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Letter from the Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome to a new year at Ocean Avenue Elementary School (OAES). The Student/Parent Handbook is distributed to each student as a reference for guidelines, policies, and procedures that we use at OAES and within the Portland Public Schools.  Inside are answers to many questions families typically wonder about or ask us. Topics are listed in alphabetical order. I encourage you to read this handbook and refer to it as a resource throughout the school year. We are always eager to listen to and work with parents and students on new ideas and procedures. Your input is not only important, but also necessary to create the best learning environment for our children. Please take the time to read and review this handbook as there are changes made each year. 

Maintaining communication with your child’s teacher is critical to your child’s education. Please call before minor problems develop into larger ones. It takes parents and teachers working together to provide a strong foundation for continued learning and success. If you have any questions, the staff here at OAES is ready and willing to answer your call or email. We wish you a very successful academic year! 

Ocean Avenue Elementary School is a wonderful place to learn and grow. Please be sure to check out our website at for further resources, teacher emails, and up to date information on school happenings. We are looking forward to a wonderful year.

Beverly Stevens


The Portland Public Schools are committed to the concept and implementation of equal educational opportunities, as required by federal and state laws, for all students, regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.  The School Committee meets and sets policy year round.  In case of a conflict between a School Committee policy and the rules in this handbook, the School Committee policy will prevail.