Congratulations to the Veazie Viking Robotics Team for winning the Global Innovation Award and having the highest scoring robot at this year's First LEGO League State Competition! With the Global Innovation Award comes opportunity to compete at the world level along with other state and national champions. We are beyond proud of this incredible group of young problem solvers!!
4/6/21 Hello VCS Families, Much work continues on our schedule for returning all students to in-person learning after April Vacation. Thank you all for completing our survey. The information you provided has allowed us to revise our drop-off/pick-up schedule as well as bus seating assignments. Beginning Monday, April 26, Veazie Community School will be using the following schedule for morning student drop-off and afternoon student pick-up: Morning Drop-off (walkers and parents transporting students): Grades PK - 5: 7:50 - 8:00a.m. using current drop-off locations (the student day for grades PK - 5 begins at 8:00a.m.) Grades 6 - 8: 8:00 - 8:10a.m. using current drop-off locations(the middle school student day begins at 8:10a.m.) *The current morning bus schedule should remain unchanged (same morning pick-up times) Afternoon Pick-up (parents picking up children and when walkers are released): Grades PK - 5: 2:20p.m. Grades 6 - 8: 2:30p.m. *The current bus dismissal schedule will remain unchanged (same afternoon drop-off times) Important things to note: *It is important for parents in vehicles to follow our drop-off and pick-up times. These are not suggestions, and are scheduled this way to mitigate excess traffic congestion. *Parents should be mindful of the amount of time it takes to drop-off and/or pick-up a child. If extra time is needed, please use one of our parking spaces so that there is a reasonable flow of traffic. *Unless extra space is available, siblings will be required to sit together on the bus in order to safely space out riders. *If a middle school student has a younger sibling in grades PK - 5, they are allowed to be dropped-off between 7:50 - 8:00a.m. We will also dismiss these same middle school siblings with their younger siblings at the younger pick-up time (2:20p.m.) Thank you for your continued support! Sincerely, Mr. Cyr
April Vacation Travel Advisory: Travel guidelines established by Governor Mills remain in effect. At this time only the following states are considered exempt from testing or quarantining: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Guidelines for international travel differ and require a quarantine regardless of testing. For most up to date travel guidelines please see the CDC website https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus/travel.shtml If your child and/or family will be traveling over vacation to areas not included on the exemption list or internationally, please notify myself (firstname.lastname@example.org), our school nurse (email@example.com), or our office manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). After doing so, you will be contacted to review instructions and discuss guidelines prior to return to school. Thank you all for the efforts and continual support to keep the school safely running, the community safe and mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. It is very important at this time to continue to be vigilant with symptoms checking and following guidelines. We are excited and look forward to our step toward “normal” and returning to a full in person schedule after April break. -Mr. Cyr
March 25, 2021 Return to Full-time, In-Person Learning: PK - 8 Beginning April 26, 2021 Dear VCS Families, At last night’s special meeting, the Veazie School Committee voted unanimously in support of a return to in-person learning plan for all students PK-8, which was originally drafted by the VCS HYFLEX committee, and later approved by the VCS School Reopening Advisory Committee. Beginning after April Vacation (April 26, 2021), all Veazie Community School students in grades PK - 8 may return to in-person learning, 5-days/week. While fully-remote learning will still be an option for families this spring, we are encouraging remote-only students to consider returning to in-person learning for these final 7-weeks of school. March 31 and May 12 will continue to be early release days as scheduled, and our last student day remains to be Friday, June 11. Our advisory committees have taken into consideration several factors including the eligibility of educators to receive vaccinations, recent scientific recommendations pertaining to social distancing, and our sincere desire to end this school year with a level of normalcy for both staff and students. Notable safety protocol changes approved by all three committees include shifting to 3-feet of spacing within classrooms when 6 feet cannot be achieved, and expanding our pod sizes for grades PK-2, 3-5 and 6-8 (as needed for the delivery of specialized instruction). What hasn’t changed: mask mandates for all inside the school and outside on school grounds; 6 feet of spacing and no talking when masks are removed during snack/lunch; and, minimal hallway exchanges for students (specialists will come to the classrooms). I want to stress that this new plan is in response to relatively positive safety measures in recent months. We will continue to closely monitor how new variants of COVID-19 have been impacting community transmission, and if needed, reserve the right to adjust our plans accordingly. A great deal of work and planning must be done prior to this exciting step forward and we need your help! We are asking all families to complete the following short survey so that we have the necessary information we need to move forward. SURVEY LINK: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbdlV7yUCBtYA7kwJeypPcyd3rpuN2nSZesF6ak94Y-ESnCg/viewform?usp=sf_link The information families provide in this survey will assist in the development of a revised pickup/dropoff schedule beginning after April Vacation. We will do our best to keep timeframes close to where they are now, but do ask for your patience in advance while we work through many factors including the overall safety of our students, bus runs, and traffic flow patterns. YOUR ASSIGNMENT is to complete the survey above on or before Thursday, April 1 (and that’s no joke!) Since many families make different decisions for individual children, we ask that you complete the survey separately for each child. I will communicate official dropoff/pickup procedures as soon as they become available. If you have questions or need help with the survey, please contact myself, or our office manager, Tiffany Lindsey: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org We will stick with our current plan to increase in person learning for grades 3 and 7 prior to April Vacation while grades 4, 5, 6 and 8 will continue on their current hybrid model until vacation: Week of March 29: Grade 3 will attend M/T/W and grade 7 will attend W/Th/F. (normal schedule for all others) Week of April 5: Grade 3 will attend M/T/W/Th and grade 7 will attend T/W/Th/F (normal schedule for all others) Week of April 12: Grade 3 and grade 7 will attend M - F (normal schedule for all others) Week of April 26 - remainder of the year: In person learning for all, grades PK - 8 (remote-only option as requested by families) We are excited for this positive change and look forward to seeing our students in person each day. The Veazie Community School staff, as well as all of our families, have undergone herculean transformations in order to balance in person and remote instruction over the past 8 months. Our goal all along has been to safely return all students to in person learning. Thank you kindly for your continued support. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr Superintendent/Principal Veazie Community School
On Friday, March 19, Veazie Community School staff will join nearly 1,400 educators from Eastern Maine for a day of training with a focus on Social, Emotional, and Equity Learning. This regional workshop is hosted by the Penobscot River Educational Partnership (PREP). There is no school for students on this day (3/19/21).
3/11/21 Dear VCS Families, Last night, the Veazie School Committee agreed to a plan for gradually increasing in-person student learning to full-time for our smallest intermediate class (Grade 3) and our smallest middle school class (Grade 7) beginning the week of March 29. We will also add one additional day for grades 4, 5, 6, and 8 by alternating Wednesdays beginning after April Vacation. We are actively working to redesign the entire schedule to allow for increased access to our specialized teachers (P.E., Music, Guidance, Health, Art, Spanish). And finally, we will soon be offering after school intramural activities for students in grades 4 - 8. Here is a detailed list of our upcoming schedule changes: Week of March 29: Grade 3 will attend M/T/W and grade 7 will attend W/Th/F. (regular schedule for all others) Week of April 5: Grade 3 will attend M/T/W/Th and grade 7 will attend T/W/Th/F (regular schedule for all others) Week of April 12: Grade 3 and grade 7 will attend full-time M - F (regular schedule for all others). April Break Week of April 26: Grades PK - 3 and Grade 7 will attend full-time. Grade 4/5 in-person M/T/W. Grades 6/8 in-person Th/F. Week of May 3: Grades PK - 3 and Grade 7 will attend full-time. Grade 4/5 in-person M/T. Grades 6/8 in-person W/Th/F. *Grades 4/5 and 6/8 will continue to flip-flop Wednesdays through the end of the year. This gradual increase of in-person days allows for our school to responsibly reflect and respond to safety and learning concerns in a reasonable manner--if you recall, this is the same approach we made to start the school year and had great success. To date, we have had 3 positive cases of COVID-19 within our school walls. Our safety plan has worked exceptionally well and can be highlighted by a zero transmission rate (meaning no person has contracted the virus while at school). This is certainly a reason to celebrate, but we are not yet ready to begin removing all safety measures--the DOE recently announced that we cannot remove social distancing and mask wearing mandates. We still have 16% of our students requesting full-time remote instruction--this and social distancing remain to be our biggest challenge. Under this new plan we will introduce specials during the day for all students and after school physical activities for our older students. This plan was developed during the month of February using information we had at that time. Much has changed just in the last two weeks. Our HYFLEX committee will continue meet and consider further changes as new information becomes available. We are proud of how our school and community has persevered these past 116 school days. Thank you for your patience and support. Respectfully, Mr. Cyr
Our PTO is looking for volunteers to sort through our CLYNK bottle drop-off site located adjacent the school storage garage. Some bottles will need to be transferred into VCS CLYNK bags. All will need to be dropped off at a local Hannaford. Contact Mr. Cyr if you think you can help. email@example.com
3/9/21 Hello VCS Families, Each year, the Veazie Community School, like other public schools in Maine, receive federal funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Looking ahead to the 2021-2022 school year, VCS intends to use these funds to introduce a tiered intervention program called Ci3T. We also hope to use these funds to support professional development efforts of our teachers, and to support our STEM enrichment programs (robotics, coding club, gardening club, etc.) One of the requirements of ESEA is that we provide input opportunities for our students and staff. Please use this brief survey to provide your input on how we can better serve our students using federal ESEA funds. Thank you. Survey Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWULEGsyZSU5DNROno64aILGEAbvykGpC885ewMeMKa9a64g/viewform?usp=sf_link Respectfully, Mr. Cyr
Hi all, I want to make sure my students have what they need to succeed, so I just created a DonorsChoose classroom request: Make Rainbows With Code! (https://www.donorschoose.org/project/make-rainbows-with-code/5427246/?rf=email-system-2021-02-project_submitted-teacher_7767341&challengeid=21723366&utm_source=dc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=project_submitted) Give to my classroom within the next seven days and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose. Just enter the code "LIFTOFF" during checkout and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $50). In return, you'll get awesome photos of your gift in action and our heartfelt thanks. Thank you so much, Adrian Code Club Fundraising effort led by Mr. Arias-Palomo: My students are getting started in the world of physical computing and prototyping and continuously amaze me with their creativity and their energy. In this unusual year we have tried to give the students access to a more creative and motivating curriculum and we are really pleased at how well they have responded. Interested students join me for Code Club after school where they explore programming outside the constrains of a formal curriculum to create games, animations and art. These microcontrollers will help my students explore more aspects of computing and coding while stimulating their creativity and imagination. I recently finished the Microsoft MakeCode Infosys Pathfinders Winter Institute where I learned about the Circuit Playground Express and was really impressed by the possibilities that these devices bring to the classroom. From interactive electronic greeting cards to game controllers and costume accessories, the sky is the limit. It was incredible to see the Circuit Playground Express used in the classroom setting and having this experience inspired me to bring them to our school. Using these microcontrollers, students will be able to create their own toys, gadgets and wearables and will learn about how to use code to control electronics. They will be able to make connections with other subject areas such as math, science and art. With this project I am hoping to get more students interested and excited about computer science by exploring their interests and having fun.
Tuesday, February 8, 2021 12:15p.m. EST Good Afternoon VCS Families, I am writing to share our schedule for the remainder of the week. Our safety plan is currently in place with 16 close contact individuals currently in quarantine, including both staff and students. We feel very strongly that our safety protocols, specific timelines of this case, and the weekend helped to significantly reduce overall risk levels. Thank you to all of you for supporting our protocols including daily health screenings, wearing face masks in the public and openly/honestly communicating health related concerns directly with myself and/or the school nurse. Individuals in quarantine will remain that way until the latter part of February School Vacation. If all secondary testings come back negative and these individuals remain symptom free, we should be able to have a "normal" return following February Vacation. Here is our schedule for the remainder of the week: Middle School: Due to quarantining, we do not have sufficient staff to safely bring middle school students into the building on their next in-person days: Thursday & Friday. As a result, the middle school will be remote for the remainder of the week. Intermediate: Grades 3 - 5 are already scheduled to be remote for the remainder of the week and will stick with this schedule. Primary: Grades PreK - 2 will return to in-person learning beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, 2/10/21. RECAP: PK - 2 will be in-person for the remainder of the week. Grades 3 - 8 will follow their remote schedules the remainder of the week. FEBRUARY VACATION TRAVEL: All out-of-state travel guidelines established by Governor Mills remain in effect. If your child and/or family will be leaving the state or country over vacation, please notify myself (firstname.lastname@example.org), our school nurse (email@example.com), or our office manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). After doing so, you will be contacted with instructions on mandated quarantining and testing guidelines. I am hopeful that each of our efforts will continue to keep our kids safe, mitigate transmission of COVID-19 within our school, and help to slow the spread within our community. Thank you and have a great rest of the week. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr Superintendent & Principal
2/8/21 4:00p.m. EST Dear Veazie Community School Families and Staff, This notice is to inform you that our presumptive positive student in question has indeed tested positive. All close contacts have already been notified and advised of next steps such as quarantine, symptom checking, and testing. If you have not been individually contacted, you do not need to take any additional steps. Tomorrow (Tuesday, February 8, 2021) will be a remote learning day for all students as originally announced. I am still awaiting important information before being able to announce learning programs for the remainder of the week. PK - 2 parents should expect a communication from your child's teacher about tomorrow's schedule. Grades 3 - 8 will operate using their normal remote learning schedule. As always, please remember to conduct daily screening and communicate all health related issues immediately and directly with the school nurse, Amber Peters: email@example.com; and, superintendent/principal, Matt Cyr: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or by calling the school directly 947-6573. For general Covid-19 questions, please dial Maine’s helpline at 211 or 1-866-811- 5695. You can also text your zip code to 898-211 or email email@example.com. Please call your healthcare provider with questions about symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Thank you for your support. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr Superintendent & Principal
2/7/21 8:00p.m. EST Good Evening VCS Families, Veazie Community School was just notified that we have a presumptive positive student in the 8th grade (meaning based on information we have at this point in time, we are taking immediate precautions as there is a strong likelihood that the student is positive). The entire 8th grade class and any staff member working with the student is presently being treated as a presumptive close contact. The entire 8th grade class and any staff member working with them will begin a precautionary quarantine immediately. Due to the significant staffing shortage that this creates, I am shifting the entire school to remote learning only on Monday and Tuesday, or until we receive test results. At that point in time we will regroup and decide next steps. Grades 3 - 8 will operate using their remote learning schedule on Monday and Tuesday. Grades PK - 2 should use Snow Day Packet #2 for tomorrow (Monday). We will use the day tomorrow to asses next steps. Thank you for your patience and understanding while we navigate this situation. Have a good evening. -Mr. Cyr
Our middle school is looking for used (but functioning) tennis racquets for creative outdoor games they've invented. Get a head start on your spring cleaning by donating those dust collecting racquets to the Veazie Community School! :) These items can be dropped off at the main office when school is in session (7:30 - 3:30). Thank you for your support!
