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Family Update 2/20
Brooke Pelli



Spanish Translation: Family Update 2_20_24 Spanish.docx

Apples Families- 

We hope everyone enjoyed the Winter Break. We are excited to welcome everyone back tomorrow. 

Reminder: Donuts with Grown-Ups is returning Tuesday, February 27th and Wednesday February 28th from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  

On Tuesday the 27th, Representative Paris will be joining us to learn more about your experience as a parent with young children. 

Click here to RSVP: Donuts with Grown-Ups RSVP (

In March, we will be starting a new unit with a focus on Balls. We are seeking your support and input as we plan out this unit for your children. PLease complete this survey for us: 

Thank you in advance. 

Friendly Reminder to send your child to school as long as they are fever free and vomiting free for 24 hours. Please read the flier below to learn more about the benefits of attending school. 


We also have an EARLY RELEASE on Wednesday, February 28th. ALL students will be dismissed at 10:30 a.m. The staff will be participating in professional development.

Ongoing Reminders: 

Supply Needs-  APPLES is always in need of wipes. Please do nos send scented wipes. If you are at the store and can pick up a box for us, we would greatly appreciate it. Wipes are used for art, bathroom, eating, you name it we used wipes. We use gloves a lot as well during bathroom time. Thank you in advance. 


Reminder: Outdoor Recess- We are continuing to go outside for recess. It is very important for children to get fresh air and have gross motor activity. Please send your child to school every day with a winter coat, hat, and gloves. Please label these items with your child’s name. 

A few notes from staff and families: 

  • We know many families use our school lunch as a way to introduce children to new foods. This is a great strategy. With that being said, it is also important for students to eat when they are with us. If your child is a picky eater, which most are, please make sure to always send in food they do enjoy. We do not want students going hungry if they do not like the food from the cafeteria. 

  • Also, kindly send in diapers and changes of clothes for your child each week. We go through a lot during the week and always want to make sure they have what they need. Staff have been noticing an uptick in very wet diapers in the morning. Please do your best to change them in the morning before sending them to school. 


Stamford Food Guide

Below is a resource offered to all our Stamford Communities. If you have any questions about this resource, please feel free to reach out to our parent facilitator, Nury Jacome Malpica at

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February Calendar: 


Lunch Menu -APPLES Lunch Menu This menu is subject to change due to supply chain issues. If your child is a picky eater, please send an alternate snack/lunch so your child has options to eat for breakfast and lunch


Link to APPLES Family Resources and all other Family Updates: 

Apples Family Resources  This link has all the archives Family Updates and any other flier we have sent home. 


Please reach out with any questions! or 



Mrs. Kendra Brown and Mrs. Lisa Cody 

District News

Kim Kempton

Come learn about the many preschool and family home childcare programs in Stamford and explore numerous health, education, and social service resources available!

Stamford Childhood Fair
Saturday, May 4
Carousel Lawn
9:30AM - 11:30AM
Rain Date: May 5th

This is a Free event and all are welcome.



Superintendent's Weekly Message - April 19, 2024
Jennifer Gonzalez

Dear Families and Staff,

I hope you are enjoying a well-deserved Spring Break!

On Tuesday night, the Board of Finance (BOF) voted 5-0-1 to approve the FY25 BOE budget in the amount of $330,737,756. We appreciate and thank the members of the BOF for their thoughtful consideration of our budget request and for supporting SPS  with a budget that will enable us to continue providing the quality programs and services that our students need to achieve their academic potential.   

The next step in the budget process is a vote by the Board of Representatives (BOR) on Thursday, May 2.  Please feel free to contact your Representatives to request that no further cuts be made to the FY25 BOE budget request. Click here ( for a list of BOR members.

Earth Day is April 22 

Earth Day is this Monday. If you’re looking for a fun activity to share with your family this weekend, Bartlett Arboretum is hosting Arbor Earth Day Sunday, April 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Bartlett Education Staff has planned a day of family fun and learning, featuring many local nonprofits that work to protect the environment. The Arboretum is located at 151 Brookdale Road. 

Administrative Professionals Day is April 24

Wednesday, April 24 is Administrative Professionals Day! I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the office support staff at our 22 program sites who work hard to support our administrators, teachers, staff, students, and families every day. 

Complete the Household Income Survey Application

As summer quickly approaches we encourage All Stamford Public Schools Families to complete the Household Income Survey Application (English / Spanish) to verify if they may be eligible for reduced-price or free programs and services, including summer and after-school programs and camps, internet service, Advanced Placement exam fees, SAT and ACT exam fees, and college application fees. 

