Remote Snow Day Help:
Remote Snow Day Help

For technology related questions, Email: ljoiner@capeelizabethschools.org

Front of school/sign

Team Merriam had a fantastic time acting as mathematical surgeons!  We worked to dissect rectilinear figures in order to calculate both the area and perimeter of each shape.  Many thanks to a  real-life local surgeon for providing us the garb which made this activity so much fun!

BeeBots and Math

Ms Choi and matching students

Our administrative assistant, Sarah Choi, matches in red with two students. 

Crusher from the Maine Celtics visited Pond Cove with EcoMaine for a presentation on recycling.

Crusher

Chewonki Owl

First grade students learned about owls of Maine during a presentation by Chewonki.

Pond Cove Principal's Notes

January 24, 2022

Dear Pond Cove Families, We hope you enjoyed the unexpected long weekend and our two snow days. It was certainly enjoyable to get out to play (and work) in the snow. There’s something extra special about Maine in the winter, especially when it snows.

Please take a few minutes to carefully read our most important updates and information for this week below. Now that we have used two regular snow days in our calendar, our remaining snow days will be remote half days. The adjusted last day of school will be June 16, 2023.

Pond Cove’s plan for remote snow/school closure days will be shared with you soon. Our goal is to provide an equitable remote learning experience for all students.

Mid-Year Survey for Pond Cove Families

We invite all families of Pond Cove students to participate in this Mid-Year Survey. This survey is designed to gather feedback from Pond Cove families about your student(s) experience at school so far this year (2022-2023).

As you answer the questions, we ask that you think about and respond based on your experiences this year only. We will utilize this information to consider what is going well and opportunities for growth. Each Pond Cove family will be able to complete one survey.

If you have more than one child at Pond Cove, please consider the questions in terms of how they apply for all of your children. Please note that this survey is intended only for the parents and/or guardians of students who currently attend Pond Cove Elementary School. Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your insights with us! __________________________________________________ Kindergarten Registration

We have opened pre-registration for incoming kindergarten students for the 2023 - 2024 school year. Whether you already have children attending school or you will be a first time kindergarten family, this is an exciting milestone in your child’s development. We look forward to welcoming all of you and your children to the class of 2035!

If you would like to begin the pre-registration process, please click here. Once your kindergartener’s pre-registration has been approved by our office, you will receive a detailed email guiding you through the enrollment process via the PowerSchool portal.

Upon form completion, you will need to upload the following documentation:

1. Child's birth certificate

2. Proof of immunizations

3. Proof of residency

If you need extra support with the process, you may contact our school registrar, Charity Wetzel, by calling our main office at 207-799-7339 or emailing pcoffice@capeelizabethschools.org.

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January 3, 2023

Dear Pond Cove Families,

Happy New Year! I hope that you all enjoyed the winter vacation. We are excited to welcome students back to school today and to welcome 2023.

Pond Cove’s plan for remote snow/school closure days will be shared with you soon. Our goal is to provide an equitable remote learning experience for all students. Please note that we will have two traditional snow days before we utilize a remote snow day. This should give us plenty of time for everyone to prepare for remote learning. 

Moving forward the weekly Principal’s Notes will be posted here on our Website, and also posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  Please like/follow our pages so you can access updates. We will eventually move away from sending the notes via email and will instead use the Cape Elizabeth Schools website, Facebook, and Instagram. You will be able to get this information quicker and easier.

CELL PHONES AND SMART WATCHES

Some students bring cell phones in their backpacks to school as a means to communicate with family members after school.  Student cell phone use is not allowed during the school day and any cell phones that students bring to school must be kept securely in their backpacks and turned off. V-Tech/Apple  watches or other similar devices with access to the network are not permitted at school.  The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal cell phones.  

As we start a new calendar year, staff will again review with students our Peaceful Pond Cove expectations for common areas (see below). When students follow these expectations, they may receive a link to celebrate their efforts, so keep an eye out for your child to come home with a notification! 

Expectations

WINTER WEATHER RECESS GUIDELINES

Currently, there are no national or professional standards that preclude sending children outdoors for recess. Decisions for indoor recess are made within each district by the school administrative team and health services. 

At Pond Cove, decisions for outdoor winter recess are based upon temperature, wind chill factor, the condition of the outdoor play surfaces, and student clothing.

The teaching staff at Pond Cove recognizes the importance of recess as an integral part of a student’s day at school. Research has proven that play and exercise during the school day helps students to focus better on their school work. If students are unable to access the outdoors, teachers incorporate movement into their indoor recess time.

When deciding on outdoor recess, Pond Cove staff refer to Weather.com to check the actual temperature and the “feels-like” temperature with wind chill. In an effort to keep all of the children at Pond Cove safe, students remain indoors when “feels-like temperatures” with wind chill are below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is important that students are prepared for the outdoor temperatures. This includes wearing snow pants, coats, hats, gloves/mittens, and boots.

