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 KEY DATES:

3/19-3/22

CES Book Fair

3/19-3/22

Spring Food Drive

3/20-3/22

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

3/20-3/22

Early Dismissal School ends at 1pm

3/20-3/22

5th Grade Bake Sale

3/20-3/22

Student Art Show

3/29

Sock Drive Ends

4/1

Board of Education Meeting 7:30 at Staples Cafeteria

4/4

PTA Meeting 9am CES Library

4/23

Cultural Arts with Storyteller Tom Lee

4/26CES Talent Showcase 6:30 CES Gym
5/3Author Visit with Deborah Hopkinson
5/17Museum Night 5:30-7:30
5/24Field Day!
5/31Field Day Rain Date

SOCK DRIVE
Now through March 29th

Now that we've kicked off Read Across America, the Fifth Grade Student Leadership team wants to continue with the "Fox in Socks" theme and collect much-needed socks for Homes for the Brave, a non-profit focused on supporting homeless veterans. Please bring your adult sock donations to the front office. We will take collections through the month of March.


SPRING FOOD DRIVE
March 19-22

Please join CES's effort in our annual food drive to benefit Homes with Hope at Gillespie Center Food Pantry. At this time hot or cold cereal is most needed. All non-perishable food donations are appreciated. Collection bags are located outside all classrooms. Contact Theresa Calejesan or Lori Kosut. Thank you for your contributions!


SPRING BOOK FAIR
March 19-22 CES Library, 8:30-4:00pm, extended hours on Thursday until 7pm

Stomp, Chomp & Read! A Dino-Mite Book Fair Opens on March 19th at the CES Library!

Enter a prehistoric land filled with irresistible reads and roars! Treat yourself to a great selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. You are going to have a dino-mite time while supporting our school! CES will earn 25% of all proceeds."
We could use parent help to run the Book Fair! Please sign up for a shift or two by clicking here. Thank you for your support!

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
April 1st 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.

PYD ANNOUNCEMENT
Don't want your child to buy juice, sugary yogurt, chocolate milk or another food item at lunch? Prefer organic milk or soy milk? Make a request to Chartwells.
You can email a request to Chartwells, our district's food service provider, to put specific food items on the "no purchase" list of your child's account. Contact Deb VanCoughnett at dvancoughnett@westportps.org.

On Thursday, April 25, 2019, we are excited to bring Connecticut State Trooper Kate Cummings, along with our School Resource Officer, Ed Wooldrdige, for a parent presentation on Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness.

This session will have helpful information for parents, including:

  • Current social media trends and adolescent behavior online
  • Discussion of your child's digital footprint
  • Resources to keep you and your family safe

The session will be from 10:00a.m. to Noon on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in the Staples High School Auditorium.

Please use this form to RSVP for the presentation.



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.
ArtSmart
Author Series
Cultural Arts
Health, Wellness & Positive Youth Development
Special Education (SpED)
Workshop

MINDS IN MOTION 2019 Is Back For K-8 Students! Register NOW To Get Your Child's Preferred Workshop Choices!
Saturday, March 23, 12-4pm, at Bedford Middle School
Minds in Motion Westport is an afternoon of fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshops, geared to high-ability and motivated learners in Grades K-8. Last March, approximately 300 children and many parents attended this very popular event, now in it's 15th year. Workshop topics this year include Design for 3-D Printing, Animal Adaptations, Hands-On Chefs, Fencing, STEM with LEGO, Composting & Much More! For parents and educators, there's a Keynote Address by Jonathan Plucker Ph.D: Helping Students Become More Creative: Surprising Research and Major Unknowns, and also a choice of several additional workshops, all free of charge. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS FILL UP FAST SO REGISTER TODAY! Please visit Minds in Motion Webpage for registration and further information. HELP IS STILL NEEDED with this event - to find out more about volunteering or any questions email MIMWestport@ctgifted.org

COME AND MEET THOSE DANCING FEET!

Coleytown Company presents 42nd Street, the family-friendly movie/Broadway musical, known for crowd-pleasing tap dances, show-stopping ensemble numbers, dazzling costumes, and magical set design.

Performances will be held at Bedford Middle School:

Friday, March 29 and Saturday March 30, 7:00 PM and

Saturday, March 30 and Sunday March 31, 1:00 PM.

Purchase tickets at SHOWTIX4U.COM (search the term “Coleytown”).

A limited number of $15 tickets will be available at the door prior to showtime.

Staples Players presents Curtains, a must-see musical mystery comedy! Performances are March 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm and March 17 & 23 at 3 pm. Buy your tickets online beginning March 2 at staplesplayers.com—or at the door 30 minutes prior to performances, as available.

WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN
Please click here for information about fun family activities and events around Westport!

STAPLES TUITION GRANTS (STG): GET TO KNOW US!

"Coming from a single parent household, my mom does everything in her power to provide for my sister and me … Going to college is something that she never had the opportunity to do, so having this chance to attend an accredited four-year university is a wish that I have always wanted for the both of us.”
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.

FREE Softball Jamboree, March 23

All K-3rd grade girls are invited to come to the Staples Field House on March 23 from 9-10am, to learn a little bit more about softball and have fun with their friends while throwing, catching, hitting and fielding. Special guests Staples Softball varsity players will be helping out. This is also a great opportunity for parents to meet some of the coaches and learn about Little League Softball. Feel free to email Elise Gabriele at egabriele@ westportlittleleague.com with any questions.


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.

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.