PTA News and Announcements
We would like to wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for all our amazing SHS families, students, teachers, administration and staff! Thank you for making SHS the wonderful school community it is. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday break!
-Netta and Claudia
In this weekly…
· Your Voice Matters: Selecting the Westport Superintendent of Schools
· Please Support the Staples Staff Appreciation Holiday Luncheon
· Connections Update
· Reflections Art Contest 2019-2020
· Important Information From Guidance and the College & Career Center
· Navigating Your Child’s IEP
· New Staples logo wear-WINTER ITEMS ADDED
· Yearbook Order Link
· Class of 2020: Cap and Gown/Diploma Information; Deadline extended for baby pictures and ads; Senior Portraits
· Board of Education
SAVE THE DATE: December 18th at 10:00 AM (NOTE THE DATE CHANGE) - Guidance coffee to discuss course selection and balance, we will also vote on the updated PTA bylaws.
“Your Voice Matters – Selecting the Westport Superintendent of Schools”
What: The Westport Board of Education will be hosting an opportunity for community members to share their insight on the hiring of the next Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Joseph Erardi, the search consultant working with the Westport Board of Education, will be facilitating this meeting dedicated to gathering community input for the superintendent’s hiring committee.
When: Tuesday, December 10th, 7:00-8:00 PM
Where: Staples High School Library
Any resident needing additional information on the community conversation should contact Dr. Erardi at 571-480-0313.
Please Support the Staples Staff Appreciation Holiday Luncheon
Please help our wonderful staff celebrate the holidays! Contribute food, beverages or donate money to support the Annual Staff Holiday Luncheon. The PTA will be hosting the Staff Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 6th for all 250+ staff members. Please consider donating to help us make the luncheon special:
● For food and beverages contributions or to volunteer, please click here.
● If you don’t have time to cook and would prefer to make a monetary donation, we will take care of the rest!
● To make a donation by PayPal, please click here. Alternatively, you can drop off or mail a check (payable to SHS PTA) to Kristina Schwarz at 7 Maplewood Avenue.
Any questions, please contact Kristina.email@example.com.
Thank you in advance,
Maggie Blau | Kristina Schwarz | Rebecca Mace | Chrys Lygnos |
Connections Update and Amazon Wish List
Connections serves as an intentional time to: communicate school-related information, foster meaningful connections between students and staff members, and create a safe environment where students feel comfortable to hold open discussions throughout their Staples career. November’s Connections theme is Gratitude. Here is a link to our newsletter sent to students for the week of November 11 and other archived newsletters.
You may also want to listen to “This is a Wreckording.” This link will take you to the inklings news website where Ethan Frank discusses the Connections program with Principal Thomas.
Here is the link: This is a Wreckording.
Attached you will find the Amazon wish list of high interest items that Principal Thomas refers to in his podcast. Our plan is to have these materials contained in bins that are shared and accessible to staff throughout the building. Additionally, some materials were requested by individual teachers to serve groups that meet outside of classrooms who do not have access to equipment and supplies like those in classroom locations.
Thank you so much for helping us enhance the Connections program.
Reflections Art Contest 2019-2020 - “Look Within”
The PTA’s cornerstone arts program, Reflections offers students the opportunity to be recognized on the local, state and national level for their unique artistic interpretation of the theme. Entries are due January 6, 2020.
Entry forms, Rules and Guidelines are available at https://bit.ly/2o7bhEj and on the CT PTA website ctpta.org/reflections.
For questions: Anne Alcyone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Important Info from Guidance and College & Career Center
Naviance Parent Workshop
The Staples Guidance Department is offering an opportunity for parents/guardians to learn about how to use the Naviance college and career program. The event will take place on Friday, December 13 from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Westport Public Library. (Please note the location; enter through the main entrance on the Levitt Pavilion side.)
Led by School Counselor Tom Brown, parents will be given a tour of the aspects of Naviance most utilized by Staples High School. Topic areas include: Do What You Are personality inventory, the Career Interest Profiler, college search, college profiles, resume building, and career exploration. Our goal is to inform parents of the incredible resources available within Naviance to help them better support their children in their post-high school planning. The training is designed for 10th and 11th grade parents. Parents may bring their own device to follow along if they wish.
Staples Resilience Project
The Staples Resilience Project is an ongoing endeavor by the Staples Guidance Department aimed to promote the well-being of our students and foster a positive, inclusive school community. Here is a link to our second message of the school year, Managing Technology. Please visit the Staples Resilience Project website for archived messages as well as a list of additional print and online resources.
Navigating Your Child’s IEP
Understanding your child’s IEP can be difficult. This presentation given by WPS administrators will take you through the document so that you are able to better participate in the Planning and Placement Team meeting.
Monday, December 9, 2019. Long Lots Library.
There will be TWO Sessions of this presentation: Session #1 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM and Session #2 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.
RSVP to Mary Alvarez at email@example.com - please specify which session you would like to attend.
NEW Staples Logowear - WINTER ITEMS!
Check out the new Winter Logowear items now available! Keep toasty warm with hats, scarves, gloves, fuzzy headbands, fleeces & more. They make great holiday gifts for students, parents or family members. Order placed by December 1st will be available week of December 16th - just in time for the holidays! Happy shopping!
To order a yearbook, place your order by clicking HERE. Please save your order confirmation email for end of year book pick-up and bring to distribution in June. More detailed information regarding the yearbook can be found here.
Class of 2020
Cap/Gown and Diploma Information
To help us order the correct size for your cap/gown and correct spelling of your diploma, please complete the online order form on our website http://shs.westportps.org/ under Special Announcements labeled Cap/Gown and Diploma.
Please complete the form and click submit. When submitting your name online, please be aware of all capital letters and spaces when typing. The way in which the name is submitted is how it will appear on the diploma.
Make your check or money order for $50.00 payable to STAPLES CLASS OF 2020.
Staples High School
70 North Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
ATTN: Mrs. Romano
You can also drop your check off in the Main Office to Mrs. Romano.
DEADLINE for payment is JANUARY 6 2020.
Senior Yearbook Ads and Senior Baby Picture
The Senior Yearbook Ads and Senior Baby Picture submission deadline for the 2020 Yearbook has been extended to Nov 4th.
Portrait Deadline December 18.
Portrait Selection Deadline: January 22.
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. 18, you WILL NOT be pictured in the senior portrait section of the yearbook.
Photographers will be shooting at Staples on the following dates (in front of SHS Auditorium)
SEPTEMBER 6, 9, 10: 2PM-8PM
OCTOBER 4-5: 2PM-8PM
NOVEMBER 21-22, 25-26: 2PM-8PM
DECEMBER 16-18: 2PM-8PM
LAST DAYS to have portrait taken and be included in the YBK!!
Westport Continuing Education Summer Programs Survey
Westport Continuing Education is currently developing programs for Summer 2020 for students in grades K-12. We’d appreciate your feedback! Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey about programs you would like to see offered through WCE.
WCE will be giving away a $15 discount for selected summer programs to 8 participants!
Please complete the survey here: https://forms.gle/BbdrewCTNSHeCDoh9
Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria Monday, December 2nd at 7:30 pm. Click HERE for the meeting agendas. 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.
Netta Levy (Beebe) and Claudia Shaum
Staples High School PTA Co-Presidents