As our culminating activity for Kindness Month, students had the opportunity to participate in the Force Field for Good, our first virtual assembly. Barry Lane modeled for the school a practical approach to creating a kindly classroom community of students who share a passion for self-reflection and aspire to well being for every member of their class. In this interactive presentation, students were able to listen to three of his songs including "Find Your Happy Place" and "Press Pause", model the Force Field of Kindness breathing and illustrate all of our own happy places.
Please visit the link below if you would like to Zoom with one of our specialists for a conference. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p_9GC-XTaUWYd8YnDAEVUgIgBBG8P6Pzo66rlJOcCOo/edit?usp=sharing
Hello, The number of reported positive COVID-19 cases in Maine continues to be high. I am writing to remind everyone to please monitor yourself/your student and call a health care provider if you experience symptoms. Remember, it is important that everyone accurately complete the symptom check each day before coming to school and stay home if you are sick. Today, less than 2/3 of our students’ had their symptoms reported. This requires additional time for the nurse to go and check on the unreported students to make sure he/she does not have any symptoms. Your continued support in using the symptoms check site is appreciated. Respectfully, Chuck Potter Principal
Happy World Kindness Day! The month of November at MCS as been dedicated to acts of kindness. Students have been challenged each day to spread some positivity as well as listening to some guest readers during snack. "Let Your Kindness Shine" was our spirit day theme for Thursday and Friday. Students and staff wore bright colors to showcase our kindness.
While walking through the 1st grade wing I had the opportunity to watch Mrs. Morrison lead her students through a Scholastic News about Veteran's Day. Using her classroom's Promethean Board Mrs. Morrison had the students practice their one to one match to text by following along on their paper copy Scholastic News as the text was being read aloud on the Promethean Board. Her students also learned about helicopters; what a veteran is; as well as why we celebrate Veteran's Day.
Last Friday students arriving to school were greeted with lively music and assistant principal Mrs. Hallissey, dancing to the music. Students were eager to join in and briefly dance with Mrs. Hallissey before they headed into the school. This impromptu dance party made for a fun start to the day and had students energized.
As the first 3rd grade writing unit, personal narratives, draws to a close, students got a chance to (distantly) share with each other the pieces they are the most proud of. They were able to provide feedback to each other on meeting the goals we had as writers. Next week, they will get a chance to edit and publish their work! I am so glad we can still find ways to work collaboratively while adhering to our safety protocols. Mrs. Goad- Third Grade
Today in first grade students learned all about the process of voting. First graders learned that you can vote on lots of different things, favorite food, color, favorite dinner or even your favorite book character. Today first grade students “registered” to vote, filled out their own ballot and cast their vote for their favorite book character (the Pigeon or Pete the Cat). Once they submitted their vote, they received an “I voted” stocker (check your messages for a photo). After the votes were tallied Mr. Potter and Mrs. Hallissey made the announcement to the first grade team. Ask your child who won the election at MCS!
Hi Everyone, Parent/Teacher Conferences will be November 19th from 3:30 to 8:00 PM and November 23rd from 3:30 to 6:00 PM. To schedule a conference with one of our specialist you can click on the link below to email them. Then they will get back to with with a day and time. Best Regards, Chuck Potter https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iAX30ov5B0iSx0WF1Ka0Lv0CdvSB4O7z--D_9FXCGuE/edit?usp=sharing
Hello Families! Be on the lookout for Progress Reports to be sent home on Monday as well as times to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences in November.
Just a reminder that Picture Retake Day is tomorrow for our Group A students and on Friday for our Group B students. Studio by the Pond will be arriving around noon time each day.
Today in Mrs. Morrison's class, her math students worked hard practicing their 1:1 counting and using the drawing tool to cross out items as they count them. This strategy is great when counting lots of items to ensure you do not miss one. Students also generated a list of different ways they can count math manipulatives (counters, pattern blocks, erasers, etc.).
I hope everyone had an enjoyable long weekend and a memorable Indigenous People Day. This is just a quick reminder that Group B students are in school tomorrow. Please remember to charge your device and pack it to be brought to school.
Just a reminder that there will be no school on Monday. We look forward to seeing all of our B students on Tuesday and our A students on Thursday.
Hello MCS families! Studio by the Pond will be taking photos for those students who were not present for our original picture day back in September. The photographers will be at MCS on Thursday, October 15th for group A students and Friday, October 16th for group B students starting at 12pm. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you would like an order form be sent home, or click on the attached link for details and pricing.
Hi Everyone, This is just a reminder that Group A comes on Monday. Remember to charge your child's device and pack it for tomorrow. Also, please remember to complete the health screening app for your child each morning. Regards, Chuck Potter
Hi Everyone, This is a reminder that tomorrow is a Group A day. Please make sure your child's iPad or Chromebook is charged and packed up for school.
Good morning, MCS will be having our annual flu shot clinic on Oct. 26th and 27th this year starting at 8AM on both mornings to accommodate both Group A/B students. Please know it is not too late to sign your children up for flu shots if they have not done so, already.
