Welcome to South School PTC

We are excited to announce that our annual Giving Tree fundraiser is live!

The Giving Tree is our annual appeal to you - the parents of South School - to support the enrichment of your children’s education. It is our ONLY direct appeal to our parent community, and we ask that you take a moment to consider a donation amount that is suitable for your family.**

We are depending on your support to raise $225 per student by October 31st to meet our goal of 100% participation.

Be Pawesome & Donate Today

This year, in partnership with the teachers and administration, we will have weekly participation prizes. When you donate to the Giving Tree, your children will be entered to win, anything from an extra recess for their class to lunch with Mrs. Rocco.

Thank you for your support and enthusiasm towards this vital school fundraiser!!

**Please consider having your donation go further by checking if your employer has a Matching Gift Program.

Fall Harvest & Giving Season

Last week our Giving Tree began and it is off to a  "PAWESOME" start. We are aiming for 100% participation so please complete the Annual Appeal letter that was mailed home or go online to donate today! You can visit our school's front lobby to view your apple on the tree (each apple represents a family who has donated). Make your donation now to participate in Week 3's prize offering. We have two weeks remaining in our Annual Appeal so please donate now if you have not already done so.  It is the PTC's annual donations that make our programs and additional enrichment experiences possible for our children. 

Last Friday was our annual Fall Walk to School Day. We were blessed with amazing weather and had a huge turnout -- most of the buses seemed empty which was a sign of strong participation! How great is it to have a principal walking around in a blue wig! Here is a picture if you missed Ms. Rocco's Walk to School Day look.

Kids Care (our community service club for 3rd & 4th graders) started on 10/3. They will be collecting change throughout this session to donate to a charity of their choice - their theme is "Little Changes Make a Big Difference." They also had a speaker from the New Canaan Community Foundation come to speak about their organization, other nonprofits, and the overall importance of community service. 

Our first annual Garden Harvest Day was today! Students were able to plant garlic and bulbs, stuff our very own South scarecrow, and harvest the garden. All produce will be donated to the Waveny Care Center and the New Canaan Food Pantry.

Thank you, and as always if you have any questions or comments on our programs or events, please email us at south.ptc@ncps-k12.org

Anne & Carrie

Special Thanks To...

Cameron Buzzeo and Amy Sales for leading a fantastically spirited and well-attended Walk to School Day! 

Cristen CottrellAmi Carpi, and Sarah Hering for organizing a fun fall Garden Harvest Day and a delicious Apple Pie contest to celebrate the fall season!

Suzy Kline Author Visit Details
On October 25, award-winning author Suzy Kline will be visiting all grades at South School! Suzy is known for both her "Horrible Harry" and "Herbie Jones" series. Your kids may already know that Horrible Harry books take place at another "South School"! 

Personalized, autographed paperback books will be available to purchase by clicking here though September 27. (scroll down to see all book choices)

**In the notes section at checkout, make sure to include your child's name and who the book is being addressed to, as well as your child's grade and teacher name. **

Emotional Intelligent Parenting Talk: October 18
Back by popular demand, Dr. Marc Brackett, Ph.D. and Director of the Yale University Center for Emotional Intelligence, will present "From Theory to Practice: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting" on Thursday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Saxe Auditorium. He will review the five key skills of Emotional Intelligence, including tools that will be taught to students in our school district this year and next, and also how parents can support this work at home. 

Last Call for Memory Book Covers
Last chance to get your drawing on the cover of the Memory Book! Submissions must be in a "portrait" layout on an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of white printer paper, with the student's name written on the back in pencil. All entries should say "South School Memory Book 2018-2019" somewhere on the cover. Markers and colored pencils work well! Drop entries off in the Memory Book Basket in the Main Office. Final deadline for submissions is Friday, October 19.

Order your Memory Book now! These colorful books are filled with hundreds of pictures and every child is included. Memory Books are distributed the last week of school and children enjoy signing them, so don't miss out. Cost is $25 for this hardcover, 80 colored-page bookClick here to order!

We are also collecting pictures to be featured in this year's Memory Book. Send photos to southschoolmemorybook2019@gmail.com. In the subject line please write which event they are from. Thank you! 

"Boogie Chillun" Coming to South School! 

The PTC Welcomes Boogie Chillun' to South School on October 18! Boogie Chillun' is a six-piece, diverse, multi-cultural and multi-talented musical group that is well versed in all styles of music.This American Roots program will take students and faculty on a musical journey back through America's rich musical history, from Yankee Doodle to hip-hop. This journey is targeted for any age group. It transcends all boundaries, cultures, races, creeds and colors. With a brief introduction for each artist's song and its contribution to American Music, Boogie Chillun brings a review of American music to your school culminating with their own hallmark song, "Read Baby Read"!

(This performance is in lieu of the previously scheduled Robin Hood performance, which was changed because one of the performers is injured. We are thankful for Boogie Chillun for jumping in!)

South School Recycles Poster Contest: Coming Soon!
Calling all "green" artists: the "South School Recycles Poster Contest" is around the corner! Students have the opportunity to creatively educate their peers and the faculty on what can and should always be recycled at South School. Look out for the flyer that will be sent home with your student on October 26. It will include details and links with info on materials that are recyclable at South. Entries will be hung in the school and the winner will have his/her picture in the Memory Book along with a prize.

