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What's Happening at Lyseth

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Lyseth Elementary School Presents:

Music in Our Schools Band, Chorus, and Strings Concert ~~~~

Tuesday March 19th at 6 pm
Welcome all parents, friends and families!

We invite you to come see our talented group of third, fourth, and fifth grade musicians  featured  in this musical exposition! This evening event will be held in the Lyseth gymnasium.  We hope to see you there!

Book Character Parade

On Friday March 1st, Lyseth held its annual Book Character Parade in honor of Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Students and staff dressed up as their favorite book character and walked around the school, displaying their creativity and love of reading.  Enjoy these photos of our characters!

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First Innings is a before school program at Lyseth developed to help students start their day positively by choosing engaging activities with adults throughout the building.

Come join us on
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:15 - 8:45

*Students must be here by 8:25.

The sessions below will be offered until April 4th. New sessions will be offered staring April 23rd.

For Kindergartners - Second Graders 

Builder's Club
Morning Meeting
Chess Club
Friendship Bracelets
Calm Coloring
Books & Breakfast
Street Hockey
Music & Movement
Perler Beads
So, You Want to Be a Nurse
Kindness Club

For Third - Fifth Graders

Books & Breakfast
Clay Creations
Builder's Club
Typing Club
Kindness Club
Chess Club
Cursive Corner 
Lyseth Ambassadors
Words with Friends
Library Helpers
Street Hockey
Rock Climbing


Looking ahead - some special dates to remember

Greening Day  
May 16, 2019


Greening Day

Each May, Lyseth School holds its annual Greening Day in conjunction with the United Way "Day of Action."  Lyseth teachers, students & parents adopt areas in the green spaces on campus and work with United Way volunteers to weed, mulch and plant.  The school grounds then look ready for spring.  Look for more information as Spring 2019 approaches!

Civil Rights Team at Lyseth School

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Lyseth Elementary School now has a Civil Rights Team.  The team has 28 members from the fourth and fifth grades.  The team’s goal is to ensure that all Lyseth students feel safe, welcome and respected.  Teacher advisors guiding the team in this important work include Ellen Handelman (art teacher), Merita McKenzie (physical education teacher), Kate Kessler (fifth grade teacher), and Kara St. Germain (fourth grade teacher).

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Starting Strong Literacy Program

Lyseth is pleased to be a part of the United Way Reading Strong Program where we partner community volunteers with our first graders to support them with the development of their literacy skills. All of our volunteers are trained by Karen Stockmann, our Literacy Specialist/Coach, on how to encourage, motivate, and support young readers. The volunteers meet twice a week for 25-30 minutes with first graders and the outcome has been truly amazing! We have 12 volunteers and they have so enjoyed reading with our 1st grade students that most have committed to staying an extra 30 minutes to support our 2nd graders with math! The volunteers are a unique mixture of retired professionals.

We are so fortunate to have these volunteers as part of our Lyseth family!

Lenore Williams

Welcome to Lyseth Elementary School

 Click Here For Principal's Notes

Lyseth Elementary School offers a full elementary program for kindergarten through fifth grade to our almost 500 students. Our dedicated staff of 75+ professionals create a nurturing, yet academically rigorous school experience for our students.

Our mission statement is "To Provide a Nurturing Environment Where All Learners Will Excel." Our students will make continuous progress with learning across the curriculum with a specific focus in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Our students will attend a school which is committed to a consistent understanding and implementation of child-centered programming. Our students will benefit from staff communications that promotes teamwork and common understanding, and this communication will transfer to strong connections with parents and the community at large.

School Address & Hours

175 Auburn Street
Portland, Maine 04103 - Map     
Phone: (207) 874-8215
Fax: (207) 874-8218 
The school office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. School is in session from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students should not arrive on the school grounds before 8:45 a.m. unless they are participating in our First Innings Program or accessing the Parks and Recreation before and after school program. There is no supervision prior to that time.  Students are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. from their designated exit doors. Students should not reenter the building.

Learning Features

  • Looping
  • Spanish Immersion Program
  • Team-Teaching
  • Differentiated Learning
  • Student-involved conferences
  • Student "Show What You Know" Expos/Learning Shares
  • First Innings Extended Learning Opportunities
  • Study Buddies
  • Mentoring

Library/Media Center

The Lyseth Library Media Center offers a dynamic learning environment in which reading and research are promoted. The library boasts a collection of more than 12,000 books, magazines, audio books and videos. 

Lyseth PTA

The Lyseth PTA holds many events during the year. Their Fall Fundraiser directly benefit syour children by purchasing items such as playground equipment, classroom supplies, and instructional technologies.
This year the PTA supported efforts that led to the purchase of new Chromebooks and carts.  In past years, PTA funds have provided money to help create outdoor classroom learning and creative play spaces, musical instruments for the music program, classroom technology, a new school sign, cafeteria tables...and that's just to name a few of the items!

Lyseth's Business Partners

  • PROP Foster Grandparents
  • Berlin City Auto Group
  • John T. Gorman Foundation
  • Cumberland County Teachers Federal Credit Union
  • Bath Savings Institution
  • Shaw's
  • Hannaford Brothers

Program Support

  • Lyseth's "Credit Union"
  • Student Mentor Program
  • Service Learning
  • Music: Choral, Band, Strings