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CHEETAH CHAT

August 20, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS:

YOUR FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL

KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATES

KHS WELCOME BACK PLAYGROUND PARTY

WANT TO BE A ROOM PARENT?

PICTURE DAY

ART SMART VOLUNTEERS

PTA MEMBERSHIP AND DIRECTORY

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

BOOKS AS GIFTS

Thank you again to Stephanie Stallone, Catrina Talarico-Hegarty, and Kit Tingley for organizing the Kindergarten playdates, and Lindsay Shurman and Ewa Abrams for organizing the Kindergarten recess duty schedule..

(1) FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL

Here’s a glance at your first week of school!

Monday, August 27, 2018

*Kindergarten Bus Safety 10:10-10:30am, front of KHS - K students get to see what riding the bus will be like!

*Playground Ribbon Cutting 10:30am, KHS playground - This year only, come to a ribbon cutting ceremony on our new playground!

*Newcomers Breakfast 10:30-11am, Cafeteria - This is for families who are brand new to KHS this year, but not Kindergarten families

*Meet the Teacher; Grades K-2 11:00-11:30am - A chance for Kinder-2nd graders to tour your classroom and say hello to your brand new teacher! Then head out for a popsicle on the front steps.

*Meet the Teacher; Grades 3-5 11:30-12pm - A chance for 3rd - 5th graders to tour your classroom and say hello to your brand new teacher! Then head out for a popsicle on the front steps.

*PTA Popsicle Social 11:30-12:15, front of KHS - Sponsored by the PTA, this our a sticky and sweet way of saying “welcome back!”

*First Board of Ed meeting; 7:30pm in the Staples HS cafeteria - Find out what’s ahead for the Westport schools this year as the Board of Ed kicks off their bi-monthly BOE meetings.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - First Day of School! - This is a full day of school! Remember that bus assignments/routes will be released via ConnectEd this Thursday, along with teacher assignments.


Thursday, August 30, 2018 - Welcome Back Party 4:30-6:00pm @ KHS Playground - Come kick it with a DJ, ice cream truck and a brand new playground full of brand new equipment!


(2)KINDERGARTEN PLAYDATES NOTE - change of date for last kindergarten playdate! There is still one more Kindergarten playdate. If you have an incoming Kindergartener, join us on Friday, August 24th at 11am on the KHS playground. Email Kit Campbell with questions at campbellkit@gmail.com


(3) KINDERGARTEN RECESS AND LUNCH DUTY Attention, Kindergarten parents - there are still slots available to sign up for Recess and Lunch duty. We need THREE parents every day to volunteer to help the kindergarten teachers. Please note that the first TWO volunteers are to help with recess AND lunch through the end of October. The third volunteer will help with recess only. Then from November until the end of the year, all volunteers will assist with recess only.

Recess is from 12:05-12:30pm. Lunch is from 12:30-12:55pm. Your total commitment is about one hour. Sign up here! This is a great way to see your kids in action in the middle of their day.

(4)KHS WELCOME BACK PARTYCome enjoy the new KHS playground! Our Welcome Back Party is scheduled for Thursday, August 30th, 4:30-6:00pm at KHS. This will be the first school-wide social event of the year. There will be a DJ and ice cream truck (bring cash for ice cream). Pack a snack and water bottle and we hope to see you there!
*This is NOT a drop-off event* (rain date Wed. Sept 5th)


(5)WANT TO BE A ROOM PARENT? If you are interested in being a Room Parent for your child’s class, please fill out this form and email to your grade level coordinator (email addresses on form) and copy Jenn Van Aken at Jennvanaken@gmail.com .


(6)PICTURE DAY Mark your calendars and heat up the iron! Picture Day is coming on September 12th. Watch here for more details!

(7) ART SMART:Hello Art Smart volunteers! If you are a new KHS family, (including new Kindergarten families) please mark your calendar for the following date to come learn about how the ArtSmart Program enriches our students’ curriculum and how easy it is for you to volunteer: ArtSmart for Newbies: Thursday September 6th 9:30-10:30; Westport Library; Riverwalk Program Room. Please contact Colleen Coffey with questions.

(8) SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Throughout the school year, the special ed committee will be here to support you and ensure that your child gets the best learning experience at KHS. With Community Fun Day, monthly Sip N Chat, Fall Coffee and District-wide Spring Coffee meetups, you will have opportunities to meet other parents and special education specialists who will help answer your questions with regards to your child's special education.

If you would like to be added to our email list please email Sharuna Mahesh at sharunam@gmail.com and for any questions email SpEd Rep Rosie Curtis at thelittlecurtisfamily@gmail.com

Also, if you have any concerns about the Bus Safety visit and Meet the Teacher Day next week, please don't hesitate to contact us.

(9) KHS PTA MEMBERSHIP and ONLINE DIRECTORY: We hope all parents, teachers and staff will become members of the KHS PTA! We’re a non-profit organization made up of KHS parents and teachers/staff dedicated to enhancing our children's educational experience.

Your PTA membership helps to support more than 50 PTA sponsored activities, programs and events that enhance your child's school experience! Another benefit of membership is that you will receive access to the KHS Online Directory (honestly, this benefit is HUGE!!!) which lists all of the KHS families and their contact information.

You’ll get an email soon with a sign-up link to register for 2018/19 KHS PTA membership and the Online Directory. Thank you in advance for joining and supporting the PTA and we hope to see you at our first PTA meeting on Friday, September 14th from 9:30-10:30am in the KHS Cafeteria.

(10) 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

SEPTEMBER

Monday, September 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

Wednesday, September 6 - ArtSmart for Newbies, 9:30am, Westport Library

Wednesday, September 12 - School Picture Day

Monday, September 10 - NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 14 - 1st General PTA Meeting, 9:30-10:30am, KHS Cafeteria

Monday, September 17 - Board of Ed Meeting

Wednesday, September 19 - NO SCHOOL - Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 20 - Back to School Night K-2nd grades 7:00-9:00pm

Thursday, September 27 - Back to School Night 3rd-5th grades 7:00-9:00pm


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


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 below.


Sara Snow & Kim Ceman

KHS PTA Co-Presidents

khs_pta@westportps.org


IN THE COMMUNITY!

The Westport Historical Society is having an ice cream social along with town favorite, Saugatuck Sweets!!

Come to the Westport Historical Society (25 Avery Place) on August 26th from 3-5pm and enjoy ice cream on the lawn!

Ice cream, cone and toppings are $4. All proceeds benefit WHS.