Announcements

Hello Families,

Superintendent Ken Kunin, and Assistant Superintendent Kathy Germani, on behalf of the South Portland School Department, are pleased to invite all our wonderful parent/community volunteers to the annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday, June 6, anytime between 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM. This year it will be held at Rwanda Bean coffee at 185 Cottage Road, SP. Sit down and have breakfast or "grab and go", but we look forward to seeing you and thanking you in person for YOUR commitment to our schools.

FMI, contact Jane Eberle, at eberleja@spsdme.org, or 773-5629, ext. 3432

In addition,

It is full steam ahead at Kaler with many exciting field trips and activities planned to round out a very successful school year. Please speak to your child about the need for safe, respectful and responsible behavior at school and in the community. I am so proud when community members gush about Kaler's students' eagerness, attentiveness, and good manners. Last week's Greening Day was a stunning example of community and schools working together. United Way teamed up with Kaler kids to beautify school grounds.

A warm and hearty THANK YOU to Kaler's PTA who hosted a beautiful and thoughtful Staff Appreciation Week. The Teacher's room was cleaned, decorated and stocked with sustenance. We had treats all week and a finale luncheon with a yummy array of goodies and party favors. PLEASE consider joining the Kaler PTA so that traditions, academic enrichment activities, and field trips stay alive. As it is the final school dance has been cancelled given the lack of volunteers. The Kaler staff is oh so grateful for this small but warrior like TEAM!

We are already delving into next year's placements. We will be having 14 classrooms, two per grade PK-5. The only new teaching hire I am aware of at this time is a half time second grade teacher to co-teach with Ms. Jenkins, who will be returning from her year of travel. We work hard to have equally balanced, heterogeneous classrooms. We do not take parent requests for teachers; HOWEVER, we are interested in hearing from you regarding what you believe is essential to ensure a positive learning experience for your child(ren). If you have concerns or want to share more explicitly about your child, please feel free to contact me directly, so the Team can use your knowledge and insight when placing students.

IMPORTANT DATES:

May 24 Volunteer Breakfast at Kaler (please RSVP)

May 30 Kaler Art Show 5:30-7:00 PM

June 5 Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation 5:00 - 5:45 PM

June 6 Last Day of Learning Works

June 14 Field Day/Flag Day

June 18 Last Student Day 12:30pm