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Cloonan

Greetings! 

Hope everyone is excited for a new school year!

It is incredibly important that all students and families have access to their PowerSchool accounts for forms, report cards, bus schedules, and more!

How to access parent portal forms on the Web

How to access parent portal forms on the Web (SPA)

How to access parent portal forms on the App

How to access parent portal forms on the App (Spa)

 

If you need access, 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 Mary Lamontagne (203-977-4547)

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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