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Patches’ Press - Monday, February 12th

GFS PTA Weekly Update


What’s Happening This Week 

Monday, February 12th

Culture Club Meeting, 3rd-5th Grade, 3:50-5:00

Tuesday, February 13th

Addressing Incidents of Antisemitism & Bias in our Schools, 7:30pm, Temple Israel 

Thursday, February 15th

SpEd Sip ‘n’ Chat 

Thursday, Friday 15th

Board of Ed Meeting, 7pm, Staples Cafeteria 

February 19th-26th

February Break 


Upcoming Events

March 7, 8 & 9

Grade Five Show-Aristocats Kids

March 13-15

Parent Teacher Conferences, 1:30 Dismissal 

March 18-22

Spring Book Fair 

March 20th

Early Dismissal, Professional Development 

March 29th

No School, Good Friday 

Click here for the 2023-24 WPS Calendar 

Click here for GFS PTA SAVE THE DATES!


Souper Bowl Food Drive Update

The final score was San Francisco 49ers 681 and Kansas City Chiefs 533, which means a total of 1214 items were donated to the Gillespie Center.  Way to go GFS! We are so lucky to have so many generous families.  Thank you for your support of this FUNdraiser.


Soup Day to Celebrate our SOUPer Staff - Tuesday, Feb. 13

Thank you to everyone who donated items for Soup Day on Tuesday, Feb. 13.  The GFS PTA will be providing yummy soups, and please make sure donations are delivered to school on Monday, Feb. 12 and/or no later than 10 am on Tuesday, Feb. 13.  Click HERE to view the sign-up. 


Addressing Incidents of Antisemitism and Bias in Our Schools

Westport educators have partnered with local clergy and community leaders to lead a community forum on Tuesday February 13 at 7:30pm at Temple Israel. The event, "Addressing Incidents of Antisemitism and Bias in our Schools, will provide an opportunity to share the framework and best practices for preventing and responding to identity-based bullying in our public schools, followed by a Q and A. If you are interested in joining us, please complete the registration link.


Sign Up For Music in Our Schools Month

For the past 25 years at GFS, we have been celebrating national “Music In Our Schools” month with special performances by students, staff, friends & relatives during regularly-scheduled music class in March. Sign up here. Any questions please contact Mrs. Propp. 


Red, White, Pink & Green - A message from the GFS PTA Zero Waste Committee

Show the Earth some love this Valentine’s Day by encouraging your child to make their own Valentines from items and art supplies you already have around the house and/or that can be recycled. Many store bought Valentines can also be recycled. 


DEI Update

Why is Black History Month celebrated in February? In 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a

historian and second African American to receive a Ph.D from Harvard University, chose the second week of February to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln to be the first National Negro Week. The week became Black History Month in the years that followed and was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976. Learn more about the origins of Black History Month from this guide from the Westport Library.


A Note from our SpEd Reps

The next SpEd Sip n Chat will be on Thursday, February 15th at the Westport Library, Room 210 at 10am. 


Save the Date-Grade Five Show

The GFS 5th graders will be putting on Aristocats Kids, based on the beloved Disney animated film. It features a jazzy, upbeat score and is a non-stop thrill ride of feline fun! Shows are March 7th (students and staff only), 8th and 9th! 


Westport PAL Lacrosse

Attention Westport families! Boys and girls spring lacrosse registration is now open. Please click here for more information. 


Little League Softball!

Registration for Westport Little League Softball's spring season is now open and closes March 15. The season starts the week of April 8 for girls up to 7th grade. Create an account and register HERE.


Shout Outs

Thank you to the Wendy McConaghy, Coralie Paris-Leclerc, Gabby Schwartz, Lauren Tietze, and Heather Turk for organizing a super successful food drive. Thank you for all of your hard work organizing, counting and transporting everything! 


What’s for Lunch? Click here for this month’s menu



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