January 24, 2017
Dear SBS Families,
I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday break and start of the New Year. As we begin the second half of the school year I would like to keep you up to date with some important news and events at Side by Side.
The second round of student MAP(Measures of Academic Progress) assessments are almost completed. Make-up tests for students who were absent should be finished by the end of January. Parents can expect student result reports to arrive home within the next few weeks. Our teachers will use these assessment results to help plan and guide instruction for the remainder of the year. For example, we will use data-team time to review MAP results side-by-side with the scope and sequence of our Eureka Math curriculum to see if any gaps exist. We then plan mini-lessons and intervals of instruction focused on filling these gaps in the areas that were lacking.
The testing window for the Smarter Balanced Assessments, as mandated by the state of CT, is from the end of March through the end of May. We will communicate the specific testing schedule to all families in February. Stay tuned.
Thursday, February 16 is a Professional Day for teachers. On this date, all Side by Side staff will be reviewing policies and participating in trainings focused on child safety and the required protocols for reporting suspected abuse or neglect.
The new building plans for our Upper School are progressing as planned. In the spring, we will be making some changes to the entry doors and ramp of our existing Annex building in order to accommodate the space needed for the new construction, scheduled to begin in mid-June. We are currently devoting a lot of planning time on the safety and accessibility of both buildings during the construction phase of this project. Construction will be on going throughout the entire 2017-18 school year in the hope that the new building will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2018. The Side by Side Board of Directors and New Building Committee will be hosting a forum for all families to provide more details of the construction plans in the spring.
The 20th Anniversary Side by Side Gala will take place on Friday, April 28 at the Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk. Similar to all past SBS Galas, all proceeds from the event go directly towards programs for your children. In order to make this year’s event the best one yet, we need your help. We are seeking the donation of any goods or services for the silent auction. This includes event tickets, gift certificates, gift baskets or any other products suited for an auction. If you (or your employer) would like to make a donation please contact Evelyn at ext. 130.