Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
November 5 Veterans’ Day Parade with the CMS Marching Band
November 6 Start of Q2
November 7 Election Day – NO SCHOOL
November 9 Picture Day – See important information below
November 10 Veterans’ Day – NO SCHOOL
November 15 Coffee & Conversation: A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Middle School
November 15 High School Information Night
November 17 Q1 final grades accessible in ParentPortal
November 22 Early Release 11:45am
November 23, 24 Thanksgiving Holiday – NO SCHOOL
December 6 Picture Retake Day
December 8 Vaping and Cannabis Education
December 13 – 15 Early Release 11:45am / Parent Conferences – TBD
December 22 Early Release 11:45am
December 25 Christmas Day – NO SCHOOL
December 26 – 29 Winter Recess – NO SCHOOL
January 1 New Year’s Day – NO SCHOOL
January 15 MLK Day – NO SCHOOL
January 26 Coffee & Conversation: Recognizing Anxiety in Teens and Adults
School Governance Council Elections: We now have three (3) candidates for the School Governance Council Parent Representatives. We are required to have and election, even though there are three available openings. Therefore, we have voting open over this weekend until noon on Monday November 6.
The candidates are:
Colleen Hiranandani: “I encourage my children to get involved and be champions for change, the best way to instill that in them, is to get involved myself.”
Lisa McComb-Williams: “As a SPS parent I would like to be a representative on the School Governance Council. The School Governance Council provides guidance to all PTOs and is an important function enabling dialogue between community and faculty.”
Kacia Williams: “I have a child in the school system so I can give great input from a parent's point of view, and give ideas and solutions from things that I see. As a Cloonan alumnae, the school is very important to me.”
School Picture Day is Thursday, November 9.
Photography by Roman will be at Cloonan next Thursday for School Picture Day. All students will be photographed for the yearbook. Families will have the opportunity to review their child’s photo and purchase digital downloads after picture day. Click here
to view the flier.
We Need Your Help!
Cloonan families – There’s still time to support Cloonan while getting a head start on your holiday shopping. The Charleston Wrap fundraiser has been extended through November 12. Participating in this fundraiser is important. Every dollar earned will help support Field Trips for Cloonan Students.
to register by entering your child’s name and Cloonan’s fundraiser ID 27115. Share the sales link with friends and family via email, text, and social media.
Staff and Student Accomplishments:
Congratulations to our Students of the Month for September and October:
Grade 8 September- Julien Beliard, Olivia Beliard, Kevin Santos, Modesty Rivera
Grade 8 October - Khloe Bank, Zoe Dees, Holly Jean, Landon Morales
Grade 7 September - Aidy Geis, Kyle Gutierrez
Grade 7 October - Raul Cardona Alonzo, Elizabeth Payares, Damaly Pinto, Hasnain Shaikh
Grade 6 October - Rinad Louali, Alex Karam, Andrew Karam, Lukas Kemmerer, Graycie Pineda,
Camrin Polk, Nikoleta Valassis, Penny Zimmer
In other news, Cloonan Bulldogs raised $555 for the Stamford Health Bennett Cancer Center! More information on this is below.
Go Fund Me Drive for 8th Grade Field Trip
: 8th Grade students are planning a trip to New York City at the end of the month to visit the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust and also visit Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. The cost of buses are high, and though the Museum of Jewish Heritage has graciously waived the fee for admission, the total cost of the trip is still quite steep. We are hoping to raise funds to help lessen the cost of the trip for families and make the trip accessible to all of our students! We hope that you will consider making a donation to our GoFundMe in order to help support our goal of giving our 8th Graders an important and meaningful trip, especially in the light of current events. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. https://gofund.me/11290ba3
High School Information Night –
Stamford Public Schools is hosting High School Information Night
for Eighth Grade Families on Wednesday, November 15 at 6 pm via Zoom
. Our school district offers a variety of rigorous, specialized high school programs to which eighth graders can apply for admission, regardless of their zoned high school. These include the Academy of Finance, the Regional Agriscience Program, and Junior ROTC at Westhill High School and the Early College Studies Program, the High School of Business, and the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at Stamford High. Representatives from all of these programs – as well as AITE and Wright Tech – will participate in High School Information Night.
Second Quarter Schedule: The second grading quarter begins Monday November 6. The schedule will shift so the first Block of the day has Period 2 classes. Some students will also have a change in their Essentials classes, for example switching Art and Tech. The new schedules will be reflected in the ParentPortal.
Long Term Facilities Update: Dr. Lori Rhodes, Associate Superintendent for Access and Opportunity, presented a proposal to accelerate the Long Term Facilities Plan last Wednesday at our Town Hall.
: Donors Choose is a fantastic way to support your child’s teachers and our school community. We have additional projects in need of funding. To see the list click here
Filling In The Blanks: Filling in the Blanks has launched its Fresh Food on the Move mobile food pantry. They will be at the Cloonan Middle School parking lot located at 11 W North St, Stamford, CT 06902 on the third Saturday of every month from 9 am to 11 am. There is no cost associated with the food being provided. Please come and join us for some delicious fresh food on a beautiful morning. If you have any questions, please call 203-750-0019.
Superintendent’s Message: (Highlights)
Veterans Day Parade
Please join us for the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Sunday, November 5 at 12:00 p.m. Marching bands from Cloonan, Northeast, Rogers, Scofield, Strawberry Hill, Turn of River and Westover will participate in the parade. Students from Dolan will perform the National Anthem during the ceremony at Veterans Park. Click here
for route information and other details.
Café con la Super
Please join Mayor Caroline Simmons and me on Monday, November 6 at 6:30 p.m. for Stamford Public Schools’ monthly Spanish language community conversation, Café con la Super. This month’s topic is housing. In addition to Mayor Simmons, we will be joined by representatives from two of our community partners – Building One Community (B1C) and Jewish Family Services of Greenwich (JFS).
Café con la Super meets in the 4th Floor Cafeteria at the Government Center. Please arrive early to check in and enjoy some refreshments. To assist in planning, please register here
. Please note, Cafe con la Super is presented with English translation.
To see the Superintendent’s full message please click here
In troubled times it can be all too easy to overlook the bright spots in our lives. One such highlight for me is the result of our Pinktober drive to raise money for breast cancer awareness. Selling pink ribbons and Starbursts for $1 each, and selling bracelets and writable posters for $2 each throughout the month during lunch waves, our students raised $555 for the Stamford Health Bennett Cancer Center! We were happy to be joined by Mrs. Robin Bennett Kanarek, daughter of the founder, Mrs. Gayle Alswanger, Director of Bennett Cancer Center, Dr. Tamu Lucero, Superintendent of Schools and Dr. Lori Rhodes, Associate Superintendent for Access and Opportunity.
Thanks to our Diplomats for working the sales and special thanks to our Super Paraeducators Mrs. Trenda Palmer and Mrs. Sharron Miller for spearheading the drive. #SPSChallenge #SPSInspire #SPSHeart
I wish everyone a safe, healthy and peaceful weekend.
David M. Tate, Principal