Daisy Events

  • Daisy P/T Conferences--1 pm Dismissal

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Early Dismissal - Conferences and Professional Development

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • WHS Library

    BOE mtg.

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  • No School - Presidents' Day - Buildings Closed

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  • No School - February Recess

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  • WHS Library

    BOE mtg.

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  • No School - Teacher Professional Development

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  • Early Dismissal - Conferences and Professional Development

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  • WHS Library

    BOE mtg. TBD

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  • No School - Good Friday - Buildings Closed

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  • No School - April Recess

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  • No School - April Recess

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  • No School - April Recess

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  • No School - April Recess

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  • No School - April Recess

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  • WHS Library

    BOE mtg.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • No School - Memorial Day - Buildings Closed

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  • Early Dismissal

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  • Early Dismissal

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  • Early Dismissal - Last Day of School

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"Educate, Challenge, Inspire!"

Our mission at Westbrook Public Schools is to  "Educate, Challenge and Inspire"....both our students and the adults in our community.  Social and emotional learning  are just as important as academic achievement and Positive School Climate and Restorative Practices are foremost in our philosophy.   I am always available to discuss our mission with you!

Ruth W. Rose, Principal, Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

rrose@westbrookctschools.org

105 Goodspeed Drive, Westbrook, CT  06498; Phone: 860-399-7925

  

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  • Updated Flu Information

    Dear Parents/Guardians and School District Staff,

     

    With flu season upon us, school district administration and health care professionals have been monitoring our school district population and instances of confirmed flu cases.  I want to assure you that our cases as well as our precautions have been closely documented on a daily basis and in the hands of our school-based nurses and our district physician.  While this has been an active season, our instances of confirmed flu have not risen to epidemic percentages of the district’s population of students and staff, and we are not, at this time, expecting schools to be closed by the Dept. of Public Health.  That said, we continue to exercise best practices with daily and nightly cleaning to augment our promotion of personal hygiene practices such as covering one’s mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, washing hands frequently, etc.  Please join us in being aware of the symptoms of flu, how it can be spread and best practices to minimize its spread. 

    The following URL address will take you directly to our Health Office’s page where you will find helpful flu information for home and school use.  https://www.westbrookctschools.org/groups/73867.

    Additional information about the flu can also be found by clicking on this URL address for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm.

    As always, please contact the Superintendent’s Office, School Administrators or our Nurses directly with questions or concerns, and remember, it is not too late to get your flu shot.  Thank you.

     

    Patricia A. Ciccone

    Superintendent

    Westbrook Public Schools

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Influenza Information

    Schools are a prime location for the flu virus to spread. It is hard to prevent kids from getting the flu this time of year for various reasons. The flu virus is spread by respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing, and talking.  Droplets can spread up to six feet away and land in the mouths or noses or people who are nearby. It can also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose. 

    • Children are three times more likely to get sick with the flu
    • Children can pass the flu virus to others for a period of more than seven days after the symptoms start
    • On average, one-third of family members in families with school age children are infected with the flu each year.

    The flu is different than a cold. Both a cold and flu are respiratory illnesses, however they are caused by different virus’s and have different symptoms.  The flu normally comes on suddenly.  An easy way to recognize the flu symptoms are to remember the FLU FACTS.

    (Fever, Aches, Chills, Tiredness, and Sudden onset)

    Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea are seen with children.

    Complications of the flu virus can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes. Key points to remember:

    Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water. You can set a good example by doing this yourself. Good hand hygiene is the first line of defense against the flu. Hand sanitizer is acceptable if your hands are not visibly dirty.

    Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. If they don't have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their upper sleeve, not their hands.

    Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.

    Don't send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are sick at school will be sent home. Keeping your child home when sick will allow them to rest and also allows you to monitor their health closely. Keeping your sick child home is the responsible thing to do. It protects fellow students and school staff, especially those who are at higher risk of severe illness from the flu.

    Remember- if you are sick, please STAY HOME!  Please be vigilant of others and aware of the serious risk to students and staff when coming to school with flu-like symptoms. Thank you in advance for doing your part in keeping our schools healthy! If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • NO SCHOOL---January 20, 2020---MLK Day

    There will be no school on Monday, January 20,  2020,  due to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday.

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Welcome Back to School on January 2, 2020

    Daisy Families & Staff,

    We look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on Thursday, January 2, 2020!

    Please remember that we will have Before-School Band for fourth-graders on January 2 at 7:45 am.

    Hoping that all enjoyed a healthy and happy holiday break.  Wishing all the brightest of New Years!

