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Blanketeers Sought!

Saturday, March 3, 2018, Project Linus Volunteer Blanketeers will meet at Valley Grange from 9 AM until noon… no sewing skills required! If you can measure, cut a straight line with scissors and tie a knot you can help make blankets for Project Linus!  The material will be provided… it will be helpful if folks bring scissors, rulers, and masking tape. Students from FA will be joining us… and we are inviting quilting and sewing clubs to lend a hand. A similar event last year resulted in over thirty blankets to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Contact Pat Engstrom at 564-8290 for more information.

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Bookworm Schedule for February, 2018

Reading is fun!

Let’s hope for no more snow days on bookworm days! It’s a short month to begin with!

Third and Fourth Graders--the annual Newspapers in Education Contest sponsored by Valley Grange will be starting soon! See Mrs. Daniels or Mr. Boomsma for more information!

Thursday, February 1 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, February 6 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, February 8 – Mrs.Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, February 13 — Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Thursday, February 15 — Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Friday, February 16 — Join us at Valley Grange for a potluck supper at 6 pm and program starting at 7 pm!

Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23 is school vacation–make sure you have plenty of books to read!

Tuesday, February 27 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

 

Remember… every Tuesday at 5:30 pm, kids and parents can join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

 

Bookworm Schedule for January, 2018

Reading is fun!

Keep an eye out for our newest bookworm–Mrs. Orton. She will be a familiar face to many and we’re really glad to have her join us as a bookworm!

Tuesday, January 2 – Welcome back to school! Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, January 4 – Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, January 9 – Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, January 11 – Mrs.Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, January 16 — Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Thursday, January 18 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Friday, January 18 — Join us at Valley Grange for a potluck supper at 6 pm and program starting at 7 pm!

Tuesday, January 23 – Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, January 25 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 am.

Tuesday, January 30 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Remember… every Tuesday at 5:30 pm, kids and parents can join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

 

Bookworm Schedule for December, 2017

Reading is fun!

Keep an eye out for our newest bookworm–Mrs. Lockwood. She recently retired from the Thompson Free Library in Dover Foxcroft and knows a lot about books and reading!

Friday, December 1 – Valley Grange has “Breakfast for Supper” at 6:00 pm–join us at the Grange Hall. You can come in your jammies. We’ll have a brief Christmas Program at 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 5 – Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m. At 5:30 pm, join Miss Dunton in the PCES Cafeteria for the first “Tuesdays Together” Program — an after-school program featuring cutting edge design thinking and problem-solving.

Thursday, December 7 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.  K-4 Holiday Concert is tonight at 5:30 pm, PCSS Gym!

Tuesday, December 12 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 13Grade 5 – 8 Holiday Concert is tonight at 6:00 pm, PCES Gym!

Thursday, December 14 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Monday, December 18PCSS Holiday Concert is tonight at 6:00 pm, PCSS Gym!

Tuesday, December 19 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, December 21 – Early Dismissal!

Holiday Vacation December 21, 2017, through January 2, 2018. Just don’t take a vacation from reading! Happy Holidays! See you next year!

 

Raffle Winners Announced

Maine State Grange Past Master Rick Groton drew the winning tickets from the large rotating basket made by Roger Ricker:

  • First Place, Wayne Bennett of Abbot.
  • Second Place, Sierra Hanson of Charleston.
  • Third Place, Reid Burgess of Dover Foxcroft.

Special thanks to McKusick Petroleum and Will’s Shop ‘n Save for their generous support of or annual meat or heat raffle! Those who participate help us keep the lights on and our community service programs running.

 

Valley Grange Has Heart!

spirit award
Much to our surprise, we were one of the award recipients at the Spirit of America we recently hosted! In presenting the award, Past State Grange Master Rick Grotton noted that we have in the past been a top award winner at the state and national level and were, therefore, being recognized as the “Top Grange” in the State of Maine and nationally for our “heart for community service.

Check Out This Story!

Special thanks to Blake Lipton for hosting a group of folks who are pretty excited about Friday night’s award ceremony!

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And be sure to join us Friday!

Spirit of America Tributes at Valley Grange

volunteer-652383_1280Guilford–Piscataquis County winners of the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, November 17, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM in the Valley Grange Hall 172 Guilford Center Road, Guilford.

Spirit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in Augusta, ME to encourage volunteerism. Since the first Spirit of America Foundation award was presented to Alma Jones by Augusta’s Mayor in 1991, over 500 Spirit of America ceremonies have taken place. Director Bruce Flaherty noted this presentation is based in Piscataquis County “because there are so many awards being given.”

Those to be honored (and receive a certificate signed by their Maine Legislators) at the countywide ceremony include: the Abbott Historical Society, David Kinney from Atkinson, Beaver Cove School Committee, Bowerbank Fire Department, Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society, Charlotte White Center, Partnership Food Pantry in Greenville, Herring Family from Guilford, Medford Planning Board, Milo’s Summer Meals Program, Monson Summerfest, Parkman Grange, Linda Hall & Wilson Nuite from Sangerville, Sebec Village Associates, Patricia Mace from Shirley, Wellington Fire Department, and Willimantic Civic Association.

The event is open to the public. “We hope friends and family of these recipients will come and help us salute these models of the volunteer spirit of America,” Flaherty suggested, adding that certificates from the Maine Legislature will be included. “This will be a fun, uplifting evening with no long speeches,” he promised.”

Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma is excited the Grange has been given the honor of hosting the awards. “All Granges are about community and Valley Grange is certainly not an exception. We enjoy making our hall available to organizations dedicated to building strong individuals and communities. It is a special treat to host individuals and organizations doing just that!”

Additional information about the Foundation is available at http://spiroaf.com and the event at http://valleygrange.com.

Bookworm Schedule for October/November, 2017

Reading is fun!

Monday, October 23 — Bookworm Kickoff Assembly, PCES Cafeteria, 2:15 pm!

Tuesday, October 24 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, October 26 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m. — Don’t forget this is also Dictionary Day! Third graders are coming to the Grange Hall to get their “Words for Thirds!”

Tuesday, October 31 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, November 2 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, November 7 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m. Don’t forget to vote today!

Thursday, November 9 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, November 14 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, November 16 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, November 17Everyone is invited to the Valley Grange Hall–we will be hosting the Piscataquis County Spirit of America Awards! The program starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 21 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, November 23Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 28 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, November 30 –  Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Dictionary Days!

New DictionaryMonday, October 16, 2017
SeDoMoCha Dictionary Day!

Thursday, October 26, 2017
P.C.E.S. Dictionary Day!

Friday, October 27, 2017
Brownville Dictionary Day!

Third graders will be getting their dictionaries compliments of Valley Grange… for more information contact Mr. Boomsma.  We’ll be coming to Ridgeview Elementary and Harmony Elementary soon!

Parents of home-schooled children are invited to contact your school or a Valley Grange Member.