April 22, 2019
Take a minute today to live more earth-friendly! It can be as simple as recycling, using a reusable shopping bag, bring your own mug to Starbucks, say no to plastic straws and lids on drinks, using environmentally-friendly cleaning products or planting a garden!
Have fun and HAPPY EARTH DAY!
THIS WEEK AT KHS
Board of Ed Meeting
Monday, April 22
Staples HS Cafeteria
5th grade Fun Day Planning Meeting
Tuesday, April 23
Whole Foods Cafeteria
ArtSmart Museum Night Planning meeting
Wednesday, April 24th
SPIRIT DAY - Dance Through the Decades - dress for your favorite decade!
Friday, April 26
MARY POPPINS RETURNS!!!
Friday, April 26
KHS MOVIE NIGHT - MARY POPPINS RETURNS!
Mary Poppins Returns Movie Night is Friday!!! click here to order your tickets in advance.
Doors open at 6:30pm and the movie begins at 7pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. Tickets are $4.25 in advance ONLY through PayPal (link above) or $6 at the door. If you want to purchase in advance but don't have a PayPal account, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOE MEETING TONIGHT
There is a Board of Ed meeting tonight at 7:30pm in Staples cafeteria. Access the agenda here. Alternatively, the meeting can be streamed online or viewed on channel 78.
FRIDAY - SPIRIT DAY - DANCE THROUGH THE DECADES
Friday, April 26th is Dance Through the Decades Day!
Get ready to get groovy, KHS! Dance through the Decades day will expose students to dance music from some popular dance eras. Have a favorite dance craze? You can even dress the part if you want! Grab a poodle skirt and sock-hop or pop on a jumpsuit and disco! Music from select decades will be played throughout the day for students to dance to or just enjoy!
5TH GRADE FUN DAY
Save-the-date! 5th Grade Fun Day will be on Thursday 6/6 (rain date Friday 6/7). We're looking for 5th grade parents to be a part of this memorable day. Join us for a brief meeting on Tuesday 4/23 at 10:30am at Whole Foods. Questions? Reach out to Karen Hossain email@example.com or Tracy Benton firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK IS COMING - SIGN UP TO HELP!!
We will celebrate our teachers and staff during the week of May 6th for Staff Appreciation Week. Help us fill their bellies with yummy eats by donating some food items for either lunch on Monday or breakfast on Wednesday. Sign up here. More info to come on the week's festivities.
ZERO WASTE INITIATIVE
If you are interested in being a part of the Zero Waste Movement at KHS, please contact Alice Sekhar at email@example.com. Your time commitment will be small, but the impact will be huge!
BRICKS AND PAVERS FOR THE PLAYGROUND TAKE 2!
Help us expand our Kings Highway playground and become a part of KHS history!
We’re re-opening our Bricks and Pavers fundraising campaign (you might remember this from last year) to raise a bit more for an extra item or two on our playground!
Purchase an engraved brick to acknowledge your child, family, or a beloved teacher. Or choose a large paver and showcase your child’s artwork, handprint or a special dedication! Place your order here! **Please consider sharing this with friends outside of KHS or your preschool if you still have an up-and-coming KHS student!
ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS: WE NEED PICTURES
It's time to sift through those old photos and submit photos of your 5th graders from their earlier days at KHS for the moving up video! Please submit photos of two or more KHS students, unless your child is new and wasn't here in the earlier grades. We want to make sure all are included and need your help for this! Photos can be added by clicking on this link: Dropbox
Please contact Karen Speller at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS FOR 2019-2020!!
The KHS PTA Nominating Committee is currently accepting nominations for PTA positions for the 2019-2020 school year. Are you interested in volunteering or do you know someone you think would be great? Get in touch! Below are some specific positions we need to fill or you can click here to view a list of all positions on the KHS PTA slate (though please note some of these 2-year positions are currently filled by a 1st year volunteer).
To volunteer for a position or to nominate someone else, please email KHSPTANominating@gmail.com. Thank you!
1st Year Co-President: Learn the ropes from the 2nd year President (Kim Ceman). Lead, motivate and coordinate the Executive Board and oversee PTA committees. Maintain close working relationship with the Principal and staff. Represent KHS as delegates to PTA Council. Co-Presidents attend one PTA Presidents meeting and one Brown Bag meeting with Superintendent of Schools each month. Attend Board of Education meetings. Attend BOF and RTM meetings as needed/ requested by PTA Council during budget discussions. Facilitate communication between the PTA and parents. Send weekly email to parents. Set agendas for Executive Board and General PTA meetings. Maintain fiscal responsibility and overall financial well being of the organization. Oversee staff appreciation. Keep parents apprised of District legislative and budgetary issues. This is a two to three year position comprised of a first and a second year president working together. The third year is served as Past President on the Executive Board (see below). Work with Principal and main office assistants to determine youngest member of each family and create teacher lists accordingly for distribution of paper flyers throughout the school year.
