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

April 16, 2018

“Play is the exultation of the possible.” -Martin Buber

Welcome Back!

Fundraising for the playground continues this week!

Click here to read our thanks and find out how to get in on fundraising activities!

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:


Event

Date/ Time

Location

District Math Presentation

Monday, April 16

9:30am and 7pm

Bedford Middle School Auditorium

Special Meeting of the Board of Ed to vote on number of SROs

Tuesday, April 17

8:30pm

Staples High School Cafeteria and Channel 78 on TV

Museum Night Planning Meeting


Wednesday, April 18

9:30am

KHS Cafeteria

Board of Finance School Budget Vote

Wednesday, April 18

8pm


Town Hall Auditorium and Channel 79 on TV

Special Ed Sip n Chat

Thursday, April 19

9:30am

Panera Breads by HomeGoods

Rise n Read

Friday, April 20

7:45am

KHS LMC

HIGHLIGHTS:

DISTRICT MATH PRESENTATION

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO VOTE ON SROs

BOARD OF FINANCE VOTE ON THE SCHOOL BUDGET

MUSEUM NIGHT PLANNING

2018-2019 PTA POSITIONS

KHS MOVIE NIGHT - VOTE NOW!

SPIRIT DAY

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

MINI K DAYS

FIELD DAY IS COMING

PLAYGROUND PARTY IS COMING TOO

TEACHER CLASSROOM WISH LISTS

SUPPORT THE PTA THROUGH AMAZON SMILE

BOOKS AS GIFTS

(1) DISTRICT MATH PRESENTATION

On Monday, April 16, the Westport School District will be hosting an information session for parents to learn about their latest thinking about our mathematics program. Two sessions of the same presentation will be offered, at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. Both will be held in the Bedford Middle School auditorium.

This informational session will focus on our K-12 mathematics vision, including a discussion of leveling, the placement process from fifth to sixth grade mathematics, and the middle school course progression. Parents of students in grades 3 through 8 are encouraged to attend.

Andrew Hill, 6-12 Mathematics Coordinator; Kimberly Ambrosio, Assistant Principal of Coleytown Elementary School; Allison Moran, Assistant Principal of Long Lots Elementary School; and Janna Sirowich, Principal of Coleytown Elementary School, will facilitate the presentation and provide time to answer parent questions.

(2) SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO VOTE ON SROs

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 17 at 8:30pm in the Staples Cafeteria to vote on the precise number of School Resource Officers (“SROs”) for which the BOE intends to seek funding from the Town’s funding bodies, the Board of Finance (“BOF”) and the Representative Town Meeting (“RTM”). If you feel strongly about this, please come voice your opinion and/or email all BOE members at boe@westportps.org.

(3) BOARD OF FINANCE VOTE ON THE SCHOOL BUDGET

The Board of Finance will meet on Wednesday, April 18 at 8pm in the Town Hall Auditorium and will vote on the proposed 2018-2019 school budget.

To review the BOE’s proposed school budget for the 2018-19 school year, click here.

To review School Budget FAQs, click here.

If you feel strongly about the school budget, please come voice your opinion at this meeting and/or email all BOF members at town-bof@westportct.gov.

(4) ARTSMART VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MUSEUM NIGHT PLANNING!

We need ArtSmart Volunteers for Museum Night Planning on 4/18!

It’s time to start thinking about which projects will be displayed for KHS Museum Night. Join the ArtSmart committee on Wednesday April 18th at 9:30am in the cafeteria to learn about getting projects up and displayed, volunteer opportunities and general information about what’s in store for this year’s Museum Night. Please have at least one volunteer from each class attend and start thinking about project display needs (wall space, table, hanging space, large or small bulletin board). Museum Night will be Friday, May 11 from 6-8pm.

Please contact Tabitha Nguyen with any questions.

(5) 2018-2019 PTA POSITIONS

The Nominating Committee is looking for a few additional volunteers to lead committees in the 2018-19 school year. If you have interest in heading up any of the following positions or questions on the job requirements email khsnominating2018@gmail.com.

