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PTA News and Announcements


February 7
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett
BMS Auditorium

February 8
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Newcomers Coffee

February 9
9:30 am - 10:30 am

SPED Sip ‘n Chat
Panera Bread

February 9

Curriculum Open House
SHS Auditorium

February 17

Staff Development Day
No School

February 20-24

February Break

Interested in a SHS PTA position for the 2017-18 school year?
The SHS PTA Nominating Committee is in the process of identifying candidates to fill open positions for the 2017-18 PTA Board. If you have an interest in serving on the Board next year in any capacity or if you have any questions about any positions, please contact one of the chairs Jody Beck ( or Julianne Thompson ( THANK YOU!

New Families
Our next coffee is scheduled for February 8, at Balducci's (383 Post Road East) from 9:30 am - 11:00 am. Please join us if you are new to the Westport Schools this 2016-2017 school year. We look forward to meeting you in person. Laura Gladstone ( and Nancy Lagnese.

SIP 'N CHAT: Meet, exchange ideas and ask questions with other Special Ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools. Thursday, February 9th, 9:30-10:30am Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East, next to Home Goods).

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Tools for Students with Learning Disabilities - Reading and language arts specialist Shelley Lacey-Castelot, ATACP, MS discusses ways to use technology to bridge the gap between performance and potential and help reading, writing, note-taking and other essential skills. This overview will include a discussion of smart choices in AT for students in middle school, high school and beyond. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at the Westport Library

Presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett
Please join us next Tuesday evening for a presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in its Child Study Center, on "How to Use Emotional Intelligence in Parenting." He will discuss how parents can help their children to name, understand and express their emotions and the potential impact of doing so. Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Bedford Middle School Auditorium 88 North Avenue, Westport. For more information see attached flyer.

Music Scholarship
The Joyce and Bernie Zimmerman Foundation Music Scholarship is awarded to one male member and one female member of the Staples graduating class of 2017. Each scholarship is valued at $2,500 and will awarded to students who have made a commitment to major in music upon graduation. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 3, 2017. For more information, go to Staples Music website and click on Scholarships.

Resilience Project
Our recent Communication Time conversations have revolved around the importance of listening. The very first step toward understanding and getting along with others - whether we share a great many things in common or whether we differ in ethnicity/religion/political views/gender/age/etc, whether we agree with their points of view or not - is to hear them. Active listening skills are also vital in strengthening our understanding of and relationships with our own children, and they are important skills to model for them, as well. Parents interested in learning more about active listening can find more information here.

Join the Toquet Hall Teen Governing Board
Applications Available. Interested students are invited to apply to be a part of the Toquet Hall Governing Board. Through this opportunity, Toquet Hall provides a forum for youth to serve as community assets, develop leadership skills, planning and decision making skills, and interact with people of different interests and backgrounds. The governing boards meet bimonthly to discuss upcoming programs, review press kits, assist with fundraising initiatives and create promotion strategies. Students will gain valuable volunteer experience in a fun and unique setting. Applications are available at

Board of Education
The next special BOE meeting will be held at the SHS Cafeteria on Monday, February 6th at 7:30pm (today). Click here for the current meeting agenda. 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 for community info and events!

Join the PTA - parents click here to join, staff click here to join

Order WreckerWear - click here to shop

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