The PTC needs parent volunteers throughout the year to keep our programs running smoothly. We hope all parents will find an opportunity to get involved. Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and to sign up!

OOM Program for 2016-17
If you have a rising West 3rd or 4th grader who may be interested in participating as part of an Odyssey of the Mind team for the 2016 - 2017 school year, please contact Kimberly Birmingham, Co-VP Programs, for more information at  In your e-mail to Kimberly, please kindly include your child's full name, current grade, teacher and email address. Thank you! 

We are keeping track of all the interested students.  Each team can have 5-7 students.  If you are interested in having your child participate in the program, please consider volunteering to be a coach.

Click here for more information about the program.

In early April, the "NCW Champs" placed 2nd in their division and because of that win, they were invited to participate in the World Finals! Over Memorial Day weekend, Elizabeth Doak, Rani Joshi, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Ava Pertusiello, and Charlotte Walter* had an incredible experience traveling to Iowa and competing at World Finals! It was amazing for them to meet children their own age from all over the world (an elementary school from Poland won their division!). It was an honor for them to represent their state, their town, and - of course - West School!   Overall, the team placed 38th out of approximately 70 teams, a great first time performance at the World Finals!!

A HUGE thank you to all the parents who supported this team's endeavors! A round of applause goes to Coach Christa Joshi for leading this team over the course of the year and thank you to Dawn Doak and Lori McLaughlin for chaperoning the team in Iowa.

* NCW Champs team member Adrian McMahon was unable to attend the World Finals.

New Canaan Board of Education

"The New Canaan Board of Education is pleased to be the bridge between our community and our school system. Pursuant to Connecticut state law and our By-Laws, we are the municipal body within New Canaan which governs public education in our Town. For General Information about the BOE, click here to visit our website."

The next BOE meeting will be Monday, July 18th, 7:00 PM at NCHS's Wagner Room. 

The conversations on Education Cost Sharing (ECS) continued in Hartford a few weeks ago, and they finally decided how to distribute the reduced ECS funding statewide. New Canaan's funding is only 55% of the originally budgeted amount for FY17, totaling $678,845. This equates to an $816,758 reduction. Furthermore, we should anticipate a phasing-out of this funding in the future as Connecticut continues searching for ways to balance its budget. While 55% is better than the governor's proposed 0%, it still results in a sizeable decrease. Please continue to stay informed and advocate on this issue.

Meetings of the Board are live on Cablevision channel 78 at 7:30pm and rebroadcast on Thursdays at 7:30pm and Mondays at 4:00pm.

Questions? Please contact the West BOE Reps, Janee Hunter and Laura Kruger (


Are you ready for the HYPE???

It's time to TYPE!!!

Type Hype! is a new extracurricular program that offers many ways for all West School students to improve their keyboarding skills by using fun and educational games found on the West School website. Click here to learn more about Type Hype! and the program rewards!

 Questions? Contact Amy Fields or Ally Pastushan at

Mighty Math

Click here to enter your minutes on-line.

Problem of the month, click here

Calling All Incoming 5
th Graders...
Locker Ladders are available for purchase from the Saxe PTC
Click HERE to purchase online from the Saxe PTC. Locker ladders are black with red trim and cost $25 each.*

This is a middle school "survival essential" you won't want to miss! To avoid chaos and confusion in your upcoming 5th grader's locker (or any "grader" for that matter), purchase a locker organizer so they will be ready to hit the ground running in September.

Online orders will be available for pick up in August at the Saxe Main Office.

To submit an item to the West Friday Folder e-newsletter,
please click here.

Submission Deadline: Wednesdays at Noon

Upcoming Events

Click here for the full year 2015-16 PTC Calendar.

For the 2015-16 and draft 2016-17 New Canaan Public Schools calendars, click here.

Order School Supplies Now for Next Fall!

 Click here for all the details and to order your school year 2016-17

supplies for children entering grades K - 4.



Congratulations to the 2016-2017 West Executive Board

Co-Presidents: Katrina Parkhill and Annie Drapkin
Secretary: Stacey Harmon
Fundraising: Elizabeth Michels and Ann McMahon
Social: Jessica Connolly and Samantha Gaumer
Programs: Kimberly Birmingham and Elizabeth DeMuth
Classroom Coordinator: Christen Garcia
Treasurer: Elichia Brown
Assistant Treasurer: Becky Ethridge
Parent Education: Jayne Benton
We would like to thank our Nominating Committee: Julie Passios, Mandy Miller, Meredith Petitjean, Lesley Hartnett, Michelle Bramwit, and Mrs. Murphy for helping us come up with such a fantastic Board for next year!

Kids Care

The mission of Kids Care is to develop compassion and a sense of citizenship in children through hands-on service projects that benefit West School and the needy in our community.

Please click here for program details and online signup.

New to West? 

The New to West (NTW) Team is excited to announce that there are 32 new families at West this year! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact the grade level representatives:

Grade 1 NTW Representative: Patricia Mee

Grade 2 NTW Representative: Meredith Petitjean

Grade 3 NTW Representative: Lesley Hartnett

Grade 4 NTW Representative: Kim Quinn

Kindergarten Ambassadors: Christa Kenin and Shannon Kieske

Please click here for the West Quick Reference Guide.
PTC Communications

If you are not receiving PTC emails (such as the Friday Folder) and would like to do so, please click here to fill out and submit a short form to give us the important ability to communicate with you.

Also - please click here for a printable copy of the West School Quick Reference Guide.

Spirit Wear

For more information about Spirit Wear click here.

Any questions? Contact Julie Passios and Lauren Stannard (

Parent Education Presentations
We've had some incredible presentations from our administrators that our parents can access if they missed the meetings, or review the material again even if they were able to attend.

Click here for the list including links to the presentations.

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