Back for today's Middle and Upper School Opening Receptions!

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Opening Receptions 2019 TODAY and Wednesday
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Opening Receptions for grades 6-12 today, Thursday, August 29 and for EC-5 on Wednesday, September 4. The 6-12 registration and receptions are taking place in the Middle School Courtyard. Registration for the EC-5 receptions will take place in the Lower School Lobby and the receptions will be in the Gym. Click here for a complete schedule.

2019-2020 School Handbook
The updated version of the school handbook is now online at Within its pages you will find the values that we espouse as a school community. We ask all students, parents, teachers, and staff members to adopt and uphold these values.

The handbook also provides details on the procedures we ask all to follow. Please pay particular attention to neighborhood safety as you travel to and from school and the Fore River Fields.

Please read the handbook before school opens and remember to consult its pages as necessary throughout the year. These policies and procedures help promote effective communication, ensure the safety of our school community, and affirm our mission.

Start-of School Checklist
Please remember to complete your Start-of-School Checklist:

New Parent Breakfast on September 11
New parents are invited to join the Head of School, Division Directors, Trustees, and Parents Association representatives to learn about being a part of the Waynflete community. Wednesday, September 11 from 8:15–9:30 a.m. in Sills Hall. RSVP to by September 6.

Sign up for Waynflete Intergenerational Chorus
WIC is back! Singers in grades 4-12 are invited to join the Waynflete Intergenerational Chorus, a community-building, music-making ensemble that brings students together in song with members of our faculty and staff. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays 7:30-7:55 a.m. and Thursdays 3:20-4:00 p.m. Singers may attend one rehearsal or the other, or both! First rehearsal: 7:30 am on Tuesday, September 10 to begin preparing for Convocation.
If your child (grades 4-12) is interested in singing with the Waynflete Intergenerational Chorus, please submit this simple form. Questions can be directed to Mary Jane Pagenstecher, Director of Performing Arts.

Save the date for Beats & Bites on October 5!
The Parents Association is thrilled to present Beats and Bites. Please join us under the stars in the Thomas House Loop for a casual evening of great music and delicious eats from Portland’s best food trucks. Saturday, October 5th from 6:00–9:00 PM. Adults only please. Stay tuned for more!

Good News About School Photography
Starting this school year, all professional athletics and arts photos (by Brian Beard at Creative Images Photography) will be made available to families at no cost! Look for links in upcoming Weeklies.

Enrichment Registration is Open!
It's time to register for Afterschool programs (including Full Fun Days), weekly enrichment workshops, and music lessons! Register online through your enrichment account. Fall workshops for students in EC through Grade 8 develop skills and talents in robotics, acting, dance, swimming, tennis, engineering games, electronic music production, and exuberant play!

Getting Organized in Grades 6-12
This time of year, students and parents are no doubt thinking about the best part of back-to-school planning: school supplies! As you head out to the office supply store, remember that Waynflete will offer planners to all students in grades 6-10. We use a matrix-style planner so students can customize their own pages and keep track of assignments by class over the course of a week. Students in grades 11-12 can request a planner from Academic Support while supplies last.

Secure the right learning tools ahead of time to keep track of all those papers and materials! Read more about organizing for school.

Executive function coaching can make the challenges of school planning more manageable for students. Contact Academic Support for help with organization, time and materials management, goal-setting, studying, and planning strategies. Email questions to Stacey Sevelowitz, Director of Academic Support.

Reusable plates and bowls needed in the Café
In an effort to help reduce waste, please consider donating reusable plates and bowls to the Café. Items can be dropped off in the Café or in the mailroom (bottom floor of Thomas House). Thank you!

Parents Association

Welcome to the Parents Association!
All parents of Waynflete students are members of the Parents Association. It is our goal to facilitate parent involvement in the school and promote communication within the parent community. We play a vital role in many school functions, including welcoming new parents, organizing class gatherings, and supporting the needs of faculty through volunteering. Read more about the Parents Association.

All Waynflete parents are encouraged to get involved in Parents Association opportunities throughout the year! Read about volunteer opportunities.

Lower School

Teacher/Advisor Notification and School Calendar
There is a lot of information available to you on the Waynflete Veracross Parent Portal. Sign-in today!

EC/K-1 Family Gathering on September 3
EC/K-1 families are invited to an informal gathering on Tuesday, September 3 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Deering Oaks Playground.

Opening Days of School
The school year will begin with an Opening Reception for Lower School students and parents on Wednesday, September 4. Please join us in the Lower School to meet and greet one another and start our year together!

Students in Grades 2 through 5 will begin their regular school schedule on Thursday, September 5.

Staggered Start: parents with children in Early Childhood, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 received a separate letter in the welcome packet that explains the staggered beginning of school for their children. Please contact Lower School Assistant Diane Godsoe with questions regarding your child’s staggered start schedule.

Tea and Tissues
First-time drop-offs can be hard for students—and their parents! Join Anne Hopkins in the Lower School building after drop-off for some company and conversation. Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. All Lower School parents are welcome.

Grades 2-3 and 4-5 Family Gathering on September 6
EC/K-1 families are invited to an informal gathering on Friday, September 6 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Deering Oaks Playground.

Preparing for the Start of School
It is an exciting time of year for all of us as we anticipate the start of school. With teachers busy preparing to welcome children and families, it's not too early to begin your routines at home to ease the transition. A recent NPR article gives some great suggestions to support your children as the start of school approaches.

