Bookworm Schedule, April 2013

Reading is fun!“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.”

Philip Pullman

April… spring may actually be here! And third graders Dirt Babies are growing and getting their haircuts!

Tuesday, April 2 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, April 4 –  Mrs. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, April 4 – February Pomona Meeting will be held at Parkman Grange–supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

Friday, April 5 – Valley Grange Business Meeting at 7 PM.

Tuesday, April 9 –  Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Wednesday, April 10 – Mr. Boomsma will be at Science/Invention Fair at PCSS, 1:15 PM

Thursday, April 11 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM– Jump Rope for Hearts Day! Jump! Jump! Jump!

Thursday, April 11 – Mr. Boomsma will be at Science/Invention Fair at PCSS, 1:15 PM

Monday, April 15 – Friday April 19 – School Vacation! Get outside and PLAY!

Friday, April 19 – Valley Grange monthly meeting will feature a program by Judy Ricker, CWA Chair… Potluck supper at 6 PM and our program at 7 PM

Tuesday, April 23 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, April 25 – Mr Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM.

First Place Advertisments

Ad by Matthew Burdin

Ad by Matthew Burdin 


Ad by Nyla Larrabee
Ad by Nyla Larrabee


Newspapers in Education Winners

Madeline Taylor, Avery Herrick, Nyla Larrabee, Qianna Ann Nadeau, Matthew Burdin, Isabel Bussman

Madeline Taylor, Avery Herrick, Nyla Larrabee, Qianna Ann Nadeau, Matthew Burdin, Isabel Bussman

Valley Grange Master Jim Annis and Program Director Walter Boomsma were at PCES in Guilford on Friday, March 22 to satisfy a lot of kids’ curiousity! A few weeks ago third and fourth graders had made a big effort to design the ads that would ultimately be selected to appear in the special Newspapers in Education Section of the March 27th edition of the Piscataquis Observer.

The winning third grade ad was drawn by Matthew Burdin and the winning fourth grade ad was drawn by Nyla Larrabee. “The judges had a real hard time,” Mr. Boomsma told the students. “If you did your very best, we think you’re a winner.”

Certificates were given to third graders Isabel Bussman and Qianna Ann Nadeau for second and third place. Fourth graders Madeline Taylor and Avery Herrick received similar recognition. PCES Art Teacher Mrs. Daniels was recognized for her support of the students and the program.

None of the winning students were prepared to give an acceptance speech, but each left with a smile. Mr. Annis noted that Valley Grange “really enjoys the many projects we do with the school. You guys make us proud.”

Winning ads will also appear in Valley Grange publications and flyers throughout the year.

GrowME Next Week!

EggThis year our GrowME group will be visiting over 40 classrooms throughout the area and working with an estimated 700 kids in Guilford, Dover Foxcroft, Dexter, Milo, and Brownville. Activities include making animal graphs with kindergarteners, apple tasting and sorting with first graders, butter-making with second graders and a new activity with third graders: making “dirt babies.” Valley Grange volunteers are focusing on PCES as noted in the Bookworm schedule for the month. Additional information about the collaboration and activities can be found on the GrowME website.

The program wraps up with an Eggstravaganza hosted by Valley Grange on Friday, March 22. Volunteers, teachers, parents and kids are all invited to join a community potluck supper at 6 PM, followed by a short program at 7 PM. The program will offer some highlights of the week’s activities and the UMaine Extension’s virtual chicken who will show us how an egg forms inside a chicken! Folks are also invited to bring an unusual farm or kitchen implement for “show and share” to this celebration of agriculture from farm to fork.

Newspapers in Education

Dictionaries came in handy!

Dictionaries came in handy!

Lots of kids at PCES want to know… and the answer is, “yes!” Our judges have selected the winning advertisements for the Newspapers in Education contest. But we’re keeping it a secret for now! We’ll announce the winners in a special assembly in the PCES cafeteria on Friday, March 22nd at 9:30 AM. The first place ad from Third Grade and the first place ad from Fourth Grade will appear in the Piscataquis Observer on Wednesday, March 27th.

March 2013 Health Beat

Reducing Lead Poisoning Risks…

Karen’s Kolumn is written by Karen Dolley, R.N. and Grange Friend… we appreciate her knowledge and her willingness to share!

Hazard WarningEvery year hundreds of children in Maine are poisoned by lead. Lead poisoning is hard to detect and many times there are no signs or symptoms until dangerous levels have accumulated. Lead can be very harmful to children under the age of six. Increased amounts of lead in children often build up over a period of months or even years. More than half of Maine homes may have lead paint in them. Lead was used in many products, including paint, before the risk to children was known. Paint purchased before 1978 still has lead in it. Exposure to lead is most common in buildings built before 1950 and in homes built before 1978 where repainting and/or remodeling was done.

Lead dust from old paint is the most common way children get lead poisoning. Lead dust can come from opening and closing old painted windows, peeling or chipped paint, repair and renovations done that disturb old paint like sanding or scraping, and worn painted floors and stairs. Less common places to find lead are in the soil around the foundations of old buildings, on old painted furniture and toys, imported painted toys and jewelry, lead pipes found in old plumbing, while participating in hobbies like stained glass and furniture refinishing, and in certain jobs like metal-cutting and recycling, construction work, and auto repair-especially with auto batteries.

Lead dust is found on many surfaces where children put their hands and play with their toys. Children then put their hands into their mouths. Lead dust enters their bodies and causes damage. Lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, behavior problems, hearing damage, speech delays, and lower intelligence. Lead can have serious and permanent effects on a child’s growth and development.

All children should have blood lead tests done at age 1 and at age 2. Your child may be at risk for lead exposure if you live in an older home, if your child spends a lot of time in an older home-like at day care, if your child puts everything into his or her mouth, if there is chipping or peeling paint close to where your child plays, or if your child is exposed to lead dust from a person living in the home working at a high risk job.

By law, lead hazards are identified by a Maine licensed lead inspector while doing a lead inspection. Maine DEP regulations define the paint conditions and amounts of lead in dust, soil, and water that may be considered a lead hazard. It is possible to have lead paint in a home without it being a lead hazard.

There are many things a parent or caregiver can do to reduce a child’s exposure to lead dust. Don’t scrape or sand old paint. If possible, avoid old house renovations until children are older. Pick up paint chips and throw then away. Wet mop floors where children play. Place barriers like furniture in front of old windows so that your child is not able to reach these areas. Wash the wood around windows and doors. Avoid opening and closing windows when possible. Vacuum with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner. Don’t let children play in the dirt next to the house. Provide covered sand boxes and grassy areas to play in and around. Wash children’s hands, toys, and pacifiers frequently. Feed children at a clean table or in a high chair. Do not allow children to eat food off the floors. Wet clean vehicle interiors and child safety seats. If you work in a high risk environment, take your work clothes and shoes off in an enclosed area that is separate from the living area of your home. Put your work clothes in a covered container and wash them separately from other clothes. Shower before interacting with your child. Do not allow children to play with work shoes. Lead in water is not usually a problem but you can have your water tested for lead. Always use cold tap water for drinking and cooking. Always run your water for a few minutes if the tap has not been used in a while like first thing in the morning.

Go to to get more information or to request a free lead dust test kit. At your child’s 1 and 2 year old well child checks be sure to discuss lead testing with your child’s doctor.