Our Mission is to prepare all students to reach their full potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community.

CHEETAH CHAT
FEBRUARY 11, 2019

MONDAY MORNING MOTIVATION

“Great things don’t come from comfort zones!”

Congrats to Ms.Murray and the 4th & 5th Grade KHS Chorus for a successful show of The Knight at Dawn.

🐾 THIS WEEK AT KHS 🐾

Event

Date/ Time

Location

Board of Ed Meeting; Agenda here

Monday, February 4th

7:30pm

Staples Cafeteria

💙Wave and Smile💙

Monday, February 11th

Kindness Week - celebrate in the halls!

💚Compliment Day💚

Tuesday, February 12th

Kindness Week - celebrate in the halls!

💛Notes to Friends & Staff💛

Wednesday, February 13th

Kindness Week - celebrate in the halls!

❤️Show the

Love Day❤

Thursday, February 14th

Kindness Week - celebrate in the halls!

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY

Friday, February 15th

Anywhere but here!

WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK

Week of February 18-22

Anywhere but here!


THIS WEEK IS KINDNESS WEEK

Valentine's Day is next week and, as in the past, KHS will celebrate with a whole week of kindness!

💙On Monday, February 11th KHS celebrates with a Wave and Smile!

While walking in the halls, share a silent wave and smile with the classmates and staff members you encounter - especially someone new!

💚On Tuesday, February 12th KHS celebrates with a Compliment Day.

Take the time to give a compliment to a classmate or staff member.

💛On Wednesday, February 13th KHS celebrates with Notes to Friends and Staff Members.

Create a notes or pictures to brighten friends or a staff member’s (teachers, custodian, paraprofessional, admin., nurse) day. Then at an appropriate time you can place it in their classroom mailbox, cubby, locker, or place it in their KHS mailbox.

❤️On Thursday, February 14th Valentine’s Day! KHS celebrates with a Show the Love Day! Wear Pink, White, or Red to school to celebrate kindness and KHS Spirit.

Challenge: Add an act of kindness to your outfit OR become a billboard for kindness!

BOE MEETING TONIGHT

There is a Board of Ed meeting tonight at 7:30pm in Staples cafeteria. Agenda here.

The best way to stay informed is to attend or watch the meeting. Alternatively, the meeting can be streamed online or viewed on channel 78.

LOST & FOUND

Before you head off for break next week, check the lost and found. There’s an abundance of all of the stuff you count on to keep your kids warm.

ONE BOOK, TWO SCHOOLS 📘🖼

This week we will wrap up our KHS One Book, Two Schools community reading experience. At this point, we are all working together to try to figure out who stole the painting! By the end of the week, the crime will have been solved and we will begin to understand the true power of friendship (even the rather unlikely one formed between a boy and a beetle). We also have a big surprise for the kids this week. I’m sure they will tell you all about it!

Near the end of the book, Marvin thinks, “Elaine was right - he was lucky. When you saw different parts of the world, you saw different parts of yourself.” This is true of reading as well. When you read, you explore different parts of the world and different parts of yourself. Even though this reading experience is ending, we encourage you to keep up the powerful habit of reading every day, independently and as a family. According to Kylene Beers in her text Disrupting Thinking, reading builds knowledge, improves achievement, increases motivation and vocabulary, improves writing, builds background knowledge, develops empathy, and develops personal identity. She reminds us that children need to read a lot (in school, at home, on weekends, and on vacations) in order to reap these rewards. Keep up the great reading, and thank you for supporting One Book, Two Schools!

Book Donations Requested

If, once you have finished the book, your family would like to donate your copy of Masterpiece to the Curiale School in Bridgeport, please have your child bring the book to his or her classroom starting on Thursday, February 14. We will be collecting books through Friday, March 1!

LOGOWEAR WINTER ORDERS 👚👕

If you missed the KHS logo wear ordering deadline a couple of months ago, no fear! We are offering another round of logo wear starting today. Items can now be purchased at KHS Winter Spirit Wear (or KHS Faculty Spirit Wear for faculty) through February 28 . PLEASE be sure that the students’ names, grade and teacher are in the order!! Purchases will arrive 2-3 weeks after they are ordered. (Please let AFS know if you do not receive an order confirmation.)

TIME TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK! 📸

It's time to place your KHS yearbook order! This is a keepsake your child will cherish. Don't miss out! Order online at coffeepond.com, password 'khs18'.

Order between now and February 14 and it's $30, then prices go up to $33 and $35 on March 22 and April 12, respectively.

For confidential financial assistance please contact Lou DiBella.

Questions? Contact Karen at kkspeller@gmail.com

Please continue to submit photos of your students at KHS. Please remember that we need photos of more than one student. Thank you!

SUDDENLY SEEKING…PTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

We need five people to help us select next year’s PTA Committee Chairs. The time commitment is not heavy—a few meetings between now and May, some email coordination and making some phone calls. If interested, Please email KHSPTANominating@gmail.com. This is your chance to make sure the PTA that represents us is truly representative of the school. Thank you!

KINDERGARTEN ORIENTATION IS COMING!

Do you have an upcoming Kindergartener or know of one? Kindergarten orientation will be at KHS (and each elementary school) on Tuesday, March 5th at 9:00am

BOOKFAIR VOLUNTEERS WANTED 📚

Rawr! Our Scholastic book fair arrives at KHS the week of 3/18 - 3/22 (week of conferences) — and it’s going to be Dino-Mite! Bookivores are invited to stomp on down to where reading rules the Earth and devour the books on their wish lists. But we can’t do it without help! We need volunteers to help make this annual event a continued success!

