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
September 18, 2017

179 days until we PUSH PLAY at the KHS Auction!

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. - Heraclitus

YOUR WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Event

Date/ Time

Location

Rise and Play!


TODAY at 7:45am

KHS Playground

Special Ed Sip n Chat

Wednesday, 9/20 9:30-10:30

Panera Bread (1860 Post Road East, next to Home Goods)

NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

Thursday, 9/21


Rise and Read!

Friday, 9/22

7:45am

KHS Library


HIGHLIGHTS:

  1. RISE AND PLAY!
  2. PTA MEMBERSHIP AND DIRECTORY (Win a parking space or front of the line pass!)
  3. PUMPKIN PALOOZA
  4. SPECIAL EDUCATION SIP N CHAT
  5. RISE & READ
  6. PARENTS’ BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHTS
  7. WESTPORT SCHOOL CALENDAR
  8. PLAYGROUND RENOVATION MEETING
  9. FIELD TRIP TSHIRTS & LOGOWEAR
  10. ART SMART MEETING
  11. INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
  12. PARENT SOCIAL
  13. FAMILY PHOTO DAY
  14. PUSH PLAY> AUCTION PLANNING MEETING
  15. SCHOOL PICTURE RE-TAKES
  16. SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
  17. BOOKS AS GIFTS
  18. OPEN POSITIONS ON THE PTA BOARD


Let’s kick off this week with a big THANK YOU to all of the teachers, especially John Brakeman and Tara Boyle, for helping our kids celebrate our sister school in Houston with a fun pajama party and fundraiser on Friday! Thanks to Lauren Turner, our PTA VP Communications, for securing News12 coverage of the event.

Special thanks to the following parents for their great ideas: Liz Silver (Rise & Play...it’s today!), Sue Calger (PTA membership free parking pass lottery ...see below!), Zeal Patel (suggesting we give a call-in conference line option for the PTA meetings. Which we did!). Our school is better because of all of you!

Here’s what you need to know NOW about happenings in and around KHS!


(1) RISE AND PLAY - TODAY!

Introducing Rise n Play!! Meet us on the playground for our kick-off Rise and Play this morning, September 18th at 7:45am on the KHS Playground! Let your kids run and play before a busy day of learning, while you catch up with other parents over a cup of coffee. Note: this is not a drop off event. BUT, coffee will be provided. :) When it’s time for school to start you’ll walk your kids into the drop-off line at the back of the school. We look forward to seeing you there. Siblings welcome!


(2) JOIN THE PTA - GET ACCESS TO THE ONLINE DIRECTORY and ENTER TO WIN A PARKING SPOT OR SKIP-THE-LINE PASS:

We hope that all parents, teachers and staff members will become members of the KHS PTA, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing our children’s educational experience. One huge benefit of membership is that you will receive access to the KHS Online Directory which lists all KHS families and their contact information. Also, every paid PTA member will be entered to win a skip-the-line pass for pick-ups or a parking pass (names of two PTA members will be drawn each month to win either the parking pass or the skip-the-line pass).

Register here for your 2017/2018 KHS PTA membership and the Online Directory. The security code for access through the app is “westport”

Thank you in advance for joining and supporting the PTA!

No parent will be denied membership to the PTA due to inability to pay. Contact Lou DiBella for confidential financial assistance.


(3) PUMPKIN PALOOZA 2017 - Save the date: October 27, 2017 6pm - 8pm

We host a raffle at Pumpkin Palooza for the kids ages 5 - 11yrs; we are looking for prizes to raffle. Any donations are most welcome eg: Arts & Craft, Sports Items, Board Games, Legos, Kids’ Stationery.

There is a raffle donation box in the entry of KHS.

Please email Co-Chairs of Pumpkin Palooza with any questions Genny Agnew gennyagnew@mac.com, Jenny Townsend jtownsend005@gmail.com and Mary Chan mchanbutterfly@gmail.com


(4) SPECIAL EDUCATION SIP ‘N CHAT:

Meet, exchange ideas and ask questions with other Special Ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special education services in Westport schools. Wednesday, Sept. 20th, 9:30-10:30am Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East, next to Home Goods).


(5) RISE AND READ

Rise and Read: A family event! Start your day at the KHS library and read your favorite books at our first Rise and Read, Friday, September 22nd at 7:45am. Siblings are welcome. An adult must stay with your child until the start of school. Coffee is provided.


