MSAD #51 District Newsletter - September 8, 2022

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From the Superintendent

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Greetings,
 
As we move toward the end of the second week of school, I want to comment on the positive energy and vibes of our daily routines as we all settle into the new school year. Today we welcomed 32 Pre-Kindergarten students and on Tuesday we greeted 174 members of the incoming Class of 2035 (Kindergarten). 
 
As one student remarked when I was visiting the school today during the mid-day lunch and recess activities, "There's an endless number of people!" It may feel that way when you're between the ages of 4-8 years old, and perhaps it's starting to feel that way for adults, too. With a student population of over 760 students at Mabel I. Wilson this year, the school has grown by more than 200 students over the last 6-7 years, requiring 14 modular classrooms to be installed outside the main building. Whereas we have made these spaces as comfortable and conducive to learning as possible, they are a continuous reminder that we have far exceeded the school's capacity and that a long-term plan is not just a nice idea, but a necessary one.
 
For three years, the district has been studying and actively developing plans for a new school to accommodate project enrollment increases for the next decade. Having first debunked the 2009 studies showing declining enrollment, updated enrollment reports completed in 2016, 2019, and 2022 clearly indicate continued enrollment growth. On September 19, the Board of Directors will vote whether to send a $73.9 million bond to voters on November 8 for a new primary school to be located at 80 Gray Road in North Yarmouth. The proposed new school would educate students in grades PK-2 and would be surrounded by 76 acres of beautiful terrain, including woodlands and running brooks. 
 
Two public informational sessions have been scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 @ 6:00 PM in the GCA auditorium and Wednesday, October 12 @ 6:00 PM in the North Yarmouth Community Center. More information on this project can be found at the New School page on the district's website.
 
On an unrelated note, please join me in acknowledging today's passing of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. All things considered, she was a remarkable woman who served as a source of stability and strength for the British people during her 70-year tenure. Her loss will surely be felt for years to come.
 
Regards,
Jeff Porter

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

FREE SCHOOL BREAKFAST/LUNCH IN 2022-23

School meals will be available to all students at no charge this year, regardless of household income. However, we ask that families still complete a Meal Benefit Application if you think you would qualify as this provides data for key funding for academic resources and may also connect your family to additional benefits. Please use the chart below to determine possible eligibility.

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To apply, complete the SY 2023 Household Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals using the instructions, if needed, and return to: MSAD #51 Food Service, 353 Tuttle Road, Cumberland ME 04021.  We request that the application is completed by October 15, 2022.  A new application must be submitted each school year.

Click HERE to read the full details regarding this program.
 

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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Effective August 22, unless otherwise noted, all meetings will take place at 6:00 pm in the Gyger Room at Greely High School.  For those of you unfamiliar with that room, the Gyger Room is where the Board met pre-COVID and can be accessed from the GHS parking lot (the side without the electronic sign).


September 13 - Joint Meeting with Cumberland Town Council and North Yarmouth Select Board, 6PM at Cumberland Town Hall

September 19 - Regular Meeting

Remember you can watch our meetings on YouTube LIVE (http://bit.ly/msad51livevideo).

Links
Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos

 

Community Partners

Our Community Partners are strong supporters of various areas of the school.  Without them, our students would not have many of the wonderful opportunities and experiences that they receive.

Greely PTO

The Greely PTO
The PTO provides enrichment opportunities, such as field trips, guest speakers, supplies and events, for students in Pre-K - 8th Grades to help build a vibrant school community. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on upcoming events!
 
Join us for Kindergarten Coffee next week!
The PTO is hosting our annual Kindergarten Coffee on Friday, September 9th from 8:30-9:30am at Dara Bistro (formerly Cumberland Food Company.) 
Meet other families of new Kindergarteners, members of the PTO and school staff to connect and discuss the year ahead. The flyer is attached. 
 
Join our PTO Buddies Program! 
Are you new to the Greely system? Do you have questions about life at Mabel I. Wilson? Would you like to connect with a current parent and their child? Join our PTO Buddies Program! It can be helpful to have someone that you can reach out to to ask questions large and small. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/PTOBuddies

 

Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

Sounds of Silence

 

Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule

Greely Center for the Arts Events

 

If you would like something included in our weekly newsletter, please send a brief write up with title along with a JPEG or PNG image of your flyer (if applicable) to Fran Prentice for approval. The deadline each week is Sunday. Any requests received after Sunday will be reviewed for possible submission in the following week's newsletter. All approved submissions will be posted on the district's website.

Not all items in this email are MSAD #51 sponsored programs. If you need more information, please contact the group or organization that is sponsoring the event.

Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
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