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Upcoming Grade 5 Events 

Challenger Field Trip – Spillane= 4/23, Civitelli= 4/24, Johnson= 4/26, Domanick= 4/29

Sturbridge Village - All Grade 5= 4/25

National Teacher & Staff Appreciation week is coming up

May 6 through May 10.

Please help the PTA make a big splash and recognizing our ‘Fintastic’ DFS teachers and staff. 

You can donate treats, make a monetary donation, or help decorate. MSA and ivolunteer will be live later this week!

We’ll also need your help reminding your student(s) of all the fun plans.

Find all the details here.

April 23, 2019

Dear Daniels Farm School Families,

SBAC testing for grades three, four and five begins on Tuesday, April 30. The assessment consists of three segments: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and a Mathematics Performance Task. In addition, fifth grade students will take the new Next Generation Science Standards assessment (NGSS). We have created a school schedule allowing classroom instruction to continue as normal, while providing students with an optimum testing environment. The table below details the schedule by grade level windows.

The SBAC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards embedded in our daily curriculum, so we expect our students to do as well as similar students across the state. We maintain a low stress environment, explaining to students they should do their personal best, as results from the assessments will guide our future classroom instruction. Please aid us in this process by ensuring students go to bed on time, eat a healthy breakfast each morning, and bring a healthy snack to school.

Should you have any questions, please contact me directly.


Gary Kunschaft Principal



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DFS Dolphin Dash Obstacle Challenge

will be held

Sunday May 5th from 1-3 pm on the

Daniels Farm School field  

The event has been reimagined from the original fun run. Participants will be challenged by such obstacles as the Stump Jump, the Net Crawl or the Tire Run to name a few.

The dash is designed for the participant to rise to the challenges set in front of them, either on their own or with some assistance. Complete the course and be rewarded, stand on the completion podium and have your picture taken with Flippy the Dolphin!

Registration and payment of $11 can be completed on myschoolanywhere. Please fill out the waiver form which will be sent home via backpack mail.

Get your Grit on!

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 Think Spring! 

The Daniels Farm PTA Plant Sale Pre-Order Sale 2019

This is your chance to order greenhouse quality products from a local grower at low prices! 

You can pre-order flats, baskets and herbs for all your home spring planting needs and have them in time for Mother’s Day. Once again, you can order either full or half flats of annuals.  Mix and match the type and color of annuals. Get a jump on your spring planting and Mother’s Days gifts while supporting our school at the same time!

Once again this year we are offering a special 10% discount to all teachers and DFS Beautification committee members in appreciation of all their hard work. (Only on Pre-orders)

If you have misplaced your form or didn't receive it backpack mail, you can print one from the DFS web site link and return to the DFS Office in an envelope marked “Plant Sale” with your payment NO LATER than Wed, April 24th

Please make checks payable to the DFS PTA (No Cash Please)

Plants can be picked up in the DFS gymnasium on Tuesday, May 7th from 3- 4:30 pm .  Any questions?  Please call Jen Knight  (615-3424) or Lisa Damato (445-9562)  

Do you want  to order a particular plant but can't remember the name? Good news for the botanically challenged!  Click here for a catalog of plants.



Registration will begin April 1st on the MSA Website

Fun Fitness Wednesday  3:30-4:30 6 weeks Grades: 2-5 Dates: April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Location: Gym

Fee: $103 

Min 10/Max 25

Coach K leads this new class aimed at making it fun to get fit! Students will play games and undertake activities that challenge both their body and mind, while learning how to perform exercise movements - such as squats, push-ups and burpees - correctly. Games will include: Fitness Poker, Fitness UNO, Stock Exchange, Pizza Mats, Plank Four-Square, Medicine Ball Tic-Tac-Toe, Bear Crawl Basketball. The goal of the class is to help students learn FUNctional movements and health-related concepts while having fun and being safe.

parent chaperone will be needed; opportunity for FREE TUITION!

Please email Camille Edmond with any questions.

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


Not Receiving the Newsletter?

Every year, DFS needs to ensure you still want to receive our messages.  If your children are DFS students for the 2018-2019 school year and you want to make sure you stay in the know, please follow directions below:

  1. Scroll to the bottom of this page to "Sign Up for DFS Eblasts"

  2. Fill in your information

  3. Check the Box that Says " Daniels Farm Eblast 2018/19

  4. Click Submit

  5. iContact will send you an opt in email. **Be sure to click through to finalize the request.

Thanks in advance!


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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New to DFS?  Add your Family to the Directory here!
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