Spring at South School! 


Spring is here and we couldn't be happier to be having some warmer weather! We are thrilled to share the news that our Town Council voted to fully fund the Board of Education budget for the 2019-2020 school year. A big THANK YOU to South parents who voiced your support and helped with this huge undertaking. Please see more information in the Board of Education section.

South is also quite busy these next few months so please take a few minutes to read through the entire POST so you are aware of important dates and information.  

Feedback is always welcome on the Post or other South School PTC matters at south.ptc@ncps-k12.org

Best,
Anne & Carrie

Special Thanks To...

Lindsey Niedermeier for keeping our bulletin boards bright and up to date all year!

Samantha Pound for all her work coordinating Tish Rabe's visit to South School.

Lindsey Niedermeier  and  Steph Coogan for organizing a fun and enthusiastic Sound Tigers Hockey outing for South School! 

ADMINISTRATION NOTES
From Joanne Rocco and Matt Kascak
Withdrawals from NCPS
As we begin to plan for next year, it would be very helpful to know if your child(ren) will be withdrawing from NCPS for the 2019 - 2020 school year. It would also be important for Saxe to know of any fourth graders who will not be attending fifth grade at Saxe. This information is beneficial to us during the placement process and in determining the number of class sections needed. Please contact us at  joanne.rocco@ncps-k12.org or  bernadette.lee@ncps-k12.org as soon as possible. A withdrawal form must also be completed and can be found on the district website  here .

South School Staff Join the NCHS Color Run - April 27
23 of your favorite South School staff members will be donning their sneakers and participating in this year's Color Run at NCHS on April 27. To see our South School training video for this event, click on here  Never participated in the Color Run? Click on this link to see a video from last year's exciting event -  2018 NC Color Run Video . If you would like to support the South School team please click here to help! We hope to see you there!

Walk to School Day - Friday, May 3
One of our favorite South School traditions is approaching - Walk to School Day! South School is partnering with the Town of New Canaan to encourage students and families to begin walking or bicycling to school to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce traffic in the South School area. We hope students will wake up a few minutes earlier, have a hearty breakfast and join in the fun with friends or families to help us kick off this initiative the morning of  Friday, May 3.

Celebrating our South School Staff
Over the next two months, we celebrate  Administrative Professionals Day  ( April 24 ),  School Nurse Day  ( May 8 ) and  Teacher Appreciation Week  ( May 6 - 10 ). Our terrific secretaries, nurse and staff would love it if your children stop by on these days to thank them for their hard work on the behalf of everyone at South School.

Staff Update
Congratulations to Mrs. Cross on the birth of her second child, Kayleigh Grace born on March
28 and to Mrs. Cornwell on the birth of her granddaughter Emerson, also born on March 28. Best wishes to Mrs. Cross and Mrs. Cornwell and their families on their newest addition to their families

Kindergarten Orientation
Kindergarten Orientation sessions will be held on April 10 and 11. Parents who have already completed and submitted the registration paperwork have been invited to attend one of these sessions with their child. 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. Thank you. 

IMPORTANT - Spring Standardized Assessment Schedule for Grades 2, 3 and 4
District-wide annual standardized tests will be administered to students in the following grades on the dates listed below. These are not assessments that your children can study for ahead of time. The best way to prepare is to make sure that your children have a good night's sleep, a healthy breakfast and arrive at school on time. Please make every effort to avoid appointments or other non-health related absences on these days. Each of the test sessions lasts no more than an hour and are designed for the grade levels that are taking them. The results of the Grade 2 assessments will be shared with parents at the end of the school year, and the third and fourth-grade results are shared with parents in the fall. We use the results along with data from other assessments to help plan and adjust curriculum and to help teachers meet individual student's needs.  
  • UPDATED DATES: Grade 2 will take the Degrees Of Reading Power (DRP) assessment on Wednesday,  April 24 and Thursday, April 25. 
  • Grades 3 and 4 will take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBA) between Wednesday, April 24 through Friday, May, 3 (the state requires us to have 100% participation in these assessments).   
  • Grade 3 will take two subtests (Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning) of the Educational Research Bureau, Comprehensive Test Program IV (ERB-CPT IV) - Dates yet to be determined, but will be in late May. 
If you have any questions about these assessments, please contact your child's teacher or Mr. Kascak.  


