DISTRICT UPDATE

March 25, 2022

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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

According to Maine Law LD 153, statewide testing for lead in all school water sources will occur by May 31, 2022 thanks to a federal grant. As with most schools in Maine constructed decades ago, pipes, solder, and brass fixtures can be a potential source of lead so any water used for drinking or cooking purposes will be sampled. Maine's drinking water threshold is no more than 4 parts per billion (ppb); whereas the federal threshold is 15 ppb. Any fixtures exceeding the Maine threshold for lead must be reported to the public within five (5) days of the findings.


As we currently undergo testing at our schools, we were not surprised to learn from a recent Press Herald article that approximately one-third of the Maine schools already tested have come back positive. Fortunately (ironic to see a positive outcome from the pandemic), all our school water fountains were closed the last two years and were only recently flushed and opened during the last six weeks. Any water sources above the threshold will immediately be removed from service, flushed for mitigation, and resampled to determine the source of the lead–fixtures versus pipes–to perform remediation.


This week we received the results for most of our schools with the exception of John F. Kennedy School (JFK) and Biddeford High School (BHS). We are relieved that our preliminary results are better than expected with 82% of our fixtures below the threshold and 18% (equivalent to eight out of 97 fixtures) taken out of service until remediation. The complete results are listed below and once we receive the JFK and BHS reports, we will notify families and staff and link them to the district website. Please review the Maine CDC Information Sheet and the EPA Flyer to learn steps to protect yourself in your home as well.


STUDENTS PreK-4

The Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), is April 2-8, 2022. This week is designed to focus public attention on the needs of young children birth through age 8, and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Celebrations to recognize the Week of the Young Child are planned throughout Maine and the entire country. Learn more at the MaineAEYC website or watch for more information in Principal newsletters.


STUDENTS GRADES 5-11

As parents and students map out their academic courses, unified arts, and school athletic and organized club selections for next year, we encourage families to spend some time learning about the numerous opportunities available within our public schools. We will continue to have smaller class sizes, allowing for increased personal attention, fostering cooperative learning, and addressing students’ social-emotional needs. Please reach out to your child’s Guidance Counselor and/or review the options available at your school.


Also included in this newsletter is an exciting youth leadership opportunity, PreK and Kindergarten Registration information and upcoming events, and additional access to free, rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests from the state and federal government.


Stay Well,

Jeremy Ray

Superintendent of Schools

Packed House for Willy Wonka Jr. - Don’t Miss Tonight!

Biddeford Middle School (BMS) Drama Club’s opening night of Willy Wonka Jr. was a huge success. Performing for a packed house, the cast of middle school students had the audience fully captivated throughout the show’s entirety. Based on the 1964 novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, the musical features the perfect combination of acting, singing, dancing, and humor for a great night of entertainment.


The show's second performance will be held this evening, Friday, March 25, in the Performing Arts Center at 6:30 pm at Biddeford Middle School. There is no cost for admission, but donations are welcomed at the door. All proceeds support the BMS Drama Club.

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Pre-K and Kindergarten - Register Early for Fall Screening!

If you have a child turning the age of four (4) for Pre-K or five (5) for Kindergarten before October 15, 2022, please pre-register them as soon as possible via the below link to ensure screening is completed prior to Fall. Tours will be made available in the coming months and additional paperwork may be required. Please note returning student registration will be open in early August.
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Tiger Pride in Action

A special THANK YOU to fifth-grader Rocklen (Rocky) Bald who took time this past weekend to pick up litter throughout the grounds at Biddeford Middle School. According to his Mom, Missy Nolette-Bald, this good deed became a habit when he was a toddler. As they went for walks together or waited at his older brother's practices, Missy always brought an empty bag and made a game of it to keep him occupied. Now when they have free time, Rocky chooses a day and his Mom chooses a place, usually Rotary Park or Clifford Park.


"I have always told my children, 'Litter is just never ok, ever'," said Missy. "This past Sunday he asked me if he could choose the place and said the school so we spent the day at BMS collecting three and a half bags of trash. I never thought I would create such a compassionate little boy around this, but I am glad I did as it brings me joy that he cares about this stuff as much as I do. He is a wonderful young man as it is, and this just makes it better."


To kick off the Spring season, Rocky plans to spend some time at the schools in the coming weeks to beautify all Biddeford Schools. We are very proud of our students, especially Rocky for showing his Tiger Pride by giving back to his community and taking care of the surrounding nature we are so lucky to have in Biddeford.

Open to All Families

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Great Job Opportunity Feeding Students!

The School Nutrition Program needs Food Service Assistants to join our team for preparing and serving students nutritious, appealing meals! Assist with light cooking, preparing fruit and veggies, and serving meals.


  • Perfect hours for parents/guardians; work only when children are in school 4-5 hours/day and no later than 1:00 p.m.

  • Work daily, work a few days a week, or be a substitute and work occasionally

  • Fun, rewarding work environment

  • Weekends, holidays, school vacations off! Summer hours available, if interested.


If interested in joining our great team, call Director of School Nutrition Sue Morrell at 207-409-3749 or email smorrell@biddefordschools.me.

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Best of Broadway Musical

Friday, April 29 @ 7:30pm

Saturday, April 30 @ 2:00pm or 7:30pm

BMS Performing Arts Center

Cost: TBD


Biddeford High School students will be participating in this high-energy, fun, entertaining production featuring some of Broadway's favorite song-and-dance numbers. Directed and choreographed by Deb Lombard, this production features 18 cast members, a student crew, over 300 costumes, and a 16-number show. Parent volunteers are needed to assist with the show. If you are interested in helping, please email skane@biddefordschools.me.


Come out and support our performing arts students!

NURSING NEWS: Winter 2022 Edition

Click here for Drive-Thru COVID Testing information, reporting positive cases, submitting vaccine records, pooled testing consents, and nurse contact information.

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Click Here for COVID FAQ’s

Please read for more information regarding optional masking, pooled testing, transportation, contact tracing, spacing between students, and school procedures.

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