Daniels Farm School Newsletter

From the desk of Mr. KUNSCHAFT for the

Month of November 2018


PTA Meeting

November 14, 7:00pm

Media Center

Guest Speaker: Laura Katz, Social Worker

How to Manage Your Child's Stress


Important Information regarding Picture Retake Day-Tuesday November 13

The Following Classes will have their class photos retaken on Picture Retake Day: K: Barthel, Logan and Foley 1st: Nawrocki, McGrath, Camara & Moyer 2nd: Stone & Helminger 3rd: Dagan, Palermo & Pastir 4th: Potok & Evangelista 5th: Civitelli, Spillane, Domanick & Johnson

For Individual picture retakes and those students that were absent:

  • Any student not satisfied with original portrait - Return your complete package minus the class picture to the photographer on retake day.

  • Any student who was absent on the original day whether you are purchasing a package or not.

  • Any student who did not purchase on the original day and would like to purchase a package.

Order forms are available in the school office approximately one week prior to retake day or online at mylifetouch.com -- picture day id: EJ018004Q1 (site is available for ordering approximately 2 weeks prior to retake day)

Any questions, please call Lifetouch at 203-735-5933


Students who consistently read at home realize the greatest gains in decoding, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  Reading enjoyment also increases, and the goal of developing a lifelong reader is attained.  Attached is a video with real life tips to help establish a nightly routine and make reading a priority at home!  

Thank you, Amy Panella and Tammy Russo; DFS Literacy Consultants



Daniels Farm School is excited to create our very first Kindness Committee with Mrs. Ferraro, Mrs. Katz & Mrs. Proscino.

Who: 15 students in grades 3-5 *

Where: DFS Learning Commons

When: First Tuesday morning of each month (First meeting December 4) Time: 7:55 – 8:25 am

The Kindness Committee will serve as student ambassadors for our PBIS initiative, helping to plan, organize and implement events throughout our school community. If you are interested, complete the form below and return to your teacher by November 16.

* There are a limited number of spots. If more than 15 students apply we will limit by grade level.

Kindness Committee Permission Form

Unfortunately, in order to comply with the food permit from the Trumbull Board of Health, the Chili Cookoff portion of Bingo night cannot take place and is cancelled. The Bingo Night is not affected and is still ON!!!! Please see the new Bingo Fun Night flyer which will be coming home this week.



Sponsored by PTA and Father’s Club  

Friday, November 16, 2018

5:30 – 6:30 PM Pizza Bingo begins at 6:30 PM sharp!

Six BINGO Games, Pizza, Snacks, Prizes & Raffles! Wear your DFS Spirit wear that night and get 4 extra raffle tickets free!! *Your bingo cards, raffle tickets and pizza coupons will be at the door for you.

Please sign-up by November 12th via myschoolanywhere.com

Contact Erin Sweeney with any questions

Volunteers and donations of snacks & raffle items needed Please sign up through ivolunteer!


DFS “Dolphins for Turkeys” Pajama Day!

Please join us on Friday, November 16th as we partner with the Trumbull Food Pantry and Nourish Bridgeport for the 7thAnnual DFS “Dolphins for Turkeys” Pajama Day!  Since its inception in 2012, DFS has collected $8,600 for these programs – over $1,100 in 2017 alone!

Let’s try and top that in 2018! This year, the money collected will help stock the Trumbull Food Pantry, and help support the Thanksgiving dinner for 500 people at the United Congregational Church in Bridgeport. Our 5th graders will also donate the bread baked at their annual bread baking day to this worthy cause!

 We are asking students, teachers and staff to donate $1 (or $5, or $10, or more!) and wear pajamas to school on Friday, November 16th.  The class raising the most money for the cause will win a new game for their classroom!

 Thank you for supporting this fun event, and for helping to make the holidays a bit brighter for our neighbors in need! 

Questions?  Contact Jen Kehley

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Reflections Program–A Creativity Contest

Have you Found your Hero? It’s not too late to enter!!

We are holding weekly raffle prizes for those who want to enter the Reflections program starting this Friday 11/2/2018~

Reflections is a great way to show off your child's creative side. This PTA sponsored program will have all first-place winners at DFS judged at the CT State Level and recognized. We had 3 state level winners and one National Level Winner last year!

Creative pieces can be displayed in the form of a visual art (painting, drawing, 3D art), poem or literature, music, film, dance, or photography. Please submit your child’s entry to DFS front office with the student entry form by 11/30/2018.

For more info, please visit: www.danielsfarmschool.com/reflections



There are still spots open for the 2 ASE classes that have not started yet. The Movie Mania class is for grades 4-5 and will meet December 3, 4, 10 and 11 to...make a movie! Students will work with production experts from Spetrino Pictures to put their short feature together from script to post-production and final edits.

Former DFS mom and professional tennis coach Vanessa Costeines will be leading a 6-week tennis session on Tuesdays after winter break. The dates are January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12. This class is for grades K-3.

More information and pricing are on the DFS website http://www.danielsfarmschool.com/ase/
Parent Chaperones are also still needed for each class and will receive FREE TUITION.

Please contact Camille Edmond - with any questions.


WOW!  Check this out...

Over 240 families have already donated and we are 70% to our goal. Help us reach our goal, every little bit helps!  Please consider donatinng to our annual DFS Family Fundraiser.  100% of the profit goes directly to benefit all DFS students through both school-wide and grade specific enrichment programs along with other significant classroom and media center expenses.  Make your donation online.


PTA Membership Drive

The DFS PTA sponsors many programs to enrich your child’s curriculum throughout the year. We are able to do so only with your support and we encourage all of our parents and teachers to join the DFS PTA!  Click here for more information and how to join.


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Volunteer Policy

We have a new security clearance policy. If you would like to volunteer at the school for any reason you need to fill out the new security form and turn it into the school. You will need to completely fill out the entire form as a Tier II volunteer. If you have not been approved you will not be able to volunteer.

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