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Linda Boyd                                 Chelsea Hunnewell                
Principal Linda Boyd               Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell            

Deb Setterlund             
     Director of Special Education Debra Setterlund

September 21, 2018


Upcoming events:


PTA Ice Cream Social Wednesday, September 26, 6:30 – 8:00PM (Stop serving at 7:45PM)

Parent Information Night Gr. 1 - (Parents Only) – Thursday, September 27, 6:00 – 6:45PM

PTA Meadow Farms Fundraiser Orders Due – Friday, October 5

Elementary Cross Country Race – Wednesday, October 10, 4:00 at LHS Track

District-Wide Career Day Wednesday, October 10

Wellness Wednesday Wednesday, October 10, 6:00 – 7:30, LHS Room 221

LHS Music Mattress Sale – Saturday, October 13, 10:00AM to 4:00PM 


Dear Parents and Guardians:


Thank you to those who came out to the first PTA Meeting of the year Monday night. The PTA meets monthly on the third Monday of the month at 6:30 in the library. PTA volunteers are currently working on motivational quotes painted throughout the building, adding character and purpose to our walls. If you are interested in helping in any way, please reach out to Holly Maki at    


We hope to see many of you at our PTA Welcome Back Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, September 26, from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. (Ice cream will be served until 7:45PM.) Sign-up forms were sent home earlier this month. Join us for a delicious “Make Your Own Sundae”. The cost is $10.00 per family and you may pay at the door. This is a great time to meet many South School staff and families. If you have any questions about the Ice Cream Social, contact Kim McKinnon at South School logo wear will also be on sale at the social.


Thank you for your flexibility in rescheduling our First Grade Parent Information Night to Thursday, September 27 from 6:00 – 6:45PM. This evening is for parents only. We look forward to seeing you there!


Information regarding the PTA's fall fundraiser with Meadow Farms went home earlier this week with your learner. Hopefully you have taken the opportunity to look at all the great items available in the catalog. The Fall Fundraiser is the single biggest way we earn money for the South School PTA. We encourage you and your family to sell the products. We also understand that not everyone wants to sell. We simply ask that if you don’t want to sell anything, please consider donating $15 per student to help support the South School PTA. Orders are due by Friday, October 5. Thank you in advance for your support.


One of our school goals is to increase our learners’ STAMINA on learning tasks, specifically in reading, writing, mathematics and i-Ready, as stated in last week’s letter. This goal is an extension of our POP Goal of promoting Perseverance, Ownership and Practice. Stamina is defined as:  being able to do something for a long time without getting tired or without giving up! A number of classes are working on Reading Stamina right now. They have created charts that show their progress as a class in maintaining focus and keeping their eyes on print for successively longer periods of time. This takes PRACTICE! They are also discovering strategies that help their reading stamina. Making sure that learners are reading a “good fit” book that matches their interest, purpose and reading level helps to increase reading stamina. Ask your child what strategies they use to increase their reading stamina!



Last year, as a school, we developed common practices for reading instruction, which we would like to share with you:

South School Common Practices in Reading (CPR)

Londonderry School District

Updated May 2018


 “When a student enters your school, what promises do you make about the literacy education he or she will receive?” (Lucy Calkins)

  1. Above all, good teachers matter. Learners need teachers who demonstrate what it means to live richly literate lives, wearing a love of reading and writing on their sleeves, providing a high level of literacy engagement. (Lucy Calkins)

  2. Learners need daily explicit reading instruction and opportunities to engage in authentic practice.

  3. Learners need to be read aloud to everyday.

  4. Learners need to learn common language about reading.

  5. Learners need to learn how to choose “good fit” books.

  6. Learners need access to high interest books of varied genres and reading levels of their own choosing.

  7. Learners need instruction in strategies to build stamina for reading.

  8. Learners need long stretches of time to read.

  9. Learners need to talk with peers and teachers about their reading.

  10. Learners need clear goals (teacher and learner selected) and frequent feedback tailored specifically to them. Learners need to hear ways their reading is getting better and to know what their next steps might be.

  11. Learners need to celebrate reading.


    We also developed some standards for Volume of Reading based on current research. These are standards we are working toward by the end of the year:

Grades 1 & 2

10-12 Books in Book Baggie

25 – 30 minutes of daily independent reading in school


Grades 3 – 5

Two thirds of a page a minute

25 – 30 minutes of daily independent reading in school



30 Pages in School

30 Pages at Home

(Learners will only read at home if they read in school. They need to be reading in the same book – home and school.)


We look forward to our partnership with you to help build our learners’ stamina for reading!


The LHS Music Department will be hosting its third annual MATTRESS SALE in the LHS Cafeteria on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. All mattresses are brand names with full manufacturer warranties for up to 50% off retail prices. You can support an individual band member by mentioning the student’s name at check out and a portion of the proceeds will benefit that student’s personal travel account. Come check it out!


Enjoy the first day of fall tomorrow!




Linda Boyd