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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - April 5, 2024

Dear Families and Staff,

On Monday, Connecticut will experience a partial solar eclipse during which 90.7 percent of the sun will be blocked by the moon.  In Stamford, the partial eclipse will begin at 2:11 p.m., reach its maximum at 3:26 p.m., and then gradually brighten back to normal daylight by 4:36 p.m.   

This partial eclipse will occur during dismissal at some of our schools.  Please explain to your children that it is not safe to view a partial solar eclipse without specialized glasses or filters.  Staff will reinforce this message with students during the school day.  For additional information and resources about the upcoming solar eclipse, please click here

Budget Update

Thank you to all of the families, staff, and students who spoke in support of the school budget at the joint Board of Finance and Board of Representatives public hearing.  

Last night, Ryan Fealey and I presented the budget to the Board of Representatives.  If you were unable to watch that presentation live, you may click here to view the recording.  We believe we made a compelling argument in support of the BOE budget.  

The Board of Finance is scheduled to deliberate and vote on the FY 25 budget on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m.  The Board of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Thursday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.  Remember, both of these boards can either approve the BOE’s proposed budget as submitted or cut the budget, and any cuts they make cannot be reversed.

National Assistant Principals Week

This is National Assistant Principals Week.  Please join me in celebrating these important building leaders.  The work the Assistant Principals do every day is acknowledged and truly appreciated!

Moving-up Ceremony Dates:

The 2024 Moving Up Ceremony dates are as follows:

  • 5th Grade: Wednesday, June 12
  • 8th Grade: Friday, June 14   

Upcoming School Holidays

Stamford Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, April 10 in honor of Eid al-Fitr, which is a celebration marking the end of Ramadan in the Muslim faith.  In addition, schools will be closed for Spring Break from April 15 through April 19.  Please enjoy this time with family and friends.

Café con la Super Rescheduled

This month’s Café con la Super has been rescheduled for Monday, April 29.  We will be joined by Erika Haynes from The School + State Finance Project and Ariana Fernandez from United Parents and Students, who will discuss the Multilingual Learner Bill of Rights that goes into effect on July 1, 2024.  Please click here to register. 

Evening with PLTI 

Thank you to the members of the Stamford Public Education Foundation Parent Leadership Training Institute for inviting me to speak with this year’s class. I always enjoy hearing about the PLTI projects which have great potential to improve our community.  

Thank you to SPEF for sponsoring this amazing opportunity for the next generation of parent leaders. To learn more about PLTI, click here

Stamford High, Westhill High to Present Spring Musicals

The talented students from Stamford High’s Strawberry Hill Players and Westhill’s Northstar Playmakers are hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming spring musicals.  The Strawberry Hill Players will present Mamma Mia! while the Northstar Playmakers will present Chicago: Teen Edition.  All performances take place between April 26 and May 4.  For dates, times, and ticket information, please click here for Mamma Mia! and here for Chicago: Teen Edition

Climate Survey Deadline Extended

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to complete the SPS School Climate Survey, which is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Ukrainian.  Please complete a separate survey for each child you have in Stamford Public Schools. The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. 

Physical Exam Form Requirements 

All 6th and 9th grade students are required by CT state law to hand in a completed physical exam form to the school nurse prior to the first day of 7th and 10th grade or risk exclusion from school.  Schedule your child’s physical exam with your physician or the school based health center today!   

Here is a link to the form.  The link to register at the School Based Health Center can be found here.

Stay Safe and Healthy!

 

Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent

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