• MES Students in Harlow Art Show

    The Harlow presents Young at Art, the 16th annual exhibition of children’s artwork on view from February 23 until March 23 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. ...

  • Author Karen Toothaker Visits!

    Our former MES PreK teacher, Karen Toothaker, has written “The Rag Doll Gift”.  She presented it to students, and held a meet and greet on December 13th...

  • Hour of Code!

    Manchester and Wayne Elementary Hour of Code Over the last 2 weeks, the students at Manchester and Wayne have been participating in the Hour of Code.  We...

  • Travis Mills Assembly

    Travis Mills joined us at Manchester Elementary on Wednesday, May 23rd to share his motivational story with our students.  Not only is he a parent at our...

  • Hour of Code!

    We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will...

Welcome to Manchester Elementary School

 MES Library Summer Hours!

The MES school library will be open a few hours each week.  All families are invited to come in to check out books.  Reading is so very important and we want to support our student's reading experiences throughout the summer.

The library will be open on the following days and times:

(summer renovations may create a challenge on particular weeks; stay tuned for updates!)


July 10th  10:00-12:00
July 17th  10:00-12:00
July 24th  10:00-12:00
July 31st  10:00-12:00
August 7th  10:00-12:00

Most of the KVBA books will be available to loan out this summer.  Here is the list: 2019-20 KVBA annotated list

Please be sure to return all books once school begins!

Welcome New Principal, Abbie Hartford!

Dear MES Families,  

It is with much enthusiasm that I  begin the new year as the new principal here at Manchester Elementary School.  Twenty-two years ago I began my teaching career right here at MES as a student teacher in the resource room!!  What a welcome surprise to find myself once again in this highly respected, caring school community.

A brief bio of me: I taught elementary school for twelve years as a resource room teacher and then a teacher of grades k-3.  For the past ten years I have been a teaching principal and then a principal of two elementary schools. As importantly, I am a parent of three grown children, two step daughters, two grandsons and more grandchildren in October!!  Not to mention the dogs, cats, cows, sheep and one goat named Old Joe Gage! In essence, I am a seasoned educator and parent and a slightly experienced farmer.

I love the learning process and eagerly join the MES staff to ensure your children grow academically and socially/emotionally.  Though it is still early in the summer, I am anxious and excited to meet your children and I look forward to working with families and teachers in the year ahead.

Abbie Hartford
Manchester Elementary School Principal

 Don't Forget to Read!

ReadingHere is the list of KVBA Books for this year! 2019-20 KVBA annotated list
KVBA Forms can be found on our Library page.


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Important Reminder to All Parents:

To ensure safety for all, the circle in front of the school is for busses only between 7:15-8:00 AM and 2:30-3:05 PM. Parents are asked to park in the rear school parking lot (near Castletown) when dropping off/picking up their child during that time. Please note, our school day does not start until 7:30 a.m. (all exterior doors are locked until this time and students will not be allowed to enter until 7:30 a.m.!) Additionally, students may not be dropped off on the playground until 7:30 a.m. because there are no duty teachers until this time!