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

by beth on August 15, 2018

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With Southborough public schools starting two weeks from today, back to school activities are starting soon. It’s also not long until holidays and half days begin popping up. Not all of them are on the district calendar.

So, it’s time to mark some dates.

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

  • Wednesday, 8/22, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Trottier Open House for new students
  • Thursday, 8/23, Algonquin‘s First Day for fall sports tryouts
  • Monday, 8/27, Finn & Woodward Open Houses
    • 1st Grade, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
    • Pre-K and K, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
    • 3rd Grade, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
    • 2nd Grade, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Monday, 8/27, 6:30 pm, Algonquin‘s Fall Sports Night for parents and student athletes
  • Tuesday, 8/28, Algonquin welcome activities
    • 9:00 – 11:00 am, Orientation for Freshmen
    • 9:00 am – 11:30 am, 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, 8/29, First Day of School
  • Wednesday, 8/29, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Neary Ice Cream Social
  • Wednesday, 9/5, 6:30 pm, ARHS Parent-Teacher Open House (follow student schedule)
  • Thursday, 9/6, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, Neary Curriculum Night for parents (stay tuned for grade specific schedule)
  • Thursday, 9/13, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Woodward & Neary Instrument Rental night (information night for parents & students considering band or orchestra)
  • Thursday, 9/13, Trottier Orientation & Curriculum Night
    • 5:30 – 6:15 pm, 6th Grade Parents Stone Orientation (information about 2-night trip in October)
    • 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Curriculum Night

You’ll also want to note the the No School and Early Dismissal dates this year. Five of them aren’t on the district calendar:

  • Monday, 9/3, No School – Labor Day
  • Monday, 9/10, No public school – Rosh Hashana
  • Thursday, 9/13, K-8 Early Release
  • Wednesday, 9/19, No School – Yom Kippur
  • Monday, 10/8, No School – Columbus Day (and Heritage Day)
  • Thursday, 10/18, Finn and Woodward School Early Release
  • Friday, 10/26, Finn and Woodward Early Release Day
  • Monday, 11/12, No School – Veterans Day
  • Thursday, 11/15, – Friday, 11/16, Neary and Trottier Early Release
  • Wednesday, 11/21, – Wednesday, 11/21, K-12 Early Dismissal
  • Thursday, 11/22, – Friday, 11/23, No School – Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, 12/21, K-12 Early Dismissal
  • Monday, 12/24 – Tuesday, 1/1, No School – Winter Break
  • Monday, 1/21, No School – MLK Jr Day
  • Monday, 2/18 – Friday, 2/22, No School – February Break
  • Monday, 3/11, No School – Professional Development Day
  • Friday, 3/29, No School – Professional Development Day
  • Thursday, 4/4, K-6 (Finn, Woodward and Neary) Early Release Day
  • Monday, 4/15, – Friday, 4/19, No School – Spring Break
  • Monday, 5/27, No School – Memorial Day

If all goes well the last day of school will be Friday, June 14th? But when does that ever happen. More likely, school will end sometime the following week. (Though, if there are enough cancellations, it can go as late Friday, June 28th.)

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 (8/15/18 9:22 am): I was fixing a few typos and noticed an error for the Martin Luther King, Jr Day holiday. It is just one day – not two as originally listed. I also fixed a reference to four days not listed on the district calendar. There are five early dismissals not included on it (specific to Southborough elementary and/or middle schools.)

Updated (8/15/18 4:22 pm): Based on comments, I just realized that my list also incorrectly showed Tuesday, 9/4 as a no school day. (Unfortunately, a download of one day holidays incorrectly listed some of them as two days. I thought I caught them all before posting. Sorry!)

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1 Betsy August 15, 2018 at 2:17 PM

Thanks for posting this information. The district schedule is fairly different compared to last year. The Monday after thanksgiving is a school day, hurrah! Hopefully Tuesday September 4 isn’t a day off… I don’t think it is from the sites I looked at. Can you confirm? Thanks!

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2 beth August 16, 2018 at 7:37 AM

It’s a school day. That one always is. (Unless a Jewish holiday has fallen there – which wasn’t the case last year either.) You may be thinking of the Columbus Day weekend which in past years has been a 4-day weekend, tacking on a Professional Development Day.

To avoid so much time off in the fall, rather than eliminating Jewish holiday observances, the administration decided to shift the way Professional Development Days are scheduled. You can read more about that here.

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3 Gail Jenks August 16, 2018 at 3:18 PM

Beth: Monday, 9/3, – Tuesday, 9/4, No School – Labor Day. Is this correct?

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4 beth August 16, 2018 at 4:29 PM

Thanks for pointing out. I had already answered this on another comment – but not understanding it came from my list!

It was an error in a calendar download. I thought I caught all of the one days that came out as two days, but I missed two. I had already caught the MLK Jr. Day one myself, but didn’t notice that Labor Day showed Tuesday.

Sorry for any confusion this caused.

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5 Gloria Linden August 16, 2018 at 12:48 PM

For those who are not aware, the schools have an iCal feed so you can link the school calendars to your google calendar (works for ios, Outlook, etc. as well!) Very handy so you don’t have to manually input all the dates.

Check out the school’s online calendar for details…

ex. Instructions for Finn school are here:

https://www.nsboro.k12.ma.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=22&PageType=20&DomainID=14&ModuleInstanceID=14

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6 beth August 16, 2018 at 4:31 PM

While the calendars do have this option – not all of them are up completely up to date yet. The Finn one doesn’t show the district days off (including Labor Day). Presumably that will be updated before school starts.

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