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Celebrating our Amazing School Nurses!

Shout out to all of our school nurses who go above and beyond for our students, families, and staff, every day. While navigating the always changing Covid guidelines and recommendations they care for boo boos, broken bones, food allergies, and more, with a constant smile and empathetic word.  Thank you!

Mrs. Britell, just one of our wonderful school nurses, shares thank you cards, drawings, and banners from Jennings' students.

Career Exploration Series features FPS Alumni

The Ludlowe and Warde College and Career Centers offers a “Career Exploration Series” where FPS Alumni  who have found success in their respective fields share their perspectives, explain their pathways since graduating, and impart lessons they’ve learned along the way.   

We are so proud of our impressive graduates and appreciate their volunteering to “pay it forward” by giving our current students a leg up in their own career pursuits.  Feel free to attend future seminars, view past ones, or pass on to families you know who may be interested.   

Click here to view videos of past sessions, including Careers in STEM, Business, Engineering, Communications and Media, the Environment and Sustainability, Performing & Visual Arts, and more! 

FLHS Art Honor Society Participates in Memory Project

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Who are we talking about?

Digna A. Marte, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our world is diverse and each of us is unique. Science tells us each of us has a different set of fingerprints, even identical twins who share the same DNA. Religion says that each of us was created with an individual purpose.

Just as no two snowflakes are alike, we each have our own individual perspectives, likes, and dislikes, physical abilities, and learning abilities. Our identity - our sense of who we are and our place in the world - cannot be defined by a single attribute or label.  Our identities are multifaceted, multi-layered, and interwoven like a quilt of experiences and roles. Consider who you are personally and professionally.  Your multiple roles in your family, your workplace, and your community. Consider your racial, cultural, religious, gender, physical, economic and social identities.  How all these pieces come together to make you the unique individual you are. We call this intersectionality.

For me, the beauty of our world is discovering the individual identities that make us who we are in our communities and the world.  As we continue this work of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, let’s take the time to open our minds and hearts to learn each other’s stories, history, and culture.  Let us continue to seek to understand the stories behind each other’s experiences and celebrate both our commonalities and our differences.  Let us be open to celebrating diversity in all its forms, including racial diversity, cultural diversity, religious diversity, gender fluidity, learning diversity, physical diversity, economic and social diversity.

In solidarity, we remember International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Since 2005, the United Nations General Assembly and UN member states have held commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. On Wednesday, April 27th, a Commemoration Ceremony will take place in Fairfield at First Church Congregational (corner of Beach and Old Post Road). It is important to always remember the harm caused by ignorance and hate and for us to work on increasing knowledge, exposure, sharing and love as we build community! Please save the date.

Happy Women’s History Month and so much more!

DEI Director aims to help every student thrive...


Mill Hill Shares Their Dreams

Dear FPS Community,

This past month has flown by, yet as I look at the events shared in this month’s Spotlight, I am encouraged by the joy and celebrations evident throughout our district.

Since the dawn of civilization, we have commemorated special events and accomplishments. The number of rites, rituals and celebrations we participate in is almost endless and incredibly diverse. Every culture, nation and tradition has developed its own unique ways of honoring special occasions. These customs and traditions are a direct product of cultural background, history, and beliefs. 

As eclectic as these practices are, if we look closely, we see a common thread that connects them. They all center on universal human experiences. They help us define our individual identities and contribute to the stories of who we are.  Celebrations also cultivate a sense of community. Whenever we come together, we get a chance to connect with others on a deeper and more profound level. They provide us with the perfect opportunity to engage in the joys of life such as dancing, singing, sharing foods, playing and laughing together.  

Whether we are celebrating the 100th Day of School, Black History Month, the Lunar New Year, School Nurses Day, or any of the other events and accomplishments featured here, we are teaching our students to value their place in our community.

I hope you enjoy these celebrations as much as we do.

Take care,


Understanding Identity

Grade 2 Stratfield students revisit identity maps created throughout the year to examine characters and themselves (at left). Grade 1 is discussing and celebrating their unique identities and what they love about themselves (at right).

Burr Shares "Ways to Make Sunshine"

Burr students, staff, and families recently participated in a whole school read of Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson. It’s the story of Ryan Hart and her family as they navigate the daily challenges of family and school life. We chose it specifically because of the accessibility of the main character. Her problems are the problems of many children, and the way she chooses to make sunshine from every situation is inspiring and sends a positive message to our students about perseverance and the power of a positive attitude. The book also has themes of diversity which fit in well with our equity work. Teachers and parents shared read aloud duties by alternating chapters. Students in fourth and fifth grade read chapters independently. Classes had many spirited discussions about the characters in the story, the pressures they face, and the themes that emerge throughout the text. Burr has been participating in a homegrown One Book, One School program for a number of years. We are proud to be able to have a common experience as readers. We are excited too for author Renee Watson's visit to Burr (virtually) this spring.

Check out our Padlet here.

Celebrating Lunar New Year

Stratfield Kindergarteners learned all about the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. Students read books, listened to music, and danced. These celebrations are meant to usher out the old year and bring forth the luck and prosperity of the new one, therefore, often include firecrackers, fireworks, and red clothes and decorations. Traditionally, the ribbon dance is performed at harvest festivals and New Year celebrations. We all had a wonderful time!

Click here to watch our video.

A Time to Shine at Holland Hill

In keeping with our school theme embracing equity,“Seen, Heard, Loved,” we added a new feature to our monthly Town Meetings called A Time to Shine.  Led by our EL teacher, Veronica Sanford, each month we feature a different student who teaches our entire community about something important in their culture or religion.  We have learned so much already about Jewish holidays, Navarati, Hungarian Name Day and Diwali. Most recently, First Grader Charlotte Lim presented the Lunar New Year.  At Holland Hill, we celebrate our diversity every day, but our Town Meetings are a special place to capture this.  

Watch our International Video highlighting our celebration of International Education Week.

Jennings students wear stripes in honor of Rare Disease Day

100 Ways to Celebrate the 100th Day of School

Warde ROBO Soccer 2022

Warde Students designed, built, and programmed a 3 on 3 Robotic Soccer game for thie semester final!

Middle School Pen Pals: Mon Cher Ami

Grade 6 French students at Roger Ludlowe and Tomlinson Middle Schools have been practicing their interpersonal writing skills with pen pals. They have enjoyed sending and receiving letters and hope to continue the exchange for the remainder of the year.

Warde Student Raising Money to Buy Defibrillator for Fairfield Beach