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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.

Ocotber 2017

Once again, welcome to the 2017-18 school year! The fall season is officially here and we are off to a great start.

Thank you to all of our families who attended our “Back to School Nights.” They were two of our highest attended Back to School Nights ever!  We look forward to seeing this trend continue with other upcoming parent events throughout the year.

Thank you to all staff and families for your patience and cooperation during school construction.  The new drop-off and pick-up procedures are going well.   At the end of the day, our main priority remains getting children dismissed to cars 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.

Speaking of school construction…. I am pleased to announce that everything is moving according to schedule. The concrete foundation is almost completed and the framing of the basement walls and first floor of the new Upper School are up next.  Feel free to stop by and take a look!

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. 

The October All School Meeting is our annual Halloween Parade.  This will take place at 2:30pm on Tuesday, October 31. 

“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. 

Student score reports for the spring 2017 (SBAC) Smarter Balanced Assessments have been sent home to all parents/guardians of students in grades 3-8.  Side by Side’s overall test results were promising and continue to demonstrate our students outperforming other local schools and  CT State averages.  However, these test results also indicate areas in which we need to improve.  The Side by Side teaching and Administrative staff have already begun to analyze individual student results.  Our instructional plans and professional development for the year are based on this data

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


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