Click here to help wrangle in our Read-o-saurus Rexes at the book fair. Time slots are short, so if you’re able to sign up for consecutive slots, please do! Questions? E-mail Beth Vaccaro at bvaccaro@gmail.com.

FIELD DAY ISN’T TOO FAR OFF!!

Save the date for some summer fun - Field Day is coming! If like us you’re dreaming of sunnier days ahead, please put Friday, May 24th in your diaries now for the best day of the school year; Field Day! Rain date is May 29th. More details coming soon, stay tuned! For further information at this point please contact Sarah Rose, Marsden Kline, Lily Sanderson or Nicola Sharian.

RECYCLING AT KHS 🥫

We have been recycling water bottles and seltzer cans at KHS for years and redeeming them for nickels at the Connecticut Bottle Redemption Center in Stratford. Each year, we use those nickels to donate to a charity, or help our building become more green.

We are looking for some families with a pick up or other truck to help us cart the bottles near the pick up line to the redemption center. The center is off exit 32 in Stratford, close to the on ramp of I-95 Southbound, and is open Tuesday through Friday until 4:30 and Saturday 9-12.

If you are interested in helping us with this endeavor, even just one time, please reach out to Ms Jones at pjones@westportps.org . Thank you!

SPED NEWS!☀

**If you would like to be added to our email list for more information on SpEd related events and workshops then please email westportspedpta@gmail.com and for any questions email SpEd Rep Rosie Curtis thelittlecurtisfamily@gmail.com or Alison Reilly reilly2816@aol.com

BOOKS AS GIFTS 📖

Celebrate a birthday or any special occasion by donating a book to the library in your child's honor. Books as Gifts (BAG) is a program that helps put new books on the Library Media Center shelves; providing students, teachers and staff with access to the most up-to-date literature. Plus, it's a wonderful way to commemorate a special day! Click here to get started. Questions? Contact Rebecca Sharnoff, 917-375-3943, rebeccasharnoff@gmail.com


A LOOK AHEAD

FEBRUARY

Feb 15th-22nd: NO SCHOOL; Staff Dev., Presidents Day, Feb Break

MARCH

Mar 5th: Kindergarten Orientation

Mar 19th-22nd: Book Fair

Mar 20th-22nd: Teacher Conferences; half-days of school

Easy reference links:

Westport Public Schools | PTA Council

PTA Council - Cultural Arts

PTA Council - Health & Wellness

PTA Council - PYD (Positive Youth Development)

PTA Council - SpEd (Special Education)

PTA Council - Workshop

PTA Council - Author Series

PTA Council - ArtSmart

Community Bulletin Board

Have a great week!

Your KHS PTA Co-Presidents,

Sara Snow & Kim Ceman

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.

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BEYOND KHS; IN THE COMMUNITY

VALENTINES AT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Drop-in to Westport Historical Society (25 Avery Place) Tues, 2/12, 3.30pm with your little one, or on your own and create a valentine for that special someone ❤️or leave your handiwork behind and we’ll share with a local senior center and spread the 🥰Registration recommended & program free for all! More details at https://westporthistory.org/events/victorian-valentines-day-card-making/

ADVENTURES IN ANIMAL HALL AT EARTHPLACE

With 50+ unique animal ambassadors, there's a new discovery every day in Animal Hall. Get hands-on experience through feeding and caring for our animals with the help of our Animal Care Technicians, and enjoy a little playtime too. All the while learning everything they can about our furry, scaly, and feathery friends.

Ages: Grades 3-5

When: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm

Location: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport CT

Winter Session: January 9th-March 6th

(no session on February 20th)

Spring Session: March 27th-May 22nd

(no session on April 17th)

Cost: Members: $67.50, Non-members: $75

Click here to register for Winter 2019!

Click here to register for Spring 2019!

VACATION DAYS AT EARTHPLACE

When schools are closed, Earthplace is open! Enjoy days off with fun and educational-themed activities each day. With flexible scheduling options, trained naturalist staff, and the ideal outdoor environment, your young explorer will love their vacation days at Earthplace as much as you do!

Time: 9am-1pm or 9am-3pm; early drop-off and extended day options available

Ages: Ages 3 to Grade 5

Upcoming Dates:

February 15: Plants

February 18: Insectivores

February 19: Herbivores

February 20: Carnivores

February 21: Omnivores

February 22: Decomposers

April 15: Forest

April 16: Field

April 17: Stream

April 18: Pond

April 19: Trail Exploration

Please visit earthplace.org/page/school-vacation-day-programs for more information and to register

NEW SUMMER DAY CAMP FOR GIRLS

NEXT LEVEL DAY CAMP is an awesome day camp for girls that is opening a CT program this summer!



CONTINUING EDUCATION: AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

Super fun, super convenient, super affordable programs for kids in grades K-5.

Arts, chess, cooking, fitness + sports (including badminton, basketball, fencing, martial arts, tennis, volleyball), PM/PE + Sports & Homework Clubs, STEM, theater + more!

Weekly programs begin soon; register now @ westportcontinuinged.com.

Click for Cont Ed Fall 2018 programs: https://bit.ly/2OcfK0Z

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY

Independent business owners: Would your local business like to support our school with benefits? Consider an ad in the Mobile Arq directory!

These school-wide sponsorships will be limited to 10 ads that are alternatively shown. They can include a short slogan and a coupon code so you can track your additional sales.

Introductory rates this year: $ 125 for Elementary school, $ 175 for Middle School and $250 for High School.

Don't own a business but know of someone who might be interested? Please ask your favorite Restaurant, Dry cleaner, Ice cream shop or Grocery Store!

Please send inquiries to: Stefan Baer, 917-669-7833, baer.stefan@gmail.com