West Dance-A-Thon 2016


Our 2016 Fall Fundraiser is underway. We have reached 40% of our goal.

Please consider a suggested donation of $25 per student to help fund the variety of wonderful programs offered at West.

Click here to donate.


The whole school is buzzing with excitement about the upcoming Dance-A-Thon on October 7th.


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.
West Family Photo Days

Custom Sessions With New Locations!

Don't miss this opportunity to get beautiful family holiday pictures while supporting West School! Two choices of great photographers with up to 100% of sitting fees donated to West.

The sessions start on August 27th, and they will go FAST, so book NOW.

For more information and to book your session(s), please click here.
Media Center Volunteers

Click here for all the details and to volunteer during your child's classroom Library Media Center visit. 

Commitment is 1-2 shifts per month and responsibilities include running the circulation desk and organizing books.   We will train you!
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!

Continue logging in your child’s math minutes over the summer.  All summer participants will be recognized in September and their summer minutes will roll into the 2016-2017 school year program which will launch at the end of September.  Click here to learn more about the program including examples of Mighty Math activities and how to record minutes.  Any questions, email mightymath@westschoolptc.org.


Last Call for Odyssey of the Mind 2016-17

Attention current West 3rd and 4th Graders and their Parents: Last call to join an Odyssey of the Mind team at West! Ideal for all budding actors, writers, artists, singers, gizmo builders and creative kids.

Odyssey of the Mind is a 6 month creative, international program that occurs during the school year and it teaches students problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. Weekly team meetings will start in October.  Please contact, our OOTM Chair, Cecilia Henderson at Odyssey@westschoolptc.org to have your child's name added to a team list and / or sign up as a coach. 

For those of you who have already expressed interest, you will be hearing from Cecilia Henderson in the next few weeks as the teams are formed.

Click here
 to learn more about Odyssey of the Mind. 


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.

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 Meetings:
Tuesday October 4th and Monday October 17th 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.

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 the details and sign up.

SAVE THE DATES!!!

PARENT EDUCATION SPEAKER SERIES

Coffee and Networking 9:15 am / Speaker 9:30 am

September 13th, 2016 "Welcome Back Coffee", "Tips to Start Your Year Strong" with Meg Domino, Click here to see her handout.

October 18th, 2016 "Principal's Coffee" with Jan Murphy

November 29th, 2016 - Joint PTC Meeting-Community Event, 7pm @ New Canaan High School, "Developing Emotional Intelligence & Relieving Student Stress" with Yale Professor, Dr. Mark Brackett

Questions? parented@westschoolptc.org


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, Fall Family Fun Night, and the Dance-a-thon!



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.


Click here for a list of school supplies by grade for this coming school year



Click here for all the details and sign up.
Nutmeg Book Discussion Group


Calling all 4th graders!! If you love reading good books and lively discussions about them with friends, you will love the West School Nutmeg Book Club!

This is an opportunity for fourth graders to read and discuss great books with their friends!

Click here for more information.

Questions? Please send us an email. nutmeg@westschoolptc.org

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 click here.

Any questions? 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.