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CHEETAH CHAT
November 20, 2017


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
-Henry David Thoreau

116 days until we PUSH PLAY at the KHS Auction!


THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:


Event

Date/ Time

Location

Cheetahs Care Day

TODAY!

Walk-A-Thon for Grades K-2 and Read-A-Thon for Grades 3 - 5

Early Dismissal

Wednesday, Nov 22

1pm


NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Recess

Thursday and Friday


Online Scholastic Book Fair Now Open

Today - December 3

www.scholastic.com/bf/khs

HIGHLIGHTS:


  1. CHEETAHS CARE DAY - TODAY!
  2. RISE N PLAY ON A HOLIDAY BREAK
  3. BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS
  4. YEARBOOK PHOTOS NEEDED
  5. DONATIONS NEEDED FOR SPRING AUCTION
  6. COAT DRIVE A SUCCESS
  7. ISO 2018 COMMITTEE CHAIRS
  8. AMAZON SMILE SUPPORT
  9. BOOKS AS GIFTS


THANK YOU TO

  • Diana Barnes and Maura Keenan for a hugely successful coat drive (and thank you for the many generous donations!).
  • Randa Drew for coordinating an incredible Cultural Arts performance at KHS.
  • Stephanie Vergakis and Jen Weil for organizing a wonderful Author Visit and book signing.
  • Kathryn Simmelkjaer and Nora Kalter for hosting another lovely Rise n Read.


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

(1) CHEETAHS CARE DAY

Just a reminder to all KHS students and their parents that today is Cheetahs Care Day! Kindergarten, First and Second graders will be walking at the Saugatuck Track - please dress your kiddos warmly and with appropriate footwear (ideally sneakers). Third, fourth and fifth graders will be participating in grade-level Read-a-thons: comfy clothing and an assortment of reading materials are encouraged. Please refer to grade level / teacher emails for additional details!


And finally, don’t forget to sponsor your walkers and readers - all proceeds of Cheetahs Care Day will be used to purchase holiday gifts for neighbors in need! Thank you!!


(2) RISE ‘N PLAY RESUMING IN THE NEW YEAR

Rise ‘n Play has become a student and teacher favorite but with temperatures dropping, high winds rising, and holidays approaching it’s going on hiatus until after the holidays.

(3) BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Howdy! The Wild West book fair is on it's way to KHS the week of November 28th - during conferences. It's sure to be a romping good time! All classes will mosey on down to the reading frontier during the week to lasso some books for their wish lists. But we can't do it without help! We need to round up some volunteers to help make this annual event a continued success!

WANTED: Volunteers!

REWARD: A grand ol' time promoting literacy at the school!

Click here to saddle up and claim your reward as a VOLUNTEER for this event. Time slots are short, so if you're able to sign up for consecutive slots, please do. Questions? Please email Beth Vaccaro bavaccaro@gmail.com.


Discover the Reading Frontier at the Wild, Wild, West Book Fair!

The KHS Book Fair is only TWO weeks away! Mark your calendars for this school favorite event. It is open to shop every day 8am - 4:30pm beginning Tuesday, November 28 through Friday, December 1st. Lasso in a good book anytime during parent/teacher conferences! And don't forget to bring the young'uns to our fun family events:


Wednesday, 11/29, 7-8am: Coffee w/ Cowboys and Cowgirls Join us for a romping good book and some piping hot coffee. This round up is the perfect send off for little lads and lasses before school!


Thursday, 11/30, 4-6:30pm: Sheriff DiBella and the Reading Posse Come on down to the Reading Ranch and shop while yours join Dr. DiBella's Reading Posse. Costumes encouraged!


Remember, a portion of every purchase goes back to KHS! Can't make it to the fair? We got you covered! Shop the Book Fair Online November 13th - December 3rd or through the Scholastic Book Fair App! Books ship directly to the school and will arrive in December, before holiday break. Bookmark this link (www.scholastic.com/bf/khs) or download the app to start shopping!


(4) YEARBOOK PHOTOS NEEDED

Yearbook photos needed! Do you have photos of the Pumpkin Palooza, your child's Halloween Class Party or the Kindergarten Parade? Walk to School Day, Rise & Read or the Playground Party? We need your photos for the yearbook. Please send any photos you wish to submit to Karen Speller at kkspeller@gmail.com. Please provide names of the children in the photo.


(5) DONATIONS NEEDED FOR KHS SPRING AUCTION

Our Spring Auction is going to be a blast and help us raise money for new playground equipment for our kids. Right now we’re seeking donations for items for the silent and live auction. Highly desired are things like tickets to concerts or pro sporting events, broadway shows, vacation homes, rounds of golf, gift certificates, etc.n If you have anything you would like to donate, please email khsplay2018@gmail.com.


