From the Principal's Pen

August 14, 2020


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy Friday! I will be writing to you weekly just to check in and update you as planning progresses for the school year 2020-2021. I have received a preliminary list of families that have chosen remote learning and I will share those numbers with the community as soon as Dr. Jones shares the numbers for the district. It is my understanding that the survey was extended due to the power outage last week and our present numbers may not be final.

For those of you that have asked, please know that if you choose remote learning your child will be assigned to a remote learning teacher and your child will be a member of the remote learning school. Your child will not be taught remotely by teachers at JC that are teaching in classrooms here in the building.

I also want you to know that I completely respect each family’s personal choice. We will do everything we can to include both our in-school and remote learners in any family or community activities supported by our PTA. Julian Curtiss will still be your community and we look forward to being together again as soon as possible.

I am back at school full time and if I can be of any assistance please feel free to email me or set an appointment for a phone call with me by contacting Lisa Maniscalco in the office at 203-869-1896. Our PTA Presidents, Michelle Tierney and Jill Ernst, are also available to answer questions or support you and can be reached at or .

Thank you for your continued support.

Together for Safety and Learning,

Trish McGuire


Attached you will find a supply list for each grade level for in-school learning. We usually provide an opportunity for parents to buy these supplies in the spring but that opportunity was lost during our quarantine. You can purchase these supplies any store of your choice. For your convenience, Target, Staples, and TeacherLists will have a copy of our Julian Curtiss lists by using the links below.

You can also click on the button below to see the supply list by grade level. Within the list are links to individual items at Staples should you wish to start shopping on your own.

Please make sure ALL supplies are labeled with your child's name. In addition to the supplies on the list, we highly recommend students have a spare mask in their backpacks.

If you are able and willing to purchase a second set of supplies for a family in need please email me and let me know what grade level you will be purchasing. I will keep a list of donated supplies and make sure that they are distributed to a family who would benefit. If you would like to make a donation with a Staples or Target Gift Card those are welcome as well. You can mail them or drop them off at school and we will distribute to the appropriate families.

Thank you,

Mrs. McGuire

Julian Curtiss Supply List 2020-2021

Click here for supply lists by grade level.

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These five words say everything about what we as teachers, administrators, and families need to do for this next school year. We all need to work TOGETHER to make sure we are creating a safe environment for the wellbeing of our community and our town. Learning will also be positively impacted when we work TOGETHER. Teachers are the experts on the curriculum, but parents are the experts on their own children. Make sure that you are taking the time to make notes on how the remote learning last spring affected your child, and how his or her summer has gone as well. Whether your child is learning in the physical school building or learning remotely, your child’s teacher will need your help in getting to know your child to help them best. Be willing to share with the teacher whether they reach out with a survey or in person. Develop a relationship with your child’s teachers so that both of you can make sure that you are supporting your child and their learning in the best way possible.

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@JCSPrincipal and @JCSEaglesAP

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