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Linda Boyd                                       Chelsea Hunnewell

                               Principal Linda Boyd Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell                            

June 15, 2018                                                                              


Upcoming Events at a Glance:


Tuesday, June 19 – Drama Club, final meeting to watch the play DVD

Wednesday, June 20 – Step-Up Day

Thursday, June 21 – Last All-School Meeting and Fifth Grade Send-Off

Thursday, June 21 Be sure to order you child’s bag lunch! (See details below)

Friday, June 22 Pick up student medications from Health Office by 12:00PM

Friday, June 22 - Last Day of School, 12:05PM Dismissal


Dear Parents and Guardians,      

We welcomed back our graduating seniors this morning at our annual South School Senior Send-Off Breakfast. The seniors wore nametags that sported photos of their youthful, fifth grade faces so that their teachers would be able to recognize them. It was very rewarding to hear about their future prospects and to reminisce about the old days at South School. They toured the building, played on the playground and marveled at all the changes. They were all thrilled to be awarded our PBIS Respect, Responsibility and Safety stickers! They remembered that the Safety sticker was the hardest one to get! We wish them a celebrated graduation this evening.

Our Talent Show winners served in their administrative and custodial roles this week. Reya Rivera served as Principal on Tuesday. She did the announcements and helped with the 1 – 3 grade Field Day. Isabella Devine served as Assistant Principal this morning and also did the announcements. She, along with Shana Hatfield and Kiley Holeva, special education directors, helped with the clean-up from the Senior Breakfast and then assisted with bulletin boards and making classroom visuals. Gretchen Murray, custodian for the day, assisted Mr. Nickerson with the cafeteria set-up and Senior Breakfast clean-up.

The Drama Club will be having a year-end wrap up meeting to watch the DVD of their performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Tuesday, June 19, right after school in the library. Pickup will be at 4:30. Drama parents:  You should have received a separate email from Mrs. Schilling regarding this

Step-Up Day for grades 1 – 4 will be Wednesday, June 20. A separate letter was sent home last week that detailed this process. Please keep in mind we do not accept specific teacher requests and that no class placement changes will be made unless extreme circumstances warrant such action.

Our last All-School Meeting and Fifth Grade Send-Off Party will be held on Thursday, June 21. The PTA will be sponsoring a special Send-Off Celebration for our fifth graders. They will eat pizza, sign yearbooks and dance!!! We would like to thank Liz Burgess and the PTA for organizing this fun event. Also, we would like to acknowledge Christy Murray for the fine production of our yearbook!

Important Lunch Information for the Last Day of School:  Dining Services will be serving bag lunches that only include the choice of sun butter sandwiches on the last day of school. Just as you did for field days, you can order online through the Dining Services website, and click on Field Trip Lunch Form, or pick up a hard copy of the form in the main office.

Please be sure to pick up your child’s prescription and over-the-counter medications from the Health Office by noon on Friday, June 22. Any medication not picked up by a parent or guardian by this time will be discarded. If your child will require medication (including over-the-counter medication) for next year, a doctor’s note dated for the 2018-2019 school year must accompany the medication.

Please visit this link: for the suggested Summer Reading List 2018 and click on the file name to download the list. And don’t forget to continue to follow us on Twitter (@Londonderry_ses) for all the latest news and information over the summer.  

****Lunch Accounts, Library Books/Fines and Report Cards:  Please be aware that your child’s report card and year-end reports will be withheld until their lunch account and/or library fines are paid up in full. This is a district-wide policy.

Enjoy the last edition of the Daily Hawk, written by our fifth grade journalists and advised by Mrs. Daron and Miss Lantagne!

This will be my last letter to you this year, though we still have four and a half days of school next week – dismissal at 12:05PM on Friday! Thank you for another gratifying year with your children. It is a privilege to serve this school community. The first day of school for the 2018-2019 School Year is Monday, August 27!

Summer is still 4 days away!




Linda Boyd


 Step-Up Day Letter

Dear South School Families,


South School’s Step-Up Day is set for the afternoon of Wednesday, June 20 at 2:00PM. Our learners will spend half an hour with their next year’s teacher and classmates. During this time, fifth graders will be joining the specialists outside, enjoying some yearbook and t-shirt signing.


We believe there are many advantages to doing a Step-Up Day, including learners being introduced ahead of time to their teacher and class setting, as well as meeting their future classmates. Please be aware, however, that the rare possibility exists that teacher placements may change over the summer. Multiple factors can contribute to this, including: learners moving in to town, an influx of new students at a certain grade level, or an unanticipated staff resignation or retirement. The crucial step in any of these instances will be clear and appropriate communication on our part. Mrs. Hunnewell and/or I will personally reach out to those families impacted and communicate our plan and course of action. As you all know, South School is fortunate to have dedicated teachers offering diverse strengths to all of our learners.


We look forward to the 18-19 school year and the continued growth of our learners. Rest assured that, regardless of your child’s placement, they will have the benefit of all the outstanding resources South School has to offer. As always, thank you in advance for your continued support.


For those parents who have incoming first graders, placements include a thorough and clearly articulated process that will be completed over the course of the summer. Class lists will be posted on the front doors of the building one week prior to the beginning of school.




Linda Boyd