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June 19, 2018

Thank you everyone for all of the Box Top clipping you did this year, we raised a lot of money for DFS! You all did a great job, but the 2 classes that submitted the most Box Tops are: In 1st place (by a wide margin!) is Mr. Spillane's 5th grade class, and in 2nd place is Ms. Yash's 2nd grade class. Congratulations to these 2 classes! 

Please keep clipping those Box Tops over the summer and save them to submit in September. Hope everyone has a great summer!

June 1, 2018

The students participated in one of their favorite events, Egg Drop of the year today!  Thank you to all the classroom volunteer parents and teachers who make this event a huge success year over year.  And very special thanks to Christine Kennedy for leading the charge.  The results for the 2018 winners are:

  • 1st place - Mrs. Potok’s triangle box
  • 2nd place - Mrs. Blackmore’s Sponge Bob
  • 3rd place - Mrs. Pastir’s sponge box surrounded by straws

May 28, 2018

On Monday, May 28th Daniels Farm students, parents, and teachers marched in the Trumbull Memorial Day Parade down Main Street!  Students wore their Celebration of the Arts shirt and red, white, and blue accessories.  Special thanks to Karen Morais for organizing and representing us in this special town event.

May 25, 2018

On Friday, May 25, 2018, the students of Daniels Farm School participated in their annual Field Day event.  On one of the sunniest days of the spring, the students were able to play a number of events to earn card placement in a BINGO style event. Each event completed awarded the students with BINGO marks in hopes of completing a BINGO board for tickets and bragging rights!

The fun continued into the evening at the May Fair, where students and their families were invited to celebrate another amazing school year with carnival games, dunk tank, raffles and crafts! Food, games, and family fun to what was deemed, "the best day ever!" from one 7-year old.  RC Car Racing was a hot new event this year.  Storm, the Sound Tigers mascot even came to play.

Thank you to all the families who came out for some food and fun.  Very special thanks to Tara Yamka and Mary Hall for leading the charge.

May 20, 2018

Kids Marathon Final Mile Event - Daniels Farm School with 191 runners shared the Trumbull High School Track with five other Trumbull elementary schools to run the final mile in a culminating event of the Kids Marathon program.  The Trumbull High School Track was overflowing with smiles from those who completed their final mile or those cheering them on. We are so proud of everyone who weathered the rain to run or supported someone who was running.

All participants received a final mile t-shirt, water bottle and the well deserved medal of achievement.  All of today's runners were awarded their final mile in lap tracker.

May 5, 2018

It's official!  The DFS Ga-ga Pit is open!!!!!!  What is Ga-ga?  Ga-ga is like dodgeball but played with only one ball. The game combines dodging, striking, running, and jumping, with the objective of being the last person standing. Players hit the ball at each other with their hands and are eliminated if the ball strikes them on or below the knee.

Thanks to the DFS Father's Club for donating not only their fundraising monies for the lumber needed to craft this, but also their physical labor and time to put it together.  Special thanks to Alex Maffini (DFS dad) of Maffini Home Improvement for leading this team of Dads.


May 4, 2018

Thank you, DFS families, for making Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week incredibly successful. Teachers and staff were thrilled with the breakfast, luncheon, snack cart,  fun decorations and raffle items! We were able to give out almost 30 prizes to teachers and staff. Thank you all for your overwhelming contributions of time, money and food and for making this such an enjoyable week!

April 21, 2018

Thank you to our DFS families and local businesses for supporting this year’s Auction Night event. Thanks to your support, we raised over $35,000 for our school! Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks to learn about the exciting programs and items we plan to bring to DFS using these funds.  Thank you for a wonderful night!  And special thank you to Mary Hall, Jen Kehley and their talented team for putting the entire event together.

April 20, 2018

This Is Me!  They did it!  More than 60 - K, 1, and 2 students, 24 acts, 36 - 5th graders, 12 - 5th grade hosts, Mr. Spillane, and student council sang, danced, played instruments, told jokes, and brought tons of smiles to the audience's faces!  An amazing job from the Variety Show Chair, Tiffany Cuminotto-Reis, and her right hand crew, Jodi Martins, Mindi Smith, and Lisa Kutcha, and all the other people who make this show possible!

