Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update 6/12


Can you believe the summer count down is in the single digits?!? With just days left before the end of school this weeks update offers some reminders for these final days. Most importantly- Kindergarten students last day is this Friday, June 16th and 1st-3rd grade students’ last day is June 21st. Also, Friday the 16th is this years Wet Day! Thank you to everyone who has offered to volunteer or donate water/freeze pops for the event. Fingers crossed for good weather!

To read more about the end of year fun, click here for Mr. Potter’s update.

New this year, MCS PTA is looking for some input from our families. Please consider taking a few minutes to complete our survey, which you can find here. We’d love any feedback you can offer. Plus, complete the survey and you can be entered into a raffle to win a $15 Shain’s of Maine gift card!!

Two Updates Equals Informed Parents

Good Rainy Tuesday! Today we not only will be sharing Mr. Potter’s weekly update, but also Mr. Theoharides’ update. ¬†We are nearing a very important step in the Pre-k to 8th grade building project, and Mr. Theoharides’ update details it all. Mark your calendars for next Wednesday, May 3rd, for the second Straw Poll in this process. The event begins at 6pm in the Sanford High School cafeteria with an informational session where you can hear about the details of the project. The actual straw poll will be at 7:15. We need as many folks there are possible to show support for this wonderful project and opportunity.

Click here for Mr. Potter’s Update.

Click here for Mr. Theoharides’ Update.

End of April Wrap Up

Good morning MCS friends and families! We hope everyone had an enjoyable vacation and a smooth transition back to school. It’s hard to believe we are in the last week of April! We have lots of fun and exciting things coming up, be sure to like us on Facebook, or follow our blog to keep up to date!

Today is the final day of Maine Recycles Championship powered by CLYNK. Bring in your CLYNK bags before Hannaford closes today for them to count toward this promotion. As a reminder, Hannaford will give us an additional $0.50 for every dollar we earn! Can’t get the bags there today? That is fine too, CLYNK is a great fundraiser for us year round, so bring them in when you can ūüôā

Also this week, money and orders are due by Friday for our first every Little Caesar’s Pizza Kit fundraiser. Catalogs where sent home before vacation to help with selling, but if you need another, stop by the front office at school for more! You can also order online using our fundraiser ID¬†331802. Reminder that orders will be delivered on Monday May 15th and will need to be picked up at the school at 3pm. We appreciate all your support in this new fundraiser!

The first week of May brings Teacher/Staff Appreciation week. The PTA will be doing a little something for our awesome staff each day to celebrate, and we are looking for your help! We are starting the week with a chalk party on Sunday, April 30th 6pm. Stop by the school and help us decorate the sidewalks with messages of thanks and love. Check out our Facebook event for more information.  The following is a run down of what we are planning for each day, and the link to sign up to help. If you have any questions, message us on Facebook, comment on this blog, or email us at Thanks for helping us make this Teacher/Staff Appreciation week extra special!!

Monday- Eats and Treats- We will be hosting a breakfast first thing Monday morning. We are looking for donations of bagels, muffins, fruit- whole or fruit salad. We are also providing a big gift basket of k-cups, granola bars, and quick pick snacks.

Tuesday- Blazing the Trail to Success- Make your own trail mix bar- We are looking for donations of yummy things for a trail mix bar. Items include- granola, dried fruit, chocolate chips and more.

Wednesday- Staff Luncheon- We will be providing a potluck lunch for the staff to include Panera sandwiches, crockpot meals, salads, and more.

Thursday- Supplies and Totes- The PTA was chosen to receive little tote bags for our teachers and staff from #PTOToday! Included in the bags are a couple samples and good resources. We are also hoping to replenish some supplies to get the classrooms through to the end of the year.

Friday- Nacho How to Thank you- Nacho Bar- We are looking for donations for a nacho bar, including tortilla chips, taco meat, toppings, etc.

Thank you for any help you can give us to make this Teacher/Staff appreciation a success!

Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update 4/10/17

Happy beautiful Tuesday afternoon MCS families and friends! It sure feels like spring has finally sprung doesn’t it? ¬†Enjoy the lovely weather with a trip to the Annual District Art Show currently being held at Memorial Gym. It is open until Thursday. ¬†We have some very talented students not only at MCS but in the whole district.

For more information about what has been happening at MCS, click here to read Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update.

On the PTA side- there is just about 2 weeks left for the Maine Recycles Championship powered by CLYNK. Return any bag tagged with an MCS PTA sticker to Hannaford, who will give us an additional $0.50 for every dollar earned! The contest runs until April 24th so there is still time! Need more bags? Comment below, message us on Facebook, email us at, or complete the form found here. Any little bit helps, and all the money we earn goes right back to the students and staff.  Interested in hearing about what else is going on with the PTA, come to our monthly meeting tomorrow night at pm.  Everyone is welcome!

Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update 4/3/17

Good rainy afternoon MCS friends and families! Hope everyone is staying dry.  Here is a schedule change reminder for tomorrow. There will be NO early release day, Wednesday April 5, 2017. Students will have school until 3:05, so please plan accordingly.


For every more great news and updates from what is going on at MCS, click here to read Mr. Potter’s update.

To hear about what the PTA is working on, join us next Wednesday, April 12, at 5pm for our monthly meeting. We will be discussing upcoming fundraisers, teacher/staff appreciation planning, and more!

What’s Happening in March

Good Monday morning MCS families and friends! Can you believe we are gearing up for a big nor’easter tomorrow? ¬†It’s looking like it will start mid-morning and last through till Wednesday. Any guesses on whether school is canceled?

Thankfully the snow will be finished by Thursday, which is our next Family Movie Night in our gym! This time we will be showing Storks, and thanks to a generous donation by the Saucier family, we will have a bigger screen to make viewing easier! We will again be selling popcorn, some baked goods, juices and waters. Additionally, we will be raffling off a Family Movie Night gift basket filled with the movie Storks, popcorn, and candy! Kiddos are welcome to wear their jammies, and parents/guardians can bring chairs to use. Reminder that when the movie is playing to be respectful to those around you and please limit the talking. We want all our families to enjoy their evening!


Also happening this month, and through April 24th, we are participating in the Maine Recycles Championship powered by CLYNK. For every dollar we raise between now and April 24th, Hannaford will give us an additional $0.50! You can request a bag or two (or three!) by commenting here, returning the slip from the flyer that was sent home, messaging us on Facebook, or emailing us at  Let us know your kiddos name, teachers name, and how many bags, and we will get those to you within a day or two via your kiddos backpack! The best part of this fundraiser? Any relative who lives near a CLYNK redemption center can participate. Simply give them a bag, or have them log on to their account and choose to donate any of their own earnings from their CLYNK account to us! Search for Margaret Chase Smith School PTA-Sanford.


Thank you all for your continued support for what the PTA does. All money we raise goes back into the school to provide buses for field trips and assemblies for our students, planners and homework folders, supplies for the teachers and staff, new playground equipment, etc. ¬†If you are interested in supporting our work even more, consider joining our group or sponsoring us. You can do either by completing the membership form found here. ¬†Now is a great time to join, as nominations for next years officers will be happening at the end of May, and to qualify as an officer you must be a member for at least 2 months. Don’t delay, join today!

Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update 1/23/17

Good Monday morning MCS families!!

Tomorrow’s weather is sounding interesting isn’t it? Who thinks it will cause some sort of disruption for school? Delay, no school? Either way, watch our Facebook page and we will post the instant alert. Have you signed up to received instant alerts yet? We have the instructions here on our website so you can get the alerts texted, emailed or called to you.

Mr. Potter has an info packed update this week. Find it here: mcs-weekly-update-1-23-16

Highlights include: 2nd and 3rd graders will be completing NWEA survey tests this week. These will help monitor the students growth in math and reading between the fall and spring tests. Progress reports for all grades will be coming home tomorrow 1/24.

