Message from the Principal

Canaan School October 2018 Newsletter

We’ve had an excellent start to our school year. The students are happily absorbing solid teaching. Thank you for supporting our recent Scholastic Book Fair. Lots of books got into our students’ hands. We will have another book fair in the spring.

We encourage you to write your child’s name in their jackets for easy identification. This will help us keep the lost and found items down to a manageable level.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by Campbell’s True Value Customer Appreciation Day last weekend. All donations went to the Canaan Elementary Food Cupboard. We made almost $700. Thank you to each and every one of the volunteers who helped make this day a success. Our Food Cupboard has been handing out food bags to students every week.

The annual walk-a-thon took place during phys ed classes last week. The contributions you make will help your child’s class have special materials and activities throughout the year. Money is due back by October 26th. Thank you for your support.

Lifetouch photos were taken last week. It will be a couple of weeks before they arrive. A re- take date has been set for November 15. Once everyone’s picture has been taken, the class composite picture will be printed. We usually get the class pictures in January.

It is very important that we have current phone numbers on file for your child. If you change your phone number or cell phone number, please make sure you contact the school to have it added to your child’s emergency card. Also if you have someone listed as an emergency contact, please keep those numbers current as well.

Smile Patrol will be seeing students Oct 15-19 that have signed permission forms (they were sent home with the beginning of the year paperwork). The purpose of this program is to improve the oral health of children. They do oral inspections, dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and temporary fillings. It’s not too late to sign your child up to be seen. Permission forms are in the office or call and one will be sent home with your child.

Local firefighters from the Canaan Fire Department will be conducting Fire Safety on Oct 18 and 19. They will be using the smoke houses to demonstrate and practice skills to use in an emergency. Some of our students have had the opportunity to use the knowledge learned from this program. I can’t emphasize how important this program is for our students. We appreciate the time the fire fighters donate to work with our students.
Parents are invited to attend a presentation by Abbe Chabot, a Maine State Police Detective, on Tuesday, October 23 at 6 p.m. It is a very informative presentation for parents of students especially in grades 3-6. She will discuss cyber bullying, sexploitation, visually aggressive images and human trafficking. There will be ample time for a candid question and answer session. She will be presenting to the students on Oct. 25th. We encourage parents to attend the parent informational session so you will have first hand knowledge of what students will be hearing and be able to discuss this important topic with your child.

Don’t forget to come to the Trunk or Treat event that the PTF is sponsoring on Sunday, October 28 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. There are more than twenty participants signed up. If you are interested in reserving a spot, contact the school. In addition to the Trunk or Treat event, there will be free games and activities. Food will be available for purchase. The next PTF meeting is scheduled for October 24th at 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Annual Craft Fair on Saturday, November 3rd. There should be lots of items to choose from at the annual fair.

The first trimester ends on November 9th. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled on Monday, November 19th. Please take the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher. It’s not too early to contact your child’s teacher to set up a parent/teacher conference. Our teachers look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s education.

I was exceptionally pleased with the huge turnout we had for the Grandparents’ Day celebration. There were a lot of smiling kids and adults in the cafeteria and on the playground. We are already looking forward to seeing the gym full for the Winter Concert on Thursday, December 20th. We really have a great community school.

Please feel free to call or stop in. Wonderful things are happening in Canaan.


Steve Swindells