It’s a Busy Week!

Just a quick post to review this week’s schedule…

Tuesday, October 22, is PCES Dictionary Day and third graders will be visiting the Valley Grange Hall to receive their dictionaries!

Wednesday, October 23 is Ridgeview Dictionary Day and the Valley Grange Team will journey to Dexter to meet third graders and present dictionaries.

Thursday, October 24 is Bookworm Day at PCES and we’ll start with a kickoff assembly at the end of morning meeting… I wonder who will be the first student to ready with a bookworm?

If you have any questions about these events, let us know!

Film at Eleven!

Valley Grange Dictionary Day with SedoMoCha Third Graders to be featured on WVII ABC 7-Fox 22 News   

Today was Dictionary Day for 75 third graders and their teachers who came to the Valley Grange Hall filled with anticipation. In addition to learning about the Grange, students talked with Captain Jack Battick about the Civil War and how the Grange helped reunite the country when it ended. Program Director Walter Boomsma explained what the Grange does, including what we can learn from the four staves. “When we look at the pruning hook, what are examples of things we might want to prune from our classrooms?” In the course of all this, students encountered some unfamiliar words which necessitated a dictionary. Valley Grange members and bookworms helped distribute dictionaries and the kids, as always, went a little wild with excitement. They not only looked up the unfamiliar words, many searched for their names and other information.

A reporter from WLVI–Fox 22 captured much of the excitement and will air a story about the program tonight on the Six and Eleven O’clock News. The story should also be available on their website tomorrow.

Here is the link to the Piscataquis Observer Story: Valley Grange continues to be the definition of generosity.

Captain Jack Battick talks about the Civil War and the Grange’s role in bringing the country together after it was over.



Bookworm Schedule for October-November 2019

Celebrate fall with a book… reading can take you anywhere! We also have lots of  exciting things happening at Valley Grange!
Bookworm

Tuesday, October 22 –Third Grade Field Trip to Valley Grange for Dictionary Day!

Thursday, October 24 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school  for the bookworm kickoff assembly during morning meeting and for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 29 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 31 — Mrs. Bosworth will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday,  November 5 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 7 —  Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, November 8 SAD 4 Veteran’s Day Celebration at 8:45 am in the PCSS Gym–everyone is invited!

Tuesday,  November 12 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 14 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, November 15Valley Grange Hosts the Spirit of America Awards! Join us at the Grange Hall at 7 PM!

Tuesday, November 19 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 21 — Mrs. Bosworth will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 26 — Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 28 — Happy Thanksgiving!

That’s a lot of dictionaries!

This year’s pledge certificate from The Dictionary Project confirming Valley Grange has distributed close to 3,000 dictionaries throughout the area since starting our program! It’s great to be part of this! It’s almost inconceivable that the project has reached over 32 million students!

Valley Grange is Getting Busy!

The dictionaries for this year’s “Words for Thirds” program are on order (9 cases!). That meaans Dictionary Days are coming soon! But that’s not all that’s happening!

Bookworms will also be starting their visits to PCES in just a few weeks… We’ll have exact dates for these programs very soon!

Some dates we’re already sure of:

  • Tuesday, October 15 is SeDoMoCha Dictionary Day!
  • Friday, October 18 we’ll have our regular monthly meeting–potluck supper at 6 PM and meeting at 7 PM.
  • Tuesday, October 22 is P.C.E.S. Dictionary Day!
  • Thursday, October 25 is Bookworm Kickoff Day!
  • Friday October 25, Piscataquis County 4-H Clubs will have their annual awards dinner and celebration at Valley Grange starting at 5 PM.
  • Friday, November 15, Valley Grange hosts the Spirit of America Awards for Piscataquis County starting at 7 PM. We’ll also have a Community Social Hour following the meeting with drinks and desserts–and we’ll draw the winners of our Meat or Heat Raffle.

We could really use your help this year with our raffle! See a Grange member, stop by an event… buy some tickets and help us continue to support our communities!

Thanks again, Lt Kane!

An enthusiastic group of well-wishers and supporters took time out of a beautiful spring day to partake of Valley Grange’s free community supper in honor of Lt. Jamie Kane’s recent selection of the Grange Northeast Region Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award. Vicki Huff, Past Master of the Maine State Grange, was on hand to complete the formal presentation, noting that this really is a “big deal” considering that Kane was selected at the Northeast Regional Conference representing all of the New England States and New York. Huff said that from the stories she’s heard and previous conversations with Kane she knows he does what he does because he loves doing it–not for the awards or recognition–and that is just one of many reasons he deserves it.

Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange Program Director said that there’s a “…notable change in attitudes towards law enforcement due in a large part to Kane’s work at Piscataquis Community Elementary School. The kids are developing an understanding that law enforcement is a very positive resource in our community. They run to him, not away from him.”

During his closing remarks, Boomsma noted that it’s great that as a society we have normalized thanking Veterans for their service. “We think nothing of walking up to a complete stranger, shaking his or her hand and saying thanks for your service. That is as it should be. But we truly have an opportunity to do the same for law enforcement officers who are putting their lives on the line for us every day. Tonight we honor Lt. Kane and many will shake his hand and say thanks. But just maybe we should do that with every officer we meet in our daily lives. These men and women are making incredible contributions and helping us build strong communities.”

Bookworm Schedule for May 2019

Celebrate spring with a book… reading can take you anywhere! We also have some exciting things happening at Valley Grange in May!
Bookworm

Thursday, May 2 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 7 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Bookworms, members, and volunteers meet at the Grange Hall for a “work party.” Bring rakes, etc. as we spring clean our hall inside and out… we’ll take all the help we can get!

Thursday, May 9 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, May 11 — Celebration honoring Lt Jamie Kane at Valley Grange... free bbq turkey supper at 6 pm, award at 7:15 pm!

Tuesday,  May 14 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, May 15Art Exhibit opens at 4:30 pm and Spring Concert Starts at 5:30 pm. Book Fair in the library during the Art Exhibit!

Thursday, May 16 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, May 17Valley Grange Community Celebration! Potluck Supper at 6 pm, Meeting at 7 pm. Among the other exciting things, we’ll be announcing our Community Citizen of the Year.

Tuesday, May 21 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. This is also GrowME Day for Grades One through Three.

Wednesday, May 22GrowME Day for Kindergarten!

Thursday, May 23 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. Fifth Grade Play at 6:30 pm!

Tuesday, May 28— Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 30 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. DARE Graduation at 7:00 pm!

Remember the Yearbook Team meets with Mr. Boomsma every  Thursday at 12:10.

Community Night at Valley Grange!

This is our annual celebration of our communities and their citizens. Please join us!

Newspapers in Education Winners Announced

Third and fourth graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford were challenged to create an advertisement for Valley Grange as part of the annual “Newspapers in Education” program sponsored by the Piscataquis Observer. This is the eleventh year the Grange has sponsored the program. Students have an opportunity to become “Honorary Assistant Publicity Directors” according to Walter Boomsma, Program and Publicity Director for Valley Grange. Under the direction of Art Teacher Jane Daniels students labored to produce ads that would promote the grange and its programs.

The winning ads were featured during an assembly conducted at school by Boomsma on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Boomsma pointed out “everyone who participated is winner” and the Grange is providing “thank you magnets you can use to hold your school papers on the fridge.” Boomsma also noted that the Grange was particularly pleased so many ads included a reading theme and dictionaries, reflecting the students’ appreciation for the Grange’s Bookworm and Words for Thirds Program. “Our goal with the kids is to create a love of reading and learning. These ads suggest we’re achieving it.”

Third Grade winners announced at the recent school assembly conducted by the Grange included Kaydance Benson (3rd), and Macie Littlefield (1st). Macie’s first place drawing encouraged folks to visit the Valley Grange Website and included a bookworm.” Fourth grade winners included Ruth Harford (3rd), Prudence Bridge (2nd), and Danika Wyman (1st). Danika’s ad headline was “Make Your Voice Heard” and encouraged volunteering at Valley Grange to “help school kids learn and grow!”

All of the winners refused to give an acceptance speech with varying degrees of enthusiasm, but most were “media darlings” when interviewed and photographed by local reporter Stuart Hedstrom.

The ads selected as first place winners will appear in the Newspapers in Education supplement of the Piscataquis Observer on April 17, 2019. In addition, winning ads are used on the Grange’s promotional material throughout the year.

Valley Grange Master Jim Annis said that Valley Grange is happy to sponsor a number of programs at PCES and other schools in the area. “We just love being at the school,” he noted. “These kids are our future and they give us hope.”

Community to Honor Lt Kane

Save the date! Spread the word! Come to help us celebrate this honor and thank Lt. Kane for everything he does for our communities!