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Elementary school connects with students

By Christine Simmonds | Apr 07, 2020
Courtesy of: RSU 13 Thomaston Grammar School

Thomaston — Thomaston Grammar School principal Ainslee Riley has started releasing daily morning announcements on the school’s Facebook page.

Riley said the idea came from a staff member and she saw some other schools have similar videos. Schools have been closed since the middle of March.

Riley said this week, at least, she will make an announcement video every day, “because that’s what we normally do every day.” The announcement includes a morning greeting, sharing birthdays, a reminder of the school rules and a student leading the pledge of allegiance.

Riley asked parents to send in videos of their Thomaston Grammar School students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance for the morning announcements. The first video featured Beckett Haskell, a fourth grade student at TGS.

Students can submit a video of themselves reciting the pledge to Riley at “I’m hoping to get lots more!” said Riley on one of the videos.

The school rules at the end of the video are a compilation of different Thomaston Grammar School teachers. The rules are “be safe, be kind and try your best.”

Riley said she put out a call for staff members to record themselves saying the rules, and her son taught her how to use iMovie to edit the videos together. She said she will try to do different staff members every day.

“The staff was great about sending in clips,” Riley said. “It’s just nice for the kids to see the faces of their teachers.” The clips include teachers, educational technicians, school nurses and other staff.

The daily announcements also include a review of the monthly character attribute. Riley said the school just introduced the attribute of responsibility before school was closed, so they were not able to focus on it much.

Riley said the daily announcements will continue to focus on responsibility and also on the next attribute of positive attitude. She said these two attributes were especially important during the pandemic and extended leave from school.

“It was really appropriate that those happened to be the attributes,” Riley said.

“We all really miss out students.” Riley said. “It’s just not the same as seeing them in person. We want to send them as many reminders of our Thomaston Grammar School family as possible.”

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