"To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter."  - P.T. Barnum

March 23, 2018

As the only elementary school in Trumbull, DFS hosted their annual Celebration of the Arts event.  Over 150 artists roamed the halls of DFS introducing a variety of artistic abilities to the students.  Every student receives a t-shirt and participates in at least 4 different activities throughout the day.  The headline of the event was an a cappella pop-funk singing group, Blue Jupiter.  Formed in late 2001, Blue Jupiter sings covers and renditions of songs. #LetYourArtOut

March 21, 2018

We are excited to announce that our very own Mr. Kunschaft was selected for the CT PTA Elementary Principal Of The Year!   Thanks to everyone who sent in letters. We are fortunate to have such an amazing principal and he is well deserving of this award.

March 19, 2018

Today, children's author, Candace Fleming visited DFS.  She spoke to all students and shared an inspirational message about reading and writing.  She also signed autographs for those who wanted one.  For a complete list of her books please visit


February 28, 2018

Today we held our February indoor safety drill.  We conducted a stay-put drill, which means students and staff are to stay in the classroom where they currently reside, and continue with their planned activities.  Doors remain locked and door blinds are drawn.  We return to monthly fire drills beginning in March.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kunschaft directly at (203) 452-4388.  Thank you.

February 14, 2018

Thank you so much to everyone to purchased Crayons for Cancer and supported a great cause! We raised over $300! What a wonderful way to spread the love this Valentine's Day! Thanks to all our crayon peelers, sorters, and new crayon designers for making this Kindergarten Community Service project such a success!!

February 12, 2018

Congratulations!  Together we make a difference!  Daniels Farm School has been recognized as a 2016-17 Connecticut School of Distinction in all three areas the state has set for the classification!  These areas include:

  • Highest performing schools (59 schools in total)
  • Highest growth for all students (61 schools in total)
  • Highest growth for high needs students (53 schools in total)

Only EIGHT schools in the state met the criteria for School of Distinction recognition in all three areas!

We are very proud of our students and staff for all the hard work they put into learning every day at DFS.  Our success would not be possible without the ongoing support of our parents and the community.  DFS has been recognized as a CT School of Distinction two of the last three years, and it takes a team effort on all fronts to achieve this level of consistent success.

The complete listing of CT Schools of Distinction is available here.

See you at Daniels Farm School.  Together we make a difference!

February 2, 2018

WOW!  3 cars filled with food!  The DFS Student Council would like to thank everyone who donated to our “Soup-er Bowl” food drive.  We filled around 25 “copy-paper sized” boxes of non-perishable food to donate to the Trumbull Food Pantry.  Several classes completed our challenge of bringing in “52” food items per class. It took 3 cars filled with food to deliver all the donations. The Trumbull Food Pantry thanks all of DFS!

  • Mr. Johnson’s class won our raffle  
  • Mrs. Nawrocki’s class was closest in predicting the final score of the actual Super Bowl
  • Miss Camara’s class had the highest point total in our Super Bowl Teacher Trivia Contest!

Trumbull Times covered this event - article posted here.

In other news, tonight upwards of 200 people from the DFS community listened to the lovely voice of Jack Lynn singing the music of Dean Martin as we enjoyed an Italian meal served by the Father's Club.  Pasta, meatballs, chicken, salad and garlic knots were just part of the delicious menu.  The dads ended the night facilitating a raffle with over 20 prizes for children and adults.  Some of the favorites were a Star Wars Lego basket, outside games, popcorn machine, candy maker, movie night basket, restaurant gift certificates not to mention an Adrian Peterson signed football and a restaurant style patio heater.  And special thanks to the Trumbull Center Fire Department who will provide the lucky raffle family with the ever popular ride to school on the fire truck.  All patrons went home with full bellies and all winners went home with ear to ear smiles!  Thanks again Dads for another successful night!

January 29-February 2, 2018

The DFS Student Council hosted a Soup-er Bowl Food Drive this week.  With over XXX items collected, we surely helped the Trumbull Food Pantry stock their shelves in what is traditionally the lowest donation month.  The winning classroom for the special Superbowl raffle was XXX.  Thank you to all the generous families.

December 11, 2017

Tonight was a beautiful evening for all band, strings, and 5th Grade Chorus families at Madison Middle School.  Mr. McGrath lead over 30 band and 30 strings members in a musical concert.  Mrs. Conte then lead the entire 5th grade class as a chorus in a winter concert.  These students have been practicing for upwards of 8 weeks both in and before school mastering the skills needed to be on stage tonight.  The children were great and parents were so proud.

November 17, 2017

DFS PTA and Father's Club hosted another great Bingo/Chili Cook Off night.  The DFS cafeteria was bursting with more than 218 Bingo participants, 13 chili competitors and more than 50 chili judges.  Congratulations to the all the Bingo and chili winners!  

