Bookworm Schedule November 2012

Reading is fun!“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

There have been a few changes to this month’s schedule… and to the sixth grader at PCES who stopped me in the hall today and asked, “Do we have something going on at Valley Grange this month?” I replied: “There’s always something going on at Valley Grange!”

Here are some Valley Grange and school activities coming up:

Thursday, November 1 – Mrs. Erwin will be at school at 9 AM to read.

Thursday, November 1 – We host the Piscataquis Pomona Meeting–potluck supper at 6 PM, Meeting at 7 PM.

Friday, November 2 – Valley Grange Business Meeting, 7 PM at the Hall.

Tuesday, November 6 – Mrs. Erwin will be at school at 9 AM to read.

Thursday, November 8 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school at 9 AM to read.

Friday, November 9 – Some Bookworms and Grangers will be at PCSS to attend the 9th Annual Veterans’ Day Tribute at 1 PM–looking forward to seeing students and staff perform readings, patriotic music and a possible video conference with PFC Jake Bailey in the Middle East!

Monday, November 12 – Honor a Veteran on this important holiday!

Tuesday, November 13 – Mrs. Erwin will be at school at 9 AM to read.

Thursday, November 15 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school at 9 AM to read.

Friday, November 16 – SAD 41 Dictionary Day! Grange members will visit Marion Cook Elementary, Milo Elementary, and Brownville Elementary to deliver dictionaries. Grange members who’d like to attend–contact Mr. Boomsma! We start at 8:30 AM in Lagrange.

Friday, November 16 – Allagash Tails and Tales will be presented by former waterway supervisor Tim Caverly… This is a free family friendly event! Join us for a community potluck supper at 6 PM followed by the multi media presentation at 7 PM. Books will be available for purchase and signing!

Thursday, November 22 is Thanksgiving! Have a happy one–there are lots of things to be thankful for! How many can you name?

Monday, November 26 – SAD 68 (SeDoMoCha) Dictionary Day! Third graders will arrive at the Grange Hall at 9 AM for some history lessons, learn a bit about the Grange, and receive their dictionaries!

Tuesday, November 27 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9 AM.

Thursday, November 29 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9 AM.

Dictionary Days Re-scheduled!

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, it has become necessary to re-schedule dictionary days as follows:

SAD 41 and Valley Grange will now celebrate Dictionary Day on Friday, November 16th. The Grange Team will visit Marion Cook Elementary at 8:30 AM, Milo Elementary at 10:00 AM,  and Brownville Elementary at noon.

SAD 68 (SeDoMoCha) will now visit Valley Grange on Monday, November 26th for Dictionary Day. Students will arrive at 9 AM.

We regret these changes became necessary and genuinely appreciate the cooperation of the teachers and staff involved in rescheduling!

Resolution Passes Unanimously

Just received word from State Conference (thanks, Mary Annis!) that our resolution regarding children’s photographs has passed unanimously. This means it will be considered for National Conference in November. Many thanks to all who supported and helped!

Links to News Stories

P.C.E.S Dictionary Day was reported by both WABI-TV5 and WVII-ABC 7/Fox 22.

WABI posts the story segment independently:

Watch the WABI Story.

WVII posts the entire 6 PM newscast so you have to do a little digging. You’ll need to find the 10/16/2012 6 PM Broadcast– the Dictionary Segment starts around 11:47—it takes a while for the entire news cast to load—then you can move the button ahead, effectively “fast fowarding.”

Watch the WVII Story.

Valley Grange thanks both stations for their willingness to travel to Guilford and report our community’s news!

What’s the Word, Third Graders?!

News Reporters vie for the best angle while students explore their new dictionaries. (Photo by Roger Ricker)

Approximately fifty third graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School were treated to a visit at the Valley Grange Hall in Guilford where they were greeted by members, a Civil War Navy Captain, and WABI and WVII news reporters! Of course everyone knew the ultimate purpose of the visit was for Grange members to give each student his or her very own dictionary.Sixth graders Alison Quimby, Nathaniel Fanjoy, Addyson Herrick, and Ethan Chadwick came along to talk with their younger school chums about receiving their dictionaries three years ago. Asked what they remembered best about that visit, they concurred a highlight was the bus trip back to school when they and their classmates were busy “looking up words” and “just being excited about having our own dictionaries.” At least one third grader challenged their advice to “take good care of your book” by noting the condition of their three year old dictionaries. The group simply pointed out  that their well-worn dictionaries are evidence of how much they’ve been used.

Civil War “Captain” Jack Battick (a re-enactor) attended in his complete Navy uniform to demonstrate the proper Navy salute and talk about the role of the Navy during the Civil War. He was peppered with questions about his uniform and role in the war, as was his companion Mary Annis who wore a typical “day dress” from the era.

Class representatives collect their mail. (Photo by Roger Ricker)

Students learned that the organization called the Grange began shortly after the Civil War as a way of uniting farmers to improve life. One important accomplishment of the Grange was the RFD (Rural Free Delivery) of mail. Coincidentally, each attending class discovered a letter for them in the Grange mailbox.

Faced with an unfamiliar word in their letter, the students immediately saw the need for a dictionary and Grangers meet that need by passing out the long-awaited dictionaries. Students looked up words like “patron, husbandry, and steward,” and were led to understand that the day’s program was about “providing resources that should be used wisely.”

