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David Tate

Greetings to all our Bulldog families:

From Superintendent Dr. Lucero: (Highlights)

Dear Families and Staff, 

We want to take a moment to recognize and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The Connecticut State Department of Education shared the following resources for families and educators. Please feel free to click here to access music, podcasts, and other resources.

Master Staffing Plan

Next week we begin our visits to schools for our Master Staffing Plan.  The goal is to request feedback from teachers and staff related to the academic, mental health, facilities, intervention, support, and other staffing needs.

We look forward to visiting all building staff.  Please note that we are also in the process of planning similar sessions with departments, families, and community members – stay tuned.

Connecting our Community through Conversations

Connecting our communities through conversation sessions that were introduced last spring are scheduled to begin for staff, families, and community members in the month of October.  In partnership with PT Council, Stamford Education Association, and Cradle-to-Career, we will host opportunities for staff, family, and community voices and opportunities to listen.  Please plan to join us for this wonderful opportunity to engage.  More information will follow.

Information Session – School Lunch

Thank you to our partners at Stamford Cradle-to-Career for hosting the upcoming Information Session on school food in Stamford.  SPS has been approved to provide FREE healthy breakfasts and lunches to all students during the 2022-23 school year by choosing to participate in the Community Eligibility Program.  The meeting is informational in nature and will share how, when we work together as a Stamford community, we can continue to make sure all SPS scholars who need them have access to free meals!

INFORMATION SESSION – Join SC2C on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 11 a.m. to learn more about:

●        How school meals in Stamford Public Schools are changing

●        Why SNAP & HUSKY enrollment are important

●        How you can get involved in upcoming events

Zoom Meeting Registration:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuf-mpqT8qHdL3-hpiXQJ7arxHqMUIJgeA

For Dr. Lucero’s entire message click here.

 

Upcoming Events:

Sept. 15 – Oct. 15             Hispanic Heritage Month

September 26, 27             Rosh Hashanah – No School

September 28                   Coffee and Conversation – 8am in the Teachers’ Lounge

October 3                          After-School Programs Starts

October 3, 4                      6Th Grade Science classes field trip to Soundwaters

October 5                          Yom Kippur – No School

October 10                        Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day – No School

October 12                        Hispanic Heritage Festival – 6 – 8pm

October 13                        PTO Town Hall (2nd Thursday of each month)

October 28                        Halloween Social

November 10                    PTO Town Hall (2nd Thursday of each month)

November 11                    Veterans’ Day – No School

November 17                    Family Literacy & Activities Night

December 8                      PTO Town Hall (2nd Thursday of each month)

December 14, 15, 16        Early Release Day Report Card Conferences

Coffee & Conversation:  Session 2 is this coming Wednesday, September 28 at 8:00am. The meeting will be in-person at Cloonan Middle School in the Staff Lounge.  The topic of this session is Transition to Middle School. **This session is designed specifically for 6th grade parents**.  However, any and all are welcome. Coffee will be provided! Please be reminded that a Picture ID is required to enter the building.

Hispanic Heritage Month: We are now celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and planning our first HHM Family Celebration for Wednesday October 12 from 6 – 8pm.  For more information, please click here.

School Governance Council: We are now accepting applications for the Cloonan SGC. This body composed of seven (7) parents, five (5) teachers and two (2) community members acts as an advisory board for the administration and assists in school improvement efforts. For more information, or to nominate yourself or someone else please click here.

Student Pictures: Your child’s picture will be available for viewing and ordering next week before you decide to purchase. You will need your child’s Student ID number ready. The flyer will have all the important information! Please Click Here To Access the Flyer

After-School Program: Session 1 of our after-school program begins Monday October 3 and runs through Thursday December 22. Information and registration forms can be found here. Once you complete registration, you will be directed to the list of enrichment programs to choose from such as, Project Music, Robotics/Coding, Girls Who Code, Drumming/Acting/Improv/Theatre Games, Art/Sketching, Fashion, Create Memorable Gifts, Yoga, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball Drills, Gym Games, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, Arts & Crafts, Debate Club, Dance Drill, Cloonan Chronicle newspaper and Baking with Nora. We also have paper copies of the registration form available.  We strongly encourage you to sign up your child for the variety of wonderful programs we will offer. Those with good attendance will be able to attend the Aladdin on Broadway trip in March. This is on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Latisha Williams at lwilliams1@stamfordpublicschools.org or 203-977-6690.

 School Technology:  All Parents need to access their ParentPortal accounts to see grades, bus information, and complete forms. If you do not have access to the ParentPortal, need a password reset, or have questions, please contact our Technology Integration Support Special Stephen Serafino (203-977-4545), Parent/Family Facilitator Ximena Iparraguirre (203-977-5794) or Office Support Specialist Mary Lamontagne (203-977-4547).