Good morning, This is just a quick reminder that all of our Group B students will have their school pictures taken today.
Hi Everyone, This is just a quick reminder that tomorrow is a Group A day. The students will also be having their school pictures taken. Please remember to charge and pack your child's iPad tonight for school tomorrow. ~ Mr. Potter
Hi Everyone, Because of the short notice about school picture I wanted everyone to know you can print an order form from their website https://www.studiobythepond.net/schoolpictures prior to picture day or they will have order forms available that day.
Hi Everyone, I apologize for the late notice. School picture order forms will be going home tomorrow for Group A and on Friday for Group B. School Pictures for Group A will be this Monday, September 28th, and this Tuesday, September 29th, for Group B. Also, Sanford's Backpack Food Distribution will be happening tomorrow from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Lafayette School. Best regards, Chuck Potter
Hi Everyone, I just wanted to let you know that the teachers have been having some difficulty with Morning Meetings. There is a handful of teachers who will be holding their Morning Meeting tomorrow, with everyone having one this Wednesday and moving forward. The only grad level this will not occur is kindergarten as the teachers are working with the students to be independent with the logins.
Hi Everyone, this is just a reminder that tomorrow all Group A students are to attend. We will see our Group B students on Tuesday.
Hello MCS Families! Please visit this link to find out about our Dismissal Times and Student Pick-Up Procedure. https://docs.google.com/document/d/13JXB4XqNehC9lHbBQENQGqQ5Ge918VGL3I0rSPj28wI/edit?usp=sharing
Hi MCS Families, this is just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the first day of school for Group A - 1st graders and 3rd graders only. Student dropoff begins at 7:45 a.m. and dismissal pick-up begins at 2:50 p.m. We look forward to the start of school.
Here is the ink to MCS's Virtual Open House. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8EZHODiaDE&feature=youtu.be
Hello MCS Families, Sara Deschambault will be presenting to all of our parents about Zoom and SeeSaw on Thursday evening from 6-7pm. This is just a quick how to access the digital platforms your children will be using, not a Q&A on other topics regarding the beginning of school this year. It will be recorded and made available to parents after who can't make it. Sara Deschambault - Elementary 6-7 pm Topic: Zoom and Seesaw for parents Time: Sep 10, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/96326123613?pwd=MGtVVlM3YU9oWHdITkxPREcxMytmdz09 Meeting ID: 963 2612 3613 Pass code: vsv1tZ
Hello MCS families! This a survey for those students in grades 1-4 who are participating in distance learning, or for those families who would like to retrieve their child's device before school begins to watch our virtual open house. Please click on the attached link to sign up for a time that works best for you. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScIo1MBS7bcowy7TIosGgIzX-0J_KXaCwbI4pf9oedNm6UFGg/viewform?usp=sf_link
Hope all is well. Happy Friday! Another successful week of distance learning. A letter to families regarding the end-of-the-school year can be found at this link: https://5il.co/g5ji Have a great weekend.
Bus 14 was in a minor traffic accident during the secondary run this afternoon. The bus will be running about 20 minutes late as a result.
Tomorrow is Friday - Remember to try to wear something red and white to show our Sanford Pride and Spartan school spirit.
The Sanford School Department wants to remind parents to renew their Free and Reduced Meal Applications before October 15th to avoid any break in eligibility. Paper applications are available by calling your child’s school or parents can use the new, secure online application available at: https://www.myschoolapps.com/ . If you have any questions about the process, please contact our Foodservice Office at 608-8762.
Hi MCS families, on behalf of Mrs. Inman, Principal at Willard School, you're invited to attend the New Willard Families Orientation tomorrow, Thurs. June 13th from 5:30-6:30. We will meet at Memorial Gym. See Willard's website for more information. See you soon!
Good morning, please have your child look in our Lost and Found pile for any lost items. Due to our move all left over items will donated to the Salvation Army on June 17th.
This is a message from Mrs. Inman, Principal of Willard School to all parents whose child(ren)who will be attending there next year. New Parents and Families are invited ... June 13, 2019 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please join us for this evening to learn about the Willard School Community. We will begin in the gym at 5:30 - 5:45 for a brief overview of our school and questions and answers. Our student leaders and staff will then be available to give tours and provide more information to you. Hope to see you all! Sincerely, Mrs. Inman, Principal - Willard School
Just a reminder that our first graders have their music concert tonight. The concert starts at 5:30 and students should arrive at 5:15 and go to their classrooms. It possible, it would be great if the students wore something colorful to match the theme of the concert. Our second grade music concert is also tonight. Their concert starts at 7:00 and students should arrive at 6:45 and go to their classrooms.
Video from last night's K-8 Informational Meeting is now available at: https://youtu.be/vzRa3lkgRe8.
