Welcome to South School PTC

Happy New Year

We hope everyone enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday break. We are thrilled to report that two new water fillers were installed over vacation break. One is in the gym and the other can be found in the 2nd & 4th grade hallway. We will continue to update you on the enhancements being made at our beloved school with our Giving Tree dollars ~ there is an exciting list of items we are working to fulfill.

The month of January is packed with events. Please make note of the dates that are on the calendar below and on the PTC website as there are so many super South School events this month and in the upcoming months: Parents Night Out, Read-A-Thon, Movie Morning, KidsCare sessions, Author Visits, STEAM week, Science Fair, and Sound Tigers just to name a few!

Behind all these programs and events is a corps of PTC Volunteers. If you are interested in joining the PTC Board for the 2019-2020 school year or chairing a committee, please see the list of open positions below and nominate yourself or a friend. You can email any member of the Nominating Committee with your nomination, your thoughts, or any questions. We would love to hear about your interests!

Available positions include: President, Assistant Treasurer, Communications Chair, VP Ways and Means, VP Programs, VP Social, Board of Education Representative, and Secretary.

Nominating Committee: Kelly Lavigne (Chair), Kimberly Jetnil, Carrie Kurtz, Jackie Monohan, Katey Ryan, Genevieve Schettino, and Anne Wagner

Once again, Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
Anne & Carrie

Special Thanks To...

Melissa Baker, Amanda Reid, Stefanie Grupp-Clasby, and Katy Pymm, for helping our staff feel festive and organizing the staff cookie swap! 

All our parent volunteer bakers who contributed holiday cookies - the party was a huge success!

State of Our Schools: Parent Meeting with Dr. Luizzi
Join us Tuesday, January 8 at 9:30 a.m. at East School for an all-elementary school parent PTC meeting where Dr. Bryan Luizzi, NCPS Superintendent, will present the New Canaan Public Schools Budget for 2019-20 and discuss School Start Times. Following the presentations, Dr. Luizzi will answer budget and school start time questions from the parent community. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from district leadership on two important topics. Hope to see you there! East School Galley.

Interested in Joining the PTC Board?
The Nominating Committee will be meeting in the coming weeks to nominate candidates for the PTC Executive Board 2019-20. If you are interested in joining next year's board, or if you have individuals to recommend, please contact Kelly Lavigne, Nominating Committee Chair. The following positions are open:

Ways and Means
Board of Education Representative

Job descriptions are available here. Additionally, refer to the PTC Committee Chairs section in your Directory to see an outline of each Board position and its respective committees.

Parent Lunch Visits: Sign Up Now
Beginning January 15 and continuing through February 8, K - 4 parents are invited to have lunch with their children in the cafeteria. Please remember to bring your photo ID and limit your visits to two per child during the four weeks. The cafeteria is not able to provide lunch for visitors since we need to have enough food available for our later lunch shifts. We hope you enjoy the time to visit with your child!

Click here to sign up for each visit. 

The lunch schedule is:
Kindergarten - 11:50 - 12:15
Grade 1 - 11:15 - 11:40
Grade 2 - 11:40 - 12:05
Grade 3 - 12:45 - 1:10
Grade 4 - 12:20 - 12:45

Winter Spirit Wear Sale
If you're still looking for the perfect gift for your South School child, check out the South School spirit wear store! There are lots of awesome PJ pants, sweatshirts and tees. Your child will love showing their support for their school! Click here to shop. 

Save the Date: Parents Night Out 
Join us at Baldanza on Thursday January 24 from 7:30-10 p.m. for the first Parents Night Out of the year! Book your sitters now and come mix and mingle with other South School moms and dads. Drop by for a drink or make a whole night of it - no ticket necessary. Cash bar. We can't wait to see you there!

Box Tops Collection is On!
Calling All South School Families: BOX TOP classroom collections began January 2, so please keep clipping! Last year our school raised over $1600 - free money for our school! The class with the most BOX TOPS wins a cupcake party! Collections end January 31. For a complete list of participating products click here.

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

2Box Tops Collection start
8PTC JOINT General Meeting - 9:30 am @ East (snow date 1/15)
10Kindergarten Transition meeting - 9:30am @ East
16Exec. Board Mtg - 9:15am
14Performing Arts Committee ~ Antonio Rocha
21Martin Luther King Day (no school)
24Parent Night Out - Baldanza
25South School Spirit Day
31Box Tops Collection ends
31Family Math Night 5:30-7pm
6Kids Care - 2:45 - 3:30 @ South (Room TBD)
9Movie Morning - 10am (New Release dependent) @ BowTie Cinemas
12PTC Joint Mtg - NC Cares @East School 9:30-11am
14South School Spirit Day
15Professional Learning Day (no school)
18-22Winter Vacation (no school)
27-3/8South School Reading/Writing Celebration
Click here for the full PTC Calendar

A note from Joanne Rocco and Matt Kascak

Dear South School Families,
Happy New Year! I hope the holidays were an enjoyable time with family and friends. I wish you all much happiness and good health in the upcoming year. We are looking forward to a terrific second half of the year with your children.

Thank You!
Thank you to the many parents who baked delicious desserts for the staff cookie swap in December. Everyone enjoyed the cookies and it was such a wonderful and thoughtful treat for our staff.

Holiday Sing-a-long
We ended 2018 with a very joyful sing-a-long, led by our South School band of Mr. Messina (piano), Mr. MacDonald (saxophone), Teaching Assistant Mrs. Tuga (clarinet), Technology Manager Mr. McHugh (guitar) and Mrs. VanVeghel and her Tech Team of Luke Riley and Milo McCaughey. There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than bringing together our entire South School community to sing and laugh together for an hour of pure joy!

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!

Kids Care 1st/2nd Grade Session Lottery Open!
Want your child to have fun while learning how their small acts of kindness make a big difference? Community service empowers kids to make a difference in the lives of others and in the world around them. Kids Care is back for a second year and provides children age-appropriate service opportunities that are both fun and fulfilling. 
This program is open to 20 1st and 2nd graders and will meet at South School on Wednesdays February 6, March 6, and April 3 from 2:45-3:30. Students will be chosen via lottery. Click here until 1/23 to enter your child into the lottery. Winners will be emailed no later than Friday, January 25. South School parents Becky Paniwozik and Michelle Marti are leading this PTC-sponsored program. The cost to participate is $30 per child.

South School Goes to the Movies!
Save the Date for the annual South School Morning at the Movies! Saturday,
February 9 at 10 a.m. Details and ticket information will be available shortly!

Memory Books: Order Before February 14
Memory book 2011
There is still time to order your Memory Book for the 2018-2019 school year! Orders placed by February 14 will be guaranteed a book, after that sales will be limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. We encourage every student at South to have a Memory Book-every child will be pictured.  It is an 80 page color book with a hardcover and the cost is $25. Click here to order!

Board of Education Update
At the last Board of Education meeting an update on School Start Times and the Statement of Accounts were presented. The district has created a website (here) to share an overview of work being done on evaluating School Start Times as part of its overall approach to student wellness.

The next Board of Education meeting is Monday, January 7 at 6:15 p.m. in the Wagner Room at NCHS. Proposed items are School Start Times and the Superintendent's proposed 2019-2020 Budget.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.