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PTA News and Announcements

Welcome to Staples 2020-2021

Join the SHS PTA
PTA Membership. SHS PTA supports programs and events to enrich students’ educational experiences, benefit teachers, and assist administrators throughout the school year.

This year it's especially important to join the PTA with a $30 donation, so that we can meet this moment with support for our students and teachers.  Note: PTA membership does NOT obligate you to volunteer! (Those of you who do want to volunteer can sign up below!)  Your PTA membership also gives you access to the school directory, MobileArq.  

PTA Membership registration is NOW open. Click  HERE to join.  The REGISTRATION CODE IS westport.  If you have students in more than one school you will be able to sign up for all schools at once.  For any questions, please email our SHS PTA Membership/ Directory Chair Ritu Johorey

Volunteer! This year will present us with different opportunities for parents to contribute and participate as Staples adapts to new challenges this school year.  The PTA will compile a list of parents interested in volunteering and will contact you directly as needs arise. Please click the link below and sign up to volunteer as needed.  If you have any questions, please contact Elena Caggiano at
Link to Volunteer Sign Up

Wreckerwear. We have lots of great items for sale!!! Click here to order, and thanks for supporting Staples PTA!   

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 15th

Picture Day
Cohort 1 - See details below

Wednesday, September 16th

Principal Coffee Via Zoom Webinar!
10:00am - Zoom link and details below

Thursday, September 17th

Ninth Grade Virtual Parent Presentation
8:00 - 9:00 am - see details below

Friday, September 18th

Picture Day
Cohort 2 - See details below

Wednesday September 23rd

SAT for Seniors
No School for grades 9,10 & 11

Sunday September 27th

New Families Welcome Event
10-11:30am at Wakeman Town Farm. All family  members are welcome!

Monday, September 28th

Yom Kippur
No School

Virtual Coffee with Principal Thomas
Please join us for our first-ever Virtual Coffee with Principal Thomas this Wednesday the 16th at 10:00am.  District Health Services Supervisor Sue Levasseur is also scheduled to attend.  Please know that this is our first attempt at a Zoom Webinar, and we will need your patience and understanding as we get used to the format. Below are important details:

Link to join: The event will be conducted via Zoom, starting at 10:00am.  Click on this link to join the Zoom call.

Click here for additional information.

At the start of the meeting, we will be asking attendees to vote to approve 2 important documents: The SHS PTA Budget and the Slate of Officers.  These will be presented during the webinar, but links are below, in case you’d like to review them in advance:

Click here to view the budget
Click here to view the slate

Q&A: Principal Thomas will be happy to answer questions, as we do when these events are held in person. However, due to the expected large volume of questions, he will not be taking questions live during the webinar.

So, we are asking that you submit your questions ahead of time to us via the below Google Form, by Tuesday at noon. This way we can consolidate similar questions, and give Principal Thomas and Sue Levasseur the chance to answer as many questions as possible. The link to the Google Form can be found HERE.

Lunch Waves
This year all 4 lunch waves will occur during the third period of each day. The schedule for lunch waves can be found HERE and the rotations (which classes have lunch during which wave) can be found HERE. REMINDER: All students with a free period during lunch must attend the first lunch wave.

Picture Day(s)
GRADES 9, 10 and 11 During PE/Health Class
Tuesday 9/15: Cohort 1: Periods 5-8
Friday 9/18: Cohort 2: Periods 5-8
Pictures for 100% distance learners will be scheduled separately at a later date TBD.
Staples Picture Day ID: EVTKPRMQB
All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will need to have pictures taken, even if not purchasing personal portraits, as they are used for the yearbook, student IDs, etc. Seniors pictures for IDs will be scheduled at a later date TBD.
Lifetouch is following safety protocols in compliance with CDC/State guidelines.  Please see the attachment detailing Lifetouch's COVID-19 safety/scheduling protocol:Lifetouch Safety Protocols

Senior Portraits
Message to Class of 2021:
Currently the Class of 2021 seniors have reserved ALL of the dates/times LifeTouch had available. SHS is working with LifeTouch to add additional senior dates (in December and early January).  Seniors/parents who did not yet reserve their senior portrait date/time will be able to do so once we get the new dates approved, and then LifeTouch will open them up online for these seniors/parents to reserve their date/time for their senior portrait session.

CT SAT - For Seniors Only
Staples High School will administer the school day SAT to all grade 12 students on Wednesday, September 23, 2020. This test will be available at no cost, and all 12th grade students will automatically be registered by the school.  This fall SAT School Day will be an optional test for students. There are no state or district requirements for students to take this test. Only seniors will be required to be in the building, and there will NOT be any remote learning classes on Wednesday 9/23.

From Guidance
Ninth Grade Virtual Parent Presentation
The Ninth Grade Parent Presentation will be held virtually on Thursday, September 17, from 8:00-9:00 a.m. School counselors will provide introductory information about Staples, including such topics as finding your people, supporting your child’s academics, managing technology use, fostering resilience, co-curricular activities, and insight into the adolescent brain. A link to access the presentation will be emailed to 9th grade families and the event will be recorded and posted to the website for those unable to attend.
Post-High School Planning Information for Seniors
For more detailed information about the following upcoming dates and events, please see the email from the guidance department to seniors and families.

  • Counselor live sessions to be held with seniors on Wednesday, September 16.
  • Virtual college visits will begin on Wednesday, September 16. Dates, times, and details are posted in Naviance.
  • The Guidance Department will begin accepting transcript and recommendation requests on Thursday, September 17.
  • The SAT will be offered to all seniors in school on Wednesday, September 23. There is no cost to take the test. It is not a graduation requirement for students.

Special Education News
SpEd Sip N Chats will happen over Zoom.  Join us for this great opportunity to connect with other SpEd parents! Given the hybrid learning model, we will offer 3 Sip N Chat times this month to make them convenient for everyone’s schedule. Please feel free to reach out to Merrily Bodell, Sharuna Mahesh or Susan Poretta, your SpEd PTA Reps with any questions. Click here for additional information.

Morning: Wednesday, Sept 23rd at 9:30 am
Meeting ID: 751 325 7494
Passcode: westport

Afternoon: Thursday, Sept 24th at 1:30 pm
Meeting ID: 751 325 7494
Passcode: westport
Evening: Thursday, Sept 24th at 7 pm
Meeting ID: 751 325 7494
Passcode: westport

Health & Safety
Below are definitions of some of the terms being used by our Health officials, as an FYI.

Helpful Definitions:

Close Contact 
is defined as spending at least 15 minutes within 6 ft of a person with confirmed COVID-19

Quarantine is defined as a person with a risk for COVID-19 but no symptoms and stays home, separates from others generally for 14 days since last risk exposure

Isolation is defined as a person with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test stays home until no longer infectious, generally 10 days after onset of symptoms and with resolution of fever and reduction of other signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Don’t forget to look for the Weekly Planner in your email in-box every Tuesday. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


Board of Education links:

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.