April 16, 2018
“Play is the exultation of the possible.” -Martin Buber
Fundraising for the playground continues this week!
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
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
Staples High School Cafeteria and Channel 78 on TV
Museum Night Planning Meeting
Wednesday, April 18
Board of Finance School Budget Vote
Wednesday, April 18
Town Hall Auditorium and Channel 79 on TV
Special Ed Sip n Chat
Thursday, April 19
Panera Breads by HomeGoods
Rise n Read
Friday, April 20
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Social (2)
Rise & Read (1)
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 email@example.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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and for any questions email SpEd Rep Rosie Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org
(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!
(11) THE PLAYGROUND PARTY IS COMING TOO!
Save the day for: THE YEAR-END PLAYGROUND PARTY: Wednesday, June 6th
(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 27: Spirit Day - Dress as your favorite book character or author
April 27: KHS Movie Night
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 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
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
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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