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khs pta special gratitude edition

CHEETAH CHAT
special gratitude edition

November 8, 2020

"AT KHS, we are thankful for sharing kind hearts..."
khs pta gratitude art by leo c.
[gratitude art by Leo C. - Grade 3M]

TOMORROW is AM/PM COHORT SWITCH DAY!

For this month's gratitude edition, we are going to be sharing your family's "At KHS, we are thankful for..." messages to feature here on our weekly Cheetah Chat and Cheetah Vision, so please don't forget to email khs_pta@westportps.org your messages (pictures and drawings are welcome too, get creative)!

 CHEETAH’S CHECKLIST

Don't forget to bring in your donations for Cheetahs Care: Read-A-Thon & Cheetahs Care about Families in Need
TOMORROW is AM/PM SWITCH DAY & General PTA Meeting w/ Mr. Tom Scarice and Dr. Lou DiBella
 Watch a special Veteran's Day edition of Cheetah Vision feat. Mr. Redgate on Wed. 11/11!
 Please join the PTA

 

1. WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE COMING WEEKS...
2. FUNDRAISING
3. WE NEED YOU
4. WPS DISTRICT NEWS
5. SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
6. ONGOING ACTIVITIES
7. COMMUNITY EVENTS
8. NOTE FROM NURSE JOAN ZIMMERMAN
9. THANK YOU

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE COMING WEEKS...

GENERAL PTA MEETING WITH SUPERINTENDENT TOM SCARICE AND OUR PRINCIPAL DR. LOU DIBELLA TOMORROW on Monday, 11/9 at 7pm

IT'S STILL NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER, PLEASE REGISTER HERE!
We will be voting on this year's PTA budget and Mr. Scarice and Dr. DiBella will be there to answer your questions!

SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKE DAY is this Tuesday, 11/10!

Distance Learners can sign up for photos via Sign Up Genius.

For confidential financial assistance, please contact Principal Lou DiBella’s office at (203) 341-1800.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Stephanie Tang.

CHEETAHS CARE ABOUT FAMILIES IN NEED: FOOD AND PERSONAL ITEMS COLLECTION continues till Wednesday, 11/11

Our Homes with Hope bins are filling up and we still have room for more love for our neighbors in need! Please CLICK HERE to see the full list of items needed.  Any questions, please contact Jenny McGuinness, our VP Social Action!

CHEETAHS CARE: READ-A-THON donations due on Friday, 11/13
SHARE THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT FOR LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED!

Please bring donations in a sealed and labeled envelope before Friday, November 13th. Checks should be made payable to KHS PTA. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.]

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR PTA MEMBERSHIP & DIRECTORY ACCESS TODAY!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KLEIN FAMILY FOR WINNING OUR MEMBERSHIP GIVEAWAY DRAW!

It's still not too late to SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP, gain access to Mobilarq and be a volunteer for our PTA!

NEED HELP? Please email our membership/directory chairs.  *We want to make sure that every family has the opportunity to join the PTA. Please contact our Principal Lou DiBella, if you are in need of financial assistance. All requests are confidential.

SCHOOL DISMISSAL MANAGER

10:30 AM DEADLINE for any SDM changes for both AM & PM cohorts.  For more detailed information on the arrival/dismissal procedures, please read Dr. DiBella's email.

Your child's bus information has also been updated in PowerSchool and SDM. Please plan to arrive at the bus stop 15-20 mins ahead of the scheduled stop time, thank you!

SOME HELPFUL LINKS:

 

FUNDRAISING

Thank you for your support of the KHS PTA that will help continue many of the benefits that make KHS the special place we know it to be! Here are 4 easy ways to help raise money for the KHS PTA this month:

*OUR NEXT LOGOWEAR & CLASS SHIRT SALE is LIVE 11/6-11/20!

Products will be delivered by mid-December. We can send the logowear home from school in your students’ backpacks or, if you’re planning on giving it as a gift, you can have everything shipped to your house or you can pick it up at Nice Threads right here in Westport.

SHOP NEW LOGOWEAR HERE and please don’t forget to order your kids their KHS CLASS SPIRIT SHIRT! Orders will be accepted via Pay Pal from 11/6 – 11/20 and will be delivered directly into students’ backpacks in school.

 Minted.com
Order Your Holiday Cards from Minted.com and earn money for your KHS PTA!

Head on over to Minted.com between now and December 31 to place your order for holiday cards and gifts! Just by using code FUNDRAISEKINGSHWY you’ll get 20% off and Minted.com will donate 15% of each order back to the PTA.

 Avoid the Lost & Found
This year, the KHS PTA is here to help through Mabel’s Labels! Just place your order for personalized labels through Mabel’s Labels and the KHS PTA will make a 20% commission on all sales. Click HERE to get started and search for Kings Highway Elementary School. 

 Make a Cheetah SMILE
AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and make sure you are supporting “Ptsa Connecticut Inc Kings Highway PTA / Location: Westport, CT”. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you!   

- Meghan Bell & Sarah Caro (VPs Fundraising)

WE NEED YOU!

KHS PTA STILL NEEDS YOU!!!

Please contact us at khsvolunteerpower@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out our PTA in some way. We will be compiling a list of volunteers that we can reach out to when needed. Thanks in advance for your willingness to help out as a KHS Volunteer Avenger!  - Patra Kanchanagom and Erica Winkler (VPs Volunteers)

 

WPS DISTRICT NEWS...

