November 13, 2020
NEW Texting!
On Monday, the PTC rolled out our newest communication feature… texting! You must opt in to receive future messages from the PTC via text. If you did not receive a text message from us earlier this week about our brand new Holiday Book Bundles, or have any questions or issues with opting into our text distribution list, please contact us at

Last Call! Fourth Grade Baby Photos for Memory Book
Attention fourth grade parents! Please help make this year’s Memory Book extra special for our fourth graders by filling out the Google Form and submitting a baby photo (JPEG, please) as well as your child's answers to the two questions listed. All submissions due by Monday, November 30th. Please email with any questions.

Artistic Fall Planting from Mrs. Zeiss
After enjoying the unseasonably warm fall temperatures earlier this week, please enjoy the video made by our art teacher Mrs. Zeiss!
SPIRIT DAY, Friday, November 20th
Wear your green, white or Westy!

Wednesday, November 25th
Early Dismissal (12:05pm.)

THANKSGIVING VACATION, Thursday, November 26th - Friday, November 27th
No School.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES, Tuesday, December 1st - Friday, December 4th
Early Dismissal (12:05pm.)

SPIRIT DAY, Friday, December 4th
Wear your green, white or Westy

PICTURE RETAKE DAY, Tuesday, December 8th
The New Canaan Recreation Department has planned special programs for elementary school conference week December 1st - 4th. The early school dismissal days will allow the two-hour program to be held from 1:30-3:30PM indoors at Waveny House. There will be a very limited enrollment due to Covid-19 restrictions. Parents can register their child for one day only. Parents must drop off and pick up their children for this event. Each day will start with a first hour Mad Science presentation for all participants before we break to separate "kid pods" for Hands On Pottery or Holiday Crafts in the second hour. This program is open to New Canaan residents only. Please click here to register.
For any students who missed Picture Day, parents may submit their own portrait-style photo for the yearbook by emailing and include your child's name and teacher. Please submit by Friday, November 13th.
When ordering your holiday cards this year, please consider purchasing them through Minted! From October through December, you will receive 20% off your order PLUS 15% of the proceeds will go back to West School with the code FUNDRAISE WEST.
Make the holidays extra magical this year by surprising your little reader with the first ever West Book Bundle! Starting at $50 you will be able to select 3 or 5 books from our reading list of more than 30 books carefully curated by West School teachers, librarian Patrick Murren, and principal Jan Murphy. Our bundles have been hand picked by grade so there is no guess work. Not a fan of wrapping? We can deliver your books beautifully packaged in a limited edition canvas Westy Tote. With every bundle you are making a generous donation to West School! Click here to purchase.
As you begin your holiday shopping, please consider making your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile for the benefit of West School. Go to and select the charity West School Parent Teacher Council. You can shop normally, using your regular Amazon account and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to West School!
The next BOE virtual meeting is Monday, November 16th at 7:00PM. The meeting agenda and prior meeting minutes are here. Questions? Please contact the West BOE representative Erica Schwedel at
Bid and win! The New Canaan Library Auction is open. The auction is part of the Library's 13th Annual Lit Lunch @ Night fundraiser. You do not need a purchased ticket to participate in our auction. There are lots of fabulous items and a wide range of price points, covering all categories from fine art and gems to a puppy package and so much more! Click here now for the web site. The auction is open for a few more days and will close on Monday, November 16th at noon.
If you are looking for a preschool for your youngest learner, United Methodist Preschool is the place! Following all of the CDC and OEC guidelines, the children are having a safe and fun filled fall semester. UMPS is a non-profit NAEYC accredited preschool located conveniently on South Avenue and counts many West School families amongst their alumni community. Please contact the director, Carol Hammond for more information or to schedule a tour. 203-966-3176 or, or visit us at