PTA News and Announcements
UPCOMING KEY DATES:
6/6 - 4th Grade Orchestra/Chorus Concert
7:00-8:00pm CES Gym
6/7 - Final PTA Meeting: CES Math
10:00am CES Library
6/7 - School Kits Order Deadline
Refer to Mrs. Sirowich's email for instructions
6/10 - Board of Education Meeting
7:30pm Staples Cafeteria
6/12 - Sip 'n Chat
9:30am at Panera (SpEd Coffee)
6/14 - Last Day for Lost and Found
(remaining items to be donated on 6/15)
6/14 - Camp Coleytown
(for 5th graders)
6/17 - Moving Up Ceremony
1:30pm (for 5th grade families)
6/18 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Early dismissal at 1:00
FINAL PTA MEETING: MATH AT CES
Friday, June 7th, 10:00am CES Library
All parents are invited to the final meeting of the year. Principal Janna Sirowich and Ali Moran (Pre-K-5 District Math Coordinator) will discuss the CES Mathematics Program. They will highlight the transition from 4th to 5th grade math and what happens after elementary school. Plus, tips on how to keep your children active in math over the summer!
There will also be a recap on how our PTA did this year and a vote on the 2019/2020 CES PTA Full Board. Questions on available spots for next year? Contact Maureen Asiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne Marie Block.
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Monday, June 10th at 7:30pm at the Staples High School Cafeteria
BOE agendas are available here at the end of the business day on the Friday before the meeting. BOE meetings can be viewed live on channel 78 or via computer on the district’s website. Learn more about the Board of Education by clicking here.
SIP 'N CHAT
Wednesday, June 12th at 9:30am at Panera Bread (next to Home Goods)
Join us to chat, exchange ideas, and ask questions with other special education parents. Questions? Contact Rebecca Martin or Sivan Hong.
LOST AND FOUND
Please remember to check the Lost and Found area in the cafeteria when you have a chance! The last day to collect lost-and-found items is Friday, June 14th. All remaining items will be donated to Homes with Hope. Questions? Contact Caroline Elizondo or Liza Schmeiser.
ZERO WASTE INITIATIVE AT CES
Already in the works!
Parents - please read this note from Mrs. Syndercombe!
CES has started to work toward a goal of zero waste. In order to be successful, we have decided to start with the reduction and eventual elimination of single-use water bottles. Mrs. Syndercombe & Mrs. Carroll along with a group of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have brainstormed ideas, reported plastic waste facts and statistics on CES-TV and have started to collect single-use water bottles used during lunch times. Since the bottles are not being recycled any more, they will be taken to a redemption center in exchange for money which will eventually be donated.
You may be wondering what you could do to help. Well, if you send your child with a reusable water bottle for both snack and lunch you would be helping CES move toward our goal of no single use water bottles. We are hoping to have water filling stations eventually installed at CES which would also help us meet our goal. This is just the beginning!
INFORMATION ABOUT TOWN-WIDE SCHOOL GROUPS
The PTA Council of the Westport Public Schools is the umbrella organization under which Westport's PTAs operate. The following committees and groups exist at all of the Westport schools. Please click on the links below to learn more.
Health, Wellness & Positive Youth Development
Special Education (SpED)
WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN
Please click here for information about fun family activities and events around Westport!
Diversity and Inclusivity in the Westport Schools, 7-8:30 p.m., June 10, Saugatuck Church, youth room
Please join us for a conversation facilitated by members of TEAM Westport to discuss thoughts and ideas regarding practices of diversity and inclusivity in our Westport Schools
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.
About Westport Continuing Education: 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
STAPLES TUITION GRANTS (STG): GET TO KNOW US!
"Your grant continues to inspire me and I look forward to encouraging future Staples graduates in pursuing their goals. But first, I need to complete my degree and find a job. You have made this possible.”
With SHS PTA’s initial gift of $100 back in 1943, Staples Tuition Grants (STG) was born. Ever since, STG has been a Staples community tradition of families helping families with college tuition. Last year 113 Staples graduates with demonstrated financial need received grants totaling $304,000.
This is who we are and this is what we do. Donations can be made to STG’s Westport Families Scholarship Award, which was established by our town’s PTAs, by clicking HERE or by mailing a check to Staples Tuition Grants, P.O. Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881. Please think of STG when recognizing a special teacher, school counselor, or staff member at any time throughout the year.
A BETTER CHANCE OF WESTPORT NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
A Better Chance (ABC) of Westport has been transforming the lives of academically gifted, inter-city young men at Staples High School since 2002. The bounty of what these young men receive in Westport during their four years of high school is equally as important as the benefits they bring to our community.
VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED! The entire ABC Westport program is privately funded and supported by the Westport community. GET INVOLVED! The rewards of helping with the program and knowing these fine young men are everlasting for your families and our community. To learn more, please visit our website atwww.abetterchanceofwestport. org.