Resolutions and South School: Perfect Together
Hello Pawesome Parents!
How are those resolutions going? Was one of them to see your fellow South School friends more?
You are in luck! Our Parent Night Out is coming up this Thursday, January 24 at Baldanza. Book your sitters and join the fun!
South School enjoyed a performing arts assembly with Antonio Rocha this week. Mr. Rocha is an award-winning storyteller who blends mime and the spoken word into his entertaining performances.
Please ask your child how they enjoyed the assembly! Read below for more details on his preformance!
January is also Box Top time at South School! Collecting Box Tops is a terrific and easy way to raise money for South School. The class with the largest amount of Box Tops wins a cupcake party. Did you know that Box Tops are included on lots of healthy food choices including frozen produce, yogurt, and most Annie's Brand products? So if one of your resolutions was healthier eating and snacking you may be able to benefit South with a Box Top too! More information on the program is below.
Hope to see you all Thursday at Parents' Night Out!
Sara Bakker, Betsy Magratten, and the
Performing Arts Committee for coordinating the Antonio Rocha visit.
From Joanne Rocco and Matt Kascak
Kindergarten Registration Has Begun
If you, or anyone you know has a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten next year, please complete the online registration forms as soon as possible. It is very helpful for us to have incoming kindergartners registered early so that we can begin to plan for the number of class sections that will be needed next year. Our Kindergarten Orientation sessions for students and parents are planned for April 10 and 11. All parents who have already completed and submitted the registration paperwork will be invited to attend one of these sessions with their child.
Attendance Policy Reminder: CALL BACK SYSTEM - 594-4300, Press 1
If your child is going to be absent or tardy, please call the school between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Leave the date, child's name, teacher's name and the reason for absence on the recording. If your child is reported absent and the name is not on the recording, you will be called to verify the absence. This is known as the callback system. Children arriving late (after 8:15a.m.) are to report to the office for a late slip before going to the classroom.
Our Student Council Spirit Day will be held on Friday, January 25. The theme of this day is Crazy Hair Day.
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.
21: MLK Day -
24: Parents Night Out - 7:30 p.m. Baldanza
School Spirit Day - Crazy Hair Day!
31: Math Night, South Hall
9: Movie Morning - 10 a.m.
12: PTC Joint Meeting with NC Cares, 9:30 a.m. East School
School Spirit Day - Wear Red!
15-22: No School - Winter Vacation
This Thursday! 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!
Kids Care 1st/2nd Grade Session Lottery Open until 1/23!
A reminder that the Kids Care lottery is open until
Wednesday, January 23. Kids Care 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
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.
Box Tops Collection is On!
Calling All South School Families: BOX TOP classroom
collections is continuing until January 31, 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.
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
, Nominating Committee Chair. The following positions are open:
Ways and Means
Board of Education Representative
Job descriptions are available
dditionally, 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
South School Family Math Night Returns: January 31
Do you love a good math challenge?
Join us on a South School Math Mission!
Grade K-4 students and their families are invited to problem solve, persevere and enjoy math fun on
Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Jennifer DaPonte & Susan Hatzis
South School Math Specialists
Bridgeport Sound Tigers Tickets On Sale!
Join your friends on March 31 at 3 p.m. as South School cheers on the Sound Tigers hockey team during South School's Family Day! Take advantage of discounted tickets by purchasing tickets here. Students will even get to high five players during the game!
To guarantee seats next to another family (in the South School block of seats), please purchase your tickets together.
Antonio Rocha Entertains at South School
All K-4 stud
nts enjoyed the PTC-sponsored Performing Arts Assembly on Monday, January 14. Solo storyteller, mime and author Antonio Rocha took the kids on a wild trip into the jungles of Brazil and Africa. Ant
onio draws from his repertoire of animal tales with an ecological theme and a myriad of sound effects. This culturally diverse show was not only entertaining, but also addressed matters of communication, self esteem, conflict resolution, and respect. Ask your K-2nd grader how to make a jungle bird sound and ask your 3rd or 4th grader what the two qualities are that make up the V for victory. (happy and kind!)
