Welcome to South School PTC

South School is up and Running...
Welcome Back! 
And so is the PTC! 
In 3 short weeks, we have accomplished quite a bit! Here is a quick look at the PTC events and programs these past few weeks:
All students' Supply Packs have been delivered;

The Teacher's Lounge was cleaned and completely restocked by our Staff Appreciation Team;

Our Ambassador team welcomed our "New to South" families with a play date and school tours;

Our "Go Green" Initiative is off and running in the cafeteria with instruction on how to properly recycle; 

Room Parents have been organized;

The Directory is printed and in distribution; 

Our Welcome Back Coffee brought in many volunteers for our programs and events (stay tuned for more information on additional opportunities to help!);

Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade has had their Open House;

Fall Family Gathering enjoyed a beautiful day at the lower playground at South;
AND South Paw is back in action and making appearances! 

Have a PAWESOME week! 

If you haven't ordered your directory yet, there's still time. Click here to get one! And visit www.ptcsouthschool.org for all the latest news and updates.

Anne & Carrie

Special Thanks To...

Kolleen Johnsen and Lindsey Niedermeier for their dedicated work on the PageRunner program both over the summer and this fall - they are a great team. 

Diana Quill and Shelly Sukhani for their efforts in coordinating an improved students' lunch recycling program this year, and helping South "go green!" For more information on what can be recycled in the cafeteria, check here.

Mary Flaherty-Lovy and Nancy Burges for putting together well-run Welcome Back Coffee which gave us all a strong start to the school year!

Lauren Nussbaum and Amanda Reid for running a fun Fall Family Gathering and getting us all in the South Spirit!

Kelly Lavigne and Katey Ryan for helping our families feel welcomed and organizing the Kindergarten & New To South Parent Social!

Suzanne Koeppl and Julie O'Brien Deasy for getting the Library Volunteer Program off to a successful start with our new and returning parent volunteers.

Melissa Baker, Stefanie Grupp-Clasby, Amanda Reid and Katy Pymm of the Staff Appreciation Team for cleaning and refreshing the Teacher's Lounge for the start of the first day of school and organizing Open House dinner for the teachers.

A huge thanks to South School parents Jennifer and Leonardo Gaspar of Club Sandwich for donating dinner for all the teachers before both Open Houses.  What a treat!

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. **

Class Photo Day is Wednesday, September 26
Look for the Coffee Pond order forms in your child's backpack at the end of this week. You can order your child's photos online or have your child bring in the order form with payment on September 26. If you purchase online, your child should still bring the order form with "online order" written on it. This helps with tracking orders. Contact Coffee Pond at 800-632-2323 or lifeguards@coffeepond.com with questions. A portion of the class photo sales will benefit South School.

Save the Dates: Post-Open House Gatherings
Come after the Open House on September 26 (Grades 3, 4) at Gates Restaurant and toast to a great year ahead with your fellow parents. Enjoy a special "South Paw" cocktail and special appetizer pricing. Cash bar available - no RSVP necessary, just show up! 

Last Call for Kids Care Lottery
This program is open to 20 3rd and 4th graders and will meet at South School on Wednesday, October 3 from 2:45-3:45, Wednesday, November 7 from 2:45-3:45, and Wednesday, December 5 from 12:15-1:15 (due to half-day schedule). 

Students will be chosen via lottery. Click here by September 18 to enter your child. Winners will be emailed by September 20. South School parents Becky Paniwozik, Michelle Marti, and Heather Hostetter are leading this PTC sponsored program. The cost to participate is $30 per child. 

Save the Dates: Post-Open House Gatherings
Come after Open Houses on September 12 (K, 1, 2) and September 26 (3, 4) at Gates Restaurant and toast to a great year ahead with your fellow parents. Enjoy a special "South Paw" cocktail and special appetizer pricing. Cash bar available - no RSVP necessary, just show up! 
2018-2019 PTC Calendar

3Labor Day (no school)
5Welcome Back Coffee - 9:15am @ Waveny
10Rosh Hashanah (no school)
12Exec. Board Mtg - 9:15am
12Open House - K, 1st & 2nd - 6:30-8:30pm
15New to South & K Parent Social 6-8 @ Roger Sherman
16Fall Family Gathering - 3-5pm @ Lower Field
19Yom Kippur (no school)
23Fall Family Gathering Rain Date - 3-5pm @ Lower Field
26Class Photo Day
26Open House - 3rd & 4th - 6:30-8:30pm

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)
TBDK-4 Parent Math Workshop - 9:15 - 10:30am @ South
14Garden Harvest Day 3-5PM
18Performing Arts Assembly (Robin Hood by NC Summer Theater)
25Author Visit ~ Suzy Kline
26Bingo Night 6:30 - 8pm @ South Hall
31Giving Tree Ends
31Halloween Parade (K - 10:00 Grades 1-4 1:45)

Click here for the full PTC Calendar

A note from Joanne Rocco and Matt Kascak

2018 Open House Programs
Open House will be held on Wednesday, September 26 for Grades 3 and 4. 

  • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. - Grade 3 Parents - meet in your child's classroom for your teacher presentation.
  • 7:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Specialist and Resource Teachers - in the Gym for to meet and answer questions.
  • 7:45 - 8:30 p.m. - Grade 4 Parents - meet in your child's classroom for your teacher presentation.

Please remember Open House is a time for teachers to present an overview of the classroom program, procedures, and curriculum focuses for the grade level rather than to discuss individual student concerns or progress. Conferences are scheduled for the first week in December after the first marking period, or you may contact your child's teacher to make an appointment to discuss questions or concerns as they arise. 

Thank You Club Sandwich
Our staff is very grateful to the Gaspar family and Club Sandwich for providing us with dinner prior to the start of Wednesday's Open House. The food was delicious and we were very appreciative of the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Gaspars and Club Sandwich.

Walk to School Day - October 5
Mark your calendars for a fun South School tradition - Walk to School Day. Join other South School families and staff as we participate in this Safe Routes to School event. Wear your blue and white to show your school pride, rise and shine a bit earlier, and join us all as we show our South School spirit throughout the streets of New Canaan. It is one of our favorite days of the year!

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.

Walk to School Day is October 5
CTCT-20180426_164949Friday, October 5 is South School Walk to School day! Join your neighbors and friends and bring the entire family to walk, bike, or scoot to school that day. The PTC will welcome parents with coffee and bagels on both playgrounds! (Rain date is Friday, October 12.)

South School Garden Harvest Day
October 14 from 3-5 p.m. is South School Garden Harvest Day! Please join us for a
fun-filled afternoon of Garden Activities, Planting, Taste Testing and Harvesting! Families are welcome, no experience necessary. Sign Up and volunteer opportunities will be sent in the coming weeks.

Emotional Intelligent Parenting Talk: October 16
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. 

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.

Memory Book Cover Contest
Don't miss this 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!