Reminder that Wednesday, 11/18 will be an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:10pm.
Veazie Community School will return to in-person learning tomorrow: Friday, 11/13/20. We will be on our normal schedule with grades PK - 2, & 6-8 in-person; and, 3-5 remote. Thank you for your patience and support.
We are still offering lunches today during remote learning. If you would like to pick up a lunch, please call the office this morning.
Veazie Community School will be remote-only tomorrow, 11/12/20. A decision will be made on or around 5pm tomorrow as to what Friday will look like. -Mr. Cyr
Veazie Community School Intermediate Students wish our Veterans a Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you for your service.
A sneak peak at the festive Hathaway Holiday Light show spread out across the VCS yard facing School Street in Veazie. We are excited to support this wonderful fund raising effort. More information will be coming home soon in our Fall edition of The Viking!
Hello VCS Families, Veazie Community School will be full-remote until Thursday, November 12. We are awaiting critical information with an ongoing COVID-19 investigation before we can safely bring students back to our hybrid model. Note: No school on Wednesday, November 11 in honor of Veteran's Day. We will assess the situation below on 11/11 and communicate if more remote instruction time is necessary. It was reported last night (11/7/20) that a family member of individuals associated with Veazie Community School have been deemed a close contact with another individual who tested positive for COVID-19. We are taking a very guarded approach in response to this news given the current state of the pandemic. We are quarantining any individual(s) who live in close proximity with a person who has been identified as a close contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals have already been contacted. None of the impacted individuals are experiencing any symptoms at this time, and precautionary testing is underway. I understand this cautious move creates childcare challenges and added hardships for many of our families. I want you all to know that the safety of your children, and the staff of Veazie Community School has always been, and will continue to be, at the forefront of all decisions. Lunch: We will provide lunch pickup between the hours of 11 and 1 on both Monday and Tuesday. Parents wanting lunch must contact our Kitchen Manager, Betsy Brooks, to place an order (remember, lunch is free for all students this year). You can email Mrs. Brooks directly (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call the school, 947-6573. With community transmission on the rise in Maine, we are asking all families to be extra vigilant and more committed than ever to following all Maine CDC and Veazie Community School health and safety protocols. This includes daily health screenings before sending your child to school on in-person days, promptly reporting health/safety information to the school, proper hand hygiene, social distancing, and most importantly--wearing appropriate face coverings. This will only work if we all adhere to these proven effective precautions. Thank you. Take care of each other. Sincerely, Matthew Cyr, Superintendent & Principal
The Veazie Police Dept. has asked that we encourage families to lock doors to cars/homes/garages. The police are investigating reports of suspicious activity around homes occurring during the overnight. Any questions, please call the police department--945-4636.
Winter weather means new snow gear for your growing kiddos. Please consider donating clean, gently used snow pants, jackets, mittens and boots to the school. We will be spending much more time outside this winter and would appreciate the extra gear for emergencies and the occasional "I forgot my boots" day. :) Thank you!
Please consider supporting our annual PTO online auction fundraising event. Thank you!
In the Batcave (middle school science room), it is only natural to be doing a STEM challenge to design bat wings that will make a bat fly the farthest!!
Yellow and Red Health Advisories (the following information is taken from our reopening plan which can be found on the school website www.veaziecs.org): While we are presently in a Green health advisory, I am urging all families to have a back-up plan ready to go in a moment’s notice should we be forced to shift to a Yellow or Red health advisory. In a Yellow health advisory, Grades 3-8 will maintain the same schedule as they do under Green. In a Yellow advisory, PK - 2 will shift to being in-person on Monday/Tuesday, and remote only on Wed/Th/Fri. In a Red health advisory, all students will shift to remote-only. -Mr. Cyr
Our new playground is now complimented with a beautiful outdoor pavilion to help us sustain outdoor learning experiences throughout the winter. Our large tent will soon be taken down, cleaned and stored until spring. This pandemic has taught us to embrace the outdoors!
Veazie Fire Chief Metcalf (aka Firefighter Pete) made a zoom appearance today in grade 3. It is always nice to see a familiar face, even if on a screen.
Code Club is starting back up for students in grades 3 - 8! Sign-up below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuWlci9MVutnvjw8MEKWHWKMNe8x48TZf4R61LXTx06egAvA/viewform?usp=sf_link
The Primary Wing is having a Fall Festival this week. Each day is a special dress up day. There will even be a book character costume parade on Thursday at 1:00. (This was originally planned for Friday but due to the weather it was switched.) Feel free to come check out our costumes and wave to us on our route.
