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Parent Updates - December 10, 2021

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Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 90 Min. Early Dismissal ~ K-5 Conferences

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONFERENCES!

Due to the recent rise in COVID cases, all parent conferences will be held virtually. Your child's teacher will confirm your appointment date and time. All PPTs will continue to be held virtually as well.
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2 HR Early Dismissal - Thursday, December 23, 2021

~ NO SCHOOL ~ Friday, December 24, 2021 - Friday, December 31, 2021

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Welcome to Our Newest Tracey Cub!

Ms. Ally Fecteau, second grade teacher, welcomed her beautiful new daughter Everly Grace on Friday, December 10th! Everly entered the world at 6 lbs. 8 oz. with a big smile - just as happy as her parents! Please join me in congratulating the Fecteau family!

From the Desk of Mrs. Brush

As you know, COVID cases are on the rise in our community. While we understand how important it is for students to be in school and learning, our number one priority is the health and safety of our community.


For a short time this fall, a policy called "Screen to Stay" was in effect, however, we have now begun to quarantine exposed students. Per district policy, students who are exposed to a positive individual in the school community will be required to quarantine at home for 10 days; they have the option to COVID test on day 5 and return on day 8 if the result is negative. Students who are fully vaccinated (meaning that it has been 2 weeks since their second dose) will not be required to quarantine at home, but will be encouraged to test on days 5-7 and monitor for symptoms.


If your child needs to quarantine due to an exposure at school, you will be contacted directly and given exact dates. There may be situations where not all students in a class are required to quarantine, while in others an entire class will need to stay home.


Please ensure that we have your correct email address and telephone number as notifications are being sent out via an automated system that uses the contact information on file. Please be sure to check your emails and phone messages. It is also important that this information is updated in case your child becomes ill at school. We have had many instances recently where contact information is incorrect, or we have not been able to reach parents.


At this time, the district has not set up remote learning for our quarantined students. However, your child’s teacher will post work on his/her Google Classroom to be completed independently. A Tracey staff member is available for daily check-ins. This is a way to hold students accountable for and help with assignments, as well as monitor attendance while they are not in the building. If you child is directed to quarantine, you will be provided with the necessary information regarding work and materials.


We understand that the numerous changes in the quarantine policy have been confusing, and we will continue to work to clarify all communication regarding COVID and quarantines. If you have questions, please feel free to call the office or email our nurse, Talia Geideman, at spraguegeidemang@norwalkps.org.


Thank you for your patience and cooperation in keeping our Cubs healthy and safe!

Staffing Changes at Tracey

Since the start of the school year, we have had several staffing changes here at Tracey. We have said goodbye to some wonderful family members, but have also welcomed many more aboard!


The following staff members have moved on to other pursuits since the start of the school year:


Ms. Jessica Putetti - RBT Paraeducator

Ms. Destiny Lavant - RBT Paraeducator

Mr. Courtney Fells - SPED. Paraeducator

Ms. Rhonda Teel - SPED Paraeducator


Of special mention, Ms. Rhonda Siletto, our longtime Tracey Art teacher, was due to retire at the end of the school year, however she decided to head off to her new adventures sooner than we anticipated. Ms. Siletto's last day with us was December 1st, and our Tracey Cubs will miss her greatly! We are currently interviewing for her replacement and should have an announcement shortly.


We have welcomed the following people to our Tracey Family in the last several weeks:


Ms. Katie Angelidis - Long-term subsitute for Ms. Ally Fecteau (maternity leave)

Mr. Sean Prizio - RBT Paraeducator

Ms. Sandrene Brown - RBT Paraeducator

Ms. Raquel Overstreet - RBT Paraeducator

Ms. Kyana Francois - SPED Paraeducator

Ms. Amber Faucette - SPED Paraeducator

Ms. Jazmarie Melendez - 2nd Grade Paraeducator

Ms. Bonnie Stoltenberg - Lunch/Cafeteria Monitor

Ms. Jasmine O'Grady - Lunch/Cafeteria Monitor


The following additional staff will also be joining us between now and the first week of January:


Ms. Caterina Cutri - 2nd Grade Paraeducator

Ms. Thea Gibbs - Lunch/Cafeteria Monitor

Ms. Amanda Griffith - Lunch/Cafeteria Monitor

Ms. Angela Durso, Special Education Teacher


We are excited to be welcoming so many new members to the Tracey family, and we have been incredibly fortunate to find such caring individuals who have brought so much to our school. They truly show their PRINT each and every day with our Cubs!

Winter Stories to Share!

