Colchester Public Schools District Policy Handbook
COLCHESTER — The Colchester District Policy Handbook for parents and students is a compilation of the Colchester Board of Education's system-wide policies, procedures, and legal requirements common to all schools. It is a more extensive supplement to the School Handbooks.
The complete text of Board policies and regulations, for which some are only excerpted in this handbook, is available on the Colchester Public Schools website at Colchesterct.org under Board of Education Policies. To save financial and ecological resources, the District Policy Handbook is available on their district website. If you would like a hard copy of the manual, call 860-537-7208.
Venture Smith Day Festivities
EAST HADDAM — The 21th annual Venture Smith Day Festivities will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the cemetery at the First Church of Christ, 499 Town St., where he is buried (1729-1805).
Son of an African king, Venture Smith became the first black man to document his capture from Africa and life as an American slave and successful black freeman in Connecticut. Well known and respected, Venture Smith spent the majority of his freedom years in East Haddam and Haddam Neck. His grave is one of the original sites on the Connecticut Freedom Trail.
Keynote speaker, Russell Shorto, author of the best seller "The Island at the Center of the World," about the Dutch founding of Manhattan, will talk about "Venture Smith and American Freedom." His newest book, "Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom," which weaves together the lives of Venture Smith, George Washington and four other early Americans, will be released November 7th. Shorto believes the revolutionary period, through which Venture Smith lived, is more relevant now than ever. Shorto has won numerous awards for his writing, and his books have been published in 14 languages.
Dr. Karl P. Stofko, East Haddam's Municipal Historian and Venture Smith family genealogist since the 1970s, will talk about "Charles Holt, the Forgotten Publisher of Venture Smith's 1998 Narrative." Venture Smith's family genealogy and artifacts and crafts from Ghana and other regions of Africa will be on display. A town proclamation will be presented and wreath-laying ceremony by the descendants of Venture Smith and the annual Venture family reunion photograph will take place in the cemetery by Venture's grave.
The ladies of "Sisters In Stitches Joined by the Cloth" of eastern Massachusetts will return this year with their African American quilts on display. The recent discovery of the Starks family, descendants of Venture's granddaughter Cynthia Smith Matson, was added to Venture Smith's family genealogy and will be on display. In addition, a restored original copy Venture Smith's 1798 narrative will be on exhibit at the event. A facsimile of this booklet will be on sale for $5.00.
Adults and children who are interested in learning more about Connecticut history in the 1700 and 1800s are encouraged to attend. Organizers ask that people bring lawn chairs or blankets. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will move into the parish house of First Church.
Visit www.docsouth.unc.edu/neh/venture2/menu.html to review the original Venture Smith autobiography. Anyone with questions may call 860-873-9375.
EAST HADDAM — Catholic Charities' 12th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Fox Hopyard Golf Club, 1 Hopyard Road.
The entry fee of $175 includes green fees, cart, lunch, dinner buffet and awards. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with lunch at 11:30 a.m., a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and dinner buffet/awards at 6 p.m. Sponsorships are available.
Funds raised at the tournament help support those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut. For more information, contact Christine Jackel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-886-1928, ext. 12.
Race To End Hunger
COLCHESTER — The 9th annual Race to End Hunger will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Colchester Town Hall, 127 Norwich Ave. Same day registration will take place at 8 a.m.
The event is a certified 5K run/walk with all proceeds going to the local Food and Fuel Banks and the Free Community Lunch Program. To register, visit www.RunReg.com, pick up a registration form at Sunshine Bike/Run located on Lebanon ave., or contact Jamie Roach-Decker email@example.com.
The registration cost is $20 and prizes will be awarded to top three finishers in all age groups. Teams of three or more may enter and compete for a trophy. The first 100 to register receive a free T-shirt.
A slice of apple pie awaits all runners at the finish line and other refreshments will be provided by St. Andrews Choir, who sponsors the race, and the Bacon Academy Culinary Arts program.
Ana Cara will provide live music and chair massages will be available through the generosity of Professional Therapeutic Massage. Also for the first time this year, posture evaluation with Casey Chiropractic will be offered.
Colchester Schools Meet And Greet
COLCHESTER — Colchester Public Schools is offering the following meet and greet events.
Colchester Elementary (All grades): Monday, Aug. 28, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Meet & Greet/Ice Cream Social, Jack Jackter Intermediate (Grades 3-5): Monday, Aug. 28, from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Meet & Greet, Bacon Academy 9th Grade and New Students Orientation, Monday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.
