Litchfield News



Regional School District No. 6 is accepting student registration for the 2019-2020 school year for Prekindergarten and Kindergarten children living in Warren, Morris and Goshen.  Students must be three years of age on or before December 31, 2019 to be eligible for Prekindergarten enrollment this coming fall. Students must be five years of age on or before December 31, 2019 to be eligible for Kindergarten enrollment this coming fall.
For more information and to receive the 2019-2020 Prekindergarten or Kindergarten registration packet, please call:
Warren School - Susan Cupo @ 860-868-2223
James Morris School - Maria Palheiredo @ 860-567-7420
Goshen Center School - Sherri Contadini @ 860-491-6020
All applications are due by April 1, 2019

A message from Region 6 superintendent Chris Leone
Dear RSD6 Community,
Welcome to February. A few calendar items for this month.
This is a reminder there is no school for students on February 18th (Presidents Day) or 19th (Professional Development Day).
At this time, I am also pleased to share the “Winter Town Tour” has been scheduled for this month as follows:
February 26 - Morris Town Hall
February 27 - Warren Town Hall
February 28 - Goshen Center School 
All events will start at 6:00 p.m. and the topic will be a “Preview of the 2019-2020 RSD6 Budget.”
I hope that many will be able to make this important discussion on our district future and our goal of continued progress.
In closing, and in anticipation of Groundhog Day, let’s all hope that tomorrow the Groundhog does not see his shadow and we will be destined for an early spring.
Best wishes,
Litchfield Center School
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten registration for the school year 2019-2020 will be held on Monday, February 4 and continue through Friday, February 8. Children living in Litchfield, Bantam and Northfield who will be five years old on or before January 1, 2020 are eligible for kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.
In order to register, the following must be presented:
1. A birth certificate verifying your child’s date of birth
2. A record of immunizations
3. Proof of residency
Homeowner– copy of deed to your Bantam/Litchfield/Northfield home or a fully executed (signed) contract for your home.
Leasing/Rentingwith a signed lease – copy of your signed lease.
Leasing/Renting without a signed lease– notarized affidavit of landlord-lessee of home.
4. A copy of a valid CT driver’s license for the parent/guardian indicating the address where the child resides.
5. Two current utility bills (land line telephone, water, electric, gas, oil or cable television NOT cellphone.
If you have a child already enrolled in Center School, you do not need to provide proof of residency. All others must provide proof of residency at the time of registration. Registrations will not be accepted unless you have this information with you. Registration forms are available on our website and at school. You may register at Center School any time between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 4 through Friday, February 8.
Students currently enrolled in Center School’s Preschool program who will be registering for kindergarten only need to complete a registration form and drop it off in the main office.
"Ready, Set, Grow” program
Litchfield Public Schools would like to invite the families of children eligible for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 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, 2020 are eligible for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year and are encouraged to attend.
The first “Ready, Set, Grow” informational meeting for parents and guardians will be held on Monday, February 4th (snow date February 11th) at 6:30 p.m. in the Center School Gym.  Registration is not required to attend this informational meeting.  Additional workshops will be held on March 4th, April 1st, and May 6th at 6:00 p.m. for children and their parents/guardians.  Registration will be required for these workshops.  Please visit our website at to register for the workshops. 
Center School Preschool in Litchfield
presents "Way to Grow"
Center School Preschool in Litchfield presents Way to Grow, a series of informational and interactive workshops for families interested in our preschool program for the 2019-2020 school year. Session 1 is an informational session for parents about our Preschool Program for three and four year olds. Session 1 will be held January 30th at 6:00 PM (snow date January 31st) in the Center School Gymnasium. Session 2 is an interactive session for parents and children to see the classrooms, meet the teachers and participate in preschool activities. Session 2 takes place on February 6th from 4:30-5:00 PM (snow date February 7th from 4:00-4:30 PM) in the Center School Preschool classrooms. For more information or to RSVP to one or both events, please visit Litchfield Public Schools – Center School – Preschool Program or click here
Litchfield Community Center presents
Google CS First Coding Club
For Grades 4 – 7
Monday and Tuesday, February 4 - March 5
3:30pm - 4:45pm
Join friends and certified teachers after-school to learn and develop core computer science concepts using then new SCRATCH 3.0 platform and programming language with Google CS First. Complete challenging projects and watch your coding creations come to life!
Give your child the advantage. Computer science is a 21st-century skill that enables kids to be creators, rather than just consumers, of technology. The emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking and innovation will empower your child to future ready! $125 per student, 10 sessions. Snacks provided. Space limited.
No classes 2/18 or 2/19 during Winter Break; classes rescheduled for Wednesday 2/20 and Thursday 2/21. Transportation from Litchfield Intermediate School to LCC can be arrange once enrolled.