(6) PARENT BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT GRADES 3-5:

Back to school night is a parent-only event where you can meet your child’s or children’s teacher(s). The schedule for Back to School Night is as follows:

GRADES 3-5: Tuesday, September 26th, 7-8:30pm (grades 4 and 5 join a half hour early for music presentation)


Time

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

6:30 - 7:00pm

N/A

Please join the music department for information about band, orchestra and chorus in the KHS auditorium.

7:00 - 7:10pm

Evening Overview in the Auditorium*

7:15 - 7:50pm

Meet with classroom teachers

Meet with Special Area/Special Education Teachers

7:15-7:35pm Meet with your child’s math teacher


7:35-7:50pm Meet with Special Area/Special Education Teachers

7:55 - 8:30pm

Meet with Special Area/Special Education Teachers

Meet with classroom teachers

Meet with classroom teachers

* The Evening Overview will begin precisely at 7:00 pm.

This evening is for parents/guardians—please arrange for childcare.


(7) WESTPORT SCHOOL CALENDAR:

When you’re at Back to School Night you’ll find that the annual Westport School Calendar will be on sale! Featuring artwork by K-12 students in Westport schools, the 13-month calendar includes key school and district dates. Calendars are $20 ($10 for staff). Proceeds benefit the display, preservation and educational uses of the Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC), original works of art on display in school hallways, classrooms, offices and public spaces around town. For questions about the calendar, email: westportschoolscalendar@gmail.com To learn more about WestPAC, the collections, and what we do, visit: https://www.westportps.org/community/westport-public-art-collections


(8) PLAYGROUND RENOVATION MEETING

Help us plan our playground renovation! Brainstorm what changes we want to see on the KHS playground. Come to our kickoff meeting at the home of Katie Hill at 11 Stony Brook Rd on Friday, September 29, 1pm.


(9) FIELD TRIP T-SHIRTS & LOGOWEAR

Get your student kitted out in the latest KHS spirit gear. KHS requires all students to purchase a grade-specific shirt to wear for class field trips and in the spring for Field Day. Kindergarten orders white, 1st Grade red, 2nd Grade orange, 3rd Grade yellow, 4th Grade green, and 5th Grade navy. NOTE: All orders placed before Friday September 29 will be delivered to school! Please note your child’s grade and teacher in the notes portion and your order will be delivered to your child’s classroom when ready. Orders placed after September 29th will require pickup from ASF. Also available are sweatshirts, hats, headbands, leggings and more! Kings Highway School Logowear


(10) ART SMART:

Planning on or thinking about volunteering for Artsmart this year? We have many opportunities to start you on the right track.

Newbies - Attend one (or more!) to learn all about Artsmart and get into the classroom! Veterans - come hear what’s new, or get inspired for this year’s projects.

  • KHS ArtSmart Orientation, Wednesday September 27, 9:30am, KHS Cafeteria
  • Artsmart Strategies Workshop, presented by Lillie Fortino, October 11, 9am, Westport Library
  • Westport Art Center Workshop, presented by Alyson Luck from the Guggenheim, Nov. 8, 9am Westport Library

Please indicate your interest in volunteering for ArtSmart by signing up in the PTA volunteer survey. Contact Tabitha Nguyen with any questions.

If you have never participated in ArtSmart, click here to learn what it’s all about!

e continuation of performing arts assemblies in our schools!


(11) INTERNATIONAL WALK-TO-SCHOOL DAY

International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 4, 8am. International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October. We will again start the walk promptly at 8:10 from the PAL snack stand behind Saugatuck Elementary, and do the same walking route we have done the last three years.

If your child wishes to participate, please RSVP here.

If you are able to volunteer to help guide the kids for 40 minutes on the morning of the walk, please sign up here.


(12) KHS PARENT SOCIAL

Book your sitter now! The KHS Parent Social is on Wednesday, October 11th at Rive Bistro, 299 Riverside Avenue, Westport from 7:30-9:30pm. Ticket price of $45 per person includes beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. We hope you'll join us for a fun night out! Visit our Events and Fundraising page to pay via PayPal or send in a check made out to KHS PTA (write Parent Social in memo section) by Friday, October 6th.

No parent will be denied due to inability to pay. Contact Lou DiBella for confidential financial assistance.

Questions? Contact Alyssa Cohen, acramercohen@gmail.com or Tracy Benton,tracyannbenton@gmail.com.


(13) FAMILY PHOTO DAY:

Now that school pictures are taken care of, get the family shot! The PTA is once again sponsoring a Family Photo Day with Westport photographer John Videler on Saturday, October 14 at Winslow Park. These 15-minutes mini sessions have a sitting fee of $75, which John has graciously agreed to donate to the KHS PTA. You can purchase photos directly from John after your shoot. Click here for more information and to sign up.


