Welcome to South School PTC

A Season of Giving

"For it is in giving that we receive."  
Francis of Assisi

The "Season of Giving" is upon us and South School has surely given. We would like to thank our South School community once again for all of your generous donations to the Giving Tree: $96,570 in total! South School families are truly PAWESOME!

Another theme of the season is community service, an important focus for South School this year and in the years to come. You may have heard about the KidsCare program, which is in its second year of inception. Kids Care ran a book drive for Teach for America CT this past week. All books will be donated to TFA teachers in Bridgeport and Norwalk for their classroom libraries. In addition, Kids Care will be making Holiday Trees for Waveny Care Center this month.  Other service projects at South School include the following:
  • The Book Fair Committee collected loose change for Filling in the Blanks as a new Book Fair initiative. 
  • The 4th grade raised $200 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 
  • The 2nd grade is doing a food drive for the New Canaan Food Pantry, donating food each month from November-April. 
  • Mrs. Mulhern's class will be doing a fundraiser in late January to raise money for children battling pediatric cancer.  (Last year they raised almost $1,000!)
  • The Special Education Dept raised $340 to purchase two Thanksgiving dinners for families and with the leftover money, they will be providing the children at Kids in Crisis with Christmas gifts this year.  
These events highlight just a few of the ways we are giving back as a community. Ask your child about service projects they have participated in or learned about at school and perhaps find one for your family. South School is doing great things and celebrating the true meaning of this season!  

One final note, the Wishing Wall for the faculty and staff is in the front lobby. Each teacher has made a small wish list for his or her classroom and you may grant a "wish" by choosing an item to purchase for your teacher as a holiday gift. It is completely optional but will be out for your convenience this coming week.

As always, you can contact us at south.ptc@ncps-k12.org.
Happy December!
Anne & Carrie

Special Thanks To...

Karen Elvin, Laura Catherwood, Nora Petkovitch, and Jodie Azzopardi for their hard work organizing the Fall Book Fair- it paid off with an amazing week for the students and teachers! 

Diana Quill and Shelly Sukhani from the Green Team for running the South School Recycles Poster Contest; be on the lookout for all the entries hanging up at South School.

Tracy Goldman and Anne Schimmeck for making sure photo retakes went smoothly and for organizing the South School photo program again this year. 

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 

Lost and Found: Please Claim All Lost Items!
The South School Lost and Found is full of items looking for their proper homes! Some items have names attached, but most do not. When you come in for your teacher conference (December 4-7) please take a few minutes to claim any items that are yours. Lost and found is located just outside the entrance to South Hall. All unclaimed items will be donated Friday, December 14! 

Calling All Bakers!
On Wednesday, December 19, we will be sharing the holiday spirit with our wonderful
snowflake-cookies.jpgSouth School staff by stocking their lounge with home baked holiday cookies. They will be given a cookie tin to fill up and enjoy the baked goods over the holidays. We need your help to provide the delicious treats. Each volunteer will bake two dozen holiday cookies and drop them off at the South School office between 8 and 9:30am on Wednesday, December 19. Click here to sign up. Happy Holidays and happy baking! 

Box Tops: Start Clipping! 


Calling All South School Families! Please 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! 

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!

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

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

Upcoming Half-Days
We will have early dismissal at 12:15 on Dec. 4, 5, 6, and 7 due to parent-teacher conferences and Dec. 21 for the holiday break. Please enter exceptions into School Dismissal Manager by 10:30 a.m. on these half-days.

Transition to Kindergarten - Thursday, January 10, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. - East School Galley
All Incoming Parents from East, West and South are welcome! Come for a presentation and conversation about preparation for kindergarten, including social, emotional, and developmental milestones. Younger siblings welcome. 

Presenters include: Elementary Principals and the Director of New Canaan CARES

*  Learn valuable insights that will help your child
*  Sign-up to receive communications about next year's kindergarten class
*  Pre-register your children to assure the appropriate number of kindergarten classes for 2018-2019 (computer stations will be setup to assist you during this process) 

In case of school delay or cancellation on January 10, the snow-date for this event is Friday, January 11. If you are unable to attend this meeting please visit the New Canaan Public Schools website at 
www.newcanaan.k12.ct.us (click on "Parents" then click "Kindergarten Pre-Registration") to pre-register your child for kindergarten.

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.

Seeking Community Service-Minded Leader(s)
We are looking for a parent who is passionate about community service to assist with planning some community service projects and events within the school for next year.  Please email Maria Magliacano for more information!

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/.

Great Job! Students Helping Students

South School students (left to right) Eloise Van Dussen, Caroline Palmer, Alex Palmer and Bree Hickey organized their own neighborhood fundraiser and raised $200 to donate to South School. The students decided to purchase playground equipment  for the kindergarten and lower playground with the funds they raised. Our gym teacher, Mr. MacDonald, helped them look through catalogs to make good decisions for fun equipment that all students would enjoy. These students are terrific role models who found a way they could personally contribute to their school and classmates. Great job Alex, Bree, Caroline and Eloise! We are so proud of you!

Reminder: Plastic Recycling Challenge Continues
Plastic recycling is still available as part of the TREX Challenge - so far we have collected over 38 lbs of plastic! 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. A bin is located inside the front lobby. For more information on the TREX Challenge, check here

South School Recycles Poster Contest Winners
The Green Team is pleased to announce the winners for the South School Recycles Poster Contest. All winners will receive a $5 Gift Card to Baskin Robbins all winning posters will be featured in the Memory Book. Thank you to all participants! All of the posters are on the large bulletin outside of South Hall - take a look when here for your school conferences!

Poster Size Winners:
K:  Taisiia Potaina 
1:  Jacklyn Rosati 
2:  Emily Meng 
3:  Devin Boulanger 
4:  Isabella Juarez 

Team Entry Winners 
Lucy and Luke Casey (3rd Rushton and 1st Pedicano)

Recycling Bin Size Poster Winners: (8.5" x 11")
1: Lily Farzaneh 
1: Lua Gaspar
3: Chandler Wagner

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