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David Tate

Greetings to all our Bulldog families:

Upcoming Events:

February 3                           Q2 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

February 6 – 10                 National School Counseling week

February 8 – 10                 Valentine’s Day & Spirit Wear Sales – Cafeteria

February 9                           Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

February 10                        Q2 Honor Roll Ice Cream Celebration

February 10                        Valentine’s Dance – 7 – 9pm in the cafeteria

February 16                        Random acts of Kindness Day (observed)

February 17 - 21                February Break – No School

March 3                                Q3 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

March 9                                Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

March 11 (Saturday)      Aladdin on Broadway (meet in the cafeteria at 9am)

March 14                             Pi Day (details to follow)

March 15 – 17                    St. Patrick’s Day & Spirit Wear Sales – Cafeteria

March 17                             Coffee & Conversation – 8am – Faculty Lounge

March 16                             Family Numeracy Night (note the new date)

March 22 – 24                    Early Dismissal – 11:45am – Report Card Conferences

March 29                             Early Dismissal – 11:45am

March 31                             Spring Dance

March 31                             Q3 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

April 3 – 7                            Spring Recess – No School

April 13                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 11                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 12                                 Q4 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

May 24, 25                          School Play – Aladdin, Jr.  – 6:30pm - Auditorium

May 29                                 Memorial Day – No School

June 2                                    Grade 8 Moving Up Dance (Location TBD)

Talking about Mental Health for Families: The Hub and Kids in Crisis are hosting an event that you might be interested in: Helping Families Navigate Mental Health & Suicide Conversations with Kids

Time & Location: Feb 06, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM via Zoom.  Join them in an open Zoom panel discussion to recognize warning signs of suicide in youth and what you can do to help demystify the process of seeking help and having conversations at home. Come learn about local resources for additional support. To RSVP: https://www.positivedirections.org/event-details/helping-families-navigate-mental-health-suicide-conversations-with-kids

National School Counseling Week:  February 6 – 10 marks this week. Cloonan Diplomats will be sharing mental health facts during morning announcement and students will be given opportunity to respond with a Thoughtful Thursday Writing Prompt.

Reminder: Valentine’s Dance Party: The Cloonan Valentine's Dance Party is next Friday, February 10 from 7 to 9 pm in the cafeteria. The cost is $10 per student and includes a beverage and sweet treat. Students must complete and return the registration form (with payment) to their homeroom teacher. Registration forms were distributed to students this week, or download the registration form in English or Spanish. Dance is limited to 175 students. Donations of decorations and bake sale items are still needed! Click here to donate or volunteer.

Valentine’s & Spirit Wear Sales: The PTO is sponsoring a Valentine’s & Spirit Wear sale February 8-10 during lunch. Valentine’s-themed items are $1 to $3 each and Cloonan Spirit Wear is $10 to $30 per item.  Parent volunteers are needed from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm daily to set up, break-down, and staff the sale. Click here to volunteer.

Grade 8 Holocaust Museum Trip:  Our 8th graders have the opportunity to go on a field trip to the Holocaust Museum in New York City on February 22 or 23.  This follows their reading of the book Night by Elie Wiesel. The visit will include a panel discussion with Holocaust survivors. You can access the permission slip in English or Spanish here.

Q3 P.E. Newsletter:  Our Physical Education Department has released their 3rd Quarter newsletter. You can see it here.

Random Acts of Kindness:  February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. We are off on that day so it will be observed on Thursday February 16. Members of the Cloonan Genders and Sexualities Alliance will visit classrooms. Teachers will be given a dice to roll which will allow the students to pick prizewinners randomly. Thank you GSA for helping to demonstrate kindness.

Congratulations! To our most recent Donors Choose Awardee, Ms. Damalas. Thank you to our school community for your ongoing support. We have new active projects in need of funding. To see the list click here.

COVID-19 Update: For the week, we had one positive case.  

Superintendent’s Message: For Dr. Lucero’s message please click here.

February is the traditional time when we observe Black History Month.  It is a time to become more aware of the culture and contributions of African-Americans throughout the history of our country. From the hidden figures who made an impact, essential Black inventorschange-making civil rights leadersaward-winning authors, and show stopping 21st-century women, Black American history is incredibly rich. Resources like BlackPast.org, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Library of Congress are great ways to learn little-known facts about Black history and broaden your understanding of the culture. Have a safe and healthy weekend.