(14) PUSH PLAY > AUCTION MEETING:

Join us at the home of Katie Hill (11 Stony Brook Rd) for our next Spring Auction planning meeting. Friday, October 20, 2017, 9:30am to 11am. If you have something awesome to donate to the silent auction, please email khsplay2018@gmail.com.


(15) SCHOOL PICTURE RE-TAKES:

Missed picture day? Eyes were closed in the first shot? We’ve got you covered. Coffee Pond will be at KHS to do picture re-takes on November 3rd. More information to come.


(16) SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS:

Sip ‘n Chat: Next Sip ‘n Chat date is Thursday, October 19th.

Community Fun Day: Open to all students receiving Special Education services (and their families) from Stepping Stones Preschool and Westport Schools Grades K-8. Bring your family Saturday, November 11 from 2-4pm at Long Lots Elementary School, for an afternoon of sports, games, arts & crafts, music and snacks. RSVP to westportspedpta@gmail.com *This is a free event*

If you would like to be added to our email list, please email westportspedpta@gmail.com and for any questions, email SpEd Rep Rosie Curtis at rosannajon@hotmail.com


(17 ) 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


(18 ) OPEN PTA POSITIONS:

Looking to get involved in the PTA? We have open positions looking for a body!

  • CO-VP Fundraising: Join our current VP Fundraising chair, Missy Zahler, in this exciting two year position. This is an executive board position (meet monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month). Oversee all existing PTA fundraising activities by assisting the various fundraising committee chairs. Update Exec Board at monthly meetings on ongoing fundraising efforts/events, evaluate overall effectiveness of PTA fundraising efforst and make suggestions for improvement.
  • VP Technology: Maintain the PTA website. Work with Co-Presidents to post announcements, important dates, forms etc. Skills required are basic website technology. Training will be provided. This is an Executive Board position.
  • Cultural Arts Representative: Two (2) Representatives from each school serve for a two (2) year term. Participate at monthly PTA Council (all schools) Cultural Arts meetings, held from 9:30-11am on the first Wed of each month during the school year to discuss budget and programs. Generate ideas for future CA shows by research through the Internet or through attending Preview Showcases. Be an ambassador for CA, building parent awareness and contributions. As a member of the CA Committee help, as needed, to draft eblast texts. Work with your school’s PTA Co Presidents to keep them informed. Coordinate with your school principal to ensure successful execution of assemblies.

Email khsnominating2017@gmail.com if interested in any of the above positions.

A LOOK AHEAD

SEPTEMBER

9/26 Back to School Night, 3rd-5th grades 7:00-8:30pm

9/27 KHS ArtSmart Orientation, 9:30am, KHS Cafeteria

9/29 Playground Renovation Meeting, 1pm, 11 Stony Brook Rd.

OCTOBER

10/4 International Walk to School Day, 8am

10/11 Parent Social, Rive Bistro, 7:30pm - 9:30pm

10/11 ArtSmart Strategies Workshop, 9am, Westport Library

10/13 NO SCHOOL- Staff Development Day

10/14 Family Photo Day

10/20 Push Play Auction Planning Meeting, 9:30am, 11 Stony Brook Rd.

10/27 Halloween Party-Pumpkin Palooza, 6-8pm, KHS



HAPPENING AROUND TOWN


FARE CT Heroes Walk

Join the CT FARE Heroes Walk at Sherwood Island on Sat. Sept 23rd 1-3pm for a family fun afternoon with carnival games, crafts, live music and more! FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is a non-profit organization that educates and advocates for those suffering with the daily struggle of food allergies, including researching new treatments. The walk kicks off at 2:30pm (and is short, don't worry kids!). There are over 35 FARE walks nationwide to raise money for research, and the CT walk is in our backyard!

Together we can make a difference, raise money for research, and continue to educate & spread the word to those with and without allergies to help improve the quality of life for those affected. Attendance to the walk and Sherwood Island entrance is free!

Westport Arts Center: Fall Classes

The Westport Arts Center is excited to announce its Fall Schedule for kids ages 3 - 12! There's something for every young artist including Spanish Language & Art, Kids Create, Pencil & Pastel, Special Arts, Semi-Private Drawing, Miniature Painting, Open Studio and Graphic Novel Creation!

Budding photographers can learn about Digital Darkroom and Photography or can move on to explore Westport on foot in a Landscape & Street Photography class.

Interested in private or semi-private art or drawing classes? Contact Lillie Fortino, Director of Education. Sign up at http://www.westportartscenter.org or 203/222-7070.


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,

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.

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