Focus on Education

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 30, 2012
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Opening day for grades 1 to 8: Wednesday, September 5, 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Noon dismissal for grade 1: Sept. 5 - 7.
Opening day for Kindergarten, pre-Kindergarten, Pre-school and Aftercare:
Monday, September 10, 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Kindergarten Aftercare: 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Regular school-day hours 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

New staff

The Bay School is pleased to announce the following additions to our staff for school year 2012-13:

Neal Kennerk, Class Teacher: Neal, who most recently taught at the Waldorf School of Louisville, comes to the Bay School with over 10 years of Waldorf teaching experience, as well as six years as a teacher of science, math, geography, art, music and multi-cultural storytelling at the Kentahten Waldorf Teacher Training Institute. He holds a Master’s in Waldorf Education from Antioch University of New England.

Elizabeth Bruno, Mathematics Teacher: Bruno, parent of a Bay School alumna and an architect by profession, brings years of experience teaching advanced math concepts to adults under her architectural training and supervision, and now comes to the Bay School to begin her professional teaching life in the discipline of algebra.

Diane Fitzgerald, Parent Child Program Teacher: Fitzgerald, founding teacher for the Bay School’s Morning Garden program, is returning to her position after some years away. She carries extensive training and long years of experience in Waldorf kindergarten teaching and parent/child work and will be leading three sessions of the program in the coming year.

Cameron Frothingham, Woodworking Teacher: A trained carpenter and boat builder, Frothingham will begin his fifth year as a teacher as he joins the Bay School faculty this fall. His varied teaching and professional experience will round out the Bay School’s specialty program in this new practical arts program the school is launching this year.

Bill Gray, Facilities Manager: Gray comes to the Bay School with over a decade spent managing school facilities and brings a wide range of experience and licensed expertise to the administrative team.

Betsy Lieser, Administrative Assistant: Lieser holds a degree in communications and will bring to the school’s office team her more than 15 years of experience in the roles of art director, creative director, and project manager of successful design firms and projects large and small.

Administrative staff

Khalif Williams, Director, 374-2187,
Kathryn Dillon, Development Director, 374-2187, /> Judy Robbins, Business Manager, 374-2187, /> Betsy Lieser, Administrative Assistant, 374-2187, /> Bill Gray, Facilities Manager, 374-2187, />

The Bay School Store is located at Mainescape on South Street, Blue Hill. Store hours are Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or by chance or appointment on Saturdays.

Store Manager Lisa Looke, />

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Aug. 27-30 - Faculty Inservices
Aug. 29 - Maine faculty Professional Day
Aug. 30 - New Parent conferences, Grades 1-8 Kindergarten gathering
Sep. 4 - New parent orientation
Sep. 5 - Noon dismissal. Opening day and Circle Grade 1-8
Sep. 7 - Noon dismissal for Grade 1
Sep, 6 - Fall sports meeting (soccer, x-country) 3 p.m.
Sep. 10 - Opening Day, Preschool, pre-K and K
Sep. 10 - Opening Day aftercare
Sep. 19 - Welcome Back Gathering & Class Meetings, evening
Sep. 28 - Michaelmas Celebration
Sep. 28 - ASG - Blue Hill Mountain, afternoon
Oct. 5 - Noon dismissal, Faculty Inservice
Oct, 8 - Columbus Day, no school
Oct, 12 - Apple Friday
Oct, 13 - Apple Fest
Oct. 18 - School photos
Oct. 18 - Noon dismissal, Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 19 - No school, Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 31 - Halloween celebration
Nov. 12 - Veterans Day
Nov. 20 - All-school Thanksgiving celebration
Nov. 21-23 - Thanksgiving vacation
Nov. 26 - School resumes
Nov. 30 - Winter Faire opening night party
Dec. 1 - Winter Faire
Dec. 16 - Advent Spiral
Dec. 20 - Nowell
Dec. 21 - Noon dismissal, ASG - Secret Santa
Dec. 22 - Winter Vacation begins
Jan. 7 - School resumes
Jan. 21 - M.L.King, Jr. Day
Jan. 17 - Noon dismissal, Parent/Teacher Conf, Grades 1-8
Jan. 18 - No School, Parent/Teacher Conf, Grades 1-8