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

DECEMBER 10, 2018

Thank you to all of the parents, teachers, staff and most of all the students who walked and read in this year's walk-a-thon and read-a-thons!! All of your kindness will put smiles on the faces of over 100 individuals this holiday season!

Together we were able to raise over $10,000 - and able to give gifts in the amount of $100 to 100 people in need in Westport!

Go Cheetahs!


🐾 THIS WEEK AT KHS 🐾

Event

Date/ Time

Location

Dr. DiBella Book Club POSTPONED

wait for a rescheduled date - likely in January

KHS Library

Board of Ed Mtg.

Agenda HERE

Monday, December 10th

7:30pm

Staples HS Cafeteria

5th Grade Orchestra and Chorus Concert

Wednesday, December 12th

7:00pm

KHS

Rise & Read

Friday, December 14th

7:45-8:20am

KHS Library


BOARD OF ED MEETING

There is a BOE meeting tonight, Monday December 10th at 7:30pm at SHS. You can access the BOE agenda here. Each of the elementary principals will be presenting on what the schedule would look like if the 6th graders stay in the elementary schools for the next handful of years. We strongly encourage all interested parents to watch or attend.

Please also email your questions, concerns or preferences to the following:

Board of Education: boe@westportps.org

Superintendent Colleen Palmer: cpalmer@westportps.org

Community Advisory Committee: cac@westportps.org

Board of Selectman: selectman@westportct.gov

Board of Finance: town-bof@westportct.gov

Representative Town Meeting (RTM): rtmmailinglist@westportct.gov

PTA Council: pta_council@westportps.org

KHS PTA: khs_pta@westportps.org

WHISTLING VIVALDI - DR. DIBELLA’S BOOK CLUB POSTPONED! 📚

Due to a districtwide scheduling difficulty, Lou would like to reschedule Monday's Whistling Vivaldi book club talk, and to choose a date after the holiday break. Thank you to those who signed up to attend. Please keep reading the book and we'll look forward to meeting in January instead! And if you haven't picked up the book yet, DO! We had an extremely enlightening and thought provoking conversation last week. Stay tuned for more details and a rescheduled date.

SPED NEWS!☀

Sip ’n Chat at Panera Bread, Westport on Wednesday December 12th, 9:30am - 10:30am

Join us to connect, chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents. We meet at Panera Bread (next to HomeGoods). 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 Rep Rosie Curtis thelittlecurtisfamily@gmail.com or Alison Reilly reilly2816@aol.com

5TH GRADE ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS CONCERT

We hope to see you at the Orchestra and Chorus Winter Concert on Wednesday, December 12th from 7-8:30pm. There’s so much to celebrate this time of year and this concert is sure to be one of them.

RISE & READ

Come to the library before school to read with family and friends, Friday, December 14 at 7:45 am. Siblings are welcome. An adult must stay with your child until the start of school. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided.

KINDER RECESS DUTY

Kindergarten teachers agree that they would like to have parents at recess through the rest of the year! To sign up for recess duty (Kindergarten parents only!) CLICK HERE

SAVE THE DATE: KHS SKATING PARTY

Save the date! We’ll be having our Kings Highway Skating Party on Friday, February 1st, 2019 from 5:30-7:30. Most details coming in the new year! (can’t believe we just said that…..😬)

KHS BOOKFAIR 📚

In case you were wondering, our KHS Scholastic Book Fair will be held this spring! This year, we're going prehistoric over Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences and turning our school community into reading raptors, bookceratops and readasaurus rex bookivores! If you want to be a part of the spring book fair planning committee, please email Beth Vaccaro at bavaccaro@gmail.com or Angela DeRose at Angela.derose@gmail.com.

YEARBOOK PHOTOS NEEDED

Photos Needed! We are already collecting photos for the 2018-19 yearbook. If you have photos taken at KHS events (field trips, class parties, playground party, rise and read, Walk to School, Pumpkin Palooza, etc), please submit to kkspeller@gmail.com

Please know that we cannot use photos of single children - we need photos with two or more students to be considered for the yearbook.

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

DECEMBER

December 24 - January 1 - Holiday Break (school starts Jan 2)

January 11th - Rise & Read in the KHS Library, 7:45-8:20am

January 21st - NO SCHOOL; MLK day

January 22nd: 4th Grade Orchestra 6pm, 5th Grade Band 7pm (note these are 2 separate concerts)

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,

Sara Snow & Kim Ceman

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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BEYOND KHS; IN THE COMMUNITY

Jingle Bell Rock: Family Day; Dec 15, 10am-4pm

When you register to visit Santa, the whole family will have the chance to discover exhibits exploring the diverse holiday traditions Westporters celebrate and to take part in a variety of crafts, activities and sit for a silhouette*.

Register now$8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members. No charge for children 5 and under

CONTINUING EDUCATION: AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

Super fun, super convenient, super affordable programs for kids in grades K-5.

Arts, chess, cooking, fitness + sports (including badminton, basketball, fencing, martial arts, tennis, volleyball), PM/PE + Sports & Homework Clubs, STEM, theater + more!

Weekly programs begin soon; register now @ westportcontinuinged.com.

Click for Cont Ed Fall 2018 programs: https://bit.ly/2OcfK0Z

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY

Independent business owners: Would your local business like to support our school with benefits? Consider an ad in the Mobile Arq directory!

These school-wide sponsorships will be limited to 10 ads that are alternatively shown. They can include a short slogan and a coupon code so you can track your additional sales.

Introductory rates this year: $ 125 for Elementary school, $ 175 for Middle School and $250 for High School.

Don't own a business but know of someone who might be interested? Please ask your favorite Restaurant, Dry cleaner, Ice cream shop or Grocery Store!

Please send inquiries to: Stefan Baer, 917-669-7833, baer.stefan@gmail.com