Litchfield News




“Battle of the Bands & Beans”
Friday, April 28 ~ 6:00 p.m.
@ Litchfield High School
Litchfield High School’s Student-Teacher-Parent-Council (STPC) will host the first annual Battle of the Bands & Beans on Friday, April 28 at the Litchfield High School.  
The Loft, a popular local band, made up of high school students will battle in music and songs against HoWiE Roll, the favorite rock-band made up of LHS faculty and staff.  
In addition to the musical battle, STPC will hold a ‘chili cook-off contest’ for anyone interested in submitting their homemade chili. The chili tasting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and music at 6:45 p.m.  
Members of LHS student council and clubs, will offer a variety of snacks and sweets for purchase. 
Admission to both the chili tasting and battle of the bands is $8.00, and children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  For more information and to secure an entry form for the chili cook-off email: or call Tammy Knox at LHS (860) 567-7530.  
27th Annual Museum Sleep-In!
Friday, April 28 (5:00 p.m.) & Saturday, April  29 (until Noon)
White Memorial Conservation Center
Kids in Grades 4-6: If you enjoy the night sky, exploring the outdoors, and meeting new friends, then join us for the 26th Annual Museum Sleep-In at White Memorial. You'll get to sleep near the snakes, turtles, and bees in the Museum, as well as make nature crafts, scoop for pond critters, learn what creatures go bump in the night, and enjoy some yummy food.

You might want to watch out for some special surprises too! It will be like a real-life "Night at the Museum!" Limited space, so don't miss out!

Parents, this is a kids-only event.
Meet in the A.B. Ceder Room.
The event goes from 5:00 p.m. Friday night -
12 noon Saturday morning.

Advanced registration required.
To register, please call 860-567-0857
Registration begins March 13
and must be received by April 21.
Members: $55/child, Non-Members: $85/child

8th Annual Northwest Connecticut
Financial Reality Fair
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Northwest Connecticut’s Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Connecticut Credit Unions and the Credit Union League of Connecticut, is pleased to present the eighth annual Northwest CT Financial Reality Fair on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Torrington High School. The Financial Reality Fair provides high school students with a “hands on” budgeting experience to gain practical knowledge about personal financial management in a one day “real world” environment. The Fair is designed to teach students the value of using money responsibly. This “real world” exercise requires each student to choose a career and salary and then budget their money wisely to make ends meet. The hands on practical aspect of this initiative will occur at the Reality Fair.
Connecticut is not one of the 50 states in the country to require financial literacy standards for high school students. Last year, more than 80 high schools participated in this unique hands on learning experience.
Connecticut’s Credit Unions, and credit union volunteers from around the state, launched this program in the 2008-2009 school year and have served more than 24,000 students since the program launch. To date, more than 3,500 high school students from Northwest CT have gone through a financial reality fair at Torrington High School and there’s been more than 60 fairs in CT and 4 in both Washington, D.C. and Trinidad.
For more information, contact the Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, 333 Kennedy Drive, Suite R101, P.O. Box 59, Torrington, CT 06790, (860)482-6586, or email
Cinco De Mayo Party
hosted by "Miles to Mexico" student group
Friday, May 5 ~ 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Litchfield Community Center
Miles to Mexico is 15 students from Litchfield HS and Wamogo HS volunteering with Operation Wallacea to assist with university level biodiversity research in Akmual and Calakmul. In Akmual,they be monitoring sea turtle populations and coral reef fish diversity in addition to other field research in Calakmul. They will be measuring biomass of forest and quantifying carbon sequestration. The goal is to assist in the acquisition of field-based data which will help to inform environmental sustainability and resource management decisions.
For more info please call 860-567-8302

