New Date: PTO Meeting September 30

The Ocean Avenue PTO is having our first PTO meeting of the school year on Tuesday September 30 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the OAES Library. Mayor Michael Brennan will be our guest speaker. You’ll have the chance to meet the PTO, hear about some exciting fall programs, approve the budget, and meet other families.
Check out the minutes from our last PTO meeting: June Meeting Minutes. We hope to see you there! For more information please contact PTO President Nanette Dyer-Blake at

Superintendent’s Book Club

Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk and Derek Pierce, principal of Casco Bay High School (CBHS), will host the fall meeting of the Superintendent’s Book Club on October 15 at 7 p.m. at Longfellow Books in Monument Square, Portland. Note the new date. The public is invited to attend free of charge and no sign-up is required.

The book club will discuss “Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century,” by Monica R. Martinez and Dennis McGrath.

CBHS and King Middle School in Portland are two of eight school profiled in the book as part of the growing Deeper Learning movement. Students are empowered to become critical thinkers and problem solvers who develop a strong ethos for their own learning and that of others. Teachers have multiple opportunities to collaborate as professionals to develop creative and engaging learning experiences.

Copies of “Deeper Learning” are available for the discounted price of $21.56 plus tax each plus tax from Longfellow Books. Be sure to mention that you are with the Superintendent’s Book Club.

Volunteer with the PTO

Did you know the OAPTO supports field trips, offers after-school activities and brings the school community together through events, among many other things?   We need your helping hands to do this.  This year the OAPTO is asking each family to contribute just 3 volunteer hours over the school year.  That’s just three hours over nine months! It’s easy and fun – just visit the Volunteer page on our website to find out more and sign up!
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Walk and Roll: Thursday September 11

Don’s miss the first Walk and Roll of the year!  The Ocean Avenue PTO invites you to join us this Thursday morning, starting at 8:30AM at Heseltine Park (corner of Ocean Avenue and Irving Street) to meet other OAES families and friends, and get some exercise before the school day starts. We start walking at 8:30AM.

For safety reasons, we ask that any student wishing to ride their bike have a parent or guardian present.  We hope to see you Thursday!  For more information contact Justo Estevez, Community Building Director at