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News & Announcements

 Breakthrough Magnet School South Named Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America!!!

January 30, 2023

Breakthrough Magnet School South has been named a National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.  We are the only School of Excellence recognized In the state of Connecticut this year!

NEW - Reminders for this week (June 5-9):

Tues, June 6 is our middle school sports/cheer banquet in the gym 6-7 pm. Please RSVP. Wed, June 7 is a 12:30 pm Early Dismissal Day & PTO Dress Down day - we will also be planting our Mindfulness Garden that afternoon - volunteers needed, Thur, June 8 is our 8th grade High Meadows field trip, and Fri, June 9 is our Early Childhood Memories program in the gym from 10-11 am, as well as the middle school semi-formal dance in the cafe from 4:00-5:30 pm.

NEW - Gardening Volunteers Needed!

We are excited to be creating Breakthrough's first Mindfulness Garden, which will be located in-between the two playscapes on the playground area. The planting materials will be arriving Wed, June 7 at 1 pm, so we are looking for volunteers to:

Planting the Mindfulness Garden space

Please let Miss Liz know if you would like to volunteer or you know of someone who might be interested in helping create this amazing Mindfulness Garden for students! 860-695-5703 or LCRUZ@hartfordschools.org

NEW - Thank You Field Day Family Volunteers:

Despite the heat, we had a wonderful Field Day on Friday! Thank you to all the parents/family members who came and volunteered!

Reminder - K-5 BRICK Incentive Parties:

Mrs. Tye, with the help of some members of Elementary Student Council, is conducting a BRICK end of year celebration for students in grades K-5th. Students will only be chosen based on displaying BRICK behavior throughout the school year. Teachers will choose students based on receiving 3s and 4s on their report card under BRICK and teacher input. If your child was selected, they will be receiving a permission slip from your child’s teacher. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to participate as this is for an extra celebration for students displaying exceptional BRICK behavior only. However, there are still other fun end of year celebrations that all students will be able to participate in such as field day and grade level parties. If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Mrs. Tye at casey.klett@hartfordschools.org or Mrs. Gustafson at gusth002@hartfordschools.org

Reminder - RSCO Lottery for 23-24 school year

If you have already accepted a seat through the lottery, the deadline to complete registration Is 30 days after you have accepted the seat.  Please reach out to Mrs. Ayala at AYALM001@hartfordschools.org or 860-695-5702 with any questions about the registration process.

If you would like to set up a personalized school tour, please contact Mrs. Gardner at 860-695-5748.

Reminder - Wednesday schedule for rest of the year:

Here are the upcoming Wednesday schedules For the remainder of the school year:

Wed, June 7: 12:30 pm Early Dismissal & PTO Dress Down Day

Wed, June 14: full day

**Fri, June 16: 12:30 pm Early Dismissal & free dress down day LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Reminder - HPS Spring Culture & Climate Survey:

We are asking that all our parents or guardians submit our HPS Spring 2023 Culture and Climate Survey by June 9, 2023. Your responses will remain anonymous. The survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. You will need your child’s school ID (lunch number) to submit your survey.

 Thank you to the 172 families who have already completed the survey - currently we have PreK4, 1st & 3rd grade in the lead with 18, but following close behind is Gr. 2 & 5 with 17! 

When you are ready, click HERE to submit! https://hartfordschools.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0rem3vBsDZxZvv0

**Every family that submits a survey will be entered Into a raffle for 4 CT Science Center tickets or a $50 Visa gift card!  The grade level that has the most family surveys completed will win an Ice cream party!

Reminder - Hartford Summer Space Mission Kickoff Event – 6/10/23 from 12-3 PM  

On Saturday, June 10, from 12 - 3 PM, all are invited to a Summer Kickoff as we blast off our Summer Reading Challenge. Join in for a wide variety of family friendly activities including music, face painting, henna, a STARLAB visit, read alouds, drag queen story hour, yoga, virtual reality and more. Additional information about the kickoff is available here

Reminder - Hartford Summer Reading Challenge: 3-2-1, Blast Off Hartford! 

 This summer, students can participate in Hartford Summer Reading Challenge: 3-2-1, Blast Off Hartford!, a program through Hartford Public Schools, Hartford Public Library, Boys and Girls Club, Boundless, The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, Catholic Charities, City of Hartford Early Learning Division, Connecticut Children's, Connecticut Sun, The Children’s Museum, Hartford Athletic, Hartford Performs, Hartford Yard Goats, the NAACP Greater Hartford Branch, UConn, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, and YMCA. 

All details about Hartford Summer Reading Challenge: 3-2-1, Blast Off Hartford!, are available here. The reading challenge will be June 17th - August 19th. To participate students will read at least 20 minutes a day, complete two activities a week on their space game board and complete a weekly summer reading log for the chance to win great prizes. Students can find the registration link, gameboard and weekly log at bit.ly/HPL2023 and directly within students' clever accounts in the HPS Summer Reading Challenge section. This information will be shared with students and families beginning on Monday, May 15th through our newsletter, the Superintendent’s Message and via Parentsquare. 

Reminder -Summer Programming 2023

 HPS offers free, expanded summer programming to students. Both academic and enrichment opportunities are available at 15 school sites across the district for the convenience of our families.

In addition to grade-level academic support in reading, writing, math, science, and social-emotional learning, enrichment experiences include athletics, and music and art lessons. More details are below.

Early Start, Middle School programming, and Extended School Year will be held July 5 – July 28, 2023.  Please see times and locations below.

Breakfast and Lunch are provided. Transportation will continued to be offered to our resident and suburban students.

Registration has been extended to Friday, June 2.

Reminder: Upcoming Important Dates:

Tues, 6/6: Gr. 6-8 Sports Banquet 6-7 pm

Thur, 6/8: 8th grade field trip to High Meadows

Fri, 6/9: Early Childhood Program 10 am; K-5 BRICK parties; Middle School semi-formal dance 4-5:30 pm

Wed, 6/14: 8th grade BBQ 

Th, 6/15: 8th grade graduation 9:30 am

Fri, 6/16: Last Day of School! 12:30 pm Early Dismissal & FREE Dress Down Day