Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
February 2 Q2 Report Cards available in PowerSchool
February 8 Winter Concert (Band / Strings / Chorus)
February 12 – 14 PTO Valentine’s Day Sales during the lunch waves
February 12 Boys’ basketball vs. Rippowam at Rippowam 3:20 pm
February 12 Girls’ Basketball vs. Rippowam at home 3:45 pm
February 16 – 20 Winter Recess – NO SCHOOL
February 22 Boys’ Basketball vs Rogers at home 3:20 pm
February 22 Girls’ Basketball vs Rogers at Rogers 3:20 pm
February 23 Winter Social (Games, Music and Dance) – NEW DATE
February 28 Early Release 11:45am
March 28 Multicultural Night
April 23, 24 Nature’s Classroom – Grade 7
Report Cards: The Report Cards for the Second Quarter is now online.
IMPORTANT PARENT MEETINGS NEXT WEEK:
As we plan for the remainder of the school year, your involvement will be critical in planning and supporting school social events and end-of-year activities.
Our student council has been discussing many ideas with school administrators and the PTO, including:
· Game Night Social Event – February 23
· Multicultural Night – March 28
· Spring Social Event – April or May
· 8th Grade Dinner Dance – May
· 6th Grade Field Trip to Holiday Hill– June
· 7th Grade Field Trip to Urban Air – May and Quassy Amusement Park – June
· 8th Grade Field Trip to Lake Compounce – June
· 8th Grade Graduation – June
Making these events happen requires parent involvement. We need your help to plan events, volunteer at events, and help fundraise to reduce the per-student cost of field trips.
Our fundraising efforts so far this year have been disappointing. The Charleston Wrap fundraiser generated only $1,200 and the December Pizza Sales netted only about $250. The Annual Holiday Sale lost money. When you consider that every out-of-town field trip costs at least $8,000, it is possible that we will not be able to offer some of these opportunities this school year.
The Student Council, the PTO, and the Cloonan Administrative team are inviting you to attend one of two meetings to talk about how you can get more involved in our school community. The meetings are as follows:
· Friday, February 9 at 9 am at Cloonan – PTO monthly meeting with Cloonan administration
We cannot stress enough what a positive difference it makes in our school community to have parents and family involved. The Cloonan Community is what we make of it, and together, we can make it truly great.
: NEW DATE - Our night of games and music is now scheduled for Friday February 23. The Student Council is spearheading the planning. However, we still need parent support to help bring this to a success as a family night. If you can support or be involved in any way at all, please contact our Student Government Advisor, Dr. Peter Hadley. His email is email@example.com
Middle School Scheduling Timeline for School Year 2024-25: High School Course selection is planned to start in February. School counselors will meet with families and students in late February or early March to discuss the high school course selection process. Once we get all the information, we will hold a parent webinar, put all info in the school counselor google classroom and send a Remind message. Here is the tentative schedule, subject to change depending on when the Program of Studies is released.
February 1 Program of Studies released
Week of 2/12 Middle school counselors meet with HS counseling dept. heads
Week of 2/26 Middle School scheduling presentations to families
Week of 2/26 Middle School scheduling presentations to students
Week of 3/11 Middle school counselors input core course requests
TBA HS course selection portal closes
Staff and Student Accomplishments: The Girl Bulldogs remain undefeated with a 40-4 win over Turn of River. The boys continue to struggle with a loss on the road.
Choose: Donors Choose is a simple and easy way to support your child’s teachers and our school community. We have a long list of projects in need of funding. Click here
to see the list.
Required Physical Exams: All 6th grade students are required to hand in a completed physical exam form to the school nurse prior to the first day of 7th grade or risk exclusion from school. Schedule your child’s physical exam with your physician or the school based health center today!
Superintendent’s Message: (Highlights)
On Tuesday, January 23, the Board of Education (BOE) approved the 2024-2025
District calendars with an amendment to keep schools open on Columbus Day and Veterans Day. In doing so, the BOE exercised its right under Connecticut state law
to keep schools open on any federal holiday except those occurring in December and January.
Since the vote, the BOE and the Superintendent’s Office have heard from many community members regarding this change. While some in our community are disappointed by this decision, I see it as an opportunity to more fully recognize these holidays as a school community. In fact, the State requires schools that remain open on federal holidays to offer a “suitable nonsectarian educational program” in observance of those holidays.
Our schools already host many events in recognition of our local veterans, and the BOE’s decision to keep schools open will enable us to host those events on Veterans Day itself in 2024 and 2025. In addition, I have asked our Teaching and Learning team to develop Columbus Day programming for students in PreK-12. As Columbus is not a part of the social studies curriculum at every grade level, this change presents an opportunity for students to hear about Columbus every year.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the budget listening sessions and BOE public budget hearing. We appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas.
The following are next steps in the budget process:
● BOE Budget Workshop – Tuesday, February 6
● BOE Budget Vote – Thursday, February 22
● Submit Budget to Mayor – March 1
● BOE Reallocation – May/June
To read the Superintendent’s full message please click here
Today we were honored and privileged to host a visit from Congressman Jim Himes and two Veterans, Kenneth Weinberg (USMC-Ret.) and Agusto Carde (US Army – Ret.). They came to speak about their service and how they came to enter our Armed Forces. This visit is part of Congressman Himes Valentines for Veterans Project. Now in its 13th year, students across the 4th district are encouraged to create valentines. The Congressman’s office then distributes these valentines to patients at the Veterans’ Affairs Hospital in West Haven as well as to veterans groups around Fairfield County. Thank you for your service.
Have a safe and healthy weekend.
David M. Tate, Principal