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PTA News and Announcements


PTA Thank yous
Thanks to all who made the holiday staff luncheon a huge success, especially the committee members Heather Dane, Lisa DesMarteau, Maureen Hines, Aimee Kuehndorf, Rebecca Mace. Also thanks to the many volunteers who helped serve the food and those who donated food or money.

Thanks to all who made the Barnes and Noble book fair a success especially the chairs, Donna Hyman and Jen Gold, the music department and the super-talented Orphenians, the many volunteers who greeted patrons and wrapped their gifts and finally the staff at Barnes & Noble.

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.

Sip 'N Chat: Meeting, exchange ideas and ask questions with other Special Ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools. Monthly at Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East, next to Home Goods).
December meeting - Thursday, December 14th, 9:30 - 10:30am.
January meeting - Wednesday, January 17th, 9:30 - 10:30am.

PTA Book Club
The next PTA Book Club will meet on Friday, December 15 from 10:00 - 11:00 am in the library. The book we will be talking about is Dear Martin by Nic Stone. This is an interview with her conducted by Huff Post if you want some context for the book.

We have also started a book club for the Staples community (students, teachers, admin, secretaries, paras, custodians) in an effort to create more of a whole school reading community. It is in its infancy right now, but Dear Martin is our January pick. Participation is optional for students.

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,, in the media center or Celeste Amlicke, SHS PTA coordinator,

Holiday Shopping Alert
Looking for gift ideas for your Staples Student?

Click here to view some amazing items that your Staples Student will love to receive this holiday season. Great gift ideas for everyone. You can shop online at SHOPASF.COM or visit ASF on Post Road. Start your shopping now!!

Naviance Training for Parents
The Staples High School Guidance Department is offering an opportunity for parents to learn about how to use the Naviance college and career program. On Thursday, December 14 from 8:00 to 9:00 am in the Staples library classroom, 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 and space is limited. We recommend parents bring their own device if possible. Please rsvp by December 11 if you would like to attend the session by filling out the form here.

Resilience Project
We loved Lisa Damour's article, "Why Your Grumpy Teenager Doesn't Want to Talk to You" (New York Times, November 15, 2017). Dr. Damour offers great advice and perspective on how parents can encourage their teen-aged children to open up to them and reassures that, for the most part, our adolescent children do manage to work out most problems on their own. This article is a quick and helpful read, but if you only have 30 seconds to spare, here's a great nugget:

There’s more value in providing tender, generic support than we might imagine. It is difficult for teenagers to maintain perspective all the time. The speed of adolescent development sometimes makes teenagers lose their emotional footing and worry that they will never feel right again. We send our teenagers a powerful, reassuring message when we accept and are not alarmed by their inscrutable unease: I can bear your distress, and you can, too.

Book Recommendation Resources
With the holidays coming up Rebecca Marsick, one of the SHS literacy coaches, put together a list with resources for book recommendations. You can access the list here

Yearbook Information
Senior Portrait Deadline - Additional portrait dates have been added. These are the FINAL SITTINGS for senior portraits. 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.

DECEMBER 12 & 13 2pm-8pm (in front of Staples auditorium)

For all yearbook info check the website at

Inklings News
Become an Inklings Album member today! Receive the best 25 photos of your athlete over the course of a season, set up in a Google Photos album just for you. All proceeds from the Inklings Album program funnel back into the Staples' journalism program. As an Inklings Album member, you can sit in the stands and enjoy the moment, while our professional photographers will be on the sideline making sure you have the best photos to remember these moments with. Click here to get started.

Class of 2018 and 2019 - The County Assembly Charity Balls’ Registration Deadline Extension
The registration deadline for both the County Assembly Charity Ball and The Red & White Charity Ball has been extended to Monday, December 18, 2017. The registration process will close if venue capacity is reached before December 18th. Registration is online only at: and for more info, please do not hesitate to contact the County Assembly, Inc. Board of Directors at:

Board of Education
The next regular BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria today, Monday, December 18th, 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

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