South School

Summer Hours

South School’s office will be open daily starting August 15th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  


South School Families,


We hope you have had a wonderful summer full of fun, sun and good health!  As summer is coming to an end, it’s time for us to update you on the status of South School and our move to the former RDMS building as well as some important information pertaining to the start of the school year.


First and foremost, we’d like you to know that our Principal, Ms. Ward, has regrettably taken a position outside of RSU13 and is no longer with us.  While we will miss her greatly, we are happy to announce that our interim principal will be our Vice Principal, Mr. Bennett.  We will keep you apprised of further changes when they occur.  In the meantime, our school will move forward as usual, keeping with its normal procedures and traditions.


The physical move to the former RDMS building this summer went very smoothly.  Our custodians and maintenance crew, as well as our teaching staff, have worked tirelessly to make sure things will be in place and ready to go for August 29th!  That being said, the move was an enormous undertaking, and while things will be situated for students, we will undoubtedly need to tweak some things along the way.


We have moved into a new building but we are still the South School Starfish and we are now comprised of grades K- 5th! We are keeping our traditions and are working hard to adopt new ones that will recognized and promote good behavior and academic successes among our students! 


While we are keeping most procedures the same, some needed to be changed and this is the opportune time to make those changes.  Please make note of the following changes:


Bus Loop:  School busses utilize the bus loop in front of the building between the hours of 7:55-8:40 am and between 2:45-3:25 pm.  For safety reasons, please do not use the loop during those hours.  We appreciate your understanding in this matter. 


When dropping your child off to school:  Unless you are utilizing our Before Care Program, students may be dropped off to school any time 8:00 am or after.  If you are dropping your child off and are letting them walk in by themselves, use the drop off loop to the side of the building.  If you want to walk your child into the building, you’ll need to park in the side parking lot as parking in the drop off loop is not permitted. 


When picking up your child during dismissal time:  School is dismissed at 2:55 pm.  Students should be picked up no later than 3:05 pm.  Students who are “pick-ups” will be dismissed through the side door facing the side parking lot.  We have between 50-60 students who are picked up on any given day here at South School.  As most of you already know, the congestion in the parking lot is enormous!  It is not feasible for everyone to stay in their cars and drive through the side loop to get their child – the line would spill out onto Broadway which is unsafe for everyone.  Please park your car in the parking lot and walk to the door to meet your child.  They will be waiting there for you, supervised by a teacher.


IMPORTANT Transportation Information: Unless we hear from you, we will send your child home via their normal means/schedule as was in place at the end of June.  If their schedule and/or address has changed, please let us know immediately so that we can make sure they arrive home safely and on the right bus on that first day of school!  For further assistance, the Transportation Department’s telephone number is 593-9066.

Meal Prices:  Once again this year, through the efforts of our School Nutrition Director Charles Butler, breakfast and lunch will be free for South School students no matter their parent’s income.  As usual, breakfast will be served in the classroom each day and lunch will be served in the cafeteria.



Important Dates:            

·        August 25th 2:00-3:00 pm:  Informal meet and greet- come meet your teacher and see your new classroom!

·        August 29th:  First day of school for grades K-10th grade.  Student need to be in class no later than 8:30 a.m.

·        September 2nd:  Teacher Workshop – no school for students

·        September 5th:  Labor Day – no school

·        September 19th:  Lifetouch Picture Day – Order forms will be sent home in backpacks.

·        September 19th – 23rd:  Scholastic Book Fair

·        September 21st 5:30-6:30 pm:  Ice Cream Social & Open House



Our school office will be open beginning August 15th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please note that our new telephone number is 596-2020 and our new address is 30 Broadway.  In light of Mrs. Thibodeau’s retirement (we will greatly miss her!), we are happy to announce that Mrs. Barstow will be joining Mrs. Lessard in the office.   She is familiar to many of you who had children who attended RDMS.  She is a great addition to South School! 


As always, if you have any questions, please let us know!  Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you soon!


South School



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