Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update

Good Tuesday morning MCS friends and families.  Did anyone else get thrown off having an extra long weekend? We woke up thinking it was Monday, but left happy that it’s another short week! There is lots going on at MCS, and your chance to read all about it can be found in Mr. Potter’s weekly update. Click here for a direct link.

One of the many things you will find in this weeks update is an upcoming fundraiser happening on Friday, October 13th. MCS will be participating in a fundraiser for Heavenly Hats Foundation, which donates brand new head wear to cancer patients and hospitals through the United States. Since 2001, over 3,000,000 hats have been donated nationwide to patients of all ages. This year this fundraiser has a personal connection as we have a student and staff member currently battling cancer. So how does the fundraiser work? This Friday, students and staff are being asked to donate $1, or any amount they are able, for the ability to wear their favorite hat to school for the day. Please be sure to share with your friends of MCS to help spread the word on this fundraiser!

As a reminder, we will be holding our monthly PTA meeting tomorrow, Wednesday October 11 at 5pm. We will be discussing the Halloween Party, teacher requests, potential fundraisers and more. We’d love for you to join us! New faces and ideas are always welcome.




It’s almost Halloween after all!

Good evening MCS friends and families. In the past week or so, your student(s) may have talked about some visitors at our school of the 8 legged variety. These friends have been seen inside the building and along the exterior, and several have been quite large. While they are beneficial to the environment, and add a spooky decor for the upcoming holiday, they have become a distraction and causing fear among some of our students. As a result, the districts pest management folks will be coming to MCS to spray a pesticide along the school’s exterior.  This will be occurring this Friday, October 6th at 3 pm. As this is a pesticide, people should not be in direct contact with it, or inhale it during application. Once dried, within about an hour, the area is fine to use.  Luckily, this Friday happens to be a no school day due to a Teacher Workshop Day. Given that Monday is also a no school day due to the holiday, the area should be cleared and safe for staff and students. Please see the letter from Mr. Potter and note that a hard copy will be sent home with students tomorrow, Wednesday October 4.  If you have any questions or concerns, let us know how we can help, or please feel free to contact Mr. Potter.


Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update

Good Tuesday morning MCS families and friends! Hope you are enjoying this fall weather we have been happening. As we transition to a new month, there are lots of exciting things happening at MCS. Click here to read through Mr. Potter’s weekly update. Please note there are several important dates in the update including the upcoming four day weekend (NO SCHOOL on Friday Oct. 6 or Monday Oct. 9th).

Also we’d like to include a reminder that you can send your student a Birthday Gram, new this year! Complete the form, place in an envelope marked PTA Birthday Gram, and return it to school. We will then deliver a Happy Birthday Spirit Stick to your student on their birthday! Does your kiddo have a summer birthday? That’s ok, we can deliver their Birthday Gram on their half birthday, or any designated day that you would like to celebrate. 


Lastly, the MCS PTA has two events coming up this month. Join us for our monthly meeting on October 11, 2017 at 5pm. We will be meeting in the staff room, and we are working to have childcare available, although kids are always welcome to come! At the end of the month, we will be hosting our annual Halloween Party. Save the date- October 26, 2017. As this is our most popular event, we hold it in two sessions. Session 1 is 5:30-6:30 and is for students and their families in grade K & 2. Session 2 is from 7:00-8:00 and is for students and their families in grades 1 & 3. Please note, if you have a students in multiple grades, you can choose one session to attend together to make it easier to enjoy the event. Keep a watch out for our event flyer coming soon. If you have offered to help with the Halloween Party, we will be in contact with you soon with the volunteer opportunities you can sign up to help with. Haven’t sign up to help with events yet, please fill out the Volunteer Opportunities Form and return it to the school. Your help is what makes these events successful!

New Pick Up Procedures

Good morning MCS friends and families. Please read and share this post with all your fellow MCS families/friends who pick up their children after school. Beginning TODAY, September 25th, there will be new procedures in place to create a more secure experience and so staff can be sure students are going home with the correct people.

Here is the official letter from Mr. Potter:

Here are the highlights:
Parents/guardians MUST enter through the gym only- DO NOT come through the front entrance.

Students will remain behind the staff on duty sitting on the narrow tables or standing behind them.

Students will point out their parent/guardian when the parent/guardian comes to the table. The student will come to the table, the parent/guardian will then sign in view of the duty staff. If your child is not ready, the parent/guardian must move to the back of the line. You can no longer pre-sign out your students.

Photo ID is required if the staff does not recognize you.

Kindergarten students will be picked up first. If you have a child in grades 1-3 you will need to move to the back and rejoin the line when those students arrive in the gym.


Please note, the process will continue to be reviewed and adjusted as necessary. For any further questions or comments, please feel free to email Mr. Potter.


