Suffield Public Schools

Suffield Middle School

October 2014


350 Mountain Road | Suffield, CT 06078 | 860-668-3820 |


Upcoming Events:

Sped PAC

Tuesday, Oct. 7th
9:00 a.m.
McAlister Cafe

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 7th
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SHS Media Center

Picture Day

Thursday, Oct. 9th

No School

Monday, Oct. 13th
Columbus Day

Variety Show Auditions

Thursday, Oct. 16th
Periods 1 - 4

BOE Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 21st
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SHS Media Center

Halloween Bash - 6th Grade

Friday, Oct. 24th
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Early Dismissal

Tuesday, Oct. 28th
12:15 p.m.
Professional Development

Virtual Backpack:

2014 - 2015 District Calendar

Suffield Middle School Student / Parent Handbook 2014 - 2015

2014 - 2015 Special Services Tri-fold Flyer


 School Lunch Menu

2014 - 2015 Parent Letter about Enterovirus D68 - PDF

BOX TOPS CONTEST ***September 22-October 24, 2014***

Change in Student Drop Off at SMS - IMPORTANT


CTFSN - 4th Annual One Voice Conference is Wed. Oct 8th

Developmental Disabilities Resource Fair - Oct. 22nd


Girls and Boys Basketball Intramurals

Girls and Boys Bowling Intramurals - Updated Permission Slip

Girls and Boys Yoga Intramurals

MUSIC DEPARTMENT Event Dates for 2014-2015

NCCC - Parent and Sibling Support Groups

NCCC - Recreational Family Activity Group Calendar

Parent Letter about Head Lice

Request for Parent / Guardian to Transport Child from Athletic Contests - Updated form

SCHOOL FUNDRAISER! October 1-15, 2014


SMS Guidance Department - WELCOME BACK LETTER

SMS FUNDRAISER BEGINS on Wednesday, October 1st!


SMS SCHOOL PICTURE DAY! Thursday, October 9, 2014


Transportation Website for People with Disabilities and Older Adults Launch Event



Thursday, October 9, 2014

All students have been given their Grynn & Barrett school photo order forms. Please remind them to bring them back to school on picture day, Thursday, October 9th.

School Photo Order Form - PDF

8th Grade Ariel Panoramic Order Form - PDF


The magazine drive has begun. Earn Special Prizes on each Turn-In-Day. Turn in dates:

Day #1 - Tuesday, October 7th
Day #2 - Friday, October 10th
Final Turn-In-Day - Wednesday, October 15th

All Checks Payable to: SUFFIELD M.S

Additional information: Flyer - PDF

Orders can also be made online:

Organization ID: 1486737

Intramural Information

Girls and Boys Yoga Intramurals starts Monday (October 6, 2014). The program will continue to run on Monday (October 20, 2014); Monday (October 27, 2014) and Monday (November 3, 2014). Permission slips and schedules are available on the bulletin board outside the gymnasium and attached below. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided! Come and relax your spirit, mind and body. 

Girls and Boys Basketball Intramurals starts Wednesday (October 8, 2014). The program will continue to run on October 15, 2014 (Wednesday) and October 22, 2014 (Wednesday). Permission slips and schedules are available on the bulletin board outside the gymnasium. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided! Come and play basketball games with your friends! 

Girls and Boys Bowling Intramurals starts Thursday (October 9, 2014). The program will continue to run on Thursday (October 16, 2014, Thursday (October 23, 2014), Thursday (October 30, 2014) and Thursday (November 6, 2014). Bus transportation will be provided to Bradley Bowl and back to school.  There is a fee for this program and only 40 students will be admitted so get your permission slips in early! Please turn in your intramural permission slip and money to Mrs. Heather Casinghino. Deadline for permission slips is Monday (October 6, 2014).

Bowling Intramural Permission Slip (Updated 9/26/14) - PDF

2014-2015 Intramural Schedule - PDF

Intramural Permission Slip - PDF

Change in Student Drop Off at SMS

Effective September 23rd, procedures for student drop off in the morning at Suffield Middle School has changed.  Please review the map with instructions: 

Morning Drop Off - PDF

The procedures for student pick up at SMS in the afternoon remains the same.

Afternoon Pick Up - PDF

***September 22-October 24, 2014***

Our first Box Tops for Education contest will be BOYS VS. GIRLS! Please be sure to bring in your box tops and deposit them to the boxes located in the cafeteria!

