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WHS THE WORD

WHS THE WORD

Monday, October 21, 2019

ISSUE #5
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 IN THIS ISSUE

President's Message

Special Thank You

Student Government Happenings

School Start & End Time Focus Group

PTO Volunteer Corner

Philanthropy Update

Upcoming Programs

Fall Pie Fundraiser

Halloween Haunt Concert 

Class Notes


Coming Up (WHS Calendar)

Monday, Oct. 21BOE Meeting, 7:30 pm, WMS
Friday, Oct. 25 Homecoming Varsity Football Game, 7 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 29HS Music Department Halloween Haunt, 7 pm
Tuesday, Oct. 29
WHS Q1 Ends
Wednesday, Oct. 30WHS Q2 Begins
Friday, Nov. 1WHS General PTO Meeting, 8:30 am
Fri-Sun, Nov. 1-3Company's Production of Rumors by Neill Simon, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 3 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 5NO SCHOOL Election Day/Professional Dev
Wed-Fri, Nov. 27-29NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Events occur at WHS, unless other noted. 


 

A Letter from the President's Desk

Dear WHS PTO members,

October and first-quarter are moving along at a fast clip! Yesterday, the PTO and SGA hosted an inaugural kick off to Spirit Week. Mother Nature might have put a damper on the event in the form of rain, but did not squelch the enthusiasm this joint Spirit Committee has for WHS and all the events going on this week leading up to Homecoming and the school’s first in a long time FLOAT PARADE!   We hope you and your family will come out on Friday night at 7 PM to cheer on your student’s class in the Float parade, watch the Trojans battle the Lions and enjoy an enhanced halftime show in honor of Homecoming! Check out the full list of SGA lead spirit week activities going on this week in the SGA section below. The WHS student government spends alot of time organizing these events, so please encourage your student to take part in at least one!

 

The end of October brings with it Halloween and the last day to order Grandma Miller’s pies and breakfast breads!  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to support the PTO by buying or selling a delicious pie or breakfast bread - or two! You have 10 days left to place an order and help us generate funds to invest in WHS and enhance your child’s educational experience.  The pies arrive unbaked and frozen, ready to pop in the oven and fill your house with the scent of homemade deliciousness. The breads are freshly baked and frozen and can be defrosted at a moment’s notice. Scroll down for more information about our Pie Fundraiser or to see a full product list. Click HERE to order.

 

Looking forward into November, I hope you will join us at our next General Meeting on Friday, November 1st at 8:30 a.m. in the WHS Library classroom!  We have a full agenda! Our business meeting will include the presentation of several philanthropy requests that have been made by the school’s teachers and staff.  Come learn about the requests and cast your vote. The topic of our program for this meeting is the much discussed issue of vaping by teens. Read our Program Chair’s submission below to learn more about what this program will cover. We will also have a chance to hear from Jenny Walsh, our representative on the district wide School Start and End Time Task Force that is being led by Dr. McKersie.  I hope to see you all at our meeting on the 1st!

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Warm regards,

Anne Troxell


Special Thank You

We owe a special thank you to our newly formed WHS PTO Spirit committee which includes Kristana Esslinger, Maggie Kins, Jennifer Meir and Jenny Walsh. These ladies have worked tirelessly this Fall to come up with new and creative ways to help the student government build school and community spirit. Go Weston!


Student Government Happenings

The WHS Student Government has been busy planning an exciting week of student activities to generate excitement, comraderie and school spirit.  Below is a list of these activities. If you have any questions, please reach out to our PTO Board student representatives, Lindsey Greenberg and AJ Sollinger.



 

School Start & End Time Focus Group

The Weston Schools have been considering the idea of changing school start/end times. A task force has been created, Jenny Walsh has been appointed the PTO Rep for Upper Schools Perspective. She will be hosting a focus group of 15 parents to discuss the potential change & wants to hear all perspectives & thoughts. Please contact her to sign up at JennyWalsh_2002@yahoo.com


 

PTO Volunteer Corner  

HELP WANTED: CALLING ALL BAKERS - Let's raise some DOUGH!!

Donations and Volunteers needed for the WHS PTO Election Day Bake Sale. We'll need as many quick breads, whole pies, cookies, cakes, brownies, muffins, etc. as possible! (Last year we sold out before the evening rush!) 

