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09/15/2023

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Parent Portal Instructions

Dear Stamford Public Schools Parent or Guardian,

 The Parent Portal contains important forms and information and can be accessed from a website or through the PowerSchool App on your phone.  (Directions for how to download the app are on the next page.) 

Your username is:  your email address 

Temporary Password: your email address

*Please note the first time you login, you will be asked to create your own new password. Passwords should be at least 8 characters long.

To log into the Parent Portal on the web click here.  (Bus information will only appear in the website portal, not in the mobile app.)

You can also navigate to www.stamfordpublicschools.org  and click on Parent Portal under the Families Tab.

Parent Portal Directions - English

Parent Portal Directions - Spanish

To download the PowerSchool Mobile app.  Go to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and search for: PowerSchool.  The logo is below. (Bus information will not appear in the mobile app, only in the website portal.)

1-Download the app and install.  

  PowerSchool Mobile

2-When asked for a district code enter: JQJK 

3-Sign in using the credentials provided in the above portion of the email.



 

4-To fill out available forms on Android see below:

  • Click More on bottom right.

  • Click Forms button. 

  • Choose a form to fill out.



 

5-To fill out available forms on an iPhone see below

  • Click on Forms
  • Submit Forms A-C

 

  

Please be sure to complete all of the forms in your portal.

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David Tate
Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
 
Upcoming Events:
March 1                              Q3 Progress Reports available in Parent Portal
March 2                              St. Patrick’s Day Parade - POSTPONED
March 4                              Girls’ Basketball Championship Game – 3:30pm at Cloonan
March 20 – 22                    Early Release 11:45am – Parent Conferences
March 22                            Game & Multicultural Nights – NEW DATE
March 28                            End of Q3 Marking Period
March 29                            Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
April 10                               Eid al-Fitr – NO SCHOOL
April 12                               Q3 Report Card available in Parent Portal
April 15 – 19                       Spring Break – NO SCHOOL
April 23, 24                         Nature’s Classroom – Grade 7
 
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The parade scheduled for tomorrow is postponed. We will share revised information when available. The Cloonan Marching band will be participating.
 
Staff and Student Accomplishments: The Girl Bulldogs won the playoff round over Rippowam 29-20.  The Girls will face Dolan for the City Title. The Championship Game will be played at 3:30pm on Monday March 4, 2024 here at Cloonan.
 
Important Fundraising Drive:  We are planning for field trips and end-of-year celebrations for our students. However, it is a big challenge to make these trips affordable so that all of our students can participate. Each trip can cost as much as $10,000 per grade level.
 
For this reason, we have started a permanent fundraising drive online. Whenever you can donate, and /or if you share the link with your family, friends, neighbors, and community contacts, we are certain we can reduce the cost of these activities for our students.
 
Please consider donating to the fundraiser in the link below.  Money raised will enable our deserving students to attend field trips and other activities. The more places people see it and can click on it, the more donations we should get. Cloonan Middle School Activity Fund
 
High School Scheduling Meetings: After meeting with the high school and getting some updated info, here is the tentative timeline for high school scheduling. It will be a little different this year because the high schools have made major changes to their schedules and the program of studies.
 
March 8th- A parent information video will be posted in the school counselor’s google classroom and on the Cloonan website. The slides from that video will be in English and Spanish.
 
March 12th- School Counselors will be hosting a webinar for all 8th graders to review the course selection process.
 
March 19th- School Counselors will go into SS classes and help students input their elective choices (and two backups) into PowerSchool. Please note: this schedule MIGHT change. As of right now, the portal that we use to input courses is closed while the high schools complete their work behind the scenes. If the portal is not available on 3/19, we will let everyone know.
 
Thank you for your patience with us. This year has had many changes and it has been frustrating but we are making it through!
 
Donors Choose: Congratulations to Mr. Kelly and to Mrs. Ballantoni who have fully funded Donors Choose projects. For her part, Mrs. Ballantoni is creating backpacks for families who may need some items over spring break. They contain the following items: drawstring backpack, socks, deodorant wipes, snacks, plastic water bottle, pencils, fidget toys and notebooks.
 
