PTA News and Announcements
SHS WEEKLY PLANNER 10/30/18
October 30 (TONIGHT)
Westport Police Department Educational Forum
RULER Presentation for Parents
Board of Education Meeting
Election Day - No School
November 9, 10, 16, 17
November 11 & 17
Staples Players presents Legally Blonde
College Goal Sunday
Norwalk Community College
Westport Social Media Awareness Presentation
11 AM-12 NOON
PTA Book Club
In this week’s planner…
- Military Opt-Out
- SHS PTA Membership
- Westport Police Department Educational Forum
- Resilience Project
- RULER Parent Presentation
- SHS PTA Book Club
- Senior Internship program
- Hwa Chong Exchange Program
- Class of 2019 Info
- Subscribe to Inklings
- Staples Players present Legally Blonde
- Crutches Needed
- Board of Education
Please click HERE to fill out a brief form to opt-out of receiving information from the military.
SHS PTA Membership
Have you joined yet? If not, WE NEED YOU! Please click HERE to join.
The Registration Code is westport.
Westport Police Department Educational Forum:
October 30th, 7 pm at 50 Jesup Road
With the recent launch of the School Resource Officer Program at SHS, Westport Police's Chief Koskinas is inviting the entire Westport community to learn more about the importance of this new initiative. The Westport Human Services Youth Bureau will discuss the partnerships across the agencies and will include an overview of our Juvenile Justice System, our town's policies and procedures, as well as a question-and-answer session.
Anyone unable to attend but are interested in learning more about the programs can email Detective Sergeant Jill Ruggero on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203.341.6017
Staples Resilience Project
The Staples Resilience Project was developed by the Guidance Department in 2012-13 in response to an increased number of students experiencing significant mental health challenges and difficulty coping with the usual stresses teenagers face.
We encourage you to visit the Staples Resilience Project website for an extensive list of resources. Also, through the support of a PTA Wrecker Mini-Grant, the Guidance Department has a new library collection with more than 100 books available for check-out by students, parents, and staff. These initiatives tie directly to a school goal adopted for this year: Staples community members will foster an environment that promotes wellness for all.
We hope you find these resources helpful.
For more information: http://shs.westportps.org/departments/guidance/staples-resilience-project
RULER Parent Presentation
The Westport Public Schools continues with its implementation of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning, developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. We invite you to join us in learning how to foster emotional intelligence in your families. We will be offering an interactive presentation for parents on
Please register by October 30, 2018. Space is limited.
SHS PTA Book Club
The Staples PTA Book Club is starting up again. The first book we will read is The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. At each meeting, we will decide what to read next. This Book Club is open to everyone in the Staples community. Come to one meeting, come to all meetings! You can be as involved as you want to be.
We will meet from
12/6, 1/10, 2/28, 4/4, 5/23
Hope to see many of you there!
College Goal Sunday
Sunday November 11, 2018 is College Goal Sunday at Norwalk Community College! Participants will receive free, hands-on assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); walking away with the satisfaction of knowing they have accomplished one of the biggest steps in getting ready to go to college. Please visit https://cgs.norwalk.edu/ to register and review important information that you will need to bring to the event.
Interested in hosting a Staples Senior Intern at your business or know someone who is? We are always looking for new sites to add to our list for the Spring of 2019. Please click HERE to email the internship office - Michelle Howard and Denise Pearl.
Westport Police Social Media Presentation
The Connecticut State Police and Westport Police Department Present: Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness
Join Trooper Kate Cummings (Instagram: @CT_Dare_Trooper) for an evening presentation on:
Current social media trends and adolescent behavior online
- What is your digital footprint?
- Resources for keeping you and your family safe
Where: Staples High School Auditorium, 70 North Ave, Westport, CT 06880
Staples - Hwa Chong Exchange Program 2018
Looking For Host Families
November 26 - December 7, 2018: Staples High School is proud to once again host exchange students (seventeen sophomore boys) from The Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore.
Please consider becoming a host family. As a host family, you need to be available to provide transportation, meals (primarily breakfast/dinner), accommodation in your home, and be willing to expose the students to local social and cultural opportunities.
Please take a look at the video from a previous exchange program for an overview of the program:
For more information or to volunteer, please contact the World Languages Coordinator, Maria Zachery at 341-5131 or email@example.com
Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity.
Picture Retake Day
Student pictures retakes will be taken on Tuesday, October 16. The photographer will be there all day in front of the auditorium. Students need to stop by before school starts, during a free period, or during their lunch wave. *** PLEASE NOTE *** To avoid being charged for the first picture, students must exchange their original picture when requesting a retake. Also and if appropriate, please provide retake instructions to the photographer. There will be order forms available at the front desk as needed.
Please contact Claudia Shaum with any additional questions - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 2019
SENIOR PORTRAIT DEADLINE: DECEMBER 14
PORTRAIT SELECTION DEADLINE: JANUARY 14
Seniors have special portraits taken for the yearbook. Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch is our official photographer. Prestige mails a pre-assigned portrait sitting time at the end of junior year with sittings beginning in May. If you cannot make the appointment, you must reschedule your sitting by clicking HERE or call Prestige at 1-800-426-9533. You cannot have a photo taken without an appointment. Only senior portraits taken by Prestige are allowed to be used in the senior section of the yearbook (no school ID photos, no home photos, no other professional portraits, etc). Once you receive your portrait proofs, approximately 2 weeks after your photo session, please choose a vertical pose for your yearbook submission...a blue background is preferred (no props, expressive gestures, animals, etc. allowed). Contact Prestige with your Proof #. You are under no obligation to purchase portrait packages. If you do not have a photo taken by Prestige by the last available appointment, Dec. 14, you WILL NOT be pictured in the senior portrait section of the yearbook.
SENIOR ADS DEADLINE: OCTOBER 22
Click HERE to purchase an ad go to and click the "Buy a Yearbook Ad" link. Because we have a limited number of pages, ads are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of 1/2 page per family. Groups of seniors may buy additional "friends" ads. No late ads will be accepted.
SENIOR BABY PICTURES DEADLINE: OCTOBER 22
Senior Baby Pictures: deadline Oct. 22. Baby pictures submitted are from infant to Kindergarten age. Click HERE to submit a baby picture.
Subscribe to Inklings
Stay in the know about news at Staples High School, Westport and beyond. Click HERE and complete the online form to subscribe to Inklings, Staples High School's award-winning and student-run newspaper.
Staples Players present Legally Blonde
Performances will be on November 9, 10, 16 or 17 at 7.30pm. Matinee performances will be on November 11 & 17 at 3pm. Purchase your tickets online from October 20 at staplesplayers.com or at the lobby where as-available tickets will be on sale 30 minutes prior to performances. Rated PG13.
If there are any families that have crutches at home and would like to donate them to Staples Athletic Training, we will gladly accept them! They can be brought to the front desk. Thank you!
Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria on Monday, November 5th at 7:30 pm. Click HERE for the meeting agenda link and choose the link for November 5th meeting. This meeting can also be viewed live on channel 78 or via computer on the district’s website or by clicking here: BOE Meeting Live Stream
Community Bulletin Board Information - click HERE.
Tom Holleman and Netta Levy (Beebe)
Staples High School PTA Co-Presidents