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The Weston Middle School PTO Newsletter
September 23, 2018






I want to quickly thank the following volunteers who helped me out at Back to School Night:  Britta Lerner, Sam Leuzzi, Sandy Hart, Marlo Villepigue, Jennifer Morse, and Nicky Cappella.  I couldn't have done it without them.

Our next General PTO meeting is Tuesday, October 2nd.  We will be meeting at 10 am, in the Cafeteria.  After PTO business, we will be getting a quick tour of the newly renovated Cafeteria and a tasting from Chartwell's, the school's food service.  You don't want to miss it.

Have a great week,

Tammy Roberts


for Awesome Kids in Grades 3 - 6! : Friday, October 19th  6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Weston High School                  

MOVIE, GAMES IN THE GYMS AND ON THE TURF FIELD, PIZZA AND MORE!  If your child wants to have some fun, has endless energy, has a bunch of buddies, wants something awesome to do and has a parent who wants to support the WHS Boosters Club, then join us for a kids’ night only!  Our high school athletes, along with adult supervisors, will be there to play, shout, shoot and run!   The cost for the evening is $30 per child. 

This will be a limited event so sign up early!  Register online at www.whsboosters.com

Please contact Carla Welsh with any questions: carla.welsh@sir-galahad.com.


Community Education Grant Applications


The Weston Education Foundation (WEF) is calling for applications for their Community Education Grants Program. 


The purpose of these grants is to provide funds (generally up to $1,500) to Weston-based organizations or individuals to develop educational programs that benefit their constituents and/or Weston residents. Preference is given to organizations that can demonstrate sustainable funding for their project after the completion of the WEF grant.


Since its inception, WEF has disbursed more than $850,000 in community, technology and teacher grants. Previous Community Education Grants have helped fund a journal writing program at our public library, computer classes at the Senior Center, the Sustainability Committee lecture series, a nursery school STEM grant, Girl Scout anti-bullying campaign and much more. 


There are two grant cycles available for Community Education Grants: the first is from September 1-October 15; the second is from February 15-April 1.  Community organizations must wait for 12 months to apply for another grant if they are a current grant recipient; additional grant requests are expected to cover new projects.


To learn more about the Weston Education Foundation’s Community Education Grants Program or to obtain an application, please contact the Grants Committee at grants@westoneducationfoundation.org, or visit the Foundation’s website, www.westoneducationfoundation.org


Save the Date, Eats and Treats Family Night - A Benefit to Promote Wellness


Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm  Aitoro Appliance, Norwalk


Great eats provided by local chefs from: 

The Chelsea/Tasty Yolk, Dash of Salt, Kawa Ni, Jessup Hall, The Whelk, Milestone, Weston Field Club

Performances by WHS a cappella group, WesTones, and student band, Caravan


The first Youth Wellness Council  (YWC) meeting will be held on Monday, October 1 from 5:30-6:30PM PM in the Weston Public Library Community Room.  The Youth Wellness Council provides Weston students with a safe environment to discuss the challenges they face in middle school. With a focus on Connection, Integrity & Wellness ADAP is kicking off this new program specifically tailored to 7th and 8th grade Middle School students. This group is open to all 7th and 8th grade middle school students in Weston whether they attend WMS or another school.

Tim Walsh is the director and facilitator of the Youth Wellness Council.  Tim is the former Executive Director of Newport Academy Residential Treatment Center.  He is an Addictions Professional Educator and Recovery Coach with over 20 years experience talking to young adults. He has been the director and facilitator of the ADAP program for high school students since 2012.  The middle school group meets monthly-October through May-on the first Monday of the month from 5:30-6:30 PM in the Community Room at the Weston Public Library.  For more information visit www.westonadap.org


Space is filling quickly for Ms President US, a new program offered to Girls in Grades 6-8 this year. Ms President US is a community based leadership program dedicated to inspiring and preparing girls to become future civic leaders. Learn about civic responsibility and campaign skills by working in teams to create a campaign for “Ms President US” of their own. The program is co-facilitated by Gayle Weinstein, former First Selectwoman, and Elise Major, former Board of Education Member. For more information about this exciting program, offered monthly on Tuesday afternoon, and to register online, please visit our website at www.westonyouthservices.org. Space is limited to 25 participants.

And beginning on Wednesday, October 3rd, we’ll be offering our first of four Sitter Safety sessions this year, where middle-school students will learn about infant and toddler care, child development, and how to handle emergency situations to help them become responsible babysitters. Participants will also gain American Heart Association First Aid Certification with Hands only CPR. To register, please visit our website at www.westonyouthservices.org. 




Please view our program flyers which are available online and in the Recreation office.  Preschool classes, adult classes, before and after school classes, tennis classes and swim lessons are some of our offerings throughout the year.  You will also find on our website video tutorials to help with your registration.  Program questions should be directed to Program Director, Joe at 203-222-2675.  

