PTA News and Announcements
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES (see additional detail below):
5/7 – 5/20
Spring Virtual Book Fair
Early Dismissal 11:50 am
BOE Meeting – 7 pm
Early Dismissal 11:50 am
SpED SIP N CHAT – 1 pm
Staples Players Presents – Words, Words, Words
MOVIE NIGHT at the Remarkable Theater!
Early Dismissal 11:50 am
Memorial Day – No School
IMPORTANT CES INFORMATION:
COLEY CONNECTS WITH….
Today “Coley Connects With…” our incredible Principal Janna Sirowich!
Q. How long have you been at CES?
A: This is my 13th year at Coleytown. I was an Assistant Principal for 2 years before becoming Principal.
Q. What is your favorite thing about CES?
A: I think the relationships in the community make CES so special.
Q: What is your favorite activity to do outside of school?
A: I like to spend time with family. We like to hike, fish, and play outside together. I also love to read and practice yoga.
Q: What is your dream travel destination?
Q: What is your go-to karaoke song?
A: Livin’ on a Prayer.
Q: What is your favorite season and why?
A: My favorite season is summer. I love to be outside with my family and friends.
Q: What is an interesting fact about you?
A: My family makes homemade pickles each year. We grow the cucumbers in our garden and then use my husband’s family recipe. I love to cut up a pickle and add it to chicken soup in the winter months; it adds a little kick! .
CES VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR – NOW THROUGH MAY 20TH
You are invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online now through May 20th! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more!
You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist (CLICK HERE) and enjoy these special online shopping features:
- Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
- All orders ship direct to home
- FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
- All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards
Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:
We have also included a fun online scavenger hunt for the kids! CLICK HERE
Book Fair Committee and CES PTA
*Free standard shipping is available on book-only orders of $25 or more, after all discounts are applied. Free standard shipping (books) must be selected during checkout. Orders containing products other than books are not eligible for this shipping promotion.
CES MOVIE NIGHT – MAY 21ST!
We are so excited to be able to have another Movie Night this year! The kids will vote on the movie this week and an email will be sent this week with details on how to order your tickets!
SCHOOL KIDZ KITS ORDERING
Can you believe it’s time to start thinking about school supplies for next year? Well, it is! School Kidz provides kits that have items that have been selected by CES teachers and will be the same items in the supply lists that will be posted on our school website. They will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom in a reusable storage box ready for use on the first day of school. To order your child’s 2021-2022 school supply kit ($30) online, please go to www.shopttkits.com (account no. 19682). Please click HERE for more information.
Please note that no family will be denied school supplies due to the inability to pay. Please contact Principal Sirowich for CONFIDENTIAL financial support.
5th GRADE PARENTS: WELCOME FROM CMS PTA!
The CMS PTA needs your help! We honestly can't do all we do without the help of our amazing parent volunteers and we're excited to welcome you next year! The CMS PTA Nominating Committee is starting to fill in spots for the 2021-22 school year. If you'd like to help out and/or not sure how, please fill out this survey and we’ll be in touch. Don’t worry....completing the survey does not commit you to anything!
ALSO...You can now access all 5th to 6th grade transition information here, including the transition meeting link. There is also a Parent Question form link. CMS administrators will be meeting with the fifth graders in early June.
AND if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to CMS PTA Co-Presidents, Patra Kanchanagom and Jill Dillon, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to meeting you!
SPECIAL EDUCATION UPDATE
Here is the info for our May Sip N Chat - the easiest way to connect with other SpEd parents. This month we will only be conducting an afternoon session.
DATE: Thursday, May 20th at 1:00 pm
Zoom link: LINK
CES DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (DE&I)
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. We begin our celebrations with the following selections that can be enjoyed with your family.
For our younger audience:
What we enjoy
Any questions or would like to join our committee? Contact CES PTA DEI Reps, Gina Christie or Andrea Robinson at email@example.com.
HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE
We encourage you to review the below important health and safety information for families:
- Check out our District’s COVID-19 Dashboard
- Check out the Westport Public Schools Positive COVID-19 Student Case Report Line
- A self-screening tool for families
IMPORTANT: If you are awaiting test results, please make sure your child quarantines and stays home from school until you have received a NEGATIVE test result.
WESTPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 2021-2022
If you haven’t yet done so, please click HERE to register your child for kindergarten. In May, a virtual orientation session will occur at your child’s elementary school. At that time, you will have an opportunity to hear more details about Kindergarten from kindergarten teachers and other staff members. A school specific invitation will be sent to all registered kindergarten families.
WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!
