South School

Welcome Families!


Here we are in mid August already, gearing up for the start of another exciting school year!  I am looking forward to the return of the students and their energy to liven up the school again.  The school has had many changes over the summer, and it is starting to look bright, shiny, and ready for the students!  Staff will be in their rooms from 2-3pm on Friday, August 28th if you and your student would like to pop in to meet the teacher and view the classroom.   


Grades 1-4 will be starting full-time on Monday, August 31.  Kindergarten students will attend appointments for screening over the first few days, and then all K students will start on September 3rd.  Please call the office if you have an incoming Kindergarten student and are not sure what time your screening appointment is scheduled.  


School will start at 8:30am, and dismissal will begin at 2:50pm for walkers, followed by buses.  We will have our usual morning recess starting at 8:00am for bus and walker drop-offs until classes start at 8:30am.  Bus routes and times are published on the website and are in local newspapers.  If you have had changes to your child’s transportation arrangements from last year, please let us know as soon as possible.  We will be sending students on the same buses they went on last year or as a walker if we do not hear otherwise.  


We will continue to provide a morning-care program this year, starting at 7:30am.  This program is $6 /1-3 days or $10/4-5 days of care.  The YMCA After School Program will still be available here at school.  There is still space in this program- please see the included flyer for more information.


We are going to use email notification as much as possible again this year for newsletters/upcoming events/notices, both to eliminate the crumpled or forgotten papers that never make it to parents and to be more eco-friendly with our paper use. We are sending this letter both by email and snail mail to ensure that all families receive this important information.  If you have not received this by email and would like to, please email Judy ( or Dee ( to be added to the contact list.  If you do not have email, we are compiling a list of students that will still bring home paper copies of information- please make sure Judy has you on that list if you need to be on it.  This is different than the OneCall system that is used for snowstorms, delays, etc.  Directions for that program will be out in the beginning of the school year.


We are still able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students in South School regardless of free/reduced lunch eligibility.  Breakfast will be delivered and available in classrooms each morning. It is not a requirement to eat it, but it is available for breakfast or to save as a morning snack if they would like.  This is a wonderful opportunity to kick-start their brains and bodies each morning!  More information about the free breakfast and lunches is contained in the School Nutrition Parent Packet that is sent home each year.  This year, we also have been fortunate enough to partner with the AIO Food Pantry to provide a weekend backpack food program.  This is a great way to get a meal and other food for free to help supplement weekend needs.  Please sign up for this program immediately as we only have 200 slots available.  


South School has had many staffing changes this year, and we are excited to welcome new teachers to our school community.  Our biggest addition is Mr. Justin Bennett as Assistant Principal.   As you may be aware, I will be serving as Principal of both South School and Rockland District Middle School.  Although this is a big area to cover, I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work with families as they leave South School.  Please know that I will still be available by appointment, email, or phone calls, and Mr. Bennett will be available as well.  In Kindergarten, Ms. Alexandra Schintzius will replace Mrs. Watkinson and in grade 2, Ms. Hayley Brooks will replace Mrs. Long.  In grade 3, Mrs. Megan Marks will replace Ms. Merrow and Ms. Alyssa Steven will replace Mrs. Futera.  We also have Ms. Heidi Locke as our Art teacher, and we will be naming a Resource Room teacher shortly.  We wish our departing staff the best of luck in their new adventures, and I am confident that our new staff will be great additions to our team as well!


Please remember to check your child’s backpack daily at least the first week of school, and especially the first day of school for papers that need to be completed.  These are emergency contact papers and other important information.  Some important upcoming events have already been scheduled for the first trimester.  Please mark these on your calendar so that you don’t miss any opportunities to be in our school and seeing the wonderful work of your student!


Aug 31-    First Day Gr 1-4

Sept 4-        No School

Sept 7-        No School

Sept 14-    Lifetouch Picture Day

Sept 14-18    Book Fair- open AMs and at Open House

Sept 16-    Open House 5-6:30 pm Book Fair Open/Ice Cream Social

Oct 8/9-     Teacher Workshop Day/No Students

Oct 12-     Columbus Day/No Students

Nov 4th-     Parent/Teacher Conferences- Early Release for Students

Nov 11th-     Veterans Day/No Students



Our office is now open from 8 am- 3 pm until school starts, and then will be open 7:30-3:30 daily.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email, call, or drop in to the school.   We are all looking forward to seeing you soon!  Enjoy the remainder of summer!

Ms. Ward, Principal



Weekend Backpack Program:  South School has been invited to be a part of the AIO Food Pantry Weekend Backpak Program.  This program supplies extra food for the weekend for families who might like to have it.  If you are interested, please see the attachment at the bottom of this page for more information.




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Weekend Backpack Program.pdf291.91 KB
RSU 13 Calendar 2015-2016-amended 6-22-15.pdf158.66 KB
YMCA After School Program at South School.pdf472.25 KB
New Parent Packet PTF.pdf201.69 KB
What are the Common Core State Standards and why are they coming to our schools1.pdf419.79 KB
Notice Regarding School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policies.pdf6.37 KB
School-Parent-Student Agreement.pdf222.19 KB
Home and School Connection_Working Together for School Success.pdf801.97 KB
Reading Connection_Tips for Reading Success.pdf813.92 KB