Brief 12/16/16

PTG Brief l December 16, 2016 |

12/26-1/2- Winter Recess

1/9-WSSPTG Meeting @9:30am

upcoming events:

1/13- Noon Dismissal K-6

1/16- No School

1/17-5th & 6th grades Winter Concert 7PM PAC

Message from the PTG President:

Dear West Siders,
Thank you to Edra Tepper and her committee for running a smooth and fun Holiday Boutique for our kids at West Side! Thank you to Katie Zarboutis, Denise Ioannou and their committee for the wonderful cookie boxes they assembled for our West Side Staff! Also, thank you to Jordan Smith and Lauren Jasinski for organizing the Holiday Toy Drive and thanks to everyone who donated items to help our neighbors in need at the Helping Hands Mission. Today the kids will help wrap the gifts during their recess time. Yet another example of how we teach our kids to give back. We are very thankful!! Your hard work and dedication is truly appreciated by all.
We hope many of you were able to catch the performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” by our 5th & 6th graders last weekend. We should be very proud of the kids. They did an amazing job! BRAVO!!
Please mark your calendars and we hope you attend our 1st PTG meeting of the New Year being held on Jan. 9th @9:30am at the WS Community Room. Our superintendent Mr. Fenter and our Athletics director Mr. Bongino will speak with us about the new proposed Athletic Center at the CSHHS. There will be a vote for this athletic center on Jan. 18th, so please attend this important meeting. We will also discuss the exciting events we have planned for the year. We hope to have a full house.
The PTG board wishes you and your family a safe and wonderful holiday season. May the New Year bring you all much happiness and good health! See you all in 2017!!!

Warmest Regards,

Cultural Arts:Todd Strasser will be visiting our school today! Author of 140+ novels for young people, including the “Help! I’m Trapped In… ” series for upper elementary and “The Wave” and “Fallout” for middle and high schoolers, Todd Strasser’s enriching presentations inspire and motivate average and reluctant readers and writers as well as the gifted and talented. His talk will emphasize the writing process, especially the importance of pre-writing, drafting, editing and revising.

West Side Kids Care: West Side Kids Care annual toy drive will help our neighbors at Helping Hands Mission. This year, the Mission is in need of articles of warmth (hats, gloves, scarves) for each age group. It would be very helpful if you could include one of these items with your gift. Donations were due yesterday and wrapping will take place today during recess. As always, all are welcome to come in and help the children wrap. If you would like to contribute, the needs are as follows:

Mrs. Ryan/Mrs. Santoro: Girls ages 0-2 stuffed animal/small age appropriate toy

Mr. Farmer/Dr. Dawkins: Boys ages 0-2 stuffed animal/small age appropriate toy

Mrs. Dopico/Ms. Dudek/Mrs. Manning: Girls ages 3-5 small baby doll/ small age appropriate toy

Mr. Arloff/Mrs. Scanlon: Boys ages 9-12 small Legos, action figures, sports ball, cars

Ms. Agnello/Mrs. Gerver/Mrs. DeRosa: Girls ages 9-12 lotion, perfume, nail polish set/small craft item

Toys will be collected in your child’s classroom. Please contact Lauren Jasinski ( or Jordan Smith ( with any questions. Thank you for your generosity. Happy holidays!

Holiday Boutique 2016- The WS Holiday Boutique was a great success! The kids had so much fun picking out their special gifts for loved ones and friends. What a great group of kind, polite and considerate children we have here at West Side School. You should all be SO proud! Thank you to our committee members that volunteered this week – Diane Zahtila, Ana Shammah, Michelle Rampi, Maryann Lombardo, Michelle Schneider, Julie Starrett, Stefania Geraci, Blake Woodworth, Lauren Jasinski, Elise Jusko, Sarah Pollach, Aviva Franz, Cat Bauer, Laurie Corallo, Dana Lynch, Carla Gauss, Katie Zarboutis, Ingrid Wright, Tara Kaufmann, Michele Coco and Christine Masata. We are looking forward to next year already- Edra Tepper

Our West Side Apparel designs are ready. Place your orders by December 16th. Here is the link:

Holiday Cookie Bake: Due to the kindness of so many WS families who brought in baked goods, we were able to make 61 Boxes filled with delicious cookies and treats for our Ws Staff and our bus drivers too! Thank you to the following families:Dabakarov, Starret, Lynch, Newman, Testa, Coco, Standerwick, Baxter, Tepper, Provisero, Glanz, Rampi, Shammah, Pollach, Koinis, O’Grady, Desimone, Mulada, Marino, Kopp, Nemshin, Schneider, Bobelian, Corallo, Keegan, Schoonmaker, Brown, Ioannou,and Zarboutis. We hope we got everyone but if not, we apologize. The cookie boxes brought smiles to every single staff member and they all thank you!

Yearbook:Get your pictures in the yearbook!-The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you’ve got great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we’d like to see them. Our photographers can’t be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can submit photos online:
• Go to:
• If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 406403601
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
• Click “Save Details”.

It’s that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is 04/15/2017.

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