WHIMS March 2017

Happy Spring!

It may not feel like it yet, but it's coming to Riley,
and with it, maple syrup and chickens! 

Calendar updates
March 2017 

Sunday, 26th:  Maine Maple Sunday

Thursday, 30th:
 All-school Special Interest Presentations at 6:30pm

Friday 31st: NO SCHOOL! Faculty Workshop
                          Chicken Formal Dance Party 6-9pm at the Theatre

April 2017 

Friday, 7th: ☕️ Join us for Parent Coffee in the Gallery at 8am ☕️

Monday-Friday, 17th-21st:  NO SCHOOL! Spring Vacation
                                                         April Vacation Camp

Sunday, 30th:  Open House
Community Events

Free Car Seat Checks:  Third saturday from 9am-1pm. PBMC Child Passenger Safety Program at Fuller Auto Mall, Camden St., Rockland. FMI call 921-8711.

Fiber Arts Group: First & third Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm at the Rockport Public Library. FMI call 236-3642 or visit rockport.lib.me.us.

Maine Maple Sunday is this weekend! 
Don't miss out on the fun!

Join us, the Riley School Sandbox Boilers makers of Riley Gold Syrup. 

Come share the joys of syrup with us and see how we use making syrup as a part of our academic program. There will be live music, maple glazed hot dogs, ice cream w/ Riley Gold and crafts for the children.

This is a family friendly day on the Riley Campus - all are welcome. We may put you to work and have you help collect or strain sap. This is our 7th year on the Maine Maple Sunday Tour. We are not a large sugaring operation, we use simple taps and buckets to collect sap and we boil over open flames. It is hands-on and the children really do most of the work. 

MUSIC UPDATE- Nancy Terrell, Rick and Liz Fitsimmons will be playing traditional New England Contra Dance music and traditional music from Quebec from 10:30-11:30.
Chicken Formal Dance Party! 
What are ya, chicken?

April Vacation Camp is now enrolling 
Register now and save $25!

We are planning another wonderful week of programming for April Vacation Camp!

Camp will run from 8:30-3:30 with an hour for lunch and games. The cost of camp is $275 for the week.

Children choose two workshops, one for the morning and one for the afternoon. On the last day of each week, families are invited to a final celebration/presentation where all groups share their work. Our experienced facilitators are professionals in their field and have worked closely with Riley for many years.  

This year, workshop offerings include:
  • Mini Musicals, 
  • Field Science and Gardening, 
  • Movement Arts and Yoga, 
  • Photography Lab, 
  • Interactive Games in Mathematics, and 
  • Studio Arts and Design.
Early bird registration before April 7 th saves $25. Please feel free to visit our website to read more detailed program descriptions: 

You can print a registration form from the website or pick up a copy at the school office.
  • Please bring WARM clothes and changes of footwear and socks. It may be Spring, but it's still cold out!
  • We need volunteers for Friday Activities! If you have time to spare please come and help out.
Apprenticeshop Spring Sailing Signup

It is the time of year again to announce Spring High School sailing to all area 7-12th grade students at The Apprenticeshop.  All are welcome. Some sailing experience is suggested for the spring team which currently has sailors from Rockland, Watershed, and Homeschoolers. We'd love to have Riley students join us again.

Practices are Tuesday and Thursdays 3:30-6:00. The eight week season is $300 (less than $40/week for more than 6hrs of sailing) and scholarships are available for anyone who needs one. The sailors race in 420s practicing twice a week at The Apprenticeshop with Coach Patrick DiLalla. Regatta opportunities are every weekend, many local.

Sign up is available online at http://apprenticeshop.org/high-school-sailing/
We hope to see some of your students!

Tori Willauer
Sailing Director
The Apprenticeshop
Best of Maine 2017

Readers' Choice - Down East

Voting is open every week until May 8th! 

We would love to see Riley get the recognition it deserves in the Best of Maine!
There is a lot to vote on but Education is on the 2nd page. Vote for Riley and pass the link on to all your friends and relatives to vote too (you don't have to be in Maine!)

See the choices here: http://downeast.com/readers-choice/
Daughters & Dads

Knox County and Lincolnville girls in grades 3, 4, and 5 and their dads, step-dads, uncles, grandfathers, or other significant men in their life, are invited to attend the March/April sessions of the Daughters & Dads program.

The sessions will be held at the Pen Bay YMCA on the following dates:
  • Thursday March 30 @ 6:00 pm
  • Thursday April 6 @ 6:00 pm
  • Thursday April 13 @ 6:00 pm

The focus of the popular program is to have fun while enhancing the bonds between girls and dads while providing information about issues such as anti-bullying strategies, increased physical activity and good nutrition. Each evening starts with a "Getting to Know You" activity, followed by a light healthy meal and a short discussion on making healthy choices. The remainder of the evening is spent playing non-competitive games and activities that girls and men can participate in equally.