    Sincerely,

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • REMINDER: Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, Nov. 11, at 2 pm at Daisy Ingraham

    Dear Daisy Families & Staff,

    This is a reminder that Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day and we will recognize Veterans who are special to our school family at a school-wide assembly on Monday at 2 pm in the gym.

    Please consider wearing Red, White & Blue on Monday as we show appreciation for family members and friends who are Veterans or who are currently serving our country.

    Sincerely,

    Ruth W. Rose

    Principal, Daisy Ingraham School

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • DPH Advises CT Residents to Take Extra Precautions to Prevent Contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis

    The Connecticut Department of Public Health today is urging residents to continue personal preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites and reduce the chance of contracting eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. Residents are advised to protect themselves and their children by minimizing outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. The mosquitoes that carry the virus are active until the first heavy frost.


    The EEE virus has been identified in mosquitoes in 12 towns and in horses in two other towns. Westbrook has not been identified and no cases have been reported in Westbrook.  Information shared herein comes as a result of talking with the First Selectman and the Executive Director of the Public Health Dept. in Westbrook.  All are working diligently and preventively to limit town-wide exposure to mosquitoes.  Please see the attached flyer from the CT State Dept. of Public Health.  These are precautionary best practices that the schools follow for any outdoor activities including athletic competitions.  Further, we monitor the condition of our outdoor facilities to spot and eradicate puddles or other standing water sources.

    Thank you.

     Patricia A. Ciccone

    Superintendent

    860-399-6432

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Superintendent's Welcome Back Letter to Parents/Guardians

    Dear Parents/Guardians:


    On Wednesday, August 28th, your students will be welcomed back to their new school year by their administrators, teachers and staff. While we all lament the winding down of summer, the first day of school is an exciting day for students to reconnect with one another and with their principal, teachers, counselors and other support professionals. This year, major programming and facilities improvement projects that have been completed over the summer will also add to the excitement of returning to school. Thanks to the efforts of our Board of Education, our elected town officials/boards & committees as well as our school district professionals; this is truly a grand opening. Here are just a few of the changes and improvements that our students and staff will enjoy.


     Our expansion of Pre-K opportunities has led to our Westbrook becoming a Universal Pre-K district. All four-year-old children now have access to full-day Pre – K.


     Our EL population continues to rise and with it our diversity percentages are providing positive impacts on our culture and climate. To more effectively serve our EL students, we have added to our bilingual support professionals and now have two full time certified faculty and several teachers with added credentials to meet the needs of our EL population.


     High School students will have access to greater career exploration opportunities and placements as part of their programming through the auspices of our new Career/College Readiness Center and the efforts of our new Coordinator who has joined the Guidance Dept.


     Last year’s growth in athletic programming for students has resulted in the outcome for which we had hoped. We are seeing an impressive rise in the number of students coming out for sports teams and showing interest in becoming multi-sport athletes.


     Our school buildings are in great shape, with specific upgrades including, fire and chemical safety inspection adjustments & repairs, new high school safety/security doors, tennis courts resurfacing, improvements to field turf conditions and, final improvements to the high school auditorium. Daisy Ingraham and the high school now have new generators with back-up alternative fuel sources.


    The aforementioned improvements aside, we understand always that student success and mastery is a journey. We are committed to giving students the individual support they need on their personal journey to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to realize their hopes and aspirations; always measuring our own performance relative to theirs.


    Again, it is exciting to plan for and welcome our students every school year and we welcome your involvement as well. Please plan to join us often for individually planned visits, conferences and events, festivities and celebrations, and as always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Welcome to school year 2019 - 20! You have my sincere best wishes for a wonderful year.


    Patricia A. Ciccone

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Important New Pick-Up Procedures at Daisy Ingraham

    We look forward to welcoming our students to the first day of school on Wednesday, August 28th!

    Parents/Guardians please read about an important change in Pick-Up Procedures, plus everything you need to know about Morning Drop-Off and Afternoon Dismissal at Daisy.

    Thank you!

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

     

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • WELCOME TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR, 2019-2020!

    Please read this important letter from Principal Rose with all the details about the start of school, Kindergarten and Pre-School Orientation and more!

    School starts on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, with a full day from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm.

    Orientation for Kindergarten  and Pre-School will take place on the morning of Tuesday, August 27.  Please read the letter for all the details.

    We look forward to welcoming our students, families and staff back to school for a fabulous new school year!