William J. Johnston Middle Team: Grade 6 Team Beta orientation from 4 to 4:30 p.m.; Grade 7 from 3 to 3:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Aug. 29, grade 8 students from 2 to 3 p.m. and Grade 6 Team Omega form 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. The William J. Johnston students will learn of their team assignments on or before Aug. 18.
AARP Driving Course
EAST HAMPTON — On Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., AARP will sponsor the Smart Driver Course at the East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St.
Senior vehicle operators will receive information to extend their safe driving abilities. Participants will be rewarded with a certificate that may reduce their auto insurance. AARP trained instructors will conduct this four-hour course. Pre-register by check or money order. AARP members pay $15, while non-members pay $20, payable to AARP. No cash please. For more information, call 860-267-4426.
Electric Car Show
EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Clean Energy Task Force, a volunteer committee dedicated to promoting green energy alternatives, presents an electric car show taking place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Sears Park, 68 North Main St. The rain date is Sept. 23.
Electric, hybrid, and alternative fuel cars from various dealerships including Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, BMW, and more will be showcased. Town residents who own any electric, hybrid, or alternative fuel vehicles, including cars, bikes and scooters, are invited to show off their clean energy machines.
There is no registration fee, but the deadline to register vehicles for the show is Friday, Sept. 1. You can register by contacting the East Hampton Clean Energy Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 860-365-1296.
Registration is also open, at no charge, to any town groups, non-profits, associations or clubs that would like to have a booth at the show to educate and inform the town.
There will be music, raffles and food provided by the Dublin Beef and Seafood Company. Booth registration forms can be found by emailing the East Hampton Clean Energy Task Force at email@example.com or calling 860-365-1296.
Colchester Federated Church Welcomes Korean Partners
COLCHESTER — Colchester Federated Church has a partner church in South Korean-Hanmok Presbyterian Church. The church is welcoming nine Korean high school youth and three chaperones from churches that are partners with the United Church of Christ affiliated churches in Colchester, Granby, Glastonbury and Mystic. The guests are staying with a host family from their partner churches and attending Silver Lake camp for a week.
School Nutrition Programs
COLCHESTER — The Colchester Public Schools announced their guidelines for determining eligibility of children may receive free or reduced-price meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, or free milk served under the Special Milk Program.
Local school officials have adopted the United States Department of Agriculture's Income Eligibility Guidelines for family size and income criteria for determining eligibility.
The income guidelines will be used in Connecticut from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, for determining eligibility of participants for free and reduced-price meals and free milk in the Child Nutrition Programs. For more information, visit http://www.colchesterct.org/page.cfm?p=54.
Under the provisions of the policy for determining eligibility for free and reduced-price meals, Cafeteria Supervisor, Sharon Floyd at 860-537-0717 will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official, he/she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. If he/she wishes to make a formal appeal, a request either orally or in writing, may be made to Interim Superintendent Karen Goodwin, 127 Norwich Ave., Suite 202 Colchester, CT 06415, or 860-537-7208 for a hearing to appeal the decision.
COLCHESTER — Kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year is open at the Colchester Elementary School. Children who will be the age of five by January 1, 2018, will be eligible to register for the full-day program. Registration packets are available to pick up at the school, Board of Education office, Cragin Public Library, and local commercial daycare centers.
Forms may also be obtained from the school district's website at colchesterct.org under Colchester Elementary School "Enrolling Your Child" tab. Packets are to be completed by parents or legal guardians and submitted in person to the main office of Colchester Elementary School between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Anyone with questions may contact the office at 860-537-0717.
Scout Joining Night
COLCHESTER — The Westchester Congregational Church is the only Colchester organization that sponsors three Boy Scouts of America scout groups: a Cub Scout Pack for boys ages 5-10, a Boy Scout Troop for boys ages 11-17, and a Venturing Crew for boys and girls ages 14-20. Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-537-4013.
Senior Center News
EAST HAMPTON — The East Hampton Senior Center, 105 Main St., is offering the following events.
The Senior Community Café, sponsored by CRT, Community Renewal Team, will be serving meals five days per week, Monday through Friday. Call 860-267-4426 at least 24 hours in advance or stop in to sign up for meals. Limited meals are served.
Summertime Setback: Mondays and Thursdays through August, starting at 1 p.m.
Summertime Bingo: Tuesday and Fridays, August at 1 p.m.
Art From the Heart: Every Wednesday until the end of August. At 10 a.m. the center will be creating different crafty items to sell at the Senior Center Store or to keep for you. Anyone interested in partaking in two hours of creating must sign up in the Activity Book to ensure there are enough supplies for all.
