April 8, 2022 Digital Backpack

District Information:


    • Bacon Academy, ONLY, is in school on FRIDAY, APRIL 15th, as a make up day - shortened day for students and staff
  • K9 Skipper is in the news! Channel 3 WFSB recently featured a story about Skipper: https://www.wfsb.com/video/2022/04/05/video-k-skipper-patrolling-hallways-bacon-academy/

  • 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:

  • 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
  • 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)

Chatham Health District

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

Colchester Youth and Social Services

  • Sign up today for Mother-Daughter Circle, a great opportunity for middle school girls and their mother figure to grow and learn together. For more information: Mother Daughter Circle Flyer.jpg
  • Spring Girl’s Circle: 4th & 5th Grade parents/caregivers, be sure to enroll your child in Spring Girl's Circle, a small evidence-based group for children to make new friends while using engaging discussion and interactive games. For additional details: Spring Girl's Circle 2022.png
  • Colchester Youth First Coalition: The 2022 Colchester Community Survey is open for one more week. The survey supports and advises the Drug Free Communities grant funding that Youth Services receives from the Centers for Disease Control. For more information: Community Survey 2022.png. Link to survey: 2022 Colchester Community Survey

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