South School

 Dear Families,


Where has the time gone!  It’s hard to believe it’s April already and we have just two and a half months left of school!  So once again, we’ve been busy, busy, busy!  Here is a snapshot of what we’ve been up to.


Children and teachers alike enjoyed celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss, a popular author of imaginative children’s books for early readers.  In honor of the occasion, guest speakers from both the Rockland Police Department and the Rockland Fire Department joined us to read Dr. Seuss books to our students.  Assisting our guest speakers were our very own Title I teacher, Jen West and our Guidance Counselor, Monica Karam who polished up their acting abilities and became the character voices during the reading.  South School students also helped during the reading – they did a fantastic job! The birthday celebration was topped with a silly game we called Whoville’s Hot Potato!  Winners of this game received a special prize!


The week of February 1st was spirit week here at South School.   Each day was a different theme….hat day, mismatch day, pajama day, etc.  We especially love pajama day!  It’s so cozy!  During that week on Wednesday, we celebrated the 100th day of school!  We had an all school pep rally (it was very loud!) where students wore our school colors (blue & white) and performed cheers that we practiced earlier in the week.   This was our way of celebrating the year’s halfway mark and also to kick start the second half in style!


In the months of February and March our students participated in an extracurricular program Mad Science.  Mad Science instructors, Lightning Lucy (Taryn Friedman) and Electric Elaine (Elaine McGee) visited our school to teach lessons such as Optical Illusion, Slippery Science, Dinosaurs, Photosynthesis and Frequent Flyers.  These were such interesting lessons that kids were 100% engaged in what was being taught.  The Mission of Mad Science of Maine is to spark the imagination and curiosity of children through fun, hands-on science programs – they make learning fun! This is just another great opportunity that was funded by South School’s PTF!  Through their diligent fundraising, they are able to bring these enrichment programs to our school.  Thank you!


Thank you to all the families who attended South School’s Family Math Night—you made this night a great success!  We spent the evening playing math games.  Families learned math games that they can play at home together!  Games are a great way for children to develop their math skills.  Many of us who have young children know that math does NOT look like it did when we were younger and that helping your child with their math homework can be confusing at times!   For this reason, one of the focuses during this event was to give parents strategies to help their child with their math homework!  Phew!  Another great resource that some parents are unaware of are math apps—we discussed which are the best apps to help children with math.  A raffle was held—who doesn’t love a raffle!  Kids needed their best “guesstimating” skills to win the raffle!  This is always a hit with kids.  For those of you who were unable to attend Math Night—there is always Family Literacy Night which is Thursday, April 14th from 5:00-6:30 PM.  We hope you can make it!


On Groundhog Day, our kindergarten and first grade students continued South School’s long standing tradition of visiting the Berry Manor Inn.   Students had a great time meeting Chuck W. Berry, a very large and fun groundhog.  They got to enjoy hot apple cider, eat chocolate and enjoy a crazy groundhog dance!  Chuck W. Berry did in fact see his shadow, and we did too!  Six more weeks of winter…we didn’t think so at the time but now with our recent storms it seems he was correct after all! 


South School has the pleasure of receiving support from local businesses and organizations in various ways.  Two such organizations are the Midcoast Recreation Center (MRC) and the Camden Snowbowl.  Each year, MRC and the Camden Snowbowl, through grant funding, are able to invite South School’s 3rd and 4th grade students to participate in skiing, tennis and skating lessons.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our students that lets them participate in activities that they may not have otherwise experienced!  This is just another way our wonderful community supports our schools.


As always, students continue to learn great things here at South School and we are working hard to develop a great home/school connection for our students.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!


South School




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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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
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