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LIONS TALES: January 10, 2021

  • Please be advised that the elementary schools will not hold before and after school activities this week. This includes Caring Council, orchestra, band, chorus, play auditions, and Math Olympiad
  • This Friday, Jan 14 is LLS Logowear Spirit Day!
  • Contribute to the yearbook with art or a brief comment on what you love about LLS!  More details below. Submissions due this Friday, January 14.
  • No school Monday, Jan 17 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Purchase your LLS Yearbook here.  Prices will increase February 20th. More details below.
  • January PTA Calendar here.
  • January Lunch Menu here.
  • Please read HERE for the PTA policy on vaccinated volunteers
     

HAPPENING AT LLS…

YEARBOOK SALES
Yearbook Sales are open! Order now before the price increases from $35 to $45 on February 20th. To order, go to Coffeepond.com, click Order Yearbooks, and enter the case-sensitive password: LLS2021

Due to COVID-related constraints, all yearbooks will be hardcover and orders must be placed by the end of February. The Long Lots yearbook is so special and the children love receiving them in their classrooms at the end of every school year, so please make it a priority to order early this year as there likely will not be extra copies available at the end of the year like we've had in the past.  

We want to give every K-5 student an opportunity to own a yearbook. Please contact Mrs. Ambrosio if you are in need of financial assistance. All requests are confidential. 

You can also check if you've ordered a yearbook already in the "Forgot if you've ordered" section of the website

DROP IN VIRTUAL CHAT WITH MRS. AMBROSIO
The January monthly chat will be a virtual meeting this Tuesday, January 11th at 9:30am. Please feel free to drop in to the meeting using the following Google Meet link: meet.google.com/rfx-buvf-yxh

BRIDGEPORT ISLANDERS HOCKEY GAME 
In efforts to keep our LLS Community safe and healthy, we have postponed the Bridgeport Islanders game to Sunday, Apr 3, 2022.  More information will be shared in the next coming months.

THANK YOU FROM OUR LION’S HEART COMMITTEE
WOW! Long Lots really stepped it up this holiday season and donated over $13,000 in money and gift cards for the Westport Department of  Human Services and the Family and Children's Agency.  Amazing Long Lots! Thank you! 

YEARBOOK SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
Calling all artists! We would love to feature artwork made by the students in the yearbook this year. The art should express how students feel about this school year or art that reflects their school year experience. Please submit a high resolution photo of the art with the student's name, grade, and a caption or title to longlotsschoolyearbook@gmail.com by January 14th

OR 

Tell us (and show us) what you love about Long Lots! Send us an email by January 14th to longlotsschoolyearbook@gmail.com with what your student loves about Long Lots (please keep it to one sentence), with a photo of the student that goes along with it. Please include the student's name and grade. Sibling or friend photos are welcome as long as everyone in the photo is an LLS student.

Thank you in advance for your participation! 

IT’s 2022! GOOD REASON AS ANY TO JOIN THE PTA!
Why should you join the PTA? Because the PTA enriches the educational experience of every child and teacher at LLS with programs like our Cultural Arts programs, programming for our new LLS families, much needed support for our amazing teachers and staff and much, much more! Note: By joining the PTA and paying your dues ($30), you are not committing to volunteering. Don't forget-when you join the PTA you get instant access to our parent and student directory - MobileArq! SIGN UP Link HERE

ROARRRING ACCOLADES go out to…

…all our Teachers and Staff who worked so hard this past week to make the transition back to school in such a time of uncertainty seamless for our students.  Kids noticed some changes but didn’t skip a beat because we have the leadership and role models of our teachers and staff! 

NOTE FROM THE NURSES OFFICE
If your child has received two doses of the covid-19 vaccination, you may send an image of their vaccination card to Christina Wood at cwood@westportps.org.  This is optional; parents are not required to submit proof of their child's covid vaccination.

SUSTAINABLE LLS 
We are excited to announce that we have formed “SUSTAINABLE LONG LOTS" in partnership with Sustainable Westport, a non-profit organization in our town whose mission is to become a Net Zero community by the year 2050 or sooner. Our main initiative this year will be to embark on a Zero Waste Initiative, beginning with composting at lunch, which began at LLS in early December.  Ask your child about how to compost in the cafeteria!  We really hope you will join us in getting this initiative off the ground. If you are interested in joining Sustainable LLS, please reach out to Amy Cook (amypatriciacook@gmail.com).

VOLUNTEER REMINDER
Volunteers do an excellent job checking-in in the Main Office - but after you are done please make sure you check back out with Mr. Terry or one of the office staff.   Please read HERE for the PTA policy on vaccinated volunteers.

IN THE DISTRICT...

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING 
January 10, at 7pm in the Staples Cafeteria 

  • TO VIEW MEETING: live streaming HERE/ Optimum Government Access Channel 78 / Frontier Channel 6021
  • Full Agenda:  HERE

As always, your attention and feedback is important and you are encouraged to address any comments, concerns, or suggestions to the Administration and Board of Education. Please send your emails to:

SCHOOL BUS GUEST RIDER REMINDER FROM MR. SCARICE
"Given the recent condensing of bus routes, we cannot guarantee that “guest riders” (i.e. students traveling on another bus not assigned to them) will have a seat on another bus when riding to a friend’s house or other location.  For this reason, and for the interim, we will not be able to accommodate these requests until a full stable of buses and bus drivers have been reestablished." 

IN THE COMMUNITY...

FATHER’S FORUM 
Father's Forums return to Toquet Hall on Saturdays January 22nd and February 26th at 8am: The Forums are a collaboration between Westport Together and Causeway Collaborative to provide an opportunity for fathers to connect and discuss some of the parenting challenges of 2022. Past forums have touched on topics ranging from gaming/technology, dating, and managing the emerging independence of tweens and teens. Facilitated by Vince Benevento, LPC and Founder/Director of Causeway Collaborative. A licensed professional counselor, he holds a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University and an MA in School Counseling from Fairfield University. Register at: Father's Forums w/ Causeway Collaborative .  See Flyer Here 

WESTPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION WINTER PROGRAMS
Registration is now open for Westport Continuing Education’s Winter After School programs for grades K-12 with a diverse array of programs in the arts, creativity, culinary, STEM, sports, and more! Look for programs for kids in grades K-8 in the WCE interactive flyer here. New middle school programs include Bedford After School, Chess Club, and Culinary Arts, find out more information here

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MoCA)
Stop by the MoCa! Thanks to a generous anonymous donor there is free gallery admission for one year! Check it out!

AND FINALLY…

As always, we want to make sure that LLS PTA reflects every parent, student, and staff member in our community so please always feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or ideas in person or at lls_pta@westportps.org. We welcome it all. 

We hope everyone had a wonderful snow day and weekend!

Elsa and Paula 
LLS PTA Co-Presidents