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October 7

posted Oct 7, 2014, 12:30 PM by Diane Lang

Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians,

Information from Central Office:

 If you would like information about the Enterovirus, you may find a fact sheet from the Maine CDC on our district website.


All those wishing to volunteer in our schools MUST attend a volunteer training.  

There are three more training dates available:

Monday, October 20, 8:00 - 8:30 AM at Memorial Middle School library

Wednesday, October 22, 5:30 - 6:00 PM at Memorial Middle School library

Friday, October 24, 2:30 - 3:00 PM at Memorial Middle School library

FMI contact Molly Aldrich,, 773-5629, ext. 3432



Small School:

Where each child’s lifelong learning adventure takes flight.


Diane Lang, Principal


Hello Small School Parents and Guardians,


A great combo weekend — one day of rain to cuddle with a book and one day of sunshine to play outside. I hope everyone got in some quality family fun time.


Show Your Small School Pride

A tradition that the Small School Student Council has started in past years is for staff and students to wear their Small School t-shirts or sweatshirts on Fridays. Let us keep this tradition going.


Attendance: Count ME In

One of the hats I wear as the Principal of Small School is that of Attendance Officer. It is not as glamorous a role as you would think. It is my duty to oversee attendance issues, make sure we are in compliance with State laws, and educate the community about the impact of absenteeism.

The laws and South Portland School District Policy require that I send certain types of letters alerting parents to potential issues. I oversee the required written requests for planned absences. (School board polices JEA-R and JEA-R1.2. School board polices can be found on the website under the Board of Education tab on the home page.) If you intend on taking a planned absence, you are required to fill out the JEA-R1.2 form.

Having been fortunate enough to travel, I understand that vacations can be not only fun but also enriching and rewarding. That being said, the hope and expectations would be for family trips to occur during school vacation times.

Count ME In offers valuable insight into the matter. From its website:

Chronic absenteeism – defined as missing 10 percent of the school year (18 days here in Maine) – increases achievement gaps and decreases student outcomes. Absences add up quickly. In fact, students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read proficiently by the end of third grade and are more likely to have poor attendance in later grades. By middle and high school, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign that a student will not graduate on time or even at all. Chronic absenteeism especially hurts children with disabilities or from low income families who are both more likely to miss school and who often lack the resources to make up for lost time in the classroom.

Count Me In is a partnership of Maine schools, businesses, parents, youth, state and community organizations working to improve student attendance, engagement and academic achievement through data driven strategies so all children can learn and succeed. Its website,, provides free resources for promoting the importance of showing up to school, including templates, fact sheets and checklists.

Lunch/Recess Aides

Small is looking for mature, patient, caring, organized individuals to assist with lunch and recess at a kindergarten through 5th grade school. Duties include: assisting with set-up of cafeteria, organizing students at tables and in lunch lines, monitoring student behavior in a proactive manner, overseeing playground games, and reinforcing playground rules. Previous experience working with children in large groups is a plus. Candidate will demonstrate our core values of being honest, respectful, compassionate, fair, responsible, and courageous.
Hours are from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the full-time position

Hours are 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. on Monday only for the part-time position. Part-time position could be expanded if person were available to cover as a substitute when needed on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

If you are interested, please apply. Applications are at Central Office.


Important dates:


Monday through Friday, October 6-10, MAP testing for students in grades 2-5

Thursday, October 9: Neighborhood Walk, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Summit, Todd, Summit Terrace, Kittredge,

Alder streets

Friday, October 10: Neighborhood Walk, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Pine, Skyline, Vincent, Bellevue, Bowers, Pierce, Crescent, Kincaid streets

Thursday, Oct. 9, 6:30—7:30 p.m., PTA Meeting

Monday, October 13: Columbus Day, no school

October 14-24: Two-week window for student-parent-teacher conferences







Diane Lang

Small School Principal


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