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March 1st, 2024 - Presumpscot Chat

Friday, March 1st, 2024

Hello, Presumpscot Community!

It seems like February raced right by us, and, of course, it reminds us that winter is not over. Make sure to not put away the jackets, hats, and gloves. We still need them to go outside and play.


Library and Coding:

Quite a bit is happening at Presumpscot. In the library, students are working in small groups to master programming skills. They are working on programming to drive a Sphero robot down to a cone, around the cone, and back to its starting point. They can add sound, change the direction and speed, and modify the angle they want it to go. So far, Bubble, the Sphero robot, has managed to get around the cone first.


Hot off the Press:

A gaggle of fourth grade students approached me to ask if they could start a school newspaper. I told them to write a proposal. They did. They also designed a logo for the newspaper. So, I am excited to announce that the first official meeting for our newspaper will happen on Thursday, March 7th. Thankfully, Kellie Kodz has agreed to co-facilitate this group with me. We will let everyone know when our first publication will go to “print” next Friday. 


Field Trips:

It is field trip season. Kindergarten got frosted out of their Audubon field trip, but they will try again next week. Third grade is jumping back on public transportation and heading to the library. Second grade is going to visit the Portland Ballet, and third grade is headed over to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.


Kind Mind Rhythm from Caron Morse:

I wanted to share a little bit about Kind Mind with our families, as by the end of the school year, all students would have had access to this offering and resource.

From September to January, I was in the following classrooms:

  • Kristen's kindergarten class
  • Katie’s second grade class
  • Kellie’s third grade class
  • Jen and Molly's fourth grade classes
  • Anya and Zach's fifth grade classes

From February through May, I will be in the following classrooms:

  • Noelle's kindergarten class
  • Violeta and Kailen’s first grade classes
  • Stevi's second grade class
  • Sarah's third grade class

Hopefully, some of the information we are learning about has come home, but if not, I wanted to share with you the rhythm that we do together and the thinking behind it. We start out all groups with an opening breath to get us connected to each other. We then do a greeting to help everyone feel welcomed. After our greeting, we learn a new breathing skill such as bubble breath, rainbow breath, dandelion breath, hot cocoa breath, etc. We then have the chance to share our feelings - building our ability to express ourselves and feel vulnerable. We also spend time with affirmations and mindfulness practices. All of these skills are important to practice and are critical when big feelings visit their little bodies. Most classrooms also have journals that they work on during the week after I leave. 

The thinking behind this work is to give our school a universal language to use (having a kind mind) when things are hard as well as a universal practice to lean into in the mornings and when difficult things happen in our community or school. The Kind Mind rhythm shows up everywhere, and our students are doing a wonderful job practicing these very important skills. If you want more information on Kind Mind, please don't hesitate to reach out or ask your student! Happy to collaborate and connect. 


Important Upcoming Events:

  • Monday, March 4th and Tuesday, March 5th: Student Led Conferences, students will be released at 12:00pm
  • Friday, March 22nd, 5:45-8:00 pm: Movie Night
  • Tuesday, March 26th: Trimester two report cards will be sent home
  • Friday, April 12th  - Friday, April 19th: April Break, no school