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

OCTOBER 15, 2018


THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Event

Date/ Time

Location

Board of Ed Meeting

Monday, October 15

7:30pm

Staples HS Cafeteria

Pumpkin Palooza decorating

Monday, October 15

9:45am

KHS

ArtSmart Art Education Workshop

Thursday, October 18

9:30-11:00am.

Westport Arts Center

Parent Coffee for parents of kindergartners that receive special education services at KHS

Friday, October 19

from 9:30 - 10:30am

Panera Bread, 1860 Post Road East, Westport

1st Annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities

Sunday, October 21, 2018

12:00pm - 3:00 pm

Sherwood Island State Park

Rise & Read

Friday, October 19

7:45am

KHS library

🐾💸TWO WEEKS LEFT TO SUPPORT THE PTA
& GET A FREE GIFT!!! 💸🐾

WE’RE ALMOST TO OUR GOAL!!! PLEASE SUPPORT the PTA for TWO YEARS of PROGRAMMING!

Every other year, the KHS PTA asks parents to donate to the PTA’s general funds through a Direct Appeal Campaign. This funds 2 years of our school outreach and programs. Learn more here. 100% of donations are tax deductible and directly support your kids, as well as the faculty and staff at KHS!

Donate online by clicking the DONATE button here. Or return a check in the envelope that came home in your child’s backpack.

FREE GIFTS! Every donor will receive a KHS PTA window decal and donors who give $250 or more will receive this heavy canvas KHS cheetah tote bag!! Thank you from your kids and school!


LOGOWEAR SALES 👕

Please be sure to order ALL logo wear (including Field Day/Field Trip t-shirts) by Oct. 21st at Kings Highway School | ShopASF.com. (The shirts can be ordered directly at the top of the page where is says "HERE" in red letters.)

Select “pick up” as delivery method and note your child’s (or one of your children’s) grade and teacher and the logowear committee will deliver your items to your child’s classroom. The kindergarten t-shirts that already were ordered will be delivered to KHS October 22nd.

All other Field Day shirts and logo wear will be delivered on or around November 16th.

Field Trip/Field Day t-shirts are recommended for each student to use for field trips, spirit days and Field Day. There are different colored shirts for each grade level. In addition, fun, new KHS logo wear options are now being offered. They make great gifts!

No KHS family will be denied the opportunity of for a field day shirt due to inability to pay. Please contact principal Lou DiBella’s office at (203) 341-1800 for confidential financial assistance.

HELP DECORATE THE SCHOOL FOR HALLOWEEN🎃

If you have a free moment, please stop by the school today at 9:45am to start putting up Halloween/PumpkinPalooza bulletin boards. And/or please join the week of October 22 to help us decorate full force for Halloween and PumpkinPalooza. We will be there every day from 9am to noon. Come for ANY amount of time you can spare. Meet in the cafeteria. If you work or can’t make it to school that week but want to help decorate, we have things you can make at home while you do your evening Netflix binge. Contact Jill Dillon at jillwahoo@aol.com for info!

BUY YOUR PUMPKINPALOOZA TICKETS🎃

Please RSVP for PumpkinPalooza. You can send in the hard copy order form that went home in backpacks last week OR pay online. Tickets are $13 per person ($13.50 if you order via PayPal) and include dinner, DJ, magic show, tons of cool activities and more! The whole family is welcome to come. Everyone needs a ticket and this is NOT a drop-off event. Order your tickets early to ensure you get your choice of slow rise Halloween squishie toy ($5 each—a better deal than any squishie you can find in town). PumpkinPalooza is on Friday, October 26 from 6-8pm at KHS.

No KHS family will be denied the opportunity to attend PumpkinPalooza due to inability to pay. Please contact principal Lou DiBella’s office at (203) 341-1800 for confidential financial assistance.

ART SMART 🎨

There is an ArtSmart Art Education Workshop at Westport Arts Center Thursday, October 18th 9:30-11:00am. We hope you’ll join us.

RISE & READ 📚

Come to the library before school to read with family and friends, Friday, October 19th at 7:45. Siblings welcome. An adult must stay with your child until the start of school. Coffee and hot chocolate to be served.

SPED COFFEE FOR K PARENTS ☕

There is a parent coffee for parents of kindergartners that receive special education services at KHS on Friday October 19th from 9:30 - 10:30am at Panera Bread, 1860 Post Road East, Westport (Please RSVP by October 15th to AP Catherine Carmona or to one of our special education parent representatives, Rosie Curtis thelittlecurtisfamily@gmail.com or Alison Reilly reilly2816@aol.com).

SOCKTOBER - DONATE SOCKS AND MAKE HAPPY FEET

As the weather gets colder, the homeless and those in shelters need socks. Warm feet are very important to health! All sizes are needed - women, infants, children, . . . but especially MEN's! KHS will celebrate and help with crazy socks and sock donations on October 26th. Wear your crazy socks and bring a basic pair to donate!