Wamogo art students earn Gold Keys 
@ 2019 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards
Two Wamogo Regional High School art students have earned Gold Keys for their work at the 2019 Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards.
Olivia Norris has won a Gold Key for her ink and colored pencil drawing of insects titled "Crawling." Olivia earned a 5 on her AP Drawing portfolio last year and is applying to several art schools. So far she has been accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Olivia is pursuing an AP 2D Design portfolio this year.
Jackie Weik has won yet another accolade for her photograph "Resistance" at the Connecticut Regional Scholastic Art Awards, winning a Gold Key with this photograph. This photograph was also chosen as the top winner in the grades 9-12 age group in the ASAP Celebration of Young Photographers, and it was recently chosen as one of 80 out of 350 entrants to be featured in an exhibit of Emerging Young Artists at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Jackie is pursuing an AP 2D Design portfolio this year.
Winning a Gold Key at the Regional level means that these works will go on to New York City in March to be considered for a National level award. Last year, Jackie Weik won a Gold Key on the Regional level with her photography and went on to win a National Gold Medal. She received her award at Carnegie Hall in June.
All of the work chosen for Regional level awards will be exhibited in the Silpe Gallery at Hartford Art School from Sunday Jan. 13 through Friday, February 1. There will be a Connecticut Regional Celebration at the Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford on Sunday, January 27, at which students will receive their Gold Key awards.
Forman Student Receives Photography Award
The arts are a very important part of an education at Forman School. So it is always gratifying for the entire community when a student is singled out for recognition.
Brian Blum ‘20 won a Gold Key award in photography at the 2019 Scholastic Arts Awards Exhibition at the Hartford Art School. “The entire Art Department is very proud of Brian’s achievement,” says photography teacher Carter Walker.
Brian’s photograph will be on view till February 1st at the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School of Hartford University. Forman is a coeducational college preparatory school empowering bright students who learn differently.
More than $150,000 in Scholarships
Available for Northwest CT Students
Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation is awarding scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Scholarship applications are now available for the more than $150,000 available to area students. Scholarship guidelines, requirements and applications are available on the Community Foundation website.
Scholarship applications for the 2019-2020 academic year must be submitted by April 1, 2019. The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation serves Litchfield County with a collection of more than 30 scholarship funds from local donors. These funds provide scholarships to area students throughout the Northwest Corner. For a complete list of scholarships, visit
Connecticut Community Foundation
College Scholarships
Students residing in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills are invited to apply for college scholarships through Connecticut Community Foundation for the 2019-20 academic year.
New, current or returning college students of any age can apply.
  • Most scholarships are renewable for up to four years.
  • First-time applications to the Foundation are due by March 15.
  • Applications for renewals of previously-awarded scholarships are due by February 15. We have a new online application system; all applicants will need to register as new users.
As one of the largest college scholarship providers in the region, the Foundation has awarded thousands of scholarships since 1989 thanks to the generosity of donors who have established more than 130 scholarship funds to benefit area students. 
Each year, our volunteer scholarship reviewers carefully consider applications from many students; we then award hundreds of scholarships to students in our region from all walks of life. 
Last year, by awarding scholarships totaling more than $900,000, the Foundation made college more affordable for 420 students attending two-year and four-year schools across the country!
Region 6 Teacher of the Year Nomination
It gives us great pleasure to invite you to participate in Region 6's Teacher of the Year Program for 2019. Each year, one teacher is selected alternately from the Wamogo or one of the three elementary schools.  This year's nominee will come from the elementary school teaching staff.  From the nominations we receive, one individual will be chosen as Region 6's Teacher of the Year and will become our candidate for the Connecticut 2020 Teacher of the Year.
The nomination form, which is attached, should be returned to the Superintendent's Office on or before Friday, February 8th, for each teacher you wish to nominate.  Alternatively, you can submit your nomination electronically through the Region 6 website.
LEF Dodgeball Captains 
**Please register now!  Spaces are limited!
Please visit this link for info and to register.
Litchfield High School’s National Honor Society
Invites Litchfield Community to Support Relay for Life
The National Honor Society (NHS) of Litchfield High School is hosting a Relay for Life at the school on Saturday, 27 April, from 5 to 9 p.m. The NHS is reaching out to the Litchfield community to be a part of this event to raise funds for cancer awareness and in support of cancer survivors. 
Students have been planning fundraising events before the relay, and they are planning an exciting evening of fun activities, live music, food, and relay ceremonies.
Students will be forming teams with their teachers and families to raise awareness and funds for this cause. The NHS invites individuals, families, organizations, and businesses to support this event by forming teams, making donations to the event, or becoming a sponsor.
More information about the event is available at the school’s relay page here. Supporters can contact NHS adviser Sandy Carlson at for more information. Click here for LHS’s relay blog.
OWL Children’s Programs:
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting and clicking on Events/Children’s Events.
