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 15, 2019

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai

Thank you to all who attended our first General PTA Meeting last Friday. The presentation on Anxiety and our Children lead to stimulating discussion about what can we do to help our kids, both in and out of school. As a follow up, we will be holding a special parent meeting (date TBD) to discuss/brainstorm ideas on how to help our kids. More info to follow soon.

3-5 Families, book your babysitters for Back To School Night this Thursday. Along with meeting your children’s teachers and touring the school, you will also have the opportunity to purchase Parent Social Tickets, Join the PTA, and purchase your child’s required FieldTrip/Field Day T-shirt from our LogoWear team. Please bring cash or check.

Please consider bookmarking the KHS PTA Homepage. This will have important updates and serve as a valuable resource throughout the year.

THANK YOU TO OUR MANY VOLUNTEERS

  • Thank you to Tricia Lau-Lewis for organizing the KHS School picture day. Tricia did a lot of behind the scenes coordination and organization across teachers, administrators, and parent volunteers to make sure everyone got their picture taken in an organized way.

CHEETAH’S CHECKLIST

  • Join the PTA HERE.
  • Buy Your Parent Social Tickets HERE.
  • Sign-up for your Family Photo Shoot HERE.
  • Order your 2019-2020 Yearbook HERE. Password: khs19

A LOOK AHEAD AT KHS

DATE

TIME

EVENT/LOCATION

Monday, Sept.16

7:30PM

BOE Meeting; Staples Cafeteria

Tuesday, Sept.17

9:30 AM

Pumpkin Palooza Party Planning; 9 Rices Lane (Jill Dillon’s Home)

Wednesday, Sept.18

9:30-10:30 AM

SPED Sip-n-Chat

Thursday, Sept. 19

7:00-8:30 PM

Back to School Night; Grades 3-5

Friday, Sept.20

7:45 AM

Rise & Read; KHS Library

Tuesday, Sept, 24

7:00-10:00 PM

Parent Social; Parker Restaurant

UP-COMING EVENTS...

PLEASE JOIN THE PTA TODAY!

  • We are close to 50% joined. Please sign up today.
  • You have instant access to the new directory, also referred to as MobileArq.
  • You will be entered into a drawing to become the exclusive owner of the PTA Parking space in the front parking lot for the entire year!!!
  • Sign up HERE.
  • Please remember:
  • All PTA volunteers and chairs must be members of the PTA.
  • If you have kids in more than one school you will be able to sign up for all schools at once.
  • Having trouble? Email the membership/directory chair HERE.

BOE MEETING

  • The BOE meeting will be held Monday, September 16 at 7:30pm in the Staples HS cafeteria. See agenda HERE.
  • Discussion items include a Summary Report: Balancing Enrollment and Four Person Teams at Middle Schools. There will also be an overview of SBAC/SAT Results across the district.
  • If you would like to share your opinion, you are always welcome to speak up at tomorrow night’s BOE meeting or email the BOE and Dr. Abbey directly.
  • Board of Education: boe@westportps.org
  • Interim Superintendent David Abbey: dabbey@westportps.org

HELP US PLAN OUR SCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARTY, PUMPKIN PALOOZA!

  • Pumpkins are here!!! it’s time to start planning for PumpkinPalooza! Please join us to help with new ideas for our kids’ favorite party of the year. ALL ARE WELCOME!
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 9:30am. Jill Dillon’s house: 9 Rices Lane.

ANNUAL KHS PARENT SOCIAL

Come relax, compare school notes and make some new friends!

  • Purchase HERE.
  • Tuesday, September 24th from 7-10pm
  • Parker Mansion, 541 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880
  • $30 per person; includes 2 drink tickets and unlimited hors d'oeuvres.
  • RAFFLE:There will be 5 amazing prizes!!
    • A wine gift basket
    • LogoWear gift basket
    • 4 Pumpkin Palooza tickets
    • Family photo sitting ($50 Value)
    • Welden purse.
  • * No KHS family will be denied the opportunity to attend Parent Social due to an inability to pay. Please contact principal Lou DiBella’s office at (203) 341-1800 for confidential financial assistance.

RISE & READ

  • Please join us for the first Rise & Read of the school year, Friday, September 20th, 7:45 am.
  • Spend time in the library reading with your family before the start of school. Siblings are welcome. An adult must stay with your child until school starts.

