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Patches’ Press - Monday, January 30
GFS PTA Weekly Update



What’s Happening This Week

*January 30 - BOE Meeting @ 7pm SHS Cafe Agenda Click here for live stream 

*February 1 - Sign up for Music in Our Schools Month (March)


Upcoming Dates

*February 10 - Spirit Day! Team Jersey/Sports Clothes Day!

*February 13 - Buy tickets for the Grade Five Show: “101 Dalmatians”

*February 13 - Culture Club meets to celebrate Black History Month (3, 4, 5 graders)

*February 14 - Valentine’s Day Spirit Day! Wear red, white or pink! 

*February 16 - SpEd Sip N’ Chat @ 10 AM, Westport Library 2nd Fl.

*February 17 - Pajama Day Spirit Day! 

*February 20 - 24 - February Recess, No School

*February 27 - Prof. Development, No School
*Mark your calendars… Click HERE to view Upcoming Events & click HERE for a School Spirit Days


Information from the WPS Health Website

Click HERE for information provided on the WPS Website regarding procedures and information for when your child is sick or impacted by other ailments (head lice, concussions, allergies, etc.).   Click HERE for Facts About Head Lice.


Peace, Love & Patches - Saturday, April 29 @ The Westport Library

The GFS PTA will be hosting a fundraiser for parents and staff to support our goal of creating Patches’ Park as we continue to renovate the garden and build our outdoor learning space. 

Strategies for Parents to Support Young Children in the Digital World
To view the slidedeck from last week’s presentation given by Natalie Carrignan, Director of Technology and Valerie Babich, Coordinator of Psychological  Services for the Westport Schools, click HERE


New offerings from Westport Continuing Education for February Break

Westport Continuing Education is pleased to offer affordable programs that will

engage your child in high-quality activities during the upcoming February school

vacation. All programs are led by WCE after school and Westport Public School

staff in safe, supportive environments with small class sizes. Morning, afternoon,

and all-day options are available! Click here to view 


Check out the Lost & Found! 

Coats and winter items are piling up! Stop by the cafeteria to see if your child’s missing item is there. Items will be donated in the coming weeks if they are not claimed. 


Teacher Experience Auction Update
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Teacher Experience Auction.  Winners have been notified and we recognize that the popularity of this event has outgrown our system for collecting bids and posting information in real time.  We plan to have a more functional system for next year.  Please note, no bids were accepted after 8pm; it took longer than anticipated to post the top-bids, as many emails were received just before the end of the auction.  Thank you for understanding and for supporting this fundraiser.  

And the winners are… Thank you to Mr. Cazzetta for selecting the winners to Patches’ Prize Drawings.

The GFS Culture Club 

THE GFS CULTURE CLUB Invites All 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders To Celebrate Black History Month With Special Guest Hip Hop Instructor, Gerardo Lambert

Monday, February, 13th @ 3:45-5:00PM, Mrs. Moitoso's Room 111

To RSVP Or For Any Questions Please Email:

See Flier with additional information and upcoming events 


News from The Westport/Weston Family YMCA

You’re invited to the Daughter’s Winter Ball! Get dressed to impress and join us for a dance with the special little girl in your life! Get your groove on and make a memorable night with dancing, nail painting, photo and selfie booth, and light refreshments. Enter to win one of two magical light-up princess dresses. Saturday, February 11 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. $20/Members $35/Community Members. Financial Aid available. All proceeds benefit the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. See Flier


Story Fun with Mrs. Olson

This free program will take place on Tuesdays (Jan. 17- Feb. 28)  at the Westport Library (even during break!) from 4:45-5:15 @ the Higgins Room in the Children's Library.  Story Fun with Mrs. Olson


Special Education News: 

Next Sip n' Chat: Thursday, February 16, 10 AM, Westport Public Library, 2nd Floor Board Room 210.

Community Fun Day is March 4, 1-3 PM at Long Lots Elementary School.  Make friends! Move your body! Create!  Explore!  Be Yourself!  Community Fun Day is open to all kids and their families receiving special education services in Westport from preschool through 8th grade. Click HERE for more info.  Questions and RSVP to 


March is Music in our Schools Month!

For all you need to know, click here. Sign ups will begin February 1st. 

Parenting Workshops offered through Continuing Education: Managing Homework & Skills for Success Please click HERE for registration details & more information on these topics.   


Shout Outs! 

A big Thank You to Jenny Sydor and Alexandra Boenicke, our co-chairs, our Auction Committee, our wonderful staff for offering great experiences, and all of those who bid and donated to make this year’s winter fundraiser a success! 


Follow Patches on Instagram
Never miss an important reminder… To follow Patches on Instagram simply email Liz Broglio ( with your name and Instagram handle.  Once you are verified as a member of the PTA, you’ll be able to follow Patches.  Still need to join the PTA?  For detailed instructions, click HERE.


January Lunch Menu
What’s for lunch?  Click HERE for this month’s menu.


Click HERE for the 2022-23 WPS School Calendar

Having Tech Trouble?  Contact 

Community News - Click HERE to see what’s happening around Westport! 

Never hesitate to reach out to us…
- Wendy McConaghy & Jackie Greenwald (GFS PTA Co-Presidents)



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Recent News


On Thursday, December 21, the GFS 4th and 5th-grade chorus and the 5th-grade orchestra under the direction of Mrs. Suzanne Propp and Ms. Ellen Hardy performed for the students and staff during school and in the evening for parents and families. Some of the songs performed were; River by Joni Mitchell, Down By the Riverside, Skater’s Waltz by Emile Waldteufel, and Nutcracker March by Tchaikovsky.

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