News from Colchester schools
By Colchester schools
Colchester - posted Mon., Apr. 1, 2013
Exhibitors wanted for Family Fun Day
C3 (The Collaborative for Colchester’s Children) is seeking exhibitors for its third Family Fun Day to take place Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Colchester RecPlex (rain date: May 5). The focus of the day is health and wellness, and there will be exhibitors representing a local hospital, child development, youth development, library, child ID, parent organizations, local health and mental health, and other family support organizations. In previous years, more than 150 people have attended. This informational event is free for both exhibitors and participants. If you are interested or would like further information, contact coordinator Shelly Flynn at 860-537-0717 or email@example.com.
WJJMS students hold third annual Read-a-Thon
During the week of Feb. 25 – March 1, approximately 80 William J. Johnston Middle School students participated in the third annual “Read-a-ton, Help-a-ton Read-a-Thon.” Participants were from all three grade levels – sixth, seventh and eighth. Together they raised more than $2,200. The proceeds were split equally between the Colchester Food Bank and Restavec Freedom Alliance, an organization that helps save Haitian children from slavery. The read-a-thon is a celebration of literacy where young people can make a significant difference by volunteering their time to help others. Their meaningful service is invaluable both locally and globally. On Monday, March 25, Ellen Donohue, Restavec Freedom Alliance, and Ashlee Denny and Jennifer Sloat, Colchester Social Services, came to the WJJMS Media Center, where students presented each representative with checks for their organizations. The students were amazing, both in their amounts read and amounts donated. For Grade 6: Most amount of money raised - Hayley Waters; Most hours read - Gregory Vilardo. For Grade 7: Most amount of money raised - Noah O’Connor; Most hours read - Anna Goldberg. For Grade 8: Most amount of money raised - Rebecca Johnson; Most hours read - Natalie Carroll.
20th Annual Jump Rope for Heart
This year, on March 1, the 20th Annual Jump Rope for Heart took place at Colchester Elementary School, coordinated by CES P.E./health teacher Don Levine. Each year, CES students obtain sponsors and then they spend a couple of hours after school jumping rope, exercising, and enjoying healthy snacks with their friends to help raise funds for the American Heart Association. This year, 35 students helped Jump Rope for Heart raise nearly $1,500.
Preschool applications accepted through April 30
In fall 2005, the town of Colchester and Colchester public schools were awarded a school readiness grant, funded by the state departments of education and social services. This grant provides an opportunity for the families in Colchester to access NAEYC accredited quality preschool programming for 3-, 4- and eligible 5-year-old children.
This program offers nine full-day, full-year slots at Curley’s Kids Care and 12 part-day school year programs at Colchester Early Childhood Program and CASTLE. We are actively seeking:
• Children who are not enrolled in a preschool program;
• Children who may want a five-day program;
• Families who may find it difficult to pay for preschool (subsidies will be granted based on the Department of Social Services sliding fee scale and/or School Readiness Council Guidelines i.e. approximately $76,480 for a family of four).
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-2014 school year. Applications are available at www.colchesterc3.org and at Colchester Elementary School. Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted regarding your status and possibly an intake interview, if you are accepted. If you are not accepted at this time, your application will be placed in an application pool. Please send the following documentation to the address listed below by April 30, 2013:
1. Completed application;
2. Early Childhood Health Assessment (must be complete prior to entry into school);
3. Proof of residency (copy of utility bill, driver’s license);
4. Proof of all household income – three recent paystubs, copies of Social Security statements, disability payments, TANF receipts, recent tax returns if self-employed.
Submit completed application packet to:
Shelly A.N. Flynn, Early Childhood Coordinator
c/o Colchester Elementary School
315 Halls Hill Road, Colchester, CT 06415
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shelly Flynn at 860-537-0717.