Superintendent Willett's Bulletin

Week of 2/26/2024

Updated 2/27/2024

DIGITAL BACKPACKS

Birch Grove Primary School Tolland Intermediate School Tolland Middle School Tolland High School 

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Click here for Community Notices

A QUICK LOOK @ WHAT TO KNOW THIS WEEK! 


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Board of Education Meeting

February 28, 2024

7:00 pm

Click Here for Agenda


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Superintendent Community Forum Meeting

Join the Superintendent for coffee & conversation, and to share ideas and perspectives: 

In person at 51 Tolland Green

OR

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87375511973?pwd=eTZGUEZzNDlaYkl6N3lxdnA3UlprZz09

Meeting ID: 873 7551 1973

Passcode: 5sC9ud

February 29, 2024

March 28, 2024

April 25, 2024

May 23, 2024

4:00 pm

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Unified Basketball Tournament

March 4, 2024

THS Gym

3:15 pm

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INFORMATION FROM THE UNIFIED SPORTS & ACTIVITIES NIGHT

See the information on area sports and activities for students with exceptionalities (presentations - and flyers shown at the end as well):


https://vimeo.com/894742285?share=copy 

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Tolland Commission on People with Disabilities Community Survey


Click Here for More Information

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Interested in joining the Tolland Youth Advisory Board?

 

The advisory board works with the Local Prevention Council and helps to advise and make recommendations for the Tolland Youth Services Program. This is a great opportunity for community involvement and service hours!


If you would like to join, please contact Teresa Kristoff, Assistant Director Human Services: tkristoff@tollandct.gov 860-871-3612



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Workers' Memorial Day Scholarship Opportunity


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1k2k5ASHerRLQha_MUWl4joDndEbHwQsU/view?usp=drive_link


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ARTICLE OF INTEREST:

Psychologists are innovating to tackle substance use by building new alliances in treatment efforts


https://www.apa.org/monitor/2024/01/trends-psychologists-tackling-substance-use



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NOTICE from the Food Service Department

We have several school accounts with negative balances, please help us by checking your child’s school lunch balance and keeping it up to date. 

Click Here for the Free and Reduced Application as well as other information that may be helpful.


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COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS


College Transition Workshop 

Click here for details

March 6, 2024

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Virtual - if registered you will receive the Zoom Link before the program

The transition to college is an exciting chapter for many. Being prepared for common challenges can make this time even more successful and enjoyable.
Please join us for this free virtual workshop for parents and their junior/senior
students, addressing the social and emotional transition to college.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE COLLEGE TRANSITION WORKSHOP!

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Incoming Kindergarten Parent Meeting


Birch Grove Primary School, located at 247 Rhodes Road in Tolland, CT, will host the 2024-2025 Kindergarten Parent Meeting on March 12, 2024, at 7:00 pm in the Birch Grove Primary School gymnasium. The inclement weather date will be March 13, 2024. This informational meeting is for parents and guardians of students entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2024.   The online registration site will be open for registration after the March 12 informational meeting.


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Birch Grove Primary School Preschool

 

Click Here for More Information

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Early Release Days

March 7, 2024

March 8, 2024

March 20, 2024

April 24, 2024

May 15, 2024

Last Day of School-TBD


Tolland High School

Early Dismissal/Exam Days 7:15 am - 10:45 am

Tolland Middle School

Early Dismissal 8:00 am - 11:45 am


Tolland Intermediate School

Early Dismissal 8:45 am - 12:40 pm


Birch Grove Primary School

Early Dismissal 9:00 am - 12: 55 pm


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Information from the Food Services Department

 

For the 2023-24 school year, lunch is no longer free for all children.  Please consider applying for meal assistance if needed. This is the link to the free/reduced-price school meal application as well as other related information:  https://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/departments_new/food_services/free_and_reduced_price_meals

 

If you have any questions please contact Kim Mecteau directly at (860)870-6854 or kmecteau@tolland.k12.ct.us

 


Kim Mecteau

Food & Nutrition Services Director

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SEAC Parent Meetings

Check out this video

Any new parents of students with special education who want to attend.

Do you have a student receiving special education services through an IEP in the Tolland Public Schools? Consider being a part of SEAC! Save the dates - more information to come. 

 

January 25-6:00 pm–Tolland Public Library Program Room

 

February 22-9:30 am– Luann’s 238 Somers Rd, Ellington, CT 06029 

 

March 28-6:00 pm–Tolland Public Library Program Room

 

April 25-9:30 am– Luann’s 238 Somers Rd, Ellington, CT 06029 

 

May 23-6:00 pm– Tolland Public Library Program Room


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Did you know - Tolland is a great place to learn and grow!

Linked off of the Superintendent's page, left menu. 



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Use FIRSTVIEW the Bus Tracking App for Parent/Guardians

Check out how to register and use it by clicking below:


https://sites.google.com/tolland.k12.ct.us/tps-firstview/home



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Please check out our COMMUNITY NOTICES link below

Check out the many important activities!


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FREE COVID TEST KITS

COVID at home test kits are widely available at commercial retailers. There are two resources to receive FREE test kits. https://faq.usps.com/s/article/At-Home-COVID-19-Test-Kits (4 test kits sent to one address through USPS beginning September 25, 2023)  and Eastern Highlands Health District http://ehhd.org/covid19testing  2 kits/person while supplies last at the Mansfield office. 

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What to do when your student is ill with COVID?  


 

You should contact the school nurse daily if your student will not be present in school, they will record the days absent due to COVID as medically excused

            Birch Grove Primary (860) 870-6750  

Tolland Intermediate School (860) 870-6885      

Tolland Middle School (860) 870-6868

Tolland High School (860) 870-6818 

 

In an effort to reduce missed educational opportunities, Tolland Public Schools is incorporating COVID into our general illness plan. Please monitor symptoms and keep your student home when they present with fever, severe cough, or multiple symptoms that prevent them from engaging in a full academic day. 

