West School Art Show
Wednesday, May 4th 5:30pm - 7:00pm 
West School gymnasium 
(please enter directly into the gym and bring ID)
Volunteers are needed! 
This is such a wonderful event, and the kids take so much pride in showing off their beautiful work. Let's help them with the display!

 We need volunteers to set up on the morning of the show, volunteers to help with the popular scavenger hunt during the show, and volunteers to take down the afternoon following. Please click here to volunteer.

Thank you for choosing a time to help by registering. 
Every student at West will have a piece hanging in the show. Bring the whole family to view the artistic talent of our students.

*Note: Students will not be permitted on the playground unless accompanied by an adult.*

Volunteer Questions?
Please contact : contact Christine or Lori at art@westschoolptc.org   

Art Show Questions?
Please contact Mrs. Zeiss - elizabeth.zeiss@ncps-k12.org 


Teacher Appreciation Week


This is our time to show the love to our West School teachers and staff. We have lots of fun and exciting treats planned for next week, but need your help to make this year's Teacher Appreciation Breakfast and Lunch the best they can be. Please consider signing up to contribute an item. To contribute to the breakfast, please click here. To contribute to the lunch, please click here. Thank you for your support.


Save the Date!


Please join us on Tuesday, May 17th at 9:15AM for a “Spring into Summer Open House” featuring summer essentials and gifts (all available for sale!!) from our local retailers AND summer enrichment recommendations from our very own West Specialists.

You will get a chance to preview and purchase the hottest toys and books for summer to keep everyone in the family busy.  You will also be treated to a delicious breakfast provided by our very own faculty to thank you for all that YOU do for West throughout the year! We hope you will join us and help us celebrate another fantastic year at West!

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! 

If you have an upcoming 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 later this spring. Click here for more information about the program.
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."

NEXT MEETING
Monday, May 2nd, 7:00 PM
NCHS Wagner Room

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

Click here to enter your minutes on-line.

Problem of the month, click here


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.

TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME!

Saturday, May 14th, 1 pm

Yankee Stadium- New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox.

West will be joined by East and South families and we will sit together in our own section

Normal ticket price: $60. West School Ticket price: $35

Click here for all the details and to purchase tickets.

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Michels at yankeesgame@westschoolptc.org


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.



VISITING AUTHOR PETER CATALANOTTO

On Wednesday April 6th, West School students welcomed author and illustrator Peter Catalanotto. Library lessons prepared students for his visit, and students remained attentive and enthusiastic during his presentations throughout the day. Mr. Catalanotto shared with students how he is initially inspired by an idea and walked them through writing a draft story called a "dummy."  He encouraged students to stay focused on the idea of the story and said that it is okay to make mistakes because a "dummy" is a work in progress. He drew on an easel to show how his character illustrations are developed.  He draws basic shapes which can be enhanced later and applies simple pencil techniques to help show a character's movement on the still pages of a story. Many thanks to the PTC for making our Author Visit program so successful. Questions? Email author@westschoolptc.org.

A big thank you to Visiting Author Co-Chairs Geri Mohr and Suzanne Messina, and to the library team Gloria Koster and Mary Poccia. Thank you also to Maureen Karr for capturing so many wonderful photos!


2016-2017 West PTC Executive Board

We are thrilled to announce the 2016-2017 Executive Board.  The group was officially voted in on Tuesday March 8th.

Congratulations to:

Co-Presidents ~ Katrina Parkhill and Annie Drapkin
Secretary ~ Stacey Harmon
Fundraising ~ Elizabeth Michels and Ann McMahon
Social ~ Jessica Connolly and Nadine Donalds
Programs ~ Kimberly Birmingham and Elizabeth DeMuth
Classroom Coordinator ~ Christen Garcia
Treasurer ~ Elichia Brown
Assistant Treasurer ~ Becky Ethridge
Parent Education ~  Jayne Benton

Janet Lee and Katrina Parkhill

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


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 (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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