A Global School for Students of Character

News & Announcements

2022 School of Distinction Winner!

Prospective Families! We have evening Open House dates & school tours:

Open House dates (6-7 pm):

Dec. 6, Jan. 12, Feb. 8

School tour dates *Call 860-695-5748 to schedule

Dec. 7, Jan. 11 (1-3 pm)

Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 1 (10-11 am)

NEW - Reminders for this week (Dec. 5-9):

Wed, Dec. 7 is a 12:30 pm Early Dismissal & PTO Dress Down Day and Fri, Dec. 9 is CCMC PJ Day for the Kids fundraiser (must donate in order to participate).

NEW - Picture Retakes, Take 2:

Due to the high amount of student absences this week plus a field trip on Thursday, we are scheduling one more picture retake day, which will be on Thurs, Dec. 15 from 9-11 am. Please communicate with your child's homeroom teacher if your child will be partaking in that. Uniforms optional.

Reminder - CCMC PJ Day for the Kids:

Once again, we will be participating in the annual CCMC PJ Day on Fri, Dec. 9 - standing together with kids fighting cancer. In order to participate, students must donate $1 or more in exchange for the privilege of wearing PJs for the day. You can donate online or bring the money on that day. PJs must be school-appropriate and no slippers for safety. https://give.connecticutchildrens.org/team/465919?is_new=true

NEW - Middle School Basketball (Gr. 6-8):

Attention families in Grades 6-8. We are so excited to be able to offer girls' basketball AND boys' basketball teams this year! Please register through Final Forms link that Mr. Gaffney shared today on Parent Square: https://hartford-ct.finalforms.com/. All practices and games will be after school so parents must be able to pick up (unfortunately we have no late busses). Practices will be starting in December and games will start in January. Please contact Mr. Gaffney for more information.

Reminder - COVID-19, Respiratory Viral Season

As flu and respiratory viral season returns, it is especially important for you to monitor your child for symptoms. As a reminder, please see below for guidelines for when to send your child to school vs. when to keep your child home.

  • Individuals with mild respiratory disease symptoms (e.g., infrequent cough, congestion, runny nose, mild sore throat, etc.) who feel well enough to attend school/work may continue participating in-person.

  • Individuals experiencing any symptoms are strongly encouraged to wear a mask at school.

  • Individuals must not report to school if experiencing any of the following key symptoms that differ from their baseline health:

    • Fever (≥ 100°F) or feeling feverish;

    • Persistent cough;

    • Persistent sore throat;

    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;

    • Loss of taste and/or smell;

    • Vomiting or diarrhea.

  • If your child is experiencing any of these key symptoms, do not send your child to school and test for COVID-19. Inform the school nurse if your child tests positive.

  • COVID-19 test kits will be sent home with your child during Thanksgiving week. The expiration date on the test kits has been extended until January 7, 2023. Additionally, COVID-19 test kits are also available in every school. Please ask your school nurse if you need additional test kits.

  • Vaccination is still the best way to protect you and your family from COVID-19. Please click here for information on our upcoming COVID-19 clinics in December. All clinics are free for individuals 6 months of age and older. Pfizer and Moderna first and second doses and bivalent boosters (that protect against the Omicron variant) are available at all locations.

Reminder - Help us spread the word about Breakthrough South!

Hi BMSS families! Believe it or not, the 23-24 RSCO Lottery is about to go live in a few weeks (Dec. 5) for prospective families who are looking to apply for magnet schools for next school year (2023-2024). So we are busy marketing and recruiting our amazing school.

We have found that one of the best ways to get the word out there about our school is through "word of mouth" from our current families. Would you be willing to help promote our school?

If so, there are many ways to do it:

  • Put a lawn sign up in your yard (you can pick up outside the office during conference week)

  • Pass out school brochures and flyers (with Open House and school tour dates) *outside main office

  • Share social media posts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

  • Invite a neighbor, friend or family member to set up a school tour (call Mrs. Gardner at 860-695-5748)

  • Share our school promotional video: https://youtu.be/Gpl6RqhGFfQ

  • Share Principal Gustafson's business cards with prospective families *outside main office

  • Other ideas? Please share with Principal Gustafson!

Reminder - TOP Self Winter Session for Gr. 2-5:

NEW - 241 Sports TOP Self sports programming winter session: Reminder that our winter session for Gr. 2-5 students for our before and after school sports programming starts Monday! Morning schedule (8:00-8:30 am): M/W: Gr. 4/5, T/Th: Gr. 2/3 and Free Play Fridays: Gr. 2-5. After school is only for Gr. 4/5 and will be Thursdays from 4-5 pm with Mr. Silverman doing fencing. It is not too late to register! Please go to these links to register: Gr. 4/5 after school and Gr. 2-5 before school

Reminder - HPS Update on Snow Days for 22-23 school year:

HPS may make the decision to close schools for a day due to winter weather conditions and HPS must also close schools when the City of Hartford initiates the emergency parking ban. The district will inform families as early as possible through the communication methods listed below. Snow days will be made up at the end of the school year. Remote Learning Days No Longer Offered in the 2022-2023 School Year. Per Connecticut State Department of Education guidelines, if schools are closed, delayed, or students are dismissed early due to inclement weather, there will not be a Remote Learning option for students.

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming Important Dates:


Thur, Dec. 1: Picture Retake Day

Wed, Dec. 7: 12:30 pm Early Dismissal Day

Fri, Dec. 9: CCMC PJ Day

Fri, Dec. 23: Holiday Concert 9:30 am (this date was changed from the original one on the school calendar) & 12:30 pm Early Release for Winter Break

Winter Break: Dec. 26 - Jan. 6 *Return to school Mon, Jan. 9, 2023

Reminder - HPS Parent Volunteer Application:

If you are interested in volunteering at our school in a classroom or attending a field trip, you must complete an online parent volunteer application and get cleared by HPS. The link wasn't working at the beginning of the year, but we have just learned that it is now up and running. Please let your child's teacher know if you completed an application so that we can let you know when you have been cleared! https://www.hartfordschools.org/https-apps-raptortech-com-apply-nti1odplbi1vuw/