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April 8, 2021
Last Day Of School And Graduation Schedule
During the April 6 Board of Education meeting, BOE members voted on the last day of school and end-of-year schedule. To date, Norwalk has had two school closures due to inclement weather (December 17 and February 1).

Pending any unforeseen additional closed school days, the last day of school is scheduled for Friday, June 18. June 18 will be a two-hour early dismissal for students. Per the state, the final day of school cannot be finalized prior to April 1.
 
We understand that families are eager to hear more about the format of upcoming graduations for the class of 2021. Various options are being carefully considered and will be confirmed in the coming weeks based on Covid positivity cases.
Register For ZippSlip To Take
The 2022-23 Spring Break Survey 
As you may know, Norwalk Public Schools has created a very brief survey for parents regarding spring recess for the 2022-23 calendar year. Parents can access the survey via ZippSlip.
 
Over the past few weeks, ZippSlip has emailed parents with registration information. If you have not currently registered, please click on this link: https://www.zippslip.com/.../permis.../CT/district/NorwalkPS.
 
To register, you must use the parent email address associated with your student’s PowerSchool account. The password is nopaper1. Once you’ve logged in, you may change your password.
 
The district will be using ZippSlip to streamline how important surveys are sent out now and in the future. We value your opinion and thank you for taking the time to register with ZippSlip.
NPS Students Celebrate National Social Emotional Learning Day Through The Arts
Marvin Elementary School students shared what makes their
hearts happy and did some belly breathing on NPS SEL Day!
From “Emotions Hokey Pokey” to whole-school meditation and belly breathing, NPS teachers developed creative ways to infuse the arts in their classrooms on March 26 to celebrate National Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Day. Students expressed feelings through word clouds, drawing, poetry, songwriting, dance, role-playing, mindfulness activities, deep breathing and stretching activities.
 
In Norwalk, we know that SEL enhances students’ capacity to learn new skills and deal with every day issues. When combined with the arts, students can learn, practice and develop their social-emotional skills, while building self-awareness, empathy, and patience.
 
National Social Emotional Day is an initiative through SEL4US an entity of The Action Network a national alliance for Social and Emotional Learning.
Keep Your Athlete Moving This Summer With NPS Sports Camps & Gym Games
The NPS Sport Camps and Gym Games programs offer something to meet every child’s athletic interests! Sessions include baseball, field hockey, gym games and volleyball. Please click here for pricing, schedule and registration forms.
 
NPS is using MySchoolBucks to streamline payments for all camp programs. Click here to log in to your account to make a camp payment. Those who do not have an account but wish to pay for camp online can create a log in and password.
Covid Vaccination Clinics For High School
Students Ages 16 Plus -- Now Open to NPS Employees and Families!

CHC has now opened up available appointments at these clinics to NPS employees and families. To register, click on the appropriate link below:


Please note: the registration form may still say for High School students, but registration is open to NPS staff and families.

Anyone who receives their first dose at the clinics will be sent information to schedule their second dose at a later date.
Giving NPS Students A Voice - SEL Youth Survey
The social emotional and mental health of our students is a priority as we make plans for the future of our district. Student voice is a critical part of this goal. NPS has partnered with Positive Directions, the Center for Prevention and Counseling, the Human Services Council and representatives from various community partners to create an updated youth survey for middle and high school students. Plans for the survey were presented during this week’s Board of Education meeting. The purpose of this survey will be to gather data related to youth beliefs and behaviors around the district’s equity initiative and social emotional health. This data will help NPS provide relevant information for SEL program development and support for wrap-around services from our community-based partners for our students.
 
Given some concern surrounding certain questions asked within the last youth survey in 2018, we are working to align the new survey with current important issues such as how students are coping with Covid, developing relationships, racial injustice, mental health, and dealing with substance abuse.
 
Families will receive notice prior to the start of the survey, likely in early May. Parents will have the ability to opt out if they so choose. The anonymous online survey will be available in multiple languages, and will be completed during school hours. Data will be shared with the school district, community and families during the weeks following the close of the survey.
Norwalk Public Schools Named One
Of The Country's Best School Districts For
Music Education 2021
For the second year in a row, Norwalk Public Schools was named one of the best communities in the country for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants. NPS was one of 686 school districts to earn this distinction, including neighboring school systems Wilton, Weston, Westport, Danbury, Darien and Milford.  

The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded education. 

Designations are made to districts and schools that demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment and access to music education. This year focused particularly on maintaining music education in response to Covid. This year, NPS continued to engage students with a variety of music formats and activities from in-person strings to online lessons, virtual talent shows and performances. During the second part of the year, band and chorus students were given the opportunity to participate in musical activities in-person.
 
A leading district in the state when it comes to arts access, Norwalk Public Schools has a long, distinguished tradition of music programs including an award-winning marching band, orchestra, musicals and nationally recognized performances. Visual and Performing Arts Pathways provide students with the opportunity to follow their passion, while learning curriculum through a creative lens.
Suzanne Koroshetz Joins
the Norwalk Board Of Education
Please join us in welcoming Suzanne Brown Koroshetz to the Norwalk Board of Education. An experienced educator, Ms. Koroshetz served as principal of Brien McMahon High School from 2007 to 2017, after a 13-year career as a teacher and administrator at Stamford Public Schools. She was appointed to fill the at-large Board position previously held by Barbara Meyer-Mitchell. Ms. Koroshetz will serve on the Board's Finance, Personnel and Human Relations, Facilities, Curriculum and Instruction committees, and the Special Ed Curriculum subcommittee.
 
A special thank you to Barbara Meyer-Mitchell for her many years of service and dedication to NPS students. 
Light It Up Blue For Autism Awareness And
Acceptance Month
April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. NPS families and staff joined others in the community on April 1st at the Gazebo on the Green for a special "Light It Up Blue" ceremony.
Board of Ed meetings will be held by videoconference until further notice.

Full Board of Ed workshop and business meetings, as well as committee meetings, will be Live Streamed on the NPS YouTube channel at the times listed below. More information on the process for public comments for Board meetings will be available on our website.

Monday, April 12, Board of Education Retreat, 5:30pm
 
Wednesday, April 14, Finance Committee, 6pm

Tuesday, April 20 - Curriculum Committee, 4pm

Tuesday, April 20, Ad-Hoc SpEd Committee, 5:30pm

Meetings also will be recorded and available
on YouTube within 24 hours of the meeting time listed below.

Norwalk Public Schools
125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06852
Phone: 203-854-4000
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