If you would like a backpack, please contact either Mrs. Ballantoni, nballantoni@stamfordct.gov or Mr. Guillaume, rguillaume@stamfordct.gov.
 
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.
 
Cloonan Spirit Wear is in stock and available for immediate delivery!  Place your order at this form: https://forms.gle/SPshH7BQ3eHK8rPh8
 
Winter Social: NEW DATE - Our night of games and music is now scheduled for Friday March 22. 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 phadley@stamfordct.gov.
 
Multicultural Night.  The Cloonan Student Council is interested in hosting a Multicultural Night event on Friday, March 22.  Please let us know if your family is interested in showing off their cultural heritage by participating in Multicultural Night.  Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/UJiPbEqYtoHQeKPt8
 
Superintendent’s Message:  (Highlights)
The Board of Finance has released the FY25 budget presentation and meeting schedule.  The meetings pertinent to the BOE’s proposed 2024-25 operating budget are as follows:
  • Thursday, March 21, 2024 – BOE Budget Presentation to members of BOF
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024 – BOF/BOR Fiscal Committee Hearing via zoom
 
The committee hearing on April 3 is when the public may address the BOF and BOR regarding the BOE and City budgets.  We will share information about how to sign up to speak at the meeting as soon as it’s available.
 
Graduation and Moving up Ceremony Dates
This is the time of year when we begin getting questions about graduation and moving up ceremonies.  According to the Connecticut State Department of Education, local or regional boards of education must wait until at least April 1 to set high school graduation dates.  We will announce the schedule for high school graduations and elementary and middle school moving up ceremonies in early April.
 
We have had two inclement weather days so far, so as of today, the last day of school for students is June 14.
 
iReady Parent Pop-up Webinar
The teaching and learning department recently hosted a webinar about iReady, the diagnostic program that is administered 3 times a year to assess proficiency in reading (grades 4-8) and mathematics (grades 1-8).  To learn more about the iReady student reports and how teachers use iReady data to inform instruction, click here to view a recording of the webinar.
 
To read the Superintendent’s full message please click here.
 
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
 
David M. Tate, Principal
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David Tate
Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
 
Upcoming Events:
February 28                        Early Release 11:45am
March 1                              Q3 Progress Reports available in Parent Portal
March 20 – 22                    Early Release 11:45am – Parent Conferences
March 22                            Game & Multicultural Nights – NEW DATE
March 28                            End of Q3 Marking Period
March 29                            Good Friday – NO SCHOOL
April 10                               Eid al-Fitr – NO SCHOOL
April 12                               Q3 Report Card available in Parent Portal
April 15 – 19                       Spring Break – NO SCHOOL
April 23, 24                         Nature’s Classroom – Grade 7
 
Updated High School Course Selection Timeline: Here is the updated scheduling timeline. However, WHS/AITE have not scheduled a date to meet with middle schools yet. School Counselors are meeting with SHS next week. Once the School Counselors meet with all three high schools, they will schedule dates for the parent webinar and classroom lessons.
 
Scheduling Timeline for School Year 2024-25
February 15                              Program of Studies released
Week of 2/26                            Middle school counselors meet with HS counseling dept. Heads
                                                 (HS are meeting w/departments 2/21-23)
Week of 3/4                              Middle School scheduling presentations to families & students
Week of 3/11 & 3/18                 Middle school counselors input core course requests
TBA                                          HS course selection end portal closes
               
**This schedule is subject to change
 
Staff and Student Accomplishments: The Girl Bulldogs finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record.  The schedule for the Playoffs will be developed and announced soon. As the #1 Seed all of the playoff games will be at home. Come support our Bulldogs!  The Boys’ team season also ended, unfortunately without a win. However, we applaud their perseverance and grit.
 
Hope Day: A quick reminder to join Kids Helping Kids (KHK) tomorrow, Saturday, February 24 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at UCONN Stamford for their 2nd annual Hope Day, a free community event to learn about all the mental health resources available in Stamford.  Representatives of KHK met with the full Student Council last month to talk about their work and how students can get involved. Be sure to join KHK to learn about the calming effects of yoga, building confidence, developing a positive self-image, and more.  For more information, click here.
 
Winter Social: NEW DATE - Our night of games and music is now scheduled for Friday March 22. 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 phadley@stamfordct.gov.
 