David M. Tate, Principal

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David Tate

Greetings to all our Bulldog families:

Upcoming Events:

February 2                           Boys’ Basketball vs TOR @ TOR 3:00pm

February 2                           Girls’ Basketball vs TOR @ Cloonan 3:00pm

February 3                           Q2 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

February 6 – 10                 National School Counseling week

February 8 – 10                 Valentine’s Day & Spirit Wear Sales – Cafeteria

February 9                           Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

February 10                        Valentine’s Dance – 7– 9pm in the cafeteria

February 16                        Random acts of Kindness Day (observed)

February 17 - 21                February Break – No School

March 3                                Q3 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

March 9                                Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

March 11 (Saturday)      Aladdin on Broadway (meet in the cafeteria at 9am)

March 15 – 17                    St. Patrick’s Day & Spirit Wear Sales – Cafeteria

March 17                             Coffee & Conversation – 8am – Faculty Lounge

March 16                             Family Numeracy Night (note the new date)

March 22 – 24                    Early Dismissal – 11:45am – Report Card Conferences

March 29                             Early Dismissal – 11:45am

March 31                             Spring Dance

March 31                             Q3 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

April 3 – 7                            Spring Recess – No School

April 13                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 11                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 12                                 Q4 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

May 24, 25                          School Play – Aladdin, Jr.  – 6:30pm - Auditorium

May 29                                 Memorial Day – No School

June 2                                    Grade 8 Moving Up Dance (Location TBD)

Emergency Drills:  This morning we held another Lockdown Drill. This is one of the regular drills we conduct throughout the year. In the event of a real emergency, Administration will send out a message through Remind stating the nature of the emergency. It will be followed by another message with further instructions.  Please make sure your contact numbers and email addresses are up to date in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Thank you.

Join The PTO and Support Cloonan:  Our PTO is planning some wonderful activities as we move into the second half of the school year. However, it takes many hands to make light work. Unlike some other schools, we do not require dues to join the Parent-Teacher Organization. Everyone who is a member of the Cloonan community belongs to our PTO. What we ask is that you share you email to stay in touch, volunteer to help when and where you can and generally stay involved. To get on the email list and learn more about the CMS PTO click here.

National School Counseling Week:  February 6 – 10 marks this week. Cloonan Diplomats will be sharing mental health facts during morning announcement and students will be given opportunity to respond with a Thoughtful Thursday Writing Prompt.

Valentine’s Dance Party: The Cloonan Valentine's Dance Party is Friday, February 10 from 7 to 9 pm in the cafeteria. The cost is $10 per student and includes a beverage and sweet treat. To attend, students must complete and return the registration form (with payment) to their homeroom teacher. Download the registration form in English or Spanish. Parent volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, check-in, and to serve as chaperones. Click here to donate or volunteer.

Random Acts of Kindness:  February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. We are off on that day so it will be observed on Thursday February 16. Members of the Cloonan Genders and Sexualities Alliance will visit classrooms. Teachers will be given a dice to roll which will allow the students to pick prizewinners randomly. Thank you GSA for helping to demonstrate kindness.

Congratulations! To our most recent Donors Choose Awardee, Ms. Damalas. Thank you to our school community for your ongoing support. We have new active projects in need of funding. To see the list click here.

COVID-19 Update: For the week, we had two positive cases.  

From Superintendent Dr. Lucero: (Highlights)

Operating Budget Presentations to the BOE

The budget presentations are scheduled for Tuesday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m.  During this evening, you will have the opportunity to hear more specific information about the budget.  The following is the presentation lineup:

●        Lori Rhodes – School Development

●        Amy Beldotti – Teaching and Learning

●        Michael Fernandes – Student Support Services

●        Kevin McCarthy – Facilities

Board of Education (BOE) Public Hearing

The BOE has scheduled a Budget Public Hearing on Thursday, February 2, 2023.  This provides an opportunity for staff, students, families, and community members to speak and share their thoughts about the Superintendent’s proposed Operating Budget.

You must sign up in advance if you want to speak during this public hearing.  Please email the Board Secretary if you want to address the BOE.  The deadline to sign-up is 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2023.  If you are unable to attend the zoom BOE Public Hearing, please feel free to email the Board of Education at the following email address.

Please click the following link to register for the BOE public hearing.

BOE Budget Discussion and Debate

The Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting to discuss and debate the Superintendent’s proposed Operating Budget on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.

For Dr. Lucero’s full message including additional information about the BOE Budget process, please click here.

Have a safe and healthy weekend.

