Valley Grange Gram–keeping things busy!

Breakfast for supper was yummy! Since this was a combined meeting with Piscataquis Pomona, we didn’t do much business, but we learned a great deal from Pomona Lecturer Dave Pearson’s program. I became so entranced I failed to take good notes, but I do recall that his questionable research was based in part on cave paintings that tell us the first socks were invented in 1851 BC by a Mr. Zok (rhymes with “sock”), who wore the pelts of saber tooth rabbits (fur side out) on his feet…

One might say that Dave “socked it to us” in an enjoyable and informative way.

Who is checking out some of the socks we’ve received?

But it all fits. We sorted through an estimated three hundred pairs of socks we’ve received so far, starting bags for each of the five schools we’ll be supplying. We continue to collect! If you’d like to sock it to us:

  1. Drop them off at the Grange Hall—there’s a tote on the front porch that gets emptied regularly.
  2. Order online and have them shipped to Walter Boomsma @ 17 River Road, Abbot ME 04406
  3. Contact Walter or Community Service Chair Mary to arrange a meet-up.

Our goal is to make a delivery to the schools around December 16th, but we’ll continue to collect in anticipation of further deliveries in January or February. We’re also rebuilding our hat and mitten inventory, so keep those kneedles knitting!

We could, of course, come full circle by noting that in addition to sorting socks, our yarn, hats, and mittens bins were sorted… it sorta fits with the yarn that Dave spun regarding socks.

We’ve sorta learned that Valley Grange placed fourth in the Maine State Grange Community Service Contest. (It’s a long story.) Thanks to Mary Annis for her work, especially in putting together our entry notebook. We “earned” $50!

FYI, (bookworms, especially) PCES is planning to hold two Holiday Concerts—outside! The first will feature K-3 on Wednesday, December 8th at 5:30 pm. Park at the high school and walk up to the area in front of the school. Dress warm! The second concert will feature grades 4 -6 on Thursday, December 14th, also at 5:30 pm. Follow the same procedure! Support our kids!

Pat and Janice had a successful Kris Kringle Kraft Fair… we appreciate their time and efforts, and willingness to share the proceeds with Valley Grange! Pat has also succeeded in getting a donation of fleece to be used in our next “Blanketeering” day for Project Linus. Thanks also to Linda Kain of Abbot for her recent donation of blankets and “lovies” for the Linus Project.

CWA co-chairs Judy and Pat conducted a drawing and increased the CWA fund to (ka-ching!) $22.00. A special thanks to Pat for contributing the two quarters to make it an even amount!

Thanks also to McKusick Petroleum… our downstairs thermostat was replaced at no charge and the furnace is working without complication. If you are a “Grange Bee” during the winter, please make certain you shut things down correctly and add some antifreeze. Instructions with photos are on the side of the furnace.

Dues are due! You should have received a bill from Mary… did you get a check to her?! Unpaid dues, by Grange Rule, result in us issuing a “demit,” which effectively changes your status to inactive. In addition to following the rules, we cannot afford to carry you as an unpaid member. Thanks for taking care of this!

It’s also time to update your contact information… do we have your correct address, phone number(s), email address(es)? If you’re not sure, you can reply to this email with the information or contact Mary Annis.

You certainly don’t want to miss anything that’s going on in, near, around Valley Grange!

Memorial Day, 2021

Dictionary Day 2020

This video was created for teachers of third grade students receiving dictionaries as part of the Valley Grange Words for Thirds Program. All are certainly welcome to watch and listen! Teachers, not that additional resources are available by clicking on the “About the Dictionary Project” tab in the upper left hand corner of the site!

River Festival Fun!

Plans are underway… if you’d like to help us with baked goods, please contact Janice Boomsma (876-4131) or Pat Engstom (564-8290). We’re looking for individual portions of things like cookies and brownies. This will be a fun day!

Bookworm Schedule for January 2019

Make it a New Year’s Resolution to read more!
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Thursday, January 3 — Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 am.

Tuesday, January 8 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

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

Tuesday, January 15 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

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

Tuesday, January 22 — Mrs. Lander will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 24 — Ms. Erwin will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, January 29 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

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

Remember the Yearbook Team meets with Mrs. Daniels every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:10.

Bookworm Schedule for December 2018

BookwormTuesday, December 4 — Mrs. Kimball will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

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

Friday, December 7 — Breakfast for Supper at the Valley Grange Hall at 6 PM… come in your jammies!

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

Thursday,  December 13 — Mrs. Orton will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, December 18 — Mrs. Landerl will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 20 — Mr. Boomsma will be at school for reading starting at 10:00 a.m.

Happy Holidays to All!

Blanketeers Meet and Make…

When it took a while to get the heat working, the saying “Cold hands mean warm hearts,” was literally true for the Blanketeers who met at Valley Grange to craft Project Linus blankets. This session resulted in a dozen completed and more in process… Working on these comfort blankets for kids is a great wintertime activity that can be done at home in front of the fireplace. If you can tie an overhand knot and would like to help, leave a comment or contact Heather Burgess or Pat Engstrom.

Dictionary Day!

Check out this story by WABI-TV 5… what a great time we all had!

Third Graders get the gift of words in Guilford

SeDo Dictionary Day

Dictionary Days Are Coming!

According to the Dictionary Project records after we complete this year’s distribution we will have given out 2,766 dictionaries! Thanks to those who support our program and our fundraising efforts!
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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.