Young children lose heat more rapidly than older children because of their size. Younger children are also less likely to recognize danger signs of cold exposure. When children are exposed to cold temperatures for an extended amount of time or are not properly dressed and have wet clothing, they are more likely to develop frostbite and hypothermia.  

Recess during the winter months can be great fun for students if they are dressed appropriately. Thank you for partnering with us.

Sincerely,

Jason Majourides, Principal

Sarah Forrey-Pettit, Assistant Principal

Erin Taylor, School Nurse

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Pond Cove Principal's Notes

December 16, 2022

Dear Pond Cove Families,

Moving forward these notes will be posted here on our Website, and also posted on Facebook and Instagram.  Please like our pages!  You will be able to get this information quicker and easier.

This is a friendly reminder that students are only allowed to ride their own bus, or get off at another stop on their own bus. Rarely, the Transportation Office will give permission for a student to ride another bus if it is for childcare reasons (not for playdates, etc.). There isn't a lot of extra room on the buses, so they just can't accommodate frequent changes.  If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Steve Young at Transportation (syoung@capeelizabethschools.org or 396-6476).

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Also, our Lost and Found area is overflowing with items.  Please have your child look for any missing things.  We will be donating items after December 21, 2022.  

Mrs. Bucci's students

A group of students in Mrs. Bucci's class interviewed Mrs. Gallagher for a persuasive essay assignment about recess time at school.  They did such a good job!  They asked thoughtful questions, showed active listening, and were serious about their note taking!  So awesome to see such engaged learners!

Slider and students

Kindergarten - Grade 4 students attended an ECOMaine recycling assembly on Wednesday, December 14.  Here Mrs. Merriam’s 4th grade class and Mrs. Forrey-Pettit pose with Crusher, who was a big hit!

Best wishes,

Jason

WINTER WEATHER RECESS GUIDELINES

Currently, there are no national or professional standards that preclude sending children outdoors for recess. Decisions for indoor recess are made within each district by the school administrative team and health services. 

At Pond Cove, decisions for outdoor winter recess are based upon temperature, wind chill factor, the condition of the outdoor play surfaces, and student clothing.

The teaching staff at Pond Cove recognizes the importance of recess as an integral part of a student’s day at school. Research has proven that play and exercise during the school day helps students to focus better on their school work. If students are unable to access the outdoors, teachers incorporate movement into their indoor recess time.

When deciding on outdoor recess, Pond Cove staff refer to: Weather.com to check the actual temperature and the “feels-like” temperature with wind chill.

In an effort to keep all of the children at Pond Cove safe, students remain indoors when “feels-like temperatures” with wind chill are below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is important that students are prepared for the outdoor temperatures. This includes wearing snow pants, coats, hats, gloves/mittens, and boots.

Young children lose heat more rapidly than older children because of their size. Younger children are also less likely to recognize danger signs of cold exposure. When children are exposed to cold temperatures for an extended amount of time or are not properly dressed and have wet clothing, they are more likely to develop frostbite and hypothermia. 

Recess during the winter months can be great fun for students if they are dressed appropriately. Thank you for partnering with us.

Sincerely,

Pond Cove Health and Administrative Office Staff

Below you will find links to the Guidance and Health/Safety Pages

Kindergarten Registration

We have opened pre-registration for incoming kindergarten students for the 2023 - 2024 school year. Whether you already have children attending school or you will be a first time kindergarten family, this is an exciting milestone in your child’s development. We look forward to welcoming all of you and your children to the class of 2035!

If you would like to begin the pre-registration process, please click here. Once your kindergartener’s pre-registration has been approved by our office, you will receive a detailed email guiding you through the enrollment process via the PowerSchool portal.

Upon form completion, you will need to upload the following documentation:

1. Child's birth certificate

2. Proof of immunizations

3. Proof of residency

If you need extra support with the process, you may contact our school registrar, Charity Wetzel, by calling our main office at 207-799-7339 or emailing pcoffice@capeelizabethschools.org.

Important Dates are listed below.

2022-2023 Professional Development Early Release Days:

Students are dismissed at 12:05.

February 3

April 13

May 26

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Grade 4 Winter Music Concerts

(Students of: Tweedie, Merriam, Whitaker)

February 9 @ 6:30pm

Pond Cove Cafeteria

(Snow date February 13)

(Students of: Trammell, Gordon, Bucci)

(Snow date February 8)

February 7 @ 6:30pm

Pond Cove Cafeteria

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Resources

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Links to:

Health Information

School Counselor Page

Teacher Pages

Opportunities to Support Pond Cove Students and Staff

Office Contact Information:

Jason Manjourides, Principal: jmanjourides@capeelizabethschools.org

Sarah Forrey-Pettit, Assistant Principal: sforreypettit@capeelizabethschools.org

Sarah Choi, Administrative Assistant: schoi@capeelizabethschools.org

Charity Wetzel, Administrative Assistant: cwetzel@capeelizabethschools.org

General office email: pcoffice@capeelizabethschools.org

Pond Cove Elementary School

12 Scott Dyer Road

Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107

207-799-7339

207-799-8171