VP Technology / Webmaster: Maintain the PTA website. Work with Co-Presidents to post announcements, important dates, forms etc. Skills required are basic website technology. Training will be provided. This is an Executive Board position and requires attendance at monthly Board meetings.
Pumpkin Palooza Halloween Party:
Co-chairs (2): Manage the Halloween celebration, which includes leading committee to coordinate ticket sales, volunteers, and activities to create a fun event for students and families.
Food: Manage dinner ordering (usually through Chartwell’s catering) and dessert table (donations from parents).
Entertainment: Book entertainment for the evening (DJ, magician, photobooth).
Prize Baskets: Collect donations for prize baskets and create exciting baskets for the drawing.
Invitations: Create invitations that go home in backpacks.
Reservations: Manage online and hard copy RSVPs; order and distribute tickets and wristbands.
Fifth Grade Lounge: Work with Mr. Brakeman to secure library for 5th Grade Lounge and turn it into a great hang-out place exclusively for 5th graders.
ArtSmart: A committee of two(2) co-chairs and two (2) committee members work together to spearhead the ArtSmart Program at KHS. The committee recruit ArtSmart volunteers for each classroom and keep the volunteers uptodate via email throughout the year. They lead two meetings for all KHS ArtSmart volunteers a kickoff meeting in the fall and a Museum Night planning meeting in early spring. Manage the artsmart supply closet. Organize Museum Night, typically held in early May. This includes coordinating the layout of the projects and ensuring that each classroom team's display is organized. In addition, the committee may choose to develop a special theme and project / entertainment idea to further enhance the event. The Co-chairs attend district wide meetings with PTA Council Reps and an artsmart training session in the fall.
Book Fair Committee: Organize and run a book fair in the fall during conference week for students, staff and parents to foster reading among the students and to raise funds for the PTA. Recruit and coordinate volunteers, setup and take down of event, promote event and manage sales. Coordinate teacher and student wish lists and work with KHS teachers for preview days. Committee secures the vendor and the dates for the following school year. This is an intensive job during the week of Book Fair (Conference Week).
DOLLAR DRIVE FOR THOSE WHO DRIVE YOUR KIDS!
Coming up next week, April 29 - May 3, is a dollar drive to raise money to buy treats for the bus drivers and monitors. Thank you Caring Council for planning this event! More info to come.
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS️️
Our next Sip ’n Chat will be held at Panera Bread, Westport on May 15, 9:30am - 10:30am. Join us to chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents. We meet at Panera Bread (next to HomeGoods). No need to RSVP. (FYI, Future meeting dates are: June 12th.)
**If you would like to be added to our email list for more information on SpEd related events and workshops then please email email@example.com and for any questions email SpEd Rep Rosie Curtis thelittlecurtisfamily@gmail.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!!!
We are looking for submissions for our KHS ArtSmart Museum Night program cover!
The perfect project to work on during vacation!
>Please submit a B/W drawing that students can color in.
>Use a B/W sharpie or something similar.
>Use a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
>Theme: Art In Action
>Create a cover that represents Art and/or Museum Night at KHS
>Please label your drawing with your name and class
Submissions due by Friday, May 3rd; Museum Night is May 10th! Drop off entries in basket in main office beginning Today! The ArtSmart committee will select the winner which you will see upon arrival at Museum Night. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Trisha Tomoda (email@example.com) with any questions.
** REMINDER: ArtSmart Museum Night Planning meeting; April 24th 10-11am at KHS Cafeteria.
2019-2020 WESTPORT SCHOOL CALENDAR NEEDS YOUR ARTWORK!
Calling All Student Artists! Each year, the Westport School Calendar proudly features beautiful artwork by our K-12 students. The Calendar, produced by Friends of Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC), is sold to parents and residents all over Westport. The funds help WestPAC display and care for original works of art in school and town buildings and support the use of the Collections in teaching, learning and everyday enjoyment!
Any Westport Public School student in Grades K-12 can submit artwork no later than Friday, May 3. Students whose artwork is selected to illustrate the monthly pages will receive a FREE calendar.
Click HERE for more details.
SPRING CLEAN YOUR SPACE FOR THE KHS MAKER SPACE!
While we research the best equipment to buy for our KHS Maker Space, using the money made during our coin drive, here’s the list of “consumables” that Ms Doyle and Mr Brakeman put together. These are items they go through at a rapid pace. If you come across any while spring cleaning your own house, they’d very much appreciate you dropping them off!
SIGN UP FOR 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 the things we need at KHS. 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 that point on, .5% of your purchase will go to the KHS PTA. Those dollars and cents really add up! *Note that in order to contribute all purchases but begin at smile.amazon.com.