All forms must be completed in order to receive a school Chromebook; 1) Technology Device Agreement, 2) Acceptable Use Policy, and 3) the Media consent form. Please make sure all of your contact information is up to date in the Family contact form. No student will receive a device unless all of these forms are completed. No exceptions. Please use this link to access instructions on how to complete the forms while using the app or browser.

https://www.cloonanms.org/~board/news-and-announcements/post/accessing-powerschool-for-parents-and-students

Please contact Stephen Serafino with any questions or concerns. 

Important Information:   Please read and follow these links for important items, including some which are time sensitive.

·         SPS School Day Calendar 2022-2023

·         If you need to provide information with regard to your child’s Physical or Immunizations please contact School Nurse Thomasena Smikle at 203-977-4549 or tsmikle@stamfordct.gov.  You can also signup your child with our School Based Health Center where they can receive physicals, immunizations and other medical care without charge.  That form is here. Please be aware that if your child is not medically compliant they will not be permitted to attend school until they are current

·         CMS Parent / Student Handbook

 COVID-19 Update: For the week, we had three (3) positive cases.  As a reminder, if your child tests positive for COVID please have them isolate for five days. Once they are fever-free for at least 24 hours and their symptoms are improving, they can return to school as long as they wear a high-quality mask when around others starting Day 6 through Day 10.

"L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu" to all who observe the Jewish New Year.  Stay safe and healthy everyone.

David M. Tate, Principal

 

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David Tate

Greetings to all our Bulldog families:

From Superintendent Dr. Lucero: (Highlights)

Dear Families and Staff, 

During our September principals meeting, our leadership team had the opportunity to discuss the master staffing plan.  The goal of the Master Staffing Plan is to identify the staffing needs at each of our buildings similar to the Master Facilities Plan that identifies the facilities needs across the district.

We will host similar conversations with building level and central office staff as well as families and community members in the next few months.  Please stay tuned for dates and times for these meetings.

Community Health Center - School Based Health Care

We are excited to share that we have added school-based behavioral health care services to Newfield, Toquam, Strawberry Hill, and Anchor through a partnership with Community Health Centers.  These behavioral health services include individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling, and crisis intervention services.  We have continuing school-based behavioral health care services at Julia Stark, Springdale, Roxbury, Northeast, and Hart elementary schools.  Please see the attached (English / Spanish) if you are interested in registering your child for school-based behavioral health care services. 

 First View Bus Tracking App (Update) 

We know that while many of our families have been successfully using the First View App to track their children, many others have been frustrated during these first weeks of school due to their children’s bus not appearing, or not being tracked correctly.  These issues are caused by the numerous route and driver changes resulting from late registrations and bus driver shortages.  We are optimistic that the App will become more reliable and useful to all families over the next several weeks.

 For information on how to access and use the app, please visit the SPS Transportation page: Transportation - Stamford Public Schools.

For Dr. Lucero’s entire message click here.

Upcoming Events:

Sept. 15 – Oct. 15             Hispanic Heritage Month

September 20                    Open School Night

September 21                     Picture Day - Makeup

September 26, 27               Rosh Hashanah – No School

October 3                            After-School Programs Starts

October 3, 4                        6Th Grade Science classes field trip to Soundwaters

October 5                            Yom Kippur – No School

October 10                          Columbus Day / Indigenous People’s Day – No School

October 12                          Hispanic Heritage Festival

October 13                          PTO Town Hall (2nd Thursday of each month)

October 28                          Halloween Social

November 10                      PTO Town Hall (2nd Thursday of each month)

November 11                      Veterans’ Day – No School

November 17                      Family Literacy & Activities Night

December 8                        PTO Town Hall (2nd Thursday of each month)

December 14, 15, 16          Early Release Day Report Card Conferences

Hispanic Heritage Month: We are now celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and planning our first HHM Family Celebration for Wednesday October 12 from 6 – 8pm.  For more information please click here for Spanish or here for English.

Open School Night / PTO Meeting:  Next Tuesday September 20 is Open School Night. The Open School activity begins at 6:15pm. However it will be preceded by a very important PTO meeting beginning at 5:30 in the auditorium. The PTO would like to meet with parents who share interest in joining the PTO and either coordinating or otherwise supporting PTO activities. We also encourage parents who have not yet responded to attend the meeting. 

Picture Day Reminder: School Picture Absentee Makeup Day is next week on Wednesday, September 21stPictures taken this past Wednesday can be reviewed online before you decide to make a purchase. The flyer below will have all the important information! Please Click Here To Access The Flyer

After-School Program: Session 1 of our after-school program begins Monday October 3 and runs through Thursday December 22. Information and registration forms can be found here. We also have paper copies of the registration form available.  We strongly encourage you to sign up your child for the variety of wonderful programs we will offer. This is on a first come, first served basis. If you have questions please contact Mrs. Letitia Williams at t lwilliams1@stamfordpublicschools.org or 203-977-6690.

