Welcome to South School PTC

A note from Anne & Carrie

Dear South School Families,

We hope you're having a PAWESOME summer! Whether you are new to our school or a returning student, first: welcome! And second, a quick note that South Paw is our mascot. Thanks to our generous parents, we are happy to report South Paw will be debuting a new costume at our Back to School events this fall - so be on the lookout!

This year we are launching a new Green Team Initiative. We started this summer with a new water bottle filler installed in South Hall that replaced an old water fountain. We hope to replace additional drinking fountains with this more sustainable approach in the future. Please consider purchasing a South Water Bottle or sending your student with a reusable water bottle. We also encourage all classes to discontinue bringing plastic water bottles as part of their celebrations. In addition, we will have a Green Student Team that will study and share ways we can educate the school community about single stream recycling and how to increase recycling in all areas of the school. Please join us in our school wide effort of making South School GREEN and stay tuned for more information on this initiative in our first South STAR, our twice-monthly school newsletter. 

In an effort to make the start of school year go smoothly and successfully, please read through the following list of items and dates to prepare you and your student(s). Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you at one of the many back to school events!

Anne Wagner & Carrie Kurtz
PTC Co-Presidents  

1. South School Directory: The Directory is a valuable resource and the only way to get your classmate's contact information. You can purchase your directory now for $30 using the link below. Once they are printed you will receive information on how to pick them up. Click hereto purchase one now or bring cash or a check with you to one of our back to school events. Extra directories can be purchased for $10 each. 

2. Purchase your Memory Book now! No more worrying whether you purchased a Memory Book or not - take care of it now as you are tackling all your other back to school to-dos. Click here to purchase a book, and they will be distributed the last week of school. 

3. Room Parents Needed: Volunteer to assist your child's teacher with class events and communications this year. You will receive an invitation to volunteer (via email) once teacher placement letters have been distributed. If you are selected you will be notified a few days later. 

4. PageRunner Summer Reading: Students who read 1,000 pages this summer will have their accomplishments recognized in the fall. Encourage your kids to keep reading and remember take a picture of your child reading. Reading logs and pictures will be submitted to teachers during the first week of school. Click here to download the PageRunner Summer Reading log. (Grades 1-4)

5. School Supply Packs: If you purchased a school supply pack online, you may pick it up on Meet Your Teacher Day, or your child will receive it on the first day of school. Click here to view grade level supply lists to purchase items on your own.

6. South Spirit Wear: Our newest line of spirit wear will be on sale at Meet the Teacher for grades 1-4 on August 27, Kindergarten Orientation on August 30, and the Welcome Back Coffee on September 5Click here (scroll down to see all the available items) to shop the Spirit Wear store. In support of our Green Initiative mentioned above, get your South School water bottles now!

7. Popsicle Playdates: Students New to South and all incoming Kindergartners are invited to come to the South playgrounds on Tuesday, August 28 at 10:45 a.m. This is a great opportunity for students to play and parents to meet other new South families and have a few familiar faces on the first day of school. 

8. Kindergarten Meet & Greet: ALL Incoming Kindergarten students and parents are welcome to stop by the Kindergarten playground on Thursday, August 30 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. (either before or after your assigned Meet your Teacher session). New classmates can play while parents enjoy bagels and coffee, compliments of the PTC.

9. Welcome Back Coffee: Our opening PTC meeting is Wednesday, September 5, 9:15 a.m. at Waveny House. Learn about about all our programs and events, and sign-up for volunteer opportunities. Our principals and the new Director of New Canaan Cares, Ellen Bresovsky, will be speaking about Mindful Parenting and will share more information on how to start the year strong! South School apparel will also be for sale at our Spiritwear table. 

10. Fall Family Gathering - Ice Cream Social: Save the date to see old friends and meet new ones at the South School lower playground on Sunday, September 16 from 3-5 p.m. Ice cream, entertainment and more! (Rain date is Sunday, September 23). Please contact Lauren Nussbaum or Amanda Reid to volunteer at the event. 

11. Family Photo Sessions: Your family can schedule a photo session with our local photographer, Andrea Chalon. 100% of the "voucher" sitting fee is returned to the PTC. Click here for more information and to sign up.

12. Garden Harvest Day: Mark your calendar for Sunday, October 14 from 3-5 p.m. Last year we built a beautiful new garden and this year we are enjoying the fruits of our labor! Depending on supply, there will be a harvest tasting, some crops to take home, and a donation pile for the New Canaan Food Pantry. Stay tuned for more information and to sign-up. Families are welcome!