BOOKS AS GIFTS
It’s not too late to 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
** A FEW SAVE-THE-DATES!! **
SAVE-THE-DATE for CULTURAL ARTS PERFORMANCES
TOM LEE, the wonderful storyteller, will be giving performances to our children on April 29th at 9am and 10:15am. Be sure to ask your child(ren) about what is sure to be a gripping event!
SAVE-THE-DATE for MUSEUM NIGHT!!
Museum Night is coming up May 10th! All children and Art Smart helpers have been working hard for this night that you won’t want to miss!
SAVE-THE-DATE for 4th & 5th Grade Orchestra Concerts
The 4th and 5th Grade Orchestra concerts are approaching! They will both be on Tuesday, May 21st.
> The 4th Grade Concert begins and 6pm and students should arrive between 5:30 and 5:45pm.
> The 5th Grade Concert begins at 7:15pm and students should arrive between 6:50 - 7:05.
5th Grade parents, please do not arrive earlier than 6:50 to allow plenty of time for the 4th grade concert performers and parents to clear out. Concert dress is black pants, skirt or dress, white blouse or collared shirt, black or dark shoes and no sneakers if possible. Make close substitutions if needed. Contact Mr. Brown for any questions.
SAVE-THE-DATE for FIELD DAY!!♂️
Save the date for some summer fun - Field Day is coming! If like us you’re dreaming of sunnier days ahead, please put Friday, May 24th in your diaries now for the best day of the school year; Field Day! Rain date is May 30th. More details coming soon, stay tuned! For further information at this point please contact Sarah Rose, Marsden Kline, Lily Sanderson or Nicola Sharian.
SAVE-THE-DATE for KHS VARIETY SHOW!!️
Variety Show is coming! Save the date for June 4th and June 6th. The rehearsal on Tuesday, June 4th will be from about 4-7pm and the performance on Thursday, June 6th will start at 5:00. Both will take place at Bedford Middle School!
We are excited to announce this year's beneficiary of the Variety Show- In a Heartbeat. "Our mission is to prevent death from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and sudden cardiac arrest by raising awareness, enabling research, and donating automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to places that need them." (From website) We think this organization continues to live up to our theme of kids helping kids and is relevant to our school and community. More to come about this worthwhile cause!
SAVE-THE-DATE for KHS PLAYGROUND PARTY!!
Our annual year-end Playground Party will be held on Thursday, June 13th from 4:30-6pm. (Rain date is June 14 at 4:30pm). There will be a pizza truck, ice cream truck and live DJ!! Make plans to be there! **Reminder: This is NOT a drop-off event. An adult MUST be present supervising your child.
SAVE-THE-DATE for KHS 5th GRADE MOVING UP CEREMONY!!
Our 5th graders are moving on! Families will recognize their child’s milestone on Monday, June 17th. More details to come from the 5th Grade Committee.
SAVE-THE-DATE for LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!️
It’s official! The last day of school is Tuesday, June 18th! But who’s counting??
SAVE-THE-DATE for ALL THINGS NEXT YEAR!
Want to know the first day of school too? Are you a long term planner? Like to grab the affordable airfare for next year’s break? Here is a link to the 3/12/19 approved calendar for next year. Click HERE.
Easy reference links:
Have a great week!
Your KHS PTA Co-Presidents,
Sara Snow & Kim Ceman
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.
BEYOND KHS; IN THE COMMUNITY
WAC New Art Class! "My Best Self"
Grades 1-4 beginning next Thursday, April 11th from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Westport Arts Center. For more information check out The Westport Arts Center website or click here
The Westport Arts Center is pleased to be working with Westport Schools and Yale University's Center for Emotional Intelligence's RULER program to support the social emotional development of children and families.
STAPLES TUITION GRANTS (STG): GET TO KNOW US!
"Since I have been at college, I’ve met students from both across America and the world which has led to my realization of how special the Staples community is. Very few have noted that they have ongoing support of their home communities. It makes me realize how much the Westport Community wants its students to succeed post high school.”
With SHS PTA’s initial gift of $100 back in 1943, Staples Tuition Grants (STG) was born. Ever since, STG has been a Staples community tradition of families helping families with college tuition. Last year 113 Staples graduates with demonstrated financial need received grants totaling $304,000.
This is who we are and this is what we do.
Donations can be made to STG’s Westport Families Scholarship Award, which was established by our town’s PTAs, by clicking HERE or by mailing a check to Staples Tuition Grants, P.O. Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881.
Please think of STG when recognizing a special teacher, school counselor, or staff member at any time throughout the year.
PLAYS AND PERFORMANCE
Fractured Fairy Tales: Reserve your seat today!
