Our Mission is to prepare all students to reach their full potential as life-long learners and socially responsible contributors to our global community.


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:

Weekly Update - November 23,  2020

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!!

Upcoming Dates at a Glance:

  • Meeting with our Superintendent Mr. Scarice 7:00pm 
  • Join the PTA


Joke of the week: What is fast, loud and crunchy?


Start the week off right by checking out the GFS PTA Homepage.  Better yet, stay on top of all the latest GFS news and information.


Monday, November 23

Meeting with our Superintendent Mr. Scarice 7:00pm 


Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 950 255 0883

Passcode: 12345

Wednesday, November 25

At Home Independent Learning

Wednesday, December 2

Retake Picture Day AND Distant Learning Picture Day (PM group - 9:15-11 picture day); (AM group - 1:15-3 picture day) RETAKE DAY 

Wednesday, December 16


SpEd Sip N Chats over Zoom - 9:30 am 




Meeting ID: 478 931 6133

Passcode: SpEd

Thursday, December 17

SpEd Sip N Chats over Zoom - 1:30 pm 




Meeting ID: 478 931 6133

Passcode: SpEd

Thursday, December 17

SpEd Sip N Chats over Zoom - 7:00 pm 




Meeting ID: 478 931 6133

Passcode: SpEd

December 18 

SpEd Virtual Fall Coffee 10:00-11:00am




Meeting with the Superintendent November 2020

Dear GFS Families,


We are excited to invite you to attend our first Virtual Meeting with Superintendent Scarice on Monday, November 23rd at 7:00pm.  


Below are important details - please read through carefully (a lot of important info is towards the end!), and we look forward to “seeing” everyone there.



Alexandra & Jenny

GFS PTA Co-Presidents



The event will be conducted via Zoom, starting at 7:00pm.  The link to join is here:


GFS PTA -  is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Virtual Meeting with Superintendent Scarice

Time: Nov 23, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting



Meeting ID: 950 255 0883

Passcode: 12345



Superintendent Scarice will be happy to answer questions, as we do when these events are held in person.

Please submit your questions ahead of time to us via the below Google Doc, by Thursday, November 19th at noon. This way we can consolidate similar questions, and give Superintendent Scarice the chance to answer as many questions as possible. The link to the Google Doc can be found HERE

Teacher Conference “Goody Bag” Donations

Just a reminder that the Parent-Teacher conferences are around the corner and the PTA will be showing their appreciation to our wonderful teachers by providing each staff member with a gift bag full of snacks.  Thank you to all that volunteered to contribute goodies! All items need to be sent or dropped off by Friday, December 4, 2020, to Sarah Menninger, 8 Wake Robin Road, Westport, CT 06880.





Dear GFS Families, 


We are so happy to report that all of the gift card donation slots have been filled for the Family To Family giving program! Thank you to everyone for your generous support! 


Please send your gift card donations to school with your child in an envelope labeled "Walk A Thon" no later than Friday December 4th. Please be sure to label your gift card with the family identification number, your name, and dollar amount as listed on the sign up genius. 


We are still accepting monetary donations for The Department of Human Services through the following PayPal link: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=MTCWT2U53UR28

These donations will go toward supporting local families in need this holiday season. 


Thank you! 



Sip- N-Chats


Here is the info for our November Sip N Chats - the easiest way to connect with other SpEd parents. Given the hybrid learning model, we will offer 3 Sip N Chat times this month to make them convenient for everyone’s schedule. 


Morning: Wednesday, December 16th at 9:30 am


Afternoon: Thursday, December 17th at 1:30 pm


Evening: Thursday, December 17th at 7 pm


All SpEd Sip N Chats will use the following Zoom link:




Meeting ID: 478 931 6133

Passcode: SpEd


We look forward to seeing you then!

SpEd Virtual Fall Coffee!!!! 


Please join us for the Virtual Fall Coffee including special guests! 

