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June 6, 2019

 Dear 5th Grade Parents,

Students and families are looking forward to the upcoming 5th grade Stepping Forth Ceremony.  In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for all, we ask that you read and follow the instructions below.

·       The ceremony will being promptly at 10:00AM on Monday, June 17, in the DFS gymnasium. Doors open at 9:15AM with visitors signing in at the front entrance. A reception follows in the cafeteria, with snacks and beverages provided.

·       We have 92 fifth grade students moving on to middle school this year. This allows for three guests per student based on available seating and fire code restrictions. If every student has three guests in attendance, roughly 26 guests will stand behind the formal seating.

·       Siblings may not be removed from the classroom to attend the ceremony.

·       Student dress code is collared shirts for boys and cool sundresses or the like for girls.  There is no air conditioning in the gymnasium or cafeteria.

 If you have any questions, please contact me directly.


Gary Kunschaft


Thursday, June 13 is our annual Awards Assembly.  All families are invited to attend.  Families of students receiving significant awards have received invitations via U.S. mail.

Students who participated in various groups i.e. school helpers, safety patrols, Word Masters, Battle of the Books, attendance awards etc., will receive certificates in their classrooms and will be acknowledged at the assembly. 

Grades K, 1, 2 9:00 a.m.

Grades 3, 4, 5 10:00 a.m. 

Both assemblies will be held in the gym.


The nominations committee is thrilled to announce our 2020-2021 PTA Board was voted on last evening. Congratulations to:

President Elect: Rachelle Giordano
1st VP elect: Erica Siegel
2nd VP elect: Heather Miller
Secretary: Dessy Lientz
Treasurer: Michael Skoczylas

We thank them for volunteering their time to DFS in advance, and know that they will be a fantastic addition to our existing board members.

We greatly appreciate all of our out-going board members and thank you for all that you have done for our school!!



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Our Own Carly won the Award of Excellence for Reflections!!

"We are very excited to announce that Carly Mofenson of Daniels Farm School has won the Reflections Award of Excellence for Literature.  

This Award gives Carly a $200 Young Artist Scholarship; Silver Medal; Certificate of Excellence and her work will be featured in the Reflections traveling exhibition.

We are so proud to announce that we have 5 Students that won the Connecticut State Reflections program. In order to enter the state program, the students placed first at the school level judging, and now we have State winners to celebrate!

Please give an extra cheer for our first place Literature winner

Carly Mofenson

who will go onto complete at the National level.

An event to celebrate the state winners will be on May 15th at Fairfield Ludlow High.

Literature -- Intermediate *First Place - Carly Mofenson Six Legs

*Will complete for National Level

Music Composition -- Intermediate Second Place - Carly Mofenson Heroes Everywhere

Photography -- Primary Second Place - Laila Novia My Daddy is my hero

Visual Arts -- Primary Fourth Place - Andrea Lamour My groovy gently Gandhi

Visual Arts -- Intermediate Fourth Place - Carly Mofenson Six Legs


Durham Bus Tracker

The Durham Bus Tracker has been activated and parents can start using the app. Click for more details
Should you have any questions regarding the app, the attached instructions include a link to Durham's technical support (


At the 11/14/18 DFS PTA Meeting, school Social Worker Laura Katz presented on the topic of stress in children.  Below please find the link to the slide presentation for easy viewing at home.
Stress In Kids Presentation at the PTA Meeting 11/14/18 Link


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


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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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