February 1, 2021 9:10a.m. EST Dear VCS Families, The National Weather Service is predicting a significant winter storm tomorrow, with high confidence. The potential exists for 5-9 inches of snow mixed in with up to 1/2 inch of sleet/icing, and wind gusts up to 30 mpg. The timing of this storm spans both Tuesday morning commutes and afternoon dismissals. It is not often when winter storms time themselves in a manner that allows for an early safety decision. I believe the timing and track of this storm has checked all of the boxes. For the reasons outlined above, Tuesday, February 2 will be a Remote Learning Snow Day for all Veazie Community School Students. Please find your child's Snow Day Packets sent home in November. 2/2/21 will be Remote Learning Snow Day #1 for VCS. There will be no in-person learning tomorrow, 2/2/21 due to the forecasted storm. Your child's teacher will be reviewing our remote learning snow day schedules over the course of today. Our kitchen staff will be sending home bag lunches with today's in-person students that requested a lunch today (the intent will be that this will serve as tomorrow's school lunch). Please put these lunches in the fridge when students get home. Email your child's teacher(s) with questions. If you misplaced your Remote Learning Snow Day Packets and schedules, you can find them on our school website, or here: https://sites.google.com/veaziecs.org/vcssnowday I'm guessing New England groundhogs will not be able to see their shadows tomorrow morning. Be safe! Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
January 28, 2021 Dear Staff, Students and Families, Notice of 2 Positive COVID-19 cases at Veazie Community School This letter is to inform you that two individuals associated with the Veazie Community School recently tested positive for COVID-19. We have taken steps to follow Maine CDC and DOE guidelines to notify staff and students as appropriate. We believe it best to share what we can and we are informing you out of an abundance of caution. The 2 individuals who tested positive have not been at Veazie Community School since noontime on Thursday, January 21, 2021, and these positive test results do not impact the school community. Per Maine CDC and DOE guidelines, we do not have any individuals considered to be close contacts. We ask that each of you continue to be vigilant and honest with your reporting of illnesses, and adhering to our preventative measures including daily health screenings. Please note for the future, if you are a staff person or a student who is identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 at school, you will be notified by the school through a phone call or email and provided initial guidance on next steps, including quarantining and testing. Once you have received notification from the school, the Maine CDC’s Sara Alert will begin sending you follow up guidance via text messages. Sara Alert is an automated system that uses daily text messages to help people who have been identified as close contacts to monitor for symptoms after exposure. All students and staff will be enrolled in Sara Alert if they are identified as having been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person while at school. There is nothing required of you to be automatically enrolled in this service. If, however, you would like to opt out of Sara Alert, please contact Amber Peters, our school nurse. If you do opt out of the Sara Alert system, and are later identified as a close contact to a positive case, you will receive follow up phone calls to confirm you have opted to not receive the automated text messages from Maine CDC. Additional assistance is provided to Maine residents who have been identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person, and need support during quarantine. You may request this assistance by using this online form: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/form/covid-19-referral-form Additional information about community care and social support is available here: https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus-resources/support-for-isolation-quarantine, or you can send an email to dhhs.covid.socialsupport@Maine.gov COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that ranges from mild to severe. It can be more severe in adults 60 years and older and in those with underlying conditions. The virus mainly spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes and an uninfected person breathes in the virus. Signs and symptoms include: • fever or chills • cough • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • fatigue • muscle or body aches • headache • new loss of taste or smell • sore throat • congestion or runny nose • nausea or vomiting • diarrhea Please keep in mind that many things can cause respiratory illness, so students and staff should be up-to-date on influenza and routine vaccinations. Maine CDC recommends prevention measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures include wearing a face covering over your nose, under your chin and snug against your cheeks, practice physical distancing, and wash hands with soap and warm water. When soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. For general COVID-19 questions, dial 211 (or 1-866-811-5695). You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call a health care provider for questions about your symptoms. More information can be found at www.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Questions for the school can be directed to the following individuals: Superintendent & Principal, Matthew D. Cyr: email@example.com School Nurse, Amber Peters: firstname.lastname@example.org
1/20/21 Dear VCS Families, Yesterday, we received official notification from the Department of Education that our Corona Relief Fund Day Programming Grant will be extended through the remainder of the current school year. These grant funds pay for daycare costs associated with students needing child care on remote learning days. (Note: This grant does not cover school vacations, weekends, holidays, after school care, or teacher workshops. Also, if your child care costs are already being covered by another funding source such as DHHS, you and/or the child care provider are not eligible for additional funding/reimbursement.) Presently, we have a MOU with the Bangor YMCA, and are in the process of finalizing an agreement with Fields4Kids in Hampden. We are sending out this survey to find out if there are any other state approved daycare programs that our families are using on remote learning days (these must be state approved programs). If you are currently using, or are interested in using daycare programming (for remote learning days) through the remainder of this school year, please fill out this survey so that we can provide accurate data to the Department of Education. Once we have this information, we can begin to work with you and your state approved child care to fully cover daycare costs associated with remote learning days. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions. -Mr. Cyr email@example.com Survey Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJlXPCNWtfKxahcBqmY0iS-_OL-mWyvQdRRWhxN5PsPyosDg/viewform?usp=sf_link
The VCS Robotics Team is looking for your help with their team project for this year's competition. Please consider completing this short survey. Thank you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFoj5Dln2kmttaw8Wdy5-8nOv6RoXJ7W-fFBJfNg1P93oH0w/viewform?usp=sf_link
Welcome to Monday morning, 2020. Moments after I sent the previous message, Google services were restored. I guess preparing for the worst, and the hoping for the best works out pretty good! Have a great day everyone!
Google services are down this morning. This just happened within the past 20 minutes. We are still awaiting more details on how long and widespread, but it appears to be an international problem at this point in time. Zoom should still be working for our remote workers. We will continue to do our best with what we have, and provide updates as we learn more.
December 11, 2020 12:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #21 UPDATED: VCS Red/Yellow/Green Scheduling Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, Penobscot County continues to maintain a ‘Green’ health advisory, and as of today, is no longer considered to have a ‘monitor asterisk.’ In today’s announcement, the Department of Education noted: “While Penobscot county has a relatively high positivity rate, its new case rate declined from last week and thus no longer has an asterisk.” The VCS School Reopening Advisory Committee (SRAC) continues to meet as needed (twice this week). At last night’s meeting, 12/11/2020 the SRAC approved a proposal to modify the VCS Red/Yellow/Green scheduling. In short, if Penobscot County were to be shifted to a ‘Yellow’ health advisory, Veazie Community School would continue to maintain current scheduling: PK - 2 students would continue to attend school in-person Monday - Friday; Grades 3 - 5 would attend in-person on M/T and remote W/Th/F; and the middle school would be remote M/T/W and in-person Th/F. There were several driving factors behind this shift, and safety continues to be the top priority: *Safety: It will be safer to keep our PK - 2 students separated by current pod structure 5-days/week. *Access to Learning: Our youngest learners struggle the most with remote learning. *Staffing: The former ‘Yellow’ schedule would stretch the limits of our staffing capacity and significantly impact our overall ability to safely operate the school in the current hybrid model. *Parents: We recognize the childcare challenges the former ‘Yellow’ schedule would have placed on our families. Maine CDC Quarantine Policy for ‘Close Contact’ Individuals: Maine CDC recently updated their quarantine policy by providing the option of shortening the quarantine period for individuals known to be close contacts of cases of COVID-19 to 10 days. One reason for this change was hopes that there would be greater compliance. Despite the change, Maine CDC also stated: “It is important to note that a shorter quarantine period carries a risk that an exposed individual could become positive and potentially transmit COVID-19 to others after quarantine.” Maine CDC also noted: “…a 14-day quarantine period is still epidemiologically preferable.” That last statement is most important, and for this reason, VCS will continue to require a 14-day quarantine period. (NOTE: Maine CDC makes it clear that individual facilities or organizations can decide to keep the 14-day quarantine, or move to the 10-day quarantine.) It is also important to note that if you are considered a close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for the 14 days even with a negative test. Holiday Travel Reminder: Any staff or student/s who travel to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont (no restrictions for these two states only as of 12/11/20; subject to change), will be required to either: 1. Quarantine for 14 days upon return to Maine, or 2. Quarantine until receiving a negative test result Any staff or student/s who travelled to restricted states will not be permitted inside the school building until either the negative test result or 14 days of quarantine has occurred. This is not dependent on the length of time spent within the restricted states, meaning that a day visit still requires the person to quarantine for 14 days, or until a negative test result is confirmed. All members of the household who travel must test or quarantine if over 12 months old. Testing site information for Maine can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine/keepmainehealthy/testing Any person who is quarantining should stay home, and not have in-person contact with others. Wilcox Wellness & Fitness Training: Our Wilcox Group Fitness Training classes have been going very well! Please remember that students must submit a signed Wilcox release form in order to receive a Zoom meeting ID. We will continue to separate groups by age level. Contact Ms. Lindsey in the office if you need another form: firstname.lastname@example.org REMINDER: FREE Breakfast & Lunch for ALL STUDENTS for remainder of the year! 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. email@example.com REMINDER: 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 were sent home last month. Please keep these in a safe place (contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.) We are also built 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. Our last day of school for students will be Friday, June 11. We continue to do our very best to balance risk, safety and education. I want to thank each of our families for consistently being open and honest about COVID related information taking place outside of school. Your vigilance, along with the VCS safety plan, have proven to be very effective. We will continue to revisit all protocols as needed and be transparent with any changes. I am thankful for our amazing staff. I am thankful for our amazing families. I am thankful for our amazing community. Have a great weekend! Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
The Veazie Community School Mitten Tree has gone virtual! If you are interested in helping to provide holiday cheer for families right here in Veazie, please click onto this link and follow the directions. Contact our school counselor, Mrs. Dineen if you have questions. Thank you! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d45aea623a1f4c61-veazie
November 20, 2020 12:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #20 STEPPING UP SAFETY PRECAUTIONS Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, As you are aware, community transmission is on the rise and both public and private sectors are being asked to step-up their safety plans. Public schools have been asked to place even greater emphasis on social distancing, proper hand hygiene, and mask wearing. The Department of Education published a priority notice on 11/19/20 which outlined many of these increased safety measures. Most notable were increasing structure around mask breaks, including the following: Students must have masks on at all times with the exception of eating, and mask breaks. Mask breaks should be limited to 5 minutes each, up to a maximum of 15 minutes per day. During mask breaks and while eating, individuals must be stationary, 6 feet from one another, facing the same direction, and quiet—there should not be any conversation or other activity (during mask breaks) that could spread the virus. The DOE specifically stated that students must have masks on during all outdoor recess and free-play. Holiday Travel Reminder: Per orders of the Governor, any staff or students who travel to any state other than New Hampshire or Vermont (no restrictions for these two states only as of 11/20/20; subject to change), will be required to either: 1. Quarantine for 14 days upon return to Maine, or 2. Quarantine until receiving a negative test result Any staff or students who travelled to restricted states will not be permitted inside the school building until either the negative test result or 14 days of quarantine has occurred. This is not dependent on the length of time spent within the restricted states, meaning that a day visit still requires the person to quarantine for 14 days, or until a negative test result is confirmed. All members of the household who travel must test or quarantine if over 12 months old. Testing site information for Maine can be found here: https://www.maine.gov/covid19/restartingmaine/keepmainehealthy/testing Any person who is quarantining should stay home, and not have in-person contact with others. Wilcox Wellness & Fitness Training: Our Wilcox group training kicked off this week with our older learners. Please remember that students must submit a signed Wilcox release form in order to receive a Zoom meeting ID. We will continue to separate groups by age level. Monday, November 23 will be Intermediate students starting at 4:00p.m. Contact Ms. Lindsey in the office if you need another form: firstname.lastname@example.org REMINDER: FREE Breakfast & Lunch for ALL STUDENTS for remainder of the year! 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. email@example.com REMINDER: 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. The support of our community is necessary for the safety everyone—and, required for us to be able to keep our schools open for in-person learning. Emerging data is showing that schools are safe places because we follow safety protocols and guidelines. We will continue to do all that we can to keep staff and students safe on in-person learning days. The big question, “when/why do schools switch to remote learning?” is a direct result of community spread happening outside of our schools. Each of us play such a critical role in this delicate educational ecosystem. Please stay safe, and help us to keep our school community safe and able to provide for the students we serve. I wish each of you a safe, health, and Happy Thanksgiving! Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
Please check out the great items listed on our upcoming PTO Online Auction. This fundraiser is very important to our PTO and school. Thank you! https://www.32auctions.com/vcsptoauction2020
PreK-2 is doing a STEM activity in response to the book, Balloons Over Broadway. We are making our own Veazie Day Parade (Macy's Day Parade). On Friday, November 20th, we will walk the same parade route as our Book Character Parade. If you have time, feel free to come park and watch us! We'd love to wave to you!
