November 27, 2013
Dear SBS Families,
Thank you to those who attended “Cocktails for a Cause” on 11/15. This important annual fundraiser enables Side by Side to continue to provide worthwhile educational field trip opportunities for our children. This year’s event raised $5,095.
The Pink Panthers strike again! Congratulations to the Side by Side Robotics team for earning a golden ticket and entry into the CT State Championship round of the First Lego League Robotics competition. Side by Side's team, "The Pink Panthers", were led by coaches Marie Iannazzi, Mary Newbery and Sue Taylor, a quality systems manager employed by ASML. The team consisted of 10 upper school students: Liberty Brown, Chris Shillinglaw, Tes DeJaeger, Kevin Nava, Yuuki Hosokawa, Taishi Hosokowa, Jonathon Randretsanilo, Adam Peter, Matthew Montanez, and Sean Buzzee. The State Championship round will take place on Sat., December 7th at Central CT State University.
R.I.S.E. cards were distributed to thirty-seven upper school students during our all school R.I.S.E. meeting on 11/22. As you know, R.I.S.E. is a school-wide initiative to promote positive behavior in four core areas: Respect, Independence, Social Justice and Empathy. Students and teachers work together to define what expected R.I.S.E. behaviors look like in school. A student receives a score on a rubric, which is designed to illustrate how consistently a student demonstrates R.I.S.E. behavior. Those students who meet the criteria for consistency earn the R.I.S.E. card that is worn throughout the school day and grants certain school day privileges to the card holders. R.I.S.E. cards are distributed at the midpoint and end of each marking period. Congratulations to those students who earned R.I.S.E. cards:
5th: Alexander, Cristian, Daniella, Emely, Georgia, Giovanni, Jayleen, Kemberly, Leonela, Raphael
6th: Daniela, Isha, Ja’Kyah, Jasmin, Joey, Kailah, Nayeli
7th: Amy, Avante, Franny, Gabi, Johnny B., Kaylan, Kevin, Linda, Sawyer, Sean, Yuuki
8th: Elizabeth, Kevin, Krysta, Liberty, Liseth, Michael, Peter, Ricky, Tes
On behalf of Side by Side, I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!