BIKE RODEO FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTENERS

 Sunday May 22nd, 12:00 - 2:00 PM, Back Playground (rain date June 12th)

Bring your bikes and helmets for a fun afternoon of bike riding and treats with your future classmates and their families!

Questions? Please contact Abigail Skidmore and Jen Holland (kambassadors@westschoolptc.org).


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, VP Programs, for more information at kth330@me.com.

Please watch the Friday Folder for details on an information session to be held on Thursday, June 9th at 8:00 am in the BBT.
Sonia Schott, New Canaan's Odyssey of the Mind's instructional lead, will be here on Thursday, June 9th to present the program to the interested parties, and share some possible problems to be solved by the kids.

Click here for 
more information about the program.

CT ODYSSEY OF THE MIND STATE TOURNAMENT
West Elementary School had three teams participate in the Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind state tournament on Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Bristol, CT. This is an unprecedented number of Odyssey teams that have competed from West.

4th Grade Team: NCW Champs
Problem #5: Furs, Fins, Feathers, & Friends    
The NCW Champs placed 2nd in their division of 11 teams, and they have been asked to attend the 2016 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Iowa in May! This is a tremendous showing as this team persevered and demonstrated incredible progress from last year.

3rd Grade Team: Intelligent Squirrels
Problem #5: Furs, Fins, Feathers, & Friends
The Intelligent Squirrels placed 8th in their division of 11 teams.

3rd Grade Team: The Awesome Transformers
Problem #1: No-Cycle Recycle
The Awesome Transformers placed 15th in their division of 19 teams.

Congratulations to all of the teams for their Odyssey competition! We are thrilled to have this great program back at West! It was amazing to see the creativity, teamwork and intellectual growth over the course of the year!

Sonia Schott also noted that New Canaan had 15 teams participate in the CT state competition - the most teams of any district in CT! Go RAMS!

A HUGE thank you to the West coaches for leading these teams! These parents worked tirelessly for months organizing, inspiring, and preparing these children for the Odyssey Competition. We truly applaud their efforts! 
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."

DISTRICT UPDATE
The next BOE meeting will be Monday June 6th, 7:00 PM at NCHS's Wagner Room. 

STATE UPDATE
The conversations on Education Cost Sharing (ECS) continued in Hartford last week, 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 (edurep@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.

Mighty Math

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Upcoming Events

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Order School Supplies Now for Next Fall!

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supplies for children entering grades K - 4.



4TH GRADERS - VISITING AUTHOR CHRISTINE PAKKALA

On Tuesday May 17th, West School's Fourth Grade welcomed award winning Visiting Author Christine Pakkala for a writer's workshop. Fourth graders were asked to read her novel Jasmine and Maddiea story of two middle school students who initially don't like one another but eventually overcome misunderstandings to find friendship. During the workshop students focused primarily on the four elements of a story: character, action, setting and dialogue. Students were asked to write about a time when they felt misunderstood and then write the same scene again from the perspective of the other person. Students were eager to write and share their different perspectives with Ms. Pakkala and their peers. Students learned how to assemble the structure of a story, how to use their imagination and empathy to understand another person's perspective, and how to consider giving others a second chance. Ms. Pakkala pointed out the most important thing in a scene is the emotion.  She noted that a great thing about writing is that you can always stop and come back to it.  A big thank you to Visiting Author Co-Chairs Geri Mohr and Suzanne Messina, our 4th grade teachers, and to our West school librarian Gloria Koster.  Many thanks to the PTC for making our 2015-2016 Author Visit program so successful.  Questions? Email Visiting Author co-chairs at author@westschoolptc.org.

THANK YOU
A special thank you to PTC Chairs Barbara Calaba and Samantha Gaumer, who led an inspiring Kids Care Program this year. Thank you for giving our children an appreciation and a foundation for giving back. Big thanks to our PTC Performing Arts Committee Chairs Elizabeth DeMuth, Becky Ethridge and Galina Kolomietz, for bringing to West a wonderful series of performances throughout the year. Thank you for choosing these amazing cultural and musical experiences for our children to enjoy.

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM JANET LEE AND KATRINA PARKHILL, PTC CO-PRESIDENTS:

2016 - 2017 WEST EXECUTIVE BOARD


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 patricia.mee@gmail.com

Grade 2 NTW Representative: Meredith Petitjean merelinc@gmail.com

Grade 3 NTW Representative: Lesley Hartnett lesleyhart@me.com

Grade 4 NTW Representative: Kim Quinn kimquinn_nyc@yahoo.com

Kindergarten Ambassadors: Christa Kenin and Shannon Kieske kambassadors@westschoolptc.org


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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.

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