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PTA News and Announcements

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:

11/25-12/6

CES Toy Drive

12/4

BOE Meeting: 7:30pm Staples Cafeteria

Evening Sip n Chat for Special Ed Parents: 7:30pm Westport Library Rm 210

12/9

BOE Meeting: 7:30pm Staples Cafeteria

12/10

Community input meeting for Superintendent’s Hiring Committee: 7:00pm Staples Library 

12/12

5th grade Orchestra and 4/5 Chorus Concert: 7:00pm CES Gym

12/16

Rise and Read: 7:45am-8:15am CES Library

 

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Wednesday, December 4th at 7:30pm at the Staples High School Cafeteria 
Click Here for the meeting agenda.  Please see our last email regarding all upcoming BOE meeting.   As always, you can send your questions, comments and concerns to us at ces_pta@westportps.org and at the district/town level:
o    Board of Education: BOE@westportps.org
o    Interim Superintendent David Abbey: dabbey@westportps.org
o    Board of Selectman: selectman@westportct.gov
o    Board of Finance:  town-bof@westportct.gov
o    Representative Town Meeting (RTM): rtmmailinglist@westportct.gov

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
Sip ’n Chat at the Westport Library, Room 210 *NOTE NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!!*
Evening Sip ’n Chat: Wednesday, December 4, 7:30pm-8:30pm.
Join us to chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents. We meet in Room 210 at the Westport Library - new location this year!  No need to RSVP.  Future meeting dates for morning Sip ’n Chat are:  December 18th, January 15th, and February 12th. For evening: February 26th and April 29th.

NAVIGATING YOUR CHILD’S IEP - SAVE THE DATE
Understanding your child’s IEP can be difficult.  This presentation given by WPS administrators will bring you through the document so that you are able to better participate in the Planning and Placement Team meeting.
Monday, December 9, 2019. LOCATION IS TBD - THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED WHEN WE HAVE THE LOCATION SET.
There will be TWO Sessions of this presentation: Session #1 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM and Session #2 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.
RSVP to Mary Alvarez and please specify which session you would like to attend. 

RISE AND READ
Monday, December 16, 7:45 - 8:15am CES Library
All CES parents are invited along with their children to come start the day by reading together. Students can bring their own favorite book to read or borrow one from the library. This is the perfect way to ease into the day and celebrate reading together as a community. Coffee will be provided.  All students must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of Rise and Read; this is not a drop off event. Questions? Please contact Olivia Kousky or Jenni Welch.

TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS (TFS)/INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ)
November 2019
By JoAnn Inserra Duncan

Did you know…that all 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 meet at least twice per year at each school (in the fall and spring) to have a meeting and do a walkthrough of the building to check for any potential Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues such as moisture incursion, odors, mold growth, cleanliness issues, evidence of pests, air flow (ventilation) issues, thermal comfort issues, etc. The team records the findings on a walkthrough spreadsheet and minutes are taken at each meeting. These documents, which are the running IAQ record for each building, are kept in a TFS binder at each school either in the nurse’s office or administrator’s office together with the TFS kit. 
We already did our fall 2019 meetings and walkthroughs in October. We are now in the process finalizing all of the meeting minutes and walkthrough spreadsheets for each school.
If you have any IAQ concerns, please contact a team member at your school. There is a full team member list on the Westport District Website at www.westportps.org. This full list will help you identify the team members at your school. There is also a calendar of TFS/IAQ activities occurring in the district throughout the year. Go to District - Tools for Schools - Information. This site also has information on IAQ Procedures, Green Cleaning/Standard Cleaning Procedures, past Did You Know topics, etc.

 **WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN**

SUPERINTENDENT SELECTION PROCESS 
“Your Voice Matters – Selecting the Westport Superintendent of Schools”
The Westport Board of Education will be hosting two evening opportunities for community members to share their insight on the hiring of the next Superintendent of Schools.
On Monday, November 25 and Tuesday, December 10, Dr. Joseph Erardi, the search consultant working with the Westport Board of Education, will be facilitating one-hour meetings dedicated to gathering community input for the superintendent’s hiring committee.
The November 25 and December 10 meetings will start at 7:00 p.m. and they will be held in the library at Staples High School.
Any resident needing additional information on the community conversation should contact Dr. Erardi at 571-480-0313.