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Weston High School PTO Newsletter

March 6, 2017


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SCHOOL CLOSINGS & DELAYS
March 20th - No School, Professional Development
April 10 - April 14th - No School, Spring Break


MEETINGS & EVENTS
March 6th - Sacred Heart University Concert Band Festival, 8am
March 10th - Norwalk HS Jazz Festival
March 12th - Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 14th - Pi Day
March 15th - Spectrum Concert,
7:30pm, WHS New Gym
March 17th - Deadline to finalize Senior Internships
March 21st- Board of Ed Meeting,
7:30pm, WMS Library
March 22nd - Meet the Coaches Night for Spring Sports
March 23 - March 25th - Company Musical: Little Shop of Horrors, 7:30
pm
March 24th - Deadline for Sophomores to register for PreACT on Saturday, May 6th
March 26th - Company Musical: Little Shop of Horrors,
3pm
March 28th & 29th - Sophomore Seminars
March 30th - April 2nd - 
CMEA All State Conference and Festival, Hartford, CT
March 31st - WHS PTO Meeting, 9:45am Board of Ed Meeting,
April 3rd, Former UN employee to speak about International College Opportunities7:30pm
April 4th- Board of Ed Workshop, 7:30m, WMS Library

April 6th - Heroin & Opioid Awareness Program for Parents, 7-9pm, WHS Auditorium
April 6th- CAPT Science & Career Day for Sophomores
April 5th- In School SAT exam for Juniors

April 18th - AP Registration for Juniors and Seniors
April 24th - Board of Ed Meeting, 7:30, WMS Library
April 25th
Tri-M Music Honor Society Ceremony, 7:00pm, WHS Auditorium 
April 29th - Boosters Fundraiser, LRC dice tournament
 
INSIDE THIS WEEKS ISSUE
  • NEW! Next PTO Meeting - March 31st, 9:45am. Former UN employee will speak about International college opportunities! 
  • Reminder: Join the WHS PTO Facebook Page and stay up to date every day.
  • NEW! Superintendent State Budget Update.
  • NEW! Principal's February Report.
  • NEW! WHS School Counseling March Newsletter.
  • NEW! Parent Substance Abuse Survey...Look for this in your inbox and please take a few minutes to fill this out.
  • NEW! Heroin & Opioid Awareness Program, Thursday, April 6th, 7-9pm.
  • NEW! Important change to School Handbook regarding e-cigarettes and vapes.
  • NEW! Parents of Current Juniors, Join the Class of 2018 Facebook Page.
  • NEW! Parents of Current Sophomores, Join the Class of 2019 Facebook Page.
  • NEW! Purchase a Weston Water Bottle and Support the WHS Class of 2017.
  • NEW! WHS Company Presents Little Shop of Horrors.
  • NEW! WHS Boosters Club Presents Comedian Hypnotist Bruce James.
  • Reminder: Purchase a Weston Bleacher Seat and Support the WHS Class of 2018.
  • Join Us: PTO Meeting Schedule - All Welcome.
  • Reminder: Word and Newsflash Archive now available!
  • NEW! Weston Youth Services Programs: Delay Your Gray: How to Keep your Teenager Safe and Yourself Sane," The Next Street Driver's Education, Summer Camp programs.
  • NEW! Weston Library Teen Programs: A Peek Behind the CG Screen, Make the new YA Space yours, Join the Teen Advisory Board, Escape the Room for families and for teens.
  • NEW! Weston Historical Society presents Memories of World War II.
  • Reminder: The Word Submission Information.
  • Useful Links

NEXT PTO MEETING...All Are Welcome
Friday, March 31st, 9:45am,, WHS Main Office Conference room

Speaker: Former UN employee will speak about International college opportunities.


 
HAVE YOU JOINED US ON FACEBOOK! CLICK HERE

State Budget Update
Weston families:

As I noted in my message to you last week, Governor Malloy's Biennial Budget Proposal includes major changes for funding education across Connecticut, which would impact all school districts. I also noted that Weston and State leaders need to know that the level of funding cuts proposed by the Governor would have a severe impact on the Weston Public Schools.

