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November 16 Newsletter

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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.  
Thanksgiving Baskets were made by Conners Emerson students for use in delivering food for the holiday. 
Value of the Week: Honesty
In This Issue
Community News
Dates to Remember
Forward Email
Principal's Note
Principal Barbara Neilly
It is not enough to be compassionate, You must act... has been our challenge this past month.  I am pleased to share the student and staff efforts towards this goal.  Last Friday, we had a hat and jean day to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Our efforts raised over $800, which we will send to the American Red Cross. This past Wednesday, all of our students and staff participated in making Thanksgiving Baskets (boxes), which will be filled with food.  We were able to provide over 40 decorated boxes with dried and canned food items. The local community garden has provided two boxes of fresh squash, as part of their contribution.  All of the boxes and food will be delivered to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry for distribution.  
Two separate events this past week, involved large acts of volunteerism.  Grade 6 held a Harvest Dinner for families and students. They fed over 100 people as part of their study on food sources. COA students assisted the sixth graders with the harvesting of carrots at Beech Hill Farm and the preparing and cooking of the meal. The students were able to produce such a large amount of food. We were able to share our extras with the food pantry and local community free dinner.  The other event was Family Arts and Crafts night sponsored by the PTSA. Over 50 parents and students came to make crafts.  Parent volunteers assisted with the various activities making the event a tremendous success.
Finally, I invite you to participate in a local effort involving all of the district school lunch personnel, as they put on a benefit dinner of baked beans, hot dogs, fresh cole slaw, baked bread/rolls and ice cream on November 30th from  5:00-7:00 pm in the Conners Emerson School cafeteria,  all proceeds will  benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.   Tickets are available at school for a donation of $6.00 for an individual and $15 for a family.    
When inclement weather does arrive and we have to cancel school, there are several ways to know about cancellations. You can tune to TV Channels 2 and 5, listen to KISS 94 FM radio station, look at the school website, listen for the town fire whistle or call the school answering machine in the morning. The Fire Department will blow the whistle 3-3-3 at 6:30 A.M. and again at 7:00 A.M.  There may also be times when we just delay school by two hours.  This means that if your child normally arrives at school at 8:00 A.M., then they should not be on school grounds before 10:00 A.M.  There are also times when we may have to dismiss early due to a storm.  Early dismissal will be at 12:30 P.M.  The most important thing in this case is that parents and students have PLAN A and PLAN B in place. Students should know ahead of time what their plan is if we dismiss early so that students do not have to call home and parents do not have to call the school.  At times when we do have to dismiss early, the offices are extremely busy making arrangements for transportation etc.  We do not have time to get last minute messages to students.  Your children should know what they are to do for early dismissal.  Please do not call the school to ask if we are dismissing early; this decision comes from the Superintendent's Office and we have to wait for the decision too!  REMEMBER-when you listen to the school recording, make sure you listen to the date and day as we only record over the last snow day when the next one arrives!



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, mussel, clam etc.






PTSA Notes
The next PTSA meeting will be our annnual budget/election meeting on Tuesday November 27th at 6:30 in the Emerson Library.  Meetings are open to all.  You DO need to be a member in order to vote for officers.  This is the proposed slate of elected officials:
  • President - outgoing Leslyn Shea, incoming Heidi Hambrecht
  • Vice President - Krisit Losoquadro 
  • Treasurer - outgoing Phyllis Leighton (AFTER 18 YEARS! ) incoming Edith Korstanje
  • Secretary - OPEN

Looking forward to seeing you on the 15th and the 27th!


~Bar Harbor PTSA

Community News

The Camp Beech Cliff Climbing Wall will be closed on Friday, November 23rd.
Pemetic middle  schoolers and are holding a Red Cross Donation Drive TOMORROW, Sat. the 17th, at the SOUTHWEST FOOD MART, between the hours of 10 and noon.  It's simply $ donations, no bake sale (except "thank you" cookies provided!).  Donations are tax deductible; checks should be made out to the American Red Cross.

On Friday, November 23rd from 1pm - 3pm at the MDI YMCA's indoor pool - families are welcome to come for the annual, "Turkey Day Dive In Movie". Float in the pool while you watch the movie, "Chicken Run". Have fun participating in the annual Turkey Dive Contest. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring a float as the Y has a limited supply. Y members are free and all others pay $5. For more information contact Aquatics Director Mark at 288-3511, or

Dates to Remember
DEC. 7 & 13          EARLY RELEASE DAYS
DEC. 14                NO SCHOOL
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