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Chichester Central School is gearing up for the new school year

The summer weeks have gone by quickly, and the staff is looking forward to welcoming back all of the students for the 2013-14 school year at Chichester Central School. Summer school is over, the rooms are prepared, supplies are in, new flooring has been installed, staff members have taken part in training for the new math program, and a whole host of other activities have taken place over the course of the summer break. All students should have received a welcome back letter from their homeroom teacher, which listed the necessary supplies for the start of the year.

Aug. 28 is the first day of school! Parents who are dropping off children are asked to do so as close to 8:10 a.m. as possible; students may begin entering their homeroom at 8 a.m. Please make sure to check the bus routes for updated pick up times. Students should be at their designated stop at least five minutes before their scheduled time. The lunch price for this year will be $2.50; $3.50 for adults wishing to enjoy a fine meal in the middle of the day.

Incoming kindergartners are invited to ride the bus to school on Aug. 27. The bus will leave the town hall at 9 a.m. (AM class) and 10 a.m. (PM class) and students with a parent will be greeted at the school. After a 45-minute stay to get acquainted, the bus will return to the town offices. All incoming first-grade students may visit their classroom from 11 to 11:45 a.m. on that same day. The parent-teacher organization will host the back to school barbecue Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. Carpooling for the event is suggested, as there is limited parking at the school. After everyone is well feed, families are encouraged to meet the teachers and tour the school as part of the annual open house.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back; enjoy what remains of the summer!

(Pam Stiles is the principal of Chichester Central School. Bus route information is available online at

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