Earlier this week, the Appropriations Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly held a public hearing on the Governor's proposed budget. The Weston Board of Education and I seized the opportunity to submit written testimony to the Appropriations Committee emphasizing the potential impact of some of these changes on the Weston school district. A copy of that testimony is attached to this email. We also shared the attached document with Senators Boucher and Hwang, Representative Dunsby and members of the Weston Boards of Selectmen and Finance.

I want to reiterate that the issues referred to in the testimony are based on the Governor's proposals, and that they must be adopted by the State legislature before they become policy and financial reality. In the interim, we continue to work with the other Town leaders on our own budget process. Indeed, last evening the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to submit the Board of Education Operating and Capital Budgets unchanged to the Board of Finance.  Rightly so, the Board of Selectmen’s vote included a provision that the Board of Education would consider contingency budgets depending on the final decisions by the state legislature.

I will keep you updated as we learn more during our local budget process and from Hartford.

Regards,

Bill

William S. McKersie

Superintendent of Schools


Click Here to read the Dr. McKersie's Budget Updates.

Remaining Budget Meetings:
March 8, 2017: Board of Finance reviews BOE budget request - 7:30pm, Town Hall
March 29, 2017: Board of Finance Public Hearing  - 8:00 pm WMS Library Media Center
April 19, 2017: All Town Budget Meeting (ATBM)  - 8:00 pm WHS Auditorium
April 27, 2017:  the referendum for those who cannot vote following the ATBM



Principal's Report
Click Here
 to read the Principal's February Report on all schools.


School Counseling Newsletter
Click Here to read the WHS Counseling Department March Newsletter

 



PARENTS: Please  Fill Out an IMPORTANT Survey On Substance Abuse
Look out for the Survey in your inbox.

If you have any questions about the survey, please send an email to julianegivoni@westonps.org.
 

Heroin & Opioid Awareness Program presented by Weston High School in partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Connecticut
For Parents & Educators
Thursday, April 6th 7-9pm, WHS Auditorium

Please join us for a showing of “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a powerful documentary created by the FBI and DEA to educate students and parents about the dangers of addiction. The movie will be followed by a discussion with a Fairfield County parent who recently lost her son to an opioid overdose.

Click Here for additional information.



Important Change in School Handbook
Both Use and Possession of E-cigarettes and vapes will now be subject to a
10-day suspension.
 



Attention Parents of Current WHS Juniors (Class of 2018)!
Please take a moment to join the PTO sponsored Facebook page: WHS Class of 2018 Parent Group, PTO Sponsored by clicking this link: 


Class of 2018 Parent Facebook Group

This page is administered by the Class of 2018 Parent PTO Board Reps Anne Troxell, Ali Melito, Megan Couch and Julie Baisley.  Our current goal is to get 100% participation from the parents of this class.  The purpose of the page is to provide parents with up to date information regarding PTO sponsored events for the Class of 2018 students during the last quarter of their Junior year and the 
all - important Senior year in high school



Attention Parents of Current WHS Sophomores (Class of 2019)!
Please take a moment to join the PTO sponsored Facebook page: WHS Class of 2019 Parent Group, PTO Sponsored by clicking this link: 


Class of 2019 Parent Facebook Group

Are you the parent of a sophomore? Do you want timely information on important upcoming events such as Counties, junior/senior prom, SAT/ACT prep classes, or the Memorial Day 5k and Fair? Click Here to Join the Parents of Weston High School Class of 2019 Facebook group and stay up to date on the details you need.
 
This Facebook group is the official, PTO-sponsored information source for all things Class of 2019. For example, if you were already a member of our Facebook group, then you’d already know all about the Counties Assemblies Board, and why your rising junior wants you to be involved. 
 
