October Newsletter

October 2021

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Hello families,

We are off and running! Thank you to those that came out to our Back to School Night last week. We appreciate your support and look forward to working together. We are diligently working to establish routines and expectations to be part of the PAW Pack and show that Tiger PRIDE!

To help us with school routines, it is critical to set reasonable bedtimes and wake up times. Devices, computers, games, electronics should be turned off at least 60 minutes prior to bedtime. Family reading or coloring are great strategies to calm the body and mind prior to going to bed.

I am pleased to share that all grade levels have completed our NWEA reading and math assessments. This allows teachers to create necessary small groups and delve into meaningful instruction. In addition to daily written homework assignments, please encourage your child(ren) to read and review their math facts nightly. This independent practice goes a long way in reinforcing and generalizing skills learned in school each day.

This year we only had 56% of our Tigers participate in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge compared to 81% two years ago. We know the pandemic brought challenges to many families. Research shows the positive impact of reading daily with student vocabulary development, comprehension, imagination, synthesizing information, etc. Thank you again for your support and making reading a priority every day.

Thank you for supporting our PTO fundraisers thus far. We are looking forward to seeing our families on Friday, October 8th for our Back to School Picnic. Food needs to be ordered by October 5th.

Please note that we are a nut free school for breakfast, lunch and snack. Students will not be allowed to eat any food with nuts that may be sent in. Thank you for your cooperation to keep everyone safe and healthy!

If you need access to the Parent Portal, please contact Mrs. Porter in our main office - sporter@sheltonpublicschools.org or 203-922-302.

Sunnyside Strong,

Mrs. Yost

Important Dates

September 15-October 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

October 1-29 - Socktober

October 1, 4, 5 - PAW Pack Positive Behavior Celebration – Ice Pops& Playscape

October 8 - PTO Back to School Picnic 6-8pm outdoors

October 11 - No School - Observance of Columbus Day

October 13 - Sunnyside Goes Pink - Wear your PINK gear!

October 18 - PTO Meeting 6pm - In-person, masks are required

October 20 - Orange Crush-Unity Day. Wear orange to stand up against bullying.

October 21 - Morning Bus Evacuation Drill upon arrival

October 21 - Parent Conferences 6-8pm

October 22 - Early Dismissal 1:50pm

October 29 - Crazy Sock Day!


Sunnyside STORM (Student Team of Role Models)

would like you to help us to make this

winter a little warmer for our neighbors in need.

Bring a new pair of socks to the collection box

in the Sunnyside Library in the month of October.

Socks will be donated to the Spooner House.

To celebrate spreading kindness through the community, we will have a...Pop Up Spirit Day on Friday, October 29!

It will be a CRAZY SOCK DAY!

Sunnyside Goes Pink!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This has a special meaning in the Valley, as our community is fortunate to have the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital. Many of us are aware of The Valley Goes Pink, a community-wide effort throughout the Naugatuck Valley to create awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, support the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital and showcase partnering organizations.

To support this worthy cause, Sunnyside will host a SUNNYSIDE GOES PINK DAY on Wednesday, October 13th. Staff and students are encouraged to wear pink that day.

We encourage staff and students to wear pink. Monetary donations are welcomed. Donations of $2 or more will receive a special gift. Proceeds will benefit the Hewitt Center at Griffin Hospital. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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District Flyers

Digital Parent Handbook for quick reference

School Contact Information

Cafeteria Services

Lunch and breakfast are available each day for all students. The USDA has extended free breakfast and lunch to ALL students for the 2021-2022 school year. A menu will be sent home electronically at the beginning of each month with food choices (subject to availability). Students may also bring lunch from home.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals and Insurance Links:

Dear Shelton Families -

Please find the 2021-2022 information and application for free/reduced price meals/benefits in the links:

2021-22 School Calendar

Click here for the 2021-22 School Year Calendar