You’re invited!

breakfast

No, that’s not a typo! Breakfast is not just for breakfast anymore… join us for a potluck fellowship breakfast followed by a brief Christmas Program. Come in your jammies if you’d like!

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January 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!My first copies of Treasure Island and Huckleberry Finn still have some blue-spruce needles scattered in the pages. They smell of Christmas still.”

Charlton Heston


Welcome back from Christmas Vacation… hope everyone did lots of reading! Welcome to a New Year! How many books will you read this year?

Tuesday, January 6 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, January 8 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, January 13 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, January 15 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Friday, January 16 – Monthly Valley Grange Meeting – potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

Tuesday, January 20 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, January 22 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, January 27 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, January 29 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Bookworm Schedule — May 2014

Reading is fun!“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

— Anne Lamott


It’s May! It’s May! The lovely month of May!

Thursday, May 1 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9 AM Don’t forget the Fifth Grade Play at 7 PM in the PCES Cafeteria at 7 PM! Most bookworms will also be at the Grange Hall to help with our second day of painting and serve lunch to the Helping Hands Crew at 11:30!

Friday, May 2 – Bookworms and Grange members should attend the Valley Grange Business Meeting at 7 PM. Come a little early to help with clean up from painting!

Saturday, May 3 – Valley Grange hosts a DUV Meeting… the public is invited to drop by at 2

Tuesday, May 6 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM

Thursday, May 8 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM

Tuesday, May 13 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM

Thursday, May 15 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM–this is also Art Show Day at PCES!

Friday, May 16 – Valley Grange Community Night! Potluck Supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM… everyone is invited and kids are welcome! Come see who is our “Community Citizen of the Year!”

Tuesday, May 20 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM

Thursday, May 22 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM–Don’t forget the Third Grade Exhibition in the PCES Gym at 6 PM!

Monday, May 26Memorial Day… no school, but time to remember and honor those who served! Check local papers for parade and ceremony times.

Tuesday, May 27 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM

Wednesday, May 28 – Don’t forget the Grade 4-6 Concert in the PCES Gym at 6 PM!

Thursday, May 29 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM. (Note there is a school budget informational meeting at 6 PM tonight and the meeting itself follows at 7 PM.)

Arts Alive is coming Friday, June 6th!

 

Bookworm Schedule — April 2014

Reading is fun!Reading is performance. The reader– the child under the blanket with a flashlight, the woman at the kitchen table, the man at the library desk– performs the work. The performance is silent. The readers hear the sounds of the words and the beat of the sentences only in their inner ear. Silent drummers on noiseless drums. An amazing performance in an amazing theater.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin


Will spring finally come!??  I would enjoy reading sitting outside under a tree as much as I do sitting inside by the fire!

Tuesday, April 1 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, April 3 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM. Don’t forget, NECAP Awards tonight!

Tuesday, April 8 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, April 10 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, April 15 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9 AM

Thursday, April 17 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM–We’ll be jumping today! Jump Rope for Hearts!

Monday, April 21 –  Friday April 25 No School! Vacation week! Don’t forget to check out some library books for vacation!

Friday, April 21 – Valley Grange Potluck Supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM

Tuesday, April 29 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM

 

Bookworm Schedule — March 2014

Reading is fun!

“Don’t ask me who’s influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested, and I’ve been reading all my life.”

Charles de Gaulle

March is a busy month! Newspapers in Education winners will be announced and ads will be published, GrowME and ag week will be the third week, lots going on at school… and lots of books being started–and finished too!

Tuesday, March 4 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, March 6 – Mr. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, March 11 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, March 13 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Monday, March 17 — We start collecting “Coups for Troops” at PCES! Bring your clipped coupons to the school and deposit them in the collection bin! We’ll send them to military families stationed overseas as a message of support.

Tuesday, March 18 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

 Thursday, March 20 – New Bookworm Mrs. Callaway will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Friday, March 21 – Mr. Boomsma and some Valley Grangers/Bookworms will be at school to announce the winners of the Newspapers in Education Contest… assembly at 2 PM in the PCES cafeteria!

Friday, March 21 – Valley Grange Potluck Supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

GrowME logoMonday, March 24 –  Friday, March 28 is Agriculture Week!

Tuesday, March 25 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to sort and taste apples with First Graders and to make animal graphs with Kindergarterners starting at 8:30 AM.

Tuesday, March 25 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Wednesday, March 26 – Two winning ads from the Newspapers in Education Contest will be published in the Piscataquis Observer Special Supplement.

Thursday, March 27 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Friday, March 28 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to make butter with Second Graders starting at 8:30 AM.

Friday, March 28 – Mrs. Boomsma will be at school to make dirt babies with Third Graders starting at 9:25 AM.

Friday, March 28 – is the big GrowME celebration at Valley Grange! We’ll have a community potluck supper at 6 PM and a program celebrating agriculture and GrowME at 7 PM. Parents, kids, teachers, volunteers… everyone is welcome to come join the fun!

 

Bookworm Schedule — February 2014

Reading is fun!