1st place Chili winner - Jen Kehley serving Big Beefy Chili
2nd place Chili winner - Lori Ross serving Ross Chili
3rd place Chili winner - Julie & Bill Starkey serving Starkey Chili

Special thanks to Erin Sweeney, Paula Murphy and the Father’s Club for organizing such a great event. The chili was delicious and the kids had so much fun.

November 17, 2017

A big DFS thank you to our VERY generous families for making the 6th annual "Dolphins for Turkeys" pajama day another huge success! We collected $1,160 this year, with Mrs. Chopskie's class collecting the most: $105! Wow! We can't thank you enough for continuing to support this program. Both the Trumbull Food Pantry and the Urban Outreach Initiative will be so thrilled to receive our donations! Happy Thanksgiving!  Special thanks to Jen Kehley for organizing.


November 9, 2017

The CT State Department of Education recently released the 2016-17 fifth grade Science CMT results by school across the state.  92.3% of our DFS 5th grade students were at goal or higher on this assessment, which tied us for 3rd out of over 500 schools across the state!  The top three percentages at goal and higher were 94%, 92.8% and 92.3%.  Our performance on this assessment is a K-5 endeavor, and we are lucky to have a strong hands-on science curriculum that our students enjoy.

November 8, 2017

The CT State Department of Education recently released the 2016-17 fifth grade Science CMT results by school across the state.  92.3% of our DFS 5th grade students were at goal or higher on this assessment, which tied us for 3rd out of over 500 schools across the state!  Click here for more details.

October 31, 2017

Another successful Pumpkin Decorating Contest took place today.  Check out these pumpkin masterpieces!!! There were almost 115 pumpkin entries. Mr. K and Mrs. Katz had such a difficult time choosing winners that they needed to get Mr. Tom to help judge. All the pumpkins were amazing! Thanks so much for all those that participated. Happy Halloween!

October 27, 2017

Today marked another great day at Daniels Farm.  Families from K-5th attended our annual Halloween Fun Night. Special thanks to Mindi Smith and Diane Winchester for all of their hard work planning and organizing. They did an amazing job! Thank you also to all of the parents and high schoolers who helped volunteer throughout the night and who brought all of the food. We could not have done it without you. It certainly takes a village! Happy Halloween!  And Congrats to all our "candy jar guess" winners: Aiden Andrade, Jett Morrow, Sophia Leintz, Anthony Gentile, and Dillon (no last name ) in Mrs. Palermo class!!!  All winners received a gift card to Sunny Daes.

October 20, 2017

Once again, DFS families demonstrated their extreme generosity in last year’s Jump Rope for Heart event.  DFS was rated #1 in the state with a total of $27,712 in donations to a very worthy cause.  Our coordinator, Matt Kasbarian will receive an award on November 16th.  Click here for the CT Top 25 list.

October 14, 2017

There's always work to be done at the school. The Father's Club worked on planting trees and beautifying the area surrounding the outdoor classroom. On a SATURDAY.. no less!! Very fortunate to have such caring parents at our school.  See the before and after here and other photos here.

October 13, 2017

Thank you for all the families who joined us for our Back To School Tailgate Party at Trumbull High School.  The dad's ran the grill, you supplied your favorite tailgate food and a good time was had by all as we watched Trumbull HS Football team host Norwalk.  Check out the photos here.

September 26, 2017

Several families attended our first PTA meeting of the year, Tuesday September 26th.    Mr. Kunschaft shared the SBAC scores and answered other questions. Congratulations to the raffle prize winner, Karla Maffini.

September 20, 2017


Jersey Day - Students and staff wore their favorite team's jersey or t-shirt.  Professional, collegiate, or our own local teams were represented across many sports and activities.  Thanks to all who participated.

September 19, 2017

Thank you to all the families who took advantage of the Scholastic Book Fair.  We had our most successful book fair ever - selling over 485 books of which 118 were part of teacher wish lists.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12 “The Getaway” was among the most popular one sold!  A huge thank you to all who volunteered to make it so successful!  Happy reading!


September 6, 2017 - Daniels Farm School's very own Buddy Bench

The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground.  If a child is sitting on it alone, it is a signal to the other kids to ask him or her to play. What a fabulous way to continue the Daniels Farm philosophy of inclusion and kindness! Special thanks to the 2016-17 5th grade families who afforded us this opportunity.

