Litchfield News



Starting on Friday, December 7, the Region 6 Players put forth an amazing production of The Wizard of Oz. It is a performance that includes students from all schools and multiple districts. I have been fortunate enough to witness some practices and know this is going to be an amazing gift to our community.
The Elementary Winter Concert will be held on December 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the WAMOGO Auditorium. The Middle School Band and Chorus will perform at WAMOGO at 6:30 p.m. on December 18.
Forman School Coat Drive
Sunday, December 9 ~ 12:00-4:00 pm
@ The Forman School 
Forman School will be hosting a coat drive on Sunday, December 9th from 12pm-4pm. Stop by for cocoa and coffee while you donate your gently used items. Thanks in advance for anything you might be able to offer and remember...each small effort makes a big difference!
½ Day Science Club:
For Grades K-6
Wednesday, December 12 ~ 1:30-2:30 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Join Velya Jancz-Urban, a certified Connecticut teacher, for a hands-on science workshop. Children will “purchase” recyclable materials from Mrs. J.U.'s recycling bin, and build a contraption that will protect a raw egg from breaking when dropped from several heights. They will use problem solving skills and creative thinking in order to execute this activity.

Please register online and notify Litchfield Center or Intermediate School in writing by November 28 if you want your child to ride the bus from school to the library. Generously sponsored by the Litchfield Education Foundation.

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.
With the Morris Public Library and Friends
Wednesday, December 12 ~ 1:30 pm
Wednesday, January 9 ~ 1:30 pm
Wednesday, February 6 ~ 1:30 pm
Wednesday, March 6 ~ 1:30 pm
Morris Town Hall
Calling all LEGO builders in Grades 1-4! We are proud to bring back this popular collaborative program with the Morris Public Library during the scheduled half - days this Winter!

We'll create a new LEGO kit together each week and you will take the completed kit home with you! We will escort the kids from JMS over to the Morris Town Hall on the indicated half-days where we'll build a new kit each week and even have a snack!

Registration forms can be found on our website: Cost is $20.00 per student for the entire series - checks made payable to "Morris Beach and Recreation" will be accepted. Very limited space is available - please do not delay!

Kristen Davila
Director of Morris Community Activities,
Morris Senior Center &  Morris Beach & Recreation
109-21 East Street, Morris, CT 06763
Phone:  860-567-7437
Mystery Animal Meet & Greet
Wednesday, December 12 ~ 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 19 ~ 4:00 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Did you know that White Memorial has a variety of live education animals just waiting to  meet YOU? Join us on Wednesdays in December in the Museum for your chance to get up close and personal with one of our animal ambassadors. Will it be Corny the Corn Snake, Shakespeare the Barred Owl, Sally the Salamander, or some other mystery creature? Come and find out!

4pm. Members: FREE, Non-members:
Free with cost of Museum admission
Little Book Buddies
For Grades K-3 
Friday, December 14 ~ 3:30-4:15 pm
Oliver Wolcott Library
Children in grades K-3 are invited to join us for a special story time and craft program. Children will listen to a popular storybook, and then make their very own stuffed animal inspired by the book to take home. Join us for this fun and educational program!

Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.
Space is limited. Registration is required.
or call 860-567-8030.

Winter Semi-Formal
Open to all area 7th & 8th graders
Friday, December 14 ~ 7:00-9:30 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Live DJ - casual attire
Admission $7 pp at door
Snacks & Drinks for sale
For more info call 860-567-8302

One-Day Fun Day at White Memorial
Grades 1-3: Thursday, December 27 ~ 9:30 am-3:30 pm
Grades 4-6: Friday, December 28 ~ 9:30 am-3:30 pm
White Memorial Conservation Center
Nature is so much fun in the winter! So, grab your coat, boots, and hat, and let's spend one of your vacation days learning about the natural world around you. Get outside, play games, make crafts, meet live animals! A morning snack and drink will warm us up between adventures. Please bring a lunch. Parents/Guardians are welcome to stay, but it is not necessary.

Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room. 9:30am-3:30pm.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Please call 860-567-0857
Space is limited!
Members: $40 Non-Members: $70

Winter After School Stories and Craft
Grades K-2
Friday, January 18 ~ 3:30-4:30 pm
Friday, February 22 ~ 3:30-4:30 pm
Morris Public Library
Join Ms. G., the Morris Public Library Children’s Coordinator, for “Winter After School Stories and Craft,”  for students in Grades K-2, on Fridays, December 7, 2018, January 18, February 22, 2019, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm. Snow dates are the following Fridays.

An engaging story and educational activities will be offered along with a craft and interaction time. Pick up after school (JMS) by a librarian is offered - bring a note to school.

Only 15 spots!
Register today: 860-567-7440
For more information, please visit
or call the Library at 860-567-7440.
LIS recognized as Top Performing School
in Connecticut Cyber Robotics Competition
Litchfield Intermediate School was recognized as a top performing school in the Connecticut Cyber Robotics Competition and the recipient of the Grace Hopper honor for highest female participation in coding for this competition.
Every student in Grades 5 and 6 took part in the coding competition. Grade 4 students worked on an in-house coding project since they were not eligible for the competition. 6 students will be traveling to the University of Bridgeport on Friday, December 7 for the regional competition and a full day of activities.
Dear RSD6 Community,
This fall we launched the After School Enrichment Program in Region 6. I am pleased to share that over 140 students participated in the fall session. 
This winter we will hold a mini-session from February 4 through March 8. We will also expand the program to include high school students. 
If you are interested in being a program provider please complete the attached application at After School Enrichment - Winter Session Applicationand return it via email to Chris Escobar by Friday, December 14th. If you have already sent forward a proposal for the winter session there is no need to complete a second form. 
The district will review all proposals by Friday, December 21st and let providers know the status of their request. Thank you again for being part of the best district in the state where community means everything. 
Last year we started a new practice with the district budgeting process that solicited ideas, questions, and suggestions from the community. I found that these ideas, both big and small, brought forward many important concepts. 
Therefore, I am once again asking for your assistance. If you have an idea, a question, or a suggestion, please email me at by Friday, December 21st. I will take all feedback, redact names, and post replies in January. 
I believe that we are among the strongest districts in this state because of our community involvement. Together we are building something very special in Region 6.  Thank you for the continued involvement and dedication to support our students.
We are pleased to announce that Region 6 schools now offer a school alert text message service through our SchoolMessenger Communicate platform!
If you choose to opt into the text message alerts (SMS), you will receive text messages for emergency alerts such as school closings and delays. You can opt in or out at anytime by following the directions on the attached flier. This new option will be in addition to your current communication settings.
Click here to learn how: Text Messaging Opt-In
Text messaging communication will begin after the Thanksgiving holiday.
We hope this new feature will continue to improve our communication and help to reach families in their preferred method of communication whether it be through email, robocalls, social media, text messaging or our school websites.
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Region 6 and the Public Libraries of Warren, Morris and Goshen are joining forces in an Early Literacy Initiative called “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” Starting October 1, 2018, we ask all parents and guardians of pre-school aged children to go and sign up at your public library. There you will find a reading log and receive a small token to encourage you on your path to literacy (varies per library).
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts kindergarten (repeating the same book counts!). Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think. It all starts with one book! So go to the public libraries of Warren, Morris and Goshen to learn more
The recent frost reminded me that it is once again time to issue the annual Winter Weather Advisory letter.
As we all know, Connecticut weather can be very unpredictable and severe.  When the forecast predicts wintry weather, students wish for the coveted “snow day.” At the same time, parents are hoping that school will be open as usual! Despite the impact of these opposing forces, area school district superintendents must ensure that each school meets the state mandated 180 school days and nine hundred school hours in a safe and secure manner even during adverse weather conditions. 
The process of making the decision to close or delay school begins well in advance of the announcement on the radio and television.  Typically, superintendents review weather forecasts the day before the storm and during the early morning hours.  Between 4:45 a.m. and 5:15 a.m., telephone consultations between the superintendents, highway departments, maintenance personnel, and police departments determine the status of the weather and roads.  The superintendents try to make a decision by 5:30 a.m. in the morning based upon the best estimates of what will happen in the next two to twelve hours.  However, changing conditions may necessitate a later decision. If weather, road, and school site conditions
warrant, the superintendents will cancel or delay the opening of schools.  Region 6 will use an automated telephone notification system to expedite the announcement of changes in school schedule or other emergency or special announcements. Parents should be sure their contact information is updated to ensure they receive important information.  Radio and television stations, school bus operators, the school district websites, and staff will be notified immediately.
Occasionally a delayed opening may become a cancellation if weather conditions worsen rapidly during the early morning.  This announcement will usually be made by 6:30 a.m.  Parents should continue to monitor local radio and television stations throughout the day for a cancellation or early dismissal on days when the weather is questionable. 
Many factors are taken into account when assessing conditions impacting the opening, closing or delaying of school.  The primary consideration is the safety of students ranging from approximately three to twenty one years of age.  School buses, parents, students, and staff members must travel on the highways and back roads of the area to get to and from the schools. Conditions within the towns and surrounding areas may differ dramatically during inclement weather.  Consideration must also be given to the ability of the maintenance crews of the towns and the schools to clear and sand or salt the school parking lots, pathways, sidewalks, and entrances.  Due to limited personnel and equipment, these tasks are often not started until after all streets are plowed. 
In situations where it is predicted that weather and road conditions will improve during the morning, the opening of schools may be delayed by TWO HOURS. This means all bus routes and opening schedules will operate TWO HOURS later than usual.  The balance of the school day and dismissal will be on a normal schedule. 
This year the district will also have an option of a THREE-HOUR delay in case more time is needed for road conditions to improve. This means all bus routes and opening schedules will operate THREE HOURS later than usual.  The balance of the school day and dismissal will be on a normal schedule.
In the event that a delayed opening is called on an early release day, students will remain in school until the normal afternoon dismissal time. If this change occurs, there will then be no morning prekindergarten and afternoon prekindergarten will resume meeting at its regular time.   