 

Remember, COVID symptoms can mimic influenza, colds and other respiratory illnesses, as well as allergies. It is best to test. 

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School Meals 2023-2024:

All students are eligible for a free breakfast each day. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals will also be eligible to receive one free lunch daily. ALL OTHER LUNCHES WILL BE CHARGED AT THE CURRENT LUNCH PRICE PER SCHOOL.  Payment for these lunches is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Please find the Food Service Free & Reduced Meal Application by clicking here. If  you have any questions contact the food service office at 860-870-6854 or kmecteau@tolland.k12.ct.us

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Staff Guide to Support TNB students

Please see this updated guide for staff. This document helps facilitate our school district's compliance with the State of Connecticut and Office of Civil Rights documentation with respect to Transgender and Non-Binary Students. It was first provided as a draft in the previous school year, and has been updated based on parent/guardian, staff, and community feedback, as well as additional legal advisement.  Please ask questions, and offer your thoughts through meeting with me individually, and/or at the Superintendent Community Forum meetings (scroll down in this newsletter). Reach out to contact me in the way you find as best for you! (click here)


Please see the TPS Staff Guide to Support TNB Students:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vYxyPGTOpR1RPfK1wbRaZ6p4JKuCK12K/view?usp=sharing


Please also see the district LGBTQIA+ information site here:

https://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/DistrictOffices/superintendent/superintendent_willett_s_page/l_g_b_t_q_i_a


Please also do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or thoughts, or to set up individual or group meetings to discuss them:

https://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/DistrictOffices/superintendent/superintendent_willett_s_page/c_o_n_t_a_c_t_m_e

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2023-2024 Snow Procedures

Click Here


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Please see this important information regarding Medication Administration on field trips:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Tie3f5oIfl972l86NY1X2OaJy8Ir4ttbdxsRGyzOqc4/edit?usp=sharing


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Updated 2023-2024 School Calendar

Click Here 


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Job Opening

Family Resource Center

·   After School Aide – Monday thru Friday 3:00pm – 6:00pm at BGP

For more information and to apply visit our website at

www.tolland.k12.ct.us

District/Human Resources/Employment Opportunities



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SUPPLEMENTAL STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE IS NOW AVAILABLE:

Click Here 


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We would love to have you volunteer in our Tolland Public Schools!

Please contact the Central Office with any questions. For those already volunteering, and those new to the game, the BOE will now do background checks every three school years. If you will be volunteering for the first time in the upcoming school year, please complete the volunteer form After you have submitted your application, please call 860-870-6850 extension 1 to provide your social security number. You can check with the school secretaries to verify your status.

Please note these procedures are required for safety and legal reasons. A person will not be permitted to join trips, work in classrooms, or do other work associated with the students in the schools without completing this process. Doing paperwork in advance and in a timely manner will prevent applicants from missing important events and avoids unnecessary disappointments and exclusions. 

Please note that those volunteers who are currently approved, your approval is due to expire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.  At this time, you may find it beneficial to resubmit your information in order to conduct a background check which will be valid for three years. 


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Annual Notifications:

https://tps.sharpschool.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=891651&pageId=48325998 

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VIDEOS OF INTEREST:

Interview Advice from Your Peers

https://openmic.link/cb6

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HELPFUL #'s for Parent's and Guardians


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1y7OeNUXheugoJzbVHKBIssekgACmqaIX/view?usp=drive_link 


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Check out the Superintendent’s Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/tollandpublicschools

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Use FIRSTVIEW the Bus Tracking App for Parent/Guardians


https://sites.google.com/tolland.k12.ct.us/tps-firstview/home


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School Lunch Menus

Click Here

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2023-2024 Snow Procedures

Click Here

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Fall Fertilizer Application letter

Click Here

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SUBSTITUTES ARE NEEDED DISTRICT WIDE

We need teacher, paraeducator, custodial, nurse, and food service substitutes.

You can choose what position, where and how often. Paper applications are available at the BOE office or can be printed from our website:

https://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/DistrictOffices/human_resources

Do you know someone that might be interested such as a college student (there is plenty of work over the winter break and/or mid-May through end of year) or retired family member?

Please send them our way. 


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Interested in the data?

Check out the Superintendent's new

TPS Data Portal 

https://sites.google.com/tolland.k12.ct.us/sqr/home

The TPS Data Portal is a site that provides rolling data on academic subject areas and social and emotional programming  (updated as data becomes available) for the TPS community. If you have any questions, please contact me! 

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REGULAR - 2 HOUR DELAY - & Early Release Schedules

Tolland High School

Regular School Day 7:15 am - 1:43 pm

2-Hour Delay 9:15 am - 1:43 pm

Early Dismissal/Exam Days 7:15 am - 10:45 am


Tolland Middle School

Regular School Day 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

2-Hour Delay 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Early Dismissal 8:00 am - 11:45 am


Tolland Intermediate School

Regular School Day 8:45 am - 3:15 pm

2-Hour Delay 10:45 am - 3: 15 pm

Early Dismissal 8:45 am - 12:40 pm


Birch Grove Primary School

Regular School Day 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

2-Hour Delay 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Early Dismissal 9:00 am - 12: 55 pm

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Check out the Superintendent’s Page

You can find many resources there from the Capital Improvement Plan to Superintendent Community Forums – to Community Workshops

Check it out today:

http://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/DistrictOffices/superintendent/superintendent_willett_s_page

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Approved 2023-2024 School Calendar

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_lsYR8cUNIkMjwbheIvyuWbKqWRbdNb4/view

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Annual Notifications

 Click Here

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