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
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!
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
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
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.
Power and internet has been restored. Remote instruction will officially resume at 10:30. Thank you for your patience. We still do not know what happened, but were told it was widespread. Have a great day!
Veazie Community School has unexpectedly lost power. We are all safe and on backup generator. We are trying to get more information on the cause. In-person instruction will remain on schedule. We will notify families when we are able to resume remote instruction. Thank you for your patience.
October 5, 2020 7:15PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #18 REVISED SCHOOL CALENDAR (EARLY RELEASE DAYS & SNOW DAYS) Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, The Veazie School Committee voted unanimously this evening to adjust the school calendar as follows: 8 Early Release days will be added to the school calendar (all Wednesdays): October 21, November 18, December 9, January 13, February 3, March 10, March 31, May 12: *Students will be dismissed at 12:10 (we will send a bag lunch home with students who request it). *VCS staff will remain at school and use this valuable time for Planning, Doing, Checking, and Adjusting our in-person and remote learning plans. Snow Days Will Become Remote Learning Days: *Remote Snow Days will not be made up in June. *Pilot year (the School Committee will evaluate pros and cons at the end of the year before deciding to continue in future years). *Snow Packets and remote learning options will be sent home at a later date. *A modified Zoom check-in schedule may be used to allow for teacher/student communication. *Student Accountability— students will be recorded as absent if completed work is not submitted within 3 school days after returning from a snow day closure. The addition of 8-early release days provides VCS staff with much needed time throughout the year to address unanticipated challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our pilot year for making snow days, remote learning days, provides continuity of programming, opportunity for the reinforcement of previously learned skills, social-emotional check-ins during inclement weather, and establishes a fixed “last day of school” for students—Friday, June 11, 2021. Thank you for your continued support throughout these difficult times. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
New Online Music Community for VCS Students Dear VCS Musicians, One of the things I miss most during COVID is the ability to share music making with friends. Safety guidelines from the Maine Center for Disease Control as well as the Maine Department of Education are very strict and, as a public school, we have to follow them. These guidelines include spacing students apart 14 feet with masks on or 60 feet without masks(!) when singing or playing a wind instrument and not mixing different groups of students. Even keyboard, guitar, bass, and percussion students would need to be at least 6 feet apart and there could be no cross-grade mixing of students. Mr. Cyr, your other teachers, and I have had many discussions about how we can keep the spirit of our music program alive while being safe. We have decided that the “Community” part of our school name is a good focus to start. In order to do that, we have created a Google Classroom page on which students can submit videos of themselves singing, playing an instrument, or talking about a favorite song or musician. There is also the opportunity for students to leave positive comments on videos and to start discussions about various music topics. Think of it as “Quarantine Karaoke” for VCS students! Because we are using the Google Classroom platform, submitted videos are approved by teachers before sharing and any unhelpful comments can be deleted by a teacher. Student will be receiving an invitation to join the VCS Online Music Learning Community through their school email account. Students not interested in participating on the page can simply ignore the invitation. Directions on how to submit videos are on the page itself. Feel free to contact me email@example.com, if you have any questions or ideas about how to make the experience even better. I know that many of you are not seeing me as often as you had in previous years. Please know that I still care about each of you and that my goal is to help you to become as successful as possible. That has not changed. Sincerely, Mr. Arell
Veazie Community School has lost power, internet and phones. All staff and students are safe. We are serving lunch shortly and will stick with our regular dismissal schedule. If you need to contact the school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
VCS Families, please take a moment to read the recently updated MAAP document guiding how and when students are to return to school following any form of illness. Also, please do not forget to complete your daily health screening using our RESCO app. Directions for downloading and installing this can be found on our school website: www.veaziecs.org Have a great weekend!
Welcome to Veazie Community School Specials! We are proud to share what will become a growing collection of resources and asynchronous activities developed by our very own Specials Teachers. Check back often! https://sites.google.com/veaziecs.org/vcsspecials
After School Music Lessons Hello VCS families! Veazie Community School has the opportunity to offer after school music lessons with Mr. Arell through Zoom. These sessions will be combinations of 1 on 1 instruction and small groups and made available to all students in grades 4 - 8. Before we begin assembling a schedule, we wanted to find out how many students would be interested in participating in this program. This survey is not a signup form or commitment letter, it is just a tool to give us a number estimate: https://docs.google.com/forms/... Any questions, please contact Mr. Arell at email@example.com
September 17, 2020 4:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #17 STUDENT CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE (ONLINE/REMOTE INSTRUCTION) Confidentiality Notice for Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Meet, Seesaw, and Other Online Platforms used by Veazie Community School for Remote Learning Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, In order to best meet the needs of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic, our teachers are using various resources and platforms to offer instruction and support. We also use these platforms for our meetings involving parents, including IEP meetings. Veazie Community School takes privacy and security of student information seriously. In order to help ensure everyone’s privacy, students, parents, and staff must not: *Share passwords for any audio/video meetings or class gatherings with anyone outside of the established classroom; *Permit unknown persons to enter or participate in any audio/video meetings or class gatherings; and/or *Record or take pictures of any audio/video meetings or class gathering The virtual classroom will be treated like the regular classroom. To the extent any member of your household observes or participates in the classroom, including your student, they will be held to the same standards of and expectations for behavior that would apply inside the classroom (in the school building). If you have questions about what these expectations are, please contact VCS Superintendent/Principal, Matthew Cyr. During classroom instruction, audio and video recordings and photography are not allowed. The same applies to our remote learning instruction. You may not make audio or video recordings of remote learning instruction, or take photographs during instruction that include any staff members or other students. If you receive such recordings or photographs from a source other than VCS, delta them and do not post or forward—should this happen, please notify Mr. Cyr immediately. Note that students who record, distribute, or otherwise misuse any video recording, may be subject to disciplinary action. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
September 11, 2020 3:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #16 VCS UPDATES & REMINDERS Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, This memo serves as a reminder that beginning next week, (Sept. 14), we are moving to our normal 2:35 dismissal, or end of day for both in-person and remote learners. Penobscot County continues to be in a ‘Green’ Health Advisory so our current delivery of instruction will continue. I would like to use this time to thank and commend VCS staff for embracing this incredible challenge. I also want to publicly praise all of our families and students for supporting our new safety protocols and scheduling. There have been some bumps in the road during these first couple of weeks, but that was absolutely expected, and we are making adaptations and changes when necessary. I would like to offer some important reminders for our families: Health Screening: It is very important that families complete the RESCO COVID-19 online/app-based health screening prior to leaving the home each morning. It only takes a few moments to complete. If you have lost your child’s COVID ID number or are having trouble with the download, please contact our office manager, Tiffani Lindsey (firstname.lastname@example.org 947-6573) and she will walk you through the steps. You should also visit the school website: www.veaziecs.org as it contains step-by-step instructions. Masks Required: All students must come to school each day with at least three clean and properly fitting masks in a labeled bag (ziplock style is fine). The following mask types/styles are not acceptable: gaiters, fleece, single layer mask, materials that are see-through when stretched, and masks with breathing ports on the side. VCS Website: Please visit the Veazie Community School website to read details of all of our plans: www.veaziecs.org Pick-up & Drop-off: We continue to observe and modify pick-up and drop-off procedures. Morning drop-off seems to be getting smoother each day. When possible, parents should remain in their vehicles, exercise patience, and follow the flow of drop-off traffic. This way students can safely be unloaded in front of the building without having to walk through the parking lot or driveway. For afternoon pick-up, we have relocated all buses to a separate location for purposes of safety and reducing traffic congestion. Similar morning procedures, it is safest if parents remain in their vehicles and drive through the pick-up circles so that we can call out students and load them into your vehicles. Unlike years’ past, we are not going to be releasing pick-ups and walkers at the same time. We do not have staff available to screen students in the morning until 7:50…if possible, please plan your arrival for after that time. We are trying to avoid having students being dropped off and lining up without supervision. Indoor Temperatures: As stated in our reopening plan, we have adjusted our HVAC controllers so that we are pulling in 100% outside air, 24/7. This efficiently and safely removes indoor air and replaces it with outside air. As crisp fall temperatures begin to take effect, this will cool off our building. While we are trying to balance safety and comfort, we are asking that all students come to school with a sweatshirt or light jacket to put on if they are chilly—especially in the morning. As the daytime temps get colder, we will begin using heat exchange systems to heat the outside air. Free Breakfast & Lunch for Everyone! Thanks to the efforts of our kitchen manager, Betsy Brooks, and our business manager, Lisa Swift, we are now participating in the USDA COVID Relief meal program. This means that from now through the end of December, all VCS students can receive free breakfast and/or lunch. These meals are also available for remote learners, but parents will need to pick-up the meals here at VCS. Contact Betsy Brooks with questions, or to be placed on the remote order list: email@example.com Yellow and Red Health Advisories: 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 advisory. In a Yellow 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 on Wed/Th/Fri. In a Red advisory, all students will shift to remote only. Zoom Etiquette: This is a reminder that school rules still apply to our remote students. We strongly encourage families to have a safe learning location for students during remote days. Thank you all for your continued support. Have a great weekend! Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
Dear VCS Families, We are excited to share news that Veazie Community School has been accepted to participate in the USDA school breakfast/lunch meal program under current COVID-19 guidelines. Our participation means that all VCS students qualify to receive a free breakfast and lunch—remote learners too! We are not able to deliver meals as we did last spring and are presently organizing a meal pickup procedure for our remote learners. We are requesting that interested families contact Betsy Brooks, VCS Food Service Director by phone or email to be added to our list. Once we know how many people are requesting meals, we will communicate scheduled pickup times and starting date for this wonderful opportunity. Please reach contact Betsy Brooks asap to be added to this list: firstname.lastname@example.org 947-6573 ext. 209 Please note that we still need 100% of our families to complete the Free/Reduced Lunch application as this important document directly impacts State and Federal school funding levels.--Thank you! Have a good afternoon! -Mr. Cyr
The Maine DOE just announced that Penobscot County remains 'Green' in the health advisory system. Veazie Community School will be proceeding with next week's schedule as planned. Please visit our website for details: www.veaziecs.org
Veazie Community School Families. Please take a moment to read today's school reopening reminder with new information about possible changes in Penobscot County Health Advisories . Here is a link to the notice: https://5il.co/kh08
VCS Families. Get a head start on your back-to-school paperwork and complete the Free & Reduced Lunch form online. All families must complete this form regardless of eligibility. https://www.nlappscloud.com/Welcome.aspx?api=b5e2055a07ad32dacf1c26fcc208baef#loaded
BEGINNING OF YEAR PACKETS - The most important information and forms just went out in the mail to all families. To save on postage, less pressing documents will come home with children on their first day of in-person learning. (Remote-only learners were mailed everything.) Please note, there was an error on the cover sheet. It says the Free/Reduced Lunch form was mailed. It is actually coming home from school instead.
VCS Middle School Update: To start the school year, students in grades 6-8 will be learning remotely Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and will learn in-person at VCS Thursday and Friday. We suggest that prior to the first day of school, Wednesday, September 2nd, that parents work with their child to create a comfortable home learning space. Having the suggested supplies in that area will help you to be prepared for your virtual classes (click the link below to see suggested supplies for the home). At school, students will not have access to lockers. Please only bring necessary materials that will fit into a single backpack, that can easily be kept under a seat or desk. Please contact your homeroom or middle school teachers with any questions you may still have. Suggested Home Supplies List: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xON5mXW_fP5Uk6EzffJ3OyOnUQmMhdy-ZIGFcjZCIjc/edit?usp=sharing
Please find our parent Q & A page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Yy2m3vSj53BegLM8kw6S-o97Y_CRtkIU5HdX8eKimNM/edit?usp=sharing Reminder: We will have a virtual open house on Wednesday, August 26 at 6:30p.m. Please email our office manager, Tiffani Lindsey (email@example.com) to receive your zoom meeting ID and password for this meeting. This open house is for parents only. We will go over details of our plan including pickup/dropoff and our health screening app.
