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

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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

 

Spirit of America Tributes at Valley Grange

volunteer-652383_1280Guilford–Piscataquis County winners of the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service will be honored at a ceremony on Friday, November 17, 2017 starting at 7:00 PM in the Valley Grange Hall 172 Guilford Center Road, Guilford.

Spirit of America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity established in Augusta, ME to encourage volunteerism. Since the first Spirit of America Foundation award was presented to Alma Jones by Augusta’s Mayor in 1991, over 500 Spirit of America ceremonies have taken place. Director Bruce Flaherty noted this presentation is based in Piscataquis County “because there are so many awards being given.”

Those to be honored (and receive a certificate signed by their Maine Legislators) at the countywide ceremony include: the Abbott Historical Society, David Kinney from Atkinson, Beaver Cove School Committee, Bowerbank Fire Department, Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society, Charlotte White Center, Partnership Food Pantry in Greenville, Herring Family from Guilford, Medford Planning Board, Milo’s Summer Meals Program, Monson Summerfest, Parkman Grange, Linda Hall & Wilson Nuite from Sangerville, Sebec Village Associates, Patricia Mace from Shirley, Wellington Fire Department, and Willimantic Civic Association.

The event is open to the public. “We hope friends and family of these recipients will come and help us salute these models of the volunteer spirit of America,” Flaherty suggested, adding that certificates from the Maine Legislature will be included. “This will be a fun, uplifting evening with no long speeches,” he promised.”

Valley Grange Program Director Walter Boomsma is excited the Grange has been given the honor of hosting the awards. “All Granges are about community and Valley Grange is certainly not an exception. We enjoy making our hall available to organizations dedicated to building strong individuals and communities. It is a special treat to host individuals and organizations doing just that!”

Additional information about the Foundation is available at http://spiroaf.com and the event at http://valleygrange.com.

Bookworm Schedule, April 2017

Reading is fun!Bikes for Books!! Don’t forget to get an entry form for every book you read… deadline for entries is this month!

Tuesday, April 4 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 6 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Remember Valley Grange is hosting the Piscataquis Pomona Meeting tonight! Chicken Pie Supper at 6:00 p.m. – meeting at 7:00 p.m. features National Grange Master Betsy Huber. All are welcomed!

Friday, April 7 — Jump Rope for Heart activities all day at school!

Tuesday, April 11 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Wednesday, April 12 – Newspapers in Education Supplement (including winning Valley Grange ads) will be in the Piscataquis Observer.

Thursday, April 13 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Friday, April 14 – Bikes for Books Assembly! Bikes… books… clowns… oh, my!

April 17 – April 21 – School Vacation!

Friday, April 21 – CWA Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and special program at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, April 27 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are!”

Bookworm Schedule, March 2017

Reading is fun!Bikes for Books!! Don’t forget to get an entry form for every book you read!

Thursday, March 2 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 7 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 9 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, March 14 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 16 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

March 20 – March 24 is Agriculture Week — GrowME activities will be scheduled!

Tuesday, March 28 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, March 16 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

February 2017 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!Will the groundhog see his shadow or be too busy reading!?

Newspapers in Education –ad creation starts this month!

Thursday, February 2— Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, February 7— Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Thursday, February 9— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

Tuesday, February 14— Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Thursday, February 16— Mrs. Chadbourne will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

February 20 through February 24— School Vacation! Lots of extra reading time!

Tuesday, February 28— Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 8:45 a.m.

 

2016 — 2017 Meeting Schedule

While there are still some “tentatives” and “to be determineds” we have our meeting schedule for the Grange Year 2016-2017. Download your copy:

valley-grange-schedule

And stay tuned! We are in the process of counting kids and planning dictionary days…

Bookworm Schedule, April 2016

Reading is fun!Tuesday, April 5– Ms. Erwin  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 7– Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 12 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 13 – Newspapers in Education Supplement will be in the Observer!

Thursday, April 14 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, April 15 – Valley Grange Night! Potluck supper at 6 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.

April 18 through April 22 – No school!

Tuesday, April 26 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 28 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule, March 2016

Reading is fun!Third and fourth graders should be ready for Newspapers in Education! We’ll be designing ads this month!

Tuesday, March 1 – Ms. Erwin  will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 2 – Don’t forget supper with a side of reading and snuggle up with a book! More info available from the school.

Thursday, March 3 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, March 8 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 10 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m. It’s March Madness Wild West Day!

Friday, March 11 – No school!

Tuesday, March 15 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 17 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

March 21 through March 25 is Ag week — GrowME Volunteers will be at school with activities for Kindergarten through third grade.

Tuesday, March 29 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 31 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Bookworm Schedule, February 2016

SReading is fun!nuggle up with a book! What a great way to spend a cold winter’s evening!?

Tuesday, February 2 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 4 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 9 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 11 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, February 15 – Friday, February 19 — School Vacation!

Tuesday, February 23 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 25 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.