EAST HAMPTON — The 4th annual Alzheimer's fundraiser, HIKE4HOPE, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Air Line State Park Trail, via the Main Street entrance.
The run is self-timed. Participants can bike or hike at their own pace. Wear purple to show support. Visit alzhike4hope.org to pre-register online for only $13 or to make a donation if you are unable to attend the event.
All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association CT Chapter. There will be prize drawings, raffles, scavenger hunt and a representative from the Alzheimer's Association with educational information and resource material present.
Walk-up registration the day of the event is $16 and kids under 11 may participate free. Visit www.facebook.com/ALZHike4Hope for updates.
Opioid Educational Forum
EAST HADDAM — State Rep. Melissa Ziobron (R-34), in collaboration with the Middlesex County Chapter of The Roadway of Hope, recently hosted a community forum on opioid addiction and NARCAN training demonstration.
Mark Jenkins, Executive Director of the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition, conducted an interactive training in which attendees learned first-hand how to recognize a need to administer Naloxone, as well as how to physically administer the life-saving drug. NARCAN was made available by the GHHRC, as well as Jack Herman of Nathan Hale Pharmacy who was also on site to dispense NARCAN to attendees as requested.
Upon the conclusion of the training, Rep. Ziobron moderated a panel discussion – the third of its kind hosted by Ziobron – that involved local and state advocates and professionals on the issue. The panel included the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Kim Richards, Founding Board Member of The Roadway of Hope, The Middlesex County Chapter, Ana Gopoian, Founder and Executive Director of TriCircle Inc., and Tad Varas of Roots To Addiction.
For more information about the GHHRC, TriCircle Inc., Roots To Addiction, or The Roadway of Hope, please contact the representative at Melissa.Ziobron@housegop.ct.gov or call 860-240-8700.
To watch the full video of the educational panel, visit www.RepZiobron.com/OpioidForum
COLCHESTER — Colchester Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for summer camps and fitness programs. For your convenience, you can register online at www.colchesterct.gov/rec or call 860-537-7297 for personal assistance. Programs include Miss Sara's Royal Dance Camp, barre fitness, adult tennis lessons and Jiu-Jitsu.
Summer Library Programs
MARLBOROUGH — Registration for summer programs has started at Richmond Memorial Library. Programs for all ages are offered. This year's theme is Build a Better World and children, teens and adults are welcome to participate.
Children who attend Marlborough Elementary were registered at school but there are some events that need individual registration. Children who do not attend MES as well as teens and should register online at www.richmondlibrary.info. Adults should register at the library in person. There are weekly raffles and prizes. For those who need help, call the library at 860-295-6210.
Aug. 28, 6 p.m.: RML Friends Ice Cream Social. Come enjoy ice cream on the library lawn at this annual event. Free. Entertainment will take place.
Area teens may watch RML's teen blog for more details on their summer reading program at www.teensatrml.blogspot.com and learn how to enter to win prizes. Adults can enter the weekly prize drawing through their participation by logging into their online summer reading account. For more information, visit or call the Richmond Memorial Library at 860-295-6210.
Colchester Schools Promote Summer Reading
COLCHESTER — In the Colchester school district, administrators encourage students to participate in summer reading at the public library. They also have partnered with staff to ensure students have access to books.
The Colchester Elementary School and Jack Jackter Intermediate Schools in Colchester are keeping their school libraries open for their students during the summer. JJIS library is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and reopen at 4 to 7 p.m. Come hear stories, make crafts, learn to code, log reading minutes and exchange books.
Visit www.jackjackterlibrary.com for information and resources. The CES library media center is open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. all summer.
Westchester Congregational Church News
COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Rd., Route 149, in the Westchester section, holds services Sundays at 10 a.m. The pastor is Rev. Ron Thompson.
Sunday Morning Worship Service takes place at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Coffee hour follows in the Fellowship Hall.
Adult Bible Studies: led by Thompson, meets every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Al-Anon: Weekly Wednesday night meetings at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Boy Scout Troop 109: Sponsored by the church, the troop meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. during the school year and Cub Scout Pack 109 meets one Friday a month at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Visit troop109ct.org or pack109ct.org for more information.
Choir: The WCC choir performs cantatas and other special music throughout the year, in addition to regular Sunday worship service music. New members are always welcome; rehearsals are 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday evenings from September to May.
Kids' Worship: For children of all ages, meets in the Fellowship Hall during the adult church service. No registration necessary.
Mission Opportunities at: Colchester Community Luncheon every Friday, providing the meal, serving and clean-up at either St. Andrew's or Federated Church; The Covenant Food Kitchen meal service in Willimantic; Habitat for Humanity; reading volunteers to read with students at Colchester Elementary School. Please contact Pastor Ron for more info.
Fellowship Hall rental: Canney Hall is available for private party rentals. Call the church at 860-267-0480 for more information.
For more information, visit westchestercongregationalchurch.com, email email@example.com or call 860-267-0480.
Colchester History Museum Opens
COLCHESTER — The Colchester History Museum, 24 Linwood Ave., is open for the season. The Colchester History Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, except holiday weekends.
Formerly the Reverend Ballard home, the museum features unique exhibits about people and institutions associated with the town of Colchester. Tours of the museum during off-hours may also be arranged by appointment. For more information, visit www.colchesterhistory.org.
Eagle Scout Project
COLCHESTER — Jack Boyden, a Life Scout with Troop 72 in Colchester, is constructing more durable StoryWalk Stations at Ruby Cohen Woodlands as part of his Eagle Scout Project.
The goal is to raise up to $7,000 to purchase stations that will provide the durability as well as the ease in changing children's storybooks on a regular basis for many years to come.
The following organizations are involved in the development and ongoing coordination: Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester Children's Collaborative (C-3), Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Land Trust, and Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester.
Boyden is seeking monetary donations for his project. If you wish to support this effort, your donation may be sent to "Eagle Scout Project/Colchester StoryWalkTM", C/O Jack Boyden, P.O. Box 405, Colchester, CT 06415.
There is also the opportunity to purchase a single station ($399) with a commemorative plaque honoring an individual, group, family, business, or memorial that will remain for all generations to enjoy for years to come.
Visitors may visit the current StoryWalkTM by walking the Cohen Woodlands Blue Trail Loop that starts at the left back corner of the woodlands after the tall pine trees along the pond. Visitors are invited to take one of the activity sheets related to the book at the end of the walk.
For more information, visit http://www.colchesterct.gov/Pages/ColchesterCT_Dept/PR/parks/cohen.
COLCHESTER — Zumba Gold is offered at Colchester Senior Center, 95 Norwich Ave. Classes meet at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. every Thursday, with Patty Flubacher. Call 860-537-3911 for cost and more information.
Early Childhood Screening
COLCHESTER — Colchester Public School's Early Childhood Program is hosting a developmental screening for 3- and 4-year-olds living in Colchester.
A team of specially trained staff members will conduct the early childhood screening sessions in one of the Colchester Early Childhood Program classrooms at Colchester Elementary School, 315 Halls Hill Road.
Screening sessions are scheduled by appointment on every other Tuesday, from 11:15 a.m. to noon, alternating 3- and 4-year-olds each week. Contact Susan Vasellina at 860-537-0717 to schedule an appointment.
Organizers note this is not a kindergarten readiness screening.
COLCHESTER — Colchester Soccer Club is currently seeking applicants for the following positions: president (two-year term), vice-president (two-year term), travel soccer coaches for U9 girls and U9 boys and member-at-large.
Complete details can be found by contacting Tim Daniels through the Colchester Soccer Club website at ColchesterSoccer.org.
Colchester Woman In Need
COLCHESTER — A 64-year-old Colchester woman with a rare form of leukemia is in need of a stem cell transplant and presently has no match in the national or international banks.
A donor drive took place at The Colchester Federated Church in January, but anyone who could not attend may register at https://www.dkms.org/en and the organization will send a swab kit in the mail.
Start Smart Parent Meeting
COLCHESTER — Colchester Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for preschool start smart multi-sport where children rotate through four stations and skills become more challenging each week. Register online colchesterct.gov/rec or call 860-537-7297.
Cragin Memorial Library
COLCHESTER — The Cragin Memorial Library, 8 Linwood Ave., is offering Game On Game Club on Wednesdays, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m., for children in grades 3-5. Call 860-537-7201 for details.
COLCHESTER — The Colchester Historical Society 2017 calendars are filled with historic Images of Colchester's inns, hotels and resorts. The Colchester Historical Society 2017 Calendars may be purchased locally at Colchester Parks and Recreation office, Copies Plus, Cragin Memorial Library, Louie's Seafood Market, Mark's United Auto Parts, Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques and Tim's Bistro.
Calendars may be ordered and sent by mail. To have your calendar mailed, please send a check for $14.50 to: Colchester Historical Society, Box 13, Colchester, CT 06415 or place an order via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 860-537-3588.
Westchester Congregational Church
COLCHESTER — Westchester Congregational Church, 449 Westchester Road, Route 149, has announced the upcoming schedule. Adult Bible Studies, led by Pastor Ron, meets every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.
Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.
Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.
Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.
For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.