    Warmly,

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

     

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Bus Routes Available

    Bus routes have been made available within the parent and student portal of PowerSchool.  To view this information, please login to the PowerSchool portal and and look for the section labeled "Bus Information" on the main screen.  For bus route questions, please contact the main office of the school where your child is enrolled.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • New Sunscreen Law

    July 1 presents us with many new laws.  Of those that are effective on July 1, the laws briefly described below, referencing sunscreen and access to HIV prevention drugs, impact the health and well-being of our school-aged children.

    https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-new-laws-connecticut-july-2019-20190701-djf4skoikzfs7jwnwscb3kopo4-story.html

    Sunscreen for school children

    Students who are 6 and older will now be allowed to carry and apply sunscreen before outdoor activities at school ⁠— provided they have a written note from a parent or guardian. Prior law treated sunscreen the same as other over-the-counter medications, meaning it required a doctor’s note and had to be administered by the school nurse. “Use of sunscreen at a young age is a critical and necessary component of skin cancer prevention,” the SUNucate Coalition, which advocated in favor of the bill, wrote to legislators. Connecticut joins 22 other states that have similar laws, according to the group.

    Youth access to HIV prevention drugs

    Minors will no longer need parental consent to obtain HIV prevention medication, commonly referred to as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, and sold under the brand name Truvada. State law already allowed minors to be treated for HIV or AIDS without their parents being notified. Youth ages 13-24 account for 22 percent of all new HIV infections in the U.S., according to Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan,  one of the bill’s chief sponsors. If youth are required to receive parental consent to obtain PrEP “we are effectively requiring that they choose between their right to privacy and their right to medical treatment,” Rep. Jeff Currey, an East Hartford Democrat and another co-sponsor of the bill, wrote in testimony submitted to state legislators.

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • Wishing You a Wonderful Summer, Full of Reading and Math Games!!!

    Daisy Families,

    We are extremely proud of how much our students have accomplished this school year, with incredible growth academically, socially, emotionally and physically!

    We wish you a wonderful, safe summer and hope that you will take time to read with your children and to play math games with them.  Please check out the Governor's Summer Reading Challenge and the Commissioner's Summer Math Challenge at:

    https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/CTRead/Connecticut-Reads

    https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Math/Summer-Math-Challenge

    Our school office is open throughout the summer and we look forward to hearing from you.  In the meantime, please enjoy a most fabulous summer and we look forward to seeing you in the 2019-2020 school year!

    Warmly,

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • IMPORTANT DATES!

    Daisy Parents/Guardians and Staff,

    Please save the following dates and join us for:

    ---Tuesday, June 11, 3:15-4:45 pm: Third & Fourth Grade Talent Show

    ---Wednesday, June 12, 8:30-9:30 am: Volunteer Breakfast & Parade

    ---Friday, June 14, 9:15-10:15 am: Fourth-Grade Promotion

    Please remember that school dismisses at 1 pm on June 13, 14 and 17.

    The last day of school for students is June 17.

    Wishing all a safe and wonderful summer!

    Ruth W. Rose, Principal, Daisy Ingraham School

     

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School
  • Health and Safety Tip

    Dear Westbrook Families:

    A very recent sighting of a small bat in the lower parking lot of Daisy Ingraham reminds us that there are simple steps to follow to be safe when any small or large animals or birds are found to be out of their habitat, sick or infirmed.  The first step is never to approach or touch any unfamiliar animal or bird and to report its presence to the authorities. While we have had no reports of any children or parents touching the bat in the parking lot, the potential for any safety concerns prompts us to share the information that our medical professionals would advise.  For more information regarding keeping yourself or your children safe when in the vicinity of any unfamiliar animals during the day or at night, please click on the link recommended by our medical professionals .  Thank you.

    https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html  

     

    Patricia A. Ciccone

    Superintendent

    860-399-6432

    Westbrook Public Schools
  • PLEASE JOIN US FOR DAISY'S ANNUAL ART SHOW, FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 5:30-7:30 pm

    Please join us TONIGHT, Friday, April 26, for Daisy's Annual Art Show, at any time between 5:30 and 7:30 pm.  It is a drop-in, open house format with art available for viewing any time during that time period.

    The Ice Cream Social will take place from 6:00-7:30 pm.  This is sponsored by the Daisy PTO and donations will be gratefully accepted.  A basket raffle will also be featured at this year's event.

    Come one, come all to enjoy the fabulous artistry of our students!!!

    Many thanks to Joe Biegaj, our incredible Art Teacher, for encouraging our students' talents every day and for making this event possible!

    Daisy Ingraham Elementary School

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