October 16, 2017

Dear Loring Families,

I would like to provide you with some important updates regarding programming here at Loring. It’s been a busy and exciting start to the year. The engagement from our community has been amazing. We had a huge turnout for our Harvest Festival last month. Students and community members celebrated our wonderful garden and helped raise money in the process. We raised over $2,000! This money goes directly back into our school. Last year we used fundraiser dollars to help purchase materials, curriculum, field trips and activities. We also use our fundraising dollars to help offset the cost of our community education programming. We want to offer affordable programming for all kids after school. Please consider helping our PTA raise money through our fall fundraiser .

I would like to address our large class sizes this year. We started the school year approximately 40 kids over our enrollment targets. All grades are feeling the larger class sizes. Kindergarten and fourth grade are experiencing the highest numbers. We’ve moved some resources around to support these grade levels and have worked with the district to come up with a plan to support these large numbers.

We will be receiving two extra Associate Educators. I’m posting the positions and will be interviewing the week of October 23rd. I will be moving one of our experienced Associate Educators into kindergarten and first grade for the bulk of her day. I will be placing one of the new Associate Educators into the fourth grade and the other one will support the other grade levels throughout the day.

Thank you all for your advocacy, support and patience as we continue to adjust resources to meet this unique need. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me at your earliest convenience.

Have a wonderful school year!


Ryan Gibbs

Loring Community School

“We are ALL here, ALL the time, for ALL children!