Happy Holidays FPS
Dear FPS Families,
As we approach winter break, I want to acknowledge and thank you for supporting our exceptional students each day. I would also like to express my gratitude to our dedicated and passionate staff, who continue to provide unique learning experiences and opportunities for our children.
The new year brings forth an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments, but also focus on what we can do better. As we gather with family and friends to celebrate, my hope is that we can all take a moment to share kindness while cherishing the bonds that unite us: the strength within our community, and the hope for a bright future.
I look forward to all that we will achieve together in the new year as we remain focused on the success of our learners. Wishing you all peace, happiness and special moments with loved ones during this holiday season.
FPS Superintendent of Schools
Michael J. Testani
2024-25 Fairfield Public Schools Student Calendar
Click the calendar above to view the 2024-25 calendars which were approved by the Board of Education on November 20, 2023.
McKinley World's Fair Celebration
Mckinley’s PTA and staff hosted a World’s Fair on December 2. Twenty-seven families volunteered to create a table to share about their countries of origin. There were costumes, food, flags, and student activities. This year the World’s Fair included other school communities. Jennings, Mill Hill, Stratfield, Sherman and Dwight represented their schools and shared what makes their schools special places to learn. Entertainers included Irish Step Dancers, Zumba instruction, African Drumming, Tae Kwon Do and more. The World’s Fair was attended by over 300 people!
SEPTA DisAbilities Survey
The town of Fairfield wants to hear from parents, faculty and students within the FPS community. Please click here to take 5-10 minutes to complete a confidential survey from Fairfield's Commission on disAbilities regarding services for people with disabilities of all ages and for residents with loved ones with disabilities. This survey is part of a town-wide needs assessment being conducted in collaboration with graduate students from Sacred Heart University.
For information about town services and programs available for people with disabilities call 203-256-3170, visit the Human and Social Services Department website or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riverfield Students Learn About Compassion Through A Shared Story
With support from the PTA in collaboration with Sacred Heart University, each Riverfield student received their own book to take home and share with their families along with resources and activities to promote discussions. The book, This Story is Not About a Kitten, focuses on compassion and empathy.
Osborn Hill chefs crafted pizzas with Whitsons Chef Chris as a prize for a contest.
School Dismissal Manager
All elementary and middle schools are now using School Dismissal Manager, an online dismissal management system which allows families to update the school regarding dismissal plans via a smartphone, tablet or PC. Please contact your school administrator if you need additional information.
FPS elementary and middle school PE teachers attended hands-on trainings during PD to learn about facilitating challenge courses and activities.
Warde American Sign Language Teacher Tina Marsan working with students on storytelling skills.
Kindergarten Registration Opens January 8, 2024
Kindergarten registration opens January 8, 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year. Visit the FPS homepage and click on the registration icon for information. As a reminder, beginning July 1, 2024, a new CT General Statute requires that children need to turn 5 years old on or before September 1 to be automatically eligible for kindergarten. However, because of the timing of this change and the challenges this may cause families, we are allowing an exception for the upcoming school year. Any child who is not five years old on or before September 1, 2024, but turns 5 before January 1, 2025, may be admitted to kindergarten upon written request by the child’s parent or guardian to the school principal.
The sessions will take place in the FWMS Library on Wednesdays in January and February from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Ludlowe High School Peace Day
Ludlowe High School students and staff engaged in a day-long Peace celebration. Guests from the community, staff members and students held speaking sessions focused on life experiences from abroad, journalistic integrity, meditation, history, acceptance and more. Students and staff also participated in a Peace Walk and enjoyed a school wide Music for Peace concert.
Holland Hill Families Share Traditions During International Week
The Holland Hill community learned about cultures and traditions during a recent International Week. The week, which coincided with Native American Heritage Month, began with a school visit from a Mohegan Tribe member. Other activities included student-led morning announcements in different languages, music, and adding a flag to the cafeteria collection. The celebration culminated with an evening event where Holland Hill families represented 27 countries with food, pictures and artifacts. Students received passports and "visited" different countries.
District and school messages are now being sent to parents/guardians through ParentSquare. Families should have received a link to log in to their ParentSquare account from their principal. If you have not received a link, please reach out to your school directly.
Infinite Campus will continue to be used for a variety of purposes including report cards, grades and assignments, lunch payments, fees/school store and real-time attendance information.
Burr Kindergartners worked with buddy classrooms to program beebots that pulled gratefulness floats through a mini parade.