January 6, 2017

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration - (for children born on or before January 1, 2013)

If you expect to enroll your child in kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year, registration is in the month of January. Please call Valerie Mallozzi or Diane Tantimonico as soon as possible at 203.452.4348 for information or to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be scheduled on a first come first served basis and will be between the hours of 8:00 am. and 5:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room at the Long Hill Administration Building, 6254 Main Street, Trumbull.

October 20, 2016

Halloween Family Fun Night!

Monday is the last day to send in ticket orders for the annual
DFS Halloween Fun Night!

Don't miss out on one of the biggest nights of the year! 
This is a costume party for students, younger siblings and parents. 
$5 ticket includes games, prizes, crafts, snacks, DJ Dance Party and more!

Tickets will not be sold at the door 

Donations are STILL NEEDED for snacks, drinks and volunteers.  Please visit i-Volunteer to help.  This is a fun night for our children, and your support and generosity are greatly appreciated!

September 27, 2016


We are now up to 125 followers on our DFS Twitter account!  To date we have “tweeted” 52 photos with captions detailing current classroom instruction at DFS this school year.  All photos are anonymous in that we never show students or student names.  Signing up takes a few minutes and provides you access to our K-5 classrooms throughout the year.  Why not give it a try by clicking on the link below and getting started today?

September 13, 2016

Parents, it has come to our attention that there was a problem in enrolling students for the voluntary student accident insurance with the company K&K Insurance.  This issue has now been fixed.  Parents can choose to enroll their students directly using the link below.

September 9, 2016

Re:  Standards-Based Report Cards.

Dear DFS Families,

The district has created a short online presentation about our use of Standards-Based Report Cards.  It consists of six PowerPoint-type slides explaining the use of content standards and classroom assessment data to accurately reflect each student’s progress toward grade level standards.  The link is

In addition, you can see the actual grade level Standards-Based Report Cards at the following link:

Finally, Report Card Companions for ELA & Math are show here - - and Curriculum Overviews here -

Please take a few moments to review the documents associated with your child’s grade level prior to Back to School Night.

Thank you

September 8, 2016

Important Carpool Reminders:

  •  Drivers must pull up to the blue sign at the top right of the carpool circle.
  • There should not be multiple car gaps in the line for any extended period of time.
  • If the outer circle is full, you MUST pull into the inner circle around the center island to avoid backup on Daniels Farm Road.
  • The car circle will only hold so many cars at a time - Solutions for alleviating overcrowding include carpools and use of the bus.

September 7, 2016

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to receive daily tweets (photos included) of all that is going on at DFS.  In our first four days of school we have tweeted eight times on topics ranging from PE to writing workshop.  The tweets are written and posted by Mr. Kunschaft as he moves about the building throughout the day.  Simply click on the Twitter icon in the upper right corner (small bird), sign up for an account, and request to follow us.  It's that easy, so don't miss out.

June 9, 2016

One third and one fourth grade classroom from Daniels Farm School worked with Madison School from Bridgeport over the past month on a curriculum-based project entitled Classrooms Without Walls.  The initiative is created and sponsored by Sacred Heart University.  The goal is to partner with a diverse sister-school to pursue a content area research project via Google Hangout, then meet to finalize and present the project, as well as get to know each other in person.  Both classes visited Sacred Heart University yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed the culminating activities and our Madison School’s company.  The initiative will be offered statewide next year, with many more schools participating.  Our classes were the first to participate and we are proud of our students and teachers’ involvement.

Below please find the link to News 12 coverage of the event.

News 12 Clip – Classes Without Walls event at SHU

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Associates from the Trumbull office of Keller Williams Realty spent the day at Daniels Farm School last Thursday as part of their annual "RED Day," helping to clean up and beautify the grounds.   RED Day    (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving local communities. Each year, on the second Thursday in May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve.  Thank you, Keller Williams Realty!

Associates from the Trumbull office of Keller Williams Realty spent the day at Daniels Farm School last Thursday as part of their annual "RED Day," helping to clean up and beautify the grounds.  RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty’s year-round commitment to improving local communities. Each year, on the second Thursday in May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which they serve.  Thank you, Keller Williams Realty!

September 19, 2015:  The DFS PTA board members hosted their annual "Welcome Back" breakfast for teachers and staff on the first day of school. In addition to the breakfast, all teachers and staff were entered to win this "sweet" school supply cake, chock-full of great supplies and little extras. This year's winner was our new 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Potok!  Congratulations!

June 12, 2015: Watch the Summer Reading assembly, part 1!