Fridays in February will be Spirit Days. Each of the three Fridays will be geared toward something fun.
Friday February 3rd is “Dress in your favorite sports team (hat, shirt or uniform of your favorite team).
Friday February 10th is “Wear your school colors” (red and white)
Friday February 17th is “Pajama Day” (wear clean and appropriate pajamas)
Watch our Facebook page for reminders of the spirit days in February!

Happening this Wednesday, the PTA will be holding our first Family Movie Night!! Join us at 5:30 as we watch The Secret Life of Pets. Bring blankets, pillows or chairs (for adults!) and pack a picnic to enjoy this fun evening. Admission is FREE!!!  Water, popcorn, and desserts will be available to purchase.



Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update 1/9/17

Happy Monday MCS families! Here is the most recent Weekly Update from Mr. Potter. mcs-weekly-update-1-9-16

A friendly reminder- dress your kiddos in layers, with hats, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and boots as the temperatures have been brutal in the morning, but change during the day. Kiddos will go outside unless the temperature is under 18 degrees.

Another friendly reminder- we have our monthly PTA meeting this Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 5-6:30. Childcare will be available! We’d love for anyone to come here what we have been up to and what we are working on. Also, if you are interested in an officer position, become a member now. In order to be qualified for a position, you must be a PTA member for 2 months. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page in the coming weeks for the roles and responsibilities of the officer positions as well as committee opportunities.

Snow day reminder

Do you think we will have a snow day tomorrow? How about a delay? It seems even the meteorologists aren’t quite sure yet how much snow we will be getting in our neck of the woods.

Since there is the possibility of enough snow to cause some type closure, make sure you are signed up to receive instant alert messages from Superintendent Mr. Theoharides. To learn how to set this up, or to check where you have signed up to receive these alerts visit this page on the school’s website.

Also- refresh yourself with the policy for school closings and where else you may find the information. Mr. Theoharides put out a letter on the schools website identifying the several ways you can find out whether there is a delay or cancellation of school throughout the season. Click here to read the letter.

Along with the areas noted by Mr. Theoharides, remember to check our Facebook page also as we will post the information as well. Have a great Sunday evening!


Easy ways to help us earn!

I’ve finally done it, I earned 3 school dollars through the Hannaford Helps School program! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†hannafordhelpsschooldollars
If you are a Hannaford shopper, you may have seen those little tags near various products with the school house on it. The deal is, if you buy 4 participating products then Hannaford will give you $3 school dollars to be placed in our school slot on the collection tower. The catch- the 4 products have to be bought within one transaction. This promotion goes on through December 3rd so there is still time to collect those school dollars! Click here for more information, including a list of participating products.

Hannaford also helps us earn money with Clynk- bottle return.This is a great fundraiser that we run year round.
The best part of this fundraiser is anyone with returnables that live near a Hannaford can help. Need more bags? Leave a comment here, message us on Facebook, or click“>here to fill out our google form and we will get them in your kiddos backpack the next day! We also keep a stash in the front office for your convenience.

Another easy way to help us earn some money, is through Box Tops. Keep clipping and collecting them in a baggie or on a collection sheet and send them in with your student.

Don’t buy a lot of products with box tops? Check with your family and friends, or even your work mates. Anyone can help you collect, and every little box top earns us $0.10! We use the money raised through box tops to fund the buses for spring field trips. New for Box Tops for Education, a free and easy to use app for your mobile device. There are monthly products that if purchased will earn you bonus box tops. Simply down load the app, select the products you are buying from the list, then scan in your receipt. The box tops are automatically added to your account, which you can link to Margaret Chase Smith PTA! Click here for the list of participating products, coupons, and information on the brand new app!

Finally- if you are an Amazon shopper, we’d love for you to use It is used to same way with¬†the same great products as does.
When you shop on AmazonSmile, choose Margaret Chase Smith PTA as your charity of choice (once selected it will display as Maine Parent Teacher Association INC. This is correct!!), and for every qualified purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5% to us! This is a no cost to you fundraiser, the money comes directly from Amazon, based on how much you buy. So if you are gearing up for Black Friday and holiday shopping, then please consider helping us out!

Thank you to all our MCS families and friends who continue to support us!