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 South School Photo 2018

Linda Boyd                                 Chelsea Hunnewell                
Principal Linda Boyd               Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell            

Deb Setterlund             
     Director of Special Education Debra Setterlund

December 7, 2018


Upcoming events:


Winter Concert – Monday, December 10, 7:00PM, LMS

Wednesday Wellness Stress and the Holidays Wednesday, December 12 – 6:00 – 7:30PM, Rm 221, LHS

LMS Barnes and Noble Book Fair Thursday, December 13 – to benefit Londonderry Middle School programs

Parenting A Second Time Around (P.A.S.T.A) –Thursday, December 13, 6:00-7:00PM, YMCA, 206 Rockingham Road

Candygram Orders Due – Friday, December 14

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day Friday, December 14 – Our learners may join the fun!

McIntyre Ski Program Registration Due – Monday, December 17

Operation Snowflake Snow Clothes Drive (see below) – ends Friday, December 21


Dear Parents and Guardians:


So many South School families enjoyed pancakes and sausage at our Breakfast with Santa! We would like to extend a huge thank you to the people who helped make this event the success that it was: Holly Maki, Kristen Melaragni, Mike Laverty, Dana Raza, Jenn Barth, Brandi Roy, T. J. O’Loughlin, Emily Kus, Kate Falzarano, Marc Boyd, Leslie Schilling, Scott Lohnes (and his tuba), the Thibodeau family, Jen Colantuoni, Katie Desfosses and Student Council members. We also had 75 plus volunteers who donated their time and energy to this fun, family event (even for set-up the night before), including many South School alumni! So many gorgeous cakes were donated to the Candy Cane Cake Walk! Thank you for your participation! It was very rewarding to see families relaxing together and enjoying all the festivities.


Another huge thank you goes to the local businesses that made generous donations of fabulous raffle items. Ryanne Cook was the winner of the cruise, donated by Mark Oswald. Nickolas Pobocik won the bike donated by Ford of Londonderry. Students Kaydience Mullen won the ride to school in a fire truck and Jason Shanley won the ride to school in a police car. Their arrival at school will be aired live on LEO 21 during our All-School Meeting on the morning of Friday, December 21!


We had some very special senior guests who enjoyed their time with us! Thirteen senior citizens from Londonderry attended the Breakfast, enticed by some precious invitations written by our learners. They each felt a special bond with the child who wrote their letter and with the Safety Patroller who served as their host and guide. I received a number of very complimentary thank you notes from the seniors. They all mentioned what a great experience it was to reconnect with the schools, and were very impressed with our genteel guides who made them feel very comfortable.



We would also like to extend a special thank you Allegra Boverman, who graciously donated her time to capture some wonderful moments with Santa at the Breakfast. Digital copies of the photos from the breakfast can be found using this link Allegra runs her own freelance photography business locally. Additional information may be found on her website at


Our Winter Concert, featuring the band, orchestra and chorus, will be held on Monday, December 10 at 7:00PM in the LMS gym. All are welcome to attend. We would like to thank Brian Freed for preparing the band and chorus so well and Kurt Villiard for his fine work with the orchestra.


Our Student Council raised $481 for the “Gift of Warmth”. They will be presenting a BIG check to a representative from the agency at our December All-School Meeting.


Operation Snowflake is a snow clothes drive sponsored by Londonderry Girl Scout Troops 51150 and 59133 and friends. Look for the collection boxes in the South School lobby, as well as at North School, Matthew Thornton School, Moose Hill School and the Town Hall. They are looking for donations of children’s new or gently worn winter wear. Thank you in advance for your donations. The collection ends on Friday, December 21.


Parenting A Second Time Around (P.A.S.T.A.) is offering an Information Night on Thursday, December 13 from 6:00 to 7:00PM (snow date – December 20) at the YMCA of Greater Londonderry, located at 206 Rockingham Road in Londonderry. P.A.S.T.A. is a free support group for family caregivers and grandparents in the position of raising children again. Topics include child development, discipline and guidance, caring for oneself as a caregiver, rebuilding a family, living with teens, legal issues and advocacy. This is hosted by Greater Derry Community Health Services, Inc. and the South Central NH Public Health Network. A 6-week Support Group is coming soon in February/March. For more information, please contact Lisa Fitzgerald at 603-437-9622 or


The McIntyre Ski Area 2019 Learn to Ski and Snowboard School Program registration deadline is December 17. Please email SOUTHSKINH@GMAIL.COM with any questions. The last Ski Club Information Night at McIntyre is on Monday, December 10, 6:00 – 7:00PM.


South School Ugly Sweater Day is Friday, December 14! Our learners are welcome to join in on the fun that day. This is also the last day to submit Candygram orders.


The PTA is in the early stages of planning a Family Dance that will happen in February. We want you to help decide this year's theme! Vote today in our Doodle poll!


Thank you for your donations to our Adopt-A-Family program! All items are due this week. We appreciate your generosity!


Have a nice weekend of holiday preparations!




Linda Boyd