PUMPKIN PALOOZA DONATIONS NEEDED🎃

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THE EVENT A SUCCESS FOR OUR KIDS and we are trying to make it super easy for you to help. Drop donations in the bin at school or purchase something off our Amazon Wish List. Here’s what we need:

--ITEMS FOR PRIZE BASKETS. Maybe you have some leftover gifts that are collecting dust in your house. Regift them to PumpkinPalooza! Or purchase something off our Amazon Wish List. You can even buy a gift card in any amount (even $5 helps!!) and we’ll use it to buy prizes. (orders will ship directly to Jill Dillon’s house).

--SPRINKLES. If you have a can of frosting or some unopened sprinkles or candies laying around, we could use them for the ever-popular cupcake decorating room.

Questions or ideas? Contact Jill Dillon at jillwahoo@aol.com

ATTENTION BAKERS!!🍩

If you love to bake, we need you! If you can make plain, unfrosted cupcakes for the PumpkinPalooza cupcake decorating room to be delivered to the school on October 26, please sign up here!

We also need delicious desserts for our dessert table. Sign up here if you are able to make something for October 26. Please note that recipes must be nut free. Cookies, brownies, etc. should be in baggies or wrapped in saran wrap for easy grabbing. Thank you!

VOLUNTEER ON PUMPKINPALOOZA NIGHT (PLEASE!!) 🎃

This is the biggest party we throw all year long and we need A LOT of volunteers to pull it off (like, about 50 taking turns throughout the night!!). If you are going to PumpkinPalooza, please volunteer for a half hour in one of the activity rooms. Your kids can join you and help make slime, call bingo, replenish crafts, etc. Click here to sign up

PTA MEMBERSHIP 💁♀️💁🏽♂️

Are you a member of the KHS PTA yet? On Wednesday we’ll be drawing the winner for 4 free passes to any PTA family event, like Pumpkin Palooza, Movie Night or the Skating Party. You must be a member to win!

Join from your computer using this direct link . OR download the mobilearq app and sign up straight from the app. The code is "westport."

No student will be denied the opportunity to participate in picture day due to inability to pay. Please contact Dr. DiBella for confidential financial assistance.

LOST & FOUND

As the days get cooler, Lost & Found is growing. Please swing by and check Lost and Found, located in the KHS cafeteria, and encourage your student to check for his/her lost items. Our coat rack is overflowing!

MORE SPED NEWS ☕

Join us for the 1st Annual Smart Walk for Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 12:00pm - 3:00 pm at Sherwood Island State Park. Bring the whole family for a great afternoon of fun and community! Activities for the kids, photo booth, crafts, games, facepainting, and more! Learn more here.

Join also for a Conversation with Anne Ford - A Parent's Experience with Learning Disabilities

Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Event begins at 7pm at Sacred Heart University West Campus, Third-Floor Midway 3135 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825. Anne shares the insights, empathy and compassion that only the parent of a child with learning disabilities can provide. Join Anne for an illuminating, informative and inspirational conversation Tickets are available here. Event proceeds will benefit Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities through SHU's Fund for Social Justice.

**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

SOPHIE BLACKALL COMING FOR AN AUTHOR VISIT!

We are excited to welcome Sophie Blackall to KHS on November 15th! She has illustrated over 30 children’s books, including Finding Winnie (Caldecott Medal winner), Hello Lighthouse, and the Ivy + Bean series. Ms. Blackall will meet with all students, delivering three age-specific presentations. Ms. Blackall will also sign and personalize books. Please see book descriptions and ordering information HERE. Books will be available to purchase ONLY through 10/30. If you do not have a PayPal account but would like to purchase a book choose “check out by debit or credit card” Contact Stephanie Vergakis – svergakis@gmail.com or Jen Weil - jenzweil13@gmail.com with questions.

PARENT SOCIAL - COCKTAILS AND CONVERSATIONS 🍸

What: A cool event to get to know other KHS parents while having a nibble and a sip!

When: Tuesday, November 6th (yup, that's Election Day!) from 7-10pm at Parker Mansion

Why: A post-voting celebration and a great excuse to get a sitter on an evening when KHS has been closed for biz all day!

Tix: Tickets are $40/person and include 2 drink tickets and unlimited heavy hors d'oeuvres. Purchase tickets HERE, scroll down to Parent Social.

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.

MINTED HOLIDAY PROMOTION 🕯

Yep, it’s almost that time of year already. Time to think about those holiday cards, especially if you’re having your family photos taken this weekend. Minted.com is offering a 15% discount and 15% donation to KHS on all holiday card and holiday gift purchases made throughout the month of November. Just enter code FUNDRAISEKINGSHWY at checkout. Minted.com offers fresh and unique designs sourced from their community of independent artists.

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.

PICTURE DAY RETAKES 📸

For families who did not order in advance, there is still time to place your order online. Retakes will be taken on Thursday, Nov. 8th for either children who were absent or for families who were dissatisfied with their child's photo. Contact Andreina at andreinabauer@mac.com with questions.

