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Tuesday February 14 , 2017
 

Important Dates
  • Early Release:  February 17
  • Mid-Winter Break:  February 20 - 24
  • PCPA Grants Meeting:  Wednesday March 8 @ 9:00 am in the Thomas Memorial Library
  • PCPA Membership Meeting, featuring Business Manager Catherine Messmer and Superintentent Howard Colter:  Wednesday March 8 @ 6:30 pm in the Community Center

Open Positions:

• PCPA Secretary
• Red Claws Event Chairperson 


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Volunteer of the Week:  Congratulations to Joey Terry!  You are our volunteer of the week.   Thank you for your service, and thank you to ALL volunteers!

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What is the PCPA and what does it do??  All parents and guardians of Pond Cove students are automatically members of the Pond Cove Parents Association.  Our organization raises funds for teacher grants within the school.  In the past the PCPA has funded things such as a water bottle filling station for Pond Cove students and staff, Visiting Artists for each grade level, Lego technical kits for the classroom, class trips to see performances, and much more.  We also host fun community-building events throughout the year including Movie Nights, Harvest Festival, Beach Bingo, Craft Night, and the Cape Challenge.  In other words, every dollar you donate and every minute you volunteer, you are a part of helping "enrich, support and enhance the social and learning environment of Pond Cove students."

Because we want to give all parents the opportunity to attend Pond Cove Parents Association meetings, we will continue to alternate meeting times (morning meeting one month, evening meeting the next month).  Morning meetings will be in the conference room of Thomas Memorial Library.  Evening meetings will be in the Pond Cove Library Learning Commons.
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Pond Cove Lost and Found is overflowing!  Please come into the school and look for left behind hats, mittens, gloves, sweatshirts, jackets, etc.  

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Special March Meetings

The second of our semi-annual grants meetings will be held on Wednesday March 8 at 9:00 am in the Thomas Memorial Library.  All are welcome!  Please come and have a voice in how all the money you help raise is spent!

Please join us later that same day, Wednesday March 8, in the Community Center at 6:30 pm for a special PCPA meeting.  We are happy to host Catherine Messmer, district business manager, and Superintendent Howard Colter who will talk about the proposed FY 2018 school budget.  This is a great opportunity to learn and ask questions.

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Volunteer Registration

Information regarding registration for new and returning Cape Elizabeth School Volunteers can be found on the Volunteer Webpage.   Information includes procedures as well as dates and times for volunteer orientation sessions that have been scheduled through December. Please note that all sessions have been scheduled for the Community Center.  Orientation sessions run from 9:15 - 10:15 am unless otherwise noted.

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You Shop, Amazon Gives!

Raise money for you child's school without spending an extra cent!  PCPA is an approved charity for Amazon Smile!  This program donates .5% of eligible purchases (typically those items sold and shipped by Amazon) to PCPA.  Use this link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2024925) which will automatically designate PCPA as the recipient charity.  Simply browse and shop as you normally would on Amazon.com.  If you have any questions, please contact Renee Fallon:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Hannaford Grocery Card Fundraiser 

January's grocery card reloads earned $415 for outdoor education with 24 families participating!  Hannaford gives the MSPA 5% of every dollar loaded onto a Hannaford Grocery Card.  You decide to which grade's outdoor fund your 5% gets allocated. Money earned primarily reduces per-student tuition for your child's 6th grade Chewonki experience Approximately $12,000 is needed by 6th grade to offset the cost of Chewonki tuition.  Download a sign up form here and send your check in to the PC front office by the next due date (February 8th) and the MSPA will mail you a grocery card which will be loaded with the full amount of your check. Reload your same card every month through the MSPA by simply sending in a check by each month's due date. For questions please email Sarah Bischoff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  See here how your child's Chewonki fundraising is going.

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CLYNK: Special Announcement

Hold onto your full Clynk bags just a little longer -- hang on until February 17th!

We have a chance to participate in something BIG!  The Maine Recycles Championship 2017 will take place between February 17th - April 24th.  Every year, CLYNK and Hannaford team up to reward schools that make the biggest recycling impact.  The Maine Recycles Championship is one of the easiest and most effective fundraising contests for schools in Maine!  For every dollar earned in bottle returns, Hannaford adds $.50.  Supporters simply fill the bags with bottles and cans, and drop them at Hannaford.  The returnables are processed and every cent goes directly to our school.  Plus, top performing schools earn cash prizes.  CLYNK will award the 1st Place school with $500!  This is on top of the money that Hannaford will donate.  

There are bags in every single classroom at the MS and PC as well as in the front lobby of each school so ask your child to bring some home.  This is real CHANGE for our school!  

If you have any questions, please contact Sheri Bragg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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Box Tops for Education

Click here to download and print collection sheets.  You can send in completed sheets or loose box tops in a zip-top bag.  

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COMMUNITY NEWS

Robotics Team Fundraiser at Ottos Pizza on February 28
Please come support the Cape Robotics Team by either dining in or taking out at Otto's Pizza on Tuesday, February 28 from 5pm-9pm. Cape Robotics Teams 56C and 56 E have qualified for the Create US Open Robotics Championship in Iowa and possibly the Vex World Tournament in Kentucky. Both events are a great opportunity for our students to compete in a more competitive field of robots and to promote our school. On February 28 from 5pm-9pm, Otto's Pizza at 159 Cottage Road in South Portland will donate a percentage of your food bill (in restaurant or take out) will be donated to Cape Robotics. Another easy way to support Cape Robotics Team is to visit http://www.gofundme.com/caperobotics2017.


