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CHEETAH CHAT

September 13, 2020

"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny" - by C. S. Lewis
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 CHEETAH’S CHECKLIST

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE COMING WEEKS...

Detailed plans for the 2020-21 school year, including Hybrid/DL schedules and information on virtual specials, can be found online at the district's WPS 2020-2021 Reopening Our Schools Site...

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY on Wednesday, September 23

Say cheese! Get your kids ready for picture day. We won't be able to have volunteers this year, so, before they head out the front door, be sure to have them wear something special, smooth their hair, and encourage their brightest smiles. If you have any questions, please reach out to Stephanie Tang.

Note: This date is for hybrid students only. We'll keep you posted on picture day for remote students very soon!

FIRST GENERAL PTA ZOOM MEETING on Friday, September 25 at 10:00am

The PTA hosts 4 general meetings a year and our first one is next Friday. Please join us for a virtual meeting with our Interim Principal Ann Leffert and our School Nurse Joan Zimmerman. We will also be approving the updated PTA slate.

 

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!

khs cheetah paw @rosiejonGet in the Spirit with Logowear (it's HERE!)
khs logowear mask donationWe have some great new items (long sleeve t's and 3-ply masks!) as well as a few old favorites (the camo hoodie is back)!
· PLUS... help us keep everybody safe by donating a face mask to a student in need! Our logowear retailer, Nice Threads, will donate 1 additional mask for every 2 masks donated by parents. The masks will be delivered to the KHS administration and will be distributed on an as-needed and as-available basis. Look for "Give a Face Mask" on the order form.
· Order now through September 18 and your items will be delivered to school in October. Or, you can choose to pick up your items at Nice Threads right here in Westport.
(Teachers please note: you'll receive a separate email about how to order your KHS logowear!)

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!!!

We know that this year will be very different from previous ones, and we are entering uncharted territory. Although all of our Fall PTA events have been postponed, we could still use your help! KHS PTA is actively brainstorming ways that we can safely have events/activities that continue to foster a sense of community for our school and families.

This year, we won't be sending out our usual "Volunteer Survey." Instead, please contact us at khsvolunteerpower@gmail.com if you are interested in helping out 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! - Patra Kanchanagom and Erica Winkler (VPs Volunteers)

ROOM PARENTS

khs pta needs you!

This year will look a bit different - and the room parent role may be defined by each individual teacher. The one thing we know is they will be grateful for your support!

If you would like to volunteer to be a room parent and make your teacher and child smile, please email khsroomparents@gmail.com with your name and your child’s name and class.

All responses are requested by Friday, September 18th at 9am. We will be in touch by September 21st with room parent assignments. Please feel free to volunteer for more than one grade! In the event several people want to volunteer for a class, names will be picked from a hat.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact our Room Parent Coordinator, Emily Bernstein Paransky.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS

Throughout the school year, the special ed committee will be here to support you and ensure that your child gets the best learning experience at KHS. You will have opportunities to meet other parents and special education specialists who will help answer your questions with regards to your child's special education. Join us to chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents.

**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. We are committed to making DE&I a priority at KHS to support our ENTIRE school community. We would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, concerns, ideas or interest in helping out, please don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to working with ALL of you! - Jasmine Silver and Patra Kanchanagom (Diversity Reps)

WE CARE WESTPORT CT
Please support Westport's Back to School & Afterschool Programs
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 SCHOOLS CALENDAR
The 2020-2021 Westport Schools Calendar, featuring student artwork, is available to ORDER ONLINE via PayPal, delivery by mail ($23) or pick-up ($20).

ART WITH MR. SOPER
Our art teacher, Mr. Soper does an amazing job of displaying select pieces of artwork on his Instagram @artwithmr.soper. Hop on there to be inspired by some of our KHS students' INCREDIBLE art!

BOOKS AS GIFTS
Books as Gifts (BAG) is a program that helps put new books in the Library Media Center; providing students, teachers and staff with access to the most up-to-date literature. Plus, it's a wonderful way to commemorate a special day!  Click here to get started. Questions? - Contact Cristina Roversi  

NOTE FROM NURSE JOAN ZIMMERMAN

 

THANK YOU khs rainbow heart

Thank you to all our fabulous KHS families, teachers, administrators, custodial team and school staff for a successful and memorable first week back to school! And many thanks to Florence Kane and Sarah Rose (and Austin) for the beautiful planters at our school's front entrance!


Hoorah, we made it through week 1! We're looking forward to another great week of togetherness, learning and taking part in all the specials (with a catch-up day at home for all on Wednesday)! Please continue to stay safe and remember, Kind Hearts Shine!


Your KHS PTA Co-Presidents,

Rosie & Lindsay
khs_pta@westportps.org