David M. Tate, Principal

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Greetings to all our Bulldog families:

Upcoming Events:

January 23                          Start of Q3 marking Period

January 23                          Girls’ Basketball vs Rippowam @ Rippowam 3:15pm

January 23                          Boys’ Basketball vs Rippowam @ Rippowam 4:00pm

January 26                          Boys’ Basketball vs Strawberry Hill @ Cloonan 3:15pm

January 26                          Girls’ Basketball vs Strawberry Hill @ Strawberry Hill 3:45pm

February 2                           Boys’ Basketball vs TOR @ TOR 3:00pm

February 2                           Girls’ Basketball vs TOR @ Cloonan 3:00pm

February 3                           Q2 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

February 8 – 10                 Valentine’s Sales

February 9                           Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

February 10                        Valentine’s Dance – 6 – 8pm in the cafeteria

February 17, 20                 February Break – No School

March 3                                Q3 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

March 9                                Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

March 11                             Aladdin on Broadway (meet in the cafeteria at 9am)

March 15 – 17                    St. Patrick’s Day Sales

March 16                             Family Numeracy Night (new date)

March 31                             Spring Dance

March 31                             Q3 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

April 3 – 7                            Spring Recess – No School

April 13                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 11                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 12                                 Q4 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

May 24, 25                          School Play – Aladdin, Jr.

May 29                                 Memorial Day – No School

June 2                                    Grade 8 Moving Up Dance (Location TBD)

Quarter 3 & Schedule Change:  Starting on Monday, January 23, we begin the third Marking period and will shift our schedule. After Homeroom, The first block will begin with Period 3 classes. The order for Blocks 1 through 6 will be Period 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2. Lunch shifts will also change with 8th grade having lunch starting at 10:33am, 6th grade at 11:08 am and finally 7th grade at 11:33 am. PowerSchool will display these changes.

Congratulations! To our most recent Donors Choose Awardee, Ms. Hartzell. This was her second award in as many weeks. Thank you to our school community for your ongoing support. We have new active projects in need of funding. For a list click here.

COVID-19 Update: For the week, we had two positive cases.  

From Superintendent Dr. Lucero: For Dr. Lucero’s full message, please click here.

This weekend marks the start of the Lunar New Year. This is the Year of the Rabbit, which characterizes kindness, grace, good taste, elegance, tact and diplomacy.  To all who celebrate the holiday we wish you wealth, prosperity and abundance. May everything go as you wish and Happy New Year.

Have a safe and healthy weekend.

David M. Tate, Principal

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David Tate

Greetings to all our Bulldog families:

Upcoming Events:

January 16                          The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

January 18                          Coffee & Conversation: Vaping Education for Parents

January 18                          Aladdin Meeting for Parents of cast members.

January 19                          Boys’ Basketball vs Rogers @ Cloonan 3:00 pm

January 19                          Girls’ Basketball vs Rogers @ Cloonan 3:15 pm

January 20                          End of Q2 marking Period

January 23                          Girls’ Basketball vs Rippowam @ Rippowam 3:15pm

January 23                          Boys’ Basketball vs Rippowam @ Rippowam 4:00pm

January 26                          Boys’ Basketball vs Strawberry Hill @ Cloonan 3:15pm

January 26                          Girls’ Basketball vs Strawberry Hill @ Strawberry Hill 3:45pm

February 2                           Boys’ Basketball vs TOR @ TOR 3:00pm

February 2                           Girls’ Basketball vs TOR @ Cloonan 3:00pm

February 3                           Q2 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

February 9                           Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

February 10                        Valentine’s Dance

February 17, 20                 February Break – No School

March 3                                Q3 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

March 9                                Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

March 11                             Aladdin on Broadway (meet in the cafeteria at 9am)

March 16                             Family Numeracy Night (new date)

March 31                             Spring Dance

March 31                             Q3 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

April 3 – 7                            Spring Recess – No School

April 13                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 11                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 12                                 Q4 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

May 24, 25                          School Play – Aladdin, Jr.

May 29                                 Memorial Day – No School

June 2                                    Grade 8 Moving Up Dance (Location TBD)

Interscholastic Basketball:  Our Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Teams are up and running. The girls’ are 0-2 after facing Scofield and Dolan this past week. The boys are 1-1, losing to Scofield but beating Dolan. Next week our teams face Rogers on Thursday. The boys will be home and the girls on the road.

Please be aware of the Student Attendance Policy for Interscholastic Events. Student spectators are only allowed at an after school athletic event if they are accompanied by an adult for the duration of the game.  No child will be allowed to enter without an adult. If students from Cloonan would like to stay after for an athletic event, they must be picked up from their regular dismissal then reenter with an adult through the gym entrance at game time. An adult must accompany Cloonan students traveling to a game at another school and the adult must stay with his/her child the whole time.  No child will be allowed to enter without an adult. 

