April 5, 2021
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Do you shop at Stop & Shop?
Would you like to help donate funds to Porter? If so, please see the letter from Stop & Shop A+ Rewards Program. By linking your S&S card to Porter School, CASH will be paid to Porter on every purchase you make.
Thank you in advance for considering this easy option to help earn funds for Horace W. Porter School.
Do you use Shutterfly to preserve those special moments?
Are you interested in raising funds to support Porter Students?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, please visit
Porter will earn 8% for all orders placed through Porter’s Shutterfly Storefront!
APRIL Lunch Menu
School breakfast and lunch are FREE for all children 18 years and younger.
This federally mandated benefit will be in effect until June 30, 2021, unless funds are exhausted sooner by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Do you have a nursing degree?
Would you like to be a substitute nurse at your child's school?
Would you like extra cash? Hourly rate for substitute nurses at Porter is $30 per hour.
We are looking for people who would like to sign up to be a substitute nurse on an as-needed basis. If interested, please contact Fayne Sears at email@example.com or call her at 860-228-9913. Thank you!
Substitutes needed in the area of classroom teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses and facility technicians (custodians).
If you are interested, please contact the main office for an application. Fingerprinting and a background check are required.
Daily rate for teachers and paraprofessionals is $90
Hourly rate for facility technicians is $17.59
Hourly rate for nurse is $30
As part of our Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports Program, students can earn a P.A.W.S. ticket for Practicing Respect, Acting Responsibly, Working Together & Safety Matters! On Fridays, teachers send PAWS tickets into the office for every student who earned one that week. Each week, one name is randomly picked from the class, and they are presented with a Certificate and a Porter Paw Pencil. CONGRATULATIONS to all our students who have earned a P.A.W.S. ticket and those who have been selected at the end of the week. Here are the names of students who were selected during the past two weeks:
Jacob St. Louis
Columbia Lions Club is hosting a BREAKFAST TO GO on Saturday, April 10th from 7:00-11:00am at the Beckish Center. See FLYER for more details.
UCONN is offering an exciting opportunity to students who will be in 3rd and 4th grades for the 2021-2022 school year and are having difficulty with reading. It will be held on the UCONN Campus and is free. See HERE for additional information.
Columbia Public Schools, in conjunction with Connecticut's Departments of the Bureau of Special Education and the Office of Early Childhood, is excited to announce a new partnership with Sparkler. Sparkler is an evidence-based mobile platform designed to promote healthy early childhood development for children ages 0-5. Sparkler is a FREE app available from the Apple Play & Google Play Stores. Select HERE for more information.
E. O. Smith High School held an Open House Webinar, on February 11, for any 8th graders considering attending there in the fall. If you missed the informational meeting, or would like to view the webinar, select HERE.
MCC Summer 2021 Excursions in Learning will be running Youth Programs from July 6th through August 13th, 2021. There are are a variety of programs for students in grades K-9. See links to their Summer Programs Brochure, Registration Form, & Health & Safety Form for additional details.
See flyer with details about assistance available for residents of Andover, Hebron, Columbia & Marlborough
Tolland County Head Start is currently seeking Preschool children, ages 3-5, for EastConn's FREE Home Visiting Program.
Registration for CWSA Spring Soccer Season opens on March 5th, 2021. See links to CWSA Flyer, website or online registration form for more information. DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MARCH 26TH, 2021! Late registrations will NOT be accepted.
Boys & Girls, K-5th grades, are welcome to Join Columbia Cub Scouts
If your daughter is interested in joining a local Columbia troop, please see link for Girl Scouts of Connecticut.
See the exciting and fun events that the Porter PTO has planned for you and your families this school year! Most require you to register through email. Select links for specifics on each event. Also, included below are links to great resources such as who and how to contact the correct staff at Porter as well as opportunities to help raise money for Porter and be part of the team!
Tie Dye Mask Fundraiser--Made to order kits. Pick up and delivery options available.
Grow your own flower with one of our Flower Kits.
Paint a Rock for a Teacher - month of April
Free online event for Mother's Day - April 30th, 2021 at 6:30pm
Free online event for Father's Day - June 11th, 2021 at 6:00pm
Meet the Horace W. Porter PTO
Earn Cash for Porter School - see how the Box Tops Program works.
Spirit Wear - show your Porter Pride! Many items are available and can be customized.
Park & Rec Events
Columbia Parks & Recreation Department has several fun activities planned. Select links below for more details & registration information: