Brewer Community School Wins “Best in State” in Scholastic Reading Challenge

Last summer, students from BCS, along with children from all 50 states and 14 countries participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Students world-wide read over 138 million minutes, and once again, BCS won the title of “Best in State” school. We had a total of 390,481 minutes read, and along with the title of “Best in State,” our school earned a commemorative plaque and will be featured in the 2018 Scholastic Book of World Records.

In November, classrooms had reading celebrations, where students got bracelets and participants received individual certificates. Our 15 top readers (all reading 3,000 minutes or more) were featured on our daily announcements, and were invited to the January School Committee Meeting as well.

Congratulations to all our readers!

District Newsletter January 2018

Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 finds you well and that you are staying warm. Please find in the link below, the first district-wide newsletter for the 2017-18 school year. We are hoping to make this a part of an electronic platform as we celebrate and share all the great things that happen in the Brewer School Department. If you find yourself thinking you have something you would like to put in our spring edition, please send your items to the Superintendent through email, ctowle@breweredu.org.

Have a wonderful day and as always, thank you for all you do for the children of Brewer.

Here is the link: https://www.smore.com/e9zu7

Enjoy!

Transportation Message – Safety during sub-zero temperatures

MEMA Encourages Caution with Dangerously Low Temperatures

December 29, 2017

Contact:
MEMA
207-624-4400

AUGUSTA, MAINE —As sub-zero temperatures continue across the State, MEMA urges Mainers to use extreme caution to avoid hypothermia or even death.

The National Weather Service reports that very cold air will continue across the region this weekend and through at least the middle of next week with most locations unlikely to get above the freezing mark for the foreseeable future.

MEMA offers the following tips to help Mainers stay safe during the dangerously cold weather:

To Prevent Hypothermia, dress in layers, wear a warm hat – 30% of heat loss is through the head, wear a scarf and gloves. Infants should be in a room in which the temperature is 61-68 degrees Fahrenheit. Drink plenty of fluids and warm/hot drinks. Eat regular balanced meals to give you energy – good nutrition is important. Keep active when it’s cold, but not to the point where you’re sweating. Keep dry and change out of wet clothes as soon as possible. Cut down on alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, since all three cause heat loss. Try to keep one room in the house warm. Ask your doctor if you are on any medications that affect your ability to maintain a steady body temperature (such as neuroleptic medications and sedative hypnotics).

Symptoms of hypothermia include decreased consciousness, sleepiness, confusion, and/or disorientation; shivering, pale or blue skin, numbness, poor coordination, slurred speech; In severe hypothermia, shivering decreases or goes away, and the person becomes unconscious and has very shallow breaths.

Winter Driving Tips and Holiday Travel:

If you plan to travel over the holiday weekend, be sure to watch the weather reports and plan accordingly.

Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area such as a garage to avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Make sure tires are properly inflated and in good condition. Check windshield wiper fluid, ensure the vehicle is clear of all ice and snow and never mix radial tires with other types of tires. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid the gas line freezing up or running out of gas and becoming stranded. Bring a fully-charged cell phone and program roadside assistance numbers.

If you become stranded in your vehicle, stay with the vehicle and tie a brightly-colored cloth to the antenna or use other distress signal. Run the engine and heater just long enough to remove chill to conserve gas.

Update the emergency kits in your vehicles with the items below and be sure to let someone know when and where you will be traveling and when you expect to arrive at your destination.

• A shovel 
• Windshield scraper and small broom 
• Flashlight 
• Battery powered radio 
• Extra batteries 
• Water 
• Snack food 
• Matches 
• Extra hats, socks and mittens 
• First aid kit with pocket knife • Necessary medications 
• Blanket(s) 
• Tow chain or rope 
• Road salt and sand 
• Booster cables 
• Emergency flares 
• Fluorescent distress flag

The staff at MEMA wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year. For additional preparedness, shelter and safety information, please visit MainePrepares.com, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter. Shelter information is also available by calling 2-1-1 or contacting your local town office, fire or police department.

Don’t Forget to Look in Our Electronic Backpack!

Parents are encouraged to check out our electronic back pack. In there you will see any papers or newsletters that were sent home. We also keep forms and notices that parents need to be aware of. Under our parent and student tab you will find the link. Also, don’t forget to check your child’s MEA testing results and NWEA’s. You should have gotten them with the report cards. We appreciate your support and involvement!