THIRD GRADE COPYING AND CLERICAL
The third grade team is looking for a regular volunteer to meet copying and minor clerical needs. The best times are Thursdays 1:15-2:15pm and Fridays 9:00-10:00am. 
Please contact Fran Vita-Taylor at 
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Register for Cape Elizabeth Little League's 2017 Season!

Registration for the 2017 Cape Elizabeth Little League Season is now open for T-Ball and all levels of Baseball and Softball.  Registration will remain open for the next month through February 27th, after which late fees will be assessed. 

Leagues and age ranges for the 2017 season are as follows:

T-Ball:  Ages 4-6, DOB 9/1/10 - 8/31/13

Softball:

7/8 Softball:  DOB 1/1/08 - 12/31/09 and 6-year olds who have played one year of t-ball already (DOB 1/1/10 - 12/31/10)
9/10 Softball:  DOB 1/1/06 - 12/31/07
11/12 Softball:  DOB 1/1/04 - 12/31/05
Juniors Softball, ages 13-14:  DOB 1/1/02 - 12/31/03


Baseball:
A Baseball:  1st grade/age 7, DOB 9/1/09 - 8/31/10 and 6-year olds who have played one year of t-ball already (DOB 9/1/10 - 8/31/11) 

AA Baseball:  2nd grade/age 8, DOB 9/1/08 - 8/31/09
AAA Baseball:  3rd/4th grade, DOB 5/1/06 - 8/31/08
Majors Baseball (ages 11-12):  DOB 5/1/04 - 4/30/06

Please register during this period, as it provides important information on the total number of players, which helps us determine the number of teams, coaches and equipment needed to ensure a great player experience and overall season.

During the registration process, parents also will have an opportunity to sign up to be coaches and assistant coaches. As in the past, we always are in need of additional help for our younger players (T-Ball, A, AA and 7-8 Softball). If you're concerned about not having coaching experience, don't worry! We will have coaching clinics for anyone that wants to pick up some tips. 

Please use the link below to register: https://www.cape-ll.com/eregister.php   We look forward to a great 2017 Season!


Cape Elizabeth Soccer Club Fall 2017 Soccer Registration Information: 
Registration for the Fall Travel Soccer Season will begin March 1st, 2017 and end at noon on Friday March 31st.
A late registration period may occur from April 3rd through April 13th for select age groups that still have spaces available after regular registration. There will be a $30 late fee/registration assessed at that time.
***Not all age groups will be available for late registration***   REGISTER ON TIME!

•   Travel soccer is for kids aged 7 years old through 13 years old who live in Cape Elizabeth
•   Your child must be at least 7 years old on or before 7-31-2017; 
•   If your child is 7 on or before 7-31-2017, they must also be in at least 2nd grade. ***1st graders are not permitted to play travel soccer***
•   There are 6 league games in a season, the first game typically starts the last Sunday in August; additionally there are between 1-6 exhibition/friendly matches
•   There are (2) practices a week
•   There are (2) Tournaments: one over Columbus Day weekend and another one later in October
•   Our club is assisted with Global Premier Soccer Maine. Their professional staff assist in the development of our players and coaches throughout the season.
•   Our coaches are volunteer parents
•   We will be using the same uniforms as last season. If you need to replace a specific item(s), we can help with that! 
•   Registration Fees are  $200 (registration + mandatory uniform kit) or $150 (player already has uniform from 2016 season).

Last year we had over 300 children from Cape Elizabeth playing on 22 teams for our fall season.  CESC is a fun fall soccer experience for the children  in our community! 

Still have questions about travel soccer? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to answering any questions you may have or providing you with further information.

Our website: www.capesoccer.net will have a live link for registration. 

NEW THIS YEAR: CESC presents: The Fall Registration Kick-off Event
When: Wednesday March 1st from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
Where: Middle School Cafetorium
Who: Any parent who would like to register their child for the 2017 Fall Soccer Season"

Community Services
Feb 9th  - Buckle up for a creative writing adventure in Flash Fiction & Bookmaking Workshop with Unwritten Roads for 3rd & 4th Graders.

Feb 21st - February Vacation campers will get to swim, skate, sled and much much s'more. K - 6th graders, Tuesday thru Friday from 8 - 4. 

Feb 27th - Hit, Pitch, Catch during Spring Training Clinics. Juniors Baseball Ages 9 & 10Juniors Softball Ages 9 & 10, Majors Baseball Ages 11 & 12 and Majors Softball Ages 11 & 12.

Feb 28th - Dance encourages self-confidence, balance, and coordination so sign up for Tap & Jazz for K - 3rd graders. 

March 5th - Keep kicking with Global Premier Soccer's indoor programs for pre-schoolers through 2nd grade. Mini Kickers (3-4 yr olds)Juniors (5 & 6 year olds)  or Phoenix (1st & 2nd Graders).

March 7th - Express yourself through Collage Making using a variety of provided materials to create still life and abstract works. Open to 2nd - 4th graders. 

March 7th - 3rd & 4th Graders who love to read can join Mrs. Ham on Tuesdays after school for Book Club

Mar 7th - Last day registrations accepted for Boys Travel lacrosse and Girls Travel lacrosse. Mandatory Fitting and Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th.

March 8th - Among others skills, Architectural Legos develops lateral and three dimensional thinking in a fun environment. K - 2nd graders meet Wednesday's after school for 6 weeks. 

March 13th - Become a warrior for yourself and others in Warrior Yoga & Creative Movement for K - 3rd Graders.

Mar 22 - Boost your child's confidence and safety knowledge when Home Alone. Geared toward 4th - 6th Graders. 

Discount ski tickets to Shawnee Peak are available at Community Services and may be purchased with cash or check. Ages 6 - 12 $45 ($10 savings) and ages 13+ $55 ($14 savings)

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