Mrs. Bagley's Blog

Welcome Back!
September is  Attendance Awareness month!  
A new study shows that students who missed 2 to 4 days in September were 5 times more likely to be chronically absent during the school year than students who missed fewer than 2 days.  Students who missed 4 days in September were over 16 times more likely to be chronically absent. (Olson, 2014)

It is August 1st and the Back to School ads are already out!

posted Aug 1, 2016, 8:40 AM by


While there is plenty of summer left to be enjoyed, these advertisements make our thoughts turn to school and what needs to be done to prepare. Please see the list of important upcoming dates:

·      August 22nd - Mrs. Quirk and Mrs. Tweedie return to the office (Yahoo!)

·      August 31st and September 1st – Teachers return

·      August 31st 5:00 – 6:00 Open House Meet and Greet

o   Drop by school to reconnect with teachers and classmates

·      September 5th Labor Day

·      September 6th – first day of school for 1st – 5th grade students

·      September 7th 10:00 a.m. first day of school for Kindergarteners

o   PTA offers a welcome breakfast @ 10:00 for Kindergarten parents

·      September 16th – PTA Meeting

·      September 29th Academic Open House

o   5:00 – 6:00 K-2 classrooms

o   5:30 – 6:30 3-5 classrooms

o   6:00 – 7:00 PTA Ice Cream Social


I am looking forward to welcoming you all back to school. Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you soon.


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posted Sep 12, 2014, 1:42 PM by Waldo Skillin

Back To School Night
is set for September 18th 5:00 - 6:30 with the PTA Ice Cream Social right afterwards. K-2 teachers will be in their classrooms to meet families and explain the end of the year expectations for each grade from 5:00 - 6:00. Third through Fifth Grade teachers will be in their  classrooms from 5:30 - 6:30 meeting families and sharing the end of the year expectations. The classroom handouts are your ticket into the Ice Cream Social. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Happy Summer

posted Jun 30, 2014, 5:49 AM by Waldo Skillin

I wish you all a wonderful summer filled with fun, family, and friends.
Our office will reopen August 18th! I will be checking phone messages
all of August!
Happy Summer!!!

Skillin School Community Night

posted May 4, 2014, 2:17 PM by Waldo Skillin

Let’s play and learn together!

  Your family is invited to meet some of our community members as well as create and play with
math and literacy activities of your choice!
Who: Your Whole Family
Where: Skillin School

When: Thursday, May 15th

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Snack: Popcorn and Fruit provided

Wellness Day

posted Mar 27, 2014, 4:48 PM by Waldo Skillin

Congratulations to our WE CAN committee on a well run Wellness Day. Students enjoyed a morning full of fun movement
and a healthy snack. Students participated in a variety activities: a dance party, karate,  boot camp, and Zumba to name a few.
Our preschool was able to join us this year, which was wonderful. Matt Brown was able to bring the Good Shepard Food Truck
to school for the healthy snack of a yogurt parfait with fruit and granola. We all had fun!

Kindergarten Registration

posted Feb 28, 2014, 8:54 AM by Waldo Skillin

We are excited to welcome our new Kindergarten students and their families into our Skillin community.
Kindergarten Registration is from March 4th to the 27th. It is important that you register
your child for next year's kindergarten class. We will be screening the students this spring. This
is a change from in the past. Screening times will be set during your registration appointment.
We are offering a before and after school time for your convenience:
March 12th 7:00am - 8:00am
March 20th 5:30pm -7:00pm
Please contact Paula Quirk @ 773-7375 to set up an appointment.

Happy Snow Day

posted Feb 5, 2014, 11:29 AM by Waldo Skillin

Due to today's snow day, we have rescheduled tonight's late night parent conferences
 to next Wednesday, February 12th. This is when the specialty teachers will be available.
Your child/children's parent conference will be rescheduled directly by the classroom teacher.
 I look forward to seeing you during parent conference time.

Parent Conferences

posted Jan 26, 2014, 12:17 PM by Waldo Skillin

Parent Conferences are scheduled for the first two weeks in February. We have chosen February 5th and 6th
as our late night Conference Nights. What this means is our specialty teachers ( art, music, PE, and special Education teachers)
are all available those evenings if you want to stop in and say hi.
We are aiming for 100% parent participation.
I look forward to seeing you.

Parking Committee Meeting

posted Jan 21, 2014, 2:22 PM by Waldo Skillin

Please join me and other PTA members on Monday, January 27th @ 5:30 in the Skillin School Library.
We want to hear your ideas. I am working with Linda Barker from the South Portland Police to assist in solving this problem.
Hope to see you there.


posted Jan 12, 2014, 10:04 AM by Waldo Skillin

Dear Parents,
Parking continues to be an issue at Skillin, especially with all of the snow. People are parking on the inner circle which is a fire lane. Two-thirty Friday afternoon a fire engine came to school to check on something. I asked the firefighter if he could stay around to see what happens during pick up. He said he would be calling South Portland PD to ask them to come ticket people. I am not sure if this will happen or not, but wanted to give you a heads up. I am particularly concerned with the lack of respect I see from adults. Instead of people yielding to one another I see people trying to beat each other out of the drive way. This is sad to see, poor modeling for our students, and a real safety concern. The PTA and I are working on a solution that may include the South Portland Police.

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