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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.

September 2017

Dear SBS Families,

It was a terrific first day of school!  In an effort to make sure that your children’s experiences at SBS are as positive as can be, I urge you take a few moments to review the following important information.
As is the case with any new school year, it will take some time to get all new systems up and running smoothly.  Specifically, please be patient when it comes to bus transportation, parking and the new drop-off/pick-up process.

DROP-OFF/PICK-UP:
Day one was a success!  There are definitely some minor adjustments that will be made to improve things, but overall everything worked out well.  When dropping off, please remember to have your child in the backseat/driver’s-side so that they can safely and efficiently exit your vehicle.  Also, parent mirror tags were sent home yesterday.  PLEASE ATTACH YOUR TAG TO YOUR CAR’S REARVIEW MIRROR WITH YOUR NAME FACING OUT.  These tags are important and will be of great assistance when dismissing your children in the afternoon.  

BUSES:
Unfortunately, during the first several days of school there are always significant delays with bus arrival times in both the morning and afternoon.  I have been in consistent contact with Norwalk Public Schools Transportation and First Student Bus Company to address these concerns.  I urge all parents experiencing any trouble with buses to also please contact them directly.  First Student: 203-855- 1870.   Norwalk Public Schools Transportation Department: 203-854-4074

SCHOOL FORMS:
Please be sure to complete, sign and return all necessary school forms as soon as possible.  This includes: Emergency Contact information; Upper School Code of Conduct agreement, Computer Use agreement, Media permission forms and School notices/Announcements delivery method form.

CELL PHONES, ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT, GAMES, TOYS, ETC
REMEMBER: Cell phones, electronic devices and toys (including but not limited to Mp3 players, i-pods, handheld video games, trading cards, etc.) are NOT permitted in school.  On multiple occasions in the past these items have proven to be a distraction and have led to many instances of loss and theft.  Any such items will be confiscated if brought to school.

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION:
At Side by Side we take pride in consistently communicating with our parent community as frequently as possible.  Through a variety of communication methods we do our best to keep you up to date with news, notes, pictures and descriptions of everything that is happening within our community.  Please be sure to provide your email address so that you can be added to our list.  In addition to email communication with our families, please be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook (SBSCharter), ‘follow’ us on Twitter (@sbscharter) and visit us at www.sbscharter.org .

SAVE THE DATES—“BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT(S)” at Side by Side*
Mark your calendars…
Lower School Back to School Night (GRADES PreK-5th ONLY): Thursday, September 14 from 6-8pm
Upper School Back to School Night (GRADES 6-8th ONLY): Wednesday, October 4 from 6-8pm

We hope to see 100% parent participation!

Once again, welcome back to Side by Side.  We are all looking forward to a positive, healthy and safe start to the new school year.  If you have any questions, please call our main office at 203 857-0306 or email any of our staff at any time (first initial of first name, last name, @sbscharter.org).

Please feel free to contact me at mnittoly@sbscharter.org or at 203.857.0306 ext. 133.  I look forward to the year ahead with you and your children.

Sincerely,

Mr. Nittoly