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Weekly Message from the Superintendent

Dr. Lucero in front of a white board.

Dear Staff and Families,

Tomorrow we officially honor and celebrate our Veterans for their service to our country.  We also remember and show gratitude to those Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I want to acknowledge and thank all of our schools that hosted assemblies and welcomed Veterans to our buildings to acknowledge and celebrate what each of them means to the Stamford Community.

Magnet School Lottery

A quick reminder that the Magnet School Lottery deadline for elementary and K-8 is Tuesday, November 15.  Stamford magnet schools offer educational choices to parents through innovative programs of theme-based instruction. 

For more information, please click here

SPS School Calendar Panel Discussion

Please join us next Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. via zoom for a community conversation about the SPS School Calendar.  This conversation will bring together members of our community to evaluate the merits of attending school on various holidays.  Thank you to our partners at PT Council for offering to host this discussion during their regularly scheduled November meeting.  Click here to join the conversation. (Zoom Meeting ID: 430 277 6503 / Passcode PTCouncil).

RSV/Respiratory Illness

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is on the rise in CT.  RSV most commonly causes cold-like symptoms, but can be more dangerous for infants, children with weakened immune systems, and older adults.  To protect your child from RSV, remind them to:

●       Wash their hands often

●       Cover their coughs and sneezes

●       Avoid touching their face with unwashed hands

In addition, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school and contact a healthcare provider to determine the best way to treat your child.  Testing may be appropriate for respiratory illnesses, including COVID, flu, and RSV.  Remember, if you’re sick and need to be around others, properly wearing a mask can protect those around you from contracting a virus and developing an illness.

School-Based Health Clinics Provide FREE Medical and Mental Health Services

It is important to remember that SPS has partnered with Family Centers to provide full-service health centers at Westhill, Stamford High, Cloonan, Dolan/Toquam and Rippowam/AITE.  These school-based health centers provide FREE, comprehensive on-site medical and behavioral health services to students.  Parents must register their children in order to use the health centers. For more information or to register, click here or view this flyer.

Stamford All-School Musical

Tickets are now available for Stamford’s All-School Musical – Something Rotten (PG-13 rating).   Stamford residents ages 13 through Grade 12 make up the cast, crew and orchestra of this production with the support of theater professionals and volunteers. 

Now in its 15th Year, the Stamford All-School Musical will be performed on December 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11 at Westhill High School.  Click here for more information.

Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, November 20 for the 29th annual Stamford Downtown Parade Spectacular.  After a two-year break, this fan favorite event is back for families and community members.

We are excited that Stamford Public Schools Teachers of the Year will have a float.  Two Stamford High School teachers – Jon Ringel, English Teacher, and Donna Kaiser, Science Teacher, who represent the 2021 and 2022 winners – are participating.

Also, we will be represented by our Stamford High School and Westhill High School bands.  Please plan to join us for this amazing family friendly event.

Annual Report to the Community

Last month, households across Stamford received their latest issue of StamfordPlus Magazine.  Included with the issue was a copy of the 2021-2022 SPS Annual Report to the Community.  The publication marks a shift in approach for our annual reports.  We will now report on the prior school year in the Fall of the following year.  Please take a few moments to review the report here

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero

Superintendent of Schools

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