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PTA News and Announcements

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES (see additional detail below):

2/23

BOE Meeting 7 PM

2/23

RULER Webinar 12 PM and 7 PM

2/24

Early Dismissal 11:50 AM

2/25

Special Education Sip N Chat 1:30 PM

2/28

Staples Players Radio Theatre presents “Little Women” @ 6:00 PM

3/3

Early Dismissal 11:50 AM


IMPORTANT CES INFORMATION:

RULER WEBINAR – TOMORROW AT 12 PM AND 7 PM
Living through the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we connect with others in the classroom, on the playground, and in afterschool activities. Please join us for this important conversation on February 23rd at 12 pm or 7pm. This interactive webinar will explore how RULER skills and strategies can help our children maintain existing relationships and create new ones. All RULER families, leaders, and educators are welcome to attend.

February 23 at 12pm ET/9am PT

February 23 at 7pm ET/4pm PT

BOE MEETING – TOMORROW NIGHT at 7 pm
There is a BOE meeting tomorrow night at 7 pm.  The full agenda can be found HERE .    

TO VIEW MEETING: live streaming HERE / Optimum Educational Access Channel 78 / Frontier Channel 6021.

We strongly encourage you to watch the meeting (either live or via meeting archive HERE) and address any comments, concerns, or suggestions to the Administration and Board of Education. Please send your emails to:

2021 CES PTA NOMINATING COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED
We are in need of a few Nominating Committee members for next year’s PTA!
Each year, the Nominating Committee plays a pivotal role in recruiting candidates for various PTA leadership and volunteer positions for the next school year. The Nominating process takes place from now until April and will meet virtually 2-3 times.

Currently, we are seeking committee members to collaborate and suggest great volunteers for various PTA roles. Please consider joining the team to help keep the PTA vibrant, dynamic and strong! If you are interested in joining the committee, please email us at cespta.nomcom@gmail.com.  Thanks in advance! We couldn’t do it without you!

COLEY CONNECTS WITH….
Today “Coley Connects With…” 3rd grade teacher Sherry Crosby!

Q.  How long have you been at CES? 
A:  I have been at Coleytown for almost 16 years. I taught Kindergarten, Second Grade and Third Grade at CES.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about CES? 
A:  Our staff is the most caring and friendly people! We genuinely care about each and every person in the building--staff and students. Our students are always excited and eager to learn, with the best spirit!

Q:  What is your favorite activity to do outside of school? 
A:  My favorite activity outside of school is to be with my family (I have two little boys-2 and 5.). We especially love bike riding together when it’s nice out, ice skating/sledding, reading books, making blanket forts, playing legos and visiting farms.

Q:  What is your dream travel destination? 
A:  Australia or Ireland-anywhere in another country that I can learn about the country and see the world.

Q:  What is your go-to karaoke song? 
A:  Back in the day it was “Wannabe” by The Spice Girls and “A Whole New World” by Aladdin, or anything Taylor Swift. Now in my house it’s either “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco and “Do You Know the Muffin Man?”

Q: What is your favorite season and why? 
A:  Definitely fall! I’ve always loved picking pumpkins or apples, the smell of the crisp fall air, sitting around fire pits making smores, warm cozy clothes, the beginning of school and the excitement of new school supplies, jumping in leaf piles, Halloween on the horizon and more. It’s always been my favorite season since I was a little girl.

Q:  What is an interesting fact about you? 
A:  I’ve been dancing since I was 2 1⁄2 years old, even into college on the national dance team. (I had major hip surgery at 21 which I don’t share with students, but the love of dance is still there!) Kids used to think I was a Radio City Rockette and my brother was Syndey Crosby-the hockey player, but I can assure you that those are rumors! Instead of a Rockette- I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 6! I also absolutely love children’s books and have written many drafts with social skills as a theme. I hope to publish my own children’s book one day!

SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENTS SIP N CHAT – February 25th
Join us this week for this great opportunity to virtually connect with other SpEd parents! This month we will only be conducting the afternoon session. Do you miss the morning and evening editions? Let us know what you prefer - we are here for you.

DATE:  Thursday, February 25th at 1:30 pm
Zoom link / Meeting ID:   478 931 6133 / Passcode: SpEd

Please feel free to reach out to us - Tiffany Orlovsky  and Anne Healy your SpEd PTA Reps - with any questions.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
We continue the celebration of Black History Month by sharing these award winning selections:

-Gina Christie & Andrea Robinson – CES D&I Reps

HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE
We encourage you to review the below important health and safety information for families:

IMPORTANT:  For those who traveled during the break, please make sure to refer to the updated quarantine guidance found HERE.  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.

TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS UPDATE
Did you know that the Westport Public Schools made changes to the ventilation policy during the 2020-2021 school year in order to follow the “Guidance for School Systems for the Operation of Central and Non-Central Ventilation Systems During the Covid-19 Pandemic?”  Please click HERE for more information.

CES LOGO WEAR
If you are interested in purchasing CES logo wear items, such “Coleytown Rocks” T-Shirts as please reach out to ces_pta@westportps.org.  We will deliver the items to you!  We also have new winter merchandise available at our ASF store!   Click HERE to visit the Online Store.  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.

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 ces_pta@westportps.org.  We would love to hear from you!

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022 IS NOW OPEN!
Click HERE to register your child for kindergarten!

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@westportps.org with any questions. 

AMAZON SMILE
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 CONTINUTING EDUCATION 
Westport Continuing Education Online Programs Registration is now open for online programs for adults, teens and kids! View the schedule on the Westport Continuing Education website here >> the winter / spring 2021 brochure is online here >> 

IMPORTANT CONTACTS:
 

CES PTA Co-Presidents

Nicole Neil & Marisa Timperman ces_pta@westportps.org

Special Education (SpED) Reps

Anne Healy & Tiffany Orlovsky

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Reps

Gina Christie & Andrea Robinson (ces.dei2020@gmail.com)

Distance Learning (DL) Rep

Bryan Litman

 

**COMMUNITY EVENTS**

Staples Players Radio Theatre presents "LITTLE WOMEN" – February 28th, 6 PM
Gather the whole family and enjoy Louisa May Alcott's enduring and endearing best-seller FREE via livestream at www.wwptfm.org on Sunday, February 28, at 6 pm. 

WESTPORT TOGETHER
CLICK HERE for an important message from the PTA Health, Wellness and Positive Youth Development Advisory Committee, Westport Together. There are so many wonderful resources available to us to help support our children’s social-emotional health.  Please make sure to check it out!

WESTPORT PARKS & RECREATION
Westport Parks and Recreation wants to bring the recreation to you! During this time, we ALL need to do our part to stay healthy and safe! Check out the Westport Parks & Recreation's list of activities, exercises, virtual field trips and more! All of which can be enjoyed by you and your family from the comfort of your own home.

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.

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