FAMILY PHOTO DAY – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019 @ CRANBURY PARK

  • Reserve your spot and pay now by clicking here!
  • Get a great shot of your family with Photographer Matt Grindle. Matt has graciously agreed to donate the sitting fee of $50 (or $52 if you pay by PayPal) to the KHS PTA. Sessions are 20 minutes long.
  • Please read all the information for payment options in the sign-up genius to reserve your spot.
  • You can buy the digital photos directly from Matt after the shoot for the following prices:
    • Sweet & Simple 1 digital image $40
    • Happy Family 3 digital images $100
    • Many memories 7 digital images $175
    • Bundle of memories 10 digital images - $220
    • The whole Kit and Caboodle "all of distributable quality as determined by the photographer" - $350
  • Reserve your spot and pay now by clicking here!

LOGOWEAR FIELD DAY SHIRTS ARE READY!

  • LogoWear will be selling grade level shirts at Back To School Night this Thursday. You can purchase and take home that night!
  • Please bring cash or check to purchase your child’s Field Trip/Field Day shirt. It is a must have for the year! Questions, email Sara Snow at scsnow@mac.com

YEARBOOKS

  • Yearbook orders can now be placed at coffeepond.com password is 'khs19'. This is a keepsake your child will cherish forever.
  • Don't miss out on early bird pricing of $28. Contact the principal's office for confidential financial assistance. Questions? Email Karen at kkspeller@gmail.com.

OCTOBER EVENTS

  • Friday, October 4th; Rise & Play
  • Friday, October 11th; Rise & Play
  • Saturday, October 12th; Family Photo Day
  • Wednesday, October 16th; SPED Sip-n-Chat
  • Friday, October 18th; Rise & Read
  • Friday, October 25th; Pumpkin Palooza

WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS...

HELP US PLAN OUR SCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARTY, PUMPKIN PALOOZA!

  • Do you smell that Pumpkin Spice in the air? That can only mean one thing—it’s time for PumpkinPalooza planning! Please join us to help with new ideas for our kids’ favorite party of the year. ALL ARE WELCOME!
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 9:30am. Jill Dillon’s house: 9 Rices Lane. Coffee and refreshments served.
  • Please RSVP to Jill at jillwahoo@aol.com. This is a great way to meet other parents at the school. PumpkinPalooza will be October 25 from 6-8pm at KHS.

RECYCLERS WANTED

  • KHS has long been recycling water bottles and seltzer cans from the cafeteria and redeeming them for nickels at the redemption center in Stratford. We are again looking for parents and students to bring our bottles and seltzer cans to the redemption center once a month, so if you have a pick up truck or a big vehicle and would like to help we would love your support.
  • If you are interested, we will need support late September. Please contact Ms. Jones at pjones@westportps.org for directions and details.

MAKING HASTE FOR ZERO WASTE- COMPOSTING PROGRAM


Composting and food recovery are underway in the KHS cafeteria. Our first team of "Zero Heroes" has been coaching KHS students with amazing success.

  • We have contracted with Curbside Compost to pick up weekly for $85 per week. We have enough in funds from redeeming nickel bottles last year to cover our September bill.
  • This is an appeal for a small donation from each KHS family or student to help us cover our costs for the year.
  • Send your donation to the office in an envelope marked KHS Composts! You can meet some of our heroes and make a donation at our Zero Waste table in the cafeteria on Back to School nights.
  • In addition to monetary donations, we are in need of old, long handled grill tongs for those occasions when a fork mistakenly makes it into the compost.
  • If you need further details or have questions, Please contact Ms. Jones at pjones@westportps.org.

FIFTH GRADE PARENTS: JOIN THE 5th GRADE MOVING UP COMMITTEE

  • If you are parents of a 5th grader and want to help us raise money and plan for fifth grade events (including their year-end Moving Up Ceremony), please contact co-chairs Tricia Lewis and Jill Dillon at jillwahoo@aol.com
  • And a great way to get involved right away is to help us plan the Fifth Grade Lounge at PumpkinPalooza! See the post in this Cheetah Chat about Tuesday’s planning meeting.

ON GOING ACTIVITIES...

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

  • Evening Sip ’n Chat @ Westport Library
  • Wednesday, September 25th, 7:30pm-8:30pm Room 210
  • Join us in the evening to chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents.
  • No need to RSVP. **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 Reps Melissa Balmer melissalbalmer@gmail.com or Alison Reilly, reilly2816@aol.com

IN THE COMMUNITY...

Community Bulletin Board

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

Westport Continuing Education

Have a great week!

Your KHS PTA Co-Presidents,

Kim Ceman & Rosie Curtis

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.