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khs pta 2021

CHEETAH CHAT
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January 17, 2021

light shines illustration by rosie jon


WE ARE WITH YOU AND IN THIS TOGETHER!

We understand that there are a lot of questions surrounding the next phase of our school reopening plans. We are currently planning to have our next General PTA Meeting as a Q&A with our Superintendent again in the upcoming weeks so we'll share more details soon.  In the meantime, please stay tuned and make sure you stay informed by listening in to this week's Board of Ed (BoE) Meeting with a cozy blanket, snacks and a few prayers or praises, thank you!

 CHEETAH’S CHECKLIST

PLEASE CHECK THE WPS Positive COVID-19 Student Case Report Line & COVID-19 Dashboard
READ SUPERINTENDENT'S LATEST UPDATE ON FULL SCHOOL REOPENING
TUNE INTO TUESDAY'S BOE MEETING FOR MORE DETAILS ON FULL SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS
 PLEASE JOIN OUR PTA, YOUR $30 WILL MAKE WONDERS FOR OUR CHILDREN'S SCHOOL YEAR!

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE COMING WEEKS...

WESTPORT ELEMENTARY RETURN TO FULL TIME LEARNING on Monday, 2/1/21

The administrative team worked closely, along with key faculty members, to develop plans for a move to a full reopening. Elementary schools will transition to full time on-site schooling beginning with a full asynchronous remote day for all elementary students and a special two day transition schedule will be shared next week by the elementary principals to their school communities. Please make sure you mark on your calendar the following dates:

· Wednesday, January 27th: Full asynchronous remote date
· Thursday, January 28th: Special Transition Schedule (shared next week)
· Friday, January 29th: Special Transition Schedule (shared next week)
· Monday, February 1st: First Full K-5 Day of On-Site Schooling

Beginning on February 1, elementary students will engage in full school days 9:00am-3:45pm, with changes made to arrival/dismissal, bus seating assignments, lunch, and recess. Please see a sample schedule below:

khs full school sample schedule

Wednesdays will remain an onsite half day for students. Afternoons will be reserved for teachers to work with colleagues as they continue to solve instructional problems unlike any they have experienced in their careers as a result of COVID-19.

There will be no need for a cohort switch on January 25.

The principals will be in attendance Tuesday evening's BoE meeting to respond to Board questions regarding the plan.

❯❯ BOE MEETING AGENDA
❯❯ SUMMARY FROM WESTPORT LOCAL PRESS

KHS SPIRIT DAY - "ZOOM DAY' on Friday, 1/29/21

Show your KHS spirit on "Zoom Day" by wearing a crazy mask and don't forget a fancy top with comfy bottoms! Get your Zoom look ready!

khs spirit "zoom" day

FAMILY FOLK SONG PROJECT

Dear KHS Families: It's time to share your "FAMILY FOLK SONG"! This is a project that all five Westport elementary schools are doing to support the initiative of sharing our voices in the community.

1. See the Westport Family Folk Song Project 2020-2021 Letter for a great way to connect with and share your family's musical heritage.
2. Fill out the "collection sheet" Google Form to share your song with us.
3. Finally, record a FLIPGRID with your family. Here is the link: https://flipgrid.com/cc629159

- Mrs. Amy Laurino, and Mrs. Colleen Cooney - General Music Specialists

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR PTA MEMBERSHIP & DIRECTORY ACCESS TODAY!
(we currently have 185 wonderful families who have signed up, thank you for joining our PTA)

SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP
Gain access to Mobilarq
Volunteer for our PTA (or not) the choice is yours!

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.

SOME HELPFUL LINKS:

 

WPS DISTRICT NEWS...

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING THIS TUESDAY, 1/19/21 at 7pm
TO VIEW MEETING: live streaming on www.westportps.org/ Optimum Government Access Channel 78 / Frontier Channel 6021

There will be a health update, including information on the vaccine distribution plan from the State Department of Public Health. In addition, there will be an important update on full school reopening plans and further discussions on next year's proposed budget re: Technology, Special Education and Teaching and Learning (more information is in the meeting agenda link below).

