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March 2016 Newsletter

about 1 year ago

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

February 2016 Newsletter

about 1 year ago

Dear Martel Community,

The Lewiston School Committee would like to invite parents and community members to a “Mission, Vision, and Goals Open Discussion” on February 8, 2016. There will be a spaghetti dinner at 5:30 PM, followed by the discussion. The dinner has no charge, but you are expected to stay for the discussion. The meeting is for adults only and expected to end at 8:00 PM. Tickets are required and can be obtained by calling our school at 795-4130. There is a limit on tickets, so please call soon. The dinner and discussion will be held at the Green Ladle (on the grounds of Lewiston High School).

On January 19th Martel School hosted our annual Martin Luther King Day Read-in. Bates’ students, staff, and friends came to Martel to read books with our fourth, fifth, and sixth graders about Martin Luther King and discuss his message. One highlight is Bates Dean James Reese calling his father to have him speak about his first-hand account about being at the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. King with our sixth graders.

The elementary basketball season is entering its last few weeks. Our teams have learned a lot and made great improvement. They have showed very good sportsmanship.

February Vacation will start at the end of the day February 12th and school will restart on February 22.

I would like to remind you that the Lewiston School Committee has authorized a late start policy for bad weather days. Therefore, please pay attention to the announcements that are given on bad weather days. There may be a one hour delay, a two hour delay, or a cancellation.

The Building Committee for the new elementary school has been working hard in many areas. The committee has a basic design for the site and will be working on the outside appearance.

Congratulations are due to Evelyn LeBlond, who won our annual Geography Bee held earlier this week. She is now entered into the State Competition.

A second round of parent/teacher conferences will be held the week of March 21st.

Signup sheets will go out at a later date.  
Stephen Whitfield   


April 2016 Newsletter

about 1 year ago


April 13, 2016


Dear Martel Community, 


April Vacation will begin after school this Friday, April 15, 2016 and we will return to 

school Monday, April 25, 2016. I hope all have an enjoyable break. 

MEA testing will be finishing this Friday. NWEA testing will begin after vacation. 

Concerning the new elementary school: the straw vote result was to proceed to the next 

step in the process. There will be a formal vote on June 14, 2016 for Lewiston voters. 

Please pay close attention to notes coming from teachers as there will be many special 

events coming up in May and June. 

Mrs. Carol Labonte (Martel’s School Nutrition Manager since 1995) has announced her 

retirement effective April 30. She has literally served Martel School for all these years in the 

most professional manner. We will all miss her very much. She told me that she does not want a 

fuss and she will be upset with me in announcing her retirement in the newsletter. 

Mrs. Sue Vachon (Martel’s cook since 1995) has also announced her retirement effective 

April 20. We wish her the best as she helps her family out. She has served so many students and 

staff and we sincerely thank her for her service. 

We hope all of the students enjoyed the forty-five foot sub sandwich last month. I hope 

you saw Mr. Webster’s tweet. 

Mr. Ben Gamache has been promoted to lead custodian and will be working days. 

Kindergarten registration for Martel School will be Friday, May 13 from 9:00 to 2:30. 

Please see the attached flyer. 

Also please note the flyer on “TV Turn off Week”. 




Stephen Whitfield