SpED Virtual Fall Coffee


Special Education Vice Principal - Beth Heroux and

GFS School Psychologists - Dr. Victoria Panico and Katie



Now that you've had your family photos taken, support GFS even more by ordering your holiday cards and gifts through Minted at www.minted.com.


Check out using code FUNDRAISEGREENS for a 20% discount on your order.  Minted will donate 15% of your order back to our school.  This fundraiser will run from October through December.


Please feel free to share the code with family and friends!

Amazon Smile 

Support GFS When You Shop on Amazon! Did you know that you can support the GFS PTA all year long every time you shop on Amazon?  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to contribute to GFS every time you shop, at no cost to you. All you need to do is use the smile.amazon.com URL for all of your purchases and Amazon donates to the GFS PTA. Please note if you use the regular amazon URL no donation to GFS PTA will be made. Thank you for your support by shopping on smile.amazon.com.  Questions?  Please contact Kate Grijns or Melanie Heiser

Turn on AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app

1. Make sure you're signed up for AmazonSmile (use your web browser to visit smile.amazon.com)

2. Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app

3. Open the app and find “Settings” in the main menu (☰)

4. Tap on “AmazonSmile” and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the app.

Mabel’s Labels

Did you know that an item that ends up in the GFS Lost and Found will be returned to its owner by the PTA if it is LABELED with your child’s name?!    

Get your Mabel’s Labels today and encourage your family, relatives and friends to do the same!  Free shipping to your door.  Your purchase helps support the GFS PTA.  Mabel's Labels offers a wide variety of labels and tags, including: clothing labels, bag tags, household labels and labels for sports.

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!  Once you've selected GFS, all purchases you make from Mabel's Labels will support our fundraiser

Questions? Email Kate Grijns or Melanie Heiser

Stop & Shop Rewards Program 

Our school is participating in the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program, a great school fundraising program that runs from September through March. This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time you shop at ANY Stop & Shop Store.  Please help our school and register your Stop & Shop Card NOW to our SCHOOL ID#40658. You can ask non-GFS friends and family to register using our School ID as well!! Questions? Contact Kate Grijns or Melanie Heiser.

Join the PTA and Support GFS!


We would like to welcome everyone back to the GFS PTA, whether you are distance learning or taking part in the hybrid-model we are delighted to have you here!


The GFS PTA is a wonderful community working to positively impact our children and families. We provide the resources to help with building improvements, educational & recreational

equipment, grants to teachers, and host many events throughout the year to benefit our school’s community. PTA membership also gives you access to our online school Directory.


We know that this year many of our traditional PTA events will look a little different. We ask that you consider an Angel Donation in addition to the PTA Membership Dues

so that we can continue to support GFS and our wonderful staff at the same level that we have in previous years. Please join today!


Please use the following link to join: MobileArq 2020


Please see this flyer for helpful instructions.


Contact GFS PTA Membership Chair Catherine Gardiner with any questions.



  • All GFS parent volunteers must be PTA members.  We welcome your participation and encourage you to join the PTA, even if you are not currently volunteering. 

  • Families with children in multiple schools must join the PTA at each school in which their child is registered. 

  • Information contained in this directory is for the personal use of PTA members. Please respect the privacy of our fellow parents and do not distribute their personal information contained in the directory to third parties, including outside businesses. Doing so is a violation of the user agreement and PTA policies.


**This weeks praise goes to**

Lindsay Bernsohn for organizing the Fall Online Book Fair! 


Answer: A rocket chip!


Click here for our calendar.


Contact The GFS Weekly Update:

If you’d like your announcement or event to be included in a future edition of The GFS Weekly Update, please email Jennifer Sydor - jenwsydor@gmail.com by Thursday at 5:00pm to request submission in the following week. (Flyers or attachments need to be approved by PTA Co-Presidents Alexandra Boenicke and Jennifer Sydor (gfs_pta@westportps.org).