News from the Cape Elizabeth Education Foundation                     April 2020

From the Executive Director

Like all of you, I’m writing this while adjusting to a new reality and in a house now full of online classrooms, lots of puzzles, and many more family meals as we’re all home and sharing this time. I continue to marvel at the teachers and staff of Cape schools who quickly adopted new schedules and classrooms, and supported our students through these changes. The ability of our teachers and staff to rise to the challenge of online classes, and adapt where necessary, is nothing short of amazing! 

CEEF is making changes too, and while we will not have a formal Spring grant cycle, we're supporting Cape students by donating to the Cape "Backpack Program" which helps supports students in Cape who experience food insecurity. We're also making grants available for online learning and student support on a rolling basis this Spring, and will hold our Fall grant cycle earlier than usual in September. Our board is communicating through calls and emails, supporting one another and our community as we can. Our days may not be spent exactly as we expected, but we're enjoying the sunshine and the beauty that Spring brings. I hope your family is finding its new routine and the silver lining of this time together.

Liz McEvoy 


CEEF wants to extend an enormous thank you to every member of the Cape school district who is working to keep classes running, provide meals and make sure Cape students are successful with their online courses.  The dedication of the teachers, staff, and administrators in Cape has never been clearer and we appreciate all that you are doing! 
  Given the uncertainties facing our community, it is impossible to predict where things will stand on June 11. Golf courses are temporarily closed under the new stay-at-home order but CEEF and the PNCC are closely monitoring the situation and we will have a final tournament update the first week of May. We have received so much generous support from donors and sponsors for this wonderful annual fundraiser and it is our sincere hope that we can play on. 

An Update From CEHS Junior &
CEEF Gail Rice Scholar Saleema Shir

High school life truly has taken a different path this year. With the new adjustment — which was easier to fall into due to all the hard work of CEHS’s fantastic principal, teachers, and staff — there have been minimal difficulties. The students find the new schedule consisting of only four days per week with four classes each day as a great and manageable way to continue with school; the google meets and online chats may have been odd to many at first, but it is slowly becoming the new norm. Many students, without a doubt, love having a few extra hours of sleep, too. However, students do miss the social interaction they receive at schools — in the classroom, during lunchtime, and with friends and teachers; despite being unable to meet in person, students continue to support each other on social platforms and are always willing to listen and talk to their peers, which is absolutely phenomenal and keeps the high school community together.

Grant Spotlight: Mindfulness

The CEMS "Mindfulness for Emotional Regulation in the Classroom" grant brought mindfulness education into 11 classrooms grades 5-8, reaching 212 students. In this time, students and teachers learned and practiced skills related to several areas of mindfulness: responsive relationships, strengthening core life skills, and reducing sources of stress.  It is our hope that the teachers and students who participated in our program are able to utilize their skills and share information with loved ones to enhance wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

One 8th grade teacher reflected “Since beginning this mindfulness cohort with my colleagues and my students… I have found that I am taking the time to practice mindfulness techniques and that I am able to reduce and relieve many of the stressors and negative thoughts that invade my mind on a daily basis. I think I am forming a wonderful new habit!”

We’d like to offer a few mindfulness resources for all to access:

1.    2 minute practice led by Erica (based on the in-class experiences we’ve had together)

2.    Smiling Mind (guided mindfulness practices appropriate for 3-year-olds to adults)

3.    Mindful Schools is offering free 30-minute mindfulness lessons for K-5 students at 1pm, Tuesday-Thursday, (and their families) through Facebook Live

Read more about this and other grants on our website!

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