PTA News and Announcements
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:
RULER Parent Presentation 7:00pm Staples Cafeteria
General PTA Meeting: 9:30am CES Library; School Start Time Committee Presentation
Fall Food Drive
Fall Book Fair: CES Library
Sip n Chat for Special Ed Parents: 9:30am-10:30am Westport Library
Early Dismissal: All elementary students dismissed at 1:00pm
Cultural Arts Performance: K-2 at 9:15am and 3-5 at 10:15am
CES Toy Drive
NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Recess
Evening Sip n Chat for Special Ed Parents: 7:30pm Westport Library Rm 210
LOST AND FOUND
Please make sure to check out LOST & FOUND in the Cafeteria! Any items not retrieved before Thanksgiving Break will be donated.
GENERAL PTA MEETING
November 14th at 9:30am in the CES Library
Join us for our general PTA meeting on Thursday, November 14 for a special presentation and discussion around School Start Time. The School Start Time Committee explored optimal school start times for Westport public school students in 2017-2018. In October 2018, the committee recommended that all Westport K-12 public schools start no earlier than 8:00 am. The committee has recently reconvened, and they are working to present their specific recommendation to the BOE in the coming months. Committee members will be on hand to share their research and findings and answer your questions regarding school start times in Westport.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
November 11 at 7:30pm at the Staples High School Cafeteria
CLICK HERE for the meeting agenda. Topics to be reviewed or discussed include: Superintendent Search, Enrollment Projections: Milone & MacBroom and Development and Assignment of Redistricting Questions.
As always, you can send your questions, comments and concerns to:
o Board of Education: BOE@westportps.org
o Interim Superintendent David Abbey: email@example.com
o Board of Selectman: firstname.lastname@example.org
o Board of Finance: email@example.com
o Representative Town Meeting (RTM): firstname.lastname@example.org
ZERO WASTE COMMITTEE- LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
Are you interested in helping to make CES go greener? There is a district meeting scheduled for Monday, November 18 at 9:00 at the Westport Library for elementary school parent reps. We are looking for 2-3 interested parents from CES. If you are interested in being a CES parent volunteer on the Zero Waste Committee and helping us go green, please reach out to Stefanie and Nicole at email@example.com.
FALL CANNED FOOD DRIVE
Please Help Our Neighbors in Need by Donating Food!
Collected items will be donated to the Westport Women’s Club Food Closet. The Food Closet, in conjunction with the Westport Department of Human Services, assist local families in need. Questions? Click Here to see the flyer that went home with grade specific suggestions for donations. Please contact Jacque Haberstroh or Jen Dolnier
FALL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
November 19-22 CES Library
There is SNOW much to READ! Join us on an Arctic Adventure filled with books and frosty fun!
Beginning November 19th at the CES Library you will enter our Winter Wonderland full of incredible books kids can't wait to read! Chill out with amazing books while supporting our school! CES PTA will earn 25% of all proceeds.
NEW THIS YEAR! E-Wallet allows parents to set up an account for each of their students that is linked to a credit card. You can authorize your student to spend up to a designated amount, but will only be charged for the actual purchases made. Once you sign up through the link provided, you can print your child’s eWallet card with his or her unique barcode to be used at the Fair. We will also have a list of student accounts available at the fair in case the eWallet card is forgotten or lost. No more need to send in cash with your student! Click Here and scroll down to find the e-wallet icon and hit Get Started!
The Book Fair invites parents to volunteer. Join the adventure by helping with set up or assisting kids with wish lists and finding books! Click Here to sign up for shifts.
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
Sip ’n Chat at the Westport Library, Room 210 *NOTE NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR!!*
Wednesday, November 20, 9:30am - 10:30am. AND 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.
**WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN*
CMS BUILDING COMMITTEE (CMSBC)
As a quick background, The CMS Building Committee (CMSBC) was established in early 2019 as a town appointed committee. Their charge is to plan and implement the renovation and improvement of Coleytown Middle School in order to meet the following goals:
- To provide an energy efficient mechanical system to provide heating ventilation and air conditioning to, and control the relative humidity of, interior spaces
- To rehabilitate the exterior building envelope to minimize water incursion and air leakage
- To implement site work outside the building to redirect water away from the building
- To open the building for educational instruction no later than August 2020.