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CALENDAR
April 2019
10: Innovation Night, NCPS
10-11: Kindergarten Orientation
12:  School Spirit Day - Mismatch Day!
15-19:  Spring Break - No School
23: PTC Presentation: What is Right with My Child, 9:30 a.m., East School
26: Art Show, 6-8 p.m.

May 2019
2: Variety Show Dress Rehearsal, 5-7 p.m, Saxe Auditorium
3: Walk to School Day
3: The Variety Show, 6:30 p.m., Saxe Auditorium
6-10: Staff Appreciation Week
15: 3rd Grade Concert
22: 4th Grade Concert 
27: Memorial Day - No School
31: Adult Social, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m., Carriage Barn House

PTC NEWS AND INFORMATION





BOARD OF EDUCATION
Board of Education Update
Last week, the Town Council voted to fully fund the Board of Education budget for the upcoming year.  TC Member Steve Karl gave "a big shout out to everybody that came out and voiced their opinion in favor of the school budget." Thank you to all of the South parents who attended meetings or shared comments with our town legislators throughout the process.

The next Board of Education meeting is Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wagner Room at NCHS. Proposed items are a School Start and End Times update, NCHS Graduation Requirements update & recommendation and Solar Co-Gen 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.

COMMUNITY
New Canaan Summer Enrichment Classes 
Registration for New Canaan Summer Enrichment is now open and taking registrations online. There is a variety of fun-filled experiences for elementary students, many taught by South School Teachers.   Check out the Enrichment website at  www.ncps-k12.org/domain/748 for class descriptions, dates, and to register/pay online

Innovation Night 
All students in grades K-12 are invited to attend  Innovation Night, on  April 10, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at NCHS. Admission to Innovation Night is free and open to everyone.
 
Innovation Night is a opportunity for students to share personal investigations into new and exciting areas of science, technology, engineering, and more! Students can combine their problem-solving skills with their personal passions to create innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

New Canaan Color Run/Walk
Run (or walk) and celebrate the third annual NC Color Run to support the NCHS Scholarship Foundation! Register at NCHS-SF.org by April 26. Join this great cause and fun event! Cost is $35 per individual, kids 5 and under are free! Family maximum is $130.
Saturday, April 27
Kids Color Dash: 9:00 a.m. (.8 miles)
NC Color Run/Walk: 9:30 a.m. (5K)

Boy Scout Troop 70 Tag Sale Collection Weekend 
Boy Scout Troop 70 is having their annual Tag Sale and the only  collection weekend this year will be April 27-28 in the Railroad Parking Lot. The Tag Sale itself will be held on May 4 at St. Aloysius School Gym.  

More details about the sale, including what is and not collected ,  are  here

Fresh Air Fund Seeking Summer Hosts
The Fresh Air Fund is seeking volunteer host families who are willing to open their hearts and homes to give New York City children from low-income communities an experience they'll never forget. Children ages 7-12 stay for one to two weeks in New Canaan. Please contact Lisa Hill, New Canaan Fresh Air Fund Chairperson, at 203-594-9472 or  lhill10514@gmail.com or visit our website ( www.freshair.org) for information about the program. Informational coffees will be on April 25 and May 15. Please contact Lisa for more information.

Ben Young Sports Camp 
Ben Young, Saxe 7th grade teacher (and fiance of our own Miss Barbosa!) will once again run his All Sports Camp in June and July. The camp is open to grades K-8 and there will be 3 sessions (June 24-28, July 8-12, and July 15-19. All sessions are from 9-12) Registration is on ncrams.com later this spring, and you can contact Ben with any questions. 

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