March 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

–Neil Gaiman


Hope you are keeping track of every book you read… this is a big month with lots of time to read and enter Bikes for Books.

You have to read! You have to! It makes the mind go awesome. It makes the mind go smart.

(attributed to a toddler)

Tuesday, March 3 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, March 5 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, March 10 - Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, March 12 - Mr Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, March 17 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, March 19 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Friday, March 20 – Mr. Boomsma will be at morning assembly to announce the winning Newspapers in Education ads!

Friday, March 20 — Monthly Valley Grange Meeting – potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

Tuesday, March 24 - Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Wednesday, March 25 – Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Piscataquis Observer and see the Newspapers in Education section!

Thursday, February 26 - Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, March 31 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Help a Hero

Troop SupportCommunity Service Director Mary Annis has been advised there is an acute shortage of disposable razors at Togus VA Center—so much so that our heroes are shaving every other day to conserve! (Is there a man among us who has not suffered the results of shaving with a dull razor? OW!) So, let’s see how many packages we can come up by our next meeting (February 20)! Bring ‘em to the meeting… or get them to someone who is coming. Janice is going to see if she can get the folks at the college to help out… what organizations are you involved in that would be willing to help? (I thought about linking this to Coups for Troops, but the idea of kids bringing razors to school doesn’t seem quite right!) If you aren’t coming to the meeting, give them to someone who is! There’s also a need for hairbrushes for the ladies… for some reason they have plenty of combs… This doesn’t seem to be something we need to create a program for… we just need to get it done! You can be a collection center… just get donations to the Grange Hall or Mary Annis… let’s see what we can do! Let’s get the word out and get collecting! Thanks!

 

February 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!A book is a dream you can hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman


Have you heard about Bikes for Books (B4B)? We hope so… if not, start keeping track of every book you read!

Tuesday, February 3 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 5 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, February 10 - Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 12 - Mr Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

PCES Fifth Grade Band Concert tonight at 6 PM!

Monday, February 16 – Friday February 20 VACATION WEEK! Don’t take a vaction from reading!

Friday, February 16 — Monthly Valley Grange Meeting – potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

Tuesday, February 24 - Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 26 - Mrs Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

GrowME 2015 Sprouts!

GrowME logoWhile it might be difficult to think about gardening and farming in mid-January, a group of volunteers are doing just that as they are preparing a fourth year of the GrowME program. The program is offered to K-3 teachers and schools in Piscataquis County and the surrounding areas. The program is organized by a collaboration between Valley Grange of Guilford, PCSWCD (Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District) and UMaine Piscataquis County Extension.

GrowME aims to utilize local volunteers who will work with teachers to schedule an agricultural activity in their classrooms during Maine Agriculture Week (March 24-28). Ana Bonstedt, Home Horticulture Coordinator for Piscataquis County UMaine Extension is particularly excited over the “hands on” aspect of the activities. “Thanks to our rural nature in Piscataquis County, we don’t have the ‘nature deficit’ that some more urban areas experience,” she said. “But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be offering our kids an opportunity to involve all their senses and get some hands on learning.”

Walter Boomsma, program director for Valley Grange agrees. One of his specialties is visiting second graders at PCES to make butter. “We have fun and the kids almost don’t realize they are learning–some have even asked for instructions and then made butter at home as a family activity.” Volunteers also conduct seed planting activities, apple tasting and create animal graphs. “We also spend some time just talking with the kids—many have chickens and gardens and it’s fun to share experiences.”

Boomsma notes that last year volunteers visited with over 60 classrooms and 800 kids “from Greenville to Dexter to Milo,” but says there should be no shortage of volunteers and resources thanks to the collaboration. “We’ve got master gardeners and farmers available through Extension Programs and PCSWCD includes partners and resources that are committed to good stewardship. Our continued goal is to keep this informal, local, and a true partnership between our schools, teachers, and volunteers. It’s not so much that we have a program to offer—it’s more about working together to make good use of our resources. Our volunteers will have the sort of agricultural experience and background to be especially relevant to students while providing insight into the importance of agriculture in our area.”

The group focuses on kindergarten through third grade but is willing to consider requests from teachers of other grades.

GrowME volunteers visit for about thirty minutes and work with students on a simple, grade appropriate activity. Teachers and administrators who are interested need only furnish contact information: teacher’s name-email address and grade. Interested teachers may email or call Boomsma at 343-1842. An online sign-up form is also available at http://growmehelp.wordpress.com.

January 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still.”

Charlton Heston


Welcome back from Christmas Vacation… hope everyone did lots of reading! Welcome to a New Year! How many books will you read this year?

Tuesday, January 6 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, January 8 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, January 13 - Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, January 15 - Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Friday, January 16 – Monthly Valley Grange Meeting – potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

Tuesday, January 20 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, January 22 - Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, January 27 - Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, January 29 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Harmony in Harmony!

