PTA News and Announcements
Book Fair - Save the Date
Tuesday, December 5th, 9am to 9pm, Hosted by Barnes & Noble, Westport. The book fair benefits Staples Wreckers Mini Grants & numerous PTA programs.
Highlights include: The Orphenians performing at 4:30 pm. Psychic Anna Raymond discussing her new book, Conversations With Mary, at 7:00 pm. Toy drive to benefit Al’s Angels. Choose Cheesecake Factory pies and cakes ready for holiday ordering, plus an array of holiday gift items for everyone on your list! Grabbing a coffee? Please do it at the Barnes & Noble Cafe! Remember to mention that you’re shopping for Staples at the register! Please see the attached Book Fair flyer.
Interested in volunteering to help out greeting or gift wrapping? Please sign up here.
Give Thanks to the Staples Staff - Support the Staff Appreciation Holiday Luncheon
Please help our wonderful staff celebrate the holidays! Contribute food, beverages or donate money to support the Holiday Luncheon.
The PTA will be hosting the Staff Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 7th for all 250+ staff members. Please consider donating to help us make the luncheon special:
- To volunteer or for food and beverages contributions, please click here.
- If you don’t have time to cook and you would prefer to make a monetary donation, we will take care of the rest! To make a donation by PayPal, please click here or drop off a check donation (payable to SHS PTA) to Aimee Kuehndorf at 10 Tranquility Lane,
Any questions, please contact Lisa DesMarteau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your donation to the SHS Holiday Staff Luncheon!
Heather Dane, Lisa DesMarteau, Maureen Hines, Aimee Kuehndorf, Rebecca Mace
Staples Tuition Grants
With SHS PTA’s initial gift of $100 back in 1943, Staples Tuition Grants (STG) was born. Ever since, STG has been a Staples community tradition of families helping families with college tuition. Last year 106 Staples graduates with demonstrated financial need received grants totaling $302,000. Donations can be made by clicking HERE or mailing a check to Staples Tuition Grants, P.O. Box 5159, Westport, CT 06881.
Please think of STG when recognizing a special teacher, school counselor, or staff member at any time throughout the year. If you have any questions, please contact Yuko Moy (email@example.com) or Kris Greer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reflections Art Contest 2017-18 - ‘Within Reach’
The Staples High School PTA is proud to present the theme for this year’s National PTA Reflections program. Reflections is the PTA’s cornerstone arts program that offers students the opportunity to be recognized on the local, state and national level for their unique artistic interpretation of the theme. The Reflections program challenges students to reflect upon, interpret and bring this theme to life through these six categories of artistic expression, Dance Choreography, Film production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Arts.
Entries will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme. The judging criteria are as follows:
- Artistic Merit/Creativity
- Mastery of the Medium
- Interpretation of the Theme (this carries more weight than the other 2 criteria) The Artist’s Statement on the application reflects this and is very important.
1st Place SHS winners advance to the state level and the top entries from there advance to the national level! The deadline for entry to the SHS PTA is January 8, 2018. Entries may be submitted to Karan Harman or Celeste Amlicke. Questions? Please contact Karen Harman, email@example.com, in the media center or Celeste Amlicke, SHS PTA coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show your school spirit and support the PTA by purchasing Staples Wreckerwear. Click here or just go to shopasf.com and put “wreckerwear” in the search bar to find an assortment of Staples logowear.
CANDLELIGHT CONCERT TICKETS AVAILABLE TODAY, NOVEMBER 20th. The 77th Candlelight Concert is December 15, 8:00 pm and December 16, 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm. You can get tickets beginning November 20th on the Staples Music website staplesmusic.org. Tickets are free and limited to 4 per patron. Order soon, they go fast!
Students Interested in the Military and/or Military Academies
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE. On Tuesday, November 21 at 8:00 am, US Military Academy Cadet Leah Foodman will visit the College & Career Center. Juniors with a free period may attend. Seniors may attend during class with permission from their teacher.
For the past few years, the Resilience Project has encouraged Staples families to try taking 24 hours away from technology (social media and texting, in particular) over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. By now, Staples' Technology Break is beginning to feel as traditional as the stuffing and gravy! We hope that this respite from the distraction of phones and devices prompts discussion across the Staples community about the many ways that technology (especially texting and social media) impacts our lives...for better or worse. If you're up to the challenge of trying this at home, here are a few talking points to help process the experience with your family over the leftovers--
- What was the best part? What did you enjoy most?
- What did you DO because you weren't checking your social media/texts?
- What did you do differently because you weren't on your phone/computer at the same time?
- Did this change the dynamic or nature of your face-to-face interactions in any way?
- What did you miss the most, if anything?
- How long did you last? If you didn't last for 24 hours, what was your breaking point or temptation?
- Would you want to try it again?
Parents, if you're curious to know more about the impact of technology and social media on your children and are looking for support in effectively managing that, please check out the Tech Talk Tuesday blog, by Dr. Delaney Ruston, director of the film, "Screenagers."
Happy Thanksgiving from the Staples Resilience Project and the entire Guidance Department. We are humbled and grateful to work with such a wonderful community of students, parents and teachers.
Yearbook Upcoming Deadlines
Senior Portraits Deadline: Nov. 20-21, 2PM-8PM If you have not had your senior portrait taken or do not already have an appointment, call Prestige Portraits to schedule 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 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, animals, etc. allowed). Contact Prestige with your Proof #. Photo selection deadline is Jan. 8, 2018. You are under no obligation to purchase portrait packages. If you do not have a photo taken by Prestige by the last available appointment, Nov. 21, you WILL NOT be in the senior portrait section of the yearbook.
Senior Write-Ups Deadline: Dec. 4. Senior write-ups appear next to senior portraits and are opportunities for seniors to reflect on their experiences at Staples. Write-ups should be submitted here. All write-ups must be 425 characters or fewer. If the 425 character count is exceeded or if write-ups have inappropriate content, the Yearbook Staff reserves the right to edit or delete at our discretion.
For all yearbook information please check our website.
At this year’s Thanksgiving Football Game on Thursday November 23rd, in which Staples will face Greenwich at 10:00 am at home, we will be collecting unwrapped toys for Al’s Angels. Al's Angels would love to have you donate a new unwrapped toy for a child in need. Toys should be for children under the age of 10. There will be boxes placed at the ticket booths. Please support this very worthy cause to help so many young children in desperate need. Be an Angel for a child in need.
PYD Health Wellness Update - Talking to Your Kids about E-Cigarettes and Vaping
Click here for a tip sheet on discussing e-cigarettes with your child. Did you join us for the presentation on the hazards of vaping on Nov. 8th? If so, please click here to take survey and provide feedback to Positive Youth Development (“PYD”) re: the event. Thanks in advance!
BMS Acting Group Presents THE WIZARD OF OZ!
Performances in the BMS Auditorium on Friday, December 1, 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 2, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm.
Tickets: Adults: $12 or $15 (2 seating sections) ; Students: $10; 2 yrs and under: Free.
Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria on Monday, November 27th, at 7:30 pm. Click here for the current meeting agenda. The 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