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Linda Boyd                                 Chelsea Hunnewell                
Principal Linda Boyd               Assistant Principal Chelsea Hunnewell            

Deb Setterlund             
     Director of Special Education Debra Setterlund


August 7, 2018


Upcoming events:

Orientation for First Grade and New Students - Friday, August 24, 1:30 - 2:30PM

First Day of School – Monday, August 27 (School hours:  8:50AM – 3:05PM)

No School – Friday, August 31

No School – Monday, September 3 – Labor Day

Parent Information Night Gr. 2, 3, 4 & 5 - (Parents Only) – Wednesday, September 5

Parent Information Night Gr. 1 - (Parents Only) – Thursday, September 20

PTA Ice Cream Social – Wednesday, September 26, 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.


Monday, August 27 is the first day of school. This will be a four-day week. There is no school on Friday, August 31 or Monday, September 3. 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 Monday, August 13. 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 Friday, August 24, you will 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 Friday, August 24, 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 hosting an Ice Cream Social for all South School families on Wednesday, September 26 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 5 – Gr. 2, 3, 4 & 5

6:00 - 6:30PM    Gr.2

 6:30 – 7:00PM  Gr. 3

 7:00 – 7:30PM  Gr. 4

 7:30 – 8:00PM   Gr. 5

Thursday, September 20 – Gr. 1

 6:00 – 6:45PM


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.

Update on Lexis Adams:

Our Hawk Walk raised more than $1,000 for Lexis’ family! They are very grateful for the generosity of the faculty, families and parents of Londonderry South School, which has been paramount to their family. Her parents described Lexis’ treatments as going very well. The doctors recently took one million of her bone marrow cells and searched them for the three mutation of cells that she had. They only found 4 possible bad cells, so that is a huge win. Lexis still isn’t able to do some of her favorite things like roller coasters, Zero Gravity and amusement parks like Canobie Lake. However, she has been able to go fishing, camping, to Dave and Busters, and the park. She had a great birthday party that several of her classmates were able to attend. Her hair is starting to grow back, so there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for her. Lexis has maintained her great attitude and fun loving spirit through all of this. We are all hopeful that Lexis will return to school in the fall.


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 anytime; 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 Monday, August 20 by 3:00PM.


Enjoy the last days of summer vacation!


Linda Boyd                                         


Food Allergy Letter

August 7, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are going to have several learners in the building this year with food allergies related to peanuts/tree nuts and eggs, and one of them may be in your child’s class. In order to reduce the risk of any type of allergic reaction, we ask that you remind your child not to share food with anyone and not to accept food from anyone, as snacks are eaten in the individual classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with cleaning supplies to wipe down the desks following snack time. Teachers are sensitive to these situations and will check with parents of learners with allergies before providing any food products to the class.

The children with allergies are aware of their responsibility to keep safe by reading labels and not accepting food that might contain allergens. Their parents will be sending in safe snacks for classroom parties.

During lunchtime, there is an allergen sensitive table provided for children with food allergies. Children using this table are allowed to ask a friend to sit with them, as long as the friend does not have a food that contains allergens. IF YOUR CHILD HAS A FOOD ALLERGY AND YOU DO NOT WANT THEM TO SIT AT AN ALLERGEN SENSITIVE TABLE, YOU NEED TO LET THE NURSES’ OFFICE KNOW.

Please check with the classroom teacher/school nurse if you are bringing in food for parties or special events. Again, please reinforce with your child that they are not to share food with any other learner.

Thank you in advance for your support in helping to keep the classroom a safe environment for everyone. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school nurse at 432-6937 x6509.


Linda Boyd