CHIRPS Chatter

March 8, 2021

Important Dates to Remember

March 11: Comfy Cozy Day

March 17: Wear Green Day

March 21st: Rock Your Socks for Down Syndrome Awareness!

March 30th: Wild Wednesday

March 11th: 1pm Early Dismissal Professional Development

March 23rd and 24th: 1pm Early Dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences

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At MES We Help Our Community

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A Thank You from Mrs. Duncan!

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Jump Rope for Heart

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Thank you to our 4th and 5th grade students who raised money for Jump Rope for Heart. As a school we raised $2,579.10 with our school's recent Kids Heart Challenge (KHC) event! Congratulations!! Thank you Mr. Stockno for continuing to partner with the American Heart Association each year!!

School Safety Drills

Hello families! In accordance with Region 15's School Security and Safety Plan, we'll be conducting a Lockdown Drill at MES within the next week.

While each of the teachers will be speaking with students about the drill, we recognize that some families may also choose to have conversations with children about the importance of our safety drills.

With this in mind, we are announcing this first lockdown drill of the year to support families interested in discussing the topic with their children. Future drills may or may not be announced.

Thank you!!

March in Youth Art Month

February 10, 2022, Middlebury/Southbury, CT -

Region 15 schools are observing Youth Art Month again this year with a display of local student artwork in the Gloria Cachion Art Gallery of the Southbury Public Library, 100 Poverty Road, Southbury. The exhibit can be viewed at the library from March 2nd to March 30th, 2021, and is also accessible online through the Southbury Public library website ttps://

“Right now, art and creativity are of critical importance on multiple levels. Engaging with the arts in every form has allowed our faculty and students to come up with new ways to connect, collaborate and advance skills,” said Jeromy Nelson, Director of Fine, Applied and Technical Arts in Region 15.

A selection of two-dimensional mixed media, paintings, photography, and drawings created by Region 15 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade will be on display, including work from students in Advanced Placement Fine Art and Photography classes.

The displays coincide with Youth Art Month, a program administered nationally by the Council for Art Education (CFAE) and is celebrated by the Southbury Public Library and the Region 15 community. The event emphasizes the value of art education for all students, encourages support for quality school art programs, and provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences.

“Through various mediums and innovative approaches to self-expression, my students create meaningful bodies of work that tackle contemporary and personal issues,” said David SantaMaria, the Art Department ITL.


This year’s collection includes three pieces that received honorable mentions at the CAEA Scholastic Art Show, a high-quality level, a professionally juried event that recognizes only the best CT student artwork from students enrolled in public, parochial, and private schools In Connecticut.

“ It’s amazing and energizing to work with students that are passionate and so committed to their art education. Our students work so hard, and it’s a great experience for them to be able to display their work in a public place.” Alisia Rosenberger, Photo Teacher at Pomperaug High School.

The exhibit will also include art from some of the younger students in Region 15, including work from Pomperaug Elementary School (PES) 4th Grader Maddox Steeves. Maddox’s landscape drawing and painting showcase the talents of our students at every level.

“We appreciate the opportunity to share our students’ work with the community and to demonstrate the value of art education for all children. We are grateful for the opportunity for our students to be able to share their talents with the community, as the availability to publicly display their work has been limited. Supporting our artists and quality art programming is an integral part of our educational curriculum,” said Nelson.

Equity and Inclusion Council Art Logo Contest

The Middlebury and Southbury Equity and Inclusion Council is inviting all youth residents (ages 3-18) of Middlebury and Southbury to participate in a contest to design a novel, creative, and innovative logo to represent their committee. The Middlebury and Southbury Equity and Inclusion Council includes multiple members and organizations of the local community whose mission is to inspire, encourage and respect all aspects of diversity. The purpose of the logo is to visually represent the mission and vision of the Middlebury and Southbury Equity and Inclusion Council.

Read more on the Middlebury & Southbury Equity & Inclusion Council website!

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Kindergarten Registration is Open!

Please register your child for Kindergarten as soon as possible if they are age eligible. This helps us determine accurate numbers for next year.

Thank you!!

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Counseling Corner

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Check out Miss Rinaldi's March Bitmoji Classroom!


MES is on Instagram! Please follow us


We will be posting plenty of pictures for you to stay "in the know!"

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