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Parent Updates - December 3, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021 - 90 Min. Early Dismissal ~ K-5 Conferences
Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 90 Min. Early Dismissal ~ K-5 Conferences
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONFERENCES!
2 HR Early Dismissal - Thursday, December 23, 2021
~ NO SCHOOL ~ Friday, December 24, 2021 - Friday, December 31, 2021
HAS YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION CHANGED? PLEASE UPDATE IT WITH US!
If you have changed your phone number, address, and or email, please call the office to update your contact information.
We want to make sure we have your most current contact information in our system. Our school staff relies on this information to ensure you are receiving all the up to date school and classroom information. It is also very important that we can get a hold of you if your student is sick or there is an emergency.
From the Desk of Mrs. Brush
Students only spend 12% of their time in school. That's an amazing statistic to consider when it certainly seems like so much more. During that 12% of your child's time, teachers work hard to help your child learn. They prepare lesson plans, engage in activities that help build your child's skills and strategy toolkits, and also help them learn how to work together with their peers. But what about the other 88% of the time your child is not in school? Other than the approximately 33% spent sleeping, what happens during that other 55% of a child's time that is spent away from school is so incredibly important.
You, as parents and guardians, are our partners in your child's education. Research shows a strong relationship between parent engagement and positive educational outcomes. Parent engagement in schools is a shared responsibility in which schools are committed to reaching out to engage parents in meaningful ways, and parents are committed to actively supporting their children's learning and development.
Our goal at Tracey is to ensure that you, our families, feel that you are a welcomed partner with a valued voice in the education of your child. We want to ensure that you feel empowered to reach out to your child's teacher to ask questions, share information, and discuss your child's progress.
We are sending home a pre-conference questionnaire for you to return to your child's teacher before your conference. If you would prefer to complete the survey electronically, it is also available by clicking on the button below. Providing this information in advance will help to make the most of the time you have together.
We also want to make sure that you know that scheduled conferences are not the only time that you can meet with your child's teacher. As your partners, we are always here to make sure that you understand your child's progress, and that you have the resources you need to help your child at home.
Remember - we are only 12%, and you are your child's first and most important teacher! We are better together!
New Volunteer Guidance
Norwalk Public Schools has just released new guidance regarding volunteering in schools. If you are interested in volunteering at NPS, please visit the link below so you can complete the registration process. Once you have completed the process, you will then be eligible to volunteer. Please note that guidance is subject to change at any time. We are very much looking forward to being able to have parents back in our schools again!
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.
A recess reminder…
As the cold weather approaches, we would like to stress the importance of students wearing the appropriate winter outerwear. Our goal is to have students go outside for recess whenever possible.
• Students should come to school wearing a winter jacket, gloves, scarves, hat, etc.
• Please discuss with your child the need to wear jackets at recess. Winter outerwear should not be removed when it is cold outside.
• Students will not be allowed to go outside if they are not wearing outerwear appropriate for the weather. A sweatshirt or hooded shirt is not considered appropriate outerwear when it is cold outside.
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 email@example.com with any questions.
This Week's Family Character Dare Challenge Is...
Our Next PTA Meeting will be on Thursday, December 09, 2021 at 6:30pm
NPL Snowman Paint Night - Friday, December 10 at 6pm
Click HERE to register your child in grades 2-5 to attend a virtual STEAM program on Friday, December 10 at 6pm. You must pick up the paint supplies between Saturday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 8 and join a Zoom to learn how to put it all together!
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.
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. **