Box Tops: Start Clipping!
Box Tops cut abovePlease start clipping BOX TOPS now because our annual classroom competition takes place early 2019. Last year our school raised over $1600 - which is like free money!  And the class with the most BOX TOPS wins a cupcake party, so start clipping South School!

2018-2019 PTC Calendar

1Giving Tree Begins
3Exec. Board Mtg - 9:15am
3Kids Care - 2:45 - 3:45 @ South (Room TBD)
5Walk to School Day (rain date 10/12)
14Garden Harvest Day 3-5pm
TBDK-4 Parent Math Workshop - 9:15 - 10:30am @ South
18Performing Arts Assembly (Robin Hood)
18PTC/PFA Joint Meeting 7pm Saxe Auditorium
25Author Visit (Suzy Kline)
26Bingo Night 6:30 - 8pm @ South Hall
31Giving Tree Ends
31Halloween Parade (K - 10:00 Grades 1-4 1:45)
6Election Day/Prof. Development Day (no school)
7Exec. Board Mtg - 9:15am
7Kids Care - 2:45 - 3:45pm @ South (Room TBD)
9Veteran's Day 9:00am (Students and Staff only)
14Photo Retake Day
20Kindergarten Concert ~ 9am South Hall
21Thanksgiving Vacation-Early Dismissal
22-23Thanksgiving Vacation (no school)
27-29Fall Book Fair (set up 11/26; break down 11/30)
28Fall Book Fair Bagel Breakfast 7:30am
30Report Cards Distributed

Click here for the full PTC Calendar

A note from Joanne Rocco and Matt Kascak

Giving Tree Thank you
Thank you for your support of our Giving Tree fundraiser. Our entire school community benefits from the many enhancements to our school programs and experiences for students due to our PTC's fundraising efforts and the support of our parents.

Dr. Marc Brackett
We hope that many of our parents will be able to attend the presentation by Dr. Marc Brackett on October 18, 7:00 p.m. at Saxe. Throughout the year, you'll be hearing updates about our district focus on Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Brackett's presentation will provide the background and research related to this important work with our students. 

South Staff Goes Pink
On Friday, October 26 the South School staff will be trading in their blue and white colors for pink. We will once again be showing our support for Breast Cancer Awareness and will be raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  We invite our students and parent visitors to join us in wearing pink that day.

Halloween Parade
All parents are invited to attend our annual Halloween Parade for grades 1-4 which will be held on Wednesday, October 31, beginning at 1:45 p.m. The Kindergarten parade will be held on the same day at 10:00 a.m. Children are not allowed to bring toy guns, swords or other weaponry to school. Please DO NOT send in food/candy for your child to share with others. Due to allergy and medical issues, we cannot share foods in school, and any foods served during classroom parties are carefully planned by teachers in collaboration with parents of students who have allergies or medical conditions. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Veterans Day Guests of Honor and Veterans Honor Board  
If you have a family member or friend that has served, or is serving in the armed forces that you would like us to invite as a guest of honor for our Veterans Day assembly on Friday November 9, please contact Mr. Kascak by Wednesday, October 24.
As we have done for the past four years, we are creating a Veteran Honor Board where we postpictures of family members who have served in our armed forces. If you have relatives who have served, living or passed on, such as grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, siblings, cousins, and friends whose picture you would like included on our honor board, please send in their picture. On the back write the person's name, the branch they served in, your child(ren)'s name, grade(s), teacher and the relationship of the veteran in the picture to your child(ren), and we will post them on our honor board for the month of November.  Pictures will be returned in December provided all of the necessary info is on the back of the picture. 

Follow South Happenings on Twitter!
I have entered into the world of tweeting, and you can follow South School's great work and happenings at @South_School. I'll be posting weekly updates to keep everyone informed and updated.

Save the Dates: South School Concerts (New 3rd Grade Date!)

piano_keyboard.jpgMark your calendars for the 2018-19 South School Chorale Concerts! All concerts will take place in South Hall at 9 a.m. All are invited!

Kindergarten: November 20
1st Grade: March 20
2nd Grade: April 4
3rd Grade: May 15 *New date due to a school conflict*
4th Grade: May 22

Attention all 4th Grade Parents! 
In keeping with the South School tradition of celebrating our 4th Graders in the Memory Book we need your help:
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    Submit an electronic baby photo (within the first year of his/her life) of your 4th Grader to 4thgradebabypix2018@gmail.com by October 19.
  • Save the image with your childs' full name. The subject line of your email should read:  4th Grade Baby Picture - (Childs name).
  • Fill out this Memory Book Questionnaire and return it to the Main Office by October 19.

Fall Family Photo Sessions
Take care of your Christmas card photo early this year! Your family can schedule a photo session with talented local photographer Andrea Chalon. 100% of the "voucher" sitting fee is returned to the PTC. Click here to sign up to create some family memories.

Calling All Shoppers!
Did you know that South School can earn money each time you shop for everyday products?
You can help by:
  • Joining the Amazon Smile Program! Go to smile.amazon.comand type in "South School Parent Teacher Council" as your preferred charity. South School will earn a portion of all the sales placed through this program!
  • If you grocery shop at Shop and Stop, see directions below to login and register your own cards. Please reach out toJacquelyn Frawley with any questions. South earns money through SNS's "Bonus Bucks" program.

Participation in this program really does help raise money for our school, so by taking a few minutes to register it really does benefit all of us! Here's how to do it:

  1. Fisit www.stopandshop.com
  2. MENU dropdown 
  7. Choose SOUTH SCHOOL - New Canaan when prompted