Books program have been placed in student packets this week. There are also a number available in the main entrance of the school. Please take what you need. The current deadline for returning of completed forms is Friday, May 1st by noontime.

[04/13/20]   April 13, 2020

Dear AES Families,

I’ve received news that the Bikes for Books Program is still on! Due to the circumstances we’ve all faced regarding school closure, we are pushing the deadline for submission of book summaries to May 1st, 2020. Blank book summaries can be mailed to families or placed in learning packets for pick up this week. Please have the summaries completed and returned to the school by noon on Friday, May 1st.

The drawings will be held and winners announced during the week of May 4 - 8th, where arrangements will be made for receipt of the bikes. Good luck to all of our students and keep up the great work!

Sincerely,

Trevor Flood
Principal

[04/10/20]   A reminder that we are offering free cold breakfast and lunch to anyone in Alexander under 18 years of age during our school closure.
Meals will be delivered on Monday for Monday and Tuesday.
Meals will be delivered on Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Deliveries will be between 10:30am-12:00pm.
To enroll call 207-454-2623 and select ext. 3 for the kitchen to sign up.

[04/10/20]   April 10, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

On Tuesday, April 7, Commissioner of Education Pender Makin and Governor Janet Mills made the recommendation to continue distance learning services until the end of the school year. The schools within AOS 77 will follow this recommendation and services like the ones you have grown accustomed to during the previous three weeks will continue.

Please be advised we will be observing April Vacation week as a vacation and will only be distributing meals according to the regular schedule in your town. I feel that both families and staff who have been working diligently during these challenging days need that respite.

At the present, no formal decision has been made regarding graduation exercises for 8th grade and 12th grade students, however, I will be asking the respective school boards for their input.

Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

Respectfully,

Kenneth Johnson
Superintendent of Schools

[03/23/20]   From the Superintendent-

March 23, 2020

Dear Parent or Guardian:

At this time I must inform you that I am extending the closure period for all AOS 77 schools until Monday, April 27, 2020.

During this time families will continue to receive meals and homework in the same manner that has been implemented by the individual schools your children attend.

During the week of April 20-24 (April Vacation) there will be no homework sent as we will observe April vacation but meals will still be provided.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding during these challenging days as we continue to work on behalf of students in the safest manner available to us.

Sincerely,
Kenneth Johnson
Superintendent of Schools
AOS 77 – Sunrise County School System

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ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - AOS #77- ALEXANDER, MAINE

AES families, just a reminder that the school website has resources to help support learning from home (alexanderelementary.org). Also, be sure to check your email spam folder as some messages from school emails might be filtered there.

alexanderelementary.org PK-8 Public school located in Alexander, Maine.

[03/18/20]   We have been asked to pass along important information from the Alexander Board of Selectmen, please read and share the following:

The Alexander Town Meeting for March has been postponed indefinitely by order of the Select Board.

Alexander Residents- If you have self quarantined due to COVID-19 and are in need of help getting supplies please contact the Alexander Town Office 454-3011. There is a list of people there willing to lend a hand. You may also contact Selectman Foster Carlow Jr.

The Alexander Town Office is remaining Open. Please call to make appointments 454-3011. Limit to one person in the office at a time, per order of the Select Board. This is subject to change as the Select Board monitor the COVID-19 concerns.

[03/17/20]   From today's message to AES Families:

March 17, 2020

Dear AES Parents/Guardians,

With the official announcement of school closure, I understand this has generated many questions. I will attempt to summarize previously released information and what to expect moving forward at this time.

Continuation of Education: Teachers have been preparing for the possibility of school closure and sent prepared assignments and resources home with the students on Monday (03/16/20). If your child was absent from school Monday, please call the office to make arrangements to receive your child’s assignments. The building was open on Tuesday (03/17/20) for parents to retrieve student materials, belongings, and devices. If you were unable to come to the school on Tuesday 03/17/20, please call the office to make arrangements for another day this week. School devices (iPads and Laptops) are available for students to take home for those who have need. If you cannot come to the school at all, please call the office to make other arrangements.

The goal of remote learning during this closure time will be to review, reinforce, and practice skills that students have been working on. Teachers have provided more detailed information in letters accompanying your child’s assignments, including how to connect with them online on platforms such as Google Classroom and ClassDojo. Teachers and staff will be available through email, ClassDojo, or Google Classroom during regular school hours to answer questions and provide support. Completed work can be dropped off at the school, please call the office to arrange for a time.

Continuation of Breakfast and Lunch: We are offering free cold breakfast and lunch to anyone in Alexander under 18 years of age during our school closure. Meals will be delivered on Monday for Monday and Tuesday. Meals will be delivered on Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Deliveries will be between 10:30am-12:00pm.

To enroll call 207-454-2623 and select ext. 3 for the kitchen to sign up. To ensure food service gets your message as soon as possible, please do not leave a message for the office or the principal. Once enrolled, you do not have to contact the school unless you want to discontinue meals. You can enroll at any time during the closure.

During closure of the building, only staff will have access to the building. Minimizing traffic will allow the time needed to increase cleaning and disinfecting.

Continuation of Extra-Curricular Activities: All extra-curricular activities will remain suspended until after April break. At that time, the situation will be re-evaluated.

Access of Information: Moving forward, we will be using the school website (alexanderelementary.org) to consolidate information in one easy-to-access place during school closure. We will also update the website with helpful resources for families.

This is a challenging situation and we appreciate the difficulties faced by our entire community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions. The teachers and staff at AES are here to support our families.

Sincerely,

Trevor Flood
Principal

[03/17/20]   March 17, 2020

Dear Alexander Families,

We are offering free cold breakfast and lunch to anyone in Alexander under 18 years of age during our school closure.

Meals will be delivered on Monday for Monday and Tuesday.

Meals will be delivered on Wednesday for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Deliveries will be between 10:30am-12:00pm.

To enroll call 207-454-2623 and select ext. 3 for the kitchen to sign up. To ensure I get your message A.S.A.P., please do not leave a message for the office or the principal. Once enrolled, you do not have to contact me unless you want to discontinue meals. You can enroll at any time during the closure.

Sample meal:
Milk is included with all meals
Breakfast: Either Pop Tart, cereal, cereal bar, or granola bar served with either juice, dried fruit, apple sauce, or fresh fruit.
Lunch: Either Pretzel, turkey and cheese sandwich, yogurt and cheese stick or a Smuckers Uncrustable served with dried fruit, apple sauce, or fresh fruit.

Sincerely,

Betty J. Wallace
AES Food Service

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PK-8 public school in Alexander, Maine.