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Side by Side is a regional public charter school located in the heart of downtown South Norwalk. As specified in our charter, our integrated student population reflects the diversity of our surrounding community. The 235 students of Side by Side, grades Pre-K through 8th, represent several surrounding Connecticut towns and cities.

Like all charter schools, Side by Side functions independently from any local or traditional public school system. At Side by Side, our innovative approaches toward education allow us to actively and equally involve parents, teachers, and students in our day-to-day operations.

Sept/Oct 2019

Dear SBS Families:

Once again, welcome to the 2019-20 school year! The fall season is officially here and we are off to a great start.

Thank you to all staff and families for your patience and cooperation during the first month of school.  Please remember that our main priority during morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal is to get children dismissed to cars and buses as safely and quickly as possible.  Parents, please remember that you do not need to exit your vehicle when picking up.  There is no parking allowed on Chestnut Street and the Norwalk police have asked us to remind parents to remain in their cars when waiting.

Our All-School RISE meetings will again take place in the SBS gymnasium on the last school day of each month.  Parents are welcome to join us for All-School Meetings each month.  Each meeting is facilitated by our Student School Planning Team (SSPT) and includes a variety of shares, songs, “energizers” from our student body.  This month’s meeting will take place at 2:30pm this Friday, 9/27.   

“Dress Down” days will continue to take place on the first Friday of each month.  Students are not required to wear their school uniforms on dress-down days.  (But our school dress code still applies!)

Our students are in the process of completing their Fall NWEA MAP benchmark assessment.  This is the first of three times that the MAP assessments are administered to children to help our teachers plan for instruction.  Additionally, our teachers and interventionists will begin training on how to use individual student MAP scores to plan purposeful interventions that close achievement gaps for students performing below grade level. 

REMINDER: Sweets, baked goods and treats are NOT allowed in school for birthday celebrations 
Effective immediately, Side by Side can no longer allow parents to bring in treats or baked goods for birthdays (or other) celebrations in school.   In accordance with state and national guidelines, all public school districts participating in federal lunch or breakfast programs (like Side by Side) must require that any foods or drinks served to children meet specific nutritional standards.  This includes food or snacks served by parents at classroom parties.  This means no baked-goods or treats from parents are allowed in the classrooms for birthdays or celebrations.  However, this does not mean that a parent cannot acknowledge their child’s birthday in school.  In elementary grades, we recommend that you reach out to your child’s teacher and request to participate in a class activity or read aloud in recognition of their birthday.  However, under no circumstances are cupcakes, brownies, soft drinks, ice cream, etc. allowed to be brought in for students. 

I look forward to seeing and getting to know all of you as the year progresses.  If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time at extension 133 or

Thank you,

Mr. Nittoly