January Newsletter

January 2022

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I hope this email finds you safe and well. As we are returning to school for in-person instruction from our holiday break on Monday, January 3, 2022, we would like to inform you of our recently updated COVID-19 protocols for the Shelton Public School System.

In regards to COVID-19 Protocols: The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has permitted school districts to adopt the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidelines regarding quarantine, isolation, testing, and return to in-school activities. Effective January 3, 2022, the Shelton Public School system will follow these guidelines.

Symptomatic Individuals: Individuals, vaccinated or unvaccinated, who are even mildly symptomatic with any of the symptoms associated with COVID 19 should immediately isolate at home, test for the virus that causes COVID-19 with a PCR, antigen, or self-test, and remain away from activities outside of the home until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours and other symptoms have significantly improved.

Positive Individuals: Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate at home for at least 5 days, or longer if symptoms develop and persist. A mask should continue to be worn for an additional 5 days at all times when around others.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals: Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals who are notified that they have had a close contact with an individual who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should immediately quarantine at home and test for the virus 5 days after their last exposure to the COVID-19 case. This is especially important in situations where extended high-intensity exposure may have occurred, such as with household contacts, in unmasked social settings (e.g., sleepovers, parties), and/or during athletic activities.

These changes are designed to focus on the increased risk from individuals reporting for school related activities with active symptoms of illness and the decreased risk from individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.



Please report positive cases to your school nurse.

Positive individuals and household cases will be confirmed with NVHD.

Any updates or changes to the above will be communicated in a timely manner.

Message from Mrs. Yost

It's been an interesting four months trying to celebrate some of our past events that make Sunnyside the amazing community it's known for. Thank you to our PTO for creating a safe and family-filled night to visit Mr. & Mrs. Claus. The excitement was magical! A huge thank you to Miss Knowles for her dedication and hard work organizing and accompanying her first concert (virtual at that!) at Sunnyside! The songs, dances and décor were wonderful!

I would like to wish our Sunnyside families a very healthy and prosperous New Year. I hope you found time to relax and wind down. With every New Year, we reflect upon our previous accomplishments and set goals for the future year. We are excited to see what 2022 has in store for our Tigers!

We will begin our NWEA winter assessments in reading and math on January 10, 2022 through January 14, 2022. This data will be beneficial in setting new academic goals to meet the needs of our students. We appreciate the continued support.

Remember that masks are required in schools. Feel free to pack extra masks in your child's backpack to change out during the day or if they break.

Sunnyside Strong,

Mrs. Yost

Thank you to our PTO and volunteers for making our "Santa Drive Thru" so magical!

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Classes resume Monday, January 3rd

Important Dates

January 3 - Classes resume

January 10 thru 14 - Join us as we eat a rainbow to set heathy eating habits in 2022

January 10 thru 14 - NWEA Winter Assessment administration

January 11 – CAS Virtual Leadership Conference

January 17 -No School in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr Day

January 21 - Spirit Day - Disney Day!!! Dust off those ears and join us by dressing as your favorite Disney character.

January 24 - PTO Virtual Meeting @ 6pm - link to follow

January 28 - PRIDE Pack Service Project-Happiness & Kindness Cards for the Senior Center

January 31 - PRIDE Pack Shopping in school with Tiger tickets

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Celebrating Wit & Wisdom Module 1

Exploring Math Routines

12 Common Questions parents ask about NWEA MAP Assessment

CAS 23rd Annual Arts Festival - Recipients

Congratulations to the following Sunnysiders for receiving the CAS Arts Award for Sunnyside School. These students have shown outstanding ability and passion in the area of art or music.

They will be honored at an Award Ceremony on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at the Aqua Turf in Southington, CT.

We are so proud!

Julia Martins (4W) & Mariella Rundstrom (4W)

Join us the week of January 10 - 14

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35 New Year's Resolutions for Kids and Families

School Cancellations due to Inclement Weather

During these winter months please remember the following:

· Listen/ watch for school cancellations and late openings each day—even when the weather seems fine.

· Check the District website: www.sheltonpublicschools.org

· Tune into the following TV stations: Channel 3 (WFSB.com), Channel 8 (WTNH.com) and Channel 4 (WVIT.com). You may also check these stations’ websites and click on school closings.

· School starts at 11:00am on a 2-hour delayed opening...the building opens at 10:45am for student drop-off. Please plan accordingly.

· If your phone number has changed, kindly call our main office to update your child(ren)’s record.

January Breakfast and Lunch Menus

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Community Activities


Valley Regional Adult Education

School Reward Programs


Join the thousands of people partnering with Coca-Cola who are making a difference in lives around the world. Watch the video to learn how you can donate codes from your favorite Coca-Cola beverages. https://us.coca-cola.com/give/

Search by our zip code - 06484 and toggle down until you see Sunnyside School.


Box Tops for Education can be sent in to your classroom teachers anytime throughout the school year. Please submit them in an envelope whenever possible with your child’s name, teacher’s name and number of Box Tops written on the outside. The money we receive through this program will be used to purchase supplies for Sunnyside School. The more Box Tops we collect, the more educational supplies we can buy. The class that collects the most will earn extra recess time! Happy collecting!


Help Sunnyside School earn extra funding by registering your REDcard under Sunnyside School. Parents may register online through the Target website. Target will donate up to 1% of your REDcard purchases at Target stores and at Target.com.


Sunnyside School is registered for Smile Amazon. It’s another reward program where the school earns a percentage of your purchases when shopping with Amazon. All you need to do is sign into Amazon through www.smile.amazon and select Sunnyside Elementary School PTO. Once you select Sunnyside School, every time you shop through smile.amazon, it automatically recognizes that charitable organization. It’s the same site as Amazon, and your Amazon Prime subscription works too! The upcoming holiday shopping season is the perfect time to raise money for our school! All proceed will help support our PBIS incentives. https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3588783

SHOP & SHOP A+ Bonus Bucks

Please register your Stop & Shop card on the Stop & Shop website so that Sunnyside School will receive contributions from your grocery purchases. You will still earn your Gas Points.


1. Go to Stop & Shop website: http://www.stopandshop.com.

2. Click on the A+ in the upper right hand corner.

3. When you get to the A+ page click on the Learn more button.

4. Register your card by responding to the questions about the first 3 letters of your last name and your card number.

5. Continue responding to the prompts until you have confirmed the registration. Please make sure that you select Sunnyside Elementary School as your school of choice. School Code - 06217 OR Send in your 13-digit number, and the name the card is registered under, to the main office.

Digital Parent Handbook for quick reference

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.
2021-22 School Calendar

Click here for the 2021-22 School Year Calendar

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:

School Contact Information