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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.

January 2017

Dear SBS Families,

Other than a few sporadic make-ups, we have completed our mid-year round of MAP testing (Measures of Academic Progress). Teachers use assessment results to monitor the progress of all students. A report indicating your child’s performance on this assessment will be available with the second marking-period report cards and reviewed during parent/teacher conferences.

The Norwalk Public Schools decision to pilot the addition of thirty instructional minutes to the school day will affect a limited number of elementary schools in the district for the 2018-19 school year. As a result, the initial phase of this plan will not affect the scheduled bus times for Side by Side.

Winter recess, which includes the Presidents day holiday, is from Thursday, 2/15 through Monday, 2/19. On Thursday, Side by Side teachers will participate in a professional development day (no students) at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, our partner and co-recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. K-8 teachers will collaborate in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program, exploring the interconnectedness of art and design, science, technology, engineering, and math.

Sincerely,

Mr. Nittoly