WESTON MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL- The Weston Middle School will open for public swim on Saturday, Sept. 22nd.  Weston residents and non-residents may purchase a permit.  Fees:  Weston residents:  Family- $150.00, Adult- $100.00, drop in fee - $5.00.  Seniors ages 62 and up are free with a permit.  Non-residents:  Family- $230.00, Adult- $150.00.  Times:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday:  6:15 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday:  8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday:  2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Registration has begun.  Check payable to “Town of Weston” in the Recreation office.   

TRIFITNESS -Reach your best swimming levels for fitness or competitions and swim with us!  Dates:  Saturday, Oct. 6th – Dec. 15th.  Time:  12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  To register or questions contact instructor Pascale Butcher at www.trifitness.net.

SWIM LESSONS - Saturday and Sunday swim lessons offered through the American Red Cross will begin Sept. 22nd – Dec. 8th.  Parent/toddler classes for ages 1 – 3 years, Special Needs and Levels 1 – 5 will be offered.  Please view flyer on website for times and fees.  

SPRINGBOARD DIVING – Learn how to dive or work on your dives with Coach Patty Nizlek.  This beginning diving class requires no prior diving experience.  Must be ages 8 and up.  Day/dates:  Sunday, Sept. 23rd – Dec. 2nd.  Fee:  $270.00 for 9 classes.  Questions, contact Patty at patricianizlek@westonps.org.

WMS INTERMURAL SPORTS –  Weston Middle School sports program is now being offered through the Parks & Recreation Dept.  Programs offered will be run by the same instructors, same sports and same great service!  

WMS SPORTS & FITNESS - Program will offer playing classic and some new PE games.  Participants will enjoy having fun while getting exercise!  Days/dates:  Monday, Sept. 17th – Nov. 19th and/or Wednesday, Sept. 12th - Nov. 14th.   Fee:  $144.00 for 8 classes.

VOLLEYBALL - Volleyball Club is a great option for those who are interested in learning the sport and improving their skills.  Day/dates:  Tuesday, Sept. 11th – Oct. 30th.  Fee:  $144.00 for 8 classes.  

ULTIMATE FRISBEE - This popular program is returning and is one of the fastest growing sports around!  Day/dates:  Tuesday, Sept. 11th – Oct. 30th.  Fee:  $155.00 for 8 classes.  This will fill up quickly! 

RUN CLUB - WHS coach Medve will take you through all aspects of running and cross country to help you improve your pace and technique!  Day/dates:  Thursday, Sept. 13th – Nov. 1st.  Fee:  $144 for 8 classes.


Saturday, September 29th 2018
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Weston Field Club, Weston, CT

Enjoy an evening of fun, food, drinks, dancing and live and silent auctions!!!

Buy your tickets today at www.westondogpark.org

Tickets are $75.00 per person.

We have received incredibly generous donations from our supporters, a weekend in a NYC penthouse, a beach house in LBI, a stunning diamond pendant from local artisan, tennis and golf items; Legos, Nerf, and STEM activities; and an abundance of dog related items from vet visits to dog walking, training, boarding, and grooming.


Meet & Greet  

Monday, October 1, 2018 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM


Come and see the facility, other middle schoolers completing a clinic and meet with Coach Atilla Agh, Westport Middle School Squash and Fairwest League representative Dave Edwards, and Weston Middle School Squash contact Matt Simon.  We will discuss sign up details at this event, and also be publishing those details shortly: Green Farms Academy 35 Beachside Avenue Green Farms, CT 06838


Weston Middle School Squash Team – Coed Team

A new team is forming for 7th and 8th grade girls and boys to play squash.  The team is affiliated with the Fairwest squash league; all public schools.  http://www.fairwestsquash.com/home.html  


Middle Schools Westport, Fairfield, New Canaan, Darien, Rye, Greenwich and a number of additional schools have teams.


The Weston team will have practices at Green Farms Academy; and matches during the season from mid-November through February. League matches and Jamborees will be scheduled and played in the area.  Last year locations included Rye, Stamford and Westport


For those wanting to have a fun time playing an international sport with lifelong potential, challenging intellectually and physically, and non-concussive, this is a terrific opportunity.  There are world class players and facilities in our community, and squash is a college sport at over 200 colleges.  Send questions to westonyouthsquash@gmail.com



Attention parents of all middle school girls: There is a great program in town offered to WMS students called HEAL (Health, Empathy, Altruism, Love).  It is an outreach program dedicated to helping adolescent girls and providing strengths-based activities that build self-esteem. Please see the attachment (click here) and contact your child’s school counselor for more information!  



School is back in session and for many children, so is the academic and social stress that can cause behavioral changes. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Child and Adolescent Network (CAN) is a Support   Group for parents of children with behavioral, emotional and mental  health issues. The meeting is free, confidential, safe and led by trained volunteer facilitators who themselves have had personal 
experiences raising children with these concerns. Our meetings are a place to speak freely and be understood without embarrassment or the fear of being judged or treated differently. Parents come from Redding, 
Weston, Westport, Wilton and towns in the surrounding area. Our next meetings are Mondays September 17 and October 22, from 10-11:30, G&B Cultural Center, 49 New Street, Wilton.  Information: Beth at 203-984-0123 or beth44es@gmail.com OR Vanessa at  203 970-4130 or eliasvanessa5@gmail.com