Suzuki concert at Saint Joseph’s College to highlight young musicians and benefit victims in Japan

The New England Suzuki Institute and the Maine Suzuki Association will host a Japan Relief Benefit Concert on Sunday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m., at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish.
The concert will raise funds for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan this year. It will also honor the spirit of Dr. Suzuki in support of the Talent Education Research Institute All-Japan concert that had to be canceled in Tokyo in March. The TERI is the national Suzuki organization in Japan whose annual concert includes thousands of child musicians.
More than 200 violin, viola, cello, guitar and piano students, ages 4 to 16, from all over Maine and other New England states will perform classical music and folk tunes.
Eye witnesses from the natural disaster in Japan, along with special guests, have been asked to come and share their experiences.

Portland Water District's TroutKids Program - the release

This month, students from nine schools will bid adieu to their aquatic classmates in the highlight of the Portland Water District's TroutKids Program - the release.  Before releasing their Brook trout fry, students will determine if the location is clean or polluted through various tests.  Students will test the stream for dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, turbidity, flow, and temperature and collect aquatic insects which are indicators of water quality.

Classes have spent the winter nurturing baby Brook trout eggs in chilled incubator tanks while learning the basics of water quality protection.
The TroutKids Program combines hands-on learning with study of a range of subjects, including ecosystems and biodiversity, water quality and pollution, habitat protection, trout anatomy and life cycle, data collection and analysis, and watershed protection. Many students have experience fishing for Brook trout; a species native to Maine.

All State Music Festival in Gorham

There will be music making on the Gorham Campus of University of Southern Maine (USM) this week.  Over 400 high school musicians from Maine will converge on

USM forthe Maine Music Educators Association's annual All State Music Festival.  Last November, students went through rigorous auditions to secure a spot in one of

the threehonors performance groups: Orchestra, Band, Chorus.  Competition is keen and being accepted one year does not guarantee acceptance the next year.

Students will rehearse May 19th & 20th on campus, then move to Windham High School for the concerts on May 21st.  Order of the concerts is as follows: 2:00 pm

Orchestra; 3:30 pm Band; 5:00 pm Chorus. Tickets may be purchased at the door.  Ticket prices are $8.00 each for ONE concert; $6.00 each for TWO concerts ($12.00

total); $5.00 each for all three concerts. ($15.00 total).

Child Care Center Opening Soon!

Greater Portland Area — Open House June 17, 2011  6-8pm

Let the highest quality teachers, creative curriculum and indoor gym create a physically and academically rich environment for your child! Our teachers have a passion for teaching young children and serve as positive role-models that lead healthy, active lives. We provide a caring, safe and nurturing environment to children ages 6 weeks through 5 years old. The Academy promotes physical and cognitive development to create healthy, independent children that are prepared for kindergarten in either public or private setting.
We are actively renovating our site and playground space through the month of May, setting up our school in June and will begin touring soon!

Spring 2011 Walk & Bike to School Events in Your Neighborhood

• Auburn, The Walton School, Walk to School Day, May 5
• Biddeford, Community Bicycle Center, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Wednesdays, starting April 6
• Bridgton, Stevens Brook Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 17
• Brunswick, Jordan Acres Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Thursdays, starting May 5
• Brunswick, Longfellow Elementary School, Monthly Walk & Bike to School Days, all year
• Bucksport, Miles Lane School, Walk to School Day, May 13
• Calais Elementary School, Walking School Bus, Tuesdays & Thursdays starting April 26
• Camden, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 18
• Cutler, Bay Ridge Elementary School, Daily Walk & Ride to School Days, June 13 – 17
• Dresden Elementary School, Grades 3 -5 School Bike Trek, May 25
• Eagle Lake Elementary School, Walk & Bike to School Day, May 25
• Falmouth,

Gorham Middle School staff celebrate the Royal Wedding with Fancy Hat Day!

Gorham Middle School staff celebrate the Royal Wedding with Fancy Hat Day!

Gorham Middle School has been building enthusiasm for today's sensational 21st century event for a couple of weeks.  A Royal Hat Day was proposed by a couple of male faculty members. 

The Gorham Middle School staff is always looking for ways to improve its climate and culture.  One of the ways they do so is by increasing the fun factor at school as often as they can. Staffers believe that if you can't have fun, learning can be a ROYAL pain!   

Participants shared ideas, hat making materials and practiced their royal waves and British accents in preparation for today. 

 The event was planned as an adults only event.    


Chet Jordan Leadership Award Supports Students in Aroostook, Cumberland, Kennebec & Penobscot County

ELLSWORTH & PORTLAND - The Maine Community Foundation’s Chet Jordan Leadership Award offers scholarships to students from Aroostook, Cumberland, Kennebec, and Penobscot Counties.
The award honors students who are achieving their goals despite hardship, adversity, or disability. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate leadership, independent thinking, initiative, and hard work in their communities and schools.
Eligible applicants are graduating seniors at the following high schools: Bangor, Brewer, Cape Elizabeth, Cheverus, Cony, Cumberland, Deering, Falmouth, Gorham, Greely, John Bapst, Katahdin, Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, Yarmouth, and all high schools in Aroostook County.
Applications are due April 15, 2011.