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CES 315 Halls Hill Road, Colchester CT  06415  Telephone: (860) 537-0717

March 27, 2020


Message from Principal O’Meara:  Dear CES Families, As we begin distance learning at this unprecedented time, I can’t help but feel both proud of staff and parents for all of their hard work and sad because I miss seeing students every day. We hope you are faring well and that the first two days of Google Classroom have not been stressful. We will get through this together. Here are a few tips to make distance learning a little more bearable for you and your child(ren). 

  1. Make space for learning: Most adults have a specific area of the home in which they do work, and it’s important that children have a similar space. Your children will achieve their best work in a quiet, comfortable, and dedicated area that is strictly devoted to learning. It would be best if the space is in a different area than where they normally play games or watch television.
  2. Maintain breaks such as snack time and recess: Routines and schedules are extremely crucial for children at school, and this is just as important for distance learning. Children will function best if they maintain a daily routine to help make their time at home as normal as possible. Setting a timer or alarm can be helpful for keeping them on a schedule. Around lunch time, encourage your child to get up, get some fresh air, go for a walk or bike ride, or have a snack so that they are not sedentary for the entire day. Luckily the weather is getting nicer and we can get outside more.

  3. Remember to schedule time for fun: While this time of social distancing is most certainly not a vacation, it’s important to have some fun with your children while they are at home. It’s rare that you have this much time with your children, so use it as an opportunity to bond. Just to share a few ideas, you can organize a tournament, family card games, charades, or chess, or just get outside for a hike or walk together.

    As always, we thank you for your continued support on your child’s educational journey. We wish you health and safety as we await our return to school.

  4. News from the Nest: Click here to view.
  5. Physical Activity Calendar attached here.
  6. Grade 2 Parents:  Jack Jackter Intermediate School Parent Placement Letter: Click Here and form Here


  1. Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information:  For all district communication, please visit our website page: link:
  2. Communication this week:
    March 27, 2020:  Superintendent's Weekly Update

    March 26, 2020:  Student/Teacher Video Conferencing

    March 25, 2020:  Video Message from Supt. Burt here

    March 24, 2020: Interim Learning Opportunities: 

    • CPS Interim Learning Website for Families/Staff:  here
    • Free Internet Services Information:  here

    March 23, 2020: Update from Superintendent Burt; Continuity of Education


  1. Calling all Musicians Colchester “Beats” Hunger is looking for performers to join in on a night of music to raise money for The Colchester Food Bank and “Food for the Poor”. Food for The Poor is an organization that helps poverty-stricken people in third world countries become self-sufficient. Click here for details.
  2. May 30th, 2020!  Colchester “Beats” Hunger is Back!  Click here for a link to the registration form.  Registrations due by April 25th, 2020.  

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PH: 860.537.0717
FAX: 860.537.6573 


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