School is back in full swing

Happy Tuesday friends and families! We hope everyone has had an enjoyable and easy transition back to school after a fun filled summer. The MCS PTA is excited about this upcoming year, with lots of great free family fun events planned. We are also encouraged by the number of new families who have joined us this far!  Tomorrow (Wednesday September 13th) marks our first PTA meeting of the school year. We will be meeting at 5pm at MCS, with the location to be determined based on how many people attend.


Be on the look out at the end of this week for our Welcome Back Packet in your student’s back packs. It will be loaded with great information about the PTA, including a calendar of events, volunteer sign up form, year round fundraisers, and more! The first exciting PTA event of the year will be a Family Movie night which is scheduled for next week on September 21st at 5:30 pm.

Each week we will have a blog post about what is going on with the PTA, as well as including a link for Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update featuring all the wonderful things happening within the school. Please note, that tomorrow (Wednesday, September 13th) is our first early release of the year.  Every Wednesday for the rest of the year will be an early release day so that teachers and staff can attend professional development opportunities as well as district meetings. Students in the elementary schools will be dismissed at 2:05 pm. Please ensure that arrangements have been made for your students.  Find the rest of Mr. Potter’s update by clicking here.

July 4th weekend activities

Happy 4th of July weekend! Did you know that Sanford has some wonderful and fun activities going on throughout this long weekend? There is something for everyone and many of the activities are free!! Grab your family and friends and enjoy 🙂


15th Annual Randall’s “Run for the Gym 5k” Road Race. The race starts at 8:30 at Nasson Common, 457 Main Street in Springvale.  Folks can still register today (registration began at 7.

Sanford Farmer’s Market- 8-12 in Central Park. Stop by and meet some of our many local farmers while purchasing some delicious locally grown fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget to sign up your kiddos for the new PoP program- Power of Produce. Once signed up, each child will receive a $2 token to spend within the market on fresh fruits and veggies! 49 kiddos have signed up already!!

Concert in the Park- Sanford Parks and Rec department is hosting a fun evening of music at Goodall Park. Enjoy some of your favorites from the Eighties as the cover band Boyz Gone Wild take the stage. The ‘opening act’ is Bon Fire.  Tickets can still be purchased at the gate for $15.  Gates open at 5:30. Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Concert goers can sit in the seats or bring a chair/blanket to sit on the field.



Concert in the Park- Sanford Parks and Rec is hosting the Blue Note Big Band for another fun evening of music. This group is from Southern New Hampshire, but has played in Sanford many times. Enjoy tunes from the jazz era when this bands hits the stage at 6:30. Food and adult beverages will be available for sale, and tickets are $5.



Head on over to Number One Pond in the afternoon for a chance to enjoy some music, stop by vendor tents, or engage in other fun activities, including a rock wall!

Stay through evening, or bring a picnic dinner to see the Maine Attraction Water Ski Team debut this years summer show “Christmas in July.”  The show will begin at 6:30.

After the ski, continue to enjoy the fun and activities while waiting for the fireworks display.  The first firework will be set at 9pm.



Annual 4th of July Parade on Main Street.  This years theme is “Service about Self,” with floats paying tribute to police officers, firefighters, EMTs, teachers, clergy, librarians, members of the U.S. Military and others. The Parade kicks off at 10 am around Malcolm Ave and continues down Main Street ending at Gowen Park.


With so many wonderful and fun activities in Sanford there is sure to be something for you to enjoy. What is your families favorite way to celebrate the 4th of July? Whatever you do, have fun, make memories, and be safe!


Box Top Bonus App

Happy Thursday MCS families and friends. We hope you are enjoying your summer. Hopefully you received our end of year packet showing you all the exciting events and activities that the PTA either sponsors or participates in. Also included were many of the activities and supplies that we purchase for the students, staff, and school.  It is our hope that by having an understanding of what we do, and where we apply the funds we raise, that families will be more encouraged to support us.

As you may know, some of our fundraising opportunities last throughout the year. Box tops is one of them. Throughout the summer, clip and collect box tops in the baggie provided to you and return in your students backpack once school begins again.

In addition to clipping box tops, there is now a Bonus Box Top App.


By downloading this free app, creating an account, and designating Margaret Chase Smith Elementary School- Sanford as your school of choice you can begin earning bonus box tops for our school. The app is easy to use and offers a list of products offering bonus box tops, which change regularly. To use, simply select the products you are buying during one transaction, then snap a picture of your receipt to collect the bonus.

After selecting your items, which are highlighted pink, hit scan receipt.

Check to ensure your offers are all listed, then click scan offer.

Scan your receipt showing all the offers you selected included in one transaction. Make sure your picture includes the store name/logo. Click take photo. If the receipt if long, click add section, otherwise click finish.

Once you have submitted your receipt, you are done!

The app can be downloaded in the app store or google play.

By creating an account, you can also have access to online resources, including coupons, opportunities to enter  sweepstakes that could earn our school even more box tops, additional collection sheets, and a complete listing of all participating products.

Thanks for your continued support!