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    This Wednesday, September 1st, is the first day of school for New Haven Public School students in grades 1-12. Friday, September 3rd, will be the first day of kindergarten and pre-kindergarten. If you’re child is new to New Haven Public Schools and you have no received a letter indicating what school your child is attending, please contact the NHPS Registration Office at 203-946-8501. Important Back to School information, including parent orientation information, individual school hours and bus schedules, is available here.

    Here’s what else is happening in New Haven:

    New Haven Celebrates Design for Boathouse at Canal Dock Project

    There will be a press conference Tuesday, August 31st at 2 p.m. to discuss the design plan for the Boathouse at Canal Dock. The project design incorporates historically and architecturally significant elements of the demolished Adee Boathouse and will provide a central facility in New Haven for water dependant uses including public boat rentals, educational exhibits and classrooms. The proposed project features a two-story, 31,000 square-foot community boathouse that will include floating docks for activities such as rowing, kayaking, canoeing and boating and support facilities including boat storage bays, locker rooms, training areas and offices. There will be a public meeting for residents to discuss the proposed project on Thursday, September 2, 2010 in the Hall of Records, 200 Orange Street, Hearing Room G2 at 7 p.m.

    Back-to-School “Prep Rally”

    On Tuesday, August 31st at 11 a.m., I will be joining Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo and the staff of Barnard Environmental Studies Interdistrict Magnet School as they celebrate the start of a new school year with a back-to-school “Prep Rally.” Throughout the day, Barnard teachers and staff will be receiving data training to assist them in further utilizing data to improve instruction, student performance and progress. A Tier III school, Barnard will be experiencing major changes to its academic routine this year as part of the District’s nationally recognized School Change Initiative. This event will celebrate the beginning of this monumental academic year.

    Roberto Clemente Grand Opening

    On Wednesday, September 1st at 9 a.m., I will be attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy. Students, teachers, administrators and parents will be celebrating the first day of school in their new building, located at 360 Columbus Avenue. Roberto Clemente is the 34th school to be constructed or remodeled as part of the $1.5 billion Citywide School Construction Program.

    Bus Safety Event

    At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Police Chief Frank Limon and members of the New Haven Police Department will visit students at Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy to discuss bus safety and kick-off the back-to-school season with tips on how to make this academic year a safe one for all NHPS students. Student safety is a top priority for the school district and its partners at the New Haven Police Department.

    First Day Kindergarten at Brennan/Rogers School

    On Friday, September 3rd at 10 a.m., there will be a Kick-off to Kindergarten press conference at Brennan/Rogers School. This is an exciting year for entering Kindergarteners, as Brennan/Rogers will be implementing a new learning plan as part of the School Change Initiative. Dr. Mayo and Principal Lott will discuss this comprehensive plan to increase student performance and achieve academic success at Brennan/Rogers School.

    Shubert Theater Seeks Volunteers

    New Haven’s Shubert Theater is seeking individuals interested in joining the Shubert “Stars” Volunteer Corps. The “Stars” play a vital role in the theater's operation by assisting patrons as ushers, hospitality attendants, concessionaires and greeters. Interested individuals 18 years and older can join the Shubert “Stars” with a membership fee of $45 which. entitles members to see performances at the Shubert for free! The program offers members the opportunity to meet others interested in theater and the performing arts. For more information on the Shubert “Stars,” contact the Shubert's

    Volunteer Coordinator, Kathy Apuzzo, at 203.624.1825. To view an informational video, visit www.shubert.com.

    Green Tip

    If your clothes dryer has a moisture sensor feature, use it to reduce your energy consumption by 15% over running the dryer for a set amount of time.

    I hope you have a happy and healthy week!

    Very truly yours,

    John DeStefano, Jr.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660


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