Some important details for parents to know regarding Veazie Community School pick-up and drop-off procedures. We hope this helps you to prepare: *Normal drop-off times will be 7:50 - 8:15am (school day starts at 8:15) *Normal dismissal time will be 2:30pm (1:30pm for the first two weeks of school) *Early dismissal time (for parents making this selection) is 12:10pm MUCH more information will be forthcoming....thank you for your patience.
August 14, 2020 3:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #14 Veazie Community School 2020 - 2021 Student Handbook & Parent Open House Part 1 Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, All counties in Maine continue to be considered ‘Green’ in the MDOE health advisory system, and the previously published Veazie Community School reopening plan remains on schedule. Here is a link to our plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RRLf2D2ei3rW7rG__10Eh3LSo0RthyThev-G4X9NMFI/edit?usp=sharing At this time, I am happy to share Return to School Guidelines for Students and Families : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WsVcKRItUnAELeZSy0counq6qVbbDJxvpxSvLSZXHz4/edit?usp=sharing Please read and discuss this document with your family. We are also collecting questions you may have through this google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdf2Zi5Oi4kWxdqawSclPe3KX7Pxt8BOgiOB0HXG4DPAlWX8w/viewform?usp=sf_link I will be hosting ‘Parent Open House’ on Wednesday, August 26 from 6:30 - 8:00p.m. This will be a zoom meeting designed specifically for VCS parents. Individual teachers will be hosting smaller, grade specific open house events (also virtual) closer to the first day school. Details on these meetings will be published at a later date. During the Parent Open House on August 6:30 - 8:00p.m., I will go over details of the school reopening plan related to pick-up & drop-off procedures, bus procedures, early dismissal procedures, and a tutorial on how to use our self-screening app. I will also use this time to address frequently asked questions raised on the questions form/link above. All of this work has been part of a collaborative effort involving incredible amounts of time by many—much of which has been volunteer. While every effort is being made to address many details, we are certain there will be circumstances we didn’t think of as we move forward. I have full confidence in this group’s ability to tackle any and all challenges as they arise. Your continued patience is greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a great weekend. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr Superintendent & Principal
Attention: Families who have not yet completed out reopening decision survey - Today is the deadline! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQd3ZfDkA5Izh1PEPywKeM1I96oC_1FP2LIg7KLqrLWBAVUg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Hello Veazie Community Staff and Families, I am pleased to share news that Northern Light Health (EMMC) will be hosting a panel of experts discussing the reopening of schools. This live webinar will be held on Thursday, July 30, at 11:00a.m. Topics being discussed include: risk mitigation in schools and childcare settings, strategies for addressing youth anxiety, and health literacy. The target audience for this webinar is parents, teachers, students, school administrators, or anyone else who wants to join in. This is a free opportunity, but you must register in advance. Registration can be completed through this link: https://northernlighthealth.org/Resources/Safe-Return-to-Business/Week-8 Panel members include: Karen Hawkes, VP Northern Light Beacon Health Howard Jones, MD, Medical Director NL Work Health Chris McLaughlin, LCSW, AVP, Community and Pediatric Services at NL Acadia Kristy Townsend, PhD, UMS Science Advisory Board (and my contact about this- I have her slides to share after if they would be useful for our communication stuff) Suzanne Morsehead, RN, BSN, INfection Control Specialist, NLH Joel Farley, AVP, Facilities Managment, NLH EMMC Jim Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, Medical Director, Clinical Education, NL EMMC, COVID Response Incident Commander Have a good evening! Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr, Veazie Community School Superintendent & Principal
July 25, 2020 3:45pm EST Dear Veazie Community School Families, Each day, we are getting closer to a recommendation regarding the return to school this fall. The Maine Department of Education (M-DOE) intends to publish a red/yellow/green health and safety advisory on July 31, 2020. This designation will correspond to the Maine Department of Education Framework for Return to Classroom Instruction https://www.maine.gov/doe/framework. The decision on whether or not to bring students back into the classroom will be guided by the three tiered system for each of Maine’s sixteen counties. The designation of RED indicates the county has a high risk of COVID-19 and that in person learning at schools should not be conducted. YELLOW indicates a suggested hybrid of virtual and in person learning. GREEN indicates in person learning would be possible with safety measures. If there is something going on that might potentially be restrictive to one area of the county that may not affect schooling in another part of the county, that information will be taken into account in discussions with the Maine DOE and Maine CDC as we work to make the right decision for VCS. If the recommendation is to bring students back, six key safety requirements come into play: Screening for symptoms, Maintaining physical distancing, Face masks for all students and staff, Hand hygiene, Wearing personal protective equipment indoors, and Staying home if you're sick. In addition to having to follow these six key safety requirements, we must consider the reality and feasibility of implementing such a plan. This is no easy task. The VCS School Reopening Advisory Committee (SRAC) consists of parents, staff, administrators, and school committee members. This group has been working hard to process new information and continue development of our possible return scenarios. It would be premature for us to finalize and report any specific plan before receipt of information regarding specifics of the Red/Yellow/Green system of monitoring the spread of the virus is received and taken into consideration. However, please know that we have been hard at work thinking through the different possible scenarios, ordering PPE, and cleaning and preparing our school. We have had a chance to reflect on the months of remote learning, as well as beginning to analyze the responses we have received from parent and staff surveys. Our planning team understands that every family situation is unique, and feelings can change over time. For that reason, we are asking all families to complete another survey for each child based on where they stand at this point in time. Please find and complete the following survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTK3tmriYnL61AMhRy2GQLalbn5OsC4mhj0PUBD5yGLQ4Emg/viewform?usp=sf_link The information you provide the SRAC helps us to think more clearly about this fall, and while we worked hard to do a good job last spring, we will improve and do an even better job of helping your students to learn and grow in any model. We stand ready to support all our students whatever their needs while implementing best practice to protect the health of our students, their families and our staff. Our goal is for the SRAC to present return to school scenarios and parent/staff survey data to the Veazie School Committee at our next meeting on Monday, August 3 at 6pm in the VCS gym. We are hopeful that by the end of that week, we will be in a position to share our school reopening plan. We remain dedicated to establishing a safe, effective model to begin the 2020-2021 school year and are hopeful that by the time we make the turn for spring and the last quarter of the year we will see things returning to normal. Until then we will continue to be patient and move with appropriate caution keeping safety, social/emotional wellness, and learning in mind. Thank you for your time, for completing this survey, and for continuing to support Veazie Community School. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr, Superintendent & Principal
July 16, 2020 3:00PM EST COVID-19 MEMO #12 Veazie Community School 2020 - 2021 Return to School Update Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, I wanted to reach out with updated information on the return to school this fall. As required by the Department of Education, Veazie Community School has developed a collaborative planning team—we refer to ourselves as the VCS School Reopening Advisory Committee (SRAC). Our group is made up of 24 individuals representing multiple stakeholder groups including VCS staff, parents, the town, and experts in the medical field. SRAC members are: Matthew Cyr, VCS Superintendent & Principal Debrajean Scheibel, VCS Special Services Director Lexie Dineen, VCS School Counselor Amber Peters, Parent and VCS School Nurse Diane Smart, VCS Teacher and Veazie Education Association President Susan Logan, VCS Teacher Melissa Hileman, VCS Teacher Martha Shannon, VCS Teacher Laurie Kimball, VCS Teacher Jessica Murphy, VCS Teacher Nicole Spinney, VCS Teacher Tara Frazier, VCS Teacher Katie Saucier, VCS Ed. Tech. Nicole Richard, VCS Ed. Tech. Cassie Schissell Barber, Parent and VCS Ed. Tech. Kristen Bagley, Parent and Veazie School Committee Chair Valli Vel, Parent and Veazie School Committee Vice-Chair Bill Reed, Veazie School Committee Member Paul Dupuis, Veazie School Committee Member Alex Friess, Parent and Veazie School Committee Member Mark Leonard, Veazie Town Manager and Veazie Police Chief Caitlin Howell, Parent and Biomedical Engineering Professor @ UMaine; also serves on UMS Reopening Team Andy Brown, Parent and UMaine Public Safety Tonya Brown, Parent and Registered Nurse To focus our work, we are using the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) framework for reopening school: https://www.maine.gov/doe/covid-19/reintegrate as well as CDC guidelines for schools. The MDOE Commissioner of Education, Pender Makin, shared that the State will determine when and how schools may reopen depending on COVID-19 health and safety markers for our region. The MDOE framework requires that all schools develop plans for three potential scenarios for the fall: Full Remote (all students learning from home), Hybrid (students learning from home on some days, and in-person on others), and In-Person (all students learning in-person). The Veazie School Reopening Advisory Committee (SRAC), like all other schools in Maine, is presently developing these three plans. They will remain in draft form until more direction and safety metrics can be provided in the upcoming weeks. Our four areas of focus within each return scenario are Safety, Instruction, Non-Instruction, and Communication. We are also collaborating to ensure equitable access to opportunity for all of our students while having the ability to efficiently pivot from one learning scenario to another with minimal down time. We had a nearly 90% completion rate of our earlier parent survey. This information and all future survey information significantly assist our efforts. Thank you! Members of the VCS SRAC will be participating in a two-day MDOE workshop next week with great focus on fine-tuning our draft plans. We hope to share these draft plans with all of you in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, we strongly encourage families to begin practicing how to properly wear face masks for extended periods of time, demonstrating what 6-feet of social distancing looks like, and discussing the importance of personal hygiene including hand washing, coughing/sneezing into your elbow, and refraining from touching your face. We are also encouraging that our younger learners have time to practice personal care skills such as shoe tying, opening their own lunch box and pre-packaged lunch items. Thank you for your patience while the VCS School Reopening Advisory Committee works diligently to develop these draft plans. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
Unfortunately, our Literacy and STEAM Zoom classes have had very low attendance over the past couple weeks. We understand that summertime is short, and our students are busy making many memories with family ( ... and of course, reading, right?!). Although we will no longer be meeting live this month, Mrs. Shannon has created several virtual classrooms to explore and recorded many read alouds for you to continue reading, listening, coding, experimenting and creating throughout the remainder of your summer! Simply visit: https://bit.ly/vcslibrary to begin.
If you missed Mrs. Shannon's Literacy and STEM program today, visit this website to listen to several read alouds and explore the Rock Cycle. Today we learned about the three different types of rocks, minerals, crystals, what geologists do, and the various rocks we have right here in Maine. Students who attended were most excited to head to their kitchens to make their own rock candy! During our hands on activity, we mixed different solutions to grow "Geodes in an Eggshell." Will sugar, salt or baking soda create the best crystals? We will continue to observe the "geodes" throughout the week and meet again next Thursday at 11am to see the results. https://bit.ly/vcslibrary
Veazie Community School Families, Please take a moment to complete this brief (BUT IMPORTANT) School Reopening Family Survey before Wednesday, July 8. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyC7oV6dd5PHeYk45UvyLqqmmhW6XRCdWnNT3ZndnNexXtdw/viewform
VCS Summer Programs begin this week! Here is a link for details related to Storytime and STEAM with Mrs. Shannon: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AVjYgDOjGIsK8TG2NRKLFUyDPbrr11gdvT7DQXt2XQQ/edit
Congratulations to VCS Art Teacher Mrs. Sarah Moon and all of the talented artists at Veazie Community School on assembling the VCS Spring Art Show--"For Arts Sake" https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1pCW-Mcygm4DKZvk0fKFDyMxm0rUFsiy5MGJ7Xq6fLE0/edit?usp=sharing
So far we have had 62% of our families respond to our COVID-19 Remote Learning Survey. Please consider helping us to learn from this experience by completing this short survey. Thank you! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGSSUEor0x61x_lB3Mk9KORqlXzOMeYpH_5pjTmaQL_5dgRQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
VCS Families, Please click on this link to find VCS COVID-19 MEMO #11. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/733723/COVID-19_220.127.116.11.pdf Have a great weekend. -Mr. Cyr
Congratulations to Mr. Arell and all of our talented musicians! Please enjoy the Veazie Community School Spring Concert! https://youtu.be/bj0qLRvbjzY
Lost and found items are neatly organized and placed under the entrance canopy. They will remain there until Friday afternoon and placed back outside on Monday. Items not claimed by the end of the day on Friday, June 5, will be donated to charity. Please take a look at these photos to see if you recognize anything. Thanks!
Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, Please take a moment to complete the following VCS Remote Learning Survey. Your input and feedback will help to drive our end of year staff discussions, as well as future planning. It would be most helpful if the survey could be completed before Thursday, June 4. Thank you for your continued support! Survey link: https://forms.gle/ap1pmtCiEvST... Sincerely, Mr. Cyr
Grade 1 and 2 students had the opportunity today for a Lunchtime Story and STEAM activity. Students brought their lunch and ate as they listened to Mrs. Shannon read "Everything You Need for a Treehouse" by Carter Higgins, illustrated by Emily Hughes. After we discussed the blueprints of our treehouse designs, we participated in a directed draw from Art for Kids Hub and then added our own special features. We may have some future architects in this group!
Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, please read our End of Year Details news article about upcoming activities and procedures: https://bit.ly/3g6jb7J
A wonderful story covering an amazing experience our primary team coordinated for VCS PK - 2 students. Kudos to Mrs. Kimball and her teammates! https://bangordailynews.com/2020/05/14/up-beat/up-beat-primary-school-teachers-reconnect-with-students-through-fun-fort-night/
The VCS Primary Teachers would like to thank everyone who was able to make it to our Fort Night. It was a huge success...74 attended! It was so much fun to see everyone back together sharing stories and smiles. Here's a video to remember our night together. We miss you all so much!! <3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BYAvwIogFE&feature=youtu.be
May 4, 2020 7:00 p.m. EST COVID-19 MEMO #9 Veazie Community School End of Year Details Dear VCS Parents and Caregivers, I wanted to reach out with a few important details regarding the remainder of our 2019-2020 school year. Our last day of remote teaching and learning will be Friday, June 5. This date was selected in collaboration with area school districts. Teachers will use days leading up to this date to provide a sense of closure for our students. This includes, but is not limited to, grade level celebrations and 8th grade graduation. Students who are in good standing, based on preponderance of evidence from the entire school year, will matriculate to the next grade. Report cards will be mailed home on or before Tuesday, June 9. The Veazie Community School staff will be using Monday June 8 and Tuesday June 9 to debrief our remote learning experiences and complete routine end of year paperwork. The remaining two calendar days are being moved to August to provide staff with additional time to prepare for the upcoming school year (August 27 & 28). As of right now, our first student day for the 2020-2021 school year remains to be Wednesday, September 2. The Veazie Community School wants every student to be healthy and able to manage their worries and any anxiety they might be experiencing. If you are concerned with how your child is doing emotionally, you can contact the NAMI MAINE HELPLINE: 1-800-464-5767, press 1. Or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other helplines: -Maine’s Statewide Crisis Line: 1-888-568-1112 (call or text) -National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 -National Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 -Trevor Project LGBTQ Crisis Line: 1-866-488-7386 (or text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200 There is also a NAMI MAINE Teen Text Support Line at 1-207-515-8398. This is open from 12:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and is a peer support text line for youth 14 - 20 years old and staffed by individuals under 23 years of age. Please note that the Teen Text Support Line is not a crisis line but a way for teens to have someone to talk to if they are anxious and just need a friendly ear. Also do not hesitate to reach out to us at Veazie Community School. You may also dial 211 for information on the COVID-19 crisis in Maine. In the coming weeks, we will be sharing information regarding any summer programming that is possible based on state and national regulations. Our last day of food delivery will be Monday, June 8 with food for the remainder of that week. The day WILL come when our students are able to return to a regular school schedule in our beautiful school. In the meantime, Veazie Community School staff will remain resilient and continue to look for ways to improve our model of remote teaching and learning. Your support is greatly appreciated. Please take care of each other. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr Superintendent & Principal
Save the date...the Primary Wing, PreK - Second Grade, will be having a Fort Night on Thursday, May 7th at 7:00pm. They are asking students to meet in Zoom that night inside of a fort they have built at their house. They will then get to see all of their recess friends for a time before splitting into "breakout rooms" where they will hear a story from one of the Primary Teachers. They will get back together at the end to say goodnight. Families will be getting an email from their child's teacher with specific details. See you then! :)
Some very important news and information from the Veazie Community School Library: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTWoHtEDq4wMwwyjiu7qXu6mWqQ_8zRd-rB1f2So00ZLU6rnhNjupYdh_W6kM9bTWk48JbUDpobRuaO/pub
April 30, 2020 Morning Announcements with Avery Love being greeted by that smile! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI2Dj91YFZg
The VCS After School Coding Club met yesterday and will continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. There is always time to join! Please check out their website. Click on the 'Student Gallery' link in the top right corner to see some of the coding students have been creating: https://sites.google.com/veaziecs.org/vcscodeclub/home
Happy Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Morning Announcements with Avery! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69OmStrjDtQ
Shopping for our Virtual Book Fair is now open! Visit https://www.scholastic.com/bf/veazie and click the orange “Shop Now” button. (Please register to ensure that each purchase earns rewards for VCS.) Books-only orders of $25+ ship FREE and will be delivered right to your home. Thank you for supporting our online book fair, building your home libraries and raising a Veazie reader!!
STUDENT WORK PICKUP: Grades K - 2; and Grade 6 ELA can pickup student work between 8am and 2pm Monday and Tuesday (April 27 & 28). Student work will be labeled on tables outside the school as we've done in the past. Thank you!
More positive news from Veazie Community School! https://bangordailynews.com/bdn-maine/community/a-high-note-for-veazie-community-school-students-learning-at-home/
The VCS family wishes you all a safe and healthy break! Turn off the laptops and iPads and have some 'Unplugged Family Fun'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_TBZdjsH68&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR02K-IwxQWCQU61QLGyoQv5z6lj085QtjDrZpAO_YS1sxj-KTdpd-xDfFY
Enjoy April School Vacation! The VCS family wishes you all a safe and healthy break! Turn off the laptops and iPads and have some 'Unplugged Family Fun'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_TBZdjsH68&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR02K-IwxQWCQU61QLGyoQv5z6lj085QtjDrZpAO_YS1sxj-KTdpd-xDfFY
FLUFFY FRIDAY!!!! Friday, April 17, 2020 Morning Announcements with Avery. Reminder to everyone that next week will be a true April vacation. See you all on Monday the 27th!
First Grade has been working hard during Zoom each day. Today we did math, spelling and shared reading. We have been learning how to use Google Docs and one of our friends shared a letter with us. It was so sweet! However, the most important thing we did today was...THE CRUNCH TEST!!! Towards the end of our session we were talking about all the things we missed about school. We remembered the Crunch Test and just had to do it! We challenge you, VCS staff and students, to do the Crunch Test in your next Zoom meeting. You'll be glad you did :)!
Good Wednesday to you! 4/15/20 with Announcements with Avery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV1cR6LmVJM
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Morning Announcements with Avery! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKOlSnPpqNA
WE MISS OUR VEAZIE VIKINGS! Veazie Community School "Small School, BIG Heart!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpdDm7ftKyM&feature=youtu.be
Grades 3/4 are still getting it done. I'll bet you'll want to start cooking after you read our food poems here: http://vcsmh4.blogspot.com
Veazie Community School is featured in a Bangor Daily News Article: https://bangordailynews.com/2020/04/09/news/bangor/as-maine-teachers-grieve-loss-of-traditions-one-small-school-deepens-the-conversation/?amp=1&fbclid=IwAR3l8t9xEU6sMssdmxqywH-67PXOSmi6hB7c3CkcaJRzTxm3l2z-s7JsfqM
April 8, 2020 8:00 a.m. EST COVID-19 MEMO #8 REMOTE LEARNING EXTENDED THROUGH REMAINDER OF CALENDAR YEAR Dear Parents and Caregivers, At approximately 8:30 p.m. last night, the following advisory was released by Maine Commissioner of Education, Pender Makin: “As you know…, US CDC guidance recommends an 8 to 20 week timeframe for avoiding large group/in-person instruction once there is evidence of community transmission of COVID-19. I am recommending, with the support of the Governor, that (Maine schools)….replace classroom/group instruction with remote/distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.” This announcement means that together with other districts across Maine, Veazie Community School will continue our current remote instruction model for the remainder of the school year. The current last student day of school is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10 (when counting the 3 make-up days due to early winter storms). Reminder of Grade Level Advancement: I want to emphasize that students in good standing will move to the next grade level for the 2020-2021 school year as would normally be the case. All receiving high schools are committed to enroll our graduating 8th grade students regardless of end of year circumstances. Snow Day on Friday?: No. The remote learning environment we currently have setup will continue as scheduled so that we can stick with our scheduled last student day of Wednesday, June 10. Food Delivery: Beginning Monday, April 13, we will deliver meals once/week. Instead of prepared meals, we will shift our coordination to providing food supplies for families to make the meals. This will reduce our need for essential staff to travel to school on a regular basis—this supports social distancing and helps to keep people safe. We will not be delivering food during April School Vacation. April School Vacation: VCS will honor April School Vacation as a true vacation. There will be no remote learning/instruction during the week of April 20 - 24. If you are concerned with how your child is doing emotionally you can contact NAMI MAINE HELPLINE at 1-800-464-5767—Press 1. Please continue to use your children’s teachers as resources for support with remote learning. Do not hesitate to contact me personally should you have further questions. Thank you for your continued support. I am proud of our students, staff, and families for our perseverance and grit during these difficult times. Please take care of each other. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr Superintendent & Principal
April 8, 2020 Wacky Wednesday! Avery is rocking these morning announcements. Thank you, Avery for making our mornings fantastic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR977aPrY6w
Happy Tuesday! VCS morning announcements by Avery: *Subscribe to her Youtube channel. Morning announcements will be scheduled to upload at 6 a.m. each school morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sPlj1fbiCg
VCS 8th Grade student, Avery Messer asked if she could continue with morning announcements "until we come back to school." ABSOLUTELY, AVERY!!! Thank you for your leadership! Morning announcements: 4/6/20 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi6_T-l4pxY&feature=youtu.be
Mr. Cyr and Mrs. Thibeault are up and at em this morning making breakfast and lunch meals for Monday’s delivery! We hope you all have a great weekend!
April 2, 2020 3:00 p.m. EST COVID-19 MEMO #7 REMOTE LEARNING EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 1, 2020 Dear Parents and Caregivers, As I am sure you are aware, Governor Mills has announced that beginning at 12:01 a.m. today, April 2, Maine residents will be prohibited from traveling outside their homes for all but “essential personal activities” and also ordered all schools closed for classroom-based instruction until May 1, 2020. This extends our current remote learning model of instruction until at least that date. All school employees are considered “essential employees” and will continue to safely travel to and from school in order to help your children to learn and grow while enhancing our capacity to provide remote learning. We will also continue to provide meal delivery with the same Monday/Wednesday schedule but are presently examining a once per week delivery for reasons of safety for all involved. Grade Level Advancement: I want to emphasize that students in good standing will move to the next grade level for the 2020-2021 school year, as would normally be the case. All receiving high schools are committed to enroll our graduating 8th grade students, regardless of end of year circumstances. We are also exploring options for how we can creatively honor our graduating 8th graders should this closure extend through the remainder of the school year. Returning Student and School Property: We are presently cleaning out student lockers/cubbies and placing all belongings into clearly labeled plastic bags. Beginning Monday, during the hours of 8am and 2pm, we will have these bags set up outside under the school entrance canopy for pickup. We will bring unclaimed bags inside each evening and begin contacting parents towards the end of the week if there are items that have not been collected. If you are concerned with how your child is doing emotionally, you can contact NAMI MAINE HELPLINE at 1-800-464-5767—Press 1. Please continue to use your children’s teachers as resources for support with remote learning. Do not hesitate to contact me personally should you have further questions. Acadia Cares Parent Forum: VCS will be hosting a live Zoom session with Northern Light Acadia Hospital’s Chris McLaughlin, LCSW. Chris hosted our parent forums earlier this winter. He will share valuable information and resources on how to best manage your child’s anxiety, as well as offering ideas and suggestions that may be helpful in keeping your own parental worries in check during this unprecedented global COVID-19 crisis. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Tonight’s parent forum details: Thursday, April 2 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Link: https://emhs.zoom.us/j/9371670089 Meeting ID: 937 167 0089 Thank you for your continued support. Please take care of each other. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr Superintendent & Principal
Thursday, April 2 5-6:30pm Join Zoom Meeting https://emhs.zoom.us/j/9371670089 Meeting ID: 937 167 0089 Veazie Community School will be hosting a live Zoom session with Norther Light Acadia Hospital's Chris McLaughlin, LCSW. Chris hosted our parent forums earlier this winter. Chris will share valuable information and resources on how to best manage your child’s anxiety, as well as offering ideas and suggestions that may be helpful in keeping your own worries as a parent in check, during this unprecedented global coronavirus crisis. Chris will share tips, facts, and recommendations on how we all can make it through this pandemic as successfully as possible and will be open to hearing any questions you may have in how to support your child (and each other!) through this challenging time.
Pete the Cat has been caught reading in the VCS library! We want to see our students reading at home, too. Share your pictures with Mrs. Shannon at email@example.com.
Parents should pickup student work between the hours of 8-12 on Thursday and Friday of this week. Work will be on tables in the lobby as we had setup last week. Please be patient as we restrict the number of people entering the school. You can help by waiting in your car until the person in front of you has left. If you are taking a Chromebook, please sign and leave the attached form. Mrs. Hathaway will be buzzing people into the building.
