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The Importance of Early Identification, Referral and Services

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The Importance of Early Identification, Referral and Services

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Are you concerned about your child’s growth and development? Do you see your child lagging behind children of a similar age at birthday parties or at the park? Is your child 10 months old and not crawling or picking up finger foods or 18 months old and not walking? Some children begin talking right after…

September is Attendance Awareness Month

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September is Attendance Awareness Month

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Students who attend school on a consistent basis have better grades, become academically proficient and are on a trajectory to high school graduation. One would think that consistent attendance is the norm for most students; however, this is not the case. Though Danbury Public Schools has one of the lowest chronic absenteeism rates in the…

Welcoming Statement from the Danbury Superintendent of Schools

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Welcoming Statement from the Danbury Superintendent of Schools

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Welcome to the new school year! I hope everyone enjoyed a safe summer full of activities with family and friends. Whether you are a returning staff member or family member. or if you are new to the district, we look forward to your involvement in the Danbury school community. Your valuable support helps our students…

The Dog Days of Summer

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The Dog Days of Summer

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

“I want the rain to stop, Miss Anne,” stated an incoming kindergartener surrounded by children who chimed in singing their version of “Rain, rain, go away.” After the song, we talked about how “it has been raining for too many days” (as the students told me), how showers can start and stop quickly and how…

Summer Fun in the Sun

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Summer Fun in the Sun

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Summer is a wonderful time to try new things and visit unknown locations, and it offers time to improve our skills. Everyone has heard that summer learning loss causes students to return to school the next year having lost skills they had previously mastered. Summer reading is one of the best ways to combat summer…

Just How Fragile Are We Really? Are We Prepared?

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Just How Fragile Are We Really? Are We Prepared?

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

Events in Danbury over the past few weeks have shown how fragile we are as victims of situations beyond our control. First, the waterline break at Tamarack Avenue stopped Danbury in its tracks, catching homeowners by surprise and unprepared. Many had no extra water or supplies on hand. Second, the more recent storm last week…

Thoughts on Danbury Public Schools and Educational Equity—Now Is the Time to Share Your Ideas

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Thoughts on Danbury Public Schools and Educational Equity—Now Is the Time to Share Your Ideas

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

The Danbury Public Schools (DPS) have been given funding by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation to do a yearlong project to discover the root cause of educational disparity or gaps. What are the challenges students face during their education journey and what gaps or barriers stand in their way? How can DPS make learning accessible…

Keeping Our Children Safe

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Keeping Our Children Safe

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

All parents want to provide for and keep their children safe; however, our world has changed. At home, we lock our doors, and teach children stranger danger and how to navigate our community and schools. Inevitably, it has become the responsibility of everyone to ensure our children’s safety. As children go to school, questions arise…

Are You a Victim of Cabin Fever?

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Are You a Victim of Cabin Fever?

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

When the weather turns cold, cabin fever sets in. You know the symptoms: feelings of isolation, restlessness and irritation and complaints of boredom. It’s a nasty feeling that everyone tries to avoid. But adults as well as kids can become victims. If you’re stuck indoors and crave a change of scenery, try these home remedies….

Your House or Mine: Meeting Families at the Front Door

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Your House or Mine: Meeting Families at the Front Door

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Meet families where they are; at their door, not your door. The phrase “hard-to-reach families” is a misnomer; there are no parents that are hard to reach. Rather, there are false assumptions about families that leads to assuming they are unreachable or don’t have the capacity to engage with their child’s learning. Do hard-to-reach parents…

Supporting the Danbury Schools Budget

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Supporting the Danbury Schools Budget

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D.

Each year, Dr. Pascarella, the Danbury Superintendent, prepares a budget to operate Danbury Public Schools; it is approved by the Danbury Board of Education and sent to the Danbury City Council for approval. The City Council refers it to a committee that makes a recommendation back to the Council for funding. The Committee is conscious…

Mentors Making a Difference – One Hour at a Time

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Mentors Making a Difference – One Hour at a Time

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D., and Ellen Meyst

Think back to when you were younger: was there one person that was super special in your life? Did they guide you, help you make decisions and act as the sounding board you needed? That special person may have mentored you through difficult times and now, is maybe a special friend. January is National Mentoring…

The Snowy Owl and Student Success

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The Snowy Owl and Student Success

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

During the cold New Year’s weekend, I became distracted by something large and white in the trees behind my home. There sat a large white snowy owl who was intently watching the ground below for movement, movement that would signify a small creature, that is, its next meal. The owl sat there for a good two hours, then swooped down to the snowy ground, grabbed its next…

The Need for Children to Have Adequate Sleep and Positive Routines

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The Need for Children to Have Adequate Sleep and Positive Routines

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

Babies let us know how much sleep they need by becoming cranky, sucking their thumb or rubbing their eyes. When parents recognize these signs, they comfort their children to help them go to sleep. As children get older, they show different signs of needing sleep and will fight going to bed. Crying, tantrums, poor reactions…

Not My Mother’s Voice: Things I Promised I Would Never Say to My Children

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Not My Mother’s Voice: Things I Promised I Would Never Say to My Children

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D

When I was growing up, my mother would say things to my sibling and me that I promised myself I would never say to my own children. Though I made this promise to myself, they slip out. After hearing these things and talking with my children about what bothered them, I compiled a mental list…

Danbury Public School’s Readiness Program Scores High on National Accreditation Criteria

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Danbury Public School’s Readiness Program Scores High on National Accreditation Criteria

By Anne E. Mead, Ed. D. and Robin Provey

Danbury Public School’s Readiness Program received notification of its 5-year reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) on October 4, 2017. “We have been working on updating the materials, taking new pictures and improving our learning space for over the two last years. The NAEYC validator spent an entire day…