2017-18 School Budget

Did you know…The 2017-18 school budget has one final hurdle for approval? Over the break the Board of Finance voted to approve next year’s school budget as proposed by the Board of Education. The total budget is $95,874,776 which is a 2.16% increase over this year and the lowest increase we have seen in over a decade.

On May 8th the RTM will be the final vote and it is critical for parents to make our voices heard before then. There are some within the RTM who oppose the budget or initiatives within the budget. If you want to see these proposals become realities reach out to your elected officials and express your support.   This list of RTM members is organized by district. We encourage you to contact the representatives in your district and express your thoughts about the budget or the proposals contained within. (Not sure what district you’re in? Click here.)

The proposed 2017-18 School Budget includes some significant initiatives intended to dramatically improve the experiences of our children. If you aren’t already up to speed on these initiatives, we encourage you to watch this video of Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner explaining them to parents at a recent meeting at Darien High School. You can also review his presentation by clicking here. The entire budget is available here.

The key budget proposals this year include:

  • Expanding the DHS cafeteria to provide seating for all DHS students in a safe and welcoming environment
  • Continuing the rollout of 1:1 technology including iPads for students at the High School in addition to the Chromebooks at the elementary schools and MMS
  • The addition of Department Chairs in our secondary schools to provide consistency, smoother transitions and to foster creativity and innovation in our classrooms
  • Implementation of the Fitch Academy, a DHS program focused on a targeted population, prioritizing the emotional needs of the students while delivering personalized, interdisciplinary instruction
  • Continued investment in professional development for our teachers in elementary literacy and math, special education, SRBI and differentiation of instruction in all grade levels

You can make a difference. Please take a moment and email your RTM members to ask them to support this budget.

If you have any questions about the 2017-18 BOE Budget or the approval process please contact your PTO Co-Chairs: Antoinette Cowles and Leila Buckjune.

PTO Meeting with Superintendent Dan Brenner, April 19th, 7 pm

Please join the Hindley PTO on April 19th to hear Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner speak about the upcoming renovations to our school, his master plan for the district’s facilities and the challenges in Darien as we face budgetary cuts from Hartford.

We are also pleased to have our wonderful librarian, Jackie Heyde speak about the new “maker space” items recently purchased by the PTO for the Hindley library.

We hope you can join us on Wednesday April 19th at 7 pm in the Common Room. To RSVP for this event, please click here.

Tall & Small Dance

All Hindley girls are invited to come dance the night away at Hindley on Friday, 3/17. Dance under the disco ball and share a cupcake and lots of special moments with your Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Mom, or other special adult. The chocolate fountain will be flowing and DJ Alex will play the tunes sure to get all of the Talls and Smalls out on the dance floor. All girls will receive a wrist corsage and photos from the new photo booth this year! $30 per couple, $10 for each additional girl. RSVPs are required for this event by Wednesday, March 15th.

RSVP online at www.pay4schoolstuff.com. Volunteers needed for this event! Please sign up when you pay online, or click here to sign up via Sign Up Genius. Contact Beth Ann Kissko or Kim Molloy with any questions.

 

Conference Week Enrichment Programs

Looking for a way to keep your child busy during the conference week half day schedule? Whether your child likes sports, art or robotics, come and do something fun and engaging after school at Hindley! Programs include:

  • OTA Sports Camp on March 15th for grades K-2 and on March 16th for grades 3-5. Register on the Overtime Athletics site.
  • Lego Robotics on March 16th for grades K-5. Register on Pay4SchoolStuff.
  • Hands on Pottery on March 17th for grades K-5. Register on Pay4SchoolStuff.

Space is limited for all programs and are first come, first served.

Order Your Hindley Yearbook!

Hindley 2017 Yearbooks are now for sale! Place your order ONLINE and receive FREE PERSONALIZATION on the cover of your child’s yearbook.

Orders placed ONLINE ONLY will have the option to add their child’s name and up to four special icons to commemorate their time at Hindley. Icons available include sports, arts, the Hindley paw print, and more (for the complete list, click here). Help us GO GREEN and eliminate the use of paper forms and checks.

Payment can be made by credit card, debit card or E-check. To order online

Purchase any number of yearbooks for $20.00 per book. To secure a personalized yearbook, you must check the box “Personalized Ink Yearbook”, enter your personalized text and if desired, choose up to four specialty icons (name and icons will appear on the lower right hand corner of the yearbook). Online orders must be placed by March 12, 2017.

Questions? Please contact Tracy Enters or Luli Burke.

PTO Meeting: Choosing Love with Scarlett Lewis

The Hindley PTO invites you to our next meeting on Wed. Jan. 11th at 7 p.m. in the Common Room. Our guest speaker will be Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation. Following the death of her son Jesse at Sandy Hook, Scarlett was inspired by a simple three-word message he had scrawled on their kitchen chalkboard. The message of “nurturing healing love” guided her to start the Choose Love Foundation, which provides educational materials and a curriculum based on the fundamental concepts and skills of social and emotional learning, informed by current research and neuroscience. The goal of the Choose Love Program is to provide children with the knowledge, attitude and skills they need to choose love in any situation. There will be a brief Q & A after Scarlett’s presentation. We hope you can join us! For additional information, please click here.