The series is FREE to families! But you must register to participate. 
Enrollment is limited, so sign-up today.

Participants are encouraged to attend all three sessions. To register, contact:
johnsommo@gmail.com or 785-4024, or  hdlunn@midcoast.com or 236-8463

Planning the Gardens

We are starting to plan the gardens and greenhouse programs! This year, we hope to expand our gardens, grow even more delicious and beautiful vegetables, berries, herbs, and flowers, and create exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. We are planning educational field trips, community garden plots and exploring a variety of garden-related programs on campus for our children and the greater community. Over the next month, we will send out more specific announcements about garden plans and needs. We welcome volunteers and donations and will organize some work days to beautify the campus and prepare our garden beds for the new growing season.

Would your family like to design your own garden plot? Or perhaps your children have favorite vegetables or flowers that they'd like to grow and see more of? Please feel free to share your garden related ideas. We will be more successful if we can include our families in designing and maintaining the garden program. Please feel free to contact one of the parent organizers, Maria Orlova, with thoughts or ideas. She can be reached at  wholelifeyogaarts1@gmail.com  or at (978) 314-1020.

Amazon Smile 

Use the Amazon Smile program to benefit The Riley School
Choose Riley as your charity through the Amazon Smile program.
Riley receives .5% of every purchase with no additional cost to you!
Since November, Riley has received $47.17 from Amazon. Every purchase helps.
The Smile Amazon page looks and works the same and you can use it with Prime memberships too.
Simply go to the link below and bookmark the page, or google "Amazon Smile."
(It is necessary to take this step, the regular site and the "Smile" site are not linked)
Here is the link:  http://www.smile.amazon.com/
This link also appears at the bottom of all Whims.

Clynk Competition

February 17th - April 24th
All bags count towards the Maine Recycles Championship:
For every $1 raised, Hannaford will match an extra 50 cents.

Prizes are awarded to the top schools.
Last year Riley came in 3rd and won over $200.
Please help us take advantage of this competition period.

Stickered bags are in the shed. 
Please fill them with Maine redeemables and return them to Hannaford.
Thank you!

Five Towns Little League

FTLL is for kids residing or going to school in Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, and Rockport Little League is for boys and girls ages 5-12.

  • Registration for Five Towns Little League Softball and Baseball is open now until 3/27.
  • Pre-season Clinics: Softball starts on 3/27 at Camden Rockport Elementary School. Baseball starts on 3/12 at Lincolnville Central School.
  • Major League Tryouts: Baseball tryouts are 4/1 at Camden Rockport Middle School. Softball tryouts are 4/7 at Camden Rockport Elementary School.
  • To register or for more information go to crll.sportsoffice.com

Please feel free to call 701-1189 if you have questions.

Oceanside Little League

Minor-league Baseball and Softball is for ages 6-11
Major-league Baseball and Softball is for ages 9-12

Please visit www.oceansidelittleleague.org to register!
Dancing Jaguar's Spirit Camp!

Youth Activism Gathering

The Youth Activism Gathering is a youth led and run three day long gathering of politically conscious youth, organizers, and activists who come together each year to educate one another on organizing, activism, and social change. It's three days of workshops, music, great food and more in an affirming and supportive space!

This year's YAG will take place April 15-17 at the Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine.

No matter what you pay for the YAG, there is no judgment. Pay what you can but most importantly come!

We can help with transportation. If you can offer a ride or if you need a ride please let us know on your registration. We can also help with gas money.

Click here to register: https://goo.gl/forms/j5wRTOIMDaLLqvq43
Help Wanted at Village Ice Cream

Spring has arrived and it's time to start thinking about ice  cream. Village Ice Cream in Port Clyde is looking to add people to its team. We are currently looking for a manager to oversee daily duties of the retail shop and its employees. Duties would include but aren't limited to, inventory, ordering, scheduling, and baking, as well as being a presence in the retail store, overseeing and training the employees.

We are also looking for scoopers. Must be at least 14. Duties include, but are not limited to scooping, running a cash register, taking customer orders, interacting with customers, cleaning the retail area, and stocking shelves.

Good customer service and communication skills a must.

These are all seasonal positions. If interested, contact:
Jessica Thompson at 975-1947
Parent Corner

I'm a Riley mom, looking for a room or small office space in or near Rockland.

We live in Bristol, an hour south of the Riley School and I'm looking for a place to work during the day while my son is at school, Monday - Friday, 8 - 3.

I'm looking for something from now until the end of the school year, (and next school year, if possible). I have checked out Sharp's Point South, but it's more than I can spend.

I'd be grateful for any leads at all, & I'd be willing to share a space.

Please email me at alkortemeier@gmail.com.

Thanks so much!
Angela Kortemeier, Conrad's mom.

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