Litchfield Center School
“Ready, Set, Grow!” Program
Litchfield Public Schools would like to invite the families of children eligible for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 academic school year to this Spring’s “Ready, Set, Grow!” program. The program aims to inform parents and guardians about Kindergarten expectations in Language Arts, Math, and fine/gross motor skills as well as strategies to use at home to support this learning. This opportunity includes a parent information session followed by engaging family and student workshops. Children living in Litchfield, Northfield, and Bantam who will be five years old on or before January 1, 2018 are eligible for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year and are encouraged to attend.
A “Ready, Set, Grow” workshop will be held on May 8th at 6:00 p.m. for children and their parents/guardians.  Registration is required for this workshop. Click here to register. Please visit our website at for more information.
EdAdvance Programs
Registration is now open for EdAdvance School Age Programs’ 2017-18 BASES School Year and 2017 Summer Adventure Programs
Registration for the 2017 - 2018 BASES (Before and After School Enrichment Services) is now open. EdAdvance’s School Age Programs provide safe, healthy, and enriching before and after school programs for elementary and middle school students within their own school district during the school year. Parents can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their child is receiving quality, affordable care that is tailored to their developmental needs and seamlessly integrated with diverse academic and social enrichment experiences.
BASES before and after school programs are conveniently located in school buildings and are available to students in Barkhamsted, Brookfield, Region 10/Harwinton, Litchfield, New Hartford, Newtown, Torrington, and Region 14/Woodbury.
EdAdvance’s School Age Programs is once again offering full day Summer Adventure Programs for children ages 5-12, currently attending Kindergarten to grade 6. Summer Adventure Programs are provided Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., during the summer months. Each week is devoted to a different theme that will peak each child’s curiosity and creativity through hands on, engaging enrichment activities. There is also an exciting field trip each week, as well as swimming twice per week. Our Summer Adventure Programs are located in Newtown and Torrington this year.
Registration is now open. Please visit to register for these programs. For more information, please contact the School Age Programs Administrative Team at: or 860.567.0863 ext. 167.
Forman Honors Employees with 25 Years of Service
Forman School honored 11 employees, all of whom will reach 25 years of service or more to the School in 2017. Head of School Adam K. Man and with his wife, Beth, hosted a celebratory dinner at their home on Friday, April 7, 2017. Members of the Board of Trustees were in attendance to honor the dedicated faculty and staff members. ~ contributed

Top Row L-R: Charlene Halloran, Scott McCarty '76, Paul Opperman, Marty Bozak, Wendy Welshans, John Simmons, and Annie Crawford; Bottom Row L-R: Jeannine Cooper, Diane Lucarelli, Nigel Daniel, and Noreen Kausyla.

Please join us in congratulating these wonderful people, who have contributed greatly to the vibrant school Forman has grown into today.  



Years of Service by 12/31/17

Diane Lucarelli

Assistant Director of Cognition & Learning


Noreen Kausyla

Assistant to the Head of School


Scott McCarty '76

Director of Athletics


Charlene Halloran

Director of Counseling


Nigel Daniel

Director of Town Funding, Cognition & Learning Teacher


Paul Opperman

Director of Housekeeping


Jeannine Cooper

Cognition & Learning Teacher


John Simmons

Cognition & Learning Teacher


Wendy Welshans

Science Teacher, Director of Outdoor Leadership & Rainforest Project


Marty Bozak

Director of Operations


Annie Crawford

Dean of Students


In accordance with Connecticut State Law (34 CFR §300.573), Litchfield Public Schools will destroy all special education records of any former student with a birthdate of 1992 or earlier. Former students and/or parents who have guardianship/conservatorship interested in obtaining these records must contact the Department of Special Services at the Litchfield Board of Education at 860-567-7505 by May 15, 2017. Records will be destroyed after June 1, 2017.
The Litchfield Board of Education will destroy the confidential special education records of former students who have either graduated or were dismissed from special education services with birthdates of 1992 or earlier.  Written notification will be mailed to the students’ last known address.
This destruction is permitted by Connecticut State Law (34 CFR §300.573). Confidential records include referral to special education, PPT/IEP records, psychoeducational evaluations, speech/language evaluations, psychological testing and reports, and correspondence with other agencies related to special education or special services. These records may be needed in the future for Social Security benefits or other purposes. Anyone wishing to obtain his/her confidential records must call the Litchfield Board of Education, Special Services Department at 860-567-7505, before May 15, 2017. 
LEF brings Minds in Motion program to Litchfield (04-24-17)
Litchfield Education Foundation Treasurer Kathleen Reidy, left, and LEF President Michele Saunders review the schedule for the Minds in Motion program held at Litchfield High School on Saturday.
Below, Bantam Bread Co. owner Niles Golovin and his daughter, Amanda, demonstrated bread-making during the program. BZ photos
The Litchfield Education Foundation brought the popular Minds in Motion workshop series to Litchfield on Saturday.
The event at the high school drew 183 children between kindergarten and the eighth grade for an afternoon of interesting programs designed to educate. Minds in Motion is a program of the Connecticut Association for the Gifted offering hands-on workshops for children.
The event was designed to enrich and encourage curious students and featured 26 workshops led by mostly local volunteers.
LEF Treasurer Kathleen Reidy organized the second annual fundraiser for the organization.
“Last year, my children participated in Minds in Motion workshops in Fairfield County and I was so impressed with the event and its positive impact on my two daughters,” Reidy said. “It inspired me to help bring Minds in Motion to Litchfield.”
There were also workshops for parents and teachers well as a keynote address, “Mindfulness in Parenting,” presented by Amanda Votto, a mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher.
Denis Williamson of Morris led a workshop in astronomy.
Marlow Shami of Goshen leads an art workshop.
Eager students learned about surgery.
Ron and Lorin Celella led a workshop in veterinary science.
Orthopedic physician's assistant Steve Saunders demonstrates his sewing skills on a pig's heart.
Parents attend a workshop on mindful parenting.