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CHEETAH CHAT
khs pta breast cancer awareness month edition
special pink edition for breast cancer awareness month

October 25, 2020

"Life is an exciting business and most exciting when it is lived for others." - Helen Keller
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We appreciate the time you take to read our communication every week. We know it isn't easy, especially when we have to put on our invisible superhero capes on 24/7 for our children, families and others in need! So we want to thank YOU and let you know we appreciate YOU, because, thanks to you, we can continue to shine our kind hearts, bring our community together and enrich our children's learning experience!

 CHEETAH’S CHECKLIST

We have a new way of sharing our weekly blurbs, please click on the event in the calendar below to view more information!
 Begin collecting pledges for Cheetahs Care: Read-A-Thon
 Please join the PTA to ENTER A PRIZE DRAW FOR A GIVEAWAY GIFT OF KHS LOGO WEAR GOODIES (Winner will be announced next week)!

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...

WACKY COSTUMES DAY on Friday, 10/30 & Halloween Candy Drive on Monday, 11/2

Dress up wacky on Friday, have fun and make sure you remember to bring any leftover, wrapped Halloween candy to school after Halloween on Monday, 11/2 to share some love with our local veterans at the Westport VFW [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.]

CHEETAHS CARE: READ-A-THON on Tuesday, 11/3
SHARE THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT FOR LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED!

KHS loves to read... and we also love to help others! That’s why we are very excited to announce our annual Read-A-Thon, because it’s an opportunity to do both! Funds raised from our Read-A-Thon are given to the Westport Department of Human Services to purchase holiday gifts for local families in need [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.]

GENERAL PTA MEETING WITH SUPERINTENDENT TOM SCARICE on Monday, 11/9 at 7pm

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE!
SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS FOR OUR SUPERINTENDENT HERE

Why should you spend an hour of your Monday evening with us?
· Because we’ll be voting on this year’s budget and we'll have Superintendent Tom Scarice joining us, and we know you have questions...

PAINT WESTPORT PINK

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support, we collected a total donation of $310 for the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation!
khs pta breast cancer awareness month editionwe would love to see your pictures from our secret mission of PINK-BOMBING our town so please send in your pictures to khs_pta@westportps.org!
khs pta pink bomb
["Keep Fighting" rock found at front door of KHS]

P.S. If any of your family members are mighty warriors in this battle against breast cancer, we want you to know that you are not alone, you are loved and we are with you!

HALLOWEEN MOVIE-PALOOZA

Thank you so much to all who helped make this event so magical, especially Paws, our special guest! Click the image below to watch a special video from this spooktacular event!
khs pta halloween movie-palooza

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR PTA MEMBERSHIP & DIRECTORY ACCESS TODAY!

SIGN UP FOR MEMBERSHIP AND ENTER A PRIZE DRAW FOR A GIVEAWAY GIFT OF KHS LOGO WEAR GOODIES (WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT MONTH)!
GAIN ACCESS TO THE SCHOOL DIRECTORY MOBILARQ

PTA membership does NOT obligate you to volunteer, but you do need to be a member to volunteer!
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. Thank you in advance for becoming a KHS PTA Member!

SCHOOL DISMISSAL MANAGER

10:30 AM DEADLINE for any SDM changes for both AM & PM cohorts (due to the fact that SDM will only allow ONE deadline time)

Thank you for your continued patience with dismissal. Here are 3 easy steps for using FastLane:
1. Have your child’s name displayed in your car window
2. Sign into the SDM app or website
3. Click on the blue rectangle once you have arrived at the checkpoint outside the school (i.e. the stop sign as you turn onto Burr).

For more detailed information on the arrival/dismissal procedures, please read Dr. DiBella's email.

Back in March, we were working with Brady's Smile. Parents came to KHS and we worked in the library to make blankets for local hospitals. Some parents took home materials to continue making blankets at home. Unfortunately, we did not return to school and as a result, some blankets were not returned. If you still have materials or completed blankets from that day, please return them to KHS. The organization has been in touch and there is still a need for these items. Tracey Carbone will be collecting them and get them to Brady's Smile so they are put to good use!

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 3 easy ways to help raise money for the KHS PTA this month:

 *KHS LOGO WEAR
HOLIDAY LOGO WEAR SALE COMING SOON... STAY TUNED!

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 an Avenger KHS Volunteer!  - Patra Kanchanagom and Erica Winkler (VPs Volunteers)

WPS DISTRICT NEWS...

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING on Monday, 11/2 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:

HYBRID/DISTANCE LEARNING AM/PM SWITCH on Monday, 11/9

Starting Monday, November 9, 2020, students currently attending a.m. sessions will move to the p.m. session and students currently in the p.m. session will move to the a.m. session. If your child is enrolled in our distance learning program, all sections in grades K-4 will follow the morning schedule for the 2nd quarter. However, Grade 5 will flip a.m. and p.m. sessions [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.]

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Please mark in your calendars, the following upcoming SpEd Sip N Chat Zoom dates...

Wednesday, 11/18 at 9:30am
Thursday, 11/19 at 1:30pm
Thursday, 11/19 at 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)

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

STAPLES PLAYERS PRESENTS PRIDE AND PREJUDICE on Sun, 11/8 at 6pm
Staples Players presents Pride and Prejudice, the second in a series of three radio shows this fall. This lively performance of the Jane Austen classic is coming to you FREE on WWPT 90.3 FM or via livestream at ww.wwptfm.org on Sunday, November 8, at 6 pm. Gruel Brittania in Fairfield is cooking up a curated menu of comfort food to complement the show: Pemberley’s Prime Rib dinner with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, and sticky toffee pudding. 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

A SPECIAL SPOOKTACULAR THANKS to Dr. Lou DiBella for being a special guest at our Halloween Movie-Palooza and to our organizers (VPs Fundraising Sarah Caro and Meghan Bell), volunteers (Anne Kennedy, Lisa Niv, Liz Britten, Erica Winkler, Sarah Caro, David and Meghan Bell), all the fabulous children and parents in costumes and decorated cars and the Remarkable Theater for hosting this magical event!

A BIG SHOUTOUT to our rockstar team of Exec Board Members, Lindsay Shurman, Meghan Bell, Patra Kanchanagom, Nim Patel, Erica Winkler and Denise Acampora and volunteer avengers Erin Owens, Jenn Tepper, Jen Procopio and Jeni Bianco who spent the weekend creating something special on our school's outdoor space (watch the video below)!
khs pta interactive sidewalks

AND A MIGHTY CHEETAH ROAR to ALL OF YOU for supporting our PTA so that we are able to keep our KHS community shining in the midst of a pandemic!

khs pta cheetah rainbow paw


Go check out our school's outdoor space and join your child(ren) to hop over the KHS rainbow!


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

 


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