Hindley Night at the Sound Tigers

The Hindley Chorus, along with the choruses from the four other Elementary Schools, will be performing the National Anthem at the Sound Tigers Game on Saturday, January 21 (Game time is 7:00 pm.) To purchase tickets and enter for a chance to win a Zamboni ride during the game, please go to www.pay4schoolstuff.com. Tickets are $20.00 per person and Zamboni raffle tickets are $3.00 each. Deadline for ordering tickets is Thursday, January 12. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Koslow.

**Hindley School is sensitive to children that may require special accommodations at PTO sponsored events. If you have a special request, Please contact to Rebecca Laus, Assistant Principal, at rlaus@darienps.org.***

Cookies, Cocoa, and Caroling

Join us for some holiday cheer on Thursday, December 8th from 6-7pm! Ms. Brendli will get everyone in the holiday spirit with lots of caroling, and there will be cookies and cocoa for all. $3pp for everyone 5 and up. RSVP later this week online at www.pay4schoolstuff.com. Volunteers needed! If you can bake cookies or volunteer before or during the event, please sign up here. As always, we will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots at this event. Please consider donating. We will take care of dropping off all donations to the Noroton fire station. Questions? Contact Beth Ann Kissko or Kim Molloy.

Chain of Communication

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Now that everyone has had a chance to fall into a regular routine, we want to make you aware of the Chain of Communication. This is a resource for ALL parents. Should you have a problem or question, the administration requests that you follow the Chain of Communication in order to resolve issues as quickly and efficiently as possible:

For parents who have children receiving special education services and/or have a 504, we also want to make you aware of district resources that may be helpful:

Links to other useful information/checklists can be found on the special education page of the DPS website under the Resources & Information tab.

Jane Kang and Valerie Horne
Hindley SPED Representatives

Brooms and Books is Coming!

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The Hindley book fair starts next Tuesday 10/25, and we are looking forward to your support. If you are unable to join your child/ren during their class visit, PLEASE send in the pre-pay form by Friday OR (preferred) pay online through www.pay4schoolstuff.com. The online option will close Sunday 10/23.

This year we are offering working parents the opportunity to come shop with their child/ren on Thursday morning before school! Come grab a coffee and a bagel and see what the book fair has to offer! “Bagels, Books & Buddies”  will be held in the library, with Mr. Colella reading books in the common room once your shopping is done.

There are still volunteer slots available, for set up and especially during class visits. This is a fun and important role in helping children make their selections. Why not coordinate your slot with your children’s visit? Thank you!

Any questions, please contact Dorinda Bonanno.

Hindley School is sensitive to children who may require special accommodations at PTO-sponsored events. If you have a special request, please contact Rebecca Laus, Assistant Principal (203-655-1323 or rlaus@darienps.org).

Upcoming Events

Sep
27
Wed
7:35 am Chess Club
Chess Club
Sep 27 @ 7:35 am – 8:25 am
Students in First through Fifth grade are invited to sign up for the Hindley Chess Club! All levels are welcome: from beginners to advanced players and tournament players. Beginners will learn to play a full[...]
7:35 am Chorus
Chorus
Sep 27 @ 7:35 am – 8:05 am
Chorus rehearsals will begin for all interested fourth and fifth grade students at Hindley Elementary on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 7:35am in the COMMON ROOM. Parents must complete a permission slip in order for students[...]
Sep
28
Thu
6:30 pm Hindley Open House Night
Hindley Open House Night
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Please come to meet your child’s teachers, visit the classroom, and learn about this year’s curriculum.                            Evening Schedule 6:30 – 7:00   5th Grade Technology Presentation in the Common Room – All 5th grade parents must attend[...]
Oct
4
Wed
7:35 am Chess Club
Chess Club
Oct 4 @ 7:35 am – 8:25 am
Students in First through Fifth grade are invited to sign up for the Hindley Chess Club! All levels are welcome: from beginners to advanced players and tournament players. Beginners will learn to play a full[...]
7:35 am Chorus
Chorus
Oct 4 @ 7:35 am – 8:05 am
Chorus rehearsals will begin for all interested fourth and fifth grade students at Hindley Elementary on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 7:35am in the COMMON ROOM. Parents must complete a permission slip in order for students[...]
Oct
11
Wed
7:35 am Chess Club
Chess Club
Oct 11 @ 7:35 am – 8:25 am
Students in First through Fifth grade are invited to sign up for the Hindley Chess Club! All levels are welcome: from beginners to advanced players and tournament players. Beginners will learn to play a full[...]
7:35 am Chorus
Chorus
Oct 11 @ 7:35 am – 8:05 am
Chorus rehearsals will begin for all interested fourth and fifth grade students at Hindley Elementary on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH at 7:35am in the COMMON ROOM. Parents must complete a permission slip in order for students[...]