November 2021 Newsletter

From the Principal’s Desk

We need your help. Please be sure that if your children ride the bus to school that they are ready and waiting at their pick-up location at their designated time. Some drivers have a very tight turnaround time from their secondary bus runs, so every minute counts! Having to wait for multiple children along the route, even for less than a minute, can have a cumulative impact on the driver’s ability to get students to school on time each day. Thank you in advance for your efforts.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are fast approaching. You should have received communication from your child’s classroom teacher(s) to sign up for a virtual conference. Please be reminded that Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd, students will be dismissed at 12:30 to allow teachers additional time to meet with families. We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to review your child’s progress and discuss questions and/or concerns you might have.  

As you know, symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of more typical illnesses we see at this time of year. Please continue to complete the Daily Symptom Screener and keep your child home as needed. If you are wondering what to do next, see this Return to School After Illness protocol. And always feel free to reach out to the school if you have questions. If your child is in quarantine, school lunch is available for pick-up in the MIW bus circle between 10:30-11:00am each day.

You may have seen that MSAD #51 is partnering with Northern Light Home Care & Hospice to host a Student COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccination Clinic for children ages 5-11 on Wednesday, November 17th (and again on Wednesday, December 8th). Pre-registration is required. Vaccination is strongly recommended to help keep our students in school. Feel free to reach out to our school nurse with questions, Lora Rolfe

Please know that we are always open to communication that will enhance your child’s educational experience with us and welcome your questions and feedback at any time.



• Wednesday, 11/10 - Full Day

• Thursday, 11/11 - No School, Veterans Day (THANK YOU, VETERANS!)

• Friday, 11/12 - No School 

• Monday, 11/15 - Picture Retake Day (flyer attached below)

• Monday, 11/22 & Tuesday 11/23 - Early Release at 12:30pm

• Wednesday, 11/24 - Friday, 11/25 - No School, Thanksgiving Break


Sincerely, Carol MacArthur

Principal, Grades 4-5


In an effort to save on paper, newsletters are sent via email and posted on our web page.

If you would prefer a paper copy each month, please let your child’s teacher know.

Office Reminders

• School begins at 8:45 AM.  Students arrive at 8:15 AM. 

• Please remember to have your child complete the Daily Symptom Screener before leaving home each day.

• If your child will be absent from school, please call the main office to notify us of that absence at 829-4815.  If we do not hear from you letting us know your child will be absent, please expect a phone call from the school to check on your child’s status.  

• If your child arrives after 8:45AM, he/she is tardy to school and needs to check-in at the office before going to the classroom.

• Please communicate with the office prior to 2:30pm if there is a change in your child’s afternoon schedule. Remember that buses may only transport students to & from home and/or a childcare facility.

We greatly appreciate your attention to these procedures, as they help to ensure that our routines run smoothly and efficiently.



Congratulations to our Becki Belmore for being selected for the Maine Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) 2021 Distinguished Leadership Award. 

Mrs. Belmore is being recognized for her work as the Adapted Physical Education representative on the MAHPERD board of directors and as an active member of the Maine Adapted Physical Education Task Force. Mrs. Belmore also served on the Maine DOE health and physical education standards review committee.

 Join me in celebrating this well-deserved accomplishment for this amazing educator & advocate!!!


NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR 4th & 5th Graders


Greely Teens Teach is a new club at Greely High School. The club will hold STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) sessions for Greely 4th and 5th graders after school once a month. Sessions will be held early each month and lessons will vary every time! There is an adult supervisor present for the club activities.

 The Greely Teens Teach students will meet participants at 3:15 dismissal and escort them to the high school. Participants will then be able to take the late bus home or be picked at the main entrance of the high school at 4:15. 

 This month's STEAM session is on Monday, November 8th, from 3:25 to 4:10 pm. This session will include a volcano experiment, watercolor painting, bucket drum lessons, and creating a lava lamp! 

