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Principal's Message


August 2019


Dear Village School Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,


As the days of our summer vacation draw to a close, it’s our pleasure to welcome all students, staff, parents and community members to Village School for the new 2019-20 School Year.  We’re looking forward to a tremendous year ahead with many opportunities, successes, and challenges for our students.


The first day of classes will be an orientation day for Kindergarten students on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. All other classes begin on Thursday, August 29, 2019.  We’d like to invite students and their parents/caregivers to our Grades 1-5 Open House 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  At this time, families will be able to meet their child’s teacher and hear about the year ahead.


At Village School, there will be numerous opportunities for parental involvement this year.  We envision this connection as intrinsic to the success of our home to school relationship.  In collaboration with administration, school staff, parents and the greater community.  Village School will offer a variety of Parent Connection Meetings to be facilitated by Assistant Principal, Cheryl Fotter.  We will also have various special presentations, as well as numerous other experiences to involve families in the fabric of our life at school.  Additionally, we welcome parent volunteers as a most positive resource and encourage you to seek opportunities to assist in classroom activities, as well as our school.  These will all be noted on our Village School Parent Calendar of Events that is posted on the Village School Website.


The Village School Parent Handbook:  2019-20 will be posted electronically on the Village School Website at the beginning of school and is available in paper copy upon request.  We encourage parents to read and review this with their children. In the coming days, you may also receive additional information around any procedural changes and an update on our philosophy at school on safe and responsible behaviors.  Additionally, the following link may be helpful regarding some basic procedural guidelines for our school:  Village School Parent Procedures Information 2019-20.


As you are aware, significant changes occurred last year with the Gorham Schools’ Transportation Policy. These will continue this year.  Earlier, a communication was sent out by the Superintendent’s Office, noting, “If you are a parent that needs to make changes to your child's transportation arrangements that are different than what was occurring during the 2018-2019 School Year, PLEASE READ THE LETTER LINKED HERE AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FROM THE LETTER.  If you have questions, please contact: Judy Philbrick @ 893-2547 or email or Norm Justice @ 222-1146 or


Superintendent Perry also shared that routes had been posted to our website and the Gorham Times for publication next week.  We will be re-posting route times on the Gorham School Department website BY August 23, 2019.  You can get to those new routes by CLICKING HERE (then go to "District Info." and then Bus Routes").


Additionally, please see Superintendent Perry’s Informational Letters that were sent out this month:


Please also look for news and information regarding Village School at our Website and Social Media Connections:


We’re looking forward to an exceptional and positive year at Village School.  Our vision continues to be one of an inclusive learning community where all feel valued and connected, with student learning at the center.  On behalf of the entire Village School staff, we’d like to thank you in advance for your support.   


We look forward to working with you and your child(ren)!


Brian A. Porter, Ph.D., Principal
Cheryl Fotter, Assistant Principal