Sanborn Regional School District
SAU 17

Dear Parents / Guardians, Students, Staff, and Friends of the Sanborn Regional School District Community.

Here are your latest important announcements, updates and events from SAU 17.

May 22, 2020

Dear Staff, Students, and Community Members,

Press Release

The Sanborn Regional School Board and Seacoast Learning Collaborative entered into a long-term lease for the former Sanborn Regional Middle School in Newton, New Hampshire. Seacoast Learning Collaborative (SLC) is a nonprofit, private educational organization who provides specialized student environments for kindergarten through grade 12. The lease provides $140,000 for the next five years with an option to renew for an additional five years. The school district and SLC will share a resource officer, which will also be an officer in the Newton Police Department.

Sanborn School District Superintendent Thomas Ambrose stated "We believe this lease agreement is a win for Kingston and Newton taxpayers, where it will provide additional funding for the District while maintaining a District asset. Also, we are looking forward to sharing a resource officer 50/50 with the SLC. We successfully negotiated access to the old Middle School gym and playing fields for continued activity of the district and community for after-school events."

The Sanborn Regional School District has posted the entire lease agreement on its website. To access the full link click  here.  Superintendent Ambrose is available to answer any questions  regarding the lease agreement.  He can be contacted at

Memorial Day weekend brings us all a three day break, and sunny weather is forecast. As we celebrate this weekend, let us not forget the brave soldiers who gave their lives for us. Our nation owes a debt to those heroic men and women; we will never forget their sacrifice.

This newsletter provides a number of updates for summer programming at Sanborn. We have received guidance from the State that all District facilities are to remain closed to the public for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the following plans will be put in place to address regularly-scheduled summer events.

Extended School Year Programming

Locating Extended School Year (ESY) programming in school buildings in Sanborn will not be an option this year. We are planning for the summer based upon currently known and anticipated health/safety recommendations, and therefore, have decided that ESY services will occur in a remote learning fashion. This applies to students with Extended School Year (ESY) services on their IEP. In addition, if your child has an IEP, you should have received a letter regarding Extended School Year services. Please refer to this letter for additional information. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your current Special Education Case Manager and/or Building Coordinator (LEA).

Summer Enrichment

All summer enrichment camps are cancelled. We apologize for any inconveniences that this may cause families who were counting on the camps running. If you have already submitted payment to the high school, the District will be issuing you a refund. You can expect to receive a check in 3-4 weeks in the mail. Please email Sally L'Antigua at with any refund questions.

Athletics and Recreation

Until further notice, all summer athletic / recreation programs are cancelled. Coaches are prohibited from personally participating in individual or group activities. This includes direct (on-site) supervision of student-athlete workouts from any distance, or coaching summer league teams at any location, whether they are permitted by local authorities or not. Coaches are encouraged to provide student-athletes with drills and skill work to be done independently. Coaches will actively discourage student-athletes from participating in any athletic activities with their non-family peers.

Sanborn Athletics leadership will actively monitor the advice from the NH Department of Education, various health-related agencies (such as the CDC) and the NH Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) for guidance on any changes to these guidelines. We hope to have a decision on outdoor activities starting on or around June 1 or by the middle of June.


The Junior Prom, originally scheduled for May, will be held when social distancing restrictions lift. Right now the class has booked a tentative date with the venue (Castleton in Windham) of July 30, 2020. The class also has fall dates on hold, should they be needed.

Lunch Deliveries

Memorial Day is on Monday, May 25th. We will not be delivering lunches on this day or on Tuesday. However, you will have received a breakfast and a lunch for each of your children with the previous Friday's delivery. We will be delivering on Wednesday, May 27th and Friday May 29th.

The last day of school is June 2nd which is a Tuesday. The last day for lunch deliveries will be Friday, June 5th. Beginning on Monday, June 8th, families may come to the Sanborn Regional High School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to pick up lunches for your children between 10 and 11 AM. Staff will be in the front of the school waiting to put bagged lunches into your car. Lunch pickup will continue in this manner until Monday, June 29th. In order to ensure that we have enough lunches everyday for pickup, we will be creating a survey which you will find on your child's school website for families to indicate their interest in picking up food. Food will be available on a first come, first served basis; thus it is important for you to complete the survey so that we may prepare enough lunches on a daily basis.

The Sanborn Regional School District is exploring ways to continue to provide meals for pickup during the summer months. Once we have received approvals, we will let families know through the schools' Facebook pages as well as the community pages and Mr. Ambrose's Constant Contact Newsletters.

We recognize that despite the State of NH allowing businesses to reopen, not everyone will be back to work. If you and your family experience issues with job/income loss or food insecurity, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We will help direct you to resources both in our district as well as in our community. Please reach out to Heidi Leavitt at

Enjoy the long weekend, get some fresh air, and may you and your family stay safe and healthy!


Thomas J. Ambrose

SAU 17 Board  & Committee Meetings

School Board Meetings

The next remote meeting via Zoom is scheduled for: 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6 PM 

To view links for meetings, 
visit the SAU 17 Homepage at

Subcommittee Meetings:


Finance- 4 PM

Policy- 4:45 PM

Remote Learning is in place for the remainder of the year.

All Sanborn Regional School District fields and playgrounds 
are currently closed 
to the public until further notice .

Food Updates:

Food is available for all students who attend the Sanborn Regional School District. Free and reduced meal forms should still be completed because once we go back to "normal" those will be used to determine who is eligible to continue to receive meals. Everyone is eligible to receive the food, but the paperwork needs to be completed regardless of income level. Even if you have not been approved in the past, please consider applying again.
Please contact for additional information

 We are now able to provide food for families on weekends.  If you are a family who currently receives our regularly scheduled deliveries, you do not need to do anything to receive the additional food, it will be in your regular Friday meal pack.  

Finally, we would like to encourage anyone who has experienced a change in job  status to reach out to us for food support. The information is completely confidential and the approval process has changed during this time of a national emergency. 

Food Pantry Donations
You have been amazing!
Many of you have asked me to let you know if we have any needs. As of right now, we need the following:
Pancake mix (we have plenty of syrup)
Peanut butter
Crackers (snack crackers like Ritz or Saltines that have individual sleeves of crackers in the box)
Fruit (canned either snack or family size)
Oatmeal (we are looking for the boxes that have the individual packets)
Cake Mix 
We are hoping to send a cake mix home with each family to celebrate the end of the school year.
Food can be dropped off on MWF between 7 and 3 to the main office.
Thank you for all you have done to meet the needs of these students. It really does make a difference for their learning.

Heidi Leavitt, Director of Counseling

Contact Us
Thomas J. Ambrose
Superintendent of Schools
Sanborn Regional School District
(603) 642-3688 x 222