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Maddie's Fridge

Student Council is holding a food drive April 5-30 for the Sterling House Food Pantry. They were inspired by the book, Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt. In it, Sofia is determined to help her friend, Maddi, when she learns that there is hardly any food at her house. Food Drive items needed include: granola bars, oatmeal, cereal, canned ravioli, pasta, pasta sauce, Rice-A-Roni, ready-to-eat meals and other kid-friendly foods. Donations may be placed in the large box located in the school lobby.


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Invention Convention

Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education program that teaches students problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills and builds confidence in invention and innovation. Each year, more than 100,000 inventors from across the United States compete at Invention Conventions. In Stratford, all of the fourth graders in our eight elementary schools participate in the Invention Convention. Click here to view Nichols' students' submissions.


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Nichols Celebrates Read Across America Week March 1-5

Read Across America Week at Nichols Elementary School will look a little different this year. Reading specialists Mrs. Scheurich and Mrs.Hausser have come up with a fun spirit week filled with silly dress-up days. A special thanks to First Grade teacher, Mrs. Delaney for suggesting some different Dr. Seuss books that were used to create the themes. Click here for more information.


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One School, One Book 2021

One School, One Book, 2021 will begin Monday, February 22. Due to COVID, it will look a little different this year. Clues will be revealed during Morning Meetings and posted in a shared Google Classroom instead of being displayed in school. Please ask your teacher for the Classroom Code so that you can sign up. The Big Reveal is planned for Monday, March 1.

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Chapel Virtual Winter Concert

Hello Musicians!

Our Music Department is proud to present Chapel's Virtual Winter Concert! Thanks to the 700+ students who sent in amazing videos! We have selected 50 that represent Chapel and showcase their singing, dancing, playing instruments and creating music of all kinds! These students participate in Concert Band, Chorus, General Music and Orchestra. We hope you enjoy watching and listening to their performances! Bravo and a well-deserved standing ovation for all!

Chapel Virtual Winter Concert

Mrs. M. Dennis - General Music & Chorus Teacher

Mrs. E. Mena - Orchestra Teacher

Mr. J. Ushchak - Band Teacher

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SPARKLER 0 to Age 5 Family Support
Sparkler is an evidence-based, mobile platform, available in English and Spanish, which is working with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood to help fuel healthy early childhood development. Sparkler offers:
  1. Tracking tools to monitor children's social-emotional, cognitive, communication, and physical development, including the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®.
  2. Content that helps parents/caregivers support their children's learning and development. Sparkler has a library of 1500+ play-based learning activities developed by early childhood educators, and is adding more all the time.
  3. Messaging tools to give parents/caregivers advice and support

Click on a link below for additional information.

Sparkler CSDE Intro

Sparkler Learning Resources - English/Spanish

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Amazon donates math manipulatives to grades K-6 students. Click here to read

A huge thank you goes out to Amazon who made a generous donation of math manipulatives for use to create individual toolkits for all of our kindergarten through 6th grade students. Amazon also donated picnic tables to each school so we can enjoy outdoor classrooms. We truly appreciate Amazon's support and think they are AMAZing for supporting our scholars!

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Chapel Drama Club - Giants in the Sky

It's finally here! Thank you all for your patience as we learned about non-linear video editing, audio engineering, color correction, animation, and digital asset management to bring this socially-distanced adaptation to life. Many of our lead performers are a month into middle school already, but their last Chapel play performance is now ready for its debut in virtual form.

We hope you enjoy this labor of love and that it's something your family can hold on to as a reminder of the positive things that have come out of these challenging times. We have decided not to host a public viewing because it isn't possible for us to make it a full-school event given the restrictions on crowd sizes currently in place even for outdoor events. We want to abide by all regulations and be sure to keep the Chapel community safe.
  • The video is available on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/464593488 (You can view the full production on Vimeo either on your computer, or on a 4th-generation Apple TV (search for "Vimeo" in the AppleTV App Store), on Android TV devices (search for "Vimeo" in the Google Play store), on Amazon Fire TV devices (Search for "Vimeo" on the Amazon Fire TV device), or with Chromecast.)
  • The video is available on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/pwBnJH5UK7Y (Most smart TVs and set-top boxes like Roku and Fire TV have built-in YouTube access.)
Enjoy the show!

The cast and crew of Giants in the Sky
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