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_188.8.131.52.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.