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CHEETAH CHAT

February 12, 2018

32 days until weat the KHS Auction!

“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good”

-Lucia Capocchione


It’s time to buy your tickets to PUSH PLAY!! Look for your invitation in backpack mail this week or purchase tickets here.


THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Event

Date/ Time

Location

Playground Renovation Committee Meeting

Monday, February 12

12:30pm

Katie Hill’s house

11 Stonybrook Road

Special Ed Sip N Chat

Thursday, February 15

9:30am

Panera Bread next to HomeGoods

NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Friday, February 16

Your house!

NO SCHOOL - Presidents’ Day

Monday, February 19

Your house?

NO SCHOOL - Flex Days

Tuesday - Friday, February 20-23

Somewhere cool or hanging around town??

PTA MEMBERS OF THE MONTH (February and March): We were remiss in drawing the February winners, so now that February is half over and six of those days will be vacation days, these winners will get the spot and the skip the line pass for the remainder of February and all of March!

Reserved Parking Spot: Jenny McGuinness

Skip the Line Pass: Kit Tingley

HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. PLAYGROUND RENOVATION COMMITTEE MEETING
  2. KHS SPRING AUCTION - DONATIONS
  3. OPEN POSITIONS IN THE PTA FOR 2018-2019
  4. TIME TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!!!
  5. SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
  6. 5TH GRADE PARENTS: JOIN THE CMS NOMINATING COMMITTEE
  7. TEACHER CLASSROOM WISH LISTS
  8. SUPPORT THE PTA THROUGH AMAZON SMILE
  9. BOOKS AS GIFTS

1. PLAYGROUND RENOVATION COMMITTEE MEETING

Have some thoughts on the playground or just want to help us figure out what to add, take away, keep? Join us to hear the latest. ALL ARE WELCOME!

2. KHS SPRING AUCTION - DONATIONS

THANK YOU to those of you who have offered your stuff to the auction! If you have cool stuff or ideas of cool stuff to donate (learn more here), please email us at khsplay2018@gmail.com with your ideas/offers. Thank you in advance! Also Save the Date of March 16 for the Auction!

3. OPEN POSITIONS IN THE PTA FOR 2018-2019

The KHS PTA Nominating Committee is looking to fill positions for the 2018-19 school year. Please contact the KHS PTA Nominating Committee (khsnominating2018@gmail.com) TODAY if you are interested in any of the following positions. Full job descriptions here. In the event of interest by multiple candidates, the KHS PTA Nominating Committee reserves the right to make the decision. The proposed Executive Board and other slate positions will be voted on at the May General PTA meeting.

Executive Board Positions: (Includes one monthly Executive Board meeting)

  • 1st Year President
  • VP Fundraising
  • VP Volunteers
  • Treasurer (1st year)
  • Secretary

Other PTA Positions:

  • Cultural Arts *(1)
  • Health, Wellness and Positive Youth Development *(1)
  • School Gardens (1)
  • Directory (1)
  • Newcomers (1)
  • Tools for Schools (1)
  • Bulletin Boards (2)
  • ArtSmart Committee Members (2)
  • Field Day Committee (1-2)
  • Fifth Grade Moving Up Committee members
  • 4th grade Rep (learns about 5th grade Committee for the following year)
  • Yearbook staff (2)
  • Kindergarten Recess Coordinator (1)
  • Kindergarten Summer Playdate Coordinator (2)
  • Library/ Media center (1)
  • Rise and Read (1)
  • Book Fair (co-chair plus committee members)
  • Family Pictures (1)
  • Pumpkin Palooza (1 chair and committee members)
  • Logo-wear (2)
  • Movie Night (2)
  • Parent Social (2)
  • Community Service rep (2)
  • Chorus, Orchestra & Band Rep (1)
  • Fall/ Spring Faculty Lunches (2)
  • Fall/ Spring Playground Party (2)
  • Lost & Found (2)
  • Rise & Read (1)
  • Room Parent Coordinators (One for each grades K-5)
  • Student Pictures (1)

*These positions include a monthly meeting with town-wide PTA Council reps.

4. TIME TO ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK!!!

Go to coffeepond.com, click "Order Yearbooks" and enter "khsyearbook" as the password. The yearbooks are great keepsakes for the kids and they will love seeing all of the pictures that have been taken throughout the year.

Order now and the price is only $30. Price goes up to $32 after 2/28 and then to $35 after 3/31. The yearbook is only on sale until 4/15!! (For confidential financial assistance in purchasing a yearbook, please contact Principal DiBella’s office at 341-1800.)

Don't miss your chance to own this special keepsake!!!

5. SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Click here to view the recent edition of the Special Education Winter Newsletter

Sip ’n Chat

Thursday, February 15th 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). Our next few meeting dates are below, no need to RSVP.

