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CHEETAH CHAT

February 23, 2020

QUOTE OF THE WEEK…

“It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.” – Nathan W. Morris

CHEETAH’S CHECKLIST ✅

  • Click HERE to VOLUNTEER at the Scholastic Book Fair, March 16-20. Questions? E-mail Florence Mraz at mrazflorence@gmail.com.

  • Click HERE to PROVIDE SNACKS for the teachers during Parent-Teacher Conferences, March 18-20. Our teachers get just a few minutes to grab a quick bite between the end of the school day and the beginning of their conference blocks.  Please help us make it easy for them by donating something yummy to fill the snack tables. 

THIS WEEK AT KHS...

DATE

TIME

EVENT/LOCATION

Monday, Feb.24

7:30PM

  • BOE Meeting; SHS Cafeteria

Wednesday, Feb. 26

7:30PM

  • Evening SpEd Parent Coffee; Westport Library

 

 


UP-COMING EVENTS... 

Kate Messner, Author Visit, coming soon! Time to Order Autographed Books!

  • We are thrilled to welcome beloved children's author, Kate Messner, for this year's final Author Visit on April 13th!  Kate Messner's award-winning titles include picture books, adventure novels, and the popular Ranger in Time series, which takes the reader on a fun-filled exploration of historical events.  

  • You can order books 2 ways:

    • Printing out the order form (CLICK HERE) and submitting it to your child's teacher with a check made out to KHS PTA.  

    • Order online by visiting http://khs.westportps.org/pta/events-and-fundraising.  All orders are due by Wednesday, March 4.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to order a signed copy of the book personalized for your child.  All proceeds support this wonderful PTA program that brings children's authors to KHS twice a year.  

One Book, Two Schools  One Hospital!

  • The 2020 KHS community reading experience has come to a close.  We want to thank the KHS PTA and all of our families for the support given to this experience.  Our families really enjoyed A Boy Called Bat. The kids had fun with everything from trying to solve clues, to watching skits, interacting with bulletin boards and Padlet, having a Skype session with the author, and participating in Whole School Meetings.

  • Book Donations Requested:

    • This year, we are going to try something new.  We have decided to donate our books through this year’s charity, Brady’s Smile, to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Patient Outreach. Books are the item most often requested by families who have children in the hospital.  We have decided to help these families make their hospital stays a little bit nicer by providing them with copies of A Boy Called Bat.

    • If your family would like to donate your copy of A Boy Called Bat, please have your child bring the book to his or her classroom. We will be collecting books through Friday, March 13.

“Read Across America” Spirit Week- March 2-6

  • Click HERE to see the schedule of events!

Meet the Founder of Brady’s Smile and Help Make Blankets- Friday, March 6

  • On Friday, March 6th at 9:15, KHS parents are invited to join us for a special event. Annie Hinton, founder of the Brady’s Smile Charity, will be here to talk about the organization that the 2020 KHS Variety Show is happy to support.

  • Brady’s Smile is in need of adult volunteers to help with a project- Brady Blankets. These are homemade fleece blankets provided to patients in the ICU. Annie will walk those in attendance through the blanket making process and we will make as many blankets as we can. All materials will be provided by the organization. 

  • Session Details:

    • When- March 6th at 9:15 AM

    • Where- KHS Cafeteria

  • Please RSVP to this session through the link provided: https://forms.gle/eyG848hWvqPVuuw69 

  • Click HERE for more details about the project.

KHS Book Fair- March 16-20

  • Elephants, and tigers, and books, oh my! The Scholastic book fair is coming to KHS March 16-March 20 (the week of spring conferences)...and it’s a jungle out there. We can’t wait to see KHS’ kids swing down to the fair and go wild for all the books on their wishlists. 

  • We need volunteers to help make this annual event a continued success! Please sign up here to help! Questions? E-mail Florence Mraz at mrazflorence@gmail.com.

  • *NEW THIS YEAR: eWallet* Go cashless at the book fair! Scholastic’s new secure digital payment option is a great alternative to sending students to school with cash. Parents can easily create a book fair eWallet and set a spending limit for their students. After the fair, any unused funds are released back to the cardholder. Shopping at the book fair has never been easier! Set up your eWallet starting March 2.

KHS Book Donation Drive-  March 17-20

  • For the second year we will be collecting gently used and/or books to benefit the children of Read Elementary in Bridgeport! So, start Spring cleaning now and purge for a cause!

  • It’s crazy how we seem to accumulate books at home, but for these children in need, these books are such gifts and in many cases the first books they ‘own’ and can bring home to share with their families! We also welcome bilingual books!  

Parent Teacher Conferences/ Half Days of School- March 18, 19, 20

  • There will be half-days of school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to facilitate Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Annual KHS Variety Show- March 26, 2020

  • This year the KHS Variety Show will support Brady’s Smile, a Connecticut-based 501(c)(3) children's charity. You can read about this organization at http://bradyssmile.org.  

