What Valley Grange Does…

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Kids Write!

We can’t resist sharing a few notes we’ve received from Mrs. Gokas’ Third Grade Class at Piscataquis Community Elementary School! The kids wrote them as part of wrapping up this school year and getting ready for summer.

Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for all you do for our school. It means a lot to us. We enjoy all the stuff you help make happen. For example, Bookworm, Arts Alive, Words for Thirds, and GrowME. 

I have a lot of fun doing all of these programs you help with.

I like the dictionary that you gave us.

Thank you for letting us read to you and be able to have Arts Alive and other programs like Arts Alive.

K.W.

(We think she really likes Arts Alive!)


Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for all that you have done for our school. We really appreciate it.

The GrowME Program was really fun. My grass plant is still alive.

The dictionary, Words for Thirds that you have given third grade has been really helpful for me in the time that has passed. 

The Bookworm Program has been really enjoyable in the passed two years. It has taught me to read more comfortably with other people each time.

The Arts Alive Program that you’ve helped with over the years have made it very enjoyable for our school.

Thank you so much!!

Sincerely,

D.W.


Dear Vally Grange,

Thank you for all the stuff you do for us.

A few things you do are GrowME, Word for Thirds, Bookworms, and Arts Alive.

You do that for our school.

From,

A.H.


Dear Valley Grange,

Thank you for all of the things you have done for us.

One thing you have done that I know that all of us appreciate is you giving all of us a dictionary. I know we use it a lot. 

The next thing you have done for us is that you put on the program GrowME. For example, this year we built dirt babies. That was really fun.

My favorite part is when you come in and have us read to you. I love to read with Bookworms.

Sincerely,

C.L.


Dear Third Graders,

Thank you for your letters. We are glad you enjoy and appreciate the things we do together. 

We really like learning, working, and playing with you. We have fun too!

Have a good summer. We’ll see you in the fall!

Sincerely,
Valley Grange Bookworms and Members

Where Does Chocolate Milk Come From?

GrowME logoAt least one second-grader from Guilford now knows it does NOT come from brown cows!

We completed activities at SeDoMoCha Elementary (353 students), Milo Elementary (121), Greenville Elementary (77 students), and Piscataquis Community Elementary (79 students) for a total of 630 students and 40 classes in four districts.

As impressive as the numbers are, we also should take pride in the impact we have on kids and teachers. Mrs. Kimball’s letter speaks to that… and our experience confirms it. For example, in several butter-making classes, we had “teachable moments” that included some math. In one case, the teacher and I “co-taught” a couple of math lessons… reinforcing my belief that relevance and curriculum fit is what makes this program work. In one kindergarten class, a young “farmer” shared that he has “6,000 horses” which he “rides and feeds every day.” (I whispered to the teacher, “I’ll bet you’ve told him a billion times not to exaggerate.”) I think he represents enough excitement for agriculture, farming, and the GrowME program that we may forgive him for his distortion.

A surprise visit from Channel Five and Channel Seven kept Mrs. Bosworth and I hopping during our last day of activities in Guilford. While Mrs. B tried to hide, she did end up in the story… and you’ll have to laugh at some of the faces the kids made while tasting apples:

Link to WABI TV5 Story:

http://www.wabi.tv/video/?vid=478695593

Link to Fox22/7 Story:

https://www.foxbangor.com/news/item/24685-growme-project-teaches-elementary-kids-farming-skills

A sincere thanks to those who contributed time, materials and support to this program. There’s always lots of growing in GrowME!


SeDo Thank You

 

Newspapers in Education Winners

“We started this program before some of you were born…” was the way Walter Boomsma, Valley Grange Program Director opened the recent assembly of third and fourth graders at Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford. “The Newspapers in Education Program has been around for ten years now.” Boomsma went on to introduce Valley Grange members who were present for the assembly. “These are some of the people who make this program possible.”

The Piscataquis Observer based in Dover Foxcroft began publishing the special supplement every spring, featuring news about and by area students. Local businesses enlist local students to create ads for them. Most ads are done by middle and high school students, but the Grange saw an opportunity to include some younger artists. After collaboration with Mrs. Daniels, the art teacher at P.C.E.S, Valley Grange continues to sponsor two ads every year: one drawn by a third grader and another by a fourth grader. All students in both grades participate and Mrs. Daniels now includes the program as part of her art curriculum. “This is a great opportunity for the kids to experience the commercial aspect of art and see how they might explore a career in art,” she says.

Because the Grange actively supports the local elementary school with additional programs like Dictionary Day/Words for Thirds, Bookworming, and GrowME agricultural activities, the students can decide what to emphasize in the ads they draw. “It’s always personally rewarding to see the emphasis on reading and bookworming,” Boomsma notes. “These kids seem to understand what Valley Grange values and what it takes to make those things happen. The ads feature a ‘call to action’ that often encourages people to volunteer or become a member.” Boomsma also believes “some of these kids are destined to become Grangers.”

While the ads themselves are still under wraps until the supplement is published on April 11, 2018, this year’s winner list includes third graders Braylin Beckwith, first place; Chris Merrill, second place, and Aiden Graves, third place. Fourth Grade winners include Jaiyde True, first place; Lizzi Gilbert, second place; and Caleb McKusick, third place. Every student who participates receives a “mini” certificate in the form of a magnet.

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Aiden Graves, Braylin Beckwith, Chris Merrill, Lizzi Gilbert, Jaiyde True, Caleb McKusick. The monkey on Lizzi’s head is explained by the fact it was “Crazy Hair Day” when students and staff have the option of doing something crazy with their hair!

Bookworm Schedule for April 2018

Reading is fun!

Tuesday, April 3 – GrowME Day! Ag activities with Mr. Boomsmsa and Mrs. Bosworth in Grades K, 1, 2, and 3.

Thursday, April 5 – Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, April 10 — Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 11 — Check out the Newspapers in Education Supplement in the Piscataquis Observer.

Thursday, April 12 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, April 13 — Bikes for Books Assembly — early dismissal for vacation next week!

Friday, April 20 — Join us at Valley Grange for a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and program starting at 7 p.m.! No school today!

Tuesday, April 24 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, April 26 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

 

Don’t forget! Bikes for Books is underway… get an entry form for every book you read–even the ones you read with Bookworms!

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 March 2018

Reading is fun!

Third and Fourth Graders--Thanks for your Newspapers in Education advertisements! We’ll be announcing the winners soon… See Mrs. Daniels or Mr. Boomsma for more information!

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

Tuesday, March 6 – Mrs. Lockwood will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, March 8 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 13 — Mrs. Orton will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, March 15 — Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Friday, March 16 — Join us at Valley Grange for a potluck supper at 6 p.m. and program starting at 7 p.m.! No school today!

Tuesday, March 20 — Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, March 22 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Tuesday, March 27 – Ms. Lockwoodwill be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Thursday, March 29 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 10:10 a.m.

Don’t forget! Bikes for Books is underway… get an entry form for every book you read–even the ones you read with Bookworms!

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 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.