Watch the Summer Reading Assembly, Part 2!

Ticket Vouchers for the New Britain Rock Cats on May 4th

April 6, 2015

Mr. C. has 150 vouchers for tickets to the New Britain Rock Cats baseball game.  It will take place in New Britain against the Harrisburg Senators on Monday, May 4th.  Each voucher is good for two free tickets to the game. The vouchers have been provided by the American Heart Association as a result of DFS's overwhelming participation in Jump Rope For Heart. Mr. C. would like to give the vouchers out to the children and families of Daniels Farm School. Families who are interested in attending are asked to send a note to Mr. C. during P.E. class during the weeks leading up to May 4th. Vouchers will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis. This year, Mr. C. would like to see Daniels Farm School well represented at the game.  (In the past, very few families have attended.)  For those of you who do not know, next year the Rock Cats move to Hartford (in the new Hartford stadium that is being built) and become the Hartford Yard Goats.

Celebration of the Arts 2015

March 28, 2015

Here is a small sample of the fun activities the children encountered on Friday, March 27th at the 16th Annual Celebration of the Arts!

Congratulations to Mr. Craig!

Monday, March 2, 2015

We would like to congratulate Mr. Craig Shairer, our DFS Head Custodian of twelve years, on his appointment as the new Head Custodian at Trumbull High School.  Mr. Shairer begins his new position on Monday, March 9, 2015.  DFS is widely considered the cleanest building in the TPS system, and this is due to Craig’s attention to detail, organization, and pride in his work.  In addition, he is excellent with the students, always willing to stop, smile, crack a joke, or offer timely advice.  We will sorely miss him but know this promotion is something he wants and deserves.

Sincerely, Gary Kunschaft, Principal - DFS

2015 Reflections Winners!

January 30, 2015

Thank you to all the students who submitted entries into this year's Reflections contest!  The winners have been selected, congratulations!  To see the list of winners, please click here

Another Case of Head Lice Found at DFS

January 12, 2015

Dear DFS Families:

There has been another reported case of head lice. Based upon timing and the life-cycle of head lice the infestation in all probability did not occur in school.

Please continue to be diligent about checking your child(ren)’s head(s) on a regular basis. Children will be asked by teachers to store their coats and personal items in their backpacks during the school day. Please be cautious with sharing equipment and piling coats and towels during extracurricular activities. And if your child participates in a sleepover or play date which involves sharing bedding or dress-up clothing please monitor them carefully.

Thank you for your continued vigilance.

Marie H. Ely, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC

Weekly Noetic Math Learning "Problem of the Week" for Grades 2-5

January 12, 2015

Are you looking for ways to challenge your child in math? Let me introduce Noetic Learning Problem of the Week.  Starting today, one interesting math problem will be posted every Monday for 12 weeks (see link below). The problems are carefully selected to interest students from different levels in grades 2-5.  

The problems will also be posted online on Noetic’s facebook page and blog site. Encourage your children to visit and post questions and solutions either on the facebook page or blog site

Principal Gary Kunschaft

A Note from the DFS School Nurse, Mrs. Ely

January 9, 2015


We have had 2 cases of flu reported this week with, I am sure, more cases to follow. Influenza is a common, acute, viral infection that is a self-limiting illness of the respiratory tract usually accompanied by a fever. Illness is spread person-to-person primarily by respiratory secretions through sneezing, coughing, talking, and through direct contact.

Symptoms of flu include:

·         Headache

·         Muscle and joint aches and pains

·         Fever and/or chills

·         Rapid onset of respiratory illness

·         Conjunctivitis or “pink eye”

·         Fatigue

·         Loss of appetite

·         Sometimes nausea and vomiting

If you suspect your child may have the flu, a rapid antigen test can be performed by your pediatrician to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment is usually symptomatic, but some antiviral agents may shorten the duration of the illness if taken within a day or two of the onset of symptoms. The illness usually lasts 7-10 days and treatment is symptomatic: Ibuprofen or Tylenol for fever and muscle aches, plenty of fluids, and lots of rest.


Research has proven that the most effective method for preventing the spread of flu is to wash your hands often with soap and warm water, or using hand-sanitizers when soap and water are not available.

Flu vaccination should be done yearly in the fall, but it is never too late to be vaccinated. The vaccine is recommended for all ages, but especially the very young and the elderly, who are most vulnerable to complications from the virus.                      

Criteria for Returning to School

·         Children who are not feeling well should remain at home until they are symptom free.

