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Weekly Update 6/15/24
Jessica Slocum

Dear Springdale Families,

The last day of school always brings mixed emotions.   While saying goodbye is always hard, we feel proud, accomplished and grateful for all of the strides we made as a school.    We are excited to see what the future holds for our children.  Have a joyful summer!

If you not attending Springdale School in the fall, please contact NForte@StamfordCT.gov

Best wishes always,

Gloria Manna

Weekly Update 6/8/24
Jessica Slocum

Dear Springdale Families,

Our School Wide Field Day was a big success on Tuesday.    I’m not sure if their favorite activity was the water station or tug-of-war, but the whole day was full of fun and friendship.  Thank you to all of the parents who came out to cheer on the kids.   Fourth and Fifth graders gathered here on Wednesday night for the Spring Concert.   We enjoyed performances by the fourth and fifth-grade band, strings ensemble, and fourth-grade chorus.  The Performing Arts are a great way for students to develop a growth mindset because no one can perform without lots of practice and lots of messing up.   A popular saying among teachers is that FAIL really means First Attempt In Learning.   Everyone who was there saw and heard how their hard work and dedication paid off.   The performances were a big success. 

Please remember that Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are early release days.   School is dismissed at 1:20.   Friday is the last day of school.   Report cards will be available online on Friday afternoon.   

Have a great weekend. 

Gloria Manna

Weekly Update 6/1/24
Jessica Slocum

Dear Springdale families,

I think I can safely say that your children are having lots of fun in school these days.   Picnics, field trips, in-class celebrations, and other fun activities are creating memories that I hope will last a lifetime.  I am very proud to report that our School Climate Survey results are very positive.    Springdale students rate their school experiences more positively than the national average.   Thank you for all you do to support your children and our school. 

Gentle Reminders for the end of the school year:

·         Attendance Matters until the very last day.  We are still teaching, taking assessments, and celebrating.   Please be sure your child doesn’t miss any of these important last days. 

·         Our first annual School-Wide Field Day is this Tuesday, June 4th.  Your child’s teacher has sent times for you to come and join the activities.  If you are unsure of your time, please contact your child’s teacher. 

·         Our Spring Concert is Wednesday, June 5th at 6:00 pm.   Performances include the Fourth Grade Chorus and Fourth and Fifth Grade Band.   

Have a joyful weekend! 

Best,

Gloria Manna

Weekly Update 5/25/24
Jessica Slocum

Dear Springdale Families,

I am very pleased to report that your children had a very Joyful Friday at school yesterday.   The blacktop was filled with inflatable slides and obstacle courses.   Some of the equipment got hot in the afternoon so we had to close the slide for a bit, but quickly reopened with potato sacks.   Joyful Friday has become a wonderful tradition for Springdale and I know the students look forward to this day each year.  Special thanks to the PTO for making this happen. 

Springdale also took time to learn about Memorial Day.  As usual, we planted flags on our front lawn and the kids enjoyed the beeps and honks from passing cars and trucks.  Students learned that, unlike Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day is a day to honor those who never came home from the war or service to our country.   We talked about the word, solemn, which means being serious and dignified, and the mixed emotions we feel on this holiday.   Sadness for those lost, gratitude for their sacrifice, and joy for all of the privileges we enjoy - family, friendships, caring teachers, ice cream, inflatable slides, and upcoming field days to name a few.   We also listened to a re-enactment of Frederick Douglas’ speech from May 30, 1871 at Arlington National Cemetery, ‘The Unknown Loyal Dead’, a short history lesson on President John F. Kennedy and the Eternal Flame, as well as The Tomb of The Unkown Soldier.    These are all solemn and sobering reminders of how precious every one of us is.   I hope I touched their hearts today and made them more grateful for all the love and sacrifice you provide for them daily.    Your children are a joy to work with.  Thank you for all you do.   Happy Memorial Day!

Sincerely,

Gloria Manna

Weekly Update 5/18/24
Jessica Slocum

Dear Springdale Families,

The end of the school year always comes faster than we expect.   This Friday, the students will celebrate our annual Joyful Friday event.  In addition to slides, obstacle courses, and ice cream, the classes will meet with their buddies from different grades so they can build friendship and community.   Springdale School began celebrating and practicing joyfulness during the Covid lock downs.   During that time, we quickly learned that we had so many gifts in our daily lives that we forgot to be grateful for.    The things we used to complain about, like going to school or work, were suddenly greatly missed.   The saying that you don’t know what you have until it is gone was very relevant during those long months.   What we decided is that we have so many little things in our lives that we love and hold dear.  It is by appreciating all of the things we have that we can endure hardship without becoming depressed, bitter or angry.   I hope you have experienced the kindness and caring by the teachers at Springdale for your children.   Our staff truly finds joy in coming to work each day.  Your children make us laugh.   They sometimes make us stressed.   They always make us proud and feel accomplished.   We have amazing teachers and we hope that by teaching the choice of joyfulness to your children, we pass some of that joy onto you and your families.   

Joyfully,

Gloria Manna