May 28, 2021 Digital Backpack

District Information:

  • Update to Mask Policies in School Buildings:  Current mask policy is as follows, based on recent guidance from the Connecticut State Department of Education: 

“Specific to outdoor settings, masks are not required, but we recommend continuing mask wearing for students and staff in situations where students and/or staff are outdoors and in close contact while stationary (e.g., sitting/standing together in a group). Where students are actively moving around during recess or physical education activities, masks can be removed. Masks should also be on when going out of the building to recess and back into the building afterward. Good hand hygiene should be emphasized before and after outdoor activities.”

Masks continue to be required for all staff and students inside school buildings for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Masks will be mandatory for any CPS summer programs until we receive further guidance from CT-DPH or CSDE. At this time, public health officials have not released mask recommendations for the fall. Once such recommendations have been announced, we will adjust our procedures accordingly.

  • Announcing the 2021 Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) Dream Big! Competition. State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden announced the re-launch of the annual CHET Dream Big! competition. This year, more than $250,000 in CHET account contributions will be awarded to students in grades K-8 with a total of 477 students each receiving a $529 CHET account contribution. CHET will also award $100,000 to the class of 2022 with five students winning $5,000 each and 75 students winning $1,000 each. The competition begins May 29, 2021, and ends September 22, 2021. For additional information and entry forms please visit: CHETDreamBig.com.
  • Emergency Broadband Benefit: The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Eligibility Criteria. The program provides credits to existing as well as new customers. Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting  www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311.
  • Access to Parent Portal in PowerSchool for 2021-22:  CPS is requiring all families to update student information forms and review school related documents prior to the start of the 2021-22 academic year. Families will be able to access the Parent Portal in order to complete all paperwork on August 16, 2021. Families will not be able to see their student's next year teacher or course schedule until after August 16 and upon the completion of all required paperwork in the Parent Portal. 
  • Upcoming Week: June 1-4

Colchester Elementary School

  • Monday, May 31st: NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: full in-person learning

JJIS/WJJMS

  • Monday, May 31st: NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: NO SCHOOL (Built-in inclement weather day)
  • Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday: full in-person learning

Bacon Academy

  • Monday, May 31st: NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • Tuesday, June 1st: NO SCHOOL (Built-in inclement weather day)
  • Wednesday & Thursday: Group 1 full in-person learning
  • Friday: Group 2 in-person

Digital Backpack Links for Each School:

Community News:

  • UCFS Healthcare in Colchester is offering children’s support groups via Telehealth. Call the UCFS Colchester Behavioral Health Center at 860-537-7676 today to learn more. For more information: Colchester Groups for Kids.pdf
  • Colchester Soccer Club Fall Registration Closes Monday, 5/31. Online registration for the Colchester Soccer Club 2021 fall season (mid-August through October) is now open. Register by Monday, May 31st! Visit colchestersoccer.org and login, or create a new account, to find registration options. The fall options, with costs and season details, will show in your account. Please contact Tim Daniels with any questions at president@colchestersoccer.org.
  • Colchester Cougar Football & Cheer registration is now open! Visit colchestercougars.org. We are excited to get ready for our new season and hope to see familiar faces and new faces alike! We offer programs for Ages 4-14. All Colchester residents and residents of East Haddam/Moodus, Salem, Bozrah and Lebanon are eligible if the football player meets the listed age and weight requirements, cheerleaders only need to meet the listed age requirement. There are no tryouts for football or cheerleading and each section is a coed sport.

Colchester Youth & Social Services:

Colchester Youth & Social Services: Current Youth Programs

C3, Collaborative for Colchester’s Children:

  • A new book, 'My Happy Year by E. Bluebird', has been posted at the StoryWalk® at Ruby & Elizabeth Cohen Woodlands, 96 McDonald Road. For more information: My Happy Year.png
  • Are you looking for an affordable preschool option in Colchester? Our School Readiness Program is offering grant subsidized quality preschool for the 2021-2022 school year. Please see the flyer for more information and link to the application. Update: School Readiness Flyer 21-22.pdf