Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 summer reminders

We hope your summer is off to a great start. There are many things going on over the next couple of months that we want to remind you about, and we also want to make you aware of some important dates to plan for at the start of the school year.

Our partners at Southern New Hampshire Services are providing meals to youth in our community every weekday through August 31, except July 4. The full schedule of times and locations for the summer food service is available online. We encourage you to share this information with families who need a hand this summer.

"Booked for Summer" is our district-wide reading and learning program. We have posted several resources for children and families, such as an event calendar, grade level suggested reading lists for elementary and middle schools, and this year's passport program for students entering preschool through grade 8. In addition, high school students have required summer reading. All students entering grades 9-12 are expected to read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass. The English departments of Memorial and Central high schools also have selected at least one book for each grade to read.

New to our Booked for Summer initiative is the Manchester Bookmobile. We have stocked the donated van (Thank you, Granite State Plumbing & Heating and Sousa Signs!) with books of all grade and reading levels. Our inventory includes copies of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass for high school students who need them, as well as other books older readers will enjoy. The Bookmobile will stop at six locations across the city every week from July 9 to August 10. Unlike traditional bookmobiles, ours is not a lending library. Every child who visits may choose one book to take home and keep. They can bring books back to swap for something new, but that is not required. Children are welcome to visit any stop as often as they wish.

The school district is once again hosting new student enrollment days in August. This is where families can come register their children for school if they are new to our district, including kindergarten students or incoming first graders who didn't attend kindergarten in our schools, and students of any grade who recently moved to Manchester. Incoming kindergarten students who attended preschool with us and children transferring from one Manchester public school to another do not need to register.

All of our school buildings are running on a summer schedule until two weeks before school starts in most cases. If you need assistance when your school is not open, please call the Manchester School District central office at 624-6300.

The 2018/19 academic calendar is available online.
  • The first day of school for students in kindergarten through grade 12 is on Wednesday, September 5.
  • The first day of school for all preschool students is on Monday, September 10.
  • Tuesday, September 11 is city primary election day and a professional learning day for teachers: NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS.
Other important dates for the school year are listed on the calendar and highlighted on our website.

We wish you all a safe, healthy and fun summer. We are looking forward to seeing you back at school in September!

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