Back to school dates: Upcoming orientations, school-specific Half days, Holidays, and more (Updated-again)

by beth on August 18, 2017

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With school less than two weeks away, Southborough’s back to school activities are starting soon. With the start of school, it’s also not long until holidays and half days begin popping up.

Below are the orientation and “welcome back” activities through September:

  • Wednesday, 8/23, Algonquin welcome activities
    • 9:30 – 11:30 am, Orientation for Freshmen
    • 10:00 am – noon, Orientation for new students in 10-12th grades
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Freshmen Dance
    • 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Parent Meeting for parents of freshmen
  • Wednesday, 8/23, 2:00 – 6:00 pm, Trottier Open House for new students
  • Thursday, 8/24, Algonquin‘s First Day for fall sports tryouts
  • Monday, 8/28, Finn & Woodward Open Houses
    • Pre-K and K, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
    • 1st Grade, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
    • 2nd Grade, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
    • 3rd Grade, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 8/30, First Day of School 
  • Wednesday, 8/30, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Neary Ice Cream Social
  • Monday, 9/5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Algonquin‘s All Sports Night for parents and student athletes
  • Thursday, 9/7, Trottier Orientation & Curriculum Night
    • 5:30 – 6:15 pm, 6th Grade Parents Stone Orientation (information about October 2-night trip)
    • 6:15 – 8:00 pm, Curriculum Night
  • Thursday, 9/14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Neary Curriculum Night
  • Thursday, 9/14, 6:00 pm, ARHS Open House
  • Monday, 9/18, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, Neary Instrument Rental night (information night for parents & students considering band or orchestra)
  • Friday, 9/29, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Finn Fall Festival and Book Fair

You’ll also want to mark calendars for the No School and Early Dismissal dates this year. Some half days are school-specific, so they don’t appear on the district calendar: 

  • Monday, 9/5, Labor Day – K-12 No School 
  • Thursday, 9/14,  K-8 Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday, 9/21, Rosh Hashanah – K-12 No School
  • Monday, 10/9, Columbus Day – K-12 No School
  • Tuesday, 10/10, Professional Development Day – K-12 No School for students
  • Thursday, 10/19,  Finn & Woodward Early Dismissal
  • Tuesday, 10/31,  Finn & Woodward Early Dismissal
  • Friday, 11/10, Veterans Day Observed – K-12 No School
  • Thursday, 11/16,  Neary & Trottier Early Dismissal
  • Friday, 11/17,  Neary & Trottier Early Dismissal
  • Wednesday, 11/22, K-12 Early Dismissal 
  • Thursday, 11/23 – Friday, 11/24, Thanksgiving Break – K-12 No School
  • Monday, 11/27, Professional Development Day – K-12 No School for students
  • Friday, 12/22, K-12 Early Dismissal
  • Monday, 12/25 – Monday, 1/1, Winter Break – K-12 No School
  • Monday, 1/15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – K-12 No School
  • Tuesday, 1/16, Professional Development Day – K-12 No School for students
  • Thursday, 2/8,  Trottier Early Dismissal
  • Monday, 2/19 – Friday, 2/23, February Break – K-12 No School
  • Monday, 3/30, Good Friday – K-12 No School
  • Thursday, 4/5,  Finn, Woodward & Neary Early Dismissal
  • Monday, 4/16 – Friday, 4/20, February Break – K-12 No School
  • Monday, 5/28, Memorial Day – K-12 No School

Looking for the official school year calendar for the district? Click here.

(Trottier and ARHS photos by Susan Fitzgerald; remaining photos from school websites) 

Updated (8/22/17 6:45 am): In the first list, my 2nd mention of a week from Wednesday had a typo in the date. Neary’s Ice cream social, on the first day of school, is 8/30. 

The second list had 11/16 as a Thursday and Friday. That was meant to show Trottier early dismissal on both 11/16 & 11/17.

Updated (8/22/17 10:05 am): I accidentally listed Friday, 11/11 as Veterans Day. That Friday is actually the 10th – which is when the holiday will be “observed”.

Updated (9/5/17 7:54 am): The Neary Curriculum Night time changed to start at 5:00.

Updated (9/5/17 9:10 am): ARHS posted its 9/14 Open House.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica August 18, 2017 at 5:40 PM

Thanks for this, Beth! Very helpful!

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2 North Sider August 21, 2017 at 4:39 PM

One small fix. These are both 8/30.

Wednesday, 8/30, First Day of School
Wednesday, 8/31, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Neary Ice Cream Social

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3 beth August 22, 2017 at 6:37 AM

Thank you for pointing out the typo. I also had a typo further down I need to fix, where I list November 16 twice, but different days of the week! That was supposed to be 16 and 17.

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