November 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!

Fall is in the air! Books are everywhere! Read!

Tuesday, November 3 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 5 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 10 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Don’t forget! Tuesday, November 10 the SAD 4 Veterans Day Celebration takes place at 1:00 p.m. at PCSS!

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

Tuesday, November 17 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, November 19 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, November 23 through Friday, November 27 there is no school, so there will be lots of time to read at home!

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October Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!We’re starting another year of “worming!” Here’s what Bookworms are up to in October:

Tuesday, October 13 – Bookworms will be at school for the annual kickoff assembly starting at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria

Thursday, October 15 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Friday, October 16 – Don’t forget Family Safety Day at Valley Grange! Community Potluck Supper at 6:00 p.m. and the Eddie Eagle program at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 22 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Monday, October 26 is PCES Dictionary Day! PCES Third Graders and their teachers will be visiting Valley Grange at 12:30 p.m. to receive their dictionaries!

Tuesday, October 27 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 29 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read starting at 9:00 a.m.

May 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

–Unknown


It’s May! It’s May! The lovely month of May! And there is a lot going on!!

Friday, May 1 – Bookworms and members will meet at Valley Grange at 6 PM for some spring cleaning–sweepers and rakers and dusters are welcome! Business meeting starts at 7 PM.

Tuesday, May 5 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 7 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 8:30 AM, PCES Spring Concert starts at 6:00 PM in the gym!

Tuesday, May 12 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 14 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM, Art Show opens at 5:00 PM!

Friday, May 15Community Night at Valley Grange… potluck supper at 6:00 PM, program at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, May 19 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 21 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 8:30 AM, Third Grade Exhibition at 6:00 PM in the gym!

Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26 — Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, May 28 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Arts Alive is coming soon!

WABI TV5 Crew Visits PCES and GrowME

WABI GrowME 2015

Third graders at PCES were already pretty excited because Valley Grange volunteers and bookworms Mrs. Boomsma and Ms. Erwin were coming to help them make “dirt babies” as part of the GrowME Collaboration. But they became even more pumped when they saw WABI’s Caitlin Burchill and a camera operator headed their way. One teacher asked us to pop in and say “Hi” to the kids… and a third grader came rushing up to Cait with a quickly made card for the “wether woman” that said inside, “I love you!”

The resulting video can be viewed on the WABI TV 5 website.

GrowME is a collaboration between Valley Grange, PCSWCD (Piscataquis Soil and Water Conservation District) and UMaine Piscataquis County Extension to build a truly local program of agriculturally themed, hands on activities for kids led by local volunteers. This year’s volunteers included Grangers, Master Gardeners, 4-H Club Members, and community citizens interested in GrowingME, growing kids, and growing plants!

NIE Winning Ads Announced!

Third Grade winners Zachariah Demmer (1st), Olivia Richardson (2nd), Abrielle Kemp (3rd)

Third Grade winners Zachariah Demmer (1st), Olivia Richardson (2nd), Abrielle Kemp (3rd)

Nearly 100 third and 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 seventh 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 Jane Daniels students labored to produce ads that would promote the Grange and its programs.

Fourth Grade winners Eli Riitano (1st), Meriel Willey (2nd), Summer Nesbit (3rd)

Fourth Grade winners Eli Riitano (1st), Meriel Willey (2nd), Summer Nesbit (3rd)

The winning ads were featured during an assembly conducted at school by Boomsma on Friday, March 20 Boomsma pointed out “everyone who participated is 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.”

Third Grade winners announced at the recent school assembly included Summer Nesbit (3rd), Olivia Richardson (2nd), and Zachariah Demmer (1st). Zachariah’s first place drawing suggested “Don’t be a snail, hurry on down to Valley Grange.” Fourth grade winners included Abrielle Kemp (3rd), Meriel Willey (2nd), and Eli Riitano (1st). Eli’s ad included a book being devoured by a book worm while a nearby apple was left uneaten.

All of the winners refused to give an acceptance speech with varying degrees of enthusiasm, but most were “media darlings” when interviewed and photographed by local reporter Mike Lange.

The ads selected as first place winners will appear in the Newspapers in Education supplement of the Piscataquis Observer on March 25th. In addition, winning ads are used on the Grange’s promotional material throughout the year.

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

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April 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman


Spring is in the air! And on the ground! What a great time to read! Mrs. Lander is in Florida this month… we’ll miss her!

Thursday, April 2 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, April 7 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, April 9 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, April 14 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, April 16 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Friday, April 17 – Bikes for Books Assembly and Drawings! 8 AM in the gym…

Friday, April 17 — Monthly Valley Grange Meeting – potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

April 20 – April 24 – Spring Vacation!

Tuesday, April 28 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

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

March 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

–Neil Gaiman


Hope you are keeping track of every book you read… this is a big month with lots of time to read and enter Bikes for Books.

You have to read! You have to! It makes the mind go awesome. It makes the mind go smart.

(attributed to a toddler)

Tuesday, March 3 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, March 5 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, March 10 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, March 12 – Mr Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, March 17 – Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 9:30 AM Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, March 19 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Friday, March 20 – Mr. Boomsma will be at morning assembly to announce the winning Newspapers in Education ads!

Friday, March 20 — Monthly Valley Grange Meeting – potluck supper at 6 PM, meeting at 7 PM.

Tuesday, March 24 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Wednesday, March 25 – Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the Piscataquis Observer and see the Newspapers in Education section!

Thursday, February 26 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, March 31 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

February 2015 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!A book is a dream you can hold in your hand.

–Neil Gaiman


Have you heard about Bikes for Books (B4B)? We hope so… if not, start keeping track of every book you read!

Tuesday, February 3 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 5 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, February 10 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 12 – Mr Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

PCES Fifth Grade Band Concert tonight at 6 PM!

Monday, February 16 – Friday February 20 VACATION WEEK! Don’t take a vaction from reading!

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

Tuesday, February 24 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, February 26 – Mrs Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

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

December 2014 Bookworm Schedule

Reading is fun!A book is like a garden, carried in the pocket.”

Chinese Proverb


Welcome back from Thanksgiving Vacation… hope everyone did lots of reading!

Tuesday, December 2 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, December 4 – Mr. Lange will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Friday, December 5 – Fellowship Breakfast at the Valley Grange Hall at 6 PM (that’s not a mistake–breakfast at night!) All are invited… bring a breakfast dish to share! For menu information contact Mr. Boomsma or Mrs. Annis.

Tuesday, December 9 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to read, 9:30 AM

Wednesday, December 10 – Christmas Concert at 5:30 PM in the PCSS Gym! More information here!

Thursday, December 11– Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, December 16 – Mrs. Erwin at school to read, 9:30 AM

Thursday, December 18– Mrs. Lander will be at school to read, 8:30 AM

Monday, December 22 – Friday, January 2 is vacation! Hope you get lots of books for Christmas!

Holiday Bookworm