Third grader Taylor Folsom later told WABI-TV 5 reporter Morgan Small “I’ll definitely use it for, like, reports, and when we have reading jobs and, when we don’t know what a word is, I will definitely look it up in this. I think that when we go back to school, anything they do, we’re going to try use our dictionaries for it.”

This is the first of a series of dictionary days sponsored by Valley Grange. On November 2, a Valley Grange team will travel to Lagrange, Milo and Brownville to visit with third graders. Students from SeDoMoCha will visit the Valley Grange Hall on November 5 to receive the coveted dictionaries.

Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma notes that the dictionary day project is just one of several programs members enjoy with area students that range from listening to kids read to commissioning art classes to design Grange advertisements as part of the Newspapers in Education Program. “When we do these projects with kids, it’s truly a case of the work is also the reward,” he notes. “We truly enjoy the kids’ energy and enthusiasm, and it’s rewarding to sense that in some small way we are encouraging and contributing to it.”

Allagash Tails and Tales

This multi-media presentation is narrated by local author and former Allagash Waterway Supervisor Tim Caverly and includes music, scenic and historic photographs as well as stories detailing Tim’s personal experiences while living in the woods. You will experience the Allagash in a whole new way. Bring the whole family!

Friday, November 16th

No cost to attend! Community Potluck Supper at 6 PM, program begins at 7 PM

Download an Allagash Flyer with all the details!

Barbeque and Bluegrass — Piscataquis Santa Event

Here is your resource for information about the Barbeque and Bluegrass event… The event takes place Saturday, December 1st with barbeque being served starting at 5 PM and bluegrass being served starting at 7 PM… Featuring the Back Porch Bluegrass Band!

Download a Santa Barbeque and Bluegrass Flyer with detailed information.

Download a Santa Sponsor Letter and/or Santa Sponsor Form. We need some “elves” to help! For more information regarding sponsorships, contact Walter Boomsma. If you can help with food and/or kitchen, please contact Jessica Davis.

Visit the Back Porch Bluegrass Band Facebook Page.

This event is a joint venture between Valley Grange and Penquis Piscataquis Santa Fund. The Santa Fund provides clothing and a special gift for needy children in the Piscataquis Region (SAD 4, 41, 46, 68 and Union 60). We’ve got it covered from Greenville to Milo to Dexter!

October Meeting Change!

The meeting scheduled on Friday, October 19th has been… changed, in a sense. We’ll move the agenda to the meeting scheduled on Friday November 2nd… this change was made so members can attend the Aliza Stutzman Benefit on October 19th.

The benefit will include classic rock music by Kirk Taylor, Josh Guthrie, and Jack Eastman—all area music teachers–and a scrumptious dessert bar. Admission will be a donation at the door, and all proceeds from this event will go to the family of Aliza Stutzman, the daughter of Craig and Karen—a thirteen year old who “fights like a girl.” Aliza’s current fight is with brain cancer and you’re going to have a good time while helping her! The festivities are being held in the PCES cafeteria starting at 6 PM. You can download a flyer and some additional information.

Bookworms Get Started!

Hailee Hartford and Gavin Richards are interviewed by Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer Reporter

Valley Grange Bookworms kicked off this year’s reading program with an assembly attended by PCES second and third graders and their teachers yesterday. The kids learned that a Bookworm will be at school every Tuesday and Thursday for a “one on one” with students who will read the book of their choice to a Granger. During the question and answer period some kids wanted to know if they could bring “more than one book” to read and they were clearly excited about the prospect of being selected as a reader. (Our goal is to read at least once during the school year with every student.)A WABI-TV5 newsteam travelled from Bangor to cover the event and learn what all the excitement was about.

Watch the story on the WABI website:

Third graders were reminded they will be making a field trip next week to the Valley Grange Hall for Dictionary Day–when all third graders receive their own personal dictionaries. Be at the Grange Hall at 1 PM on Tuesday, October 16 to share in the fun! (Parents of home-schooled third graders are encouraged to contact the school to arrange for their child to be included in the trip.)

Warm Mittens and Hats, oh my!

Mary Annis models while sorting mittens and hats.

Thanks to our “Blistered Finger Knitters” our annual mitten and hat distribution is well underway with large shopping bags already delivered to P.C.E.S. in Guilford, Harmony Elementary School, and SeDoMoCha in Dover Foxcroft for distribution to students when needed. Mary Annis was recently assisted by Linda Erwin and Sandra Scott with the sorting and bagging. The group stopped frequently to admire the color combinations and handwork. “We didn’t actually count,” said Mary. “But we certainly are providing schools with more hats and mittens than ever before!”

The knitting group doesn’t meet; they don’t plan. They just knit, and knit, and knit. The group this year included Mary, Debbie Burdin from Cambridge, Pat Engstrom from Dover Foxcroft, and Roberta Fitzgerald from Shamong, NJ. Roberta surely sets the record for the mittens that travel the furthest–she delivers her work during an annual visit with family in the area. Debbie must have the record for most knitted with a personal goal of 1000 pairs this year.

A yarn drive earlier this year kept the knitters supplied with material. (Any leftover or unused yarn you have can be brought to the Grange Hall and will be put to good use. Colors don’t matter as our knitters are adept at multicolored mittens!)

We also ended up with some afghans which will be donated for use by residents at the Hibbard Nursing Home in Dover Foxcroft. It gives our knitters a warm feeling to know they are helping others feel warm! For more information about the program, contact Mary Annis at 564-0820.