Outdoor Playspaces: Open For Thoughtful Use!
Waynflete has some wonderful outdoor play spaces for you to enjoy before and after school. Please follow the safe play guidelines that we adhere to during the school day:

  1. Children are closely supervised at all times
  2. Children engage with elements that they can access independently
  3. Gentle play around the plants on the Upper Playground
  4. All materials be cared for and put away when you leave

If you're wondering about something, just ask a teacher or your child. It works best for children if we are consistent! Thank you!

Feeling Handy?
We are looking for volunteers to build a mud kitchen for our playground. If you have some spare time and creative woodworking skills, we need youPlease contact Anne Hopkins for more information.

Middle School

LEAP Week 2019
The school year starts with LEAP (Learn-Explore-Appreciate-Play) Week, which runs from September 3-6. The primary goals of the week are to set a positive and inclusive tone in the Middle School and to build connections between students and teachers. LEAP Week school days start with homeroom at 8:05 a.m. We follow the regular school schedule each day. Advisors will balance community-building activities with a review of the academic schedule and what students should expect during their first week of classes. Please contact your child’s advisor if you have any questions.

Summer Reading Reminder
Students must finish their summer reading in time for the start of classes on Monday, September 9. Required and Recommended Summer Reading

Save The Date: 6-12 Open House on Wednesday, September 25.
The 6-12 Open House will be held during the third week of classes. During this event, you will follow your child’s academic schedule and meet their classroom teachers. The event begins for sixth-grade parents at 6:00 p.m. in Franklin Theater, where our Physical Education, Seminar, and Technology faculty will share aspects of the program. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. for seventh- and eighth-grade parents.

Upper School

Outdoor Experience Begins September 3
Outdoor Experience is right around the corner! Visit the OE website for more information—particularly the Drop-Off/Pick-Up schedule. Make sure to turn in all your health forms. Email Health Coordinator Laura Deterding with any health-related questions. Email Blake Keogh with any OE questions.

Fall Musical: Guys and Dolls!
Join Us! Auditions and Stage Crew sign-ups for the Fall musical, Guys and Dolls! We are looking for a cast of thousands!
When: Tuesday, September 10 - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 11 - 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
No preparation or experience necessary, just join the fun.
Audition packets will be available in the Thaxter Library and Performing Arts offices. Click here for details. 
Questions? Contact 
Tiki Fuhro.

Grade 12 Parent Potluck
Prior to Senior College Night, parents of seniors are invited to the Grade 12 Parent Potluck on Wednesday, September 11 from 5:30–7:00 p.m. at Boulos House (305 Danforth Street), the home of Geoff and Alice Wagg. Enjoy food, conversation, and the opportunity to catch up with fellow parents. Look for an email from your class parents with information on what to bring! RSVP to: 207 774-7863, ext. 1391.

Senior College Counseling Night - September 11
Seniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend the College Counseling program on Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Franklin Theater. The program will begin directly following the Grade 12 Parent Potluck at Boulos House. College Counselors Emily Birchby and John Thurston will provide an overview of their approach for seniors in the throes of the college application process. Topics will include a review of standardized testing options, creating the final list, different application deadlines, who is responsible for submitting what credentials, and more. Seniors will also receive their weekly college counseling schedule.

John and Emily will host a pizza party for seniors starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Emery Student Center prior to the program in Franklin Theater. Students should RSVP to either John or Emily so that they know how
much food to order.


Waynflete Athletics Calendar for 2019-2020 School Year
Click here to view the athletics calendar for the upcoming school year (including vacation commitments expected from varsity athletes).

Upper School Practice Schedules
Click here for basic fall practice schedules.

Grade 7– 8 Sports Kickoff Today
The Middle School Sports Kickoff is today, Thursday, August 29 from 2:15-2:45 p.m. in Franklin Theater (right after Opening Receptions). Middle School fall athletes should be accompanied by a parent. Seventh and eighth grade fall sports practices begin Monday, September 9.

Seventh Grade Boys Soccer Coach Needed
We are still looking for a seventh-grade boys soccer coach. Practices are Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 2:00-3:15 p.m. Games are after school at either 3:30 or 4:30 p.m. Practices begin Monday, September 9. If you are interested or know of anyone who might be interested, please email Athletic Director Ross Burdick. Thanks for spreading the word!

Donate your SUV or Minivan
Waynflete Athletics is in need of a used minivan or SUV in good condition. The most useful vehicle would hold 6 or 7 passengers. Rather than trading in your used vehicle, please consider donating it to Waynflete and enjoy a possible tax benefit. At the same time you will be helping us immensely with our transportation for athletic events and trips! Contact athletic director Ross Burdick if you have a vehicle you could donate.


Please visit the website for the most current information about Enrichment (AfterschoolFull Fun Days, Workshops, and Music Instruction) and Flyers Camp.

Join us for the Grade 4-8 Enrichment Drama Club!
Charlotte’s Web (by Joseph Robinette) is a wonderful piece that will serve our multi-age group with a large and flexible cast. Although it is not a full-fledged musical, there will be some singing! Read more about Charlotte's Web.

The Enrichment Drama club is a place to work on theatrical skills in the company of like-minded peers. We value playfulness, creativity, and collaboration. We focus on developing acting skills, exploring movement and singing for the stage, and building an ensemble. No experience necessary!

Start dates: Monday, September 9 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. and Wednesday, September 11 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. (Subsequent meeting times are on these weekdays and at these times.)

Sign up through Enrichment. Contact Director Tiki Fuhro with any questions.

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