Just in case you haven’t joined our Facebook group yet, here’s what you need to know about Counties:
 
  • The Counties Assemblies Board requires each town to send 2-3 representatives to plan the Red and White balls – without Board member representatives, Weston students CANNOT participate in this popular student event
  • Responsibilities include attending one meeting per month between September and May, easy administrative duties (hello, envelope stuffing!) and chaperoning one dance with friends
  • Board members must find replacements at the end of the 2-year term
 
If you have an awesome posse of friends who would make amazing partners in the creation of an event our students love, now is the time to get involved. Ready to learn more? Get in touch with current Counties board member Karen Toner a
dkzg@optonline.net.
 
Have a question for the Class of 2019 parent reps? We’re happy to help. Just let us know – and stay 
tuned because life is about to get exciting!
 
Julie Baisley – 
julup@optonline.net
Lisa Bigelow – lisabigelow@gmail.com
Cathy Greene – greenematt@aol.com
Jean Zech – jczech@optonline.net

 

Please support the WHS Class of 2017 
Purchase a Weston Water Bottle! 

100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be spent on the Class of 2017.
$25 per water bottle*

Orders will be available for pick up from the main office in mid-March
Credit card payment only
Limited supply...Don't be left out.....Order your water bottle today!

Click Here to order! 

Please contact Carla Welsh at carla.welsh@sir-galahad.com with any questions.

*17 ounce H2GO "Force" Stainless Steel Water Bottle (double wall stainless steel thermal bottle with copper vacuum insulation and threaded stainless steel lid)

 


WHS Company Presents Little Shop of Horrors
This delectable sci-fi horror musical, with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score  by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, tells the story of Seymour  Krelborn, a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who  happens upon a strange plant, “Audrey II.” Little does Seymour  know, but this unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a  potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

Don't miss this fabulous production! On the stage at the Weston High School Auditorium. Four performances only!
 
Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 pm
 
Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 9
at www.whscompany.com.


SAVE THE DATE!!!     

Sunday, April 2nd   5:00 p.m.

Weston High School Auditorium
COMEDIAN HYPNOTIST BRUCE JAMES
               and his
HILARIOUS HYPNOTIC SHOW 
“Sleep Was Never This Funny . . .”

Weston High School will be jumping with fun, laughter, and definite foolishness
as Mind Master Bruce James excites the audience
with his hilarious Hypnosis Show on April 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
 
The show is hosted by the Weston High School Boosters Club.

 


 The Jr. Class Fundraiser

Please support the WHS CLASS OF 2018 (current Juniors) by purchasing a Weston spirit Bleacher Seat for $15 (navy blue with yellow W).

This navy blue folding seat cushion is made to make sitting on the bleachers more comfortable (it is great for when the bleachers are cold or wet) and its soft material acts as a good cushion to put over a stiff chair.  In addition, the back has the yellow Weston logo printed on it and also acts as a pocket.

The profits from this fundraiser go to the Student Government Class of 2018 in the High School and will be used to fund its annual student government spirit events including holiday decorations, spirit weeks, events such as Prom and so much more!


Click Here to order!
 
UPCOMING 2017 PTO MEETING SCHEDULEAll Are Welcome
March 31st - 9:45am
May 5th - 9:45am
Click Here 
for the entire meeting schedule.
 
Word and Newsflash Archive!
You can now access all 2016-2017 Word and Newsflash publications from the WHS PTO website under the Newsletter tab or 
Click Here.

 



A Message from Weston Youth Services

Join us on Tuesday, March 7th for 
“Delay Your Gray: How to Keep Your Teenager Safe and Yourself Sane” with Elizabeth Jorgensen.  Participants will learn how to understand what is “normal” adolescent behavior, how to set effective limits with pre-teens and teens, how to have a sense of humor and cope with teens’ intense moods, how to enjoy your teenagers and laugh with them, and more!
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Wilton Library-Registration is recommended 203-762-6334;
7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. at the Weston Library.
 
Upcoming classes for
The Next Street driver’s education program at Weston High School begin on Tuesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to register online as well as information on their April 3rd session, please visit thenextstreet.com/westonhs

And we’re putting the finishing touches on our exciting 
summer camp programs for students entering Grades 1-12! Returning this year are the popular Music and Theater camps, technology programs, cooking, baking, legos, science, filmmaking and art. We’re also introducing a two day Sitter Safety program and Needles and Hooks- Knit and Crochet with Gabriela! 