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

― Voltaire

Will the Groundhog see his shadow? Can the Groundhog dig through the ice and snow? Regardless of what the weather brings, there are lots of things getting started… Newspapers in Education (third and fourth graders get ready!), GrowME preparations are under way… and lots of books being started–and finished too!

Tuesday, February 4 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, February 6 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, February 11 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, February 13 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Monday, February 17 –  Friday February 21 No School! Vacation week! Don’t forget to check out some library books for vacation!

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

Tuesday, February 25 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, February 27 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

 

Bookworm Schedule — January 2014

Reading is fun!“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

— Stephen King

We’re starting a whole new year! A good New Year’s Resolution might be to read more! We’re also pleased to introduce another new Bookworm this month! Mrs. Lander will be at school on Thursday, January 23rd… help her find her way around!

Thursday, January 2 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, January 7 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, January 9 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, January 14 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, January 16 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Monday, January 20 – No School! Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 21 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, January 23 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, January 28 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, January 30 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Season’s Greetings!

VG Merry Xmas

 

from Jim and Mary, Kevin and Sunny, Opal, Walter & Janice, Carolyn, Bob and Linda, Tim, Chris, Barbara and Robert, Brita, Herb, Pat, Sherry, Elizabeth, Karen and Richard, Rod, Bonnie, Harriet, Dennis and Becky, Susan, Roger and Judy, Stub and Nena, Dora, Carolyn and Richard, Brian and Cindy, Joan, Lynn, Dodie, Deb, Karen, Don and Eileen, Roberta, Jane, Mike, Lois, and Betty… and the many, many others who are such an important part of what we do!

Aren’t you the person who…?

newspapersStu Hedstrom, reporter from the Piscataquis Observer, jokes that he has attended so many Valley Grange Dictionary Presentations he could probably fill in for me if for some reason I couldn’t make it. Well, it seems the kids agree with him. Stu emailed this morning to tell me that he was waiting for Santa to arrive in Dover Foxcroft last night and a young boy also waiting approached him with the question, “Aren’t you one of those guys who gives out the dictionaries?” Stu  says he explained his role and notes that he was pretty impressed with the young fellow’s memory and the fact he
got it “almost right.”

There’s a lot to learn from this little incident. One, even the little things we do with and for kids are appreciated and remembered by them. We may not arrive in a sleigh with eight tiny reindeer, but the kids do remember the “gift of words.”

Two, we might learn how fortunate we all are to have “community” — including a “hometown newspaper” with an interest and commitment to our communities. I think Stu is one of the guys who gives out the dictionaries, because he–along with untold others who help in some way–are part of the program and make it possible. As the kids might say, that’s pretty awesome.

Santa gets the credit for a lot what happens at this time of year, but let’s not forget our communities are filled with good people who are not just nameless faces going through the motions of life. They are people who give of their time and energy to help others and make so many of the things we have and enjoy possible.

This morning I find myself thinking that third grader really had it right. He recognized Mr. Hedstrom, but he didn’t just smile and say “Hello.” He saw that Mr. Hedstrom fit into something that happened and had meaning in his young life. That he saw it is important.

Maybe we should follow his example–start looking for those people who fit into our lives in some way. While Stu was being greeted by his friend in Dover, I was standing by the bonfire in Guilford waiting for Santa as well, enjoying the warmth not only of the fire but of the friendship. I now realize I could have walked up to more people at the tree lighting and asked some questions like:

  • Aren’t you one of those people who helped put up the town’s tree?
  • Aren’t you one of those people who baked the cookies to go with the hot chocolate?
  • Aren’t you one of those guys who kept the bonfire going?
  • Aren’t you one of the kids who came to sing Christmas songs?

The list gets longer once you get started, doesn’t it? I think one of the things we love about Christmas is watching people’s — especially kids’ — faces light up when they receive a gift or hear that Santa’s coming. And yet there are thousands of “gifts” being given in our communities every day–gifts of time, energy, compassion and friendship. We need to discover them. We need to give them. And we need to let our faces light up when we do.


At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer

Bookworm Schedule — December 2013

Reading is fun!“Do give books for Christmas. They’re never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.”

— Lenore Hershey

Welcome back from Thanksgiving vacation! There’s lots to do to get ready for Christmas, but Bookworms will continue to wiggle their way to school… We’re never too busy to read!

Tuesday, December 3– Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, December 5 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Saturday, December 7 – Bookworms, Grangers, and friends will meet at the Valley Grange Hall at 8 AM for a potluck fellowship breakfast!

Monday, December 9 – Mr. Boomsma will be at PCSS for a Pirate Special on Broadcast Journalism.

Tuesday, December 10 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to ready, 9 AM.

Thursday, December 12 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Tuesday, December 17 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Wednesday, December 18 – Elementary Holiday Concert for grades K-6. The K-3 portion will start at 5:30 pm followed by a brief intermission before the 4-6 portion starts at 6:15 pm.

Thursday, December 19 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Friday, December 20 – Holiday Vacation starts with an early dismissal! We hope everyone has a great holiday that includes lots of reading! See you next year!

Candy Canes