Whitney Wolves Weekly


Important Dates to Remember:

  • 3/4 Invention Convention @ JFK- all families welcome to attend
  • 3/05 HMS/Whitney Family Event- Hartford Wolf Pack Game @ 3:05pm, tickets on sale
  • 3/11 Turn Clocks Ahead
  • 3/14 Parent Focus Groups 4pm-5pm
  • 3/15 Early Release
  • 3/17 District Instrumental Spring Concert EHS
  • 3/21 Lion's Club Eye Exams in school
  • 3/28 CT Humane Society Presentation for 4th grade
  • 4/23 HMS/Whitney Day- Hartford Yard Goats Game @ 1:05pm Tickets on sale
  • 4/26 American Red Cross Blood Drive in the GYM
  • 4/27 Berkshire Music Pressentation- caregivers welcome to attend

Make a Mascot Night Winners of a Whitney Wolf Mascot w/PTO...

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Electronic Device Usage:

While it has been wonderful having students learn and use technology in the classroom, we must remind both parents and students that the use of cell phones and smart watches in the classroom must be limited to use only under the supervision of a staff member and/or in case of emergency with teacher permission.

In order to ensure that confidentiality for all students is maintained, we must ask that if students have these devices, they have teachers hold them, or keep them in their backpacks for safe keeping. As a school, it is our policy not to allow texting, sending or taking photos, or recoding others. Additionally, these devices are not to be used during any testing to ensure fidelity of the testing envirnment. Finally, Eli Whitney and Enfield Public Schools ins not responsible for lost or stolen devices.


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Picking up students before school ends protocol:

In order to ensure that we meet your needs and contnue to maintain safety for all, please note the following when picking up your child before the end of the day:

  • Please call or notify the office no later than 2:30.
  • Dismissal times become very hectic, calling the office by 2:30 will help us make sure that your child and their teacher are notfied to the early release and the need to be ready to be picked up in the office.
  • If you are picking up at 3:05, please remain in your car until the busses have left the parking lot. Our parking lot can get congested and moving through these spaces with cars and buses driving can cause unnecessary safety issues.
  • When you do arrive at the front door, please buzz the bell and bring an ID for verification.
  • Pick-ups at the front door may be delayed at 3:05 or after due to the need for students entering busses. We ask for your patience and will do our best to accommodate all needs.
  • If there are changes to a students usual dismissal procedure, we must have an email prior to 2:30.
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Bus Behavior

Dear caregivers,

Students riding the bus have been provided with bus safety expectations. Ms. Fitzsimons and I have reviewed these expectations on multiple occassions. As an unstructured part of a student's day, children love to socialize without being monitored. In most cases, students are well behaved, noise levels are reasonable, and safety protocols are followed. However, most recently, students have had some difficulty following PACK behavior expectations on the bus. It has been reported to us that students are increasingly engaging in unsafe behaviors, switching seats and standing while the bus is moving, and throwing of objects. Additionally, students have been reminded to keep the volume at a reasonable rate, and to not engage in screaming or use of inappropriate language, and to refrain from disrespectful dialogue to peers and adults on the bus.

Ms. Fitzsimons and I have both ridden the buses, and have at times put a behavior tech on to assist with monitoring and modeling of expected behaviors. While we typically have younger students seated in the front and older students in the back of the bus, this may not remain the practice if we need to address specific behaviors. Though we know a seat change can be disappointing for some, our goal is, and will continue to be, to seat students where they can be the most successful and ensure safety. Changes that impact HMS students are coordinated with HMS administration.

Thank you for your understanding, and I thank you in advance for any assistance that you can give us by reviewing conduct and bus safety rules with your child.


Mrs. Flanaghan, Principal

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Fourth and fifth grade math students were at it again, solving hard problems in the latest Math Olympiad contest. Students showed off their computational skills, their ability to understand complex situations, and choose appropriate problem solving strategies. This month we added even more students to our group, as they were up for the challenge. Great work students!

Michele Bellafronte

Breakfast and Lunch continue to be free for the remainder of the year...

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PE Reminders: If your child needs to be excused from participating please follow the guidelines below:

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A Note from the Nurse

Please contact the school nurse, Jackie Rustic at (860) 763-7543 or at jrustic@enfieldschools.org with any health-related questions. Please notify the nurse as well with any specific health issues/concerns if you send the information to the classroom teacher. This includes new symptoms your child is experiencing, new health related concerns, and/or medication issues. No prescribed or OTC medications can be sent into school with student/backpack. They must be dropped off by a parent/guardian and a physician’s order must be provided to be administered in the nurse’s office. This includes cough drops. If you give your child permission to have cough drops in school, they need to be dropped off by parents with a note from the parent giving your child permission to have the cough drop in the nurse’s office only. Please provide your child with a reusable water bottle each day. Students are not allowed to drink from water fountains around the school, but they may fill their water bottle at them. We encourage our students to drink water throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water helps alleviate many complaints of headaches, stomachaches, and sore throats. Breakfast and lunch remain free and available to any student through the end of the month. Please remember to provide your child with a snack each day. We are unable to provide snacks for the children. Every classroom has a special time for snack daily.

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Enfield Lion's Club Vision Screening:

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What's coming in 3rd grade

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What's coming in 4th grade

  • Math- Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Reading- Finish biographies and celebrate. The next unit is Historical Fiction Book clubs.
  • Writing- Continue with informational unit.
  • Social Studies- Complete the West Region.
  • Science- Continue with engineer and design! Students are building chain reactions.

What's coming in 5th grade curriculum

  • Math: Fractions
  • Reading and Writing: Arguement, Advocacy and Opinion Writing
  • Science: Space Systems
  • Social Studies: Early Settlements moving into 13 colonies


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Dear Families and Caregivers of EPS Students,

The purpose of this email is to share a new resource for families from the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Educational, Safety, Mental Health, and Food Insecurity Resources

As required under Public Act 21-46, the CSDE has updated Educational, Safety, Mental Health and Food Insecurity Resources for Families and Students.

This resource also includes Support & Services | Wrap CT (connectingtocarect.org)developed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Please note: Public Act 21-116 requires each local and regional board of education to distribute the Support & Services information at least semi-annually to the parents and guardians of each student in the school district and to any student taking a course in health and safety and make the link available on its website.


Mark Dube

Coordinator of Health and Physical Education

Enfield Public Schools

(860) 763-7585


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Weather and Outside Recess: Keeping your child safe during cold weather...

As the weather becomes colder, please be mindful of the following outside recess guidelines:

  • Students may go outside as long as the 'feel-like' temp is greater than 34'
  • Students must have appropriate outside attire- Coat, mittens, hats, sweatshirts and hoodies
  • Teachers and Principals will have discretion to make recess indoors.
  • If a student isn't properly attired for the outside weather, the teacher may ask the student to access a coat from the lost and found, or have an alternate recess inside.
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Mrs. Flanaghan, Principal & Ms. Fitzsimons, Assistant Principal