Welcome to South School PTC

Thank You South School!

You proved South School parents are truly PAWESOME.
A special thank you to Genevieve Schettino and Tia Whinery, Giving Tree Chairs, Julie O'Brien Deasy, Communications Chair, and Amy Cardillo and Jessica Knowles, Treasurers. Their leadership helped create and guide this successful campaign.

Through our generous donations, the learning experience of South School students will be further enhanced and the school will see many improvements such as Maker Lab equipment for the Library, updates to South Hall, a shade tent for the Kindergarten Playground, field trip funding, and more! Once again, thank you for your support and trust - we couldn't have done it without YOU!

Anne & Carrie

TREX Challenge & Plastic Recycling: Starts Nov 12
Ever wonder what to do with all that plastic film and/or bags from packaging? Recycle it!  Beginning November 12 (and running throughout the whole school year), South School will be participating in the TREX Challenge as a part of our continued focus on going Green. A bin can be found inside the front lobby. The following items are accepted: grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, newspaper sleeves, ice bags, wood pellet bags, ziploc & other resealable bags, produce bags, bubble wrap, salt bags and cereal bags. All items must be CLEAN, DRY, and EMPTY. Look for a handy magnet sent home with your child on Friday, November 9 to use as a reminder. For more information on the TREX Challenge, check here 

Conference Day Fun Sign-Ups Start November 7
Teacher Conference Day after-school classes, sponsored by the New Canaan Recreation Department, will be offered at South School on December 4-7. The classes offered this year include Legos, science, gym sports, beading, art and more! 

Class descriptions and offerings are now available on-line and registration begins November 7 at 9:15 a.m. in the Recreation office or the Recreation website. Due to the popularity of the classes, register early as they fill quickly. To allow room for everyone, there is a registration limit of one class per student for enrollment November 7-11. Beginning November 12 you may register for all remaining classes. All classes are open to K-4 students. 

Photo Retake Day is November 14
Students who would like a retake must return their original Portrait Package to the photographer on Photo Retake Day. Simply have your child show up with their original prints. Please do not return the class photo.

Parents with questions (about order forms, late orders, missing orders, refunds, etc.) should contact Coffee Pond at 1-800-632-2323, ext 0 or lifeguards@coffeepond.com.

South School Recycles Poster Contest!
South School Recycles Posters will be accepted until November 19! Two ways to enter: 8.5" x 11 OR Poster Board Size. Winners will receive a gift card from Baskin Robbins as well as their winning poster featured in the Memory Book. Keep an eye out for all the Recycling Posters hung on the school halls! Check here for information on what's recyclable at South School. 

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!

Kids in Crisis Thanksgiving Meal 
From now until November 16, we will be collecting money to help buy a Thanksgiving meal for a special family. We are working with Kids in Crisis to help give this family the Thanksgiving they deserve.  We are asking for your help. Please donate spare change to our collection boxes located in the front lobby, main office, lunch room, and teachers' lounge. We will use this money to purchase a Thanksgiving meal for the family. This is our second year doing this. Please help us in making this a success!

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!
A group of special students at South School

Kids Care Book Drive
Kids Care will be hosting a "Gently Used Book Drive" from November 26-30 to benefit Teach for America CT. Books should be appropriate for ages 4-13, and will be donated to TFA teachers in Bridgeport and Norwalk for their classroom libraries. Books may be sent in with your children and deposited in the decorated boxes throughout the school. It's a great time to clear out your children's bookshelves for a good cause and make room for their new Book Fair choices! 

South School Student Art at UCBC
Congratulations to the following second and third grade artists chosen to be included in the New Canaan Schools Art Show at Upper Crust Bagel Company in town: Peyton Kane, Olivia Takach, Gabriel Diaz, Nishant Shenoy, Haley Schlafman and Dean Kelly.  Please stop by and enjoy their work and the work of other NCPS artists from now until January!
2018-2019 PTC Calendar

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
4-7Teacher Conf. - Early Dismissal/Conf. Day Fun
5Kids Care - 12:30 - 1:30pm @ South (Room TBD)
12Exec. Board Mtg - 9:15am
21-1/02/19Winter Holiday (early dismissal on 12/21)

Click here for the full PTC Calendar

A note from Joanne Rocco and Matt Kascak

Giving Tree Thanks
Our Giving Tree fundraiser reached an all-time high this year due to the generosity of our wonderful parent community. We are so very grateful for the overwhelming response from so many families, and we thank you in advance for the many ways in which your donations will make a positive impact upon our children. 

Upcoming Half-Days of School:
Please mark your calendars for these half-days with dismissal at 12:15 p.m. for all K-4 students:
Regular bus service will be available on all half-days.

Passionately Pink for the Cure
The South School staff and fourth graders raised $486.00 for the Susan .G Komen Foundation. The staff and fourth graders "went pink" on Friday, October 26, participating in Passionately Pink for the Cure. Our staff participates each year in Passionately Pink, and this year the fourth graders joined in with us. What a great way to join with students to show our support for an important cause. Thank you to South staff members Mrs. Jaffer and Ms. Riter for organizing this event.

Safety Drills 
During the first two months of school, we have practiced several types of safety drills with staff and students. These have included whole school fire and lockdown drills, grade level bus safety drills and weather related drills, and individual classroom fire drills in classrooms that use a window as their alternate exit. In addition, our kindergarteners and first graders participated in Fire Safety assemblies conducted by the New Canaan Fire Department in late October.  

We will hold several more drills during the school year  Teachers and staff  approach these drills in a developmentally appropriate way with their students, and our children respond very well to all of our drills. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Rocco or Mr. Kascak.

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.

Kindergarten Choral Concert
Please join us in South Hall on Tuesday, November 20 at 9 a.m. for the Kindergarten Choral Concert. The children will be singing songs they learned in music class. Everyone is welcome! piano_keyboard.jpg

New Canaan Racquet Club
New Canaan Racquet Club is offering South School students a complimentary tennis clinic on December 5 from 2-3 p.m. (this is a half day of school). NCRC will supply racquets if the children don't have one, prizes, music and instruction by our full time staff. Contact NCRC at (203) 966-4558 to sign up. Capacity up to 24 children, grab a few friends and have a ball! Seasonal clinics are available on weekdays after school, for more information go to www.ncrctennis.com/junior-clinics/.

South School Recycles Poster Contest: Oct 26 - Nov 19

Look out for this flyer that was sent home with your child on October 26 with information on materials that are recyclable at South. Encourage your child to be "green" and use the backside to create a rough draft. Two ways to enter: 8.5" x 11 OR Poster Board Size. Winners will receive a gift card from Baskin Robbins as well as their winning poster featured in the Memory Book. Ten winners in all! Let's decorate the halls with Recycling Posters. Posters will be hung as we receive them and the last entries will be accepted on November 19.

Holiday Book Fair Will be Here November 27-29!

The 2018 Holiday Bookfair is coming up, November 27-29! Back again by popular demand, hours will be extended on Tuesday and Thursday until 4:00 to allow for after school shopping!

Book Fair Hours:
Tuesday, 11/27 8:30 - 4:00
Wednesday, 11/28 7:30 - 8:15, 8:30 - 3 (Special early hours for Books and Bagels)
Thursday, 11/29 8:30 - 4:00 

Click here to see when your child's class will be visiting the book fair. You are welcome to meet them and shop together.

Book Fair is going GREEN this year to support the South School Green Initiative. We encourage everyone to BYO book bag for your purchases.

Volunteers are needed to help make the book fair a success! It's a great way to see the classes and help kids with their purchases. Sign up here to take a shift. 

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