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MSAD #51 District Newsletter - August 27, 2021

posted Aug 27, 2021, 1:38 PM by Fran Prentice   [ updated Aug 27, 2021, 1:38 PM ]

Notices from the Office of the Superintendent

Superintendent Porter's Blog

To view Superintendent Porter's most recent Blog Post, click here.

Rosh Hashanah Letter

Dear MSAD #51 School Community,

We strive to review carefully all of our major activities and events and make efforts to avoid any major religious holidays with our planning. However, we failed on two occasions to avoid conflicts between a holiday that is of great importance to the Jewish members of our community and two events of significance in the life of our school district. 

Rosh Hashanah, this year celebrated on September 7, is also scheduled to be the first day of kindergarten;  Unfortunately, there is not a viable alternative to changing this date. The second oversight was an original start date for middle school athletics falling on Rosh Hashanah, but this has since been moved to September 8 as a correction.

I apologize for the district’s oversight on this issue. I know that it is troubling for our kindergarten families in particular who observe Rosh Hashanah. I am sorry that a choice has to be made between observing the holiday and sending your child for the first day of school. For MSAD #51, it is a lesson learned for subsequent years.


Jeff Porter
Superintendent of Schools


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MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information

Meetings start at 6:30 pm in the Greely Center for the Arts at GHS unless otherwise noted.

THURSDAY, September 2 - Regular Meeting

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Meeting Dates, Agendas & Minutes
Board of Directors Meeting Videos


Community Notices

Community Notices are not affiliated with MSAD #51.  Please contact the organization directly with any questions.  For a full listing of Community Notices, please click HERE.

Cumberland's Bicentennial Celebration - September 18
Grade 7/8 Tackle Football Registration


Useful Links

Employment Opportunities

MSAD #51 Website

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

District Calendar

GHS Athletics Schedule


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Maine School Administrative District #51
357 Tuttle Road, PO Box 6A, Cumberland, ME 04021
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