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Linda Boyd                                       Chelsea Hunnewell

                               Principal Linda Boyd Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell                            

August 7, 2017


Upcoming events:

Orientation for First Grade and New Students - Monday, August 28, 1:30 - 2:30PM

First Day of School – Tuesday, August 29 (School hours:  8:50AM – 3:05PM)

No School – Friday, September 1

No School – Monday, September 4 – Labor Day

Parent Information Night Gr. 3, 4 & 5 - (Parents Only) – Wednesday, September 6

Parent Information Night Gr. 1 & 2 - (Parents Only) – Thursday, September 21

PTA Ice Cream Social – Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 – 8:00PM (Stop serving at 7:45PM)


Dear Parents and Guardians:


Welcome back to a new school year at South School! To our first time students and parents, we are happy to have you join our family! Please take advantage of all the activities the school and PTA have to offer, beginning with our Parent Information Nights. Your presence in school is highly encouraged! There will be many opportunities for volunteering and participating in school events.


Tuesday, August 29 is the first day of school. This will be a three-day week. There is no school on Friday, September 1 or Monday, September 4. This arrangement will give families a four-day Labor Day weekend. The school day begins at 8:50AM and ends at 3:05PM. As always, we encourage you to keep your child in school for the full length of the day and to allow your child to ride the bus, even on the first day of school.


Bus routes will be posted on the School District web page on Friday, August 11. The individual school routes will be posted on the Business Office page under the Department tab. Please remember to register with, if you would like to track your child’s bus as it travels the assigned route. You will need your child’s student identification number in order to register. Please email, or, if you would like this number.


Parents of Grade 1 Students:  At your Open House on Monday, August 28, you will first meet with the administration and PTA officers in the cafeteria, before you visit your child’s classroom teacher. The PTA will be engaging you and your child in a fun orientation activity that you do not want to miss! At that time, the PTA will also have school logo wear on sale. They will be selling T-shirts, sweatshirts, coin purses, caps and drawstring bags. Cash and checks will be accepted.


Parents of New Students:  On Monday, August 28, please feel free to drop in to visit with your child’s assigned teacher and tour the building between 1:30 and 2:30PM. You are also welcome to join the opening gathering in the cafeteria to help you feel oriented to our school and learn about PTA opportunities for your families.


The PTA will be holding an Ice Cream Social for all South School families on Wednesday, September 27 from 6:30 – 8:00PM. This is a great way to meet new people and watch your children engage with their friends. Don’t miss this opportunity!


There will be two Parent Information Nights. These events are for parents only.

Wednesday, September 6 – Gr. 3, 4 & 5

6:00 - 6:30PM         Gr.3

 6:30 – 7:00PM        Gr. 4

 7:00 – 7:30PM        Gr. 5

Thursday, September 21 – Gr. 1 & 2

 6:00 – 6:30PM          Gr. 1

 6:30 – 7:00PM         Gr. 2

The Parent Information Night grade level sessions are held on a staggered rotation so that families with children in multiple grades will not miss any information. Please understand that this is not a parent conference and questions should be limited to expectations, routines and curriculum. Parents may sign up for the November parent conference at that time.


If you are not aware, South School has a Twitter account that can be accessed at or from the link on our homepage. Please sign up to get the latest and greatest information on the schools.

On behalf of South School’s leadership team, which includes Chelsea Hunnewell, Assistant Principal and Debra Setterlund, Building Special Education Director, I would like you to know what a tremendous honor it is for us to serve this school community. Please feel free to contact us personally by e-mail,,,, or by phone, 432-6956, extension 5204 (Linda), 5203 (Chelsea) or 5206 (Debra). 


Please refer to a very important, separate letter about food allergies.


Class lists will be posted on Tuesday, August 22 by 3:00PM.


Enjoy the last days of summer vacation!




Linda Boyd