·         A child who has had a fever must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of any medication before returning to school.

·         Children with flu-like symptoms, or any suspected infectious disease, may not attend school to take tests, attend parties, or participate in afterschool activities.

Head Lice

We would also like to advise you that a case of head lice has been reported.

Parents are encouraged to check their children at home. Please be very diligent in checking your child(ren)’s head(s) on a regular basis. If you suspect your child has head lice please have your child checked by either your pediatrician or the school nurse before treating to confirm that what you are seeing is actually head lice.

I would also like to remind you to exercise caution when attending extracurricular activities, i.e. sports, religious education, etc.

•           Please have a bag in which to keep your child’s items separate from the other children

•           DO NOT permit the children to pile their clothing, towels, etc. on top of each other

•           DO NOT permit the children to share sports equipment, especially helmets

•           Check your child’s head and personal items, for example pillows, after sleep-overs and social occasions.

If you have any questions regarding head lice please contact your child’s pediatrician, the school nurse, or the Trumbull Monroe Health District.

Please stay warm, and have a healthy and happy weekend!

Marie H. Ely, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC

Attention DFS Wordmasters Families!

December 17, 2014

WordMaster students receive their new word lists this week in preparation the second meet in February.  We will work on using these words correctly in many different contexts between now and the meet.  The students who do best on the actual test are those who put the extra effort into learning the words.  To help in this area, the students have access to a pre-made glossary via their Google Chrome accounts.  They have the username and passwords, but if misplaced, teachers have the information.

You can also access the glossaries at the following links:

3rd Grade:

4th Grade:

5th Grade:

Thank you!

DFS is now on Twitter!

December 15, 2014

In an ongoing effort to keep our DFS families aware of all the great appenings at school, we have created a Twitter account.  This is a private account, with access granted by me to DFS families who request to follow the account. 

The non-negotiable elements of the account are:

  • DFS families only.  The account is set to private and will not show up on any outside searches.
  • The account serves as 1-way communication only, school to home.  Any attempts to contact the school via the account result in removal from the account.  We are available via phone, email, appointments and drop-ins as usual.
  • No photos of students or teachers
  • No references to specific students, teachers, or classrooms

I have been testing the site with a few  parents the past week and things went well.  You are under no obligation to follow the account, but if you would like to, please go to the link below and create an account with your name if you don't already have one.  The account MUST include your name so  I can ensure all followers are DFS family members. Just click on the "follow" link in the upper right hand corner and complete the entry screens.  I will then receive an email with your "following" request and grant you access.

Thank you.

Gary Kunschaft

DFS Principal

Sign up link:

Letter to Parents from the PTSA about Election Day

October 27, 2014

Dear Voters,

As officers of a PTA organization we typically address letters to parents, families, or teachers, but today we address you as voters to emphasize your role as citizens of Trumbull and your obligation to vote in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 4th.  Polls are open between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

In addition to casting your vote for the candidates of your choice, the PTSA Council would like to call your attention to the initiatives regarding Charter Revision that will appear as questions #2 and #3 on the ballot.

Passing these initiatives will revise the town's governing document in meaningful ways that we urge you to understand before casting a vote either way. In particular, we believe that question #3 will have a negative impact on our budget process.  Question #3 concerns a new section of the Charter, which would require that the town fund both the Town and Police pensions at “annual required contribution” (ARC) levels that are driven by market conditions and determined by the town’s actuaries and not our town leaders.  

As advocates for a strong educational system, we believe this provision could ultimately decrease the amount of money available to our schools.  Please visit the Charter Information page at the Trumbull PTSA website for more information including a summary of the changes proposed as part of questions #2 and #3.  The page also includes links to source materials and a video explanation from the Chair of the Charter Revision Commission, Town Clerk Suzanne Burr Monaco.

The concerns of your PTSA Council and the PTA leadership in your schools lie in the area of making specific budget requirements part of the Town Charter, a governing document that can't easily or quickly be revised to reflect the rapidly changing needs of our schools and community.

Again, we urge all parents and guardians of school aged children who are eligible to vote in the Town of Trumbull to please register and go to the polls on November 4th, and visit our information page regarding the ballot questions before the task.


Trumbull PTSA Council, Executive Committee

PTA Reflections - Deadline DECEMBER 3rd!

Tuesday, October 28th

Calling all artists!  The PTA Reflections theme this year is THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF...  The deadline for submission is December 3rd!  Please visit the Digital Backpack to find the entry form.  Get creative!  Please contact Nancy Hogan for more information or with any questions. 

