Calling All PTA Candidates!! Some of the PTA leadership chairs will be open for new candidates. This June, the 2020-2022 PTA Board Member terms come to an end. So the search is on for new voices and new choices to support our school, our teachers, our community, and especially--- our children. Be part of it !! This is a great opportunity to be a community-minded role model for your children, your grand-children and your neighborhood. Please contact the school office [203-407-2030] or the PTA for details, information, nominees and questions. Nominations deadline- May 20th. Elections/Voting- Week of May 31st. PTA Webpage
Helen Street Elementary School
Once again, we are confronted with a mass shooting in one of our nation’s communities. Once again, the shooting is motivated by hate. It is not enough to be intolerant of racism, antisemitism, antimuslim sentiment, and other sources and expressions of hate; we need to continue our efforts to teach against hate in whatever form it exists.
This weekend, another American community is forced to suffer the unbearable burden of a mass shooting. Please join the Hamden educational community in keeping Buffalo in your thoughts.
The Hamden Public School System is committed to finding ways to ensure that our staff is racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse. One of our efforts in this area is our participation in the CREC Teacher Residency Program. If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher in Connecticut, the CREC Teacher Residency Program may be a great opportunity for you. This program differs from many others in that it is a paid residency that leads to Connecticut elementary teacher certification.
CREC leaders and partners gathered at Hamden’s Ridge Hill School with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal to celebrate the expansion of the program thanks to a federal grant.
New Haven Independent article on the event
Further information on how to apply here
If you have any questions, please contact Gary Highsmith, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Administration.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us. Children, in particular, have experienced increased mental and behavioral health concerns due to anxiety caused by the changes they have experienced in their lives, extended isolation and loss of family members. Parents have struggled to find local mental health providers to help their children cope or recommend appropriate treatments.
The DCF Behavioral Health Resource Guide will provide valuable points of contact to parents who are already dealing with difficult situations and hopefully have them access services earlier before their children experience a worsening mental health problem. Accessing supports is a sign of strength and this document provides families one more added support as they are empowered to connect with services in their local communities.