Completing this application helps us understand district demographics and can help eligible families save money. All information you share is confidential.  Please note, this application is not required for school meals, as all SPS students currently qualify for free breakfast and lunch through the Community Eligibility Provision through the State of Connecticut. 

Cafe con la Super

The next Cafe con la Super is Monday, April 29 at 6:30 pm at the Government Center. We will be joined by Erika Haynes from The School + State Finance Project and Ariana Fernandez from United Parents and Students, who will discuss the Multilingual Learner Bill of Rights that goes into effect on July 1, 2024. Please click here to register. 

Get Your Tickets to Mamma Mia! and Chicago: Teen Edition

The talented students from Stamford High’s Strawberry Hill Players and Westhill’s Northstar Playmakers are getting ready to take the stage for their upcoming spring musicals. The Strawberry Hill Players will present Mamma Mia! while the Northstar Playmakers will present Chicago: Teen Edition. All performances take place between April 26 and May 4. 

For dates, times, and ticket information, please click  here for Mamma Mia and here for Chicago: Teen Edition

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero




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Jennifer Gonzalez


Davenport Ridge Art Unleashed: Where Creativity Roams

As Davenport Ridge Elementary School prepares for our fourth annual art show in May, the students and staff participated in a creative assembly to support their work at school. Under the leadership and creativity of Davenport Ridge art teachers Ms. Lauren Jones and Ms. Katie Noe, our very own Picasso and van Gogh, students had an interactive presentation with a street/graffiti artist during the day. The theme of the presentation was creativity, uniqueness, citizenship and being kind. The students had a chance to hear about the power of creativity and do a whole school think aloud/brainstorm for what a graffiti mural could look like here at school. 


The end result you may ask? Well, it’s a work in progress, but the best thing about the assembly was students sharing what was important to them about SOARing on the Playground; the title of the mural that the artist will make as a result of the positive interactions with staff. Thank you Ms. Jones and Ms. Noe for your leadership in the arts and making sure all students have a creative voice here at the Ridge! 

Davenport staff and principal with guest graffiti artistGuest graffiti artist speaking to students about creativity


Davenport Ridge - For The Love of Pets 

Davenport Ridge students always work hard to SOAR at school. One of our goals is to continue that good work into the community and make a difference. Recently, students in Ms. Kyle Beach’s and Ms. Lupinacci’s first grade classes had an opportunity to meet with Officer Tilford Cobb from Stamford Animal Shelter to present him with a check for $2,500 from our annual penny war. The students and staff had an opportunity to meet with Officer Cobb and hear about the great work that his department does in rescuing animals and taking care of them. This included a question and answer session regarding many kinds of animals who call Stamford home. Officer Cobb offered advice and guidance to students on how to make a difference in the lives of animals here in Stamford and when and how to ask for help. Thank you to all Davenport Ridge staff and students that participated in the Penny War and fourth grade teacher Ms. Brittany Summa who initiated the connection with the Stamford Animal Shelter.

Davenport community with check and Officer Cobb from Stamford Animal ShelterOfficer Cobb with photos of some of the animals he and his shelter work to helpOfficer Cobb speaking with students

Submitted by Michael Pisseri


What is an SPS Shout Out?

An SPS Shout Out is a special recognition that acknowledges school communities, staff members or students who have inspired us with a unique project, an outstanding job or a special effort that had a positive impact on our students or community. Each week we will celebrate a few by sharing with all SPS staff and posting on the district website. Please share any or all of these with your friends and families.   

SPS Administrators can submit Shout Outs for consideration through the form shared with them in the Administrators' Weekly.

Superintendent's Weekly Message - April 12, 2024
Jennifer Gonzalez

Dear Families and Staff,

I want to take a moment to thank the members of the Board of Education (BOE), Board of Finance (BOF), and Board of Representatives (BOR) who listened to our Budget presentations during the last few weeks.  Too often people forget that our City of Stamford Board Members are volunteers and spend countless hours, especially during budget season, learning about and contemplating the BOE and City Budget requests.  

The Board of Finance will vote on the FY25 Budget during a special meeting this Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. via zoom.   The BOF can approve the BOE’s proposed budget as submitted or make cuts.  The Board of Representatives will vote on the FY25 Budget during a special meeting on Thursday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m.  The BOR can approve the budget as submitted by the BOF or make additional cuts.  These votes will determine how much money, if any, the BOE will need to eliminate from the budget during reconciliation in May.

