May 29, 2014
Dear SBS Families,
As the 2013-14 school year winds down I have some great news to share. A few months ago Side by Side submitted a competitive “Charter School Facilities Improvement” grant application to the CT State Department of Education. I am thrilled to announce that 6 of the 7 projects that were requested for funding have recently been accepted! In total, Side by Side is in line for an award of $419K in state bonded funds to help cover nearly 80% of the cost for the following projects: (1) Replacing the boiler/HVAC system; (2) repaving the blacktop and parking lot areas; (3) renovations to the LS student bathrooms; (4) construction of an additional stairwell/fire exit to the LS staff room; (5) re-cabling of the school’s computer network; and (6) reimbursement for the replacement of all classroom door locks. At this time the CT State Board of Education will begin petitioning the Bond Commission to release these monies to the awarded schools. We are hopeful this will take place soon so that we can begin planning for these facility improvement projects to begin in our near future.
The Side by Side Board of Directors has approved a proposal to move forward with a new program for our Upper School grades. This new program will take the place of Spanish for all students in grades 5-8. Beginning at the start of the 2014-15 school year all students in the SBS Upper School will take part in a project-based “Portfolio” class for 2 hours per week. The portfolio class will be interdisciplinary and will provide unique project based learning opportunities for your children. We look forward to providing more detailed information during the summer months as we further develop the schedule, structure and make-up of this course.
Please note that Field Day is scheduled for Friday, June 6. We will be following an early dismissal schedule (1:30pm dismissal) during the last week of school (June 16-19) including a 1:20pm dismissal on the final day of school, Friday, June 20.