 To sign up, a parent or guardian should fill out this sign-up form and consent and emergency contact form. Questions can be directed to student advisor Mia Netland at or adult advisor




Physical Education News from Mrs. Belmore

Fall PE curriculum has included instruction in playground games and safety, cooperative games, and flag football. A common theme through all units has been sportsmanship and integrity. Students have had several opportunities to demonstrate positive sportsmanship and what it means to hold oneself accountable for fair play in recreational games and sport. Please continue to support your students in being prepared with appropriate footwear and attire on their PE day. 

Physical education aquatics programming returns for the weeks of December 13, 2021 through February 4, 2022. Students will attend their swimming lesson during their typical weekly PE class. For many students, it has been two years since their last PE swimming lessons. This is a unique and valuable learning experience that we are lucky to be able to continue to offer as part of our physical education curriculum. Students will be developing their swim skills with a strong emphasis on water safety. All COVID-19 masking protocols will be in place for traveling by bus to the Greely High School pool, as well as in the locker rooms and on the pool deck. 

Mrs. Belmore is available for questions and conferencing during the following open office hours: Tuesday, November 16, 3:45-5:30, Monday, November 22, 3:45-6:00, and Tuesday, November 23, 3:45-6:00. Email if you would like to schedule an appointment.



Guidance Class with Mrs. Waterhouse

4th and 5th grade students will be focusing on substance abuse awareness in guidance with Mrs. Waterhouse during the month of November. 4th grade will talk about tobacco products and 5th grade will talk about vaping and alcohol. The lessons will focus on making healthy choices for ourselves now and in the future.

Some questions you can ask your student about these topics:


Grade 5:

What is the legal age to consume/use alcohol or to vape?

What are some ways alcohol and vaping can impact your body?

How can you respond to someone who asks you if you want to drink alcohol or vape?


Grade 4:

What is the legal age to use tobacco products?

What are some ways tobacco can impact your body?

What are some of the ingredients in cigarettes?

How can you respond to someone who asks you if you want to use tobacco products?


Talk with your student about what your family expectations are around the use of alcohol/drugs and tobacco products. Help them understand that you are willing to listen when they have questions about these topics. The more accurate information they have, the more likely they will make safe and healthy choices in the future.




⏰ The first overdue notices of the year were sent out this week.  Please help your student locate & return the library materials they owe as soon as possible.  We appreciate your help in this endeavor!  We can even collect materials from the MIW library.  If the items are truly lost, a replacement copy is greatly appreciated.

📚 If students are looking for what to read next, we have lots of new titles available for check out: all genres, topics, & formats (fiction, nonfiction, biography, etc.)!  The online catalog, Destiny, has a section highlighting recently added titles.  Check them out!


Parent U: Raising Resilient, Caring, Responsible Children

On Thursday, November 18th, 7-9pm Greely PTO's Parent University will host a free Zoom workshop on "Raising Resilient, Caring, Responsible Children" with Marjie Longshore, Ed.M. Learn proven tools and fresh approaches to morning and bedtime routines, chores, and social responsibility. 

More info and registration is at


The Late Bus

In addition to regular, daily dismissal, a late bus is also available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for students who stay for co-curricular activities or after-school academic support.  Buses pick up students from GMS at 4:15pm and transport them home. Please be aware that depending on the number of students riding the late bus on a given day, your child's arrival time at home may vary.  If you have specific questions about the late bus, please feel free to call the Transportation Garage at 829-4820.



Co-Curricular Activities

Monday After School:

5th grade Band (starting in Jan) - Ms. Cummings


Tuesday After School:

Chorus - Mrs. Perkins-Hall

Newspaper - Ms. Coughlin


Thursday After School:

5th grade Math Team - Mrs. Provencher

Newspaper Club (see below) - Ms. Coughlin

Ukulele Club (see below) - Mr. Saunders


During the School Day: 

Civil Rights Team - Mrs. Waterhouse & Mrs.Campbell

Green Team -