WHIMS May 2017

Mid-may, Already?

May brings with it warmth and blooms to the Riley campus.
The excitement of the school year wrapping up is palpable!

Calendar updates
(See more community calendar events below)
May 2017 

Thursday, 18th: Pottery Open House 3-5pm

Thursday, 25th:
 Twinderella in the Theatre at 6:30pm. Doors open 6:15. 
Middle/Upper School stage call at 5:45. Lower School at 6pm. 
Family Potluck in the Math room 5pm. Clean up volunteers needed.

Friday, 26th:
NO SCHOOL, Faculty Workshop
WADE ACRES Work party from 9am-12pm followed by picnic lunch (ice cream provided) 

Monday, 29th:  NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day 

June 2017

Thursday, June 1st:
All campus picnic
Pottery Gallery Opening
Music Fest 6:30

Friday, 9th: Graduation 2pm

Saturday, 10th: WADE ACRES Breakfast at Theatre 8-10am
Pizza Night at Flatbread a success! 

What a fun and easy way for Riley to celebrate as a community. We brought in $380 for the school and had a wonderful night. A special thank you to Jesse, Aura, K.C and the Guptils for making it happen. 

Raffle winners 
1 week Summer@Riley
The Guptils
1/2 week at Summer@Riley
Lila Ellis
Riley Gold Maple Syrup Jars 
Friends of the Board
Bear Ellis and Abbie Morgan
Hula Hoop Addie

Monitor our Solar production

You can look on the bright side of life and keep tabs on Riley's solar savings courtesy of Revision Energy's online dashboard

Note that this updated link works! Please let others know the previous links contained a typo and don't work; they and are superseded by this one.
Summer at Riley
Check out the updated options on our registration form 

Visit our website for the registration form where more details schedule is provided. 

Please send inquires to SummeratRiley@gmail.com or call 596-6405 
  • It's tick season! Please do frequent and comprehensive tick checks on yourselves, your children, and your pets. Spraying essential oil onto your clothing and rubbing it onto your skin will help deter ticks from coming near you. This also works to deter mosquitoes and black flies. Using essential oils instead of tick or insect repellent helps to eliminate the amount of chemicals you're exposed to. Lint rollers also effectively remove ticks from clothing. 
  • Please bring back silverware and kitchen items that may have come home.
  • Also, please return any borrowed clothes and outerwear... and take a walk thru campus for any missing ones. Thank you! 
Our campus and community thrives with the care of many hands....
  • Look for our Summer at Riley flyers around town beautifully designed by Angela Kortemeier and stop by the office for some to help hand out yourself. 
  • We have a new shipment of  walkway stone and loam arriving soon.  Anyone with an hour and a strong back will be welcome!
  • The Greenhouse is warm and ready for seedlings and planting. Let Becky know if you would like a spot for your family inside or out. Maddie and Nina and Kathy are beginning to fill it up... and would welcome your help.

Wish List
  • The Lower School would always like scrap wood for building materials.
  • Someone to build shelves for the amazing collection of Art history books donated by the Blood Family
  • Woodworking tools
  • A hard-working vacuum cleaner
Child Farm Day
Sat. June 20 at 3 Streams Farm

Dear Families of Farmer Children,

Thanks to Jane's encouragement, our first Child Farm Day of 2017 will be Saturday June 20, 10 to 2:30, with a rain date of Sunday the 21st. Cost will be same as last year (below) with also a scholarship option if cost is prohibitive; please call 338-3301 or email to register, and bring a bag lunch, boots, and extra pants in case we get wet, or even a swim suit if hot enough out.

We will probably milk the goats and take them to eat Canada Lilllies in the woods on the way to a pasture paddock, then visit the pigs (probably even further in the woods), and make little string harnesses for seven piglets, then give them belly rubs in order to dress them. We will bring the milk, in case this all makes our lunch a bit late.

If the black flies aren't too bad, we can watch water fowl swim and bathe while we eat our lunches. Perhaps in the afternoon we can try to follow some Muscovies to see what they are eating (they really get around).

I very much hope that this date works for most of you; I am sorry not to have time to survey everyone about scheduling, I look forward to seeing those who can make it, and can also plan another date that you suggest.

In loud peeper sound, 
Amazon Smile 

Do you shop via Amazon? Use the Amazon Smile program to benefit The Riley School throughout the summer. Everything you order will help! 
Choose Riley as your charity through the Amazon Smile program. Riley receives .5% of every purchase with no additional cost to you!   Riley has received over $100 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, register your account with SMILE and Riley as your chosen charity. Bookmark the page and  be sure to use it every time you shop .

Here is the link:  http://www.smile.amazon.com/
This link also appears at the bottom of all Whims. It is easy... please show your support and use this link. 


Did you know that Cinderella has a long lost twin brother named Bob living in the same kingdom with his own wicked stepfamily?  The separated siblings have enlisted the services of the Fairy Godmother, the Godfather (he ain't no fairy!)  and two enchanted gerbils to help wile their way into the exclusive royal festivities of Wychwood-under-Ooze.  Bob has his sights set on Prince Percy's all-kingdom baseball game, while Cinderella eyes the birthday gala for Princess Petunia.  When the two strangers disappear at midnight after Cinderella hits a game winning homerun, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat!

A Twist on the classic tale of three goats in search of greener pastures. Saying goodbye to their friends the rabbits and butterflies, the goats must cross a bridge guarded by a greedy troll to get to the fresh sweet grass. 

