2 Hour Early Dismissal today, 11/25

Side by Side will dismiss at 1:30pm today (NOT 2pm as was originally communicated)

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Side by Side is a regional public charter school located in the heart of downtown South Norwalk. As specified in our charter, our integrated student population reflects the diversity of our surrounding community. The 235 students of Side by Side, grades Pre-K through 8th, represent several surrounding Connecticut towns and cities.

Like all charter schools, Side by Side functions independently from any local or traditional public school system. At Side by Side, our innovative approaches toward education allow us to actively and equally involve parents, teachers, and students in our day-to-day operations.

December 2015

Dear SBS Families,

Thank you to those who attended the Side by Side “Cocktails for a Cause” on Friday, 11/6.  This important annual fundraiser helps Side by Side to continue to provide important educational field trip opportunities to our children.  This year’s event was our most successful to date raising nearly $6,000!


The Pink Panthers did it again!  Congratulations to Side by Side’s Robotics team for their recent performance at the First Lego League Robotics competition held at Greenwich Academy on 11/21. Side by Side's team, "The Pink Panthers", were led by Coaches Marie Iannazzi and Sally Davids.  The competing team consisted of 11 Upper School students:  Ja’Kyah Williams, Mathew Alvarado, Jasmin Cordero, Darius Smith, Luca Napoli-Bulteryst, Owen Schaumann, Alexander Hamilton, Justin Pol, Raphael Betances, Victoria Silva-Mezza and Darby Jean.  The team’s work was highlighted by a 2nd place finish in the category, “Overall Presentation and Research.”

RISE Cards were distributed and held by 19 Upper School students during this first marking period.   As you know, RISE is a school-wide initiative that helps to promote positive behavior in four core areas: Respect, Independence, Social Justice and Empathy.  Students and teachers work together to define what expected RISE behaviors look like in school and a rubric is used to score each Upper School student based on their consistency to demonstrate these behaviors. Those who meet the criteria for consistency earn a RISE card which is worn throughout the school day and earn certain school day special privilege.  RISE cards are distributed at the midpoint and end of each marking period.  Congratulations to those students who earned a RISE card:

6th: Aaliyah, Laura, Miranda, Victoria, Jennifer and Kelsey

7th: Emely, Gabriella, Owen, Raphy, Georgia, Giovanni, and Jayleen

8th: Ja’Hyah, Nayelli, Joey, Brianna, Jasmin and Makayla

On behalf of Side by Side I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!


Mr. Nittoly