Duffy eBlast - 12.04.2022
Sun, Dec 4 4:34pm



December 6th  - 7:00 pm - Winter Concert

December 8th - Picture Re-Take Day

December 9th - PJ Day  


Please check the Duffy calendar for a complete list of activities.


New!  Share the JOY of reading! 

It’s December! Have you started thinking “out with the old and in with the new?” If you have gently used books in your home that your family is ready to pass along, consider sending them to Duffy for our book drive!


Gently Used Children’s Book Drive: Monday, December 5th- Friday, December 9th

A collection box for donations will be located in the main lobby. 

It’s our Get a Book, Give a Book yearly celebration! During the week of December 19th, all Duffy Dragons will have the opportunity to visit our Winter Wonderland Bookstore to pick out a gently used book for winter break reading as well as choose one to wrap and bring home to give as a gift for a sibling, neighbor, friend, relative, etc. Our “bookstore” is stocked with your donations. Please consider cleaning out your bookshelves at home during the next few weeks. Thank you!


New! Family Learning Night

Please join Mrs. Laverty, Principal, Ms. Bliss, Curriculum Specialist, and Mrs. Detrick, Reading Specialist on Monday, December 12th at 7:00 pm to learn more about our vision, mission, and goals for the 2022-23 school year. Specific topics for discussion include:


  • Who are we as a school community?

  • Vision for Equity

  • Statewide assessment results and annual survey climate data

  • Benchmark data, differentiated instruction, and progress monitoring

  • Duffy's School Strategic Plan

We hope you will join the conversation. We will meet in the LMC at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.

Babysitting available for your Duffy Dragon! - please RSVP to martha_kehoe@whps.org


New!  Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Meeting 12/8

The Duffy Parent Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee will be meeting virtually on Thursday, December 8th from 7-8pm. All are welcome to join as we plan for some fun, meaningful activities and programs for our Duffy community and beyond. Please register here. Questions? Please reach out to co-chairs Tracy Wu Fastenberg, Francesca Knerr, or Kristin Churila.


Hartford Wolf Pack Game

Duffy is going to the Wolf Pack game THIS SATURDAY!  Ticket sales will close on Friday Dec 9th (Don't wait to get tickets- 491 tickets have already been sold). If your choir member is interested in singing the National Anthem for the Wolfpack game on December 10th, please be sure to purchase a ticket using this link. Additional tickets have been released so if you previously got a notice tickets were sold out, please check the link again. We hope to see you there!

The Wolf Pack is having a Teddy Bear Toss at the game. Families are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal to throw out on the ice after the Wolf Pack scores its first goal of the night to benefit charity. More info can be found here.


Thank you to all the parents who made this week's Scholastic Book Fair a success, and especially to Colleen Jo who organized all of the volunteers and, in several cases, stepped up at the last minute to cover volunteer slots. Our kids enjoyed browsing the books for sale and added excitement in the library. Colleen, you deserve a round of applause! And to all the parents who came in to help this week, we tip our hats.



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