☞ Performance on Thursday May 25th at 6:30pm ☜
Introducing Herb Cole

I am delighted to introduce you to Herb Cole who has accepted the position as the Facilitator for Middle and Upper School Literature and Language Arts, and Upper School Global Studies. 

Herb is a familiar member of our community, having taught at Riley in the late 1990's, as well as being a parent of two sons who attended Riley. Our graduates stay in touch with him and frequently mention him as a key figure in their years here together. Herb's deep understanding and experience of the Riley philosophy, his innate ease of relationships with children and colleagues, and his years of dedication to education make him a strong and welcome new addition to our faculty. He comes to us again after 10 years in the public schools where his passion for the arts and photography is integrated into his now extensive experience and certification in teaching English, math, writing, world and US history as well as, most recently, high school English at CHRHS. His references called him "a compassionate, insightful educator" with a gift for working with children "who don't always fit the mold of the traditional system." He has the ability to recognize the unique ways of learning of each child. That is what we look for, passionate, educated learners who focus on sharing, exploring and making sense of the world with children at the center of all that we do. I look forward to having you meet him and will be happy to answer any questions. 

I am continuing to interview candidates for the Middle School Science and Global Studies classes. Nina will thus be able to focus on her primary love of creating art with your children.

Many thanks to Nina for organizing Art Week at Riley

Art Week at Riley featured over 25 workshops and field trips, coordinated by Nina Devenney. Children were given the opportunity to participate in a wide selection of activities including woodworking, sculpture, fiber art, pottery, dance, visits to the Farnsworth Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and a tour of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

Guest artists from the community volunteered and led the following workshops: mixed-media art with Amy Arsenault of Colors Creative Arts in Portland, fiber art with Lori Schafer of Walking Wool Studio in Rockland, chair-making with parent Kenneth Kortemeier of the Maine Coast Craft School, pottery with Joe Devenney of Devenney Pottery in Jefferson, salsa dancing with Jen Woodman and Brooks Winner, installation field art with Alix Martin, modern dance with Riley alumna Cecile Bizet, hula hoop making with Zoe Grant of All-Star Hoops in Belfast, Cindy Dean of Paint It Shore-self (soon to open in Rockland), and collaborative musical paintings with Riley grand-parents Suzanne & Robert Navarro.
Getting hands dirty in the greenhouse 

The palpable excitement...
getting ready for campout.
Devin's new design for our fire pit.

And hard work with the black stone...
still plenty for you to help with!!!

Youth Boating Program
To spark a lifelong love of sailing and boating

The Lincolnville Boat Club runs a summer youth program that  holds classes Monday thru Friday. Students sail on the warm  waters of Norton Pond in Lincolnville, using Vanguard 420s,  Optimists, and Lasers, all of which are ideal for safe learning  and advancing sailing capabilities. Students also have the  opportunity to swim and learn to kayak and row! Even if the  weather doesn't cooperate, we can use our beautiful clubhouse  for indoor learning.

We offer two types of youth programming. Our partial day courses are catered towards learning specific sailing skills. Our full day courses are open to all students (no sailing ability requirement), who will have the opportunity to spend all day exploring the pond and ocean with us. 

Partial Day courses: The Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced** classes focus exclusively on sailing and improving sailing skills. 

** The Advanced Course consists of two evenings (Monday and Tuesday). Sign-Up for Advanced Courses requires contacting LBC, please call or email to inquire about clearance for this course. 

All Day courses: The Water Adventure course is open to all skill levels and extends beyond sailing. Activities might also include rowing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, & exploring the shoreline.

 Email: lincolnvilleboatclub@gmail.com
Phone: (207) 975-4916


  • For students who spend multiple weeks with us, we offer a 5% discount.
  • There is also a 5% discount for signing up with friends or with siblings.
  • We provide tuition assistance. No student is refused his or her desire to spend a week at LBC! However tuition assistance can only be applied to one week of camp.
  • NEW FOR 2017! As we continue to grow, we now limit the number of courses your child can attend during the summer. Please sign your child up for a MAX of 4 weeks.

Community Corner

Remember, it's your Whims!

Get involved and communicate with other parents here... What do you need? What are you trying to sell? What are you involved in that other families might like to know about?

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 supervisor 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

Herbal CSA

Robin (mom of Abby, Finn, Tristan and Grace) is offering an herbal CSA this year through her doula business, Breathe Through Birth. Geared towards the health of your family, not just pregnant people, this CSA is meant to strengthen and maintain your well-being in a time where the future of healthcare is uncertain. For $85, you'll receive 3-5 products monthly (such as tinctures, balms, teas, and soaps) from June until November. 

To sign up, or for more information, contact Robin at 956-2197 or robin.hamann4@gmail.com

Please contact us with your news 
or to correct inaccuracies: 
director@rileyschool.org or 

Community Events

Thursday, May 18th:  Lego Club, 4:15pm at the Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., Rockland. (Recurs every other Thursday)

Saturday, May 20th:
Early Bird Reading and Fun, 9-10am at the Thomaston Library, 60 Main St.
Free Car Seat Checks , 9am-1pm. PBMC Child Passenger Safety Program at Fuller Auto Mall, Camden St., Rockland. FMI call 921-8711. (Recurs  Every third Saturday).
The Maine Event (hosted by Rock Coast Rollers), 4-8pm at Midcoast Recreation Center, 535 West St., Rockport. RSVP on Facebook.

Sunday, May 28th:  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 12-3pm at The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St, Rockland. RSVP on Facebook. (Part of an ongoing monthly Harry Potter film festival)
Amazon will donate .5% of every
purchase  to the Riley School if you go to 
and choose Riley as your charity,
at NO additional cost to you! 
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