February 19, 2021
From the Superintendent:
- The New Hartford Public Schools will continue to offer free lunch at all of the schools for the rest of the school year. Antolini School will continue to offer free breakfast for the rest of the school year as well. This benefit is provided in partnership with the federal government during the pandemic. Students participating in Distance Learning may pick up free lunch at each school. Please call each school to register for the program if your child is participating in Distance Learning.
From Central Office:
- We continue to need substitutes in our schools. We need subs for teachers, paraprofessionals, and nurses. At this time, the requirements to be a substitute teacher have been eased. This is a great opportunity for college students who are pursuing a degree in education to get hands-on experience with children. If you are interested in applying or have questions, please contact Janet Terenzi at Central Office (860-379-8546) to begin the process.
2021-2022 Early Childhood Preschool Program: A Live Virtual Open House will be held Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 3:30-4:00 with an opportunity for Q & A. Zoom link available on the District website. Coming Soon: Video Tour available on the Website under the Preschool Section, beginning 2/22/21. Preschool Screening March 9, 2021 at New Hartford Elementary School. Please contact the Department of Student Services to sign up. District website: https://www.newhtfd.
2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration: If your child is kindergarten eligible, turning 5 on or before January 1, 2022, please complete the Early Registration Census. Please fill out the Kindergarten Enrollment Packet and mail/drop off all required documents to either Bakerville Consolidated Schoolor New Hartford Elementary School as soon as possible.
NEW! Grade 6 Yearbook:
- The Committee: The Yearbook committee will soon begin work on this year's grade 6 yearbook. Haley Pilkington will chair the comittee of grade 6 volunteers. Click here for more information about your letter of interest and permission slip.
- Fundraiser: Grade 6 students are once again selling delicious Butter Braids. All the details are here and all proceeds will help to reduce the cost of the yearbook.
From the Health Office:
COVID 19 Testing: Griffin Health is conducting Free Drive-Thru Testing on Thursdays from 11:00AM to 3:00PM.
Farmington Valley Health has provided updated COVID 19 protocols. If your child has traveled please consult with the school nurse for further guidance. Please keep your child home if they have experienced any of the following in the past 24 hours:
- Fever of over 100.4 (and above)
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste of smell
- Contact with a person with known or suspected COVID 19
If you answer "yes" to any of the above please stay home, self isolate and contact your physician. Please notify the nurse if you or your child has had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have traveled via airplane internationally or domestically to a state on Connecticut's travel advisory list. Please keep the student home.
- Buy a Paw: Help support Project Playground by purchasing a paw! There are lots of options! Check it out!
- The Project Playground committee is continuing its efforts to raise money for new playgrounds at both New Hartford Elementary and Bakerville School. They have created a Sponsorship Program for families and friends! Please consider a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze donation!
- Spirit Day: Don't forget to celebrate New Hartford Public Schools by wearing red on the first Friday of the month!
- We are continuing with our gotsneakers? program! There are collection boxes at each of our schools. All proceeds benefit Project Playground.
- NEW! Girl Scouts: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Join Girl Scouts on Zoom for an informational meeting.
- Reminder to all families: Christine Hayward, Social Services Agent for the Town of New Hartford, would like to encourage all families currently experiencing any kind of financial difficulty to contact her directly at Town Hall (860-379-3389) to discuss what forms of assistance might be available to aid them during these difficult times. All inquiries are kept confidential. There are several resources available for those who could use some help. Energy Assistance Applications are being accepted now for help with heating oil or electric heat bills. Limited financial assistance is provided by Neighbor to Neighbor. Christine is also able to connect with many local non-profits that have additional resources available on a case by case basis. Please reach out to her if you could use a "hand up."