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING on Monday, 11/16 at 7pm
TO VIEW MEETING: live streaming on www.westportps.org/ Optimum Government Access Channel 78 / Frontier Channel 6021

*We understand these are challenging times and we want to make sure all your voices are heard so we hope you are able to attend our next General PTA Meeting with Superintendent Mr. Tom Scarice (on Monday, 11/9 at 7pm).

WE APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENTION AND FEEDBACK...
We strongly encourage you to stay engaged, watch the meeting (either live or via the www.westportps.org meeting archive) and address any comments, concerns, or suggestions to the Administration and Board of Education. Please send your emails to:

NEW: Distance Learning Tech Helpdesk
The Westport Public Schools is proud to partner with Custom Computers to provide a Distance Learning Tech Helpdesk. The goal is to provide real-time support for families during any distance learning or at-home hybrid learning days with live support Monday-Friday from 7am-8pm. A "Distance Learning Tech Help" button has been placed on the bottom left-hand side of the front page of each school's website for easy access to important details about the program.
westportps.org distance learning tech helpdesk

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

The Westport Library is offering appointment based visits in the Children’s Library; a chance for a quieter, more sensory supporting experience, where your family has individual access to the Children's Library. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.]

Upcoming SpEd Sip N Chat Zoom dates...
Wednesday, 11/18 at 9:30am and Thursday, 11/19 at 1:30/7pm
Zoom link: Meeting ID: 851 781 4054 Passcode: sped

**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 us! - Melissa Balmer or Sophie Shuman (SpEd Reps) 

ON GOING ACTIVITIES

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)at KHS!
We know that KHS is already an amazing and welcoming place, but we know we can be even better. It takes courage to make change happen and we are committed to making DE&I a priority at KHS to support our ENTIRE school community. We would love to hear from you and we look forward to working with ALL of you! - Jasmine Silver and Patra Kanchanagom (Diversity Reps)

ART WITH MR. SOPER
Our art teacher, Mr. Soper does an amazing job of displaying select pieces of artwork on his Instagram @artwithmr.soper. For a recent update from Mr. Soper, [PLEASE CLICK HERE].

TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS (TFS)
Did you know ... that all eight schools in the district have a Tools for Schools (TFS) Team made up of at least one administrator, teacher, school nurse, head custodian and parent? The TFS teams check for any potential Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) such as moisture incursion, odors, mold growth, cleanliness issues, evidence of pests, air flow (ventilation) issues, thermal comfort issues, etc. More information can be found on the Westport District Website. If you have any IAQ concerns, please contact a team member at your school. [PLEASE CLICK HERE] for an updated Tools for Schools Reminder Bullet List and a letter from Elio Longo.

The KHS TFS team is: Tracey Carbone, Lou DiBella, Joan Zimmerman, Renee Mallozzi, Caitlin Massey, William Broadhurst, Alison Reilly (Parent) and Catrina Hegarty (Parent).

WE CARE WESTPORT CT
Donations assist Westport residents of all ages by providing opportunities for individuals in crisis to access programs and services they would not otherwise be able to afford. Online donations can be made HERE.

WESTPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION 
Registration is now open for in-person K-5 programs in Westport and online programs for K-12. View the interactive flyer here or view the schedule on the Westport Continuing Education website here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Westport Veterans Day Ceremony at Westport VFW on Wednesday, 11/11, at 11 am
Due to the Phase 2.1 COVID-19 restrictions and to ensure safety for all, a video of the ceremony will be posted on all Town social media pages and Optimum Channel 79/Frontier Channel 6020 shortly after the end of the ceremony.

THE NORWALK MUTUAL AID DIAPER DRIVE on Saturday, 11/14
The Norwalk Mutual Aid is in desperate need of diapers.... for those who would rather order and have it shipped, here is an amazon wish list!
norwalk mutual aid diaper drive

STAPLES PLAYERS PRESENTS IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE on Sunday, 11/22 at 6pm
Staples Players presents It's a Wonderful Life, the third in a series of four radio shows this season. shs staples players in actionThe holiday classic—a timely reminder of what really matters in life—is coming to you FREE via livestream at ww.wwptfm.org on Sunday, November 22, at 6 pm. Thanks so much for your continued support of Staples Players! 

NOTE FROM NURSE JOAN ZIMMERMAN

khs pta nurses note
[click to view full image]

THANK YOU khs rainbow heart

BIG HIGH-FIVE PAWS to Mr. Redgate, our school security guard and KHS's own local veteran, for sharing his story with our children on Cheetah Vision this week, our custodians for continuing to keep our schools safe for our children and our teachers and staff who are there for our children, staying 6ft apart yet teaching from their hearts all while smiling behind a mask!

A SPECIAL THANKS for your halloween candy, children's letters, food/essential items and read-a-thon donations and all our parents and volunteers who make the magic happen at our school!

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, A MIGHTY CHEETAH ROAR to ALL OF YOU!

khs pta cheetah rainbow paw


Please remember to stay safe and healthy, we may be back in covid-19 classification code orange now, but we can all work together to prevent any more spread of this virus!


Your KHS PTA Co-Presidents,

Rosie & Lindsay
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.


Easy reference links:

Westport Public Schools | PTA Council

Community Bulletin Board