May 13, 2022 Digital Backpack

District Information:

  • Colchester Public Schools is actively recruiting for substitute positions. Colchester Public Schools is currently hiring for daily substitutes for the 2021-22 school year. A Bachelor's Degree is required and experience in a school setting is preferred. Certified substitutes will receive a daily rate of $125 and non-certified substitutes a daily rate of $100. To apply for a substitute position with Colchester Public Schools, please visit to fill out an application.
  • Please visit the Volunteers page for more information about the volunteer application process for Colchester Public Schools.
  • POSTPONED: Empty Bowls & Arts Night scheduled at WJJMS for Friday, May 13, 2022 has been postponed out of an abundance of caution due to rising COVID-19 cases.  Updates will be forthcoming.

Digital Backpack Links for Each School:

Community News:

Chatham Health District

Colchester Parks and Recreation

C3, Collaborative for Colchester’s Children

  • May Conscious Discipline Workshop - Last one of the Series and it's a BONUS! May 18th, 6:30 - 8:00 pm - The Skills of Positive Intent and Consequences. Virtual and In person, free childcare provided! Learn how to see the best in others by accepting the moment as it is and create teaching moments when faced with challenging behavior. Learn how to help children learn from their mistakes so that they may change their behavior through natural consequences, logical consequences and problem solving. For more details and to register, go to
  • May Stroller Walks - Morning and Afternoon options! Tuesday, May 17th at 9:30 AM and Tuesday, May 31st at 1:00PM. Join in with your child for an easy, stroller-friendly walk! Meet and connect with others while enjoying the Spring weather on the Airline Trail. For more details and to register, go to  

Colchester Youth and Social Services

  • Community Wellness Fair- May 15th - Join Colchester Youth and Social Services, William J. Johnston Middle School, and the Colchester Senior Center as we promote wellness at every age in our community. On Sunday, May 15th from 11am -2pm at William J Johnston Middle School, there will be agencies and services providers, on-site health screenings and vaccine clinic, and educational opportunities for every age group. Children in grades 2-4 will get the chance to participate in Gizmo’s mental health class and meet Gizmo the dog! There will be hands-on fun and takeaways, self-care resources including free chair massages, sound healing, animal therapy, and mental health and substance abuse education. Attend informational breakout sessions ranging from laughter therapy, to methods of reducing anxiety & stress, the Mock Bedroom, early signs of dementia, and senior scam prevention. Exercise your stress away with yoga, crossfit, and tai chi. You can refuel with lunch and a treat from Rustic StrEats and Kona Ice food trucks!  A community Suicide Prevention and Narcan training will be available from 12-12:45pm. Come out to this free event to keep Colchester and our surrounding communities healthy!

Colchester Soccer Club

  • Reminder! Fall Rec and Travel registration is open until May 31st, 2022. Register at the following link:   Anyone trying out for Travel soccer needs to be registered prior to tryouts this Sunday, May 15th. Tryouts will be as needed with the following age levels scheduled for this Sunday 5/15 at Jack Jackter Elementary School Soccer Field:

4pm -  U9 boys and girls, U10 girls

5pm - U11 boys

6pm - U12 boys and U10 boys

Questions? Contact Anton Smith at [email protected]