Important Dates at School

May 23 – Pen Pal Tea, 1 p.m.

May 24 – Workshop day – No school

May 27 – Workshop day – No school

June 14 – Graduation

New Principal

The new principal at Hope Elementary School is Danielle Fagonde of Jonesport. She has been principal of Jonesport Elementary School for the last two years. Prior to that she taught grade 1 for eight years and worked a year in Special Education. Mrs. Fagonde attended the University of New York at Buffalo and received her BA degree in social sciences from the University of Maine at Machias. She received her masters of education degree in school administration from the University of Maine Orono and is presently enrolled in the Certified Advanced Graduate Study program from Orono. Please join us in extending Mrs. Fagonde, her husband, two boys and two dogs to the Hope school district.

New Security System at School

If you wish to enter the elementary building during school (8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) please face the aluminum box on the brick wall to the right of the front door. The top circle is the camera and the silver button on the bottom right needs to be pushed. Please wait to be asked “May I help you?” then respond with your name and why you are at the school. You will be told when you can enter the building. Thank you for your support and understanding as we make our school a safe place for everyone.

School Budget

The proposed Hope School budget for 2013-2014 will be put to a vote on May 15 at 7 p.m. in the Hope School gym. The amounts approved that eventing will be the total amount on the referendum on June 11. We are now facing loss of federal funds and grant money – the bottom line is an increase of $128,910.91 for next year. The loss of grant funding that has supported technology and some educational technicians has been lost and an new ed. tech is needed for a special needs student (this position is expected to be fully reimbursed). Please know that we have made reductions from our first draft and have not added increased programming that we would like to provide our students.

4-H Alumni

Former 4-H members, leaders and volunteers, please contact the University of Maine Cooperative Extension of Knox and Lincoln Counties at 832-0343 or 1-800-244-2104 (in Maine) or email

We are collecting contact information in order to invite former 4-Hers to an upcoming 4-H Public Supper. This will be a fundraiser as well as a celebration of 100 Years of 4-H in Maine. This supper will be in June. The association is offering the oldest former 4-H member or leader to respond a $100 gift certificate to the Maine restaurant of your choice.

Ladies Club

At the Tuesday, May 14, meeting members and guests are to be at the fire station at 10 a.m.; the mystery ride will leave promptly. Please bring your lunch, beverage will be provided.

Cemetery Meeting

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Hope Town Office on Monday, May 6. The Cemetery Committee has expanded the cemetery — Hope Grove — to include addition grave sites. If you are interested in purchasing sites you should contact town sexton Jan Campbell at 763-3777.

Class of 1958

Work meeting for the class reunion will be Tuesday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Windward Gardens.

Class lunch for the class of 1958 will be Thursday, May 9, at noon at The Helm restaurant.

Class of 1960

The Camden class of 1960 will meet for the next class luncheon May 10 at noon at The Offshore Restaurant.

Thank You

William and Francina would like to thank everyone who came to help celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 21, at Hope Corner Fire Station. We arrived with the aid of Sterling Ambulance and had a wonderful catered (by Devon Sailsbury) party. I was happy I was able to attend as earlier that day I had fallen in the bathroom and hit my head and elbow. I took a trip to Pen Bay for X-rays to be sure I was not broken. Again thank you to everyone who came and made the day so special for William and I.