The 2016 West School Variety Show


You are invited to participate in the 2016 Variety Show! 

Wednesday, March 2nd, 4:30pm to 8:00pm
SHOW TIME:  6:30pm
New Canaan Country School Auditorium

Click here for all the details and the signup form.
Let The Auction Begin!
We Need Your Help to Make it a Splash
At the West School Seaside Social!

Please click here to donate an item.

Questions? Please contact Cecilia Henderson or Karen Willett  --
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."

Board of Education - Budget Quick Notes (January 25, 2016 Meeting)

The Board of Education unanimously approved the superintendent's proposed budget for 2016-2017. The budget will now proceed to the town funding bodies for review/approval.

BOE Proposed Budget 2016-2017:
Operating: $87,030,631 (4.6% annual increase)*
Capital: $2,819,335

*Note this represents a decrease of $1,545,631 from original superintendent's budget, as the town has committed to replenish the healthcare insurance reserves in the current year, per town policy. The budget increase excluding prior year healthcare funding shortfall of $1.1 MM would be 3.3%. BOE added $35,000 for club sports financial assistance.

Operating Budget Variance Drivers:
1.) Healthcare Insurance ($2.2MM includes $1.1 MM prior year funding shortfall and 6.5% premium increase)
2.) Contractual Salary Increases ($2.1MM)
3.) Other Salary Adjustments ($0.5MM includes 6 additional teachers and 1 additional Special Education Administrator due to higher enrollment and mandates)

Key Capital Projects:
1.) Various district maintenance & repairs, all schools ($2MM)
2.) Special Education vehicles ($184k)
3.) Technology equipment leases ($629k)

Upcoming Budget Meetings:
February 2 | Joint BOF/TC Presentation | 7:00 PM | Town Hall

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 (


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

Mighty Math

Click here to enter your minutes on-line.

Problem of the month, click here

Proud to Read Aloud



One Book West has officially launched, and everyone should have received a copy of "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate in their youngest child's backpack this week! A great prize is in the works for those students who finish the book and submit a Read Aloud form by Monday February 29th. Please remember that this program is intended to encourage families to READ ALOUD together. Contact with any questions and happy reading!

For more information on the Proud to Read Aloud program, please 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.

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

Grade 2 NTW Representative: Meredith Petitjean

Grade 3 NTW Representative: Lesley Hartnett

Grade 4 NTW Representative: Kim Quinn

Kindergarten Ambassadors: Christa Kenin and Shannon Kieske

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 (

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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