3/16/20 10:15a.m. EST COVID-19 MEMO #4 STUDENT WORK AND BREAKFAST/LUNCH DISTRIBUTION Tuesday, March 17 from 7am - 3pm Wednesday, March 18 from 7am - 3pm Dear Parents and Guardians, STUDENT WORK: The Veazie Community School will be open for the next two days for parents to pickup student work and technology devices (Chromebooks and iPads) Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday March 18 from 7am - 3pm. In the school lobby, individualized student packets and technology devices will be clearly marked on tables organized by grade level. CHROMEBOOKS & IPADS: Parents taking home Chromebooks and iPads (with chargers) will need to sign a waiver attached to the device. It is important for parents to know that they are fully responsible for any and all damage to the device and/or charger. BREAKFAST/LUNCH DISTRIBUTION: At this point in time, we will continue to provide breakfast and lunch for students qualifying for free & reduced lunch. The bus will leave VCS at 8am with a Veazie police officer on board and make a trip using normal bus routes. It will be expected that students or parents meet the bus at the road or normal bus stop….we will not be going door to door. VCS staff will be directly contacting qualifying families today. Our kitchen staff will create brown-bag meals for multiple days at a time in an effort to minimize social interaction. We will send home 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Tuesday, March 17, and 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Thursday, March 19. Next week, we will send home two breakfasts and 2 lunches on Monday, March 23 and 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches on Wednesday, March 25. We will continue with this Monday/Wednesday schedule should the school closure go beyond two weeks. INSTRUMENTS: Mr. Arell has placed student instruments on the benches in the lobby for parents to pickup. Keyboard students should have already received home practice instruments. Percussion students should have already received at-home practice pads. Please email Mr. Arell firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We will do our best to stick with planned and announced schedules, but ask for your flexibility and understanding if new information, guidance or direction forces us to revisit these decisions. Lately, all of our focus has been on making sure our students have school work, but we must not forget the social-emotional needs of our students. Take care of each other. Talk with your child. Play a game. Go for a walk together. A hug, a smile, and reassurance goes a long way. Thank you for your continued support. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr Superintendent & Principal
A MESSAGE FROM DIANE DICKERSON, Bangor YMCA CEO OPEN FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ALL DAY SCHOOL CARE FOR FAMILIES IN NEED, BUT YMCA FITNESS AND AQUATICS CENTER TO CLOSE ON TUESDAY, MARCH 17TH AT 6:30 PM UNTIL MONDAY, MARCH 30TH March 15, 2020 A MESSAGE FROM DIANE DICKERSON, CEO To our Y Family and entire region for whom we are so honored to serve, In an effort to do everything we can to slow down this national health crisis, the Bangor Region YMCA has sadly made the decision to close the FITNESS CENTER and AQUATICS CENTER at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 17th. This closure will be in effect until Monday, March 30th. I know many of you will be disappointed with this news, but please know we are going to try in every way to provide you with continued health and wellness activities. All members will be able to sign up for VIRTUAL FITNESS PROGRAMS and will be contacted by our Health and Wellness staff regarding this. In addition, our Y members who are participating in PERSONAL TRAINING OR SMALL GROUP TRAINING will be able to continue this with their Y Trainers virtually if they desire. Again, all will be contacted by your personal trainer here at our Y. We will also be reaching out to our members as we plan any outdoor fitness programs in the next two weeks which would allow for social distancing while getting in shape and breathing the air. Keep a watch on our website and Facebook Page. We are here for all of you and will do our best to STAY HEALTHY during this trying time. We are restricting the hours of our Y from now until March 17th when we close. We will be opening at 5:00 am and closing at 6:30 pm. Our Aloupis Pool will be our only pool open for these two days, and the hours will be restricted from 5:30 am to 12:00 noon. OTHER IMPORTANT CHANGES: 1. Group classes are cancelled EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY to restrict people from being close together. There will be no land or aquatic classes until after we reopen on March 30th. 2. Child Watch will be cancelled EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. 3. Swim Lessons will be cancelled EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY and your session will resume in 2 weeks and will be extended through April Vacation. 4. Our Teen Center is closed EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. 5. All SECOND WIND events and programs are cancelled EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY. 6. Senior College has cancelled all of their activities here at the Y. 7. Caring Connections Support Groups are cancelled. However, our staff is available to respond to each of you individually and provide you with whatever support you might need. 8. Our LIVESTRONG program is cancelled EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY until we reopen. OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND ALL-DAY SCHOOL AGE CARE WILL BE OPEN from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. In an effort to support our families, and especially our healthcare providers and first responders, we are remaining open. This is being offered to our existing Y Families, as well as to OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY who needs the support. As healthcare professionals have stated, the best case situation is that everyone stays home and has a relative or friend take care of the child in their home. However, this is not possible for many people, and we need to be here for YOU. I know there are mixed feelings about this, and all I can say is that we are taking every precaution possible. Here are just a few of the things we will be doing: 1. All children will have their temperature taken as they enter the Y. 2. Hand Sanitizers must be administered at the door of the Y, and will be continued throughout the day. 3. We will use this opportunity to teach children about washing their hands, not touching their faces, not touching other children, and to try and keep space between. 4. We will have full use of the YMCA, Teen Center, and Isaac Farrar Mansion so that there will be a lot more space allowing groups to be smaller and much more spread out. 5. If necessary, we also have our beautiful Camp Jordan available for programming over the next two weeks. We have had many questions from parents: 1. Will homework help be provided? YES 2. Will kids be able to swim? YES 3. Will we need to pack a lunch for our child? YES (We are working with the school district for those children who receive free lunch from the school and will be trying to determine if we can pick up those lunches for the children. I will not have an answer on this until Monday, so please pack a lunch for your child on Monday. We will let you know for the rest of the week.) If you are needing care for your child during this time, please click on the link below, complete and submit. https://www.bangory.org/childcare-camps/before-after-school-care/full-day-care-reservation-form/ SUMMARY The best path is to stay informed on the facts which are being updated on a regular basis. Below are a list of reliable sources of information for you to read from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the State of Maine https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html Please don’t hesitate to contact the YMCA if you have any questions. And, don’t hesitate reaching out to me directly. We are all working together to get through this very difficult time and I am listening to all of you. Your opinions and thoughts matter a great deal to me. And, always know that we take these decisions very seriously and they are made with the most current information we have, with respect, thoughtfulness, compassion, wisdom, and a passionate desire to do what is best for this wonderful community we serve. To all, work with us during this time. Continue to see what we are trying to offer through our website and Facebook. We will do our best to keep you updated as we all travel this new path together. Be Safe, Diane Diane Dickerson CEO BANGOR REGION YMCA 17 Second Street, Bangor ME 04401 (C) 207 745 6133 (P) 207 941 2808 ext 305 (F) 207 941 2812 (E) ddickerson@bangorY.org (W) www.BangorYMCA.org (O) Facebook | Twitter | Instagram The Y: We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility THE BANGOR REGION YMCA 207 941 2808 | 17 Second Street, Bangor ME 04401 | BangorYMCA.org Facebook Twitter Instagram
In an effort to proactively slow the spread of COVID-19, I am announcing that Veazie Community School will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through Monday, March 30th. No classes, clubs, or activities will be held, and our school will be closed to the general public. The length of this closure is subject to change as the situation develops and new information becomes available.
The Acadia Cares Parent Forum scheduled to be held Thursday, March 19 from 4:30 - 6:00p.m. in the VCS Library has been cancelled.
Internet options for families without. https://www.facebook.com/61230111980/posts/10156979053321981/?sfnsn=mo
I was asked to share the following that may impact some of our students: 2019 and 2020 Orono-Veazie Little League registrants, Adding to the quickly growing list of cancellations, we will not hold any Orono-Veazie Little League activities in March. This includes the March 28th clinic at Mahaney Dome and pitcher-catcher clinics on March 15, 22, and 29. We will send an announcement at a later date updating you on the schedule and whether we will need to make additional cancellations in April. We will keep the webpage updated and send out further announcements as the situation evolves. https://sites.google.com/view/ovll
Schooldigger.com has Veazie Public Schools ranked 2nd out of 146 school districts in Maine. This ranking uses testing data for grades 3-8 at Veazie Community School, and SAT scores for our students at their respective high school (we currently have students enrolled at 6 different area high schools). Veazie Community School alone is ranked 4th out of 255 elementary schools in the state.
Check out the latest edition of The VIKING! There are some great stories about our school and community! https://5il.co/db9d
No school today in Veazie (2/27/20)
Members of the Veazie Community School Ci3T development team recently visited schools in Topeka, Kansas who have fully implemented the 3-tiered Ci3T program which focuses on systematic approaches to academic, behavior and social emotional support for all students. They also attended a professional training module at Kansas University with co-founders of the program. In between travels, the group visited the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site--a landmark 1954 Supreme Court case in which the justices ruled unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional.
Parent feedback on our first parent forum was overwhelmingly positive...... ACADIA CARES will be providing a second parent forum at the Veazie Community School on Thursday, March 19 in the VCS Library from 4:30 - 6:00p.m. Discussion will focus on Childhood/Teenage Anxiety & Resiliency. This parent forum is sensitive in nature, and for that reason, is for parents only. Please contact us ahead if you need assistance with child care. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of VCS. If you are not able to attend, please visit the Acadia CARES website for helpful parent resources: www.northernlighthealth.org/AcadiaCARES Please contact VCS School Counselor Lexie Dineen (email@example.com), or VCS Principal Matthew Cyr (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have further questions.
Veazie Community School will be closed today due to the dangerous forecasted weather conditions.
We are happy to announce our partnership with Northern Light Acadia Hospital. Being a teenager can be tough. Being the parent of a teenager can be even tougher. Veazie Community School will be hosting an Acadia Cares parent forum on Thursday, February 13 from 4:30 - 6:00p.m. in the VCS library. Acadia Cares staff will cover the following topics: Youth Suicide Prevention, Bullying, Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, LGBTQ+ Youth, Youth Substance Use, and Resiliency. Attending parents will help to guide discussion. This parent forum is sensitive in nature, and for that reason, is for parents only. Please contact us ahead if you need assistance with child care. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of VCS. Please contact VCS School Counselor Lexie Dineen (email@example.com), or VCS Principal Matthew Cyr (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have further questions.
Over 2200 books have been signed out this school year from the VCS library! Graphic novels, LEGO books, new fictional series, cookbooks, picture books about dinosaurs playing sports, and nonfiction titles about mindfulness are some of our most popular recent checkouts. In the past three years, our library collection has completely flipped. We often weed through the stacks, identifying what is no longer circulating and then research the latest and greatest as well as survey students and staff for their requests. We’ve been able to place multiple orders throughout the school year, staying current with our student’s interests. Through book talks, facing books out as you would see at a bookstore, teaching students how to independently look for a book on the online catalog, rotating displays, and providing comfortable seating options for students to get lost in a book, we will always continue to cultivate a love of reading amongst our VCS students.
Below is a priority notice we have received from the Department of Education: "We have been contacted by the Penobscot County Dispatch Center, on behalf of Orono Police Department, that a Maine business has received an email threat, with specific schools identified as targets. These schools have been contacted directly, and all local police departments have been notified. The situation is being investigated. As a precaution, we have been asked to advise all Maine schools to increase situational awareness, and report any suspicious activity or persons to local law enforcement. Please advise bus drivers to also increase their awareness and report immediately any suspicious or aggressive behavior of other vehicles. We will share information as it becomes available. Please utilize your School Safety Plans and coordinate your communications and efforts with local law enforcement." Districts across Maine have received this notification. Everyone is ok. However, out of an abundance of caution Veazie Community School will take the following actions. Students and staff can move about the inside of the school as they normally would, but there is no outdoor recess, or outdoor activities. Students are with their teachers and following their normal schedule. All after school programs have been canceled. We are working with the Veazie Police Department. Also, State Police are leading the effort to investigate the threat and coordinate actions on a state-wide level. I have been notified that Veazie Community School WAS NOT named in the list of schools. Sincerely, Matthew Cyr, Superintendent & Principal
Thank you to all of our families who have participated in our library’s second at home Maker Challenge. This trimester, students and their families were encouraged to disguise a snowman to help him or her blend in with book characters and go unnoticed during the winter season. There’s still time to participate! Please drop your snowman off with Mrs. Shannon.
The Veazie Community School Viking Robotics team was in Augusta today competing in the state championship along with 28 other teams from around Maine. VCS had the second highest robot score and won the Innovative Solution Award for their project focusing on introducing bats into our community. Wow! Wow! Wow! We are proud! Go Vikings!
School may be closed but our PTO online auction is still running! Bid soon because the auction ends at 8pm tonight! Thank you for supporting our PTO....we have already surpassed our fundraising goal! https://www.32auctions.com/vcspto2019
Veazie Community School will be closed on Tuesday, December 3. The timing and confidence of the predicted weather forecast present a rare opportunity to provide advanced notice for families to secure child care and other safety precautions. Please take care.
The Student Council is selling VCS Pura Vida bracelets to benefit the student council and the activities we sponsor throughout the year. For the next two weeks students and staff only can purchase a bracelet by bringing in $5 to the Batcave (Ms. Spinney's room). Purchasing a Pura Vida bracelet does more than just benefit our little school, read all about how the company got started and how they provide full time jobs for artisans.
Monday, November 18 All after school activities at Veazie Community School are cancelled due to the forecasted road conditions during evening commutes.
Our scheduled blood donations for tomorrow's Red Cross drive are very low. Please consider donating! Register at www.redcrossblood.org.
Hello, my name is Sarah Moon and I am the new Art Educator here at VCS, I will be available to meet with parents for conferences on Thursday, November 7th from 3-4:30. If this time is not convenient or if anyone has any questions they can email me at email@example.com Thanks and hope to see some of you soon!
