Dear Coleytown Families,
Summer is winding down and the new school year is on the horizon. I hope that all of you enjoyed your summer adventures. I was lucky enough to go to New Hampshire for a wonderful vacation filled with kayaking, fishing, hiking, and relaxing. I can’t wait to hear all of the children’s stories when they arrive back at CES in two weeks!
We are thrilled to welcome new staff to the Coleytown community this year. Mrs. Liz Benz is a part time speech and language pathologist, also working at CMS. Ms. Brooke Ogilvy will be a part time special education teacher. Ms. Elizabeth Powers is a building intern from Fairfield University. She will be interning in the fall and student teaching in the spring semester. Ms. Morgan Quinn is a new building substitute teacher. Ms. Micayla Ruggiero will be student teaching with Mrs. Rosemary Metke in the fall semester. Mrs. Jennifer Theimann will be a part time music teacher at CES. Senora Maria Vazquez will be a Spanish teacher working at CES and GFS. Ms. Desirae Williams will be a teacher in residence in Jame’el Lawrence’s fourth grade class.
We have some staff returning in different positions this year. Mrs. Kim Flaherty will be our new library media paraprofessional. Mr. Cole Davis and Mrs. Lynn McNamara are returning as regular education paraprofessionals. Ms. Alyssa Carroll will be teaching second grade. Ms. Cali Scott will be our full time Speech and Language pathologist.
Robin Lewis is our new PTA Co-President. She joins Marisa Timperman as the other Co-President. Marisa and Robin have been working extremely hard to prepare for the upcoming school year. Thank you to both of them, and our amazing Coleytown Ambassadors, for all of the work they did this summer.
We have 25 new Coleytown families and 75 new kindergarten students this year. Please join me in extending a warm welcome to all our new students, staff members, and families!
Those students who ordered SchoolKidz school supply kits will receive them at Meet Your Teacher Day. If you did not order a SchoolKidz kit you can purchase supplies from this list and have your child bring them to school.
Students will be able to purchase lunch at school this year, and will have access to different lunch choices. It is important to set up a MySchoolBucks account for the debit system. More information about My School Bucks can be found at this link: My School Bucks letter
Some families may benefit from accommodations for Free & Reduced Lunch and we have a procedure in place to assist these families. We have included a link here should your family be interested in this information. A new application will need to be completed if you are interested in this opportunity.
Meet Your Teacher
On August 30, we will host a Meet Your Teacher visit. Since the schedule was first communicated, changes have been made with health & safety in mind.
New Family Orientation from 10:00-11:00 (a separate invite was sent to all new families)
Kindergarten Meet the Teacher (please note the time change from my previous email)
Students with last names starting with A-L from 10:00-10:15
Students with last names starting with M-Z from 10:15-10:30
Parents will join their children for these classroom visits
Families should enter Coleytown Elementary through the front entrance
Kindergarten Bus Orientation from 10:30-11:00
Meet Your Teacher Grades 1-2 from 11:00-11:30 and Meet Your Teacher Grades 3-5 from 11:30-12:00
Only students will enter the building for the Meet Your Teacher visit in grades 1-5. We ask all families to please wait outside the building while the children visit their classroom and meet their teacher.
At 11:00, Grades 1-2 students will enter through the front door. School staff will meet students outside and walk them into the classroom to meet their teacher. First grade parents should wait outside the front of the building for their children. Second grade parents should wait on the side K-2 playground.
At 11:30, Grades 3, 4 and 5 students will enter through door 32 or 39 behind the building near the 3-5 playground. School staff will meet students at these doors and walk them into the classroom to meet their teacher. Parents should wait for their children on the back playground (where Field Day is held).
Other Important Dates:
Tuesday, August 24, at 2:45: Teacher Assignments available on Powerschool
Tuesday, August 31: First day of school
Friday, September 3: School Spirit Day-wear your CES gear and/or green & white
Monday, September 6: Labor Day, No School
Tuesday, September 7: Rosh Hashanah, No School
Thursday, September 9: Back to School Party at the CES playground from 4:30-6:00
Tuesday, September 14: Back to School Party Raindate
Thursday, September 16: Yom Kippur, No School
Tuesday, September 21: Back to School Night Grades K, 1, 2 from 7:00-8:30 (note time change)
Wednesday, September 22:
School Picture Day
Back to School Night Grades 3, 4, and 5 from 7:00-8:30 (note time change)
I will be sending more information soon, including health & safety guidelines for the coming school year and information related to arrival and dismissal.
Please enjoy the final weeks of summer vacation. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!