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CHEETAH CHAT

June 17, 2019

Monday Morning Motivation

“You don't need a plan; you just need to be present.”

― Bob Goff, Author of “Love Does”

Be Present this Summer!

As we heard from Dr. DiBella last Friday during the PTA meeting, being present and creating moments are a whole lot more important than making plans; plans which have a tendency to fill the hours in a day but leave a void when it comes to true memories.

As your outgoing PTA president, I can happily recount many memories we and our children made this last school year. I was honored to be a part of a few of them and more than pleased to have them made amongst the most amazing faculty of teachers and staff an elementary school has ever seen.

KHS is truly a place where Kind Hearts Shine!

Enjoy your Summer!

xx-Sara Snow


Thank you to Justine Fink and Lisa Hofmeister for planning such a fantastic PLAYGROUND PARTY!

And thank you to the entire 5th Grade Moving Up Committee for their work toward this week’s 5th Grade Ceremonies!


🐾 THIS WEEK AT KHS 🐾

Event

Date/ Time

Location

5TH Grade Moving Up

Monday, June 17th

11am

KHS

KHS Clap Out

Tuesday, June 18th

12:15pm

KHS

Last day of school

EARLY DISMISSAL

Tuesday, June 18th

1:00 dismissal

KHS


LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!☀💦

It’s official! The last day of school is Tuesday, June 18th! But who’s counting??

Parents are welcome to join and line up OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL for our traditional “Clap Out” at 12:15.

Dismissal is at 1:00!

SEND IN YOUR RECEIPTS!🧾

As the last day of school quickly approaches, please submit your reimbursable receipts (for Field Day, Art Smart, etc) quickly! You can find the reimbursement form HERE. Please print, complete and turn in to the treasurers’ mailbox in the KHS mailroom.

SUMMER READING AND WRITING!! 📖📝

A note from The KHS Literacy Team:

As our children head off for the summer, whether they are heading to camp, taking a family vacation, or relaxing around town, we want to make sure that they continue to live like readers and writers.

The research consistently reminds us that children who have access to books and read consistently gain strength as readers and move ahead in their ability to read increasingly complex texts. The amount of time children spend reading matters!

Over the last few weeks, students have been working with their teachers to set goals, make plans, and think about books they want to read and ways they want to write over the summer.

This year we have also developed a Padlet to provide some great book titles and some ideas for keeping summer reading and writing fun. The Padlet will be available on the KHS Website. Here are the directions and password to access the Summer Reading Padlet:

KHS Summer Reading Padlet

  1. Go to the King’s Highway website homepage: http://khs.westportps.org/
  2. Click on the Students link.
  3. Click on the Library Media Center link.
  4. Scroll a bit and click on the Summer Reading yellow icon graphic.
  5. You will be asked to put in a password for this Padlet. The password is: khsreads.
  6. Explore the many grade level lists of recommended summer reads. There is also useful information about keeping Summer Reading fun!

In the fall, we will be asking students for some book recommendations and posting them on a bulletin board so that all of our children can get some great new book suggestions to start the year! Please encourage your child/children to think about which book or books they would recommend to their KHS friends.

We wish you all a wonderful summer!

ART WITH MR SOPER🎨👩🎨

If you haven’t yet discovered it, Mr. Soper does an amazing job of displaying select pieces of artwork on his Instagram page - seen HERE. He also displays artwork in the KHS Art Google Classroom. You’ll find the password in your child’s portfolio. Or email him and he’ll set you up. Our kids create some INCREDIBLE art! We want to make sure you have the chance to enjoy it.

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.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR SPACE FOR THE KHS MAKER SPACE! 🖌

Tara Doyle & John Brakeman are always looking for items for the Maker Space! Here’s the list of “consumables” they 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.


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 SUMMER!!!!!

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

Westport Volunteer EMS 40th Anniversary Coloring Contest

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebration, Westport Volunteer EMS would like to invite elementary school students from Westport to participate in a Coloring Contest!

The picture should be of relevance to the EMS services that we provide. The winners will be escorted to school on the ambulance and be presented with award certificates. The drawings will be displayed at EMS headquarters and posted on our web site.

All pictures and consent forms must be submitted by August 10, 2019.

The winners will be announced on August 18, 2019. Please use the attached page to do the drawing. The entries can be dropped off or mailed to Westport EMS, 50 Jessup Road, Westport, CT 06880.

WESTPORT CONTINUING ED: SUMMER CAMPS

Westport Continuing Education provides high quality summer camps, classes, and workshops to over 2,200 kids. Led by dedicated educators, certified teachers, and professionals, our full or half-day programs are offered from June 24 - August 2. At our popular Discovery Camp for kids entering K-5, every morning is a different adventure, featuring Wacky Water Days, a Decathlon, STEM Squad and more. Add afternoon camps for your budding actor, artist, cook, inventor, engineer, or magician! Other full or half-day camp options (for kids entering K-12) include Arts, Summer Jazz Workshop, STEM, Filmmaking, Sports + Fitness, Cooking, and Theater programs. Additional High School options include College Essay Boot Camp, Driver Ed, SAT/ACT Prep, and Academic credit courses. For more information, click here: https://www.westportsummerschool.com/CourseCatalog/catalogView.asp?id=74

CAMP INVENTION

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.com with any questions.

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 the latest Cont Ed programs: https://bit.ly/2OcfK0Z