As we nervously await the votes by the Boards of Finance and Representatives, I want to thank everyone who has advocated in support of the BOE’s FY25 proposed budget, especially the members of the Stamford Education Association who spoke at the joint public hearing on Wednesday, April 3. We had a record number of Stamford residents voice their support for the BOE budget during public hearings this year.  On behalf of our students, teachers, and staff, thank you for your support! 

Café con la Super 

This month’s Café con la Super is Monday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Government Center.  We will be joined by Erika Haynes from The School + State Finance Project and Ariana Fernandez from United Parents and Students, who will discuss the Multilingual Learner Bill of Rights that goes into effect on July 1, 2024.  Please click here to register.  

Stamford Spring Musicals

The talented students from Stamford High’s Strawberry Hill Players and Westhill’s Northstar Playmakers are hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming spring musicals.  The Strawberry Hill Players will present Mamma Mia! while the Northstar Playmakers will present Chicago: Teen Edition.  All performances take place between April 26 and May 4.  For dates, times, and ticket information, please click here for Mamma Mia! and here for Chicago: Teen Edition.  

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year is in full swing.  Stamford children who turn five years old on or before September 1, 2024 are eligible to begin kindergarten in August.  Please encourage anyone with a kindergarten-eligible child to register as soon as possible, as this helps us manage enrollment and staffing for the upcoming year.  Click here for more information or email with questions.

Early Kindergarten Admission Assessments

Kindergarten age requirements have changed.  Beginning this year, children will need to be 5 years old on or before September 1 to be automatically eligible for kindergarten.  If your child has a birthday later in the year, you may apply for early kindergarten admission.  Please click here for more information and to schedule an appointment or email with questions.

National Volunteer Recognition Week

April 21-27 is National Volunteer Recognition Week.  Please join me in thanking all of our SPS volunteers.  We are truly grateful for the parents and families, community-based organizations, community members, and businesses that donate their time and resources to support our students and staff.  Please know that I speak for everyone in Stamford Public Schools when I say “Thank you”!

Enjoy Spring Break!

Spring break starts tomorrow.  I hope you take advantage of this well-deserved time with family and friends.  The weather is supposed to be nice so hopefully families will be able to get outside and visit the amazing parks in Stamford, as well as stop into one of the branches of the public libraries to check out a good book.  

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Dr. Tamu Lucero




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Jennifer Gonzalez


SPS Middle School Debate Team Places in League State Championship

The AITE Middle School Debate Team attended the CT Middle School Debate League State Championship on Saturday, April 6. The team of Hillary Ho (Dolan), Leia Potenza (TOR), and Amelia Nandikesan (Scofield MMS) placed second in the state. Leia Potenza won first place speaker in the state. 

The team debated on both sides of the motion: “This House believes that only violent criminals should be incarcerated.” They worked very hard all year leading up to this, putting in many hours outside of the regular 3 hours of debate practice per week and ranking highly in previous tournaments this year.  All of our communities are very proud of what these students and coach Dalton have accomplished!

SPS Middle School Debate Team with their awards from League State Championship

Submitted by Tina Rivera


EL TOSAs Tip is Published

Sandy Schwoerer, one of the TOSAs for EL PD and Coaching, is constantly looking for additional research and information about best practices to support language acquisition which connects her to researchers and authors across the globe. They sometimes lean on her for nuggets of wisdom.  In the recently published book QSSSA: The Essential Method for Structuring Conversations in All Classrooms by Seidlitz, Rogers, and Lara, Sandy is quoted.  In her quote, she celebrates how QSSSA is taught to SPS teachers during EL Professional Development and how this strategy is really working to support our English Learners.

Quote from SPS' Sandy Schwoerer in the recently published QSSSA: The Essential Method for Structuring Conversations in All Classrooms

Submitted by Monica Lahiri-Hoherchak

Kindergarten Presents “Little Einsteins”

Mr. Herrmann, Ms. Gennusa, and Mr. Leftwich along with Kindergarten teachers and paras worked with kindergarten students to perform music from the Little Einsteins: Annie and the Beanstalk.  Grades 4 and 5 students, Febe Toledo, Erick Sosa, Arabella Helenese, and Gianmarco Dolores Martinez narrated the performance as kindergarten students sang songs and kept tempo to free the golden goose.


