Our Mission is to prepare all students to reach their full potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community.

PTA News and Announcements

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:

1/13

BOE Meeting: 7:30pm Staples Cafeteria

1/15

Cultural Arts Performance: CES Gym (K-2 @9:30am and 3-5 @11:15)

1/15

Special Ed Parents Sip N Chat: 9:30am Westport Library Rm 210

1/16

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

1/28

PTA General Meeting: 9:30am CES Library

1/31

"SOUPERBOWL" Spirit Day 

2/7

CES Ice Skating Party: 5:30-7:30pm Longshore Ice Rink

2/12

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

2/17-2/21

NO SCHOOL: February Break

3/13

Bingo Night 6:00-8:00pm SAVE THE DATE!!! More info to come!

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AND UPDATE
Monday, January 13th at 7:30pm- Staples Cafeteria

Click Here for the meeting agenda. PLEASE NOTE THAT "LATER SCHOOL START TIME" IS ON THE AGENDA; THERE WILL BE A DISCUSSION BUT NO VOTE AT THIS TIME.  The BOE approved the 2020-21 school calendar at the meeting on January 6th. The first day of school will be September 1st, 2020. CLICK HERE for the detailed calendar.

On Friday, the BoE began reviewing the Superintendent’s proposed education budget for 2020-2021.  Click Here to see the proposed budget.  In the coming weeks the BoE will make adjustments - up and down line by line - to the Superintendent Budget and approve it. Once approved, it becomes the BoE Proposed Budget that is then presented to the Board of Finance (BoF) in February.   The BoF can only vote on the total budget number and not on each line for the BoE proposed budget.  The last step in the budget process is that the budget approved by the BoF goes to the RTM for final approval usually in early May.

The BoE, Board of Finance and RTM are the 3 elected bodies involved in creating and approving the budget. Please see their emails below in case you would like to share feedback, suggestions or concerns involving the 2020-21 education budget.  As always, please feel free to reach out to us at ces_pta@westportps.org with any questions on the budget or budget process.

We encourage you to stay connected and informed by attending the BoE meetings. You can also watch the meetings on television (Optimum channel 78) or live-stream via computer on the district’s website (www.westportps.org). 

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    Assistant Superintendent Anthony Buono: abuono@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

 

CALLING ALL 5TH GRADE PARENTS!
Though it’s hard to think about the end of school, we are busy working on the 5th grade yearbook.  Please email a baby picture (preferably under age 1) for your 5th grader.  All photos should be emailed to the yearbook account at cesyearbook4@gmail.com.  Pictures need to be in color and in JPEG format (please change from PDF to JPEG if scanning).  Deadline for photos is February 29th.  Also, please encourage your 5th grader to participate in all school spirit days and activities so we can get lots of photos!

CULTURAL ARTS
Wednesday, January, 15
PTA Cultural Arts is excited to kickoff 2020 with a theater presentation of Charlotte's Web in our Westport Schools! This childhood favorite and classic will be performed and brought to life by TheaterWorksUSA. Parents, please join us for this great experience! Charlotte's Web is coming to CES on Wednesday January 15th, with performances at 9:30 am (grades k-2)  and 11:15 am (grade 3-5).  We are grateful to our parents, PTA, and educators for working together to make this performance possible and for providing enriching experiences for our students. See you there!

CES ICE SKATING PARTY  
Friday, February 7, Longshore Ice Rink 5:30pm-7:30pm
Come have fun with friends and family at our annual CES Ice Skating Party! The cost is just $13 per skater or $30 per family, which includes skate rentals, drink, and a snack. Those purchasing tickets in advance (February 4th deadline) will be entered into a free drawing to win cool prizes! 

Click Here for the Ice-Skating form/waiver (it will also be distributed in your child’s folder this week) & return in your child's green folder by Febuary 3rd with checks payable to CES PTA. No tickets will be distributed beforehand; names will be checked off at the door. This is not a drop off event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Please contact Susan Kelsey at susan.e.kelsey@gmail.com or Alison Mukhtar at alisonannwilliams@gmail.com.

ANNUAL SOUPERBOWL SPIRIT DAY 
Friday, January 31st
All Coleytowners are encouraged to wear sports gear to school to support your favorite team and to bring a can of soup to donate to a local food pantry. 


SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
Sip ’n Chat at the Westport Library, Room 210 *NOTE NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!!*
Wednesday, January 15th 9:30am - 10:30am.  AND Evening Sip ’n Chat: Thursday, January 16 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 date for morning Sip ’n Chat: February 12th. For evening: February 26th and April 29th.

RISE AND READ
Wednesday, February 12, 7:45am - 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 at oliviakousky@hotmail.com or Jenni Welch at jenniferwelch1234@gmail.com.

**WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN**

HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT PARENT EVENT 
SAVE THE DATE - Feb. 4th or 5th!
Join us for an engaging Parent/Community book topic discussion based on the popular, pivotal 
New York Times Best Seller that has sparked a “parent movement” with book discussions and 
community conversations across the country and in Fairfield County.
HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT: 
BREAK FREE OF THE OVERPARENTING TRAP 
AND PREPARE YOUR KID FOR SUCCESS

By author Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former dean of freshman at Stanford University, researcher
and mother.
TED Talk Screening & Book Topic Discussion with Tracey Masella, LCSW from Silver Hill Hospital
Same event offered TWICE to accommodate parents’ schedules:
MORNING EVENT: Tues, February 4, 9:30-11am, The Westport Library, The Forum
EVENING EVENT: Wed, February 5, 7-8:30pm, The Westport Library, The Forum

-Open to ALL PARENTS of toddlers to teens, PreK to 12th graders
-Reading the book ahead of time is not required to attend
-Book sales at events, borrow (print and digital) from The Westport Library or buy online, in advance
FLYER LINK:  HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT FLYER
PLEASE REGISTER: Howtoraisewestport.Eventbrite.com (recommended, but not required)

For questions, please contact PTA Council Co-Chairs, Health, Wellness Advisory Committee:
Allison Keisman: akeisman@customerfinders.com & Adrienne Tober: atober123@gmail.com

WAKEMAN TOWN FARMS 

January 20th Vacation Day Camp
Grades K-5, 9:00 to 1:00 Join us on the Farm for a Vacation Day Camp full of fun nature-based activities and cooking pizzas in our outdoor oven! In honor of MLK Jr. Day, we are planning a "change the world through leadership" theme with a focus on what we can do to help the environment as well as creating a "pathway to change." For more info and to register, click here.  

February Vacation Camp
Grades 1-5, 9:00 to 1:00 Join us on the Farm for a Vacation Camp celebration! Register for one day or the whole week. We will spend time visiting our animals, cooking delicious farm-fresh foods, creating a variety of nature-based crafts, and learning about seed saving. For more info and to register, click here.

WESTPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION: After School Programs

WCE provides dozens of options for safe and convenient after school programs at every elementary school in Westport. Click here for a handy list of classes by school and day of the week!  Choices include classes in Arts & Creativity, Fitness & Sports, STEM, Chess and Theater Arts. Tennis with Connie Goodman is offered for grades K-8 at BMS, GFS, LLS and SES. New this semester, Chartwells supervises iCook classes, so kids can learn everything about cooking, kitchen safety and world cuisine in the school cafeteria kitchens.  Registration is open now at www.westportcontinuinged.com.