SOLON & BEYOND: News from Solon Elementary School

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

My apologies for not having a column last week, but that fussy computer of mine refused to cooperate as it quite often does. Was so pleased to receive the Solon School News, volume November 4. The Principal’s Message.

It starts, ” I hope all of our students and their families are enjoying a nice fall. It’s hard to believe that November is upon us, and it will soon be time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Since we entered Phase 2 of our school reopening plan on October 13, it has been wonderful to have our students with us four days a week instead of just two days. Teachers really value the increased learning time they have with their students.

Our students continue to do an awesome job following CDC guidelines by wearing their masks, washing their hands, and social distancing. Although we look forward to the day when we won’t have to take all these precautions, we have adjusted to the routines and they have become our new way of life in school.

All of our students in grades K-5 now have their own laptops which they can take home to use for their schoolwork. As we get closer to winter weather, please be sure that your child doesn’t leave his/her laptop outside in the car overnight, as the cold temperatures could freeze the screen and it could break.

Ms. Heulitt wants to remind parents that students should dress warmly on Wednesdays for physical education classes, as they will be outside.

Thanks again to our parents and families who are supporting their children in their learning on Mondays and afternoons when they are home. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions. And be sure to watch our Virtual Open House on our school’s or the district’s Facebook page!

Stay healthy and thank-you for all of your support of our children and our school during these very challenging times. We will make it through together!

There will be a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thanksgiving Food Drive November 4-18. Please send in donations of nonperishable food items. Food will be donated to the Solon Food Cupboard, Sponsored by the Solon Civil Rights Team.

The Civil Rights Team Sponsors Halloween Dime Raffle; The Solon Civil Rights Team Sponsors Halloween Dime Raffle. The Solon Civil Rights Team held a Halloween dime raffle from October 21-28. The winners were Emma Pooler for the class prize to share with her third grade classmates; Brady Crocker for the boy’s prize, Charlotte Hamilton for the girl’s prize. and Mrs. LaChance for the staff prize. Thanks to families who bought raffle tickets! The Civil Rights Team took in $208, the most ever raised in a dime raffle at our school.

First Quarter Honor Roll: All A’s, Lane Frost, Charlotte Hamilton, Olive MacDonald and Emma Pooler. All A’s & B’s Isabella Atwood, Maxx Caplin, Ethan Plourde, Martin Plourde, Hunter Pouliot and spencer Rogers.

Halloween Happenings: We were not able to hold our traditional Halloweens parade and party this year due to the guidelines for social distancing, but that didn’t stop us from celebrating this favorite holiday!

We had theme dress-up-days during the week of Halloween: Crazy Hair Day, Silly Socks Day, Crazy Hat Day, and Black & Orange Day.

Mrs. LaChance organized an outdoor scavenger hunt on October 30. Each class had their time to go out and search for Halloween items.

The Solon PTO made up special Halloween goodie bags for each of our PreK-5- students. Thanks to the PTO for this special treat for our students.

And now for Percy’s memoir: Should you tell the truth at all times and under all circumstances? Truth is never wrong, but it should be handled delicately and the purpose or motive for telling the truth should be considered. Is the purpose to hurt or help another? It makes a difference how the truth is told; for words, even though truthful, can bring such offense that the damage done may counteract the intended good. Always “speak the truth in love.” ( These words were from an old, much read book that I treasure.)

One day recently I was in a store in town and this woman who I had never met before started talking to me about how much she enjoys these columns I write each week. Of course, it did me a lot of good to hear those kind words, and then she started laughing, and added she especially likes Percy’s memoirs! I still don’t know who she is but her kind words made my day!


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