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What's Happening at Presumpscot

Internet Safety Presentation
Detective Eli Chase of the Portland Police will present  READ MORE...
3rd grader, Xavier Bradford, Wins First Place!
Xavier Bradford, third grader at Presumpscot Elementary School, competed in the Middle School Division through a Freeport based organization called Meridian Stories.   READ MORE...
Chickadee Award Program
We are so proud of our 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students for participating in this year's CHICKADEE AWARD PROGRAM!  READ MORE...
2015/2016 Handbook
Be sure to check out our new 2015/2016 handbook. It can be found here or under the "For Students" tab  READ MORE...
Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration
Do you live in Portland? Do you have a child who will be 4 or 5 by October 15, 2016?   READ MORE...
The Amazing World of Lobsters
“The Amazing World of Lobsters,” an ABC book about lobsters created by Presumpscot Elementary School third-graders last year under the guidance of teachers Suzanne Keller and Heidi Nichols, has been chosen as “exemplary student work” by EL Education’s Models of Excellence team. The student work will be included in EL Education's The Center for High Quality Student Work.  READ MORE...
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 News From the Principal, Cynthia Loring


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   There are so many activities going on here at Presumpscot!  Each week  I'll highlight some of our clubs and special activities going on.

Running Clubs in Full Swing 

 

  Presumpscot School Running Club, now in its 4th season, consists of about twenty-five 4th and 5th graders, along with coaches Ms. Bergeron and Mrs. Linevitch.  Runners meet Monday and Friday afternoons from late April through early June.  The main goal of running club members is to work toward running a complete mile, without stopping, in preparation for the district’s elementary track meet held in June. Runners work on a variety of skills such as stretching, pacing, breathing technique, running posture, and staying healthy, as well as  many others. Members are encouraged to persevere toward meeting their running goal, and to show compassion by being positive and encouraging to their teammates.  Each session ends with runners tracking their progress, and reflecting on the day’s run. 


   Also at Presumpscot, there is a new running club this year.

   Presumpscot Elementary School is a new host site for Girls on the Run!  Girls on the Run is a physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd through 5th grade.  The program teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games and culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of heath and fitness.

Interest for the program was high and 19 girls are on the run this season!  The team is led by six Presumpscot teachers who are volunteering their time to work with the girls twice a week for 90 minutes for the 10 week season.

Presumpscot was the recipient of a team scholarship from Girls on the Run-Maine which has allowed the girls to participate in the program for only a small fee.  The girls will be participating in the Girls on the Run-Maine Celebratory 5k on Sunday, June 5 at the Cumberland Fairground.

Girls on the Run-Maine is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States in Council.  The program began in Maine with one site at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland in the Fall of 2012 and has now expanded to 35 sites with 595 girls participating this season




Golf at Presumpscot

   All third, fourth, and fifth graders at Presumpscot are gaining exposure to a new lifelong activity during physical education class.  These students are learning basic skills needed for golf.  Student who expressed interest in practicing golf after school were asked to fill out an application to join the golf team.  The golf team allows that group of students the opportunity to work closely with coaches to learn more about the sport of golf and improve their skills beyond the PE setting.  

The Presumpscot Golf Team meets on Mondays from 3:15-5:00 and is only offered to third, fourth, and fifth graders at this time. The program was created with the help of The First Tee of Maine who is letting us borrow SNAG golf equipment. The SNAG golf equipment is modified to meet the needs of beginning golfers and offers a fun and engaging way to get exposure to golf.  As coaches, we were interested in bringing a golf team to Presumpscot because golf is a lifelong game of extreme mental capacity, and provides students with amazing opportunities to grow, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally.

The 6 character traits that we live by at Presumpscot are perseverance, honesty, compassion, collaboration, respect, and responsibility. Not only does the game support these traits of character, but builds deeper real-life connections for students. In giving students this opportunity, we are promoting a greater sense of self, with an increase in concentration, confidence, and a positive attitude that will carry over to academic and social situations that students face daily.

Please feel free to contact either Karli Soracco or Amy Pires with any questions about golf at Presumpscot.

sorack@portlandschools.org

piresa@portlandschoos.org

 MAMM   The Maine Academy of Modern Music has formed a partnership with its neighbor, Presumpscot School. Two of the instructors, Chaz and Emilia, are spending time with our three fifth grades, working with them on composition. All of the students are involved! In addition, Presumpscot has 11 students who are members of the so-called "house band." These 11 fifth graders will go over with the instructors to the academy, and spend an extra hour on composition on Wednesday afternoons, after school. Their goal is to perform all of the composition which the other students compose. What a fantastic opportunity for our fifth graders; to be working with such a hardworking crew, and to think, they are right next door!