Deck the Halls with WEST School Pride


''Tis the season to be jolly"

Westy the Whale holiday ornaments make a great stocking stuffer or a festive holiday decoration for your home. All money goes directly to support PTC-funded programs. Ornaments can be purchased online and will be sent home in your child's backpack on the Friday after the order is placed.

Please click here to order. Limited supplies.


MINTED HOLIDAY CARDS
Get a jump on holiday cards!  Now that you have your Family Photos, use them to order your holiday cards through MINTED and support WEST. Click here to shop at MINTED, and 15% of your purchase will be donated to WEST!  Please note you are still eligible for any promotions being offered by Minted, but you MUST shop through the link for WEST to receive 15%.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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.


Click 
here to purchase these books from Elm St. Books by Monday, December 5th.  (In comments section, please list your child's name, grade and teacher.)  Books will be delivered to your child's classroom the week of December 19th.

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.

Teacher Appreciation Holiday Lunch
12/16/2016 ; 11:00am - 2:00pm
West School Teachers' Lounge

Click here to pay for a purchased item or to contribute an item.

Thanks so much for your help in this special and festive holiday event for our teachers and faculty, they sincerely appreciate it.

Alicia Meyer and Krista Cody, chairs

The 2017 West Variety Show: Wild, Wild, Westy

 ATTENTION ALL 3rd and 4th GRADERS!

You are invited to participate in the 2017 West School Variety Show! 

Thursday, January 19th

SHOW TIME:  6:30pm

New Canaan High School Auditorium

Click here for all the details and the signup forms.
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 the Book Fair. Holiday Luncheon 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, December 5th 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.

PARENT EDUCATION SPEAKER SERIES

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


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
Click here for his notes.

Questions? parented@westschoolptc.org


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.