Although early closings are avoided whenever possible, in rare cases it may be necessary to dismiss school early due to unexpected deterioration of weather conditions.  In these situations, an announcement will be issued by 9:30 a.m. and schools will be dismissed early. 

Weather related early dismissals have changed this year. For Wamogo Regional High School early dismissals are 11:00 a.m. The elementary schools will dismiss at approximately 12:30 p.m. When there is an early dismissal, morning prekindergarten will dismiss at regular time and there will be no afternoon prekindergarten.

Families should have an emergency back-up plan in place in the event of an early closing.  Children should be informed of this plan and parents should be sure their children understand where to go in the event of an early closing. Child care arrangements at home or on the same bus route should be made in advance of the early closing day since it will be difficult for the schools to contact every parent and monitor the whereabouts of every child. On days when the weather is problematic, parents are advised to stay tuned to the local radio and/or television channel to be aware of early closings.  Since each school has a different procedure for dealing with alternate drop-offs, parent pick-ups, etc. parents should follow the established procedure. 
For safety and efficiency purposes, we encourage parents to have their children ride the school bus on a regular basis. This is especially important on days when the weather is bad.  School parking area tends to experience heavy traffic and become grid-locked when many parents drive to pick up their children during bad weather.
Please note that when school is canceled, or when there is an early dismissal all activities and meetings for the day are also canceled. The school buildings will be closed.
The decision to delay, cancel, or dismiss school early is often a difficult one.  Decisions made by the school district are not intended to prevent parents from making their own decision to send a child to school or keep a child home during severe weather.  Based upon a personal assessment of weather reports, road conditions, and safety factors specific to their residence, parents may make their own decision regarding their child’s school attendance during inclement weather. 
Parents who have questions, special circumstances, or who require additional clarification should contact their school principal.