July 29, 2019

Dear Families,

I hope you are enjoying your summer!  The secretarial staff, custodial staff and myself have been busy planning for students to arrive back at SHE in late August. On behalf of the teachers, paraprofessionals and staff, we have missed you all and are looking forward to your return.  Listed below are the dates for the open houses and dates and start times of school.  Please note that your child’s classroom placement and bus information will be mailed at a later date.  Please note that when visiting our school for any function, additional parking is available in the ballfield parking lot just north of our school exit way on Shepard Hill Road.  There is an opening/gate to allow access to our facility.

Our start and end times at the elementary level have changed by fifteen minutes.  School will now open daily at 9:00 am, instead of the previous 8:45 am. Your child will be considered late and will need to be signed in as tardy if they arrive after 9:15 am.   Dismissal will now be at 3:45 pm, with parent pick-up starting at 3:35.  The parent pick-up location will remain the same. 

Your child’s first day of school is based upon their grade level. 

  • If your child is in Kindergarten through Grade Three, their first day of school is Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  Please note that this will be a half day, dismissing at 1:15 pm. Parent pick up will start at 1:05 pm. 
  •  If your child is in our Pre-Kindergarten program, their first day of school is Thursday, August 29, 2019.   

Shepard Hill Elementary School also has two different Open House dates.  If your child is in Kindergarten through Grade Three, Open House will be held on Monday August 26, 2019.   Due to limited parking, we have a staggered classroom visitation schedule.  Classroom visitation will be by grade level following the schedule below. Please note that parking is also available behind the school, on the basketball court. 


Classroom Visitation Time


4:00-4:45 pm

Grade One

4:30-5:15 pm

Grade Two

5:00-5:45 pm

Grade Three

5:15-6:00 pm

If your child is in our Pre-Kindergarten program, Open House will be held Wednesday August 28, 2019.  For the families of students in the AM session the doors will be open at the Pre-K / Kindergarten Entrance from 10:00 AM -11:00 AM.  Families will know what session their child is in based on the child’s bus information.  For families of students in the PM session doors, will be open at the Pre-K / Kindergarten Entrance from 2:00 PM -3:00 PM

Next, your child’s bus information for the 2019-2020 school year will be mailed to you at a later date.  When this information arrives, it is important that you make sure that the pickup and drop off addresses are correct.  If you find that the information is incorrect, please contact our office immediately at 860-564-6432. All students should wear the lanyard with this information during the first two weeks of school.  This will help bus drivers and staff identify children and provides staff quick access to classroom and transportation information to minimize any confusion.  For children in Pre-K and Kindergarten, after the first two weeks of school please attach the plastic holder with the bus information to their backpack.  

Additionally, enclosed you will find this years school calendar and your child’s Student Current Status Update form.  Please review the information for accuracy.  If there is information that needs to be changed please cross out the information that is incorrect and write in the correct information.  It must be signed and returned to our office even if no changes are made

During the first week of school, Mrs. LaBonte and Mrs. Gaudreau will be distributing an information packet to all families.  This packet will include the up to date 2019-2020 Student-Parent Handbook.  The policies and procedures that we follow are intended to promote a safe learning environment for all.   All district policies adopted by the Plainfield Board of Education can also be viewed at

Our school staff is anxiously awaiting the arrival of your children’s happy and smiling faces.   Please say hello and re-introduce yourself to our staff when you are here.   If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at 564-6432 or email Mrs. Trahan at     

From the entire staff at Shepard Hill Elementary School, WELCOME BACK!!                      &

Thank you for again sharing your children with us this year!


Kristen H. Trahan