Parent Social (2)

Directory (1)

Rise & Read (1)

Logowear (2)

4th grade rep for moving up (this would be a current 3rd grade parent)

Tools for Schools

(6) KHS MOVIE NIGHT--Save the Date and Vote for Your Movie Choice!

Save the date for Friday, April 27

The movie choices are Coco, Wonder, The Emoji Movie and Despicable Me 3. Vote for your choice here by noon today!

(7) SPIRIT DAY-- April 27th

Our next Spirit Day theme was chosen by “Choose a School Spirit Day” auction winners, Ram and Shriya Gupta

And the theme is: Dress as your favorite book character or author

(8) SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Sip ’n Chat Thursday, April 19th 9:30am - 10:30am at Panera Bread. Join us to chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents. We meet at Panera Bread (next to Home Goods).

*District-Wide Special Education Spring Coffee:"You should know this about me...A Panel Discussion on Sharing (or Not Sharing) Your Child’s Disability from K - 12 and Beyond." Join the Westport SpEd PTA for a discussion with professionals, parents and individuals with special needs on working with your children and your school to present your child’s disability to classmates and the community. Wednesday, April 25, 9:30 -11am, Westport Library, Please rsvp to westportspedpta@gmail.com

How to Create Positive Family Dynamics in the ADHD/LD Household. April 17th, 2018, 6:00-8:15PM SoNo Branch, Norwalk Public Library. Learn keys to maintaining positive family dynamics; the ways in which ADHD and LD can complicate family dynamics; and concrete, practical strategies for creating a positive family climate in a household impacted by ADHD/LD. To register: www.spednetwilton.org

Social Skills Are the Key to Success: Teaching Kids with LD and ADHD with Dr. Marcia Eckerd. April 21, 2018, 9:30 – 11:00 am Ridgefield Library. Relationships have more to do with success and satisfaction than grades in school. This program will cover the building blocks of social skills for kids with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. To register: http://buildingsocialskills.eventbrite.com

Your Children Don't Mean to Frustrate You.

ADHD Parenting Coach Presentation with Cindy Goldrich May 6th, 2018 @ 1:00PM; Earthplace - 10 Woodside Lane, Westport

The Truth: Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neurobiological condition that brings with it many challenges beyond the simplistic diagnosis of Hyperactivity, Impulsivity, and Inattentiveness. Just as some children have trouble learning how to read, children with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges often have trouble tolerating frustration, being flexible, and solving their problems independently. Like learning to read, these are skills your child needs to learn and develop.

As a Certified ADHD Coach and ADHD Parent Training Specialist, Cindy will help you understand the full impact of ADHD and provide you with the tools and strategies to manage it! Using a Strength-Based Approach, and research based on the most effective and best practices, you WILL empower your child to make the changes necessary for success! Cindy also teaches and incorporates Mindfulness into coaching, education, and support for families experiencing the challenges associated with ADHD/Executive Function Challenges to help reduce impulsivity and improve self-regulation.

Please RSVP to: Cathy.villagepedi@gmail.com Space is limited

** 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 at thelittlecurtisfamily@gmail.com

(9) MINI K DAYS

Do you have an incoming Kindergartener? Mini K days are scheduled for May 15th at 9:00 and 1:00, as well as May 17th at 9:00 and 1:00. Let us know if you need more information!

(10) FIELD DAY IS COMING!

Kindly mark your calendars: FIELD DAY: Friday, May 25 (Rain date Thursday, May 31)

We’ll be back in touch shortly with more detail as well as the scoop on different opportunities to lend a hand in making the magic happen!

Any questions? Please reach out to us - Sarah Rose: sarahburns28@hotmail.com and Marsden Kline: marsden.watson@gmail.com

(11) THE PLAYGROUND PARTY IS COMING TOO!

Save the day for: THE YEAR-END PLAYGROUND PARTY: Wednesday, June 6th

Details coming!

(12) TEACHER CLASSROOM WISH LISTS

Do you have gently used toys/books you don’t use anymore? See if any of our teachers want them! Check out our new Teacher Classroom Wish List. Please do not buy new; this is strictly for giving new life to your old item(s).