 


Weston Library Teen Programs
A Peek Behind the CG Screen, Tuesday, March 7th, 4pm Community Room. Weston resident Sean Hannon, a 3D animator shows you how an animator brings characters to life. Click Here for more information.

Make the new YA Space yours! Wednesday, March 8th, 3:30-5pm Drop-in. Help us to decorate the new YA Space at the Library so it really has a touch of you! Come paint our bookends and help design the YA Space banner.


Join the Teen Advisory Board, Thursday, March 23rd, 3:45. Have great ideas for teen programs? Want to get involved with your town? Need volunteer hours? Join the Teen Advisory Board at the Weston Public Library. Register by e-mailing apetrino@westonct.gov or call (203) 222-2651

Escape the Room: Family Edition Saturday, March 18th, 10-11:30am, Teen Edition Wednesday, March 29th, 4-5:15pm. Use your surroundings to find the clues that lead to the key that helps you escape! You only have 60 minutes to find your way out. Good luck! Click Here for more information. Register by e-mailing apetrino@westonct.gov or call (203) 222-2651



WESTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Weston Historical Society (
www.westonhistoricalsociety.org) is proud to present Memories of World War II - an exhibition celebrating our town’s contributions to the war.  Over 70 individuals have contributed a wide range of artifacts, photographs, armaments, vehicles, and memories of that War, many of them from fellow Weston residents and their families.  The exhibit is open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  through March 2017.  The exhibition displays a wide range of personal memorabilia, crowd-sourced by over 70 people, mostly Weston residents, that links past and present to the conflict. 



  SUBMISSION INFORMATION

If you have something for The Word please email your submission, in Word format, to kallins@icloud.com. Your article will be printed as is, the content should be print ready; if not it will not be included. 

Submissions must be relevant to WHS parents and/or students.  If there is any question regarding the relevance of a submission, final approval will be determined by The Word Editor and/or the WHS PTO President. 


The Word publishes the first week of each month.

Newsflash will go out each week to report on deadlines and/or events for that week.

Submissions for the Newsflash must be in by Monday night by 7pm



WESTON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR
Click Here for the 2016-2017 Weston Public School District Calendar.


WESTON HIGH SCHOOL PTO WEBPAGE
Click Here to access the PTO webpage and/or to join the PTO.

WESTON YOUTH SERVICES
Weston Youth Services provides a  range of programs and services to promote the health and well-being of our children and families. 
Click Here  to access the Weston Youth Services website.

  AMAZON PARTNERSHIP
  Since we began this program in 2013, we've earned almost $30,000! Up to  8.5% of all purchases made using this link goes directly to the PTOs. Please Click Here to make all of your Amazon purchases or link through our webpage at www.westonpspto.org.


TOWN OF WESTON
Click Here for the Town of Weston official site.

WESTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Click Here for the Weston Public Library calendar of events

WESTON KIWANIS CLUB
Click Here for the Weston Kiwanis Club schedule of meetings and events

 

Submissions will be printed as is; please proof read content.  The Word publishes the 1st Monday or Tuesday of each month. Submissions deadline is Wednesday prior for Monday publications and Thursday prior for Tuesday publications. Click Here for publication schedule and submission deadlines. Information submitted after the deadline will be held and printed in the next available publication. Send submissions to The WHS PTO Word editor, Karen Kallins, at kallins@icloud.com The Word contains information on the most recent WHS and PTO news.  It will be emailed to all registered WHS PTO members each month throughout the school year.  Back issues for the current school year can be found on the Weston PTO website www.westonpspto.org under the WHS PTO tab, click on Newsletter 
Please note, submissions should be relevant to WHS Students and their families (town sports programs, community events or outside sports programs taking place in the Town of Weston).  If there is any question regarding the relevance of a submission, final approval will be determined by The WHS PTO Word editor and the WHS PTO President. 

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