Students who are not on the team are not allowed to take a bus to the game location or home. Some schools will not allow any spectators due to space restrictions. 

Aladdin, Jr. – Spring Musical:  The Cast for our production of the musical Aladdin has been set. You can see the part and players here. There will be a cast meeting after school on January 12. There will be a virtual meeting for parents of cast members on January 18 at 6pm. More details to follow.

Student Device Insurance Coverage:  You can now insure your child’s school-issued Chromebook or personal device. The cost is $26 and covers the device through November 2023. For more information or to sign up for the insurance click here.

Congratulations! To our most recent Donors Choose Awardee, Ms. Hartzell. Her project was fully funded this week. Thank you to our school community for your ongoing support. We have new active projects in need of funding. For a list click here.

COVID-19 Update: For the week, we had one positive case.  

From Superintendent Dr. Lucero: For Dr. Lucero’s full message, please click here.

As we observe the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday I want to leave you with these thoughts about education from Dr. King’s essay, The Purpose of Education.  “Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction. The function of education is to teach one the think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

Have a safe, healthy and educational weekend.

David M. Tate, Principal

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Greetings to all our Bulldog families:

Upcoming Events:

January 9                             After-school Program Session #2 begins

January 11                          Cloonan Spelling Bee

January 12                          Aladdin Cast meeting immediately after school in the auditorium.

January 12                          Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm CANCELLED (See below)

January 16                          The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

January 18                          Coffee & Conversation: Vaping Education for Parents

January 18                          Aladdin Meeting for Parents of cast members.

January 20                          End of Q2 marking Period

February 3                           Q2 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

February 9                           Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm

February 10                        Valentine’s Dance

February 17, 20                 February Break – No School

March 3                                Q3 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

March 9                                Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

March 11                             Aladdin on Broadway (meet in the cafeteria at 9am)

March 16                             Family Numeracy Night (new date)

March 31                             Spring Dance

March 31                             Q3 Report Cards available on PowerSchool

April 3 – 7                            Spring Recess – No School

April 13                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 11                                 Cloonan Town Hall – 6:30pm (2nd Thursday each month)

May 12                                 Q4 Progress Reports available on PowerSchool

May 24, 25                          School Play – Aladdin, Jr.

May 29                                 Memorial Day – No School

June 2                                    Grade 8 Moving Up Dance (Location TBD)

After School Program Winter Session: The Cloonan Bulldog After-School Program Winter Session, which begins Monday, January 9. The program runs from 2:10 to 4:10 pm Monday-Thursday, except holidays and early release days. There is a late bus available for bus riders.

Upcoming Testing:  We will begin a series of mid-year exams to measure our students’ academic growth. This coming week students will take the Reading Inventory to determine their current Lexile and the Math Inventory to determine their current Quantile. Students learn their results immediately. IF you would like further information on how your child performed please contact your child’s English-Language Arts and / or Math teacher(s)

Cloonan Town Hall / Community Conversation re: SPS 2023-24 Budget:  I have cancelled our regularly scheduled Town Hall for this Thursday January 12. In its place, PT Council is hosting a Community Conversation with Superintendent Lucero about the Stamford Public Schools 2023-24 proposed operating budget. During this virtual meeting, Dr. Lucero will provide an overview of the proposed budget and answer your questions. This event will be presented with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. Click here to register and receive a zoom link. 

Aladdin, Jr. – Spring Musical:  The Cast for our production of the musical Aladdin has been set. You can see the part and players here. There will be a cast meeting after school on January 12. There will be a virtual meeting for parents of cast members on January 18 at 6pm. More details to follow.

Student Device Insurance Coverage:  You can now insure your child’s school-issued Chromebook or personal device. The cost is $26 and covers the device through November 2023. For more information or to sign up for the insurance click here.

Congratulations! To our most recent Donors Choose Awardees. Ms. Damalas, Ms. Sibirzeff, Mr. Fuentes and Ms. Murano all had their projects fully funded this week. Thank you to our school community for your ongoing support. We have new active projects in need of funding. For a list click here.

Health Watch: COVID-19 rates continue to rise. As a reminder, if your child does not feel well for any reason, please keep them home and call the school (203-977-4544) to have their absence excused. IF you would like some Home Rapid Tests, you can pick them up at our main office.

COVID-19 Update: For the week, we had four positive cases.  

From Superintendent Dr. Lucero: For Dr. Lucero’s full message, please click here.

Happy New Year everyone. We have made it through the holidays and we are gearing up for the second half of the school year. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay engaged.

David M. Tate, Principal