Summer Sleep-away Camp presentation

Wednesday, March 7th 7pm, Westport YMCA

It’s time to think about summer! Join us for a presentation on some options for sleep-away camps for children with special needs. We will provide information from a variety of camps, and the evening will start with a presentation addressing common fears parents may have about sending their child to summer camp & why sleep-away camp might be right for your child. RSVP to Sharuna Mahesh at sharunam@gmail.com

Local Summer Day Camp presentation

Wednesday, March 14th 7pm, Westport YMCA

What will your child be doing this summer? Join us for a presentation on local summer programs in the area for children with special needs. Representatives from these camps will be available to take questions!

RSVP to Jen Putman at putmanj@att.net

**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

6. 5TH GRADE PARENTS: JOIN THE COLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The CMS PTA Nominating Committee is now forming and seeking volunteers to work on this committee. The committee will meet two to three times to nominate candidates to fill the open positions on the Executive and General CMS PTA Board for the 2018-19 school year. The committee needs at least one parent volunteer from KHS / CES to represent the incoming 6th grade. If you are interested in being on the Nominating Committee, contact Tami Benanav at tbenanav@me.com. Thank you!

7. 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).

8. 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. Thank you!

9. 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

FEBRUARY

February 16 NO SCHOOL Staff Development Day

February 19 NO SCHOOL Presidents’ Day Holiday

February 20-23 NO SCHOOL Flex Days

MARCH

March 16 Rise n Read, 7:45am

March 16 KHS Playground Fundraiser Auction!

March 21, 22, 23 EARLY DISMISSAL 1pm; Parent Teacher Conferences

March 30 NO SCHOOL; Good Friday

Board of Education Meetings (also broadcast on Channel 78):

February 26

March 12

March 26


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

WPS Joins Facebook

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

2018 Westport Little League Baseball

2018 Little League Baseball registration is open for any and all KHS students that want to participate, no matter how much or how little experience the child has. We’re also giving away some fun prizes for anyone that registers before March 2nd. We have 7 prizes, so the odds of winning one are pretty good. We’re giving away a free week to Yankees Summer Baseball Camp in Norwalk. This is a $599 value and it’s run by the Yankees organization. We’re giving away free premium Yankees and Mets tickets for the 2018 season (great box seats). And we’re giving away 4 $50 gift cards to ASF. 2018 Westport Little League Registration Prize Giveaway

Westport Continuing Education Winter Break Camps

https://www.westportsummerschool.com/CourseCatalog/categoryView.asp?id=492

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.)

International Women’s Day Event in Westport: “Women in the Workplace: What’s New & What’s Next for the #metoo Movement”

United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut’s observance of International Women’s Day will feature two renowned speakers: Alisyn Camerota, CNN’s award-winning Anchor and author of the highly acclaimed 2017 novel “Amanda Wakes Up,” and Dr. Marsha Ershaghi Hames, Managing Director of LRN, a trusted advisor to organizations on ethics and compliance matters, to discuss what’s new for women in the workplace and what’s next for the #MeToo movement. This program organized by the United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut takes place from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. on March 8th, @ the Westport Town Hall. Click here for the press release about this event.

Upcoming Programming @ Westport Town Farm

Join Us at Wakeman Town Farm for a Fun Program. Coming Up:

Valentine’s Baking Workshop

Feb. 13, 3:30-5:30

$65

Valentine’s Baking: We love when the aromas of fresh baked goods fill our kitchen. In our Valentine’s Baking Workshop, Jr. Chefs learn to bake themed cookies, pies, bars and foods for special holidays. Think heart-shaped cookies and other Valentine's-themed recipes made with love. Naturally, we learn a few cool culinary tips and tricks along the way, and eating our creations is part of the fun!

https://www.wakemantownfarm.org/cooking-and-baking

Cooking Around the World

8-Week Session, Wed., 3:30-5:30

$350 (includes materials & fees)

Get ready for the blooming season with a fresh new harvest that will take our spring series from South America to Southeast Asia! The spring global tasting tour will include everything from Thai Chicken Zoodle soup (with zucchini & rice noodles), Shumai Sticky Rice Dumplings, Savory Meat & Veggie-filled Empanadas to Coconut Tres Leches (Milk Cake). Of course, eating what we cook is always part of the fun. Let the food journey begin!

https://www.wakemantownfarm.org/cooking-and-baking

Summer Camps

Summer is just around the corner! At the farm, kids can be kids, get their hands dirty and commune with live animals and play out in nature.

Our summer farm programs are designed to accommodate children of all ages and maturity levels with age-appropriate challenges. Check out our programs for the smaller jr. farmers thru teen apprentices. .

Registration begins in March, but you can view all the programs and details here

https://www.wakemantownfarm.org/summer-camps

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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