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April 4, 2021
Happy Easter, Passover and Spring!
This week we continue with our modified Wednesday and Thursday schedules due to vaccine clinics for staff and there are some important BOE and BOF meetings happening this week that will impact our school next year — we appreciate you taking your time to read our weekly Cheetah Chat, thank you!
☐ WPS Positive COVID-19 Student Case Report Line | COVID-19 Dashboard
☐ TUNE INTO BOE MEETING TOMORROW AT 7PM
☐ ★ PRINCIPAL SEARCH: SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ★
☐ PLEASE FILL IN OUR KHS PTA VOLUNTEER SURVEY
☐ WE NEED VOLUNTEERS for the traveling Art Exhibit!
☐ ORDER YOUR YEARBOOK
☐ IT'S STILL NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE PTA!
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE COMING WEEKS...
★ PRINCIPAL SEARCH ★
If you were unable to make the meetings last week and would like to have your voice heard, you can either call Dr. Erardi at 571-480-0313, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your thoughts via this form your PTA Co-Presidents have created and we will pass them onto Dr. Erardi.
VACCINE CLINIC DAY
There will be changes to the upcoming weeks to accommodate our second round of vaccination clinics on April 1 and April 8. Impact to our school schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, April 7th: Full Day In-Person Learning
Thursday April 8th: Half Day In-Person Learning (Vaccine Clinic Day)
VIRTUAL PARENT MEETING FOR 5TH GRADE SPED PARENTS on Wed, 4/7 at 9am
Parents of children receiving special education services are invited to attend a virtual coffee. Join special education middle school staff and our SpEd PTA representatives for an overview on the support services at CMS. Please contact Lauren Pitocco at email@example.com or 203-341-1620 with any questions. ❯❯ GOOGLE MEET LINK
5TH TO 6TH GRADE TRANSITION
Beginning Monday, March 29th, CMS is asking all parents/guardians to log into PowerSchool to select your child’s 1) Music course for 6th grade and 2) World Language course for all three years of middle school. The deadline to make changes to course requests is Friday, April 9th; course request changes will not be permitted after April 9, 2021. You can access course descriptions and more information at this link: CMS 5th to 6th transition Course Selection and Meeting Notice
VIRTUAL PARENT MEETING on Wed, 4/21 at 7pm
In addition, the CMS 5th to 6th Grade Transition meeting will be held virtually on Wed, April 21 at 7pm (Zoom link will be sent to parents directly). CMS administrators will be meeting with the fifth graders in early June.
ONE SCHOOL ONE BOOK
One School, One Book
Enjoy this video showcasing some of our children's classroom doors, filled with sunshine, kindness and hope!
☛ ORDER YOUR KHS YEARBOOK
It's time to place your KHS yearbook order! This is a keepsake your child will cherish - especially this year when we can't be all together! Order online at coffeepond.com, 'yearbook order,' password 'khs2021' (if you are a distance learner, when prompted for homeroom, choose 'Distance Learning'). Please continue to submit photos of your students to firstname.lastname@example.org - whether they are distance learning or in-school We want to include EVERYONE in the yearbook!
HEALTH & SAFETY
We encourage you to review the important health and safety information for families and report positive COVID-19 cases of students ❯❯ [PLEASE CLICK HERE] for more information on reporting. IMPORTANT: If you are awaiting test results, please make sure your child quarantines and stays home from school until you have received a NEGATIVE test result.
WPS DISTRICT NEWS...
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING TOMORROW on Mon, 4/5 at 7pm
❯❯ TO VIEW MEETING: Live streaming / Optimum Government Access Channel 78 / Frontier Channel 6021
❯❯ MEETING AGENDA
The BOE continues its preparation of the 2021-22 school year budget for submission to members of the Board of Finance. While significant cuts to the initial draft of the budget have already been made (among them an elementary Assistant Principal), further significant reductions have been requested by the BOF. Given the action of the BOF in reducing the BOE budget increase by $975,284, it is expected that action will be taken Monday (tomorrow) evening following the deliberations at the BOE meeting last Thursday, April 1.
BOARD OF FINANCE SPECIAL MEETING: Budget Final Recommendations on Wed, 4/7 at 7pm
❯❯ VIEW MEETING: Live streaming / Westport TV on Channel 79 (Optimum) / Channel 6020 (Frontier)
❯❯ MEETING AGENDA | BOE BUDGET | SEND PUBLIC COMMENT
WE APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENTION AND FEEDBACK...
We encourage you to follow the next few weeks of meetings closely. This is proving to be a very challenging budget season. Parent voices and visibility can have a tremendous impact on this process; please write letters, submit public comments, and continue to stay informed and engaged. You may email the following by clicking on the links: BOE, Mr. Scarice (Superintendent), BOF, the RTM and our Board of Selectman. Please email us with any questions too!
KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022 IS NOW OPEN!
Click HERE to register your child for kindergarten ❯❯ [LINK THE TO RECORDING OF THE VIRTUAL ORIENTATION]
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
For those of you who missed last week's sip n chat, please CLICK HERE for the local SpEd camp information that was shared.
*If you have any questions or would like to be added to our email list for more information on SpEd related events and workshops then please email email@example.com or email our SpEd Reps - Melissa Balmer or Sophie Shuman
WE NEED YOU!
*KHS MOMS AND DADS, WE ARE SEARCHING FOR PTA VOLUNTEERS FOR NEXT YEAR*
The Nominating Committee is hard at work planning for the 2021-22 school year....
[PLEASE CLICK HERE] and take a minute to fill out our volunteer survey, and help us to continue the magic at KHS, THANK YOU!
Please help support enrichment programs for our children and continue many of the benefits that make KHS the special place we know it to be! Bookmark our events and fundraising page on our KHS PTA Website! - Meghan Bell & Sarah Caro (VPs Fundraising)
➀ Make a Cheetah SMILE - shop at smile.amazon.com, supporting “Ptsa Connecticut Inc Kings Highway PTA / Location: Westport, CT”
➁ If you need CAMP LABELS - MABEL's LABELS is the way to go! Make sure that what goes to camp this summer makes its way back home to you! Order your camp labels at Mabel’s Labels and the KHS PTA will make a 20% commission on all sales (search for Kings Highway Elementary School). Plus - now through March 31 there's a 40% off sale on some of their most popular label packs!
ON GOING ACTIVITIES
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (DE&I) AT KHS
Any questions or would like to join our committee? Contact KHS PTA DEI Reps, Patra Kanchanagom and Jasmine Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org
WESTPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Westport Continuing Education offers safe and convenient options for April vacation fun for kids in grades K–8. Online workshops include Chess, iCook, K-Rockets coding, and Storytelling with a Brush. Online workshops are 1-2 hours with options in the mornings and afternoons. Kempo Westport is offering a Monday-Thursday camp in-person at their NEW studio on 419 Post Road East. Parents may choose all day, morning or afternoon camps. For more information, view the schedule on the Westport Continuing Education website here.
For information on our after school, vacation, and summer programs, sign up for our email list to get the most recent information. You can join the Westport Continuing Education mailing list here >>
Westport Continuing Education (WCE), a division of Westport Public Schools, provides high quality educational and enrichment programs for adults, teens, and kids.
WESTPORT PARKS & RECREATION
Registration for spring and summer program offerings can be done via Westport Parks & Recreation website.
TEAM WESTPORT TEEN DIVERSITY ESSAY CONTEST AWARDS on Mon, 4/5 at 6pm
Come and watch the winners of TEAM Westport's 8th Annual Teen Diversity Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in 9-12th grade who attend Staples High School or another school in Westport OR reside in Westport and attend school elsewhere. [Click here] for more information and to register to watch.
WESTPORT YOUTH ARTS COLLABORATIVE CONCERT AND ART EXHIBIT on 4/5-9
Music…Art…Poetry…America’s Voices Celebrates Westport Students and Diversity in the Arts
Staples Music Presents ‘America’s Voices’ to Grades 3-5
A traveling exhibit of 40 lawn signs – featuring inspirational student art and words – will be displayed outside Kings Highway on April 7. (The lawn signs were funded by and produced in community partnership with Westport Arts Advisory Committee, whose professional artists/writers chose the artwork) ❯❯ [PLEASE CLICK FOR MORE INFO.]
☛ WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! The music department will be moving 40-50 signs in a traveling art exhibit. They will need volunteers to de-install 40-50 yard signs at GFS (after school hours) and re-install them at KHS i.e. put them in the ground on Tuesday 4/6 afternoon for display prior to the start of school on Wednesday 4/7. PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP!
THIS WEEK'S PRAISES GO TO... Chakisha Canady, Erika Griffin and Suzanne Weaver—our One School, One Book committee—and all our teachers who participated as guest readers for a wonderful community reading experience that was filled with joy and sunshine!
A SPECIAL THANKS TO Dr. Joe Erardi and our parents for taking their time to share your thoughts and ideas for our new Principal search and Ms Tara Doyle for helping set up our virtual meetings!
HERE'S A BIG HIGH-FIVE PAW AND A MIGHTY CHEETAH ROAR FOR ALL OF YOU WHO CONTINUE TO MAKE KHS A PLACE WHERE KINDNESS HAPPENS!
Your KHS PTA Co-Presidents,
Rosie & Lindsay
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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