Busy week at VCS: Book Fair all week; Parent/Teacher Conferences Thurs/Friday evening; Red Cross Blood Drive Friday 1-6; PTO Craft Fair Saturday 9-3.
The VCS Civil Rights Team in partnership with The Civil Rights Team Project kicked off our Welcome day celebrations by hanging a welcome sign, welcoming everyone no matter their race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender (including gender identity and expression), and sexual orientation at the following Veazie businesses: American Concrete, Flaggs, Tradewinds, Raegamuffins, and the Stucco Lodge. This morning the VCS Civil Rights Team welcomed every student as they came to school with a welcome banner! Stay tuned for a special photo of our VCS family!!
Today marks “Z” day for our Kindergarteners. For 26 days they celebrated a different letter of the alphabet. Students brought in a wide range of artifacts that started with particular letters. They also enjoyed dressing the part! Staff also got involved on spirit days. Thank you Mrs. Chandler for engaging some of our young learners!
Today we dedicated one of our school garden raised beds to former Veazie resident, Dean Francis Webster, who passed away this past spring. VCS first grader, Tucker Clapp referred to his grandfather as "Fie." Mr. Webster had a passion for gardening and it was the wish of he and his family for donations to be made in his name to the Veazie Community School Garden. We graciously received dozens of donations totaling more than $1400 which helped to build three additional raised beds as well a wonderful outdoor classroom. Thank you, "Fie," and thank you to your family for this generous donation.
SNOW DAY! Not really, but now is a good time to talk about the weather. Please make sure that our office has updated cel phone numbers in the event that we must text a school cancellation, delay or early release. After much feedback, we will be only using text message for these types of communications. We will also continue to use area TV and radio websites and stations to post information. Please take a moment to read this important document regarding winter weather: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/191474/Winter_Weather___School.pdf
The Civil Rights team, would like to announce that we will be participating in the state wide Welcome Day next Friday, 10/25/19. We will be greeting all students and parents when they come to school! This day is to show that we welcome all people no matter their race and skin color, national origin and ancestry, religion, disabilities, gender including gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation. We encourage all students to wear their VCS attire on this day!
One of three local TV news broadcasts about the 'Modern Band' music program Mr. Arell is starting as part of our upcoming FLEX Friday program...this one is on WLBZ. Be on the lookout for a broadcast from FOX News Bangor, as well as WABI. https://www.newscentermaine.com/video/news/education/veazie-students-learn-the-importance-of-music/97-0fa3a709-6de0-4aa7-9530-63f9849a8440?fbclid=IwAR2TaUCdunLrmtTvzkRkR2H0utJN6b1xpkdpS_6dM2Xu9vYGYnYNPnCWbYE
Dear VCS Families, Please be on the lookout for very important paperwork coming to you via mail. We are proud to be partnering with Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. to upgrade our school-wide strategic plan and capital improvement plan. This important mailing contains survey links and unique access codes. Completion time for the survey is estimated to be 15 minutes. Surveys must be completed by September 30, 2019. We are hoping to have every parent or guardian complete a survey. Please contact me if you feel that your mailing address was overlooked (we used all physical addresses provided to us during this fall's registration period). Data generated from the survey will help us to identify and celebrate our strengths as well as identify opportunities for growth. As a school, we are consistently looking for opportunities to grow so we can better and more strategically address each student's needs, goals and aspirations. Thank you very much for your time and support. Sincerely, Matthew D. Cyr Superintendent & Principal
Tomorrow (9/4/19) is the last day to place an order with davidfrenchmusic.com if you want your instrument to arrive by Friday. Please contact Mr. Arell if you have any questions regarding obtaining an instrument.
Congrats to Mr. Arell and the VCS music program on being featured in a news piece on WABI this evening! https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Music-plays-its-way-into-Veazie-Community-School-558732661.html
Thank you Maine Department of Education and Commissioner Pender Makin for recognizing the hard work and dedication required to support teaching and learning in public schools! Cheers to a great school year! https://www.maine.gov/doe/thankyou
Mr. Arell is excited about some changes with this year's music programming! Check out his blog, and stop by to see him at tomorrow evening's Open House! http://musicatvcs.blogspot.com/2019/08/exciting-music-updates-for-2019-2020.html
So far we have had 19 alumni respond with wonderful news of where life has taken them after leaving the 8th grade in Veazie (Veazie Community School AND the John R. Graham School). If you graduated from Veazie, please consider taking this survey with chance of being in our August, 2019 edition of THE VIKING! https://forms.gle/djkJWBAwJZ9Y3vNs9
Adrian is at it again! One of his coding games is being featured on a MakeCode blog. The features highlighted in this video were taught to our Friday Code Club students this year! https://blog.adafruit.com/2019/06/28/makecode-arcade-game-of-the-week-t-rex-run-adafruit-johnedgarpark-adafruit-msmakecode/
Reminder: Round 1 of our Chromebook Student Purchase Project begins next week. Chromebook devices must be picked up by a parent or guardian (grades 1 - 6) in the VCS office on one of the following dates: June 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 between the hours of 7:30am and 3pm. Please bring cash or check in the amount of $30 per device (we cannot accept credit or debit cards). Round 1 sales are only open to current students in grades 1 - 6--who will be purchasing their own device. Once this round 1 purchase period is over, we will assess the amount of remaining devices (if any) and develop a plan for the sale of remaining devices to staff and students in grades PK, K, 7 & 8. Thank you for your patience while we work through this first of it's kind project (for VCS).
I am happy to share news that our school budget was passed in today's referendum vote by a margin of 51 yes and 2 no votes. The validation referendum process was also voted to be removed by a margin of 38 no and 15 yes.
On this last day of school, I want to take a moment to congratulate our 'Perfect Attendance' students...these students did not miss a single day of school! Miles Bragdon, Olivia Bragdon, Camden Brown, Lily Chandler, Dylan Dupuis, Ben Francis, William Francis, Warren Hathaway, Tulia Lancisi, Laurali Parker, Piper Parker, Aynslie Sirois & Richard Watson. This next list of students only missed one day of school! Carter Bragdon, Alexa Carlisle, Paul Friess, Ainsley Hathaway, Emmaline Hyde & Liam Wheelden.
Round 1 of our Chromebook Student Purchase Project begins next week. Chromebook devices must be picked up by a parent or guardian (grades 1 - 6) in the VCS office on one of the following dates: June 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 between the hours of 7:30am and 3pm. Please bring cash or check in the amount of $30 per device (we cannot accept credit or debit cards). Round 1 sales are only open to current students in grades 1 - 6--who will be purchasing their own device. Once this round 1 purchase period is over, we will assess the amount of remaining devices (if any) and develop a plan for the sale of remaining devices to staff and students in grades PK, K, 7 & 8. Thank you for your patience while we work through this first of it's kind project (for VCS).
Important Upcoming Dates: VOTE TOMORROW at Town Office (8am - 8pm). Town Meeting Tuesday (tomorrow) evening at 8pm. Primary Musical Thursday, June 13 at 1:30pm and 6pm. Last Student Day Monday, June 17 (Field Day). 8th grade graduation Monday, June 17 at 7pm.
Check out the spring, 2019 edition of, THE VIKING. Veazie residents should be receiving a copy in the mail within the next few days. Click here: https://5il.co/7vbn
This afternoon's baseball/softball games are cancelled. There are no after school practices.
VCS Chromebook Recycle Project Veazie Community School is in the process of updating our Chromebook laptop devices for all students in grades 1 - 6. Instead of selling our used devices to low-bidding tech. suppliers who turn around and re-sell them for a high mark-up, we are offering our students the ability to purchase their own device at the very reasonable price of $30 (Lenovo N22). Money raised through this project will help offset the costs of new devices. We are asking parents of students currently enrolled in grades 1 - 6 to complete the following survey: https://forms.gle/S6fk8SeyRFRLPiSN8
Due to the forecasted rain along with unseasonable temperatures, we are postponing this afternoon’s softball game and cancelling all after school team practices.
Friday is the last day of the Scholastic Book Fair! Students have already earned over $900 in FREE books by taking advantage of the Buy One, Get One Free sale! “The Three Little Super Pigs”, “Dog Man” graphic novels, and LEGO have been our top sellers, but we still have plenty of copies left! The library will be open until 4:30pm.
The Buy One Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair will be at the VCS Library Monday, April 29-Friday, May 3. Students will have the opportunity to browse and shop during their Library Media class (listed below), and we’ll also be open until 4:30 each day. This is a great way to help our classrooms earn new books and get a head start on summer reading for students! PreK: Wednesday K: Monday 1-3: Tuesday 4-5: Thursday Middle School: Monday/Wednesday
Today's home softball game vs. All Saints has been postponed to a later date (not yet scheduled).
4/23/19 All after school events and practices have been cancelled. Officials are working on a reschedule date for the track meet.
Veazie Community School parents, please take a moment to complete this anonymous survey. Survey results tied to strategic planning and will be used to assess and inform current practices and procedures. Please contact Mr. Cyr if you or someone you know would prefer a pencil/paper survey. Thank you. https://forms.gle/EkHQV4pACcSy6R2LA
Veazie Community School will be closed today, Monday, April 8.
Veazie School Alumni (VCS and John R. Graham School), please consider contributing to our spring edition of THE VIKING Alumni Spotlight! Answer the brief survey at this link: https://forms.gle/h1oe2MTjBf9MNDpW6 Thank you!
An Important Message to VCS Parents: I want to take a moment to recognize the Veazie Community School Staff and Students for their response to today's lockdown situation. Today was a perfect school crisis scenario with a perfect outcome. As a school we were faced with every challenging variable one could imagine--there was still 5 minutes remaining of our scheduled arrival time, there were a handful of late arriving students and we were responding with a limited amount of information from public safety (too little to attempt to reach out to parents in fear of causing more harm than good). Throughout all of this situation, everyone was safe. We practice school crisis drills for a reason. The entire VCS family stepped up today and demonstrated great respect, maturity, and support for one another. I am extremely proud of our staff and students for their behaviors during this difficult and stressful situation. Part of our crisis plan involves debriefing. We met as a staff after school today to discuss what went well, as well as ways we can improve. This process also includes further conversation with local public safety officials. I encourage you to discuss the importance of school safety with your children as you deem appropriate. Please do not hesitate to contact myself, your child's teacher, or our school counselor should you or your child need further support. Thank you. Matthew Cyr VCS Superintendent & Principal
VCS was notified this morning of potential threats made to a neighboring school. We immediately went into a lockdown and accounted for all staff and students. We have since been notified that there is no real threat. We have cleared the lockdown and are running a normal schedule. All staff and students are safe.
The mall show is over, but with that comes good news! We had a silver and a gold star award for student artwork. Silver star is an honorable mention. Gold star means that that student’s work moves on to be featured at the University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor in April. SILVER STAR: Rebekah Jaksa, Grade 8: binocular scene in acrylic paint GOLD STAR: Lily Chandler, Grade 7: sailboat scene in acrylic paint
Our phones are currently down while construction crews replace a pole on School Street. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to contact the school office.
Please take a moment to read the linked health note provided by our school nurse. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/323457/springhealthnote.pdf
Our 'White Bus' serving Thompson/Village/State Street will be 15 minutes late this afternoon due to mechanical problems. Students are safely waiting here at the school for the replacement bus.
Veazie Community School was well represented at today's State Invention Convention. This amazing group of students made us all very, VERY proud! Congratulations to Camden Brown on his 3rd place finish, Duncan Carlisle on his 2nd place finish, and Olivia Bragdon for earning 1st place honors! WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!
2nd Trimester Report Cards will be going home with students this afternoon.
IMPORTANT MEA TESTING INFORMATION: Grades 3 - 8 will be taking the Mathematics and ELA Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) on the following dates: March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28; and April 2. Grades 5 & 8 will take the Science test after April Vacation. All public schools receiving State and Federal dollars are required to administer the MEA each year. Students will begin each testing day with a breakfast snack provided by our PTO, and a physical activity so that they can have food in their belly and to get their blood flowing! This will be followed by a single test for that day. We reorganized the entire school schedule for the remainder of the day so that students will not miss any core instruction as well as their beloved specials. We are hoping that our changes will provide students the best chance for success without shutting down the entire school during these mandated assessments. We also hope that by testing all grade levels on the same days and making these dates available in advance will allow parents greater opportunity to assist our efforts by helping to ensure students are well rested. While no single test can give a complete picture of student achievement and the amazing things happening everyday at VCS, the MEA combined with other information can and does help us better understand how to best meet the needs of our students. Thank you for your support! -Mr. Cyr
The VCS annual Invention Convention was held yesterday! Students have spent the last several weeks researching problems and finding solutions to many everyday problems. They all worked hard developing their inventions to solve some of those problems and to market them. A big thank you to this year’s judges, James Dunning, Dr. Julie Keene, and Valli Vel. Our top 5 participants will be moving on to the State Invention Convention next week and they are as follows: Will Francis, Camden Brown, Olivia Bragdon, Duncan Carlisle, and Lana Friess!!
Our Student Council kicked off Winter Carnival week with a fun assembly this morning filled with challenging games and winter trivia. There will be after school events tonight and Thursday, and a culminating afternoon celebration on Friday that will include a camp fire tended by the Veazie Fire Dept. so that our PTO can make S'Mores for all students to go along with their hot chocolate!
