Happy March!

I find myself wondering where February went….I seemed to have blinked and it was gone.  I am thankful that the days are getting longer and I hope to see the temperatures start rising.  I am sure we all agree that spring would be gladly welcomed.

Last week we hit our 100th day of school.  Many classrooms start tracking the number of days during their morning meetings on the first day of school.  The hundredth day of school presents a unique opportunity for students to engage in many mathematical concepts.  Many classrooms at Russell School celebrated the 100th day of school with a number of interactive activities.

March brings us a nice stretch of time for teaching and learning.  There are several uninterrupted weeks before our next break in April.  We plan to capitalize on this time and dig deeply into all our subject areas.  With Parent teacher conferences in the coming weeks you will surely hear all about the wonderful things happening in your child’s classroom and how they are progressing through their learning.  Also, be on the look out for report cards.  These will be printed and sent home on March 21st.

As always, thank you for your continued support.


Mr. Blake

The Counselor’s Corner

     During the month of March, Russell School focuses on celebrating differences and disability awareness.  We have many insightful and interesting activities and events based on this theme.

     On March 11th and 13th, The Cromwell Center for Disabilities will visit the first and second grade classrooms.  This annual visit promotes Cromwell Center’s mission of creating safe, respectful, and inclusive schools.  As part of the presentation the guest teacher will donate a book to each classroom.

    During guidance lessons in the classroom, kindergarteners will listen to a book My Buddy. This story is about a service dog that helps a child with Muscular Dystrophy.  Our first and second graders will learn about Helen Keller.

     At the end of the month, the students will participate in the “Hop-a-thon” during PE classes.  The classes that log the most hops will have the opportunity to accompany our students who participate in the Special Olympics later this spring.

     There are many fun and positive learning opportunities happening at Russell School as part of our focus on celebrating differences.  I hope your children will share some of them with you!

Thank you,

Margaret Thibodeau

Kindergarten Registration is now open!

Do you know a child living in Gray or New Gloucester who will be five years old on or before October 15, 2019?  It’s time to register those children to attend Kindergarten!

Russell and Memorial schools are currently accepting registrations for all students who will be starting Kindergarten in the fall.  Children living in Gray should register with Russell School, children living in New Gloucester should register with Memorial School.

Please visit the district web page at www.msad15.org for more information and to find a link to the Kindergarten Screening Registration Form.  Or you may call the school office for more information.

You can reach Russell School at (207) 657-4929 or Memorial School at (207) 926-4322. We are looking forward to welcoming your child into our schools!

Page updated March 12, 2019