Multicultural Night.  The Cloonan Student Council is interested in hosting a Multicultural Night event on Friday, March 22.  Please let us know if your family is interested in showing off their cultural heritage by participating in Multicultural Night.  Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/UJiPbEqYtoHQeKPt8
 
Cloonan Spirit Wear is in stock and available for immediate delivery!  Place your order at this form: https://forms.gle/SPshH7BQ3eHK8rPh8
 
Donors 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.
 
Reminder 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!   
Here is the link to register at the School Based Health Center: https://www.familycenters.org/school-based
 
Superintendent’s Message:  (Highlights)
Last night the Board of Education voted on the Superintendent’s Proposed 2024-25 Operating Budget.  The budget is now the BOE’s proposed operating budget that will be reviewed and voted on by the Board of Finance (BOF) and Board of Representatives (BOR).  Remember, the BOF and BOR can either approve the budget as submitted or cut the budget. Any cuts made by the BOF or BOR will be reconciled during budget reallocation in May. 
 
We would appreciate your continued support for the 2024-25 budget and hope you will continue to make your voices heard at public meetings hosted by the Board of Finance and Board of Representatives.  We will share meeting dates as soon as they are available. 
 
iReady Parent Pop-up Webinar     
All elementary and middle schools are now using the iReady diagnostic to assess proficiency in reading (grades 4-8) and mathematics (grades 1-8).  iReady is administered three times a year to help pinpoint student strengths as well as areas where additional support is needed.
 
Students recently completed the middle of year iReady diagnostic, and information on how to access your child’s progress report will be communicated soon.  Families that want to learn more about the iReady diagnostic and how teachers and administrators use iReady data to inform instruction are invited to join us for a Parent Pop-Up webinar on Monday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. via zoom.
 
To read the Superintendent’s full message please click here.
 
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.
 
David M. Tate, Principal
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Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
 
Upcoming Events:
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 28                        Early Release 11:45am
March 22                             Game & Multicultural Nights – NEW DATE
April 23, 24                          Nature’s Classroom – Grade 7
 
Staff and Student Accomplishments: The Girl Bulldogs are dominating like the Women Huskies of memory. This week they took down Rippowam 35-4. The Boys’ team came very close to their first win, falling short to Rippowam with a score of 24-25.
 
Winter Social: NEW DATE - Our night of games and music is now scheduled for Friday March 22. 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 phadley@stamfordct.gov.
 
Multicultural Night.  The Cloonan Student Council is interested in hosting a Multicultural Night event on Friday, March 22.  Please let us know if your family is interested in showing off their cultural heritage by participating in Multicultural Night.  Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/UJiPbEqYtoHQeKPt8
 
Cloonan Spirit Wear is in stock and available for immediate delivery!  Place your order at this form: https://forms.gle/SPshH7BQ3eHK8rPh8
 
Middle School Scheduling Timeline for School Year 2024-25Please be sure to read the highlights from the Superintendent’s Letter below. 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
 
Donors Choose: Donors Choose awards keep coming to Cloonan Teachers. Congratulations this week to Ms. Clucus, Mr. Magnotta, Ms. Slane and Ms. Ramirez. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
 
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!   
Here is the link to register at the School Based Health Center: https://www.familycenters.org/school-based
 
Superintendent’s Message:  (Highlights)
Just a quick reminder that the Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the 2024-25 budget on Thursday, February 22.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and you can watch via zoom.
 
Remember to mark your calendars for the following important dates:
●         Submit Budget to Mayor – March 1
●         Board of Finance budget meetings – March/ April TBA
●         Board of Representatives budget meetings – April/May TBA
●         BOE Reallocation – May/June
 
Annual Program of Studies
In case you missed it, the annual High School Program of Studies was released earlier this week!  This amazing publication details the academic opportunities available to our 4,000+ students at AITE, Stamford High, and Westhill.  Students can complete a traditional high school diploma program or pursue specialized academic programs such as the Stamford Regional Agriscience and Technology Program, the Academy of Finance, Early College Studies, the High School of Business, JROTC, or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
 
It should be noted that Stamford Public Schools continues to expand its career pathways.  Next year, students will be able to pursue their interest in areas like public safety and advanced manufacturing with new courses in the fundamentals of emergency medical services and blueprint reading, respectively.  These offerings are in addition to existing pathways in disciplines including construction management, culinary arts, information technology, and more.
 