WordMasters Challenge is Back for 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders

Friday, October 10th

Principal Gary Kunschaft is starting the 2nd year of the WordMasters Challenge.   Click here to read the letter describing this great program!  Sign up sheets will be in school starting this week. 

PTA Reflections 2015 - The World Would Be a Better Place if...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The theme for the 2014-15 school year is "The World Would be a Better Place if..."  Start looking for your inspiration!   Parents and students can explore the links below to learn more about the categories and rules for the Reflections program.

Film Production Rules

Dance Choreography Rules

Literature Rules

Visual Arts Rules

Photography Rules

Music Composition Rules

Entry forms will be available soon.  If you have any questions about the program, please email Nancy Hogan, the DFS PTA Reflections Chair. 

To learn more about the National PTA Reflections program, visit their website

From the Trumbull BOE - Policy Advisory Committee

For Immediate Release: September 16, 2014

The Trumbull Board of Education is currently seeking three (3) parents or guardians of Trumbull Public School students and two (2) community volunteers, who must be Trumbull residents, to participate as advisory members on the Policy Committee. Policy, both formulation and administration, is one of the most critical responsibilities of the Board of Education. The committee meets in the Long Hill Administration Building on a monthly basis in the early evening. Appointees will serve on the committee for two years. If interested in being considered for one of the positions, please submit a completed information form to Loretta Chory, Policy Committee Chair: and/or Deborah Herbst, BOE Chair: no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, 2014. For more about the Policy Committee, visit To download the online information form, visit

Fall 2014 After School Enrichment Registration Still Open!

Parents, you can still sign your child up for this fall's ASE classes.  Classes being offered include Cheer It!, Kempo Karate, Sewing, Steam Wars,  ArtSmart!, Gym Games and Sense-Sational Science.  (Legos are FULL!)  Be sure to find all the details about ASE under the Events/ASE tab here on the website.  Chaperones are still needed - this is an opportunity for free tuition!  Sign up today!

Trumbull Public Schools Policy Change

Please note: Elementary and middle school students need to be accompanied by an adult to gain entrance to all Trumbull High sporting events.

Volunteering at DFS

Any and all Volunteers in the school must participate in the following three-part process, renewable every year, as follows: 

·         Please go to the Trumbull Public Schools website - on the right side of the screen you will see “Volunteering”. Please complete the on-line form as soon as possible if you intend on doing any school volunteering.

·         When you have been chosen to volunteer at any functions within the school (lunch room, field trips, room mother, etc.), your name will be submitted to Security, where a background  check will be performed.

·         Once the background check has been completed, approvals will be forwarded to the main office.  

This process must be done every year. Please understand the necessity of this process for the safety and well-being of our students and school. 

Thank you.

From the Principal's Desk:  Report to Parents - Effective Homework Help

Please read the following document about parent involvement with homework, thank you!

Car Pool

August 25, 2014

DFS car pool is offered in the AM and PM each day of the school year.  Drop off times are from 8:20 - 8:35AM.  Pickup times are from 3:15 – 3:35PM.

In the past, the PTA issued carpool numbers for display in front car windows at pickup times.  These numbers were issued to families upon request.  This year we will issue every DFS family a car pool number which you may utilize on days you choose to pick up your child.  On Friday of this week the youngest child in each DFS family will bring home a piece of cardstock with your car pool number printed on it.  Simply place it in your front window on the passenger side during pick up.  This number will replace last year’s car pool number.

For the first week of school feel free to use last year’s car pool number.  If you do not have a car pool number from last year, you may still pickup your child.  We will simply ask for your child’s name in the pickup lane.

Thank you!

DFS Spiritwear!

Welcome back!  If you are new to DFS (or are just looking for something new to wear) be sure to visit the DFS iTownStore and purchase your very own DFS Spiritwear t-shirt or sweatshirt for the new school year!  New this fall are 'Keep Calm and Read On' tie dye shirts!  Look for the DFS Spirtwear days throughout the year to show your school spirit.  Please email Teresa Feher with any questions. 

Bus Volunteers Still Needed;  New Kindergarten Teacher at DFS

August 22, 2014

Calling our wonderful DFS volunteers! The PTA still needs School Bus Volunteers for the following buses:

Bus 11 (Tu/Wed, AM & PM routes)
Bus 12 (Wed AM or PM routes)
Bus 13 (Tu/Wed, AM & PM routes)
Bus 14 (Tu/Wed, AM & PM routes)
Bus 15 (Wed AM & PM routes)
Bus 16 (Tu/Wed, AM & PM routes)

Please email Jen Knight at to sign up and help, thank you!


