The first day of school for Portland Public Schools’ students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, Aug. 31, this year. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children start on Tuesday, Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day. But even before the first day of classes, and also into the fall, district schools will be holding events that include ice cream socials, barbeques, open houses to meet teachers and visit classrooms and welcoming events for new students. A list of upcoming events is below. Also, click here for some tips on helping your child start off the school year right.
Back to School Events/ Open House Dates 2016-2017
Aug. 17 Hall Elementary School: Kindergarten Popsicle Social for new kindergartners on the school playground, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (If it rains, the event will be canceled.)
Aug. 24 East End Community School: Popsicles in the Park and on the Prom, 4-6 p.m. (rain date 8/25)
Aug. 25 Casco Bay High School: Parent Advisory Group, 5-6 p.m.; Quest information night, 6-6:30 p.m.
Lincoln Middle School: Tours for students new to LMS, 1-2 p.m.
Longfellow Elementary School: Kindergarten Play Time on the Longfellow playground, 5 p.m.
Aug. 26 Lincoln Middle School: Tours for students new to LMS, 9-10 a.m.
Aug. 29 Presumpscot Elementary School: Welcome Back BBQ, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Peaks Island Elementary School: Back-to-School Gathering, 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Casco Bay High School: New student Ice Cream Social, 6-7 p.m.
Portland High School: Grade 9 Welcome Picnic, 5-7:30 p.m.
Deering High School: Grade 9 Welcome, with popsicles and watermelon, 6-7 p.m.
Aug. 30 Hall Elementary School: Ice Cream Social, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Ocean Avenue Elementary School: Open House/PTO Watermelon Welcome Back, 5-6 p.m.
Lyseth Elementary School: Open House/PTA Watermelon Welcome, 6-7 p.m.
Reiche Elementary School: Back-to-School event, 2-4 p.m.
Riverton Elementary School: Back-to-School Festival, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Longfellow Elementary School: Building open for teacher greet and classroom visits, 5-5:30 p.m.; Back-to-School BBQ, 5:30-7 p.m.
Lyman Moore Middle School: Grade 6 Welcome BBQ, 5:30-7 p.m.
Lincoln Middle School: Ice Cream Social for grade 6 students and families, 3-4 p.m.
King Middle School: Grade 6 Welcome BBQ and Open House, 5-6:30 p.m.
Aug. 31 Lyseth Elementary School: Kindergarten Meet and Greet, 9-9:45 a.m., followed by the "First Bus Ride" at 10 a.m.
Sept. 1 Riverton Elementary School: Kindergarten Open House, 9-10 a.m.
Lyseth Elementary School: Kindergarten Playground Date, 6-7 p.m.
Sept. 7 Lyman Moore Middle School: Grades 7 and 8 Open House, 5:30-7 p.m.
Sept. 8 Casco Bay High School: New CBHS Parent Social, 6-7 p.m.
Sept. 13 Bayside Learning Community, Open House, 5-6 p.m.
Sept. 14 Longfellow Elementary School: Open House, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
King Middle School: Grades 7 and 8 Open House, 6-7 p.m.
Sept. 15 Portland High School: Open House, 6-8 p.m.
Casco Bay High School: Open House, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 Multilingual & Multicultural Center: Multilingual Back-to-School event, 1-4 p.m., at the East End Community Center. Multilingual families can get help completing their First-Day Packets (which they should bring with them) and learn about community services.
Sept. 19 Deering High School, Open House, 6-8 p.m.
Sept. 21 Lincoln Middle School: Open House, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 East End Community School: Back-to-School Night, 6-7 p.m.
Presumpscot Elementary School: Open House, 6-7 p.m.
Hall Elementary School: Open House: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 Portland Arts & Technology High School: Open House
Riverton Elementary School: Open House
Oct. 6 Peaks Island Elementary School: Open House
Oct. 13 Cliff Island Elementary School: Open House
Reiche Community School: Open House, 5-6:30 p.m.
Note: This article will be updated to add more times and other details as they become available. You can also learn more details about such events by visiting the district website, www.portlandschools.org, and clicking on the link to your neighborhood school.