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March 2016 Newsletter

March 10, 2016

Dear Martel Community,

Our weather has certainly been interesting. A near record warm winter, little snow, lots

of rain, muddy playground most of the winter, and occasional bitter cold with stiff winds. Ah,

the joys of weather in Maine. With the weather in mind, I would like to remind families that we

request that everyone hold off on wearing shorts until after April vacation. Very often mornings

are very cold and we expect students to be outside and to be dressed properly. After April

vacation students are welcome to wear shorts that are of proper length.

Congratulations are in order for Evelyn LeBlond (6th grade), who is Martel School’s

Geography Bee champion. She qualified for the State of Maine Geography Bee to be held at the

University Of Maine Farmington on April 1.

March 18 is a teacher workshop day and therefore no school for students. The week of

March 21 is Parent/Teacher Conferences. You should have received a letter from your student’s

teacher concerning signing up for conferences. If you have not received a letter or you have

questions, please give us a call at 795-4130. April 16 will be the start of April Vacation.

March 21 Martel School will begin our administration of the Maine Educational

Assessment (MEA). Please note the letter from Superintendent Webster attached. This

assessment is for Martel students in grades three through six only.

Last week I had the opportunity of visiting Mrs. Hansen’s and Mrs. Baltos’ kindergarten

classes to learn about the artic habitat. It was great to see the students engaged in hands-on 

learning about ice, animals, animal’s insulation (blubber), and habitat. Next week the sixth

grade will be involved with “pie” day and the fifth grade will be visiting an art exhibit at Colby

College. Coming soon will be our annual gigantic submarine sandwich day.

The new elementary school plans are moving along. School Committee and State

Department of Education approval of the preliminary design are coming up soon. Please watch

for more information.


Stephen L. Whitfield