It has been a great week of preparation with our Gorham Schools staff these past few days! We had an excellent opening day, lots of training, lots of learning, lots of questions and answers, lots of professional discussions and lots of fun working hard to make sure we are prepared for our students next week! Here's a few images of some of our opening days with staff:
REMINDER - BUSES ARE ROLLING!
Just wanted to take this opportunity to remind folks that our buses will be back on the road again starting Monday, August 30! Let's be sure to plan a little extra time getting to work and make sure to stop for those red flashing lights! This first week of school, drivers are getting used to runs, parents and students are getting used to pick up and drop off procedures - so let's ALL be a little more vigilant on the roads for the safety of our children!
A reminder, if you need to access our a.m. bus route schedule, you can go to our website! I've linked the page HERE for your convenience. Please be sure to have students ready at their stops at least 10 minutes ahead of time for the first week of school as times may vary while we get used to our new routes. For the p.m. time frames, we purposefully do not post times as we don't know exactly when buses leave each school in the afternoons, especially at the elementary schools. If it is helpful to know, we develop all our routes to be no more than 30-40 minutes in length. We encourage families to be flexible and patient the first week or two. After that the routes settle in and are much more predictable. Please know that we take very good care of our students on our buses. Not that we plan for any missteps, but If a student misses a bus or gets on the wrong one, we will make sure to take loving care of them. Know that they are safe and well supervised at all times and that we will communicate with you as needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your school's offices and they can assist.
OPENING DAYS OF SCHOOL CALENDAR REMINDER
Just a quick recap for those who just want to make sure you know our opening day schedules...here you go:
- Monday, August 30 - Grades 6 & 9 only
- Tuesday, August 31 - Grades 1-12
- Wednesday, Sept. 1 - Grades 1-12
- Thursday, Sept. 2 - Grades K-12
- Friday, Sept. 3 - NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY WEEKEND
- Monday, Sept. 6 - NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY WEEKEND
You can find a more detailed district wide events calendar on our website (www.gorhamschools.org) and then you can click on each school to get their specific school events calendars. As always, if you have any questions, just reach out to your school's office and they'll be more than happy to assist!
STUDENT MEAL SERVICES BENEFITS APPLICATION - PLEASE COMPLETE!
Just a strong reminder to families to PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take the time to complete the Student Meal Services Benefits Application this year (formerly known as the Free/Reduced Lunch application). You will likely be getting a paper copy in your opening of school packets, but you can also access a PDF form by CLICKING HERE or you can complete the application entirely online by CLICKING HERE.
Even though approved meals for all students will be free this year WE STILL NEED FAMILIES TO COMPLETE THESE FORMS! Other important school funding depends on it! The programs listed below are all funded based on the results of these applications. If these forms aren't completed, we could stand to lose significant dollars to support our schools (please see a summary below of other funding based on this information). Please take the few minutes required to complete the forms - EVEN IF - you don't. think you will qualify. THANK YOU!
Note: There is a contradiction on the website regarding any previous training...we will be fixing this. Bottom line, EVERY VOLUNTEER will need to complete a "COVID 101" training before entering our schools. Please reach out to Kelly Reed with any additional questions. Her email is on the site linked above.
SCHOOL BACKPACK PROGRAM SIGN UP FORM!
The BackPack Program provides school-age students enrolled in the Gorham School Department with healthy snacks and staple meal items helpful to your family for the weekend. We aim to provide food that is child-friendly, non-perishable, and easily consumed; and to distribute the weekly bag discreetly, with the help of school staff.
Food bags will be distributed TO STUDENTS while they are in school once a week. In addition, participants will receive 1 snack per day while they are at school.
If you are interested in signing your family up for this program, please click on the survey ink below. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to help support this incredible program, please email Heather Whitaker at email@example.com.
Here's the survey link: https://forms.gle/qMoXN22eTeRxg2zQ8
Porta Potties will be near the skating rink area.