Morse Street School

Dates to Remember

September 11 Open House - 6:30pm

October 20 Picture Day


Dear Families,

I love the start of school. The smiling faces, stories about summer, and renewed energy make each new school year so exciting. As a parent, the start of each school year marks another year of growth for our family. My sons have entered first and third grades. As I was reflecting on the start of this year, I realized how quickly four years have passed. When I began working at Morse Street School I had a one year old, and my oldest son was entering Kindergarten. It has been exciting and wonderful to watch them grow and learn, as I am sure you know.

As I was reflecting on the growth of my own children, I also thought about all the growth we have experienced at Morse Street School. Over the last four years we have aligned our curriculum, learned new instructional practices and put behavioral, social and emotional supports in place to ensure that every child has a positive learning experience. The best part of all this work has been observing the incredible outcomes these changes have produced. Our literacy data has improved significantly and, more importantly, children are engaged in and enjoying reading and writing.

We continue to strive to improve our math practices. This year we will be using a new edition of Everyday Math that incorporates more flexibility for teachers and students. Some staff are piloting a math workshop to allow for more individual practice based on student ability. We are also looking closely at our science instruction to make it more engaging. In addition to fun experiments, staff are using science notebooks and infusing the instructional practices we have learned from the Columbia University Teachers College. We will continue to examine a variety of ways to teach science effectively over the course of this year.

Overall, this week has gone very smoothly. I look forward to watching students grow academically, socially and emotionally. Mrs. Herzog and I will be starting our coffee with parents talks again soon. I hope you can join us some Friday morning to learn more about Morse Street School and share your ideas and perspectives.

The Morse Street School PTC is actively seeking members. They need help with the Dine and Dance event this fall and a number of other FUNdraisers. If you are interested or would like more information please e-mail me at

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at any time.


Hello from the Nurse's office! Just a quick reminder,


please make sure all health information, including the blue

health history form, updated vaccinations and your child's most recent physical exam is turned in to the nurse's

office as soon as possible.

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a summer filled with both fun and relaxing moments with your children! I am looking forward to getting into classrooms for guidance lessons, and will soon be sending out a notice regarding the guidance groups I will be offering this year. As always, if you have concerns about your child and would like to speak with me, please contact me (Kelley Herzog) at 865-6361 x249

The beginning of a new school year can be such a mixed bag of emotions for children (and adults!) - smiles, tears, excitement, worries. While these mixed emotions are quite common, for some, this transition can create a little more anxiety than just "the first day jitters". Below are some tips from the National Association for School Psychologists which may help support a child who is struggling...

Let your children know you care. If your child is anxious about school, send personal notes in the lunch box or book bag. Reinforce the ability to cope. Children absorb their parent's anxiety, so model optimism and confidence for your child. Let your child know that it is natural to be a little nervous anytime you start something new but that your child will be just fine once he or she becomes familiar with classmates, the teacher, and school routine.

Do not overreact. If the first few days are a little rough, try not to over react. Young children in particular may experience separation anxiety or shyness initially but teachers are trained to help them adjust. If you drop them off, try not to linger. Reassure them that you love them, will think of them during the day, and will be back.

Remain calm and positive. Acknowledge anxiety over a bad experience the previous year. Children who had a difficult time academically or socially or were teased or bullied may be more fearful or reluctant to return to school. If you have not yet done so, share your child's concern with the school and confirm that the problem has been addressed. Reassure your child that the problem will not occur again in the new school year, and that you and the school are working together to prevent further issues.

Reinforce your child's ability to cope. Give your child a few strategies to manage a difficult situation on his or her own. But encourage your child to tell you or the teacher if the problem persists. Maintain open lines of communication with the school.

Arrange play dates. Try to arrange get-togethers with some of your child's classmates before school starts and during the first weeks of schools to help your child re-establish positive social relationships with peers.

Plan to volunteer in the classroom. If possible, plan to volunteer in the classroom at least periodically throughout the year. Doing so helps your child understand that school and family life are linked and that you care about the learning experience. Being in the classroom is also a good way to develop a relationship with your child's teachers and classmates, and to get firsthand exposure to the classroom environment and routine. Most teachers welcome occasional parent help, even if you cannot volunteer regularly.

-National Organization for School Psychologists (2014)


We have often reflected on our Open House format, both with teachers and with parents. Whenever we survey parents to see if they want this evening with or without children, parents always say they would like it without children so they can really listen to the teachers' presentation. (Some even make a date night out of it). We did try to offer child care one year, but it was pretty hard to take care of over 200 students!

So please join us next Thursday the 11th for our annual Open House. The teachers will talk in their classrooms
at 6:30pm and then we will meet in the gym to introduce all the staff. Remember that our staff is just getting to know your wonderful student, so this isn't the time to ask personal questions. It is the time to find out routines, schedules, and how you can help us make this year a great one! Parking may be a problem. You can always use the Bean lots for parking.


The Morse Street PTC will be selling mums again this fall as a fundraiser. Last year the mums were beautiful and

the fundraiser was a big success. Information about the sale will be coming as soon as we hear from our supplier!




The Drive One 4 UR Community Event program was developed as a fun and engaging way to help community groups raise money to support their fund raising and awareness programs. Casco Bay Ford has partnered, this year with Freeport High School to conduct a test-drive fund-raising event. For every valid test drive completed Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Freeport High School.

Remember to save those Box Tops for Education. Attached is a collection sheet that makes it fun and easy to

collect the box tops. You can also just send in the box tops separately.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 13th from 9AM to 3PM at Freeport High School.
In addition the 2015 Parent Group will also be holding a Car Wash and Bake Sale in conjunction with this

Any questions can be answered by Wendy Ayotte, Executive Director of Operations at Casco Bay Ford, 846-5577


The start of the school year can be a crazy and exciting time for parents and kids. For that reason, we just wanted to drop you a quick reminder that we have a bunch of great after- school programs starting up this month at RCE, so don't miss out...

Boys Pre-Season Basketball Clinics (Gr. 5-8) - Starts September 7 Spinning Sprouts Dance (ages 3-5) - Starts September 9
Hip Hop Dance (Grades 3-6) - Starts September 9
Chess for Boy (ages 7-12) - Starts September 12

Falcon Field Hockey Clinics (K-2) - Starts September 13 Falcon Field Hockey Clinics (Gr. 3-6) - Starts September 13 Kids Tennis (K-2) - Starts September 14
Kids Tennis (Gr. 3-4) - Starts September 14

Kids Tennis (Gr. 6-8) - Starts September 14

Harraseeket Harrier XC Running Program Freeport (ages 6-12) - Starts September 15

Harraseeket Harrier XC Running Program Durham (ages 6-12) - Starts September 15

Chess for Girls (ages 7-12) - Starts September 15

Kids Yoga (K-2) - Starts September 16

"I'm in Charge of ME!" (ages 8-11) - Starts September 18

Kids Kickball (Gr. 3-5) - Starts September 18

Kids Yoga (Gr. 3-6) - Starts September 18

Macaroni & Please (K-2) - Starts September 25

Mad Science in Durham (K-5) - Starts September 25

Manners Matter (Gr. 3-6) - Starts September 26

Mark Your Calendar! Grades 5/6 Travel Basketball Evaluation Date - October 2. Players interested in playing are required to attend.

And Adults, if you like Kickball, don't forget about our Adult Kickball League starting onSeptember 14. Team Registration Deadline - Sept. 5. Call RCE at 865-6171 FMI.

Office - 865-6171
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