 


SAVE THE DATE….

Spring Break- April 6-10, 2020

KHS Family Bingo Night- April 17, 2020

  • More details to come but it is going to be a fun night for all! Mark it in your calendars now.

 


KHS COMPOST CORNER...

Markers Cause Messes by Tia and Ari from the Marker Mash Up Team  

  • There are a lot of things that get wasted. Markers are one of the many things that get thrown in the garbage. When you throw out anything, it goes into a landfill or ocean. Not only does the trash in the landfills and oceans hurt animals, but it also hurts us, too. If someone goes fishing and plans to eat the fish they catch, they need to be careful. That fish might have swallowed a marker in the water and now the person is eating that marker. That’s not good! 

  • We have been collecting dried out markers at KHS. Each classroom has a collection bag. When the bag gets full, it gets emptied into a box. When that box gets full, we mail the markers to Crayola. Crayola uses the old markers and twistable crayons to make new ones. We do it because it helps the environment and we believe we have the power to change what could happen. 

  • If you have any dried out permanent markers, washable markers, white board markers, highlighters, sharpies, or twistables that are any brand with or without a cap, send them in with your child.

Home Composting That Helps Fund KHS!

  • KHS has partnered with Curbside Compost, which also offers a convenient home pickup service (including an air-tight bin that fits under your kitchen sink), and includes all food waste even eggshells, coffee and meat.

  • Sign up today as a great New Years Resolution!

  • Curbside Compost will donate $32 to fund the school composting program for ANY family who signs up online for Curbside Compost home service. People simply need to write "Kings Highway Elementary School" in the "pickup note" section of the registration page.

  • Go to Food Scrap Recycling and Compost Delivery serving Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY to register today.

Crayola Colorcycle [See First Bullet Above]

  • Thanks to Crayola and our Zero Heroes, Kings Highway and Earthplace are going to start recycling all of our dried up markers.  

  • Have your kids go through your craft piles and pull out all the dead markers (they can be any brand, not just Crayola!) and bring them to their classes for recycling. 

 


WE NEED YOUR HELP... 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Second Half of the Year!!!

  • Please take a look at this spreadsheet to see where we need some more volunteers (these are highlighted in yellow).  We have also included a brief description of what kinds of help may be needed.  

  • Let us know what you'd like to help out with at khsvolunteerpower@gmail.com and the committee chairs will contact you with more information. Thanks in advance for your help! Patra Kanchanagom and Jenny McGuinness, VPs Volunteers

5th Grade Parents: “Photos Through the Years” Needed 

  • The 5th Grade Moving Up slideshow includes all 5th graders in all of their years at KHS, so we need photos from you! Please help us by sending photos throughout the years - class parties, field trips, recess, etc.   

  • Please email with the GRADE of the photos or videos taken in the subject line to: KHSfifthgradeclass@gmail.com.  Photos should be of groups (two or more kids) and taken at KHS or on an official school field trip. Feel free to send MANY.

  • All photo submissions must be in by May 15th.  Questions please reach out to Cristina Roversi and Rosie Curtis at KHSfifthgradeclass@gmail.com. 

We Need Yearbook Photos

  • If you have photos of your children at a KHS event, and there is more than one child in the photo, please send them to kkspeller@gmail.com.  

 

 


ON GOING ACTIVITIES…

Special Education News

  • Special Ed Parents Sip 'n Chat, Join us to chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents. We meet in Room 210 at the Westport Library!  No need to RSVP.  Future meeting dates are:  February 26th (6:30pm), March 18th (9:30am), April 15th (9:30am), and June 10th (9:30am).

  • SAVE THE DATE: 8th Annual Spring Coffee; April 1st 9am to 11:30am. 

    • Featuring an Opportunity Fair and Special Presentation by Dr. Nicholas Gelbar, PhD. BCBA-D NCSP, on Using the Life Course Framework for Children of Any Age; Preparing for Life after High School.

    • Open to all families and caregivers with children with special needs, ages pre-K to adulthood. Join us as we explore how to guide our children through the various stages of life and learn about the wealth of opportunities available to our children in Westport.

    • RSVP: westportspedpta@gmail.com

  • Please see the link below for our list of SpEd related activities and events: https://docs.google.com/document/d/11K8sn9BzRzwiJ7jZxHRLD68WriLYPeSmZ7tBD1Fse50/edit

Tools For Schools February 2020

  • Did you know…that there is a no idle law for school buses and delivery trucks and a no idle policy in the district for cars dropping off and picking up students? Click HERE to read more.

Books as Gifts

  • Click HERE to order books. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the “BAG” section.

 


IN THE COMMUNITY...

Town Community Bulletin Board

EASY REFERENCE LINKS TO WESTPORT PTA SITES

Make it a great week!

Your KHS PTA Co-Presidents,

Kim Ceman & Rosie Curtis

khs_pta@westportps.org  

All submissions for Cheetah Chat must be received by Friday at 5:00pm.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at the email address above