Calais PTO Plans Upcoming Events

By Lura Jackson

The Calais Parent Teacher Organization met on Wednesday, November 19th at Karen’s Diner for an informal discussion and to plan the upcoming events of the school year. The meeting was attended by both physical and virtual participants thanks to PTO President Jennifer Fleming’s use of Facebook to digitally broadcast the moment-to-moment highlights to online meeting members.

The PTO has arranged for noted Maine children’s author Lynn Plourde to visit Calais Elementary School on December 2nd at 12:30. Plourde will be doing a special presentation of her newest book, Merry Moosey Christmas. For the first part of the presentation, Plourde will show a slideshow of the book while reading along with it. Illustrator Russ Cox will then demonstrate his drawing technique to the children, and then Plourde will act out the story with the assistance of audience members. Students that preordered will be able to obtain a signed copy of the book. The PTO has ordered additional signed copies for the library and for students that weren’t able to preorder in time.

Under the advisement of CES music teacher Alison Brennan, the PTO has purchased a flute for general usage at the school. At present, the school offers a rental program to students who are unable to afford an instrument, though not all students can afford the fees. To meet the needs of those students, the PTO aims to donate a musical instrument per year to the school. The donated instruments will be loaned to a single student at a time (until they no longer need it or move on from the school), cleaned, and then loaned again.

The PTO has been making ongoing donations to the well-received and popular after-school program at CES. President Fleming said that rather than making a monetary donation, she has been donating $25 worth of crafting materials such as clay, string, and beads to the program. The after-school program costs $3.25 an hour to attend and runs until 5:30 on weekdays.

This year, the PTO will once again be collecting wish lists from teachers for necessary classroom items. Once the wish lists are collected, the PTO fulfills the wishes by purchasing the items, stretching the capabilities of classroom activities.  

After the New Year, there is a Family Game Night tentatively scheduled for January 23rd. This fun and relaxing evening will give families the opportunity to get out and play games with each other during an otherwise long and cold season. Spirit Week has also been planned for the week of February 9-13th (just before break).


The next meeting of the PTO will be held on January 8th. Parents and community members are welcome to attend and invited to join the PTO online at