Weekly Updates

Good Monday morning MCS families and friends!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in our first ever Little Caesar’s Pizza Kit fundraiser. Orders have been placed, and we will be receiving the delivery next MONDAY MAY 15th!! Please make arrangements to pick up your order on MONDAY between 3-4pm.

If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the Little Caesar’s Fundraiser, good news! Through the month of May you can help us earn funds through Hannaford Good Karma bags.  As you are checking out, grab a BLUE Good Karma reusable grocery bag from the kiosk or at the check out counter. For every bag sold at the Sanford Hannaford, the MCS PTA will earn $1!! Every little bit helps! Thanks so much.

This week is a busy week at MCS. Progress reports are being sent home today. The monthly PTA meeting is this WEDNESDAY at 5pm in the staff room. And this Thursday, May 11 will be our final Family Movie Night of the year. Join us as we watch SING! Bring a picnic dinner, and then enjoy snacks, desserts, and drinks that will be available for purchase. Be sure to pick up a raffle ticket for your chance to win a family movie night basket, including a new copy of SING, popcorn and candy!

Click here to read Mr. Potter’s weekly update for even more exciting information about what is happening at MCS.

Did you know the Straw Poll for the Elementary School Building Project happened this past Wednesday? More than 100 people showed up to show an overwhelming positive support for the project! The next step: A voter referendum on June 13th. Like Build Our Future on Facebook to keep up to date with the project and the next steps. Click here to read Mr. Theoharides’ superintendents update for more information about the straw poll and other goings on throughout the district.


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 🙂

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 mcsptame@gmail.com. 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.  http://signup.com/go/YMTX7q

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. http://signup.com/go/3yxGtR

Wednesday- Staff Luncheon- We will be providing a potluck lunch for the staff to include Panera sandwiches, crockpot meals, salads, and more. http://signup.com/go/9JdLfL

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. http://signup.com/go/oj49RX

Friday- Nacho How to Thank you- Nacho Bar- We are looking for donations for a nacho bar, including tortilla chips, taco meat, toppings, etc. http://signup.com/go/aAueGH

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

Pizza! Pizza!

Good Friday morning MCS friends and families! We are trying a new fundraiser this year, Little Caesar’s Pizza kits! Who does love a good pizza, especially on a busy night when you need something quick and delicious to feed your family? This fundraiser will help! There are many different kits available in the catalogs including different types of pizza (deep dish, signature pizzas, thin crust), bread sticks, cookie kits, pizza paddles and cutters and more! Many of the kits are available for $20, a great deal for a family meal! Watch your students take home folder as the order forms will be coming home by today. The sale will go through the end of April, with order forms and money due back to school on April 28th.  Orders will be delivered to school Monday, May 15th at 3pm. Please make arrangements to be there to pick up your orders- they will arrive frozen and can be at room temperature for a short time so it is important to keep the 15th open for pick up!  We are hoping this will be a new and exciting fundraiser. All the money we earn will be used to cover field trip expenses and end of year assemblies for our students.

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 mcsptame@gmail.com, 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!

March 27th Weekly Update

Good afternoon MCS friends and family.  Hope everyone is staying dry! Here is the link to Mr. Potter’s weekly update for this week. There is lots of great information inside, but of importance is a lunch menu change for MCS students only. We will be having an author visit tomorrow for 1-3rd grade students, which will be occurring in the cafeteria/gym. As a result, the kindergartners will be having lunch in their classrooms. Lunch will now be  turkey and cheese on a roll, dragon punch, goldfish crackers, vegetable, applesauce, and milk.

Also, I wanted to take one more moment to express thanks to #TruMooMilk and #ThanksPTOToday for supplying us with some yummy chocolate milk during our school’s Reading Under the Stars event.  During the event, the PTA also had a photo booth with some fun character props for our students to enjoy. If you have taken any photos of that night, please consider sharing with us, we’d love to see them! Use #MCSPTAStars on your social media account when sharing them, or put them in the comments here. Here’s some pictures we took: 

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 mcsptame@gmail.com.  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 1/30/17

Good Monday MCS families!

Can you believe February is just a couple days away? Does it seem like this year has been flying by to anyone else? As February approaches, so does the potential for more snow and colder temperatures. Remember to dress your kiddos in layers, and in particular snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves.

Mr. Potter’s Weekly Update has lots of great information. Reminder that Fridays in February will be Spirit Days. This coming Friday, February 3rd is “Wear your favorite sports team” day. Students are encouraged to wear shirts, hats, sweaters etc. showing off their favorite sports team.

An important part of the PTA is being advocates for our students and school, and sometimes for the PTA itself. There will be public hearing on a new bill sponsored in part by our own Rep. Anne-Marie Mastraccio, that would make all PTAs in Maine tax exempt. If you can’t make it to the hearings this Wednesday, please feel free to email or call our representatives to show support for this bill.

Thanks again to all the families that joined us for our first family movie night, we had over 100 people in our gym/cafeteria to enjoy The Secret Life of Pets! If you went to the movie night, we’d love your feedback. What did you like, what would you change, any thoughts or ideas are welcome! Just leave us a comment here, message us on Facebook, or send an email to mcsptame@gmail.com Watch for flyers and more information on our next movie night which will be occurring in March.

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.