 Cross Country:  As part of our after-school offerings we are bringing back interscholastic sports beginning with Cross Country. Cross Country is Long distance running. Participants will run each day 1-2 miles. Participants will learn how to pace themselves for a race and give a little kick at the end. Practices will be held at Cloonan/ Scalzi Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons Starting Sept 20- Nov 1. From 2:15-3:15. Students need running shoes to participate. 

Meets will be held at; Dolan 10/6; TOR 10/11; Scofield 10/18; Rippowam 10/25.

Buses will be provided to and from Cloonan for the meets.  The Advisors are Mr. DePreta and Mr. O'Rourke.

School Technology:  All Parents need to access their ParentPortal accounts to see grades, bus information, and complete forms. If you do not have access to the ParentPortal, need a password reset, or have questions, please contact our Technology Integration Support Special Stephen Serafino (203-977-4545), Parent/Family Facilitator Ximena Iparraguirre (203-977-5794) or Office Support Specialist Mary Lamontagne (203-977-4547).

All forms must be completed in order to receive a school Chromebook; 1) Technology Device Agreement, 2) Acceptable Use Policy, and 3) the Media consent form. Please make sure all of your contact information is up to date in the Family contact form. No student will receive a device unless all of these forms are completed. No exceptions. Please use this link to access instructions on how to complete the forms while using the app or browser.

https://www.cloonanms.org/~board/news-and-announcements/post/accessing-powerschool-for-parents-and-students

Please contact Stephen Serafino with any questions or concerns. 

Important Information:   Please read and follow these links for important items, including some which are time sensitive.

·         SPS School Day Calendar 2022-2023

·         If you need to provide information with regard to your child’s Physical or Immunizations please contact School Nurse Thomasena Smikle at 203-977-4549 or tsmikle@stamfordct.gov.  You can also signup your child with our School Based Health Center where they can receive physicals, immunizations and other medical care without charge.  That form is here. Please be aware that if your child is not medically compliant they will not be permitted to attend school until they are current

·         CMS Parent / Student Handbook

COVID-19 Update: For the week we had six (6) positive cases.  As a reminder, if your child tests positive for COVID please have them isolate for five days. Once they are fever-free for at least 24 hours and their symptoms are improving, they can return to school as long as they wear a high-quality mask when around others starting Day 6 through Day 10.

Stay safe and healthy.

David M. Tate, Principal

 

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David Tate

Greetings to all our Bulldog families:

From Superintendent Dr. Lucero: (Highlights)

Dear Families and Staff, 

Active Shooter Awareness

Thank you again to Mayor Simmons and Chief Shaw for hosting Active Shooter Awareness sessions for staff and families prior to the beginning of the school year.  In case you missed the parent/ community session evening session, links to the recording in English and Spanish can be found on this webpage.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joe Kennedy, SPS Safety, Compliance & Employee Relations Manager. 

School-Based Health Centers

The Stamford Public Schools is fortunate to have school-based health centers located in a number of schools, including Westhill, Stamford High, Cloonan, Dolan, Rippowam/AITE, and Toquam (access to Dolan).  School-based health centers provide comprehensive on-site medical and behavioral health services to children and adolescents. The Cloonan Middle School school-based health center is accessible to the community.   Please see the attached flyer to register your child for school-based health center services if interested.    

Free and Reduced Price Lunch Applications

Please be aware that Stamford Public Schools was approved to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students for the 2022-2023 school year.  No application is required to participate in the meal program.  However, families who wish to have a letter from Stamford Public Schools in order to prove eligibility for a reduction in fees for camps, exams, or other such services should complete the Household Income Survey, which can be found here.

For Dr. Lucero’s entire message click here.

 

Upcoming Events:

September 14                    Picture Day

Sept. 15 – Oct. 15             Hispanic History Month

September 20                    Open School Night

October 3                           After-School Programs Starts

October 12                         Hispanic Heritage Festival

October 13                         PTO Town Hall (2nd Thursday of each month)

October 28                         Halloween Social

November 17                     Family Literacy & Activities Night

December 14, 15, 16         Early Release Day Report Card Conferences

 

Picture Day Reminder: School Picture Day is next week on Wednesday, September 14th hosted by Photography By Roman! The flyer below will have all the important information! This year you will be able to view pictures online before ordering! Absentee Makeup Day will be September 21st.
Please Click Here To Access The Flyer

 

After-School Program: Session 1 of our after-school program begins Monday October 3 and runs through Thursday December 22. Informational flyers can be found on our website starting next Monday. We will also send home paper copies of the registration form next week.  We strongly encourage you to sign up your child for the variety of wonderful programs we will offer. This is on a first come, first served basis.