Third graders at Harmony Elementary School agreed–the dictionary is a pretty awesome book! This was our last–and smallest–dictionary day of 2014, with almost as many Valley Grange members visiting as there were third graders!

Our “Words for Thirds Program” now includes four school districts and we handed out over 200 dictionaries this year! Thanks to everyone who supports this project in some way–we are making a difference.

December 2014 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket.”

Chinese Proverb


Welcome back from Thanksgiving Vacation… hope everyone did lots of reading!

Tuesday, December 2 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, December 4 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Friday, December 5 – Fellowship Breakfast at the Valley Grange Hall at 6 PM (that’s not a mistake–breakfast at night!) All are invited… bring a breakfast dish to share! For menu information contact Mr. Boomsma or Mrs. Annis.

Tuesday, December 9 - Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Wednesday, December 10 – Christmas Concert at 5:30 PM in the PCSS Gym! More information here!

Thursday, December 11- Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, December 16 – Mrs. Erwin at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, December 18- Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Monday, December 22 – Friday, January 2 is vacation! Hope you get lots of books for Christmas!

Holiday Bookworm

 

Dictionary Day at Ridgeview Elementary

Mr. Boomsma demonstrates the pruning hook to some seriously interested students.

Mr. Boomsma demonstrates the pruning hook to some seriously interested students.

Mr. Annis, Mr. Carroll and Mr. Boomsma recently truck-pooled to Dexter carrying along the staves, RFD mailbox and several cases of dictionaries–a sure sign that another Dictionary Day was about to happen in our area. This is our first year in AOS 94 and weren’t the kids excited!

One young lady thought perhaps the “pruning hook” was used to get prunes off trees–not an unreasonable guess when you think about it. English is a strange language and she perhaps demonstrated the value of a dictionary!

We have one more Dictionary Day to go this year. Harmony Elementary School will be our last but certainly not our least recipient of dictionaries through our “Words for Thirds” initiative. When we put away the props, we will have visited with six schools and twelve classes. Most importantly, we will have placed a dictionary in the hands of over 200 third grade graders.

Special thanks to Mrs. Hersey for coordinating our visit–and to the staff and teachers for helping us begin what we pledge to make an annual event. We also appreciate the community support we receive when fundraising for this project. Contributions can always be sent to Valley Grange, c/o Mary Annis, 28 Orchard Road, Dover Foxcroft ME 04426.

Winston Churchill said, “There is no finer investment a community can make than putting milk into the mouths of babies.” We think putting dictionaries into the hands of third graders is a close second.

Ridgeview third graders get ready for a "dictionary race."

Ridgeview third graders get ready for a “dictionary race.”

 

Kids Say “Thanks!”

Mrs. Kennedy's PCES Third Graders included a thank you photo.

Mrs. Kennedy’s PCES Third Graders included a thank you photo.

Reading the thank you letters kids send for their dictionaries is almost as much fun as handing out the dictionaries! The kids usually have some fun things to say and will often add a colorful drawing to demonstrate their artistic flair. Here are a few of their comments selected randomly.

“Thank you to you and the Valley Grange members for the free dictionaries. I now know the capitols of mostly all of the states. Also I liked Captain Battick’s whistle and his sword. He also has a cool uniform and hat. My dictionary is awesome. It even shows sign language too. And thanks for the dictionaries again, Logan.”

“Thank you to you and Valley Grange members. I love this dictionary. I always wanted one of my own dictionary. You can look up anything in the world! Tell Captain Battick I said hi, Caline”

“Thanks for the dictionaries and telling us what the words mean. I had a great time. I hope I can come again. Where was the first Grange built? I hope I can come again, Gage.”

“Thank you for letting us come to your Grange. I loved the part when we did a dictionary race. I also loved the part when we got to the meet the Navy Captain. Can we come back again soon? The dictionarys are very helpful to us. Thank you! Kassyde”

“I liked the field trip a lot. And Captain Battick was cool so much a lot. And thanks for the dictionaries. I read it a lot. Jesse”

We should perhaps explain that Captain (Jack) Battick is a featured guest when the kids come to Valley Grange. He explains the role of Navy in the Civil War as part of the history of the Grange, formed shortly after the war was over.

So far this year we’ve visited Milo and Brownville Elementary School and we’ve been visited by Piscataquis Community Elementary School and SeDoMoCha Elementary. Our next trip is taking us to Ridgeview Elementary School in Dexter on November 13, and we wrap up 2014 Dictionary Days with a visit to Harmony Elementary. We will have given out over 200 dictionaries this year when we have finished. Parents of home schooled third graders are urged to contact their local school to arrange for a dictionary–our goal is to reach as many kids as we can!

PCES-PatSM

Mrs. Patten’s PCES Third Graders show off their dictionaries.

November Meeting — Let’s Sign!

November Meeting

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