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

COLEYTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL 🚌

The district has added a Facilities Update link on the CMS webpage. It includes all of the testing, results, and Superintendent’s updates. If you’re interested in keeping up to speed, you can find it all here. Also, the BOE is expected to vote on whether or not to close CMS for the remainder of the year at tonight’s BOE meeting.

A LOOK AHEAD

OCTOBER

Friday, October 26 - Rise & Play; KHS Playground

Friday, October 26 - Pumpkin Palooza Halloween Party; 6-8 pm at KHS

NOVEMBER

Thursday, November 1 - Spirit Day - Pajamas to School!

Monday, November 5 - Cheetah Cares Day!

Tuesday, November 6 - NO SCHOOL - election day / staff development day

Tuesday, November 6 - 5th Grade Bake Sale

Tuesday, November 6 - Parent Social!

Thursday, November 8 - Picture Retakes

Thursday, November 15 - Author Visit

Friday, November 16 - Rise & Read; 7:45am in the library

Wednesday, November 21 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break - new this year; Wednesday also off

Thursday, November 22 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Friday, November 23 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, November 28 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, November 29 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 30 - Parent Teacher Conferences

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

TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT

Hello, have you heard about FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project®? It’s a wonderful campaign that raises awareness of food allergies and promotes a safer, happier Halloween by encouraging households to make non-food treats available so that trick-or-treaters who need to avoid candy – due to food allergies or other reasons – can fully take part in the Halloween fun. Participants can show they have non-food treats available by placing a teal pumpkin in front of their home. Or if you forget the pumpkin, you can still provide items like bouncy balls, glow bracelets, tattoos and stickers so all trick-or-treaters can enjoy Halloween! Visit tealpumpkinproject.org to learn more.

TEA (Thinkers, Educators, Artists) TALK: THE ARTS GO VIRAL

Remember why you moved to Westport? The schools, the beach, the rich, historic and ongoing engagement with the arts? At Sunday's annual TEA Talk, Sunday, October 21 at 2pm at Westport Town Hall, Westport's own tech guru David Pogue will moderate a performance/conversation about art and technology and their interdependence. Joining Pogue are Frederic Chiu, internationally acclaimed pianist, who will play by himself a four-handed piano piece, Jerry Goehring, producer of the viral, runaway hit, teen musical Be More Chill, and our schools' Randa Trivisonno, co-chair, Westport Public Art, who will introduce an app that will enable all of us to see the spectacular art housed in our schools and town buildings. It's an hour of fun, thought provoking, entertaining discussion. Also, it's free! Learn more here.

WOMEN LEAGUE OF VOTERS DEBATE

The Westport League of Women Voters (WLWV) along with the Westport PTA Council are sponsoring a Debate of the Connecticut State Senate and House of Representatives on Monday, October 29, 2018, 7-9 pm at Westport Town Hall Auditorium. In addition, the position of Probate Judge is uncontested this year, so the one candidate will give a brief statement. This debate gives Westporters a chance to hear the views of the candidates who will represent them at the State level. All questions are provided by the community and are “screened” by three members of the Westport League of Women Voters – one Republican, one Democrat and one Unaffiliated voter.

What would YOU like to ask these candidates? This year, the WLWV is seeking questions from the community prior to the night of the debate. If you have a question, please email it to the League’s email at LWVWestport@yahoo.com. All questions are screened, so please send in your questions as soon as possible.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. It neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate. The League supports political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. For information about the Westport League of Women Voters, please visit their website at www.lwvwestport.org

STAPLES PLAYERS PRESENTS LEGALLY BLONDE

Performances are November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30 PM and November 11 & 17 at 3 PM. Buy your tickets online beginning October 20 at staplesplayers.com — or in the lobby, from 30 minutes prior to performances, as available. Rated PG-13.

WESTPORT PAL GIRLS LACROSSE

fall clinics are underway on Sunday mornings (Grades 1-8) and Tuesday after school (Grades 3-8). There is still time to get involved. Find out more at www.westportpal.org --> Girls Lacrosse or email us at westportpalgirlslax@gmail.com.

FANG-TASTIC EVENTS ALL SPOOKTOBER

Join us at Westport Historical Society on Saturday, October 27, 5-8pm for ‘The Night at the Haunted Wheeler House’! A late night, after hours guided tour of the spookiest house in Westport! There will also be games on the lawn, spooky treats and a pop up shop for Mom!

And check out the Westport Historical Society’s other fang-tastic events here.

SUNDAY AT THE SANTUARY

Another free and fantastic “not so spooky anymore” event for Halloween! Details here.

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

COME CHEER WITH US!

Election Day Cheerleading Clinic for Grades 2-8 at Staples High School Field House on Tuesday, November 6 from 9am - 2pm. Cost is $75 (includes clinic, lunch and t’shirt). CLICK HERE for more details.

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