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GFS PTA Zarca Volunteer Survey

Dear GFS Family, 

You have been invited by the GFS PTA to complete the following volunteer survey for the 2021-22 school year. As we wait for further guidance from the district regarding visitors and volunteers for the school year, we are hopeful that many events will occur and we need your help to make each event a success for our GFS Community.  Please consider volunteering your time to be a Room Parent, Art Smart Coordinator, or help with Movie Night, BINGO Night and many other fun activities!  Use the link below to sign-up from August 25 - September 8.  (Please note that not every event is listed on the Volunteer Survey and at other times during the year, other sign-ups are utilized).

We appreciate the time and dedication you give to GFS.



Listed below are some key dates for upcoming GFS events. Please refer to our online calendar on the right-hand side of this page for a complete list of events:


Patches’ Press - September 13, 2021
GFS PTA Weekly Update

What’s Happening This Week:
*Tuesday, September 14 - New Families Coffee @ 9:15 a.m. (NEW LOCATION: Compo Beach Playground Pavilion)
*Thursday, September 16 - Yom Kippur (NO SCHOOL)
*Friday, September 17 - Back-to-School Playground Party (5-7 pm) CLICK HERE TO RSVP BY WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15
*Saturday, September 18 - Family Photo Day 1 (see below for more info.)

Upcoming Dates:
*Monday, September 20 - Board of Education Meeting @ 7pm
*Tuesday, September 21 - Virtual Back-to-School Night Grades K -2 (parents only, NEW TIME 6:30-8:00 pm)
*Wednesday, September 22 - Virtual Back-to-School Night Grades 3 - 5 (parents only, NEW TIME 6:30-8:00 pm)
*Tuesday, September 28 - School Pictures and Class Photo Day
*Saturday, October 2 - GFS Drive in Movie Night featuring Coco @ The Remarkable Theater
*Sunday, October 3 - Family Photo Day 2 (see below for more info.)
*Wednesday, October 13 - Early Release: Professional Development for Staff (1:00 p.m. dismissal time)

New Families to Westport - Welcome Coffee
New to Westport or GFS?  Come meet-up at the Compo Beach Playground  Pavilion for coffee and learn more about our great town and school! Look for the green and purple balloons! 

GFS Back-to-School Playground Party!!
Friday, September 17 @ 5 pm - 7 pm
Don’t miss out on the best playground party of the year!! Join other GFS Families and Staff on the playground for fun, music, and visit the ice-cream truck! Logo wear will be on sale as well.  Questions? Contact Roseann Elfstrum ( or Amy Lane  (



GFS PICTURE DAY: Please mark your calendars! 
Picture day is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH

Our GFS Picture Day ID is: EVTSJN28B

Get your orders in asap so you don’t forget! Simplify your picture day by ordering at No need to send cash or the flyer back to school when you order online!  More options are available online as well, including different photo packages, and various backgrounds.  If you don’t want to purchase online, paper order forms will be distributed to students.


If you are unhappy with the photos, Lifetouch will retake your child’s portrait or you can return it for a full refund. Questions? Please contact Rory Murray ( or Jen Harvey (


Family Photo Days! 

Fall is the best time of the year to have your family photos professionally taken at Sherwood Island!! There are still some spots available. Dates are as follows:

- Day 1: Saturday, September 18 (Rain Date: Sunday, September 19)
- Day 2: Sunday, October 3 (Rain Date: Sunday, October 10)

CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP! Space is limited. 

Volunteers at GFS
2021-22 School Year
Volunteers in School Policy*

The Westport Schools District’s current policy requires Covid-19 vaccines in schools for employees and visitors/volunteers during school hours.

The Westport PTA Council, therefore, will also require that all volunteers for PTA-sponsored or run events held on school grounds be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.  Please also follow any additional Covid-19 mitigation measures required by that individual school. 

We ask that parents take this policy under advisement as they consider volunteering for events at their children’s school(s).  The Westport PTA Council’s primary concern is for the health, well-being and safety of all members of our school community.  We respect our parent body and trust that they will respect this policy when signing up to work at one of our events this school year.

*The above represents the PTAs policy as of today’s date. Like the District, we continue to monitor the overall situation, and will revise our policy as needed.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee 

Thank you to Beatriz Jones and Jenny Pearlman for serving as our GFS DEI Representatives this year. 

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee supports our parents, schools, and district in setting all students up for success and achieving our district mission of “preparing all students to reach their full potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community.”

September is Hispanic Heritage Month
Heritage month celebrations provide an opportunity to value the contributions of fellow Americans and help prepare our kids to thrive in our diverse world. Please leverage content shared to connect with new friends, read different books, try authentic cuisines, and appreciate new perspectives. 

We kick off September celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Click below to enjoy the following content!

In the know!
Raising a Global Citizen
Our Identity is a Superpower
Ways to Celebrate

SHOUT-OUTS!! This week’s praise goes to:
- Michelle Vitulich and Taryn Allen for organizing the Room Parents for the 2021-2022 school year!! 


Mark your calendars for these exciting GFS Fall Fundraisers!  More information to follow.

*GFS Drive-In Movie Night at the Remarkable Theater featuring Coco: Saturday, October 2 @ 6:30pm  Tickets on sale soon!! 

*Bridgeport Islanders Game: Sunday, November 7 @ 3pm 

Shopping for Back-to-School gear! Please consider supporting the GFS PTA when you shop on Amazon and label all of your child’s belongings using Mabel’s Labels.  Click here to learn more...

Amazon Smile - Link your Amazon account to GFS! Every time you shop on Amazon a donation is made to GFS. Link to Support GFS

Mabel’s Labels - Ready to order?  Visit Mabel's Labels: Kids Labels, Name Stickers & Clothing Labels.  Click on "Support a Fundraiser" at the top right of the page and type "Greens Farms Elementary School" in the search window to find and select our fundraiser!  


Westport Schools Calendar Sale
Click HERE for more information.
The 2021-2022 Westport Schools Calendar, featuring student artwork, is available to ORDER online via PayPal at Delivery by mail ($23) or pick-up ($20). In-person purchasing opportunities will be limited...ORDER your copy today! Also available for sale at ASF, Colonial Drug, and the Westport Library.

Westport’s Continuing Education Programs
Click HERE for more information. 

Westport Public Library Events

Click HERE for more information.


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The district has developed a detailed plan for the 2021-22 school year regarding Health and Safety protocols. Details regarding this can be found  in the Return to School Plan and on the WPS COVID Dashboard.  We encourage all families to review this document for specific information about the 2021-2022 school year, however we have included some key points here.

Read More about Health & Safety Protocols for the 2021-2022 School Year

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