We are very excited to announce the hiring of Mrs. Deirdre Foley as our fourth kindergarten teacher at DFS.  Mrs. Foley brings twelve plus years of classroom experience and holds both regular and special education teaching certificates.  She finished last year at Frenchtown Elementary as a long term kindergarten substitute teacher and is thrilled to be back in a classroom of her own.  Please make sure you stop by on Meet Your Teacher Day to welcome her to the Daniels Farm Community.

All families receiving a student info packet with the label "New Teacher" have Mrs. Foley as their teacher this year.

Thank you!

Important Notice from the Main Office

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At last night's Trumbull Board of Education meeting, a kindergarten and 4th grade classroom were added to DFS for the upcoming school year.  This resulted in new class sizes of 16, 16, 16, and 17 for kindergarten and 19, 19, 20 and 20 for fourth grade!  

While originally planning for only three teachers in each of these grades, as enrollment swelled over the summer we made concrete plans for this potential scenario, with our goal being to create the best possible learning environment for all children.

The following actions and changes take place immediately based on last night's additions:

  • Teacher assignments for kindergarten and fourth grade are being sent first class mail today.
  • A kindergarten teacher will be hired tomorrow morning as Mrs. Schaefer was moved to Middlebrook Elementary school during the summer before the new sections were added last night.

·         All other DFS teachers are returning to the grade levels they taught last year.

  • Students who were originally assigned to Ms. Birch in 1st grade are now assigned to Mrs. Palermo in 1st grade.
  • Students who were originally assigned to Mrs. Palermo in 2nd grade are now assigned to Mrs. Guttman in 2nd grade. 

If you have any questions, please contact DFS directly at (203) 452-4388.  Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

August 13, 2014:  New Staff at DFS;  2014-15 Bus Routes Posted

  • In addition to new staff listed in the packets being sent home this week, we are also very excited to add Mrs. Brenda Windsor as our Technology Integration Specialist!  We will share Mrs. Windsor with Booth Hill School.  The goal of these new positions is to help all staff integrate available technology into our current curriculum to increase student achievement.  Mrs. Windsor has taught in Trumbull Public Schools for many years and is a dynamic professional.
  • The 2014-15 TPS bus routes have been posted.  Please visit the 'Bus Safety & Schedule' tab and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link.

DFS Named the 'One School, One Book' Model School of the Year!

Congratulations to Daniels Farm School for being named the 'One School, One Book' Model School of the Year by the parent organization READ TO THEM!   DFS will be featured on the Read to Them webpage for the next several months, including a picture of our own principal Gary Kunschaft dressed up like a knight!  Be sure to visit the webpage describing our wonderful OSOB program.  Many thanks to Leslie Davis for bringing this program to our school. 

PTA Reflections 2015 - The World Would Be a Better Place if...

It is never to early to being thinking about the Reflections competition!  The theme for the 2014-15 school year is "The World Would be a Better Place if..."  Start looking for your inspiration this summer!  It is a perfect time of the year to take pictures, record video, draw pictures, dance and compose music.

Entry forms for the next school year's pieces will be available later this summer on the CT PTA's website and in the DFS front office this September.   If you have any questions about the program, please email Nancy Hogan, the DFS PTA Reflections Chair. 

To learn more about the National PTA Reflections program, visit their website.  Have a great summer!

Celebration of the Arts 2014

The 15th Annual Celebration of the Arts was held on Thursday, May 15th.  This event was conceived by parents in 1999 with one goal:  to inspire an interest in the arts by bringing music, dance and the fine arts into the hands and hearts of our children.  Various forms of art, including theater arts, performing arts, visual arts and musical arts were all part of the day.  This year's event brought together a variety of different artists from our community, some of whom are DFS parents, DFS alumni, teachers and parent volunteers. 

The featured performer this year (who graciously stepped in after a last minute cancellation) was Tony Republicano who performed PROJECT IMPROV:  WHERE YOU ARE THE STAR! in two separate assemblies for our children. 

The COTA committee also introduced the first Annual 'T-Shirt Art' contest.  Students were asked to design the artwork for the traditional t-shirts.  The winning entry, created by Neya in 4th grade, graced both the t-shirts and the cover of the COTA program this year. 

Many thanks to the co-chairs Jen Kehley and Patty Gold, as well as their committee members and all the volunteers for running this huge event!