Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

My name is Marlene Durgin and it is a privilege to be the principal at Theresa Primary School. I would like to welcome back our returning students and also extend a heartfelt welcome to our new families. It is an honor to be at the service of an outstanding faculty and the wonderful parents and students that make up the community of Theresa.

The Theresa Primary school day will start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. If your child rides the bus, please watch your mailbox for information about the bus routes and times from the Transportation Department during the week of August 25. I recommend that students be at the bus stops ten minutes before the listed times. Children arriving by car may be dropped off at the door. If escorting your child into the building, please park in the parking lot and not in the marked fire lanes along the sides of the building. If your child is not late and arrives to school by 9:00 a.m. they do not have to be signed in at the office.

Throughout the school year, your child’s teacher and I will be making a special effort to stay in touch with you. We will keep you informed of your child’s progress and school activities. Look for papers coming home from school, for example: newsletters, invitations, updates, tips, and reminders. Please check your child’s book bag daily.

Your communication with us is very important, too. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, or me, whenever you have a question or concern. The school’s phone number is 628-4432, and our fax number is 628-5890. Please be sure to visit our school’s web site at You can easily access our school’s calendar on this website.

As we look at getting back to school, it is important to remember several things. Start now by getting your child back in the habit of going to bed early. This will make the first week of school much more bearable. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that elementary age children get 10-11 hours of sleep per night. You may also want to consider getting organized for school. Have a place set aside for homework every night. Also, have all necessary supplies: paper, pencils, crayons, glue etc. located in an easy

to find and organized space. This consistency will help your child become more organized and work better in a routine. Another good idea is to set backpacks in the same place every night after homework, preferably next to the door you exit from in the mornings. Along with established bedtimes, setting out clothes for the next day, can be a tremendous time saver. This also eliminates the “I don’t want to wear that” issue early in the morning. Creating a family calendar where all major projects as well as sports and activities can be tracked can also be helpful.

Finally, as a reminder to our families, the free and reduced lunch application form is in our district newsletter that was mailed to your home. If you did not receive a newsletter you can access it on the district webpage. You must fill out a new application each year. During these difficult economic times pleaselet us help you. You only need to fill out one application for all of your school aged children. School lunches should never be a financial burden to a family. This is highly confidential information that is not shared with the school staff. We have the applications available here at school and I will also have them available during our open house. The sooner you return the application then the sooner it will be processed. For your benefit, please return your application to Theresa Primary School or to their sibling’s school by September 26.

If your child is bringing a snack to school please try to send a nutritious snack such as fruits or vegetables and avoid processed foods or foods with nuts. We have to be mindful that more and more children are being diagnosed with peanut allergies. A piece of fruit like an apple or banana or a small baggie of baby carrots are a great snack. No candy or cookies.

I hope you will take part in your child’s education by inquiring about their time spent at school. Get involved as they complete their homework or seek your help on special projects. Encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes every night, or read to your child. I am confident that your child will demonstrate greater motivation as you continue to show interest in their academic and social experiences. We will certainly work on our end to provide your child with the best education possible. Let’s work together to make this an excellent school year in every way! As always, thank you for sending me your children every day. They are precious!

Thank you for your support.


Marlene Durgin

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