Tickets are now on sale for Fractured Fairy Tales!
This will be an evening filled with delightfully funny, twisted fairy tales presented by the Bedford Middle School 6th Grade Acting Group.
Buy your ticket now: http://bedfordactinggroup.
Friday April 26, 7pm
Saturday April 27 , 2 pm and 7pm
Sunday April 28 2pm
PROGRAMS AND TALKS
INTERNET SAFETY AND SOCIAL MEDIA AWARENESS
On Thursday, April 25, 2019, we are excited to bring Connecticut State Trooper Kate Cummings, along with our School Resource Officer, Ed Wooldrdige, for a parent presentation on Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness.
This session will have helpful information for parents, including: Current social media trends and adolescent behavior online, Discussion of your child's digital footprint, Resources to keep you and your family safe.
The session will be from 10:00a.m. to Noon on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in the Staples High School Auditorium.
DOCUMENTARY SCREENING OF “Roll Red Roll”
The Westport Young Woman's League is partnering with the Westport Public Library and the Rowan Center (formerly known as the Center for Sexual Assault), to screen the documentary film Roll Red Roll at 6:30 p.m. on April 30th at Branson Hall (Christ & Holy Trinity Church). A discussion will follow with a panel of experts. The film uncovers the engrained rape culture in the small-town of Steubenville, Ohio, and acts as a cautionary tale about what can happen when teenage social media bullying runs rampant and adults look the other way. At a pre-season football party in small-town Steubenville, a heinous crime took place: the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team. Roll Red Roll unflinchingly asks: "why didn't anyone stop it?"
Media outlets' reviews for Roll Red Roll are overwhelmingly positive and state that the film is "piercingly relevant", "raw & pressing", and "an essential watch".
You can learn more about the film on their website: https://rollredrollfilm.com.
A BETTER CHANCE OF WESTPORT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
A Better Chance (ABC) of Westport has been transforming the lives of academically gifted, inter-city young men at Staples High School since 2002. The bounty of what these young men receive in Westport during their four years of high school is equally as important as the benefits they bring to our community.
VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED! The entire ABC Westport program is privately funded and supported by the Westport community. GET INVOLVED! The rewards of helping with the program and knowing these fine young men are everlasting for your families and our community. To learn more, please visit our website atwww.abetterchanceofwestport.
SPORTS, CAMPS AND VACATION PROGRAMS
Kids Fun Run
Sign your child up today for the Minute Man Race Kids Fun Run: minutemanrace.com on April 28th! The Kids Fun Run includes a 100 yard dash (ages 3-5 years), ½ mile run (6-8 years), and 1 mile race (9-12 years). The Kids Zone will be up again with family friendly activities both during and after the race. An award ceremony follows the race and continues the excitement at the beach! It's $10 for the Kids Fun Run or $25 flat rate for a family of 3 or more (kids must be from the same family).
*This is not a drop off even, so make sure you are with your child(ren).
10K & 5K Run and 5K Walk
The Minute Man Race also has USATF Certified 10K & 5K Races and a 5K walk for older kids and adults!
Net proceeds from the Race are distributed to organizations in lower Fairfield County and are determined through our Westport Young Woman's League grants process. For a complete list of grant recipients view our website: wywl.com/grants
WESTPORT FIELD HOCKEY
2019 SPRING CLINICS - 1st-8th Grade
Have fun and keep a stick in your hands. Staples Varsity team will be on hand to assist the coaches in working with the girls.
DATES/TIMES: Sundays April 28, May 5, May 12 and May 19 from 9-10:30
LOCATION: Ginny Parker Turf field behind Staples High School
COST: $35 per clinic or $120 for all 4.
REGISTER ONLINE: register.westportfieldhockey.
QUESTIONS?? Contact email@example.com
Unmask your child’s creativity this summer at Camp Invention® where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imagination into epic creations. Local educators will lead these action-packed programs featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure! Early registration discounts are available! Register and find current promotions at invent.org/camp or call 800.968.4332. Email Phaedra Taft, Director and LLS/GFS Science Coach at westportcampinvention@gmail.
ADVENTURES IN ANIMAL HALL AT EARTHPLACE
With 50+ unique animal ambassadors, there's a new discovery every day in Animal Hall. Get hands-on experience through feeding and caring for our animals with the help of our Animal Care Technicians, and enjoy a little playtime too. All the while learning everything they can about our furry, scaly, and feathery friends.
Ages: Grades 3-5
When: Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport CT
Spring Session: March 27th-May 22nd
(no session on April 17th)
Cost: Members: $67.50, Non-members: $75
NEW SUMMER DAY CAMP FOR GIRLS
NEXT LEVEL DAY CAMP is an awesome day camp for girls that is opening a CT program this summer!
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org