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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - June 7, 2024

Dear Staff and Families,

I want to take a moment to once again acknowledge and celebrate all the Teachers, administrators, and staff retiring at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.  On Thursday night many of their colleagues, friends and family gathered to give a heartfelt Thank You and Congratulations! 

We also had the opportunity to recognize staff reaching 25-, 35-, and 45-year milestones.  Congratulations everyone!

Thursday night also marked ceremonies to mark student achievement.  Stamford High celebrated the Knight of Excellence, recognizing athletes, artists and academic performers who have inspired us with their goal setting, self-discipline, leadership, teamwork, determination and resilience.  Across town, the Westhill High community hosted the Stamford Future Farmers of America (FFA) Banquet, recognizing student achievement in our regional agriscience program.

Message from the Department of Health and Human Services

There have been 146 cases of measles reported in the U.S. since May 30, including in states bordering Connecticut.  Measles is a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious complications, especially for babies and young children.  If your child is not fully immunized against measles, please speak to your child’s pediatrician about the MMR vaccine.

The City of Stamford Health Clinic at 137 Henry Street will administer the MMR vaccine to children at no charge.  Call 203-977-5385 for an appointment.  

Stamford Garden Club’s Lettuce Challenge

Last week the Stamford Garden Club announced the winners of the 11th annual Lettuce Challenge.  Elementary students across the City of Stamford, with the support of their teachers and a few tips from the Stamford Garden Club, grew lettuce this spring in support of our K-5 science curriculum.  The students succeeded in growing beautiful lettuce that looked similar to what you would find in a grocery store.  Congratulations to all the students who participated in this hands-on project.

Board of Representative Recognition

Thank you to the Board of Representatives (BOR) for recognizing the Teacher of the Year and the Paraprofessional of the Year during the BOR meeting on Monday night.  Both educators were presented with honorary resolutions.  Click here to watch a recording of the meeting.

SPS Recognized by KHK

Thank you to the Kids Helping Kids (KHK) for recognizing Stamford Public Schools at their annual celebration last week.  We are honored to partner with KHK to help young people develop their leadership skills while giving back to the Stamford Community.

Weekend Fun!

Thank you to the Mayor’s Multicultural Council for hosting Stamford Day in Mill River Park last Sunday.  This is always a spectacular celebration of cultures complete with music and dancing!

I’d also like to acknowledge everyone who attended Westhill’s first Haitian Heritage Community Day last Saturday.  It was an afternoon filled with delicious food, music, community partners, and dance.  A fun time was had by all that attended.

Reminder: Annual Physicals Required for Grades K, 6, and 9

Students entering kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades in Fall 2024 are required to have a recent annual physical on file with Stamford Public Schools.  Please bring this form to your child’s medical appointment so it can be completed for the school nurse.  If your child does not have a healthcare provider they see regularly, click here for a list of providers that offer school entry physicals.

Kindergarten Registration

Children who live in Stamford and turn five years old on or before September 1, 2024, are eligible to begin kindergarten in August.  Please encourage anyone with an eligible child to register as soon as possible.  Click here for more information.

Early Kindergarten Admission Assessments

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 and December 31, 2024, you may apply for early kindergarten admission. Assessment appointments are still available for June.  Please click here for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Last Week of School

Remember that the last day of school is Friday, June 14.  All schools will follow the early release schedule on Wednesday, June 12, Thursday, June 13, and Friday, June 14.  

Just a few more days of school until summer break.  Enjoy!

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent

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