See flyer for more details.  Flyer - PDF

SMS Variety Show

Sign ups for variety show auditions will occur this week, Oct. 6th - 10th, during lunch waves.

The variety show auditions will take place on Thursday, October 16th during periods 1 - 4.

Mandatory Dress Rehearsal:
Wednesday, November 5th 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 6th
Two assemblies during the day and a 6:00 p.m. evening show.

Variety Show Flyer - PDF


Emergency Information Needs to be Updated on InfoSnap


Have you updated your child's emergency information yet? This is a yearly update done via infosnap in the PowerSchool Parent Portal! Login now so we have accurate emergency information on your child! Link is below!

Click here for Infosnap / Parent Portal Access Instructions


Suffield PTAC News



PTAC October 2014 Newsletter

Interested in helping out with our student activities this year? Do you have questions about how you can help? Please use the attached list to contact one of the PTAC Board members if you have questions. PTAC 2014 - 2015 Volunteer Chairpersons - PDF

Also, check out their FACEBOOK page:



Suffield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SPEDPAC)


The Suffield Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SPEDPAC) is an organization that provides opportunities for parents, school administrators, and support staff to exchange information and ideas, ask questions relative to student programming, and solicit valuable input that promotes our continuous school improvement efforts. We encourage all parents and guardians whose children receive special services to attend and participate in these collaborative meetings. The purpose of these meetings, held monthly at rotating schools, serves to strengthen the partnership that exists between home and school. Possible discussion topics include our literacy and numeracy efforts and social and emotional supports utilized in our schools and how specific strategies may support the home environment. Additional information may be obtained in the main office of each school or via the district website at, clicking Central Services and then Special Services. You may also reach out to the SPEDPAC chairpersons, Kendra Wiesel at or Tammi Nealon at or the respective building principal. In addition, you may also discuss with your child’s case manager if you have additional questions. We look forward to partnering with you to provide and grow our quality programming for all students.

2014-2015 Sped PAC Meeting Dates





Tuesday 10/7/2014 9:00 a.m. MIS
Wednesday 11/12/2014 6:30 p.m. SMS
Tuesday 12/9/2014 9:00 a.m. SHS
Tuesday 1/13/2015 9:00 a.m. AWS
Tuesday 2/10/2015 9:00 a.m. MIS
Tuesday 3/3/2015 9:00 a.m. SMS
Wednesday 4/8/2015 6:30 p.m. SHS
Tuesday 5/5/2015 9:00 a.m. AWS
Tuesday 6/2/2015 9:00 a.m. MIS



An Important Health Notice From Our Assistant Superintendent


This communication will serve to inform parents of the practices in place to reduce the incidents of head lice that occur in our schools.  Head lice are often a fact of life for school-aged children.  While inconvenient, head lice cause no medical harm and can be effectively treated.

Our policy (#5141.221) was adopted by the Suffield Board of Education in 2012.  It aligns with a clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatric Medicine that recommended the elimination of universal large scale screenings of students and notifying parent of each and every case where lice or nits (the eggs of lice) were detected.  Instead, the practice of having teachers monitoring all students for symptom related to lice infestation such as scratching of the scalp.  Where symptoms are detected the student is screened individually by the nurse and the nurse works with the parent directly to insure that appropriate treatment is accomplished.

Our regulations were enhanced last spring to insure that the district communicate with parents quarterly by providing information on how to monitor signs and symptoms.  Another change is to allow the school nurse and principal to work with the Superintendent to determine if a more targeted notification is necessary when a significant number of cases are detected in a particular classroom.

For more information relative to the treatment and prevention of head lice, I encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control’s website at  If you would like hard copy materials, please feel free to contact me directly.

Our staff is aware of the need to watch for signs and symptoms of head lice, such as frequent head scratching.  Parents can help by watching for those same signs and by screening carefully at home whenever those symptoms are present.  When those symptoms are observed in school, students are referred to the nurse for private screening.  The nurse will contact parents to insure appropriate treatment is implemented.

Preventing further transmission when a case is identified requires the cooperation and active response of all teacher, parents and students.  That active response includes becoming informed, immediate communication with the school nurse when a student is diagnosed with an active case (even if the child has already been treated), and respect for the privacy of those who may have become infested. 

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have further questions, please contact your school.


Jim Collin, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent



Suffield Public Schools
350 Mountain Road, Suffield, CT 06078
Phone: 860-668-3800



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