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  1. Second Annual Grandparents’ Breakfast at Bean

    September 22, 2019

    On September 13th and September 20th, the students at JHB were joined by special guests for breakfast. The tables were adorned with fall-themed tablecloths and decorations. Around 300 grandparents attended this year’s event put on by the PTO. The breakfast menu included fruit, yogurt, muffins, donuts, juice, and coffee. Additionally, students and their grandparents were… Read More

  2. JHB focuses on trauma-informed practices

    September 17, 2019

    This year, JHB will be focusing our professional development on becoming more cognizant of how we support students who arrive at school each day affected by trauma. Our focus will be on how the events are impacting our students’ ability to learn. Our goal will be to create more nurturing, trauma-sensitive learning environments for all… Read More

  3. James H. Bean Gets A Facelift!

    September 12, 2019

    JHB was awarded 30 gallons of paint through Painting A Brighter Future grant last spring. Staff members were given the opportunity to choose a color to create an accent wall in their classrooms. Volunteers were rounded up over the summer to paint the cafeteria, the lobby, the bathrooms, and classrooms. What a difference a coat… Read More


    June 6, 2019

    The James Bean School was awarded a grant from Sherwin Williams called “Paint a Brighter Future.” With this award, we were able to secure 30 gallons of paint to brighten our hallways and classrooms. Teachers and staff have chosen their colors and we are now looking for volunteers to help us paint! Students, teachers, staff,… Read More

  5. JHB Living Wax Museum

    May 16, 2019

    On April 4th, parents and community members packed the gymnasium to spend an evening at JHB’s “Living Wax Museum.” Each fifth grader chose a historical figure to research. They crafted an informative writing piece, created a visual,  and dressed as that person would have. Additionally, many included props so that the listeners would have a… Read More

  6. Tamra Wight talks writing, books and wildlife at JHB!

    May 13, 2019

    by Kathryn Bailey,  Librarian All students in grades 3-5 had the pleasure of hearing Maine author and wildlife photographer Tamra Wight present on May 3rd at the James H. Bean Elementary school.  Students, teachers, and librarians were captivated by Tamra’s obvious passion for wildlife, her down-to-earth personality, and commitment to her craft. Tamra’s constant positive… Read More

  7. After School Action at JHB

    April 11, 2019

    JHB students were so fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in three after-school activities during the month of March. Physical Education teacher, Nate Quirion,  offered his Intramural Club for six weeks to fourth and fifth graders. Forty-three students participated in three weeks of basketball and three weeks of floor hockey. Sadie LaJoie, parent of… Read More

  8. Reading at JHB

    April 5, 2019

    James H. Bean kicked off “Read Across America” and it’s “Dino-mite” Book Fair on Friday, March. 1. The day began with Mrs. Hill, Literacy Interventionist, and Sharon Cormier, Math Interventionist, hosting a parent event that offered math and literacy activities all centered around the works of Dr. Seuss. Ten of our Title 1 students were… Read More

  9. JHB hosts “Family Math Morning”

    March 6, 2019

    On the morning of February 8th, the classrooms at James H. Bean were much more crowded than usual. One hundred and seventy-four parents and/or family members joined their children for an hour full of math activities and games. We were pleasantly surprised with the turnout as 54% of our students were joined by a parent… Read More

  10. Showing Gratitude To Our Community HEROES

    February 19, 2019

    The members of JHB’s Student Leadership Team delivered “Hero Bags” to local heroes, our first responders, on Thursday, February 14. The students contacted the various agencies to determine how many heroes we have in our community, brainstormed items to put into the bags, shopped for the items, voluntarily gave up their recesses to create the… Read More

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