Principal Newsletter


Back To School Picnic

Our Seth Paine Back to School Picnic was a huge success yesterday! It was so wonderful to see so many of our returning and new families attend this event. Students and families enjoyed music from Bob the DJ, a bubble show, Kona Ice, food, games, and lots of fun. We also used the event as our Grand Reopening for the new addition to Seth Paine. This was followed by tours of the school for any families who were interested. We enjoyed showing off our new and newly renovated spaces. Please see below for a few photos of this amazing event.

A huge thank you goes out to the PTO for this fantastic event!

Summer Updates to the SP Website

Based on feedback from parents, students, and staff, we have made some updates to the school and district webpages that makes helpful information more easily accessible.

Check out these icons under “Important Links” on the Seth Paine homepage:

Schedule & Learning Mode - check here to see our current learning status (in-person) along with the regular school schedule, plus schedules for delayed start and early dismissal.

Recent School Communications – check here for recent School Messenger emails sent from the school to all Seth Paine families.

Health & Wellness – visit this page for COVID health information and Social Emotional Wellness information.

PTO– this is a quick link to the Seth Paine PTO page.

Staff Directory – this is a quick link to the Seth Paine Staff Directory page.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, please check the menus or click on the Search icon (magnifying glass) at the top of the page!

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Canvas - Account Information

Families -

To offer greater access to student learning, all guardians are now provided a Canvas Observer account. For those who have not previously created a Canvas Observer account, an account has been created for you using the email address you have on file with the district.

This account will give you direct access to the learnings that your student is engaged in within Canvas, our digital learning hub. This includes assignment scores for students in grades 4 to 12. Previously created accounts will also continue to function.

With this change, you will notice that the Classwork view is no longer featured within Home Access. More timely and detailed information is available directly within Canvas. Official, final course grades will continue to be published and accessible via Home Access.

To get started using your Canvas account - (for new users)

  1. Go to our instance of Canvas at:
  2. Click on the Forgot Password? link.
  3. Enter the email address that is on file with the school.
    Only email addresses on file with the school will have accounts.
  4. Check your email inbox to get a reset password link and directions.
    It may take a few minutes to arrive, if it doesn't, be sure to check your spam folder.

To learn more about using your Canvas Observer account, please visit:

For any other questions related to Canvas observer accounts, please visit the D95 technology support page at

Health & Wellness

We are excited to welcome back students, families and staff. We want to take this opportunity to provide a reminder that while the District currently is not requiring a daily health screener, all students, families, and staff must remember that self-screening is an important mitigation strategy to maintain the ability to continue in-person instruction. As such, all families and staff are reminded that students and staff who are not feeling well CANNOT attend school, and families MUST report their symptoms to their school health office. In addition, siblings or family members of ill or symptomatic students CANNOT attend school until the symptomatic student has been cleared by the school nurse, which may include a negative COVID test.

Additionally, it is critical for staff and families to report any COVID-like symptoms, any contact with a confirmed COVID case, and/or any confirmed COVID case in the household. We are also pleased to be able to offer the rapid Antigen test for symptomatic students at staff at each school that allows for quick and convenient testing. For more information about COVID Health protocols, please visit our website at

Student Needs Assessment

All students in grades 3-12 will be completing a brief needs assessment during the week of August 23. The needs assessment will help building teams determine which students are in need of more immediate social-emotional support as we start the year.

For students in grades PreK-2, staff members and parents will also have an opportunity to report concerns - please use the following link to access this form:

Seth Paine Needs Assessment