 

School Technology:  All Parents need to access their ParentPortal accounts to see grades, bus information, and complete forms. If you do not have access to the ParentPortal, need a password reset, or have questions, please contact our Technology Integration Support Special Stephen Serafino (203-977-4545), Parent/Family Facilitator Ximena Iparraguirre (203-977-5794) or Office Support Specialist Mary Lamontagne (203-977-4547).

All forms must be completed in order to receive a school Chromebook; 1) Technology Device Agreement, 2) Acceptable Use Policy, and 3) the Media consent form. Please make sure all of your contact information is up to date in the Family contact form. No student will receive a device unless all of these forms are completed. No exceptions. Please use this link to access instructions on how to complete the forms while using the app or browser.

https://www.cloonanms.org/~board/news-and-announcements/post/accessing-powerschool-for-parents-and-students

As of right now, the tentative dates for Chromebook distribution are as follows:

6th Grade - September 8th and 9th

7th Grade - September 12th and 13th

8th Grade - September 14th and 15th

Please contact Stephen Serafino with any questions or concerns. 

 

Important Information:   Please read and follow these links for important items, including some which are time sensitive.

  • ·         SPS School Day Calendar 2022-2023
  • ·         If you need to provide information with regard to your child’s Physical or Immunizations please contact School Nurse Thomasena Smikle at 203-977-4549 or tsmikle@stamfordct.gov.  You can also signup your child with our School Based Health Center where they can receive physicals, immunizations and other medical care without charge.  That form is here. Please be aware that if your child is not medically compliant they will not be permitted to attend school until they are current
  • ·         CMS Parent / Student Handbook

 

COVID-19 Update: For the week we had two positive cases (1 new and 1 reported late from last week).  As a reminder, if your child tests positive for COVID please have them isolate for five days. Once they are fever-free for at least 24 hours and their symptoms are improving, they can return to school as long as they wear a high-quality mask when around others starting Day 6 through Day 10.

 

Stay safe and healthy.

David M. Tate, Principal

 

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Stephen Serafino

Important Information for start of the school year

 

Happy New School Year to our entire Cloonan Family:

 

We are excitedly looking forward to our 6th Grade Orientation next Friday August 26 beginning at 7:25am. Please note the revised time. Buses will be running and parents are invited. We will have everyone start in the auditorium. Then while your child is with their class you will meet with our administrative team, learn ways you can be involved, and hear presentations from our PTO, School Based Health Center, and others.  Students in Grades 7 or 8 who are new to Cloonan are also welcome.

 

We will welcome all students on the first day of school Monday August 29.

 

For your convenience here is some additional information for all Cloonan families.

  • SPS School Day Calendar 2022-2023

  • PowerSchool Parent Portal will be open Wednesday August 24.  This is your primary point of access for bus information, student schedules, grades, teachers and their emails, assignments, forms and more. If you are new to Stamford Public Schools or recently registered please contact Mary Lamontagne at 203-977-4547 or mlamontagne@stamfordct.gov. For those who currently have access to the Parent Portal you can log in here.

  • When you log into the Parent Portal you will find a navigation menu on the left side of the screen.  Within this menu is a link to Forms.  All forms included in the section must be filled out and submitted. However, the two most important forms are the AUP and the SPS Technology Device Agreement forms.  Without the AUP a student will be unable to use our digital tools and resources including the Google Apps Suite and Internet access.  Additionally, students in need of borrowing a device, will not be permitted to use an SPS Chromebook without submission of this form.  The Device Agreement form is equally important because this lets us know if your child will need to borrow a device or if they will be using their own.  If you need further assistance with accessing, completing or submitting these forms, you can contact our Technology Integration and Support Specialist Stephen Serafino by email at sserafino@stamfordct.gov

  • If you need to provide information with regard to your child’s Physical or Immunizations please contact School Nurse Thomasena Smikle at 203-977-4549 or tsmikle@stamfordct.gov.  You can also signup your child with our School Based Health Center where they can receive physicals, immunizations and other medical care without charge.  That form is here. Please be aware that if your child is not medically compliant they will not be permitted to attend school until they are current.  

  • School Nurse Smikle will be in the building to receive medication with signed doctor’s orders on Friday August 26th.  Her hours will be 8:00am – 2:00pm.

  • With the introduction of 1:1 devices for all students there are a limited amount of supplies that are needed. You can find the grade level supply list by clicking on the homepage of our website and scrolling to the bottom of the page.

  • We will have our first Family Social Night on Thursday September 8 from 6-8pm. We will have more information and flyers at the orientation. 

 

We are quite excited to see all of the new and familiar faces. Together we anticipate a fresh start and a wonderful year.  Enjoy the last week of your summer break.

 

Sincerely,

 

David Tate, Principal