The Program of Studies is available to view and download in the Teaching & Learning Department section of the SPS website.  Students and families with questions about the Program of Studies should speak with their child’s school counselor. 
 
To read the Superintendent’s full message please click here.
 
I hope you enjoy our Winter Recess with your families.
 
David M. Tate, Principal
 
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Greetings to all our Bulldog families:
 
Upcoming Events:
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 28                        Early Release 11:45am
March 22                             Game & Multicultural Nights – NEW DATE
April 23, 24                          Nature’s Classroom – Grade 7
 
Thank you: Our thanks to all the families and friends who turned out for our Winter Concert last night. This was our first full concert since the pandemic started and we are very proud of our students in Band, Strings and Chorus. Special thanks to our Music Teachers, Mr. Metke and Mr. Brown.
 
Winter Social: NEW DATE - Our night of games and music is now scheduled for Friday March 22. 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 phadley@stamfordct.gov.
 
Multicultural Night.  The Cloonan Student Council is interested in hosting a Multicultural Night event on Friday, March 22.  Please let us know if your family is interested in showing off their cultural heritage by participating in Multicultural Night.  Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/UJiPbEqYtoHQeKPt8
 
Cloonan Spirit Wear is in stock and available for immediate delivery!  Place your order at this form: https://forms.gle/SPshH7BQ3eHK8rPh8
 
Middle School Scheduling Timeline for School Year 2024-25Please be sure to read the highlights from the Superintendent’s Letter below. 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.
 
Donors Choose: We have had a flood of Donors Choose awards received at Cloonan in the last week. Congratulations to Mrs. Shafransky, Mrs. Bolcer, Mr. Russo, Ms. Giandurco (twice!), Mrs. Lato, Mr. Schiels, Mrs. Colonna-Faye, Ms. Damalas, Mrs. Ballantoni, Ms. Schwartz, Ms. Murano, Mrs. Santana, and Mr. Domotor. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
 
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!   
Here is the link to register at the School Based Health Center: https://www.familycenters.org/school-based
 
Superintendent’s Message:  (Highlights)
School Counselor Appreciation Week!
This was School Counselor Appreciation Week!  From helping with high school course selection and the college application process to supporting social emotional learning, school counselors are an integral part of the secondary school experience. On behalf of everyone in Stamford Public Schools, I’d like to say thank you to our school counselors for their hard work supporting students and families every day.
 
Café con la Super
The next Café con la Super is Monday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Government Center.  The topics will include Kindergarten Readiness and the High School Program of Studies.  If you have a child entering kindergarten or high school in the fall, be sure to join us. 
 
Budget Update
The Board of Education (BOE) discussed the superintendent's proposed budget during their workshop meeting on Tuesday night. This was an opportunity for the BOE to discuss and react to the community feedback since the proposed budget was unveiled on January 16.
 
The BOE will vote to increase, decrease, or approve the budget as submitted during the regular meeting on Thursday, February 22.  Following the BOE vote, the budget will be submitted to the Mayor on March 1 for further review and votes by the Boards of Finance and Representatives. 
 
To read the Superintendent’s full message 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:
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:
·         Monday, February 5 at 5 pm via Zoom – School Governance Council Meeting. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84768988080?pwd=VnRHYk1nNk5UNURxNi9ORm5BbGZ5UT09
·         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.
 
 
Winter Social: 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 phadley@stamfordct.gov.
 
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.
 
Donors 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!   
Here is the link to register at the School Based Health Center: https://www.familycenters.org/school-based
 
Superintendent’s Message:  (Highlights)
On Tuesday, January 23, the Board of Education (BOE) approved the 2024-2025 and 2025-2026 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.
 
Other districts in our region - including Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Trumbull, Wilton - will also be in session on Columbus Day and/or Veterans Day next year.  
Budget Update 
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
●         Board of Finance budget meetings – March/ April TBA
●         Board of Representatives budget meetings – April/May TBA
●         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