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WHS THE WORD Jan 27, 2020

WHS THE WORD

Monday, January 27, 2019

ISSUE #11
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 IN THIS ISSUE

President's Message

Valentine's Day Treats for WHS Teachers & Staff

Memorial Day 5K Run, Walk & Fun Run

Philanthropy

BOE: Understanding the School Budget Process

Class Notes


Coming Up (WHS Calendar)

January 27BOE Meeting, 7 pm, WMS
February 5WHS Jazz Night, 7 pm
February 12K-12 Early Dismissal (WHS 11:45)/Professional Dev
February 13-14 NO SCHOOL February Recess
February 17NO SCHOOL Presidents' Day
March 6WHS PTO General Board Meeting, 8:30 am
March 18Spectrum Concert, 7 pm

Events occur at WHS, unless otherwise noted. 


 

A Letter from the President's Desk

Dear WHS PTO Member,

If you are like me, you are probably happy that midterms are over and have used this past weekend to regroup and reorganize for the quarter ahead. Before we turn our attention to the second half of the year, I want to take a minute to highlight two PTO events from the month of January. At the beginning of the month, we held a well attended General PTO meeting. Check out our Philanthropy Chair’s note below about the funds approved that day to build up the students’ spirits during this stressful time. Those who attended our meeting gained some valuable information from the Head of WHS’s College and Career, Center Randi Green about the age appropriate actions parents should be helping their kids focus on in high school, with regard to the college process. Mid month, the PTO co-hosted an evening budget event with the PTOs of the other three schools in the district. All of the heavy hitters in the District including the high level administrators from Central Office and all four Principals came out to present the highlights of the 2020-21 school budget and to answer questions from the audience. If you missed this event, you are in luck! Superintendent McKersie arranged to have the meeting videotaped. You can view the meeting by clicking HERE.

Looking forward, there is a lot going on behind the scenes of the PTO. Heather McNulty and Amy Cohen, our Staff Appreciation chairs, are busy planning a Valentine special for our teachers and administrators to show them some love. If you like to bake or want to help them out, please reach out to them. The Weston Budget talks will continue into this month. To stay up to date, go to the district website www.westonps.org. On the fundraising front, Debbie Morvillo, our Standardized Test Prep Chair, is busy planning the next round of ACT and SAT prep classes and our Memorial Day Road Race Chairs, Maggie Kins, Alison Nevit and Bradie Paul are revving their organizational and creative engines to run another successful fundraiser. As always, the PTO welcomes anyone interested in helping out. The Road Race is a huge endeavor and is critical to the PTO with regard to its ability to fund much needed programs and equipment at the high school. If you have a business or work for a company that donates to local not for profits, please consider making a donation. There are various sponsorship levels that Maggie, Alison and Bradie will be sharing with you in the weeks to come, along with other ways to get involved! 

Have a great week!

Warmly,

Anne Troxell, Your PTO President

 


 

Valentine's Day Treats for WHS Teachers & Staff

On February 12th, we would like to honor the hard working staff at WHS with a Valentine’s Day treat buffet. We need your help baking fun treats and someone to arrange the food in the teacher’s lounge. It’s the first year we’ve done this and thought a mid-year surprise would be a nice reminder to them of how much they mean to us and our kids! Thanks for your help!
 

 

Memorial Day 5K Race, Walk, and Kids Fun Run

The 27th Annual Weston Memorial Day 5K Race, Walk and Kids Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd, 2020!!

This is a wonderful community event and the largest fundraiser of the year for Weston High School. The WHS PTO allocates proceeds from the event to fund a variety of enhancements to the Weston High School Curriculum.

Help us run the race! Volunteers are needed and here are a lot of ways to help! Please Contact us at weston5k2020@gmail.com for more information.

A Superhero can be anyone....

5K2020 Co-chairs

Maggie Kins
Alison Nevitt
Bradie Paul


 

Philanthropy

On Tuesday January 14th, the WHS PTO Spirit Committee hosted a "Good Luck on Midterms" breakfast for all of our high school students.  Hot cocoa and donut munchkins were the highlights and it brought a smile to the faces of our kids!!!  The funds were approved at the January 10th General PTO Board meeting. Pictures below.

Questions?  Contact Philanthropy Chair at kristana.esslinger@gmail.com 



BOE: Understanding the School Budget Process

January of each year marks the time when the Weston Public School administration presents the Recommended Operating and Capital Budget for the next school year to the Board of Education (BOE) for review, modification as necessary and ultimate approval. The District’s annual budget is approved by timetables specified in statutes and the Town Charter.

The key dates are:

  • January 27, 2020, 6pm (Mon.): Second Budget Q&A Session (if necessary) - WMS Library. FY 2021 Requested Operating and Capital Budgets. (Followed by BOE Meeting, 7:00 pm).
  • January 30, 2020, 6-9pm (Mon.): Board of Education Meeting- WMS Library. Approval and Adoption of FY 2021 Recommended Operating and Capital Budgets.
  • February 4, 2020, 7.30pm (Tues.): Board of Selectmen reviews Board of Education budget recommendation.
  • March 4, 2020, 7.30pm (Wed.): Board of Finance reviews Board of Education budget request.
  • March 24, 2020, 8pm (Tues.): Board of Finance holds Public Hearing on budget request - WMS Library.
  • April 7, 2020, 7.30pm (Tues.): Board of Finance Budget Deliberation Meeting.
  • April 22, 2020, 8pm (Wed.): Annual Town Budget Meeting - WHS Auditorium.
  • May 2, 2020, 12-8pm (Sat.): Proposed Referendum.

 

Class Notes

Senior Class:

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 whsptocommunications@westonpspto.org. The Winter 2020 schedule for THE WORD newsletter publications will be Jan 13 & 27, Feb 10 & 24, March 9 & 23. 

Community or "Around 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 submissions or questions 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.