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Lyseth Family News - Friday, March 22,

From Ms. Goodall and Ms. Edlund:

We had several field trips across the school this week! Fifth graders went to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Where they learned about lobsters, tides, and GPS systems that ships use to navigate.

Our Kindergartners visited the Sugar House at the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS).  

In preparation for this fieldwork, all 500 kindergarten students in PPS have tapped maple trees on their schoolyards and have been engaged in lessons about maple trees and maple sugaring.  Students have learned about the Indigenous origins of maple sugaring and learned how to identify maple trees, as well as learning about the habitat they provide for animals. This unit aims to introduce students to the Indigenous values of gratitude and reciprocity, which are deeply embedded within a Wabanaki worldview.

The student-built PATHS Sugar House, which opened in 2022, is used by PATHS students in the Landscapes & Gardens program to learn about trees as they collect sap and boil it down to create maple syrup to use in the school’s culinary program. During the visit today Talbot students will hear a Wabanaki maple syrup creation story from a Passamaquoddy and Penobscot citizen, learn about the habitat of the maple tree, enjoy a tour of the Sugar House, taste maple syrup and engage in maple leaf art activities.

Meanwhile, the Maine Celtics Team came to visit Lyseth students to talk about hard work and perseverance.  Students enjoy trying out some warm-up drills and hearing about practice for a professional baseball team.  


Event/Reminders Date & Time

School Board Session

School Board Session - Come share your thoughts, ideas and questions with members of the School Board! 



March 26⋅5:00 – 6:00pm

Sign Ups for Q 4 Enrichment Clubs  Due March 26th 
April Vacation, No School

April 15-19th


Enrichment Club Sign Ups--Complete by 3/26

It's time for our final round of enrichment clubs this year! Please find links to interest forms below. You can also access these links on our PTA website (

English Form

Somali Form

Portuguese Form

French Form

You have until 10 PM on Tuesday, 3/26 to complete this form. Registration forms should go out Thursday morning. 

  • Please note that Cross Country is being offered this quarter and the registration will be released by the first week of April
  • Additionally, Legos has a separate registration form. If you are interested in Legos, please use this link to directly register for the club
  • Finally, the Lyseth Swifties Club has been expanded to include K-5 and will have 2 sections. This is reflected in the interest forms.

Please send any questions to

PPS Rock Around the World

Join us for the Multilingual & Multicultural Center’s fundraising extravaganza on April 26th, 2024, from 7-11:00PM. A night of international dancing, Rock Around the World will feature dance instruction from exciting performers from Cambodia, Afghanistan, India, and Cuba, among others. Bid on items and experiences generously donated by Portland community members, including some of Southern Maine’s most beloved establishments. You’ll be able to enjoy delicious international hors d'oeuvres provided by some of Portland's finest eateries, and the dynamic musical stylings of DJ Our Latin Thing. 

Tickets to this event are limited, and are $50 in advance through EventBrite. You can also get your tickets from the Multilingual Office by calling 207-874-8135. To reserve your ticket(s) and to learn more about Rock Around the World, please visit your school would like to reserve a table for ten, please call the Multilingual & Multicultural Office.

If you are interested in helping out, please let us know if you would be willing to donate a themed basket for the silent auction. So far we have received an international spice basket, a beach basket, a spa basket, and a bread basket.

All proceeds from the event will go towards supporting students enrolled in the Make It Happen program, our award-winning college-readiness and academic-achievement program for language minority students.