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December 21, 2012

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Conners Emerson School 
As a school community, we are dedicated to the values of fairness, compassion, honesty, responsibility, respect and courtesy that contribute to a positive, diverse, safe and caring learning environment.  
In This Issue
Principal's Note
Community News
Allergy Alert
Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up
Dates to Remember
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Dear Parents,


We are all pleased to announce that despite the horrific events in CT, this past week of school has been quiet, productive and business as usual. We have provided support for those few who felt they needed to talk more about the recent events and have reassured everyone that our schools continue to be a safe haven that is conducive to learning. As much as we all want to try to get some control over an event that made us feel so vulnerable and helpless, it is prudent to avoid visceral reactions; we should focus on two aspects; 1) are our current Crisis Plans up to date and known by staff members and 2) what lessons can be learned from this tragedy.


With regard to the first aspect: A few years ago our school district created a robust crisis response plan that was based on the Crisis Hazard Management Planning for Schools (CHAMPS) model created through the State of Maine Emergency Management Agency. This plan includes lock down policies. Each year by law we review our plans through a safety committee and make the necessary modifications. As a part of that plan each classroom has an easy to use flipchart response guide that is readily available. All professionals agree that no security system ( as evidenced in CT) will ever be able to stop a person who is committed to such an act of violence, rather the deciding factor will be how quickly and efficiently the staff reacts to the situation. In each of our schools we have the type of dedicated staff members who take these plans seriously and would commit the same acts of heroism when it came down to the safety of our students.


Secondly, there will surely be lessons learned from this tragic event in the months and years ahead of us. As we learn these lessons we will modify and change as is warranted. The trick is how do we balance safety with the sense of being a school, a learning community that nurtures learning for all, that feels inviting and safe. 


When visiting school please remember to check in at the office and follow those procedures that help to create a safe environment for learning. All of our schools work hard to create a climate that values all of its students, that connect parents and make our community proud of our existence. As long as we can do this, we are in fact eliminating many of the risk factors that appear to be some of the common denominators in these types of events. Thank you for your trust, thank you for your support and we look forward to moving forward together.



Barbara A. Neilly             Mike Zboray

Principal                          Assistant Principal

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Conners Emerson School will be hosting two webinars in the Conners Emerson school library during January. The second one is a 3-part seminar series and you may attend part or all of the series.  The location of the second two in this series is still to be determined.
The webinars are open to all MDIRSS teachers, parents, and community members. 
Laying Waste to the Elephant in the Living Room: Solutions for the Anxious Gifted Child
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Presenter: P. Susan Jackson, MA, RCC
Living with Intensity seminar series (designed as professional development for APA- and thus more advanced)
Dates: Part 1 - January 22, 2013 (Susan Daniels, PhD) Part 2 - February 26, 2013 (Michele Kane, EdD) Part 3 - March 26, 2013 (Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD)
Time: 7:30 p.m.  to 9 p.m.


The Jesup Memorial Library Young Reader's Library Committee would like to thank everyone who helped with the Scholastic Book Fair.



Because we have a student with a (severe) shellfish allergy, we are a shellfish-free school. 


This means that no student or staff member should bring into the school any shellfish or food containing shellfish. This includes lobster, crab, mussels, clams, etc.



Student Drop-Off/Pick-Up


Once again, we would like to remind parents to please drop your children off and pick them up at the crosswalk and not drive into the school yard.  Also, please do not park in front of the school at any time, especially during drop off and dismissal.  This area is a fire lane.  Thanks for your help. 

Dates to Remember

Also, if your child is taking part in athletic events, you can view the calendar by clicking here.
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