West’s Family Math Night! 

Let the Games Begin!

 

 Get ready, get set, play!  We are pleased to invite you to West School’s Family Math Night.  This year we will feature a number of popular board games.  Not only is each game fun for the whole family, but you will discover they are also packed with math! 

So won’t you join us to see just how fun math can be!

Who: Students in grade K-4 and their families
When: Tuesday, February 7th from 5:30-7:00pm
*(snow date: Thursday, February 9th)

 Please RSVP by Friday, February 3rd by clicking here 

We are in need of some additional parent volunteers to help during the event, if you can pitch in it would be greatly appreciated! Please click here to sign-up.

 Questions? Email: Pratha Nangia or Lisa Valdmanis at mathnight@westschoolptc.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

West School's PTC, teachers and faculty are delighted to be hosting Visiting Author Elise Broach on January 25, 2017!
 
Ms. Broach's
Masterpiece
, is recommended for intermediate readers, and
The Miniature World of Marvin & James, is recommended for beginning readers.


If you'd still like to purchase Masterpiece or The Miniature World of Marvin and James, it's not too late!  Visit elmstreetbooks.com and look for the West order link on the homepage.  You can arrange for in-store pick up or shipping.

And, for the first time ever, the West PTC has combined the One Book West and Visiting Author programs to encourage West School families to read together. 

Click here for the details.


Don't miss the opportunity for Visiting Author Elise Broach to autograph your child's book!  We hope everyone is enjoying reading Masterpiece and/or The Miniature World of Marvin and James together!  If you would like Elise Broach to autograph your child's book, please return it to your child's teacher on or before Monday, January 23rd.  On a post-it note in the inside cover, please include: First and Last Name of Student/Teacher & Grade/Name as you would like it inscribed in the book (i.e. nickname or shortened spelling.)  Please note:  Fill out one post-it note per book.


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 visit our new West School Sign Up Genius Hub.  Sign-ups are now open for Lunchroom and Math Night. West School Parent Social is coming soon!


Mighty Math


Mighty Math is a program open to all West School students. It is designed to encourage the practice of mathematics at home and recognize students at school for their efforts. This program is voluntary although we encourage all students to give it a try.  Last year we had 355 students record over 282,000 minutes!

Click here to learn more about the program including examples of Mighty Math activities and how to record minutes.  And click here to submit a problem of the month.

Any questions, email mightymath@westschoolptc.org.

WEST SCHOOL ANNOUNCES TYPE HYPE!

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 typehype@westschoolptc.org.



Click here to see all of the fun events that have already happened this school year


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."

Upcoming Meeting:
Monday, January 9th at 7:00 PM
, NCHS, Wagner Room. All BOE meetings are broadcast live on cablevision channel 78 and rebroadcast on Thursdays at 7:30 PM and Mondays at 4:00 PM. 

STATE UPDATE
The conversations on Education Cost Sharing (ECS) continued 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.

Questions? Please contact the West BOE Reps, Janee Hunter and Laura Kruger (edurep@westschoolptc.org)
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 2016-17 PTC Calendar.

For the New Canaan Public Schools calendars, click here.


In these upcoming winter months, don't forget to keep moving and grooving. 'Cause West School Can't Stop The Feeling.


Click here for all the details and sign up.

Order Your West School Directories Now

Click here for the details and to pay online.  Your support is essential for everything we do for our kids!

The West School Directory contains the names and address for each of our families here at West. It also has the name of each classroom teacher and the students in that class. Parents have found it to be a valuable resource when planning playdates, etc.

New to West? 


The New to West (NTW) Team is excited to announce that there are 13 new families at West this year! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact the grade level representatives:

Grade 1 NTW Representative: Kirsten Bossin (kirstenslusar@hotmail.com)

Grade 2 NTW Representative: Patricia Mee (patricia.mee@gmail.com)

Grade 3 NTW Representative: Meredith Petitjean (merelinc@gmail.com)

Grade 4 NTW Representative: Meredith Sullivan (meredithg8@yahoo.com)

Kindergarten Ambassadors: Abigal Skidmore (abigailz@gmail.com) and Jen Holland (jen.m.holland@gmail.com)


Please click here for the West Quick Reference Guide.

Media Center Volunteers

2016-2017 VOLUNTEER POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED.  Please check back in August 2017 for next year's sign up.

Click here for the schedules.
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.

  • Your Amazon purchases can help provide support for new STEM programs at West!
  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to West School PTC whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
  • Support the West PTC by clicking here before you shop on Amazon.

Spirit Wear

For more information about Spirit Wear contact Julie Passios and Lauren Stannard (spirit@westschoolptc.org).

 


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.
                           PTC Suggestion Box                         
Have an idea or a question about the PTC?  Want to share your thoughts with us?  Click here to let us know.