Pownal Elementary School News

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Meetings with the Superintendent

Superintendent Foley and Assistant Superintendent Alexander will be "hanging out" at three upcoming events. This is just a time to stop by and chat about whatever topics are of interest to you regarding our schools and educating our students! Dates/times are below!

Mugs & Muffins: February 27 at PES 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Dessert Discussion: March 10 at FHS 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

Afternoon Tea: April 9 at DCS from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Vaccines Clarifications for Staff Vaccine Follow Up

Please read the following letter from Dr. Foley regarding clarification of vaccines by clicking HERE for a PDF version.

2019-2020 Bus Routes
Email Notices

RSU5 recently transitioned to a new parent email communication system.

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Early Release - December 22, 2017

On Friday December 22, 2017, all RSU5 Schools will release students early due to inclement weather. Please check with your child's school for additional information.

No School in Pownal - November 1, 2017

No school at Pownal Elementary School.

No School - October 31, 2017
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Tours of Freeport High School Renovations Front

Freeport High School Renovation Completed!

Freeport High School students will be coming back to school and learning in a newly renovated high school. The renovations include state-of-the-art STEM classrooms, a new cafeteria, weight room, art rooms, and many remodeled classrooms. For anyone wanting to see the renovations, we invite you to take a tour on September 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Guided tours and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you then!


2017/18 Bus Routes
Panther Press
September Newsletter
From the Computer Lab

Many of the students have enjoyed playing Skoolbo this year! 

Skoolbo is an app that reinforces math and literacy skills and self-levels for each child.  If your child would like to play over the summer, it's a free download for both Apple and Android devices, but you need to know our school code to join the game. 

Kitchen Update

All student accounts can be looked up online at myschoolbucks.com.  You just follow the prompts to set it up.  The Nutrition Department cannot do this for you.  We are coming to the end of another year and it is time to pay any outstanding lunch bills. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Share with a classroom opportunity: Do you or anyone you know have or would like to share their knowledge with students on why lichen, moss, bacteria, and/or algae may be growing on gravestones or can identify what the different growth organisms can tell us? Please contact Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com.

Become a Volunteer: Do you have any talents, hobbies, or special interests? We are looking for volunteers to share their special talents, hobbies, or interests with PES classrooms.


IMPACT Meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the gym.

The next IMPACT meeting is scheduled for April 5th at 6:30 PM. Elections for Vice-President, Treasurer, and Outreach Coordinator will be held at this meeting. Anyone interested in one of these positions should email Melissa Tryon at the IMPACT email address. We will also be coordinating the Spring Playground clean-up event on April 9th. Projects to be announced. Anyone interested should be in touch with Melissa via email.

Don't forget to grab your CLINK bags in the office, shop on Amazon Smile, and turn in your Box Tops! Every little bit makes a difference!

Freeport Community Services - Camp Scholarships

FCS is offering camp scholarships for the variety of summer camps that they offer. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, there are applications in our office. These scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on summer camps, you can call Freeport Community Services at 865-3985.

Outside and Active

To celebrate ACES Day (All Children Exercising Simultaneously), could you send in a picture of your child being "Active in the Outdoors" (hiking, bike riding, gardening, running, canoeing, playing softball, stacking wood, playing frisbee, fishing, etc.)? I would like to display the pictures on the bulletin board outside the kitchen.

Thanks, Mr. Donoghue

Save the Date - Thursday, May 12 - PES Art and Variety Show

In past years, the Art Show had been held in March on the night of the musical. This year it will be held in May which gives us more time to include some Spring themes. We thought it fitting that children exhibit their artistic talents along with their many other talents. There will be more information coming later.


David Whiting, Art Teacher

Chickadee Award and Maine Student Book Award Reading Celebration

We will be having our annual Reading Celebration on April 14th to celebrate PES students' participation in the Chickadee Award program (K-3) and the Maine Student Book Award program (4 & 5). Both are reading programs that are celebrated in schools and public libraries state-wide. It also happens to be National Library Week. What a great way to celebrate reading and the library!

Author Visit for 4th and 5th Grades

Thanks to the generosity of IMPACT and the Durham PTA, Pownal Elementary School and Durham Community School will be co-hosting a visit with award-winning author, Gary D. Schmidt. Gary will be spending the day with 4th and 5th graders from both schools. Gary will be signing books while he is here. This is a wonderful opportunity for your child to own an autographed book by an author they've met. Your child may bring in their own copies of Gary D. Schmidt's books to be autographed.

November Newsletter
October Newsletter

IMPACT meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM.

Don't forget to grab your CLINK bags in the office, shop on Amazon Smile, and turn in your Box Tops!  Every little bit makes a difference!

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