This is a town-wide fave and an IMPORTANT fundraiser for the PTO! Net proceeds benefit the WHS PTO Philanthropy efforts and have a direct impact on our school and students.  

Drop off baked goods between 3-5pm on Monday, November 4th in the back of the Middle School by the voting entrance. Please note: All items should be individually wrapped and labeled with the list of ingredients, and please - No nuts!

Not a baker? Pick up a pack of muffins or cookies to donate, or sign up to volunteer for a shift. Please click HERE to sign up. Questions? Contact Kerri Steele Rubin, kesr415@me.com.


 

Philanthropy Update

We have received 2 requests from the high school that we will present at our next General Meeting on Nov. 1st.  Please join us to hear about them and then vote.

-Kristana Esslinger, Philanthropy Chair


 

Upcoming Programs

Please join us on Friday, November 1st at 8:30 am for a presentation on how Weston is handling the vaping situation. SRO Joe Mogollon will provide us with a vaping 101 discussion so that we as parents can be familiar with the lingo as well as the vaping products that our children are familiar with. He will also discuss how Weston is trying to keep the vaping situation under control at the high school. 

We will also hear from Laura Cleary, LMSW, Director of Weston Youth Services. Laura develops programs and collaborates with other groups such as ADAP to support Weston youth and families. Laura will talk about the role of Weston Youth Services and her position as Director. Laura will also talk about resources for parents and youth in Weston and the region including vaping cessation programs and mental health supports. Laura can offer tips for parents on how to talk to teens about substance use and other risky behaviors in ways that are more likely to be effective and build connections.

-Angela Zielinski, Vice President


 

PTO Pie Fundraiser

Fall is here and the holidays are coming! Save yourself time and support the WHS PTO with delicious home-made pies and cakes from Grandma Miller’s Bakery in Londonderry, Vermont.


Menu:

Fruit pies - $19
Apple
Apple Crumb
Cherry
Blueberry
Strawberry Rhubarb
Summerberry
Pumpkin

Specialty pies - $23
Pecan
Black Bottom Bourbon Pecan
Chicken Pot Pie

Breads/Coffee Cakes – $9.50
Banana Bread (nut free)
Cranberry Orange Pecan Bread
Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake (nut free)
Sour Cream Coffee Cake (nut free)

Cakes - $13
Lemon Pound Cake

Order deadline, November 1st. Order online HERE.

For questions or to pay by check, email dkg26@aol.com.


 

Halloween Haunt Concert 


 

Class Notes

Senior Class:

We hope to see you all at this year's Homecoming game Friday Oct 25th at 7 pm.  The high school is bringing back 'floats' - so come cheer on the Class of 2020!!!!!


Junior Class:


Sophomore Class:


Freshman Class:

Click HERE for a full list of PTO Grade Parent Reps.


 

Reminders & Other Notes

Join the PTO:

If you are reading this and haven’t already, please join the PTO. You will not receive important mailings and information if you are not a member. It's free for WHS families! CLICK HERE to join. 

Comments, Questions, Suggestions?

We love to hear from our members, so don't hesitate to contact any of your Board members or email us at whsptocommunications@westonpspto.org

Newsletter Submissions:

The WHS PTO newsletter is distributed biweekly on Mondays (except holidays & vacations). Please send your WHS-related submissions by the preceding end of day Thursday to Amy Jansen, the Communications Chair, at whsptocommunications@westonpspto.org. The Fall 2019 schedule for newsletter publications is 9/23, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, and 12/16 (subject to change). Any submissions received after that time may be delayed until the next newsletter.

Community or "About Town" news (and any information not directly related to WHS) will not be included in regular weekly newsletters. This type of information and news will be sent out monthly in a supplemental edition of the newsletter on the THIRD Friday of each month. Please send submissions by the preceding Wednesday (late submissions may not be included until the next month). Please send questions or submissions to whsptocommunications@westonpspto.org.

Parking & Security at WHS:

When visiting WHS please remember to bring your driver's license for identification. Security will scan your license and issue you a visitor badge. The badge must be worn at all times while in the building and returned to security when you leave. 

Visitor parking is on the street opposite the Main Entrance and on the access road between WIS and WHS (stadium field side only). Please refrain from parking in any parking lot or numbered space. These spaces are reserved and have been assigned to students and staff members. An empty space in a parking lot does not mean it’s an available space.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.