❯❯ BoE Meeting Agenda
❯❯ 2021-2022 Superintendent's Proposed Budget
❯❯ Superintendent's Executive Summary

WE APPRECIATE YOUR ATTENTION AND FEEDBACK...
We strongly encourage you to stay engaged, watch the meetings (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:

 

FUNDRAISING

It is your continuing contributions to our PTA that helps support enrichment programs for our children and continue many of the benefits that make KHS the special place we know it to be!

 Class "Spirit" Shirts and Logowear Sale coming up 3/1-3/12/21
Our next KHS Logowear Sale will be in March with more bright and colourful options for the Spring so please don't miss it!

 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!

 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. 

- 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)
 

*WE NEED YOUR ATTIC....

Did you miss PumpkinPalooza this year? We did too. We never thought we’d say that but Covid makes us realize we don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone. We are hoping to resurrect PumpkinPalooza next year but we need your help! Emily and Jarett Epstein, who have graciously stored our PumpkinPalooza supplies in their attic for the past two years, need to move (we won’t steal their thunder as to why!!). We are looking for a big space for storage, i.e. your attic or basement to keep our PumpkinPalooza stuff! Can anyone help us? Pretty please?!? - If you want to be a PumpkinPalooza hero, then please email us!

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Calling all KHS SpEd families! You are invited to join a Zoom call (link below - no registration necessary) on January 25 from 10-11am to talk about summer, camps... and anything else you'd like to discuss! [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.]

For the next phase of full school reopening, service providers will begin to schedule individual SpEd students. Please watch the BoE meeting, stay informed and contact our Assistant Principal Catherine Carmona or your child's case manager with individual questions about scheduling or any other concerns. We encourage parents to communicate directly with them, thank you!

*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

A MESSAGE FROM THE YEARBOOK COMMITTEE
The yearbook team needs your help! We are typically in the building taking lots of pictures, however this year is... so different! Please send pictures of your students doing online learning, waiting for the school bus, sledding down the KHS hill to Yearbooks.khs@gmail.com - Our goal is to represent all students in the yearbook and this can only be done with your help!

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) at KHS!
Martin Luther King, Jr Day is tomorrow on Monday, January 18. His legacy is one of hope, peace, and justice, something that is sorely needed right now. Here are two videos about his life that you may like to share with your children.
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Kid President
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Biography for Children, American History for Kids
As always, if you have any questions or concerns OR if you'd like to join our KHS PTA DEI Committee, please reach out to us at khs.dei2020@gmail.com - Your KHS DE&I Committee Reps - Patra Kanchanagom and Jasmine Silver

K-5 VISUAL ART NEWS!
Our art teacher, Mr. Soper does an amazing job of displaying select pieces of artwork on his Instagram @artwithmr.soper

WESTPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION ONLINE PROGRAMS 
Westport Continuing Education Registration is now open for online programs for adults, teens and kids! View the schedule on the Westport Continuing Education website here >> the winter / spring 2021 brochure is online here >> You can join the Westport Continuing Education mailing list here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

diverse books need us
Check out the newly launched Diverse Books Need Us from the Westport Library and Westport Public School’s PTA Committee on DE&I, a curated list from the Library’s collection that features characters that have been historically underrepresented in children’s literature. This significant initiative supports Westport’s commitment to provide an excellent education to our children and develop global citizens and future leaders.

WESTPORT PARKS & RECREATION
Westport Parks and Recreation wants to bring the recreation to you!
During this time we ALL need to do our part to stay healthy and safe! Check out the Westport Parks & Recreation's list of activities, exercises, virtual field trips and more! All of which can be enjoyed by you and your family from the comfort of your own home.

THANK YOU khs rainbow heart

Do you remember our Walk to School & Road Safety Awareness Day last Fall when we invited you and your children to walk to school with colourful balloons from our PTA to help raise awareness of road safety for drivers, pedestrians, and our children?
khs walk to school day

There were no “School Zone” safety signs posted near KHS and no cross walks for Post Road, which needed urgent attention for our children's safety. Thanks to the valiant efforts of Kim Ceman (KHS PTA past-president) and Christine Meiers Schatz (KHS parent and RTM member), including town officials, Jenn Tooker (former KHS parent and Second Selectwoman) and our RTM, we have some good news! [PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE WESTPORT NEWS STORY...]

BIG HIGH-FIVE PAWS TO YOU ALL AND A MIGHTY CHEETAH ROAR for the week ahead!

khs pta cheetah rainbow paw

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