- New Pond Cove Student Registration Packet - 12/17/2015
Dear Pond Cove Families, Friends and Visitors:
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year and thank you for visiting our school website! For current news throughout the school year, please be sure to check my Twitter feed at: Twitter.com/KHassonCE and also click on the link to our Pond Cove Newsletter. These newsletters also are e-mailed to all Pond Cove families throughout the school year.
Nestled in our beautiful seaside community, Pond Cove is a kindergarten through grade four public elementary school with a rich tradition of inclusiveness and educational excellence supported by strong parent and community involvement. At Pond Cove we believe that a healthy home-school partnership contributes to every child’s success.
As principal, I have the privilege and responsibility of working with our staff to ensure the academic, social and emotional success of our students. We consider our work essential in providing a solid foundation for our students that supports the Cape Elizabeth School Department’s Mission, Vision and Values.
Our committed, dedicated teachers and support staff deliver instruction in core curriculum areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Our focus is to provide robust and engaging educational experiences that support individual student growth and achievement, while nurturing students’ interests and passions within a safe and welcoming learning environment.
Pond Cove students participate in weekly classes that include Art, Music, Physical Education and Media Center/Library. World Language classes are provided to first through fourth graders twice a week. Students begin to learn a language in first grade and continue with the same language through their fourth grade experience. For example, first and third graders will receive instruction in Spanish language and culture this year, while second and fourth graders will receive instruction in French language and culture. Third and fourth graders also attend health classes twice a week.
The use of technology as a tool for teaching and learning is integrated across all areas of our curriculum. Our Technology Teacher/Integrator works closely with students and staff in classrooms, in our Creation Station and using mobile technology carts to enhance learning with devices that include SMART Boards, iPads and computers. Leveraging the use of technology at Pond Cove also plays a broader role in preparing our students to develop the competencies they will need to interact responsibly using appropriate digital citizenship and to contribute productively within our interconnected global society. We are excited to introduce students to our school’s new Creation Station (formerly known as the computer lab) where students will have innovative opportunities to build problem solving skills using Legos, Robotics, Coding, other progressive uses of technology and more.
Ensuring that our students have the support they need to navigate new experiences throughout their social and emotional development is important to their well-being and readiness to learn. Our school counselor and social workers provide individual, small and large group support to K-4 students throughout the school year, and also provide valuable support and resources to parents and guardians. I am pleased to share that Pond Cove School Counselor Bri Gallagher is this year's recipient of CEEF's Thompson Award for going "above and beyond the call of duty in reaching out and mentoring students." We feel so fortunate to have Bri as part of our Pond Cove Team and are proud that she has received this well-deserved award that recognizes Cape staff who provide invaluable social and emotional support to our students.
Pond Cove is extremely grateful for the support we receive from the Pond Cove Parents Association (PCPA), the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation (CEEF), and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT) and their generous donors. Our parents and community play integral roles toward enriching our students’ education. The following are just a few of the many contributions from these organizations that benefit our students: an annual K-4 Artists-in Residence program, an annual Visiting Children’s Author, an annual K-4 Arts Day, work with Local Stories Project artists-in-residence Laurie Downey and Gretchen Berg, work with artist-in-residence Sarah Herboldsheimer, work with Coast Encounters to learn about our local marine resources, a Robotics Program, Pond Cove Math Lab, work with child therapist and anti-bullying expert Stan Davis, a variety of technology devices, outreach programs from the Chewonki Foundation and Sparks Ark, class trips to Robinson Woods and Great Pond to learn about local ecology, animal and plant habitats, professional development opportunities for staff and much more.
2015 is quite a landmark year for Cape Elizabeth! The town will mark its 250th Anniversary on November 1, 2015. Pond Cove has been honored to play a central role for this exciting commemoration. Our 3rd graders created a mural of important landmarks and events in Cape that is partially pictured above and adorns our entryway as a permanent art installation; our 1st graders created a replica of the town’s most famous landmark, Portland Head Light, that is surrounded by a multimedia tide pool and soars permanently in our school lobby; our 4th graders performed current and historical vignettes about the town through Broadway-worthy physical theater; our 2nd graders traveled around Cape to take photos and craft corresponding poetry worthy of future laureates; and a “250th Birthday Cake” was created by our kindergartners and won 1st place in the Cape Family Fun Day float parade this past summer! [photos]. All of these multidisciplinary projects have provided innovative opportunities and have been emblematic of what makes Cape such a wonderful place to live and learn. We have been extremely grateful to CEEF and the PCPA for their joint funding of the intensive artists-in-residency that made our 3rd and 4th grade 250th projects possible, to CEEF for funding a marine educator and artist-in-residence who worked with our 1st graders on their 250th projects, the Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society that donated their generous time and invaluable information, and to the Cape Elizabeth 250th Anniversary Committee that organized a plethora of events that our children, families and other residents will remember for years to come. We also have been especially grateful to our town elders and other Cape natives who volunteered their time to share amazing stories of growing up in Cape that captivated all of us and helped foster intergenerational relationships that we plan to continue.
Just when we thought our school year could not get any more exciting, we learned during a surprise ceremony on October 5th at a special ceremony in our cafetorium for all K-4 students, staff and special guests that 3rd grade teacher Talya Edlund has been named the 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year!! Talya was selected from an original pool of over 300 nominees from across the state of Maine! Ever humble, Talya would be the first to say that she sits on the shoulders of wonderful colleagues with whom she collaborates. Talya truly loves her job and her students. We know that she will be a wonderful ambassador for fabulous and innovative teaching and learning across the state and beyond. We are so proud of Talya and all of our Pond Cove staff!!
Enjoy your visit to our website. Be sure to check back for current news through our weekly newsletters. Each of us at Pond Cove looks forward to what promises to be an extraordinary 2015-2016 school year!
Kelly Hasson, Principal