Good morning, tomorrow is our annual school Health Fair. Our cafeteria/gym is used the whole day to house some of the presenters. This means that students will be eating lunch in their classrooms. To accommodate lunch being eaten in the classrooms the menu for MCS has been changed to: WOW Sandwich, cheese stick, fish crackers, dragon punch, carrots and apple sauce.
Good afternoon, please be on the look out for an important letter from Superintendent Nelson that was sent home with your child. The letter updates everyone about the various school construction projects. The letter also announces an informational meeting about the state of the construction projects and grade level moves. The meeting is scheduled for May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. at Sanford Junior High School.
Boxes Wanted: Everyone is busy looking through their classrooms and preparing for the closing of MCS for a year. As a school we are looking to be packed up and prepared to move by June 24th. Our PTA has been fantastic in sending any sturdy boxes with hand holds and lids our way. They also provide staff with rolls of packing tape for Teacher Appreciation Week last week. This was just one of the many treats offered over the week, but the tape was very appreciated. However, we are running out of boxes to pack. It would be much appreciated if anyone could donate to us any sturdy boxes, with hand holds and covers or flaps that allow the boxes to be sealed. Thank you.
Just a reminder that next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. If you are looking for a way to appreciate your child's teacher, a personal note is always cherished. If you had a favorite teacher going through school and know how to contact him/her, I know they would love to hear from you too. Enjoy your weekend.
This is just a friendly reminder that our April Break starts tomorrow, April 12th. Students and staff return on Monday, April 22nd. Everyone here at Margaret Chase Smith School hopes everyone enjoys their time off.
Starting this Friday morning there will be concrete trucks arriving so that the floors to our addition can be poured. The trucks will start arriving at 7:30 a.m. This will probably cause some traffic delays. There will be workers from PC Construction to help control traffic into the school.
Parents coming to MCS this afternoon. Please be cautious as I am hearing that our parking lot and drive way is slippery.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Little Shop of Horrors. A full house got to see the first musical at Sanford High School in many years. In case you missed it, there is another performance tonight beginning at 7:00 pm in the performing arts center. Also, check out the art show at Sanford High School before the show. Doors open at 6:00 pm. So proud of our students and their wonderful talents!
Our PTA is hosting a Family Movie Night this Thursday. The movie is Wreck-It Ralph Breaks the Internet. The Sanford Back Pack program will be here too. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 6:00 p.m.
A quick reminder that our PTA is sponsoring a Family Paint Night. This fun event is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. here at MCS. Everyone who pre-registered are all set. There are still 10 spots available. If you are interested in reserving a spot the cost is just $5.00 a student. Contact Jessica Cormier at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
This is a reminder that tonight our PTA is hosting a Family Movie Night. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:00 p.m.
This is just a reminder that tomorrow, February 15th, is the 100th day of school for students in grades 1-3. Everyone is encouraged to dress as if they are 100 years old.
Bus #13 is running about 25 minutes late this afternoon. We appreciate your patience.
Just a reminder that our PTA Coin Clash is still going on. Coins can be sent in until February 12th.
PTA Family Movie Night This message is just a reminder that this Thursday, February 7th, our PTA is hosting a Family Movie Night. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the movie starting at 6:00. Our PTA will be showing "Incredibles 2". The movie is being shown in our cafeteria. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on and enjoy the movie. Snacks will be sold. I hope to see you there.
This is a reminder that Progress Reports for the second trimester will go home on Monday, January 28th.
The testing window for our NWEA Tests begins on Monday and continues until February 8th. Your child will not test every day but will need to take a math test one day and a reading test another day within this testing window. Your child's teacher should be able to give you the exact dates. Please make sure your child has a good breakfast and plenty of sleep for those days. If your child is not ill, please make sure they are here by 8:25 so we can begin promptly. Thank you for your help.
Just a reminder that if you ordered any pizzas from our PTA that they have arrived and need to be picked up by 6:00 p.m. this afternoon. Thank you for supporting our PTA's fundraiser.
Tuesday, January 15th, at 6:00 p.m. are both MCS PTA's meeting and Family Movie Night. The movie is "Small Foot".
A quick reminder that your order for Little Caesar Pizzas, for our PTA fundraiser, is due this Monday, January 14th.
Just a reminder that our PTA has meeting this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
I just wanted to make parents aware that there is a cement truck that has broken down near our entrance. You will be able to get into our parking lot but you will need to be very cautious. The repairmen estimate they will need another 1/2 hour to resolve the issue.
This is just a quick reminder that today, January 2nd, is an early release day (ERD). Student dismissal starts at 2:00 p.m.
Happy New Year! This is just a reminder that students return Wednesday, January 2nd.
Correction - Tonights PTA events will start at 5:30 p.m.
MCS PTA's Family Movie Night/Holiday Extravaganza is tonight at 6:00. The Sanford Backpack Program will also be here at that time.
Reminder that MCS’s PTA meeting is tonight at 5:00.
Just a reminder that report cards will be going home this Tuesday, December 11th.