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Side by Side is a regional public charter school located in the heart of downtown South Norwalk. As specified in our charter, our integrated student population reflects the diversity of our surrounding community. The 235 students of Side by Side, grades Pre-K through 8th, represent several surrounding Connecticut towns and cities.

Like all charter schools, Side by Side functions independently from any local or traditional public school system. At Side by Side, our innovative approaches toward education allow us to actively and equally involve parents, teachers, and students in our day-to-day operations.

January-February 2016

Dear SBS Families,

Last weekend marked the first significant snowfall of the season…A perfect time for a reminder about the many ways to be notified of school closings, delays or early dismissals due to weather.   All Side by Side closings are immediately posted on our school website and outgoing phone messages.  We also send an email and phone blast to all families.  Side by Side also posts weather closings on our Facebook and Twitter pages,, and all of the local news affiliates.  If you do not receive these alerts, please contact Evelyn at ext. 130 to make sure that your contact information is correctly listed in our database. 

The Side by Side teaching staff is beginning to look at a new “Standards-Based” format for student report cards.  We plan to implement a new system of standards-based reporting at the start of the 2016-17 school year.  We will use professional development time, in particular, the upcoming scheduled early-release days to work in this area. 

Side by Side is excited to renew the “Common Ground: A School-Museum-Artist Curriculum Partnership,” program with the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.  The primary focus of this initiative is to ensure a direct and positive impact on Side by Side’s curriculum through collaborative partnerships and student engagement.  Later this winter, British artist Peter Liversidge will begin an artist’s residency at Side by Side during which time our students will work alongside Peter to generate ideas on how to transform their own school space. The encounter will culminate with a few small group student art projects to transform Side by Side's school space—this may include a performance by students; a sculpture; a painting, etc. We’re excited to see how the Common Ground initiative will help students at Side by Side develop creativity and critical thinking skills.

Stay warm!


Mr. Nittoly