News, Commentary, and Insights from your Principal of the Captain Samuel Douglas Academy in beautiful Brookline, New Hampshire.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Back to School -- Nuts and Bolts ...

[Reprinted from our 'Welcome Back' Parent Letter which was sent to CSDA Families in Late August.]

So this is what we aspire to in the future, and here is what you need to know for right now ……

A.]  We will hold our annual Life-Threatening Allergy Policy and Procedures Parent Information Meeting for families this Wednesday evening, August 20th, at 6:30pm. in the CSDA Library.  Please join us to learn more about how we assure student safety at CSDA with regard to food and other allergies.  See the attached letter for more information.

B.]  On Thursday Morning, August 21st, at 10:30 we will hold our annual New Family Orientation event.  New students and their families will be warmly welcomed to CSDA, attend an informational meeting, receive a tour of our building, see their new classrooms, and ask questions of the hosting CSDA staff.

C.]  Our school bus routes have been developed and posted.  To obtain information about your child’s bus stop, as well as pick up and drop off times, please go to our school district website (

D.]  Student medical records and immunizations must be up to date before students re-enter school.  Of particular note, many of our 5th Graders are due for their Tdap immunizations at this time, and we have few Grade 5 Tdap immunizations on record.  We will begin contacting families this week regarding missing immunizations, and do our best to assure that proper immunizations are on file so that all students can begin school on Day #1 of this new school year.  Please refer to the attached document for more information.

E.]  School will open for the 2014-2015 academic year on Wednesday, August 27th.  School at CSDA begins at 8:35, and ends at 3:10.  If you bring your child to school, please remember to be especially cautious as you drive onto school grounds.  Thank you!

F.]  Over the next few days (August 20th-22nd), I warmly welcome you into our school for a visit, a chat, and a short tour of the building.  For students (or parents) who are anxious to begin the school year, I welcome you into school for a ‘soft opening’ of the school year -- hopefully this will ease the transition for some students and/or families.  Please know that this invitation is not intended to constitute an ‘Open House’ (which will actually occur on September 2nd), and that any teachers we encounter will be in to school at that time to finish classroom set-up or engage in individual or team preparation (team meetings) for the opening of school.  Please refrain from visiting us on Monday or Tuesday, August 25th & 26th, as our teachers and administrators will be in meetings and training for the entirety of those days to make certain that we will be ready for you as we open school for a new and wonderful year on Wednesday, August 27th.

That will do it for now.  Please stay in touch so that we can work together to make the coming year all that it can be for your child(ren) at the Captain Samuel Douglass Academy.  Together, we can make this year truly unforgettable for your child.

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