Welcome to South School PTC

Image result for welcome back studentsWelcome Back, South School!     

We hope your first few days of school were PAWESOME! 

Our PTC Welcome Back Coffee is on Tuesday, September 10 at 9:15am at Waveny House. Come meet South's new interim principal, John Grasso, and listen to Ellen Brezovsky from New Canaan Cares speak about "Getting the Year off to a Good Start" with an emphasis on finding balance and staying grounded. Additional speakers include NCPS Superintendent Dr. Bryan Luizzi and our wonderful Assistant Principal Matt Kascak. Learn more about this year's school programs and events and sign-up for volunteer opportunities. Our parent volunteers are a large part of what makes South School so special - we simply could not do it all without you!  

Remember to join the PTC by purchasing your South School Directory: click here. Directories will be distributed at the Welcome Back Coffee.  

Finally, stay on top of future school events by regularly checking our website: www.ptcsouthschool.org.

Carrie & Amy

Special Thanks To...

Lauren Nussbaum, Jennifer Dynan and all the Ambassadors for warmly welcoming everyone back to school at the start of the year! 

The Staff Appreciation Team of Amanda Reid, Molly Fewster and Carrie Laska for welcoming back the staff with a fully stocked and sparkling clean Lounge!

Christina Smith for coordinating and distributing all our Supply Packs!

Room Parent Chair, Katie Van Dussen, for all her hard work ensuring an efficient start to the new school year.

The Garden team: Cristen CottrellAmy Carpi and Sarah Hering, and all the summer Garden Volunteers for their hard work over the summer in maintaining our South School Garden!

Walter Stewarts Market for providing bagels and refreshments for our New To South/Kindergarten events last week!


Please join us at Gates Restaurant right after the Open Houses!  This will be a cash bar, so no RSVP is necessary. Head over after your scheduled Open House. We look forward to seeing you there!

Schedule for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 Open Houses on Tuesday, September 17:
  • Parents/guardians of students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 are invited to meet with their child's teacher from 6:30-7:15 p.m..
  • Parents/guardians of students in Grade 2 are invited to meet with their child's teacher from 7:45-8:30 p.m.
  • Specialists and Resource staff will be available in the gym to meet parents/guardians of students in all grades from 7:15-7:45 p.m.

Schedule for Grade 3 and Grade 4 Open Houses on Tuesday, September 24:
  • Parents/guardians of students in Grade 3 are invited to meet with their child's teacher from 6:30-7:15 p.m.
  • Parents/guardians of students in Grade 4 are invited to meet with their child's teacher from 7:45-8:30 p.m.
  • Specialists and Resource staff will be available in the gym to meet parents/guardians of students in all grades from 7:15-7:45 p.m.

2019-2020 PTC Calendar
2Labor Day (no school)
4Exec. Board Mtg - 9:15am
10Welcome Back Coffee - 9:15am @ Waveny
14New to South Parent Social 6-8pm @ Baldanza
15Fall Family Gathering - 3-5pm @ Lower Playground
17Open House - K, 1st & 2nd - 6:30-8:30pm
17Post Open House Parent Meet - Up @ Gates
18Class Photo Day
22Fall Family Gathering Rain Date - 3-5pm @ Lower Playground
24Open House - 3rd & 4th - 6:30-8:30pm
24Post Open House Parent Meet - Up @ Gates
27Recycling Assembly
30Rosh Hashanah (no school)
1Giving Tree Begins
2Exec. Board Mtg - 9:15am
2Kids Care - 2:45-3:45pm @ South (Room TBD)
4Walk to School Day (Rain Date 10/11)
9Yom Kippur (no school)
16Performing Arts Assembly (Blue Jupiter A Cappella Group)
20Garden Harvest Day 3-5pm (Rain Date 10/26)
TBDK-4 Parent Math Workshop - 9:15-10:30am @ South
21Author Visit (Aaron Reynolds)
25Bingo Night 6:30-8pm @ South Hall
31Giving Tree Ends
31Halloween Parade (K 10:00am, Grades 1-4 1:45pm)
Click here for the full PTC Calendar

Kids Care - Lottery Open for 3rd and 4th Grades!
Want your child to have fun while learning how their small acts of kindness make a big difference? Kids Care is back by popular demand and will be taught by South School teachers Mrs. Young (formerly Barbosa) and Miss Mulhern. These service-minded teachers with giant hearts are eager to provide your 3rd and 4th Graders with a fun-filled session of age-appropriate service opportunities. Due to the popularity of this programs, a lottery drawing will be held of all interested students. Please fill out this Lottery Form. You will be notified via email if selected by September 20 and must officially register on the Rec Dept website by September 30 to secure their spot. The cost of the program is $45 to cover teacher salaries and materials. 

The program will meet on October 2, November 6, and December 11 from 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. at South School and selected students are expected to participate in all sessions.

New To South Parent Social (NEW Venue!)
The annual New To South Parent Social will be held on Saturday, September 14 at Baldanza from 6-8 p.m. If you are a Kindergarten parent, or a new family to South School (grades 1-4), we hope you will join us! Cash Bar. RSVPs are appreciated here but walk-ins are welcome as well!

September 15: Fall Family Gathering
The Fall Family Gathering is a great way to celebrate the start of the school year for both parents and children! Your $20 ticket includes entrance to the event, ice cream for all, fun, games, and music. Bring your picnic blanket and a refillable water bottle! (Rain date is September 22).  

Purchase your ticket here.

Volunteers are needed to make the event a success - and it's fun! Click here to join the team!

Picture Day is Wednesday, September 18
We are looking for volunteers to help with Picture Day this year. There will be two shifts with 6 volunteers needed each shift. The first shift is 8:15-9:45 a.m. (K & 1st) and the second shift is 9:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (2nd, 3rd, 4th). Please click here to sign up for a shift.

The Coffee Pond photo order forms will be sent home in your child's backpack at the end of next week. You can order your child's photos online or have your child bring in the order form with payment on September 18. If you order online, please have your child still bring the order form and write "online order" on the form. A portion of the class photo sales will benefit South School.