April 1, 2022 Digital Backpack

District Information:

  • At their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, the Board of Education adopted their proposed budget for the 2022-2023 school year. The Board approved a total budget of $42,225,701; an increase of $398,646 (0.95%) over the current school year budget. The budget will be available electronically early next week on the CPS website: colchesterct.org. Please see our website for upcoming budget process dates.

  • Quarantine Tutoring Services Update: Beginning April 4, 2022, Colchester Public Schools will end virtual tutoring services provided to students in quarantine in grades K-5 and the option for live-streamed instruction provided to students in quarantine in grades 6-12. Please see the attached letter for more information: Quarantine Tutoring Services Update 3.23.22.pdf

  • Updated 2021-2022 School Year Calendar: Calendars - School Year and School Arrival/Dismissal

  • Celebrating the Month of the Military Child & PurpleUp! For Military Kids Day! By proclamation of Governor Ned Lamont, April is the Month of the Military Child. During April, military bases, cities and school districts throughout the United States will honor our military children with special events just for them. As part of this month-long celebration, local communities are invited to take part in PurpleUp! For Military Kids on April 27th, the day designated by Governor Ned Lamont, by wearing or displaying purple to recognize the strength and the sacrifices of our military children. To show support for all of our military children here in Connecticut, we are asking members of local and regional boards of education to show their support by wearing purple on the day of their April board meetings. Purple references the joint environment of the military, encompassing all service branches, Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Veterans. Purple combines each branch's colors into one: the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard all use shades of blue, the Army uses green, and the Marines use red.

  • Colchester Public Schools is actively recruiting for substitute positions. Colchester Public Schools is looking for daily substitutes for the 2021-22 school year. A Bachelor's Degree is required and experience in a school setting is preferred. All new substitutes will receive a signing bonus of $250 (after completing all paperwork and 10 days of substituting) and are eligible for an additional $250 for every 45 full substitute teaching days. To apply for a substitute position with Colchester Public Schools, please visit http://www.applitrack.com/colchester/onlineapp/ to fill out an application.

  • April Breakfast and Lunch Menus: Breakfast and Lunch Menus
  • Please visit the Volunteers page for more information about the volunteer application process for Colchester Public Schools.

Digital Backpack Links for Each School:

Community News:

  • Thursday, April 7th, the Rally Against Cancer will occur on the opening day of Major League Baseball. On Thursday, April 7th, please wear your favorite sport jersey or outfit and donate to this great cause as part of this district wide spirit day. Mel’s Downtown Creamery will be hosting a fundraiser for the Rally Against Cancer and a portion of the proceeds will go towards meeting our goal. Make sure you stop by for a sweet treat as you root on your favorite team at the start of the season. You can donate online here: http://danafarber.jimmyfund.org/goto/colchester2022. Donations will also be accepted at all schools. For more information: April 7th, Rally Against Cancer.pdfFlyer-Rally Against Cancer.pdf
  • The Let the Fish Swim Free Painting fundraiser will benefit the development of the new Norton Park on Westchester Road/Rte. 149. Local fine artist and Norton family member, Julianna Cameron, will lead the design and painting events where participants will be encouraged to creatively paint their fish cut from authentic C.H. Norton paper mill board. The participants may choose to have their painted fish be part of an art exhibit to be held at the Cragin Memorial Library May 21 – June 30, 2022.  Multiple sessions of this painting fundraiser will be held at the Colchester RecPlex Pavilion, 215 Old Hebron Road Colchester on two dates – Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm and Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 10:00 am and 11:00 am.  Online registration is through Colchester Parks and Recreation: https://colchesterctrec.recdesk.com/Community/Program. For more information: Let the Fish Swim Free Flyer.jpg
  • Subway Fundraiser for Bacon Academy Girls Lacrosse on Wednesday, April 6th: A portion of the proceeds from 3 pm – 9 pm will go back to the Girls Lacrosse team. Stop by and enjoy a Sub!
  • Channel 3 Kids Camp - 2022 Summer Camp: The mission of Channel 3 Kids Camp is to provide fun year-round opportunities to children of all abilities, families, and communities through educational and recreational programs that promote diversity, acceptance, and environmental appreciation. Please see their flyer for more information: 2022 Summer Camp Flyer-Channel 3 Kids Camp.png. You can also visit their website www.channel3kidscamp.org.
  • United Way of Southeastern Connecticut - Healthy Start Food Drive - Saturday, April 9th. United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is inviting the entire community to join together to donate breakfast items (oatmeal, cereal, bars) to the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center! Drop off donations at one of their partner sites on Saturday, April 9th from 9 am - 2 pm:
  • UCFS Healthcare, 47 Town Street in Norwich (across the street from Stop & Shop)
  • Wireless Zone Verizon Retail, 351 North Frontage Road in the New London Mall (near Shop Rite)

Can’t make it there on Saturday? Stop by the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center at 374 Broad Street in New London throughout the week of April 4-8 to drop off your donation!

Chatham Health District

  • Chatham Health District - Upcoming COVID-19 Vaccination Events: Please see their website for additional details: Chatham Health.org

C3, Collaborative for Colchester’s Children

Registration NOW open for free family programs!

  • A New Book has been posted at the StoryWalk®  at Ruby & Elizabeth Cohen Woodlands! A StoryWalk® is a fun way to combine physical activity with reading! Free and open to all.  Storywalk Book.pdf

To register for any of these FREE programs, go to: ColchesterC3.jumbula.com/#/caregiver-programs