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After School Programming


Dear Families,


We are very excited that this Fall, South School, Oceanside Middle School, and Oceanside High School, in Collaboration with Broadreach Family and Community Services, will be offering after school programming at each school, Monday through Thursday, for 3 hours throughout the school year.  The after school program will focus on academics with homework help and tutoring, but will also offer fun and engaging enrichment activities.  We are in the process of planning the enrichment activities that will be offered, and would like parent and student input.  We hope you will take a few moments to complete a brief survey.  The link to the brief survey can be found below. 


We thank you in advance for your time.



Dear South School parents and guardians,


Welcome to the new school year!  After a lovely summer I hope you are all feeling refreshed and ready to support your child through an exciting year that will be filled with wonderfully enriching academic and social programming.  We have nothing short of an ambitious slate of new initiatives this year including the continuation of our new literacy program called Reading Street,  the full implementation of our Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum called Second Step and the initiation of Restorative Practices to help our student negotiate relational issues.  Each school has unique needs and, at South, we are striving to meet the particular academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of our students!


Thursday, August 30th from 2:00-3:00, we are holding a “Meet and Greet” for all grades.  This is a great opportunity for your child to see their new classroom and to meet their teacher.  The first day of school for South School students September 4th.


As with every new school year, we have some staff changes.  We will miss our departing staff members and welcome the following new professionals to our South School family:


Jaime Gregory - School Nurse, replacing Ms. Oxley

Danielle McNichol - 4th Grade, replacing Ms. Curtis

Amanda Downer - 3rd Grade, replacing Ms. McNichol

Victoria Hamilton - Music, replacing Ms. Pacheco

Kelly Willis - ISP, replacing Ms. Barrows

Josh Onorato - replacement TBA


If you have any questions please contact me directly via email at or call South School at (207) 596-2020.  


Finally, if your child’s transportation plan has changed since last year please contact the Transportation department as soon as possible at (207) 593-9066 so that there is time to make new arrangements. Once you’ve received the new bussing details from the transportation department, remember to pass those details to us.  


It is going to be a great year!





Justin Bennett

South School Principal



Back to School Information and Reminders


Important Dates:

Aug 30 from 2:00-3:00 PM - Informal Meet & Greet

Sept 3 - No school, Labor Day

Sept 4 - First day of school for grades K-9

Sept 14 - No School for Teacher workshop

Sept 17 to Sept 21 - Scholastic Book Fair

Sept 18 – Life Touch Picture Day

Sept 18 – Open House 5:00 to 7:00

Please see the Events page on this website for other important dates.


School Supplies:

Headphones (in a Ziploc bag with their name on it)

A decent size backpack that will hold their folders, snow pants, a lunch box, etc.

A lunch box

Your child’s classroom teacher may send home a supply letter asking for supplies specific to their classroom or project.


Breakfast and Lunch:

We are pleased to announce that, once again this year, all students at South School will received free breakfast and free lunch!  Students do still need a daily snack sent from home.


First of year arrivals:

Many parents like to bring their students to school on the first day and drop them off.  However, if your child is going to ride the bus regularly, we encourage you to have them ride the bus on their first day so that they hear the rules and expectations from the driver.  You are welcome to come to the school to wait for the bus to arrive so you can take photos and walk your child into the school.  


Visiting our School:

When entering our building, just stop in the office to sign in and to get a visitor pass.  During the first week of school, it is acceptable for parents to walk their child to their classroom if you choose to.  After the first week, however, parents need to allow their student to walk to class on their own.  We are a large school with over 300 students and we have the difficult task of keeping everyone safe.  For this reason, we try to control the number of non-school personnel who are in the building.  Thank you for your understanding!


School Hours & Before Care:

Students may arrive to school no earlier than 8:00 AM unless utilizing our early care program, which starts at 7:30 AM.  The fee for this is $6-$10 depending on the number of days used.  Class starts at 8:30 AM – students arriving after this time will be tardy.  Students are dismissed at 2:55 PM. 



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