(6) COAT DRIVE A SUCCESS!

The Hall School in Bridgeport is the recipient of the KHS Coat Drive. What a generous response! WOW! Over 70 coats - almost 20 bags full including dozens of mittens, hats and scarves and all delivered in time for teacher conference week giving families time to try everything on. Your warm donations are making a difference to SO many families in need. Many thanks to our thoughtful and supportive KHS community!

Diana and Maura Community Service Committee


(7) IN SEARCH OF: 2018 COMMITTEE CHAIRS

BOOK FAIR: Do you love books, love KHS or simply want to try something new? Then Book Fair is for you! The PTA is looking for a co-chair for next year's book fair. It's a school favorite and a fun way to get involved in our small community with relatively little time commitment. Want to learn more? Great! Please email Beth Vaccaro. Thanks!

PUMPKINPALOOZA: Think you’ve got what it takes to take the slime room to the next level? Want to help us plan and execute next year’s Halloween party? Contact Jill Dillon.


(8) SUPPORT THE PTA THROUGH AMAZON SMILE

If you’re like many of us and already ordering half of your life on Amazon, this is an extremely easy way for you to support the PTA and help raise money for our new playground. Visit http://smile.amazon.com and type Ptsa Connecticut Inc Kings Highway PTA in the box where it says “Or pick your own charitable organization.” From there on out .5% of your purchase will go to the KHS PTA to help build a new playground. Those dollars and cents really add up! *Note that in order to contribute all purchases but begin at smile.amazon.com.


(9) 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 at 917-375-3943 or rebeccasharnoff@gmail.com

A LOOK AHEAD

NOVEMBER

11/28-12/1 KHS Book Fair!

11/29-12/1 Shortened Day; 1pm Dismissal; Parent Teacher Conferences


DECEMBER

12/5 Grade 4 & 5 Chorus & Grade 5 Orchestra Concert

12/15 Rise & Read 7:45am, KHS Library

12/25-12/29 Holiday Recess - NO SCHOOL


JANUARY

1/1 New Year’s Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL


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.


IN THE COMMUNITY


AUTHOR OF “THE BIG DISCONNECT” SPEAKING AT THE UNQUOWA SCHOOL

Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of the award-winning book “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age” will be speaking at The Unquowa School on Tuesday, November 28th from 7:00-8:30pm. The Unquowa School is located at 981 Stratfield Road, Fairfield.

Dr. Steiner-Adair’s discussion will examine ways in which the wonders of technology and media also change how children learn and grow. She will speak to parents and educators about how to reap the benefits of tech while reducing the risks it poses at every stage of child development. Dr. Stiner has been feature in The Wall Street Journal, Parents Magazine, NAIS, Public Television, MSNBC and NPR. RSVP (optional) here.


BMS Acting Group Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ!

PERFORMANCES: BMS Auditorium

Friday, December 1 7:30pm

Saturday, December 2 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, December 3 2:00pm

Tickets: Adults: $12 or $15 (2 seating sections) ; Students: $10; 2 yrs and under: Free

Click here for the poster.


WAKEMAN TOWN FARM HOLIDAY EVENT

SPECIAL SATURDAY Gingerbread House Decorating at Wakeman Town Farm (K-6)

Kids will decorate their own gingerbread houses for the holidays while enjoying holiday music and a mug of hot cocoa at this festive holiday event!

December 16, 11-12:30 p.m. $40, includes gingerbread house and all the candy embellishments and helper elves!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: AL’S ANGELS

Al DiGuido, owner of Saugatuck Sweets, which always generously donates wonderful prize baskets to our fundraising events, also founded the charity Al’s Angels. The mission of Al’s Angels is to provide moments of joy and comfort to families that are challenged by childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS, domestic violence and financial hardship. Through hard work, an amazing group of volunteers, and tremendous generosity, today Al’s Angels is able to help thousands of children in the tri-state area. One way Al’s Angels does this is by packing holiday meal bins for families in need. If you would like to participate in the December meal bin packing, please indicate your interest in our sign-up genius.


LITTLE WRECKERS PRESCHOOL @ STAPLES HIGH SCHOOL

Children of active Westport Public School employees and Westport residents who will turn 3 years old but will NOT turn 5 years old by December 31, 2017 are eligible to apply for entrance to the Little Wreckers Preschool (LWP). Entrance into the preschool is based on a first-come, first-serve registration basis. Click here for more information.

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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