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Simply text the word YES to the phone number 67587 from your mobile phone. Please inform your scholar’s front desk if your phone number changes.
You may also Download the form and follow the instructions (includes Spanish translation of instructions).
2022-2023 School Year Calendar
2022-2023 School Year Calendar (updated July 2022)
Download to print, Visit the Calendar page
Thursday, Aug. 18 is the first day of school. Please note that Aug. 18 and Aug. 19 will be half days of school to allow for staff professional development time in the afternoons. Dismissal will occur at 12:30 pm on all half days.
Our normal school hours of 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, will begin on Monday, Aug. 22nd.
Bus Transportation Routes & Drop off/Pickup Information
Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus & Main Office
515 Belleville Ave., New Bedford, MA 02746
Scholars may only be dropped off and/or picked up at the front entrance, on Belleville Avenue. Please do not stop in the middle of the road or otherwise block traffic/pedestrians from safely crossing the street.
Frederick Douglass Campus
767 Church Street, New Bedford MA 02745
Scholars in grades 6-8 who are Parent Pick Up and do NOT have a K-4 sibling will be picked up out of the Fisher College parking lot located at 777 Church Street. Please do NOT park on Church Street. You may park in the parking lot behind Fisher College and teachers will ensure your scholar is brought to your car.
School Uniform Policy
All scholars and their families are expected to read our Uniform Policy thoroughly and follow it. Families of rising fifth grade scholars (were in 4th grade last year), please note that, this year, 5th grade scholars will remain in light blue polos until sixth grade.
If you require embroidery service for an Alma uniform top, Superior Logo will embroider items that are brought in for $5 and it takes about a week.
An alternative for embroidery services is Alma parent, Mayra Carranza! You may call her at 508-863-3766 to arrange for embroidery, which will take about 3 days with Mayra and the cost is $5 per shirt.
Breakfast & Lunch Menus
In order to maximize academic success, all scholars must have a nutritious breakfast and lunch. Alma del Mar is again partnering with Revolution Foods to provide healthful and well-balanced meals for scholars.
Free Breakfast and Lunch
Alma del Mar participates in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), which provides free meals to all scholars at eligible schools. There is no meal application process required for families at schools in the CEP program.
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
Menus for each month will be posted on the Alma Facebook Page before the end of each month. Families should review the menu with their scholar to determine what meals they will most likely eat.
Meals from Home
Alma del Mar scholars may bring breakfast and/or lunch from home. Refrigeration and heating will not be available, so families should send foods that may be stored and consumed at room temperature.
The items listed below are prohibited at Alma del Mar:
*Caffeinated beverages including energy drinks and soda
If any of the above listed items are brought to school, they may be sent home, confiscated, or discarded. Scholars will have access to water at all times.
Each scholar is given 25 minutes to each lunch. We encourage the food from home to be a light lunch portion. This will help deter snacking throughout the school day.
Due to allergy concerns, scholars are prohibited to share foods or beverages brought from home. Alma del Mar reserves the right to prohibit additional food items as allergy needs necessitate.