Below please find an update that was posted on facebook and we have been asked to pass along from Don O’Day, CMSBC Chair:
The next public CMSBC meeting will be posted on the Westport town website and through this forum. Let’s cut to the chase - there continues to be concern, and even some worry, that hammers and wrecking balls are not yet swinging at CMS. Notwithstanding my almost weekly posts on this site, as well as public meetings that are usually televised, it seems that many people believe we are way behind. Folks are asking how we will be able to open CMS in August if the building is in the same condition that it was when it was closed in September of 2018. I get it. I’m focused on CMS every day and I regularly get anxious - but all of us on the committee remain vigilant and on task. So, to be clear - WE ARE STILL ON SCHEDULE TO OPEN CMS - SAFELY, AND CONSISTENT WITH OUR CHARGE - FOR THE START OF THE 2020 - 2021 SCHOOL YEAR. So why aren’t hammers swinging? Because that has always been the plan.
Throughout the appropriation approval process our construction schedule called for targeted demolition to begin in mid to late December and we are still on track. What have we been doing lately? We have completed and approved all of the construction documents, and our Construction Manager (Newfield Construction) went out to bid for all of the work associated with fixing and improving CMS. On Monday of this week there was VERY strong contractor turnout at the school for firms interested in bidding on the many CMS jobs. The contractors examined the building and will begin putting together their bids which are currently due by 11/21. If their bids meet the “lowest qualified bidder” requirement they will be awarded the job and they can begin work in a scheduled and orderly manner following CMSBC approval. What else? We have ordered HVAC equipment which has a long lead time and is critical to safely opening CMS. That equipment is now being manufactured Everything that needs to be happening is happening.
Finally, to be more transparent, the approved Committee Meeting Minutes which - my bad - haven’t been approved and posted since 9/11 are in process of being posted to the CMSBC section on the the town’s website. Hope this is helpful. As always, please direct your questions to the me and the committee at CMSBC@WESTPORT.CT.GOV
Looking forward to hearing from you. All the best
PTA Cultural Arts brings enriching, live performances to Westport Schools and is excited to announce its fall performance, HIP HOP DIMENSIONS! The Poetry in Motion Crew will take our students on a dynamic and educational journey that fully immerses them in the history, drivers, and dance styles of hip hop and breakdancing. Parents, please join us in the CES gym on November 25th for either of our performances, K-2 at 9.15am or 3-5 at 10.15am, looking forward to seeing you there!
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.
The district has rescheduled the interactive presentation for parents about RULER for Tuesday, November 12th at 7pm in the Staples High School Cafeteria. RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning, developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. This workshop will provide a general overview for parents who may be new to RULER or who may be interested in a refresher. Future workshops will focus on more specific RULER tools, such as the Mood Meter and Metamoment.
NOVEMBER 11 at 7-8:30pm
Diversity and Inclusivity in the Westport Schools
McCall Room, Westport Library, Room 216
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.
STAPLES PLAYERS PRESENTS MAMMA MIA!
A hilarious tale of love and friendship told through ABBA’s timeless hits. Performances are November 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm, November 21 at 7 pm, and November 17 & 23 at 3 pm. Buy your tickets online at staplesplayers.com—or at the door 30 minutes prior to performances, as available.
BMS PRODUCTION- BYE BYE BIRDIE! TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
What makes Conrad Birdie so cool and why is he giving Kim one last kiss? CLICK HERE to buy your tickets to find out! Performances will be held on Friday, November 22nd at 7:30pm, Saturday, November 23rd at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, November 24th at 2:00pm. Also, join us for our 1950s Sock Hop/Ice Cream Social fundraiser on Saturday, November 23rd at 12:30pm (right before the Saturday matinee). Ice cream, dancing, free funky socks and lots of other fun! $20 at the door, $15 when you purchase a matinee show ticket. Proceeds to benefit The Tisdale School in Bridgeport.