4th Grade Celebration Volunteer Wanted!
The 4th Grade Celebration committee is looking for an interested volunteer to help with one of the highlights of the 4th Grade Celebration in June! The job entails pulling together a slideshow of all the 4th graders from pictures that parents send in. Please email
if you are interested in helping or have any questions. Thank you!
South School Goes to the Movies!
Save the Date for the annual South School Morning at the Movies!
February 9 at 10 a.m.
Details and ticket information will be available shortly!
Memory Books: Order Before February 14
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.
Save the Date(s): The South School Variety Show!
The South School Variety Show is coming soon! All 3rd and 4th Graders are welcome to participate and all acts are welcome! Emcees are open to all 4th graders.
Here are some important dates to remember:
March 15: Emcee Workshop/Auditions
March 26: Act Reviews
March 27: Act Reviews
May 2: Mandatory Dress Rehearsal
May 3: *THE BIG SHOW*
Stay tuned for more information closer to the dates.
Board of Education Update
At the last Board of Education meeting the Superintendent's Proposed 2019-2020 Budget and an update on School Start Times were presented. The district has created a website (click
) to share an overview of work being done on evaluating School Start Times as part of it's overall approach to student wellness.
The next Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wagner Room at NCHS. Proposed items are the
2nd read of the Superintendent's Proposed Budget, 2nd read of the 2021-22 School Calendar and an Insurance Update. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The BOE meetings are televised live on Channel 78 and are also videotaped and posted to the BOE website.
New Canaan Softball Registration Now Open
New Canaan Softball is accepting registration for "Softball Sunday" Winter Clinics (grades 1-8) that begin on January 27 and for the 2019 Spring Little League season for girls in grades K-8 . A late fee will be applied after 2/17. Please visit
to learn more and register.
New Canaan Baseball Registration Now Open
Registration is open for the Spring 2019 New Canaan Baseball season (ages 5-12).
to register and find out more. Late fees will be applied for any registrations received after February 24.
Winter Registration Now Open for K-4 Squash Program
Winter Session II 2018/19 registration is now open for the New Canaan
elementary (K-4) program! You can
or go to the New Canaan
(click on "Elementary" Tab for details). The program is designed for New Canaan public school students to learn
in a positive team environment. Practices will be held at St. Luke's
Club in New Canaan. Clinics are available 1 or 2 days a week. Contact If you have any questions, please contact Liz Schmidt
or Suzanne Koeppl
New Canaan Field Club Open House Event
Join the New Canaan Field Club for an informative Open House on January 29 from 7- 9 p.m. Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served in the Field House for a fun, casual evening. Please rsvp here.
NCLA Spring 2019 Lacrosse Programs, Boys & Girls K-8
New Canaan Lacrosse Association Spring 2019 programs are open for registration. Click here
for details and to register.
Regular deadline for grades 5-8 is Jan. 23.
Upcoming Nature Center Winter Programs
Adopt-a-Tree Community Syruping Program Kickoff Event: Saturday, January 26.
Choose a time slot (10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 1 p.m.) and come pick a tree to adopt. Participants then collect sap 1-3 times a week for the entire syrup season (typically 4-6 weeks) and take part in boil downs where REAL maple syrup is made right here at NCNC and take home a bottle of NCNC-made maple syrup at our end of season pot-luck dinner in March. If you can't make it on January 26 but would like to participate contact
to arrange a tree adoption. Pre-registration is required, so sign up
today! $75/family or group.
Save the Date for
Upcoming Winter Break Programs, February 19 - 22
(9 a.m. - 12 p.m. with optional lunch bunch until 1 p.m.) Ages 3-7. Partake in nature games, crafts & activities! Healthy snack and drink will be provided. Online registration coming soon!
Support The New Canaan Library with Reusable Bags at Walter Stewart's
Support The New Canaan Library by using your reusable bags at Walter Stewart's! From January 15 to February 15, Walter Stewart's
will donate 5 cents to the New Canaan Library for each reusable bag used. In support of the event, Planet New Canaan will also be distributing free reusable bags
at the New Canaan Library and Walter Stewart's while supplies last. One per person.