As we get closer and closer to the end of 2021, Mother Nature still can't seem to make up her mind about the weather! Inevitably, it will start to get colder, and winter is a great time to snuggle up with some hot cocoa and a good book! It's also fun to have stories read aloud so everyone can enjoy together. Here are some wonderful winter stories that are also available as virtual read alouds to snuggle up to! If you find any that you love, feel free to pass them along and we can add them to our virtual read-aloud library!
SNEEZY THE SNOWMAN Book Read Aloud | Winter Books for Kids | Children's Books Read Aloud
Snowy Day Book Read Aloud | Winter Books for Kids | Children's Books Read Aloud
WINTER Book Read Aloud | Winter Books for Kids | Baby Book about Winter | Kids Books Read Aloud
CLEO IN THE SNOW Book Read Aloud | Winter Books for Kids | Children's Books Read Aloud

Notes from the Office

  • If your child is going to be absent for the day, please make sure to call the office. If either Mrs. Espinoza or Mrs. Campos call and leave a message to check on your child, please make sure to return the call.
  • If you need to pick up your child early, please send a note to your child's teacher. If there is an emergency and you need to pick your child unexpectedly, please call the office.
  • If someone other than you or a designated family member with your family number is picking up your child, please make sure your child's teacher has been notified and that the person has proper identification. For your child's safety, we will not release him/her to someone that is not properly identified.
  • Dismissal change phone calls need to be made to the office before 2:45 unless there is an emergency.
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THIRD ANNUAL WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE

TRACEY MAGNET SCHOOL and TRACEY CARES have identified the need for WINTER APPAREL for our children, families, and community at large. Thus, in furtherance of our Third Annual Winter Clothing Drive, we are requesting donations of the following NEWLY PURCHASED items:


  • 10 Girls Coats - Size Medium or Size 8
  • 10 Girls Coats - Size Large or Size 10/12
  • 10 Girls Coats - Size X-Large or Size 14/16
  • 10 Girls Sweaters/Sweatshirts - Size Medium or Size 8
  • 10 Girls Sweaters/Sweatshirts - Size Large or Size 10/12
  • 10 Girls Sweaters/Sweatshirts - Size X-Large or Size 14/16
  • 10 Girls Pants - Size Medium or Size 8
  • 10 Girls Pants - Size Large or Size 10/12
  • 10 Girls Pants - Size X-Large or Size 14/16
  • 10 Boys Coats - Size Medium or Size 8
  • 10 Boys Coats - Size Large or Size 10/12
  • 10 Boys Coats - Size X-Large or Size 14/16
  • 10 Boys Sweaters/Sweatshirts - Size Medium or Size 8
  • 10 Boys Sweaters/Sweatshirts - Size Large or Size 10/12
  • 10 Boys Sweaters/Sweatshirts - Size X-Large or Size 14/16
  • 10 Boys Pants - Size Medium or Size 8
  • 10 Boys Pants - Size Large or Size 10/12
  • 10 Boys Pants - Size X-Large or Size 14/16
  • 10 Women’s Coats - Size Small, Medium or Large
  • 10 Women’s Sweaters/Sweatshirts - Size Small, Medium or Large
  • 10 Women’s Pants - Size Small, Medium or Large
  • 10 Men’s Coats - Size Medium, Large or X-Large
  • 10 Men’s Sweaters/Sweatshirts - Size Medium, Large or Size X-Large
  • Socks and T-Shirts - Any Size


Starting on November 22, 2021, donations of the above items will be accepted at drop off and pick up. Donations can be either provided to a Tracey Magnet School Staff Member or sent with your child to be placed in the Tracey Cares Dropbox located near our security guard. All donated items must be NEWLY PURCHASED. Hats, Gloves and Scarves are always appreciated.


*Established in the Fall of 2019, Tracey Cares is a PTA/School initiative that identifies needs within OUR community and provides resources to address these needs, as they become available. Please email Beatriz Moran-Torres at bmorantorres72@gmail.com with any questions.


Thank you!

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This Week's Family Character Dare Challenge Is...

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Upcoming Covid Vaccine Clinics for Ages 5-11

No appointment necessary


Please bring a completed consent form & prevaccination checklist found at: norwalkps.org/npsvaccinationclinics


Vaccines administered by Griffin Health

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Register your child in grades 2-5 to attend a virtual STEAM program on Wednesday, December 15 at 5:30pm. You will be able to pick up the Grinch Slime supplies on Saturday, December 11 through Tuesday, December 14 and join a Zoom to learn how to put it all together!

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Pop Up Testing Events

Sema4 is providing COVID-19 testing in Norwalk. People with or without symptoms can be tested. Those with insurance are asked to bring their card and present it at the time of testing. Those without insurance can be tested free of charge. No appointment is needed.


If you recently received a COVID-19 test at one of Sema4’s testing sites in Connecticut, refer to this FAQ for information on signing up for the patient portal, obtaining results, and more.


Those seeking a test are asked to complete a registration form ahead of time and bring with them. The form is available HERE.


All testing occurs at Veteran's Park - 42 Seaview Avenue.


** THERE IS NO TESTING ON CHRISTMAS DAY, DECEMBER 25 & NEW YEARS DAY, JANUARY 1, 2022. **

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Tracey Magnet School

Brenda Brush - Principal

Lindsay Esposito - Curriculum and Site Director

Ivannia Campos - Parent Coordinator