Stark kindergarten students performing Little Einsteins

Submitted by Angela Plateroti 

Hart Magnet Elementary School Readers 

Hart Magnet Elementary School sends a great big SHOUT OUT to all our students who participated in our school wide read-a-thon and our Hart PTO who organized the extraordinary fundraiser. Our students read over 13,000 minutes. The top readers from each grade level were recognized and awarded a gift certificate. Congratulations to: Parker Giroux, Ethan Overstrom, Marko Koshelevskiy, Henry Overstrom, Graison Small, and Charlotte Novoa!  So proud of each of you for going above and beyond and to all our readers!  Hart students love to read! 

Top readers from Hart Magnet Elementary

Submitted by Maria Guzda


Westhill Places First at Quinnipiac Computing Competition

Westhill High School’s Competitive Programming Team scored first place at the recently held computing competition at Quinnipiac University.  Twenty teams from Connecticut High Schools competed in teams of three for 3 hours to solve programming problems using a shared laptop computer. The problems tested the students’ knowledge of various software algorithms. The competition was held on Friday, April 5 at Quinnipiac University’s Mt. Laurel campus. The winning team members from Westhill were Tamara Segal, Samir Afsary, Alejandro Alfaro, Georigy Zemlevskiy, Adil Oryspayev, Yahya Deggouj, Katelin Zhao, Nikita Haitsiukevich, Charles Bordon, and Rohan Sahu. The coach for the team is Mr. Chandan Sarkar.

Westhill's winning team at Quinnipiac Computing Competition

Westhill’s First ever Business College Fair

On Tuesday, April 2, 2024, the Westhill High School Business Department held their first ever Business College Fair. The event brought together 15 universities to speak to students about their business programs or business schools. The event provided students with an intimate setting, allowing them to dive deeper into what majoring or minoring in business might look like and the opportunities for them at both the post secondary level and after college. Over 300 students attended the event with the following schools present; University of Connecticut, Southern Connecticut State University, Babson, Central Connecticut State University, College of Westchester, Bentley, Western Connecticut State University, Fordham University, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, PACE University, Fairfield University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Mercy University, and University of Bridgeport.

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Submitted by Juan Pazmino


K.T. Murphy’s Annual Multicultural Fair

A huge shout out to Lydia O’Hagan and KT Murphy’s staff and PTO for organizing our annual Multicultural Fair. KT Murphy families proudly shared their cultures with one another this past Saturday. There were a variety of activities from food sampling, dancing, and displays representing many of the different countries that comprise our community. The countries represented were Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Haiti, Denmark, Italy, Ecuador, Peru, India, Thailand, Guatemala, Mexico, Poland, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Ukraine. 


KT Murphy's community at their Multicultural FairKT Murphy students representing their culture through dance

Submitted by Brendan Fox


Toquam Thespians Show Their Talent in Incredible Performances of Annie Kids!

Toquam Thespians performed the very first school musical at Toquam, Annie Kids! These hardworking, talented, and amazing students put on a Broadway-caliber production for Toquam families and friends! Thank you to our co-directors Toquam TISS Jenna Cinelli, Toquam Music Teacher Josephine Vila, and Toquam Art Teacher Susan D’Agostino for all their hard work with our cast and crew! We are all so proud of you! 


Toquam students performing Annie KidsToquam students performing Annie KidsBackstage view of Annie Kids at Toquam

Submitted by Jenna Cinelli


Fund for Teachers Grant Awarded at Northeast

Northeast School is thrilled to announce that our dedicated teacher, Mrs. Florio, has been awarded a prestigious grant from the Fund for Teachers. This grant will enable Mrs. Florio to further her professional development and bring innovative teaching practices into our classrooms. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Mrs. Florio and are excited to see the positive impact her endeavors will have on our students’ learning experiences. This summer Mrs. Florio will travel to Iceland to experience their Viking Festival Hafnarfjörður to document the influence of Viking life on modern Icelandic culture and prove history’s effect on the present.

Northeast's Mrs. Florio dressed as a viking in preparation for her upcoming travels


Harmony in Motion: A Symphony of 4th Grade Talent!

What an incredible day of musical brilliance at Northeast School! The fourth grade orchestra, band, and chorus all brought their A-game, showcasing their hard work and talent. The band members even improvised solos using note cells which added such a creative flair to the performance. The chorus songs focused on rock 'n roll music. The chorus highlight was definitely the recorder performance, where the students blew us away with their skills

A special shoutout to our fantastic music teachers, Mr. Stec and Mr. Barbour, whose guidance and expertise have nurtured such incredible talent. Your dedication is truly appreciated!

