Kindergarten Registration

Q.  I was wondering if there is any information available as to when the 2018 school year kindergarten registration is going to be and the requirements?

A.  Kindergarten registration is being held March 5th - 9th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Additional evening sessions will be on March 5th and 15th from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  No appointments are necessary, just stop in.

Parents need to bring the following:

1.  Student's birth certificate

2.  If the child has had a 5-year physical, they should bring a copy of the immunization record and physical form

3.  ONE of the following:

Rental agreement showing tenant's full name(s) and physical Somers Address.
Signed lease agreement, warranty deed or mortgage deed or certificate of occupancy showing resident's name(s) and physical Somers address
Current gas or electric bill showing resident's name(s) and physical Somers address
If building a home and not yet a resident, a binding building contract indicating that occupancy will be established within 60 days.

Please pass this information along to anyone you know that will have a student entering kindergarten next year so we can properly plan.

Technology & Snow Days

Q.  Considering the availability and current use of technology, do you believe that the state of Connecticut will allow school districts to implement virtual school days in lieu of snow days in the future? Would you support this if they did?

A.  Currently the State of Connecticut has been very strict regarding school days due to weather.  At this point, utilizing technology in lieu of school days is not on the State Department of Education’s agenda.  That being said, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents has had some discussions and its Technology Committee is researching this very topic.  There are other states successfully implementing this technology.  I am very supoprtive of utilizing technology on snow days as well as other innovative uses for learning.

2018-19 Proposed Budget

On Monday, January 8, 2018, I presented my proposed budget to the Board of Education.  This proposed budget addresses the contractual obligations of the school district as well as identified needs.  The budget I proposed is an increase of 2.95% from the current school year budget.  To see the full budget proposal, please visit

SchoolMessenger Communications System

Somers Public Schools is committed to efficient and responsible communications with parents and the community.  We will be replacing our current Remind text message system with SchoolMessenger to help us meet our communication goals. SchoolMessenger is a robust system that is designed to use phone, email, text messages, social media and mobile apps.  It will allow us to provide timely communication to parents and staff members on matters such as snow days, early dismissals, and school or district emergencies. General notifications will also be sent regarding school activities, student attendance, and lunch balances. The district will use the contact information on file to send messages to you.  

We will be rolling out the many features of this new system as follows:

  • January 8 - initial notification to parents (this post).  District level messages via SchoolMessenger will begin (email only).
  • January 16 - a text message will be sent in order to  “opt-in” for future text messages from SchoolMessenger.
  • January 22 - Schools will implement SchoolMessenger (text and email functions).  District level messages will also be sent via text and email.  Remind text messaging system will no longer be used.
  • January 29 - School Messenger Portal will be introduced. The Portal is an optional component that allows you to control the ways in which you prefer to be contacted. More information will be sent before January 29.
  • Future rollouts - integration with social media, attendance, and lunch balances.

As with any new system implementation, there may be some initial glitches as we uncover unanticipated problems.  We apologize in advance and thank you for your understanding and patience.  

We are confident that SchoolMessenger has great potential to enhance our communications with you.

Special thanks to the Somers Education Foundation for their generosity which facilitated this new system for Somers.

For technical and contact information please go to