March is Youth Art Month! This great display featuring many different works from students in grades Pre-K - 12 all around the Bangor area will be up until Saturday, March 23rd by the old Sears entrance. The picture below includes the Veazie Community School panel! Great work by all of our artists under the guidance of VCS Art Teacher, Ms. Ashley Curtis.
Veazie Community School will be closed on Monday, March 4.
By now, many of you have probably heard about the "MOMO" Challenge on the Internet right now. Some say it is a hoax and some say it is real…... either way it has gone viral and is gaining a lot of media attention with several news reports showing disturbing pictures. This is a great time to discuss Internet Safety. The following Internet Safety guidelines should be followed by schools and homes at all times, and not just when things like the “momo challenge” present themselves: -Bringing up the MoMo Challenge (or other safety concerns) specifically may lead children to investigate it themselves. Instead, consider asking them whether they encountered anything online that caused them to be worried or upset. -If your child is aware of this trend, remind them that Momo is not a real person, cannot directly harm them and cannot tell them to do anything. -Remind children never to contact strangers online, regardless of the method, and never to give out personal information. -Tighten device settings and parental controls. -Report and block any content that is harmful or disturbing. -Supervise your child’s online activity, limit video games and YouTube use to shared family spaces and keep an eye out for unknown phone numbers or email addresses. As a school, we follow all federal rules and guidelines to keep children safe while using the school network and school devices. Unfortunately, as hard as we try, there always seems to be something new that trends with students and young people long before parents and school staff become “in the know" (such as the Momo Challenge). VCS will continue to use best practices and embed digital citizenship in all that we do. Students only spend a small portion of their day in schools, however, so we ask for support from the home front in monitoring the use of technology and more importantly, talking with your children about what they do online. Please stress that children should always report anything they see or hear that makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Thank you for your support.
The VCS Student Council is hosting a Winter Carnival week, nest week. Many of the activities are after school, and require signed parent permission--these forms have been sent home. Here is a copy if you'd like to print. Reminder: Parents must pick-up students on days they stay after....the school does not provide after school transportation.
Art Fundraiser! Be on the lookout for materials related to an art fundraiser. Parents will be able to purchase a variety of items displaying their child's art work! All money raised will be used to purchase art supplies for our PK - 8 program. Please contact our art teacher, Ms. Curtis if you have any questions: email@example.com
The Veazie Town Office is closed today. There will still be trash pickup.
Veazie Community School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13. Be safe.
One of our Civil Rights Team projects was featured in a State of Maine publication! WAY TO GO VCS!!! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LFXXfeirD2kCsGZsEsnOPt0-e3pazrSs/view
Kindergarten students were so engaged during our read aloud of “The Toll Bridge Troll” during Library Media class Monday. After our story, filled with lots of reenacting, new vocabulary, and even a little math, students were challenged to build their own bridge using KEVA planks. Students worked cooperatively with a partner across the river from them to help their bears cross using only twenty blocks. We’ll spend the month of February reading different versions of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” along with a specific Makerspace or STEM activity to accompany each book. The conversations and problem solving techniques these Kindergarten students shared with one another were so inspiring, and we can’t wait to see what else they can create!
4-8 Band students are invited to play pep band music as part of Tuesday's basketball tournament games. Band students will stay after school and can be picked up at 5PM or stay for the second game with parent supervision. Parents, be sure to read and sign and return the letter sent home with students.
Veazie Community School will be Closed Today, Wednesday, January 30, 2019
The Veazie School Committee has a new member! Welcome, Alex Friess. The Town Council approved his application last night to fill-in for the recently vacated seat (until the June elections). Alex is the Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UMaine and proud parent of two VCS Viking students!
Winter FLEX Friday signups are this week! Every VCS student in grades K - 8 will participate in a self-selected, 9-week course. Classes begin immediately after morning attendance, so don't be late! This winter's selections are pretty amazing, and include: Public Safety Club (with Veazie PD and FD); Wrestling (with Bangor Area Wrestling Club); Scrapbooking, Rescue Dog Read Alouds at Bangor Humane Society; Dungeons & Dragons; Seacoast United Soccer Clinic; American Sign Language; Self-Defense (with Eastern Maine School of Self-Defense); Science Fun; Read, Write, Think; Advanced 3-D Printing (with the UMaine 3D Printing Club); Deep Snow Disc Golf; Yearbook Club; Trivia; & Knitting. THANK YOU TO ALL VCS staff as well as community clubs, businesses, organizations and parents for volunteering and supporting this incredibly unique learning opportunity that has quickly become a cornerstone of our amazing little school. "Small School, BIG Heart!"
Y-Works After School Care is expanding and now accepts "drop-in" care for those who do not want/need to sign-up for weekly child care. The fee is $25/day, and caps at $100/week. Participating children are required to register (once/year). Please direct questions to YMCA director Kristen Parker at 941-2808 ext. 327
Today's rain on top of ice jams caused a pretty extensive roof leak in our library. The roofing company was unsure when they could respond due to the large volume of emergency calls...... Veazie Fire Chief Mark Leonard and Assistant Fire Chief Pete Metcalf did not hesitate to offer their support and effort in these extreme conditions. We are grateful for all of the support Veazie Police and Fire departments provide our school and community!
Mr. Cyr treated these three great kids to breakfast this morning at Dysart's. Their parents were winners of the 'breakfast with the principal' PTO online auction item. Our meal proved to be a diet buster once poutine was ordered as a breakfast appetizer! We had a great time singing in the car and even went through the car wash! Good luck to next year's bidders!
The VCS Civil Rights Team has a new blog post: https://vcscivilrightsteam.blogspot.com/2019/01/civil-rights-day.html#more
Substitute Teachers Needed. If you are interested, please complete our non-teaching application today! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/191785/VZ_Non_Teaching_Application.pdf
All after school activities at Veazie Community School are cancelled today: Wednesday, 1/9/19. This afternoon's basketball games will be rescheduled to a later date.
All after school activities at Veazie Community School are cancelled today, 1/8/19. This afternoon's basketball games will be rescheduled to a later date.
Due to the forecasted weather, Veazie Community School will be closed today: Monday, December 17.
Veazie Alumni (John R. Graham School and Veazie Community School), please consider answering a short questionnaire so that we can share your story! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRj9GTBG3fqNJUgSEfwykbl7YkYjilk9XJTQa6-XuizpgiTQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Hannaford Helps school dollars are due in the VCS box (at Hogan Road Hannaford) by Friday, December 7. Please check to see if you have any of these kicking around at home. If you are not able to get to the store, please drop them off here at school and we will gladly make a deposit for you. Thanks!
Only two days left in the PTO Online auction! We are very close to our fundraising goal. Thanks to all for the continued support!
IT'S ALMOST HERE!!! The Veazie Community PTO Online Auction, 2018 starts tomorrow morning at 8:00a.m. and ends on Thursday, November 29 at 8:00p.m. Bid Early, Bid Often! https://www.32auctions.com/vcspto2018
Veazie Community School will be closed today: Friday, 11/16/18
Thank you to everyone who supported our recent Scholastic Book Fair. We were able to raise over $750 to support our library, STEM resources and classrooms!! In addition, 44 books were purchased directly from the fair for our teachers. We hope everyone is enjoying their new books and can't wait to hear more about what you are reading.
Veazie Vikings basketball practices begin Tuesday, 11/13, please check the schedule for times. Coach Gonyar
Veazie Vikings Robotics Competition tomorrow, 11/10. Good luck team! Coach Gonyar
One last call for blood donors! VCS is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive today from 1 - 6p.m. Walk-ins are welcome!
During recent Physical Education classes, 4th graders play the game "kinball", a team sport created in Canada. Kinball is played with a ball that is 4 ft in diameter, but only weighs 2 pounds. The goal of the game is to catch and control the ball before it touches the ground. The 4th graders demonstrated amazing teamwork skills while playing this fun game!
Monday's PTO meeting has been cancelled. Our next PTO meeting is Monday, December 3, 2018.
Middle school students have been creating their own versions of the classic board game, Operation, in Library Media class using MakeyMakey and Scratch. Using their “Maker Mindset,” students have taken on many STEM challenges, worked cooperatively to figure out what materials are conductors and insulators, and even learned about open and closed circuits using humans as the loop for electrons to flow. Three of the Operation games were featured at our Hullabaloo!
A special winter weather message from Veazie Community School Superintendent/Principal, Matthew Cyr. https://youtu.be/BqhrHG8Qio4
Veazie Vikings Girls Soccer team will play AS at Mary Snow Field on Monday at 3:30 pm in the Championship game. Go Vikings! - Coach Gonyar
Reminder of the boys playoff soccer game tomorrow, 4 pm, at VCS. The girls won yesterday and will play in the championship tentatively on Monday. Coach Gonyar
Soccer practice is cancelled today, Monday, 10/15. Girls game at Dedham at 3:30 pm tomorrow, no boys practice. Boys game in Veazie Thursday and 4 pm. Soccer practice on Wednesday. Coach Gonyar
School Picture Retakes (by Lifetouch) are scheduled for next Thursday morning-- October 25.
Congratulations Veazie Soccer girls and boys for great regular seasons! Girls will play at Dedham on Tuesday, 3:30 pm, semifinal playoff game. We are working on the boys game and will let you know soon. Hopefully Thursday at home?? Coach Gonyar
The Small-School Cross-Country Championships have been moved to Friday, 10/12 (due to forecasted rain tomorrow)...same start time of 4:15 and same location--Airline Community School.
VCS is hosting a Blood Drive once again this year as part of our Veteran's Day Celebration on November 8. The drive will run from 1pm to 6pm in our gym. Please register online at redcrossblood.org, or contact Mr. Cyr for help with securing a spot-- firstname.lastname@example.org
Veazie Viking Soccer - Game at Dedham today (boys first), home game tomorrow, no practice Thursday, game at PCS (Calvary Chapel field in Orrington) on Friday - Coach Gonyar
Pre-k has been fascinated with finding worms in our new "digging spot". Thanks to some great work done by Glenn Campbell and friends- there is now a perfect spot for the preschoolers to practice shoveling, raking, and digging. They are learning how to handle worms gently and what to do with the worms to keep them safe. Many of the children say that the worms are one of their favorite things about school!
Soccer practice tomorrow before the XC meet here at school. Three soccer games next week, Tues, Wed, and Fri. Playoffs will begin the week of 10/15. I will let you know as soon as I get it. Coach Gonyar
This afternoon's soccer games have been postponed to Friday, October 12. No soccer or cross-country practices after school today.
On Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 2:18 p.m. Eastern Time, there will be a nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of IPAWS and its Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to (1) assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message, and (2) determine whether improvements are needed. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. ET and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. ET. This test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA, which is why it is important to make local education agencies (LEAs) aware in advance. Veazie Community School will use this time to conduct a safety drill and discuss school safety protocol with students (something we practice on a regular basis). In the event of an actual crisis, Veazie Community School will use our mass-communication system to send out emails, phone calls, text messages, website posts, as well as posts onto the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. If you haven't already downloaded our app, please consider doing so from the App Store or Google Play. We will also send push notification through the App. (These are the same procedures we will use during weather-related school cancellations otherwise known as SNOW DAYS) Please contact Mr. Cyr if you have any questions or concerns. Here is a link provided by FEMA with more information about their upcoming test: https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1522681998488-cfbe1a1f654b8d4413e925f4945bf382/American_Public_Fact_Sheet_2017.pdf
VCS Music Teacher, Mr. Arell is expanding his class blog to include guest blog posts! His first guest post is about instrument maintenance by our very own local David French representative Chris Plaisted! http://musicatvcs.blogspot.com/
Check out the VCS Civil Rights Team Blog! Students will be submitting articles and stories throughout the year. https://vcscivilrightsteam.blogspot.com/
Reminder: The VCS Community Dinner & Open House is this evening from 5:30 - 7:00. We hope to see you there! All donations received this evening will directly support our PTO Visual and Performing Arts Fund.
Bus A had a mechanical breakdown half-way through the morning run. A replacement bus has been sent. Please be patient if your child has not yet been picked up. Bus A covers Chase Rd. Sunset, Davis, Wedgewood.
This evenings PTO meeting has been rescheduled to next Monday, 9/10/18 @ 5pm in the VCS library. New members are always welcome!
Veazie Viking fall sports for students in grades 5-8 begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Soccer practice will be from 2:45 to 4 pm, Cross-Country will run from 2:45 to 3:30 pm. Please make sure your child has the proper permissions to participate. Players should bring proper practice clothing and water. Looking forward to a great season. Brian Gonyar
CHECK IT OUT!!! VCS has a brand new website! www.veaziecs.org (same URL--you may need to clear your cash to view the new site). Also, DOWNLOAD OUR APP!!! Go to GOOGLE PLAY or the APP STORE and look up Veazie Community School!
VCS is fortunate to have after school care available to all K - 5 families. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1az2WFh3UbvcbardyCuv_bcCtrGayvsPF/view?usp=sharing
Public Notice: The Veazie School Committee will be having a special meeting on Friday, 8/10/18 at 8a.m. in the VCS Library for the purpose of acting on the nomination of an open teaching position.