13. Amazon Smile: If you have not done so already, please sign up for Amazon Smile & designate "South School Parent Teacher Council" as your charity. Amazon will donate to South School PTC every time you shop! 

14. Calendar and Dates: Below is a summary of our upcoming events for August and September. You may also upload this year's calendar by clicking here. The calendar is also on the South School website under "Calendar."

  • South School Tour for Families New to South in Grades 1-4 9:15-10:15 am
  • Grades 1-4 Classroom Visits 10:15-10:45 am
  • Grades 1-4 New to South Popsicle Playdate - Lower Playground 10:45-11:30 am
  • Kindergarten Popsicle Playdate - Kindergarten Playground 10:45-11:30 am
  • Kindergarten Popsicle Playdate - K Playground 10:45-11:30 am 
  • New To South Popsicle Playdate (Grades 1-4) Lower Playground 10:45-11:30 am

  • Grades 1-4 First Day of School
  • Kindergarten Classroom Visits 9-10 am or 10:30-11:30 am
  • Kindergarten Meet & Greet 9:30-10:30 am 
8/31  Kindergarten First Day of School
9/3    Labor Day (No School)
9/5  Welcome Back Coffee 9:15 am @ Waveny House
9/10  Rosh Hashanah (No School)
9/12  Grades K, 1, & 2 Open House, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
9/15  Kindergarten & New to South Parent Social 6-8 pm @ Roger Sherman
9/16  Fall Family Gathering 3-5 pm @ Lower Field (Rain date 9/23)
9/19  Yom Kippur (No School)
9/26  Class Photo Day
9/26 Grades 3 & 4 Open House, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

PageRunner Kicks Off! 

We encourage all students in grades 1-4 next year to participate in the PageRunner Summer Reading Program by reading at least 1,000 pages! Click here to download a copy of the 2018 Summer Reading Packet. And click the “Reading” link here for some great book suggestions from our New Canaan school librarians.

In the fall, all participants will be showcased on a bulletin board at school. In addition, all students who read 1,000 pages will earn a gift certificate to the fall Book Fair! Remember to take a picture of your child reading for the bulletin board. Happy Reading!

For some great other reading lists to get you started, book suggestions from Read Aloud America, Inc. can be found here, and click here for the Connecticut Nutmeg Elementary Book Award Nominees

2018-2019 PTC Calendar

27School Tour for Families New to South - 9:15-10:15am
27Meet the Teacher Day (Grades 1-4)
27Classroom visits for Grades 1-4 - 10:15-10:45am
28New to South Popsicle playdate - 10:45-11:30am @ Lower Playground
28Kindergarten Popsicle playdate - 10:45-11:30am @ K playground
30First Day for Grades 1-4
30K Classroom Visits - 9-10am or 10:30-11:30am
30K Meet and Greet- 9:30-10:30am
31First Day for Kindergarten Students
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
25Author Visit ~ Suzy Kline
26Class Photo Day
26Open House - 3rd & 4th - 6:30-8:30pm

Click here for the full PTC Calendar

A note from Joanne Rocco 

I hope you are enjoying the summer and having fun with family and friends. We are busy at school preparing for the upcoming year, and we would like to remind you of these important events and dates below.

Important Dates and Events:

Teacher placements will be sent electronically to parents of students entering grades K – 4 on August 21.
A New to South Meet and Greet for new families of students entering grades 1 – 4 will be held on Monday, August 27 from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. at South School.

August 27 “Meet Your Teacher and Classmates” Day
Mark your calendars for August 27 when Gr. 1 - 4 classrooms will be open and teachers will be available for 30 minutes from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.  to meet and greet their new students. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to get together a few days before the start of the new school year.

The bus company and our transportation manager will send information about Bus Routes and School Dismissal Manager (our web-based dismissal system) in late August.

The first day of school for the new school year is Thursday, August 30. This is a full day of school from 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. for grades 1 – 4. There will be bus transportation for grade 1 – 4 students on the first day of school.
Kindergarten students and parents will attend an hour session in the morning on August 30. Bus transportation for kindergarten students will begin on the second day of school, August 31. This will be a full day of school for kindergarten students, from 8:15 – 2:45. Additional information will be mailed to parents of kindergartners later in August.
Additional district and school information can be found on the district website: http://www.ncps-k12.org

Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Joanne Rocco

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