A message from our Principal

If April showers bring May flowers, we should be expecting a great bloom in the coming weeks! That is exactly what I have been observing at Russell School since returning from April vacation. Student learning is in full bloom. Students have been thoroughly engaged in classrooms and working hard to master the remaining skills being presented. The last seven weeks are sure to be action-packed and full of fun and surprises!

This time of the year also has us thinking about the 2019-2020 school year. In the coming weeks we will begin our placement process. Our placement process involves creating balanced, heterogeneous classrooms by using information gathered from parents, teachers, the school administrator, and our school counselor. For our returning families, should you like to provide us information regarding your thoughts on the upcoming placement, please email our school counselor, Mrs. Thibodeau, with any thoughts regarding your child’s strengths and needs as a learner. We will certainly use this information when considering an appropriate placement for your child. Please submit this information by May 10th for our consideration. For second grade families, please see the letter from the Dunn School Principal, Geoff Robbins, with more information regarding the Dunn School placement.

Please be reminded that as we move through the final seven weeks it will be important to keep an eye out for upcoming dates in our newsletters, individual classroom communications, and School Messengers. Classroom calendars are filled with many school activities, classroom events, and field trips. Staying on top of these dates is essential to keeping everyone on the same page and programs running smoothly.

The Counselor’s Corner

Spring is finally here! Our Russell School students are enjoying time on the playground and the opportunities to engage in outdoor learning opportunities.

Students may also begin thinking about the transitions ahead…What will summer look like? What about next year?  The end of the year transitions can bring about many concerns for children.  Change can be hard as students looks ahead towards a new classroom, a new teacher, and a new school (if they are moving from 2nd grade to Dunn).  We are hopeful to make these transitions exciting, rather than a transition of fear or apprehension.

Second grade students will all participate in a “Step-up Day” to Dunn School in June.  Our kindergarten and 1st grade students will be able to meet their new teacher and classroom the last day of school.  We have PreK to kindergarten visits planned in May as well.  We hope to ease the transitions for students, and always welcome your input and feedback on how best to support your own child.

Thank you again for your communication with us, and sharing your child with Russell School!

Margaret Thibodeau


Happy Spring from the Health Office

Spring has sprung and our playgrounds are often wet and muddy. We would like to remind parents to pack children an extra set of clothing for when your child comes in wet from recess.  This is also a great time to send in any clothing that your child may have borrowed over the fall and winter months and consider donating items that your child no longer wears or no longer fit.  We are getting very low on socks and stretch pants.

Also, please remember to keep your child home if they have a fever over 100.0 F and keep them home for 24 hours after the fever is resolved without the use of fever reducing medicines like Tylenol, acetaminophen, Motrin/Advil, and ibuprofen.

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!

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

A reminder that there will be no school for those students currently in Kindergarten on May 16th, 17th, 20th and 21st due to Kindergarten Screening for incoming students. Gray Recreation hopes to offer full-day child care to current kindergartners who will be out of school due to Kindergarten screening on May 16th, 17th, 20th and 21st. Gray Rec requires a minimum of 8 students enrolled to run the program. The program will run from 7:00am – 5:30pm each day of kindergarten screening. Students not currently enrolled at Gray Rec will be charged $55/day. Students who are currently enrolled should contact Mylan for more information about price. The due date to sign up is May 1st. Please email Mylan Bannon, Child Care Services, to sign up or with questions about the program at mbannon@graymaine.org.

Patriot Parents

Are you looking for ways to get involved at Russell School? We are currently looking for new parent representatives to lead the Patriot Parents group here at Russell. The Patriot Parents PTO is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to strengthen, enhance, and encourage the betterment of the educational and social environment of ALL the schools in MSAD 15. The PTO provides curricular enrichment opportunities and programs beyond the scope of the district’s annual budget.

If you are interested, or would like additional information, please reach out to Julie Watt at 27juliewatt@gmail.com. Julie has served as the Russell School rep for several years and would be happy to support parents as they transition into the leadership role. Russell School benefits greatly from the work of the Patriot Parents and looks forward to continuing the partnership in the future. Your support with this is greatly appreciated and highly encouraged!

Page updated May 10, 2019