Little Book Buddies – For Grades K-3
Friday, February 22, 3:30 – 4:15 PM
Children in grades K-3 are invited to join us for a special story time and craft program. Children will listen to a popular storybook, and then make their very own stuffed animal inspired by the book to take home. Join us for this fun and educational program!
Royal Tea Party
For 3 – 5 year olds
Friday, February 15 at 11:00 AM
Attention all Princes and Princesses, you are cordially invited to attend a Royal Tea Party at Oliver Wolcott Library. We will be reading royal books, singing majestic songs, and creating crafts suited for the King and Queen. Dressing up is optional but highly encouraged.
Spelling Bee Club
For children in Grades 4 - 6
Mondays: 3:30 – 4:30 PM, February 4 & 11
The Spelling Club will provide children an opportunity to gather at OWL to learn the word bank for the Litchfield Bee in a fun and collaborative setting. Play word games such as Boggle, Jumble, Roll & Spell, and Vocab Toss. Listen to excerpts from novels that are filled with juicy words to prepare for the Spelling Bee. Run through practice Bees so you’re ready to compete. Study materials created by the Scripps National Bee. Participation in the Litchfield Spelling Bee is not mandatory!
Storytime STEM
Grades K-3
Friday, February 8, 3:30 – 4:15 PM
This exciting and hands-on program will include a read aloud of a popular children’s picture book along with correlating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) crafts, activities, and/ or whole group science demonstrations.
STEM Studio
Grades 4 - 6
Friday, February 15, 3:30 – 4:15 PM
Make the most awesome slime ever and construct a complex and complicated marble maze! Each session will include a challenge correlating with one or more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts in which children will have to use teamwork, critical thinking, and innovation in order to complete their challenge.
OWL Teen Programs – For Grades 7 - 12:
All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public. Spaceis limited. Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or visiting and clicking on Events/Children’s Events.
Teen Wednesdays: Board Game Madness
Wednesday, February 13, 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Teens are encouraged to come to the library to play some board games with Miss Kathy. We will have the classics along with some newer games, sure to suit every players taste.
Teen Wednesdays: Makerspace Wednesdays
Wednesday, February 20, 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Makerspaces are places where people gather to create, invent, and share projects and ideas. Each session we will feature a new DIY project for teens to work on. In January we will be creating duct tape and washi tape crafts and in February we will be making string art. All materials will be provided.
Teen Wednesdays: Graphic Novel Book Club
Wednesday, February 27, 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Each session will feature a new graphic novel that we will discuss and create a craft to go along with. Stop by the library anytime during the month to pick up your copy of the featured graphic novel. February 27 discussion: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Region 6 and the Public Libraries of Warren, Morris and Goshen are joining forces in an Early Literacy Initiative called “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” Starting October 1, 2018, we ask all parents and guardians of pre-school aged children to go and sign up at your public library. There you will find a reading log and receive a small token to encourage you on your path to literacy (varies per library).
The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books before your precious one starts kindergarten (repeating the same book counts!). Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think. It all starts with one book! So go to the public libraries of Warren, Morris and Goshen to learn more
 EdAdvance Leads CT YOUTH COUNT
2019 Survey Efforts in Collaboration
with NWCT Community Partners
EdAdvance, the Regional Educational Service Center (RESC) in western CT, is again leading the CT YOUTH COUNT 2019 Survey efforts in northwest CT. This annual survey of youth occurs in locations across the state over a one week period each January; this year the survey is being conducted from January 23rd through January 29th. Facilitated by CT Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) in collaboration with Youth Engagement Teams across the state, the survey aims to estimate the number of youth who are homeless or unstably housed, track patterns of youth homelessness, and the duration of homelessness. Dr. Jeffrey Kitching, Executive Director of EdAdvance commented, “Our agency is proud to be a lead partner in this effort, as comprehensive data from the Youth Count is vital to advocating for the services and resources needed to end homelessness in our region and across the state.” 
This effort involves close collaboration with homeless services, youth agencies, and a host of community partners. Michelle Anderson, Director of Early Childhood & Family Programs at EdAdvance and co-lead of the Litchfield/Waterbury Youth Engagement Team added, “we are grateful to our community partners including: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Center for Youth and Families, Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington, CT Department of Children and Families Torrington Area Office, Family Strides, FISH, Gathering Place, Mental Health CT,  New Opportunities, Northwestern CT Community College, Northwest CT YMCA, Susan B. Anthony Project, Torrington Area Health District, Torrington Library, Torrington Public Schools,  and the Torrington Teen Center. EdAdvance programs joining in this effort include Foothills Adult & Continuing Education, Nurturing Families Network,  Family Resource Centers, and Education of Homeless Children and Youth Services.” For more information on the Youth Count and Youth Homelessness, contact Michelle Anderson at or the CT Coalition to End Homelessness at