And of course, none of this would have been possible without the support of our wonderful families and the collaborative effort of our classroom teachers: Mrs. Mullins, Mrs. Goad, Mrs. Origi, Ms. McLeod, and Mrs. Marsh-Olive. Thank you for your unwavering support and encouragement.

Northeast fourth graders performing at Harmony in MotionNortheast student performing on the saxophoneNortheast fourth graders performing at Harmony in Motion

Submitted by Emily Fields


Pioneers Helping to Build a Stronger Community

As part of their IB Design project, Strawberry Hill eighth grade students Amy Trejo, Geraldine Ramirez-Rodriguez, and Ashley Quezada raised $300 for the Building One Community organization during our Multicultural Fair. They also arranged for the organization to attend the fair so they could provide necessary information to our community and even drew families to the booth by providing fun activities for the students. Great job!

Strawberry Hill eighth graders at their multicultural fairStrawberry Hill eighth graders at their multicultural fair

Strawberry Hill Celebrates Its Multicultural Community

Strawberry Hill’s Multicultural Fair was a huge success! Families came together to celebrate each other’s cultures through traditional clothing, food, music, dance and more. We love our diverse community and look forward to celebrating for many years to come! 

Submitted by Yvette Wynne


Music Matters at Roxbury (and Everywhere Else)

As a Higher Order Thinking School, the Roxbury School community recognizes that music and all of the arts are essential. On March 28, Roxbury third graders performed their "Music Matters" concert for families and students. Students sang and played songs on recorders such as Keep the Music Going, Breeze Blown BAG, and Music Matters. Students then performed for the residents of Brighton Gardens Assisted Living.  We thank our Music Team (Sara DeFilippo, Graham Leftwich, Paul Riccio) and Grade 3 Team (Kerry Munnelly, Kristi Noto, Mia Quagliani, Matt Tiscia, Emma Goings, Kerry Walsh) for teaching and supporting our amazing students. 

Roxbury third graders performing at their Music Matters concert

Submitted by Mark Bonasera


Choosing a Path to Autism Awareness and Acceptance

On April 2, students and teachers were treated to a special assembly put together by music teacher Becky Chuhta to address empathy and acceptance especially as it pertains to our classmates who have Autism. “EmPATHy...the game show where choosing the right PATH always makes you a winner,” encouraged students to complete tasks in a different way while understanding how their choices affect those around them. In addition to all of the fun and laughs, students learned about controlling their feelings and understanding others emotions, the beauty behind doing things differently, and how to put themselves into someone else’s shoes as they learn to see things from a different point of view. They also learned not to be too quick to judge someone from the outside but to get to know them on the inside. A final game compared everyday classroom situations to one with an ASD accommodation, with an explanation for these differences. Special thanks to Mr. Gruetzner for being an amazing MC and for hostess Mrs. Chuhta. Thank you also to Ms. Giddiens and her parent volunteers for inviting Mrs. Chuhta to be a part of this amazing celebration!


Springdale students learning about acceptance through fun activities Graph of games Springdale students played during this assembly


That was a BLAST!

On Tuesday, April 9, parents, teachers, and students hit the blacktop to support our ASD students in their 2nd Annual Cardio-Blast. Springdale raised an amazing $320 to be donated to the Stamford Education 4 Autism. Special thanks to Jaquan Adams of Ryda Fitness for being such an amazing and fun instructor! Thank you also to everyone who helped to put this event together and make it such a wonderful way to continue to celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance. 

Springdale community participating in their 2nd Annual Cardio Blast

Submitted by Becky Chuhta


Week of the Young Child at William Pitt

Last week, Stamford’s School Readiness Program at William Pitt experienced an unforgettable day filled with excitement and music, all thanks to the incredible support of Stamford High School’s marching band!  Led by teacher Adam Jackson, the band joined us in celebrating the culmination of our annual parade event for the Week of the Young Child. It was a momentous occasion that brought together students, teachers, and the community in a spirit of joy and celebration.

Stamford High's marching band at the Week of the Young ChildStamford High's marching band at the Week of the Young Child

Submitted by Kendra Brown


What is an SPS Shout Out?

An SPS Shout Out is a special recognition that acknowledges school communities, staff members or students who have inspired us with a unique project, an outstanding job or a special effort that had a positive impact on our students or community. Each week we will celebrate a few by sharing with all SPS staff and posting on the district website. Please share any or all of these with your friends and families.   

SPS Administrators can submit Shout Outs for consideration through the form shared with them in the Administrators' Weekly.

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