(13) SUPPORT THE PTA THROUGH AMAZON SMILE

Do you shop on Amazon? Us too. Start at www.smile.amazon.com Ptsa Connecticut Inc Kings Highway PTA in the “pick your own charitable organization” box assign that as your charity. The PTA will be gifted a portion your purchases and, for now, those dollars go to the playground. Thank you!

(14) BOOKS AS GIFTS

You can buy a book for the school library and dedicate it to anyone you want. And it’s announced on Cheetah Vision (which is super cool to your kids). Click here to get started or contact Rebecca Sharnoff for help.

A LOOK AHEAD

APRIL

April 27: Spirit Day - Dress as your favorite book character or author

April 27: KHS Movie Night

MAY

May 4: Brown Bag Meeting with the Board of Education, 12pm, Town Hall

May 11: Museum Night at KHS; 6-8pm

May 15th: Mini K Days at 9:00 and 1:00

May 17th: Mini K Days at 9:00 and 1:00

May 18: Rise n Read, 7:45am

May 25: Field Day

May 28: NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day Holiday

May 30: KHS Grade 4 Orchestra; Grade 4/5 Chorus Concert, 7-8:30pm, KHS

JUNE

June 6: Year-End Playground Party

June 21: Fifth Grade Moving Up

June 22: Fifth Grade Clap Out


Upcoming Board of Education Meetings (in the Staples Cafeteria; also broadcast on Channel 78): April 17, April 23

Have a great week!

Your KHS PTA Co-Presidents,

Jill Dillon & Sara Snow

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.

BEYOND KHS; IN THE COMMUNITY

What do KHS, Wicked and Dear Evan Hansen have in common?

Stacie Morgain Lewis, a KHS mom (to Vivian and Willa Shamie), used to be Glinda the good witch in “Wicked” on Broadway (I know, right??). Stacie is partnering with Ben Cohn, current conductor of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, and will be joined by members of the Broadway Inspirational Voices, a diverse choir of Broadway artists united to change lives through the power of music and service, to present

HARMONIZE

A family-friendly concert celebrating kindness, respect, and community.

This 1-hour concert benefiting Sandy Hook Promise will use the joy of music to transform the way we communicate kindness.

The concert will be held at the Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street, Newtown, CT on Saturday, May 19th at 1pm. Tickets are available online at Eventbrite.com (keyword: Harmonize // Newtown, CT) Adults $25 / children $15. Tickets are tax deductible. All ages are welcome. Q&A to follow the performance. Harmonize CD’s available for purchase at the door. For further information, contact NCC at (203)426-9024 or newcong@sbcglobal.net.

WPS Joins Facebook

Please click here to follow and like 👍 the new Facebook Page of the Westport Public Schools.


GIRLS SPRING SOFTBALL

Looking for PK/K-7 Girls for Spring Softball!

Recreational League with no prior experience needed

Saturday games timed to fit best with other sports schedules and commitments

Season runs late April through early June

Register at www.westportsoftball.com

Dr. Ruth Potee Presentation “What You Need to Know About Adolescent Brain Development & Addiction”

Dr. Ruth Potee is a national expert on addiction and adolescent brain development. If you missed her presentation on Feb. 6th, please click here to access a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation. (Note: Due to the size of the file, the preview function is unavailable, but it can be downloaded.)

Brown Bag Meetings with the Board of Education: 5/4

Dates: May 4th

Time 12:00pm

Place: Westport Town Hall Auditorium

Join us for this public forum with the members of the Westport Board of Education moderated by RTM members Jeff Wieser (Feb. 9) and Velma Heller (May 4).

ALS HOT PEPPER CHALLENGE

Patty Haberstroh, our coordinator for so many years with the Westport Dept of Human Services, was recently diagnosed with ALS. She has been joined by so many in our community and around the country in a Hot Pepper Challenge to raise money for ALS. Click here to learn more and to get in on the fundraising fun.

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

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