VALLEY GRANGE ANNOUNCES AD CONTEST WINNERS

Guilford—Over forty 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 twelfth 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 Mark Arthers students labored to produce ads that would promote the Grange and its programs.

Boomsma pointed out “everyone who participated is a 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.”

Winners included Teegan Pomerleau (3rd place), Lillyon Boutilier  (2nd place), and Ava Edes (1st place). Ava’s ad included a book being devoured by a book worm and two people reading together, noting that “volunteers are needed” to “come help kids learn.”

Ava’s first place ad will appear in the Newspapers in Education supplement of the Piscataquis Observer. In addition, winning ads are used on the Grange’s promotional material throughout the year and featured on the Valley Grange Website.

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

Meetings and Events

After careful consideration, we have decided the following:

  • Our March Meeting (Friday, the 20th) is canceled.
  • Our March Blanketeering Event (Saturday, the 28th) is postponed–a new date will be announced when the COVID-19 situation allows for less “social distancing.”
  • The April Piscataquis Pomona Meeting (Thursday, April 2nd) is postponed–a new date will be announced when the COVID-19 situation allows for less “social distancing.”

With school being closed:

  • Newspapers in Education Contest Winners will be announced here and on the Valley Grange Facebook Page by the end of this week. Certificates and magnets will be distributed when students return to school.
  • Bookworms are standing by and will be scheduled at school when students return. We hope students will keep reading at home!

Thank you for your support and understanding. We’ll definitely keep you posted!

Adults Have Fun Too!

The fourth graders at PCES in Guilford recently worked on their ads for Valley Grange as part of yet another “Newspapers in Education” Contest. This is our twelfth year participating in The Piscataquis Observer’s Newspapers in Education Supplement by sponsoring an ad! The earliest winners are now graduated from high school. Maybe some are working in graphic arts or advertising.

Proving that the fun we have with this isn’t just for kids, Mr. Arthers, PCES art teacher, sketched a quick ad for us. Of course he’s disqualified from the competition but we thought you’d enjoy seeing his work!

Stay tuned… we’ll be announcing the contest winners shortly after our next meeting on March 20, 2020. If you come to that meeting you can help us judge the winners and make a magnetic certificate for every participant. And look for “our” ad in the supplement published on April 10, 2020.

Bookworm Schedule March 2020

Bookworm

Don’t forget your Bikes for Books entry when you finish a book!

Tuesday,  March 3— Mrs Bosworth will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. Don’t forget to vote today!

Thursday, March 5 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 10 — Ms. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 12 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 17 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 19 — Mrs. Bosworth will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, March  20 — Valley Grange Potluck Supper at 6 PM and meeting at 7 PM. We will be magnet making and judging Newspapers in Education Ads!

Tuesday, March 24 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m. (Tentative date for announcing Newspapers in Education Winners.)

Thursday, March 26 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 28 — Blanketeers needed at Valley Grange, 9:00 am until noon.

Tuesday, March 31 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule February 2020

Bookworm

Bookworms make great Valentines!

Tuesday,  February 4— Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 6 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 11 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 13 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, February 14 — Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 17 — School Vacation Week! Have fun! Read!

Friday, February  21 — Valley Grange Potluck Supper at 6 PM and meeting at 7 PM

Tuesday, February 25 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 27 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, February 28 — Fourth Graders at PCES draw Valley Grange Ads for Newspapers in Education during Art Class.

Family Literacy Activity Calendar

The following article is reprinted with permission from an e-newsletter published by Paul Stearns, State Representative for District 119.

Reading is fun!
Valley Grange Bookworms Rock!

The Maine State Library is marking Maine’s bicentennial year with the publication of the Maine Day by Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The perpetual calendar is designed to assist parents, caregivers, teachers and librarians in creative activities that encourage emergent reading. Thirty-thousand calendars were printed with funding from the Maine Bicentennial Committee, the David Family Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. The calendar is free and copies are being distributed to libraries throughout the state to give to their patrons. Each month features works from Maine authors and illustrators with a focus on a theme around which books, songs, activities, arts and cultural events, and health and family wellness information are centered. The calendar is an easy to use tool for anyone to work with kids on the five early literacy practices – reading, writing, talking, playing and singing. Copies of the calendar can be obtained at Maine public libraries. If a library has not requested copies or need more, they can make a request through the Maine State Library website: https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/services/MaineDaybyDayFamilyLiteracyActivityCalendar.htm

Bookworm Schedule January 2020

Let’s start the new year with reading!
Bookworm

Thursday, January 2 —  Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

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

Thursday, January 9 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

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

Thursday, January 16 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, January 17 — Valley Grange Meeting! Potluck Supper at 6 pm, meeting at 7 pm.

Tuesday, January 21 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 23 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 28 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 30 — Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule for December 2019

Best wishes for this holiday season!
Bookworm

Monday, December 2 — Hall cleanup starting at 10:30 am… help is appreciated! Plan on an hour or so.

Tuesday,  December 3 — Mrs. Bosworth will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 5 —  Mrs. Gilbert will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 6 Breakfast for Supper at Valley Grange… come in your jammies if you’d like! Supper at 6 pm, brief meeting and holiday program at 7 pm. If you’d like to help with the food, call Mrs. Annis (564-0820) or Mrs. Boomsma (876-4131)!

Monday, December 9PCMS Winter Concert starts at 5:30 pm, featuring grades five and six, and the Middle School Band and Chorus. Held in the elementary school gym!

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

Tuesday, December 10 is Dictionary Day at Harmony Elementary School. Contact Mr. Boomsma for more information.

Tuesday, December 10PCSS Winter Concert starts at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gym!

Wednesday, December 11PECS Winter Concert starts at 5:30 p,m, featuring grades kindergarten through four. Held in the high school gym!

Thursday, December 12 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 17 — Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 19 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday, December 20 — Early dismissal for the Holidays! See you all next year!

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.