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WHS THE WORD Feb 10, 2020

WHS THE WORD

Monday, February 10, 2019

ISSUE #12
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 IN THIS ISSUE

President's Message

Valentine's Day Treats for WHS Teachers & Staff

WHS 2020 SAT Prep Course

BOE Report

BOE: Understanding the School Budget Process

Memorial Day 5K Run, Walk & Fun Run

Philanthropy

Class Notes


Coming Up (WHS Calendar)

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
March 25SAT (Testing) - Junior Class
March 26WHS Q3 Ends
March 26K-12 Early Dismissal (WHS 11:45)/Professional Dev
March 26-29 Company Spring Musical, Thurs-Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 3 pm
March 27WHS Q4 Begins

Events occur at WHS, unless otherwise noted. 


 

A Letter from the President's Desk

Dear WHS PTO Member,

Third quarter is flying by! I hope you have plans to get away or enjoy a brief stay-cation during the school’s mid-winter break this week. In honor of Valentine’s day, our Staff Appreciation chairs Heather McNulty and Amy Cohen will be showing the school’s teachers and administrators some love on Tuesday with an offering of delicious sweet treats baked by parent volunteers. I am proud of the PTO’s efforts to enhance the experience of our teachers and administrators in small, but meaningful, ways such as this. 

This issue of our newsletter includes important submissions by our Philanthropy Chair Kristana Esslinger and BOE representative Laura Schlossberg. Please take the time to get informed about the 2020-21 proposed school budget, as it relates to the high school, and to learn more about the PTO’s philanthropy history and how we have served to improve our school’s educational environment and course offerings. 

Check this out: Thanks to Debbie Morvillo, our test prep chairperson, the PTO is offering, for the first time ever, a four week SAT prep course on a Saturday! Space is limited, so don’t delay in signing up your student for this competitively priced course. Details below.

Happy reading!

Anne Troxell

WHS 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!
 

 

WHS 2020 SAT Prep Course 

Now Offered Saturday Mornings! All Juniors take the SAT in March!

The WHS PTO will be offering a 5-week SAT Test Prep Class to help students prepare for upcoming test dates at WHS.

The SAT is administered to all Juniors in-class on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The SAT will also be offered at WHS on Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, June 6.

In addition to 12 hours of instruction from WHS teachers Kevin Joyce (Math) and Jessica DiBuono (formerly Gleason) (English), students will receive the Official College Board Official SAT Test Prep Book at the start of class.

Registration is online now through February 20th and space is limited. No refunds will be given after February 18. Questions: contact Debbie Morvillo at debbiemorvillo@gmail.com

Sign Up Here

Course Schedule:

DATETIMEMATERIAL COVERED
Sat. 2/229-11 amMath
Sat. 2/299-11 amMath
Sat. 3/079-11 amEnglish
Sat. 3/149-11 amEnglish
Sat. 3/21

9am – 1:15pm

9-11 am

11:15am-1:15pm

*Double Session to Mimic Test Conditions*

English

Math


 

BOE Report

Click HERE to read the WHS PTO BOE Representative, Laura Schlossberg's report from the January BOE meeting.

This report includes a detailed summary, notes, and links to recorded meetings, including a summary of the public Q & A discussion held before the regular meeting.


 

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.

Key upcoming dates:

  • 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.

 

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

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

Calling the entire Weston community to come out for this family friendly event.   We are planning food trucks, prizes, kids’ bouncy house and more.

This is 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 there are a number of ways to help! Please contact us at weston5k2020@gmail.com for more information.

Join in the excitement as we begin to unveil clues to this year’s theme.  

It's a bird, it's a plane.....

5K2020 Co-chairs

Maggie Kins
Alison Nevitt
Bradie Paul


 

Philanthropy

At the next General PTO Board meeting, we will be presenting 2 new requests.  Come on March 6th to hear about them and cast your vote.

In addition, we will be holding a special PTO meeting to discuss Philanthropy in more detail.  We will review how we have spent our funds over the last 7+ years and brainstorm ideas for the future.  Principal Wolak will join us as well.  Date will be the last week of February and announced soon!

Any questions, please contact the Philanthropy Chair at kristana.esslinger@gmail.com.

Class Notes

Senior Class:

Junior Class:

SAVE THE DATE for the Class of 2021 Ladies Night

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed with parenting these days? Join us for Ladies Night at the Milestone (2 Georgetown Rd, Redding, CT) on Wednesday, February 26, 7:00pm.

$25 Pizza and salad. And…..it’s Wednesday ½ price wine night.

10% of the proceeds will go to the Class of 2021 PTO fund.  An RSVP/payment form to follow (we’d like to give Milestone a headcount so they can prepare).

--Your Class of 2021 Parent Representatives: Jodi, Sandy, Angela, Amy

 


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.