The Talbot Sunday Update
January 15, 2024
Important Dates to Remember
January 17th- PTO Meeting at 5:00 PM in the Talbot Media Center
February 19th through February 19th- February 23rd-No School- February Vacation
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it's important that we remember Dr. King's advocacy for nonviolent civil disobedience which challenged racial segregation and discrimination. Dr. King's teachings and philosophy continue to inspire movements for justice and equality worldwide. Today is a day when we can all take time to think about Dr. King's teachings and reflect on why Dr. King is celebrated on this day each year.
Pre K Registration
The Portland Public Schools offers high quality pre-kindergarten programming in both Portland Public Schools' buildings and at partnership sites. Children are eligible if they turn 4 years old on or before October 15, 2024. Children are placed in Pre-K slots in their neighborhood schools or at partner sites, based on our Pre-K lottery process.
The online Pre-K lottery application for pre-kindergarten slots for the 2024-2025 school year opens Jan. 8, 2024 and closes on Jan. 26, 2024. Applications received after Jan. 26 will go on a waitlist.
Parent University 4th Grade Health Curriculum Overview
This upcoming Parent University session will offer an overview of the three-lesson fourth-grade health curriculum, which outlines the physical, social, and emotional changes that come in puberty. Also discussed will be why teaching this material is important, and what we can do together to partner to ensure a successful experience for your child. Join us on Thursday, Jan. 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Talbot Community School!
Safety Concern-The Bus Loop is for Buses Only
We continue to have families driving into the bus loop to drop off and/or pick up students. It is important that families follow school procedures. The bus loop is restricted to buses so children can enter or exit the bus safely. We have had several complaints from parents and bus drivers. Thank you for not driving into the bus loop!
Portland Public Schools-Snow Day Plans 2023-2024
Dec 4 2023
It's the time of year in Maine to expect snow storms and other types of inclement weather events. In advance of the changes in the weather, Superintendent Ryan Scallon presented the Portland Public Schools' snow day plans for the 2023-2024 school year to the Board of Public Education meeting at its Nov. 14 meeting.
Here are the details:
In cases of inclement weather, the Portland Public Schools will use up to three traditional snow days. Our schools will be closed on those days and students will not be expected to go to school in person or learn remotely. No school meals will be provided on snow days. Those days would be made up in June.
This would mean that the last possible day of school for students would be Monday June 17th, and the last possible day for teachers would be Tuesday June 18th.
If there are more than three days of inclement weather, we will have remote learning days in lieu of a snow day. On remote learning days, students will stay home and will be expected to complete academic assignments. Remote learning days will not need to be made up at the end of the year. If an inclement weather remote day is called, the district will make school meals available for families to pick up (see below).
Remote Learning Expectations
● Elementary (grades PK-5)–Students will be provided with hard copy materials to be completed at home and returned to school the next day.
Food Service Plans for Remote Learning Days
Meals available for pick up at eight school locations, typically from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m:
● Lincoln Middle Schools - Leland Street, back parking lot delivery door
● King Middle School – Front Door, drive-up service available
● Lyman Moore Middle School – Front Door, drive-up service available
● Peaks Island Elementary School
● Portland High School – Delivery door next to garage on Chestnut Street side
● Presumpscot Elementary School – Front Door, drive up service available
● Reiche Community School – Current building entrance on Clark Street side
● Talbot Community School – Front Door, drive-up service available Families may pick up meals at any location most convenient to them.
Final decisions regarding snow days and remote learning days will be communicated by School Messenger and through various media outlets no later than 5 a.m.
Talbot Community School Principal