Teacher Appreciation, Parent Choice Awards, April Minutes, May Meeting

Dear Wallingford Schools Community,


Spring has sprung and it's "Teacher Appreciation Week" all this week.  If you are able to take a brief moment and reach out personally to someone who has positively impacted your educational experience or that of someone you care about, now is a great time to do so.  The simple, kind gesture of saying thank you can be very meaningful, especially during challenging times.


There is also another upcoming opportunity for Wallingford Public School families to recognize individual educators, school staff, administration or other members of the Wallingford Public Schools community through the PTAC Parent Choice Awards for the 2019-2020 school year.  Nominations will be opened from June 1st through June 29th, with nominees to be recognized this coming Fall.  A separate email invitation to electronically nominate with more details on the intent and process will be sent directly to Wallingford Public School families by June 1st.


Finally, the April System-Wide PTAC and Special Education PTAC meetings were successfully held virtually and final System-Wide PTAC meeting of the year is tentatively scheduled to be held virtually on Tuesday, May 19th at 6pm if needed.  As always if you have a question or topic for System-Wide PTAC discussion, please feel free to reach out to your school's PTAC representatives and/or through administration.


For those interested, minutes of the System-Wide PTAC meeting are available here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OWo_8-rtY9E63KeAVTbO4g5K5PJkXMIw/view?usp=drivesdk


Sincerely,
Bryan Rivard
System-Wide PTAC Chairperson


Valerie Glynn
System-Wide PTAC Vice-Chairperson





A message from us and April meeting plans

Dear all,

We'd like to say thank you to the teachers, staff, administration and families of our school community, who have so quickly pivoted from "normal" during these unprecedented times to assure the continuity of providing a quality education for our children through distance-learning.  Given challenging circumstances, issues inevitably arise, but by and large the effort has been successful due to so many good people stepping up to face the situation head-on together, with dedication, skill, caring, thoughtfulness, compassion, transparency and flexibility.

And further thanks to our students for remaining positive, open-minded and persevering to embrace a new way of learning while balancing such rapid change.  It is remarkable to see.

Finally, to remain connected in changing times, we still plan to hold our previously scheduled April 21st meeting with your local PTAC representatives, but will do so by inviting and hosting them virtually via Google Meet.  Please feel free to reach out to them at any time.  If needed, you can request their contact info. through your local school principal.  For your reference here is a link to our planned agenda of discussion topics, which also includes useful links to resources for our families.

We sincerely wish you and yours all the best.

Bryan Rivard
System-Wide PTAC Chairperson

Valerie Glynn
System-Wide PTAC Vice-Chairperson




A message from us, March Meeting Cancellation and February Minutes

Dear Wallingford School Community,

The March System-Wide Parent-Teacher Advisory Council (PTAC) meeting has been cancelled in alignment with the recent school closings and widely shared proactive COVID-19 response guidance to limit and minimize group gatherings.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 @ 6:00pm @ 100 S. Turnpike Rd.  As usual, all are welcome!

February minutes are linked here for your reference.

Please know that our thoughts are with all of you and your families as we work through our personal plans in response to the evolving situation.  It is inspiring to see so many in our community staying positive and supportive of each-other during these truly unique times.

Sincerely yours,
Bryan Rivard
System Wide PTAC Chairperson

Valerie Glynn
System Wide PTAC Vice Chairperson