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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent's Weekly Message - March 24, 2023

Dear Staff and Families,

Early this week we had the opportunity to speak to the Board of Finance about our FY 2024 budget request.  If you were unable to tune in, here is the link to the video recording of the meeting.

Our next meeting is scheduled with the Fiscal Committee of the Board of Representative on March 30, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.  Please plan to join us for the next step in our budget process.  

Opt-Out of School Bus Transportation

As a reminder, if your child qualifies for school bus transportation but never takes the bus, you may opt-out of bus service for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year. To opt out, complete  the Bus Transportation Opt-Out Form in PowerSchool.

Completing the Bus Transportation Opt-Out Form will enable our bus transportation vendor, First Student, to reassess bus routes to improve on-time performance.  Should your needs change after completing the form, you may contact your school Principal to reinstate your child’s bus rider status.

Please Complete the Annual Climate Survey

The Annual Climate Survey is officially open.  The School Climate Survey helps us understand where schools are succeeding in creating a positive climate, where there are areas for improvement, and what best practices should be replicated at other schools.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Ukrainian. You may complete the survey on any internet-connected device (phone, tablet, or computer).

Your participation in this process is critical to its success.  Please complete a survey for each child you have in Stamford Public Schools.  Your feedback will help us make improvements to our schools to ensure everyone feels welcome, safe, and valued.

Parent Pop-Up: Early Grade Literacy / K-5 Reading Curriculum

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Monday night for our Parent Pop-Up about Early Grade Literacy and K-5 Reading Curriculum.  Connecticut’s Right to Read legislation focuses on the Science of Reading and requires all school districts to select one of seven reading curriculum models.

Thank you to Associate Superintendent Amy Beldotti for sharing information about the Right to Read legislation and the selection of a literacy curriculum for all SPS elementary schools.

We know your calendars are full this time of year, so here is a link to the pop-up meeting.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all of the families that participated in Parent Teacher Conferences this week.  Your willingness to participate in these important conversations means a lot to SPS teachers and staff.  We know that it takes strong collaboration between families and staff to provide a quality educational experience, and we truly appreciate the partnership. 

Play & Learn Nights

The final Play & Learn Nights for children ages 0-5 and their parents are next week at 6 pm as follows:

●        Tuesday, March 28: Newfield and Stark

●        Thursday, March 30: K.T. Murphy, Springdale, and Toquam

Play & Learn Night is an opportunity for families with young children to meet the kindergarten staff at their local elementary school.  These events are strongly recommended for children entering kindergarten in August.

Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

We want to acknowledge and celebrate all of the teams, families, and staff that attended the 42nd annual Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind Tournament.  Congratulations to all the teams from Stamford that competed.

We are excited that several of our teams qualified for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, taking place at Michigan State University in May.  Congratulations again to all of our teams!

Reimagining the Media Centers

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Reimagining Our Media Centers Community Conversation.  We appreciated the thoughtful feedback and suggestions.  If you are interested in joining the Media Centers Focus Group or want to share ideas, please email the Public Affairs Office.

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero





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