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Text of Dr. Foley's Reopening of School Letter - 8-13-2020
Video of the August 6, 2020 Board Meeting
Agenda for the 8/12/20 Board of Directors Meeting

Agenda for the 8/12/20 Board meeting. 
The meeting will be livestreamed on the RSU5 website under the top menu bar “Board and Policies” - Board Meeting Video (Youtube) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC97VXXLhRFRjSPv1wfo1ACA/

You can also join the live meeting via Zoom by clicking the link below: 

https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/82171016155

Webinar ID: 821 7101 6155

Or Telephone: 1 646 876 9923  Webinar ID: 821 7101 6155

Dr. Foley's School Reopening Presentation
August 5, 2020 RSU5 Board of Directors Meeting Rescheduled to August 6, 2020

The RSU5 Board of Directors of Wednesday, August 5, 2020 to discuss the Reopening of Schools Plan has been postponed due to numerous power outages in the area. It has been rescheduled for August 6 at 6:30 pm. 

Agenda for the August 6, 2020 meeting

As always, the meeting will be livestreamed on the RSU5 website under the top menu bard "Board and Policies" - Board Meeting Video (Youtube)  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC97VXXLhRFRjSPv1wfo1ACA/

In addition, you will have the opportunity to join the meeting live online remotely and provide comments during public comment.  Use the following Zoom link in the address bar of your web browser. 

https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/83773882441

Meeting ID: 837 7388 2441.

You can also join by telephone at 1 646 876 9923 Meeting ID: 837 7388 2441

 

7-31-20 Reopening of Schools Update from Superintendent Foley

Please click HERE to read the letter.

7-15-20 Board of Directors Meeting - Zoom Link

July 15, 2020  Agenda
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Meeting ID: 885 8448 0714

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Meals Are On Us

FREE MEALS FOR ALL KIDS ALL SUMMER LONG!

Durham Community School Tues. & Thurs. from 8:30 - 11:00
Pownal Elementary School Wed. & Fri from 7:00 - 11:00
Freeport Middle School Tues. & Thurs from 7:00 - 11:00

RSU 5'S COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP W/ Connecting Neighbors · Enriching Lives Freeport Community Services
The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

7-5-20 Reopening Update from Superintendent Foley

July 5, 2020

Dear RSU 5 Families,

Hope you found a way to celebrate the 4th in a safe, but fun way!

Thank you for filling out the recent survey where we sought to gather some information from you in case we need to be in a “hybrid” model at any point next year. I want to stress that no decisions about the beginning of school have been made, and it will be unlikely that anything will be decided before August 1. We are planning for three scenarios (full remote, partial remote, full return).

Superintendent's Community Newsletter

Please click HERE to read the Superintendent's Community Newsletter.

Zoom Link for the June 10, 2020 Board Meeting

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Meeting ID: 861 6598 7073
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Zoom Link for the May 27th Board of Directors Meeting


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Meeting ID: 881 5709 9305


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May 13, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting - Agenda and Zoom Link

May 13, 2020 Agenda 

Additional information for Agenda Item #9.A. Solar Presentation Updated Purchase Agreement  - Board Vote  - Summary

Additional information for Agenda Item #12.B. - Budget Reductions
 

Below is the link to join the Wednesday, May 13, 2020 meeting remotely:

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Meeting ID: 890 6778 0269

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4-29-20 Board Meeting Zoom Link


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Meeting ID: 858 0420 5618

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Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/24/2020

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/24/2020

IMPORTANT BUDGET INFORMATION - REMOTE PUBLIC HEARING INFORMATION AND ZOOM LINK TO PARTICIPATE

Due to COVID-19 and a recent executive order from Governor Mills, RSU5 will not have their annual budget meeting on June 17th as previously communicated.  Instead, on June 24th at 6:30 p.m., there will be a remote public hearing via Zoom to solicit public comment and questions on the FY21 budget.

June 24, 2020 - Public Hearing (remote hearing via Zoom)
To access the remote public hearing or to participate (provide comment/input) use the following link in the address bar of your web browser:  https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/83478837253  Meeting ID: 834 7883 7253
You can also Join by Telephone:  1 646 876 9923    Meeting ID: 834 7883 7253

July 14, 2020 - Budget Validation Referendum in each Town

Documents for the Public Hearing and Budget Referendum are below:
Regional School Unit No. 5 School Budget Public Hearing Guide
Regional School Unit No. 5 Notice of Public Hearing
Regional School Unit No. 5 Warrant and Notice of Election Calling Regional School Unit No. 5 Budget Referendum

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/8/2020 - Continued Remote Learning
Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/5/2020 - April Update

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 4/5/2020 - April Update

April 1, 2020 Board of Directors Meeting Access

The RSU 5 Board of Directors will meet remotely using Zoom. To join this meeting please follow the following instructions:

Copy and paste the following link into the address bar of your web browser:

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https://networkmaine.zoom.us/j/707823794

Meeting ID: 707 823 794

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Meeting ID: 707 823 794

 

RSU 5 Board of Directors Meeting 3/25/20

The RSU 5 Board of Directors will meet remotely using Zoom. To join this meeting please follow the following instructions:

Copying and paste the following link into the address bar of your web browser
https://networkmaine.zoom.us/s/287866880

Meeting ID:    287 866 880

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For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location.
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Meeting ID:    287 866 880

3/25/20 Budget Documents
2020-2021 Superintendent's Recommended Budget Overview (Revised)
2020-2021 Superintendent's Recommended Budget Handbook (Revised)
2020-2021 Revised Page 11 of Budget Handbook
2020-2021 Potential Cuts/Savings

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 3/20/2020 - Continued Closing of Schools till 4/27/2020

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 3/20/2020 - Continued Closing of Schools till 4/27/2020

3/18/20 Board Meeting Has Been Cancelled
Text of Dr. Foley's letter 3/14/2020 - closing of schools till 3/30/2020

Text of Dr. Foley's letter 3/14/2020  - Closing of Schools till 3/30/2020

Coronavirus 19 Update from Superintendent Foley
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Maine CDC Info and Parent/Caregiver Guide

Coronavirus Letter from Superintendent Foley

March 1, 2020

Dear RSU5 Families & Staff,  

March is here, and our students and staff are still grappling with the flu. With the outbreak of Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) worldwide, this has added to the concerns about the safety of our students’ health. Thus far, there are currently no reported cases in Maine and the chance of an outbreak is low. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding by working with the Maine Department of Education (MDOE) to provide frequent guidance and updates to all districts throughout Maine. Additionally, we have a District Safety Committee that meets regularly to ensure the safety and health of all our students and staff.

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.

Pay online for school meals

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
Watch the RSU5 School Board of Directors Meeting Live and Online
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 Update

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.

Thanks,

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 Update

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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