Welcome to Deer Isle - Stonington Elementary School  
Important Dates 
No School October 12th  - Columbus Day
Parent teacher Conference Nov. 10, 2015


DISES will once again be partnering with Island Family Medicine to hold an influenza vaccination clinic.  Permission forms have been given to all students.  These forms must be returned to the school by October 2, 2015 to order an adequate supply of vaccine.  Permission forms will be accepted after the 2nd, but vaccine availability is not guaranteed.  Clinic dates have not yet been set, but are expected to be held in late October/early November.  Flu Mist will not be available.  If you would like your student(s) to have the flu shot and did not receive a permission slip, please contact the school.

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                                                                 August 26, 2015


Dear Students, Parents and Families,

            Welcome back to a new school year.  Many of the staff have been back to work for a while, with all staff having returned this past Monday.  We are all excited to be getting back to the new year and are actively making plans to ensure we will be ready for your arrival.  I am writing to inform you of a few major topics.  You have been and will continue to receive more specific information from the schools and from individual teachers.

             First, the big news:  We have a new principal for the elementary school.  At last night’s special school committee meeting, Carla Magoon was awarded a one year contract as Interim Principal.  Carla has about twenty year’s educational experience.  She greatly impressed the nine member interview committee with her knowledge, level headedness and calm demeanor.  She also met the elementary staff this morning.  We are hopeful that she will be able to start very soon.

             Next, the School Lunch Program:  As you may know, we are planning to continue to provide free lunch to all students as we did last year.  However, we need to first overcome a very significant problem.  Despite our best efforts last fall, we could not get enough of you to return the lunch forms.  As we had free lunch for all, the motivation for families and parents to return the lunch forms to the schools evaporated.  I really do understand this reaction.  Those forms are very intrusive and ask for all sorts of personal information.

             The lunch forms do much more than provide individual students with a free or reduced cost of meal at school.  All of the forms taken together establish the free or reduced lunch rate for the entire school district.  This percentage is then used by the state and federal governments when they determine state funding, IT support, student loan forgiveness for teachers, and other federal grants.

            Therefore, at the start of the school year parents will pay for school lunches, until they return their free and reduced applications and qualify for free or reduced lunch. Once the school receives the usual number of returned applications, then we will provide all students with free lunch.

             And last, the budget:  We all know this has been a long and painful budget season.  Faced with all of the uncertainty since June, we have planned on opening school with the staff reductions reflecting a $6,500,000 budget.  I want to thank the elementary staff for their hard work and creative thinking in preparing for these changes.  They arrived with a very positive can-do attitude.  They are ready to welcome back your children.


 Mark Jenkins

Superintendent of Schools

Friday, October 2, is the last day to reserve a flu shot
  We will continue to accept consents after 10/2, but cannot guarantee vaccine availability.  To date, the consent return rate is considerably less than in prior years.  If you did not receive a consent, aren’t sure if your child(ren) turned theirs in, or have questions, please call the school.