Are you new to Coleytown? Perhaps you are a Kindergarten parent with questions? Well, we are here for you! Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
CES LOGO WEAR
If you are interested in purchasing CES logo wear items, such “Coleytown Rocks” T-Shirts as please reach out to email@example.com. We will deliver the items to you! Also, please check out our ASF store - click HERE. Or go to ShopASF.com > Logo Wearhouse > Coleytown Elementary. Merchandise can be picked up at ASF Sports (1560 Post Road East). Questions? Please contact Theresa Calejesan or Amy Shapiro.
JOIN THE PTA!
It’s not too late - you can still sign up for the PTA HERE and gain access to our school directory MobileArq! Please email ces_pta_membership@
AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. Did you know that you can support the Coleytown PTA by shopping on Amazon Smile? All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and select “Ptsa Connecticut Inc Coleytown Elementary PTA / Location: Westport, CT” as your charity. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you!
WESTPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION
Westport Continuing Education offers safe and convenient options for fun for kids in grades K–8. For more information, view the schedule on the Westport Continuing Education website here. You can join the Westport Continuing Education mailing list here >>. Westport Continuing Education (WCE), a division of Westport Public Schools, provides high quality educational and enrichment programs for adults, teens, and kids.
CES PTA Co-Presidents
Nicole Neil & Marisa Timperman firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education (SpED) Reps
Anne Healy & Tiffany Orlovsky
Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Reps
Gina Christie & Andrea Robinson (email@example.com)
Distance Learning (DL) Rep
MAY MENTAL HEALTH MONTH COMMUNITY EVENTS
Adolescent Mental Health in 2021: Challenges and Strategies with Dr. Aaron Weiner
Wednesday, 5/12 at 6:30-8 pm
Helping your teenager cope with difficult emotions has been a challenge even in the best of times, but adding COVID-19 to the mix has taken adolescent stress levels to a whole new level. Is what you're seeing normal teenage angst, an understandable reaction to stress, or a clinical problem worth addressing? And how should you address it? Join Westport Together as we welcome board certified psychologist and master addiction counselor, Dr. Aaron Weiner, as he reviews how the global pandemic has affected teen mental health, how you can tell normal problems from more significant mental health concerns, and numerous actionable steps and ideas parents can use to support teens’ mental health and well being. Register at: westporttogether.org
Accelerate Your Mental Toughness by Chris Salem
Thursday, 6/3 at 6-7:30 pm
Click HERE for more info.
Coleytown Company is thrilled to return with our first ever virtual performance. Please join our incredible Coleytown performers from the comfort of your home as students perform a series of songs and monologues. Click here to purchase access to view our show on demand the weekend of May 21st. All proceeds and donations from this performance will support the rebuilding of our award winning theatre program. Please click HERE for more information.
2021-22 WESTPORT SCHOOLS CALENDAR
Friends of Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC) are currently accepting online submissions of artwork from Westport's K-12 students for the full-color 2021-22 Westport Schools Calendar. Please encourage your child to submit their artwork!
- All themes and 2-D media (Drawings, Paintings, Photography, Computer-generated & more) in landscape-orientation will be considered.
- Artwork scanned at high res (600 dpi - jpg or pdf format file) or a good photo may be emailed to WestportSchoolsCalendar@
- The email (but not on the art itself) must include Student Name, Email address, Grade level, and School
- KEEP YOUR ORIGINAL ARTWORK! If selected, we may need to rescan your work.
- Details are at this link: https://www.westportps.
org/community/westport-public- art-collections/annual- student-art-calendar
- The deadline is Friday May 28th
You can also pre-order your 2021-22 calendar at the same link. Your purchase supports the display, preservation, and educational uses of the collections and helps ensure that students, staff, and families can continue to enjoy world class art in their hallways, classrooms and even online!
STAPLES PLAYERS PRESENTS…
Staples Players Presents WORDS WORDS WORDS... AND MUSIC. At last, an in-person Players' show! After 14 months of a dark theater, this might be the most moving one yet. Enjoy a feel-good giggle-packed journey through five short plays by award-winning playwright David Ives—the master of quirky wit— along with two mini musicals and a smattering of songs and monologues. Performances will be on May 20, 21 & 22 at 7:30 pm and May 22 at 2 pm. Socially distant seating goes on sale to the general public on Saturday, May 8, on staplesplayers.com (a combo of culture starvation and fewer seats may create a toilet-paper-in-2020 type situation, so jump on it!). Masks required. Rated PG. There will also be a virtual livestream on June 6 at 6 pm.
NATIONAL POLICE WEEK - 5/9-5/15
We want to thank our WPD for keeping our schools safe in ways seen and unseen!
WESTPORT PARKS & RECREATION
Registration for spring and summer program offerings can be done via Westport Parks & Recreation website.
COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD
Please CLICK HERE for information about fun family activities and events around Westport!
**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.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Health, Wellness & Positive Youth Development
Special Education (SpED)