October 22, 2020 3:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #19 PARENT SURVEY, HOLIDAY SEASON, SCHEDULES, SCHOOL PICTURES Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, We are now 34 days into what will more than likely be the most memorable school year of our generation. We continue to operate in a growth mindset looking for ways to improve our ability to balance safety and learning during this pandemic. Protocols are consistently reviewed on a scheduled basis by a collaborative planning team we call HYFLEX. The HYFLEX team uses a pragmatic approach to analyze ongoing concerns of students, staff and families. At this point in time, we are seeking feedback from our families. Specifically, we want to know what is working well, what areas can be improved upon, and also allow for general feedback. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXiUA6cB2Qs9dtqUAthCiXNXROC5rQ_zs8lPexkas97be6hw/viewform?usp=sf_link School Pictures: We have worked out a safety plan with Lifetouch Photography and will have school pictures taken in a couple weeks. Grades PK - 5 will have their pictures taken on November 3. The Middle School will have their pictures taken on November 5. Please note that we will not be able to offer picture retakes this year. As in the past, there is no obligation for parents to purchase picture packages, but we will photograph all students for our yearbook. Remote students who want a school picture taken must do so on one of these two days (November 3 or 5). Please contact our office manager to schedule a picture time: email@example.com If students miss their picture day, we will accept personal photos for the school yearbook (this will be revisited later in the spring). Holiday Travel: We are approaching the holiday season, and this could mean travel for some of our families. We are respectfully asking all families to plan ahead and to be considerate of our Governor’s orders in regards to travel outside of Maine. Some of your planning might include necessary quarantining or testing measures when returning from certain states. Maine’s requirements and state exemptions list can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus/travel.shtml FREE Breakfast & Lunch for ALL STUDENTS! The USDA is extending a critical food program through the entire school year. As a result, all VCS students are eligible to receive a free school breakfast and lunch—even on days they are remote! Please contact our kitchen manager, Betsy Brooks if you would like to learn details on pickup times and dates for remote learning days. firstname.lastname@example.org Snow Days will be Remote Days: This is a reminder that this year we are piloting a new protocol—Snow days will be Remote Learning Days for all students. Snow Day Packets will be sent home at the end of this week, or early next week. Please put these in a safe place. We are also finalizing a web-resource for VCS Snow Day Learning which can be found on our website. Here is a direct link: https://sites.google.com/veaziecs.org/vcssnowday We want to remind parents that student participation on snow days is not an option. Students not completing expected work within three days of returning from a snow day will be marked as absent. Parent/Teacher Conferences: Teachers are currently reaching out to schedule remote Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions. Most conferences will be scheduled on November 9 & 10. School Calendar: Please remember we have revised our school calendar to include early release days for necessary planning time for our teachers. Our next early release will be November 18. A copy of our revised school year calendar can be found on our website: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/954313/FY21_School_Calendar-REVISED.pdf Symptom Screening: I want to commend all of our families for following Maine CDC and Maine DOE symptom screening protocols. I also want to thank families for complying with all guidelines when a child presents symptoms whether that means keeping them home, taking them to a doctor, or having a COVID-19 test. Each and every one of you plays an important role in keeping our school and community safe. Please do not forget to use our RESCO screening app. If you have trouble with the app, try deleting the app and downloading it again. Directions for doing so are on our website. You can also contact our office manager, Tiffani Lindsey if you need further support email@example.com. We continue to follow Maine DOE and CDC screening guidelines which can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/doe/sites/maine.gov.doe/files/inline-files/Pre-Screening%20Tool_11.pdf I want you all to know that you are doing a fantastic job at supporting your child’s learning. We are starting to see many silver linings as a result of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic including our ability to pilot snow days going remote, eating lunch outdoors, and focusing our energies on the goodness in our world—which includes your amazing children. Thank you for your continued support. Have a wonderful weekend! Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
Wear Red Tomorrow at VCS!
We are preparing student lunches for parents to pickup here at school today. Please email Ms. Lindsey, our office manager if your child would like a lunch: firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunches can be picked up here at VCS between 11 and 12 today at the main entrance.
Firefighter Pete and his son have been in to teach us about fire safety. He met with PreK, First, Kindergarten and PreK - 2 Remote Students this week. Next week he will meet with grades 2-5. He even did a magic trick! Thank you for coming, Firefighter Pete and for keeping us safe.