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Weekly Newsletter
Chuck Potter
Monday, December 17, 2018

Margaret Chase Smith School

Weekly Update

December 17, 2018

Hello, this is the last week of school before the holiday break. Students will be off from school from December 24th to January 1st. Everyone returns on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. This will also be the last newsletter too. When we return I will be posting all our updates on the new Sanford School Department APP. To get the APP, you just need to go to your smart phone’s APP Store or Google Play and look for the Sanford School Department APP. Through this APP you will find information about Margaret Chase Smith School and the other schools in Sanford. The new APP also works with the school department’s calling system and will show you a notification on your phone. Sanford School Department’s new website is also integrated into the APP. Best of all, the APP is FREE! Enjoy your week!


This Thursday night our PTA is hosting a Family Movie Night and a modified Holiday Extravaganza that was snowed out in November. There will be two short holiday movies then students can participate in some craft activities and have their picture taken with Santa. The Backpack Program will also be here to hand out free food.

Thank you, Mr. Theoharides:

Our superintendent, David Theoharides, will be retiring at the end of the month. Mr. Theoharides came to work for the Sanford School Department in 2006 as the Director of Educational Operations. That title was later changed to Assistant Superintendent. When Superintendent Betsy St. Cyr retired, David was selected to be our superintendent. His leadership and commitment to the students and staff in Sanford will be missed. We all wish him well in his retirement.

It’s Cool to be Kind:

That was the theme for last Friday’s “Do The Right Thing” rally. Led by Ms. Perrin’s third grade students, everyone learned several ways to be kind. Students also had the opportunity to observe an experiment that was led by Marvin aka. Steve Butler, where he used candy Skittles and hot water to show us how kindness can be spread to everyone. He then challenged all our students to Kindness Challenge, which will end when we have our second rally of the year.  

The Theme for our rally.  Ms. Perrin’s students leading the school during the rally.Introducing Baby MarvinMarvin talking to all the student about kindness. The experiment where Skittles represents people being kind. The Skittles representing how kind acts can be contagious.

Oh Christmas Tree:

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Michaud's and Mrs. Parker's classes practiced following directions and their fine motor skills by cutting and folding to make these festive Christmas trees.


Nonfiction Writing:

While walking around the building I stopped into Mrs. Leigh's second grade class. Her students were working on their nonfiction writing. The boys and girls wrote facts about a topic or a "How to" book about a topic they know well. Pictured are some of Mrs. Leigh's students sharing their writing with her.


Terrific Kids: Kindergarten – Claira Simpson, Alex Yath

1st grade – Connie Bellao, Gabe Brown, Grady Sainteloi 2nd grade – Leilani Neang-Hansen, Karly Landry, Alyssa Micheliche,

Jaelyn Bourassa, Emma Beers 3rd grade – Carter Wood, Griffin Lolley, Connor Cote, Averick Wellwood

Important events: December: 

20th – PTA Family Movie Night/Holiday Extravaganza at MCS 

24th – January 1st – No School, Christmas Break 

January 2nd – Return back to school

~ Chuck Potter